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May 28, 2015

Asia backs embattled Blatter and endorses FIFA election

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation has re-affirmed its support for embattled FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and pushed for Friday’s presidential election to go ahead despite the corruption scandal that has rocked soccer’s global governing body.

The AFC, which represents 47 member nations, has been a staunch ally of the 79-year-old Swiss and the bloc’s support will be vital for his hopes of clinging to the presidency for a fifth term.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-Asia backs embattled Blatter and endorses FIFA election

MELBOURNE, May 28 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation has re-affirmed its support for embattled FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and pushed for Friday’s presidential election to go ahead despite the corruption scandal that has rocked soccer’s global governing body.

The AFC, which represents 47 member nations, has been a staunch ally of the 79-year-old Swiss and the bloc’s support will be vital for his hopes of clinging to the presidency for a fifth term.

Apr 29, 2015

Rugby-Rebels hope players can deliver winning sales pitch

MELBOURNE, April 29 (Reuters) – With the cash-strapped Australian Rugby Union eager to attract private investors to the Melbourne Rebels, the struggling Super Rugby team’s on-field performances have inexorably become part of the sales pitch.

The ARU announced a A$6.3 million ($5 million) loss for 2014 last week, with A$3.3 million invested to prop up the Rebels, who are battling to maintain rugby’s foothold in one of the world’s most competitive sporting markets.

Apr 17, 2015

Horton dreams of restoring Australia’s 1,500 reign

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – For a myopic teenager who can barely see his hand in front of his face, Australia’s Mack Horton has a laser-sharp focus on his bid to restore his nation’s dynasty in the 1,500 meters freestyle.

Swimming’s most grueling pool event holds a special fascination in Australia, which has produced an honor-roll of 1,500 champions since Andrew “Boy” Charlton at the 1924 Paris Olympics.

Apr 17, 2015

Swimming-Horton dreams of restoring Australia’s 1,500 reign

MELBOURNE, April 17 (Reuters) – For a myopic teenager who can barely see his hand in front of his face, Australia’s Mack Horton has a laser-sharp focus on his bid to restore his nation’s dynasty in the 1,500 metres freestyle.

Swimming’s most gruelling pool event holds a special fascination in Australia, which has produced an honour-roll of 1,500 champions since Andrew “Boy” Charlton at the 1924 Paris Olympics.

Apr 16, 2015

Australia coach demands players fire up for Asian minnows

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The prospect of long haul flights for World Cup qualifiers against some of Asia’s weakest sides may not send pulses racing for all of Australia’s top soccer players, but coach Ange Postecoglou has demanded all hands on deck.

The Asian Cup champions will bid for a fourth successive World Cup at Russia 2018 and their first phase of qualifying will see them criss-cross the sprawling continent to play the likes of 167th-ranked Bangladesh and 153rd-ranked Kyrgyzstan.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-Australia coach demands players fire up for Asian minnows

MELBOURNE, April 16 (Reuters) – The prospect of long haul flights for World Cup qualifiers against some of Asia’s weakest sides may not send pulses racing for all of Australia’s top soccer players, but coach Ange Postecoglou has demanded all hands on deck.

The Asian Cup champions will bid for a fourth successive World Cup at Russia 2018 and their first phase of qualifying will see them criss-cross the sprawling continent to play the likes of 167th-ranked Bangladesh and 153rd-ranked Kyrgyzstan.

Apr 10, 2015

Australia’s ‘voice of cricket’ Richie Benaud

MELBOURNE, April 10 (Reuters) – The slow-burning intrigue of a day of test cricket needed precious little embellishment for Richie Benaud, the former Australia captain and doyen of cricket commentary.

Silence, but for the crack of leather on willow and the roar of the crowd, was golden.

Apr 10, 2015

Australia’s ‘voice of cricket’ Benaud dies at 84

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Richie Benaud, the celebrated ‘voice of cricket’, has died at the age of 84 after battling skin cancer, prompting a flood of tributes from around the world.

A giant figure in the game both on and off the field, Benaud died in his sleep in a Sydney hospice late on Thursday, his employer Channel Nine reported, citing family.

Apr 10, 2015

Cricket-Australia’s ‘voice of cricket’ Benaud dies at 84

MELBOURNE, April 10 (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Richie Benaud, the celebrated ‘voice of cricket’, has died at the age of 84 after battling skin cancer, prompting a flood of tributes from around the world.

A giant figure in the game both on and off the field, Benaud died in his sleep in a Sydney hospice late on Thursday, his employer Channel Nine reported, citing family.

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      "Based in home-town of Melbourne covering sports in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Asia Sports desk. Previously covered general news and politics in Beijing with a special focus on the Beijing 2008 Olympics."
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