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Oct 25, 2014

Sanctioned Beale not joining Wallabies on Europe tour

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Australia coach Michael Cheika has declined a chance to rush Kurtley Beale into the Wallabies squad for the season-ending tour of Europe after the utility back was sanctioned for sending an offensive text message about a former team staffer.

Beale was fined A$45,000 ($40,000) but escaped further punishment after a tribunal heard charges that he had sent ‘deeply offensive’ text messages about Wallabies’ business manager, Di Patston, who resigned under stress amid the scandal.

Oct 25, 2014

Rugby-Sanctioned Beale not joining Wallabies on Europe tour

MELBOURNE, Oct 25 (Reuters) – New Australia coach Michael Cheika has declined a chance to rush Kurtley Beale into the Wallabies squad for the season-ending tour of Europe after the utility back was sanctioned for sending an offensive text message about a former team staffer.

Beale was fined A$45,000 ($40,000) but escaped further punishment after a tribunal heard charges that he had sent ‘deeply offensive’ text messages about Wallabies’ business manager, Di Patston, who resigned under stress amid the scandal.

Oct 25, 2014

Australia batsmen in familiar tail-spin in Dubai

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Scars re-opened on a dusty pitch in Bulawayo in August bled profusely on day three of the first test against Pakistan as Australia’s batsmen showed a familiar vulnerability to tight spin bowling on slow wickets.

Having sailed to 128 without loss, Australia crumbled against an inexperienced Pakistani attack in Dubai on Friday to fall 151 runs short of the hosts’ first innings total of 454 and leave their hopes of victory and top test ranking in jeopardy.

Oct 25, 2014

Cricket-Australia batsmen in familiar tail-spin in Dubai

MELBOURNE, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Scars re-opened on a dusty pitch in Bulawayo in August bled profusely on day three of the first test against Pakistan as Australia’s batsmen showed a familiar vulnerability to tight spin bowling on slow wickets.

Having sailed to 128 without loss, Australia crumbled against an inexperienced Pakistani attack in Dubai on Friday to fall 151 runs short of the hosts’ first innings total of 454 and leave their hopes of victory and top test ranking in jeopardy.

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.

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