Australia

Phelps impresses in first international comeback race

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- Michael Phelps made an ominous return to international competition on Friday, qualifying for the final of the 100 metres freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships at Australia's Gold Coast.

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All Blacks invoke memories of 2008 for Wallabies showdown 22 Aug 2014

AUCKLAND - New Zealand were so disappointed with their draw against Australia last week that their buildup to the return clash at Eden Park on Saturday has been almost as intense as a key Bledisloe match from six years ago, according to captain Richie McCaw.

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All Blacks invoke memories of 2008 for Wallabies showdown 22 Aug 2014

AUCKLAND - New Zealand were so disappointed with their draw against Australia last week that their buildup to the return clash at Eden Park on Saturday has been almost as intense as a key Bledisloe match from six years ago, according to captain Richie McCaw.

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Australia defends detention of child asylum seekers 22 Aug 2014

SYDNEY - Australia's immigration minister defended his country's tough policies on asylum seekers on Friday, saying measures including the detention of children and denial of permanent visas were needed to stop dangerous people-smuggling ventures.

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Steyn, Morkel back for South Africa in triangular series 21 Aug 2014

CAPE TOWN - Pacemen Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have been added to the South African one-day international squad for a triangular series involving hosts Zimbabwe and Australia starting on Monday, but Vernon Philander misses out with a hamstring injury.

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All Blacks told to improve or risk losing Bledisloe 21 Aug 2014

WELLINGTON - New Zealand's hopes of a world record dissolved in the Sydney rain last week but retaining the Bledisloe Cup remains a major motivating factor for the All Blacks ahead of the return match against Australia on Saturday.

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Scott returns to make amends at Australian Open 21 Aug 2014

SYDNEY - Adam Scott has confirmed he will return to Sydney for the Australian Open in November with the intent of making amends for his final-hole disappointment last year.

Australia's highest court to hear test case on asylum seekers 21 Aug 2014

SYDNEY - Australia's highest court set a date on Thursday for a full hearing into how a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers were detained at sea, a case that will test the government's authority to pursue its secretive immigration policies.

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Australia claim Liverpool's Smith with Socceroos call-up 21 Aug 2014

SYDNEY - Australia coach Ange Postecoglou called England under-21 international Brad Smith into his squad for next month's Asian Cup warm-ups against Belgium and Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

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Australia's Treasury Wine posts loss on U.S., China woes 21 Aug 2014

SYDNEY - Australia's Treasury Wine Estates Ltd , the world's No. 2 winemaker, swung to its first annual net loss and missed analysts' forecasts as the takeover target grappled with massive oversupply in its U.S. arm and sales fell globally.

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U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

KIEV/DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia - The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbour and threatening more sanctions. | Video