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Virus-weary Australia cheers prospect of Brisbane Olympics

Brisbane - Australians hailed Brisbane's newly minted status as frontrunner to host the 2032 Olympics Thursday as a symbol of hope after a year of pandemic gloom.

Dominant Djokovic beats Medvedev to win ninth Australian Open

Melbourne - Peerless world number one Novak Djokovic demolished Russia's Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win his ninth Australian Open title and extend his record-breaking reign at Melbourne Park Sunday.

King Novak faces 'challenger' Medvedev in Australian Open final

Melbourne - Novak Djokovic says going unbeaten in eight Australian Open finals will give him confidence in Sunday's decider, but he'll need more than that to overcome "the man to beat" -- red-hot Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev powers past Tsitsipas into Australian Open final

Melbourne - Russia's Daniil Medvedev overpowered Stefanos Tsitsipas to make his first Australian Open final Friday, where he will bid to stop world number one Novak Djokovic from clinching an unprecedented ninth title.

Osaka shatters Williams record bid to make Australian Open final

Melbourne - Naomi Osaka emphatically ended Serena Williams's latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown with a straight-sets demolition in the Australian Open semi-finals Thursday.

Australian Open crowds banned as Melbourne begins lockdown

Melbourne - Australia's second-largest city of Melbourne went from welcoming thousands of fans for its Grand Slam tennis tournament to deserted city streets overnight, as millions began a five-day coronavirus lockdown.

Djokovic injured in thriller as Australian Open shuts doors

Melbourne - Defending champion Novak Djokovic admitted his Australian Open might be over after an injury-hit win on Friday as fans were kicked out ahead of a state-wide coronavirus lockdown.

Melbourne orders snap Covid lockdown, but Australian Open plays on, without fans

Melbourne - More than six million people were ordered into a snap, five-day lockdown Friday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak in Australia's second most populous state, forcing the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne to shut fans out.

Melbourne orders snap covid lockdown, but Australian Open plays on, without fans

Melbourne - More than six million people were ordered into a snap, five-day lockdown Friday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak in Australia's second most populous state, forcing the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne to shut fans out.

Tearful Kenin out but Barty just getting started at Australian Open

Melbourne - Defending champion Sofia Kenin exited the Australian Open in tears on Thursday as world number one Ashleigh Barty negotiated a sticky moment to reach the third round.

Djokovic passes Tiafoe test, Serena sublime at Australian Open

Melbourne - Eight-time champion Novak Djokovic was made to sweat at the Australian Open on Wednesday as Serena Williams made serene progress in her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

Wallabies agree to hefty Covid pay cuts

Sydney - The Wallabies have collectively agreed to a multi-million dollar pay cut to help the cash-strapped code through the coronavirus pandemic, Rugby Australia said Friday.

Australian Open boss 'confident' event will go ahead despite Covid case

Melbourne - Australian Open chief Craig Tiley said he was "absolutely confident" the tournament will start next week despite a fresh coronavirus case that halted warm-up tournaments and forced hundreds of players and officials into isolation on Thursday.

Tennis chaos as players, officials isolate after Australia Covid-19 case

Melbourne - Preparations for the Australian Open were thrown into chaos Wednesday when up to 600 players and officials were told to isolate and get tested after a hotel staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

Up to 30,000 a day allowed into Australian Open

Melbourne - Daily crowds of between 25,000 and 30,000 will be allowed to watch the Australian Open, organisers said Saturday in a big boost to the season's opening Grand Slam.

Two players test positive in new Australian Open blow

Melbourne - Two Australian Open tennis players have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said on Tuesday, in a new blow for the tournament which is facing a backlash from a wary public.

Kyrgios slams 'tool' Djokovic as Australian Open tensions run high

Melbourne - Australia's Nick Kyrgios dismissed world number one Novak Djokovic as a "tool" as a backlash grew against tennis players flown in for the Australian Open during a raging pandemic.

'No special treatment' - Australia rebuffs tennis stars' quarantine complaints

Melbourne - Dozens of tennis stars stuck in hotel quarantine ahead of the Australian Open were told Monday they would get no "special treatment" to leave their rooms to train, despite complaints from some players.

Disarray as two test positive for virus on Australian Open plane

Melbourne - A host of tennis players were barred from practising for a fortnight Saturday in a major setback to their Australian Open preparations after two people on a charter flight that brought them to Melbourne tested positive to Covid-19.

Australia, China F1 postponed as coronavirus hits 2021 calendar

Melbourne - Formula One's Australian Grand Prix was postponed to November and China's race was put on hold indefinitely as the coronavirus forced a 2021 calendar rejig on Tuesday.

India captain Kohli denounces racist abuse in Sydney Test

Sydney - India captain Virat Kohli has denounced as "absolutely unacceptable" the alleged racial abuse of the India team from sections of the crowd in the third Test against Australia in Sydney on Sunday.

Australian rugby international becomes first to come out as gay

Sydney - Former Test prop Dan Palmer won plaudits Friday after becoming the first Wallabies player to come out as gay, a decision spurred in part by homophobic comments by sacked star Israel Folau.

Cricket great Warne's gin distillery shifts to hand sanitiser

Sydney - Australian cricket great Shane Warne has halted production of gin at a distillery he co-owns to make medical-grade hand sanitiser for hospitals in these "challenging times".

New Zealand abandon Australia cricket tour after new travel measures

Sydney - New Zealand abandoned their one-day cricket tour of Australia on Saturday after Wellington tightened border restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Formula One in turmoil as season-opening Australian Grand Prix cancelled

Melbourne - Formula One's season was thrown into turmoil Friday with the Australian Grand Prix cancelled just hours before cars were due to hit the track amid fears that more races will be called off as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll.

Season-opening Australian Grand Prix in chaos as McLaren pulls out

Melbourne - McLaren pulled out of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix Thursday after a team member tested positive for coronavirus, throwing the race into chaos.

Virus restrictions hit Australia AFC Champions League games

Melbourne - The AFC Champions League was thrown into further chaos Sunday with Australia advising fixtures due to be held in Perth and Sydney can no longer take place due to travel restrictions over the deadly coronavirus.

Bushfire smoke disrupts Australian Open build-up

Melbourne - Bushfire smoke disrupted the Australian Open build-up Wednesday for a second straight day, with qualifying rounds delayed following a barrage of complaints about safety from international tennis players.

Australian Open qualifying delayed due to bushfire smoke

Melbourne - Qualifying rounds for the Australian Open were delayed Wednesday as toxic smoke from widespread bushfires continued to choke Melbourne, throwing the Grand Slam's schedule into chaos.

From Thor to Fleabag, stars dig deep for Australian bushfire relief

Sydney - Social media stars and sporting champions are splashing the cash for Australian bushfire relief efforts and urging fans to do the same.
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