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  • Watch: 'Lion King' cast breaks into impromptu singing of 'Circle of Life' on a plane 08-04-2014 05:40 PM

    Australian cast member Toni Stewart captured this amazing impromptu 'Circle of Life' performance on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney. The cast had just had an amazing day at Brisbane season launch announcement. ...
  • 2nd ODI: Faulkner heroics seal dramatic Australia victory 17-01-2014 05:04 PM

    Brisbane: James Faulkner's sensational late assault powered Australia to a dramatic one-wicket victory over England in the second one-day international in Brisbane on Friday. Crushed 5-0 in the Ashes series and thumped in the first one-dayer in Melbourne, England sensed the chance of securing their first win over Australia on...
  • Azarenka maintains 2nd place in WTA rankings 10-01-2014 12:00 PM

    Minsk: After victory at the first tournament of the new season, the Brisbane International, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka has retained second place in the WTA rankings. The Belarusian has 8,151 points while Serena Williams of the US has 13,260 points, reports Xinhua. The first Grand Slam tournament of the new season,...
  • I can do some damage in Melbourne, says Lleyton Hewitt 05-01-2014 06:54 PM

    Brisbane: Lleyton Hewitt will go into the Australian Open as the player the top seeds will hope to avoid in the first round, after digging into his famed store of resolve to beat Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final on Sunday. Hewitt dominated Federer in the first set and...
  • Lleyton Hewitt upsets Roger Federer to win Brisbane title 05-01-2014 02:28 PM

    Australia: Lleyton Hewitt won a title for the first time since 2010 with an upset 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win at the Brisbane International over Roger Federer, his oldest rival on the tour. The 32-year-old former No. 1s have met 27 times dating back to 1999, and after Sunday's unexpected victory...
  • Serena Williams beats Azarenka, defends Brisbane title 04-01-2014 08:41 PM

    Brisbane: This was one time Serena Williams didn't mind being pushed into the deep end, to use her own description. The top-ranked Williams carried her winning momentum from 2013 into the new season, beating No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to defend her title at the Brisbane International...
  • Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt to meet in Brisbane final 04-01-2014 03:56 PM

    Brisbane: Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt earned three-set victories on Saturday to set up a meeting in the Brisbane International final, renewing a rivalry that stretches back to the last millennium. Federer beat No. 8-seeded Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in a semifinal featuring just two service breaks, immediately...
  • Hewitt upsets Nishikori to reach Brisbane final 04-01-2014 02:10 PM

    Brisbane: Former No. 1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt turned back to the clock with a gritty 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over second-seeded Kei Nishikori on Saturday to advance to the Brisbane International final and a possible showdown with Roger Federer. The 32-year-old Hewitt handled the heat better than his Japanese opponent as...
  • Serena beats Sharapova in Brisbane semi-finals 03-01-2014 07:04 PM

    Brisbane: Serena Williams extended her winning streak against Maria Sharapova to 14 matches with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) semi-final victory on Friday to earn a shot at back-to-back Brisbane International titles. The defending champion will play second-seeded Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final, and will be favored to retain the title...
  • Azarenka beats Jankovic to reach Brisbane final 03-01-2014 05:12 PM

    Brisbane: Victoria Azarenka overcame a shaky serve and another case of the nerves to move into the Brisbane International final with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over former No. 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic on Friday. The Australian Open champion dropped her first three service games and was facing three break points...
  • Williams, Sharapova to meet in Brisbane semis 02-01-2014 11:37 AM

    Brisbane: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will renew their long and not-so-friendly rivalry after setting up a semi-final matchup at the Brisbane International, a key tuneup event for the Australian Open. Top-ranked Williams, the defending champion, didn't lose a point on her serve in the first set en route to...
  • Hard to make tweaks in time for Australian Open: Roger Federer 01-01-2014 10:14 PM

    Brisbane: Roger Federer's new alliance with Stefan Edberg appears to be a sign he will be adopt a more aggressive game in 2014 but the Swiss believes it will be tough to make changes in time for this month's Australian Open. Federer's decision to bring Swede Edberg in to work...
  • Federer opens 2014 with a steady win in Brisbane 01-01-2014 06:10 PM

    Brisbane: Roger Federer showed shreds of evidence of Stefan Edberg's influence as he got his 2014 season underway, advancing to the Brisbane International quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday. Federer worked briefly with Edberg in the offseason and will again use the six-time major winner...
  • Marin Cilic beats Grigor Dimitrov at Brisbane International 01-01-2014 03:18 PM

    Australia: Marin Cilic continued his comeback from a doping ban with a 7-5, 7-5 win over fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday at the Brisbane International, while injury withdrawals reduced the women's draw. Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki pulled out before her scheduled second-round match against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland due to...
  • Sabine Lisicki withdraws from Brisbane International due to illness 01-01-2014 03:14 PM

    Brisbane: Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki withdrew from the Brisbane International due to a stomach illness before her scheduled second-round match Wednesday against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland. Lisicki, seeded seventh, beat Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets in her first-round match and another win would have put her into a quarterfinal, potentially...
  • Serena opens season with a win over Petkovic in Brisbane 31-12-2013 12:36 PM

    Brisbane: Serena Williams' first competitive match of the season, on New Year's Eve, was by no means perfect, but a 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic at the Brisbane International was a decent start against a player with a career-high ranking of No. 9. Top-ranked Williams was understandably below her...
  • Maria Sharapova returns with convincing win in Brisbane 30-12-2013 04:55 PM

    Bisbane: Every point mattered for Maria Sharapova in her competitive return from an injury layoff, even in a first-round match in the season-opening tournament. Sharapova beat 74th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-0 on Monday, ripping forehand winners and nullifying her rival's biggest weapon with some aggressive service returns. She...
  • Serena rivalry making me a better player, says Victoria Azarenka 30-12-2013 02:23 PM

    Victoria Azarenka thinks her rivalry with Serena Williams is making her a better player and is looking forward to renewing it over the next four weeks at the Brisbane International and the Australian Open. World number two behind the 17-times major champion, Azarenka will only meet Williams if both players...
  • Maria Sharapova makes no promises over Brisbane return 29-12-2013 04:50 PM

    Having pulled out of the Brisbane International tournament through injury for the last two years, Maria Sharapova might consider it a victory in itself if she actually gets out on court at the Pat Rafter arena on Monday. The tournament is perhaps more important to the Russian world number four...
  • Caroline Wozniacki pulls out of Brisbane warm-up with injury 29-12-2013 08:42 AM

    Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has pulled out of the Brisbane International warm-up for the Australian Open because of an injured right shoulder, organisers said on Sunday. The 23-year-old Dane, currently ranked 10th in the world, was scheduled to open her season with a first round tie against Dominika...
  • Roger Federer arrives for Brisbane International 28-12-2013 08:52 AM

    Brisbane: Roger Federer arrived in Australia on Saturday for the Brisbane International with a refreshed outlook for 2014, injury-free and with a new coach on his team. "It's the first time in a year that I could practice three, four weeks in a row without any setbacks ... I was...
  • Michael Vaughan fears 5-0 Ashes series drubbing for England 09-12-2013 04:20 PM

    London: England are heading for a 5-0 Ashes series drubbing in Australia unless they can recover mentally from two crushing defeats, former captain Michael Vaughan said on Monday. Australia won the second Test by 218 runs in Adelaide on Monday, having opened the series with a 381-run drubbing in Brisbane....
  • Michael Clarke fined for sledging James Anderson 25-11-2013 12:22 PM

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has been fined 20 percent match fee for using offensive language against England paceman James Anderson during the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday. Clarke was found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct relating to "using...
  • David Warner admits he went 'too far' in sledging England 25-11-2013 09:59 AM

    Hotheaded Australia batsman David Warner concedes he overstepped the mark in sledging England, and Jonathan Trott in particular, during the first Ashes Test but made it clear his comments were strategic and intended to rattle the tourists. Warner, who scored 49 and 124 in Australia's 381-run victory in Brisbane, described...
  • Mitchell Johnson vows to continue bowling short-pitched 25-11-2013 09:43 AM

    Brisbane: Mitchell Johnson on Sunday vowed to continue his fearsome short-pitched bowling through the Ashes series after his man-of-the-match performance in Australia's emphatic win over England at the Gabba. The left-arm speedster was the difference between the sides with his intimidatory bowling and he finished with nine match wickets for...
  • 1st Ashes Test: Johnson five-for gives Australia 381-run win in four days 24-11-2013 02:41 PM

    Some lightning fast bowling from Mitchell Johnson on a hail-hit Gabba ground helped Australia to a comprehensive 381-run win over England with a day to spare in the Ashes series opener. After two rain interruptions, including a hail storm that scattered the crowd on day four, Johnson took five wickets...
  • England look scared, says centurion David Warner 23-11-2013 03:39 PM

    Brisbane: After hitting the England bowlers all around the Gabba compiling his first Ashes century, David Warner saved a few shots at the opposition for after stumps. "Our bowlers are bowling fast at the moment. England are on the back foot," he said in a provocative post-stumps news conference on...
  • As it happened: Aus vs Eng, 1st Ashes Test, Day 3 23-11-2013 05:24 AM

    For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 2 Round-up: Pacemen Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris combined to skittle England for 136 on Friday, and openers David Warner and Chris Rogers compounded the misery for the tourists on day two of the Ashes series with an...
  • Australia vs England, 1st Test, Day 2: As it happened 22-11-2013 05:03 AM

    For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 1 Round-up: Stuart Broad took five wickets to put England in charge on the first day of the first Ashes Test despite a battling Australian rearguard that kept the hosts alive at 273 for 8 at the close...
  • Serena Williams to headline Brisbane International 21-11-2013 08:41 AM

    Brisbane: Top-ranked Serena Williams will defend her title at next month's Brisbane International among a powerful women's field in preparation for the Australian Open. Williams' opponents at the December 29 to January 5 Brisbane tournament will include six of the world's top-10 players. The field announced on Thursday includes No.2...