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Oct 15, 2014

Hayne stuns Australia by ditching NRL for NFL dream

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne sent shockwaves through Australian sport on Wednesday when he announced he is quitting the world’s richest rugby league competition to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.

The 26-year-old, one rugby league’s highest-paid players, broke down and wept at a media conference where he said he was leaving his long-time Sydney club to head to the United States for a shot at breaking into the NFL as a free agent.

Oct 15, 2014

Australia reach for panic button after Qatar loss

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Amid the time-worn cliches of “learning curves” and “wake-up calls” murmured by Australia’s downcast players in the wake of their dismal 1-0 loss to Qatar, it took stalwart midfielder Mark Bresciano to cut to the heart of the matter.

“There’s something not right (and) we’ve got to fix it because it is getting close,” the 34-year-old told reporters after Tuesday’s defeat in Doha triggered alarm bells Down Under.

Oct 15, 2014

Soccer-Australia reach for panic button after Qatar loss

MELBOURNE, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Amid the time-worn cliches of “learning curves” and “wake-up calls” murmured by Australia’s downcast players in the wake of their dismal 1-0 loss to Qatar, it took stalwart midfielder Mark Bresciano to cut to the heart of the matter.

“There’s something not right (and) we’ve got to fix it because it is getting close,” the 34-year-old told reporters after Tuesday’s defeat in Doha triggered alarm bells Down Under.

Oct 13, 2014

Soccer-Roar whimper after home loss to Adelaide in A-League opener

MELBOURNE, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Reigning A-League champions Brisbane Roar were “hard done by” in their season-opening home loss to Adelaide United on Sunday after their Brazilian winger Henrique was denied a penalty in stoppage time, coach Mike Mulvey said.

The diminutive Henrique was met by a heavy challenge from Tarek Elrich in the area but referee Ben Williams saw nothing in it and Roar slumped to an upset 2-1 loss after being reduced to 10 men for the last 20 minutes.

Sep 20, 2014

Nishikori says hopes to fill Li void in Asia

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – The retirement of China’s Li Na may have robbed Asian tennis of its brightest star, but U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori has put up his hand to fill the breach.

With Li’s departure, the 24-year-old Japanese is now Asia’s top player, having reached a career high ranking of eight after his fairytale run at Flushing Meadows.

Sep 20, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori says hopes to fill Li void in Asia

Sept 20 (Reuters) – The retirement of China’s Li Na may have robbed Asian tennis of its brightest star, but U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori has put up his hand to fill the breach.

With Li’s departure, the 24-year-old Japanese is now Asia’s top player, having reached a career high ranking of eight after his fairytale run at Flushing Meadows.

Sep 19, 2014

Trailblazer Li hangs up racquet

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – A typical “neighbourhood kid” toting a badminton racquet in the Yangtze river port of Wuhan, eight-year-old Li Na could have had little idea the path the Chinese state set for her might lead to tennis glory, riches and Asia’s first grand slam singles title.

Steered into a sports college to work on her badminton, Li was soon diverted into a tennis programme after coaches found her stroke-making too lusty for the gentile sport played on street-sides across the country.

Sep 19, 2014

Tennis-Trailblazer Li hangs up racquet

Sept 19 (Reuters) – A typical “neighbourhood kid” toting a badminton racquet in the Yangtze river port of Wuhan, eight-year-old Li Na could have had little idea the path the Chinese state set for her might lead to tennis glory, riches and Asia’s first grand slam singles title.

Steered into a sports college to work on her badminton, Li was soon diverted into a tennis programme after coaches found her stroke-making too lusty for the gentile sport played on street-sides across the country.

Sep 16, 2014

Speed-driven Aussie cycling given funding lifeline

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Cash-strapped national governing body Cycling Australia has had a board shake-out and received a A$2 million (US$1.81 million) lifeline to keep its Olympic programme on track after battling back from virtual insolvency.

Former International Cricket Council boss Malcolm Speed will replace outgoing president Gerry Ryan and lead a new board of bankers and business people as the sport completes a governance review and tries to generate more revenue to close the gap on big-spending cycling powers like Britain.

Sep 16, 2014

Cycling-Speed-driven Aussie cycling given funding lifeline

MELBOURNE, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Cash-strapped national governing body Cycling Australia has had a board shake-out and received a A$2 million (US$1.81 million) lifeline to keep its Olympic programme on track after battling back from virtual insolvency.

Former International Cricket Council boss Malcolm Speed will replace outgoing president Gerry Ryan and lead a new board of bankers and business people as the sport completes a governance review and tries to generate more revenue to close the gap on big-spending cycling powers like Britain.

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      "Based in home-town of Melbourne covering sports in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Asia Sports desk. Previously covered general news and politics in Beijing with a special focus on the Beijing 2008 Olympics."
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