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Oct 30, 2015

Cricket-Burns, Khawaja named for first two New Zealand tests

MELBOURNE, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja have been given the chance to cement their place in Australia’s revamped top order after being picked for the first two tests against New Zealand.

Two-test opener Burns and Queensland captain Khawaja were preferred to uncapped youngster Cameron Bancroft and the more experienced Shaun Marsh, who played a bit part in the Ashes defeat in England.

Oct 18, 2015

Marquez snatches last-gasp win in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Outgoing MotoGP champion Marc Marquez snatched the lead from Jorge Lorenzo on a thrilling last lap to win a classic Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, with championship leader Valentino Rossi finishing fourth.

At the climax of a white-knuckle feast of daredevil racing between the top four place-getters, Marquez coaxed his Honda past Lorenzo before the final turn and roared home to win his first race at Phillip Island and fifth of the season.

Oct 18, 2015

Motorcycling-Marquez snatches last-gasp win in Australia

MELBOURNE, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Outgoing MotoGP champion Marc Marquez snatched the lead from Jorge Lorenzo on a thrilling last lap to win a classic Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, with championship leader Valentino Rossi finishing fourth.

At the climax of a white-knuckle feast of daredevil racing between the top four place-getters, Marquez coaxed his Honda past Lorenzo before the final turn and roared home to win his first race at Phillip Island and fifth of the season.

Oct 17, 2015

Marquez on pole in Australia, Lorenzo third

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Outgoing champion Marc Marquez swept to his eighth pole position of the season at the Australian MotoGP on Saturday, as Jorge Lorenzo took a front-row position to keep the pressure on title leader Valentino Rossi.

Marquez, already eliminated from the championship race, topped the timeseheets with a scorching lap of one minute 28.364 seconds around Phillip Island’s bucolic seaside circuit on a day of brilliant sunshine.

Oct 17, 2015

Motorcyling-Marquez on pole in Australia, Lorenzo third

MELBOURNE, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Outgoing champion Marc Marquez swept to his eighth pole position of the season at the Australian MotoGP on Saturday, as Jorge Lorenzo took a front-row position to keep the pressure on title leader Valentino Rossi.

Marquez, already eliminated from the championship race, topped the timeseheets with a scorching lap of one minute 28.364 seconds around Phillip Island’s bucolic seaside circuit on a day of brilliant sunshine.

Oct 16, 2015

Rossi returns to happy hunting ground Down Under

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The breathtaking renaissance of Valentino Rossi may be traced back to his last visit to Australia, so it is fitting that the Italian MotoGP great can all but seal an eighth premier class championship at Phillip Island on Sunday.

Yamaha rider Rossi will make his 328th Grand Prix start at the picturesque seaside circuit, drawing level with retired record-holder and fellow Italian Loris Capirossi.

Oct 16, 2015

Motorcycling-Rossi returns to happy hunting ground Down Under

MELBOURNE, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The breathtaking renaissance of Valentino Rossi may be traced back to his last visit to Australia, so it is fitting that the Italian MotoGP great can all but seal an eighth premier class championship at Phillip Island on Sunday.

Yamaha rider Rossi will make his 328th Grand Prix start at the picturesque seaside circuit, drawing level with retired record-holder and fellow Italian Loris Capirossi.

Oct 2, 2015

Master coach Bennett primed for more NRL glory

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bulky men with big egos have long dominated Australia’s incendiary National Rugby League but poker-faced master coach Wayne Bennett has shown the game’s raging bulls can be tamed with the lightest of touches.

The famously taciturn 65-year-old will bid to extend his record to eight NRL titles as a coach on Sunday, when his Brisbane Broncos take on the North Queensland Cowboys in the title-deciding grand final.

Sep 30, 2015

Australia players sent back to states, Bangladesh tour in limbo

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s test cricketers have been sent back to their home states to train while awaiting a decision on whether their tour of Bangladesh will proceed amid increasing security concerns.

The team was scheduled to depart on Monday for a two-test series but was told to stay back after the Australian government warned of a potential security risk from militants in the Asian nation.

Sep 30, 2015

Cricket-Australia players sent back to states, Bangladesh tour in limbo

MELBOURNE, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Australia’s test cricketers have been sent back to their home states to train while awaiting a decision on whether their tour of Bangladesh will proceed amid increasing security concerns.

The team was scheduled to depart on Monday for a two-test series but was told to stay back after the Australian government warned of a potential security risk from militants in the Asian nation.

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