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New Zealand postpones Australia tour over border concerns

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s short white ball cricket tour to Australia which was to begin later this month has been postponed because of uncertainty over the team’s return home. ...

Djokovic out, but vaccine debate stays in Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — To some, it seemed a cloud had been lifted from the Australian Open. To others, Novak Djokovic still was almost palpably present, the name on everyone's lips on the opening...

Djokovic ruling fits with Australia's tough immigration line

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The treatment of tennis star Novak Djokovic by Australian immigration officials might seem harsh to people watching from afar. But Australia has long ...

EXPLAINER: Where does Djokovic's Australian visa saga stand?

Novak Djokovic was included in the draw for the Australian Open — but he’s still waiting to learn if he can stay in the country. All eyes are now on Immigration Minister Alex Hawke...

EXPLAINER: Why Australia faces a tough call on Djokovic

When Australian immigration officials rejected tennis star Novak Djokovic’s medical exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement and canceled his Australian visa, they set off a storm of ramifica...

Latham, Boult star as NZ dominates 2nd test v Bangladesh

Tom Latham scored 252, Devon Conway banked another century and Ross Taylor likely played his last test innings as New Zealand declared at 521-6 on Monday before bowling out Bangladesh for 126 on the s...

Djokovic's detention becomes political issue in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — On a tennis court, Novak Djokovic’s timing is perfect. But when he arrived in Australia to play the first Grand Slam of the year holding documents allowing him to enter the country witho...

Australia, Japan sign defense pact as China concerns loom

SYDNEY (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Australia signed a “landmark” defense agreement Thursday that allows closer cooperation between their militaries and stands as a rebuke to China's growing assert...

Veteran Ross Taylor to retire from international cricket

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor says he will retire from international cricket after the current domestic season. The second test against Bangl...

Japan rugby's new League One thinks big, aims global

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Japan’s new-look professional rugby competition will launch next month with bold ambitions to win not only a domestic but a global audience, to attract the world’s best ...

World Rugby to allow players to switch national teams

DUBLIN (AP) — World Rugby has relaxed its eligibility rules to allow national team players to switch countries as of January, the governing body announced Wednesday in what it described as a “landmark...

All Blacks coach Foster faces fallout after loss to France

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The backlash was swift and predictable. The final whistle had just blown on the All Blacks’ season-ending loss to France in Paris on Saturday when calls for the dismissa...

IOC transgender guidelines hailed but questions remain

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New International Olympic Committee guidelines to sports bodies on transgender participation have been hailed as groundbreaking for reversing assumptions that trans wome...

Former All Black Carl Hayman reveals dementia diagnosis

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman has revealed he has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 41. Hayman told New Zealand media on Wedn...

Hope, trepidation as US Eagles face All Blacks in Washington

The US Eagles will host three-time world champion New Zealand on Saturday in a one-off rugby test at Washington's FedEx Field, accompanied by familiar feelings of hope and trepidation. ...