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Mar 13, 2014

Motor racing-Massa still keeping the faith for Schumacher

MELBOURNE, March 13 (Reuters) – Felipe Massa remains hopeful his friend and former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher can pull out of an induced coma and return to health.

The retired seven-times Formula One champion suffered severe head injuries when he slammed into a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel in December, and has been in a stable but critical condition in a hospital in the French city of Grenoble since.

Mar 13, 2014

Red Bull still not in best shape, says Vettel

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Red Bull will put a “very different” car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the model which disappointed during the last test in Bahrain, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday.

Vettel, bidding for a fifth consecutive title, comes into Sunday’s race at Albert Park with his team scrambling to come to grips with the new hybrid turbo era in Formula One.

Mar 13, 2014

Motor racing-Red Bull still not in best shape, says Vettel

MELBOURNE, March 13 (Reuters) – Red Bull will put a “very different” car on the track for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the model which disappointed during the last test in Bahrain, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday.

Vettel, bidding for a fifth consecutive title, comes into Sunday’s race at Albert Park with his team scrambling to come to grips with the new hybrid turbo era in Formula One.

Mar 7, 2014

Wounded South Africa clinging to throne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The resounding thud of South Africa’s fall on home soil capped an intriguing season of test cricket that has seen the establishment rocked and an ambitious Australia return to court with a swagger.

Starched whites dispensed, the game now descends into a morass of short form matches before the World T20, but the impact of Australia’s epic win at Newlands on Wednesday may echo long after the Bangladesh carnival wraps up.

Mar 7, 2014

Wounded South Africa clinging to cricket throne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The resounding thud of South Africa’s fall on home soil capped an intriguing season of test cricket that has seen the establishment rocked and an ambitious Australia return to court with a swagger.

Starched whites dispensed, the game now descends into a morass of short form matches before the World T20, but the impact of Australia’s epic win at Newlands on Wednesday may echo long after the Bangladesh carnival wraps up.

Mar 7, 2014

Cricket-Wounded South Africa clinging to throne

MELBOURNE, March 7 (Reuters) – The resounding thud of South Africa’s fall on home soil capped an intriguing season of test cricket that has seen the establishment rocked and an ambitious Australia return to court with a swagger.

Starched whites dispensed, the game now descends into a morass of short form matches before the World T20, but the impact of Australia’s epic win at Newlands on Wednesday may echo long after the Bangladesh carnival wraps up.

Mar 6, 2014

Rugby-Captaincy keeps hard man Higginbotham in check

MELBOURNE, March 6 (Reuters) – Where opposing players, judicial officers and brick walls have all failed, the responsibilities of leadership have succeeded in making Wallabies enforcer Scott Higginbotham take a backwards step in the heat of battle.

After impressing as stand-in skipper for his provincial side last year, the back row battering ram is relishing the captaincy full-time at Super Rugby’s Melbourne Rebels, and may be set for higher office if he continues to impress Australia coach Ewen McKenzie.

Mar 3, 2014

Australian Rules-AFL chief Demetriou announces resignation

MELBOURNE, March 3 (Reuters) – Australian Football League chief executive Andrew Demetriou, the head of the country’s dominant football code Australian Rules, has announced his resignation as the sport continues to grapple with a major anti-doping investigation.

One of Australia’s most powerful sports administrators, Demetriou, 52, will serve out an 11th season in charge, having expanded the AFL from 16 to 18 teams and strengthened the game’s standing as the country’s richest and most well-attended competition.

Feb 27, 2014

Australia drugs probe over, ex-judge to review evidence

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s peak anti-doping agency has completed a 13-month probe into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in local sports and a retired judge will now decide whether to pursue individual cases, the country’s anti-doping chief said.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigation has cast a pall over the country’s top-flight Australian Rules football and rugby league competitions for over a year, but has so far resulted in only one player ban.

Feb 26, 2014

Aussie sports still in dark a year after ‘blackest day’

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The release of an explosive report into the use of performance-enhancing drugs among Australian athletes prompted the country’s former anti-doping chief Richard Ings to describe February 7, 2013 as the “blackest day” in the country’s sporting history.

A year on and with only one athlete punished as a result of Australia’s biggest anti-doping investigation, Ings defended his statement as a reaction to a rap-sheet of serious allegations mouthed by politicians at a highly publicized news conference.

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