TOKYO (AP) — After five long years, Portia Woodman has finally been able to shake the mental image of herself in tears, standing under a set of goalposts.
TOKYO (AP) — American star Caeleb Dressel still has a shot at five gold medals.
Australia's Emma McKeon can make some Olympic history, too.
The final day of swimming at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre is teeming with storylines, led by the world's two aquatic superpowers.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Patty Mills scored 24 points, Jock Landale added 18 and Australia pulled away Saturday for an 89-76 victory over Germany and an undefeated finish to group play.
Nic Kay helped the Australians finally break free in a close game and finished with 16 points.
TOKYO (AP) — Marko Bijac is playing in his second Olympics with Croatia's water polo team, so the goalkeeper wasn't about to make too much of the team's victory over Serbia.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Li Yueru hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds left, and China advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals by holding off a furious rally by Australia 76-74 on Friday night.
China led 61-50 with 7:09 left on a layup by Wang Siyu.
TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic title defense looked shaky for Australia in a group-deciding loss to the U.S. team. It was over in a surprising quarterfinal loss to Fiji.
A run of upsets on Day 2 of the women's rugby sevens competition ended with top-ranked New Zealand as the only team from the 2016 podium to reach the semifinals in Tokyo.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second time in five years, the Oklahoma City Thunder went Down Under to find a first-round pick in the NBA draft, taking Josh Giddey at No. 6 on Thursday night.
The 18-year-old Giddey, a 6-foot-8 guard from Melbourne, Australia, attended the NBA Global Academy in 2019-20 and played last season for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia’s National Basketball League.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Australia center Aron Baynes will miss the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics with a neck injury, a significant blow for the medal hopefuls who have already qualified for next week’s knockout stage.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Australia has sent a jet airtanker to the United States to help fight wildfires.
TOKYO (AP) — A roundup of gold medals from Thursday, July 29, at the Tokyo Games:
TOKYO (AP) — Reputations and rankings meant nothing when Fiji upset Canada and Britain raced to a 21-point lead against New Zealand on Day 1 of the Olympic women's rugby sevens competition.
The lack of international competition during the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for every team.
TOKYO (AP) — The fragile nature of an Olympics during the pandemic came into sharp focus Thursday when the entire Australian track team spent time in a brief quarantine after American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks pulled out of the Tokyo Games because of a positive COVID-19 test.
On to the rematch.
The United States plays the Netherlands on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Olympic women's soccer tournament — bringing together the two teams that played in the World Cup final two years ago in France.
TOKYO (AP) — For years, Australia's Jessica Fox was among those pushing to get women's canoe slalom accepted as an Olympic sport.
With a history-making gold medal within her reach, she was not going to miss her chance.
TOKYO (AP) — Caeleb Dressel climbed atop the lane rope, a look of wonder in his eyes. He gazed all around the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, eager to soak up every last moment of something he’s never done before.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s largest city Sydney will remain in lockdown for another month.
The New South Wales state government announced that the lockdown of the city of 5 million would last at least until Aug.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Jock Landale scored 18 points and Australia took command of the Group B standings with a 86-83 win over Italy at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.
Patty Mills scored 16 points and Nic Kay scored 15 on 6-for-7 shooting for Australia (2-0), which outrebounded Italy 44-30.
TOKYO (AP) — Australia swept the men’s and women’s fours at the Tokyo Olympics, creating comparisons to the country’s once-dominant “Oarsome Foursome” — times two.
Britain lost a race it dominated for 20 years as a steering problem nearly caused a crash with Italy.
KASHIMA, Japan (AP) — The United States did what was necessary to advance at the Tokyo Olympics, it just wasn't exactly the high-flying offensive juggernaut that the Americans are known for.
TOKYO (AP) — Siviwe Soyizwapi and his beleaguered Blitzboks arrived at the Tokyo Olympics without their head coach, and they'll be leaving without a medal.
The South Africans won the bronze medal when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut at Rio de Janeiro five years ago, finishing behind champion Fiji and Britain.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Emma Meesseman led Belgium to an impressive win in its Olympic debut.
She had 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists to help Belgium beat Australia 85-70 on Tuesday in the opener for both teams.
Australia-China relations: will the hotel boom go bust as Chinese tourists give Down Under a skip in post-Covid travelling?
Investment in Australian hotels more than quadrupled in the first half of the year, according to property consultancy JLL, a reflection of confidence in robust local demand for travel that is likely to boost one of Covid-19's worst-hit industries.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-most populous city Melbourne will end its fifth lockdown on Tuesday with the Victoria state government declaring it had beaten an outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant for a second time.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Matthew Wade notched his 11th one-day international half-century to pace Australia to a six-wicket win over the West Indies in the deciding match of the three-game series on Monday,
TOKYO (AP) — Australia has the look of a gold medal contender in women’s field hockey.
The Hockeyroos rolled past China 6-0 on Monday to improve to 2-0 in Group B pool play. Australia has outscored its first two Olympic opponents 9-1.
SYDNEY (AP) — Playmaker and 70-test veteran Quade Cooper hasn’t played a test match for Australia since 2017 but he’s back in longshot consideration for a Wallabies spot.
Cooper had a coffee with Wallabies coach Dave Rennie last week in which he agreed to link up with the squad as a training partner before they fly out to New Zealand for Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship matches.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Monday agreed to repatriate an alleged Islamic State militant and her two young children, who have been detained in Turkey since February.
The decision follows a bitter dispute with Australia over which country needed to shoulder responsibility for the woman, who had been a dual citizen of both countries until Australia stripped her citizenship under its anti-terrorism laws.
The Australia men's field hockey team has put on an offensive show to start the Olympics.
The No. 1 team in the world rankings rolled past No. 4 India 7-1 on Sunday. The outburst came a day after the Kookaburras rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Japan 5-3.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The United States had just given up its first run and was two outs away from losing for the first time in the Olympic softball tournament.
Amanda Chidester stepped up to the plate with two runners on and slapped the ball into left field.
TOKYO (AP) — Katie Ledecky's teammates are already piling up Olympic medals. Now it's her turn, and she wants some hardware of her own.
Ledecky opened her Olympic program as the top qualifier in the 400-meter freestyle on Sunday night, setting up a showdown with Ariarne Titmus of Australia as the American star tries to defend her title.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The Australians opened their Olympics against a team that had even more NBA players and just like them a recent victory over the U.S.
But this Australia team has something Nigeria could never match.
TOKYO (AP) — They’ll wear their masks and keep their distance in public, until the tackling and rucking starts.
This is one sport where COVID-19 restrictions cannot separate 14 humans competing for a ball in 14-minute chunks of time, a dozen times a day.
TOKYO (AP) — Jerry Tuwai and his Fiji teammates turned up on a Monday in May ready for a five-day training camp to prepare to defend their Olympic rugby sevens title. By Friday of that week, it was clear they weren’t going to be seeing their families up close for several months.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Friday garnered enough international support to defer an attempt by the United Nations’ cultural organization to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status because of damage caused by climate change.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the remainder of the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh due to a right knee injury.
Finch will return to Australia from the West Indies to complete 14 days quarantine and is then likely to undergo surgery.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran made half centuries in a 93-run sixth wicket partnership which steered the West Indies to a four wicket win over Australia in the re-scheduled second one-day cricket international Saturday, leveling the three-match series at 1-1.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Fridolina Rolfo scored a pair of goals and Sweden won its second straight match in the group stage of the women's Olympic soccer tournament with a 4-2 victory over Australia on Saturday.
SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities on Saturday to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases, and police made several arrests after crowds broke through barriers and threw plastic bottles and plants.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — The West Indies-Australia one-day international series will resume on Saturday after the second match was postponed on Thursday because of the coronavirus.
The second ODI at Kensington Oval was suspended after Australia won the toss when an unnamed non-playing member of the West Indies squad tested positive.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — All 152 people involved in the West Indies-Australia cricket series tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday, a day after the second one-day international was postponed.
TOKYO (AP) — A constantly refilling pool of talent. Well-rehearsed changeovers. And plenty of speed.
There are many reasons why the Australian women are heavily favored to win a third straight gold medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the Tokyo Olympics.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Friday suspended its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for at least eight weeks due to a growing COVID-19 cluster in Sydney.
New Zealand recently imposed quarantine restrictions on travelers from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia states, where lockdowns have been introduced to contain delta variant clusters.
SYDNEY — An Australian state government on Friday declared an emergency due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney.
The New South Wales state government reported one fatality and 136 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, the biggest daily tally of new cases since the outbreak began in mid June.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few years ago, a Sydney scientist noticed a sulfur-crested cockatoo opening his trash bin. Not every resident would be thrilled, but ornithologist Richard Major was impressed by the ingenuity.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Australia and New Zealand were called “selfish” and "cowardly” for pulling out of the Rugby League World Cup in October in England on Thursday.
The southern hemisphere giants, who have won 12 of the 15 World Cups, stunned organizers when they withdrew citing player welfare and safety concerns in the pandemic.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — The second one-day international between the West Indies and Australia on Thursday was postponed after a staff member of the host side tested positive for the coronavirus.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Australia will visit Bangladesh for the first time in four years to play five Twenty20s in the span of a week as part of preparations for the T20 World Cup.
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Two-time Olympic men's soccer champion Argentina was stunned 2-0 by Australia in their opening game at the Tokyo Games on Thursday.
In its first Olympic game since 2008, Australia took the lead through Lachlan Wales' tap-in the 14th minute at the Sapporo Dome.
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese host of this year's meeting of the U.N. World Heritage Committee has defended the body's proposal to label the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” against Australian government suspicion that China influenced the finding for political reasons.