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Jul 28, 2015

Aboriginal Goodes takes break after fan abuse

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Adam Goodes, a champion Aboriginal footballer and a former Australian of the Year, has been given time off by his Sydney Swans team after suffering months of jeering from spectators in the country’s premier sports competition.

Anti-racism activist Goodes has been booed by crowds for most of this Australian Football League (AFL) season, alarming Aboriginal advocates and shining a spotlight on race relations in a country that sees itself as a beacon of tolerance.

Jul 26, 2015

Rugby-Foley kicking himself after wayward night in Mendoza

MELBOURNE, July 26 (Reuters) – An emphatic 34-9 win over Argentina helped Australia build momentum for a Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand, but Bernard Foley’s suspect kicking underlined a big problem for the Wallabies’ World Cup ambitions.

The 25-year-old flyhalf was slow to leave the field after the pre-match warmup in Mendoza on Saturday, taking extra time to cram in as many practice kicks as possible.

Jul 25, 2015

Australian sibling rivalry to heat up Kazan pool

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Sharing a coach, a home and a childhood dream to win gold for Australia in the Olympic pool, Cate and Bronte Campbell will also share the spotlight when they compete against each other at the Kazan world championships.

The sprint sisters have always been close but in recent years have become almost inseparable in competition.

Jul 24, 2015

Real rout City in front of record Melbourne crowd

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Real Madrid completed their pre-season tour of Australia with a crushing 4-1 friendly win over a depleted Manchester City in front of a record football crowd of 99,382 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

Rafa Benitez celebrated his first win in charge of the La Liga glamour side since replacing Carlo Ancelotti and clinched his first piece of silverware.

Jul 24, 2015

Soccer-Real rout City in front of record Melbourne crowd

MELBOURNE, July 24 (Reuters) – Real Madrid completed their pre-season tour of Australia with a crushing 4-1 friendly win over a depleted Manchester City in front of a record soccer crowd of 99,382 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

Rafa Benitez celebrated his first win in charge of the La Liga glamour side since replacing Carlo Ancelotti and clinched his first piece of silverware.

Jul 21, 2015

Sterling makes instant impression on City debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Record signing Raheem Sterling made an instant impression on his Manchester City debut, scoring in the third minute of the Premier League club’s penalty shootout win over AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was jeered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when he tripped over the ball on one of his first touches in the area, but a minute later soaked up the acclaim after slotting home a through ball from Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho.

Jul 21, 2015

Soccer-Sterling makes instant impression on City debut

MELBOURNE, July 21 (Reuters) – Record signing Raheem Sterling made an instant impression on his Manchester City debut, scoring in the third minute of the Premier League club’s penalty shootout win over AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was jeered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when he tripped over the ball on one of his first touches in the area, but a minute later soaked up the acclaim after slotting home a through ball from Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho.

Jul 18, 2015

Benitez suffers frustrating Real debut in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Benitez kicked-off his tenure as Real Madrid boss with a frustrating 7-6 penalty shootout loss to AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

With both teams goalless at full-time in front of a crowd of 80,746 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the International Champions Cup match was decided by penalty shootout and Seydou Keita slotted the winner after a miss by Lucas Vazquez.

Jul 18, 2015

Soccer-Benitez suffers frustrating Real debut in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, July 18 (Reuters) – Rafa Benitez kicked-off his tenure as Real Madrid boss with a frustrating 7-6 penalty shootout loss to AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

With both teams goalless at full-time in front of a crowd of 80,746 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the International Champions Cup match was decided by penalty shootout and Seydou Keita slotted the winner after a miss by Lucas Vazquez.

Jul 17, 2015

Roma determined to reach Champions Leage knockouts

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – AS Roma are determined to make the knockout rounds of the Champions League after crashing out of the group stage in last year’s tournament, coach Rudi Garcia has said.

The Serie A team managed only one win from six games in their last campaign, showing they were well short of the benchmark in Europe’s top club competition.

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