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Muddy pitch, small venue to host Rugby World Cup qualifier

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The 19th team in the 20-team Rugby World Cup in France next year is set to be determined Saturday on what is expected to be a mud-splattered pitch in a 10,000-seat stadium n...

Historical fix? New trophy for century-old rugby series

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — When England and Australia play a three-match rugby series in July, they’ll do so for a new trophy part-named after an iconic Indigenous player from Australia. More signific...

Rucks and mauls to political brawls, meet Senator Pocock

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — David Pocock didn’t sound too concerned over the phone from the Australian capital of Canberra, despite it being more than two weeks since the country’s federal election and...

Kambosos-Haney set for world lightweight unifier Down Under

It’s a lightweight unification fight that Australian boxer George Kambosos has the most to lose, but ultimately the most to gain. The 28-year-old Australian will put his WBA, IBF and...

Norman criticized Down Under for LIV golf move and comments

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — When Adam Scott won the Masters in 2013, the person he thanked most profusely was a larger-than-life character synonymous with golf in Australia. “There wa...

Heady days for rugby in Australia: World Cups in 2027, 2029

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The excitement level Down Under of having two Rugby World Cup tournaments tossed their way — the men in 2027 and the women two years later — was sort of lost on Wallabies ca...

Jack Newton, who lost a British Open playoff, dies at 72

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Jack Newton, who lost to Tom Watson in a 1975 British Open playoff and tied for second behind Seve Ballesteros at the 1980 Masters before his professional golf career ended ...

Ash Barty retires from tennis at age 25; won 3 Grand Slams

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty surprisingly retired from tennis at age 25 while ranked No. 1 and less than two months after winning the Australian Open for her third Grand Slam singles title. ...

Socceroos in 2 must-win games in Asian World Cup qualifying

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A growing list of injured players, another one denied a chance to play in a club-vs.-country dispute, and a head coach censured and fined by Football Australia for breaching...

A master on field, enigmatic off; Shane Warne dies aged 52

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Shane Warne, whose artful and record-breaking spin bowling on the cricket field was matched by his impish allure and often controversial career off the pitch, was remembered...

Shane Warne, one of cricket's iconic players, dies at 52

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Shane Warne, widely regarded as one of the greatest players, most astute tacticians and ultimate competitors in the long history of cricket, has died. He was 52. ...

Out! Justin Langer quits as Australian men's cricket coach

Faced with months of reported complaints by senior players over his rigid coaching style and an apparently uncompromising Cricket Australia board of directors, Justin Langer resigned as head coach of ...

44-year history on the line for Barty in Australian final

After losing to Ash Barty in the semifinals, Madison Keys decided to give her fellow American Danielle Collins a scouting report ahead of the Australian Open title match. It won’t be...

Australian Open men's singles semifinals: a shot at history

Even before he hit his first ball at this year’s Australian Open, Rafael Nadal knew he had an open door to set the men's record for most career Grand Slam singles titles. So far he h...

Djokovic, Barty confirmed as No. 1 seeds for Australian Open

The uncertain status of top-ranked Novak Djokovic didn't stop Australian Open organizers from listing him as the top seed for the Grand Slam tournament beginning next Monday at Melbourne Park. ...