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  • More day-night Tests touted after Adelaide success

    More pink-ball day-night Test matches are planned after the spectacular success of the historic trailblazer at the Adelaide Oval, which won plaudits from fans, players and cricket chiefs. Test cricket got a pulsating makeover as Australia claimed a thrilling three-wicket win over New Zealand in…

  • Malaysian pleads guilty to indecent assault in New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Malaysian military officer who was extradited to New Zealand after earlier leaving the country under the protection of diplomatic immunity pleaded guilty Monday to indecent assault.

    Associated Press
  • Japan whaling fleet set to leave for Antarctic

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's whaling fleet leaves Tuesday for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research.

    Associated Press
  • Cricket-West Indies to target Australia's middle order

    West Indies can compete with Australia in the upcoming three-test series if they can exploit the inexperience in the hosts' middle order, captain Jason Holder said on Monday. Leading an inexperienced squad that suffered a 2-0 humbling in Sri Lanka on October, Holder is widely perceived to be…

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  • Australian cricketer Starc offers no timetable for return

    Australia's pace spearhead Mitchell Starc said Monday it could be up to four weeks before he knows when he can bowl again after another injury setback in the Adelaide day-night Test. Starc bowled only nine overs in New Zealand's first innings before he heard a crack in his right foot and left the…

  • New Zealand seek ICC clarification on DRS 'clanger'

    New Zealand have contacted the International Cricket Council seeking answers over a contentious review that went against them at a crucial time in the fluctuating day-night Test against Australia, coach Mike Hesson said Monday. Hesson is still fuming over the much-criticised decision by TV umpire…

  • Soccer-Australia protests prompt appeals process promise on fan bans

    The protests were triggered by the publication of a list of 198 fans banned from stadia around the country in Sydney's Sunday Telegraph newspaper the previous weekend. Hundreds of fans of champions Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers, two of the best supported clubs in the league,…

  • Rugby union - Eden Park pays emotional tribute to Jonah Lomu

    - New Zealand paid tribute to All Black great Jonah Lomu at the spiritual home of New Zealand rugby on Monday, with thousands of fans packing a memorial service at Auckland's Eden Park. A Maori mourning chant echoed around the stadium as All Black legends including Michael Jones and Frank Bunce…

  • Thousands crowd Eden Park for Jonah Lomu memorial

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset led the tributes to Jonah Lomu at a public memorial Monday, saying the former All Blacks winger was a giant whose contribution to the sport "cannot be overstated."

    Associated Press
  • Injured Starc unsure when he'll bowl again for Australia

    Australia pacer has a stress fracture.

    Associated Press
  • Lomu -- the man who dragged rugby union into modern era

    Jonah Lomu, the hulking New Zealand winger who was farewelled Monday at a public memorial, dragged rugby union into the modern era with the same ferocity he used to trample opposing players. Hailed as the sport's first global superstar, he shot to international fame at the 1995 World Cup in South…

  • New Zealand demands clarification from ICC over DRS decision

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is demanding answers from the International Cricket Council over a contentious decision by TV umpire Nigel Llong that swung the momentum in the first ever day-night cricket test.

    Associated Press
  • Five facts on legendary All Black Jonah Lomu

    New Zealand paid its respects to rugby great Jonah Lomu at Auckland's famous Eden Park stadium on Monday. -- At his peak, the 1.96 metre (six foot five inch) Lomu weighed 120 kilograms (264 pounds) and could cover 100 metres in 10.80 seconds. -- Even at his best, medics estimated Lomu's kidney…

  • Cricket-New Zealand await clarification on DRS controversy

    By Ian Ransom ADELAIDE, Nov 30 (Reuters) - New Zealand are awaiting clarification from the International Cricket Council regarding Nigel Llong's contentious third umpire decision in the day-night test against Australia after the ruling had an "impact" on the game, coach Mike Hesson has said. …

  • Cricket-Australia paceman Starc ruled out of entire summer

    (Adds quotes, details) By Ian Ransom ADELAIDE, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the test series against West Indies and is no certainty to play in Australia's tour of New Zealand early next year as he recovers from a broken foot, the left-armer said…

  • Cricket-Australia paceman Starc ruled out of Windies series

    Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the test series against West Indies and in doubt for Australia's tour of New Zealand early next year as he recovers from a broken foot, the left-armer said on Monday. Starc limped off the field during the first day of the third and…

  • Japan's Antarctic whale hunt reignites war of words

    Before the end of the year, Japanese whalers are scheduled to set out for Antarctic waters despite protests from the United Nations, International Whaling Commission member countries, and animal advocates. In 1986, the International Whaling Commission instated a moratorium on commercial whaling…

    Christian Science Monitor