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(generated from captions) You gypped me out of seeing heaven. Second thought, scratch that... ..'cause I've got heaven, right here with you guys. I couldn't leave. the Australian Caption Centre Supertext Captions by This program is captioned live. A scandal rocks the house - to ban 'Big Brother'. tonight the PM leads the push

Paul Keating faces court The son of former prime minister accused of assaulting a solicitor. And a heart-rending farewell - the young murder victim. the funeral for Sofia, and Deborah Knight. Ten News with Ron Wilson Good evening. Also tonight - in Sydney's CBD. new support for a congestion tax And Barnsey in full voice for Sydney FC. leading the new official fan song another brawl with the States saying Treasurer Peter Costello's sparked and business regulation. he wants to take control of taxes the Prime Minister The Premiers say he's undermining in a bid for the top job. headed to the Solomon Islands Peter Costello after dropping his bombshell,

fuming in his wake. leaving the Premiers take control of all things economic, His idea for the Commonwealth to including taxes and regulation, has angered the States. as his Treasurer, The Prime Minister won't go as far but agrees than States' rights. efficiency is more important who does things People don't really care as long as they get done. But the Premiers say to improve relations with the States Mr Howard has tried by Peter Costello. and his efforts are now being undone going to be simply bashed up The States are not Liberal leadership aspirant. by a future What's he on about? to be prime minister, If he wants to take the next step he's got to be responsible. who is preparing for COAG We do have a Prime Minister one bit. and this does not help that process out-of-control government, This is an arrogant,

there's no doubt about it. Labor actually agrees do need to change how they do things, the States and Commonwealth has in fact made the situation worse. but says the Treasurer's approach

of Federal-State relations You don't get genuine reform

by starting a catfight. has said is The problem with what Peter Costello it's half-baked, it's one-sided. like the Chamber of Commerce say Business groups the States can do better

taxation and competition, on issues like started by Peter Costello, and they've welcome the debate but even they agree in managing the economy. the States do have a role to play Laurel Irving, Ten News. Paul Keating has fronted court The son of former prime minister a Sydney lawyer. charged with assaulting confronted solicitor Robert Herd It's alleged Patrick Keating at his inner city apartment in April, and punching him. throwing him to the ground

with common assault. The 29-year-old has been charged is linked to a property dispute. It's alleged the incident until next month. The matter has been adjourned Sydney streets No relief in sight for clogged shelving plans with the State Government to slug drivers entering the CBD. But the Opposition claims on the agenda. the congestion toll is still Taxes are rarely popular city streets, it has some support. but as a solution to our grid-locked

RTA research suggests tax on cars in the city the community would back a congestion

more pedestrian friendly. if it made the streets because the congestion is too high. The only way to solve the problem

I think it's necessary, yep. Absolutely. the less cars in here the better. Oh look, as far as I am concerned, of another toll. But not everyone is in favour I think it's quite a bad idea. when you work in the city. It's not the best thing

$20 a day tax It's a system based on London's for driving into the city centre. through certain intersections. Tolling is electronic when cars pass With an election eight months away, is playing it safe. the Roads Minister in penalising Sydneysiders, I am not interested categorically rule it out. would be welcomed Fewer cars along these city streets and trains. but leads to more crowding on buses cars would lead to fewer shoppers. Businesses are also worried fewer the tax for practical reasons. The Opposition is also against with a congestion tax London succeeded system that could take up the slack. because it had a public transport

in Sydney is woeful. The public transport system

for now, The proposal may be off the agenda the idea isn't dead just yet. but the Opposition believes Kevin Wilde, Ten News. to axe 'Big Brother' The PM calls on Network Ten who've been expelled. over the conduct of two housemates Some politicians share his anger,

however, others are concerned and local production. at the potential loss of jobs of the concern an over-reaction. The Network has branded much it's far from business as usual Inside the 'Big Brother' house come to terms with an incident as the housemates upside down. which has turned their world Michael 'John' Bric did for a dare What Michael 'Ashley' Cox and of the Big Brother rules. was in direct breach there was no malice intended. I said to Big Brother They were doing it in a playful way. While she won't lay charges, for all the housemates to be evicted. the incident has lead to calls for Channel Ten Here's a great opportunity to do a bit of self-regulation off the air. and get this stupid program

immediate intervention. Some MPs are demanding are we going to put up with How many more incidences before the show is pulled? was axed a fortnight ago The adults only version is here to stay. but Big Brother itself and were removed from the house. These guys broke the house rules

That's the way the show operates we guaranteed to the Government and that's the way that the show would operate. The incident didn't go to air on Ten early on Saturday morning. but it was seen on the web is preparing a report The broadcasting watchdog for the Government, which has the option of calling an inquiry. Others are on Big Brother's side, the show now big business in the Sunshine State. Do I want to see another program here? Yes, I do. Should they clean up their act?

Yes, they should, but it shouldn't mean that the show is scrapped. Fenn Kemp, Ten News. Tears and tributes for the Perth schoolgirl raped and murdered in a shopping centre. Hundreds of family and friends gathered to farewell little Sofia at a moving funeral service. A prayer for little Sofia as hundreds of school friends gathered to lay flowers and say their final goodbyes. Students formed a guard of honour as dozens of pink and blue balloons were released in memory of their much-loved friend, the chapel overflowing as the close-knit community gathered in an outpouring of grief, classes cancelled to allow students time to attend the funeral, the emotion all too much for some. 8-year-old Sofia's life was cut tragically short last week. She was raped and murdered in a Perth shopping centre after leaving her family to go to the toilet. Today her tiny coffin arrived at the church in a white limousine, followed closely by her grief-stricken family, many of whom had flown from Spain, Hong Kong and Canada. Sofia's mother seeking comfort from the family priest, the 14-year-old brother who discovered her body surrounded by supporters. A condolence book provided for those wanting to pay tribute to the little girl described as happy, polite and respectful. The family priest told the congregation Sofia was a gentle and kind girl who was the victim of immense evil. Her principal also paid his respects. Sofia's parents, too distraught to address the mourners, wrote a letter, saying they're thankful for the eight beautiful years they had with their daughter and hope she will find the road that will bring them together again in heaven. Samantha Jolly, Ten News. Tim Webster with sport - the Blues bolstered by an 18th man. Yes, Dean Young has arrived in camp on stand-by. The dragons forward only arriving today where he caught up with his father, Craig, who is a NSW team manager. He's had a training run this afternoon and later we'll tell how much this player got for putting his boot into Brett Kimmorley's face. Also, mayhem at the start of the US Grand Prix. It caused more disappointment for Aussie Mark Webber. He was caught up in the first lap pile-up that sent Nick Heidfeld flying off the circuit. (tim) Also later..the mystery injury that forced Swan Jared Crouch to Jar

edCrouch to break his

long-standing playing record. A disturbing new drug trend - children risking their lives at a very early age. That's next. Plus, the man who died during a routine trip to the dentist. Now his family's calling for criminal charges. And the woman who's paying the price for stalking a rock star. There's no place in the world like Sydney, with 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', a musical spectacular. Stay & See Hotel Packages now available at Star City from $235 per person twin-share. Call: Or visit: EASEaCOLD is different to most cold and flu products. It contains ingredients proven to shorten the life

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This program is captioned live. A female police officer has been punched in the face in what appears to be a random act of violence. The senior constable was investigating an unrelated missing persons case with another officer when the man became aggressive. He allegedly began shouting abuse at the officers before the attack. The female officer, aged in her 40s, was admitted to hospital with a cut to the face. The man remains in police custody facing assault charges. A Sydney businessman who tortured 17 rabbits and a guinea pig

has been jailed for at least a year. 37-year-old Brendan McMahon failed to convince the magistrate he was mentally ill to avoid charges of animal cruelty. The animals were found dead or dying in and around his city office in July and August last year. Warnings tonight to teach young children about the dangers of drugs - they could be exposed to illicit substances at school

as early as Grade 3. At an age when their biggest worry should be homework, Sydney students are being suspended for taking drugs to school.

The Education Department's Serious Incident Reports reveal

467 drug-related suspensions last year, including children as young as 11 caught with cannabis and ecstasy. We had one case where a very young student took his grandma's prescription pills to school. The Year 3 student tried to hand them out to his friends. You've got to ask what's happening with families in these circumstances The Ted Noffs Institute says a lot of the young addicts it has counselled started out smoking cigarettes at an average age of 11. By 14 many were hooked on cannabis and amphetamines and a smaller number to heroin and cocaine, but generally: Cannabis appears to be dropping, methamphetamine seems to be increasing. So experts say parents shouldn't hold off on talking about drugs, even with young children. It's whenever it seems right in the context of that family environment. The latest Serious Incident Reports have prompted calls for a broader student drug education program, and not just at high schools but primary schools, too. Department policy is to immediately suspend

any student caught with drugs, but the Opposition says there are still plenty of repeat offenders. Clearly the State Government has its eye off the ball. There has to be a clear 'no drugs' message in our schools from very early on, even day one. Danielle Isdale, Ten News. The family of a man who died during a routine trip to the dentist say they hope a coroner recommends criminal charges.

The 67-year-old man died from a lack of oxygen while his teeth were removed. Sabatino Catignani's widow could barely contain her tears as she heard details about what happened to her husband during a trip to the dentist. The 67-year-old died after being starved of oxygen while under anaesthetic for teeth implants. A Sydney court heard Mr Catignani had some health problems such as obesity and a history of heavy smoking, but Dr George Pegio still considered him a suitable candidate.

The dentist was helped during the two-hour procedure by a nurse and two assistants. But an inquest's been told Mr Catignani's airways weren't managed and that he was given too much anaesthetic. The assistants today admitted they were oblivious to the patient's vital signs as they'd had no training.

Mr Catignani was connected to heart and pulse monitors

but staff claim they didn't notice the alarms. The court heard a nurse would normally check a patient's nails for colour change during a dental procedure. Ms Bockaroska said nails were one thing she did know about because she used to work at a beauty parlour. It was a disturbing day of evidence for the family who called on the coroner to investigate:

Dr Pegio will be called to give evidence later this week. Amber Muir, Ten News. A gruelling ordeal for relatives of those who died in the Childers Hostel fire six years ago. A new coronial investigation has begun and it's already been told about serious breaches of safety standards. The deadly fire took just two minutes to roar through the Palace hostel. 85 sleeping backpackers were woken by screams and smashing glass,

not fire alarms, the inferno so ferocious fire crews were forced to retreat to the street, listening helplessly to the cries of those trapped inside. 9 of 15 who died were in one room. Serial arsonist Robert Long was responsible for one of Australia's worst mass murders, and sentenced to life for starting the fire. Today Detective Sergeant Robert Campbell told the inquest the nine backpackers who died together had been entombed. A bunk bed had been blocking the exit, the windows were barred and glued shut. Three bodies were found huddled under a window they never had any chance of escaping through. The Coroner heard how a fire alarm system had been fitted in the hostel but had been unplugged because it was faulty. At the time it wasn't mandatory to have alarms fitted in boarding houses, but the detective told how further investigations found a myriad of other fire safety breaches.

Many escape paths were blocked, the glowing exit signs did not meet Australian standards and none of the residents had been taken through evacuation drills. Fire inspectors had spoken with the hostel operators but never formally addressed the issues.

The Coroner was told that some of those breaches could have resulted in criminal prosecution. Fire authorities never pursued it, though, because they were focused on Robert Long's murder trial and only had 12 months to bring any further charges. The Coroner is expected to decide this week

if he will recommend any others face prosecution. In Childers, Chloe Baker, Ten News. A former girlfriend of rock star Mark Seymour Ehas been fined and convicted for breaching an intervention order. Elizabeth Wertheim was told by a magistrate she must accept the break-up of her relationship with Seymour, which ended in 1992. In May this year, she confronted the former Hunters & Collectors frontman at a concert. Seymour had previously taken out an interim intervention order against Wertheim after she sent emails to his parents and manager.

Let's check the weather. Tim Bailey,

there's some pretty nasty storm

clouds behind you tonight. Nfrpblgt

deed, Ron. A bit of a front pushing

through across Sydney. I hope it

doesn't get to Balls Head in the

next 40 minutes! Rainfall

distribution to 9:00am this morning.

The familiar tale for the catchment. On the south coast:

Not a lot expected tonight either,

although that might have a bit of a

say about things. It looks rather

mean. Currently, around 27km/h of a south-south-wester that is

gathering goose bumps, I can tell

you! Skywatch - that wasn't a bad

Monday. Pockets of blue sky and

cloud across the city. Pollution

levels on your television now.

Tomorrow - an overcast day, coastal

showers, tops of 17 degrees. I'll

see you again in around about 10. Celebrities lose millions as a high-profile investment firm goes belly-up - that's next. And dozens of arrests as World Cup soccer celebrations sweep France. Do you have NRMA Comprehensive Car Insurance? Well, if you don't, I'm sorry, I've got some bad news for you. You see, you could be missing out on rewards that many of our customers enjoy, because no other major insurer in the ACT rewards you in all of these ways. For starters, our customers are rewarded with a loyalty discount of up to 20% the longer they stay with us - not something most insurers offer, I'm afraid. And by combining their comprehensive car and home insurance with us, our customers are rewarded with a 10% discount off both. What's more: Give us a call now on: And make sure you're getting all the rewards you deserve.

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Time to check on the traffic with

Vic Lorusso in the Mix 106.5

traffic helicopter. Vic, it's

school holidays. That's good news!

It sure is, Ron. There is no excuse

for getting home late this evening

in Sydney-town. No accidents or

breakdowns to report. We're flying

over Sydney's northern suburbs at

Warrawee. It is a great drive along

the Pacific Highway as motorists

leave Chatswood. That usually gets

quite clogged up. Traffic heading

out of the city via Epping Road

also with no problems. We'll let

you know if it stays that way after

sport with Deb. Thank you. Several Queensland sport stars and other celebrities fear they've lost millions in a failed charity scheme. The man behind BlueSky and other foundations went bankrupt. He's never far from controversy, but this time it's personal.

Hopefully we can resolve it and we can get our money back. That's all we really want.

Aker, fellow players Mal Michael and Richard Hadley and other personalities all invested in company Healing Power, which aimed to provide a one-stop shop for natural therapies. They thought they would be helping people. It was a really sound idea, really good idea and for the most part it has been a real blockbuster, as far as companies go. But last Wednesday its managing director, David Catsoulis, went bankrupt, casting a cloud over the fate of $6 million of investors' money, while he, seemingly, still lives the high life. At their Riverside mansion, wife Jenevieve was left to field questions. What about Healing Powers? At this time I'm unable to answer those questions under legal advice. A second mansion, at Hedges Avenue, is being sold off. Other groups run by the former millionaire are sinking. Blue Sky Foundation, a charity arm launched to raise money for kidney disease, has been shut down. You can't help to try and want to do something about changing the odds. Even today,

high-profile investors were being assured

they'll get their money back, but they say cheques from Mr Catsoulis have bounced. It's not resolved, it's not finished - this is not finished yet.

Hopefully we can either retrieve our money or, you know. There's still hope, as they say. Other creditors are now investigating pursuing criminal charges. Emma Dallimore, Ten News. Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has stepped up efforts to rescue a soldier captured by Palestinian militants. Israeli helicopters and warplanes have hit several targets in Gaza bombing offices of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade after midnight and firing missiles into a meeting place of militants

from President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement. The increased attacks come after Israel said it had lost patience after another round of failed diplomacy. The Iraqi Government has made a list of the country's most wanted. Among the 41 named Saddam Hussein's wife and daughter thought to be on the run in neighbouring Jordan. It may just be a list for for the newly-formed Iraqi Government it's a sign they're taking control. The Iraqi Government is proud to announce that we have created our own first most wanted list.

These are the men and women believed to be fuelling instability in Iraq. We are focusing on individuals who's intention is to create instability and increase sectarian violence. Many of them the legacy of Saddam Hussein's brutal regime. Among the 41 names, Saddam's wife and eldest daughter, who's taken a leading role in organising her father's legal defence. But topping the list, the new al-Qa'ida leader in Iraq Abu Ayyub al-Masri. He's sworn revenge after American troops killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. And as his followers prepare to bury al-Zarqawi today a wave of car bombings has rocked Baghdad, killing at least 60 people.

And in a worrying twist Osama bin Laden has issued a second message in two days. This time endorsing al-Zarqawi's successor, warning Muslims not to cooperate with American troops. Hugo Ward, Ten News. Football fans have gone on the rampage in Paris celebrating France's World Cup win over Brazil. Just months after police and students clashed in wild protests over the country's labour laws,

overjoyed soccer supporters took to the streets torching cars and rubbish bins. Police arrested 69 people but praised the mostly peaceful crowd of 500,000 who crammed the Champs Elysees to watch the quarterfinal. Storms have again forced NASA to postpone the launch of space shuttle 'Discovery'. Lightning strikes just kilometres from the launch pad made it too dangerous for the shuttle to lift-off. LAUNCH DIRECTOR: OK Steve, we've talked to launch weather and landing weather and the ops manager, and we've concluded that we're not going to have a chance to launch today. STEVE: We copy. Looking out the window, it does not look good today. We think that is a great plan. The crew of seven astronauts will try again early Wednesday morning which will be the fourth of July in America - Independence Day. Doctors in China will operate on a panda rescued from the wild with shocking injuries. The animal broke bones after falling about 20 metres in the country's north-west. It was rushed to hospital in a coma. Surgeons expect to operate later this week. They say the panda should make a full recovery. A startling new look for Schapelle Corby. That's next. Also, the crisis in confidence that strikes woman who give birth later in life. And the wonder drug poised to beat some of the world's most serious diseases.

This program is captioned live. Tonight's major stories - a heart-rending farewell. Hundreds gathering in Perth for the funeral of Sofia, the girl murdered last week in a shopping centre toilet. Her parents were too distraught to address the mourners but wrote a letter saying they're thankful for the 8 beautiful years they had with their daughter.

The son of a former prime minister appears in court charged with assaulting a solicitor. It's alleged Patrick Keating confronted solicitor Robert Herd at his inner city apartment in Sydney in April throwing him to the ground and punching him. The matter's been adjourned to next month. And the PM calls on Network Ten to axe 'Big Brother' over the conduct of two housemates who've been expelled. Some politicians share his anger however, others are concerned at the potential loss of jobs and local content.

The Network has branded much of the concern an over-reaction. A new look for Schapelle Corby tonight. The convicted drug trafficker cutting off most of her hair. Inmates at the Bali prison say she used scissors and a razor to snip her long brown locks before burying them under a tree. Corby later decided to dig-up the hair after fellow inmate Renae Lawrence told her she could make money selling it on Ebay. But it's understood Corby's not happy with her new cropped look and is planning to grow it back. The Australian share market has closed higher on a stronger gold and oil price. Having children later in life is now the norm but a new study has found older mums are struggling with a lack of confidence. They may be older and wiser, but revelations today older first-time mums are the least confident of all parents. There is so much information, which at times can be overwhelming. Everybody seems to get really nervous these days because it's like everything's a problem. Research by The Australian Institute of Family Studies has found new mums aged in their late 30s are more anxious and feel less capable of coping than even teenage mums. You can understand that a lot of these mothers, this would be their only child, have spent a long time waiting for this child,

have saved up for this child. It's the most extensive study conducted on Australian first-time mothers who on average are getting older, having children in their late 20s early 30s after first stabilising their education, work and home life. And when it comes to parenting, it appears ignorance may be bliss. While most of the teenagers surveyed had not completed Year 10 high school studies, 75% of the older mums had tertiary qualifications. They're very wise about the dangers and very wise about problems that might arise. It's good to be informed about everything but you also have to have some common sense. The researchers will continue to track the new mothers

over the next six years.

Ali Donaldson, Ten News. Australian researchers have developed an experimental wonder drug that could stop serious illnesses in their tracks. It acts like a molecular assassin killing off evil cells that cause disease.

It's the Australian discovery that could revolutionise treatment for cancer, heart disease, arthritis and even blindness. Studies on animals have produced an experimental drug for humans that could even lead to a cure.

These are new generation molecular assassins. In one fell swoop - this drug, Dz13, acts like a secret agent wiping out the gene that causes these inflammatory diseases. We're actually going after the core, if you will, the master switch which is the godfather gene. Chemotherapy has been a life-saver for cancer patients but it's like chemical warfare on the body. This drug could have its success without the side effects. This type of therapy has the potential of avoiding that sort of scenario and to that extent it's extremely exciting. Used on a skin cancer, Dz13 caused a tumour to shrink far more than other drugs. On a breast tumour, this drug again had a dramatic effect.

It could also prevent the most common cause of blindness and dramatically increase the chances of surviving a heart attack.

In experimental models of heart attack we've been able to reduce heart attack size by up to 50%. Although extremely promising, this research has a way to go. The first human trials will start next year on people with non-melanoma-type skin cancer where currently the only treatment involves surgery

or lots of side effects.

If it works, the potential of this is enormous. Results years away, but worth waiting for. Jacinta Hocking, Ten News.

Let's take a look at the weather

with Tim Bailey. It looks a bit

chilly out there, Tim! You brought

the cold weather with you from

Thredbo. The south-south-wester

about 30km/h with a real edge to it

and could bring some showers. Same

tomorrow - tops of 17 degrees. Most

of the rainfall will be on the

coast, where we don't need it, as

it was today.

Look, the altitude, the beautiful

fresh air of Thredbo, really clears

the head and lets you think smartly.

Wilson, Webster, get down there

often. (Laughs) That's an idea!

Look out, they'll be gone! Sport is next and Tim - the Blues are prepared to win ugly. Yes, he's warned Victorian's expecting a spectacle that a title is the only thing that matters. Plus, Souths get their $2 million man. And just how hard the Socceroos exit is hitting Lucas Neill a week on.

Also Jimmy Barnes belts out Sydney FC's new supporters song. And Mark Webber's woes continue in a US Grand Prix pile-up.

This program is captioned live. A coup for the beleaguered Bunnies tonight

who've signed Kiwi prop Roy Asotasi on a $2 million plus deal. Meanwhile, NSW Origin coach Graham Murray has warned Victorians the Blues won't be putting on an exhibition match. They're prepared to graft out a Series win instead. As the Blues gathered for their final public promotion, prop Luke Bailey wasn't backing away from what's at stake for NSW. Just the fact it's a deciding game and we were quite embarrased last start so the main priority is getting out there and restoring some pride in your jumper and yourself and represent yourself, your State and your family and doing the best you can. The Blues prepared to ignore entertaining the Victorian market as they search for another series success. The win is the thing that you're looking for and if it's an entertaining game of football I think everyone will be proud of that and be happy with that but both sides are just here to win the football match. Definitely chasing a victory is Maroons skipper Darren Lockyer.

He's been the losing captain for the past three series. I just think the fact that Queensland hasn't won a series for...

..this is the fourth year running and me being in charge, well, the captain of the team, it's probably the biggest Origin game I've played to date.

As State of Origin prepares to go indoors at Telstra Dome, one of the AFL's top coaches today gave both sides a word of warning -

you'd better start working on your sign language, the noise of 53,000 fans under a roof a deafening experience. If you can't hear your team-mate and you're looking for instructions, as we know in these sorts of games you've got to make a decision straight away. If you can't make it straight away you're on your backside so it's a little hint to make sure players understand

and actually almost get in the face of your team-mate because you won't hear him. Bailey taking particular notice. He's needed surgery last year to correct a hearing complaint. It's going to be quite noisy out there and I think it makes my job easier knowing that Craig Gower's out there. He's a big talker and we've noticed a difference in camp three. Dragons backrower Dean Young arriving in camp today as 18th man and meeting a familiar face on the coaching staff, dad Craig. Adam Hawse, Ten News. It was a busy day for the NRL match review committee. Six players charged with offences. The Bulldogs Matt Utai the most serious. The former international is facing a Grade 2 reckless high-tackle. He'll miss 7 weeks of footy if he unsuccessfully fights the charge. If Utai makes the early plea, he'll be out for 5 weeks.

Amazingly, Brisbane's Joel Moon has escaped suspension for this stray boot on Sharks captain Brett Kimmorley. Melbourne fullback Billy Slater

was suspended for 7 weeks earlier in the year for a similar incident.

And the Cowboys Paul Bowman will miss at least a week for striking. Matt Giteau has been cleared to play for the Wallabies this Saturday against New Zealand after overcoming a thumb injury. The utility back is expected to be named in the Wallaby squad tomorrow. Giteau dislocated his thumb over the weekend but the injury has improved dramatically. Quite relieved. Obviously I've still got to get through training tomorrow hopefully once I get through that I should be alright to play. Scott Fava has been called up to replace reserve backrower Wycliff Palu who was rule out with a hamstring injury. Football Australia has denied reports it has signed Gerard Houllier as the new Socceroos coach but is continuing its negotiations with the Frenchman. Socceroos hero Lucas Neill

backing the search for a big-name overseas coach. Lucas Neill is watching with interest

as Football Australia headhunts a new coach. He's no longer watching the tournament that gave him so much heartbreak. I don't care. I am so bitter that we are not in the final four. I'm actually anti-World Cup now. I love it and I'm so glad for the experience, but I just refuse to watch it at the moment. Neill says he'd welcome the appointment of Gerard Houllier as Socceroos coach despite a run-in with the Frenchman three years ago. The then Liverpool manager branding Neill a coward

over a tackle that broke Jamie Carragher's leg. We've shaken hands and we could be considered colleagues and friends in the football world so no hard feelings there. Neill's been linked with European giants Barcelona and AC Milan but more immediately, he's setting his sights on Australia's five Asian Cup qualifiers between August and November. After really sinking our teeth into the World Cup

we've got that real urge to succeed and a real desire and determination to do well. Neill gives himself another 4 or 5 seasons overseas before returning to play out his career in the A-League. But right now, he's happy to ride a wave of goodwill in his hometown.

Everybody wants to shake hands and give you a kiss and just tell you how proud they are of what they just witnessed and it makes you feel very special. And rocker Jimmy Barnes has loaned his name to the game coming up with a club song for Sydney FC. Leanne West, Ten News. David Beckham has quit as England captain after almost six years in the job. Holding back tears, the 31-year-old told a packed news conference the time is right to pass on the captain's armband, entering a new era under new coach Steve McClaren. I have lived the dream. I am extremely proud to have worn the armband and been captain of England and for that I will always be grateful. Thank you very much. Beckham will continue playing for England but will spend the next six weeks recovering

from a torn Achilles tendon. One of the longest running playing streaks in AFL history has come to end but the man who notched the milestone won't reveal why. Swans tagger Jared Crouch missed Saturday's clash with Fremantle

after playing 194 consecutive games, for reasons he says are between him and his doctor. I'll do everything right by my body to get it back to where it should be but if that's two weeks, it's two weeks

if it's six weeks, it's six weeks if it's next year, it's next year. The Swans injury list was released this afternoon but Crouch wasn't on it because he doesn't want to be. To Formula 1 and Mark Webber's woes continue. This time forced out of the US Grand Prix in a mass pile-up on the first corner. The race taken by Ferrari in a one-two finish.

On a hot Indianapolis track the field of 22 got a clean start but it wasn't long before things went horribly wrong.

COMMENTATOR: Goes around the outside of Michael Schumacher and he's going to bang wheels for second place and it's carnage at the back. Mark Webber, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen all came to a crashing end. German Nick Heidfeld walking away after a wild series of flips.

Of the 10 cars left, Michael Schumacher crossed the line ahead of Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella to claim his third win of the season. Dani Pedrose has won the British MotoGP. The Spaniard started on pole and wasn't troubled for much of the race.

Australian Casey Stoner was as high up as second at one stage

but slipped back to finish fourth. The real battle for the podium was between world champion Valentino Rossi

and Italian Marco Melandri. Rossi taking second. Pedrosa's win putting pressure on championship leader Nicky Hayden who could only manage 7th. Emily Groves, Ten News.

Australian cyclist Robbie McEwen has been pipped at the post

in the first stage of the Tour de France. In what was an exciting end to the 184km stage, McEwen was in the middle of a mass sprint finish which saw Frenchman Jimmy Casper clinch his first victory in the Tour.

The race wasn't without drama though, one cyclist was airlifted to hospital after crashing into an advertising board held over the barriers. In Sports Tonight - Aussies near the head of the pack as the Tour de France resumes. A

couple of weeks of cruising

through France. It would be good,

wouldn't it? Very nice, very nice.

One day, maybe! Vic, is it smooth

sailing around Homebush Bay

tonight? I may have spoken a little

too soon, unfortunately. At

Homebush, there's a broken-down car

at the M4. Pretty big delays. The

traffic caught behind this traffic

-- this breakdown affecting all

lanes. Motorways and freeways

moving nicely towards ballcome Hill Penrith.

Penrith. Thank you. Tim Bailey with all the weather next. LAID-BACK MUSIC Hi. Cappuccino, please.

This program is captioned live.

You can always tell when Bailey has

just got off the bus from Thredbo.

He's got a sparkle in his eye and

he's full of cheek. I can't

understand why he's so cold in

Sydney. You didn't get around the

piths too much? News flash - Ron

Wilson holds the drinking record in

Thredbo. I'm back in one piece,

which in itself is a miracle! It is

chilly down here, no matter how

long you have been in Thredbo. I

haven't climatised for that

south-south-west wind, a July

special at about 30km/h and

bringing a few coastal showers

tonight and tomorrow in Sydney.

Around 17 degrees. Wednesday and

Thursday, sunshine on your shoulder.

Temperatures not real flash -

around about 17 degrees. Clear blue

skies. Friday, maybe an early

shower. Your weekend - shiny, happy,

blue sky, around 18 degrees. How

does that sound?

G'day to the Narrabeen Shivering

Sharks, who are celebrating their

40th anniversary of cold-water pool

swimming. Good on you, boys.

Satellite - cloud over NSW and southern Queensland in a

low-pressure trough is generating

showers on the coast and ranges.

Cloud lingering over Victoria and

Tasmania in cool, southerly winds,

bringing the odd light shower there.

Patchy cloud is crossing south-west

WA near a weak front, causing a

few showers.

Tomorrow's weather map -

suspiciously looks a lot like

what's on your TV. Onshore winds on

the NSW and south Queensland coasts

will cause showers, mainly in the

Hunter. A front will brush southern

WA. Light showers expected there as

well. A high-pressure system will

keep the southern all inland mostly

sunny. Predicted precipitation -

drips and drops across rooftops -

tomorrow, showers along the NSW

coast and eastern ranges. Mainly in

the Hunter. Isolated showers along

the Queensland coast. Showers

clearing from southern WA. Showers

developing late in Tasmania and

south-west Victoria. By Wednesday,

a cold front will approach to the

south-east causing showers to

develop in Tasmania, western

Victoria and coastal South

Australia. Onshore winds will bring

further showers to northern NSW and

the Queensland coastlines. A strong

high-pressure system will keep much

of the rest of the country dry

after cold mornings. A little bit

of fog maybe tomorrow too when you

wake up. An overcast day - coastal

showers and 17 degrees. The rest of

the week looking pretty good. Blue

sky, 17-18 for Wednesday and

Thursday. Blue and sunny.

That's it from me. Home to bed for

an early one for the rest time in

around about four months. Bye! You

poor dear. Have an early night, Tim. Thank you. A glamorous afterlife for the old jeans of Australian celebrities turned into dazzling works of art for charity. The denim of dozens of big names, including Nicole Kidman and Natalie Imbruglia, has been hung on display to be auctioned off on Jeans for Genes day. Rolf Harris, Megan Gale and ACDC's Angus Young gave their pants to the painters too. All money raised will go to the Children's Medical Research Institute.

Studio crew nearly had a coronary

when I said Tim Bailey hadn't been

on a piste all weekend. That's the news at 5:00. I'm Ron Wilson. And I'm Deborah Knight. Thanks for your company. Stay with us here on Ten. We'll keep you up to date with updates throughout the evening before the Late News with Sports Tonight at 10:30. Goodnight. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre.