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(generated from captions) Tonight - the chaotic start

for freedom. to Schapelle Corby's final bid Bike crash heartache - a sombre trip to Germany. Amy Gillett's husband embarks on

I just want to bring her home. plunged into mourning And a Central Coast school of a teenage girl. over the senseless stabbing and Deborah Knight. Ten News with Ron Wilson

Good evening. the mysterious shooting Also tonight - doing her gardening. of a Sydney woman making a controversial move And the Asian elephants to Sydney's Taronga Zoo. and disappointing start But first, a chaotic for freedom. to Schapelle Corby's final bid to testify in her defence today. Only one person was prepared a 2-week extension Corby's legal team granted for a key witness. to negotiate immunity time as a convicted drug trafficker. Schapelle Corby came to court, this labelled her an escape risk, Authorities here have the 28-year-old Queensland woman to endure being manhandled by police forced, yet again,

photographers and camera crews. fighting their way through a reopening of her case Miss Corby has won of her lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea. because of the power and influence he would produce 12 new witnesses, But after promising the court only one was prepared to testify. in the end A fortnight ago, this hearing would be the key Schapelle Corby was hoping to win her release, to Indonesian television but as she spoke from her jail cell, prospect of gaining her freedom. it was clear there was little to help me here. I need the Australian Government so hard, so hard to get information. My lawyers have been working can seem to help me. They got information but no-one legal academic professor Seno Adji, Today's witness, for mishandling evidence criticised the prosecution to the point of invalidating it. He says the drugs wasn't fingerprinted the fact that the bag containing the prosecution's case. seriously damaged major setback for Schapelle Corby. Today's hearing presents a there's reasonable doubt While her lawyers are trying to show surrounding evidence in the case, by the lack of fresh witnesses. their task is made almost impossible from an Australian The lawyers desperately want help the drugs in Miss Corby's bag. they say has admitted planting made contact by phone yesterday They claim the mystery man given immunity from prosecution. but he won't testify unless he's The gave the adjournment two weeks. the Australian Government says For its part, to apply for legal indemnity. it's up to Schapelle Corby's lawyers

In Bali, John Hill, Ten News. And John Hill joins us now from Bali. a much-anticipated appeal. John, it's been for Schapelle Corby? What is the case now looking like

You'd have to say it's not looking

very good, although Hotman Paris

Hutapea held his own in the

courtroom today. He was able to

convince the judges to give him

another two weeks adjournment to

come up with the witnesses. He

needs new evidence. He's been given

two weeks. The family were looking

Des pondent today, hoping there

would be a break through, but with

only one witness, they didn't have

a great deal to work with. What

information do you have on the

defence team's mystery witness from

Australia? They're being cagey

about this person. They've had the

call, the suggestion is he's

planted the drugs in her bag, but

he won't give evidence without

immunity. They're not giving any

clue about this person's identity.

Basically they're saying they need

immunity from the Australian

Government. Senator chis Ellison

the Justice Minister put out a

statement today saying the defence

team needs to make some kind of

deal with State and Federal

directors of public prosecutions to

secure the immunity. Hotman Paris

Hutapea's reaction is that's bureaucratic buck passing.

of Australian cyclist Amy Gillett The grief-stricken husband of his soul mate. says he'll never get over the death Simon Gillett has left for Germany, attended a moving memorial service. where his wife's team-mates have Still reeling from the terrible news, Simon, rushed to Germany, Amy Gillett's grief-stricken husband, supported by friends and relatives. I just want to bring her home.

I've ever done. That's going to be the hardest thing The pair brought together by sport, to an Olympic Games the rowing coach helped his wife

before she switched to cycling. Everybody who knew her loved her to get over it. and it'll take a very long time Rachel Kininmonth says Bridesmaid and fellow cyclist has shattered her world. her friend's death with so much love She'll be remembered and she'll never be forgotten. team-mates shared their tears In Germany, at a memorial service. in a special embrace 'AMAZING GRACE' PLAYS special person She was a really, really being around her. who just made you feel good Amy was an amazing woman, a role model, not just for athletes to be happy and successful. but for everyone who aspires The 29-year-old was killed

into her and five team-mates. when an out-of-control car careered You can't explain it. It's a friend, and... remains in a critical condition Tasmanian Louise Yaxley with serious leg and arm injuries, in intensive care South Australian Alexis Rhodes and concussion. with serious chest injuries after leg surgery, Katie Brown is recovering to repair tendon damage while doctors have operated to Kate Nichols's hand and arm. for multiple fractures. Lorian Graham was treated The driver also badly injured - the 18-year-old, police are waiting to question pending. possible manslaughter charges they came instead to mourn, On the day they were to race,

riding 2km to the crash scene.

by a simple wooden cross The spot marked carved with the words "Amy Gillett".

In the Tour de France, wore black armbands. all 10 Australians like that doing something you love. It's very tragic when you're taken It'll be hard to race today. fourth place in the mountain climb, Rising star Cadel Evans inspired to dedicating the stage to Amy Gillett. Oh, I'm sorry for that. to compensate the losses. I have no words Gerard Scholten, Ten News. A Central Coast school was plunged into mourning today following the stabbing death of a 15-year-old student. She was killed just a short distance from home. A teenage boy appearing in court today charged with her murder. Minutes after the frenzied stabbing attack and the teenage girl was left fighting for life. She had suffered several wounds to her throat and died two hours later at Gosford Hospital. The 15-year-old had been taking a short-cut home after getting off a school bus when she was set upon in a carpark. So far police haven't offered a motive for the attack. The news has shocked her school. She was really nice. She didn't do anything to deserve that. Students at the Central Coast Adventist School received counselling

after being told the terrible news. It was a very emotional experience inside the hall this morning. A lot of tears, a lot of students in small groups consolng each other. The principal was full of praise for the dead schoolgirl, who cannot be named because of her age. A vivacious and popular member of our school community. The accused murderer is 16 and lives close to the victim.

His mental health was raised by his defence lawyer in court. The magistrate found: The boy sat motionless and silent during his court appearance. His parents comforted him after bail was refused. The school is planning to commemorate the girl's life. A memorial service is planned in the next few days.

Kevin Wilde, Ten News. A man's been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after a boating accident this afternoon on the Parramatta River. The boat he and three others were in overturned. The group pulled from the water by a passing vessel. An ambulance was called and rushed the unconscious man to hospital. Something of a love-in today at the White House - President George W. Bush praising our Prime Minister as a man of conviction and backbone.

Both leaders committed their troops to an indefinite stay in Iraq. After 50 minutes of formal talks, President Bush escorted his amigo from south of the equator to the elegant East Room. There, he quickly set the tone. I admire John Howard a lot. He's a man of conviction. He's got backbone. He's not afraid to make the hard decision, he's not afraid to lead. John Howard was just happy to be there in the winners' circle with someone who sees the world pretty much the way he does. In both countries, a sufficient number of people in recent times have shared those views to put smiles on both our faces. But since the elections, terrorism and the increasing death toll in Iraq has put pressure on both men. I assured him that our position is one that says as the Iraqis stand up, America stands down. Mr Howard acknowledges he originally committed our troops for months, not years. That was ditched long ago. I'm not going to try and put a time limit on our commitment in Iraq. I'm not. It will be governed by circumstances. The President says they'll stay to complete the mission

with no timetable. That doesn't make any sense. Why would you tell the enemy how long you're going to stay somewhere? Both leaders today buried their pre-war optimism - some would say miscalculation. But you get the clear impression here in Washington that the administration believes - maybe hopes - it will be out of Iraq in 12 to 18 months. And there was a folksy treat for the Howards - lunch with the Bushes in their private quarters. A true family lunch. In Washington, Paul Bongiorno, Ten News. A controversial decision today by the Federal Government

to allow the importation of eight Asian elephants. They're now bound for Taronga and Melbourne zoos, although welfare groups are still fighting the move.

They've been in limbo in Thailand for months but eight Asian elephants have finally been given their travel papers - five bound for Taronga Zoo, the other three for Melbourne. The decision was difficult for the Environment Minister, caught between the zoos and animal welfare groups. Clearly, if we can breed them in captivity

here at Taronga and Melbourne, and potentially other zoos down the track, then we can make an historic contribution as a nation

to conserving this incredibly important species. And that's the key - it's hoped the 8 will eventually become 40. But welfare groups say it's wishful thinking, arguing there's no conservation benefit. Elephants are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity. They will suffer numerous health and welfare problems by being in those enclosures. Taronga says the animals were born in captivity and have been tethered as working elephants. It's spent $14 million building a multi-level enclosure large enough for them to be exercised and motivated. This is a wonderful program. There is probably not another zoo anywhere in the world

that can offer the facilities that Taronga has prepared for them. But critics maintain the concept of elephants in zoos is one that dates back to the 19th century and nowadays is more about being a big-ticket item to help attract back the paying crowds. The zoo denies this, saying conservation programs are vital. But animal welfare groups are determined to stop the importation,

banding together to launch legal action. No matter how hard they try, an urban zoo cannot meet the needs of an elephant. The elephants will leave Thailand for the Cocos Islands,

where they'll be quarantined for three months. Eddy Meyer, Ten News. Tim Webster with a look ahead to sport,

and a setback for Aussie fast bowler Jason Gillespie.

Yes, with his immediate Test future in doubt, he missed training. Gillespie has a sore knee. Team officials say it's not a cause for concern and he'll be fit to play if selected. A little later, how England debutante Kevin Pietersen will handle the sledging from best mate Shane Warne. And an incredible escape for a speedway driver in the US. 19-year-old Brad Sweet flipped off the track but only suffered minor injuries. Amazingly no-one else was hurt. Also a little later,

NRL CEO David Gallop walks out of a media conference. Next, security concerns about Sydney's nuclear plant. Plus, is this Sydney's worst neighbourhood? Third World squalor just a stone's throw from the city. And new technology poised to revolutionise supermarket shopping, scanning an entire trolley of groceries in one go. People can actually check out quickly, conveniently.

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This program is captioned live. A Sydney woman is in hospital after a mysterious attack while she was gardening. It's thought an air rifle pellet hit her in the head, lodging dangerously close to one eye. This is the backyard where Doreen Robson planned to spend a peaceful afternoon gardening. Instead, the 62-year-old was shot in the head by what's believed to be an air rifle.

In pain but unaware she'd been shot, the mother of three called an ambulance and was taken to Campbelltown Hospital. Later transferred to Liverpool, Detectives launched an immediate investigation. We've yet to establish the reason for her injuries, but we do believe she was shot by a firearm. Neighbours now on edge after the attack on the well-liked but private person. I tell you, I nearly fell off my chair when police came and told me she'd been shot. I can't believe things like this are happening in our area. The local Christian school where Mrs Robson taught for over 25 years also unable to explain the attack. Her list of former pupils including the current principal.

There is no reason why a lady like her would get anyone offside to do this. Liverpool Hospital says Mrs Robson is in a stable condition, but can't confirm if or when doctors will operate to remove the object still behind the 62-year-old's left eye. Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers. Kathryn Robinson, Ten News. Two men are in hospital after an overnight police pursuit in Sydney's west. Police tried to follow the old sedan after its driver failed to pull over

for allegedly driving erratically in Guildford. The car hit a power pole a short time later in Merrylands. Calls tonight for Sydney's new $330 million nuclear reactor to be cloaked in secrecy. A leading defence analyst says it's a sitting duck for a terrorist strike

and is vulnerable to a September 11 style attack. It's a steel structure meant to stop an aerial assault. A counterterrorism expert says forget the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Lucas Heights, with its combination of new and old nuclear facilities, is most under threat. It's the quintessential target in Australia. Terrorists would look to attack the biggest opportunity they can find versus the amount of security that is provided around it. It's supposed to be strong enough to deflect light aircraft. The problem is they didn't design and build it for a hit of a 767 aircraft such as we saw on September 11. The site operator says it has first-class security measures,

meaning there'll be no repeat of the embarrassing break-in by Greenpeace. If there was any indication of activity on the mainland,

then ASIO would advise us on any change in threat levels and we have the ability to scale up our protection against threat.

Dr Cobb was once a defence adviser to Federal Parliament - now he's employed by the US Navy. As final touches are applied, he says the danger stems from both reactors being on the same property. And it's not just the operation of the reactor.

It's also the nuclear material that's stored in the reactor post, its retirement, so that's really the key issue. He fears an attack, from air or road, could happen sooner rather than later. Stop the tours, put up concrete barriers at the access points. You review the flight patterns over the reactor, which is on a direct flight pattern to Sydney Airport. Very simple, straightforward things. You remove information off the Web. It's not in the public interest to be canvassing the particular approaches you take to dealing with critical infrastructure. The new reactor will take the place of this one

which has been in operation for almost 50 years - although the older version will continue for time yet. The so-called OPAL reactor next door will have to be tested several times before being fully commissioned by the end of next year. Frank Coletta, Ten News. The Department of Housing has been shamed into action, forced to clear up a squalid apartment block. Residents say crime is so bad they'd be safer in jail.

Residents say living here is like hell on earth at two housing commission complexes in Whalan in Sydney's west. The Department of Housing embarrassed into action this week by these images of garbage strewn throughout the neighbourhood. Crews finally cleaning up the mess,

but the fight against crime is proving harder to win. At least one resident has been robbed four times since May. Once when I was in hospital they put a brick through my kitchen window and punched me on the chin. Living in fear someone might rob you or might kill you at night by smashing your door down, and live with a knife by your side.

Startling claims by one resident who's just out of jail.

Darren says he would feel safer back behind bars.

Compared to the conditions, yeah, give me jail any time. Its conditions are 100% better than here. I find that a very surprising comment and find it difficult to understand how anyone could make that comment. But the local council agrees crime is a problem. In terms of crime rates, it is one of the highest areas in terms of crime rates. The department is trying to move residents out of the complex, boarding up windows and doors as it decides whether to close it down or sell the units off. Evan Batten, Ten News. A win of sorts for residents fighting a unit development at Wahroonga. Council last night voted to defer Meriton Apartments' application for a 157 unit development, calling for a major redesign. But no decision has been made on claims the developer has illegally removed trees from the site.

Ku-ring-gai Council says it's still considering legal action. Meriton maintains it's done nothing wrong.

Time for a check of the weather.

Tim Bailey, sometimes a

conversation with you is difficult

to followo. What's this about

hefbgt Pacifics? Frost, sky

to followo. What's this about hefbgt Pacifics? Frost, sky -- blue

sky is coming tomorrow. 19 degrees.

All this real good blue sky weather,

that was three above average today.

A big high pressure system is

refusing to move across Australia.


1,039 hectopascals. One lower than

the all time record. Skywatch -

world famous Sydney blue sky.

Pollution levels, not a problem,

all low, clear and crisp across

Sydney. It will remain so for the

next few days, temperatures giving

20 a nudge across Sydney on the weekend. Next, one of the trains from the London bombings finally hoisted from the Tube. And hundreds fleeing bushfires started by a barbeque.

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This program is captioned live. You're

time to check in with Vic Lorusso

on the Mix traffic helicopter. He's

showing beautiful pictures over the

harbour. It's a quiet run home from

the CBD. What a start for traffic

trying to leave from the Harbour

Bridge. A glorious shot there and

was show the traffic proceeding

away. You can see the inbound

approach looks slow, but as we get

towards North Sydney, traffic is

travelling at the speed limit. We'll

have a check on the motorways at 5:50. A senior Muslim leader has called for a hardline stance on radical clerics who preach hate and violence in Australia. Sheik al-Hilali continued his condemnation of the London bombings when he met the British Consul-General to sign a condolence book on behalf of Australia's Muslim community. Terrorism is like a disease, dangerous for every country, not a special country. The Mufti wants any local cleric caught preaching hatred and violence to be deported. His comments follow claims by a British-based Muslim leader that all English people were to blame for the London bombings.

One of the train carriages blown apart in the London bombings has been removed from the Tube for more forensic tests. The delicate operation coincided with news of another embarrassing spy bungle. This is the 20-tonne railway carriage

that took the full force of a suicide bomb blast two weeks ago. It was in a tunnel near Edgeware station when the bomb exploded, killing six passengers and the bomber himself. Trucked now to a police compound for more forensic tests. Nothing to be alarmed at. Check, check. Good lad and check. As authorities stepped up security in and around train stations in London, an American newspaper reported a British intelligence agency concluded three weeks before the London bombings that: The security alert level was downgraded on the strength of that assessment. At 10 Downing Street, Tony Blair convened a meeting of Islamic community leaders to try to devise new ways to discourage militancy and extremism. Confront this evil ideology, take it on and defeat it by the force of reason and argument. While not all in the British-Islamic community are on side, most have condemned the carnage. Nothing whatsoever can justify these actions. I have heard one Imam after another, one leader after another condemn it.

No ifs or buts, this is murder. On the other side of the world,

police in Pakistan sparked protests after they raided mosques and religious schools

in search of militants suspected of being connected with the London bombers. Seven people have been taken into custody. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. Shocking new claims that almost 25,000 civilians have died in the Iraq war. As insurgents released yet another video of a deadly attack, a British research firm unveiled what's believed to be the first comprehensive body count. It claims more than 12,000 Iraqi civilians have died in bomb blasts alone and that US forces were responsible for almost 40% of all deaths. The report is based on media research and Iraqi missing persons reports. We were also fearful that the governments prosecuting this war would not be doing an official count themselves.

The report estimates more than 42,000 Iraqis have been wounded in the past two years. Hundreds of people have fled the path of bushfires raging through Spain. A new front is devouring a forest near Barcelona. 200 children have been moved to safety from a camp and the inferno is also threatening homes. Police are considering charges against a man who ignited a barbecue that sparked a deadly blaze in a forest near Madrid. 11 firefighters died on Sunday when the wind changed suddenly and they were surrounded by flames.

Still to come, a setback for first home buyers. Plus, fine family silverware finally on show after 2,000 years. And new technology poised to revolutionise supermarket shopping, scanning an entire trolley of groceries in one go. People can actually check out quickly, conveniently.

Enjoy the historic views of one of Canberra's oldest homestead properties. Live just 15 minutes to the heart of the city. Have it all at Wells Station BOING! Sink your teeth into the new $3 game play Scratchie: First, scratch the Popeye figure, then scratch the 'Your Words' panel. You can win 150 grand! TOOT! TOOT! SONG: # Scratch me happy! # Small pieces of information from members of the public can help keep Australia safe from terrorism. Police and security agencies are working hard, but you could help them complete the picture. If you see anything suspicious, call the 24-hour National Security Hotline and help protect Australia from terrorism. Call 1800 123 400. Trained operators take every call seriously, and you can remain anonymous. for Land Development Agency's Wells Station ballot, to be held on July 30th. So don't miss out, call 1800 777 952 or visit our site office on Nullabor Avenue, Gungahlin. But hurry, so you have can have it all at Wells Station.

This program is captioned live.

There are plenty of stars in the

sky and not many clouds in the sky

today. It's been a lovely day. Look

at the colour in the night sky in

Pyrmont. Pure clear skies with

temperatures three above average

today, 19 degrees. More of that

tomorrow, right through the weekend

where temperatures will stretch to

20 degrees. Classic autumn weather.

Tomorrow we'll go to Thredbo and

show you some of the nicest alpine

conditions in a long time.

Looking forward to seeing all that

snow tomorrow from Thredbo and I'll

see you at 5:55 with more blue sky

and sunsets. One of Australia's most significant hauls of dinosaur bones was unveiled for the first time today. The 80 bones were unearthed at Winton in western Queensland last year. Most of the fossils are from the sauropod dinosaurs which roamed the earth 95 million years ago. They're amongst the biggest dinosaurs ever found in Australia. They're the long-necked, long-tailed, very large, lumbering animals - very elephant-like.

But if you imagine something that was about 30 metres long, that's how big they got. Palaeontologists descended on Winton after the remains of Elliott the dinosaur were found five years ago. It's believed many more fossils may be buried in the area. Italian archaeologists have unveiled an ancient treasure from Pompeii. The silver dinner set lay hidden in volcanic ash for 2,000 years. It was unearthed five years ago during works to widen a road near the historic site, but the restoration has just been completed. Archaeologists believe the silver was owned by a wealthy Roman trader who died trying to escape when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii. The 20-piece set will go on display in a museum next year. Finance - and the Australian share market followed Wall Street and jumped back onto its feet today. Donahue D'Souza at Commonwealth Securities, things ain't looking too bright for first home buyers.

Can first home buyers afford their

house? The latest housing

affordability for home buyers fell

again that despite the growth in

income, affordability fell around

2% in the first three months of

this year. It's a double edged

sword. The fall in affordability a

result of higher house prices and

the quarter% rate hike in March.

The rate needed in a typical home

mortgage has risen by $74 a month.

Affordability fell in all the

capital cities with the exception

of Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide.

Sydney is down 0.5%. Mean while,

the prices paid in Sydney was up

0.1%, compared with a 3.1% rise in

the rest of the State. The days of waiting in supermarket queues could soon be a thing of the past, with the check-out chick set to go high-tech. It's the fastest way to get out of the supermarket yet. You fill your basket or trolley, walk through the magic gates, pay and you're off. People can actually check out quickly, conveniently without having to got through any of these lines and queue. The technology is called RFID, or radio frequency identification. A microchip becomes the new price tag. One of these is on every item in the shop. It transmits a signal which is picked up by receivers on the gate. All items are scanned instantly. You put your credit card in, check your list and grab a receipt. I think it will be a great idea. Especially with young children, it would save so much time. As long as it's accurate, that's the big fear - so many things scanned at once.

But, yeah, certainly worth a go. Of course these could be a bit of a problem. One plan is to bag and weigh your fruit and veg as you pick it out and then simply get one of the new radio chips for the bag. Currently, chips cost about 40 cents to make, too much to make it viable for the supermarket shelves yet. But once it's down to about 5 cents a pop, they should be in business, hopefully without spelling the end for the beloved check-out chick. I don't think so, no. I think it's always going to be one of these things we see in coexistence. But don't be in too much of a hurry - expect the number system to be at a supermarket near you in about eight years. A New York magician has proven man can live like a fish surviving 25 hours in an aquarium.

Criss Angel submerged himself in the airtight tank yesterday. He had just 33 hours to pick two locks and escape before he ran out of oxygen. The magic didn't stop there. Angel not only made it out, but appeared not on top of the tank, but a nearby car. My body, my core temperature dropped and I got very cold, I got very hot. I think I was running a fever.

It was very, very difficult. The stunt will form part of a new US television show.

Sport with Tim Webster,

and on the eve of the Ashes, England are mighty confident of getting the Ashes back. We've heard it before, but this time they really believe it can happen. Why shortly. Also, what was the controversial topic cut short by the NRL's chief? And an amazing escape for a speedway driver from this.

Our water situation is still critical, which is why Stage 2 Restrictions are now in force, so let's work together to follow them and help sustain our water supply. For full details, call: This program is captioned live. The NRL is under fire for double standards

over its $10,000 fine to outspoken Dragons coach Nathan Brown. The league refused to comment on suggestions one of its own, board member Gordon Tallis, was guilty of a similar offence. At the meeting of chief executives, one item wasn't welcome on the agenda. What's the standard fine for board members?

Done. League boss David Gallop unhappy at a persistent line of questioning over comments made by NRL board member Gordon Tallis, who accused Blues forward Ben Kennedy of taking a dive during Origin III. I've spoken to Gordon Tallis about that.

As far as I'm concerned, that's the end of the matter. Gallop refusing to answer questions over a potential double standard.

Did Tallis question Kennedy's integrity? The same crime that's cost Brown $10,000. And it's bullshit, really. We've consistently said you can be critical of referees, but you cannot accuse them of giving one team preferential treatment. That's an accusation of bias. It's unacceptable. The Dragons plan to fight Brown's fine for suggesting referees are consistently biased against his side.

He doesn't go out with the intent of challenging the officials' values. Maybe it comes out the wrong way sometimes. Meanwhile, Melbourne half-back Matt Orford

is expected to announce he's signed with Manly as early as tonight.

If he doesn't sign, we'll have some dollars to spend, and we'll be dangerous then. Rob Canning, Ten News. Midfielder Ben Matthews says

the home ground advantage should play a significant role

when the Swans take on the West Coast Eagles at the SCG on Sunday. Matthews will play his 150th game for the Swans in a clash which shapes as the match of the round. The Eagles are four games clear at the top of the ladder and have lost just one match this season.

It takes them out of their comfort zone, really, and, you know, we have got to try and exploit that and maybe sort of cramp their free-flowing game a little bit on the smaller ground. The Swans are expected to stick with the same team which beat the Demons in Melbourne last weekend. A day of conflicting emotions for Australia's 10 cyclists competing in the Tour de France as they battled through the Pyrenees with the news of the German road crash tragedy fresh in their minds. It was the best day of racing for 28-year-old Cadel Evans after a courageous breakaway on the final mountain stage. COMMENTATOR: Cadel Evans up there I think putting in the finest performance we've seen

from an Australian since the halcyon days - a greatest ever cyclist in the Tours, Phil Anderson. Evans, who later said he never stopped thinking about the crash

involving Australia's women's riders, crossed the line in fourth spot behind Spain's Oscar Pereiro. Evans is now in seventh spot overall. Lance Armstrong is still leading with just five stages remaining. Lleyton Hewitt will receive an unwelcome early wedding gift in the form of an undisclosed fine from the International Tennis Federation. The fine was handed out following last Friday's heated and at times spiteful Davis Cup clash with Argentina's Guillermo Coria. Hewitt has been censured by the ITF for this outburst against the match umpire. Should we question 500 times, and we might get an answer, 'cause this poofter... Lleyton marries Bec Cartwright tomorrow and has apologised to gay groups for his remark. Coria will also be fined for spitting. England's boom young batsman Kevin Pietersen has dismissed suggestions he'll be put off by any Aussie sledging. The pre-Test hype continues as the Poms talk up their Ashes hopes. And a minor setback for Aussie fast bowler Jason Gillespie - a sore knee forced him to miss a net session. Despite being unable to train, Jason Gillespie remains in the frame to partner McGrath and Lee. Form Gillespie's biggest question mark, rather than injury. Fighting for form too is Michael Clarke, who'll make his Ashes debut.

Fingers crossed. I hope my form's a little bit better for Australia than it was for Hampshire. But look, I'm looking forward to it, and whatever happens will happen. Ice sculptures aside, it's the closest England's been to the Ashes in almost two decades. This time they promise not to freeze. England have got 11 good players, and that's the beauty about this Test match series.

Shane Warne's already had a dominating presence, touting Hampshire team-mate Kevin Pietersen for Test selection. So Warnie hasn't been a PR for me at all. He's just stated the obvious.

And he did say to me last night he's sick of pumping my tyres up. After the now-infamous rocky start to the tour, a friendly quip from skipper Ricky Ponting. Losing a one-day international to Bangladesh and then even got lower than that when we lost the next day to England. LAUGHTER But when banter turns to sledging, Pietersen claims he'll be unfazed. Every single time Warnie does abuse me or say something to me, I just look at him and just think, "Well, it's part of the game." There's not too many series I've ever played in that have been nasty. There's been a bit of verbals here and there, but so there should be. I mean, two sides competing with some passion that want to win.

Owen Martin, Ten News. 19-year-old American speedway driver Brad Sweet is lucky to be alive. The young Californian lost control of his car while making a turn. Sweet was racing on the quarter-mile dirt track and somehow was able to get out of his car and walk away unaided. No-one was hurt in the incident and Sweet was released from hospital with only minor injuries.

And later in Sports Tonight with Leigh Diffey - all eyes are on Matt Orford - will the deal be done? While soccer superstar Dwight Yorke prepares for his Sydney debut.

To Vic Lorusso on the Mix traffic

helicopter. A problem in west

Pennant Hills? Traffic trying to

get towards the Hills District, a

car slammed into a shop

get towards the Hills District, a car slammed into a shop front in pen

ant hill Road and Castle Hill Road.

You can see the emergency services.

Toe trucks moved the vehicle onto

the back of a tow truck. Emergency

services are working on the scene.

Traffic is quite slow for motorists

travelling towards the Hills

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This program is captioned live.

Time for all the weather details.

Everyone's been saying about Tim

Bailey the weather is so repetitive,

it's not worth his coming to work.

Yes, I'm going to Thredbo. If

you're lucky enough to be heading

to the high country tomorrow - in

Sydney, it's just been to the high country tomorrow - in Sydney, it's just been fine and

sunny, chilly nights, three above

average, 19 degrees, same tomorrow,

warmer for the weekend which looks

like 20. Just clear blue is

brilliant sunsets. And brilliant

weather photos. Thanks to you, you

keep knocking us off, each night they get better.

That is a beautiful shot. Keep them

coming, please. You're happy and

snappy. Keep them coming coming, please. You're happy and snappy. Keep them coming to

The rainfall The rainfall maps - predicted

precipitation - rain eases and

contracts to the coast

precipitation - rain eases and contracts to the coast in

Queensland. Showers mostly clearing

from WA. Isolated showers along

the northern coast of NSW. Not a

lot happening because of the big

stubborn high across Australia.

Clear and sunny with frosty

mornings and that's it. Friday - a

passing cold front in the

south-east will generate showers in Tasmania,

south-east will generate showers in Tasmania, Victoria and along the SA

coast. Another front will maintain

scattered showers in the south-west

of WA. A high over eastern

Australia will direct winds onto

the Queensland coast. Stick it on

your fridge - fine and sunny

through Thursday, Friday, Saturday,

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday,

temperatures around 20 degrees.

See you again from the high country.

Beautiful Thredbo, tomorrow night. Ancient China is coming to life in Haymarket. Tales of the Silk Road, a new show at the Capitol Theatre, Tales of the Silk Road, a new show at the Capitol Theatre, tells the story of a young artist and his love for the daughter of a general. The Chinese legend has been compared to the classic 'Romeo and Juliet'. Sydney is the first city to see Tales of the Silk Road outside China. The show opens tonight.

That's the 5:00 News. I'm Ron Wilson. And I'm Deborah Knight. Sandra Sully will have the Late News at 11:30. Goodnight. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre.