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Australia hails quick fix of problems in athletes' Village


RIO DE JANEIRO Australia's Olympic delegation in Rio de Janeiro said on Monday organizers had made "fantastic" progress in fixing problems with unfinished housing at the athletes' village, after complaints from several countries about shoddy electricity and plumbing.


Australia opt for two spinners against Sri Lanka 25 Jul 2016

Australia will play two spinners in the first test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele on Tuesday, captain Steve Smith said as the world's top-ranked side eye a turnaround in their poor record on the slow pitches in Asia.

Russia at Rio risks harming Olympic movement - Australia 25 Jul 2016

MELBOURNE The Australian government has criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for rejecting a blanket ban on Russian athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games, saying their participation risks damaging the reputation of the Olympic movement.


New Zealand satisfied with Rio Village after remedial work 25 Jul 2016

New Zealand's Olympic team said they were satisfied with their accommodation for the Rio de Janeiro Games on Sunday, despite their trans-Tasman Sea neighbours Australia refusing to move in.


Australia plans indefinite detention of convicted extremists 25 Jul 2016

SYDNEY Australia will indefinitely detain people convicted of terrorism-related charges if it feels they pose an ongoing danger to society upon their release, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday.


Sprint queen Meares on track for more glory in Rio 25 Jul 2016

MELBOURNE The turn of the Olympic cycle has ushered in a new generation of riders plotting to overthrow track queen Anna Meares, but the seasoned Australian is confident of being in top gear to defend her sprint title at the Rio de Janeiro Games.


Mills taps Australian heartland for Rio inspiration 25 Jul 2016

MELBOURNE Basketballer Patty Mills will don the green and gold of Australia at the Rio de Janeiro Games but gained inspiration for his third Olympics in the red dust of his country's vast, empty heartland.


Rio scrambles to be ready as athletes, soldiers arrive 24 Jul 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO Tens of thousands of armed troops fanned out across Rio de Janeiro and local organizers faced a rebellion by Australia about unfinished living accommodations as athletes began to move in Sunday for the first Olympics ever in South America.


Australians stay away from Village citing blocked toilets, exposed wiring 24 Jul 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO The Australian Olympic team refused to move in to Rio de Janeiro's village for athletes on Sunday, saying the accommodation was "not safe or ready" for next month's games."Due to a variety of problems in the Village, including gas, electricity and plumbing, I have decided that no Australian Team member will move into our allocated building," delegation head Kitty Chiller said on Sunday.

Australian Lee matches sister Minjee with U.S. junior title 24 Jul 2016

Min Woo Lee, younger brother of women's world number 14 Minjee, became the first Australian to win the prestigious U.S. junior golf title on Saturday, matching his sister's feat in the girl's championship in 2012.