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Sep 9, 2015

Soccer-Australia-U.S. games in major doubt amid pay dispute

MELBOURNE, Sept 9 (Reuters) – A festering labour dispute in Australian soccer could scuttle two women’s matches between the world champion United States and the Matildas next week, governing body Football Federation Australia has warned.

Some 60,000 tickets have been sold for the Sept. 17 and 20 matches in Detroit and Birmingham but the FFA said there was little hope of a breakthrough in the dispute with Australia’s players’ association.

Sep 8, 2015

Jason will have his Day at number one, says Thomson

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Jason Day’s bid for the world number one ranking stalled at the Deutsche Bank Championship but it should only be a matter of time before the Australian scales the mountain, according to five-times British Open champion Peter Thomson.

Victory at Deutsche Bank would have handed Day the top ranking but the fatigued 27-year-old hit the wall at TPC Boston and finished in a tie for 12th, nine strokes behind American winner Rickie Fowler.

Sep 7, 2015

Australia’s whipping boy Watson to be missed from test arena

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The retirement of all-rounder Shane Watson robs test cricket of one of its most enigmatic characters, while depriving Australian fans of their favourite whipping boy in the red-ball game.

The 34-year-old Queenslander bowed out on Sunday after a 10-year career of 59 tests, featuring 3,731 runs at an average of 35.19 and 75 wickets at 33.68.

Sep 7, 2015

Cricket-Australia’s whipping boy Watson to be missed from test arena

MELBOURNE, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The retirement of all-rounder Shane Watson robs test cricket of one of its most enigmatic characters, while depriving Australian fans of their favourite whipping boy in the red-ball game.

The 34-year-old Queenslander bowed out on Sunday after a 10-year career of 59 tests, featuring 3,731 runs at an average of 35.19 and 75 wickets at 33.68.

Sep 6, 2015

Australian Hayne living the American dream

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Jarryd Hayne thanked God in his first tweet after learning that he had made the final roster for the San Francisco 49ers, bringing him within tantalizing reach of his NFL dream.

As a 27-year-old rugby league player with no prior experience of American football, the Australian’s mission to defy the soul-crushing odds would truly seem touched by the divine.

Sep 4, 2015

Fiji hope to shake up world order

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Perennially strapped for cash but always brimming with talent, Fiji head to the Rugby World Cup hoping to upset an international establishment that has long shunned them while plundering their playing stocks.

Ranked ninth in the world, Fiji have the honour of opening the tournament against hosts England at Twickenham on Sept. 18 but face a Herculean task to reach the knockouts from the toughest of the groups, which also includes Australia and Wales.

Sep 4, 2015

Rugby-Fiji hope to shake up world order

Sept 4 (Reuters) – Perennially strapped for cash but always brimming with talent, Fiji head to the Rugby World Cup hoping to upset an international establishment that has long shunned them while plundering their playing stocks.

Ranked ninth in the world, Fiji have the honour of opening the tournament against hosts England at Twickenham on Sept. 18 but face a Herculean task to reach the knockouts from the toughest of the groups, which also includes Australia and Wales.

Aug 25, 2015

‘Hayne Plane’ ready for NFL take off

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – NFL hopeful Jarryd Hayne showed he was a hard man to bring down in his first two pre-season games for the San Francisco 49ers. Putting a stop to the hype surrounding the Australian rugby league international could prove equally challenging.

Hayne’s bid to break into the 49ers’ 53-man roster has captivated his home nation since his tearful announcement last October that he was quitting a wildly successful rugby career to pursue his American dream.

Aug 25, 2015

Gentle giant Wilson, the ‘racers’ racer’

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – A gentle giant of the paddock, Justin Wilson spent much of his career battling to fit his lanky frame into race cars built for smaller men and his quiet determination to succeed against the odds won him admirers across the globe.

The Briton died on Monday at the age of 37 after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of the penultimate IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway oval the previous day in Pennsylvania.

Aug 25, 2015

Motor racing-Gentle giant Wilson, the ‘racers’ racer’

Aug 25 (Reuters) – A gentle giant of the paddock, Justin Wilson spent much of his career battling to fit his lanky frame into race cars built for smaller men and his quiet determination to succeed against the odds won him admirers across the globe.

The Briton died on Monday at the age of 37 after suffering a severe head injury during a wreck in the closing laps of the penultimate IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway oval the previous day in Pennsylvania.

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