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Mar 20, 2014

Business as usual for ‘kangaroo’ Kershaw Down Under

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Clayton Kershaw is 7,500 miles from Dodger Stadium preparing to play on a converted cricket ground in front of a sell-out crowd of Australians but for baseball’s first $200 million pitcher, opening day is just opening day.

Kershaw has been named starting pitcher for Saturday’s game at the Sydney Cricket Ground between his Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks which will start a major league season he hopes will end with a World Series ring.

Mar 19, 2014

No major league grudges for Down Under openers

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Arizona Diamondbacks are not planning to reignite their feud with the Los Angeles Dodgers in this weekend’s Major League season-openers in Australia but if a volatile situation arises, there will be no backing down.

Three separate incidents over the last three seasons, including a celebratory dip in a swimming pool after their last meeting, have made the rivalry between the National League West contenders one of the most talked about in baseball.

Mar 16, 2014

Johnson ruled out of World T20 by septic toe

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Paceman Mitchell Johnson was ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup by an infected big toe on Sunday in a blow to Australia’s hopes of snaring the one major international trophy they have never won.

The 32-year-old, the form bowler in world cricket at the moment, will be replaced by fellow left-arm quick Doug Bollinger for the March 16-April 6 tournament in Bangladesh.

Mar 16, 2014

Lehmann casts doubt on Johnson’s World T20 participation

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson’s hopes of playing in the Twenty20 World Cup looked to be fading on Sunday when Australia coach Darren Lehmann cast doubt on whether the paceman would be fit enough to travel to Bangladesh.

Johnson, whose quick bowling fired Australia to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a 2-1 test series triumph in South Africa over the last few months, has been struggling for fitness after a cut on the big toe on his right foot became infected.

Mar 16, 2014

Cricket-Lehmann casts doubt on Johnson’s World T20 participation

SYDNEY, March 16 (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson’s hopes of playing in the Twenty20 World Cup looked to be fading on Sunday when Australia coach Darren Lehmann cast doubt on whether the paceman would be fit enough to travel to Bangladesh.

Johnson, whose quick bowling fired Australia to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a 2-1 test series triumph in South Africa over the last few months, has been struggling for fitness after a cut on the big toe on his right foot became infected.

Mar 16, 2014

Cricket-Lehmann casts doubt on Johnson’s World T20 participation

SYDNEY, March 16 (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson’s hopes of playing in the Twenty20 World Cup looked to be fading on Sunday when Australia coach Darren Lehmann cast doubt on whether the paceman would be fit enough to travel to Bangladesh.

Johnson, whose quick bowling fired Australia to a 5-0 Ashes sweep and a 2-1 test series triumph in South Africa over the last few months, has been struggling for fitness after a cut on the big toe on his right foot became infected.

Mar 11, 2014

Cheika tries to keep half a lid on New South Wales optimism

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Not many New South Wales Waratahs coaches have been a position of having to dampen expectations over the last five years but 10 tries in two healthy wins to start the new Super Rugby season have left Michael Cheika with exactly that task.

Fortunately for him, the fixture list may have given him a helping hand by serving up a date with Australian conference champions ACT Brumbies in Canberra this weekend as their third match of the season.

Mar 11, 2014

Rugby-Cheika tries to keep half a lid on New South Wales optimism

SYDNEY, March 11 (Reuters) – Not many New South Wales Waratahs coaches have been a position of having to dampen expectations over the last five years but 10 tries in two healthy wins to start the new Super Rugby season have left Michael Cheika with exactly that task.

Fortunately for him, the fixture list may have given him a helping hand by serving up a date with Australian conference champions ACT Brumbies in Canberra this weekend as their third match of the season.

Feb 24, 2014

Snowboarding-Shredders put on ‘sick show’ on the biggest stage

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – There were safety fears, minor judging concerns and the two-pronged failure of the sport’s biggest name but snowboarders talk a lot about putting on a great “show” and they let nobody down at the Sochi Olympics.

Shaun White’s enshrinement in the pantheon of Winter Olympic greats was supposed to be the centerpiece of the sport’s fifth appearance at the top table but even when he failed to win a third successive halfpipe gold having pulled out of the slopestyle, there was no stopping this party.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Shredders put on ‘sick show’ on the biggest stage

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – There were safety fears, minor judging concerns and the two-pronged failure of the sport’s biggest name but snowboarders talk a lot about putting on a great “show” and they let nobody down at the Sochi Olympics.

Shaun White’s enshrinement in the pantheon of Winter Olympic greats was supposed to be the centrepiece of the sport’s fifth appearance at the top table but even when he failed to win a third successive halfpipe gold having pulled out of the slopestyle, there was no stopping this party.

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