Sydney

  • Sydney Sixers sign West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Smith August 23, 2014

    Melbourne: Sydney Sixers on Saturday announced the signing of West Indian star Dwayne Smith as one of their international players for the upcoming KFC T20 Big Bash League season. Smith's signing comes after a purple patch of form in the recent Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he was named in the...
  • Time to leave the planet. Study says city spiders are getting bigger, fatter and are multiplying faster August 22, 2014

    If you think that the spiders you see in your garden are getting bigger, you are probably right. An Australian study on the golden orb weaving spiders found that in urbanised areas, spiders were bigger, fatter and better at reproducing than spiders in rural areas. Researchers from University of Sydney collected 222...
  • Malaysian Airlines to pay flyer for damaging luggage July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Malaysian Airlines System Berhad has been asked by a consumer forum here to pay Rs 10,000 compensation to a flyer for causing damage to his luggage. The forum, however, refused to direct the airlines to compensate the complainant for the value of his lost goods, including gold jewellery...
  • Jacques Kallis signs up with Sydney Thunder for Big Bash June 12, 2014

    Melbourne: After a successful stint with Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders, veteran South African allrounder Jacques Kallis on Thursday signed up with Sydney Thunder for the upcoming Twenty20 Big Bash League. Kallis, who has been part of two IPL title-winning KKR sides (2012 and 2014), has signed a two-year...
  • Crocodile hazard on Aussie golf course June 6, 2014

    Sydney: Golfers are facing an unusual feature on a links in tropical northern Australia - crocodiles that live in the course's lakes. Two or three crocodiles of just over a metre (three feet) in length have recently been spotted at the Half Moon Bay Golf Course near Queensland state's coastal...
  • Sri Lanka's Chandika Hathurusinghe to coach Bangladesh May 19, 2014

    Sydney: Chandika Hathurusinghe will leave his post as coach of the Sydney Thunder Twenty20 team to take up the head coaching role with Bangladesh, Cricket NSW said on Monday. The 45 year-old Sri Lankan, who took charge of the Thunder last season, has been offered the chance to coach at full...
  • Former Australia batsman Marcus North retires April 3, 2014

    Perth: Ex-Australia Test batsman Marcus North says he will retire from first-class cricket to pursue wine industry business interests in Britain and to play limited stints in English county cricket. North scored 886 runs at an average of 63.28 this season to lead his Western Australia side to its first domestic...
  • Being a foreigner in Bollywood has been a boon, says German-Indian actress Evelyn Sharma March 30, 2014

    Mumbai: She speaks with an accent, but Evelyn Sharma's half-Indian and half-German lineage has given her an edge in the Hindi film industry which has warmed up to foreigners over the past few years. She says being a "foreigner" in Bollywood has been a boon for her. Over the years, the...
  • As it happened: Australia vs England, 3rd T20 February 2, 2014

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Australia win the toss and opt to bat. TEAM NEWS: Chris Jordan makeh is T20 debut for England, who have also included allrounder Ben Stokes in the eleven. Michael Lumb and James Tredwell sit out. Australia have replaced...
  • Tendulkar considered playing in Big Bash League: report January 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar was reportedly approached by the Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Thunder to feature in this year's edition of the Twenty20 tournament, but eventually the deal could not be reached. According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Tendulkar was offered an "attractive" package by the Thunder,...
  • Doug Bollinger reprimanded for Code of Behaviour breach January 12, 2014

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday reprimanded fast bowler Doug Bollinger for breaching the Code of Behaviour during a Twenty20 Big Bash League match on Saturday. The Sydney Thunder left-arm bowler was reported by the umpires for breaching Article 2.1.4 - using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting during a...
  • Del Potro beats Bernard Tomic to win Sydney International January 11, 2014

    Melbourne: Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro outclassed defending champion Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday in a 53-minute final of the Sydney International. Del Potro finished the match with his eighth ace and made only four unforced errors in securing his 18th career title and first in Sydney. He...
  • Bopanna-Qureshi end runners-up at Sydney International January 11, 2014

    Sydney: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi had to be content with a runners-up finish at the ATP Sydney International after losing the fiercely fought final, in which there was no break of serve, against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, here on Saturday. The second-seeded Indo-Pak pair lost 6-7 (3) 6-7(3) to...
  • Pironkova stuns Angelique Kerber in Sydney for first WTA title January 10, 2014

    Sydney: Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova's fairytale run at the Sydney International ended with her first WTA title when she stunned world number nine Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 in the final on Friday. Pironkova had already beaten world number six Petra Kvitova and number seven Sara Errani in the seven matches it...
  • Bopanna-Qureshi in final of Sydney International January 10, 2014

    Sydney: India's Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi maintained their winning run in the men's doubles competitions of Sydney International tennis to reach the final with a comprehensive win over Lukas Rosol and Joao Sousa at the Ken Rosewall Arena here. The Indo-Pak pair, seeded third, won 6-1, 6-2...
  • Del Potro advances to Sydney International final January 10, 2014

    Sydney: Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Sydney International final with a 6-4, 6-2 win on Friday over Dmitry Tursunov. The 2009 US Open champion will play either defending champion Bernard Tomic or Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine in the final. Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany was to play Tsvetana...
  • Petra Kvitova loses to qualifier in Sydney semis January 9, 2014

    Sydney: Second-seeded Petra Kvitova suffered an upset 6-4, 6-3 loss to Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova in the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Thursday. Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was broken twice in the first set and four times in the second against Pironkova, who finished last season ranked No. 108....
  • Del Potro, Dmitry Tursunov into Sydney semis January 9, 2014

    Sydney: Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro beat Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Sydney International semi-final against Russia's Dmitry Tursunov. Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion who finished last season ranked No. 5, relied on his strong serve, with 14 aces to three,...
  • Stosur, del Potro warm up for Australian open with tough wins January 8, 2014

    Sydney: Former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and Samantha Stosur of Australia rallied to win their second-round matches against tough French opponents Wednesday at Australian Open warm-up tournaments. Del Potro beat Nicolas Mahut 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Sydney International, while Stosur saved two match points and...
  • Bopanna-Qureshi in semis, Paes-Stepanek crash out January 8, 2014

    Sydney: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi progressed to the semi-finals of the Sydney International but Leander Paes failed to rescue his 2014 season from a poor start as he crashed out in the first round with Czech partner Radek Stepanek. Bopanna and his Pakistani partner, seeded third, faced stiff resistance from...
  • Kvitova beats Safarova, advances to Sydney semis January 8, 2014

    Sydney: Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the Sydney International semi-finals on Wednesday with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over fellow Czech player Lucie Safarova. Kvitova, the second seed, will play the winner of the quarter-final being played later Wednesday between Italy's Sara Errani and Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova. In other women's...
  • Bopanna-Qureshi start 2014 with a win in Sydney January 7, 2014

    Sydney: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi recorded their first win after re-joining forces as they overcame a spirited challenge from Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau in the first round of the ATP Apia International, here today. The third seeded Indo-Pak pair recorded a hard-fought 7-6(5) 6-7(2), 10-3 win over the unseeded...
  • Mattek-Sands upsets top seed Radwanska at Sydney January 7, 2014

    Sydney: American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated top-seeded and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-5, 6-3 at the Sydney International on Tuesday. Mattek-Sands, who is back on tour after a long layoff with a knee injury, lost in the first round in Brisbane last week and had to win three matches...
  • 5th Test: Australia thrash England by 281 runs to win the Ashes series 5-0 January 5, 2014

    Sydney: Australia completed a 5-0 Ashes series whitewash with a 281-run victory inside three days of the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground as England capitulated to be all out for 166 chasing 448. Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson, whose 37 wickets earned him player of the series, again decimated...
  • Graham Gooch rues England batting failure in Ashes series January 4, 2014

    Sydney: England batting coach Graham Gooch gave a grim assessment of England's performance this Ashes series after yet another top order collapse on the second day of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground brought the tourists to the brink of a 5-0 series whitewash. England slumped to 23 for...
  • 5th Ashes Test, Day 2: Australia 140/4 at stumps, lead by 311 runs against England January 4, 2014

    Sydney: Australia skittled England for 155 in their first innings and then built a lead of 311 runs on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to edge closer to a 5-0 series whitewash. Chris Rogers (73 not out) scored his fourth half-century of the...
  • Steve Smith, Brad Haddin give Australia control on Day 1 at SCG January 3, 2014

    Sydney: Steve Smith's third Test century and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's half-century sparked a strong comeback for Australia after a top order collapse on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket ground on Friday. Smith's near-flawless 115 and a 128-run partnership with Haddin (75) took Australia to 326...
  • England pacer Rankin hamstrung in Test debut January 3, 2014

    Sydney: England's Boyd Rankin had a horror Test debut with a hamstring injury forcing him from the field twice in the final Ashes Test against Australia on Friday. The giant Irish-born paceman could only send down 8.2 overs before he limped from the Sydney cricket ground late in the opening...
  • Ashes: Australia aim for clean sweep at Sydney January 2, 2014

    Sydney: Battered England are desperate to avoid the ignominy of a 5-0 series whitewash against Australia as they scramble to salvage some pride in the final Ashes Test in Sydney starting on Friday. Alastair Cook's team - coming off a dispiriting eight-wicket loss in the fourth Test in Melbourne - face...
  • Clarke says SCG wicket pace-friendly for 5th Test January 2, 2014

    Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke says he's never seen more grass on a Sydney Cricket Ground pitch and predicts it will suit a pace bowling attack as the home side attempts to complete a 5-0 Ashes sweep over England. The state of the wicket could see fast bowler James Faulkner included...