SYDNEY (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs' first Super Rugby match without suspended fullback Israel Folau turned into an impressive victory on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs will have their first taste of life without Israel Folau when they play the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby on Saturday, not yet knowing...
SYDNEY (AP) — Rugby Australia said Wednesday that Wallabies and New South Wales fullback Israel Folau has requested a Code of Conduct hearing over his possible dismissal for making anti-gay...
Folau says he will quit rugby if it is “God’s will”
SYDNEY (AP) — Coach Michael Cheika said on Monday he would not have been able to select fullback Israel Folau for the Wallabies after his latest "disrespectful" social media posts attacking gay...
SYDNEY (AP) — Israel Folau is still likely to have his Australian national team contract terminated after meeting with the country's top rugby officials about his anti-gay post on social...
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Domingo Miotti's electrifying impact off the bench and first tries in Super Rugby delivered a memorable win for Argentina's Jaguares against the Bulls on Saturday,...
Sunwolves earn first Super Rugby win in Australia
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A week after learning they are to be axed from Super Rugby, Japan's Sunwolves delivered a withering riposte to tournament organizers by beating the New South Wales...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The defending champion Crusaders hope to take the first step Friday toward a new winning streak in a round of firsts in Super Rugby.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has soared to new heights on the list of Super Rugby's best attacking players while simultaneously lifting the New South Wales...
Crusaders lose their first game since mosque shootings
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Queensland Reds beat the ACT Brumbies 36-14 Sunday to cap a round of upsets in Super Rugby in which the Crusaders lost for the first time this season and the Chiefs...
Crusaders face identity issues after mosque shooting
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — With their very identity still in doubt, the defending champion Crusaders on Saturday will resume a Super Rugby season interrupted by unimaginable tragedy.
Alleged Christchurch gunman’s actions stun hometown
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Those who watched Brenton Tarrant growing up in the sleepy Australian country town of Grafton say they had no inkling of the potential evil he allegedly unleashed in...
Wallabies hooker Latu suspended 6 weeks for dangerous play
SYDNEY (AP) — Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu has been suspended from Super Rugby for six weeks after pleading guilty to a charge of dangerous play.
Israel Folau signs new 4-year deal with Rugby Australia
SYDNEY (AP) — Fullback Israel Folau has extended his Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs contract with a deal that will keep him in rugby union in Australia until 2022.
Having switched to union from rugby league in 2013, Folau already has the fourth-most tries in Wallabies test history with a scoring rate of just over one try in every two test games he has played.
January was officially Australia’s hottest month on record
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the January record on Friday as parts of the northern hemisphere had record cold.
Adam Ashley-Cooper rejoins Waratahs; eyes spot in World Cup
SYDNEY (AP) — Wallabies winger Adam Ashley-Cooper will rejoin the New South Wales Waratahs for the coming Super Rugby season in a quest to be picked for this year's World Cup in Japan.
The 34-year-old veteran of 117 tests has signed a one-year contract with the Waratahs. He played 61 Super Rugby matches for the club before playing in France and Japan. He is the second major signing recently announced by the Waratahs, joining Wallabies fullback Karmichael Hunt who has also signed a one-year deal.
Thousands of fish die in 3rd mass death in Australian river
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of fish died on Monday in the third mass death in recent weeks on a stretch of a major Australian river that local officials blamed on drought but critics said at least partly stemmed from water mismanagement.
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.
Waratahs sign Karmichael Hunt on 1-year deal
SYDNEY (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs have thrown former Wallabies fullback Karmichael Hunt a career lifeline by signing him on a one-year Super Rugby contract.
Hunt, who has played six tests for Australia, played no Super Rugby last season after being shunned by Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn over his second arrest on drug-related matters. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika followed Thorn in declining to select the former rugby league and Australian Rules star.
Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government on Tuesday announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into lakes and rivers after hundreds of thousands of fish have died in heatwave conditions.
Up to a million dead fish were found floating last week in the Darling River in western New South Wales state and the state government announced that 1,800 more rotting fish had since been found in Lake Hume in the state's south.
Gasoline tanker fire closes Australian highway
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian firefighters took hours to extinguish flames after a gasoline tanker caught fire on Friday, cutting traffic on a busy highway and forcing evacuations of nearby homes.
The tanker carrying 36,000 liters (9,500 gallons) of gasoline erupted in flames mid-morning after the driver pulled over on the Princes Highway west of the east coast city of Wollongong, a police statement said.
Comanche takes lead in Sydney to Hobart
SYDNEY (AP) — Supermaxi Black Jack was the first yacht through Sydney Heads for the second successive year, but 2017 winner Comanche has surged into the lead in the 74th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Wednesday.
After three hours of racing, line honors favorite Comanche was setting a fast pace of around 27 knots, benefiting from north-easterly winds along the New South Wales state coast and had a lead of four nautical miles from supermaxi rivals InfoTrack, Wild Oats XI and Black Jack.
Some residents return to evacuated Sydney high-rise
SYDNEY (AP) — Some residents have been able to return to their apartments in a 36-story Sydney high-rise evacuated a day earlier when cracking was heard and an internal support wall failed.
Around 3,000 people were evacuated Monday from the newly opened Opal Tower overlooking Sydney's Olympic Park as emergency services set up a 1-kilometer (.6-mile) exclusion zone and engineers examined the building amid fears it might collapse.
Hailstones like tennis and golf balls fall around Sydney
SYDNEY (AP) — Hailstones the size of tennis and golf balls have damaged homes and thousands of cars around Sydney.
Images on social media showed dented cars, broken windshields and a hazardous, snow-like landscape during the Australian summer.
The Bureau of Meteorology called the bad weather Thursday evening the "worst hailstorm in 20 years." Some hailstones that fell in western Sydney and its suburbs were 5 to 8 centimeters (2 to 3 1/8 inches) in diameter.
Australian archbishop cleared of child sex abuse cover-up
NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — An Australian appeal court on Thursday overturned a conviction against the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever found guilty of covering up child sex abuse.
Never a dull moment: Australia-India test series set to go
One team has one of its star players sidelined with an ankle injury, and he'll miss the first test beginning Thursday at the Adelaide Oval. The other has had upsetting publicity it could never have imagined with the brother of one of its opening batsmen charged with a terrorism-related offense.
An Australia-India test series never seems to disappoint cricket fans looking for as much news off the field as on.
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Brother of test cricketer Khawaja arrested
SYDNEY (AP) — The brother of Australia test cricketer Usman Khawaja has been taken into custody by counter-terrorism police investigating the discovery in August of a laptop computer containing a purported terrorist hit-list.
Arsalan Khawaja, 39, was arrested Tuesday morning after being pulled over while driving in western Sydney, according to a spokesperson for New South Wales state police.
Chris Gayle wins $300,000 in defamation settlement
SYDNEY (AP) — West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in damages, three months after a jury found he was defamed in Australian newspaper articles which claimed he had exposed himself indecently to a female masseur.
Australian judge sentences IS supporter to 38 years in jail
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A supporter of the Islamic State group who helped a teenager kill a police accountant in Sydney was sentenced to 38 years in prison on Friday, as Australia's prime minister argued for greater government power to strip extremists of citizenship.
Milad Atai had pleaded guilty to assisting and encouraging Iranian-born Farhad Jabar, 15, to shoot Curtis Cheng as he walked from the police building on Oct. 2, 2015.
Surfer fends off shark that bit his leg at Australian beach
SYDNEY (AP) — A man has used his surfboard to fend off a shark that bit him on his calf off an Australian beach two days after a fatal attack on the Great Barrier Reef.
The 43-year-old surfer was bitten Wednesday morning at Shelly Beach off Ballina in New South Wales state.
Demonstrators protest horse race ad on Sydney Opera House
SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of angry demonstrators gathered outside the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night to protest the use of its iconic roof to promote a horse race.
Racing authorities projected 20 minutes of images of the draw for the starting positions for Saturday's The Everest horse race at Sydney's Royal Randwick Racecourse. Protesters yelled "Shame" and used lights to attempt to obscure the projected images.
Planned racing ad on sails of Sydney Opera House divisive
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A plan to project a horse racing advertisement on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House is dividing Australians.
The New South Wales state government stepped in to allow the advertisement to be displayed Tuesday after the opera house chief executive Louise Herron opposed it.
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday the advertising for The Everest horse race had been "toned down" since its original proposal.
Sri Lanka activists urge fairness for terror suspect
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Family members, human rights activists and civic groups gathered in Colombo on Tuesday to demand a speedy and fair investigation of a Sri Lankan student detained in Australia on a terrorism charge.
Kamer Nizamdeen, 25, was arrested in Sydney on Aug. 30 and accused of planning to carry out terror attacks, according to the New South Wales police website.
Australian prosecutors want tougher sentence for archbishop
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian prosecutors said on Thursday they will appeal for a tougher sentence for the most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse.
Australia’s most populous state entirely in drought
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's most populous state was declared entirely in drought on Wednesday and struggling farmers were given new authority to shoot kangaroos that compete with livestock for sparse pasture during the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years.
Much of Australia's southeast is struggling with drought. But the drought conditions in New South Wales state this year have been the driest and most widespread since 1965.
Daryl Gibson to remain as Waratahs coach
SYDNEY (AP) — Former All Black Daryl Gibson will coach the New South Wales Waratahs in 2019 Super Rugby after leading the team to the semifinals.
Gibson has agreed on a one-year contract extension with the Waratahs, who won the Australian conference and beat the Highlanders in the quarterfinals before losing to the Lions in Johannesburg in the semifinals last weekend.
Lions have Dyantyi, Brink fit for Super Rugby final
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Springboks wing Aphiwe Dyantyi and former South Africa under-20 flanker Cyle Brink have been included in the Lions' squad for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in New Zealand.
Both had been injury doubts.
Brink hurt his right arm in the quarterfinal win over the Jaguares and missed the semifinal against New South Wales Waratahs.
Dyantyi went off at halftime in the semifinal with a hamstring problem, having scored a brilliant 80-meter try in the first period.
The Crusaders are back in the Super Rugby final seeking a record-extending ninth title. The Lions are back still searching for a first.
New Zealand's Crusaders and South Africa's Lions set up a repeat of last year's decider with convincing semifinal wins at home on Saturday.
The Christchurch-based Crusaders overwhelmed the Wellington-based Hurricanes 30-12 in a one-sided all-New Zealand match.
History favors home teams in Super Rugby semis
History and statistics strongly suggest the Super Rugby semifinals on Saturday between the Crusaders and Hurricanes and Lions and New South Wales Waratahs will produce a repeat of last year's final between the Crusaders and the Lions.
Home advantage has proven over the history of the tournament to be a key factor in playoff matches.
The Lions and New South Wales Waratahs completed the Super Rugby semifinal lineup on Saturday and one of them will have the chance to put a dent in New Zealand's dominance.
South Africa's Lions beat Argentina's Jaguares 40-23 in Johannesburg in the last quarterfinal.
Australia's Waratahs earlier orchestrated a spectacular second-half comeback in Sydney to beat New Zealand's Highlanders 30-23 after trailing 23-6 at halftime.
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian judge ruled on Friday that best-selling author Colleen McCullough's widower was the sole beneficiary of her estate following a bitter court wrangle.
The author of the novel "The Thorn Birds," which sold 33 million copies worldwide, died on Norfolk Island in 2015 aged 77.
Queensland wins 3rd State of Origin match 18-12
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Queensland overcame a 12-8 halftime deficit to beat New South Wales 18-12 for a consolation win in the third State of Origin rugby league match on Wednesday.
New South Wales, beaten by Queensland in 11 of the last 12 Origin series, clinched this year's series with an 18-14 win in Sydney after a 22-12 victory in the first match in Melbourne.
The Maroons staged a second-half comeback with tries to Valentine Holmes, who had two on the night, and Daly Cherry-Evans.
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.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse said Wednesday that he would appeal the verdict and resist public pressure to resign as archbishop of an Australian city.
Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson said he would only offer his resignation to Pope Francis if his appeal fails in the New South Wales state District Court.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs extended their Australian conference lead in Super Rugby by holding off the Melbourne Rebels 31-26 on Friday.
After a four-week break for test rugby, the Waratahs improved their one-point lead over the Rebels to four with two rounds remaining in the regular season. Only the conference winner automatically makes the playoffs. The second-place team is unlikely to have enough points to qualify.
Waratahs, Rebels to meet in key match in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels will meet Friday in a match critical to the outcome of the Australian conference as Super Rugby resumes after a four-week break for June internationals.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia fullback Israel Folau has been banned for one match for his contact in the air with Ireland captain Peter O'Mahony during Saturday's third rugby test in Sydney.
The ban announced Wednesday following a judicial hearing means Folau, who plays for the New South Wales Waratahs, will miss Friday's Super Rugby match against Melbourne.
Rugby Australia said later that Folau will appeal the decision.
SYDNEY (AP) — Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is expected to miss four weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during Australia's third-test loss to Ireland on Saturday.
New South Wales Waratahs assistant coach Simon Cron confirmed the minimum month-long time frame on Monday, meaning Hooper's only chance of playing again for the Waratahs would be if the Sydney-based side make the Super Rugby playoffs.
Hooper limped off clutching at his left hamstring after 16 minutes of the Wallabies' 20-16 loss.
SYDNEY (AP) — A rare penalty try paved the way for New South Wales to beat Queensland 18-14 in the second State of Origin match Sunday and clinch Australia's annual best-of-three rugby league series with a game to spare.
The Blues, beaten by Queensland in 11 of the last 12 Origin series, followed up their 22-12 win in Game 1 to win for the first time since 2014 in front of more than 82,000 spectators at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.