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Aug 25, 2015

‘Hayne Plane’ ready for NFL take off

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – NFL hopeful Jarryd Hayne showed he was a hard man to bring down in his first two pre-season games for the San Francisco 49ers. Putting a stop to the hype surrounding the Australian rugby league international could prove equally challenging.

Hayne’s bid to break into the 49ers’ 53-man roster has captivated his home nation since his tearful announcement last October that he was quitting a wildly successful rugby career to pursue his American dream.

Aug 25, 2015

Gentle giant Wilson, the ‘racers’ racer’

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – A gentle giant of the paddock, Justin Wilson spent much of his career battling to fit his lanky frame into race cars built for smaller men and his quiet determination to succeed against the odds won him admirers across the globe.

The Briton died on Monday at the age of 37 after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of the penultimate IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway oval the previous day in Pennsylvania.

Aug 25, 2015

Motor racing-Gentle giant Wilson, the ‘racers’ racer’

Aug 25 (Reuters) – A gentle giant of the paddock, Justin Wilson spent much of his career battling to fit his lanky frame into race cars built for smaller men and his quiet determination to succeed against the odds won him admirers across the globe.

The Briton died on Monday at the age of 37 after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of the penultimate IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway oval the previous day in Pennsylvania.

Aug 24, 2015

Burning Ashes regret to follow Clarke into retirement

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A batsman of prodigious talent and a captain unflinching in pursuit of victory, Michael Clarke restored Australia to the pinnacle of test and one-day cricket but winning the affections of a nation proved his toughest battle.

Clarke bowed out a winner at The Oval on Sunday but the dead rubber demolition of England was a Pyrrhic victory that will do little to salve the 34-year-old’s one burning regret.

Aug 24, 2015

Cricket-Burning Ashes regret to follow Clarke into retirement

MELBOURNE, Aug 24 (Reuters) – A batsman of prodigious talent and a captain unflinching in pursuit of victory, Michael Clarke restored Australia to the pinnacle of test and one-day cricket but winning the affections of a nation proved his toughest battle.

Clarke bowed out a winner at The Oval on Sunday but the dead rubber demolition of England was a Pyrrhic victory that will do little to salve the 34-year-old’s one burning regret.

Aug 14, 2015

The great outdoors beckon for Ethiopia’s Dibaba

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Born into athletics royalty in Ethiopia, middle distance runner Genzebe Dibaba is poised to win more glory for her illustrious family at the world championships in Beijing after years of indoor supremacy.

The younger sister of three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Ejegayehu Dibaba, who won the 10,000m silver at the 2004 Athens Games, Genzebe stormed to a 1,500 meters world record at Monaco last month, eclipsing a 22-year-old mark that many thought might stand forever.

Aug 14, 2015

Athletics-The great outdoors beckon for Ethiopia’s Dibaba

MELBOURNE, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Born into athletics royalty in Ethiopia, middle distance runner Genzebe Dibaba is poised to win more glory for her illustrious family at the world championships in Beijing after years of indoor supremacy.

The younger sister of three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Ejegayehu Dibaba, who won the 10,000m silver at the 2004 Athens Games, Genzebe stormed to a 1,500 metres world record at Monaco last month, eclipsing a 22-year-old mark that many thought might stand forever.

Aug 14, 2015

Analysis – Wayward talents indulged in apologist Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios’s astonishing slur against Stan Wawrinka has been widely condemned in Australia, but Davis Cup captain Wally Masur’s defence of the wayward talent is likely to draw almost as much heat.

Masur told local broadcaster Fox Sports that Kyrgios’s comment to the Swiss — “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend” — had been blown out of proportion.

Aug 14, 2015

Wayward talents indulged in apologist Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios’s astonishing slur against Stan Wawrinka has been widely condemned in Australia, but Davis Cup captain Wally Masur’s defense of the wayward talent is likely to draw almost as much heat.

Masur told local broadcaster Fox Sports that Kyrgios’s comment to the Swiss — “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend” — had been blown out of proportion.

Aug 14, 2015

Tennis-Wayward talents indulged in apologist Australia

MELBOURNE, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios’s astonishing slur against Stan Wawrinka has been widely condemned in Australia, but Davis Cup captain Wally Masur’s defence of the wayward talent is likely to draw almost as much heat.

Masur told local broadcaster Fox Sports that Kyrgios’s comment to the Swiss — “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend” — had been blown out of proportion.

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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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