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Aug 27, 2014

Swimming-Culture change helps Australia out of deep end

MELBOURNE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Encouraging performances at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships have continued the resurrection of Australian swimming, but head coach Jacco Verhaeren is reluctant to declare that the sleeping giant has awakened.

Australia finished the four-day Pan Pacs at the Gold Coast on Sunday with 10 gold from 26 medals, second only to the United States’ powerful team which reaped 40 overall, including 14 gold.

Aug 23, 2014

Ex-WADA chief slams back-dated Australian rugby league bans

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey has condemned Australian officials for offering back-dated bans to more than a dozen top-flight rugby players charged with drugs offences that will see most of them miss only three weeks of competition.

Seventeen National Rugby League (NRL) players were accused of using banned supplements in 2011 at the Cronulla Sharks, and 12 current and former players for the Sydney-based team had accepted one-year bans offered by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the NRL confirmed on Saturday.

Jul 29, 2014

Waratahs have seized their destiny – Cheika

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs’ two-season transformation from Super Rugby lightweights to Australia’s major force has been driven by a playing group embracing “ownership” of the club and its culture, coach Michael Cheika told Reuters.

The Waratahs host the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super Rugby title-decider on Saturday, bidding for a maiden trophy in their first final on home soil.

Jul 29, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs have seized their destiny – Cheika

MELBOURNE, July 29 (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs’ two-season transformation from Super Rugby lightweights to Australia’s major force has been driven by a playing group embracing “ownership” of the club and its culture, coach Michael Cheika told Reuters.

The Waratahs host the Canterbury Crusaders in the Super Rugby title-decider on Saturday, bidding for a maiden trophy in their first final on home soil.

Jul 28, 2014

No doubting Ricciardo now, says Jones

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Put “baby-faced assassin” Daniel Ricciardo behind the wheel of a Mercedes and there would be no doubt he would take the Formula One title race to the wire, according to compatriot Alan Jones, Australia’s last world champion.

The only driver to have beaten Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to the top of the podium this campaign, Ricciardo won a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to seal his second victory of the season, underlining his class with a high-quality drive and further shading Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Jul 28, 2014

Motor racing-No doubting Ricciardo now, says Jones

MELBOURNE, July 28 (Reuters) – Put “baby-faced assassin” Daniel Ricciardo behind the wheel of a Mercedes and there would be no doubt he would take the Formula One title race to the wire, according to compatriot Alan Jones, Australia’s last world champion.

The only driver to have beaten Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to the top of the podium this campaign, Ricciardo won a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to seal his second victory of the season, underlining his class with a high-quality drive and further shading Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Jul 28, 2014

Skelton key to opening championship door for Waratahs

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika’s prediction that man mountain Will Skelton could be a match-winner from the bench may have looked like a sop to a player denied a spot in his starting side for their biggest match of the season.

Instead, it proved deadly accurate as the 22-year-old lock’s majestic line-break against the ACT Brumbies set up his team’s winning try and gives them a chance to seal a maiden Super Rugby title against the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday.

Jul 28, 2014

Rugby-Skelton key to opening championship door for Waratahs

MELBOURNE, July 28 (Reuters) – New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika’s prediction that man mountain Will Skelton could be a match-winner from the bench may have looked like a sop to a player denied a spot in his starting side for their biggest match of the season.

Instead, it proved deadly accurate as the 22-year-old lock’s majestic line-break against the ACT Brumbies set up his team’s winning try and gives them a chance to seal a maiden Super Rugby title against the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday.

Jul 22, 2014

Waratahs coach Cheika draws on Leinster lessons

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Michael Cheika overcame a deflating rookie campaign before guiding Leinster to Heineken Cup glory and believes the experience has him in good stead to prepare the New South Wales Waratahs for a tilt at a maiden Super Rugby title.

In his first year in charge, the fiery Australian took the Irish side to the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition in 2005-06, but their tournament ended at Lansdowne Road with a stinging 30-6 loss to eventual champions Munster.

Jul 22, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs coach Cheika draws on Leinster lessons

MELBOURNE, July 22 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika overcame a deflating rookie campaign before guiding Leinster to Heineken Cup glory and believes the experience has him in good stead to prepare the New South Wales Waratahs for a tilt at a maiden Super Rugby title.

In his first year in charge, the fiery Australian took the Irish side to the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition in 2005-06, but their tournament ended at Lansdowne Road with a stinging 30-6 loss to eventual champions Munster.

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