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Nick Mulvenney

Participation not enough for Afghanistan poster boy Rashid

3:23am BST

Leg spinner Rashid Khan is already on his way to becoming Afghanistan's first sporting superstar and the 20-year-old is determined his first World Cup will be remembered for his country achieving something rather than just taking part.

Folau sacked by Rugby Australia over social media post

17 May 2019

SYDNEY Five weeks after they first committed to sacking Israel Folau, Rugby Australia finally terminated the Wallabies fullback's contract on Friday on the recommendation of a disciplinary panel that decided he had breached their rules on inclusion. | Video

Australia's high flying Folau grounded by faith

17 May 2019

SYDNEY For very different reasons, Israel Folau's arrival in Australian rugby union six years ago was as explosive as his departure and, in sporting terms at least, the free-scoring fullback will be sorely missed.

Captain Kerr looks to get the Matildas waltzing at World Cup

15 May 2019

SYDNEY There is a good case for ranking Sam Kerr as Australia's best footballer, female or male, at the moment and the country's hopes of a first World Cup triumph in France in July rest in no small part upon the prolific striker's shoulders.

Bach boxing comments undervalue International Federations - AIBA chief

06 May 2019

SYDNEY The executive director of AIBA, the governing body of amateur boxing, has hit out at Olympic chief Thomas Bach for suggesting putting together an alternative organisation to run the sport at next year's Tokyo Games would "not be rocket science".

Olympics: Alternative organisation for Tokyo boxing 'not rocket science' - Bach

04 May 2019

SYDNEY Olympic chief Thomas Bach believes an alternative organisation could run the boxing competition at next year's Tokyo Olympics if recognition is withdrawn from the sport's amateur governing body AIBA.

Olympic chief sympathises with Semenya, respects CAS decision

04 May 2019

SYDNEY Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Saturday he had sympathy for Caster Semenya but respected the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)'s decision that means the South African athlete will have to reduce her testosterone levels to compete.

Rugby Australia's 'position unchanged' after Folau meeting

12 Apr 2019

SYDNEY Israel Folau had a meeting with Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union to discuss his social media posts on Friday but the governing bodies said they still intended to terminate his contract.

Rugby Australia intends to sack Folau over 'discriminatory' post

11 Apr 2019

SYDNEY Rugby Australia said on Thursday it would terminate the contract of Israel Folau, the country's best-known and best-paid player, if he cannot offer a good reason for a social media post that said gay people would go to "hell" if they did not "repent".

Record-matching 'NASA man' Folau relaunches Waratahs season

24 Mar 2019

SYDNEY Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has suggested Israel Folau should work for space agency NASA after the New South Wales Waratahs fullback's aerial skills helped end his team's record Super Rugby winning streak.

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Why U.S.-Iran tensions could quickly escalate into a crisis

Three years ago, when Iran's military captured 10 U.S. sailors after they mistakenly strayed into Iranian waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif jumped on the phone in minutes and worked out the sailors' release in hours.