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Nov 6, 2015

Analysis – Burgess departure a sad ending to a bungled experiment

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Sam Burgess’s return to Australia marks the end of a sad chapter in English rugby while rubbing salt into the wound of a host nation still smarting from an abysmal World Cup campaign.

Within a year of returning home to try his hand at the 15-man code, Burgess heads back to rugby league and Sydney, bruised and disillusioned after becoming a lightning rod for criticism of England’s flop in the global showpiece.

Nov 6, 2015

Rugby-Burgess departure a sad ending to a bungled experiment

MELBOURNE, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Sam Burgess’s return to Australia marks the end of a sad chapter in English rugby while rubbing salt into the wound of a host nation still smarting from an absymal World Cup campaign.

Within a year of returning home to try his hand at the 15-man code, Burgess heads back to rugby league and Sydney, bruised and disillusioned after becoming a lightning rod for criticism of England’s flop in the global showpiece.

Nov 3, 2015

Smith on the defensive as series opens at the Gabba

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New captain Steven Smith faces a baptism of fire on Thursday as he leads a rebuilding Australia into the first test of a home summer against New Zealand opponents sensing an upset.

Australia have not lost a test at their Gabba fortress in 27 years but have rarely appeared more vulnerable with the string of retirements that followed the Ashes defeat in England.

Nov 3, 2015

Cricket-Smith on the defensive as series opens at the Gabba

MELBOURNE, Nov 3 (Reuters) – New captain Steven Smith faces a baptism of fire on Thursday as he leads a rebuilding Australia into the first test of a home summer against New Zealand opponents sensing an upset.

Australia have not lost a test at their Gabba fortress in 27 years but have rarely appeared more vulnerable with the string of retirements that followed the Ashes defeat in England.

Nov 3, 2015

Pleasure for Payne as Prince of Penzance wins Melbourne Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the A$6.2 million ($4.44 million) Melbourne Cup on Tuesday as she rode rank outsider Prince of Penzance to a famous victory in Australia’s richest and most prestigious race.

Jumping from barrier one, Payne bided her time until well into the final straight before pushing the 100-1 shot clear at the 200-metre mark and held off a charging Max Dynamite by three-quarters of a length.

Nov 2, 2015

Jockey hopes Cup win can ease Admire Rakti pain

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Riding last year’s favorite in the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s oldest and most prestigious thoroughbred race, should have been a thrill for local jockey Zac Purton but ended up a nightmare when Admire Rakti died minutes after the finish.

The Japanese-trained horse was the clear favorite at 5/1 for the grueling 3,200 meters handicap at Flemington Racecourse but it wasn’t long into the race that Purton felt something was amiss.

Nov 1, 2015

Fame Game leads foreign raid for Melbourne Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Fame Game has been installed as the overwhelming favorite to win Tuesday’s A$6.2 million ($4.42 million) Melbourne Cup and become the second Japanese-trained horse to gallop away with Australia’s richest prize in thoroughbred racing.

The Yoshitada Munakata-trained six-year-old raised eyebrows with an impressive run at the Caulfield Cup two weeks ago, storming home to finish sixth after stumbling out of the gate at the race considered a form guide for Flemington.

Oct 30, 2015

Tricky Kiwi test for Australia in transition

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A resurgent New Zealand have landed in Australia with high hopes of upsetting Steven Smith’s rebuilding side in a three-match series capped by test cricket’s first day-night clash.

New Zealand have not won a test series on Australian soil since 1985/86, when a marauding Richard Hadlee was in his pomp, but Brendon McCullum’s team may have their best chance to break the drought against vulnerable opponents in the throes of transition.

Oct 30, 2015

Cricket-Tricky Kiwi test for Australia in transition

MELBOURNE, Oct 30 (Reuters) – A resurgent New Zealand have landed in Australia with high hopes of upsetting Steven Smith’s rebuilding side in a three-match series capped by test cricket’s first day-night clash.

New Zealand have not won a test series on Australian soil since 1985/86, when a marauding Richard Hadlee was in his pomp, but Brendon McCullum’s team may have their best chance to break the drought against vulnerable opponents in the throes of transition.

Oct 30, 2015

Burns, Khawaja named for first two New Zealand tests

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja have been given the chance to cement their place in Australia’s revamped top order after being picked for the first two tests against New Zealand.

Two-test opener Burns and Queensland captain Khawaja were preferred to uncapped youngster Cameron Bancroft and the more experienced Shaun Marsh, who played a bit part in the Ashes defeat in England.

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