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  • Beer determined for Test comeback despite bad domestic season

    The Sydney News.Net - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Western Australia spinner Michael Beer, who was earmarked to travel to India with the Australian Test squad before injury struck, is adamant that he can play Test cricket again despite a bad domestic season. Beer, 29, said he has no plans to move interstate after being dropped by WA and the Perth Scorchers. He said he is bowling as well as ever, and conceded he was not expecting his axing from ...

  • Michael Clarke heavy favorite to win Allan Border medal for fifth time

    The Sydney News.Net - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Australian captain Michael Clarke could win Allan Border Medal for an unprecedented fifth time, a recent voting has revealed. Clarke has been the standout Test batsman in the world during the past year, though he missed half of Australia's one-day matches because of injury, News.com.au reports. If Clarke wins the medal this time again, he is going to go past Ricky Ponting, who has four, the ...

  • Belinda Clark becomes first woman to enter Oz Cricket Hall of Fame

    The Sydney News.Net - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Former Australian captain Belinda Clark has reportedly become the first woman to enter the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. Clark, also the current director of CA's Centre of Excellence will be officially inducted with Mark Waugh at the Allan Border Medal on Monday. She said that she was humble to be the first female inducted into the prestigious company and she knew with 80 years of history ...

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  • Indian student numbers in Australia continue to climb

    The Sydney News.Net - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Australia's High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, has welcomed a sharp increase in the number of Indians applying for student visas to Australia. The latest immigration figures show 4148 Indians made offshore applications for student visas between July and September last year - more than double the figure for the same period in 2012. More than 90 per cent of Indians, who applied for ...

  • Next years World Cup in Australia and New Zealand pivotal to future of ODIs Waugh

    The Sydney News.Net - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Former opener Mark Waugh has claimed that next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will be pivotal to the future of the 50-over game. Waugh, who will officially inducted in Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at Monday's Allan Border Medal in Sydney, said that captains must attack in one-day cricket to keep it relevant in the face of the Twenty20 explosion. He said T20 Cricket is here to ...

  • England just one victory away from retaining Womens Ashes

    The Sydney News.Net - Monday 20th January, 2014

    England tightened their grip on the Women's Ashes after a seven-wicket victory over Australia in the first one-day international at the MCG and are just one victory away from retaining the trophy. Under the current format, the women's Ashes features one Test, three one-dayers and three Twenty20s, with the winner decided by the country who accumulates the most points. A Test match win is worth ...

  • Bailey dropped from Oz Test side touring South Africa

    The Sydney News.Net - Monday 20th January, 2014

    George Bailey has been dropped for next month's three-Test tour of South Africa due to a poor Ashes series in which he averaged just 26.14 with the bat despite Australia's overall dominance. The 31-year-old is a proven performer in 50-over cricket, but he has not been able to find his form in the longer form of the game. There was an expectation that he would be dropped before the Sydney Test ...

  • Ferrer reaches Australian Open quarter-finals

    The Sydney News.Net - Sunday 19th January, 2014

    No.3 seed David Ferrer cruised to victory Sunday in the fourth round of the Australian Open and booked a berth in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard defeated Germany's Florian Mayer 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1, reports Xinhua. After dropping the first set in the tie-break, Ferrer bounced back to win eight of 15 possible break points. Ferrer committed 43 unforced errors, but was aided by Mayer, who ...

  • Paes-Stepanek in Australian Open quarters Bopanna-Qureshi lose

    The Sydney News.Net - Sunday 19th January, 2014

    Fifth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek ended Yuki Bhambri and Michael Venus's impressive run in their first Grand Slam to reach the men's doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open here Sunday. Seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi exited the competition after losing to 12th seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot in the third round. The Indo-Czech pairing of Paes-Stepanek ...

  • Oz PM Tony Abbott being coached to speak slowly

    The Sydney News.Net - Sunday 19th January, 2014

    Experts have claimed that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been coached to speak slowly. According to Cate Madill, director of the voice research laboratory, University of Sydney's faculty of health sciences, the 56-year-old politician not only speaks 100 words a minute slower in media interviews than he did in opposition, but also speaks in a more monotone voice, the Sydney Morning ...

  • Sam Stosur hoping to regain top 10 spot in three remaining Grand Slams

    The Sydney News.Net - Sunday 19th January, 2014

    American tennis player Samantha Stosur is reportedly hoping to achieve a return to the top ten rankings in the world in the three remaining Grand Slams following her third-round singles loss and a second-round doubles defeat in the Australian Open. Now seeded17th, Stosur was outdone on Friday by the 14th seed Ana Ivanovic, who has also defeated Serena Williams in their fourth round clash on ...

  • Berdych sails into Australian Open quarter-finals

    The Sydney News.Net - Sunday 19th January, 2014

    Czech tennis ace Tomas Berdych has sailed into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after winning his fourth round clash against South African Kevin Anderson at the Melbourne Park. Berdych defeated Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday at the Margaret Court Arena in three sets with an impressive array of winners to extend his record to 10-0 over the South African in just under two ...

  • Paes-Stepanek in Oz Open quarter-finals Bopanna-Qureshi crashes out

    The Sydney News.Net - Sunday 19th January, 2014

    Veteran Indian star Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek have sailed into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, while seventh seeded pair of India's Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi endured a shocking defeat to exit the tournament on Sunday. Fifth-seeded Paes and Stepanek defeated Paes' Indian counterpart Yuki Bhambri and his New Zealand partner ...

  • Djokovic cruises into Australian Open quarters

    The Sydney News.Net - Sunday 19th January, 2014

    Novak Djokovic beat Italian 15th seed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open here Sunday. The Serbian is yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and took the victory in 93 minutes, reports Xinhua. Djokovic won the opening set with a solitary break. From the fourth deuce of the opening game in the second set, Djokovic won 14 of the next 15 points to surge to ...

  • Bopanna-Qureshi knocked out of Australian Open

    The Sydney News.Net - Sunday 19th January, 2014

    Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, popularly called the India-Pakistan Express, were knocked out of the third round of the Australian Open by 12th seeds Treat Huey of the Philippines and Dominic Inglot of Britain here Sunday. Huey-Inglot beat the seventh seeds 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) in an hour and 19 minutes at the Show Court 2 to advance to the quarter-finals. The Filipino-British pair were ...

  • Paes ends Bhambhris run in mens doubles at Australian Open

    The Sydney News.Net - Sunday 19th January, 2014

    India's Leander Paes ended young compatriot Yuki Bhambri's dream run in the men's doubles at Australian Open here Sunday. Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek beat the unseeded team of Bhambri and Michael Venus in straight sets to march into the quarter-finals. The fifth seeds cantered to a 6-3, 6-2 win in just over an hour at the Margaret Court Arena. The Indo-Czech pairing put in a ...

  • ‘Cosy’ Azarenka advances to Australian Open quarter-finals as Sharapova makes shock exit

    The National - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Victoria Azarenka is the prohibitive women's favourite at the Australian Open after two of the other top-3 seeds fell in the fourth round. Made Nagi / ...

  • Western Australias shark cull faces legal challenge from conservationists

    The Guardian - Monday 20th January, 2014

    The Greens and animal welfare groups are formulating a legal challenge to the Western Australian government’s shark cull, claiming the move would fall foul of state, federal and international obligations. Lawyers for a loose-knit coalition of groups, including the Greens, the Conservation Council and Western Australians for Shark Conservation, are looking at whether the plan to trap and ...

  • Big Day Out Pearl Jam Arcade Fire Snoop Dogg – in pictures

    The Guardian - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Australia's most famous music festival -which tours the country this month -hit the Gold Coast on Sunday with Snoop Dogg, Arcade Fire and Pearl Jam headlining. Here are some images from the ...

  • Andy Murray v Stephane Robert Australian Open – live

    The Guardian - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Third set: Murray 3-3 Robert* (*denotes *next server) - Murray leads 2 sets to 0 Robert fails to punish Murray's slack second serve in the opening point, which he loses after a long rally. Now that I've noticed his grunting it's ALL that I notice, but he also sends a tidy backhand winner past Murray and that is worth noticing. At 15-15 Robert has a simple backhand volley to close ...

  • Azarenka advances Sharapova exits in Melbourne

    SBS - Monday 20th January, 2014

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams in making an early exit from the Australian Open on Monday but defending champion Victoria Azarenka swept into the quarter-finals with an 18th straight victory at Melbourne ...

  • Threats scupper Perth shark kill tender

    SBS - Monday 20th January, 2014

    The Western Australian government will go ahead with its controversial catch and kill policy for large sharks, despite threats from opponents prompting a professional fishing outfit to pull out. The state government will instead use its fisheries department to patrol metropolitan waters. The government originally wanted professional fishermen to bait and monitor drum lines off Perth's ...

  • Lynn delighted with Australian T20 call-up

    SBS - Monday 20th January, 2014

    After two summers wrecked by injury and poor form, Queenslander Chris Lynn is delighted to be in Australia's Twenty20 squad to play ...

  • Sharapova crashes out of Australian Open

    China.org.cn - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Sharapova quickly went 0-5 down in the second. She rallied to win four straight games, only for Cibulkova to serve the set out at the third time of ...

  • Cibulkova bounces Sharapova out of Open

    Sydney Morning Herald - Monday 20th January, 2014

    Feisty Dominika Cibulkova accused Maria Sharapova of deliberately wasting time with her errant ball toss after dumping the No.3 seed out of the Australian Open in the second huge upset in as many days at Melbourne Park. After needing three attempts to serve out the second set, Cibulkova kept her focus while the Russian took a medical timeout for treatment on a hip strain and then powered ...

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