BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia will play its Fed Cup semifinal against Belarus on April 20-21 on hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena.
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Sam Kerr selected captain of Australian women’s soccer team
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — High-scoring forward Sam Kerr has been selected as captain of the Australian women's soccer team by new coach Ante Milicic.
Australian police disable, arrest man in airport standoff
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man who falsely claimed to have a bomb and menaced a woman with a knife forced the evacuation of Brisbane International Airport for more than two hours in an emergency that police described on Sunday as elaborate and terrifying.
Police ended the standoff late Saturday by shooting the 50-year-old man with non-lethal bean bag shotgun rounds and arresting him. There were no injuries reported, and police said the emergency was not related to terrorism.
Australia calls up Kurtis Patterson for 1st Sri Lanka test
SYDNEY (AP) — Batsman Kurtis Patterson has been added to Australia's squad for the first cricket test against Sri Lanka after making two centuries against the tourists in a warm-up match.
Patterson made 157 and 102 for a Cricket Australia XI in a pink ball match in Hobart last week. That earned him an immediate call-up to the squad for the day-night test beginning in Brisbane on Thursday.
Australian Hazlewood to miss Sri Lanka tests with injury
SYDNEY (AP) — Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of Australia's two-test series against Sri Lanka with a back injury.
Hazlewood, who is also vice-captain, has been replaced by Jhye Richardson in the squad for the first test in Brisbane which begins on Thursday.
Sasnovich, Barty through to Sydney International semifinals
SYDNEY (AP) — Aliaksandra Sasnovich advanced to the Sydney International semifinals by beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.
The 33rd-ranked Sasnovich reached the quarterfinals last week in Brisbane.
Sasnovich will next face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1 in a match twice suspended by rain.
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews to miss 2-test tour of Australia
SYDNEY (AP) — Former captain Angelo Mathews has a hamstring injury and won't be part of the Sri Lanka squad for its two-test series in Australia.
Team officials said Wednesday that Mathews tweaked his hamstring during Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand and that he had been left out of a 16-man squad for tests in Brisbane and Canberra.
Sydney set to host finals in inaugural ATP Cup team event
SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney is set to host the finals of the inaugural ATP Cup men's team competition next January in an overhaul of the Australian swing for men's tennis ahead of the season-opening Grand Slam tournament.
Sydney, Brisbane and one other Australian city will co-host the tournament, featuring 24 national teams in three groups of eight and is expected to involve more than 100 players from the men's tour.
Nishikori, Pliskova win Brisbane International titles
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Kei Nishikori won his first ATP title since Memphis in 2016 with a dominating final set to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the Brisbane International final on Sunday.
The 2014 U.S. Open finalist served for the match at 5-1 in the third set, but Medvedev earned a temporary reprieve when he broke the Japanese player's serve to extend the match.
Tsurenko upsets second-seeded Osaka to reach Brisbane final
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — She's ranked No. 5 in the world, will enter the season-opening major as a reigning Grand Slam champion, and is trying not to sulk.
A lot has happened for Naomi Osaka since she beat Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final last September, and she's still coming to terms with it. Mostly, it's the expectations.
She has reached the semifinals or better at four of her last five tournaments but hasn't added another title.
Medvedev beats Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev reached the semifinals at the Brisbane International by beating Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 on Friday.
The score was level at 4-4 in the third when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from the 2016 Brisbane champion.
Medvedev will next play 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Coach’s words inspire Osaka; Nishikori also into semifinals
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka called in her coach for advice on how to swing momentum after losing the first set to Anastasija Sevastova, and it did the trick.
The U.S. Open champion responded by conceding only five points in the next set on her way to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win Thursday that secured her spot in the Brisbane International semifinals.
Nadal withdraws, Murray loses to Medvedev in Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray lost his second-round match less than an hour after Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Brisbane International on Wednesday.
Both players arrived in Australia after long injury breaks, and neither had played a competitive match since September.
Nadal withdraws from Brisbane to focus on Australian Open
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Brisbane International on Wednesday to focus on being ready for the Australian Open, which will be his first competitive tournament since a knee injury forced him to retire from the U.S. Open semifinals in September.
The second-ranked Nadal, who cited a strained muscle in his left thigh for his withdrawal, still thinks he can add to his 17 major titles by the end of the month.
Murray advances in Brisbane in latest comeback from injury
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray doesn't know how long his latest comeback can last, so he's planning on making the most of it.
The 31-year-old Murray returned to competitive tennis for the first time since September and gradually warmed into it, taking the last four games in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Australian wildcard entry James Duckworth at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.
Rafa’s plan for 2019 revolves around quality, not quantity
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal wants to make a little go a long way in 2019.
The No. 2-ranked Nadal, in Brisbane preparing to play his first competitive match since retiring from the U.S. Open semifinals last September, found some positives out of an injury-interrupted season that he wants to apply to this year.
Dimitrov, Raonic win 1st round matches at Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Canada's Milos Roanic ensured no slip ups in their final outing of 2018 by having straight-set victories in their respective first round matches at the Brisbane International on Monday.
John Aloisi resigns as coach of A-League’s Brisbane Roar
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former Australian international John Aloisi has resigned as coach of the A-League's Brisbane Roar, a day before the team's next match against Sydney FC.
Darren Davies was named interim coach after Aloisi's announcement Friday.
The Roar are in second-last place in the 10-team league with one win and three draws in nine matches. The Roar lost 4-1 to Wellington in their last match, their fourth defeat in a row.
Jeff Horn beats Anthony Mundine with 1st round KO
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia's Jeff Horn needed only 96 seconds to knock out veteran compatriot Anthony Mundine on Friday in their non-title catchweight bout at Suncorp Stadium.
Horn was late to the pre-fight weigh-in because of Friday night traffic in Brisbane but made up for lost time with a swift first-round finish.
Australian drug smuggler returns to hometown from Bali jail
BANGLI, Indonesia (AP) — A teary and largely silent convicted Australian drug mule returned to her hometown on Thursday hours after she was deported from the Indonesian tourist island of Bali where she had served nearly 14 years in prison for smuggling heroin.
Renae Lawrence was the only woman among nine Australians who were arrested in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18.3 pounds) of heroin from Bali to Australia.
India in Australia ready to beat a home team in turmoil
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — India's cricketers have arrived in Australia ready to exploit a home team beset by turmoil on and off the field.
A maiden test series win on Australian soil is the main aim of the tour, which kicks off Wednesday with a Twenty20 International in Brisbane and includes games across all three formats.
Perth Glory move into 1st place in Australia’s A-League
SYDNEY (AP) — Perth strikers Andy Keogh and Chris Ikonomidis scored in a 2-0 away win against Adelaide United to move the Glory into first place in the A-League.
Both scored tap-ins Sunday to extend Perth's unbeaten start to the season to three wins and a draw.
Football Federation Australia investigating racial taunt
MUDGEE, Australia (AP) — Football Federation Australia said Sunday it is investigating an incident during a match in which a fan racially abused Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young.
Young said he was verbally abused during Saturday's A-League match in Mudgee between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane.
"I turned around after he said it so I could hear what he said again and then he said it again," the A-League's reigning goalkeeper of the year said.
Former swim coach to stand trial on child sex offenses
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Prominent Australian swimming coach Scott Volkers has been committed to stand trial over historical child sex offenses.
Volkers appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday where it was deemed there was enough evidence for his matter to be heard by a jury in a higher court, the Australian Associated Press reported. He did not enter a plea.
Two Scotland-based forwards set to play for Australia
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia coach Graham Arnold seems set to deploy a new-look attack in a friendly against South Korea, with Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle bound for Brisbane as part of a 23-man squad.
The pair, both based at Scottish club Hibernian, were in the squad announced Thursday for the Nov. 17 game against South Korea. Australia beat South Korea 2-1 the last time the countries met Down Under. Australia will also play Lebanon in Sydney on Nov. 20.
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Dog’s day: Player’s pet quarantined on landing in Australia
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — No matter what Lamar Patterson does for the Brisbane Bullets on the basketball court, he can expect to be dogged by questions about Kobe.
The ex-Atlanta Hawks player flew into Brisbane with his French bulldog placed inside his hand luggage and ran afoul of Australia's quarantine laws.
The Bullets recruit was briefly detained after landing in Brisbane on Thursday with his dog, Kobe.
Quade Cooper signs Super Rugby deal with Melbourne Rebels
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper will return to Super Rugby next season on a one-year contract with the Melbourne Rebels, saying he was "forced out" last year by the Queensland Reds.
The 30-year-old Cooper did not play in the 2018 Super Rugby competition after being overlooked by the new Reds coach Brad Thorn. In a social media post on Tuesday Cooper announced his return to Super Rugby, saying "thank God there's more than one place that loves me."
Usain Bolt scores 2 goals in first A-League trial start
SYDNEY (AP) — Usain Bolt scored twice in his first start for the Central Coast Mariners in an A-League trial match on Friday before being substituted with about 15 minutes remaining.
The retired eight-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter is trying to secure a place with the Mariners for this season, which begins for the Mariners on Oct. 21 against the Brisbane Roar.
Argentina ends 35-year losing streak in Australia
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Argentina ended a 35-year losing streak in Australia with a 23-19 win over the Wallabies on Saturday, continuing their strong form under new coach Mario Ledesma.
Not since 1983, in the first test meeting between the two nations in Brisbane, had Argentina beaten the Wallabies in Australia.
Ledesma-led Argentina looks to end Australian losing streak
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Super Rugby's Jaguares, stocked almost exclusively with players from Argentina's national team, had big success in Australia this season.
Now the Pumas will attempt to do the same when they play the Wallabies on Saturday in a Rugby Championship match on the Gold Coast south of Brisbane and end a 35-year losing streak.
All Blacks, Springboks contend with injuries
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Springboks winger Makazole Mapimpi has returned to South Africa after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's Rugby Championship match against Australia at Brisbane.
Mapimpi, who was a try-scorer in the match won 23-18 by Australia, will have further scans on his return to determine the seriousness of the injury.
No replacement has been called by the Springboks, who play New Zealand in their next Championship test in Wellington on Saturday.
Folau 50-50 for Wallabies test against South Africa
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Star fullback Israel Folau rates himself a 50-50 chance of playing for the Wallabies in their crucial Rugby Championship test against South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday.
Folau suffered an ankle injury as Australia lost 38-13 to New Zealand in the first match of the Championship and missed the return match, which New Zealand won 40-12.
Folau returns to Australia’s Rugby Championship squad
SYDNEY (AP) — Fullback Israel Folau may make a comeback from injury sooner than expected after being named Sunday in a 31-man Wallabies squad for the next two matches of the Rugby Championship against Argentina and South Africa.
Australia confirms friendly against South Korea
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Graham Arnold will have the first match of his second tenure in charge of the Australia national team when the Socceroos play South Korea in a football friendly at Brisbane on Nov. 17.
Football Federation confirmed the match at a news conference in Brisbane on Tuesday. The match will also be Australia's first since the retirement of veteran striker and leading goalscorer Tim Cahill.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An extremist who planned a suicide attack with Molotov cocktails in Australia after he was prevented from flying to Syria to fight was sentenced by an Australian judge on Tuesday to 17 years in prison.
Agim Kruezi, 25, had pleaded guilty in the Queensland state Supreme Court to preparing for an incursion into a foreign state and preparing for a terrorist act.
SYDNEY (AP) — Kodi Nikorima scored a try in the second minute and Kotoni Staggs added another in the 19th to help give the Brisbane Broncos an early 14-0 lead on their way to a 34-0 win over the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League on Sunday.
Jamayne Isaako kicked four conversions and three penalty goals for 14 points.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia captain Michael Hooper says Ireland's beefed-up forward pack means the Wallabies will have to play even better in the second test than they did in winning the first.
While star playmaker Johnny Sexton returns to the Irish side among eight changes, only three forwards remain in the Irish pack that lost the opening test 18-9 to Australia in Brisbane.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia named an unchanged 23 for Saturday's second rugby test against Ireland after winning the first match 18-9 last weekend in Brisbane, while Ireland made eight changes.
Rugby Australia said Thursday that coach Michael Cheika resisted the urge to change a winning formula despite the return of flanker Ned Hanigan (knee injury) and lock Rory Arnold (suspension).
Melbourne beats Brisbane in National Rugby League
SYDNEY (AP) — Defending champions Melbourne scored 24 second-half points to beat the Brisbane Broncos 32-16 in the National Rugby League on Sunday.
The Storm moved into fifth place with the win, four points behind league-leading Penrith.
In the other Sunday match, Cronulla moved into sixth place with a 24-16 win over the Wests Tigers, leaving the Tigers in ninth place. Valentine Holmes scored his 12th try in 13 games for the Sharks.
Cheika labels Ireland favorite ahead of 1st test
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ireland coach Joe Schmidt's decision to bench star flyhalf Johnny Sexton has slightly confounded the effort of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to paint Ireland an overwhelming favorite to win Saturday's first test match at Suncorp Stadium.
Cheika worked with typical tenacity this week to claim underdog status for the Wallabies as they embark on a series against the No. 2-ranked Irish who are unbeaten in their last 15 games.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An ex-trash collector and theology student has earned a starting place in Australia's front row for the series-opening rugby test against Six Nation champion Ireland.
The 22-year-old Brandon Paenga-Amosa was selected at hooker for his Wallabies' debut on Saturday in Brisbane, where he has been playing for the Queensland Reds in his first season of Super Rugby.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Wallabies hooker Jordan Uelese sustained a suspected ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in the Melbourne Rebels' Super Rugby win over the Blues and is out of the Australia side to play Ireland next Saturday in Brisbane.
Rugby Australia said Sunday that the 21-year-old Uelese will have further scans on his left knee in Melbourne this week with a replacement player for the Wallabies squad to be confirmed Monday.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia says spinner Arjun Nair has been cleared to resume all bowing after his ban due to an illegal action was lifted.
The Sydney Thunder allrounder was reported during the Big Bash Twenty20 match on Dec. 30 against the Hobart Hurricanes. He later received a three-month ban when his bowling action was deemed to be "markedly different" during biomechanical testing.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Indian journalist charged with attempting to smuggle a group of his countrymen into Australia for the Commonwealth Games will spend at least six more weeks in custody after having his case adjourned on Friday.
Australia’s A-League: Melbourne sides into semifinals
SYDNEY (AP) — Both Melbourne teams in Australia's A-League have advanced to the semifinals.
On Sunday, the Melbourne Victory beat Adelaide 2-1 to advance to a semifinal against Sydney FC in Sydney. Kosovo international Besart Berisha scored the winner for the Victory on an overhead kick in the 89th minute.
Berisha leapt into the air, despite Jordan Elsey's close attention, to score the winner from Kosta Barbarouses' cross.
Kiwi teams keep winning in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — From hail-lashed Christchurch to subtropical Brisbane, New Zealand teams continued to stack up wins in Super Rugby as only the beleaguered Blues lost in the weekend's 10th round.
SYDNEY (AP) — The final piece of the playoffs puzzle in Australian football's A-League clicked into place Sunday when Adelaide United beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 to ensure Brisbane edged the Wanderers for sixth place.
Earlier in the 27th and last regular season round Brisbane beat Perth 3-2 to tighten its grip on sixth place and the last spot in the playoffs.