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Drugs, crime links rock Australian sport

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Australia Olympic Committe president John Coates. AP Photo/Keystone, Dominic Favre, File

The widespread drug use by elite athletes and links with organized crime uncovered in a year-long government investigation have rocked a nation that prides itself on its sporting achievements and its collective notion of fair play.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Williams, Azarenka into 3rd round in Australia

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Serena Williams of the US hits a backhand return to Spain's Garbine Muguruza during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. AP/Andrew Brownbill

Serena Williams cautiously walked onto the court, and tried to keep the points short to avoid irritating her injured right ankle as she advanced to the third round at the Australian Open.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Azarenka into 3rd around at Australian Open

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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus makes a backhand return to Greece's Eleni Daniilidou during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. AP/Andrew Brownbill

Victoria Azarenka is starting to find some rhythm in her Australian Open title defense, almost dancing onto Rod Laver Arena to some disco tunes before racing through her 6-1, 6-0 second-round win over Eleni Daniilidou in 55 minutes.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Azarenka, Serena Williams drawn in same half

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Australian Open tennis championship defending women's singles champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, right, and men's singles defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia. AP FILE PHOTO

Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams are in the same half of the draw at the Australian Open, setting up the prospect of a semi-final match between the defending champion and the title favorite.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Williams wins Brisbane title; Murray into final

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Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a shot in his semi final match against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Serena Williams proved the break between seasons hasn’t hurt her momentum, capturing her 47th career title with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-1 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Saturday’s Brisbane International final.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Murray relaxed, unburdened ahead of new season

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Andy Murray of Britain talks to the media at a press conference during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. AP/Tertius Pickard

People have been treating Andy Murray differently since he won his first major and ended that long, long drought for British men at tennis’ Grand Slam events.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Serena Williams opens season with comfortable win

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Serena Williams of the U.S. plays a shot during her first round match against Varvaro Lepchenko of the U.S. during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Serena Williams joked that since the calendar still read 2012, she needed to maintain this year’s dominant form

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Djokovic edges Murray, sets up final vs Nadal

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Andy Murray of Britain during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, early Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. AP/Andrew Brownbill

Novak Djokovic overcame his breathing problems and a “physical crisis” to beat Andy Murray in an almost five-hour Australian Open semifinal Friday night and move into his third straight Grand Slam final.

Posted: January 28th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Serena Williams out in 4th round at Aussie Open

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Serena Williams has lost at the Australian Open for the first time since 2008, struggling with her serve and hitting too many unforced errors in a shocking 6-2, 6-3 fourth-round defeat to Ekaterina Makarova.

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Wimbledon champ Kvitova into Aussie quarterfinals

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Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova recovered from an embarrassing air swing and a two-game lapse to beat Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Monday for a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

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