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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Making news this morning - forced to close its salad bars a national restaurant chain because of a poison scare.

after almost 30 hours. An inner-Sydney siege ends with four bombs rocking Baghdad. Another deadly day in Iraq And in sport - take out their third NBL title. the Melbourne Tigers at the weather. Let's take a quick look for our first look at finance. Now to Kath to offshore trading this morning. And it's been a negative start on the AGL and Alinta takeover I'll be back later with the latest

on the economy. and also some bad news A poisoning scare chain to close its 28 salad bars has forced the Sizzler restaurant across Australia. to find out Detectives are still trying served in Brisbane. how rat poison was in some food was deserted by diners last night. The Sizzler chain of restaurants closed across the country. Their famous all-you-can-eat bars in soup and pasta sauce Rat poison has been found at two Brisbane locations - and the western suburb of Toowong. the city the salad bar area down We are closing

the grill part of the Sizzler. and just simply operating

complaining to police A Queensland diner in her soup on the weekend. after she found greenish pellets it tasted really weird, The taste of it, like something was wrong with it. restaurant were examined by doctors Two staff from Brisbane's city after they sampled the tainted food. any poisoned customers, Detectives are yet to identify but it was close. an examination of the soup, The staff have then made and, as a result of the examination, the items were removed from sale. Police want to speak with this woman, who told Sizzler staff in her soup on Saturday. she'd found foreign items Health experts have called for calm. actually a treatment The good news is that there is to actually reverse that. that is available steps to prevent further sabotage. Sizzler's management says it's taking Sharon Marshall, Ten News. a prison escapee Police are still questioning for almost 30 hours in inner Sydney. who held them at bay

overnight Officers stormed a third floor unit threw a replica pistol out a window. after 30-year-old Michael White since Monday afternoon. He'd been locked inside alleged escaping from Long Bay Jail He will be charged with in November last year of armed robberies. and also with an alleged number and face court later today. White is expected to charged There's been mixed reaction to plans child support system. for a major overhaul of Australia's the changes, While lone fathers welcome will be worse off. some single mothers in over three years The new system will be phased at a cost of $850 million. the minimum payment to $6 a week, The changes include lifting Gary Neiwand Former Australian Olympic cyclist to send him to prison. is appealing a court decision He could serve four months jail an intervention order for again breaching taken out by his former wife. chance to avoid jail last year The 39-year-old was given a last his former partner's champagne glass. after claiming to have urinated in he was caught driving past her home. But a month later, for the sake of their children, However, Mrs Neiwand says she doesn't want him jailed.

will be replaced within five years. The Navy's Sea King helicopter fleet Defence Minister Brendan Nelson The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports through cabinet. plans to push the proposal into last April's fatal crash The move comes after the inquiry in Indonesia.

but three are now back in service following the crash The fleet had been grounded

back in the air in coming weeks. with the remainder scheduled to be no sign of easing The violence in Iraq shows in bombings overnight. with almost 40 people dying

two British soldiers. Among those to lose their lives, A witness says the clear target of the car bomb. the British patrol troops were damaged as they drove past. The light armoured vehicles severely to secure the area, As attempts were made rescuers were pelted with rocks. in sectarian violence. But many more have died attacker killed more than 20 people In the most devastating a suicide in Baghdad. as they waited to buy kerosene In the same neighbourhood, when a car bomb exploded, nine people died at a Shi'ite mosque killed four. while another detonated must make a choice. Now the people of Iraq The choice is chaos or unity. has resumed, And the trial of Saddam Hussein by lawyers. ending a month-long boycott Prosecutors have produced a memo allegedly showing the slaughter of more than 140 Shias. the former Iraqi dictator approved the case wasn't free of drama But once again judge refused to postpone the trial. two lawyers walking out after the Wild demonstrations by native Papuans commercial district in Jakarta. continue to disrupt a busy For a third day, Freeport mining operation hundreds demanded the American in Indonesia's eastern Papua Province be shut down. blocked them from Freeport's offices. Violent clashes erupted when police and hurled rocks at the building They tore riot shields from police until water cannon ended the clashes. have been crowned NBL champions The Melbourne Tigers their Grand Final series last night. after clean sweeping Sydney beaten 88-83 by the Tigers - since 1997. who claimed their first crown The Kings have been de-throned. Tigers are the new kings COMMENTATOR: And the Melbourne of the Philips Championship. clean-sweep The Melbourne Tigers' Grand Final at the top. ending Sydney's 3-year reign CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Let the celebrations begin! With a rookie coach,

and one MVP gun, a roster of some old, some young all final series - untouchable. the Tigers proved as they've done

or anything, I didn't want to jinx us that we weren't going to lose. but you just felt within the group We always kept finding ways to win.

evaporate yet again, After seeing a commanding early lead the 5-point loss presented unfamiliar territory for the Kings. Their dynasty crashing on home soil. I hope that this style of basketball and what went on here in the competitive spirit that this was played in, will help basketball, and the future of basketball so we get this sport to where it should be. Barry Levinson, Ten News. AFL, and West Coast could name their new captain as soon as today with Chris Judd likely to replace Ben Cousins.

Judd initially declined the role but it's believed he's now warmed to the responsibility. Last night the club's board gave its approval. We're very conscious of due process of the West Coast Eagles. Being a captain of our club is a very, very important position and we've got to make sure we get it right. And in another off-field headache for the club, the Eagles have confirmed police will speak with Ashley Sampi over an alleged domestic incident with his girlfriend on Monday. Australian rugby union winger Wendell Sailor has copped an additional 2-week suspension over his drunken night out in South Africa. After a 3.5 hour hearing, Sailor's ban was lifted from one match to three

and his fine increased from $500 to $4,000. I think I've gotta wear it. I think I'm disappointed with the outcome, but at the same time I put myself in a situation and therefore, I think, the standard's been set. The NSW Waratah was sent home from South Africa after pushing a nightclub patron and throwing up. Finance now with Kath and a stronger-than-expected profit for AGL? GDP numbers for the three months to the end of December are due out and it's expected to be a fairly unspectacular result. National weather for today: Now to what's making headlines in the papers. The Ten Early News will return after the break.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Among the stories we're following this morning, dozens of people die in four bombings in Iraq after a curfew is lifted. A poison scare forces a national restaurant chain to close its salad bars. A man to face court after police end a 28-hour siege in Sydney. And the end of an era with the Melbourne Tigers ending the NBL reign of the Sydney Kings. Finance now with Kath and the sale of new homes continues to fall? Over the month of January the sale of new properties slid, but it's a very different story if you're trying to sell a house rather than unit.

Total sales declined by 0.3% in the first month of 2006, thanks to a big decline in apartment sales. According to the HIA - unit sales were down nearly 15% due to a drop in supply. But new home sales ticked up - rising 1.8% over the month. And Bill, I'll be back soon to look at what we can expect today when GDP figures are released. Brisbane police are still trying to trace the source of a poisoning scare which has forced the closure of salad bars at a popular chain of restaurants. Rat poison was found in soup and pasta sauce served to diners at two Sizzler outlets in Brisbane. The self-service food buffets have been shut down across Australia while police investigate. We are closing the salad bar area down and just simply operating the grill part of the Sizzler. Police are still interviewing customers and staff. A Sydney man will appear in court this morning after a marathon siege ended overnight. 29 hours later and a tense stand-off is finally over. 28-year-old prison escapee Michael White was arrested

shortly before 9 o'clock last night. He'd been holding police at bay since Monday afternoon. During the operation, police will allege that we recovered a replica-type pistol. Currently there's a search warrant also being done on the premises

which was occupied by the alleged escapee. The siege began when police approached White in a suburban street wanting to question him about a series of recent armed hold-ups. He retreated into a unit on the third floor of a Housing Commission block locking the door behind him. After evacuating nearby residents and surrounding the building, police called in their negotiators. A minimum security prisoner, White had been serving a 9-month sentence for robbery offences at Sydney's Long Bay Jail. He'd been on the run since November. White will face court later today. Kate Donnison, Ten News. Uproar in Federal Parliament overnight with the Health Minister accused of a racist slur. During a fiery exchange, Tony Abbott said former Opposition leader Simon Crean risks losing his pre-selection because of ethnic branch-stacking. He's still got the Greek branches but he's lost the Spanish branches and he's lost the Vietnamese as well as the Cambodian branches and I couldn't help but think are there any Australians left in the so-called Australian Labor party today, Mr Speaker? Oh, oh, oh! Labor claims it was an outrageous slur on non-Anglo Australians. Mr Abbott subsequently withdrew his comments. New claims our Foreign Minister was warned of possible AWB kickbacks to Saddam Hussein six years ago. Cables released by the Cole Inquiry show high level concern over the payments which were dismissed by the Government. It would be funny if it weren't so serious. Serial pest Peter Hoare staging a bizarre protest outside the Cole Commission. The two kittens, he claimed, were lie detectors. Inside, memory problems continued to plague former AWB chairman Trevor Flugge. He couldn't recall a meeting in Washington six years ago when the alarm bells were ringing about the kickbacks to Saddam Hussein. But Mr Flugge is named as present in one of four cables released by the Commission, cables that were also sent to Foreign Minister Downer.

Of course I would have read them. Mr Downer revealed AWB was most reluctant to cooperate

and it denied it was, in fact, sanction-busting. What you ran was not an investigation, Minister. You ran a tip-off. The Prime Minister too revealing that the complaints from the Canadian Wheat Board at the time were seen as hostile.

A query is raised, so what do we do, Because one of our competitors says we are bad, we roll over? This Government thinks it's business as usual to do business with Saddam Hussein behind the UN's back. Paul Bongiorno, Ten News. Meanwhile, two British soldiers have been killed in an attack on a patrol in the country's south. A roadside bomb was detonated as the British drove past severely damaging the lightly armoured vehicles. As tanks arrived to secure the scene and retrieve members of the patrol, locals pelted them with rocks. The trial of former dictator Saddam Hussein and his aides has resumed with minor problems. All eight defendants were present despite earlier threats to continue their boycott. The chief judge again rejected requests by the defence team to postpone the trial and dismiss himself and the chief prosecutor. Saddam's lawyer then walked out, he was replaced by a court-appointed lawyer. A fiesta of dancing, music and outrageous costumes for Rio de Janeiro's famed annual Carnival. 4,000 of Brazil's best samba dancers pulsated their way around the Sambadrome to the beat of hundreds of drums. Parades are judged on choreography, their colourful floats and enthusiasm. The week-long festival comes to an end tomorrow

when the winning troupe will be announced. The Melbourne Tigers have ended the Sydney Kings 3-year reign as NBL champions, taking the title south last night. The Tigers took out the best of 5-game series 3-nil, winning by five points. Melbourne won two of their matches in Sydney to take their first title since 1997. Tigers' skipper Chris Anstey led his team to victory, top-scoring with 16 points.

AFL, and Chris Judd is set to be named captain of West Coast today. He initially declined, reluctant to take the job from his good friend Ben Cousins, but the club's board last night gave their approval for the 22-year-old. The hottest topic at the Eagles' opening board meeting of '06 was just who will captain their club this season. At this stage John will be going through the process and obviously be discussing a number of players and the board will make the appropriate decision. Initially reluctant to take on the job,

it's believed star midfielder Chris Judd has warmed to the responsibility of becoming just the eighth captain in the club's history. And after being given the tick of approval at board level, the 2004 Brownlow Medallist is set to get the gig as soon as today. We're very conscious of due process at the West Coast Eagles.

Being a captain of our club is a very, very important position, and we've got to make sure we get it right. And, in another off-field headache for the club, the Eagles have confirmed police will speak with Ashley Sampi over an alleged domestic incident with his girlfriend Monday. Tim Hodges, for Sports Tonight. South Australian bowler Shaun Tait isn't talking up his chances of a national call up to replace Glenn McGrath on the cricket tour of South Africa. Tait is coming off an impressive ING Cup final performance against New South Wales last weekend, but he's not packing his bags just yet. There's still Dizzy and there's Casper and there's blokes bowling really well. So I really am not expecting a phone call, yeah. McGrath pulled out of the Test Series against the Proteas to support his wife's battle against cancer. National weather for today: Time for finance, and economics to dominate for the rest of the week? One of the key figures out today is the fourth quarter economic growth figures. For more I'm joined by Donahue D'Souza from CommSec.

Good morning Donahue - what's your GDP forecast?

Economic growth figures are out

today. The alarm was have nothing to

do with what we are expecting.

do with what we are expecting. 4th quarter figures should reflect a

quarter figures should reflect a boom in spending. We are expecting the

economy grew by half a per cent.

Later we heard that retail sales.

Unfortunately we are expecting choppy

results. Building approval figures

are expected to rise. On the

are expected to rise. On the retail trade front - we are expecting. An that Still to come, the racial comment which has a senior politician in hot water. And the cake that would satisfy any sweet tooth. But unfortunately, there's only one of him. always remember to wear gloves and protective gear, and never pick up dangerous-looking objects. Unless, of course, it's Hamburglar. and don't let rubbish become part of the scenery. McDONALD'S THEME PLAYS

This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making news this morning - a national restaurant chain forced to close its salad bars because of a poison scare. An inner-Sydney siege ends after almost 30 hours. Another deadly day in Iraq with four bombs rocking Baghdad. And in sport - the Melbourne Tigers take out their third NBL title. Let's take a quick look at the weather. Now to Kath for finance. Promina shareholders have been rewared with a 5 cent special dividend after the insurer posted a better- than-expected net annual profit. The result came in at $505 million and was underpinned by strong growth in premiums especially in the car insurance sector. Bill, I'll be back shortly to find out if the commodities boom will continue. A poisoning scare has forced the Sizzler restaurant chain to close its 28 salad bars across Australia. The Sizzler chain of restaurants was deserted by diners last night. Their famous all-you-can-eat bars closed across the country. Rat poison has been found in soup and pasta sauce at two Brisbane locations - the city and the western suburb of Toowong. We are closing the salad bar area down and just simply operating the grill part of the Sizzler. A Queensland diner complaining to police after she found greenish pellets in her soup on the weekend. The taste of it, it tasted really weird, like something was wrong with it.

Two staff from Brisbane's city restaurant were examined by doctors after they sampled the tainted food. Detectives are yet to identify

Detectives are yet to identify any poisoned customers, but it was close. The staff have then made an examination of the soup, and, as a result of the examination, the items were removed from sale. Police want to speak with this woman,

who told Sizzler staff she'd found foreign items in her soup on Saturday. Health experts have called for calm. The good news is that there is actually a treatment that is available to actually reverse that. Sizzler's management says it's taking steps to prevent further sabotage. Sharon Marshall, Ten News. Police are still questioning a prison escapee who held them at bay for almost 30 hours in inner Sydney. Officers stormed a third floor unit overnight after 30-year-old Michael White threw a replica pistol out a window. He will be charged with alleged escaping from Long Bay Jail in November last year and also with an alleged number of armed robberies. White is expected to charged and face court later today. Single fathers have welcomed changes to the child support system announced by the Federal Government. But it appears some single mothers will be worse off. The architect of the radical changes to the child support system is a Sydney law professor. Now we are trying to offer somthing which is - or trying to introduce something which will be fairer, which will be seen to be defensible. The new system will be phased in over three years at a cost of $850 million. The changes include: What we want non-resident parents to do is to actually maintain the quality of life for the child, not the quality of life for the former spouse. But the big change comes in from July 2008, a radical change to the payment formula - giving the incomes of both the custodial and non-custodial parents equal weight and basing payments on the actual cost of raising children. Lone fathers like the changes but want them sooner. Now we are going to be waiting for another few years and that is going to be hard to swallow for a lot of people and it is going to make people - there is a lot of hardship. People will have to put up with for the next few years. Under the new formula many non-custodial fathers who are currently paying child support will be required to pay less and that's bound to be unpopular with many former wives and partners. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. The Navy's Sea King helicopter fleet will be replaced within five years. The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports Defence Minister Brendan Nelson plans to push the proposal through Cabinet. The move comes after the inquiry into last April's fatal crash in Indonesia. The fleet had been grounded following the crash but three are now back in service with the remainder scheduled to be back in the air in coming weeks. The violence in Iraq shows no sign of easing

with almost 40 people dying in bombings overnight. Among those to lose their lives, two British soldiers. A witness says the British patrol troops were the clear target of the car bomb. The light armoured vehicles severely damaged as they drove past. As attempts were made to secure the area, rescuers were pelted with rocks. But many more have died in sectarian violence. In the most devastating a suicide attacker killed more than 20 people as they waited to buy kerosene in Baghdad. In the same neighbourhood, nine people died when a car bomb exploded, while another detonated at a Shi'ite mosque killed four. Now the people of Iraq must make a choice. The choice is chaos or unity. After a month-long boycott, the trial of Saddam Hussein has resumed. Prosecutors have produced a memo allegedly showing the former Iraqi dictator approved the slaughter of more than 140 Shias. But once again, the case wasn't free of drama two lawyers walking out after the judge refused to postpone the trial. Nicole Strahan, Ten News. Thousands of Muslims took to the streets of Mumbai burning American and Danish flags, stringing up an effigy of Mr Bush and calling him the father of terrorism. Muslim and Communist groups in the country plan more protests to coincide with the President's week-long tour during which he hopes to finalise a civilian nuclear agreement with India. More than 5,000 children, some as young as 8, have protested in Pakistan over those cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. During the demonstration, the children burned Israeli and Danish flags, torched a coffin draped in an American flag and called for the cartoonists to be executed. The children were allowed to leave school for the day to take part in the protests. The Melbourne Tigers have ended the Sydney Kings 3-year reign as NBL champions, taking the title south last night. The Tigers took out the best of 5-game series 3-nil, winning by five points. COMMENTATOR: And the Melbourne Tigers are the new kings of the Philips Championship. I didn't want to jinx us or anything, but you just felt within the group that we weren't going to lose. We always kept finding ways to win. Tigers' skipper Chris Anstey led his team to victory, top-scoring with 16 points. There's still Dizzy and there's Casper and there's blokes bowling really well. So I really am not expecting a phone call, yeah. McGrath pulled out of the Test Series against the Proteas to support his wife's battle against cancer. Another two weeks on the sidelines for NSW and Australian rugby union winger Wendell Sailor. His suspension for a drunken night out in South Africa last night increased from one match to three. Wendell Sailor arrived at Australian Rugby Union headquarters with his international career on the line. After a 3.5-hour hearing, the disciplinary tribunal chose not to tear up his Wallabies contract but his punishment still hurt. I think I've gotta wear it. I think I'm disappointed with the outcome, but at the same time I put myself in a situation and therefore, I think, the standard's been set. Sailor was sent home from South Africa last week after pushing a nightclub patron and throwing up.

But he bristled at any suggestion that he's got a problem with alcohol. REPORTER: Have you actually thought about giving up the drink? Being a social drinker - no, not really. I'm a social drinker. I don't think I'm a bloke who goes out on two- or three-day benders. If that was the case, maybe I would. Sailor also had his original $500 fine increased to $4,000. A two-match suspended sentence for a separate late night incident in South Africa 7 months ago, remains in place. Leanne West, Ten News. Finance with Kath, and fourth-quarter economic growth figures out today. GDP numbers for the three months to the end of December are due out and it's expected to be a fairly unspectacular result. Economists were forecasting the economy to grow by around 0.8% over the quarter but yesterday's poor current account deficit forced many analysts to revise down their forecasts by 1/10th of a per cent.

But the good times are expected to continue for the country's booming resources sector. The Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics has forecast commodity exports to rise to a record $134 billion next year. ABARE says the ongoing boom will be given a helping hand by rising iron ore and copper prices as well as high oil prices, that are forecast to remain around current levels for the rest of this year. And that's of course good news for our big miners BHP and Rio.

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You're with Ten's Early News - coming up, Iraq's bloody response to the lifting of a curfew. And Japan's offering for those with a sweet tooth.

SONG: # Mum, I don't know how to tell you # Just how much I love you # So, Mum, I just hope you see it # When I reach out to you MUSIC INTENSIFIES # It must be love # Love, love # Nothing more, nothing less # Love is the best. # This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Among the stories we're following this morning, dozens of people die in four bombings in Iraq after a curfew is lifted. A poison scare forces a national restaurant chain to close its salad bars. A man to face court after police end a 28-hour siege in Sydney. And the end of an era with the Melbourne Tigers ending the NBL reign of the Sydney Kings. Brisbane police are still trying to trace the source of a poisoning scare which has forced the closure of salad bars at a popular chain of restaurants. Rat poison was found in soup and pasta sauce served to diners at two Sizzler outlets in Brisbane. The self-service food buffets have been shut down across Australia while police investigate. We are closing the salad bar area down and just simply operating the grill part of the Sizzler. Police are still interviewing customers and staff.

A Sydney man will appear in court this morning after a marathon siege ended overnight. 29 hours later and a tense stand-off is finally over. 28-year-old prison escapee Michael White was arrested shortly before 9 o'clock last night. He'd been holding police at bay since Monday afternoon. During the operation, police will allege that we recovered a replica-type pistol. Currently there's a search warrant also being done on the premises which was occupied by the alleged escapee. The siege began when police approached White in a suburban street wanting to question him about a series of recent armed hold-ups. He retreated into a unit on the third floor of a Housing Commission block locking the door behind him. After evacuating nearby residents and surrounding the building, police called in their negotiators. A minimum security prisoner, White had been serving a 9-month sentence for robbery offences

at Sydney's Long Bay Jail. He'd been on the run since November. White will face court later today. Kate Donnison, Ten News. Uproar in Federal Parliament overnight with the Health Minister accused of a racist slur. During a fiery exchange, Tony Abbott said former Opposition leader Simon Crean risks losing his pre-selection because of ethnic branch-stacking. He's still got the Greek branches but he's lost the Spanish branches and he's lost the Vietnamese as well as the Cambodian branches and I couldn't help but think are there any Australians left in the so-called Australian Labor party today, Mr Speaker? Oh, oh, oh! Labor claims it was an outrageous slur on non-Anglo Australians. Mr Abbott subsequently withdrew his comments. New claims our Foreign Minister was warned of possible AWB kickbacks to Saddam Hussein six years ago. Cables released by the Cole Inquiry

show high level concern over the payments which were dismissed by the Government. It would be funny if it weren't so serious. Serial pest Peter Hoare staging a bizarre protest outside the Cole Commission. The two kittens, he claimed, were lie detectors. Inside, memory problems continued to plague former AWB chairman Trevor Flugge. He couldn't recall a meeting in Washington six years ago when the alarm bells were ringing about the kickbacks to Saddam Hussein. But Mr Flugge is named as present in one of four cables released by the Commission, cables that were also sent to Foreign Minister Downer. Of course I would have read them. Mr Downer revealed AWB was most reluctant to cooperate and it denied it was, in fact, sanction-busting. What you ran was not an investigation, Minister.

You ran a tip-off. The Prime Minister too revealing that the complaints from the Canadian Wheat Board at the time were seen as hostile. A query is raised, so what do we do, Because one of our competitors says we are bad, we roll over? This Government thinks it's business as usual to do business with Saddam Hussein behind the UN's back. Paul Bongiorno, Ten News. Iraq's lifting of a curfew has resulted in a bloody response with at least 40 civilians killed in a string of attacks. British troops have also come under siege with roadside bombs killing two soldiers. Two British soldiers have just been killed by a road-side bomb. Within minutes, young men and boys are stoning troops at the scene. It's a measure both of local hostility and the deadly effectiveness of road-side explosives

which have caused most British casualties in the past year. This is also Alamara in the midst of a violent riot two years ago. These were the scenes then as British troops tried to break it up.

But shortly after these pictures were taken, British soldiers were also filmed apparently beating up protesters in their custody. Those pictures caused outrage

when they first appeared two weeks ago and the Iraqi authorities in two southern provinces have suspended cooperation with the British. But the vast majority of the dead are ordinary Iraqis. Today, at least 30 were killed in Baghdad by four bombs. One at a market, another at a petrol station. This man accuses the government of doing nothing. "Why is it happening to us?" he asks. "Because we are Shi'ites?". Almost 400 people have died in a week of sectarian attacks since the bombing of the Shi'ite shrine. President Bush says the people of Iraq now face a stark choice between chaos and unity. The Melbourne Tigers have been crowned NBL champions after clean sweeping their Grand Final series last night. Sydney beaten 88-83 by the Tigers - who claimed their first crown since 1997.

The Kings have been de-throned.

COMMENTATOR: And the Melbourne Tigers are the new kings of the Philips Championship. The Melbourne Tigers' Grand Final clean-sweep ending Sydney's 3-year reign at the top. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Let the celebrations begin! With a rookie coach, a roster of some old, some young and one MVP gun, the Tigers proved as they've done all final series - untouchable. I didn't want to jinx us or anything, but you just felt within the group that we weren't going to lose. We always kept finding ways to win. After seeing a commanding early lead evaporate yet again, the 5-point loss presented unfamiliar territory for the Kings. Their dynasty crashing on home soil. I hope that this style of basketball and what went on here in the competitive spirit that this was played in, will help basketball, and the future of basketball so we get this sport to where it should be.

Barry Levinson, Ten News. AFL, and West Coast could name their new captain as soon as today with Chris Judd likely to replace Ben Cousins.

Judd initially declined the role but it's believed he's now warmed to the responsibility. Last night the club's board gave its approval. We're very conscious of due process of the West Coast Eagles. Being a captain of our club is a very, very important position and we've got to make sure we get it right. And in another off-field headache for the club, the Eagles have confirmed police will speak with Ashley Sampi over an alleged domestic incident with his girlfriend on Monday. Australian rugby union winger Wendell Sailor has copped an additional 2-week suspension

over his drunken night out in South Africa. After a 3.5 hour hearing, Sailor's ban was lifted from one match to three and his fine increased from $500 to $4,000. I think I've gotta wear it. I think I'm disappointed with the outcome, but at the same time I put myself in a situation and therefore, I think, the standard's been set. The NSW Waratah was sent home from South Africa after pushing a nightclub patron and throwing up. Time for the final look a finance, and property investors could be forced to pay back millions. Investors who bought serviced apartments over the past five years

will be forced to repay more than $100 million to the Government. According to newspaper reports the Government is planning to amend GST laws and retrospectively remove the 10% tax break on serviced apartments. National weather for today:

A birthday extravaganza for one of the world's greatest-ever musicians. The Austrian embassy in Japan marked Mozart's 250th birthday with a 250 million yen birthday cake. That's a whopping $3 million to you or me. Decorated with thousands of gold coins the cake weighed in at 30 kilograms. The inedible sparkling tribute will be displayed in a Tokyo department store for the next two weeks. Now for a look at the day ahead - And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. I'm Bill Woods. Have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au