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Jun 21, 2015

Rugby-Rampaging Highlander Naholo crashes through All Blacks door

June 21 (Reuters) – What’s better than having a Julian Savea in your squad during a World Cup year? Two Julian Saveas, according to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who is set to blood another explosive winger in the form of Waisake Naholo.

Hansen picked Fiji-born juggernaut Naholo in his extended 41-man roster for warm-up tests before the World Cup and could throw him into the fray in a one-off match against Samoa next month.

Jun 11, 2015

Dellavedova’s success delights sleepy Australian home-town

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Don’t be fooled by the viking beard and the cavalier approach to man-on-man defense. Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova is a good country boy with a heart of gold, according to proud residents of the Australian’s sleepy home-town.

Since replacing the injured Kyrie Irving, the feisty 24-year-old’s starring role in the NBA Final series has surprised opponents, pundits and his compatriots Down Under, where basketball is generally a faint beep on the sporting radar.

Jun 9, 2015

Australia World Cup bid had no chance, says Lowy

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s bid for the 2022 World Cup never stood a chance because their officials had not understood that votes were secured in back rooms according to “commercial interests”, the country’s soccer supremo Frank Lowy has said.

The bid for the 2022 finals awarded to Qatar has come under renewed scrutiny after the arrests in Switzerland of 14 soccer and media executives in a corruption scandal that has rocked global soccer governing body FIFA.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Australia World Cup bid had no chance, says Lowy

MELBOURNE, June 9 (Reuters) – Australia’s bid for the 2022 World Cup never stood a chance because their officials had not understood that votes were secured in back rooms according to “commercial interests”, the country’s soccer supremo Frank Lowy has said.

The bid for the 2022 finals awarded to Qatar has come under renewed scrutiny after the arrests in Switzerland of 14 soccer and media executives in a corruption scandal that has rocked global soccer governing body FIFA.

Jun 9, 2015

Australia will not bid for FIFA events until change

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia has shelved its bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup pending an “overhaul” of FIFA as the global football governing body reels from a corruption scandal.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) declared its intention to bid for the women’s global showpiece a month ago, but its failed bid for the 2022 men’s tournament has come under renewed scrutiny since the arrests of more than a dozen football and media executives for corruption.

Jun 9, 2015

Soccer-Australia will not bid for FIFA events until change

MELBOURNE, June 9 (Reuters) – Australia has shelved its bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup pending an “overhaul” of FIFA as the global soccer governing body reels from a corruption scandal.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) declared its intention to bid for the women’s global showpiece a month ago, but its failed bid for the 2022 men’s tournament has come under renewed scrutiny since the arrests of more than a dozen soccer and media executives for corruption.

Jun 5, 2015

FIFA can no longer protect itself, says ex-investigator

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The U.S.-led investigations into corruption at FIFA have pierced the veil of secrecy that protected soccer’s top power-brokers and more dominoes can be expected to fall, said a former investigator on the governing body’s ethics committee.

Nicholas Davidson, a prominent lawyer and honorary president of New Zealand’s soccer association, resigned from his role on FIFA’s investigatory chamber before Swiss police arrested seven senior officials in Zurich last week.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-FIFA can no longer protect itself, says ex-investigator

MELBOURNE, June 5 (Reuters) – The U.S.-led investigations into corruption at FIFA have pierced the veil of secrecy that protected soccer’s top power-brokers and more dominoes can be expected to fall, said a former investigator on the governing body’s ethics committee.

Nicholas Davidson, a prominent lawyer and honorary president of New Zealand’s football association, resigned from his role on FIFA’s investigatory chamber before Swiss police arrested seven senior officials in Zurich last week.

Jun 2, 2015

China seek credibility on return to world stage

By Ian Ransom

(Reuters) – Rich in potential but poor in experience, China’s women are targeting a berth in the knockout rounds at the World Cup in Canada to atone for the humiliation of failing to qualify for the last tournament in 2011.

Sixteenth-ranked China face an uphill battle to advance, however, having been drawn in Group A with hosts Canada, Netherlands and New Zealand, none of whom are pushovers.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-China seek credibility on return to world stage

June 2 (Reuters) – Rich in potential but poor in experience, China’s women are targeting a berth in the knockout rounds at the World Cup in Canada to atone for the humiliation of failing to qualify for the last tournament in 2011.

Sixteenth-ranked China face an uphill battle to advance, however, having been drawn in Group A with hosts Canada, Netherlands and New Zealand, none of whom are pushovers.

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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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