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Oct 18

All Blacks missing Beauden Barrett for final Bledisloe Test

Lima Sopoaga replaces concussed five-eighth All Blacks otherwise unchanged for dead rubber in BrisbaneAll Blacks five-eighth Beauden Barrett will sit out Saturday’s third Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia due to concussion issues, opening the door …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/19/rugby-union-bledisloe-cup-team-news

Oct 16

Bernard Tomic slumps in qualifying for ATP event in Antwerp

Former world No17 loses in straight sets to Aldin ŠetkićRisks missing out on automatic qualification for Australian OpenBernard Tomic’s forgettable tennis season has continued, with the 24-year-old losing in the final round of qualifying for the Antwer…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/17/bernard-tomic-slumps-in-qualifying-for-atp-event-in-antwerp

Oct 16

‘We can do a better job than Mayweather’ – Jeff Horn keen on McGregor

Horn will fight a voluntary title defence against Gary Corcoran in BrisbaneWBO welterweight world champion also hopeful of rematch with PacquiaoUFC star Conor McGregor is a potential left-field opponent for WBO welterweight world champion Jeff Horn, if…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/16/we-can-do-a-better-job-than-mayweather-jeff-horn-keen-on-mcgregor

Oct 13

Rain thwarts Australia’s hopes of winning T20 series in India

Disappointing tour ends with the deciding 20-over clash washed out in Hyderabad Australia’s hopes of salvaging a T20 series victory in an otherwise disappointing tour of India have been hosed down by a sodden outfield in Hyderabad.While the forecast ra…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/14/rain-thwarts-australias-hopes-of-winning-t20-series-in-india

Oct 13

A-League: John Aloisi roars at Adelaide’s fitness ‘myth’

Brisbane Roar coach says it was his own team’s lack of conditioning that proved decisive in the Reds’ 2-1 winBrisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believes it is a “myth” that Adelaide United are much fitter than other A-League sides, arguing it was his own …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/14/a-league-john-aloisi-roars-at-adelaides-fitness-myth

Oct 13

No sin-bin for punches, no problem – Rugby League World Cup boss

Penalties will be left to the discretion of a single refereeAn in-goal video referral system will replace the NRL bunkerOfficials won’t need to implement mandatory sin-bins for punches during the Rugby League World Cup to clamp down on the illegal act,…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/13/no-sin-bin-for-punches-no-problem-rugby-league-world-cup-boss

Oct 10

Rock hits Australia’s team bus after T20 win over India

Steve Smith’s side level series at 1-1 with eight-wicket victoryNo one injured after window smashed on team’s way back to hotelA rock has shattered a window on the Australian cricket team’s bus after their T20 victory over India in Guwahati. No one was…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/11/rock-hits-australias-team-bus-after-t20-win-over-india

Oct 10

Nick Kyrgios fined and loses prize money after Shanghai Masters walk-off

• Australian No1 fined $10,000 and stripped of $21,085 prize money• Kyrgios quit first-round match against Steve Johnson after losing opening setNick Kyrgios has been stripped of his first-round prize money and fined an additional $10,000 (£7,500) afte…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/11/nick-krygios-walks-off-court-after-losing-first-set-at-shanghai-masters

Oct 10

‘Serena will be back’: Australian Open director backs Williams’ return

Seven-times Melbourne Park champion gave birth in September2018 winners will pocket $4m each with an overall 10% pay increaseNew mother Serena Williams will be chasing a record $4m in prize money when she returns to defend her Australian Open crown in …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/10/serena-will-be-back-australian-open-director-backs-williams-return

Oct 09

AFL star Robbie Gray undergoes surgery after testicular cancer diagnosis

The Power player will undergo chemotherapy after successful procedureHe is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for pre-seasonPort Adelaide player Robbie Gray has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, the Power announced on Monday. Gray was d…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/09/afl-star-robbie-gray-undergoes-surgery-after-testicular-cancer-diagnosis

Oct 09

Lleyton Hewitt implores struggling Bernard Tomic to ‘work harder’

Tomic ranked 144th after opting out of Olympics and Davis CupHewitt ‘disappointed and frustrated’ with former top 20 playerLleyton Hewitt insists Bernard Tomic will need to “put the work in” or face the prospect of wilting during the brutal Australian …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/09/lleyton-hewitt-implores-struggling-bernard-tomic-to-work-harder

Oct 08

Wanderers begin post-Popovic era with A-League victory over Perth

Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 Perth GloryWellington Phoenix 1-1 Adelaide UnitedNo Tony Popovic, no problem for Western Sydney Wanderers as they opened their A-League season with a 2-1 home win over Perth Glory on Sunday. A week after it was announced co…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/08/wanderers-begin-post-popovic-era-with-a-league-victory-over-perth

Oct 08

Wallabies end Rugby Championship on winning note in Argentina

Australia post hard-earned 37-20 win in MendozaReece Hodge stars for Wallabies with two tries and a hand in two othersThe travel-weary Wallabies rounded out their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign with a hard-earned 37-20 win over Argentina in Mendoza.T…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/08/wallabies-end-rugby-championship-on-winning-note-in-argentina

Oct 04

Nick Kyrgios storms into China Open quarter-finals

Kyrgios’s motivation in Beijing was to atone for the worst performance of his career

Nick Kyrgios has revealed his motivation for atoning for the worst performance of his career after storming into the quarter-finals of the China Open in Beijing.

The Australian recovered from a loose start to see off German serve-volleyer Mischa Zverev 3-6 6-2 6-2 in their second-round clash on Wednesday.

Related: Nick Kyrgios: Don’t put me in same box as ‘lost’ Bernard Tomic

Related: ‘I am not dedicated’: Nick Kyrgios questions commitment after first-round US Open exit

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/05/nick-kyrgios-storms-into-china-open-quarter-finals

Oct 02

Australia quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood on track for Ashes

  • Pace pair have recovered from injuries in time for series with England
  • Pat Cummins also firing but James Pattinson suffers setback

Three of Australia’s so-called “big four” fast bowling weapons are expected to be fit and firing in time to launch an all-out assault on the Ashes with Mitchell Starc named to return for NSW on Friday in the domestic one-day competition for his first match since June.

Related: Rohit Sharma’s 125 guides India to seven-wicket ODI win over Australia

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/03/australia-quicks-mitchell-starc-and-josh-hazlewood-on-track-for-ashes

Oct 02

Australia go for blend of youth and experience for Rugby League World Cup

  • Seven players selected from NRL premiers Melbourne Storm
  • Felise Kaufusi one of six rookies in Mal Meninga’s squad

Melbourne bolter Felise Kaufusi has been confirmed as one of seven Storm players named in Australia’s 24-man squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup. Kaufusi is one of six rookies included by coach Mal Meninga, with Melbourne team-mates Cameron Munster and Jordan McLean also selected.

Related: Melbourne claim NRL premiership with champions across field | Matt Cleary

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/03/australia-go-for-blend-of-youth-and-experience-for-rugby-league-world-cup