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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. ANNOUNCER: This is Nine News with Sarah Harris. Good morning. We begin with some breaking news that will, quote, "disgust all Australian sports fans". The Australian Crime Commission has just released the explosive findings of a year-long investigation into links between professional sporting teams, organised crime and the use of illegal substances. The report comes just days after the AFL launched an anti-doping investigation into the Essendon Bombers. Let's go straight to Brett McLeod in Melbourne. Brett, wow, what a bombshell. That press conference is still going but what can you tell us so far?Well, I don't think Australian sport has ever seen a day like this, Sarah. Quite extraordinary. Now, this comes at the end of a 12-month investigation by the Australian Crime Commission. It involves elicit drug use across many codes involving many athletes. It also involves allegations of match fixing, including one which which is being investigated by the police. I involves the infiltration of organised crime into Australian sport. Extraordinary allegations, 100 of which have now been sent off to police authorities around the country. Just to back track. The main investigations going on there were those involving the use of performance-enhancing drugs and they were administered by sports scientists, staff and coaches across several codes. There is also the claim that this brought in organised crime which replied these substances and that in turn has led to the claims of match fixing. A short time ago the press conference was started by Jason Claire who was very strong in his comments.The findings are shocking and they will disgust Australian sports fans. The work that the Australian Crime Commission has done has found the use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs is widespread among professional athletes. The investigation has also found organised crime is involved in the distribution of these drugs.And there were representatives of all the major sporting codes in Australia there as well who are continuing to speak now. Following up him was the sports minister, Kate lunddy, and the basic thrust of her commentss with to the drug cheats that you can run but you can't hide.If you want to cheat, we will catch you. If you want to fix a match, we will catch you, and as you can see, by the investigations that have taken place, that we are well on the way to seeking out and hunting down those who will done and cheat. Brett, this report has brought the whole integrity of Australian sport into question. What has been the response so far?There has been a few responses already, even before this started. Jeff Kennett, the former premier of Hawthorne was scathing in his attacks on the AFL saying their three strikes policy has to go now. We will be chasing comment from other sporting codes but this started, was pre-empted in a way, by the allegations against the Essendon football club and claim that is were using improper substances on their players and now it is blown wide open to cover all sorts of clubs and all sorts of codes and can smear Australian sport at the very highest level because nowhere in this report that has been made public are any particular players or clubs or even codes mentioned by name. There is a private confidenial report that has been handed to authorities. We are waiting for further reaction on this but it is fair to say it will take a long time to wash through the system. In the meantime, ASADA has had its powers beefed up and there will be a lot more questions asked throughout the day.An extraordinary day for Australian sport. Thank you very much for that report. We have some more breaking news for you now. The man accused of murdering Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe has been committed to stand trial. Brett Peter Cowan is accused of the abduction and murder of the teenager in 2003. The decision was handed down this morning after a harrowing few days for the more come family. Daniel's parent, Bruce and Denise were in court when evidence from an under cover police officer alleged Cowan had confessed to the murder. An elderly man is in hospital with head injuries after being tied up and bashed in a shocking home invasion in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. As Nine's Matthew Snelson reports, the thieves also stole several guns. Well, it was an incredibly brutal attack on this 76-year-old man. Frank Novak was in the garage of his home here in Wentworth falls in the Blue Mountains when he was set upon probably about six o'clock last night. He was tied up and bashed around the head and during that robbery two safes were broken into and as many as nine firearms were taken. Frank is a registered firearm owner. He was probably in the garage for about two hours before he was discovered by his wife at about 8 o'clock last night. He raised the alarm and Frank was raised off to hospital. It was an incredibly shocking incident for everyone along this street in the Blue Mountains, a normally quiet area. Let's take a listen to what they thold us this morning.Shocked. Scared. Yeah, we just didn't think anything like this would happen in our street, let alone right next door.Lovely quiet street, lovely neighbourhood. Everyone is a little bit concerned that something like that has happened here.Frank is now recovering in hospital. It is thought that he suffered a heart attack and he suffered severe head injuries including a fractured eye socket. At the moment police do not have descriptions of the people involved in this home invasion. They are waiting for Frank to recover and be in a better state before they are able to talk to him and hopefully have a better idea of who they are looking for here. In the meantime they are asking for any witnesses, anyone with information to come forward and contact them and this morning they have been going along to neighbours hoping that they might have some information that leads to the people responsible for this shocking attack. There's mystery surrounding a the death of a woman who fell from a balcony in Sydney overnight. She plunged from the fourth floor of a unit block in Little Bay. Paramedics treated her at the scene, but she later died from her injuries in hospital.At this stage local detectives along with the assistance of the Homicide Squad are interviewing two other persons who were in that unit at the time we believe this lady has fallen. Police have established a crime scene at the property. A group of vandals is on the run after trying to use home-made bombs to blow up a parked car in the Melbourne's north-east overnight. The offenders stuffed the car's fuel tank with a rag then tried to ignite it using Molotov cocktails shortly after two this morning. Firefighters rushed to the scene in Preston and managed to douse the flames. A Tony Abbott plan to divert money and workers to the Top End has been slammed as "wacky" by the Gillard Government. It is a part of a leaks document outlining the coalition's vision for 2013. Kerrie Yaxley is across the story and joins us now. What is Tony Abbott hoping to achieve with this plan?He sees northern Australia with having a lot of potential, it's huge and resource rich and Tony Abbott says that a coalition government would seek to make the most of it. The draft paper discussions options like moving some of the public service and the defence forces there, creating a giant food bowl to double Australia'sing aal output as well as -- agricultural output. As well as investing in mid-cal facilities. It also suggesting reviewing immigration policiesnd tax incentives to dramatically boost the populations in Darwin, Cairns founsville and Karratha.We are looking at sensible responsible policies that will make it easier to develop our country. What we won't be doing is saying, well, people will be paying a different tax system depending on upon where they live. This is a draft discussion paper only. It is not even a finalised discussion paper. It is certainly not policy. Kerri, as we heard before, the government has labelled this plan as pretty wacky. Tell us why (Well, The government saying it is a plan to economically split Australia into two dessite Mr Abbott's denial and the assistant Treasurer says Na it will spell doom for areas like Western Sydney because that area will be stripped of jobs and residents would pay more tax to fund these huge infrastructure projects in the north and that wouldn't really benefit them at all. We are talking about hundreds of billions of dollars. Have a look at what they are proposing. Hundreds of billions of dollars of white elephant infrastructure projects in the far north, funded by increased tax taxes in people like in places like Western Sydney. You have gold footpathed in Karratha while people are stuck in traffic gridlock in September.The government wants the Opposition to declare how it intends to pay for the ambitious ideas in this draft paper, Sarah. OK, Kerrie Yaxley reporting from Canberra. Authorities are still trying to establish the extent of the damage, after an earthquake struck the Solomon Islands. At least five people were killed and dozens of homes were wiped out in the 8- magnitude quake that triggered a small tsunami. Waves of up to 1.5m lashed the island nation where over 300 Australians are on holiday. All have been accounted for. One of Australia's top health bodies has defended Chrissie Swan after the popular television and radio host made this tearful admission about smoking while pregnant.You find out you are pregnant and then you are supposed to be - you are supposed to live like Michelle Bridges. You know, superhealthy and it is really hard to change every little thing.Swan, who's pregnant with her third child, was forced to confess after paparazzi snapped her smoking a cigarette recently. The NSW Women's Health group has told critics to back off the presenter, saying she hasn't broken any laws. 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Stay with us. We have plenty more to come in Nine's Morning News Hour, including - Bundaberg's tent city. The flood victims picking up the pieces of their shattered lives. How you can help. Fire danger as temperatures soar across three states. And why singer Chris Brown is facing court again over his 2009 attack on This program is not captioned. (UPBEAT PERCUSSIVE MUSIC) SONG: # Whooooa! # One and two were sitting in a tree # Waiting there seven, six,
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Welcome back. Bundaberg residents who've had their homes destroyed by floodwaters are now moving into make-shift accommodations. Nine's Sophie Walsh joins us live from Bundaberg.. We know Queenslanders are a fairly resilient lot but this is enough to test everyone. How are they coping?You are right, they are resilient bunch. They have only just started arriving. It isn't home but what it is a clean bed and also a cooked meal and at this point in time that is what they need. They will going to be coming in, registering over here and this where I am standing is where they are going to be eating. There is 120 of them who are going to be calling here Bundaberg Show grounds their home. After the registration they will be shown where they are going to be sleeping. 20 to a tent. Bunk beds, the top for storage and the bottom is for storage. Ultimately there is a short-term solution, they don't want to see anyone living here past a month and the reason for that is with so many people from so many diverse backgrounds, going through such difficulty, it can create problems. Take a listen.On the one hand people are grateful for the fact they have somewhere to say temporarily, but on the other hand to take any family who has just gone through, a very, very traumatic experience and put them in a mass sheltering environment it is never going to go down well and sit well, particularly for the mums and dads with younger children or again those vulnerable age clients who are used to their own independence and running their own life and then all of a sudden having all of this structure around them that is pretty controlled.We are now hearing that the army is preparing to pull out. Can you tell us more?Yeah, look, they are. They are going to be leaving tomorrow but I tell you what their presence is going to be sorely missed. They have been working tirelessly trying to get Bundaberg back on its feet, ever since the 23450 waters swept through. To the 200 troops fromen nothing gra in Brisbane who came up, they have been working to get the roads back in order. The main project was the bridge, we have seen the pictures with the huge gaping hole in it. Tomorrow that will be reopened. That is great news, it links north Bundaberg with Bundaberg itself, that will ease conjust shin and then the army is going to say goodbye. And you can make a donation to the Queensland Flood Appeal by calling 1800 811 700. They need all the help they can get. Firefighters in NSW are bracing for more severe conditions with scorching temperatures and strong winds' increasing the fire danger across parts of the state. A total fire ban is in place for the northern and southern Riverina districts. Temperatures are expected to climb up to 38 degrees today, and could remain high throughout the weekend. There are also fire bans for Tasmania and parts of Victoria, including south and east Gippsland. More crews have been called to potential hotspots while firefighters continue to battle two large blazes in Victoria at Harrietvillle and Aberfeldy which have already burnt through more than 80,000 hectares. R&B singer Chris Brown has appeared in court over claims he violated his probation three years ago after attacking his on-again off-again girlfriend, Rihanna. Prosecutors claimed he skipped his community service. Nine's US Bureau chief Robert Penfold reports. Back in court, Chris Brown and today accompanied by the reason he is there, his girlfriend Rhianna. It was a short hearing where his lawyer disputed those claims that he has dodged a good bit of their community service. Over the last couple of years cameras did show him working, doing his time which was the penalty three years ago for beating up Rhianna.The defendant Chris Brown must not harass, strike, threaten...But what happened after the cameras left? Investigators say he often left as well. They claim their investigation revealed no credible, competent or verifyable evidence that he did any of the work saying the supervising police had best kept sloppy documentation and at worst provided fraudulent reporting. Today the judge didn't rule one way or another, rather telling Brown to meet with investigators and sort out what work he did or didn't do. And then come back to court in early April. It was clear from the 19-page report that the district attorney decided Brown was not going to get away with allegedly coning authorities.They are also going from California to Virginia sending investigators to question floor cleaners as to whether they were the ones actually cleaning the floors or Chris Brown cleaning the floors. There is no question that they are spending more time on this case than they ordinarily might. And further evidence in the court - the prosecutor said he was till getting into trouble pointing the allegations of a recent fight with singer Frank Ocean and further claims he grabbed and took, therefore, stole, a cell phone from someone trying to take his picture. Some of the evidence used against him included a claim that on a day where it was reported he spent time cleaning up roadside rubbish he was in fact on a private jet heading for the Mexican holiday resort of Cancuc. The authorities are out to show the law applies to everyone. Still ahead this morning - police release an image of an Australian man wanted over a terrorist attack overseas. Also - another shooting in the United States. We'll get the latest with our correspondent Denham Hitchcock next. And what councillors on the Gold Coast are doing to give the popular tourist spot a make-over. This program is not captioned. WOMAN: I will never forget
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This program is not captioned. spot a make-over. Authorities have released an image of an Australian terror suspect believed to be involved in a deadly bombing in Bulgaria. Five Israeli tourists and a driver were killed last year when a bus exploded at a resort, on the Black Sea coast. An international man hunt is underway to find the suspect. The attack is thought to be the work of Hezbollah. Some of Hollywood's biggest names have taken their fight for tougher gun controls to America's capital. Nine's US Correspondent Denham Hitchcock has more, Denham, this has all been prompted by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut? Yeah, it certainly has. It seems to be the tipping point that is really pushing people into the need or to feel the need that they need to do something about it. This is Washington DC and the group is called Demand a Plan and it is group of 800 mayors across the country and also celebrities and they are comedians, actors, singers, you name it. As you said Newtown was the thing that really kicked this off. Since then there has been 1,6 19 deaths - 1,619 people have been shot v been murdered since Newtown which was less than two months ago and these are the pictures we are looking at now. In comparison Australia last year was somewhere around the 220 mark for the entire year. You can see why people are upset. Press conferences held today in DC, let's have a listen.I still haven't gotten over Conneticut. I would like to see Australia sexual assault weapons to go to war, not in our own country. -- Australia assault weapons to go to war, not in our own country.I am here to support the President of the United States. The President of the United States is our boss and they are kind of like the mum and the dad of the country. When your dad says something you listen. And when you don't it usually bites you in the (Beep!) later on.Tony Bennett probably said it best. This is a war. They are not the only stars getting behind Obama's new measures.No, they are not. There is a huge raft of Hollywood stars and they are not only bringing and lending their faces and voices but also some real Hollywood money and this is picking up pace over here. The public pressure that is really starting to get put on the lawmakers to do something about these gun law, the dialogue here as changed for the first time in a very long time and they know that these advertising campaigns and the pressure they are putting on now has to happen pretty soon because if nothing generates in these next few months, then they would have lost all of that momentum. Let's have a little bit of a listen to this ad because this is one of the important ones.For the children of sandy hook, demand a plan. No more lists of names. It is not too soon. It is too late. Now is the time. Before we all know someone who loved someone on that list.Real lay who's who of Hollywood lending all of their weight and the star power, the NRA is dead against all of this. Expect them to fire back. They have released a list of so- called enemies and that shows how far apart they are from the other side a list of enemys in this sort of climate not a great thing but you can expect this debate to rage on. Hopefully that celebrity power can enact some change. Thank you very much for that.

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Welcome back. You're watching Nine's Morning News Hour. If you've just joined us these are our top stories. In the biggest news ever to rock Australian sport, the Crime Commission has uncovered widespread doping, cheating and links to organised crime in professional teams after a year-long investigation. The man accused of murdering Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe has been committed to stand trial. And a 48-year-old woman has died after plunging four storeys from unit balcony in Sydney's south-east. Let's get the details on our top story now. This could be the darkest day in Australian sport. A bombshell report by the Australian Crime Commission has exposed a drug culture that will, quote, "disgust all sports fans" with links between various sporting codes, clubs, organised crime and the rampant use of illegal substances. Brett McLeod is breaking it down for us in Melbourne. This press conference is still going but what can you tell us so far?There have never within so many broad ranging allegations in Australian sport and allegations of drug use. The Australian Crime Commission started this investigation 1 months ago. They were looking at the use of performance enhancing drugs, awful peptides used by athletes illegally. But that led to the role of organised crime in supplying these drugs which in turn opened the door to match fixing. The report doesn't name names but it does say this is across numerous codess involving many athletes, support scientist, support staff and others. That press conference as you say is still going on but the man who opened it up was the home affairs minister Jason Claire who had some very strong language.The findings are shocking and they will disgust Australian sports fans. The work that the Australian Crime Commission has done has found the use of prohibited substances, including peptides, hor moments and illicit drugs is widespread among professional athletes. The investigation has also found organised crime is involved in the distribution of these drugs.It is that imputation about organised crime being involved which will have many sports administrators very concerned. They are all at that news conference as well. Some have expressed their shock at these findings. Further to that, the head of the ACC, the Australian Crime Commission, also at the news conference spoke about the role of organised crime.Organised crime are about money. By any means, by any route. They will corrupt, they will have no respect for rule of law or for individual's rights or privacy. This is what we are confronting here in the report. And organised crime has many fai sets. It will go to where there is lucrative profits to be made, low- risk, regulatory weakness and they will exploit those vulnerabilitys. They will exploit people. They will exploit the players in the codes and corrupt them, seek inside information and ultimately fix matches.Brett, sport is the very fabric of our nation and now there is this huge dark cloud over it. I mean, what is the response been to this report? Has anyone come forward yet?Your words are very much what is echoed in the report by the ACC. Sport is so integral to Australian society which is why they had to make sure it is clean. It is so important for so many spectators to make sure the sport is clean. The response has been wide ranging. We are expecting to hear from all codes. Andrew Dymock said when he was confronted with this over the last couple of day his was shocked but he has always called it the line in the sand, and that the line that has been taken by sports authorities. ASADA, which will be beefed up, given extra money and extra resources has also been given extra powers along the lines they can compel people, athletes and sports administrators to give evidence before they didn't have that authority. That is one bit of good news as well. According to Jay conClaire, the idea is to tell all people who may be involved illegally in these activities it is better to come forward before you get the knock at the door.Yeah, just such a shock. Sthau very much for that. We will have updates on that story as the day progresses. Well to this morning's other major news and the man accused of the abduction and murder of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe has been committed to stand trial. Let's cross now to ashically who is on the phone outside court in Brisbane. Take us through what happened this morning and the more come family's reaction to it.Well, Sarah this is one small piece of relief for the Morcombes. They have had to sit through several weeks of really quite horrific evidence but today chief magistrate Brendan Butler committed Brett Peter Cowan, the man accused of killing their son Daniel Morcombe, he committed him to trial. When he asked Cowan if he had anything to say after being committed, sow Cowan simply said, "No, sir". This doesn't mean he has been found guilty or anything like, that it simply means he is going to trial. But it is certainly a - some relief for the Morcombes. They have had to sit through even an alleged confession by Cowan, allegedly basically taking through undercover officers how he killed Daniel Morcombe. They said outside of court that certainly this has been extremely hard for them but it has actually galvanised them, made them more determined to spread the child safety message. They say it is extremely important to get into schools and teach children what to do if they feel threatened. This is now going to go to trial. A date hasn't been set but they say they will be back there pretty much every day for the trial. They want to see this through.Thank you very much for that. It is a busy news morning. We have more breaking news. Australia's latest employment figures are just out and the number of jobless remains steady at 5.4% in January. It came after a big jump in part-time jobs of more than 20,000 but a fall in full-time employment employment of 9,080. The number of unemployed people rose by 2,000. Economists had been expecting a 0.01% rise in the jobless rate. A 77-year-old man is recovering from head injuries after he was tied up and bashed at his Wentworth Falls home in the NSW Blue Mountains. The man lay in the garage for up to two hours before his wife found him. His attackers escaped with nine handguns.Shocked. Scared. Yeah, we just didn't think anything like this would happen in our street, let alone right next door.Police believe the victim may have been specifically targeted for the guns. Mystery surrounds the death of a woman in Sydney's south-east after she plunged from a balcony in Little Bay. Nine's Dimity Clancey is at the scene. Dimity, what are police saying?Well, Sarah, police are now treating this death as suspicious. Homicide detectives have been called in to investigate. They are currently questioning two people the the police station as we speak. They were both in the unit at the time the 48-year-old woman fell from the fourth floor balcony last night. We believe one of the people being questioned is her partner, aged in his 50s and the other one is believed to be her step-daughter aged in her 20s. Police were called here around 11 o'clock last night and they arrived to find the woman suffering critical injury, lying on the section comment out the front of the unit block. He was rushed to hospital but sadly died a short lime later. Quite a number of residents were in their home at the time. A lot of them said they didn't hear anything untoward but I did speak to one woman who lived on the first floor, the woman felt just outside her unit. She says she heard an almighty thump and came outside to find the woman lying on the floor and coupled 000. That has prompted 34 to this morning issue a warning to get to know their neighbours. Let's take a listen. What we ask people if they hear those sorts of things and in their own lives think that would be disturbing if that happened in their house, to certainly give police a call because we want to be out there before something happens. Detectives have been here this morning talking to locals and forensic police have also been here fingerprinting and looking for clues as to how or why this woman sadly fell to her death last night. Thanks for that. # The Federal Government has dismissed a Tony Abbott plan to move money and jobs to northern Australian as wacky. It's part of a leaked draft Coalition plan which suggests using tax incentives to lure private sector employees to cities, including Darwin, Cairns and Karratha.What we are looking at are carefully targeted incentives to develop Australia. You are going to have gold opinion plated footpaths in Kara their while people are stuck in traffic gridlock in Sydney.The government has called on the coalition to tell how they would fund the ambitious idea. The Gold Coast has launched a bold new push to rebrand itself with a red full stop. It has cost rate papers more than $600,000, leaving locals scratching their heads. Chris O'Keefe has the story. This is a new brand for the Gold Coast. It is pretty simple, Gold Coast with a red full stop and it has cost rate papers $680,000. Now, it is supposed to represent a bold united city whrnd be used to market Australia's favourite tourist location in the world. It has been launched this morning with sporting teams and media idea ties on hand to watch it unfold. There has been plenty of criticism of the push with many people having no idea of what it is supposed to represent and unsure why there is no reference to the sun, sand and surf the city is renowned for. The mayor is just happy it is getting people talking.Taking the city to the world and when you look at major logos and brands throughout the world it is really very, very minimal cost.It is not a joke. What it is, it is Gold Coast, full stop. In other words, that is it. We have got everything here, full stop. You don't have to go anywhere else.The idea is that the red full stop will help promote the city right up to the 2018 Commonwealth games and try to rebuild the coast's struggling economy. Bold patterns, lace and lots of leather was on show at the David Jones Autumn Winter launch last night. Miranda Kerr led a host of Aussie superstars down the catwalk as the department store celebrated 175 years of fashion. Today's Sylvia Jeffreys has the details. You may not be ready to let go of summer, but winter has plenty to offer. David Jones flag ship store in Sydney's CBD provided the op plent setting for the autumn/winter launch, Miranda Kerr leading a line-up of home ground supermodels - Jessica Gomes and in the men's department Jason Dundas. What are we going to see this season?Lots of beautiful dual toned colours so you are on trend there.Lucky!! Yeah, a lot of print on print as well. Clashing of the prints.In an all-Aussie affair our top designers show cased their latest looks. Among them Dion Lee and kol din din Collette Dinnigan and there was a debut.I am so proud to be from Australia. We are talented people. The season is dark and dramatic, dominated by structured lines, textures and everything leather. While the boy's trends range from military to megging.There is a really cool navy blue trench coat thatly be rocking down the runaway and that is my pick for the season. Any DJ's launch is a major social event as celebs line up for first dibs on nucleicions.This is where the -- collect shuns. This is where the stopping starts for meEveryone is in frocks and I am in a boiler street.I do a post straight up and down because I don't move my body particularly well.It is working for you. In the front row social media snappers often everyone at a moment -- offered everyone at home a view.I think I have probably 35,000.Australia's oldest department store certainly knows how to make a statement and throw a party. For some that is a good excuse to come home.I love coming home, seeing my friends and family and of course being here for David Jones is wonderful as well. Nelson Mandela's family legacy is set to continue with two of his granddaughters starring in their own reality show. In New York to promote 'Being Mandela', the sister's spoke about the 94-year- old's health with a photo taken with his great grand son.He is owe co-. He is healthy and happy and surrounded by party. He was taken to hospital in December with a lung infection. No word yet on whether the real-life series whether hit Australian screens. P. Tim Sheridan is now here with sport. Australia wraps up the one day series against the Windies.They have and it was a very good night for Shane Watson. He is a big reason why Australia has an unbeatable 3-0 lead and all the details next.Romania slips past the Socceroos, and Lewis This program is not captioned. VOICEOVER: When you smoke
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The Australian cricket team is eyeing off a series clean sweep, after taking out the third one- dayer against the West Indies last night. Shane Watson made a big impression on his return to the side in a confidence-booster ahead of next week's tour of India. No easing back into it for Shane Watson - Australia's vice-captain turning in a first-class performance in Canberra.Oh, look at that!! It has gone miles. Certainly has being something looking forward to come back and play and it has been nice to spend some time in the middle.The opener's 122 giving hope to Australian cricket selectors that he might finally be over his horror run of injuries in time for the tour of India. Look, I am just very happy to be able to fit in wherever is necessary, especially at the moment when I am just batting.The Aussies reached 329 and it could've been even more if not for Kieron Pollard on the boundary. Brilliant!! That is a brilliant catch!! That was six from the moment it left the bat and there is only one man on the ground who could have caught that.Michael Clarke predicted plenty of runs and he was right as the West Indies made a quick start to the run chase. Dwayne and Darren Bravo put on more than a hundred together before James Faulkner struck twice in an over.Oh, a big wicket!! Massive wicket!!He gave Chris Gayle a spray and it cost him some cash - fined as the umpires stepped in. But it didn't dampen the mood, as the Aussies stormed to their third straight win. Faulkner with four and Clarke happy to return to Manuka Oval.Didn't make a duck, did I, I will be back!! When is the next game here?With the series win in the bag, the Aussies now head to Sydney. Game four takes place tomorrow. Meanwhile our test cricketers have started departing for India. Among them, Victorian quicks James Pattinson and Peter Siddle. The Chennai series opener is still more than a fortnight away, but players expect their early arrival will give them an edge.It has been a tough stomping ground, so I guess this is a time that is obvious lay new-look set-up in the side and a new-look team and hopefully we can go over there and stamp our authority and go from ball one and get stuck in. The Essendon supplement issue has also spread to the NRL, with reports players from the Cronulla Sharks were given the same substance. The sports scientist concerned, Stephen Dank, worked with as many as five NRL clubs.I think sports science is right on that line all the time of trying to gain an advantage and also playing within the rules.The supplements are there to be taken but it is to the staff to be really mindful that everything is above board. An investigation into the issue is now expected to be widened to include NRL clubs. Along with a investigation into drugs in sport, Australian authorities could soon be turning their attention to match-fixing as well. Fairfax reports Asian syndicates are targeting local sporting events, with the A-League and Big Bash most vulnerable.

vulnerable. Two late goals tumbled the Socceroos to a 3-2 loss to Romania in Spain this morning. Elsewhere England were too good for Brazil in their friendly at Wembley. A Luke Wilkshire penalty locked the scores up at 1-all on the stroke of halftime, before Robbie Cornthwaite put the Socceroos ahead, netting his third goal in just six internationals.He has scored again for Australia!! He is becoming the regular marksman for the national side. But Romania wasn't finished, scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to secure the win. While Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard guided England to their first victory over 5-time world champions Brazil, the home side winning 2-1. Flanker Dave Dennis admits he's under pressure to turn around the NSW Waratahs following his appointment as captain for the upcoming Super Rugby season. The Tahs lost eight straight last year to finish 11th in the overall standings.It is a matter of working over the course of the season and making sure everyone is on the same page. Dennis admits his appointment came as a surprise. He was told just 20 minutes before it was announced publicly. And Lewis Hamilton has lasted less than 15 minutes in driving debut for Mercedes. The 2008 Formula 1 champion crashed into a tyre wall - suffering brake failure during testing in Spain. With Sebastian Vettel not in action till later in the week, Aussie Mark Webber flew the flag for Red Bull clocking the fourth fastest time behind Frenchman Romain Grosjean in first. Mark Webber now in his 12th season in Formula One. Gee they have gone quickly. How long would you last in a Mercedes? Surely longer than 15 minutes.Oh, yeah, for sure. I wouldn't give back the cease. Still to come on Nine's Morning News Hourly have the This program is not captioned. (UPBEAT PERCUSSIVE MUSIC) SONG: # Whooooa! # One and two were sitting in a tree # Waiting there seven, six,
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OK, let's get all the weather details now. First to the satellite. A trough is generating hot, dry northerly winds in SA, Victoria and Tasmania increasing that fire

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