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.
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...
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...
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...
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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.
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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...
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.
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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.
Short sets Australian domestic one-day record of 257 runs
SYDNEY (AP) — Western Australia opener D'Arcy Short set an Australian one-day cup cricket record of 257 runs against Queensland on Friday.
Short made the most of Hurstville Oval's tiny boundaries to score the new domestic mark off 148 balls, including 23 sixes, also a one-day cup record.
The 28-year-old Short eclipsed the 229 not out by Tasmanian opener Ben Dunk four years ago at North Sydney Oval.
Girl critical after 2nd shark attack on same Australian isle
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A girl was attacked by a shark at the same Great Barrier Reef island in Australia on Thursday as a woman who was mauled a day earlier.
The 12-year-old was rescued by helicopter from Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Islands off the Queensland state coast after being bitten on the upper leg.
Needle-in-strawberry scare spreads across Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves have spread across Australia and New Zealand as growers turn to metal detectors and the Australian government launches an investigation to restore public confidence in the popular fruit.
Melbourne on top again in rapidly changing NRL
SYDNEY (AP) — Defending champion Melbourne rallied from 8-0 down at halftime to beat Gold Coast 10-8 and to reclaim outright first place in Australia's National Rugby league after the weekend's penultimate regular season round.
Champion fullback Billy Slater ran for a career-high 289 minutes in his last NRL game in Queensland as Melbourne overcame a sloppy first half to move two points clear atop the table, closing on another minor premiership.
Star Australian fullback Billy Slater to retire
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Queensland and Australia fullback Billy Slater has confirmed he will retire from rugby league at the end of the NRL season.
The 35-year-old Slater played 30 tests for Australia, 31 State of Origin matches for Queensland — including eight series wins — and won two NRL premierships with the Melbourne Storm during a 16-year professional career.
He was the NRL Player of the Year in 2011 and twice won the Clive Churchill Medal as player of the match in the NRL grand final.
Souths shock Storm to go 1st in NRL
SYDNEY (AP) — Souths moved atop Australia's National Rugby League with a 30-20 win over defending champion Melbourne in the weekend's 21st round, then hurried to rein in rising expectations of their title chances.
The Storm, who beat Souths 64-6 in Melbourne last year, came into the match on an eight-match winning streak and as established favorites to retain their premiership title.
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.
Dragons bounce back to take 1st place in NRL
SYDNEY (AP) — St. George Illawarra beat North Queensland 24-10 to regain top ranking in Australia's National Rugby League at the end of a disruptive month in which leading players are wearied and distracted by State of Origin duties.
The Dragons' hard-fought win in the 19th round of the regular season lifted them back into first place on points differential, ahead of Souths who suffered their first loss since round eight, going down 22-6 to Wests.
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.
SYDNEY (AP) — Adam Reynolds kicked a late field goal to give South Sydney a 21-20 win over the North Queensland Cowboys, the Rabbitohs' eighth National Rugby League win in a row.
It is South Sydney's longest winning streak since 1989 and kept the Rabbitohs within two points of leading St. George Illawarra.
In the other Sunday match, tries to A.J. Brimson and Anthony Don in the final 20 minutes helped the Gold Coast Titans beat the Wests Tigers 30-12.
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.
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.
SYDNEY (AP) — Fullback Kalyn Ponga is set to make his Queensland debut in Sunday's second State of Orgin rugby league clash with New South Wales.
The 20-year-old Newcastle star was included Monday in coach Kevin Walters' 18-man squad for the match and is expected to make his first State of Origin appearance off the bench.
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.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A South Korean backpacker was rescued Thursday after falling from a mountain and spending six nights stranded in steep Australian wilderness. She was suffering from dehydration and exposure but was relatively unscathed, officials said.