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Dec 2, 2014

Cricket-Australia understanding if grieving players still not ready

SYDNEY, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Cricket Australia will be understanding of players who feel uncomfortable about playing in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes when the rescheduled India test series starts next week, chief executive James Sutherland said on Tuesday.

Sutherland was speaking at Sydney Airport before his flight to Macksville, where Hughes will be buried on Wednesday some six days after he died from a catastrophic injury caused by a ball striking him in the back of the head during a domestic match.

Nov 30, 2014

American Spieth buries weekend woes at Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) – American prodigy Jordan Spieth said closing out his victory at the Australian Open in such spectacular style on Sunday was a major step on the path that he hopes will take him to the top of the world rankings one day.

The 21-year-old Texan marked himself out as a future major champion when, on debut, he led by two strokes at one stage in the final round of the U.S. Masters in April and ended up sharing second behind Bubba Watson.

Nov 30, 2014

Spectacular Spieth walks away with Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rising American talent Jordan Spieth shot the round of his life for an eight-under-par 63 as his rivals labored in the Sydney wind to claim his second professional title by six strokes at the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Texan, who shared second place on his U.S. Masters debut in April, fired eight birdies in a flawless final round to secure the Stonehaven Cup at 13-under 271 for the tournament at The Australian Golf Club.

Nov 30, 2014

Golf-Spectacular Spieth walks away with Australian Open

SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Rising American talent Jordan Spieth shot the round of his life for an eight-under-par 63 as his rivals laboured in the Sydney wind to claim his second professional title by six strokes at the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Texan, who shared second place on his U.S. Masters debut in April, fired eight birdies in a flawless final round to secure the Stonehaven Cup at 13-under 271 for the tournament at The Australian Golf Club.

Nov 29, 2014

McIlroy still upbeat despite mid-round collapse in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy suffered a spectacular two-hole meltdown in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday but he was not quite ready to give up on his title defence after windy conditions kept his rivals in check.

The world number one plummeted down the leaderboard when he dropped a combined five shots at the ninth and 10th holes but even a five-over-par 76 left him just six shots off the pace going into Sunday’s final round.

Nov 29, 2014

McIlroy still alive in Sydney despite mid-round collapse

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy suffered a spectacular two-hole meltdown in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday but he was not quite ready to give up on his title defense after windy conditions kept his rivals in check.

The world number one plummeted down the leaderboard when he dropped a combined five shots at the ninth and 10th holes but even a five-over-par 76 left him just six shots off the pace going into Sunday’s final round.

Nov 29, 2014

India test postponed after Hughes funeral set

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The first test between Australia and India has been postponed to allow his team mates to mourn the death of Phillip Hughes at his funeral on Wednesday, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Saturday.

The test was scheduled to start in Brisbane on Thursday, a week after batsman Hughes died at the age of 25 as a result of being struck on the head by a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground two days earlier.

Nov 29, 2014

Cricket-India test postponed after Hughes funeral set

SYDNEY, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The first test between Australia and India has been postponed to allow his team mates to mourn the death of Phillip Hughes at his funeral on Wednesday, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Saturday.

The test was scheduled to start in Brisbane on Thursday, a week after batsman Hughes died at the age of 25 as a result of being struck on the head by a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground two days earlier.

Nov 29, 2014

Spieth shares lead after McIlroy blows up in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – American Jordan Spieth shot a two-under-par 69 for a share of a one-stroke lead with locals Greg Chalmers and Brett Rumford after blustery conditions caused chaos in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

Firm greens and difficult pin positions but most of all the gusting wind left Spieth, Chalmers (71) and Rumford (69) on five-under — a leading score unchanged from Friday — with only five other players below par for the tournament.

Nov 29, 2014

Clarke breaks down giving heartfelt Hughes tribute

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Captain Michael Clarke gave a graphic illustration of the raw emotions of the Australia team when he broke down repeatedly while paying tribute to former team mate Phillip Hughes on Saturday.

Making no mention of next week’s test match against India, Clarke battled to hold back tears as he read out a statement on behalf of the players at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where Hughes suffered his fatal injury on Tuesday.

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