Nick Mulvenney

Rugby-Timani returns from exile to Australia squad for France test series

Jun 13 2021

SYDNEY Lock Sitaleki Timani returned to the Wallabies set-up after eight years in self-imposed exile as Australia coach Dave Rennie named a bumper 38-man squad for next month's three-test series against France on Sunday.

Olympics-Brisbane 2032 not a done deal yet, says Coates

Jun 11 2021

SYDNEY Australia's top Olympic official John Coates said on Friday that Brisbane winning the right to host the 2032 Summer Games was not a done deal, despite the International Olympic Committee's executive board approving the bid.

Olympics-Tokyo crowds decision to be part of wider ruling on sport: Coates

Jun 10 2021

SYDNEY Senior Olympic official John Coates says a decision on whether spectators will be allowed at the Tokyo Games will be made at the end of June as part of a more general ruling for all sports events in Japan, the Australian said on Friday.

Rugby-Blues eye home final in last round of Trans-Tasman competition

Jun 10 2021

SYDNEY The Auckland Blues will be out to snap a decade-long playoff drought when three unbeaten New Zealand teams vie for two places in the final over the last round of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman at the weekend.

Olympics-'We just can't wait', Australia's softball squad head for Japan

May 31 2021

SYDNEY Australia's softball squad left Sydney for a pre-Olympic training camp in Japan on Monday, prepared for a very different Games experience but as determined as their predecessors to return home with a medal.

Olympics:'We need games', Australian softball squad off to Japan next week

May 26 2021

SYDNEY Australia's Olympic softball squad will be among the first athletes to arrive from overseas for the Tokyo Games when they fly off for a training camp in Japan next Monday to get some desperately needed game practice.

Rugby: 2027 World Cup bid a 'light on the hill' for Australia - Eales

May 20 2021

SYDNEY Australia winning the right to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup would be an important step in the rejuvenation of the sport in the country after a few lean years, former captain John Eales said at the launch of the bid on Thursday.

Cricket-Australia bowlers call for end to Sandpapergate 'innuendo'

May 18 2021

SYDNEY (Reuters) -The four Australia bowlers who played in the "Sandpapergate" test against South Africa in 2018 issued a statement on Tuesday denying any knowledge of ball-tampering and calling for an end to "rumour-mongering" and "innuendo".

Rugby-First blood for New Zealand in trans-Tasman Super Rugby

May 14 2021

SYDNEY The Otago Highlanders outmuscled Australian champions the Queensland Reds 40-19 before the Wellington Hurricanes beat the New South Wales Waratahs 64-48 in a Sydney try-fest as New Zealand took first blood in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman on Friday.

Olympics-Fear Of Missing Out keeps athletes onside for Tokyo

May 13 2021

SYDNEY Ten weeks before the start of the Olympics, Tokyo remains in a state of emergency, 60% of the Japanese people do not want the Olympics to go ahead, and only around 3% of them have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

World News

Putin sees 'a lot of issues' at first summit with Biden

GENEVA (Reuters) -With deep disagreements likely and expectations of solving them low, U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down in a lakeside Geneva villa on Wednesday for their first summit since Biden took office.