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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.

Cricket legend Warne's cap raises Aus$1m for bushfire appeal

Sydney - Cricket star Shane Warne's "baggy green" cap sold at auction for more than Aus$1 million (nearly $700,000) Friday, with all funds going to help victims of bushfires raging in Australia.

Tennis and cricket stars rally behind Australia bushfire relief

Sydney - Tennis and cricket stars spearheaded by Nick Kyrgios and Chris Lynn on Friday pledged support for victims of bushfires raging around Australia, donating cash for every ace or six they hit.

Tennis champion Margaret Court hits out at transgender athletes

Melbourne - Australian tennis great Margaret Court has again condemned transgender athletes, while claiming the devil controlled the media and government, in fiery comments just weeks before she is honoured at the Australian Open.

Folau 'conceded' homophobic post breached rules: Rugby Australia

Sydney - Sacked former Wallaby star Israel Folau conceded his anti-gay social media posts breached Rugby Australia's code of conduct and offered to apologise, the governing body claimed in a court filing made public Wednesday.

Australian newspapers lose Chris Gayle masseuse defamation appeal

Sydney - An Australian media group on Tuesday lost an appeal against an Aus$300,000 (US$211,000) defamation payout to West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle after claiming he exposed his genitals to a masseuse.

Folau cashes in as Christian group takes up fundraiser

Sydney - A Christian group crowdfunded more than Aus$l.0 million ($700,000) in a single day Tuesday for former Australian rugby star Israel Folau's legal battle to appeal against his sacking over homophobic comments.

'Deeply saddened' Wallabies star Folau sacked over anti-gay comments

Sydney - Wallabies star Israel Folau said he was "deeply saddened" and considering his options Friday after being sacked for homophobic comments in a case that looks to have ended his glittering career in Australia.

Folau guilty of 'high-level' code of conduct breach

Sydney - Homophobic comments by Israel Folau amounted to a "high-level" breach of rugby's code of conduct, a tribunal ruled Tuesday, leaving the Wallabies star's glittering career hanging in the balance.

Cheika gives evidence at Folau 'anti-gay' hearing

Sydney - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika gave evidence Saturday at a high-stakes code of conduct hearing as Israel Folau challenged Rugby Australia's intention to tear up his lucrative contract over homophobic comments.

Not out! Aussie cricketer clarifies 'boyfriend' post

Sydney - Australian cricketer James Faulkner clarified that he was not gay on Tuesday after a post about his "boyfriend" on social media was widely interpreted as a landmark coming-out statement.

Champion Australia mare Winx wins final race for 33 on the trot

Sydney - Champion Australian mare Winx bid farewell Saturday by winning her 33rd race in a row, ending her glittering career on a high with an amazing four-year unbeaten streak.

Australia slammed for backing Asian football boss's new term

Sydney - Australia's football body announced its support for the re-election of under-fire Asian soccer chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa on Monday, drawing criticism from a prominent campaigner who called it "sickening".

Dominant Djokovic wins magnificent seventh Australian Open

Melbourne - An imperious Novak Djokovic won a record magnificent seventh Australian Open title by routing Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday with a display of flawless tennis.

Ominous Serena, Djokovic make Open statements

Melbourne - A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition Tuesday as world number one Novak Djokovic destroyed his opponent as he targets a record seventh title.

Protest mars Wild Oats XI record Sydney-Hobart race win

Sydney - Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won a record ninth line honours in the Sydney to Hobart ocean race Friday, but a protest against its victory for the second-year running has marred the celebrations.
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