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Australian PM rebuffs Cricket Australia over Jan 26 plans

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia has run afoul of the country’s prime minister for refusing to refer to the national holiday in the marketing of three matches on Jan. 26 after a recommenda...

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has ruled out any change in the best-of-five set format for men’s singles matches at the season-opening tennis major as three more COVID-19 cases were r...

Players in lockdown after positive virus cases in Australia

Grand Slam champions are among the 47 players in hard lockdown after four positive tests for COVID-19 emerged from two of the charter flights bringing players, staff, officials and media to Australia ...

Report: Australian Open arrivals hit by positive COVID tests

Less than 48 hours after the first planeload of players arrived for the delayed Australian Open on charter jets from around the world, the first tennis major of the year and often dubbed the “Happy Sl...

Players arrive for Australian Open; straight into quarantine

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was among the earliest arrivals into Melbourne on one of the 15 charter flights bringing players and officials into the city for the first Grand Sla...

Australian Open qualifying complete; 15 charters to arrive

Nearly 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) from Melbourne, the qualifying tournament has been completed for the Australian Open, with 16 men and 16 women set to join the singles main draw beginning Feb. 8...

Japanese space officials eager to analyze asteroid samples

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese space officials said they are excited about the return of a capsule that safely landed in Australian Outback on Sunday while carrying soil samples from a distant asteroid so they...

O'Connor returns at flyhalf for Wallabies vs Argentina

James O’Connor has been recalled at flyhalf after overcoming knee and foot injuries to take his place in the starting lineup for Australia's last rugby test match of the season against Argentina. ...

Years after coming out, gay athletes upset by lack of change

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — David Kopay and Ian Roberts live on different sides of the Pacific Ocean. Both took giant leaps of faith when they came out. And at a time when it had neve...

3rd-time lucky? Goorjian returns to Boomers for Tokyo Games

California-born Brian Goorjian will take the Australian men's basketball team to a third Olympics after he was hired as head coach of the Boomers on Friday. Basketball Australia said...

No chance to tri; Mass participation sports hit by virus

NOOSA HEADS, Australia (AP) — The first weekend in November usually sees the 4,400 population of this Sunshine Coast resort town double or triple in size. When the Noosa Triathlon comes to town, so do...

After emotional struggle, rugby prop Palmer comes out as gay

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former rugby union international Dan Palmer has come out as gay in a lengthy self-written column in Australia's Fairfax Media in which he admits that earlier in his life it ...

Sotutu to start for New Zealand in 3rd test vs Australia

Hoskins Sotutu will start a test for the first time when New Zealand takes on an Australian starting lineup featuring two players on debut in the third match of the Bledisloe Cup series. ...

Rio gold medalist Esposito has 2nd chance to defend title

Chloe Esposito announced in late January that a “wonderful, unexpected surprise” had occurred and that she wouldn’t be able to defend her modern pentathlon title at the Tokyo Olympics. ...

A means to an end: AFL, NRL play title matches in Australia

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The championship matches in the biggest football leagues Down Under will be played this weekend to end seasons unlike any others. The Australian Football L...