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Archive for May, 2018
Cambodia refugee deal to lapse this year

A controversial refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia wraps up at the end of the year. May 31, 2018 Australia’s unsuccessful refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia is set to wrap up at the end of the year. The move comes amid concerns about the Southeast Asian country’s crumbling democracy, ahead of July elections. The Department of Foreign […]

Dogs to help veterans suffering trauma

A $2 million trial of assistance dogs as a supplement to clinical treatment for veterans suffering trauma has been announced by the federal government. May 30, 2018 Veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder may soon be helped in their recovery by specially trained therapy dogs. The federal government has announced a $2 million trial of assistance dogs as […]

Families still not signed up for subsidies

Just over half of families eligible for combined childcare subsidies have signed up to the new scheme, but more than 489,000 still need to. May 30, 2019 Education Minister Simon Birmingham has braved a dozen toddlers at a Canberra childcare centre to remind hundreds of thousands of families they have a month to sign up to […]

Bishop urges Russia to admit guilt on MH17

Russia has been urged by Julie Bishop to admit its involvement in the downing of flight MH17 and the deaths of all 298 passengers. May 29, 2018 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has urged Russia to admit its involvement in the downing of flight MH17, calling on the federation to take responsibility for its actions that led […]

Govers begins path to hockey redemption

After being dumped from the Rio Olympics, the colourful Kieran Govers is back in the Kookaburras squad and keen to make up for his lost opportunity. May 27, 2018 Mercurial hockey talent Kieran Govers has defied his own expectations and clawed his way back into the national squad, almost two years after he was dumped from the Rio Olympics team. The […]

Smith to make cricket comeback in Canada

Suspended former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith has been named as a marquee player in Canada’s upcoming T20 tournament. May 25, 2018 Steve Smith’s comeback to cricket has begun, with the suspended former Australia skipper being named as a marquee player in Canada’s T20 league. Smith will join fellow international stars, including Chris Gayle, Andre […]

Wallaby Slipper handed drugs ban

Wallabies prop and Queensland Reds skipper James Slipper has been suspended by Rugby Australia for two months for a positive cocaine test. May 24, 2018 Wallabies prop and Queensland Reds skipper James Slipper has been suspended by Rugby Australia for two months for testing positive to cocaine. RA boss Raelene Castle said it was Slipper’s […]

Etihad Stadium to become Marvel Stadium

The Walt Disney Company has signed an eight-year deal to rebrand Etihad Stadium as Marvel Stadium. May 24, 2018 Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium is getting another name change after almost a decade, with the multi-purpose venue to be rebranded as Marvel Stadium. The eight-year deal with the Walt Disney Company Australia, which starts on September 1, […]

The world’s weirdest stadium names

A list of the weirdest stadium and sporting ground names from across the globe. May 24, 2018 FOLLOWING THE RENAMING OF MELBOURNE’S ETIHAD STADIUM TO MARVEL STADIUM, HERE ARE SOME OF THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL SPORTING VENUE NAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Lottoland – formerly Brookvale Oval, the polarising home of NRL club Manly was […]

Holland returns for Aussie sevens side

Australian rugby seven’s captain Lewis Holland is a welcome return for the London leg of the world series next month. May 23, 2018 Lewis Holland will return to captain the Australian rugby sevens team at next month’s London leg of the world series. Playmaker Holland has been unavailable since he injured his hamstring in Vancouver in March, […]

Ricciardo hard to beat in Monaco: Hamilton

Daniel Ricciardo’s new Red Bull car will be well suited to Monaco’s tight street circuit this weekend, says Mercedes’ reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. May 22, 2018 Daniel Ricciardo will be very hard to beat in his slick new Red Bull car at his favourite Formula One circuit in Monaco this weekend, according to […]

Maloney should captain NSW Origin: Gould

James Maloney should replace Boyd Cordner as captain of NSW for this year’s State of Origin, according to former Blues coach Phil Gould. May 22, 2018 James Maloney should captain the NSW State of Origin team this series in favour of Boyd Cordner, according to former coach Phil Gould. Gould said although he doesn’t expect […]

Simmons shortlisted for Rookie of the Year

Ben Simmons has been shortlisted for NBA rookie of the year after a stellar season leading Philadelphia on a 16-game winning streak and the NBA Playoffs. My 17, 2018 Ben Simmons has been shortlisted for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, along with Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Boston sensation Jayson Tatum. Simmons had a […]

Jeff Horn needs only ‘one Crawford punch’

Jeff Horn says Terence Crawford will be hard to hit but he will look to land the first blow and put the American on the back foot in their world title fight. May 16, 2018 Jeff Horn’s world title fight against Terence Crawford is unlikely to go the distance in Las Vegas – one way […]

India is holding back Test cricket: Waugh

India’s refusal to play a day-night Test match at Adelaide Oval next summer is selfish and holding back the future of cricket, Mark Waugh says. May 16, 2018 India’s refusal to play day-night Test cricket is holding back the future of the game, Mark Waugh says. The world’s most powerful cricketing nation – that earlier […]

Goal-kicking puts Ponga in Origin frame

Newcastle’s rising star Kalyn Ponga maybe called for Origin duties following Cameron Smith’s shock retirement on Tuesday, says Kevin Walters. May 16, 2018 Newcastle wunderkind Kalyn Ponga has risen in Queensland State of Origin calculations following Cameron Smith’s representative retirement. With Smith joining Johnathan Thurston in making himself unavailable for his state and country, the […]

Lawry confirms retirement after 40 years

Cricket legend Bill Lawry has confirmed he’s turned down offers from Fox Sports and the Seven Network and will retire from cricket commentary. May 15, 2018 Bill Lawry is putting down the microphone after four decades of cricket commentary for the Nine Network. The 81-year-old confirmed on Tuesday he had turned down offers from Fox […]

Mark Waugh to swap selector duties for TV

Australian cricket great Mark Waugh will end his role as a Cricket Australia selector in August before taking up a commentary role with Fox Sports. May 15, 2018 Mark Waugh will finish up as a national selector for the Australian cricket team after taking up a commentating role with pay-TV broadcaster, Fox Sports. Waugh will […]

Ricky Ponting signs with Seven Network

Ricky Ponting has agreed to a commentary deal with the Seven Network, but his coaching aspirations aren’t over. May 11, 2018 Ricky Ponting has signed a deal with the Seven Network to be the face of their new cricket coverage. AAP understands the deal will still allow Ponting, who is currently in India coaching the Delhi […]

WA shark threat remains, forces WSL switch

A continuing shark threat in southwest Western Australia has resulted in the Margaret River Pro surf competition being moved to Bali. May 11, 2018 The cancelled Margaret River Pro surf-competition will be completed in Bali with organisers saying conditions at the famous Western Australian break haven’t improved. The World Surf League Championship Tour event was […]

NRL introduces a two-doctor rule for 2019

NRL clubs will have two doctors on the sideline from 2019 as clubs continue to flout head injury rules. May 10, 2018 The NRL is looking to further strengthen head injury rules by introducing a second doctor during matches, as well as exploring the possibility of using spotters in the crowd. However, it won’t make […]

Israel Folau posts link to anti-gay video

Israel Folau has followed up his April Instagram post stating gay people will go to hell by tweeting a video warning against tolerance of same-sex marriage. May 9, 2018 Australia’s highest-profile rugby union player Israel Folau has again courted controversy after posting a link on social media to a video that warns against “tolerance” of same-sex […]

Caslick returns for Sevens World Series

Charlotte Caslick has returned to the Australian women’s rugby sevens squad for round four of the Sevens World Series in Canada. May 4, 2018 Charlotte Caslick returns to the Australian women’s rugby sevens squad for the World Series event in Canada after sitting out the previous round due to a head knock. Caslick suffered a concussion […]

AFL season over for St Kilda’s Roberton

St Kilda AFL defender Dylan Roberton says he’s unlikely to play again in 2018 but hopes further tests will work out why he collapsed. May 3, 2018 Dylan Roberton is unlikely to play in the AFL again this year as doctors attempt to find what caused the St Kilda defender’s mid-game collapse. The defender, who spent […]

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