Australia

Kangaroos don't buy Bennett's mind games

Bennett made the statement after England’s narrow 20-18 semi-final win over Tonga but Kangaroos prop David Klemmer said those kind of mind games won’t engender any complacency in the Australian squad.

Klemmer insisted Bennett would instil belief in the England squad that they could upset the host nation. 

Australia seal win to take Ashes lead

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Resuming on 114-0 and needing just 56 more runs to win in Brisbane, David Warner (87no) and Cameron Bancroft (82no) needed just over an hour on the final day to seal a convincing win in a game that, for the first three days, seemed right in the balance.

Hussain: Aussie attack relentless

The big difference between the sides in the first Ashes Test has been that Australia's star player, Steve Smith, has played a world-class innings that wins you games.

England had their warnings from Trevor Bayliss before the series when he said pretty fifties would not be enough and that has become apparent, with Smith's 141 not out for Australia the main reason they are now only 56 runs away from a 1-0 lead.

Holmes scores six as Australia thumps Fiji

Holmes's stunning return came on the back of his five-try performance against Samoa last week, as the Kangaroos ran away with a 10-tries-to-one victory.

The Fijians started with intensity in the early exchanges and opened the scoring with a penalty goal in the second minute. 

Jarryd Hayne was in the thick of it early with a big hit on Billy Slater but his team conceded too many penalties to stay in the contest.

Australia to demolish and rebuild Sydney Olympics stadium

The move is part of an A$2.3bn (£1.3bn; $1.8bn) project in New South Wales.

The state government voted on Thursday in favour of the controversial decision, local media outlets reported, citing government sources.

The government has long planned to redesign the stadium to better suit the local sports played there, but critics say the project will waste money.

The plan was first floated in 2015 by the New South Wales government, and lawmakers have bitterly debated over it for months.

Tesla finishes installing mega-battery in Australia

The 100-megawatt battery in South Australia is designed to provide security to the state's electricity grid.

It will store enough energy to power 30,000 homes for about an hour.

Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk had said the battery would be free if it was not installed within 100 days of signing a contract for the project.

It appears the company will meet the 1 December deadline for installation of the battery array, which will be connected to a wind farm run by French renewable energy company Neoen.

UN urges Australia to solve Manus Island crisis

About 400 refugees are still refusing to leave the former detention centre on the Papua New Guinea island after it was closed at the end of October when essential services were cut.

The deputy regional representative of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Nai Jit Lam, said Australia remained responsible for the refugees and should engage them in constructive dialogue.

"This is a man-made and entirely preventable humanitarian crisis. It is a damning indictment of a policy meant to avoid Australia's international obligations," the UNHCR added.

Nasa tracking station in Australia hit by staff strike

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is one of three Nasa sites globally that provide constant radio contact with more than 30 spacecraft.

About 60 workers will go on strike for an hour, forcing staff at a US station to work overtime.

Nasa said the dispute would not affect operations.

While funded by Nasa, the tracking station is managed by Australia's government science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

'England scared on last Ashes tour'

The off-spinner says Mitchell Johnson's extreme pace in 2013-14 intimidated the tourists so much that they were already "broken" after the first Test.

Johnson took 37 wickets at 13.97 and did most of the damage as England were whitewashed 5-0.

"Seeing Mitchell Johnson scare all the Poms was unbelievable," Lyon said. "Leading into (the third Test at) Perth we knew they were broken; we knew Matt Prior wanted to fly home before the game started."

Kangaroos target Fiji's 'Bill'

The 22-year-old Penrith powerhouse goes by the nickname “Bill” and Kangaroos forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard knows only too well the devastation he can cause after watching  him “terrorising people” in the Intrust Super Premiership this year.

Kikau stands at 195cm and weighs in at 119kg.