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Jan 1, 2015

Soccer-Time to deliver for Socceroos on home soil

SYDNEY, Jan 1 (Reuters) – After a year of sometimes painful transition and an encouraging yet ultimately pointless World Cup campaign, Australia enter 2015 knowing that promise no longer counts for anything and only results matter.

Ange Postecoglou, who has managed the overhaul of the Socceroos squad, was handed just one concrete results-based goal when he took over as coach on a five-year deal in October 2013: to make Australia the number one team in Asia.

Dec 23, 2014

Honey Badger Cummins back in Wallabies World Cup reckoning

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Winger and cult figure Nick Cummins is back in the reckoning for Australia’s 2015 World Cup campaign after being released by his Japanese club to play in Super Rugby for the Western Force next season.

The 27-year-old, whose neat line in Australian slang has made him a favourite with rugby fans Down Under, was released from his Force contract at the end of last season on compassionate grounds to take up a lucrative deal in Japan.

Dec 23, 2014

Rugby-Honey Badger Cummins back in Wallabies World Cup reckoning

SYDNEY, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Winger and cult figure Nick Cummins is back in the reckoning for Australia’s 2015 World Cup campaign after being released by his Japanese club to play in Super Rugby for the Western Force next season.

The 27-year-old, whose neat line in Australian slang has made him a favourite with rugby fans Down Under, was released from his Force contract at the end of last season on compassionate grounds to take up a lucrative deal in Japan.

Dec 21, 2014

India’s new vintage nearly ready, says Dhoni

SYDNEY (Reuters) – It will come as little comfort to India after going 2-0 down in the four-match test series against Australia but the young touring party have already put on a much better showing than the much vaunted 2011-2012 vintage.

The supine surrender of the last India test squad to visit Australia, packed as it was with batting greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, left a bitter taste in the mouth for fans of test cricket Down Under.

Dec 21, 2014

Cricket-India’s new vintage nearly ready, says Dhoni

SYDNEY, Dec 21 (Reuters) – It will come as little comfort to India after going 2-0 down in the four-match test series against Australia but the young touring party have already put on a much better showing than the much vaunted 2011-2012 vintage.

The supine surrender of the last India test squad to visit Australia, packed as it was with batting greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, left a bitter taste in the mouth for fans of test cricket Down Under.

Dec 19, 2014

Lookahead: No mega events but plenty on the sporting menu in 2015

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate.

Tens of millions of cricket obsessives in South Asia will ensure plenty of eyeballs on the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, while rugby’s equivalent is among many contenders for the title of the world’s third biggest tournament.

Dec 19, 2014

No mega events but plenty on the sporting menu in 2015

SYDNEY, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate.

Tens of millions of cricket obsessives in South Asia will ensure plenty of eyeballs on the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, while rugby’s equivalent is among many contenders for the title of the world’s third biggest tournament.

Dec 9, 2014

Lack of unity could cost West Indies at World Cup – Lara

SYDNEY (Reuters) – West Indies batting great Brian Lara expects the side to struggle at the World Cup if they are unable to forge a unified team, the former skipper insisting a split between players and administrators was just one of their problems.

Caribbean cricket was plunged into crisis when a player revolt over money led to West Indies abandoning their one-day international tour of India in October.

Dec 9, 2014

Cricket-Lack of unity could cost West Indies at World Cup – Lara

SYDNEY, Dec 9 (Reuters) – West Indies batting great Brian Lara expects the side to struggle at the World Cup if they are unable to forge a unified team, the former skipper insisting a split between players and administrators was just one of their problems.

Caribbean cricket was plunged into crisis when a player revolt over money led to West Indies abandoning their one-day international tour of India in October.

Dec 8, 2014

Wanderers leave for Club World Cup under boycott cloud

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian champions Western Sydney Wanderers left for the Club World Cup in Morocco as scheduled on Sunday night but their pay dispute remains unresolved and the threat of a boycott still hangs over the trip.

Wanderers players are still considering whether to participate in the FIFA tournament because the club have refused to negotiate over what they believe to be a “fair and equitable share” of the prize money.

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