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Sep 14, 2014

Rallying-Ogier extends championship lead with Australia triumph

SYDNEY, Sept 14 (Reuters) – World champion Sebastien Ogier took another big step towards retaining his title when he won the Australian round of the world rally championship in the seaside resort of Coffs Harbour for the second year in a row on Sunday.

The 30-year-old held off Volkswagen team mate Jari-Matti Latvala by 6.8 seconds to extend his lead over the Finn in the title race to 50 points with only 75, plus bonuses, up for grabs over the last three rounds in France, Spain and Britain.

Sep 14, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies curse strikes again with Polota-Nau, Betham hurt

SYDNEY, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Australia hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and winger Peter Betham are likely to miss the next round of the Rugby Championship because of injury, further depleting Ewen McKenzie’s resources in the areas he can least afford it.

Polota-Nau was rushed back from a knee injury for Saturday’s 32-25 victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast but ended the evening hobbling around the Robina Stadium on crutches with an ankle problem.

Sep 13, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies rue lack of killer instinct after Pumas win

Sept 13 (Reuters) – Australia were unable to hide a mild disappointment at being taken down to the wire by Argentina as they secured their second win of the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

The Pumas stormed back from 29-13 down in the last 20 minutes and could have stolen a draw had they scored a try from a five-metre scrum in the last few seconds.

Sep 12, 2014

Asian Cup must move beyond Australia’s soccer silo

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Michael Brown knows the success or otherwise of January’s Asian Cup rests on one thing. Getting Australian backsides on stadium seats.

Selling tickets for Uzbekistan-Saudi Arabia and Qatar-Bahrain soccer matches to Australian sports fans during the country’s long, hot summer – long the preserve of cricket and tennis – is not a task many would envy.

Sep 12, 2014

Soccer-Asian Cup must move beyond Australia’s soccer silo

SYDNEY, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Michael Brown knows the success or otherwise of January’s Asian Cup rests on one thing. Getting Australian backsides on stadium seats.

Selling tickets for Uzbekistan-Saudi Arabia and Qatar-Bahrain soccer matches to Australian sports fans during the country’s long, hot summer – long the preserve of cricket and tennis – is not a task many would envy.

Sep 8, 2014

Barshim the Asian exception in track and field

By Nick Mulvenney

(Reuters) – The athletics competition at the 17th Asian Games lacks the stardust Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang sprinkled over the last couple of editions but high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim brings a touch of genuine world class talent to Incheon.

While the continent has become more competitive in other high profile sports, success in track and field remains the exception rather than the rule and there are no reigning world champions from Asia.

Sep 8, 2014

Games-Barshim the Asian exception in track and field

Sept 8 (Reuters) – The athletics competition at the 17th Asian Games lacks the stardust Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang sprinkled over the last couple of editions but high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim brings a touch of genuine world class talent to Incheon.

While the continent has become more competitive in other high profile sports, success in track and field remains the exception rather than the rule and there are no reigning world champions from Asia.

Sep 4, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies to do battle up front with Boks in Perth

SYDNEY, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The headlines have focused on Bryan Habana’s 100th test and a new Wallabies halfback partnership but it is in the maelstrom of the forward battle that Saturday’s clash between Australia and South Africa is likely to be decided.

The Springboks go into the match at Perth’s Subiaco Oval (1005 GMT) leading the Rugby Championship after two narrow victories over Argentina, while Australia remain winless after a draw and a 51-20 pummeling at the hands of the All Blacks.

Aug 31, 2014

Rugby-All Blacks back to the dark places as championship resumes

SYDNEY, Aug 31 (Reuters) – It must be galling for the other three teams in the Rugby Championship when New Zealand roll out of a 51-20 humbling of the world’s third best team with a shrug of the shoulders and a “yeah, it was good, but it could be better”.

That, of course, is the drive for perfection that has made the All Blacks utterly dominant in world rugby – a dominance that looks unlikely to be challenged when the southern hemisphere championship resumes after a bye week next Saturday.

Aug 30, 2014

Rugby-O’Connor last chance a potential gift for the Wallabies

SYDNEY, Aug 30 (Reuters) – When a teenage James O’Connor nervelessly kicked a sideline conversion to give Australia that rarest of rugby experiences, a win over the All Blacks, in 2010 it seemed only injury could prevent him from enjoying a 100-cap test career.

But while the stocky body with its explosive pace and lightning sidestep has remained intact, the off-field antics of the self-styled “Brand James O’Connor” have seen him exiled from international rugby for more than a year and counting.

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