BRISBANE

  • Brisbane Heat close on Andrew Flintoff move 5 days ago

    London: Ex-England allrounder Andrew Flintoff is close to joining Brisbane Heat for the 2014-15 Big Bash League, the Australian club's coach revealed in a British newspaper interview published on Tuesday. Flintoff, 36, ended five years in retirement earlier this year when he returned to former club Lancashire for England's T20 Blast...
  • Three Big Bash League teams fined for breaching contract guidelines September 14, 2014

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday announced that KFC Big Bash League teams, the Hobart Hurricanes, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers, have each been fined for breaching the competition's Player Contracting and Remuneration Guidelines. The CA Integrity Unit found the Hurricanes entered into agreements with two players (Ben Dunk and Alex...
  • Australia raids Islamic centre, arrests two for jihadist links September 10, 2014

    Brisbane: The raids involving 180 police came a day after the country's spy chief said he was "actively considering" raising the terror threat level over Australians' involvement in overseas militant groups. Australian Federal Police said the men, aged 21 and 31, were arrested for terrorism offences, alleging they were "involved in...
  • Roger Federer to play Brisbane International in January September 1, 2014

    Roger Federer has confirmed he will return to the Brisbane International in January to kick off his preparation for the Australian Open. Federer was beaten in last year's final by local favorite Lleyton Hewitt at the Queensland Tennis Centre and said he expected to be in top form for January's tournament. The...
  • Plane to Bali not hijacked: Virgin Official April 25, 2014

    Jakarta: An airline official says a drunk passenger on a Virgin Australia flight who caused a hijack scare has been arrested for creating a disturbance after the plane landed on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. Heru Sudjatmiko, airport manager for Virgin Australia, told Metro TV on Friday that the passenger was...
  • Watch: 'Lion King' cast breaks into impromptu singing of 'Circle of Life' on a plane April 8, 2014

    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 January 17, 2014

    Brisbane: James Faulkner's sensational late assault powered Australia to a dramatic onewicket victory over England in the second oneday international in Brisbane on Friday. Crushed 50 in the Ashes series and thumped in the first onedayer in Melbourne, England sensed the chance of securing their first win over Australia on the...
  • Azarenka maintains 2nd place in WTA rankings January 10, 2014

    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, the Australian...
  • I can do some damage in Melbourne, says Lleyton Hewitt January 5, 2014

    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 then...
  • Lleyton Hewitt upsets Roger Federer to win Brisbane title January 5, 2014

    Australia: Lleyton Hewitt won a title for the first time since 2010 with an upset 61, 46, 63 win at the Brisbane International over Roger Federer, his oldest rival on the tour. The 32yearold former No. 1s have met 27 times dating back to 1999, and after Sunday's unexpected victory Hewitt...
  • Serena Williams beats Azarenka, defends Brisbane title January 4, 2014

    Brisbane: This was one time Serena Williams didn't mind being pushed into the deep end, to use her own description. The topranked Williams carried her winning momentum from 2013 into the new season, beating No. 2ranked Victoria Azarenka 64, 75 on Saturday to defend her title at the Brisbane International...
  • Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt to meet in Brisbane final January 4, 2014

    Brisbane: Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt earned threeset 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. 8seeded Jeremy Chardy 63, 67 (3), 63 in a semifinal featuring just two service breaks, immediately after...
  • Hewitt upsets Nishikori to reach Brisbane final January 4, 2014

    Brisbane: Former No. 1ranked Lleyton Hewitt turned back to the clock with a gritty 57, 64, 63 win over secondseeded Kei Nishikori on Saturday to advance to the Brisbane International final and a possible showdown with Roger Federer. The 32yearold Hewitt handled the heat better than his Japanese opponent as the...
  • Serena beats Sharapova in Brisbane semifinals January 3, 2014

    Brisbane: Serena Williams extended her winning streak against Maria Sharapova to 14 matches with a 62, 76 (7) semifinal victory on Friday to earn a shot at backtoback Brisbane International titles. The defending champion will play secondseeded Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final, and will be favored to retain the title that...
  • Azarenka beats Jankovic to reach Brisbane final January 3, 2014

    Brisbane: Victoria Azarenka overcame a shaky serve and another case of the nerves to move into the Brisbane International final with a 16, 63, 64 win over former No. 1ranked Jelena Jankovic on Friday. The Australian Open champion dropped her first three service games and was facing three break points in...
  • Williams, Sharapova to meet in Brisbane semis January 2, 2014

    Brisbane: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will renew their long and notsofriendly rivalry after setting up a semifinal matchup at the Brisbane International, a key tuneup event for the Australian Open. Topranked Williams, the defending champion, didn't lose a point on her serve in the first set en route to a...
  • Hard to make tweaks in time for Australian Open: Roger Federer January 1, 2014

    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 alongside...
  • Federer opens 2014 with a steady win in Brisbane January 1, 2014

    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 64, 62 win over Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday. Federer worked briefly with Edberg in the offseason and will again use the sixtime major winner as...
  • Marin Cilic beats Grigor Dimitrov at Brisbane International January 1, 2014

    Australia: Marin Cilic continued his comeback from a doping ban with a 75, 75 win over fifthseeded 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 secondround match against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland due to a...
  • Sabine Lisicki withdraws from Brisbane International due to illness January 1, 2014

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

    Brisbane: Serena Williams' first competitive match of the season, on New Year's Eve, was by no means perfect, but a 64, 64 win over Andrea Petkovic at the Brisbane International was a decent start against a player with a careerhigh ranking of No. 9. Topranked Williams was understandably below her best...
  • Maria Sharapova returns with convincing win in Brisbane December 30, 2013

    Bisbane: Every point mattered for Maria Sharapova in her competitive return from an injury layoff, even in a firstround match in the seasonopening tournament. Sharapova beat 74thranked Caroline Garcia of France 63, 60 on Monday, ripping forehand winners and nullifying her rival's biggest weapon with some aggressive service returns. She chased...
  • Serena rivalry making me a better player, says Victoria Azarenka December 30, 2013

    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 17times major champion, Azarenka will only meet Williams if both players make...
  • Maria Sharapova makes no promises over Brisbane return December 29, 2013

    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 as...
  • Caroline Wozniacki pulls out of Brisbane warmup with injury December 29, 2013

    Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has pulled out of the Brisbane International warmup for the Australian Open because of an injured right shoulder, organisers said on Sunday. The 23yearold Dane, currently ranked 10th in the world, was scheduled to open her season with a first round tie against Dominika Cibulkova...
  • Roger Federer arrives for Brisbane International December 28, 2013

    Brisbane: Roger Federer arrived in Australia on Saturday for the Brisbane International with a refreshed outlook for 2014, injuryfree 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 able...
  • Michael Vaughan fears 50 Ashes series drubbing for England December 9, 2013

    London: England are heading for a 50 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 381run drubbing in Brisbane. The third...
  • Is pressure taking a toll on international cricketers? November 26, 2013

    The debate has started again after England batsman Jonathan Trott returned home from the Ashes tour in Australia with a stressrelated illness. ...
  • Michael Clarke fined for sledging James Anderson November 25, 2013

    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 language...