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  • Manly, Bulldogs stay on top in NRL

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Manly and the Bulldogs scored contrasting wins in the weekend's 18th-round to continue their head-to-head contest at the top of Australia's National Rugby League.

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  • Waratahs on top as finalists found in Super Rugby

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Defending champions the Chiefs will play the ACT Brumbies and the Durban-based Sharks will host the Highlanders in next weekend's first-round finals in Super Rugby after the last regular-season round shuffled standings and dumped three teams from the playoffs race.

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  • Victorious Sharks have to settle for third

    Long-time leaders Coastal Sharks had to settle for third place on the Super 15 league standings despite a clinical 34-10 away win over Western Stormers Saturday. The Durban outfit ran on to the pitch at a cold Newlands stadium in Cape Town needing a 35-point bonus-point victory to snatch second…

    AFP
  • Aussie guard Mills re-signs with champion Spurs

    Australian guard Patty Mills will be back to help the San Antonio Spurs defend their NBA title next season after signing a new contract Saturday. The 25-year-old from Canberra played a key reserve role for the Spurs, who defeated the Miami Heat in last month's NBA Finals. While no terms of the…

    AFP
  • Waratahs beat Reds 34-3 in Super Rugby

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Center Kurtley Beale scored two tries as the New South Wales Waratahs beat inter-state rivals the Queensland Reds 34-3 on Saturday for their 12th win of the Super Rugby season and moved confidently toward their first semifinal appearance in four years.

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  • Crusaders beat Highlanders 34-8 in Super Rugby

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Flanker Matt Todd scored two tries and Dan Carter kicked 12 points as the Crusaders beat the Highlanders 34-8 to win the New Zealand conference on Saturday and likely seal a home semifinal in the Super Rugby playoffs.

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  • Philippines arrests Australian over ties to militant group ISIL

    The Philippines on Friday arrested an Australian national with suspected links to foreign Islamist militants after he urged Philippine Muslims on social media sites to support conflicts in Iraq and Syria, recruiting them to go to the Middle East. The arrest is the first known link between Islamist…

    Reuters
  • Australia's central bank governor urges fiscal restraint

    Australia's central bank governor Glenn Stevens Saturday urged politicians to work together to address the growing gap between fiscal spending and revenue, as the government battles to push through massive budget cuts. The Reserve Bank governor's comments followed a chaotic week in Australia's…

    AFP
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  • Australia slams 'extremist' PETA for sheep abuse video

    Australia's agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has described animal rights group PETA as "extremist" and questioned their methods after the release of footage showing sheep being beaten by shearers. Joyce said Australia "does not condone the mistreatment of animals" but added that the violence…

    AFP
  • Rising Australian talent Kyrgios splits with coach Rea

    Rising talent Nick Kyrgios has confirmed his split with coach Simon Rea to spend more time at his Canberra home, the Australian teenager said on Saturday. The 19-year-old, who took Wimbledon by storm by beating then-world number one Rafa Nadal on the way to the quarter-finals, had worked with New…

    Reuters
  • Australian Fireball Caused by Russian Space Junk (Video)

    The fireball that lit up skies over Australia Thursday night (July 10) was actually part of a Russian rocket falling back to Earth, according to media reports. Observers throughout southeastern Australia reported seeing a bright meteor streaking through the skies at about 9:45 p.m. local time on…

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  • Australian sheep punched, stamped on and thrown: PETA

    Footage showing sheep being violently abused by shearers -- including being punched in the face and hit with tools -- was condemned Friday by Australia's Agriculture Minister as "exceptional and cruel". The images, reportedly filmed in Australia by undercover investigators for the animal rights…

    AFP
  • Australian jihadist supporter arrested in Philippines: police

    An Australian convert to Islam who used the Internet to urge people to join "jihad" in Iraq and Syria was arrested in the Philippines on Friday, local police said. Robert Edward Cerantonio, 29, who also goes by the name Musa Cerantonio, was detained in the central Philippine city of Cebu and will…

    AFP
  • Australian Muslim preacher arrested in Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Australian Islamic preacher was arrested in the central Philippines on Friday on suspicion of links to Muslim extremists and rallying support for militants in Syria, police said.

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  • Philippines: Australian Islamic preacher arrested

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Australian preacher with suspected links to Muslim extremists and who has allegedly been calling for jihad was arrested Friday in the central Philippines, police said.

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  • Chiefs top Blues 11-8 to make Super Rugby playoffs

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The Chiefs kept alive their quest for a third straight Super Rugby title when they beat the Blues 11-8 in a rain-drenched match to capture a playoffs spot in their last match of the regular season on Friday.

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  • Philippines arrests Australian over ties to militant group ISIS

    The Philippines on Friday arrested an Australian national with suspected links to foreign Islamist militants after he urged Philippine Muslims on social media sites to support conflicts in Iraq and Syria, recruiting them to go to the Middle East. The arrest is the first known link between Islamist…

    Reuters
  • Japan PM says horrors of war must never be repeated

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday said the horrors of war must never be repeated as he visited a World War II battlefield in Pacific nation Papua New Guinea. He was also due to visit Cape Wom, the site of the Japanese Army's surrender in PNG on the final day of a Pacific swing that also…

    AFP
  • Australia judge probed for saying incest 'may be accepted'

    An Australian judge will be investigated for his "appalling" comments on incest, in which he reportedly said sex between siblings was gaining social acceptance just like homosexuality, authorities said Friday. New South Wales state Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said he was "extremely concerned"…

    AFP
  • Crusaders, Sharks fight for crucial second spot

    The NSW Waratahs may have locked up top spot and a home semi-final but four games in this weekend's final round all have a bearing on the make-up of the Super Rugby play-offs. The Waratahs are seven points clear and won't lose their top billing even if they lose their Australian derby against the…

    AFP
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