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A dominant performance from new import Xavier Munford has inspired South East Melbourne Phoenix to a dominant 89-65 victory over New Zealand Breakers in their NBL season opener.Munford marked his league debut with 27 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Phoenix made light work of the understrength Breakers in Saturday's clash at John Cain Arena.
Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel has made a farewell plea to Germans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to help turn the tide on a fourth wave of cases that she said had become "dramatic" in parts of the country."We are in a very serious situation.
A proposal to extend the Dendrobium coal mine has been declared State Significant Infrastructure by the NSW government, which says it wants to give communities certainty for the future.NSW Deputy Premier and Resources Minister Paul Toole said the decision was based on the mine's importance to Port Kembla steelworks and its thousands of employees.
Higher hospital admissions among South African children during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant should prompt vigilance but not panic, a health official says.A large number of infants admitted with COVID-19 last month in Tshwane, the metropolitan area that includes the capital Pretoria, raised concerns the Omicron variant could pose greater risks for young children than other coronavirus variants.
Coach John Aloisi has lauded his new-look Western United defence after yet another resolute performance saw them stun reigning A-League Men champions Melbourne City 1-0.City were previously unbeaten in six league games stretching back to last season but had endured a scratchy start to the new campaign.
Sydney FC coach Steve Corica was left to rue the officiating as the Newcastle Jets came from behind to seal a 2-2 draw at Kogarah Oval on Saturday.The Sky Blues stormed into an early lead through an Adam Le Fondre penalty and Elvis Kamsoba's strike in the 30th minute.
Two young men have been charged after allegedly bashing a bus driver in Victoria's north who told them to put a face mask on when boarding.The bus was travelling from Wodonga to Adelaide when it stopped at Kerang bus depot on Wednesday morning to pick up passengers.
Cortnee Vine was the star of the show as Sydney FC kicked off their A-League Women's season on Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Newcastle Jets at Jubilee Oval.After the Jets withstood a first-half onslaught from the Sky Blues, Vine, 23, set up two goals after the halftime break with Remy Siemsen and Princess Ibini putting the home side two goals to the good just before the hour.
Their first A-League Men point in the bag after a hard-fought 0-0 home draw against Adelaide, Brisbane Roar are once again dreading a same-day road trip to Melbourne.The Roar headed into Saturday's clash against the Reds at Moreton Daily Stadium on the back of consecutive defeats away to Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory in their opening two fixtures.
New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel has achieved the magnificent and rare feat of bagging all 10 wickets in an innings before India demonstrated their own bowling might to take control of the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium.The Mumbai-born Ajaz became only the third player in international cricket to take all wickets in an innings after England off-spinner Jim Laker and India leg-spinner Anil Kumble, but the tourists could not stop India from getting to 325 on a remarkable Saturday.
Chris Green will start the Big Bash season as Sydney Thunder's captain with Usman Khawaja away on Australian duties.Green was told this week he would skipper the club, which gave him his first Twenty20 opportunity before taking his career overseas.
A man has been hospitalised after being stabbed in a domestic violence-related attack at Sydney's Central Station.The man, aged in his 40s, suffered wounds to his back, chest and neck in the incident on Saturday afternoon.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:* There have been 39,584,348 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Saturday, including +98,415 in the previous 24 hours.* Of the total, 23,555,161 have been administered by the Commonwealth, an increase of 68,733 on the previous 24 hours.
A sailor has been rescued after his 25-foot yacht was buffeted by wild weather off the west coast of Tasmania.The 76-year-old Zeehan man activated his emergency beacon late on Friday night after high winds and heavy seas rocked his vessel.
Cameron Green and Marnus Labuschagne could become the unlikely linchpins of Pat Cummins' captaincy as Australia fight to keep their skipper fresh.Cummins will lead a red-ball team for the first time in Wednesday's Ashes series opener at the Gabba, after having never captained NSW in the Sheffield Shield.
A man has died in a light plane crash in northern NSW.The aircraft plummeted to the ground and burst into flames on a farm in Moomin Road at Rowena, about 140km west of Moree, just before midday on Saturday.
Justin Langer has kept the door open on Tim Paine's Test career, insistent he could still play for Australia again while also leading a staunch defence of the former captain's character.Speaking for the first time since Paine stood down as skipper, Langer labelled the Tasmanian "one of the best people" he has met in cricket.
Skipper Babar Azam hit a half-century to help Pakistan recover from early trouble and reach 2-161 against Bangladesh on the opening day of the second Test, which was halted several times for bad light and rain.Bad light finally ended play with Babar batting on 60 and Azhar Ali on 36.
Patty Mills's stellar NBA season keeps getting better with the Boomers captain playing another strong hand in Brooklyn's 110-105 win over Minnesota.The Nets guard added 23 points and three assists to play the major support act to Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 30 points as they held off the Timberwolves in New York.
One man is in custody following the death of another in an alleyway in central Canberra.Police were called to the scene following reports of a man collapsing near a cafe in Garema Place in Civic, about 9.