Smith returns with big runs in Australia’s World Cup warmups

Sports 05/10/19, 04:01

Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 91 and hung around after the Cricket World Cup warmup series against New Zealand to sign autographs for supporters, including a kid holding a banner that proclaimed he was the ex-Australia captain's No. 1 fan .Australia won the unofficial practice series 2-1, clinching the third ...

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Australia’s World Cup squad

Sports 05/07/19, 19:57

Fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup after failing to recover from a shoulder injury in time to be ready for Australia's opening game on June 1.Cricket Australia on Wednesday confirmed scans showed the right shoulder that Richardson dislocated while fielding during a limited-overs ...

Hollywood star Russell Crowe, coach Bennett team up in NRL

Sports 04/01/19, 23:12

This combination might well turn out to be legendary. It doesn't get much better in this sport than an Oscar-winning Hollywood actor and a veteran, high-profile coach teaming up in Australia's National Rugby League.So far Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett are doing OK as an owner-coach combination, which some may ...

Sam Kerr selected captain of Australian women’s soccer team

Soccer 02/26/19, 21:50

High-scoring forward Sam Kerr has been selected as captain of the Australian women's soccer team by new coach Ante Milicic.Milicic, who took over as head coach after Alen Stajcic was fired under controversial circumstances last month, made the announcement Wednesday as the Matildas prepared for their first match against New ...

Australian police disable, arrest man in airport standoff

Asia & Pacific 02/02/19, 23:54

A man who falsely claimed to have a bomb and menaced a woman with a knife forced the evacuation of Brisbane International Airport for more than two hours in an emergency that police described on Sunday as elaborate and terrifying.Police ended the standoff late Saturday by shooting the 50-year-old man ...

Sri Lanka looks for improvement in 2nd test vs Australia

Sports 01/30/19, 21:48

Sri Lanka looks to overcome a heavy loss in the first test and some selection panel changes when it begins play in the second test against Australia at Manuka Oval on Friday.Coach Chandika Hathurusingha was removed from the team's selection panel this week. Captain Dinesh Chandimal says Hathurusingha was disappointed ...

Sasnovich, Barty through to Sydney International semifinals

Tennis 01/10/19, 01:58

Aliaksandra Sasnovich's impressive start to the season continued on Thursday with a straight-sets win over Timea Bacsinszky to advance to the Sydney International semifinals.The No. 33-ranked Sasnovich, who made it to the quarterfinals last week in Brisbane, was in control most of the way to beat the Swiss 6-3, 6-3.Sasnovich ...

Karolina Pliskova wins second Brisbane International title

Sports 01/06/19, 04:57

Karolina Pliskova has won her second Brisbane International title, beating Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 after being just two points from defeat.Serving for the title at 5-4 Sunday, Tsurenko lost 13 straight points. It came after Tsurenko rolled her ankle in the second game of the deciding set.Tsurenko was 4-0 ...

Tsurenko upsets second-seeded Osaka to reach Brisbane final

Tennis 01/04/19, 23:46

The on-court coaching didn't work this time for U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka, who missed a chance to reach the Brisbane International final and move up to the No. 3 ranking with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Leisa Tsurenko.Osaka turned her quarterfinal around on some coach's advice after losing the ...

Medvedev beats Raonic to reach Brisbane International semis

Sports 01/04/19, 04:08

Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev has beaten Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals at the Brisbane International.The score was level at 4-4 in the third, when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from 2016 Brisbane champion Raonic. Medvedev will next meet either Alex ...

Some words from the coach inspire Osaka’s quarterfinal win

Sports 01/03/19, 03:02

Naomi Osaka responded to some courtside coaching advice in the most emphatic way, conceding just five points in the second set on her way to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in the Brisbane International quarterfinals on Thursday.The U.S. Open champion was clearly under pressure in the ...

Nadal withdraws from Brisbane because of thigh strain

Tennis 01/02/19, 05:16

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International on the eve of his first scheduled competitive match of the season because of a strained left thigh.The second-ranked Nadal had a bye in the first round and arrived in Australia after withdrawing from an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi following one ...

Nishikori, Dimitrov set to meet in Brisbane quarterfinals

Tennis 01/01/19, 23:44

Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov had straight-sets wins Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals at the Brisbane International, where they'll meet in a rematch of the 2017 final.Second-seeded Nishikori broke at love in the 11th game to seize momentum in a 7-5, 6-2 win over Denis Kudla in the second round, ...

Rafa’s plan for 2019 revolves around quality, not quantity

Tennis 01/01/19, 04:14

Rafael Nadal wants to make a little go a long way in 2019.The No. 2-ranked Nadal, in Brisbane preparing to play his first competitive match since retiring from the U.S. Open semifinals last September, found some positives out of an injury-interrupted season that he wants to apply to this year."I ...

Murray advances in Brisbane in latest comeback from injury

Tennis 01/01/19, 01:18

Andy Murray doesn't know how long his latest comeback can last, so he's planning on making the most of it.The 31-year-old Murray returned to competitive tennis for the first time since September and gradually warmed into it, going on a late roll to take the last four games in a ...

India in Australia ready to beat a home team in turmoil

Sports 11/19/18, 00:46

India's cricketers have arrived in Australia ready to exploit a home team beset by turmoil on and off the field.A maiden test series win on Australian soil is the main aim of the tour, which kicks off Wednesday with a Twenty20 International in Brisbane and includes games across all three ...

Dog’s day: Player’s pet quarantined on landing in Australia

Basketball 11/01/18, 22:29

An American basketball player who flew into Brisbane with his French bulldog placed inside his hand luggage has run afoul of Australia's quarantine laws.Brisbane Bullets recruit Lamar Patterson was briefly detained after landing in Brisbane on Thursday with his dog, Kobe.The 27-year-old Patterson, who played for the Atlanta Hawks and ...

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