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Aug 24, 2015

Burning Ashes regret to follow Clarke into retirement

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A batsman of prodigious talent and a captain unflinching in pursuit of victory, Michael Clarke restored Australia to the pinnacle of test and one-day cricket but winning the affections of a nation proved his toughest battle.

Clarke bowed out a winner at The Oval on Sunday but the dead rubber demolition of England was a Pyrrhic victory that will do little to salve the 34-year-old’s one burning regret.

Aug 24, 2015

Cricket-Burning Ashes regret to follow Clarke into retirement

MELBOURNE, Aug 24 (Reuters) – A batsman of prodigious talent and a captain unflinching in pursuit of victory, Michael Clarke restored Australia to the pinnacle of test and one-day cricket but winning the affections of a nation proved his toughest battle.

Clarke bowed out a winner at The Oval on Sunday but the dead rubber demolition of England was a Pyrrhic victory that will do little to salve the 34-year-old’s one burning regret.

Aug 14, 2015

The great outdoors beckon for Ethiopia’s Dibaba

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Born into athletics royalty in Ethiopia, middle distance runner Genzebe Dibaba is poised to win more glory for her illustrious family at the world championships in Beijing after years of indoor supremacy.

The younger sister of three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Ejegayehu Dibaba, who won the 10,000m silver at the 2004 Athens Games, Genzebe stormed to a 1,500 meters world record at Monaco last month, eclipsing a 22-year-old mark that many thought might stand forever.

Aug 14, 2015

Athletics-The great outdoors beckon for Ethiopia’s Dibaba

MELBOURNE, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Born into athletics royalty in Ethiopia, middle distance runner Genzebe Dibaba is poised to win more glory for her illustrious family at the world championships in Beijing after years of indoor supremacy.

The younger sister of three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba and Ejegayehu Dibaba, who won the 10,000m silver at the 2004 Athens Games, Genzebe stormed to a 1,500 metres world record at Monaco last month, eclipsing a 22-year-old mark that many thought might stand forever.

Aug 14, 2015

Analysis – Wayward talents indulged in apologist Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios’s astonishing slur against Stan Wawrinka has been widely condemned in Australia, but Davis Cup captain Wally Masur’s defence of the wayward talent is likely to draw almost as much heat.

Masur told local broadcaster Fox Sports that Kyrgios’s comment to the Swiss — “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend” — had been blown out of proportion.

Aug 14, 2015

Wayward talents indulged in apologist Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios’s astonishing slur against Stan Wawrinka has been widely condemned in Australia, but Davis Cup captain Wally Masur’s defense of the wayward talent is likely to draw almost as much heat.

Masur told local broadcaster Fox Sports that Kyrgios’s comment to the Swiss — “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend” — had been blown out of proportion.

Aug 14, 2015

Tennis-Wayward talents indulged in apologist Australia

MELBOURNE, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios’s astonishing slur against Stan Wawrinka has been widely condemned in Australia, but Davis Cup captain Wally Masur’s defence of the wayward talent is likely to draw almost as much heat.

Masur told local broadcaster Fox Sports that Kyrgios’s comment to the Swiss — “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend” — had been blown out of proportion.

Aug 13, 2015

Cooper selection a gamble for Wallabies’ World Cup belief

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika has insisted there is method in the madness of selecting Quade Cooper as his starting flyhalf at the All Blacks’ fortress where the playmaker’s career was nearly derailed.

Cheika sprung a surprise on Thursday with six changes to the Wallabies side that inflicted a rare and emphatic defeat of the All Blacks in Sydney last week.

Aug 13, 2015

Rugby-Cooper selection a gamble for Wallabies’ World Cup belief

MELBOURNE, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika has insisted there is method in the madness of selecting Quade Cooper as his starting flyhalf at the All Blacks’ fortress where the playmaker’s career was nearly derailed.

Cheika sprung a surprise on Thursday with six changes to the Wallabies side that inflicted a rare and emphatic defeat of the All Blacks in Sydney last week.

Aug 12, 2015

Eden Park forbidding even for Wallabies greats

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – As Andrew Slack supped from the Bledisloe Cup after beating the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1986, little did he know his joy would be the last felt by a Wallabies captain at New Zealand’s fortress for at least 29 years.

Slack has waited nearly three decades for the drought to break, for a Wallabies team to head to Auckland and not return home bloodied, bruised and, more often than not, utterly thrashed.

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