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May 17, 2015

Rugby-Champions Waratahs facing the hard road to the playoffs

SYDNEY, May 17 (Reuters) – It was always going to be a tall order for New South Wales Waratahs to become the first Australian side to retain the Super Rugby title but the task got that bit harder with the ACT Brumbies’ win over the Lions on Saturday.

The Waratahs were probably fast asleep in Sydney when the Brumbies defied the Johannesburg altitude to run in four tries and move two points clear of their fierce rivals at the top of the Australian conference.

May 17, 2015

Cricket-England will be weaker without Pietersen, says Clarke

SYDNEY, May 17 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke has absolutely no doubt England will be a weaker side without batsman Kevin Pietersen when the Ashes rivalry resumes in Cardiff on July 8.

Pietersen was sacked by England last year following the 2013-14 trip to Australia during which he was accused of being disengaged from the team as the tourists crashed to a 5-0 defeat.

May 16, 2015

Rugby-Waratahs down Sharks to get title defence back on track

SYDNEY, May 16 (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs got their stuttering Super Rugby title defence back on track with a 33-18 victory over South Africa’s Sharks at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.

Coming off last week’s upset at the hands of Western Force, the Waratahs made the best possible start when centre Adam Ashley-Cooper scored their first try in the opening minute.

May 15, 2015

Soccer-A-League’s Big Blue final offers Muscat redemption

SYDNEY, May 15 (Reuters) – Melbourne Victory’s rivalry with Sydney FC is known as “The Big Blue” but one of world football’s most notorious hardmen will be in a blazer on the sidelines when the clubs meet for the A-League title on Sunday.

Kevin Muscat’s uncompromising defending triggered a number of “blues” — Australian slang for a fight or argument — in a playing career that took in Crystal Palace, Wolves, Rangers and Millwall during nine years in British football.

May 14, 2015

Independent review to probe Phillip Hughes death

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the cause and circumstances of last year’s death of test batsman Phillip Hughes in a bid to prevent anything similar happening in the future.

Australia was engulfed in a wave of mourning after Hughes, 25, died from catastrophic injuries on Nov. 27 last year, two days after he was struck in the neck by a ball during a domestic Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

May 14, 2015

Independent review to probe Hughes death

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the cause and circumstances of last year’s death of test batsman Phillips Hughes in a bid to prevent anything similar happening in the future.

Australia was engulfed in a wave of mourning after Hughes, 25, died from catastrophic injuries on Nov. 27 last year, two days after he was struck in the neck by a ball during a domestic Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

May 14, 2015

Cricket-Independent review to probe Hughes death

SYDNEY, May 14 (Reuters) – Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the cause and circumstances of last year’s death of test batsman Phillips Hughes in a bid to prevent anything similar happening in the future.

Australia was engulfed in a wave of mourning after Hughes, 25, died from catastrophic injuries on Nov. 27 last year, two days after he was struck in the neck by a ball during a domestic Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

May 14, 2015

Rugby-Sonny Bill looks to muscle in on All Blacks midfield

SYDNEY, May 14 (Reuters) – If Sonny Bill Williams is going to succeed in muscling in on test rugby’s most settled centre partnership in time for the World Cup, he will have few better chances to stake a claim than in this weekend’s round of Super Rugby.

Williams returned to the Waikato Chiefs and the 15-man code this season after two years in rugby league with the express intent of playing a part in the defence of the World Cup he helped New Zealand win on home soil in 2011.

May 9, 2015

Soccer-Brosque brace sends Sydney FC into A-League final

SYDNEY, May 9 (Reuters) – Skipper Alex Brosque scored two goals in three minutes around halftime to fire Sydney FC to a 4-1 victory over Adelaide United on Saturday and send the Sky Blues into an A-League title decider against Melbourne Victory.

Bernie Ibini opened the scoring in the 19th minute and Chris Naumoff added the fourth in the last minute but it was Brosque’s double strike that turned the match decisively towards the home side.

May 7, 2015

Soccer-Australia final spot on the line in Melbourne grudge match

SYDNEY, May 7 (Reuters) – The Melbourne A-League derby has developed into quite a grudge match in its first five seasons and Friday’s playoff semi-final, which is expected to attract a crowd of 50,000 to Docklands Stadium, will undoubtedly be the biggest yet.

The winners of the 16th version of the derby will earn not only local bragging rights but also a ticket to Australia’s championship final against Sydney FC or Adelaide United, who meet in Saturday’s semi-final.

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