Australia

Canada, Australia grab Olympic sevens spots

- Australia and Canada have qualified for the women's rugby sevens tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics after making the quarter-finals at the Amsterdam tournament in the world sevens series.

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Langer rules out international jobs to stay in Western Australia 19 May 2015

SYDNEY - Former Australia test batsman Justin Langer ruled himself out of the running for the England and India coaching jobs by signing a two-year contract extension with Western Australia on Tuesday.

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Australian PM Abbott closes door on foreign fighters coming home 19 May 2015

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday ruled out an amnesty for Australian citizens seeking to quit foreign militant groups and return home in the wake of media reports that his government was negotiating with potential defectors.

Australia's Lee wraps up her first LPGA win 18 May 2015

- Australia's Minjee Lee wrapped up her first LPGA victory on Monday, completing three holes to finish a 65 for a two-shot win at the rain-delayed Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Australia opener Rogers to retire after Ashes 18 May 2015

SYDNEY - Australia test opener Chris Rogers appears set to retire from international cricket after the upcoming Ashes series in England.

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Australian World Cup winner Haddin quits one-dayers 17 May 2015

SYDNEY - Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has decided to make March's World Cup final his last one-day international and announced his retirement from the format on Sunday.

Champions Waratahs facing the hard road to the playoffs 17 May 2015

SYDNEY - It was always going to be a tall order for New South Wales Waratahs to become the first Australian side to retain the Super Rugby title but the task got that bit harder with the ACT Brumbies' win over the Lions on Saturday.

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England will be weaker without Pietersen, says Clarke 17 May 2015

SYDNEY - Australia captain Michael Clarke has absolutely no doubt England will be a weaker side without batsman Kevin Pietersen when the Ashes rivalry resumes in Cardiff on July 8.

Australian Norris leads by two strokes at Maekyung Open 16 May 2015

SEOUL - Australian Jason Norris will take a two-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Maekyung Open as he bids to become the first non-Korean to win the tournament in a decade.

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U.S. official misspoke on deployment of bombers to Australia - PM Abbott 15 May 2015

SYDNEY/WASHINGTON - Australia said on Friday a senior U.S. defence official misspoke when he told U.S. lawmakers the Pentagon planned to send B-1 bombers to Australia, while a Pentagon spokesman said future military rotations to Australia were not finalised.

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Ireland backs gay marriage in historic vote, ministers say

DUBLIN - Ireland appears to have voted heavily in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum that marks a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday.