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Apr 14, 2014

Rugby-You beauty! It’s triple meat for the badge

SYDNEY, April 14 (Reuters) – For once it was not what he said, or how he looked, but what he did that attracted the attention as Western Force winger Nick “the Honeybadger” Cummins grabbed a hat-trick of tries in Super Rugby win over the weekend.

For Cummins, once described as “the most Australian man on the planet”, the three scores which gave the Force a 28-16 victory over New South Wales Waratahs was “triple meat” – a reference to meat pie, which he uses as rhyming slang for try.

Apr 14, 2014

You beauty! It’s triple meat for the badge

SYDNEY (Reuters) – For once it was not what he said, or how he looked, but what he did that attracted the attention as Western Force winger Nick “the Honeybadger” Cummins grabbed a hat-trick of tries in Super Rugby win over the weekend.

For Cummins, once described as “the most Australian man on the planet”, the three scores which gave the Force a 28-16 victory over New South Wales Waratahs was “triple meat” – a reference to meat pie, which he uses as rhyming slang for try.

Apr 11, 2014

Mentality must change for China to rise, says Perrin

SYDNEY (Reuters) – While 32 of his counterparts ponder the make-up of their squads for this year’s World Cup, Alain Perrin is tackling a conundrum that has defeated many coaches before him – how to get China to punch their weight in international football.

China, who have failed to qualify for the World Cup finals since their single appearance in 2002 and are languishing at number 96 in the FIFA world rankings, appointed the Frenchman as their new coach in late February.

Apr 11, 2014

Soccer-Mentality must change for China to rise, says Perrin

SYDNEY, April 11 (Reuters) – While 32 of his counterparts ponder the make-up of their squads for this year’s World Cup, Alain Perrin is tackling a conundrum that has defeated many coaches before him – how to get China to punch their weight in international football.

China, who have failed to qualify for the World Cup finals since their single appearance in 2002 and are languishing at number 96 in the FIFA world rankings, appointed the Frenchman as their new coach in late February.

Apr 11, 2014

Del Piero could join A-League farewells on final weekend

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Italy and Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero could play his last match for Sydney FC, and potentially his career, this weekend as the A-League regular season comes to a climax with the playoff picture far from clear.

Del Piero, whose two-year contract expires at the end of the season, is hoping to lead the Sky Blues to a win, or at least a draw, against Perth Glory at the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) on Sunday that would earn them a spot in the post-season.

Apr 11, 2014

Soccer-Del Piero could join A-League farewells on final weekend

SYDNEY, April 11 (Reuters) – Former Italy and Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero could play his last match for Sydney FC, and potentially his career, this weekend as the A-League regular season comes to a climax with the playoff picture far from clear.

Del Piero, whose two-year contract expires at the end of the season, is hoping to lead the Sky Blues to a win, or at least a draw, against Perth Glory at the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) on Sunday that would earn them a spot in the post-season.

Apr 9, 2014

Australia sports sign commitment to eliminate homophobia

SYDNEY, April 9 (Reuters) – In what was hailed as a world first, Australia’s five main professional sports signed a commitment on Wednesday to have frameworks in place by the end of August this year to battle homophobia.

Sydney hosts the world cup of gay rugby union, the Bingham Cup, in August and the organisers of that tournament were behind the initiative to get the sporting bodies to commit to a timeline for implementing an inclusion policy.

Apr 9, 2014

Australia’s former Olympic champion Stephanie Rice retires

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s triple Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the age of 25 on Wednesday.

Rice had a brilliant Olympic debut at Beijing’s Water Cube in 2008, winning the 200 and 400 metres individual medley titles as well as gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay, all in world record times.

Apr 9, 2014

Australia’s former Olympic champion Rice retires

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s triple Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the age of 25 on Wednesday.

Rice had a brilliant Olympic debut at Beijing’s Water Cube in 2008, winning the 200 and 400 meters individual medley titles as well as gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay, all in world record times.

Apr 9, 2014

Swimming-Australia’s former Olympic champion Rice retires

SYDNEY, April 9 (Reuters) – Australia’s triple Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the age of 25 on Wednesday.

Rice had a brilliant Olympic debut at Beijing’s Water Cube in 2008, winning the 200 and 400 metres individual medley titles as well as gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay, all in world record times.

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