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This program is captioned live. Tonight - Rolf Harris in hiding, after being charged with child sex offences. The men accused of bashing an elderly Sydney man arrested and in court. It was hot out - Sydney turns in a near-30- degree day in the final week of winter. And an America's Cup legend giving clear air to clean up Australian swimming.

ANNOUNCER: First at Five - Ten News, with Matt Doran. Good evening and welcome to Ten News. First tonight - a date has been set for what will be the most difficult public appearance in Rolf Harris's life. He'll front a UK courtroom next month to answer 13 child sex charges. Ben Lewis and Angela Bishop are in London covering this story for us. Ben, we'll start with you. Just why are prosecutors so confident they'll get a conviction here?Matt, the chief prosecutor has released a statement saying that, after carefully considering all the evidence over a period of some nine months, they have decided that it is in the public interest to charge Rolf Harris. Most of the alleged offending is claimed to vukered in the early to mid 1980s - some of it, though, just last year. Not surprisingly, Mr Harris has gone to ground.No sign of Rolf Harris at his home, west of London. Nor any response from his management regarding the charges which could bring an end to his career in the spotlight. He faces nine counts of indecent assault, six related to a 15-year-old girl - the offending allegedly taking place between 1980 and 1981. Three related to a 14- year-old girl in 1986. Mr Harris faces a further four charges of making indecent images of children alleged to have been produced last year. The 83-year-old was investigated as part of Operation Yewtree, an inquiry into the abuse perpetrated by British television star Jimmy Savile. Although the Australian's offending was not linked to that of the deceased entertainer.If that's true, that he did download images of children being abused, he's still got an interest. He's still potentially a danger to children. Three Australian women had given evidence to British police regarding claims against the TV personality, following a search of his house by Yewtree detectives in November last year. Mr Harris has had this investigation hanging over his head for nine months now. Friends say he spent much of that time at home painting, to cope with the stress. But soon he'll have to front the cameras again - his court date has been set for late September. Earlier this month, the singer performed a rare gig, where he thanked his fans.I'd just like to thank you all for my support - for your support.(CHEERING) It's unlikely we'll see him on stage again soon, as he heads into what could be a lengthy courtroom battle where he'll vigorously fight the charges against him. After that concert, I spoke to his manager, who said Mr Harris is very keen to give his side of the story, but isn't able to until this case is resolved. If the matter go to trial, that may not be until the middle of next year. Thanks, Ben. Let's go to Ten's entertainment recorder, Angela Bishop. Ange, Rolf Harris is such an icon here and in the UK. Although this has been happeninging over his head for some months now, hearing what he's now accused of must come as such a shock to so many.?CludingHis family and close friends who, of course, remain very loyal to the star. Some entertainers have publicly come out to support him, including a singer here in the United Kingdom, Vince Hill, who has said that Rolf needs to know he's there for him, he is his friend, he is innocent until proven guilty. This story is being widely reported not only, of course, here in Britain - also in Australia. It's reached as far as the United States, with an entertainment career this long and this illustrious, the charges, the story, will weigh heavily on Rolf and his family. As we say, there are still many questions to be answered, but we will probably see Rolf for his first public appearance at that court case next month. Alright. Thanks to Angela Bishop and Ben Lewis, live in the UK. Police have now charged two men over the violent and senseless attack on a 76-year-old man we told you about earlier this week. The pensioner was walking home alone when the pair allegedly punched him to the ground and stole his wallet. Here's crime reporter Andrew Denney. After a week of living in fear, Francois Beugels can finally sleep a little easier - his alleged attackers off the street.Oh, elation, happiness, and relief that they were caught.The 76-year-old was walking home on Sunday night when he was set upon by two men - bashed, robbed and left for dead. It's one of the most serious I've seen in 20 years I've been in the police.It's alleged these are the two men responsible for the cowardly attack - 38-year-old Wade Dunley and 19-year-old Joshua Chamberlain were arrested yesterday. Neither applied for bail. Outside court, friends of the pair offered no explanations.What don't you understand? No comment.Police say much of the credit in cracking this case goes to locals who provided information. Those who heard Francois's cries for help here, and those who knew the accused.We received a large amount of information immediately. It kept flowing throughout the week.And the community help hasn't stopped there - strangers have been turning up at Francois's door doing his shopping, offering money, even free holidays.It's absolutely wonderful. I mean, it just shows you the spirit of the community.And his spirit is far from broken.I continue living, my friend. I'll still have a better life than the life those two guys are gonna have. He's already pulled off one sporting miracle, and now, John Bertrand has been appointed to produce another. The America's Cup- winning hero is the new boss of Australian swimming, which has sailed into all sorts of controversy in recent times. Kimberley Soekov has more. Positive announcements from Swimming Australia have been rare of late, but this was a belter.The man next to me, John, needs no introduction to most people. He's the guy that's been there, done that.And now, John Bertrand is the president of Swimming Australia.If I can help in terms of allowing Australia to become a -- back on the world stage, it will be my great pleasure.He's best known for probably our greatest sporting moment... COMMENTATOR: 'Australia II' has won the America's Cup!Skippering our young nation to glory 30 years ago. And his list of credentials go on. He's represented Australia at the highest level. He's an Olympic medallist. A world champion. He's a noted businessperson, noted philanthropist.Bertrand will inherit a tough task - transforming the toxic culture in our elite swim team, and rebuilding the organisation after a series of scandals.It's people becoming tuned into the values of integrity and trust and honesty and passion, and indeed having fun.With Leigh Nugent gone, his first job will be to appoint a head coach, and only the world's best need apply.It's hot in the kitchen. Competition from around the world is intense. John's proved he can take on the best and beat 'em.So here's hoping he can create more magic moments in the water. Well, it is official - this is Sydney's warmest winter in 150 years. Back then, Charles Cowper was premier of NSW, and Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States of America. Georgi Glover and Magdalena Roze have been weather-watching for us all day. Gorgi is in our west, where it almost touched 30 degrees in some suburbs today. Gorgi?It sure did. Pack away your coats, but bring out your bikinis and board shorts. It is absolutely perfect conditions here for tonight's Swannies versus Hawks match. It's about 25 degrees right now, would you believe - it almost reached 30 in Richmond today, one of the hottest on record. The ice-creams are melting, the water is warming up - this is Sydney's winter lunderland. The sun was beaming down at Prince Alfred Park Pool this morning.Fantastic weather. I hope this keeps up.This has been an amazing winter.Steve Williams has been doing laps here three times a week all the way through June, July and August.It's getting busier all the time. If you come down here at lunchtime and it's a warm day, you're flat-out getting a lane to swim in. It's great. Good to see it's so popular. By 8:00am, almost 300 swimmers had dived into the water. Staff say it's a quiet day.We opened right in the middle of winter, and yet we've had about 10,000 people a month swimming here. I don't know what it's going to be like in summer!In the city's west, no-one could believe how hot it was.I reckon so far, about 24-25.It's actually almost 28.Already?This is good weather. Any hotter than this is too hot.With a shining forecast, you can already smell the barbecues - Barbeques Galore is selling, well, barbecues galore. Sales are up 10%.This store in particular, we'd probably sell 30 barbecues a week on average. Furniture settings might be in the vicinity of 15 to 20.The best part - it's Friday night and there's not a cloud in sight. The weather is so warm that it's putting everyone in such a good mood. I'm not sure if you've noticed, but it's 20 days over 20 degrees this August, and that's going to continue into spring and for Father's Day. Hope you're planning something special for dad! It has been an incredible run. Thanks very much, Gorgi. Let's go to Magdalena Roze. Magdalena, does this mean we're going to have a fantastic spring?Matty, this is a really good question, and one I've been asked by many people. When we look at the outlooks for rainfall and temperature for the upcoming season, the news climate models are based on sea surface temperatures around Australia. They're also based on probltd. Rather than a hard-and-fast rule of "It will definitely be cooler or hotter than average," it's more about the chances of exceeding a maximum or minimum temperature. At the moment for Sydney and most of NSW, it's a 50% chance of exceeding the maximum, and more of a 60% to 65% ochance of exceeding the minimum, which doesn't tell us very much - it's neither here nor there. If we take away the computer models and look at the reality of the situation - sea surface temperatures around Australia are very warm at the moment. This is unlikely to change. We've just come off the back of our hottest September-to-June period on record, our hottest summer on record, and our hottest winter on record. This is unlikely to change, this trend at this stage. I'm thinking we'll probably continue to see above-average temperatures throughout spring and summer. Winter ended off with a bang. Let's look at temperatures around NSW today. Pretty much everyone saw above-average temperatures. Newcastle today reached a high of 28

In the city at the moment - 21 degrees. Penrith and Campbelltown on 25. The airport still sitting on 27 degrees. The next week is remaining very warm and sunny. Matty, I'll have that full forecast - you're going to love it - later in the bulletin. Fantastic. Thank you. Still to come on Ten - breaking news from east Killara, where a baby has been hit by a car. Also - the crime crackdown that dug up some disturbing trends on our transport. Plus - there's no keeping mum on this one - the secret to successful IVF. Also - 300 - the birthday girls with a very special bond. And Finch lets fly - the Aussie batsman who simply smacked England.

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Welcome back. You're with Ten News. To breaking news now - an 18-month- old baby has been hit by a car. Vic Lorusso has the latest from the sky. Vic, what can you tell us?Matt, just after 4:30 this afternoon, an 18-month-old baby was being pushed in the pram by a 68-year-old carer in Killara, east Killara, on Birdwood Road. We're told the baby has been taken to hospital. The baby, unfortunately, as a result of the accident, has received cuts and abrasions. It's been taken to hospital in a stable condition. With any extra information, we will bring it to you. At this stage, Burkewood Avenue in east Killara has been reopened. An earlier accident on the M4 impacted traffic. Commuters will struggle to head home tonight. With the AFL on tonight at Sydney Olympic park, that means an extra 20-30-minute travel time out through to Silverwater. Delays through to Haberfield at the moment. Vic Lorusso from the Car City chopper. Thank you. We'll check in with you again soon. Found to be corrupt just four weeks ago, disgraced Labor minister Ian Macdonald has been recommended for criminal charges again. This time, he's been found to have gifted a coalmine to his mate, who should have pocketed $15 million. But he's protested his innocence to our state political reporter, Josh Murphy. Ian Macdonald in and out of corruption hearings, where he insisted he'd be cleared.I will not be found guilty of any wrongdoing whatsoever.Not so, according to the watchdog - it's found the former Labor minister gave a lucrative coal exploration licence at Doyles Creek to his good mate and former union boss John Maitland. He outlaid just $165,000 and made $15 million from the deal. What I want to see now is all of those individuals feel the full force of the law. And in my opinion, they should go to jail.It's claimed Macdonald was indebted to Maitland for political support he received, but the ex-Labor minister has told Ten News he stringeantly denies the finding.He's not a friend of mine. I met him four times in the two years prior to the granting of the licence.He maintains he didn't know Maitland stood to take millions, and that the mine was a training mine.I believed that it would be effective in reducing deaths and injuries in the workplace.As for the training- mine concept, that was a pathetic excuse.There are now growing calls for the current government to rip up those mining licences stained by the corrupt findings - or, at the very least, suspend them to revive confidence in the system.This is the proceed of crime, the Premier has the power. He should tear up the licence.That won't happen until further advice from the ICAC commissioner. Macdonald is seeking legal advice to clear his name.I believe it is based on hearsay and conjecture.Prosecutors will now decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

Tony Abbott says the Government's attack on his costings has blown up in Kevin Rudd's face. But the Prime Minister is defiant, once again accusing the Opposition Leader of committing a fraud on Australian voters. National affairs editor Paul Bongiorno joins us now from Canberra. Paul, just how much damage has this costings row done to Labor?Matt, election campaigns are all about credibility. That's why Labor wanted to enlist Treasury and finance to its attack on the Coalition's costings. It was risky and it backfired badly when had both departments publicly undermined the basis for that attack on Tony Abbott. It's a body blow. It'll be hard to recover from. A spring in his step as he climbs the Mount Everest of the election campaign.Best of luck.Well, we've got eight hard days to go.Made easier by Labor's overreach on Liberal costings.If Kevin Rudd is talking about costings while he's moving his lips, you know he's not telling the truth.Labor claims Treasury and Finance have costed key Liberal savings and found a $10 billion hole took a massive hit when both departments put out an unprecedented disclaimer late yesterday. "At no stage prior to the caretaker period has either department costed Opposition policies."What we released were costings based on the stated policy of the Coalition.Our position does not change one jot from what we put yesterday Here is our best estimate. What is your answer, Mr Abbott?He accused the Coalition of committing a fraud by still hanging back.Hang on, mate. Do not call me a mate when your own public servants are walking away from you.Mr Hockey revealing he approached Treasury after the Government's attack.I sent the disputed Parliamentary Budget Office details to the Treasury.What happened about spend sending them to the Australian people, Joe? Why don't you release them to the Australian people?If Tony Abbott was feeling any pressure to release more details, this morning he appeared to push back the timing even further.When we're finished releasing policies - and I suspect that will be towards the end of the week...Some in the Labor campaign believe the Prime Minister should home in on the $32 billion worth of savings the Coalition has already announced. Families, low-income workers, small and big business all in the firing line. Joe Hockey admits tough decisions have been made, but if the latest polling in the Western Sydney marginals is accurate, voters are more interested in punishing Labor. Matt, Labor's launch in Brisbane on Sunday - the last big setpiece, and probably the last big chance to save the election. Thanks to Paul Bongiorno, live for us there in Canberra. Hundreds of officers have been sent out in force, sweeping our train stations for drugs and thieves. It's a 2-day blitz. Police are hoping their presence will send a strong message to commuters to cheap up their act. Erin Bell reports. Today, police launched the hunt for this man, wanted for robbing a teenager waiting for a train. It's crimes just like this that have police ramping up their forces on our rail system.We're going to have police involved from our police transport command, as well as police from our local area commands, as well as the dog unit, police on bikes, and youth command. Altogether, more than 200 officers shaking down commuters at stations across Sydney, the Illawarra and the Central Coast for Operation Fusion. And at the top of their list are our most dangerous hot spots.Parramatta Railway Station, Strathfield, out to Penrith, to Liverpool, Mount Druitt, Blacktown. Day one of the 48-hour bust kept officers busy.Yesterday, we made 36 arrests. We issued over 850 transport infringement notices. Over 200 people were searched for suspicious activity.That's a relatively short list considering more than 1 million people travel daily on the inner-city circle line alone. But Sydney trains, which regularly faces criticism over safety, says it's had enough of crime of any sort on its network. If you're on our network and you want to commit crime, you need to think again.Operation Fusion will finish tomorrow morning. Coming up on Ten - will the US go it alone in a strike on Syria?

Also - a billion-dollar payday for injured athletes. And Bernard blown out of the US Open.

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You're with Ten News. Australian Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan are being investigated for allegedly cutting the hands off a dead Taliban fighter. The hands were reportedly taken back to the Australian base at Tarin Kowt for fingerprinting.I have full confidence in their professionalism, and if any matters have arisen concerning their conduct, then I have full confidence in the chief of Defence Force's capacity to investigate such matters.All the Defence Department will say is that it's investigating an incident that followed an intense battle in which four insurgents were killed. America has been left contemplating go-it-alone military action against Syria, after a rebellion in British politics forced Prime Minister David Cameron into an embarrassing backdown. UN weapons inspectors are now pulling out of Damascus ahead of any potential strike by the Pentagon. Lachlan Kennedy reports. As British fighter jets landed within striking distance of Syria, its Parliament was changing the battle plan.The noes have it. Those words marking the moment America lost its closest ally.It is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action.A shock defeat for Prime Minister Cameron that appears to have altered little across the Atlantic. The White House reiterating it can and may act alone, as it deployed a fifth battleship to the region.We cannot allow a totalitarian dictator to use weapons of mass destruction.But Congress isn't convinced. A 90-minute conference call reportedly left some top law- makers believing President Obama has more work to do. We're being told the President doesn't want to enter an open-ended conflict, and the action he's considering has been described as discreet and limited. In terms of a time frame, it likely wouldn't occur until UN investigators left the country. They returned to the eastern suburbs of Damascus, racing against time to collect as much evidence as they can.Out of Syria by Saturday morning - they will report to me. The US will release its own intelligence report tomorrow but, as the world waits, the horror continues. This was a playground. It seems like - I'm not sure, maybe napalm.Australians, particularly with families and with children, should exit Syria as soon as possible.There are 59 Australians still registered in Syria, including 6 children. Australia's football codes will be keeping a close eye on the decision in America by the National Football League to pay out close to $1 billion in compensation to players with head injuries. The deal settles thousands of lawsuits accusing the NFL of glorifying violence while ignoring health risks.

The NFL will also pay for medical exams and research. Now to an important story for people considering having children through IVF. Researchers have been looking into success rates, and the news is bittersweet. Ellie Southwood explains. Alexis Edmonds was a relatively young IVF patient at 31. From three attempts, she produced Leo and Rose. I'll glad that I had the information to know that I needed to address it at the age I was. Without that, it might not have been as successful if I had waited. Now, for the first time, researchers have looked at IVF success rates over multiple attempts. They found, after one cycle, the chance of having a baby is 20%. After two, it's 30%. And the chances of success rise steadily until the fifth round. After that, the success rate flattens out.The message is most bang for your buck comes in terms of up to five cycles, and then at an individual level you can look at it with your fertility specialists and your family about what you want to do.And the older you get, the poorer the results. Yet the fastest-growing customer group for IVF is women over 40. In 2002, they made up 14% of IVF customers. Now, the over-40s make up more than a quarter of all patients.We are challenged by the fact that we don't make older eggs younger.The report also found the rate of multiple births through IVF, like twins, is in decline. That's a good thing because, with twins comes more risk during pregnancy and delivery for both mother and babies. Australia and New Zealand has the lowest rate of multiple pregnancy in the world.But the most important message of all is...If you are in the right relationship space, you get on with it. Still to come - banished to vanished - NRL's disgraced peptide trafficker goes to ground. Plus - why you don't have to search far - find out what matters to voters. Also - the birthday girls blowing the candles out on 300 years. And the market ended the week on a high, as stocks recovered from all this uncertainty surrounding Syria.

VOICEOVER: Tony Abbott
and Liberal candidate Peter Hendy will cut at least 12,000
local public service jobs. Taking at least 12,000 jobs
out of our local economy will hurt local small businesses,
retail and tourism operators. They've also pledged to cut
funding to local schools and sack at least 91 front-line
health workers across our region. And there's more cuts on the way. If Tony Abbott
and Peter Hendy win, you lose.

VOICEOVER: Tony Abbott
and Liberal candidate Peter Hendy will cut at least 12,000
local public service jobs. Taking at least 12,000 jobs
out of our local economy will hurt local small businesses,
retail and tourism operators. They've also pledged to cut
funding to local schools and sack at least 91 front-line
health workers across our region. And there's more cuts on the way. If Tony Abbott
and Peter Hendy win, you lose.

We'll cross live to London to find out the latest.HG Nelson joins us to talk all things sport, including the NRL drugs scandal.

Smartphone technology is giving voters a chance to do their own fact-checking, amid the flurry of policies and promises as the election enters its final threes. The rising use of the technology -- final throws. The rising use of the technology giving unique perspective on the issues which really matter. Leah Craven looks at the election online this week. They bantered and blustered, but the reactor Reactor made it clear when Rudd resonated.When he talked about the national disability insurance scheme, he managed to get basically everyone in line.And when Tony was in tune.The high point was talking about dental care - I've seen Tony Abbott previously the Reactor responding well to this. Although the polls may be suggesting the election is done and dusted, online, voters are still indicating which issues are still swinging in their minds.They can ask questions and get responses anywhere, any time, right up to the point of voting. The pace of those questions continues.Google says, on any ordinary day, 71% of television viewers use a smartphone device at the same time. As the leaders battled it out at Rooty Hill, policy became a priority. One of the Coalition's key election promises became one of Google's most searched election topics. Paid Parental Leave and the variations on maternity leave and baby bonus spiked. The fate of Medicare's locals also trending.It's a real- time pulse check. You can see start to see the data of what people are interested In. While the political pundits were trying to call the debate winner, they wanted the winner too.People are turning to the internet via their smartphones and tablets to get those answers. Let's get another traffic update now with Vic Lorusso. An accident at Eastern Creek is causing delays? Matt, it's a bad one. I'm over it now. Cars rolled on the M4 here. It's ended up on its side. This is the city-bound lanes here. You can see all emergency services have turned up on location. Ambulance crews have the patient inside the van. Take a look at the traffic delays as a result of it - westbound traffic, all lanes are open. But everyone is slowing down for a look. It's caused a major traffic headache for motorists in the western suburbs for a Friday night. 5-10km worth of traffic gridlock heading toward the mountains. We meet some wonderful characters in this business, but rarely do we get three in one place at one time, and for one reason. Well, 100 reasons, really - in fact, 300. Three very gorgeous Sydney ladies, all friends, have started celebrating their 100th birthdays. And a very lucky Antoinette Lattouf was invited. Three friends side by side as they celebrate 300 years of life. There's Winnie, a former fruit-shop worker, Dot, a lover of port, and Irene, a doting mother. They were born within days of each other in August, 1913, and now live in the same nursing home.Surprising. Surprising?I never expected to reach 100.Wonderful! Yeah, I never expected this.Dancing and music filled the hall. There was a celebratory toast among friends, but the champers wasn't for everyone.(LAUGHTER) Other residents joined in on the fun.Everything looked beautiful and tasted beautiful.The trio have lived through two world wars, saw television invented and then become colour, and while they admit they've never used a smartphone, they do have some words of wisdom to share.Live your life as you would want to live it, regardless of what age or anything else.I always liked home-cooked food, and I never went to the pizza store or Chinese food.Irene was taken aback by the birthday wishes she received. A bit of a shock. She's looked through the book of all the letters and with the Governor-General, Prime Minister, the Queen...But as the party kicked on, the birthday girls got tired.She is well and truly partied out today, yes. (LAUGHS) So for now, it's time to hang up the dancing shoes until next year. There you go. The secret to longevity. Stay away from the Chinese food. Happy birthday, ladies. More on tonight's big stories next. And in sport - the claims that Sandor Earl is the NRL's scapegoat.

Plus - Aaron Finch gets 10 out of 10 in the Twenty20. And you will never believe just how old this brave wingwalker is.

Updating tonight's top stories - there's been no sign of Australian entertainer Rolf Harris in London, after the 83-year-old was charged with 13 child sex offences. He'll face court next month. Police have charged two men, aged 38 and 19, over the cowardly attack on a pensioner. The 76-year-old was walking along the street when he was set upon, bashed and robbed. And America's Cup hero John Bertrand has been appointed the new boss of Swimming Australia. You can find more on this story on our website:

Self-confessed drug cheat Sandor Earl has today been labelled a scapegoat. With more on that, here's Brad McEwan. The fallout continues from the NRL's first drugs infraction notice. While many are calling for Earl to receive a lifetime ban, he's also received some passionate support from a former NRL player. No sign of Sandor Earl at home - just fellow Raider Jack Whiten. He's not here.Also quiet - the Cabramatta clinic where Earl allegedly went off site to treat a shoulder injury with the banned peptide CJC-1295 back in 2011 when he was a Panther.What's your reaction to Sandor Earl?I'm not commenting.Can you say why?No. Matt Elliott was Penrith coach at the time.My understanding of it - this all took place when he injured his shoulders and he was obviously looking for a way to expedite his recovery. I was totally unaware that anything like that was going on.While condemnation of Earl has been swift, today, support for the troubled Raider.The lack of leadership by the poor administrators of our game have hung this young kid out to dry. Hang the rest out to dry, or the other players too high-profile so they're scared to be in front of the cameras?With ASADA's investigation ongoing, there's fears the NRL's run to the grand final could be ruined.You'd hate to see something rise up in the middle of a finals series. I think that is worst-case scenario.As for sports scientist Stephen Dank, he seems to be relishing the scrutiny. Are you administer is ubstances to the Cronulla Sharks?She's had a shocker this morning. Start again. Are you administering the substances that have been administered to the Cronulla Sharks - the same ones you've been given to Sandor?That's a no comment - all that work for no comment!Dank still refusing to assist the investigation. Benji Marshall says it's an enormous thrill to be playing his 200th and final home game in front of Wests Tigers fans tonight against South Sydney. On his last NRL match in Townsville next week, Marshall says he will treasure the moment in a couple of hours time when he runs onto Allianz Stadium. Realising that's going to be the last time I'm running out in front of our home crowd on one of our home grounds is going to be pretty emotional. But it's something I'm looking forward to. Not a lot of players get to achieve 200 games. That's an opportunity for myself to spend it with some of my good mates. It's pretty special.A win for Souths will see them take the competition lead. Aaron Finch has smashed his way into the Twenty20 record books with a remarkable knock against England.

He made 156 off just 63 balls, including 14 sixes and 11 fours to give Australia its first win in any international cricket format in 200 days!

days! Rob Waters reports. The carnage started with his very first ball.Thank you. Can we have the ball back?Warner threw his wicket and bat away at the same time. Finch opted for the extraordinary.Sensational shot!He kept belting huge sixes.It's gone a long, long way up and a long, long way, full stop.One Joe Root over went for 27, hit over the fence three times in a row. Milestone upon milestone was registered with the maximum.Yes, please! It will go all the way for six!Finch's ton came off just 47 balls. Then he really let fly!Take that. Even further.Another six created international T20 history, taking him past Brendon McCullum's 123.

Six number 14 brought up the first- ever T20 international 150.There it goes again...But it ended on 156.And gone. Dragged on. What an innings.His third 50 took just 13 balls, and he let the -- led the Aussies to a mammoth 6/48. In the chase, Lumb was plum. Wade misjudged then hung onto a skyer for the second wicket. A third wicket in four balls cruelled any England hope. More drama when Root top-edged Hazelwood into his grille. Root gamely batted on for an unbeaten 90. England

unbeaten 90. England falling 40
short. Nice to have a win! Bernard Tomic has been eliminated from the US Open by a little-known British player motivated by the way he was treated by Tomic's controversial father. Tomic took the first set against Daniel Evans before dropping the next three. The world number 179 revealed he was spurred on by unpleasant memories of John Tomic.I was there playing and his dad sort of fobbed me off, said I wasn't good enough to practice with him.Roger Federer edged closer to a quarterfinal showdown with Rafael Nadal. Both cruising to easy victories. 100m world champ Usain Bolt will one day jump out of the blocks quickly. When he does, look out! Five rivals were ahead of him after four seconds of the dash in Zurich, before he found his turbo charge. Here comes Bolt! He's clear! Takes it!

Not as fast as his season's best at the recent World Championships, but another brilliant finish.

When people fly over the Irish Sea from Scotland to Northern Ireland, they do it inside a plane. Not Lukas Lacko, who at 93 broke his own record as the oldest wingwalker. The seatbelt stays on and there's no in-flight movie, bewhat a view! That was the toughest thing I've ever done. I don't think I would probably want to do it again. Unbelievable! That makes Tom's courageous journey a one-way ticket to our Play of the Day. Great stuff for a Friday. There you go. Have a good weekend. Wingwalking at 93 - incredible. Good on you, Brad. Up next - Magdalena's back with all the latest on the weekend weather.

Sydney, you've just experienced your hottest day of the winter, and the week ahead for spring is going to be a sizzler. I'll have that forecast, plus Father's Day, right after the break.

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On tonight's Late News at 10:35 - a new era for Australian swimming - we chat to the man tasked with saving the sport. And could it all come down to the final week? Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos joins us on the show.

Good evening. Tonight we join you from crumorb Point on -- Cremorne Point. Wherever our gorgeous Tim Bailey is on holidays, I hope it is warmer than Sydney - today was our hottest day of winter. We reached 27.4 degrees in the city, 7 above average. Temperatures in the west were as much as 9 degrees above average, reaching 29. The week ahead is looking very warm and sunny. In fact, there's no rain in sight, at least until next weekend. Of course, it's been a very dry August already. We've only seen around 20mm of rain so far. That is a quarter of what we'd normally expect during the month of August. Some of our gardens are really starting to dry out. Let's have a look at what's going to happen weatherwise over the next few days. I think you're going to like it. It's

It's remain warm and dry. Widespread cloud across the south- east, mainly through Tassie. Here, we've got a trough and low bringing showers to that area. There's also a bit of cloud across South Australia. Here, we've got a trough bringing patchy rain. In the south- west, there is a coldfront approaching. This is going to bring some showery and windy conditions tomorrow. The synoptic chart, a look into the forecast for tomorrow, shows that trough across South Australia moving further east towards western NSW. It will be bringing patchy rain to western parts of NSW, but the dominant feature for the east is definitely still that high-pressure system which is has really been the dominant venture for the entire winter. This is why we've been seeing these dry and sunny skies and nonexistent surf as well, unfortunately - no lows out there to bring in the swell. The high has been creating lake-like conditions. Rainfall - a bit of rain across the south-west of Western Australia and some patchy falls in South Australia and western NSW.

If you look at the minimum temperatures as well, they're starting to get into the mid-teens. It will be nice and comfortable during the morning to head out for a jog or cycle. Matty, I know you love a soft-sand run. Finally you can get out there and get in shape for summer! See you tomorrow!Get in shape for summer?! Alright! You're looking good!Thanks so much. That's Ten News for now. We'll have updates throughout the evening. Late News is ..is now.

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