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Feb 21, 2015

Australia prepares for floods in aftermath of major cyclones

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia (Reuters) – Australia braced on Saturday for heavy rains and floods after weather authorities downgraded two cyclones that lashed its north and northeast, damaging homes and snapping power links, but there were no reports of casualties.

Troops were on standby to help with clean-up efforts in the northeastern state of Queensland after heavy rains and winds in excess of 200 kph (125 mph) brought by Cyclone Marcia on Friday.

Feb 20, 2015

Homes destroyed as twin cyclones slam into northern Australia

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia (Reuters) – A powerful cyclone slammed into northeast Australia on Friday, destroying homes, upending trees, cutting power lines and causing flash floods, while a second storm severed communications to a northern island where heavy damage was expected.

Tens of thousands took what shelter they could as Cyclone Marcia caught Queensland state almost unawares, gathering strength in just a few hours before making landfall midmorning as a category 5 system – the highest rating.

Jan 12, 2015

Holders Japan crush Palestine in Asian Cup opener

NEWCASTLE, Australia (Reuters) – Holders Japan enjoyed a Monday stroll in the Newcastle breeze as they swatted aside the meagre challenge of outsiders Palestine to kick off their Asian Cup title defence with a 4-0 victory.

Yasuhito Endo, Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda notched first half goals with Maya Yoshida adding another after the break in a contest that was predictably one-sided for the record four-times champions.

Dec 3, 2014

Australia bids emotional farewell to Hughes

MACKSVILLE, Australia (Reuters) – Australia bid an emotional farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes at a funeral in his hometown on Wednesday with a live coast-to-coast broadcast allowing a nation to unite in celebration of the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.

Eight days after Hughes was struck by a ball on the back of the head and six after he died from the catastrophic injuries that resulted, his family, friends and a host of cricketing greats gathered at Macksville High School.

Dec 3, 2014

Clarke’s haunting tribute to team mate Hughes

MACKSVILLE, Australia (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke urged mourners to “dig in and get through to tea” as he choked back tears in an emotional eulogy delivered to Phillip Hughes at the cricketer’s funeral in Macksville, New South Wales, on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Clarke, a near-constant presence by his team mate’s bedside during his two-day fight for life at a Sydney hospital, choked back tears and paused to suck back deep breaths at the rural town’s high school hall as he paid tribute to his “brother’s” spirit.

Dec 3, 2014

Cricket-Clarke’s haunting tribute to team mate Hughes

MACKSVILLE, Australia, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke urged mourners to “dig in and get through to tea” as he choked back tears in an emotional eulogy delivered to Phillip Hughes at the cricketer’s funeral in Macksville, New South Wales, on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Clarke, a near-constant presence by his team mate’s bedside during his two-day fight for life at a Sydney hospital, choked back tears and paused to suck back deep breaths at the rural town’s high school hall as he paid tribute to his “brother’s” spirit.

Dec 3, 2014

Australia bids farewell to Hughes in hometown funeral

MACKSVILLE, Australia (Reuters) – The funeral of Australian test cricketer Phillip Hughes began to the strains of a song entitled “Forever Young” in his home town on Wednesday as a nation united to celebrate the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.

Eight days after Hughes was struck by a ball in the back of the head and six after he died of the catastrophic injuries that resulted, his family, friends and a host of cricketing greats gathered at Macksville High School to bid farewell to him.

Dec 3, 2014

Cricket-Australia bids farewell to Hughes in hometown funeral

MACKSVILLE, Australia, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The funeral of Australian test cricketer Phillip Hughes began to the strains of a song entitled “Forever Young” in his home town on Wednesday as a nation united to celebrate the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.

Eight days after Hughes was struck by a ball in the back of the head and six after he died of the catastrophic injuries that resulted, his family, friends and a host of cricketing greats gathered at Macksville High School to bid farewell to him.

Dec 2, 2014

Australia prepares to bid farewell to Hughes

MACKSVILLE, Australia (Reuters) – Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died from an injury suffered in a domestic match in Sydney last week, will be buried in his home town on the New South Wales coast later on Wednesday.

After a week in which the cricket world has expressed its shock and grief at the tragedy of a 25-year-old sportsman cut down in his prime, the focus of mourning shifts back to the town where Hughes grew up on a banana and beef farm.

Dec 2, 2014

Cricket-Australia prepares to bid farewell to Hughes

MACKSVILLE, Australia, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died from an injury suffered in a domestic match in Sydney last week, will be buried in his home town on the New South Wales coast later on Wednesday.

After a week in which the cricket world has expressed its shock and grief at the tragedy of a 25-year-old sportsman cut down in his prime, the focus of mourning shifts back to the town where Hughes grew up on a banana and beef farm.