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Nov 27, 2014

Grief-stricken Clarke shows true off-field leadership

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Long called upon to rescue his team from treacherous situations, Australia captain Michael Clarke could do little to save his close friend Phillip Hughes, but bore his grief quietly in a vital supporting role for his “little brother’s” family.

Clarke was among the first to arrive at St Vincent’s hospital on Tuesday after Hughes was rushed there with a sickening head injury and read the family’s statement upon his death, three days before his 26th birthday.

Nov 27, 2014

Cricket-Grief-stricken Clarke shows true off-field leadership

MELBOURNE, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Long called upon to rescue his team from treacherous situations, Australia captain Michael Clarke could do little to save his close friend Phillip Hughes, but bore his grief quietly in a vital supporting role for his “little brother’s” family.

Clarke was among the first to arrive at St Vincent’s hospital on Tuesday after Hughes was rushed there with a sickening head injury and read the family’s statement upon his death, three days before his 26th birthday.

Nov 26, 2014

Interview – Hughes blow takes Chatfield back to 1970s blackout

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’ fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s.

Chatfield played 43 tests, ending his international career in 1989, but his debut against England 14 years earlier remains memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Nov 26, 2014

Hughes blow takes Chatfield back to 1970s blackout

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’ fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s.

Chatfield played 43 tests, ending his international career in 1989, but his debut against England 14 years earlier remains memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Nov 26, 2014

Cricket-Hughes blow takes Chatfield back to 1970s blackout

MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Phillip Hughes’ fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s.

Chatfield played 43 tests, ending his international career in 1989, but his debut against England 14 years earlier remains memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Nov 26, 2014

Fast bowlers rush to Abbott’s defence after Hughes blow

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – As the global cricket community prays for Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes’ recovery from a severe head injury, fast bowlers rushed to the defence of Sean Abbott, whose short-pitched ball struck the batsman and left him fighting for his life.

Abbott and his New South Wales team mates received counselling on Wednesday, while Hughes lay in an induced coma at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney after having surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Nov 26, 2014

Cricket-Fast bowlers rush to Abbott’s defence after Hughes blow

MELBOURNE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – As the global cricket community prays for Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes’ recovery from a severe head injury, fast bowlers rushed to the defence of Sean Abbott, whose short-pitched ball struck the batsman and left him fighting for his life.

Abbott and his New South Wales team mates received counselling on Wednesday, while Hughes lay in an induced coma at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney after having surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Nov 23, 2014

Scott says in good shape for McIlroy showdown in Sydney

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Adam Scott’s bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of titles at his home Australian Masters fell agonizingly short on Sunday, but the world number two declared himself in good shape ahead of his re-match with Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open this week.

Scott bogeyed his last hole in Sydney last year to lose the Australian Open title to McIlroy, which also cost the Australian a rare sweep of his nation’s three marquee events.

Nov 23, 2014

Golf-Scott denied by masterful bunker shot in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Nick Cullen nervelessly struck a sublime bunker shot for a tap-in par putt on the last hole to win the Australian Masters by a stroke in Melbourne and frustrate Adam Scott’s bid for a hat-trick of titles on Sunday.

Clinging to a one-stroke lead on the 18th, Cullen’s approach shot found a steep sand-trap left of the green, but the unheralded South Australian put his recovery within two feet of the hole to seal the biggest win of his career on a sun-drenched afternoon at Metropolitan Golf Club.

Nov 22, 2014

Spargo leads in Melbourne with Scott primed to pounce

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – South Australian journeyman Paul Spargo will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Masters after shooting a one-under 71 on Saturday, with double defending champion Adam Scott lurking four strokes behind.

World number two Scott rued a bogey-strewn front nine but made up ground with four birdies after the turn during a hot and windy afternoon at Metropolitan Golf Club.

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