CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Several West Indian batters had lackluster results as the visitors played to a draw in a three-day tour match Saturday against a combined New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory XI.
SYDNEY (AP) — Around 1,000 people in the Australian town of Forbes were told to evacuate their homes on Tuesday ahead of flooding while much of central New South Wales state was on high alert.
The State Emergency Service said the Lachlan River was rising faster than anticipated and people in low-lying areas of Forbes needed to evacuate by Tuesday, two weeks after the town of 10,000 was last flooded.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian inquiry began investigating on Monday whether a woman convicted almost two decades ago of smothering her four children to death might be innocent.
The inquiry by retired New South Wales state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Bathurst is the second judicial investigation into Kathleen Folbigg’s convictions in 2003 and reflects advances in genetic science that add weight to her argument that her children died of natural causes.
SYDNEY (AP) — A Sri Lankan cricketer charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Australia remained in jail Monday after a court declined his bid for bail.
Danushka Gunathilaka was arrested early Sunday at his Sydney hotel and was charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
SYDNEY (AP) — Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka has been charged over the sexual assault of a woman after being arrested in his Sydney hotel early Sunday.
Police said detectives began an investigation on Saturday after receiving reports that a 29-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted at a Rose Bay home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs earlier in the week.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government inquiry began hearing evidence on Wednesday of unsolved deaths resulting from gay hate crimes over four decades in Australia’s most populous state where police were notoriously indifferent to such violence.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former U.S. military pilot and flight instructor who ran an aviation consultancy in China is in custody in Australia awaiting an extradition request from his homeland on an undisclosed charge, officials said Wednesday.
SYDNEY (AP) — The disappearance of a young Belgian backpacker in Australia has confounded authorities for more than three years, and his fate remained a mystery after an inquest concluded Friday.
A coroner ruled that 18-year-old Theo Hayez likely died soon after he left a nightclub in the coastal town of Byron Bay, but she couldn’t say whether it was from an accident or if he was killed by others.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Around 34,000 homes could be inundated or isolated in Victoria state as a flood emergency continues across parts of Australia’s southeast, an official said Monday.
Victoria is the worst-affected state with some towns experiencing the highest river peaks in decades.
SYDNEY (AP) — Openside flanker Michael Hooper will return from personal leave to join the Australian rugby squad for its five-match European tour but he has not been reinstated as captain.
The 30-year-old Hooper has not played since he withdrew from the squad on the eve of the Wallabies' Rugby Championship opener against Argentina in August.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Flood warnings were issued, hundreds of homes were evacuated, thousands more lost power and a man was missing as heavy rain lashed southeast Australia on Thursday.
Rivers across Australia’s most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, and the island state of Tasmania were rising dangerously with catchments soaked by months of above-average rainfall.
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian man was convicted on Tuesday of murdering his wife 40 years ago after a renewed police investigation that was triggered by a popular podcast.
Christopher Dawson, 74, faces a possible life sentence.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Legendary Vietnam War photographer, writer and counter-culture documenter Tim Page died Wednesday at his Australian home. He was 78 years old.
The British-born, self-taught photographer died of liver cancer with friends at his bedside at his rural home at Fernmount in New South Wales state, friends posted on social media.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian man was charged with three weapons offenses Monday after he allegedly used a handgun inside the Canberra Airport to fire multiple shots at airport windows.
SYDNEY (AP) — A second Australian state on Thursday banned public displays of Nazi symbols.
New South Wales, the nation’s most populous state, followed Victoria, the second most populous, which banned the public display of Nazi swastikas in June.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s most populous state took a major step toward banning Nazi symbols on Tuesday when the New South Wales Parliament’s lower house passed a bill that would criminalize their display.
A first home series win in 15 years.
A first home series win over Scotland in 28 years.
Following those three tests alongside the Andes almost three weeks ago, the Pumas have regathered in buoyant mood for the Rugby Championship with an even bigger goal in mind.
A high-level Australian coach is facing 20 charges relating to the alleged sexual assault of young swimmers in the 1970s.
Dick Caine, 76, was initially charged by New South Wales state police on June 22 after being arrested at his home in Sydney.
SYDNEY (AP) — Rugby Australia has denounced the behavior of a fan who verbally abused visiting coach Eddie Jones and imposed a life ban on a man who climbed onto the roof of a grandstand during England’s series-deciding win over Australia in Sydney on the weekend.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ben Hunt charged down Nathan Cleary’s kick and sprinted 70 meters to clinch an against-the-odds State of Origin series win for Queensland with a 22-12 victory Wednesday over New South Wales in Game 3.
SYDNEY (AP) — Floodwaters were receding in Sydney and its surrounding area Thursday as heavy rain threatened to inundate towns north of Australia’s largest city.
Evacuation orders and official warnings to prepare to abandon homes were given to 60,000 people by Thursday, down from 85,000 on Wednesday, New South Wales state Premier Dominic Perrottet said.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Parts of Australia’s largest city have been inundated by four major floods since March last year, leaving weary residents questioning how many times they can rebuild.
The latest disaster follows Sydney’s wettest-ever start to a year with dams overflowing and a sodden landscape incapable of absorbing more rain that must instead run into swollen waterways.
SYDNEY (AP) — Floodwaters inundated or were threatening the homes of 85,000 people around Sydney on Wednesday as rivers started to recede and the heavy rains tracked north of Australia’s largest city.
RICHMOND, Australia (AP) — Hundreds of homes have been inundated in and around Australia’s largest city in a flood emergency that was causing trouble for 50,000 people, officials said Tuesday.
Emergency response teams made 100 rescues overnight of people trapped in cars on flooded roads or in inundated homes in the Sydney area, State Emergency Service manager Ashley Sullivan said.
SYDNEY (AP) — More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds were told to evacuate or prepare to abandon their homes Monday as Australia’s largest city faces its fourth, and possibly worst, round of flooding in less than a year and a half.
SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of residents in Sydney suburbs were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday after heavy rains caused floodwaters to rise and rivers to overflow in what authorities called life-threatening emergencies.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Nathan Cleary scored 24 points and combined with debutant Matt Burton to lift New South Wales to a dominant 44-12 win over Queensland in front of a capacity 60,000 crowd at Perth to level the State of Origin series 1-1.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state has become the first in the country to pass a law banning the public display of Nazi swastikas, as concerns grow about the rate at which local young people are being radicalized.
SYDNEY (AP) — Former National Rugby League star Suliasi Vunivalu is among six uncapped players in a 35-man Wallabies squad named on Sunday for a three-test home series against England.
After overcoming persistent hamstring injuries, winger Vunivalu was included after strong Super Rugby Pacific performances for the Queensland Reds.
SYDNEY (AP) — Valentine Holmes scored a try, kicked two goals and combined with fellow veteran Cameron Munster to help guide Queensland to a 16-10 win over New South Wales in the State-of-Origin series opener Wednesday in front of more than 80,500 fans in Sydney’s Olympic Park.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court on Monday ordered Google to pay a former politician 715,000 Australian dollars ($515,000) over two defamatory YouTube videos.
John Barilaro, the former New South Wales state deputy premier, had sued Google and comedian Jordan Shanks, also known as friendlyjordies, in the Federal Court over the videos.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The ACT Brumbies prevented a Kiwi sweep of the Super Pacific quarterfinals with a come-from-behind win over the Wellington-based Hurricanes and now face the toughest task in the tournament — playing the top-ranked Blues in Auckland.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The competitiveness of Australian teams has added an element of uncertainty to Super Rugby Pacific quarterfinals.
Only two of Australia’s five franchises won matches last year in the trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — First-time Queensland coach Billy Slater has picked four rookies including teenage Brisbane Broncos winger Selwyn Cobbo in his debut selection for the State of Origin series against New South Wales.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Shock results and tight contests in the last regular-season round of Super Rugby Pacific have created a new sense of uncertainty to the quarterfinals which begin in Christchurch on Friday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Auckland-based Blues matched a club-record streak of 12 wins and clinched first place on the Super Rugby Pacific ladder Saturday when a dropped goal after the siren gave them a 21-19 win over the ACT Brumbies.
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs wore down the 14-man Highlanders to achieve a 32-20 win which lifted them from seventh to sixth place in Super Rugby Pacific.
The Waratahs led 19-7 at halftime on Sunday and held out a brief second half rally from the Highlanders before a late try to flyhalf Tane Edmed closed out their first win in Dunedin in 14 years.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state attorney general on Wednesday declined to pardon a mother convicted almost 20 years ago of smothering her four children to death and instead ordered a new inquiry into whether there could be a medical explanation for the tragedies.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian man was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison Tuesday for the 1988 murder of an American who fell off a Sydney cliff that was known as a gay meeting place.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man told police he killed American mathematician Scott Johnson in 1988 by pushing the 27-year-old off a Sydney cliff in what prosecutors describe as a gay hate crime, a court heard on Monday.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will meet in a mid-week Bledisloe Cup test for the first time in almost three decades when the Wallabies host the All Blacks on Sept. 15 in Melbourne.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs produced the biggest shock of the season in Super Rugby Pacific Saturday when they beat the Crusaders 24-21 in Sydney. No-one saw it coming but the Waratahs themselves.
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australian test batter Michael Slater had charges of domestic violence dismissed on mental health grounds in a Sydney local court on Wednesday.
Magistrate Ross Hudson ordered Slater to undergo a 12-month treatment plan under the care of a doctor.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The first match of the season between New Zealand and Australian teams in the Super Rugby Pacific tournament was a convincing win for the Kiwis.
The Chiefs beat the New South Wales Waratahs 51-27 on Friday at Melbourne in the first match of the so-called Super Round when all five matches will be played in the Victorian state capital.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Hamilton-based Chiefs and New South Wales Waratahs meet Friday in the first trans-Tasman match in Super Rugby Pacific, kicking off a new phase of the competition and measuring the relative strength of the Australian and New Zealand franchises.
SYDNEY (AP) — A British family of five was caught in a landslide while walking in Australia's Blue Mountains, and the father and 9-year-old son died. The mother and a teenage son were critically injured.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Queensland Reds’ win over the previously unbeaten ACT Brumbies Saturday shook up the standings in Super Rugby Pacific during a seventh round which proceeded amid a shower of red and yellow cards.
GOLD COAST. Australia (AP) — The Fijian Drua have had two setbacks ahead of Friday’s Super Rugby Pacific match against the Waratahs, with flooding forcing them to evacuate their Australian training base and then head coach Mick Byrne testing positive for COVID-19.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Japan-based Simon Cron has signed a two-year deal to take over as head coach of the Western Force in Super Rugby Pacific after the 2022 season.
Cron will replace Tim Sampson, who has guided the Perth-based club since 2018 and led the Force back into the Super Rugby competition.