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Olympics: Aussies defiant over Boxing Kangaroo flag

Australian fans claimed a Sochi Olympics victory on Friday in their latest battle to keep the controversial Boxing Kangaroo flag flying. The family of freestyle skier Dave Morris claimed officials at the Extreme Park had tried to prevent them from showing off the flag as they supported him as well as fellow Aussies, Britteny Cox, Taylah O'Neill and Nicole Parks in Thursday's moguls qualification. "It's a rebel kangaroo," said Morris. "Supporters can have whatever they want, they're supporters so they can support the team however they want."

Cricket: Anatomy of an Ashes annihilation

The body language told the story but the statistics make the starkest reading after Australia handed old enemy England their heaviest ever Ashes series defeat. As Australia partied long and loud at the Sydney Cricket Ground and England sloped off to face a barrage of criticism, the numbers revealed the sheer scale of the hosts' superiority. Their dominance was not only underlined but increased on Sunday, when they swept to a humiliating 281-run victory with two days left to complete only England's third 5-0 Ashes whitewash in more than 130 years.

Cricket: Australia win 4th Ashes Test by 8 wickets

Australia completed an eight-wicket victory over England to take a 4-0 Ashes series lead in Melbourne on Sunday. The Australians chased down 231 runs easily, with more than a day to spare in the fourth Test. Opener Chris Rogers scored his second Test century with 116 and Shane Watson hit an unbeaten 83 as the Australians cruised to victory. They are on the brink of a 5-0 series clean sweep heading into the fifth and final Test, starting in Sydney on Friday.

Cricket: Record single day crowd for Ashes Test at MCG

The opening day of the fourth Australia-England Ashes Test set a new world record crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. Ground officials announced an updated first-day attendance of 91,092 and the biggest single-day crowd for a cricket Test match. The massive Boxing Day turnout eclipsed the previous single-day crowd record at the MCG of 90,800 set in the 1961 Test between Australia and the West Indies. "The boys in the team room are so pumped to have played in front of that many people," Australia paceman Ryan Harris said.

Cricket: Record first-day crowd for Ashes Test at MCG

The opening day of the fourth Australia-England Ashes Test set a new world record crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. Ground officials announced an updated first-day attendance of 91,092 and the biggest single-day crowd for a cricket Test match. The massive Boxing Day turnout eclipsed the previous record first-day crowd at the MCG of 90,800 set in the 1961 Test between Australia and the West Indies. Australia have already claimed the Ashes urn off England with an unassailable 3-0 series lead after huge Test victories in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Cricket: Record first-day crowd for Ashes Test at MCG

The opening day of the fourth Australia-England Ashes Test set a new world record crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. Ground officials announced a first-day attendance of 90,831 and the biggest single-day crowd for a cricket Test match. The massive Boxing Day turnout eclipsed the previous record first-day crowd at the MCG of 90,800 set in the 1961 Test between Australia and the West Indies. Australia have already claimed the Ashes urn off England with an unassailable 3-0 series lead after huge Test victories in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Cricket: Clarke targets Ashes whitewash as Aussies gun for No 1

Michael Clarke vowed Tuesday to lead an all-out assault on England as Australia go for a 5-0 Ashes series triumph, targeting the top spot in Test cricket. "People have been asking me how we're going to approach the Boxing Day Test after already winning back the Ashes," skipper Clarke wrote in his Tuesday column for The Telegraph. "The answer is easy - full throttle," he said in what the daily called the "blueprint for Ashes whitewash".

Cricket: Rogers feels pressure even with Ashes won

The Ashes may be won but Australia opener Chris Rogers said Saturday he goes into next week's fourth Test against England on Boxing Day feeling under pressure. While Australia locked up an unassailable 3-0 series lead with victory in Perth earlier this week to reclaim the urn surrendered to England in 2009, Rogers admitted his personal contribution has been less than compelling. Rogers has scored a total of 156 runs from six innings with only two half-centuries for a series average of 26.

Cricket: Rogers feels pressure even with Ashes won

The Ashes may be won but Australia opener Chris Rogers said Saturday he goes into next week's fourth Test against England on feeling under pressure. While Australia locked up an unassailable 3-0 series lead with victory in Perth earlier this week to reclaim the urn surrendered to England in 2009, Rogers admitted his personal contribution has been less than compelling. Rogers has scored a total of 156 runs from six innings with only two half-centuries for a series average of 26.

Cricket: Warner mulls US baseball trial - report

Explosive Australian opener David Warner is mulling a baseball trial in the United States where successful hitters can earn millions of dollars a year, a report said Tuesday. Warner's manager Tony Connelly told the Sydney Daily Telegraph all options were being considered for a player who has plundered the English bowling in the ongoing Ashes series where he is averaging over 90. "Dave and I have spoken about it -- it would be interesting to see how he goes," Connelly said of a baseball trial.
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