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Mar 26, 2014

Hosts Australia draw South Korea in Asian Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Hosts Australia were handed a tricky opening round at the 2015 Asian Cup finals when they were grouped with twice former champions South Korea, Oman and Kuwait in the draw at Sydney Opera House on Wednesday.

The Socceroos open the tournament against Kuwait in Melbourne on January 9 and will hope to be still in the reckoning when the final takes place 23 days later at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.

Mar 26, 2014

Soccer-Hosts Australia draw South Korea in Asian Cup

SYDNEY, March 26 (Reuters) – Hosts Australia were handed a tricky opening round at the 2015 Asian Cup finals when they were grouped with twice former champions South Korea, Oman and Kuwait in the draw at Sydney Opera House on Wednesday.

The Socceroos open the tournament against Kuwait in Melbourne on Jan. 9 and will hope to be still in the reckoning when the final takes place 23 days later at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.

Mar 25, 2014

Bruised throat stops Australian try-scoring machine Folau

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New South Wales Waratahs fullback Israel Folau will be unable to add to his remarkable season tally of eight tries this weekend after being ruled out of the Super Rugby clash against the Sharks with a bruised throat.

After eight scores in his first four matches, it looked like only injury could prevent Folau from breaking the single season Super Rugby record of 15, which is jointly held by Joe Roff (1997) and Rico Gear (2005).

Mar 25, 2014

Rugby-Bruised throat stops Australian try-scoring machine Folau

SYDNEY, March 25 (Reuters) – New South Wales Waratahs fullback Israel Folau will be unable to add to his remarkable season tally of eight tries this weekend after being ruled out of the Super Rugby clash against the Sharks with a bruised throat.

After eight scores in his first four matches, it looked like only injury could prevent Folau from breaking the single season Super Rugby record of 15, which is jointly held by Joe Roff (1997) and Rico Gear (2005).

Mar 24, 2014

Major leagues a big hit Down Under but legacy uncertain

SYDNEY (Reuters) – There can be little doubt Major League Baseball (MLB) hit a home run with its first visit to Australia in a century after nearly 80,000 fans swarmed to the Sydney Cricket Ground over the weekend to get a taste of America’s pastime.

As the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks started the long journey back to the United States, though, there was little certainty about what had been left behind beyond the detritus of thousands of hot dogs and nachos.

Mar 23, 2014

Mattingly warns Dodgers against wasting pitching edge

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly should have left Australia delighted on Sunday after opening the season with two wins over a National League West rival on the back of two solid performances from his starting pitchers.

Instead, the man who has been handed a big-budget roster to get the Dodgers to the World Series for the first time since 1988 was seething with frustration that his bullpen had almost let the Arizona Diamondbacks back into the game.

Mar 23, 2014

Dodgers hold off D-backs for Sydney sweep

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense stepped up to see off the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Sunday and give the National League West champions a sweep of the major league season-opening series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Dodgers won the opening day clash 3-1 on Saturday night on the back of Clayton Kershaw’s pitching and the hitters, spearheaded by Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon, finished the job in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 38,079.

Mar 22, 2014

Kershaw delivers for Dodgers Down Under

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Pitcher Clayton Kershaw showed his value to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the major league season-opener on Saturday but manager Don Mattingly thinks his true worth will only be evident later in the campaign.

Kershaw’s newly-inked $200 million contract meant he was always going to be the face of the two-game series between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks and he delivered in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Mar 22, 2014

Dodgers down D-Backs in Sydney opener

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw started the payback on his $200 million contract when he helped the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opening game of the 2014 major league season in Australia on Saturday.

The Dodgers have invested heavily in a big-budget roster in an attempt to end 26 years without a trip to the World Series and got off to a great start under the lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Mar 21, 2014

Dodgers, D-Backs set for opening day Down Under

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks have done the public relations work, petted the kangaroos and visited the tourist sites but it will be all business when opening day goes Down Under on Saturday.

Mexico, Japan and Puerto Rico have all hosted the first games of the new season in the past 15 years and this weekend it is the turn of Australia, which last witnessed live major league baseball a century ago.

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