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"Blood in the Water:" War in the 1956 Olympic pool

Quentin Tarantino called a documentary film about it “the best untold story ever.” Even allowing for the famed director's Hollywood-spawned hyperbole, generations of sports fans have never heard of on...

1956 Melbourne Olympics: 1st Games in southern hemisphere

The Melbourne Olympics were already quite unique before they started. They were the first games held in the southern hemisphere, and ran from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8 to take in the Australian summer. ...

2021 Australian Open: Smaller crowds, player bio-security

Australian Open organizers have settled on a plan to host the 2021 tournament complete with bio-security and fewer spectators. Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley will be lo...

Road blues a major concern for NRL's New Zealand Warriors

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — What started out as a feel-good story for the New Zealand Warriors in Australia's National Rugby League hasn’t quite turned out that way. The Auckland-base...

Sunshine State beckons for Aussie sports amid coronavirus

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s so-called Sunshine State continues to be a safe haven for professional sports in the country because of its relatively strong success in dealing with the coronav...

Quarantine loopholes bring fresh efforts to fight outbreaks

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian state is toughening its punishment for anyone caught violating coronavirus quarantines, including jailing rulebreakers for up to six months — a warning that fo...

Australian rugby back on the field after 3 1/2-month hiatus

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Super Rugby players return to action from Friday after a 3 1/2-month hiatus due to the coronavirus shutdown. They’ll be a bit lighter in their wallets when they ...

Women's World Cup heads to a welcome Down Under in 2023

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Women's World Cup is heading to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 after a concentrated effort by the joint bidders to secure the global soccer event in the southern ...

Australia, New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup

GENEVA (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women’s World Cup in 2023, with the following edition possibly set to take place just two years later. The joint bid beat Col...

Some feel-good moments as rugby league returns in Australia

The losing captain thanked the winning team’s players for their personal sacrifices leading into the match. A charter flight pilot received a big round of applause when its plane beat incoming fog to ...

AP Exclusive: Athletes wary about virus, testing upon return

Chris Thompson is an NFL running back. He also is the father of a 4-month-old daughter, Kali. Guess which of those facts matters more to him when he ponders eventually returning to work amid a pandemi...

After a tough road, Australia's NRL close to resuming season

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — If there’s such a thing as clarity in this uncertain pandemic world, National Rugby League players and their fans in Australia received a bit more of it on Thursday. ...

Coronavirus caution: Go out but 'let's not have a party'

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australians headed out to eat for the first time in weeks Saturday, but the reopening of restaurants, pubs and cafes came with a warning: don't overdo it. ...

Suspect arrested in 1988 death of American man in Sydney

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — More than 30 years after American mathematician Scott Johnson died after falling off a cliff in Sydney, a man has been charged with his death in an apparent gay hate crime t...

Rugby league hits vaccine roadblock on May 28 return to play

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The National Rugby League's planned return to competition on May 28 after a two-month shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic is being upstaged by at least one player who ref...