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Wawrinka, Nishikori advance to Oz Open quarters

Stanislas WawrinkaMelbourne, Jan 26 : Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka exhibited a power packed performance to overcome his Spanish opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in tight four sets to advance to the quarter-finals of Australian Open in Melbourne.

Avenging last year's French Open loss, the fourth seeded trounced Lopez 7-6(2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(8) to book his place in the last eight.

Moreover, fifth seeded Kei Nishikori cruised into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over his Spanish opponent David Ferrer.

Wawrinka will now face his U. S Open nemesis Kei Nishikori to book a semifinal berth. (ANI)

Twitter releases new feature 'Recap' that allows users to catch up on missed tweets

Twitter RecapMelbourne, Jan 22 : Twitter has released a new feature dubbed " Recap" that allows users to catch up on Tweets missed while they were offline.

According to News. com. au, the latest feature will highlight a selection of tweets users missed when offline.

Twitter said in a statement that the feature was a way to "keep up or catch up" with fast-moving updates, "without compromising the real-time nature of Twitter".

The feature is available in Twitter's Apple app as of now. (ANI)

Bouchard surprised with male presenter's 'twirl' request at Oz Open

Eugenie BouchardSydney, Jan 22 : Canadian tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard was left surprised after a male presenter conducting her on-court interview, post her dominating 6-0, 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens at the Australian Open, made an unusual request by asking her to give them a twirl.

The male presenter asked Bouchard if she could give them a twirl, and the Canadian surprisingly asked a twirl. The presenter coaxed her saying that yes a twirl, like a pirouette, urging the Canadian to show her outfit, a pink skirt and top with bright yellow straps, to the crowd.

The world number seven twirled somewhat uncomfortably, and then she laughed and buried her face in her hands, News. com. au reported.

Martin Crowe slams `thuggish` Warner over `speak English` incident with Rohit Sharma

David WarnerSydney, Jan 19 - New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has slammed 'childish' David Warner for his 'thuggish behaviour' after the Australian opener got engaged in a slanging match with Rohit Sharma and demanded that the Indian should 'speak English' during Australia's second ODI win in Tri-Series.

Tempers were on a high during Australia's four-wicket win against India in the second ODI of the tri-series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday when Warner demanded that Sharma speaks English instead of his native Hindi.

Hoping to be in Melbourne for World Cup final: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh DhoniMelbourne : Back at the helm after retiring from Tests, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said his team will look for an encore when they start their title defence at the World Cup beginning next month.

"We would definitely like to repeat our performance from 2011. But the change in conditions will be a factor and we will have to play accordingly," Dhoni said at the launch of the team's new ODI kit designed by team-sponsor Nike for the upcoming season.

Team India unveils brand new 'light, comfortable' ODI kit

team india new dressSydney, Jan 15 : Indian cricket team has unveiled brand new lightweight ODI international kit ahead of the triangular series in Australia that starts on Friday.

Nike, the official apparel sponsor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) crafted the latest Team India uniform in a bold new design with some of Nike's latest global apparel innovations to help the team perform at their best.

India ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the new team India uniform was light, comfortable and packed with innovation to help minimize distractions on the field of play and that was critical when millimeters make a difference between a game winning innings or wicket.

World's most unsafe airlines revealed

Scat AirlinesMelbourne, Jan 15 : The least safe airlines in the world include those from Nepal, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan, according to safety ranking made by AirlineRaings. com.

Around 449 airlines from across the world were evaluated on the basis of global aviation safety standards.

News. com. au reported the airlines were rated on a seven-star system that leaned on accreditation from various international flight bodies. If any airline used exclusively Russian-made equipment, it lost one star automatically.

Ronaldo's strident 'owl hoots' can give 'Animal' Adam Levine a run for his money!

Cristiano RonaldoSydney, Jan 13 : Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo may give American singer Adam Levine a run for his money, as the footballer's owl hoot on winning his third Ballon d'Or sent the internet in shock even more than the ' Maroon 5' singer's howl in his hit single 'Animals'.

Ronaldo, who was voted the world's best football player for the third time, is hoping that the honour brings him closer to being remembered as one of the greatest of all time, but all anybody would remember from the day was how he closed out his victory speech.

Ronaldo claimed that he never thought that he would win the award on three occasions, News. com. au reported.

Cancer more often caused by lifestyle than innate biology

World Cancer CongressMelbourne, Jan 12 : A recent research has identified cancer as an environmental disease that is caused mainly by avoidable lifestyle factors.

The new evidence from the recent World Cancer Congress suggests that cancer is more often caused by the environment a person lives in than innate biology, News. com. au reported.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said that the key to reducing cancer incidence lies in prevention, for example, about 47,000 breast cancer deaths worldwide could be avoided every year if physical inactivity was eliminated as a risk factor.

Why Jamie Dornan fears being murdered by fans after release of

Jamie DornanMelbourne, Jan 9 : ' Fifty Shades of Grey ' lad actor Jamie Dornan has admitted that either the movie will be loved by all after the premiere or else everyone will hate him.

The former Calvin Klein model expressed that the reception of the film could go either way, as he will be a star or will get murdered by the fans, News. com. au reported.

The Irish actor said that he was afraid that he'll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere, because he received steer clear criticism by the fans for his role of Christian Grey in the movie.

Oz Test legend Doug Walters wants Smith to be more daring as captain

Steve SmithSydney, Jan 08 - Former Australian Test star Doug Walters has insisted that current skipper Steve Smith is almost foolproof and has a great determination, but wants to see more daring from him as a captain.

Smith knock of 117 runs on the second day of the fourth Test against India at the SCG was the skipper's fourth century of the series. The batsman joined Walters, Neil Harvey and Don Bradman on the list of Australians to have achieved the feat.

Smith is also the first man in cricket history to score centuries in his first three Tests as captain, News.com.au reported.

Hugh Jackman's wife Deborra-Lee Furness is a whiz at 'parallel car parking'

hugh jackmanMelbourne, Jan 5 : Deborra-Lee Furness can add a new talent to her list. A 'skilled parallel parker!'

The 59-year-old actress, who's married to hunky star Hugh Jackman, showed her hidden talents recently when she managed to squeeze the couple's huge four-wheel drive into a cramped parking spot in New York City, News. com. au reported.

The mom-of-two was cheered on by Jackman, who also shared his wife's remarkable parking effort with his legion of Facebook fans.

The picture, which was captioned "For those of you who live in NYC, you know this effort is epic!" by Jackman, received more than 25,000 likes only after an hour. (ANI)

India vs Australia: Spotlight shifts to new Test skipper Virat Kohli

Virat KohliSydney: Three days after India captain MS Dhoni surprised the cricket world with his sudden retirement from Test cricket, the focus is slowly shifting towards the new skipper and how India would make a fresh start with Virat Kohli at the helm when final Test commences here on January 6.

With Dhoni opting to stay away from not only the cricket field but also off it, as he didn't attend the high-tea organised on Sunday by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for both the teams, Kohli has been hogging all the limelight.

Dhoni's retirement technically means he is no longer a part of the Test squad, but he was invited nevertheless.

MS Dhoni calls curtains on Test career to focus on ODIs

Mahendra Singh DhoniMelbourne, Dec 30 : Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from Test Cricket citing the strain of playing all formats of Cricket.

Dhoni, who led India to the number one position in the Test rankings, has chosen to retire from Test Cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats.

Releasing a statement, BCCI thanked Dhoni for his enormous contribution to Test Cricket and the laurels that he has brought to India.

Virat Kohli will be the captain of the Indian Team for the Fourth and Final Test against Australia to be played in Sydney from the 6th of January 2015. (ANI)

AirAsia QZ8501 flight attendant always carried memories of MH370, MH17 tragedies

AirAsiaMelbourne, Dec 29 : A flight attendant aboard the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 had reportedly posted a series of tweets about the ill-fated Malaysia Airline flights MH370 and MH17 earlier this year.

According to News. com. au, Oscar Desano is listed as a flight attendant on board the AirAsia flight, which lost contact with air control between Indonesia and Singapore.

The plane bound to Singapore from Indonesia with 155 passengers and six crew aboard disappeared after losing contact with an Indonesian air traffic tower on Sunday.

The flight attendant had tweeted on Christmas saying "Merry Christmas to all my beautiful friends who celebrate it".

India trail Oz by 422 runs at end of day two as Smith's 192 guides hosts to gigantic 530

Murali VijayMelbourne, Dec 27 : India trail Australia by 422 runs with nine wickets remaining at the draw of stumps on the second day of the fiercely competed third Test in Melbourne.

Resuming batting on the second day, skipper Steve Smith played an impressive knock of 192 runs to guide Australia's total 530.

Returning pace all rounder Ryan Harris contributed vital 74 runs, with wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin scoring an impressive half century in the hosts' massive first innings total.

As India went into bat after rounding off the Australian batting line-up for 530 , they amassed 108 runs for the loss of opener Shikhar Dhawan's wicket at the draw of stumps on day two of the Boxing Day Test.

Iggy Azalea says hackers wasted time `trolling` her account over sex tape

Iggy AzaleaMelbourne, Dec 23 : Iggy Azalea has recently expressed that hackers wasted their time by "trolling" her account and threatening to release her sex tape if she doesn't apologise to Azealia Banks .

The 24-year-old rapper took to twitter and posted a number of times about suggestions that she should say sorry to Banks for their ongoing public feud, News. com. au reported.

Azalea had previously denied the existence of a sex tape, and stated that anyone who releases or attempts to make profit off someone else's intimate moments against their will was a sex offender.

Azalea and Banks have engaged in a bitter battle in recent weeks, specifically over race matters in America. (ANI)

Dhoni blames 'worn-out' practice pitch for creating 'unrest' in dressing room post Gabba debacle

Dhoni blames 'worn-out' practice pitchSydney, December 20 : Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed worn-out practice wickets at Brisbane for causing unrest in the dressing room after losing the second Test against Australia at Gabba.

Opener Shikhar was unable to resume his innings on the fourth day as he was rushed for scans after he was hit on the right wrist during warm up.

Speaking at the post match presentation, Dhoni said that the first session was a big debacle for them and had a lack of communication in their dressing room over whether Shikhar would go into batting or Virat.

Lara Bingle 'bored' of talking about personal life

Lara BingleMelbourne, Dec 15 : Lara Bingle has said that she has pulled back from public life and is bored of talking about her personal life.

The 27-year-old actress said in an interview that one reaches a point in their life where one was done with all the stuff, News. com. au reported.

The Australian fashion model she did not even talk with her friends about her personal life.

Bingle also talked about her new skin care range saying that says she tried super-hard, like, for over a year to create her new tanning range. (ANI)

Steve Smith named new Oz Test captain in 'injured' Clarke's absence

Steve SmithSydney, December 15 - In the wake of Australian skipper Michael Clarke's injury, Steve Smith has been appointed as the new Australia Test captain for the remaining Test series against India.

Cricket Australia released a statement, saying that Steven Smith had been appointed vice-captain of the Australian Test team effective immediately and would captain the Australian side in the absence of Michael Clarke, News. com. au reported.

The statement further read that current vice-captain Brad Haddin, who led the Australian side on the final day of the Adelaide Test, would serve as Smith's deputy in Brisbane.




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