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Jul 3, 2014

Rugby-Australia struggling to stamp out sports club homophobia

MELBOURNE, July 3 (Reuters) – For Canadian-Australian prop Brennan Bastyovanszky, it was not the on-field sledging or cheap shots in the locker room that stung when the amateur rugby player’s sexuality became known by team mates.

What really hurt was not being picked by his coach.

“It became awkward around some of the guys in the club,” Bastyovanszky, a 35-year-old office worker in Sydney, told Reuters of his teenage playing days in British Colombia.

Jul 3, 2014

‘Brand Kyrgios’ on the rise, but Australian must tread carefully

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Teenager Nick Kyrgios’s ranking is not the only thing that will soar after his electrifying run at Wimbledon. The Australian’s brand has also shot into the stratosphere, according to marketing experts.

An exhausted Kyrgios bowed out of Wimbledon with a four-set loss to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Wednesday, with the 226,000 pounds ($379,500) quarter-finalist’s check by far the biggest pay-day of his fledgling career.

Jul 3, 2014

Tennis-’Brand Kyrgios’ on the rise, but Australian must tread carefully

MELBOURNE, July 3 (Reuters) – Teenager Nick Kyrgios’s ranking is not the only thing that will soar after his electrifying run at Wimbledon. The Australian’s brand has also shot into the stratosphere, according to marketing experts.

An exhausted Kyrgios bowed out of Wimbledon with a four-set loss to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Wednesday, with the 226,000 pounds ($379,500) quarter-finalist’s cheque by far the biggest pay-day of his fledgling career.

Jun 29, 2014

Waratahs show spiteful edge to top Super Rugby table

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Wallabies-laden New South Wales Waratahs have long been derided as heavy on style, light on substance but the Sydney-based team were desperate to emphasise their hard-working ethos after storming to the top of the Super Rugby competition.

In addition to a classy backline and a serviceable forward pack, coach Michael Cheika revealed after the emphatic 39-8 win over the ACT Brumbies that his team also have a long memory, hold grudges over perceived slights and are diligent about monitoring social media.

Jun 29, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs show spiteful edge to top Super Rugby table

MELBOURNE, June 29 (Reuters) – The Wallabies-laden New South Wales Waratahs have long been derided as heavy on style, light on substance but the Sydney-based team were desperate to emphasise their hard-working ethos after storming to the top of the Super Rugby competition.

In addition to a classy backline and a serviceable forward pack, coach Michael Cheika revealed after the emphatic 39-8 win over the ACT Brumbies that his team also have a long memory, hold grudges over perceived slights and are diligent about monitoring social media.

Jun 19, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies seeking series sweep, fans seeking tries

June 19 (Reuters) – Australia head into Saturday’s dead rubber test against France with mission accomplished but mindful that only a glut of tries is likely to win over fans left cold by the stodgy victory in Melbourne last week.

Having pounded an undermanned France 50-23 in the Brisbane series opener, the Wallabies showed their capacity to win ugly against Les Bleus in a dour 6-0 win at Docklands stadium.

Jun 15, 2014

Dour win good for Wallabies, bad for Australian rugby

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The 6-0 victory in Melbourne may have sealed Australia’s three-match series against France but the bore-fest will do few favours for the game’s standing in Australia.

Following a seven-try rout of Les Bleus in the Brisbane opener, a disappointing crowd of 27,000 turned up to the 55,000-capacity Docklands stadium on Saturday and may have expected more than the error-strewn spectacle served up from both sides.

Jun 15, 2014

Rugby-Dour win good for Wallabies, bad for Australian rugby

MELBOURNE, June 15 (Reuters) – The 6-0 victory in Melbourne may have sealed Australia’s three-match series against France but the bore-fest will do few favours for the game’s standing in Australia.

Following a seven-try rout of Les Bleus in the Brisbane opener, a disappointing crowd of 27,000 turned up to the 55,000-capacity Docklands stadium on Saturday and may have expected more than the error-strewn spectacle served up from both sides.

Jun 14, 2014

Rugby-Australia seal series over France with dour 6-0 win

MELBOURNE, June 14 (Reuters) – Australia prevailed 6-0 over France in a dour, try-less contest on Saturday to seal the three-test series 2-0 and leave a subdued Melbourne crowd cold.

In a low-quality clash littered with handling errors, second half penalties to flyhalf Bernard Foley and scrumhalf Nic White were enough for the Wallabies to seal a scrappy win despite perfect conditions under the closed roof of Docklands stadium.

Jun 13, 2014

Australian football rocked by new drugs charges

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s national anti-doping agency has charged 34 current and former Australian Rules football players with drugs violations, rocking the country’s richest and most well-attended sport.

The charges are the culmination of a 16-month investigation into the administration of dubious supplements in 2012 at the Melbourne-based Essendon Bombers, one of the Australian Football League’s oldest and most powerful teams.

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