BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The excitement level Down Under of having two Rugby World Cup tournaments tossed their way — the men in 2027 and the women two years later — was sort of lost on Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach was in Brisbane on Saturday for the first time since the Queensland state capital was awarded the 2032 Olympics.
Bach flew into Australia last weekend to attend a testimonial dinner for outgoing Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates and spent this past week visiting several Pacific island countries.
SYDNEY (AP) — Ian Chesterman has moved up from vice president to president after voting was held Saturday to replace departing Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates.
Chesterman defeated former Olympic swimmer Mark Stockwell 67-26 in the vote held during the AOC's annual general meeting.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The men's and women's Australian Open golf tournaments are set to be played at the same time on two sandbelt courses in southeast Melbourne in December.
And five-time winner Karrie Webb says she might even come out of semi-retirement to play in it.
HOBART, Australia (AP) — A 59-year-old driver was killed in a crash at the Targa Tasmania rally on Wednesday, a year after three competitors died in the annual race.
The man from Brisbane and his wife were in a 1989 Porsche 944 S2 when it crashed over an embankment on a closed section of the event in the north of Tasmania state.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Brisbane 2032 organizing committee held its first board meeting on Wednesday, more than 10 years before the Australian east coast city is due to host the Olympics.
International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates met with organizing committee president Andrew Liveris, and with the political leaders and former athletes who’ve already been appointed to the board.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty has signed on to play in an international golf exhibition just weeks after retiring from tennis while ranked No. 1 in the world.
The 25-year-old Australian has been included in Ernie Els’ Rest of the World team for the Icons Series event at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, on June 30 and July 1.
CANBERRA, Australia — The first of 20 Bushmaster armored vehicles has left Australia for Ukraine, one week after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy specifically requested the Australian-manufactured four-wheel drives.
LONDON (AP) — England will travel to Australia for a three-test rugby series in July, with Sydney Cricket Ground hosting the final match for its first international since 1986.
England last toured Australia in 2016, sweeping the three-test series in Eddie Jones's first year as coach to start an eight-match winning run against the Wallabies.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty signaled the end of the photo opportunities at her retirement news conference in her typically low-fuss, matter-of-fact style: “Righto, that’ll do.”
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty did things on her own terms as she won three Grand Slam singles titles and spent more than two consecutive years at No. 1 in the women’s tennis rankings.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes by Tuesday and hundreds of thousands more were told to prepare to flee as parts of Australia’s southeast coast were inundated by the worst flooding in more than a decade.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Parts of Australia’s third-most populous city Brisbane were under water Monday after heavy rain brought record flooding to some east coast areas and killed eight people.
The flooding in Brisbane and its surrounds is the worst since 2011 when the city of 2.6 million people was inundated by what was described as a once-in-a-century event.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian state government of Victoria says it has entered into “exclusive negotiations” with the Commonwealth Games Federation to host the 2026 version of the games in regional centers in the state.
BEIJING (AP) — The last time Australia won an Olympic medal in a sliding sport? That would be never.
Never even been close, with the country’s best result in any bobsled, skeleton or luge race being a 10th-place showing in 2010.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The prime minister of Samoa has placed the small Pacific nation into a 48-hour lockdown after 15 passengers on a flight from Australia tested positive for COVID-19.
The infected passengers were among 73 who arrived from Brisbane on Wednesday.
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Marcus Harris has been cut from Australia's lineup for the fifth Ashes test against England and Usman Khawaja will open the batting with David Warner.
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — After lopsided losses in the first two Ashes tests, England captain Joe Root says he’s frustrated by three components of his team’s performance.
Unfortunately for Root, they’re the three main ones in the game — batting, bowling and fielding.
SYDNEY (AP) — Four people including two children died on Sunday after a light aircraft crashed into the sea near the coast of Australia’s Queensland state.
Police said the aircraft, a four-seater Rockwell, crashed off the end of a runway at Redcliffe, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of the main city of Brisbane.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — While there were initial question marks over opener David Warner’s fitness for the second match of the Ashes series, there are no doubts about Australia's superiority in day-night tests.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Joe Root set a record for most runs in a calendar year by an England test batter and shared an unbroken 159-run stand with Dawid Malan on Friday to lead a rally in the Ashes series opener against Australia.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Jimmy Anderson is sidelined but his fellow pace veteran Stuart Broad is in contention to play in the Ashes series opener after being included in a 12-man England squad on the eve of the first test against Australia.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Jimmy Anderson has been ruled out of the first Ashes test against Australia, leaving England without its leading wicket taker for a match that could set the tone for the series.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — England captain Joe Root chose to keep his likely playing 11 under wraps and was guarded on his intentions if he wins the toss when he spoke Monday for the last time before the first Ashes cricket test against Australia.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — New Australia captain Pat Cummins has confirmed batsman Travis Head and fast bowler Mitchell Starc will play in the first Ashes cricket test.
Cummins said that Head is set to be picked ahead of Usman Khawaja in this week’s first Ashes Test at the Gabba, while the early call on left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, as a new ball bowler, means the hosts have now settled on a line-up well ahead of Wednesday’s toss.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — England pace bowler Chris Woakes says the racism and sexting scandals that have sidetracked the England and Australian cricket camps ahead of the Ashes are personal matters that should not be part of on-field banter during the series.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia has confirmed the pre-Ashes speculation and named Alex Carey to make his test debut as the replacement wicketkeeper for former captain Tim Paine.
The 30-year-old Carey was added Thursday to the 15-man squad for the first two Ashes tests against England — the first beginning Dec.
England allrounder Ben Stokes has declared himself “fit and hungry” to start the Ashes series against Australia.
Stokes was a late addition to the squad, having taken a break from cricket to mentally refresh and undergo a second operation on his fractured left index finger.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An extra day-night test match on the Ashes tour is something England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is more than open to.
Any cricket at all would suit him just fine.
Buttler was released from two weeks in quarantine on Tuesday in time for the scheduled practice match between England and the England Lions in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former Australia test cricket captain Tim Paine is set to miss the first Ashes test and is taking an indefinite mental health break from the game.
The news comes a week after Paine tearfully quit as captain after revelations of a scandal involving the sending of inappropriate texts to a female co-worker in 2017.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The first of England’s Ashes warm-ups was abandoned after only 29 overs were possible in the three-day tour match between the two visiting sides.
Persistent rain and storms restricted play on Tuesday and ensured no play was possible on Wednesday or Thursday between England and the England Lions at Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane's bayside suburbs.
LONDON (AP) — An Australian will work as a consultant with England’s pace bowlers ahead of the Ashes series against Australia that starts next month.
Troy Cooley will support the bowlers’ preparations at their training camp in Brisbane and later assist the seamers in England’s second-string Lions squad which is also in Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board said Wednesday.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — After quarantine, the rain. Ben Stokes’ return will have to wait after day one of an internal trial match between England teams was washed out two weeks before the opening test of the Ashes series.
Tim Paine took over the Australian test cricket team captaincy following one of the country's biggest and most embarrassing international scandals.
He's lost it following a more personal indiscretion.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Usman Khawaja has been recalled to Australia’s 15-man test squad and could get a shot at England in the Ashes.
The 34-year-old left-hander hasn’t played for Australia since being dropped during the 2019 Ashes series, but has been in run-scoring form for Queensland in domestic cricket and could rival Travis Head for a batting spot in the middle order.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Twenty20 World Cup player of the series David Warner got off a flight that the champion Australian team shared with members of England’s Ashes squad, gave a thumbs up as he entered the arrivals hall and headed into 14 days of hotel quarantine.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Let the hype, hyperbole and general madness begin. It's nearly Ashes time, the most anticipated series in world cricket.
The first group of England cricketers arrived at Brisbane airport Saturday morning to begin a 14-day quarantine at a luxury Gold Coast resort and nearly a month ahead of the first Ashes test against Australia.
SYDNEY (AP) — Cricket Australia has confirmed the expected, postponing its historic first-ever test match against Afghanistan due to a reported ban on women's cricket in the çentral Asian country.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Modern Pentathlon Australia has supported a decision by the sport’s international governing body to remove the show jumping discipline from its Olympic competition after the 2024 Paris Games.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Will Pucovski is set to miss the start of the Ashes series against England after his state coach ruled the promising top-order batter out of a first-class match in Australia because of another concussion setback.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A former high-level swimming coach accused of historical child abuse has been remanded in custody until next month after his case was mentioned Monday in an Australian court.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — World No. 1-ranked Ash Barty won’t defend her season-ending WTA Finals title and is done for the year due to continuing COVID-19 travel and quarantine restrictions.
“I wanted to let everyone know that I won’t be competing in any further tournaments in 2021, including the WTA Finals in Mexico,” Barty said in a statement on Saturday.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s most successful rugby league coach will be taking over the NRL’s newest team after Wayne Bennett agreed to lead the Redcliffe-based Dolphins into the top tier in 2023.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The NRL is set for expansion in 2023 after the Australian Rugby League Commission approved a license for a 17th team.
The Redcliffe-based Dolphins from Brisbane’s northeastern bayside fringe beat two other expansion candidates to become the fourth club from Queensland state in the National Rugby League competition.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Father and son got it done for the Penrith Panthers.
Ivan Cleary won a National Rugby League grand final for the first time after two previous defeats as a coach and his son Nathan was named the man-of-the match as the Panthers beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs, co-owned by actor Russell Crowe, 14-12 in the championship match at Brisbane.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — The Melbourne Demons kicked 12 straight goals in the third and fourth quarters to beat the Western Bulldogs by 74 points and end a 57-year title drought in Australian rules football.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Penrith Panthers scored early tries in each half then relied on their strong defense to beat the Melbourne Storm 10-6 Saturday and advance to the National Rugby League grand final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia regained the Mandela Plate with a 30-17 win over World Cup champion South Africa on Saturday, giving Dave Rennie back-to-back test wins for the first time as Wallabies head coach.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Even with a reshuffled backline and an entirely new forward pack from the previous week, New Zealand had enough firepower to beat Argentina 36-13 to overtake South Africa atop the world rugby rankings in an ominous warm-up for the 100th test between the two nations.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The second Rugby Championship match in two weekends between Australia and South Africa could see contrasting streaks extended. But for which team?
The Wallabies haven’t won consecutive test matches in two years and the Springboks haven’t lost two in a row since 2018.