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Controversial Australian senator quits mining magnate's party

SYDNEY - Outspoken Australian Senator Jacqui Lambie quit the political party headed by mining magnate Clive Palmer on Monday to become an independent, potentially affecting the government's ability to pass legislation.

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Captain Clarke named in first test team versus India 23 Nov 2014

MELBOURNE - Australia have named injured captain Michael Clarke in a 12-man squad for the first test against India in Brisbane next month, while also bringing in uncapped paceman Josh Hazlewood.

Australia scramble to victory, reclaim number one ranking 23 Nov 2014

SYDNEY - Australia scrambled over the line for a two-wicket victory in the fifth one-day international against South Africa on Sunday to move back to the top of the world rankings less than three months before the World Cup.

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Team mates will determine success of my captaincy - Kohli 23 Nov 2014

SYDNEY - Virat Kohli says his team mates will determine the success or otherwise of his captaincy when he takes charge of India in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first test against Australia next month.

Scott denied by masterful bunker shot in Melbourne 23 Nov 2014

MELBOURNE - Nick Cullen nervelessly struck a sublime bunker shot for a tap-in par putt on the last hole to win the Australian Masters by a stroke in Melbourne and frustrate Adam Scott's bid for a hat-trick of titles on Sunday.

Scott says in good shape for McIlroy showdown in Sydney 23 Nov 2014

MELBOURNE - Adam Scott's bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of titles at his home Australian Masters fell agonisingly short on Sunday, but the world number two declared himself in good shape ahead of his re-match with Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open this week.

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Sydney club probed for declaring early to give Clarke bat 23 Nov 2014

MELBOURNE - Michael Clarke's Sydney cricket club is being probed for declaring at 17-0 during a local game on Sunday and claiming it was to boost the injured Australian captain's chances of batting time before the first test against India next month.

Irish eyes smiling after Wallabies are beaten 22 Nov 2014

DUBLIN - Ireland beat Australia 26-23 in a thriller on Saturday that featured five tries in the first half and secured their first November series sweep in eight years to lay down a marker for next year's World Cup.

Still early days for Australia, says new coach Cheika 22 Nov 2014

DUBLIN - Disappointed Australia coach Michael Cheika said it was still early days for the side he took over a month ago after they lost for the second week in a row, a narrow 26-23 defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

Irish coach Schmidt battles on with suspected appendicitis 22 Nov 2014

DUBLIN - Ireland coach Joe Schmidt had to fight through the pain to guide his side to a November series clean sweep on Saturday, watching on with suspected appendicitis as they edged past Australia in a frantic game.

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Iran and powers set to extend nuclear talks if final push fails

VIENNA - Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday's deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations. | Video