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Cricket Australia orders review into Phillip Hughes death

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Cricket Australia will commission an independent review into the death of batsman Phillip Hughes in an attempt to prevent such on-field accidents from occurring in the future. Hughes died on Nov. 27, two days after being struck in the neck by a ball from a short-pitched delivery while representing South Australia in an interstate Sheffield Shield first...
Via AP on Fox
May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

"National treasure" Richie Benaud dies in Australia

Within hours of his death on Friday, former Australia cricket captain and pioneering television commentator Richie Benaud was described as a ''national treasure'' and praised by his peers, current and former players and the country's prime minister. Benaud, 84, died overnight at a Sydney hospice, surrounded by his wife, Daphne, and other family members. He had been fighting skin...
Via AP on Fox
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Bleary-eyed Australians celebrate World Cup win

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australian players sheltered behind dark glasses Monday at a public reception the day after their victory over New Zealand in the final of the Cricket World Cup. Captain Michael Clarke carried the World Cup trophy and, as the players mounted the stage in front of thousands of fans at open-air Federation Square, they smiled wanly and waved to the crowd....
Via AP on Fox
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Australia beats New Zealand to win its fifth World Cup title in cricket

  Michael Clarke raised his bat to acknowledge the massive crowd, and nodded to a fallen teammate he credited for inspiring Australia's run to a fifth World Cup title that culminated with an emphatic win over New Zealand. Clarke scored 74 and shared a 112-run partnership with Steve Smith (56 not out) as the skipper and the likely future captain spearheaded Australia to the winning...
Via AP on Fox
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Australia beats NZ to win its 5th Cricket World Cup title

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Michael Clarke signed off with a half century and another World Cup title, leading Australia to a seven-wicket victory over first-time finalist New Zealand on Sunday in front of a crowd of 93,013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Clarke (74) and Steve Smith (56 not out), the current and the likely future captain, spearheaded Australia to the winning target...
Via AP on Fox
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

What to Watch in the Cricket World Cup final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Cricket World Cup final on Sunday will feature the tournament co-hosts and traditional sports rivals Australia and New Zealand. The Australians have won four World Cup titles from six previous finals. New Zealand lost the first six World Cup semifinals it played before finally beating South Africa in Auckland to reach the championship match for the...
Via AP on Fox
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Clarke's Aussies prepared for their part in World Cup final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Win or lose, Michael Clarke and his Australian teammates are probably going to be portrayed as the bad guys after the Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand. The New Zealanders have been the story of the World Cup, winning all eight games on the way to the final, including a one-wicket win over four-time champion Australia in the pool stage. The Black...
Via AP on Fox
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Australia beats India, meets New Zealand in World Cup final

SYDNEY (AP) Michael Clarke's Australian lineup ended India's reign as World Cup champion with a 95-run victory that set up a showdown in the final with tournament co-host New Zealand. Steve Smith scored 105 and shared a 182-run partnership with Aaron Finch (81) to help Australia post 328-7, a record for a World Cup semifinal, at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. India started...
Via AP on Fox
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Intensity peaking for India v Australia World Cup semifinal

SYDNEY (AP) Acrimony is omnipresent now whenever Australia and India clash in cricket. With a spot in the Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand on the line, expect the intensity to peak. India batsman Rohit Sharma said his squad was prepared to fight fire with fire in Thursday's semifinal against four-time champion Australia, which has forged its reputation on an aggressive...
Via AP on Fox
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

What to Watch in the Australia vs India World Cup semifinal

SYDNEY (AP) Australia and India have won six of the last eight Cricket World Cup titles and have developed a heated rivalry over the last decade. When the teams meet in the World Cup semifinal on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, there's bound to be some friction. Both captains have attacking mindsets in the 50-over format, and the top order of both batting lineups are stacked...
Via AP on Fox
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A guide to the Cricket World Cup semifinals

The Cricket World Cup began on Feb. 14 with 14 teams. More than a month later, the tournament has been reduced to four countries including defending champion India, four-time winner Australia and its co-host New Zealand, and South Africa. Here's a quick guide to the semifinals. The winners advance to the final on Sunday, March 29 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground: --- New Zealand...
Via AP on Fox
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

New Zealand puts up large total vs West Indies at World Cup

The International Cricket Council will be hoping the semifinals of its showcase World Cup tournament are a bit closer than the quarterfinal results. The fourth elimination match Saturday was a lot like the first three. Martin Guptill made 237 not out - the highest score by a New Zealander and the second-highest for all nations in one-day internationals - in leading his team to 393...
Via AP on Fox
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Australia beats Pakistan by 6 wickets in World Cup quarters

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Shane Watson made the most of a lucky break to guide Australia to a six-wicket win over Pakistan in the World Cup quarterfinals on Friday, setting up a semifinal showdown with defending champion India. Pakistan won the toss and batted at the Adelaide Oval but was all out for 213 in the 50th over, with paceman Josh Hazlewood taking 4-35 to justify his selection...
Via AP on Fox
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Pace the key in Australia vs Pakistan World Cup quarterfinal

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) The Australians have won the World Cup on every continent on the cricket map except their own. The honor of winning in Australia belongs to Pakistan, which recovered from a shaky start, had a little bit of luck along the way and then won the title for the first and only time in 1992. The teams meet in a quarterfinal on Friday at the Adelaide Oval, the South...
Via AP on Fox
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

World Cup: Aussies 2nd in Pool A, India unbeaten in Pool B

Defending champion India made a mockery of the pre-tournament form guides, finishing unbeaten atop Pool B at the Cricket World Cup with a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Saturday. India hadn't won a competitive match on Australian soil in the two months leading up to the tournament, but has now won six in a row to extend its winning streak in World Cup matches to 10 - including the...
Via AP on Fox
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Pakistan back in Cup contention with win over South Africa

The Pakistan squad of 2015 is showing the kind of resilience that Imran Khan's lineup of 1992 needed to win the World Cup title. This time the comeback is on Misbah-ul-Haq's watch, the veteran batsman holding firm again as Pakistan beat South Africa on Saturday by 29 runs in Auckland, New Zealand under the Duckworth-Lewis system for rain-affected games. Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz...
Via AP on Fox
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

De Villiers leads South Africa to big win over West Indies

If ever there was a case of World Cup one-upmanship, AB de Villiers' unbeaten 162 has to be in the running for top billing. The South Africa captain posted the fastest 150 runs in one-day international cricket with some brutal late hitting, setting his team on course for a record 257-run win over a West Indies lineup that entered Friday's Pool B match on a high after back-to-back...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

NZ thrashes England, cyclone threatens Aussie World Cup game

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) A bit of weather role reversal was creating opposite vibes for the co-hosts of the Cricket World Cup on Friday. In New Zealand's capital Wellington, which can often be hit by wind and rain regardless of the season, the Black Caps and their ace pace bowler Tim Southee, who took seven wickets, embarrassed England by eight wickets in their Pool A match under...
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

New Zealand wins, Afghanistan ready for World Cup debut

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) New Zealand unconvincingly beat second-tier Scotland by three wickets in a low-scoring Pool A match at the World Cup on Tuesday. Chasing Scotland's modest total of 142, New Zealand needed only half its allotted overs to reach the target but lost wickets at regular intervals in an undisciplined run chase and finished on 146-7 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Afghanistan...
Via AP on Fox
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Cricket World Cup 2015: Some things to watch

The Cricket World Cup begins Saturday with New Zealand hosting Sri Lanka in Christchurch and old rivals Australia and England meeting in Melbourne. After six weeks of wickets, whacks and willow, the tournament will finish with a final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29. Here are some things to watch: --- NO GO: In the end, Michael Clarke had the big decision made for him...
Via AP on Fox
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome and Prospect WOWY’s

The Erie Otters slid through Peterborough last week, giving me my first real look at Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome (I previously saw both at the CHL Top Prospect Game). I was really interested in seeing how these two players were matched up. All the talk is how McDavid plays against the toughest opponents, allowing Strome to feast on inferior competition. What I found very interesting...
Via BS Hockey
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Push on Through to Tea

December 3 2014 was supposed to be just another day. Instead, Phil and I took the train to the city and made our usual walk across the Riverbank Footbridge to the Adelaide Oval. We had been to the Oval for other events but today was our first sporting event. Not to cheer on our beloved Crows or to attend a T20 match but to farewell Phillip Joel Hughes. My daughter shares her birth...
Via In The Neutral Zone
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Thousands gather for final goodbye to cricket star Phillip Hughes

  The funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes turned into a celebration of his life on Wednesday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. Australia captain Michael Clarke and the rest of the test squad were joined by former and current players from around the world, and friends and relatives from Hughes' hometown of 2,500 people on the northern coast of New South...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Thousands gather in hometown for Hughes funeral

MACKSVILLE, Australia (AP) The funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes turned into a celebration of his life on Wednesday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke and the rest of his test teammates were joined by former and current players from around the world, and friends and relatives from Hughes' hometown of 2,500 people...
Via AP on Fox
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Mourners arrive for Australian cricketer's funeral

MACKSVILLE, Australia (AP) Mourners are converging on this rural town for Wednesday's funeral for Phillip Hughes, with the cricketer's birthplace becoming the focus of a nation's attention. Australia captain Michael Clarke arrived by helicopter Monday and will act as a pallbearer. The funeral will be attended by past and present cricketers from around the world as well as by politicians...
Via AP on Fox
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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