Sports News Update – what you need to know

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CRICKET – After nine Tests without a win and six weeks caught up in a civil war threatening to split Australian cricket, Michael Clarke turned into Captain Grumpy on the eve of the first Ashes Test starting Thursday in Brisbane.

GOLF – Jason Day will proudly represent Australia with Adam Scott in golf’s World Cup this week, but says he’s strongly feeling his Filipino heritage.

RUGBY – The Wallabies have sent home in-form playmaker Matt Toomua (hamstring) from their European tour in another major blow to the strife-torn backline.

SOCCER – Australian-born Croatia defender Josip Simunic has denied he meant to promote “any form of hatred” when he celebrated Croatia’s progress to the World Cup finals with fans.

MOTOR – Retirement-bound Australian Mark Webber will be given no favours by Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the Brazilian Grand Prix, the last of his Formula One career.