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Israel Folau's sacking shines light on confusion between athletes and sports bodies on religious expression  ABC News

As Israel Folau considers his legal options in the wake of his sacking by Rugby Australia, other Australian sports are keeping a close eye on proceedings in what ...

Super Rugby must go 'free-to-air' to save sport in Australia  RugbyPass

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has called on administrators to ensure Super Rugby's next broadcast deal puts the game on free-to-air television. Super Rugby ...

Disability Recreation & Sports SA says help from national body has come too late after liquidation  The Advertiser

THE insolvent organisation for South Australian athletes with physical disabilities says help from its national body has come too late for grassroots participants.

Kyrgios and Co: Sport heroes for a new Australia  The New Daily

Nick Kyrgios has done it again. A petulant meltdown that's all about the here and now, with no thought for others. Good on him! We might as well go all Nick ...

Australian sport's TV gravy train heading to the end of the tracks  Sydney Morning Herald

The sports gravy train in Australia will slip most of its carriages following recent filings, both here and in the US by News Corporation, signalling spending cuts by ...

Rupert Murdoch is slashing sports spending – and NZ sport is in for an epic chill  The Spinoff

*Fresh* shadows are descending on Australian rugby – and it goes further than the Israel Folau saga, writes Trevor McKewen. Folau's dismissal from his $A4m ...

Cricket World Cup 2019: Foster’s commercial takes cheeky sandpaper dig  Fox Sports

Forget about the Barmy Army, Australia's cricketers are copping friendly fire in England.

Israel Folau considering options after not appealing against sacking  The Guardian

Israel Folau has decided not to appeal against Rugby Australia's decision to tear up his four-year, $4m contract for his controversial social media posts, but says ...

Israel Folau: Australia players' union to hold religious expression review  BBC Sport

A review into religious expression from those "with and without strong" beliefs will be held by the Australian Rugby Union Players' Association (Rupa).

Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract – as it happened  The Guardian

Rolling report: Richard Parkin brings you the latest from today's Rugby Australia press conference following the protracted fallout from Israel Folau's social media ...

Australia sees the fruits of its sporting success dry up in an arid desert  The Guardian

Twenty years after Australia's superslam the nation's sporting glory has faded and it is now time for recalibration.

Exclusive: Sydney FC’s Brandon O’Neill earns Socceroos call-up for South Korea friendly  Fox Sports

Another of Sydney FC's A-League championship heroes is set to be rewarded with a first time Socceroos call-up for the national team's friendly with South Korea ...

Trae Williams Rugby Sevens: Quadzilla rivalry with Carlin Isles

Powerhouse sprinter Trae Williams will add the X-factor of raw speed to the Australian rugby sevens squad after switching sports little more than a year out from ...

Israel Folau wanted out of professional sport, says top Australian journalist

Top sports journalist Andrew Webster has revealed that Wallabies figures believe Israel Folau wanted to escape from professional sport via his stunning blow-up ...

Adam Gilchrist: Australia can pass 500-run mark at the World Cup  Fox Sports

Adam Gilchrist fully expects a team to surpass the 500-run mark at the World Cup and he sees no reason why Australia cannot be the side to do so.

Steve Smith hits 76 for Australia in World Cup warm-up win  SkySports

Steve Smith hit 76 in his and David Warner's first game in England since serving a one-year ban for their roles in the Australia ball-tampering scandal.

10.10 seconds sprinter Trae Williams switches to rugby sevens

Former Australian 100m champion makes shock switch to rugby one year out from Olympics.

Decathlon, the 'Aldi of sporting goods', shifts focus in Australia online  Sydney Morning Herald

The world's largest sports retailer, Decathlon, has flagged a slower rollout of physical stores in Australia as it seeks to capitalise on a growing consumer ...

Staring down the haka: Is this Australia’s next golden generation?  Fox Sports

This wasn't just a victory, it was a complete and utter blackout.

Decrease in charges indicates positive cultural change, says Cricket Australia  The Guardian

Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings has hailed the improved behaviour of players, suggesting the governing body has achieved meaningful change ...

Australia training on specific skills to counter flat pitches  The News International

SYDNEY: Australia's fast bowlers have been gearing up for the ICC World Cup 2019 with a specialised training drill.The recent One-day International series ...

Australia to strengthen sporting ties with Papua New Guinea  POST-COURIER

Australia recognises the power of sport to inspire. We are committed to strengthening relationships through sport with Papua New Guinea. To achieve this ...

Sport: Fiji-born weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana breaks records in Australia  RNZ

Fiji-born weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana has made a record-breaking start to her new life in Australia.

England v Australia: How to watch Cricket World Cup warm-up on TV and live stream online  Radio Times

England and Australia go head-to-head in a Cricket World Cup warm-up clash this weekend.

Australia Cricket World Cup guide: gameplan, key player and prediction  The Guardian

Rejuvenated under Justin Langer, the champions are suddenly contenders again but must find a way to integrate Steve Smith and David Warner back into a ...

Behold Australia’s Grossest Drinking Tradition: The Shoey  The New York Times

To “do a shoey” is to pour alcohol (usually beer) into a shoe (yours or someone else's) and chug it. A growing number of celebrities have taken part in the ...

Australian Test opener returns home after personal issues  Fox Sports

Australian Test opener Joe Burns has ended his spell with Lancashire and returned home for personal reasons.

FIFA Women's World Cup: Matildas, Cheryl Salisbury call  Wide World of Sports

Matildas legend Cheryl Salisbury knew this time would come. She sees the FIFA Women's World Cup as a vehicl...

Israel Folau says he resisted 'temptation' of Rugby Australia peace offering  The Guardian

Israel Folau has revealed how he resisted the temptation of a peace offering from Rugby Australia that would have allowed him to resurrect his playing career.

FOXTEL axes 3 Sports Channels as cuts to premium programming continues  TV Blackbox

Foxtel has confirmed it will axe three dedicated football channels as the pay-tv provider continues to scale back its investment in programming.

Israel Folau and Australian rugby's moment of reckoning  The Guardian

A homophobic tweet has exposed deep fault lines running through the dressing room as the team prepares for the World Cup.

Australian sports star causes stir by not coming out as gay  Outsports

"I am not gay," said Australian cricketer James Faulkner, after posting a birthday photo with his "boyfriend" with the hashtag #togetherfor5years.

'What a load of crap': The Ox goes in to bat for volunteers  Macquarie Sports Radio

Cricket Australia is reportedly calling for clubs to send long-serving volunteers packing, warning some dedicated club members believe they are “irreplaceable” ...

Yachtsman who inspired Hawke’s ‘bum’ quote pays tribute to sports mad statesman

The champion yachtsman whose team inspired Bob Hawke's most famous quote has paid tribute to the former prime minister's “remarkable” grasp of Australian ...

Australia's 'inactivity crisis' as walking tops national sport survey  The Women's Game

Australians are gradually getting more sporty...but there's still a long way to go to beat the nation's "inactivity crisis", warns Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer.

Folau’s intriguing change as rugby D-Day looms  Fox Sports

Israel Folau has made an intriguing change to his social media profiles as the controversial Wallabies star prepares to learn his fate from a three-person panel.

Israel Folau: Rugby Australia dismissal, Stuart Wood, Supreme Court, Rugby Australia.

Israel Folau has reportedly turned to high-profile workplace relations lawyer, Stuart Wood QC, as he considers taking his stoush with Rugby Australia to the ...

Australian Basketballers’ Association goes through rebrand, changing name to Australian Basketball Players’ Association  Fox Sports

With basketball in Australia in the midst of arguably its most important two-year stretch, the sport's players association has responded with a makeover.

How losing a bet led Shae Graham to national honours and sporting history in wheelchair rugby  ABC News

An Australian wheelchair rugby player's upcoming international debut will mark a historic moment for women's sport and a personal milestone for a woman ...

Sport Australia to close Perth office, move staff to east coast  The West Australian

The body that runs sport in Australia is pulling out of WA in a move that could undermine the State's chances of fostering the next Sam Kerr or Nat Fyfe. In a blow ...

Free speech or hate speech? Folau sack threat splits Australia - Capital Sports  Capital FM Kenya

SYDNEY, Australia, Apr 22 - Australian sport has been taking a hard line against racism, homophobia and gender inequality, but plans to sack Israel Folau Get ...

Andrew Fifita hints cousin and Broncos’ star David Fifita could choose Tonga over State of Origin  Fox Sports

Andrew Fifita has suggested that Brisbane tearaway David Fifita could follow Broncos teammate Tevita Pangai Jr and shun State of Origin to pledge allegiance ...

Stalemate in Israel Folau's Rugby Australia code of conduct hearing  The Guardian

Israel Folau's future remains no clearer after his landmark code of conduct hearing was forced into a third day following a weekend stalemate at Rugby Australia ...

Joe Burns: Lancashire batsman returns to Australia for personal reasons  BBC Sport

Lancashire batsman Joe Burns returns to Australia for personal reasons after making just one appearance for the club.

AFL: Sydney Swans stunned by Cricket Australia’s call to schedule two SCG ODIs in March 2020  Fox Sports

The Sydney Swans have reportedly been left flabbergasted after Cricket Australia scheduled two One-Day International matches at the SCG just days before the ...

Caster Semenya, Israel Folau and Jack de Belin cases will change sport as we know it  ABC News

Three high-profile cases have come to head this week that show how the boundaries are changing off the field, writes Tracey Holmes.

George Smith: Ex-Australia captain retires after ending career at Bristol  BBC Sport

Former Australia captain George Smith announces his retirement from professional rugby at the age of 38 after spending last season with Bristol.

‘Might as well sack me’: Taniela Tupou’s explosive claim in Israel Folau firestorm  Fox Sports

Rugby Australia is facing a potential Polynesian player mutiny after one of the Wallabies' most exciting prospects claimed all Pacific Islanders “might as well just ...

Justin Langer: Steve Smith in best physical condition of his life  Fox Sports

Justin Langer has been left astounded by Steve Smith's fitness on his return to Australian cricket, warning World Cup opponents the former captain is in the ...

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Australian Boomers name 17-man squad  Sporting News AU

Australia have named their squad for the upcoming games in Melbourne along with the group they'll be taking to China for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Concussion in sport - is enough being done? - Sporty  ABC News

Concussion on the sports field hasn't always been taken seriously. What are the consequences?

AusPlay Reveals Australia's Physical Activity Levels  Ministry of Sport

The Sport Australia annual AusPlay survey has shown an improvement in physical activity levels for Australians, as well as Australia's top 20 sports and physical ...

Team Profile, Australia: The Green and Gold Look In Good Nick For Stout Defence Of Title | Cricket News  NDTV News

Australia off late having been looking good to give a good account of themselves at the WC 2019 and go in with practically a full-strength team.

Sunday 19 May Full Program - Sport  ABC News

Joining Paul Kennedy to discuss the week's biggest sports stories are Macquarie Radio's John Stanley, Melbourne City's Melissa Barbieri and Grandstand's ...

Israel Folau found guilty of breaching Rugby Australia's code of conduct  BBC Sport

Israel Folau has been found guilty of a "high level breach" of Rugby Australia's player code of conduct after he said "hell awaits" gay people in a social media ...

David Hussey named Melbourne Stars' new head coach  Sporting News AU

The Melbourne Stars have confirmed David Hussey will replace Stephen Fleming as head coach of the Big Bash League franchise.

Mark Milligan: Australia captain to leave Hibernian after one season  BBC Sport

Australia captain Mark Milligan is to leave Hibernian after Sunday's final game of the campaign at home to Aberdeen.

'King of cricket' Virat Kohli represents a 'new India'  CNN

(CNN) In a country where cricket's unifying importance is tantamount to that of religion, the role of leading India into a World Cup comes with a certain divinity ...

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Thon Maker withdraws from Australian Boomers squad  Sporting News AU

Australia's 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign took another hit with the latest withdrawal of Detroit Piston's big man Thon Maker.

Train like crazy, try your heart out - More Sport  The Women's Game

Ella Jones's selection to represent Australia at the World Para-swimming Championships after only three years as a swimmer is evidence of her extraordinary ...

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak requests immediate release from Penrith, reports  Sporting News AU

Incumbent Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has reportedly asked Penrith for a release from the final season of his contract, according to The Daily ...

Why WA is the most successful sporting State in Australia over the past 12 months  The West Australian

WA is the most successful sporting State in the country after making grand finals in the AFL, NBL, W-League, A-League and the National Netball League over ...

Mediacom launches Sports and Entertainment division in Australia  mUmBRELLA*

Mediacom has opened an Australian office of its Sport & Entertainment arm to be led by Ben McCallum. As part of the new local offering, Mediacom will.

Calf strain sees Pollard fly home from Australia  Sport24

The Bulls are confident that flyhalf Manie Libbok can fill the void left by Handre Pollard when they face the Brumbies in Canberra.

Wallabies sponsor dumps Folau as ex-Australia coach slams verdict - Capital Sports  Capital FM Kenya

SYDNEY, Australia, May 8 - Sportswear company ASICS dumped Israel Folau as a brand ambassador Wednesday over homophobic comments, as former ...

Hungry Raiders not satisfied with fourth-placed standing  Sporting News AU

In years gone by, the Canberra Raiders would have been very pleased with six wins from their opening 10 matches.

Jason Belmonte — the Aussie success story who grasped his opportunity with both hands  ABC News

Jason Belmonte's unorthodox two-handed technique initially saw him labelled a novelty act by some, but now he's the main act. Even so, the world number one ...

Why isn't Soccer Australia's sport of choice?  6PR

52,000 people will head to Optus Stadium today, to watch Perth Glory take on Sydney FC, in the A-league grand final. Soccer is regarded as the world's game, ...

Geneva Open: Stan Wawrinka and Marton Fucsovics upset  Sporting News AU

Stan Wawrinka and Marton Fucsovics will not add to past Geneva Open titles this year after crashing out in the round of 16.

Aussie rugby director’s unique insight amid Folau firestorm  Fox Sports

Scott Johnson says he knows first hand the importance of inclusivity in rugby, explaining why Rugby Australia has his full support in their employment battle with ...

Giro d'Italia: Caleb Ewan withdraws from race after second stage win  BBC Sport

Australian Caleb Ewan has pulled out of the Giro d'Italia after winning his second stage of the race on Wednesday. The Lotto-Soudal rider won stage 11 in a ...

How To Watch The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup In Australia  Women's Health

From June 7 to July 7, 24 countries will go head to head (and foot to football) in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. If you're aren't lucky enough to be in France ...

Trainers chasing 2019 Melbourne Cup spot at Flemington  Sports News

OTI Racing's Terry Henderson's passion for the Melbourne Cup will never wane as he chases a golden ticket into the race via The Andrew Ramsden at ...

Jackson Hastings reportedly nearing a return to the NRL  Sporting News AU

Exiled former NRL playmaker Jackson Hastings is reportedly on the verge of a comeback to Australia following a stint in the Super League.

Netball Paving The Way For Women's Sport In Australia  Ministry of Sport

The 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season recorded almost seven million broadcast viewers over the course of the year, capping the season off with over one ...

Australia Is One Of The Only Countries Where A Popular Sport Is Illegal  Pedestrian TV

Australia has a growing community of people who travel overseas to participate in a sport they love. Known as airsoft, we're among countries like North Korea, ...

Andy Brennan is Australia's first openly gay male soccer player - CNN  CNN

Andy Brennan has become Australia's first professional male footballer to come out publicly as gay.

Usman Khawaja cops sickening blow: Australia vs West Indies cricket

Usman Khawaja was taken to hospital after being rocked by a bouncer in an eventful start to Australia's run chase in its win over the West Indies in a World Cup ...

Ashleigh Barty withdraws from Strasbourg International with arm injury  Sporting News AU

World No.8 Ashleigh Barty has withdrawn from the Strasbourg International after a recurring arm injury flared up ahead of her opening-round clash against ...

Stradbroke Handicap test for Manolo Blahniq  Sports News

Tony Noonan is hopeful Manolo Blahniq can strike winning form again ahead of a trip north for a Group One assignment in Brisbane. Manolo Blahniq lines up in ...

Arsenal's Cech to return to Chelsea as sporting director AU

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will return to his former club Chelsea as sporting director when he retires from playing after the ...

Daniher has another AFL injury setback  Sports News

Star Essendon key forward Joe Daniher has more groin soreness, potentially meaning another massive AFL injury setback for the Bombers. News of Daniher's ...

Ben Simmons ready to play for Australia’s Boomers

SYDNEY — Ben Simmons is set to play for Australia after confirming in an online video “I'm going to be a Boomer for the upcoming events.” Simmons' NBA ...

Ex-Australian cricketer Michael Slater kicked off plane  Mid-day

Former Australian opener Michael Slater was kicked off a plane after a heated argument with two friends, delaying the flight for 30 minutes, a report said ...

Charles Schwab Challenge Preview, Tips and Selections – 2019  Sports News

The famous tartan jacket is up for grabs this weekend as the historic Colonial Country Club in Fortworth Texas plays host to the Charles Schwab Challenge ...

Cricket Australia: Mark Taylor’s World Cup reality check for Usman Khawaja  Fox Sports

The highest run-scorer in ODI cricket this year will be squeezed out of Australia's XI at the World Cup for Shaun Marsh, Mark Taylor says.

Queensland Oaks aim for Staying filly Savigne  Sports News

Staying filly Savigne has boosted her chances of sneaking into the Queensland Oaks field after beating older horses at Canterbury. Needing a win to improve ...

Gavrilova makes Strasbourg quarter-finals  Sports News

Australia's Daria Gavrilova has reached the quarter-finals of the Strasbourg International after coming through two matches on the same day at the WTA ...

Steve Smith and David Warner return in Australia XI win over New Zealand XI  BBC Sport

David Warner and Steve Smith play in Australia colours for the first time since being handed 12-month bans for ball tampering.

Australian sporting legends to launch GBR Masters Games at Cairns luncheon  TropicNow

Legendary cricketers Ian Healy and Andrew Symonds and former Australian netball captain Laura Geitz will speak at a lunch in Cairns this week to kick off the ...

Sam Burgess responds to 'disrespectful' Canberra claim  Sporting News AU

He wanted to say it, but couldn't quite get the words out. Souths enforcer Sam Burgess was asked how he felt about being targeted by young Canberra forwards ...

49ers pass rusher Nick Bosa tweaks hamstring  Sporting News AU

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan does not know the severity of a hamstring injury suffered by Nick Bosa.

Shane Watson retires from Australia's Big Bash League  India Today

Veteran all-rounder Shane Watson has announced his retirement from Australia's Big Bash League (BBL). Watson, who was the captain of the Sydney Thunder, ...

Vitality Netball World Cup 2019: Group by group  SkySports

As the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 draws ever closer, we run the rule over every side that will be taking to court at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

Blake Lawrie contract extension: Dragons forward signs new deal  Sporting News AU

St George Illawarra forward Blake Lawrie has signed a new deal with the club, keeping him there until at least the end of 2022.

Australian cricketer Alex Hepburn jailed for five years for rape  Fox Sports

An Australian cricketer who raped a woman he found “dozing” in his teammate's bedroom has been jailed for five years by an English court.

GWS’ Lloyd nails down another AFL season  Sports News

Former carpenter Daniel Lloyd has nailed down another year in his late blooming AFL career, by signing a contract extension with GWS Giants through to the ...

Billy Stanlake: Derbyshire sign Australia fast bowler for T20 Blast  BBC Sport

Derbyshire have signed Australia fast bowler Billy Stanlake for this summer's T20 Blast. The 24-year-old has played seven one-day internationals and 17 ...

Simon Goodwin stops press conference after feeling light-headed  Sporting News AU

Simon Goodwin was forced to cut a press conference short after he began feeling light-headed.

Nucifora signs new deal with Irish Rugby  Sports News

Australian David Nucifora's outstanding body of work as performance director of the Irish Rugby Football Union has been rewarded with a three-year contract ...