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American Lamont Peterson kept his International Boxing Federation light-welterweight title on Saturday after a unanimous 12-round decision over previously unbeaten Canadian Dierry Jean.

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Judges gave home-town hero Peterson the triumph by scores of 118-111, 116-112 and 115-113, improving his record to 32-2 with one draw before 5668 at the Washington Armory.

A day after his 30th birthday, Peterson revived his career after being stopped for the first time in May by Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in the third round of a catch-weight bout, where his crown was not at risk.

“I had to go out there and show people I have still got it,” Peterson said. “Every time I think I have it easy, there is another setback. I have showed I can get back up.

“That’s my purpose in life. I try to represent something to people trying to find a way out of their struggles and inspire them.”

Jean, in his first world-title bout, fell to 25-1 but took his first loss in stride.

“Maybe it was just a matter of experience,” Jean said. “I’m definitely leaving with my head held high. I fought a hard fight. Life goes on.”

For Peterson, the goal is a showdown with unbeaten American Danny Garcia, who holds the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council crowns, for an undisputed title.

“I would like to be considered the best 140-pounder in the world. If it’s Danny Garcia next, then that’s what it is,” Peterson said.

Jean, a 31-year-old born in Haiti but based in Montreal, exchanged tentative jabs with Peterson early on.

Peterson landed a right to the chin off a clinch in the second, but Jean used his speed edge to punch the champion into the ropes late in the round.

Peterson, who had the reach and height advantage, evaded Jean several times to escape trouble in the third and both fighters became more defensive.

The champion started the sixth round aggressively and pressed the attack, pounding Jean against the ropes with flurries of punches, opening a cut near Jean’s right eye.

Jean began to connect well with single blows in the seventh and eighth, but could not stop Peterson taking control of the fight in the later rounds.

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Defending a one-second lead over fellow Australian cycling star Cadel Evans was a ride in the park for Simon Gerrans at the Tour Down Under.

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As German sprint ace Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won his 16th Tour stage at Rymill Park outside the Adelaide city centre, Gerrans became the Tour’s first three-time champion.

Gerrans and his powerful Orica-GreenEDGE team were never threatened on Australia Day in the sixth and final stage, despite the minuscule lead and high quality of the opposition.

Italian Diego Ulissi (Lampre) started the stage only five seconds behind in third place, and was probably more of a threat than Evans (BMC), but there were no changes to the top of the overall standings.

This is becoming a habit: two years ago, Gerrans was level on time with Spaniard Alejandro Valverde going into the last stage and won on a countback.

“Until I crossed the line, I suspected that Diego Ulissi would try and do something, but it went all right,” said Gerrans, who first won the Tour in 2006.

“I’ve got my third Tour Down Under win thanks to an outstanding team.”

Gerrans has also repeated his Tour-Australian road championship double from two years ago.

His title duel with Evans capped the best Tour in race history.

Sunday’s Adelaide street race attracted a crowd of 115,000 for a race total of 766,000, just less than the record set when Lance Armstrong raced in 2009-11.

For all the potential drama of the one-second time difference, Sunday was the only anticlimactic moment of the Tour.

Once a three-man break took the time bonuses at the two intermediate sprints, Gerrans was safe.

As expected, Evans and Ulissi were not fast enough to gain time bonuses by finishing the stage in the top three.

Gerrans (11th), Ulissi (23rd) and Evans (24th) finished the stage on the same time as Greipel.

There were big expectations surrounding Gerrans, Evans (BMC) and fellow Australian star Richie Porte after their epic duel this month at the road nationals.

The trio duly delivered.

Gerrans won stage one and then lost the lead on stage three when Evans soloed to victory in probably the best individual ride in Tour history.

Greipel won stage four, then Porte soloed to victory on Saturday in the Queen stage at Willunga, where Gerrans regained the lead from Evans.

After two inconsistent years, Evans has made a great start to the year before his major goal, the Giro d’Italia.

“Of course we would prefer to win,” Evans said. “That’s what we are hard-wired to do, but to be second by one second shows we are starting to work towards May.”

Porte, who will ride the Giro and the Tour de France in July, was also content.

“Its a little bit disappointing to be fourth, so close to the podium, but to win the Wilunga stage makes up for that,” he said.

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Ellyse Perry’s career-best batting performance turned the momentum Australia’s way in the women’s Ashes series against England at Bellerive.

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The superstar engineered a stunning one-day victory thanks to an unbeaten 90 from 95 balls to keep the series alive.

The Ashes looked gone when the Southern Stars were 6-199 chasing 269, but Perry and Erin Osborne (40 from 25) put on 70 from 45 balls to steer their side to victory with three balls to spare.

The 23-year-old dual international said Australia, still needing to win all three Twenty20 games, could ride its momentum and clinch an unlikely series win.

“That’s the task that we have,” she said.

“We just see it as a really great challenge for our group and an opportunity to prove that we’re a world-class side, too.”

The Stars head into the T20 leg with two straight, sudden-death, one-day wins under their belts.

The tourists remain in the box seat following victories in the one-off Test and first one-day international.

But Perry said the Australians had learnt from the series loss in England last year to ride the wave when they had it.

“The momentum thing is really important,” she said.

“We learnt that in England, just how quickly you can get on top of a side and just hold that pressure.

“That’s something that we really need to do.”

Perry’s effort on Sunday was her highest international score in any form of the game after she made 71 in the Test and an unbeaten 65 in the first ODI.

England captain Charlotte Edwards said the young Australian was beginning to show her potential as a top-order batter.

“She was the difference between the two teams, ultimately, with going on and getting a big score,” Edwards said.

The England skipper admitted the change of formats could be good for her side.

“If we were playing two more ODIs, maybe the momentum would be with the Australians,” she said.

“We’re 8-4 up.

“I’d rather be in our position that theirs.”

England took six points in the series with their Test win and another two with victory in the first ODI.

Australia have four points from two ODI wins and can claim another six in the T20 matches.

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The abalone diver who incredibly survived a second shark attack has revealed he did not see the great white that tried to bite his head off – but instead recognised the sound of teeth on bone.

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Greg Pickering, 55, was diving for abalone off a remote part of Western Australia’s southern coast last month when he was attacked by a suspected great white shark.

It was the second time Mr Pickering had lived through a shark attack, after being bitten by a 1.5 metre bronze whaler while in waters near Cervantes, north of Perth, in 2004 as he was trying to help a friend.

Speaking about his ordeal for the first time, Mr Pickering told the Seven Network’s Sunday Night program about the circumstances of the attack, which left him needing 10 hours of surgery on facial and other wounds.

“I heard the sound, the thrashing sound, of teeth on bone – and I remembered the sound from the last time I was bitten,” Mr Pickering said.

“I thought `that is probably a shark’, but I didn’t see it – I heard the attack.”

The show claims Mr Pickering is now the only man in the world to be attacked by sharks in separate incidents and live to tell the tale.

And the interview will also detail how Mr Pickering used his 40-year diving experience to hold his breath and rise to the surface slowly after the attack, despite the water turning red around him from the blood pouring from his horrific injuries.

A roll of duct tape and a towel was then used to hold Mr Pickering’s shredded face together, as his eight-hour journey to hospital began.

Mr Pickering told reporter Mark Ferguson how he felt he had been spared his life.

“It (the shark) suddenly stopped and let me go – so I have definitely been given another chance,” Mr Pickering said.

“I do believe I have been given a second chance. God has given me a second chance there is no doubt about that.”

Soon after the attack, Mr Pickering’s family expressed their thanks to paramedics, surgeons, doctors and nurses who helped save his life, while Fisheries Department director-general Stuart Smith slapped a kill order on the shark.

But the order was then called off because the shark was not sighted again and was no longer considered a threat to school-holiday campers in the area.

Mr Pickering returned to the area where he was attacked, Poison Creek at Cape Arid National Park, about 180km east of Esperance, to tell his story.

*The interview with Mr Pickering will air on the Seven Network’s Sunday Night at 6.30pm AEDT on Sunday November 17

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Ian Bell, who belted Chris Tremain’s first delivery of the 39th over for six to tie the scores, smashed another boundary three balls later to take the tourists to a winning 151 for three total.

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Bell was 33 not out, while Jonathan Trott was on 38, having shared in 50-run partnerships with both Carberry and Bell.

England had earlier bowled the Invitational XI out for 261 with Aaron Finch top-scoring on 59, while Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin took three wickets apiece.

Finn took eight wickets in the match but was particularly expensive in the second innings and the haul may not have done enough for him to take the third seamer spot for the test alongside certain starters James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

The match had been badly affected by rain and the England batsmen accelerated the run rate in the final session with threatening clouds on the horizon after the players were forced to take a lengthy weather break at the tea interval.

Carberry is England’s top-scorer on tour having scored 78 in the opening match in Perth and 153 against Australia ‘A’ in Hobart.

The visitors, however, had indicated the left-handed batsman would open the innings in Brisbane along with skipper Alastair Cook when they dropped Joe Root down the order for the latest match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

England’s chief concern in the batting department will be with Kevin Pietersen, who has innings of 8, 57 and 6 on tour, though given his pedigree, is almost certain to start the match at the Gabba, which will be his 100th test.

Matt Prior remains the only injury doubt with a calf strain and the wicketkeeper is due to undergo a fitness test on Tuesday to determine his availability for the first test.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by John O’Brien)

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“I can say that an agreement in principle between the coach and the RFU (Russian Football Union) has been reached,” Vitaly Mutko told local media.

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The 67-year-old Italian was appointed on a two-year contract in July last year, replacing Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman stood down following the team’s early exit from the Euro 2012 tournament.

Capello quickly moulded the Russians into a competitive, if unspectacular team, and led them to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil after topping European qualifying Group F ahead of Portugal.

“As far as I know, his lawyer (his youngest son Pier Filippo Capello) will come to Moscow on November 21-22 and everything should be settled,” Mutko said, adding that the Italian was expected to sign a new four-year contract.

“There are several options for the date of the signing of the new agreement but probably everything will be officially formalised after the draw for the World Cup finals (on December 6).”

Capello boasts a remarkable record of success at club level after winning domestic titles with AC Milan, AS Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid and the UEFA Champions League with Milan.

He led England to the 2010 World Cup finals and then helped them qualify for Euro 2012 but resigned a few months before the tournament following a dispute with the English FA.

The Italian will turn 72 in 2018 when Russia will host the global showpiece but Mutko believes Capello’s age would not be an obstacle.

“We cannot lose the momentum and the continuity now,” Mutko added.

(Writing by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by John O’Brien)

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George Bailey is adamant his patchy Sheffield Shield performances will count for little when he makes his Test debut against England next week.

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Bailey’s failure to turn starts into big scores since a stunning one-day tour of India continued on Saturday when he made just 16 in the second innings of Tasmania’s 129-run outright loss to Victoria at Bellerive.

The Tigers captain has made Shield scores of 34, 41, 37 and 16 since his return from the subcontinent, where he averaged 95.6 in Australia’s six matches.

“(It’s) frustrating not to get through and get big scores, (but) pleasing to be getting starts and to be feeling really good at the crease,” Bailey told reporters.

” … As a batter you’re always greedy to get more but you still start on zero.

“There’s no real lasting implications either way, whether you get runs or don’t.”

The 31-year-old, who skippered Australia in India, knocked down the door of Test selection with the sheer weight of his one-day runs and his undoubted leadership ability.

But his first-class average remains 38 and plummeted to 18.8 for the 2012/13 season.

Bailey said he had never felt more ready to step up, something he has done at one-day and Twenty20 international level.

“I feel I’m as aware of my game as I’ve ever been so I’m really comfortable with where that’s at, that I’m batting as I bat,” he said.

“That’s one of the things of getting a crack at my age, is you know you’re only going to get one crack at it so there’s no point going out there and trying to bat like anyone else but you.

“That’s a positive I see.”

Test opener Chris Rogers also struggled in the Shield match with scores of three and 11 after coming into it in superb touch.

Allrounder James Faulkner provided the positive for the Ashes squad in Hobart with a fighting 53 that threatened to save the game for Tasmania.

The 23-year-old put on 68 with Tim Paine (30) for the sixth wicket after they had come together at 5-116 with their side chasing an unlikely 337.

“We all know how destructive James Faulkner can be,” said Victorian opener Rob Quiney, who made 82 and 86.

“To get (Paine and Faulkner) within the space of two or three overs, that was the clincher.”

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Watching Shane Watson stretch out at training in Brisbane has not been enough to convince Craig McDermott that the Australian allrounder will bowl in the first Ashes Test.

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However, the national bowling coach still likes what he sees ahead of the Gabba Test thanks to what he believes is a much more encouraging sight in the nets – a fired up Mitchell Johnson in full flight.

Watson completed light running drills before another lengthy batting nets session on Saturday as he recovers from a hamstring injury ahead of the Ashes opener starting on Thursday.

He held out hope that he could bowl in Brisbane but would sweat on the opinion of team doctor and former Liverpool physio Peter Brukner who arrived in Brisbane on Saturday.

“He has certainly given me great advice over the last six months especially with my body,” the injury plagued allrounder said.

“I am certainly looking forward to having a chat with him and seeing his perspective.

“I am confident I will be there as a batsman. To play as a bowler would be an ideal scenario.

“From previous experiences I will err on the side of caution.

“But if my body is right to go that’s what I will be doing (bowling).”

However, McDermott appeared to have already made up his mind.

“We will wait until the day before the game to see where he is with his bowling,” he said.

“But he hasn’t bowled so far. To rip him straight into a Test match would be pretty difficult at this stage.”

However, McDermott was unfazed by the prospect of not using Watson in his attack after watching Johnson tear into the Brisbane nets in the past two days.

McDermott was so impressed he hinted the once erratic quick so easily influenced by Barmy Army taunts was likely to be thrown the new ball in his first Test since March.

“I think there’s a good chance he will if he can use it from a swing perspective – 155 kph inswingers are a handful for anyone,” he said.

“And going away to the left-handers he will be tough to play.

“I like where Mitchell is at at the moment from an attitude or head space point of view and his pace and seam position.”

McDermott was coy when asked to compare attacks ahead of the Ashes Test after running the rule over Johnson, Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris at training in Brisbane but rated his as “formidable”.

“I back their ability to knock anyone over,” he said.

“Harry (Harris) is probably statistically the best performing bowler in Australian history.

“Sids (Siddle) is in the top five in the world. You don’t get there by bowling rubbish.

“And this is the best Mitchell has been bowling in a long time – and fast.

“From a balance point of view I couldn’t be happier.”

McDermott did not know what Watson’s likely use as a specialist batsman meant for the selection hopes of fourth seamer James Faulkner or offspinner Nathan Lyon.

“I don’t think you can read into anything,” he said.

“If Faulkner is bowling well and Nathan misses out and vice versa that is a selection … that will pan out over the next few days.”

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A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander non-government organisations has launched a round of community consultations across the country in the hope of addressing the over-representation of Indigenous children in out-of-home care.

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Organisers say the consultations will raise awareness that children should only be removed from their families as a last resort.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures show Indigenous children are almost eight times more likely to be placed in out-of-home care than other Australian children.

 

It’s that over-representation, as well as a rapid increase in the numbers over the past decade, that has prompted the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to organise national consultations.

 

The first meeting was held in Darwin and among the attendees were the Northern Territory Minister for Children and Families, John Elferink, and NT Children’s Commissioner Howard Bath.

 

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) organised the community consultation, one of a number to take place in each state and territory over the next 6-12 months.

 

Chief executive Frank Hytten says that time will be spent in developing state and territory-based plans to reduce the statistics.

 

“We’ve created a national program called Families Matter, Faith in Culture Not Care. This meeting was meant to be the first of one in every jurisdiction and probably more than that,” Mr Hitten says.

“What’s significant I suppose is that we’re starting with the NT where the problems are perhaps the most apparent, and communities are the most damaged by history and by what is going on now, with children still being removed in greater rates, I’m told, than in the Stolen Generations.”

He says there are many reasons why the rates of Indigenous childen in out-of-home care are higher today.

“Something like 35 percent of children removed, are removed for neglect. But neglect can be seen as a cultural issue,” Mr Hitten explains.

“I don’t mean cultural with a capital C. It just means things like kids playing barefoot or kids sleeping on the floor; those reasons are, I understand, why people are being taken away. It wouldn’t have been (the case) 20 years ago. That would have been seen as the way people lived.

“And abject poverty is probably the single biggest issue that creates a lot of this. Going to school is becoming more and more significant as a requirement from non-Aboriginal society. If education is about issues that don’t impact on Aboriginal society then kids don’t go to school.”

 

Margaret Furber is a Stolen Generations member and a board member for NT child protection group, Safety.

 

She knows well the impact of being removed from one’s family.

“[There’s] Loss of culture, loss of identity, and when you come out of care you have to go looking around for your family,” she says.

“I was old enough and lucky enough to still stay in Alice Springs and still allowed [to be] with my family. And I was able to connect back with them. But my brother and sisters didn’t.”

 

She says culture and family connection is central to preventing the cycle of disadvantage amongst Aboriginal Australians.

“That’s part of it that makes them feel whole again. It’s very hard (for) children who are taken away and don’t have anything. Then they come back to Aboriginal culture and then they finally feel relief and [feel] comfortable in saying: yea’h, I’m back where I belong’.”

 

Patricia Kurnith formerly worked for the Territory government for 26 years in the health department and eight years in child protection.

 

She says there are circumstances where children do need to be removed, for their own safety.

 

But she says she seen too many cases of children being removed unnecessarily.

 

“There were two children who were in hospital between [the ages of] 1 and 2. They were being fed by PEG [ Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy] – that means [they were fed with] liquid to gain their weight because they had feeding problems when they were born.

“Now when those children were taken into care, the mother was devastated. She tried so hard to do everything right.

“What happens is back home in the community – whatever happened, we don’t know the right story – the feeds were missed. So the children lost weight, [and] ended up in hospital. But if we were to support that mother back here in Darwin with accommodation and someone providing that care – and it doesn’t have to be all day, it just has to be someone checking for those feeds – then she would have got the children to the age where they don’t need the PEG eeding any more.”

 

She says a fresh approach is needed  involving businesses, community groups and governments to get a significant reduction in the numbers.

 

“I hope we can look at ways of being flexible, ways of working in with families and children and maybe saying to the families out there if you need support, get it before it comes to this point.

“And then maybe [we can get] those high statistics that are there for our children in care, get it down to a level, you know? It happens because it happens everywhere in the world. But it shouldn’t be this high here [in Australia].”

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Sachin Tendulkar made a tearful but self-effacing farewell as his glittering 24-year cricket career came to an end on Saturday at his home ground of Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Tendulkar embraced teammates as the Test against the West Indies ended, but as they tried to give him a guard of honour on his way off the ground, the most prolific batsman in international cricket history rushed past them, quickly making his way into the pavilion wiping away tears.

But he could not avoid the outpouring of emotions as he came back to the field for an awards ceremony and went on to give a passionate speech in which he thanked everyone who helped him over his long career, holding a list of names to ensure he did not miss anyone.

“All my friends, settle down and we’ll talk or else I’ll get more and more emotional,” he said to calm the enthusiastic crowd.

“My life’s been between 22 yards for 24 years and it’s hard to believe that such a wonderful journey is coming to an end.”

Tendulkar then went on to thank his parents, relatives and friends who had helped him grow over the years but made special mention of wife Anjali, elder brother Ajit and coach Ramakant Achrekar for their support.

He called his marriage to Anjali the “best partnership of his life”, thanked Ajit for “living the dream together with him” and coach Achrekar for “taking him around town on his two-wheeler” to play matches in his early years.

Tendulkar, whose entire adult life has been spent in an intense spotlight as an icon to India’s fanatical fans, said he would now spend more private time with his 16-year-old daughter Sara and 14-year-old son Arjun, who was also a ball boy for this match and plays for the Mumbai junior team.

He also thanked his senior cricketers, doctors, sports officials and the media before moving his attention to the crowd.

“Time has flown by very quickly, but the memories will remain with me forever, especially the ‘Sachin, Sachin’,” he said, prompting the crowd let out the chant once more.

Tendulkar, waving the Indian flag, was then taken around the ground by teammates on their shoulders in similar fashion to the victory lap after the 2011 World Cup victory at the same venue.

After a lap of the ground, he went out to the pitch alone, bent down to touch it with his right hand and then touched his eyes and forehead in a traditional Indian sign of reverence before moving back to the pavilion.

Earlier, Tendulkar bowled two overs of legspin on the final day of his career amid roaring applause on the third day of the second Test against the West Indies, which he declared last month would be his last game.

Tendulkar, who has already retired from limited overs internationals, had earlier in the game struck a neat 74 with 12 fours which comprised several of his trademark shots like the straight drive, cover drive and paddle-sweep.

That proved to be his last innings, as India wrapped up a comfortable win by an innings and 126 runs.

Tendulkar’s wife Anjali was among those watching the “Little Master” in action.

“It’s been an emotional one month for us starting from the day he announced his retirement,” Anjali told the channel beaming the match live.

“Sachin is very good at hiding his emotions so we don’t really know what’s going on in his mind.”

Anjali said the retirement had not been planned for long.

Global cricketing greats Brian Lara and Shane Warne flew in to join Indian politicians, corporate leaders and Bollywood stars at Wankhede for the final chapter of a career that has featured 15,921 runs in 200 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals.

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Substantial food and medical aid has finally begun reaching desperate survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, but humanitarian groups warn of huge logistical challenges in accessing devastated, remote island communities.

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The unprecedented ferocity of the November 8 storm and the scale of destruction had overwhelmed the initial relief effort, leaving millions in the worst-hit central islands of Leyte and Samar hurt, homeless and hungry, with no power or water.

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Eight days later, a working aid pipeline is in place, funnelling emergency supplies to those left destitute in the ruins of Leyte’s Tacloban city, while helicopters flying off the aircraft carrier USS George Washington brought some relief to outlying areas.

UN agencies on Saturday said more than 170,000 people had received rice rations or food packets, while the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said they would have mobile surgical units in Tacloban by the end of the weekend.

“The place really needs to be saturated with relief,” Red Cross Asia-Pacific spokesman Patrick Fuller said in Tacloban.

“People literally have nothing. Money is useless here,” he said.

The US military said it had delivered 118 tonnes of food, water and shelter items, and airlifted almost 2900 people to safety.

But relief officials described conditions in the sports stadium in Tacloban that served as the main evacuation centre as appalling, with a lack of proper sanitation.

Often children and the elderly were unable to get to relief distribution points in the city.

“I have money … but I cannot eat my money,” said Beatrice Bisquera, 91, a retired school supervisor.

“I need medicine but there is no pharmacy that’s open. I’m hungry but the food we stored is gone,” she said.

In its most recent update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council put the official death toll at 3633, with 1179 people missing and nearly 12,500 injured.

The UN said 2.5 million people still “urgently” required food assistance.

With an estimated 13 million people affected by the storm, almost 1.9 million survivors are displaced.

The World Health Organisation is worried about the welfare of remote communities on 20 smaller islands. “Because of the geography of the Philippines – an archipelago of many islands – it is essentially like mounting at least seven separate, simultaneous relief efforts,” said Julie Hall, the WHO’s representative in the Philippines.

Frustrated with the slow pace of the initial relief effort, many people with relatives in the impacted areas made their own aid efforts.

Filling boxes and sacks with packets of rice, cup noodles and candles, they boarded ferries from Cebu island to Ormoc town on Leyte.

“That’s my village,” Nick Cantuja said, pointing from the ferry as it approached the coast.

“Our house is gone now. Everything… it’s gone.

“Yesterday, a Red Cross team was able to reach there but it’s not enough,” he said.

Basic medical care remains a priority, with initial assessments that half of the 38 medical facilities in the impacted region wiped out.

Yet some residents of remote areas appear to have been better prepared for Haiyan than those in larger towns and cities.

The tiny Camotes islands, between Cebu and off Leyte, took a direct hit that flattened most villages, but of a population of 89,400 there were five confirmed fatalities.

Alfredo Arquillano, the former mayor of the islands’ largest town, San Francisco, said Camotes residents had been practising typhoon drills for years.

“We knew we were vulnerable, so we made absolutely sure that everybody knew what to do and where to go,” Arquillano told AFP by phone.

All 1000 residents of one of the chain’s tiniest islets, Tulang Diyot, were evacuated to a larger island before Haiyan made landfall.

“My goodness, it was a good decision. It’s fair to say it saved everyone’s life. There is not one house left standing on Tulang Diyot,” Arquillano said.

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The punishment has been imposed by the world governing body over the circumstances surrounding Bresciano’s transfer from United Arab Emirates side Al Nasr to Qatar Stars League outfit Al Gharafa last year.

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Bresciano, 33, is a near certain inclusion in Australia’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil and while it was not immediately clear when any ban would start, it has cast doubt on his participation at football’s showpiece.

Bresciano is in Socceroos camp ahead of Tuesday’s international against Costa Rica with Football Federation Australia confirming that he will be available for the Allianz Stadium encounter.

“We will do all we can to assist Marco Bresciano and his representatives in having the judgement swiftly overturned and set aside,” an FFA spokesperson told News Limited.

“The advice from FIFA is that the suspension doesn’t apply to Tuesday night’s match against Costa Rica. Marco is available for selection and will continue his preparations with the squad.”

FFA officials were not immediately available for further comment.

FIFA granted Al Nasr the right to compensation for Bresciano and also decreed that Al Gharafa would be forbidden from signing any players for 12 months, with the Qatari club announcing it would appeal the ruling.

“This is not a unique case, there are many precedents, we as a club are not a part of this case,” a statement from Al Gharafa Club General Secretary Jassim Al Manosuri read on the club’s website.

“As the player ended his contract with his former club before joining us, our next step will be filing an appeal to the court of arbitration for sport”.

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Indiana improved their perfect start to the NBA season to 9-0 by cruising past Milwaukee 104-77 on Friday, with Roy Hibbert having 24 points and eight blocks.

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The Pacers became the first team since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks to open a season 9-0.

Indiana have already beaten all four of their Central Division foes.

Among other games, LeBron James led Miami past Dallas, Joe Johnson shone in the key moments as Brooklyn beat Phoenix in overtime, and Chicago beat Toronto for their first road win of the season.

Indiana’s Hibbert had plenty of help. Paul George scored 10 of his 22 points in the third quarter and Lance Stephenson finished with 11 points.

The Bucks, who were missing four injured players, were led by O.J. Mayo’s 20 points but they never looked likely to avoid a fourth-straight loss.

Miami’s LeBron James scored 39 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 points, eight assists and a career-best eight steals as the Heat beat Dallas 110-104.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points to lead Dallas, who turned the ball over 24 times.

Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson tied the game in regulation, trapped a loose ball in overtime and then dropped in a basket as time expired to give the Nets a 100-98 win over Phoenix.

Meanwhile, San Antonio’s Tony Parker scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to guide the Spurs to a 91-82 win over Utah, extending their winning streak to seven games.

Australian Patrick Mills played 10 minutes for the Spurs and scored four points.

Chicago overcame the absence of the injured Derrick Rose to beat Toronto 96-80.

Luol Deng had 19 points and Joakim Noah scored 18 for the Bulls, who have won three straight.

Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds to lead the TrailBlazers to a 109 win over the Celtics; their first victory in Boston since 2004.

Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 16 points as the Bobcats used a strong fourth quarter to win 86-80 at Cleveland.

Kyrie Irving, wearing a mask to protect a nasal fracture, had 18 points and 10 assists for Cleveland, who lost for the first time in four games at home.

Memphis’ Zack Randolph scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 89-86.

Denver’s Wilson Chandler scored 19 points, including a big 3-pointer and three free throws late in the game, as the Nuggets held off Minnesota 117-113 for their third straight win.

Detroit’s Josh Smith had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, as the Pistons snapped a four-game skid by beating Sacramento.

Atlanta’s Jeff Teague had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists as the Hawks beat Philadelphia 113-103.

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