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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.

Mar 31, 2015

Australia seeking momentum for Ashes on Caribbean tour

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia will resist the temptation to tinker with their team on tour against West Indies and plan to field their best 11 in a bid to sweep the two-test series and build momentum for the Ashes, selector Rod Marsh has said.

Australia’s attention has turned to dominating with the red ball after storming to their fifth World Cup win on Sunday, and selectors sprung a few surprises in their 17-man squad for the tours to the Caribbean and England in June and July.

Mar 31, 2015

Cricket-Australia seeking momentum for Ashes on Caribbean tour

MELBOURNE, March 31 (Reuters) – Australia will resist the temptation to tinker with their team on tour against West Indies and plan to field their best 11 in a bid to sweep the two-test series and build momentum for the Ashes, selector Rod Marsh has said.

Australia’s attention has turned to dominating with the red ball after storming to their fifth World Cup win on Sunday, and selectors sprung a few surprises in their 17-man squad for the tours to the Caribbean and England in June and July.

Mar 30, 2015

Dynasty beckons for triumphant Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Dark sunglasses were the order of the day for Australia’s triumphant cricket team on Monday as they paraded the World Cup trophy to hundreds of fans at a public reception after a night of heavy partying at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

With voices hoarse and complexions pasty after a few snatched hours of sleep, players grinned and sometimes grimaced as their team mates battled to communicate their elation to a relentless MC and a large media throng.

Mar 30, 2015

Dynasty beckons for triumphant Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Dark sunglasses were the order of the day for Australia’s triumphant cricket team on Monday as they paraded the World Cup trophy to hundreds of fans at a public reception after a night of heavy partying at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

With voices hoarse and complexions pasty after a few snatched hours of sleep, players grinned and sometimes grimaced as their team mates battled to communicate their elation to a relentless MC and a large media throng.

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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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