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Call of the wild: Great outdoors is great escape in pandemic

For those venturing off the beaten path, be advised — it’s a little crowded out there. By nature’s standards, anyway, as the great outdoors has become the great escape. ...

Rugby league great Cameron Smith retires after 19 seasons

Many great sportspeople retire and later have statues erected in their honor. National Rugby League star Cameron Smith turned the tables on that scenario on Wednesday when he officially ended a record...

At 39, Feliciano Lopez is not just showing up, he's winning

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Feliciano Lopez doesn't remember much about his first Grand Slam match. It was 2001, the French Open, and he was 19 years old. “I think I got killed in th...

Fans are in, but crowd numbers are thin at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The lines for beer on Day 1 at the Australian Open were noticeably thinner than usual, and the lawn chairs set up in front of the giant television screen in Garden Square w...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2021: Serena, Novak, Rafa chasing history

Forget about aces or double-faults, winners or unforced errors: The statistic that has come to mean the most in tennis these days is “Grand Slam titles won.” Which is why so much at...

Barty, Osaka advance in Australian Open tuneups in 3 sets

Ash Barty looked like the world No. 1 in the first set, then struggled the rest of the way against No. 52-ranked Marie Bouzkova before completing a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win in an Australian Open tuneup tourn...

Electronic line calling set for all Australian Open courts

Players wanting to stare down or glare at a line judge at the Australian Open after a close or contentious call will have difficulty doing so this year. There won't be any. In a Gran...

With quarantines almost over, tennis set to start Down Under

With a coronavirus-enforced quarantine coming to an end, the world’s elite tennis players will go from two of the quietest weeks of their lives in Australia to three of the busiest. ...

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...