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Oct 29, 2014

Pakistan warned to brace for Australia backlash

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has warned his team to beware a backlash from a wounded Australia in the second and final test in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday.

Pakistan thrashed the Australians by 221 runs in Dubai on Sunday, with their spinners rattling through the visitors’ batsmen on a slow pitch.

Oct 29, 2014

Cricket-Pakistan warned to brace for Australia backlash

Oct 29 (Reuters) – Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has warned his team to beware a backlash from a wounded Australia in the second and final test in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday.

Pakistan thrashed the Australians by 221 runs in Dubai on Sunday, with their spinners rattling through the visitors’ batsmen on a slow pitch.

Oct 29, 2014

Evans plays down hopes of winning send-off in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Cadel Evans’ final race as a professional cyclist bears his name, runs through his home-town and has his finger-prints on the design, but the former Tour de France winner is not giving himself much hope of winning it.

The 37-year-old Australian, who announced his retirement plan in September, has instead set himself a tougher task of controlling his emotions when he crosses the finish line at the Feb. 1 ‘Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race’.

Oct 27, 2014

Locals bemoan foreign raids on Australian prizes

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Irish eyes were smiling after Aidan O’Brien’s Adelaide won the A$3 million ($2.64 million) Cox Plate in Melbourne on Saturday, but the result was less cheering to local trainers worried about “foreign” raids on Australia’s top silverware.

Adelaide’s win came a week after Japanese-trained stayer Admire Rakti won the Caulfield Cup, the first of the two key lead-up races to the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup, Australia’s richest and most famous race.

Oct 26, 2014

Australian amateur Murdaca books U.S. Masters berth

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian teenager Antonio Murdaca clinched a dream berth at the U.S. Masters after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship with a stunning seven-stroke win in Melbourne on Sunday.

The Adelaide-born 19-year-old tore up Royal Melbourne’s famed sandbelt course to upstage a field dripping with Asian talent, including China’s Guan Tianlang, who won the 2012 event to become Augusta’s youngest ever qualifier at the age of 14.

Oct 25, 2014

Sanctioned Beale not joining Wallabies on Europe tour

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Australia coach Michael Cheika has declined a chance to rush Kurtley Beale into the Wallabies squad for the season-ending tour of Europe after the utility back was sanctioned for sending an offensive text message about a former team staffer.

Beale was fined A$45,000 ($40,000) but escaped further punishment after a tribunal heard charges that he had sent ‘deeply offensive’ text messages about Wallabies’ business manager, Di Patston, who resigned under stress amid the scandal.

Oct 25, 2014

Rugby-Sanctioned Beale not joining Wallabies on Europe tour

MELBOURNE, Oct 25 (Reuters) – New Australia coach Michael Cheika has declined a chance to rush Kurtley Beale into the Wallabies squad for the season-ending tour of Europe after the utility back was sanctioned for sending an offensive text message about a former team staffer.

Beale was fined A$45,000 ($40,000) but escaped further punishment after a tribunal heard charges that he had sent ‘deeply offensive’ text messages about Wallabies’ business manager, Di Patston, who resigned under stress amid the scandal.

Oct 25, 2014

Australia batsmen in familiar tail-spin in Dubai

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Scars re-opened on a dusty pitch in Bulawayo in August bled profusely on day three of the first test against Pakistan as Australia’s batsmen showed a familiar vulnerability to tight spin bowling on slow wickets.

Having sailed to 128 without loss, Australia crumbled against an inexperienced Pakistani attack in Dubai on Friday to fall 151 runs short of the hosts’ first innings total of 454 and leave their hopes of victory and top test ranking in jeopardy.

Oct 25, 2014

Cricket-Australia batsmen in familiar tail-spin in Dubai

MELBOURNE, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Scars re-opened on a dusty pitch in Bulawayo in August bled profusely on day three of the first test against Pakistan as Australia’s batsmen showed a familiar vulnerability to tight spin bowling on slow wickets.

Having sailed to 128 without loss, Australia crumbled against an inexperienced Pakistani attack in Dubai on Friday to fall 151 runs short of the hosts’ first innings total of 454 and leave their hopes of victory and top test ranking in jeopardy.

Oct 15, 2014

Hayne stuns Australia by ditching NRL for NFL dream

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne sent shockwaves through Australian sport on Wednesday when he announced he is quitting the world’s richest rugby league competition to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.

The 26-year-old, one rugby league’s highest-paid players, broke down and wept at a media conference where he said he was leaving his long-time Sydney club to head to the United States for a shot at breaking into the NFL as a free agent.

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