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  • Australia: Indian-origin man refused leave to appeal conviction May 30, 2014

    Sydney: An Indian-origin man in Australia, who was jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing disabled women, has been refused leave to apply for more time to appeal against his conviction. Vinod Johnny Kumar was last year jailed for 18 years with a minimum of 15 years in prison. Victoria County...
  • World Cup: Spain, Holland should top Group B, but watch out for Chile May 30, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The Group B calculation in the FIFA World Cup is pretty straightforward. Defending champions Spain and the Netherlands, the two finalists in the 2010 edition in South Africa, should be through to the next round, but the other two in the group, Australia and Chile, can put...
  • Australia says missing Malaysia plane not where 'pings' heard May 29, 2014

    Sydney: The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner suffered a further setback on Thursday after Australian officials said that wreckage from the aircraft was not on the seabed in the area they had identified. Flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, disappeared from radar screens on March 8 shortly...
  • Australia first team to arrive in Brazil for World Cup May 29, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Australia became the first of the 31 foreign countries to arrive in Brazil for the World Cup on Wednesday. The Socceroos arrived in the southern city of Curitiba before transferring to another flight to Vitoria, where they will be based. The Australians are in the tough Group B alongside...
  • 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup: Format and Schedule May 27, 2014

    The 13th edition of the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup commences at The Hague, Netherlands, on May 31 with the world's top 12 teams in the fray to win the silverware. India, who had their only World Cup success 34 years ago in 1975 under Ajit Pal Singh, are ranked...
  • SA hold Australia to 1-1 draw in the friendly before the World Cup May 26, 2014

    Sydney: Australia were held to a 1-1 draw by an under-strength South Africa on Monday night in their last international friendly on home soil before the World Cup. More than 50,000 spectators were at Sydney's Olympic stadium expecting to send the Socceroos off with what should have been a straight-forward win....
  • Tim Cahill leads Australia for South Africa World Cup warmup May 25, 2014

    Australia forward Tim Cahill will lead the Socceroos in Monday's World Cup warmup against South Africa in Sydney, with recently named captain Mile Jedinak still recovering from injury, the team said on Sunday. The 34-year-old striker, named vice-captain for the Brazil finals along with midfielder Mark Bresciano last week, will lead...
  • Football World Cup: No easy ride for Spain, Dutch in Group B May 23, 2014

    Spain, Netherlands and Chile can expect a rough ride from an Australia side desperate to buck their underdog status in the opening round of the World Cup finals next month, striker Mathew Leckie said on Friday. The Socceroos are the lowest ranked team at the tournament and their chances of progressing...
  • Michael Clarke confident Australian team is corruption-free May 22, 2014

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is disappointed at the alleged involvement of international cricketers in matchfixing but is "happy, satisfied and confident" that his own team is not corrupt, he said on Wednesday. Testimony from an ongoing International Cricket Council probe into corruption leaked to a British newspaper this week has detailed...
  • Mile Jedinak named Australia captain for football World Cup May 21, 2014

    Midfielder Mile Jedinak was named Socceroos captain for the World Cup on Wednesday, confirming his succession to long-term skipper and leader of Australia's 'golden generation' Lucas Neill. Jedinak was handed the armband for Australia's last friendly against Ecuador and will now retain it for the Brazil campaign, where the Socceroos have...
  • Australia opener Warner to skip Zimbabwe trip May 16, 2014

    Australia opener David Warner will sit out a triangular one-day international tournament in Zimbabwe in August and September to remain with his partner as she prepares to have their first child. The 27-year-old has received the backing of coach Darren Lehmann to miss the two ODIs against both South Africa and...
  • Australia go for youth in preliminary squad for Brazil May 20, 2014

    Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was true to his word and picked a youthful 30-man Socceroos preliminary squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil on Wednesday. Postecoglou took over from German Holger Osieck just six months ago and had promised to ease out Australia's ageing 'golden generation' in favour of younger...
  • England challenge excites Aussie coach Darren Lehmann May 13, 2014

    Sydney: Australian coach Darren Lehmann says he is excited by the prospect of facing England for the Ashes again next year and played down the second-division county opposition dished up for warm-up games. The England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday announced the schedule for the 2015 Ashes against their old...
  • Cardiff to host 2015 Ashes opener May 12, 2014

    England's bid to regain the Ashes next year will begin with the first Test at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday. Cardiff, which also hosted the Ashes opener in 2009, will get the five-Test series underway from July 8-12 with matches following at Lord's,...
  • I have matured as a Test batsman, says Steven Smith May 8, 2014

    Mumbai: Young Australian batsman Steven Smith, who is playing for Rajasthan Royals in this season's Indian Premier League, feels he has matured as a Test batsman but is also eager to regain his spot in his country's limited overs team. "When I first started playing I played as a spinner and...
  • Pakistan to host New Zealand in the UAE ahead of 2015 World Cup May 7, 2014

    Pakistan will host New Zealand for a full series in the United Arab Emirates in November-December later this year ahead of the 2015 World Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday that the series would include three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a T20 across Dubai, Sharjah and Abu...
  • Dennis Lillee quits consultancy role with Australia in pay dispute May 6, 2014

    Australia Test bowling great Dennis Lillee, credited for helping resurrect paceman Mitchell Johnson's career, has quit as a Cricket Australia coaching consultant after failing to agree terms on his pay. CA this week signed a two-year extension with another former fast bowler, Craig McDermott, as the team's bowling coach. "Unfortunately Dennis Lillee...
  • Australian pacer Harris, Pattinson in doubt for Pakistan series May 6, 2014

    Sydney: Australian pace spearhead Ryan Harris is unlikely to make the trip to the United Arab Emirates in October for the Test series against Pakistan, bowling coach Craig McDermott said Tuesday. The 34-year-old quick underwent surgery on his knee in March after battling through the pain barrier to see his country...
  • Bowling coach McDermott signs new deal with Australia May 5, 2014

    Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott, who has been credited with turning his country's pace attack into one of the most potent in the world, has signed a new two-year deal, Cricket Australia said on Monday. The 49-year-old former paceman returned as Australia's bowling coach ahead of last year's home Ashes series...
  • Search for MH370 with new equipment two months away May 5, 2014

    Canberra: Australia, China and Malaysia on Monday held trilateral talks to map out the next steps in the search for the missing Malaysian jet with officials saying it may take up to two months before new and more sophisticated sonar equipment is deployed in the hunt. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren...
  • New Zealand to toughen rules on match-fixing with new law May 5, 2014

    New Zealand said Monday they will make match-fixing a specific crime for the first time to ensure sport remains corruption-free as the country prepares to co-host next year's Cricket World Cup. Sports Minister Murray McCully said that in recent years some sporting codes had been targeted by international criminal syndicates "seeking...
  • Farhan Akhtar honoured at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Australia May 4, 2014

    Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, who recently received the best actor award from the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy here, has been honoured at the ongoing Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM)."Thank you to the jury and Government of Victoria, Australia for honouring me with best actor at the Indian Film Festival of...
  • David Peever named Cricket Australia's deputy chairman May 2, 2014

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards on Friday announced that David Peever has been elected its deputy chairman. Peever, 56, was appointed as an independent CA director in October 2012 as part of broad governance changes to Australian cricket. He currently sits on the CA Remuneration Committee. Speaking at CA's board...
  • Opener Rogers casts doubt on Australia's top Test ranking May 2, 2014

    Opening batsman Chris Rogers is uncertain Australia deserves to be ranked world number one in Tests, saying the team's 4-0 drubbing by India was not the mark of a top team. Australia were promoted to the pinnacle for the first time in nearly five years on Thursday, when the ranking system...
  • Marsh to lead Australian selectors, Mark Waugh added to panel May 2, 2014

    Sydney: Former wicketkeeper Rod Marsh has been named as the new head of Australian cricket's selectors, while top-order batsman Mark Waugh has been appointed to the panel for the first time. Marsh, 66, replaces John Inverarity, who had already indicated he would step down when his tenure ended. Waugh has replaced...
  • India slip to fifth in ICC's Test team rankings May 1, 2014

    Dubai: India's dismal performance in the international season gone by pushed them down the ladder in the ICC Test rankings with the team finishing fifth in the annual updated list issued on Thursday. Australia have gone top in both the formats for the first time since December 2008. Australia last held...
  • Marsh 'to replace Inverarity' as Australia chief selector May 1, 2014

    Sydney: John Inverarity, regarded as one of the architects of Australia's recent success, is expected to stand down as chairman of selectors and be replaced by Rod Marsh, reports said on Thursday. The 70-year-old's contract expires at the end of June and Cricket Australia directors will consider changes to the...
  • Australia return to top of Test rankings May 1, 2014

    Sydney: Australia returned to the top of the Test rankings for the first time since August 2009 on Thursday after sweeping an Ashes series and beating previous incumbents South Africa in their own backyard over the last six months. The Proteas, who had topped the rankings since displacing England in August...
  • We don't need D/N Tests for format to survive: Michael Clarke April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The ICC might think of day/night Tests as an innovation to keep Test cricket alive and kicking, but Australian skipper Michael Clarke feels that such a revamp is not needed to save the five-day game. "I think there is room for all three forms of the game. It is...
  • Ian Thorpe released from hospital after battling infection April 30, 2014

    Sydney: Five-times Olympic champion swimmer Ian Thorpe has been released from a Sydney hospital after successfully battling a serious infection, his manager said on Wednesday. Australia's most decorated swimmer, Thorpe retired after the Athens Olympics before making an unsuccessful comeback bid for London in 2012. He contracted the infection after undergoing shoulder...