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  • David Villa to leave Australia early, future unclear 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Spanish striker David Villa's loan deal with Melbourne City will be cut short after four matches, with apparently no guarantee he will return to Australia's A-League. Melbourne City confirmed on Wednesday that Villa will return to his New York City club in Major League Soccer after the Australian team's fourth-round...
  • Australian Open lifts prize money by 10 percent October 7, 2014

    The Australian Open will hike total prizemoney 10 percent in 2014 to A$36 million ($31.44 million), organisers said on Tuesday. The Australian dollar has retreated by over six percent against the US dollar over the past month, but the 2015 prize pool is still competitive against last year's A$33 million, which...
  • Twin trouble for Air India flights, one delayed due to clogged toilets, other develops technical snag October 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India's spate of trouble with its Dreamliner fleet continued on Friday as the airline was forced to cancel its Melbourne-Delhi flight and delay the departure of its Singapore-Chennai service by over six hours. While the Melbourne-Delhi flight AI-301 had clogged toilets in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and...
  • Delhi ranks 111th on global liveability index August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: India's national capital, New Delhi, features at a disappointing 111th position while 'Millennium City' Mumbai's liveability index has shot up in the past five years, says a global livability survey held by the Economist Intelligent Unit. In the survey that ranks 140 cities across the globe, the liveability index...
  • Melbourne secures Australian Grand Prix until 2020 August 3, 2014

    Melbourne: Melbourne has secured the Australian Formula One Grand Prix until 2020 after striking a new deal that will reduce the taxpayer subsidy of around $50 million a year, the head of the Victoria state government said on Sunday. The race, which has been run in the city's Albert Park since...
  • Kevin Pietersen joins Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League July 28, 2014

    Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen joined the Melbourne Stars on Monday to be the highestprofile signing of the new season of Australia's Big Bash League. Pietersen, who was sacked by England in February following the 50 Ashes drubbing in the winter tour to Australia, has signed a twoyear deal with the...
  • Some on downed Malaysian plane were heading to AIDS conference July 18, 2014

    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 oneyear deal with Australia's Melbourne City, the ALeague club said on Tuesday after securing their second major international signing in a week. The Manchester Cityowned club last week announced the recruitment of Spain's alltime leading goalscorer David Villa for a...
  • Farhan Akhtar honoured at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Australia May 4, 2014

    Mumbai: Actorfilmmaker 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 lefthander 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 FrenchCanadian 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 postmatch news conference, beaming despite losing the women's final to Li Na 76 (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 76 (3), 60 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 halfjokes, 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. 4seeded Li is the favorite to...
  • PaesStepanek 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 quarterfinals while Rohan Bopanna went down in his lasteight match in the mixed doubles at the Australia Open here on Wednesday. PaesStepanek suffered a 26, 67 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 25match win streak at the Australian Open was ended by Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Serb led by a break of serve in the final set at 21 but Wawrinka hit back to win...
  • Federer vs Murray: a quarterfinal worthy of an Australian Open final January 21, 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 32yearold 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: Sixthseeded Roger Federer has equaled Jimmy Connors record by reaching his 41st Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 63, 75, 64 win over JoWilfried 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 46, 75, 63 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 61, 76 (6) on Saturday and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. Her thirdround 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: Thirdseeded David Ferrer has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 62, 76 (5), 62 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 63 63 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: Seventhseeded IndoPak pair of Rohan Bopanna and AisamUlHaq 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...