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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch injures back while yachting

Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, suffered a serious back injury after a fall while yachting, his company confirmed on Wednesday. A Fox spokeswoman said that Murdoch is still active and working despite the injury and he is resting at his vineyard just outside of Los Angeles. Rupert Murdoch (R), chairman of media heavyweight News Corp. wrestles with a question from a journalist with son Lachlan (L) after chairing the company’s AGM, held in Adelaide 26 October 2004. WILLIAM WEST / AFP/Getty Images Murdoch was injured while…

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Australia v England: first one-day international – live!

39th over: Australia 212-5 (Stonis 11, Paine 2) Woakes on for his third crack today. Has four overs to squeeze out after struggling earlier on. Well, doesn’t concede a boundary in this set, so that’s an improvement. Five from it in the smaller denominations. 38th over: Australia 207-5 (Stonis 7, Paine 1) Paine the new man, playing his first ODI in nearly seven years. What a great story his summer has been. Off the mark through the covers, then Stonis finds one to midwicket in order to keep the strike.…

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Australia v England: fifth Ashes test, day four – live!

183rd over: Australia 578-5 (S Marsh 145, Paine 14) Moeen to send down the final over before lunch. Paine takes another single off his pads. Marsh defends the rest to get himself through to the break. That’s the way. 99 added for one wicket in the session. Shaun Marsh got himself to three figures from the fourth ball of the morning via a gorgeous cover drive. He really enjoyed that with his brother Mitch. There was a period with the third new ball just after that where the visitors deserved…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England fifth Test, day one – live!

10th over: England 28-1 (Cook 3, Vince 0) If ever there were a man to counter a spate of irresponsible cover drives, it’s James Vince. I’m very disappointment that I’ve missed one last chance to blog Vince Stoneman, private detective, as he beats the crooked police chief and solves a case. Instead we’ve got Vince Cook, who’s probably a trust-fund DJ. But Cummins has done Stoneman quickly! And Stoneman has done everything quickly, including driving another four down the ground. But Cummins goes with a shorter ball, an in-between length,…

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Mason Crane must be given the chance to get it wrong on Ashes debut | Jason Gillespie

If Mason Crane makes his England debut in Sydney this week then expectations should be tempered, while Joe Root, his captain, must send the young leg-spinner into the heat of an Ashes battle with an attacking mindset but a sympathetic field. The worst you can do with a wrist-spinner is to talk to them about the run-rate. Instead the message should be to toss the ball above the eye-line, spin it hard and forget the scoreboard. If necessary, stick a couple of sweepers out on the boundary for early protection…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England fourth Test, day two – live!

Oh yes, that’s very out. Bird has reviewed, but I’m not going to dignify that with a second post. Three reds from a ball that jagged back off the seam and trapped him on the crease. The best bit was Broad giving it the big fist pump before he even looked around at the umpire. A fantastic session for England. Broad has 26-8-51-3. Probably not cooked, then. 114th over: Australia 325-8 (Cummins 3, Hazlewood 0). 113th over: Australia 322-7 (Cummins 0, Bird 4). Should be two in the over, Anderson…

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Ashes: David Warner leads the way as England struggle to break Australia down at MCG

The fiery opener batted beautifully to reach three figures on a difficult pitch as Australia climbed steadily to 244-3 But it was the manner of his arrival at the milestone on an otherwise dull day of cricket, that provided the one piece of real drama. Warner was out on 99, caught at mid-on as Curran celebrated wildly in the middle only to be reprieved by replays showing the England man had overstepped with his front foot. Much to the delight of the majority of the 88,172 crowd Warner was recalled…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England fourth Test, day one – live!

Gavin Robertson (the same Gavin Robertson?) on the email. “Having watched Warner get his century before lunch on the first day of the Sydney test at the start of this year, I’ve been wondering what I can look forward on the 4th January 2018.Is it asking too much to think that England bat first and are all out before I start on my ham and cheese sandwiches around this time of day?” Quite the year for Dave. Yep, the ton in two hours to begin. Then the awful series in…

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NICK COMPTON: How my mate Dawid Malan turned himself into the Ashes star England need

GETTY Nick Compton, Ladbrokes’ Ashes ambassador, reckons Dawid Malan is an example to England’s batsmen For any player, young or old, the possibility of playing in a Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG is enough to put a shiver up your spine. The thought of 100,000 people surrounding you as another Mitchell Starc bouncer rips past your nose is something to contemplate for this England team, and it has got to get them fired up. As disappointed as Joe Root’s men will be after Adelaide, they know what has…

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Ashes: Steve Smith tells bowlers to not spare England tailenders any mercy in fourth Test

A record crowd is expected for the MCG guaranteeing a hostile atmosphere in the stadium for Joe Root’s tourists as Smith’s side aim for a whitewash. And the Australia captain says there will be no change in tactics in the middle despite criticism in certain quarters of the on-field umpires’ failure to protect England’s lower order. Asked about criticism from former captain Michael Atherton that umpires should have been doing more to protect tailenders under the laws of the game, Smith said: “It’s a bit over the top. No doubt,…

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