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Australia to confront past as ball-tampering bans expire

27 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE Steve Smith and David Warner may wake with some relief on Thursday as they greet the final day of their ball-tampering bans but the anniversary of their humiliation will otherwise be a sombre milestone for Australia's cricket fans.

Rugby: Rebels Cooper and Genia to make thorny return to Lang Park

27 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE Amid the boisterous support for the Queensland Reds in the Lang Park terraces on Saturday, there may be a few fans left misty-eyed when Will Genia and Quade Cooper return to their old stomping ground in Melbourne Rebels colours.

Tennis: Underarm or underhanded? Kyrgios serve stokes debate

26 Mar 2019

Having annoyed Rafa Nadal with an underarm serve at Acapulco, Nick Kyrgios doubled down with the tactic to win two points against hapless Serb Dusan Lajovic at the Miami Open and fire up a timeworn debate between modern fans and purists.

Japan's Sunwolves axed from post-2020 Super Rugby

22 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE The Tokyo-based Sunwolves will be cut from Super Rugby after the 2020 season in a major blow for Japan as the nation prepares to showcase its development in the sport as hosts of the World Cup.

Rugby-Sunwolves cull to scatter 'United Nations' players

21 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE, March 21 The expected cull of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves from Super Rugby not only shapes as a setback for Japanese rugby in the year the country hosts the World Cup but also a blow for the 'United Nations' of players that have found homes at the team.

Australian Rules-AFL braces for impact of rule changes

19 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE An unprecedented wave of rule changes is set to test the patience of players, coaches and fans alike when the Australian Football League (AFL) season kicks off on Thursday.

Al-Araibi, players union slams Australia's support for Sheikh Salman

19 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE A refugee footballer who fled Bahrain and was held in a Thai prison for months has condemned Australia's support for the re-election of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.

New team, same sinking feeling for Ricciardo in Australia

17 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE Seemingly destined for disappointment at his home Grand Prix, Australian Daniel Ricciardo might have hoped for an end to the curse after switching from Red Bull to Renault.

Red Bull buoyed by 'dream' Honda debut in Australia

17 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE Red Bull had expected to get "trounced" at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday so Max Verstappen's podium was a "dream start" for the new partnership with Honda engines, team principal Christian Horner said.

Ferrari's bubble bursts in Australian disappointment

17 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE Early warning signs that all was not well at Ferrari came to a head on Sunday as the would-be Formula One contenders flopped in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

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