Alistair Cook receives flak for poor performance in Trent Bridge

Alastair-CookSydney, July 15 : Calls for England cricket team Captain Alistair Cook to step down from captaincy are growing louder with his dismal performance in the last two test series that England played against Sri Lanka and India.

According to News. com. au, Geoffrey Boycott wrote in The Telegraph that Cook's form is an embarrassment for the team and puts undue pressure on other team members. He also added that the captain should step down from the position on his own if he fails twice in the second test match which is scheduled to begin at Lord's on Thursday.

Dwayne Johnson followed 'laborious diet' regime for 'Hercules'

Dwayne-JohnsonMelbourne, July 15 : Dwayne Johnson has revealed that he undertook a herculean eating regime named "12 Labours" diet to get in the perfect "big and mean" look for his upcoming film 'Hercules'.

According to News. com. au, the 42-year-old former wrestler posted a picture on Instagram of his 22-week diet which he followed to get the demigod look.

The diet consisted of measured amounts of protein rich dishes like egg whites, filet mignon, chicken, fish, oatmeal, broccoli, asparagus, a baked potato, cream of rice, and salad.

Did 'FIFA Corruption' tweets predict Germany WC win before time?

fifa-world-cup-finalSydney, July 14  : Twitter was reportedly amid a flurry of excitement after an account named ' FIFA Corruption' seemingly predicted the deciding moment of the World Cup finale between Germany and Argentina hours ahead of time.

Germany defeated Argentina by a goal with midfielder Mario Goetze scoring the game's only goal in the 113th minute to guide his side to victory.

According to News. com. au, the Twitter account in question gained thousands of followers since Goetze's goal because it had posted a number of tweets, 14 hours before the final started, that seemed to have predicted the correct outcome.

Kallis wants to end international career with World Cup 'high'

Jacques-KallisSydney, July 8 : South African great Jacques Kallis has said that it would be nice if he could end his international career with a World Cup victory, with him as part of the winning side.

A motivated Kallis, who would be playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League later this year, has achieved a lot of prizes in nearly two decades in the game, except for the Cricket World Cup.

Air NZ pulls out `sexist` flight safety video featuring Sports Illustrated supermodels

Air-New-ZealandMelbourne, July 7 : Air New Zealand has pulled their latest in-flight safety video due to an online backlash that featured Sports Illustrated supermodels sharing the airline's safety messages.

The video, entitled 'Safety in Paradise', features Australia's Jessica Gomes along with Christie Brinkley, Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis and Ariel Meredith running through the routine aeroplane safety pointers while looking glamorous in their bikinis on the shores of the Cook Islands, News. com. au reported.

Murray loses temper during Wimbledon clash against Dimitrov

Andy-MurrayMelbourne, July 4 : Andy Murray was infuriated during Wimbledon quarter final match against Grigor Dimitrov, which he lost in straight sets by 6-1, 7-6 and 6-2.

According to News. com. au, the 27-year-old tennis star showed inflamed gestures yelling "Shut the f**k up!" in the direction of his box where his coach Amelie Mauresmo, mother Judy and long-term girlfriend, Kim Sears, were sitting.

Reports also stated that in the third set Murray screamed out "five minutes before the f**king match!" indicating that whatever the distraction was it happened moments before the match.

NASA successfully tests 'saucer shaped' vehicle for future mars missions

NasaMelbourne, June 30 - NASA has recently tested an effective saucer shaped vehicle technology that could be used for future mars missions.

The 150 million US Dollars experimental flight was designed to deliver heavier spacecraft and eventually astronauts with a novel vehicle and a giant parachute, News. com. au reported.

Since the twin Viking spacecraft landed on the red planet in 1976, NASA has relied on the same parachute design to slow landers and rovers after piercing through the thin Martian atmosphere.

NASA reckoned the mission a success despite experiencing small problems like the giant parachute not deploying fully.

I am a very proud mother, says Miranda Kerr

Miranda-KerrMelbourne, June 27 : Miranda Kerr has revealed that she is a "very proud mother".

During a Twitter session, the former wife of Orlando Bloom said that her son is a "beautiful, happy soul" and she is a very proud mother, News. com. au reported.

The 31-year-old former Victoria's Secret model also promoted her new range of Royal Albert teacups through her #teawithmiranda Twitter session. (ANI)

Cristiano Ronaldo rejects getting 'inked' to donate blood

Cristiano-RonaldoMelbourne, June 27 : Cristiano Ronaldo confessed that he would never get his skin inked as he wanted to continue donating blood.

The 29-year-old Portugal footie ace, who reportedly gives blood twice a year, doesn't feel the need to get a tattoo, as in many countries, people with new tattoos can cause risks of cross-contamination and hepatitis while donating blood.

The Real Madrid star, who had also started donating bone marrow, said that he started the noble act when he learned about his teammate Carlos Martins's son's suffering, News. com. au reported.

Michael Clarke set to participate in Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race

Michael-ClarkeMelbourne, June 25 : Michael Clarke will make his competitive yachting debut in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month for charity.

The 33-year-old Australian cricketer will be a part of the Perpetual LOYAL crew in the Sydney-to-Gold Coast ocean race next month to raise money for medical equipment to assist seriously ill children, News. com. au reported.

Clarke, who will also be hosting a lunch to raise money for sick children, revealed that the endeavor is out of his "comfort zone" but he had decided to take it up as it is for a good cause. (ANI)

Australia sends troops to Iraq to protect Baghdad embassy

David-JohnstonMelbourne: Australia today said it has sent a small detachment of soldiers to Iraq to help bolster security at its embassy in Baghdad in the wake of the assault by Islamic militants in the country.

Defence Minister David Johnston said the defence liaison force is being deployed to protect embassy staff and evacuate them if necessary, not to help Iraqi forces battling militants who have seized large swathes of the country's north in the past two weeks.

He did not confirm how many personnel have been sent for security reasons.

KimK's doppelganger may be 'Mexico's hit squad leader'

KimK's doppelganger may be 'Mexico's hit squad leader'Melbourne, June 8 - Claudia Ochoa Felix, who has been previously nicknamed ' Mexico 's Kim Kardashian' is now alleged to be leader of an infamous Mexican Los Antrax hit squad.

The mother of three was reportedly married to a Sinaloa drug trafficker known as El Chavo and after his arrest this year the Mexican media reports have stated that she might have taken the control over squad, News. com. au reported.

Hamilton hints may take 'Senna-style' revenge on Rosberg at Monaco GP

Lewis-HamiltonSydney, May 25 : Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton has reportedly indicated that he may take revenge on his teammate Nico Rosberg 'Senna-style' in the Monaco Grand Prix finale on Sunday.

This may be payback for the German's controversial pole-claiming performance in qualifying on Saturday, which came under considerable investigation before Rosberg was cleared of any wrongdoing in a move that clearly incensed the Briton.

Dino fossil proves humans lived alongside dinosaurs

Dino-fossil-Ebenezer.Melbourne, May 24 : The Australian man, who is building a Noah's ark in America, is set to unveil a dinosaur fossil named " Ebenezer", which he says proves that humans lived alongside dinosaurs.

Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, will be unveiling a new exhibit of a 30-foot-long skeleton of an Allosaurus, News. com. au reported.

The fossil resembles a Tyrannosaurus rex and is the centrepiece of a new exhibit called "Facing the Allosaurus".

Miranda Kerr 'still positive' despite tumultuous time

Miranda-KerrSydney, May 18 : Despite having a tumultuous time recently, including her split from hubby Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr has taken it all in her stride.

Kerr, who was listed by Forbes last year as the second highest-earning model in the world, behind Gisele Bundchen, said that remaining positive is part of her DNA, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

She said that she feels blessed and very fortunate, adding that since she's a businesswoman and a mother, balancing her life every day is something she chooses to do.

Kerr is also determined to remain in the US so that son Flynn can grow up with his dad. (ANI)

Australian PM congratulates Modi

Tony-AbbottCanberra, May 16 : Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott congratulated Narendra Modi Friday for leading the BJP to victory in the Indian general elections.

"I've spoken to @narendramodi and congratulated him on his success. I look forward to strengthening ties between India and Australia," Abbott tweeted Friday in his official PM account.

According to Radio Australia, Abbott has invited Modi to visit Australia for the G20 Summit to be held in Brisbane in November. (IANS)

Nicole Kidman's 'Grace of Monaco' gets poor reviews at Cannes

Nicole-KidmanMelbourne, May 15 : The first reviews for Nicole Kidman's ' Grace of Monaco', which opened at the Cannes Film Festival haven't been kind.

Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian said that the "film is so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire-risk".

Of Kidman's performance as the former Grace Kelly -turned-Princess, Bradshaw writes that the Aussie spends her time "wafting around the Palace with dewy-eyed features and slightly parted lips which make her look like a grown-up Bambi after a couple of cocktails, suddenly remembering his mother's violent death in the forest".

New Delhi has dirtiest air among 1600 cities: WHO

New Delhi has dirtiest air among 1600 cities: WHOSydney, May 8 - World Health Organisation has revealed that New Delhi is the most polluted city in the world.

The international organization, which measured pollution in cities around the world, found that Beijing's pollution measurements is far more less than that of New Delhi, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Thirteen of the dirtiest 20 cities were Indian, which included New Delhi, Patna, Gwalior and Raipur in the top four spots, while the Indian capital had an annual average of 153 micrograms of small particulates, known as PM2.5, per cubic metre.

Bailey, Maxwell lead Kings XI Punjab to fifth highest IPL score in 44-run win over CSK

Glenn MaxwellSydney, May 8 - Australian batsmen Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey have led the Kings X1 Punjab to the fifth highest score in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during a 44-run victory over Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.

Maxwell's 90 off 38 balls against Chennai took him to 435 runs for the tournament after just seven matches and he, along with Bailey, Virender Sehwag and David Miller tore the Chennai Super Kings attack apart as they raced to 4-231 from their 20 overs.

Distant tiny spinning star discovered

spinning-starMelbourne, May 7 : Using the ‘empty’ space between stars and galaxies that is made up of sparsely spread charged particles as a giant lens, researchers have made a measurement of a distant rotating neutron star that is believed to be the most precise till now.

The new measurement is one million times more precise than the previous world’s best.

Neutron stars were particularly interesting objects to study, as some of them - called pulsars - gave off pulsed radio waves whose beams swept across telescopes at regular intervals.

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