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Chiller reads the riot act as Australia counts down to Rio

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SYDNEY - Australia's chef de mission Kitty Chiller left no one in any doubt what standard of behaviour she will expect from her team of just over 460 athletes when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics get underway a year on Wednesday.

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Australia says initial MH370 debris drift models gave wrong clues 2:57am BST

SYDNEY - Initial models of where potential debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet might first wash up had incorrectly identified Indonesia as the most likely location, the Australian body leading the search said on Wednesday.

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Question my performance but not my desire, says Clarke 04 Aug 2015

LONDON - Australia captain Michael Clarke has hit out at critics who have questioned his desire in the wake of his poor run of form during the current Ashes test series.

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Broad says keeping Clarke quiet has been key so far 04 Aug 2015

LONDON - England will continue targeting Australia's under-pressure skipper Michael Clarke as they try to secure an Ashes series victory at Trent Bridge this week, according to fast bowler Stuart Broad.

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Goodes returns to Swans, hopes to face Cats 04 Aug 2015

SYDNEY - Adam Goodes has returned to the Sydney Swans and put his hand up for selection after taking leave from the Australian Rules club under stress from the incessant booing he faced during matches.

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Osborne called into All Blacks squad, Kerr-Barlow returns 02 Aug 2015

WELLINGTON - Uncapped winger Patrick Osborne has been called into the extended All Blacks squad for next weekend's Rugby Championship decider against Australia in Sydney and the second test against the Wallabies in Auckland the following week.

Australia reaffirm interest in future Olympic bid 01 Aug 2015

KUALA LUMPUR - Australia is still weighing up the possibility of mounting another bid to host the Olympics, possibly in 2028, despite knowing its two biggest cities have no real chance of being involved.

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Haddin omission hardest decision of my career - Lehmann 01 Aug 2015

BIRMINGHAM - Overlooking Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin for the third Ashes test was the "hardest decision I have had to make as coach", Darren Lehmann said.

'Cliffy' back to add heft to Wallabies pack 01 Aug 2015

SYDNEY - Wycliff Palu returned to the Wallabies squad after a month's rest this week, refreshed and ready to add his characteristic physicality to the Australia pack for back-to-back tests against New Zealand over the next three weeks.

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Australia admits - We need to talk about Michael 01 Aug 2015

SYDNEY - Another insipid display by a once great cricketer as his side slumped to an embarrassing defeat to go 2-1 down in the Ashes series had Australian pundits questioning whether captain Michael Clarke was in terminal decline on Saturday.

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Turkey says coalition to launch 'comprehensive battle' against Islamic State

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - Turkey said on Wednesday a U.S.-led coalition will soon launch a "comprehensive battle" against Islamic State militants from Turkish air bases, but Syria said any military action not coordinated with Damascus would breach its sovereignty.