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Feb 8, 2015

Soccer-Wanderers finally notch up first A-League win

SYDNEY, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Asian champions Western Sydney Wanderers finally registered their first A-League win of the season with a nervy 2-0 victory over Wellington Phoenix in Penrith on Sunday.

Goals from Nikita Rukavytsya in the first half and substitute Brendon Santalab in stoppage time were sufficient to end the club’s winless streak at 13 matches but not enough to drag them off the bottom of the table.

Feb 6, 2015

Clarke’s World Cup fitness race turns into a jog

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Barring any further setbacks, it appears that Michael Clarke’s return to full fitness and the captaincy of the Australia World Cup team is now a matter of “when” rather than “if”.

The 33-year-old batted, bowled and fielded in an outing for a Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane on Thursday and looks certain to prove his fitness by the deadline of the co-hosts’ second pool match against Bangladesh on Feb. 21.

Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-Clarke’s World Cup fitness race turns into a jog

SYDNEY, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Barring any further setbacks, it appears that Michael Clarke’s return to full fitness and the captaincy of the Australia World Cup team is now a matter of “when” rather than “if”.

The 33-year-old batted, bowled and fielded in an outing for a Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane on Thursday and looks certain to prove his fitness by the deadline of the co-hosts’ second pool match against Bangladesh on Feb. 21.

Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-World Cup will be clean, says anti-corruption chief

SYDNEY, Feb 6 (Reuters) – “Evil” illegal gamblers using the grooming methods of paedophiles to try and corrupt cricketers have not gone away but the game’s anti-corruption chief Ronnie Flanagan is confident the upcoming World Cup will be clean.

Match and spot-fixing scandals have dogged cricket over the last few years but Flanagan said the authorities in host countries Australia and New Zealand had done everything in their power to ensure the tournament was free of corruption.

Feb 5, 2015

Australia World Cup favourites despite Clarke doubts

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Ranked number one in the world going into the tournament on the back of an impressive Tri-series triumph over India and England, co-hosts Australia are the unsurprising favourites to clinch a fifth World Cup.

With the most feared fast bowler in world cricket in Mitchell Johnson and a batsman in career-best form in Steve Smith, the Australians have the firepower with both bat and ball to go deep into the tournament.

Feb 5, 2015

Cricket-Australia World Cup favourites despite Clarke doubts

SYDNEY, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Ranked number one in the world going into the tournament on the back of an impressive Tri-series triumph over India and England, co-hosts Australia are the unsurprising favourites to clinch a fifth World Cup.

With the most feared fast bowler in world cricket in Mitchell Johnson and a batsman in career-best form in Steve Smith, the Australians have the firepower with both bat and ball to go deep into the tournament.

Jan 31, 2015

Troisi’s extra time goal gives Australia Asian Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time in a pulsating final to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday.

South Korea’s Son Heung-min scored in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes to send the match into the extra half an hour, cancelling out Player of the Tournament Massimo Luongo’s strike on the stroke of halftime.

Jan 31, 2015

South Korea beaten but still champions, says coach

SYDNEY (Reuters) – South Korea may have ended up with losers medals but were still champions after the part they played in an enthralling Asian Cup final against Australia on Saturday, their proud coach Uli Stielike said.

The twice champions came up just short of breaking their 55-year hoodoo at the Asian Cup when they lost 2-1 to a James Troisi goal in extra time at Stadium Australia.

Jan 31, 2015

Troisi strikes in extra time to hand Australia Asian Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in a pulsating final on Saturday.

South Korea’s Son Heung-min scored in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes to send the match into the extra half an hour, cancelling out Massimo Luongo’s strike on the stroke of halftime.

Jan 30, 2015

Shamed South Korea ready to grasp chance of a lifetime

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Asian Cup final is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to wipe away 55 years of shame and prove South Korea deserves its place among the continent’s strongest footballing nations, captain Ki Sung-yueng said on Friday.

South Korea have a good case for being considered an Asian power solely on their World Cup record, having qualified for the last eight tournaments and famously reached the semi-finals as co-hosts in 2002.

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