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Nov 6, 2014

Clarke backed by predecessors as World Cup nears

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s three World Cup-winning captains are unified in their belief that under-fire skipper Michael Clarke is the right man to lead the team to a potential fifth tournament victory next March.

A disappointed Clarke arrived home from United Arab Emirates on Wednesday eager to shake off Australia’s test series loss to Pakistan and was surprised to face questions about whether he was worried about losing the captaincy ahead of the World Cup.

Nov 6, 2014

Cricket-Clarke backed by predecessors as World Cup nears

SYDNEY, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Australia’s three World Cup-winning captains are unified in their belief that under-fire skipper Michael Clarke is the right man to lead the team to a potential fifth tournament victory next March.

A disappointed Clarke arrived home from United Arab Emirates on Wednesday eager to shake off Australia’s test series loss to Pakistan and was surprised to face questions about whether he was worried about losing the captaincy ahead of the World Cup.

Nov 19, 2013

U.N. disaster chief stresses long-term needs for Philippines

GUIUAN, Philippines (Reuters) – The head of U.N. disaster relief visited the heart of the Philippine disaster zone on Tuesday and stressed the need for long-term planning as well as emergency relief to ensure farmers and fishermen can resume their livelihoods.

Valerie Amos toured the devastated coastal town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar, where Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on November 8 wiping out just about everything in its path, as a government official estimated the reconstruction bill would reach $5.8 billion.

Nov 19, 2013

Heart-breaking pleas for help as Philippine storm victims await aid

HENANI, Philippines (Reuters) – Ten days after one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, some residents of remote villages in Eastern Samar province, where the storm made landfall in the central Philippines, said they were still waiting for aid.

The Philippines is facing an enormous rebuilding task from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 3,974 people and left 1,186 missing, with many isolated communities yet to receive significant aid despite a massive international relief effort.

Jul 25, 2013

O’Grady Olympic medals under threat by EPO admission

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian cyclist Stuart O’Grady could be stripped of his Olympic medals after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs at the 1998 Tour de France.

O’Grady, who retired this week, told a newspaper on Wednesday that he had used the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) before the notorious 1998 Tour.

Jul 25, 2013

Doping-O’Grady Olympic medals under threat by EPO admission

SYDNEY, July 24 (Reuters) – Australian cyclist Stuart O’Grady could be stripped of his Olympic medals after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs at the 1998 Tour de France.

O’Grady, who retired this week, told a newspaper on Wednesday that he had used the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) before the notorious 1998 Tour.

Apr 24, 2013

Haddin brought back as vice captain for Ashes

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The shallow depth of Australia’s cricketing stocks were exposed on Wednesday with selectors being forced to recall two 35-year-olds in an attempt to wrest back the Ashes from England in July.

Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who had been dumped last year, and top-order batsman Chris Rogers, who had played just one test in 2008, were named in a 16-man squad for the first of back-to-back Ashes series against England.

Apr 24, 2013

Cricket-Haddin brought back as vice captain for Ashes

SYDNEY, April 24 (Reuters) – The shallow depth of Australia’s cricketing stocks were exposed on Wednesday with selectors being forced to recall two 35-year-olds in an attempt to wrest back the Ashes from England in July.

Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who had been dumped last year, and top-order batsman Chris Rogers, who had played just one test in 2008, were named in a 16-man squad for the first of back-to-back Ashes series against England.

Mar 22, 2013

Greenpeace targets Great Barrier Reef coal plans with new ship

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Environmental campaign group Greenpeace welcomed a new incarnation of their flagship Rainbow Warrior to Sydney on Friday, saying the vessel – whose sails cut its use of fossil fuels – will fight for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

The reef, a popular tourist site worth billions of dollars annually to the Australian economy, is threatened by dredging, sedimentation and coal port and shipping development. UNESCO will decide in June whether the reef should be listed as a World Heritage Site in danger.

Dec 15, 2012

Benitez praises Chelsea’s passion and commitment

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez praised the commitment of his players as the first holders to exit the Champions League at the group stage prepared for Sunday’s Club World Cup final against Corinthians.

“I’ve been really impressed with the mentality of the players,” Benitez told reporters in Yokohama on Saturday. “Also the commitment, the passion that they show.