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  • Tennis - Aussie Tomic pulls out of US Open

    - Australian wildcard Bernard Tomic pulled out of the US Open on Thursday with a left hip injury, handing fourth-seeded David Ferrer a third-round berth. Tomic, 21, said he'd also been battling flu prior to his first round victory over Dustin Brown, and when the hip pain flared he opted to take a…

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  • Aussie Tomic pulls out of US Open

    Australian wildcard Bernard Tomic pulled out of the US Open on Thursday with a left hip injury, handing fourth-seeded David Ferrer a third-round berth. Tomic, 21, said he'd also been battling flu prior to his first round victory over Dustin Brown, and when the hip pain flared he opted to take a…

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  • Art agenda: 'Sublime' in Brisbane, ArtRio in Brazil

    Among upcoming art exhibitions, the Queensland Art Gallery welcomes a touring collection of installation works and galleries from around the world convene on a Brazilian pier for ArtRio.

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  • Rugby Union - Reds sign wayward O'Connor

    - James O'Connor has signed for Queensland Reds, the team said, in a boost for the struggling side which also puts the player in the frame for next year's World Cup.

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  • Swann stands by Cook criticism

    Graeme Swann reiterated Friday his call to Alastair Cook to stand down as England's one-day captain and quit limited overs internationals completely, saying the team's current approach to the 50-over game was akin to a "two-litre diesel in a Formula One race". The former off-spinner, who retired…

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  • James O'Connor, Hunt sign with Queensland Reds

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former Wallaby James O'Connor and ex-rugby league international and Australian Rules player Karmichael Hunt have signed contracts to play with Super Rugby's Queensland Reds next season.

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  • Reds bank on O'Connor, Hunt for Super Rugby revival

    The Queensland Reds will bring Wallaby James O'Connor back to Australia and former rugby league international Karmichael Hunt back to the 15-man game for next season, the Super Rugby team said on Friday. There is an element of risk in both signings, however, with O'Connor's off-field disciplinary…

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  • Google tests using drones to deliver goods

    Google on Thursday said it is testing using drones to deliver items bought online, putting its own spin on similar efforts by Internet retail titan Amazon.com. Two years of research into what Google referred to as "Project Wing" was capped this month with test flights delivering candy, water,…

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  • Playboy model jailed in Australia for drug role

    SYDNEY (AP) — Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt was sentenced to up to six years in prison Friday for being part of a drug smuggling ring that brought cocaine to Australia.

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  • China in 'biggest' recent cocaine bust amid drugs war

    Chinese police have with US help seized 70 kilograms of cocaine in the country's biggest single haul in recent years, state media said, as Beijing cracks down on drugs in a wider war on excess. Police were tipped off about a suspect shipping container from Peru by United States Drug Enforcement…

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  • Former Playboy model jailed over Australia cocaine ring

    Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt was Friday jailed for at least three and a half years over her involvement with a syndicate which hid cocaine on flights between Sydney and Los Angeles. Brandt, an ex-wife of Motley Crue bass player Nikki Sixx, was extradited from the United States in late 2013…

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  • Australia seeks Thai help for Aussie couples, surrogate babies

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Australia urged Thailand on Friday to allow Australian couples with babies born by Thai surrogate mothers to return home with their children following a crackdown on commercial surrogacy that has left many couples in limbo. Foreigners attempting to leave…

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  • Coroner blames negligence for Korean trawler sinking

    A New Zealand coroner on Friday blamed negligence for the loss of a South Korean fishing trawler that sank near Antarctica in 2010, killing 22. Coroner Richard McElrea criticised the "poor seamanship" of those in charge of the No.1 Insung and called for compulsory international safety standards…

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  • Australian PM to visit India for potential uranium deal

    Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday he will visit India next week, where he will reportedly sign an agreement allowing the export of uranium to the nuclear-armed South Asian nation.

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  • All Black bad-boy Guildford looking to turn page

    Zac Guildford is looking to put his past alcohol-fuelled misdemeanours behind him and launch a new chapter in his impressive rugby career with Clermont. The time had come to make some changes in my life and coming to Clermont was one of the best I could make," he said. He had terminated his…

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  • Australian Rugby Union backs inclusion as gay world cup kicks off

    The Australian Rugby Union Friday endorsed a new inclusion policy designed to stamp out all forms of discrimination and homophobia in the sport as the world cup of gay rugby kicked off in Sydney. The ARU last year became the first major Australian sporting code to commit to developing an inclusion…

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  • Virgin Australia airline posts $333 million loss

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's second largest airline, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd., said on Friday it lost 356 million Australian dollars ($333 million) in its last fiscal year, a three-fold increase over the previous year.

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  • Reds sign wayward O'Connor, code-hopper Hunt

    Troubled international James O'Connor and code-hopping star Karmichael Hunt have signed for Queensland Reds, the team said Friday, in a boost for the struggling side and putting both players in the frame for next year's World Cup. O'Connor, 24, unwanted by other Australian provinces, returns after…

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