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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.

'Heavy price' — how 'Black Power' solidarity changed Aussie sprinter's life

Sydney - When a principled Peter Norman stood on the podium alongside two Americans in their famous Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, his place in the history books was sealed.

'Overdue' statue for Aussie 'Black Power' sprinter

Melbourne - Australia will erect a statue of a homegrown sprinter who backed two Americans in their famed Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, with authorities describing the honour as "seriously overdue".

Sydney Opera House horse race 'advertising' sparks uproar

Sydney - A government push to use the Sydney Opera House's sails to advertise a horse racing event over the wishes of the building's management has sparked uproar among many Australians over the commercialisation of an iconic landmark.

Topless, singing Serena sparks internet breast cancer stir

Sydney - Tennis superstar Serena Williams caused an internet sensation Sunday by posing topless for a video while singing "I Touch Myself" to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Adventure, dust and partying at Australia outback horse races

Birdsville - A small desert town in Australia's remote outback was transformed into a non-stop two-day carnival as thousands of people travelled across the vast continent to watch the Birdsville Races.

Shark fears cancel elite surf competition in Australia

Sydney - An elite global surfing championship in west Australia was cancelled Wednesday after two shark attacks near the event, organisers said.

Tearful Warner says tampering scandal may spell doom for Australia career

Sydney - Former Test vice-captain David Warner said he realised he may never play for his country again as he tearfully apologised Saturday over a ball-tampering scandal which has had deep repercussions for Australian cricket.

Australia cricket coach quits, captain breaks down in tears

Johanesburg - Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann said Thursday he would quit after the final match of the scandal-tainted Test series in South Africa after the team's former captain Steve Smith broke down in tears and accepted complete responsibility for the bal...

Australia cricket coach Lehmann to quit after South Africa series

Johanesburg - A tearful Darren Lehmann said on Thursday he would quit as coach of the scandal-tainted Australia cricket team after the fourth and final Test of the ongoing series in South Africa.

Tearful Smith takes 'full responsibility' for ball-tampering scandal

Sydney - Distraught former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith was in tears Thursday as he accepted full responsibility for a ball-tampering scandal that has shaken the sport, saying he was devastated by his "big mistake".

'Smith's Shame' — Australia media slam 'rotten' cricket culture

Sydney - Australia's cricketers have heaped disgrace and humiliation on the country, the local press said Monday in blasting the "rotten" team culture under the current leadership.

Opportunity knocks for Ricciardo in new F1 season

Melbourne - Daniel Ricciardo faces a pivotal year in his Formula One career with expectations of a much-improved Red Bull performance and mounting speculation over where he will drive next season.

Driven to perfection: can anyone stop F1 champ Hamilton?

Melbourne - A refreshed and hungry Lewis Hamilton has declared he's ready to take the new Formula One season by the scruff of the neck -- which is bad news for his long-suffering rivals.

King calls for Margaret Court Arena to be renamed over same-sex uproar

Melbourne - American tennis star Billie Jean King has called for Melbourne's Margaret Court Arena to be renamed as controversy rages over the Australian tennis great's divisive views on sexuality.

'Nothing to fear' as Australia plays Honduras on edge of killing field

Tegucigalpa - Australia are to face Honduras for a World Cup playoff in a Central American stadium on Friday located on the edge of a cane field notorious for being where gangs dumped corpses and dismembered victims with chainsaws.

World's richest turf contest hikes prize money

Sydney - The world's richest turf race will boost its prize money to Aus$13 million (US$10 million), organisers said in a cheeky full-page newspaper ad placed on the day of its rival Melbourne Cup.

Boxing: Pacquiao pulls out of title rematch with Horn

Brisbane - Filipino great Manny Pacquiao on Friday pulled out of a rematch with world champion Jeff Horn, leaving the Australian looking for another challenger in his title defence.

Australian to attempt 'torturous' quadruple Channel swim

Sydney - An Australian swimmer plans to attempt a world-first non-stop quadruple crossing of the icy English Channel, a torturous feat never before tried and widely considered impossible.
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