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Feb 26, 2014

Australia dump Neill for soccer World Cup warmup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has omitted long-serving captain Lucas Neill and a clutch of seasoned players from a 23-man squad for a World Cup warmup against Ecuador, underlining his intent to inject some new blood into the team.

Under former coach Holger Osieck and 35-year-old skipper Neill, Australia booked their ticket to the Brazil finals after a stuttering last phase of Asian qualifying but were heavily criticised for their stodgy play.

Feb 26, 2014

Australia dump Neill for World Cup warmup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has omitted long-serving captain Lucas Neill and a clutch of seasoned players from a 23-man squad for a World Cup warmup against Ecuador, underlining his intent to inject some new blood into the team.

Under former coach Holger Osieck and 35-year-old skipper Neill, Australia booked their ticket to the Brazil finals after a stuttering last phase of Asian qualifying but were heavily criticised for their stodgy play.

Feb 26, 2014

Soccer-Australia dump Neill for World Cup warmup

MELBOURNE, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has omitted long-serving captain Lucas Neill and a clutch of seasoned players from a 23-man squad for a World Cup warmup against Ecuador, underlining his intent to inject some new blood into the team.

Under former coach Holger Osieck and 35-year-old skipper Neill, Australia booked their ticket to the Brazil finals after a stuttering last phase of Asian qualifying but were heavily criticised for their stodgy play.

Feb 19, 2014

Watson’s selection no longer elementary for Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The perennial fitness battles of Shane Watson are likely to rule the all-rounder out of Australia’s second test against South Africa.

Selectors are unlikely to be crying.

Watson’s unique ability to hog the spotlight whether playing or languishing injured on the sidelines may be unmatched in test cricket, but another win for Australia in Port Elizabeth could put the 32-year-old’s career at a cross-roads.

Feb 19, 2014

Cricket-Watson’s selection no longer elementary for Australia

MELBOURNE, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The perennial fitness battles of Shane Watson are likely to rule the all-rounder out of Australia’s second test against South Africa.

Selectors are unlikely to be crying.

Watson’s unique ability to hog the spotlight whether playing or languishing injured on the sidelines may be unmatched in test cricket, but another win for Australia in Port Elizabeth could put the 32-year-old’s career at a cross-roads.

Feb 12, 2014

Chiefs eye hat-trick as Super Rugby ponders future

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The future of the southern hemisphere’s Super Rugby competition will be hammered out behind closed doors this season but on the field the Waikato Chiefs will hope for more of the status quo as they bid for a hat-trick of titles.

The Australian, South African and New Zealand unions have a June deadline to present a unified product to broadcasters, with the current rights deal set to expire in 2015.

Feb 12, 2014

Rugby-Chiefs eye hat-trick as Super Rugby ponders future

MELBOURNE, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The future of the southern hemisphere’s Super Rugby competition will be hammered out behind closed doors this season but on the field the Waikato Chiefs will hope for more of the status quo as they bid for a hat-trick of titles.

The Australian, South African and New Zealand unions have a June deadline to present a unified product to broadcasters, with the current rights deal set to expire in 2015.

Jan 26, 2014

Bitter-sweet victory for new Swiss number one Wawrinka

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Winning the Australian Open was bitter-sweet for Stanislas Wawrinka, whose delight at stepping out of Roger Federer’s shadow with his first grand slam title was tempered by the knowledge that his opponent Rafa Nadal was hampered by injury.

The 28-year-old Swiss overcame top seed Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, having survived a crippling bout of nerves sparked by the ailing Spaniard’s dogged fightback in the third set.

Jan 26, 2014

Tennis-Bitter-sweet victory for new Swiss number one Wawrinka

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Winning the Australian Open was bitter-sweet for Stanislas Wawrinka, whose delight at stepping out of Roger Federer’s shadow with his first grand slam title was tempered by the knowledge that his opponent Rafa Nadal was hampered by injury.

The 28-year-old Swiss overcame top seed Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, having survived a crippling bout of nerves sparked by the ailing Spaniard’s dogged fightback in the third set.

Jan 26, 2014

Wawrinka defeats injured Nadal to win Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka held firm in a match of high drama to defeat an injured Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 and win the Australian Open on Sunday.

The eighth seed roared to a two-set lead after top seed Nadal struggled with an apparent back injury sustained early in the second set, but the Swiss was left stunned as his opponent suddenly revived in the third at Rod Laver Arena.

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