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Nov 20, 2014

Golf-Scott labours in wild winds at Australian Masters

MELBOURNE, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Steven Bowditch shot a five-under 67 for a share of the lead after the first round of the Australian Masters in Melbourne on Thursday, upstaging headline act Adam Scott who struggled to cope with windy conditions.

Bowditch, who celebrated his maiden U.S. Tour win at the Texas Open in March, rolled in four birdies and an eagle in mostly foul conditions at Metropolitan Golf Club before ruing a missed tap-in putt on the 18th that cost him the outright lead.

Nov 20, 2014

Scott ‘three-peat’ bid off to slow start at Australian Masters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number two Adam Scott gritted his teeth in foul conditions for golf on Thursday, scratching out a one-over 73 in the first round of the Australian Masters to be six strokes behind clubhouse leaders Michael Wright and Stephen Allan.

Bidding for an unprecedented third successive title in the A$1 million ($860,000) event, Scott fumed as hot, northerly winds turned Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club into a suburban dust-bowl, while his putter refused to cooperate.

Nov 19, 2014

Scott feels former caddie Williams’ absence in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Midway through a trial of caddies, Adam Scott cannot help but feel the absence of former bag-man Steve Williams, who would have been an asset in his bid to win a third successive Australian Masters title, the world number two said.

Scott will work with seasoned caddie David Clark at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club this week as he seeks to become the tournament’s first ‘three-peat’ winner while warming up for his showdown with world number one Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open in Sydney next week.

Nov 19, 2014

Golf in Australia is like drinking beer with ‘buddies’: Weekley

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Playing golf in Australia is no different to playing at home with friends while throwing back a few beers, according to Boo Weekley, who plans to spend time fishing Down Under after battling Adam Scott at the Australian Masters.

The laid-back American will appear at all three of the nation’s marquee tournaments, and after playing the Masters in Melbourne, will head to Sydney for next week’s Australian Open before finishing off on the Gold Coast at the Australian PGA Championship.

Nov 19, 2014

Golf-Golf in Australia is like drinking beer with ‘buddies’ – Weekley

MELBOURNE, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Playing golf in Australia is no different to playing at home with friends while throwing back a few beers, according to Boo Weekley, who plans to spend time fishing Down Under after battling Adam Scott at the Australian Masters.

The laid-back American will appear at all three of the nation’s marquee tournaments, and after playing the Masters in Melbourne, will head to Sydney for next week’s Australian Open before finishing off on the Gold Coast at the Australian PGA Championship.

Nov 15, 2014

Australian whistleblower calls FIFA statement “high comedy”

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – FIFA’s governance of world soccer is a “farce” and Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert’s statement summarising an 18-month probe into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is “high comedy”, according to the Australian whistleblower discredited in the statement.

Bonita Mersiades, the head of communications for Australia’s 2022 bid, gave evidence to the probe’s lead investigator Michael Garcia about her concerns with her country’s bid but the statement questioned her “reliability” and dismissed all her information.

Nov 15, 2014

Soccer-Australian whistleblower calls FIFA statement “high comedy”

MELBOURNE, Nov 15 (Reuters) – FIFA’s governance of world soccer is a “farce” and Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert’s statement summarising an 18-month probe into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is “high comedy”, according to the Australian whistleblower discredited in the statement.

Bonita Mersiades, the head of communications for Australia’s 2022 bid, gave evidence to the probe’s lead investigator Michael Garcia about her concerns with her country’s bid but the statement questioned her “reliability” and dismissed all her information.

Nov 13, 2014

No spinning out of the World Cup for Australia – Hussey

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Back on their favoured quick and bouncy pitches, Australia’s failings against spin bowling are unlikely to figure at the World Cup and the co-hosts have an excellent opportunity to win a fifth trophy, according to former batsman Mike Hussey.

Australia’s batsmen had their confidence rocked with a 2-0 test series loss to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates which followed a humiliating loss to Zimbabwe in a one-day match in Bulawayo.

Nov 13, 2014

Cricket-No spinning out of the World Cup for Australia – Hussey

MELBOURNE, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Back on their favoured quick and bouncy pitches, Australia’s failings against spin bowling are unlikely to figure at the World Cup and the co-hosts have an excellent opportunity to win a fifth trophy, according to former batsman Mike Hussey.

Australia’s batsmen had their confidence rocked with a 2-0 test series loss to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates which followed a humiliating loss to Zimbabwe in a one-day match in Bulawayo.

Oct 31, 2014

Rugby-ARU chief Pulver determined to ride out Wallabies storm

MELBOURNE, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver has described the text message scandal that plunged the Wallabies into crisis as a “bump in the road” and remains determined to keep his job despite huge pressure over the body’s handling of the case.

Pulver has been under attack in mainstream and social media since utility back Kurtley Beale was fined A$45,000 for sending an “offensive” text message to former team manager Di Patston.

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