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Ashes: England facing 4-0 defeat against Australia

Fifth Ashes Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day four of five) England 346 & 93-4 (46 overs): Root 42*, Lyon 2-31 Australia 649-7 dec (193 overs): Khawaja 171, S Marsh 156, M Marsh 101 Scorecard England are facing another defeat in the final Ashes Test after Australia once again dominated on the fourth day in Sydney. The tourists closed day four on 93-4, still 210 short of making the home side bat again. They had been reduced to 15-2 and 43-3, only to be held together by captain Joe Root’s unbeaten…

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Struggling hospitals facing 'huge tragedy'

Patients are at risk in overcrowded hospitals as the NHS struggles to cope with the deluge of patients seen in recent weeks, a senior doctor has said. Prof Suzanne Mason, from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, described it as a “huge tragedy”. Reports have emerged of patients facing long waits for treatment and being stuck on trolleys in corridors and of ambulances left queuing outside A&E. NHS bosses have responded by cancelling non-urgent care en masse. Tens of thousands of operations, treatments and appointments have been put off for…

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Manu Tuilagi facing ban after being cited for dangerous tackle on Leicester Tigers return

Manu Tuilagi in action for Leicester Tigers Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Manu Tuilagi faces the prospect of being banned immediately after making his return from the latest injury setback to have blighted his career. Tuilagi has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle on Chris Cloete in Leicester’s 25-16 Champions Cup defeat by Munster at Welford Road on Sunday and must appear before an independent disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. The entry-point sanction for a dangerous tackle is two weeks, the mid-range six weeks and the top end 10 weeks to…

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Health care enrollment counselors facing stiff challenges

It’s not easy being an advocate for the Affordable Care Act right now. Health care advocacy groups are making an against-all-odds effort to sign people up despite confusion and hostility fostered by Republicans opposed to President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. The Trump administration has taken numerous steps to undermine the law, and many states are doing little to promote coverage as health insurance open enrollment begins this week. Health care advocates are particularly concerned about people in Republican-led states with hundreds of thousands of uninsured residents, like Florida,…

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Sexual harassment: More stars facing accusations

Two Oscar-winning actors, a Hollywood filmmaker and a senior US news editor are the latest high-profile figures to be accused of sexual harassment. The actors Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman have been accused of sexual misconduct and have issued apologies. Meanwhile, six women have accused Brett Ratner, director of the Rush Hour film series and X-Men: The Last Stand, of sexual harassment or misconduct. Ratner’s lawyer “categorically” denied all of the accusations on his behalf. A representative for Spacey released a short statement to the US media, saying the actor…

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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi facing corruption probe over World Cup media rights

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi with world record signing Neymar Thursday, October 12, 2017 The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights. The new proceedings have arisen from an ongoing investigation into Valcke for alleged acts of “criminal mismanagement” concerning the awarding of World Cup media rights to certain countries. In a statement, the Swiss attorney general said the new proceedings involved suspected cases of bribery, fraud and…

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