Steve Smith, David Warner return to Sheffield Shield
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner will play their first domestic Sheffield Shield matches in almost two years when they turn out from Thursday for New South Wales...
Samoa scrumhalf out of RWC with dislocated shoulder
APIA, Samoa (AP) — Samoa scrumhalf Scott Malolua was ruled out of the Rugby World Cup in Japan with a dislocated shoulder and replaced by Pele Cowley.
Australia wildfires seriously injure firefighter, raze homes
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildfires have left a firefighter seriously injured and destroyed several homes in an early start to the fire danger season in southeast Australia, officials said...
4 UK men arrested in Australian, N. Zealand drug seizures
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police said Wednesday they made a major drug bust linked to an international syndicate, with four British men arrested after the seizure of vast quantities of MDMA powder...
Taniela Tupou signs new 4-year deal with Rugby Australia
SYDNEY (AP) — Promising young prop Taniela Tupou has signed a new four-year deal with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds which will lock him in through the 2023 World Cup.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Police arrested dozens of climate protesters who disrupted traffic Tuesday in the biggest city in Australia's main coal mining state.
Australian farmer says human orthopedic plate found in croc
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian crocodile farmer who found an orthopedic plate inside a croc's stomach said Thursday that he had been told the surgical device was from a person's body and...
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...
SYDNEY (AP) — James O'Connor has signed a 2 ½-year deal with the Queensland Reds and could play for Australia on Saturday in its Rugby Championship opener against South Africa in...
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...
Police stop 4 kids who drove SUV 600 miles down Aussie coast
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Four children aged 10 to 14 packed fishing rods in a parent's SUV, left a farewell note then drove more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) down the Australian east coast...
State of Origin: New South Wales 26, Queensland 20
SYDNEY (AP) — Fullback James Tedesco's second try of the match with 30 seconds remaining gave New South Wales a 26-20 win over Queensland in the third and deciding State of Origin rugby league...
SYDNEY (AP) — Queensland lost one if its veteran players on the eve of Wednesday's third State of Origin match against New South Wales but still has form in its favor ahead of the...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A patron at a hotel on Australia's Gold Coast has foiled a holdup by attacking the robber with a bar stool and a pot plant.
NSW unchanged for State of Origin decider
SYDNEY (AP) — New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has kept faith in a winning team, ignoring injuries and possible suspensions to name an unchanged 17 for the deciding third State of Origin rugby...
PERTH, Australia (AP) — New South Wales dominated Queensland throughout the match for a 38-6 win to even the best-of-three State of Origin rugby league series on Sunday.
Australian photographer killed in Kansas crash
ANTHONY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a photographer from Australia died in a crash in southern Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Dale Sharpe, of Tugun, in Queensland, died...
NSW make 7 changes for State of Origin II
SYDNEY (AP) — New South Wales coach Brad Fittler made seven changes to his lineup for next week's second State of Origin rugby league match against Queensland, dropping star center Latrell...
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — Replacement hooker Jaco Visagie scored a try with four minutes remaining to earn a 24-24 draw for South Africa's Bulls against the Highlanders on Friday, boosting his...
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) — An Australian man who kidnapped and repeatedly raped a British backpacker during a monthlong ordeal in the country's Outback has been jailed for 10 years.
SYDNEY (AP) — Queensland coach Kevin Walters has named three debutants in his squad for next week's first State of Origin match, following his New South Wales counterpart Brad Fittler in unveiling...
Chiefs, Brumbies win in Super Rugby
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Chiefs produced an extraordinary defensive performance Friday to keep their Super Rugby playoffs hopes alive with a 19-13 win over the Queensland Reds.
Australian state leader intervenes to approve coal mine
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government leader intervened on Wednesday to fast-track a proposed coal mine days after voters rejected tougher action to curb greenhouse gas...
Pressure increases as playoffs get closer in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Still a month out from the playoffs, Super Rugby will begin to take on knockout significance for some teams from this weekend's 14th round.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Stand-in flyhalf Mitchell Hunt converted his own try two minutes after the final siren to earn the Crusaders a lucky 21-21 draw with the Sharks in Super Rugby on...
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The ringleader of a plot to take six extremists from Australia in a motor boat to the southern Philippines to overthrow the provincial government was sentenced by an...
Australian quits anti-Muslim party over strip club video
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A candidate in Australia's upcoming general election quit his anti-Muslim political party on Tuesday after video of him groping and propositioning dancers in a U.S....
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.
Hurricanes escape Sunwolves surprise in Super Rugby
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The Hurricanes avoided a surprise loss at the Sunwolves by scoring 22 unanswered points to keep in touch with the Super Rugby leaders on Friday.
Cameron Smith sets National Rugby League points record
SYDNEY (AP) — Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith has become the all-time highest point-scorer in the National Rugby League.
Smith's penalty goal in the 49th minute against North...
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.
Drug suspect caught fleeing Australia by Sea-Doo
SYDNEY (AP) — A British man wanted on drug charges has been thwarted in a daring bid to flee Australia for Papua New Guinea on a motorized personal watercraft.
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...
Super Rugby: Crusaders game canceled; Lions, Reds win
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Crusaders' winning streak in Super Rugby came to an end when their match against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday was canceled, and called a draw, as a mark of...
Cooper finds new home with Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Wallabies outcast Quade Cooper has found a comfortable new home at the Melbourne Rebels, playing a major role from flyhalf in the club's unbeaten start to the Super...
Australia women’s rugby captain banned for biting
SYDNEY (AP) — The captain of Australia's women's rugby team has been banned for six weeks after admitting biting an opponent on the arm during a domestic match.
Highlanders beat Reds 36-31 in Super Rugby
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — The Dunedin, New Zealand-based Highlanders established themselves as the escape artists of Super Rugby as they came from behind Friday to beat the Queensland Reds 36-31...
Boats, helicopters deployed for rescues in Australia floods
SYDNEY (AP) — Emergency workers are using boats and helicopters to rescue people from flooded parts of northern Australia where forecasts call for more heavy rainfall.
More than 1,100 people had been rescued from their homes on Sunday night and evacuation efforts were continuing Monday.
Queensland state Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk told reporters Monday that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding.
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.
Northeast Australia faces unprecedented wildfire danger
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Large swaths of northeast Australia endured unprecedented fire danger on Wednesday with 138 wildfires across Queensland state forcing schools to be closed and thousands of homes to be evacuated, officials said.
The fire danger was rated catastrophic in areas of central Queensland, the first time the highest danger rating had been applied to the state, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
Wildfire razes vast tracts of northeast Australia
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A wildfire stoked by heatwave conditions in northeast Australia has destroyed at least four homes, forced the evacuation of hundreds of others and razed 20,000 hectares (49,000 acres) of farmland and woodland, authorities said Tuesday.
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.
Man dies in 3rd shark attack off Australia island in 7 weeks
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A shark has killed a man in an island harbor on Australia's Great Barrier Reef where two tourists were mauled on consecutive days in September in a spate of attacks that has left authorities struggling to explain an apparent escalation in danger in an internationally-renowned vacation destination.
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."
Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour
SYDNEY (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took separate boats Monday to Queensland's Fraser Island as their tour of Australia and the South Pacific continued with a reduced schedule for the pregnant duchess.
Prince Harry took a barge for the 43-mile (70-kilometer) crossing from Australia's mainland to the island, while the former American actress Meghan rode in a far more comfortable cruiser.
Wildlife ranger taken by crocodile in northern Australia
DARWIN, Australia (AP) — A wildlife ranger was taken by a crocodile Friday in Australia's Northern Territory.
The indigenous woman was attacked in a remote location 206 kilometers (128 miles) southwest of the indigenous community of Yirrkala, NT WorkSafe said. The employment safety watchdog said in a statement it was investigating.
Police were traveling by boat and road to the area of the attack, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The woman's body has yet to be recovered.
New captain Inglis suspended after DUI charge
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's new rugby league captain Greg Inglis was suspended on Tuesday for this month's two-test tour of New Zealand after being charged with mid-range drink driving just hours after his appointment.
Inglis had said in a press conference he hoped to keep his place in the Kangaroos team to take on the Kiwis and Tonga, but soon afterward he was suspended by National Rugby League CEO Todd Greenberg and Australia coach Mal Meninga.