Liam Hatcher relishing BBL opportunity

Liam Hatcher didn’t have to think very hard when Melbourne Stars coach David Hussey called him last year to see if he was interested in a move south. The opportunity to play regularly at the MCG for a Big Bash League team that was keen to have him on its …

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Music producer Phil Spector dies at 81

Famed rock producer Phil Spector, who changed the sound of pop music in the 1960s with his “Wall of Sound” recordings and was convicted of murder for the 2003 murder of a Hollywood actress, has died at age 81 of COVID-19, according to authorities and media reports. Spector produced 20 …

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Bayern end mini-slump, extend league lead

Bayern Munich opened up a four-point lead in the Bundesliga as the German champions beat Freiburg 2-1 to return to winning ways after two rare defeats. Thomas Muller knocked in the winning goal in the 74th minute on a snowy day in Munich to avoid a third winless game in …

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Inauguration will be outside: Biden staff

The US presidential inauguration ceremony on Wednesday will be a safe, outdoor event despite ongoing security threats, two aides to incoming president Joe Biden have pledged. “Our plan and our expectation is that President-elect Biden will put his hand on the Bible, with his family, outside, on the west side …

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72 Aussie Open players now in lockdown

A further 25 Australian Open players have been forced into quarantine on arrival in the country ahead of the season’s first tennis major, bringing the total number of competitors now isolating in hotel rooms to 72. But Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has ruled out delaying the tennis grand slam …

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Virus interrupts long US wolf, moose study

One of the world’s longest-running wildlife field studies has fallen prey to the coronavirus pandemic. Since 1959, a research team has spent most of the winter observing the interplay between wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan in the US. But this year’s mission has been scrapped …

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Liverpool can’t afford distractions: Salah

Injuries have affected Liverpool’s Premier League title defence this season but star striker Mohamed Salah says they can’t afford to be distracted by that as they try to successfully defend their crown. An injury crisis with three centre backs sidelined has forced manager Jurgen Klopp to play midfielders in defence …

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No excuse for sloppy Sharma: Gavaskar

India legend Sunil Gavaskar has slammed an “irresponsible” Rohit Sharma for gifting his wicket to Australia at the Gabba. Sharma saw off the new ball in promising fashion on day two of the series-deciding fourth Test, only to pick out Mitchell Starc at deep square leg late in the post-lunch …

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Rooney off to losing start as Derby boss

Wayne Rooney’s first match in permanent charge of Derby County ended in disappointment for the former England captain as his side went down 1-0 at home to Championship relegation rivals Rotherham. Rooney was officially confirmed as the Rams’ manager on Friday, having held the post on an interim basis since …

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Embattled Europe makes vaccine progress

European nations are making progress with their vaccine programs but COVID-19 outbreaks continue to cause pain, with Portugal’s hospitals under pressure and Denmark discovering its first case of the South African variant. Germany has now carried out more than one million vaccinations, figures on Saturday showed, but new infections and …

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