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All Blacks recall Williams for Australia showdown

Centre Sonny Bill Williams was recalled to the All Blacks team on Wednesday for their opening Rugby Championship match against Australia after serving a four-match suspension.

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Venus upset by Australian qualifier in Cincinnati 8:34pm BST

Ninth seed Venus Williams was upset 6-3 2-6 6-2 by Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty in the second round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday, hampering the American's U.S. Open preparations.

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Australia accuses NZ opposition of dirty tricks over citizenship fuss 9:50am BST

SYDNEY The Australian government accused a New Zealand opposition party on Wednesday of conniving to bring it down by revealing that Australia's deputy prime minister is a New Zealand citizen, and thus ineligible to sit in parliament.

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Serena eyes 'outrageous' Australian Open return 9:41am BST

Serena Williams aims to defend her Australian Open title next year, the American saying the rapid return to action would only give her around three months to prepare after giving birth to her first child.

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Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with 'unprecedented precision' 8:13am BST

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR Australia's main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search.

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Frustrated Williams raring to take on Wallabies in Sydney 7:47am BST

SYDNEY The likely return of Sonny Bill Williams for New Zealand's Rugby Championship opener against Australia after a four-match ban on Saturday should be an opportunity for the centre to shake off more than a year of frustration.

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And then there was one, last amigo Beale set for Wallabies return 4:01am BST

SYDNEY Playmaker Kurtley Beale has declared himself fit for this weekend's Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand in what would be his first match for Australia for nearly two years.

Australian Olympic champion Wooldridge dies 15 Aug 2017

MELBOURNE Australian cyclist Stephen Wooldridge, a former Olympic and world champion, has died at the age of 39.

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Back to business as usual for All Blacks in Rugby Championship 15 Aug 2017

SYDNEY The All Blacks juggernaut hit a road bump in the British and Irish Lions series but it should be back to business as usual for the world champions when they take on South Africa, Australia and Argentina in the Rugby Championship.

Factbox: 2017 Rugby Championship squads and fixtures 15 Aug 2017

WELLINGTON Factbox on the Rugby Championship, the southern hemisphere test competition between New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina, which starts on Saturday (all times GMT):

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Backlash against Trump intensifies after his comments on Virginia violence

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Several leading members of Donald Trump's Republican Party and key ally Britain sharply rebuked the U.S. president on Wednesday after he insisted that white nationalists and protesters opposed to them were both to blame for deadly violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville. | Video