Rarely emotional, Ash Barty roared with relief after defying intense pressure and expectation to become the first home hope to win the Australian Open singles crown in 44 years.1 completed a dream fortnight at Melbourne Park with a steely 6-3 7-6 (7-2) victory over American Danielle Collins in the most-anticipated women's Open final in almost half a century.
John Eales didn't put on a pair of skies until he was about 40 but the Wallabies legend has had a hand in young Australian mogul skier Cooper Woods making his Olympic debut.Eales was paired to mentor Woods in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics, which open next Friday, as part of the Sport Australia Hall Of Fame scholarship program.
It was precisely two weeks ago that Rafael Nadal declared, with all respect, that "it will be a great Australian Open with or without him".But not even Nadal could have imagined just how "great" the ensuing fortnight might be for him personally without Novak Djokovic lining up for yet another Open title defence.
Ashleigh Gardner's increased maturity has paved the way for her to become the first Indigenous player to claim one of Australian cricket's top honours.Gardner was on Saturday named winner of the Belinda Clark Award, crowning her as Australia's best female player for the past 12 months.
Ash Barty was overjoyed by the surprise appearances of fellow Indigenous idols Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Cathy Freeman to share in the celebration of her famous Australian Open triumph.1 captured the heart of the nation like few other athletes since Freeman at the Sydney Olympics with her breakthrough victory at Melbourne Park.
Olympians won't be the only ones representing Australia at the Winter Games, with a Brisbane-based firm designing a major Beijing venue.The new National Speed Skating Oval in the Chinese capital, named the Ice Ribbon, is the brainchild of architecture firm Populous, which won a global contest for the only new permanent venue built for the Olympics.
GWS defender Nicola Barr has become an unlikely hero up forward, helping lift the COVID-hit Giants to a 21-point AFLW win over the wayward Western Bulldogs at Henson Park.Barr entered Friday's match having never kicked a goal in her 33-game professional career.
Matt Ebden and Max Purcell have pledged to crash the Special Ks' party as they vie to become the first home men's doubles winners at the Australian Open in more than two decades.Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are hardly the Woodies - who claimed the last of their two titles at Melbourne Park in 1997 - but they have captivated the sporting nation on their run to their first grand slam final.
Investors can avoid firms that exploit or harm animals and still make money, a vegan investment leader says."It is turning into quite a hot area, and justifiably so because the sizes of the markets are enormous," Beyond Animal co-founder Claire Smith said on Friday.
No one can truly know what it feels like to be Ash Barty carrying the hopes of a nation.But if anyone has an understanding it's Mary Pierce, the French tennis great who famously, joyously, broke her country's own notorious Roland Garros women's title drought in 2000 after years of dealing with similarly intense pressure and expectation.
Global COVID-19 cases have hit a new daily high as Poland reported a surge in infections while authorities in Greece and the United Kingdom eased restrictions.The World Health Organisation said on Thursday that 3.
Novak Djokovic may have been deported and missed the chance to defend his Australian Open crown - but the world No.1 can expect a much warmer reception when he makes his return to action in Dubai next month.
The Singapore grand prix will remain on the Formula One calendar until at least 2028, the sport and race organisers said on Thursday, after agreeing a fresh seven-year deal.The race, Formula One's first night event that was cancelled for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to return as part of a record 23-race calendar in September, with the 2022 event the first under the new seven-year deal.
Socceroos great Mark Schwarzer, Matildas legends Kate Gill and Heather Garriock and Tasmanian football icon Joseph (Joe) Huxley Honeysett have been inducted into Football Australia's Hall of Fame.The first elevations since 2019 were inducted ahead of Thursday night's Socceroos World Cup qualifier against Vietnam in Melbourne.
The last surviving member of iconic pop band the Bee Gees has been honoured along with five other non-citizens who have received medals for bettering the nation.Barry Gibb, 75, was named an honorary Companion of the Order of Australia on Thursday.
Tyler Wright has spent nearly a month in Hawaii preparing for a historic World Surf League season launch at the famous Pipeline break usually reserved for the men."It's been pretty big and it's going to still be pretty big," Wright warily told AAP ahead of Sunday's (AEDT) likely Billabong Pro Pipeline start.
Dylan Alcott's farewell party has been spoiled with the wheelchair tennis legend bowing out of the sport with a defeat in the Australian Open final.After a whirlwind 48 hours, the 2022 Australian of the Year was upset by Dutch second seed Sam Schroder in Thursday's quad decider at Rod Laver Arena.
South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases have exceeded 13,000 for the first time, driven by the spread of the Omicron variant, as the government launches a new pilot testing scheme to meet skyrocketing demand.The record 13,012 cases for the previous 24-hour period came just a day after the tally first topped 8000 despite the extension of tough social distancing rules.
A cross-party parliamentary committee says the government has not allowed enough scrutiny of $1.5 billion in COVID-19 pandemic spending and some health measures.
Young gun Hayden Kerr has lifted a depleted Sydney Sixers into the BBL final, riding his luck in a career-best knock of 98 not out to secure a dramatic four-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers.The Sixers, bidding for a third straight crown, will meet rivals Perth Scorchers in Friday night's title-deciding match at Marvel Stadium.
Billy Casper and Mickey Wright were homegrown greats. Phil Mickelson is clearly San Diego's most accomplished and beloved golfer of the modern era, and Tiger Woods has racked up a slew of memorable wins at Torrey Pines in his home state.
The federal aged care services minister has been accused of "arrogant complacency" for attending the Ashes cricket on the same day he declined to appear at a COVID-19 committee hearing on the government's handling of its pandemic response.Senator Richard Colbeck, who also holds the sport portfolio, said he and department officials wouldn't attend the hearing on January 14 because diverting officials' time and resources away from the outbreak response would "impact the urgent and critical work th
Road cycling star Egan Bernal remains in intensive care in Colombia after undergoing what his team described as "two successful surgeries" but his 2022 season may already be over.Bernal, the winner of the 2019 Tour de France and 2021 Giro d'Italia, collided at speed with a bus parked on the shoulder of a road outside Bogota on Monday morning while training.
Melbourne Victory's response has allowed it to escape with a $5000 fine over the actions of spectators who yelled homophobic slurs at Adelaide United's Josh Cavallo during an ALM match at AAMI Park.Announcing the penalty, Football Australia said there were key measures taken by the club and other supporters which contributed to the light financial penalty.
France has reported a record number of COVID-19 cases, with more than 500,000 new infections registered within one day.According to the French health authority, 501,635 new infections were registered within 24 hours.