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  • Some on downed Malaysian plane were heading to AIDS conference 6 days ago

    Melbourne: Some of the passengers on a Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine were headed to a major international AIDS conference in Melbourne, the Australian government said on Friday. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed that at least 27 Australians were among the 298 passengers and crew on the flight that...
  • Damien Duff joins David Villa at Melbourne City June 10, 2014

    Former Chelsea and Newcastle United winger Damien Duff has signed a one-year deal with Australia's Melbourne City, the A-League club said on Tuesday after securing their second major international signing in a week. The Manchester City-owned club last week announced the recruitment of Spain's all-time leading goalscorer David Villa for a...
  • 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...
  • Amitabh Bachchan presents scholarship to an Indian student at La Trobe University, Melbourne May 2, 2014

    Melbourne: Indian cinema icon Amitabh Bachchan presented an Indian student with a scholarship of AUD 200,000 (appoximately $185,000) at La Trobe University here. The recipient of the Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship, that runs for four years, is La Trobe graduate Roshan Kumar, who is from Ranchi in Jharkhand. He will works towards...
  • I don't have a political bent of mind: Vidya Balan March 30, 2014

    Melbourne: National award-winning actress Vidya Balan, who is on a mini break from her hectic career, says she has no plans to join politics and will stick to her acting career. "I don't have a political bent of mind except that I will cast my vote like a responsible citizen of...
  • Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel opts for 'Suzie' March 12, 2014

    Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will be driving 'Suzie' around the bend when the season starts in Australia on Sunday. The 26-year-old German has given a female name to all his Red Bull cars and the team announced his latest choice on their Twitter feed on Tuesday. Vettel will be chasing...
  • Bernie Ecclestone hopes every race will be like a wet race March 11, 2014

    London: Bernie Ecclestone is looking forward to an unpredictable 2014 season when new engines threaten to overturn the established order, the Formula One boss said on Monday. Ecclestone, 83, said he would be able to keep on top of running the sport despite going on trial for bribery in Germany next...
  • I never dreamt of lifting a Grand Slam trophy: Stanislas Wawrinka January 27, 2014

    Melbourne: For 35 Grand Slam tournaments, the words of an Irish poet became something of a mantra for Stan Wawrinka. After one too many defeats, he had them inscribed on his left arm. At each ball toss, if he cared to glance, he could see the words of Samuel Beckett: "Ever...
  • As it happened: Stanislas Wawrinka vs Rafael Nadal, Australian Open final January 26, 2014

    Rafa Nadal has the opportunity to add another chapter to his storied career, and intensify an already robust debate, should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's Australian Open final. A victory would make the Spanish left-hander the third man to win all four grand slam titles twice, joining Australians Rod Laver...
  • Sania Mirza fails to win Australian Open, loses in mixed doubles final January 26, 2014

    Melbourne: India's Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau failed to clinch the Australian open mixed doubles title as they lost to French-Canadian combination of Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor in straight sets in the summit clash here on Sunday. Sania, who was gunning for her third mixed doubles Grand...
  • Dominika Cibulkova hopes first grand slam final won't be her last January 26, 2014

    Melbourne: Dominika Cibulkova didn't speak to her parents back in Slovakia before the biggest tennis match of her life. In fact, she hadn't spoken to them for nearly two weeks. "We were superstitious," she said in her post-match news conference, beaming despite losing the women's final to Li Na 7-6 (3),...
  • Li Na wins the Australian Open 2014 women's singles title January 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Li Na made it third time lucky in the Australian Open final, beating Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 on Saturday to become the oldest woman to clinch the title here in the Open era. Li, who turns 32 next month, lost Australian Open finals to Kim Clijsters in 2011...
  • Australian Open 2014: Li Na to play Dominika Cibulkova in women's singles final January 24, 2014

    Melbourne: This will be Li Na's third time in the Australian Open final and her goal, she half-jokes, is to not fall down. For Dominika Cibulkova, the game plan is to enjoy the moment that she describes as a beautiful dream coming true. The No. 4-seeded Li is the favorite to...
  • Paes-Stepanek lose in quarters, Bopanna out of mixed doubles January 22, 2014

    Melbourne: India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek lost their men's doubles quarter-finals while Rohan Bopanna went down in his last-eight match in the mixed doubles at the Australia Open here on Wednesday. Paes-Stepanek suffered a 2-6, 6-7 loss to Michael Llodra and Nicholas Mahut, the 13th seeds from...
  • No regrets for Novak Djokovic after Stanislas Wawrinka defeat January 21, 2014

    A magnanimous Novak Djokovic said he lost to the better player as his 25-match win streak at the Australian Open was ended by Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. The Serb led by a break of serve in the final set at 2-1 but Wawrinka hit back to win...
  • Federer vs Murray: a quarter-final worthy of an Australian Open final January 22, 2014

    Melbourne: As Roger Federer sees it, he and Andy Murray are making a comeback from a year of ups and downs. That's putting it mildly. For 32-year-old Federer, the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, 2013 was the year that his tenure near the top went into sharp decline. He slipped...
  • Roger Federer crosses Tsonga hurdle to reach Australian Open quarters January 20, 2014

    Melbourne: Sixth-seeded Roger Federer has equaled Jimmy Connors record by reaching his 41st Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Monday. It was also the 11th straight year the Swiss star has reached the quarters at Melbourne...
  • Caroline Wozniacki crashes out in Melbourne January 18, 2014

    Melbourne: Caroline Wozniacki will have to wait until at least the French Open to claim an elusive first Grand Slam title after being beaten 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 by Garbine Muguruza in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday. Wozniacki, who came under criticism while finishing No. 1 at the...
  • Maria Sharapova reaches fourth round in Melbourne January 18, 2014

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova recovered from the longest, hottest match of her career to beat Alize Cornet 6-1, 7-6 (6) on Saturday and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. Her third-round match was played in high humidity but in temperatures of about 22 Celsius (72 Fahrenheit), considerably cooler than the...
  • David Ferrer reaches round four of Australian Open January 17, 2014

    Melbourne: Third-seeded David Ferrer has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Friday. The Spaniard has reached at least the fourth round for 15 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, dating back to Wimbledon in 2010. He was a...
  • Serena into fourth round after win over Hantuchova at Melbourne January 17, 2014

    Melbourne: Serena Williams powered past Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3 at the Australian Open on Friday to advance to the fourth round. The world number one had lost their only other encounter at Melbourne Park, in the third round in 2006 when the Slovakian beat her in straight sets, but she made...
  • Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza advance in Australian Open doubles January 16, 2014

    Melbourne: Seventh-seeded Indo-Pak pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi fought hard to win in the men's doubles first round of the Australian Open here on Thursday while Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black strolled to victory in the women's doubles. Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek...
  • Tsonga breezes into third round at Australian Open January 16, 2014

    Melbourne: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga started his match under the blazing sun and finished it with a roof over the court in beating Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday on a chaotic day of searing temperatures at the Australian Open. The tournament's Extreme Heat Policy was put into effect during the...
  • Heat stops play at Australian Open on Day 4 January 16, 2014

    Melbourne: Play at the Australian Open was called to a halt on day four of the championships on Thursday with temperatures at Melbourne Park hitting 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) and still rising. Organisers, who have been slammed for forcing players to play on in searing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday,...
  • Sam Stosur advances to 3rd round at Australian Open January 15, 2014

    Melbourne: Sam Stosur is through to the third round of her home Grand Slam for the first time in three years after a 6-2, 6-0 win over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Playing at Rod Laver Arena and before a partisan crowd that she admits she's...
  • Australia swelters as heat wave continues, temperature rises 50 degree Celsius January 15, 2014

    Several parts of Australia are experiencing sweltering heat with mercury rising close to 50 degree Celsius in parts of South-eastern part of the country. Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales over recent days have witnessed high temperatures and are expected to remain the same till the end of...
  • Sharapova overpowers Mattek-Sands to reach second round January 14, 2014

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the grand slam spotlight on Tuesday with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win over American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to charge into the second round of the Australian Open. Sidelined from the U.S. Open and the latter part of last season with an injury to her right...
  • Roger Federer has no plans to wow Edberg, just to win January 14, 2014

    Melbourne: Glancing up at the legends of tennis can make 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer push too hard for the "wow" factor, so new coach Stefan Edberg can expect a cold shoulder from the cool Swiss when watching from the stands. Federer has hired Edberg, twice a winner at Melbourne...