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Nov 28, 2014

Bouncers here to stay despite Hughes tragedy

SYDNEY (Reuters) – On the opening day of the last Ashes series, Mitchell Johnson set the tone for five matches of Australian domination by sending a series of 150km per hour missiles whistling past the ears of a succession of English batsmen.

Australians packed into the Gabba and watching on television around the country cheered every near miss, every jerky swerve of an Englishman’s head and every desperate attempt by a tourist to fend off the assault with his bat.

Nov 28, 2014

Cricket-Bouncers here to stay despite Hughes tragedy

SYDNEY, Nov 28 (Reuters) – On the opening day of the last Ashes series, Mitchell Johnson set the tone for five matches of Australian domination by sending a series of 150km per hour missiles whistling past the ears of a succession of English batsmen.

Australians packed into the Gabba and watching on television around the country cheered every near miss, every jerky swerve of an Englishman’s head and every desperate attempt by a tourist to fend off the assault with his bat.

Nov 28, 2014

Chambers leads with McIlroy lurking, Scott revived in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Greg Chalmers held a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Australian Open on Friday but defending champion Rory McIlroy was well-positioned for the weekend in a share of second place.

Chalmers, twice a former winner of his national open, snared his seventh birdie on the last green for a five-under-par 66 to edge ahead of a congested leading pack at five-under for the tournament.

Nov 28, 2014

Golf-Chambers leads with McIlroy lurking, Scott revived in Sydney

SYDNEY, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Australian Greg Chalmers held a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Australian Open on Friday but defending champion Rory McIlroy was well-positioned for the weekend in a share of second place.

Chalmers, twice a former winner of his national open, snared his seventh birdie on the last green for a five-under-par 66 to edge ahead of a congested leading pack at five-under for the tournament.

Nov 28, 2014

McIlroy to cut out ‘bad stuff’ after rollercoaster round

SYDNEY (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy said all he needed to do was cut the “bad stuff” out of his game for a really low score at the Australian Open after managing to par only five holes in a rollercoaster second round on Friday.

The Northern Irishman hit an eagle, six birdles and six bogeys for a second successive two-under-par 69 at The Australian Golf Course to finish the day a shot behind leader Greg Chalmers on four-under.

Nov 28, 2014

Short-lived Sydney course record fires Scott into contention

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Adam Scott soared back into contention with a five-under par 66 in the second round of the Australian Open on Friday, claiming a course record that lasted little more than half an hour.

Down in the dumps after a three over-par start on Thursday, the Australian caught fire with an eagle at the par-five 14th, his fifth hole, and picked up three more shots on his way home in a blemish-free round.

Nov 28, 2014

Hughes’ mourned as Australia says to launch safety review

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s cricket board will launch an “immediate” review into player safety in the wake of Phillip Hughes’ death, as the global cricket community mourned on Friday and the fate of next week’s first test against India remained in limbo.

Flags flew at half-mast at cricket grounds and players left bats outside their doors in tribute to batsman Hughes, whose death in hospital on Thursday at the age of 25 shook the sport to its core and prompted a global outpouring of sympathy.

Nov 28, 2014

Australia says too early for India test decision

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Emotions were still too raw in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes to make a decision on whether to go ahead with next week’s first test against India, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday.

Indian cricket officials were being kept closely informed, Sutherland added, and had been “outstanding” in their understanding of the “unique circumstances” surrounding the match, which is scheduled to start in Brisbane next Thursday.

Nov 28, 2014

Cricket-Hughes’ mourned as Australia says to launch safety review

SYDNEY, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Australia’s cricket board will launch an “immediate” review into player safety in the wake of Phillip Hughes’ death, as the global cricket community mourned on Friday and the fate of next week’s first test against India remained in limbo.

Flags flew at half-mast at cricket grounds and players left bats outside their doors in tribute to batsman Hughes, whose death in hospital on Thursday at the age of 25 shook the sport to its core and prompted a global outpouring of sympathy.

Nov 28, 2014

Cricket-Australia says too early for India test decision

SYDNEY, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Emotions were still too raw in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes to make a decision on whether to go ahead with next week’s first test against India, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday.

Indian cricket officials were being kept closely informed, Sutherland added, and had been “outstanding” in their understanding of the “unique circumstances” surrounding the match, which is scheduled to start in Brisbane next Thursday.

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