O’Connor starting anew with Wallabies at Rugby World Cup
TOKYO (AP) — James O'Connor smiles at breakfast, smiles at lunch, smiles at dinner. He smiles before Wallabies training and during video sessions. He even smiles through the dreaded news...
Hiker drags himself through Australia woods with broken leg
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A hiker on Wednesday said he crawled for two days through rugged Australian woodland with a broken leg and arm after falling six meters (20 feet) down a waterfall and...
Nadal to open in ATP Cup in Perth; Djokovic on east coast
SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal will start his 2020 season on the opposite side of Australia to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer when he leads Spain in a group-stage qualifier in the...
ATP says top players set for ATP Cup in Australia in January
SYDNEY (AP) — The ATP says all top 10-ranked players, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, have committed to play in the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia in January.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Police arrested dozens of climate protesters who disrupted traffic Tuesday in the biggest city in Australia's main coal mining state.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Flyhalf Christian Leali'ifano, playing his first test in more than three years for Australia after recovering from leukemia, kicked three penalties and a conversion in...
Inspirational Leali’ifano to return for Wallabies vs Pumas
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Christian Leali'ifano is set to play his first test in more than three years for Australia in a remarkable recovery from leukemia.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia has moved closer to launching a bid for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games after the Queensland state government announced it would help fund a study into...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Belinda Sharpe will become the first female referee in the 111-year history of professional rugby league in Australia when she officiates in an NRL match on...
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Perth has beaten out bids from Melbourne and Brisbane to host the Fed Cup tennis final between Australia and France in November.
Ash Barty was back: tennis balls showed up at front door
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty's father had a pretty good idea when his daughter had made the decision to return to tennis after nearly two years playing professional cricket.
Goolagong Cawley says Barty’s French Open win ‘joy to watch’
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Evonne Goolagong Cawley says fellow indigenous athlete Ash Barty's first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open was "a joy to watch."
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Winger Dane Gagai scored two second-half tries and Queensland overcame an 8-0 halftime deficit to beat New South Wales 18-14 in the rugby league State of Origin series...
SYDNEY (AP) — Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu will meet with Rugby Australia's Integrity Unit on Monday after reports he has been charged with drink driving.
Smith returns with big runs in Australia’s World Cup warmups
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 91 and hung around after the Cricket World Cup warmup series against New Zealand to sign autographs for supporters, including a kid...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup after failing to recover from a shoulder injury in time to be ready for Australia's opening game...
Robbie Fowler to coach Brisbane in A-League
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is returning to Australian football's A-League as coach of the Brisbane Roar.
Family asks Australian gov’t to help man leave Egypt
SYDNEY (AP) — The family of an Australian man who was detained for a year and is now unable to leave Egypt has called on the Australian government to help get him out of the...
Hollywood star Russell Crowe, coach Bennett team up in NRL
This combination might well turn out to be legendary. It doesn't get much better in this sport than an Oscar-winning Hollywood actor and a veteran, high-profile coach teaming up in Australia's...
2 Japanese teenagers found drowned in Australian lake
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Two Japanese teenagers have been found dead in Australia's Lake McKenzie after being reported missing from a school tour.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia will play its Fed Cup semifinal against Belarus on April 20-21 on hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena.
Brisbane-based Ash Barty led the Australian team to a...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Darren Lehmann is set to take over as coach of the Brisbane Heat in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash in what will be his first domestic appointment since quitting the...
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.
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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.
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."