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Nov 27, 2014

Steady as she goes for jet-lagged McIlroy in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy admitted to feeling fatigued from jet-lag and an early alarm call on Thursday but the first round of his Australian Open title defense was by no means a damage limitation exercise.

Starting his day with rain clouds casting an early morning gloom over The Australian Golf Club, the world number one produced a solid round of two-under-par 69 for an early share of second place.

Nov 26, 2014

Scott out to bury Sydney hurt against inspirational McIlroy

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Adam Scott still feels the hurt of losing the Australian Open title to Rory McIlroy on the final green last year but believes the world number one has also inspired him to become a better golfer.

Scott was set to win a rare “Triple Crown” of Australian titles when he went into the final round at Royal Sydney last year but bogeyed the final hole to allow McIlroy to win his only title of 2013 with a birdie.

Nov 26, 2014

Golf-McIlroy has Georgia on his mind Down Under

SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy is back to defend his Australian Open title in the city where he kickstarted his career last year but admitted on Wednesday that the next U.S. Masters is never far from his mind.

The reigning British Open and U.S. PGA Championship title holder could win a third straight major if he secures the green jacket at Augusta in April and said he was thinking about it “every day”.

Nov 26, 2014

Hughes blow ‘rare’ but cricket a dangerous game – Lara

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The injury that left Australian batsman Phillip Hughes in a critical condition in hospital was a “rare” event but a reminder that cricket has always been a dangerous sport, West Indies batting great Brian Lara said on Wednesday.

Hughes took a blow on the head from a short delivery while batting for South Australia against New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Tuesday.

Nov 26, 2014

Cricket-Hughes blow ‘rare’ but cricket a dangerous game – Lara

SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The injury that left Australian batsman Phillip Hughes in a critical condition in hospital was a “rare” event but a reminder that cricket has always been a dangerous sport, West Indies batting great Brian Lara said on Wednesday.

Hughes took a blow on the head from a short delivery while batting for South Australia against New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Tuesday.

Nov 23, 2014

Australia scramble to victory, reclaim number one ranking

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia scrambled over the line for a two-wicket victory in the fifth one-day international against South Africa on Sunday to move back to the top of the world rankings less than three months before the World Cup.

What looked like being a stroll to a convincing 4-1 series triumph when Steve Smith departed for 67 with Australia 11 runs from their target of 275 was transformed into a tense finale by Robin Peterson.

Nov 23, 2014

Cricket-Australia scramble to victory, reclaim number one ranking

SYDNEY, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Australia scrambled over the line for a two-wicket victory in the fifth one-day international against South Africa on Sunday to move back to the top of the world rankings less than three months before the World Cup.

What looked like being a stroll to a convincing 4-1 series triumph when Steve Smith departed for 67 with Australia 11 runs from their target of 275 was transformed into a tense finale by Robin Peterson.

Nov 20, 2014

Australia will lift at Asian Cup, says Emerton

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will raise their game in front of their own fans at next year’s Asian Cup and deserve to be among the favourites despite their poor recent form, according to former Socceroos stalwart Brett Emerton.

Expectations of Asian Cup success have dived in Australia during a year in which the Socceroos managed to win just one of 11 matches as coach Ange Postecoglou overhauled the squad.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-Australia will lift at Asian Cup, says Emerton

SYDNEY, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Australia will raise their game in front of their own fans at next year’s Asian Cup and deserve to be among the favourites despite their poor recent form, according to former Socceroos stalwart Brett Emerton.

Expectations of Asian Cup success have dived in Australia during a year in which the Socceroos managed to win just one of 11 matches as coach Ange Postecoglou overhauled the squad.

Nov 20, 2014

Clarke ‘hopeful’ for first India test – physio

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia are hopeful that captain Michael Clarke will be available for next month’s first test against India despite a recurrence of his hamstring injury, physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Thursday.

Clarke has missed just one of Australia’s 39 tests since he assumed the captaincy in 2011 despite a degenerative long-term back condition which contributes to his frequent hamstring injuries.

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