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Jarryd Hayne’s US rape allegation ‘lacks merit’, lawyer says

Rugby league star vows to ‘unequivocally and vehemently’ fight claim he raped a 25-year-old woman and says lawsuit ‘just one of them things you’ve got to go through’Jarryd Hayne’s US lawyer says a civil action accusing him of raping a 25-year-old woman…


Ben Stokes back in UK for Christmas, ending Ashes speculation

Suspended English all-rounder ends his brief stint with the Canterbury cricket club in New ZealandEngland’s hopes of winning the Ashes are gone, and so is Ben Stokes.The suspended English all-rounder has ended his brief stint with Canterbury cricket cl…


‘How can I support this team?’ Divided loyalties for Syrians haunted by civil war

Like the country itself, feelings about Syria’s national football team, who play Australia tonight, are complex

When the Syrian national football team walks onto the pitch in Sydney tonight , Obay Al-Akul won’t be inside the stadium cheering but outside protesting.

He won’t be alone. A Syrian national who grew up in Damascus before arriving in Australia in 2014, Al-Akul is one of the 5.1 million people who have fled Syria’s civil war as refugees.

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