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Brisbane Bandits bring baseball play-offs to the sunshine state

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 11:59am

Thousands of extra seats and hundreds of hot dogs are being prepared for the Australian Baseball League Championship, being held in Brisbane for the first time this weekend.

X Games legend Dave Mirra confirmed dead at 41

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 11:58am

Veteran X Games legend Dave Mirra dies in North Carolina aged 41, police have confirmed, after a decorated BMX career.

Melbourne City signs Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 11:40am

Socceroos centre-back Alex Wilkinson has returned to the A-League, signing with Melbourne City.

Victory not searching for Valeri replacement

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 11:16am

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says the club is not actively searching for an injury-replacement player for skipper Carl Valeri.

Appeals against Bombers' doping bans 'quite likely': AFLPA

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 10:30am

AFL Players' Association chief executive Paul Marsh expects current and former Essendon players to appeal against their doping bans.

Ex-Wallaby coach Jones happy to be a Pom

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 10:24am

Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones says he is excited about the prospect of coaching an England team for the first time against Scotland on Saturday.

Former Ferrari chief has no 'good news' on Schumacher

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 10:01am

Former Ferrari chief Luca de Montezemolo says he does not have "good news" regarding the condition of stricken F1 legend Michael Schumacher.

ICC shake-up to diminish power of Australia, England and India

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 9:55am

The boards of India, England and Australia will no longer be permanent members of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision-making executive committee.

ICC shake-up to diminish power of Australia, England and India

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 9:55am

The boards of India, England and Australia will no longer be permanent members of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision-making executive committee.

Khawaja named for second ODI vs Black Caps

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 9:30am

Usman Khawaja has been recalled for Australia's second one-day international against New Zealand in Wellington at the expense of Shaun Marsh.

Brown Upsets Simon In Montpellier

ATP news - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 8:24am

Dustin Brown earned his biggest scalp for eight months on Thursday when he hit 10 aces to defeat third seed and World No. 15 Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-4 in 64 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals at the Open Sud de France. It was Brown's biggest victory since beating then No. 10-ranked Rafael Nadal in the 2015 Wimbledon second round.

"I feel happy," Brown told ATPWorldTour.com. "Gilles is a great player and I've played against him twice before - and lost. Watching his last matches, and knowing how he plays, I wanted to be aggressive with my serve and my return. I tried not to let him play his strengths. I didn't play as much serve and volley, coming into the net on second serves. I didn't give him a lot of time."

Simon said, "It was a tough match, Dustin played fantastic. He was really confident and he was very successful in everything he was trying. He was really aggressive on serve, with a high percentage, and even on second serve. He put on the pressure from the first point to the last."

Brown now faces Ruben Bemelmans, who overcame Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. Bemelmans will contest his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since October 2013 at Vienna (l. to Rosol).

In the evening session, another seed fell as Paul-Henri Mathieu upset No. 4 Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-3. The 34-year-old Mathieu is No. 93 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, but reached a peak of No. 12 in the world in 2008. The Frenchmen combined to create 11 break points during the 68-minute encounter. Mathieu held nine of them and broke Paire four times to even the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry at 1-1.

In the quarter-finals, Mathieu will face Aussie John Millman, who saw off French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes. Millman was broken twice in the opening set, but found his range on serve in a one-sided second set, dropping just four points on his delivery. In the decider, Millman raced to a 4-0 lead and fended off a late Roger-Vasselin charge to advance to his maiden ATP World Tour quarter-final.

In doubles action, brothers Mischa Zverev and Sascha Zverev booked their place in the semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Borna Coric and Antonio Sancic. Also advancing were second seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus. The 2016 Auckland champions are into the final four after defeating Mateusz Kowalczyk and Andreas Siljestrom 7-6(3), 6-3.

Aussie Millman reaches Montpellier quarter-finals

ABC Tennis news - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 8:09am

Australia's John Millman has charged into the the quarter-finals of the Montpellier International with a three-set victory over France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Aussie Millman reaches Montpellier quarter-finals

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 8:09am

Australia's John Millman has charged into the the quarter-finals of the Montpellier International with a three-set victory over France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Pattinson to fly into NZ early ahead of Test series

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 7:44am

Australia paceman James Pattinson will fly to New Zealand earlier than planned to begin preparations for the two-Test series against the Black Caps.

Obama praises Bogut as Warriors visit White House

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 7:28am

There was praise, plenty of jokes and a couple of red faces as Andrew Bogut and his NBA champions Golden State Warriors dropped by the White House to meet United States President Barack Obama.

Cripps inks long-term Carlton deal

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 6:52am

Carlton's re-build has received a boost with Patrick Cripps agreeing to a contract extension through to the end of the 2019 season.

Socceroos drop down FIFA world rankings

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 6:12am

Australia has slipped to number 68 in the latest FIFA men's world rankings, with Belgium holding down the top position.

Welsford eyes Rio Olympics after winning national cycling title

ABC Sport - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 5:55am

Sam Welsford hopes he has made a compelling argument to realise his Olympic dream after claiming the national 4000 metres individual pursuit crown at the Australian track championships.

Troicki, Seppi Reach Sofia QFs

ATP news - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 2:51am

Second seed Viktor Troicki began his quest for a second ATP World Tour title of the season on Thursday when he defeated qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-3 at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open. "He has a very aggressive game, which I usually like to play against and that’s maybe why I played really well," said Troicki.

The Serbian, now 8-2 on the season after retaining the Sydney title (d. Dimitrov) last month, now faces fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. "I have played Kohlschreiber a few times and he is a very good player," said Troicki. "To me, he should always be Top 20 [in the Emirates ATP Rankings]. He's beaten me the last few times. I will have to play my best, if I play against him."

Kohlschreiber knocked out Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in 90 minutes during the evening session.

Fourth seed Andreas Seppi reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since July 2015 (Hamburg) by sweeping past Thiemo de Bakker 6-2, 6-1 in 57 minutes. He'll now face seventh seed Martin Klizan. Sixth seed Gilles Muller struck 19 aces and lost six of his first service points in a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over Ricardas Berankis in one hour and 49 minutes.

Top seed Roberto Bautista Agut advanced when his opponent, Filip Krajinovic, withdrew prior to their match due to a right shoulder injury. He will now play eighth seed Adrian Mannarino, who overcame qualifier Marius Copil 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3.

SEQ Stars saved but coach pushed out by sponsor

ABC Sport - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 7:20pm

The South East Queensland Stars WNBL team is thrown a financial lifeline to finish the season, but coach Shane Heal is sacked as part of the deal.