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  • England make two changes for Ireland Six Nations clash

    England have made two changes to their starting XV for the Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday. Alex Goode takes over at full-back after Mike Brown was ruled out of the potentially title-clinching game due to a bout of concussion he sustained during the 47-17 rout of Italy a…

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  • British Airways emerges as the best airline for wine enthusiasts

    As part of Business Traveller's Cellars in the Sky Awards, announced this week, the British company earned several honors for the quality of the wines served on its flights, including the gold medal for best overall wine cellar. Altogether, British Airways received four gold medals in the 2014…

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  • Cricket-Australia v New Zealand

    Feb 27 (Reuters) - Factbox on Saturday's World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland: - - - NEW ZEALAND Captain: Brendon McCullum Coach: Mike Hesson Squad: Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Grant Elliott, Corey…

  • Highlanders beat Reds 20-13 in Super Rugby

    DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — Highlanders' winger Waisake Naholo was denied one try but scored another to help secure a 20-13 win over Queensland in a tense Super Rugby match on Friday.

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  • What to Watch This Weekend: The Returns of OUAT and The Good Wife and the Debuts of Battle Creek, The Last Man on Earth, and House of Cards Season 3

    What to watch on Friday, February 27... NEXT: Saturday, February 28 | Sunday, March 1 SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 12:01am, Netflix House of Cards What sort of wacky scrapes will Frank get into now that he's behind the big desk at 1600 Pennsylvania? War with New Zealand? Trading the Virgin Islands to…
  • Aussie mum's drug case postponed in Malaysia

    Court proceedings in the case of an Australian woman charged with the capital crime of drug trafficking in Malaysia were pushed back by a month Friday due to delays completing a chemist report on the alleged contraband. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, a 52-year-old mother of four, was arrested on…

  • Australian laws on storing phone, Internet records to change

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A parliamentary committee on Friday recommended a major rewrite of draft laws that would force Australian telcos and Internet providers to store customers' personal data for the convenience of law enforcement agencies. A key recommendation is that the law specifies…

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  • Clarke relishes World Cup "local derby" against New Zealand

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Australia captain Michael Clarke describes it as "a local derby" and suggests it will be infused with all of the qualities that term implies, of long-standing and spirited rivalry played out in front of passionate fans.

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  • Co-hosts set for Cricket World Cup fireworks

    One of the World Cup's biggest games pits high-flying New Zealand against four-time champions Australia at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday in a match that could well be a dress rehearsal for the final. New Zealand are the team to beat in the tournament so far, with their eight-wicket thrashing of…

  • Fijians get to design new flag as nation ditches Union Jack

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fijians will get the opportunity to design a new flag as the country prepares to ditch Britain's Union Jack.

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  • The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth

    CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging underfoot to re-shape Earth.

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  • Cricket-Australia skipper Clarke fit and raring to go against NZ

    Eager Australia captain Michael Clarke feels his fittest in five years and is praying for clear skies over Auckland for the World Cup clash against fellow co-hosts New Zealand on Saturday. On the comeback from hamstring surgery, Clarke was denied his scheduled return against Bangladesh in Brisbane…

  • Australia, Thales deal on 'world first' air traffic control

    Australia Friday said it will partner with French industrial giant Thales to develop a "world first" joint civilian-military air traffic control system that could help track MH370-type incidents. The "OneSky" system will replace Australia's current civilian system which dates from the late 1990s…

  • Eden Park a challenging venue for World Cup cricket

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Eden Park, New Zealand's largest stadium, was designed to host rugby matches, not cricket.

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  • Cricket-Return of leader Clarke strengthens Australia - McCullum

    New Zealand were "in awe" of Michael Clarke's leadership during the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death and his inclusion for Saturday's World Cup blockbuster can only strengthen Australia, captain Brendon McCullum has said. Clarke makes his long-awaited return at Eden Park and will be under the…

  • Clarke plays a straight bat to World Cup sledging questions

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — When the question inevitably came at a news conference Friday, Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke rolled his eyes and sighed with weary resignation.

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  • Australia's Michael Clarke ready to return for World Cup

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Captain Michael Clarke is ready to make his return to the Australia team for Saturday's Cricket World Cup match against New Zealand, saying he's as fit and healthy as he's been in years.

    Associated Press
  • Australian PM Abbott bats away leadership speculation

    Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Friday dismissed heated speculation he will be dumped by his conservative colleagues, saying he expected to lead his party to the next election. After reports that Abbott may not survive another challenge to his leadership, the prime minister was…

  • Scotland fined for slow over-rate in Afghanistan

    Dunedin (New Zealand) (AFP) - Scotland's misery over their one-wicket loss to Afghanistan at the World Cup was compounded on Friday when they were fined for a slow over rate, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced.