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Taylor Swift grabs Billboard's 'Woman of the Year' Award for 2nd time in row

Taylor SwiftMelbourne, Dec 13 - Taylor Swift has claimed the Billboard's coveted Woman of the Year Award for the second time.

The American singer said that getting named for the honour for a second time was like receiving amazing early birthday present, News. com. au reported.

The 'Blank Space' hit-maker added that she was going to have blast on her 25th birthday like she has when she got her first album hit.

Singer Aretha Franklin sang 'Happy Birthday' for Swift and made her feel special at the award ceremony. (ANI)

David Warner hits another ton as Australia dominate proceedings

David WarnerAdelaide: Opener David Warner extended his purple patch with the bat by cracking his second century of the match as the first cricket Test against India headed for an exciting finish with Australia gaining an overall lead of 363 runs runs here today.

At stumps on the fourth day at Adelaide Oval, Australia were 290 for five with Steven Smith and Brad Haddin batting on 52 and 14 respectively. The hosts may declare the innings early tomorrow leaving India with the task of batting out the fifth day to save the match

'Original butt girl' Pippa Middleton says her booty isn't comparable to Kim K's

Pippa MiddletonMelbourne, Dec 11 : Pippa Middleton has written in a column for the UK's Spectator that her backside, though it has enjoyed "fleeting fame," is not comparable to Kim Kardashian's booty.

The 31-year-old columnist, whose own backside was considered to be the rear of 2011 when she wore a tight-fitting bridesmaid's dress to the Royal Wedding, wrote that Kardashian's aim, apparently, was to break the internet, but Middleton is not sure if she's going the right way about it, News. com. au reported.

Kohli becomes third to score ton on captaincy debut

Virat KohliAdelaide (Australia), Dec 11 : Virat Kohli on Thursday became the third cricket player in Test match history to score a century on his debut as captain.

Kohli notched up his seventh century in his 30th Test. At the time of the filing of this report, he was batting on 107 of 164 balls with twelve hits to the fence.

Kohli's ton has helped India give a strong reply to Australia's first innings total of 518 for seven declared. At the time of the filing of this report, India were sitting pretty on 346 for the loss of four wickets off 87 overs, but are still trailing Australia by 171 runs.

Keeping him company at the crease was Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma on 19 of 37 deliveries. (ANI)

Johnson's bouncer hitting Kohli sends shock waves across Adelaide Oval

Mitchell JohnsonSydney, December 11 - Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson's bouncer delivery that hit Virat Kohli on the helmet appeared to have shaken up both players, while sending shudders around Adelaide Oval shortly before lunch on the third day of the first Test against India.

The stand-in India captain Kohli, who was facing his first delivery, came out unhurt as it was hit on the badge of the helmet. However, a genuine concern was displayed by the Australian players, who immediately rushed towards the player to ensure Kohli wasn't injured, News. com. au reported.

Clarke, Smith score ton as Oz amass 517-7 on day 2 of first Test against India

Michael Clarke Steven SmithSydney, Dec 10 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke added another ton to his Test figures as he contributed 128 runs to his side's massive total of 517 at the end of the second day of the first Test against India.

The ongoing Test between India and Australia was interrupted thrice due to wet conditions at the Adelaide Oval on the second day when the hosts resumed batting on 354-6 from their previous day's score.

Skipper Clarke fired 128 runs before he was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara off pace bowler Ishant Sharma's delivery.

Emotional Warner dedicates 'greatest ever innings' to Hughes

David WarnerSydney, December 09 : Australian opening batsman David Warner has dedicated his splendid ton amassed against India to late cricketer Phillip Hughes, in order to honour his memories.

Amassing a blistering 145 runs, Warner rated the innings as his best in Test Cricket, adding that he dedicates this ton to Hughes. He further said that Hughes was there with him when he scored his first century and also at the other end, News. com. au reported.

According to him, he shed a tear when he reached 63- the score when Hughes was hit on the neck. He believes that the number is special for all of them and it would remain special for the years to come. (ANI)

Clarke retired hurt on 60 as Oz choose to bat in emotion filled first Test against India

Michael ClarkeSydney, Dec 09 - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has been retired hurt on his individual score of 60 as the ongoing first Test against India is under way in an emotionally charged atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval.

Clarke scored 60 runs off 84 deliveries, reaching his half-century off 69 deliveries while hitting nine fours during his batting spell.

The skipper recently overcame a hamstring injury and was deemed fit to play but he left the ground after his brilliant knock of 60 and speculations are that it is a recurrence of the same injury that has overshadowed Clarke.

Air New Zealand named 'airline of the year' for second year in row

air new zealandMelbourne, Dec 2 : AIR New Zealand has been named airline of the year by AirlineRatings. com for the second time in a row.

According to News. com. au, the international airline safety and product rating website says Air NZ is being honoured for the second consecutive year for its in-flight innovations, record financial performance, operational safety and motivation of its staff.

AirlineRatings. com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said that Air New Zealand is an airline of first choice and given the airline's location and the country's size its performance is even more remarkable.

The airline also scooped the award for best premium economy class .

Webber 'relatively unhurt' in high-speed World Endurance Championship crash

Mark WebberSydney, Dec 01 : Former Formula One driver Mark Webber would be kept overnight in a Brazilian hospital after he met with a high-speed crash in the final race of the World Endurance Championship.

Webber was running in sixth place in the 'Six Hours' of Sao Paolo at the Interlagos circuit when he collided with a slower Ferrari, driven by Matteo Cressoni, as the pair approached the 300 kilometres-per-hour-plus Arquibancadas curve with under half an hour remaining.

Webber's Porsche slammed heavily into the concrete wall on the right side of the track, sliding backwards into the wall on the left, before coming to rest at the entrance of pit lane, News. com. au reported.

Doctor says 'rare ' 'Vertebral Artery Dissection' caused Hughes' death

Phillip HughesSydney, November 28 : Australian team doctor Peter Bruckner has revealed that Phillip Hughes' condition was an incredibly rare one that engendered a hemorrhage in the brain due to the injury to the neck.

According to Bruckner, Hughes suffered a condition named as Vertebral Artery Dissection , a rare condition with about 100 ever reported cases. Doctor Tony Grabs of St Vincent's Hospital has termed the injury as catastrophic, News. com. au reported.

An arterial dissection is a tear in the lining of an artery. When that tear happens in a major artery in the head and neck, it can seal off blood flow to the brain.

Oz team doc says 'deceased' Hughes suffered 'massive bleed' into brain on Tuesday

Phillip HughesSydney, Nov 27 : Australian cricket team doctor Peter Brukner has said that deceased batsman Phillip Hughes suffered a massive bleed into his brain on Tuesday afternoon.

25-year-old Hughes passed away after succumbing to injuries he endured at the SCG on Tuesday after being hit by a bouncer under the helmet behind his left year. The 25-year-old South Australian batsman, who was pushing for a Test recall against India in Brisbane next week, was knocked out after the ball made impact.

Philip Hughes will be remembered forever, says Cricket Australia CEO

James SutherlandSydney/ New Delhi, Nov 27 : Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland on Friday said that cricketer Phil Hughes, who passed away today following a head injury that he received on Tuesday, was a rising star who will be remembered forever.

"National selectors had identified him as having a long future in the game. He was a rising star; he will be remembered forever," Sutherland told a press conference.

Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) general manager (game development) Ratnakar Shetty said that Hughes' death was a great loss to the game.

Vegetarians maybe healthy but not happy

Vegetarians maybe healthy but not happyMelbourne, Nov 25 : A new study has found that though people on veggie diet maybe healthier than meat-eaters, they are not generally happier.

According to the Alere Wellness Index, vegetarians tend to drink and smoke less and are physically more active than non-vegetarians, but they are also more likely to have mental problems like depression and anxiety disorders.

Dr John Lang, who developed the wellness index made up of scores for nutrition, fitness, smoking, alcohol, psychological wellbeing, body mass and medical conditions, said the adoption of a vegetarian diet can sometimes follow the onset of mental disorders.

CA rules 'injured' Clarke out of first Test against India

Sydney, Nov 25 - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has reportedly been ruled out of the first Test against India and Cricket Australia is expected to announce on Tuesday that the skipper would not take the field in either Sydney grade cricket or the two-day tour match against the visitors in Adelaide.

CA's decision would end any chance of Clarke taking the field in Border-Gavaskar series opener. And in further bad news for the Australian skipper, it has been reported that CA chief executive James Sutherland would seek a 'please explain' from Clarke on why he contradicted the selectors with his public statements on Monday.

Jennifer Aniston says she stopped working out for 'Cake' role

Jennifer AnistonMelbourne, Nov 21 : Jennifer Aniston has revealed that she completely stopped working out to gain wait for her role in the upcoming film ' Cake'.

The 45-year-old actress, who stars alongside Aussie actor Sam Worthington, said that she basically just didn't work out for two-and-a-half months and stopped being as careful about her diet as she normally is, News. com. au reported.

Bailey backs Haddin to lead team during first Test against India

George BaileyMelbourne, Nov 21 : George Bailey has reportedly backed right-handed batsman and Vice-captain of the Australian ODI team, Brad Haddin, to take up the reigns of the team in the first Test against India but has refused to rule out injured skipper Michael Clarke.

Bailey said that he expected Haddin to be behind the stumps at the Gabba from December 4-8 and lead the team on the field if Clarke is unable to recover in time, reported News. com. au.

He said that Haddin would "relish the opportunity and he deserves the opportunity."

He refuted the suggestion that one of the younger Australians should be asked to lead the team with an eye to the future. (ANI)

Clarke's hamstring injury not 'serious enough' to rule skipper out for entire summer

Michael ClarkeSydney, November 20 : Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said that he hopes to see Captain Michael Clarke to play a part in the summer, despite hamstring injury ruling the skipper out of the ongoing ODI series against South Africa.

According to Kountouris, Clarke's hamstring injury is not as bad as has been projected; instead he is experiencing an acute back pain , which has further complicated things. He believes that the left hamstring injury is similar to the one Clarke suffered in Zimbabwe back in August, reported News. com. au.

Nokia shows off first N1 Android Tablet aimed at Chinese market

Nokia shows off first N1 Android Tablet Melbourne, Nov 19 : Nokia has made an unexpected return to mobile devices with an Android tablet aimed at the Chinese market, a report said.

Nokia's head of products Sebastian Nystroem said in a statement that the company was pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into the hands of the consumers with N1 Android tablet, reported News. com. au.

The tablet will be made by Taiwanese technology group Foxconn, which is Apple's biggest supplier and will be launched in early 2015. It is expected to be priced at 249 dollars excluding taxes.

Nokia also plans to expand the sales to other markets.

You can now search for anything you have ever tweeted

You can now search for anything you have ever tweetedMelbourne, Nov 19 : Twitter has reportedly widened its search function allowing users access to 500 million tweets.

According to News. com. au, the newly enhanced search function can burrow back through half a trillion tweets to find one's most embarrassing moment from as early as 2006.

Twitter said in a statement that its search engine excelled at surfacing breaking news and events in real time, and its search index infrastructure reflected this strong emphasis on recency.

It further stated that its longstanding goal had been to let people search through every Tweet ever published. (ANI)




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