Australia’s Melbourne set to end world’s longest lockdowns

The Australian city of Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week. Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital, announced the easing of curbs on Sunday. The move comes with officials projecting … Read more

‘This kid is special’: Aussie star proves huge hit in US debut

WATCH: While it didn’t all go according to plan, Brock Jarvis’ first fight in America was still a resounding success, with the 23-year-old showing great courage to battle back from an early battering. Sydney lightweight boxer Brock Jarvis remains unbeaten after 20 professional fights after triumphing in his American debut in California on Sunday morning … Read more

Lisa Wilkinson Lisa axed by Nine ‘holding tuna’ in Woolies aisle

Lisa Wilkinson has revealed the bizarre story of how she was axed from the Today show and her deeply awkward final encounter with Karl. Tens of thousands of breakfast TV viewers in Australia were surprised when Lisa Wilkinson suddenly vanished from their screens. Many of them had woken up each morning over the course of … Read more

‘It has literally changed lives’: How the efforts of Australian women saved Afghan female footballers

Three words were all it took. Three simple words – “are you OK?” – that, like a stone dropped in a lake, created ripple effects that would change the lives of some in Afghanistan’s women’s football community, perhaps forever. In August, Australian referee Joanna Charaktis was sitting in lockdown in Melbourne. Like many around the … Read more

Drop Pat or Mitch … it may be Australia’s best hope

One is billed as the next Test skipper, the other is a T20 legend … but there may not be room for both as Australia searches for its strongest line-up at the T20 World Cup. Mitchell Starc might be one of only two Australians in Twenty20 cricket’s top 20, but Josh Hazlewood is poised to … Read more

No decision on Justin Langer’s future until after the Ashes, new CA boss says

Cricket Australia (CA) insists Justin Langer is the right person to lead the men’s national team this summer, but will not commit to re-signing him before the end of the Ashes series next year. Key points: CA chief executive Nick Hockley says there is “ample time” before Justin Langer’s contract runs out next year Langer’s position … Read more

All the new rules coming on Monday

Greater Sydney will be given more freedoms after NSW hit its crucial jab milestone on Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know. With NSW hitting the 80 per cent double dose vaccination milestone on Saturday afternoon, a raft of restrictions will be eased on Monday. It comes after the state celebrated its so-called “Freedom Day” … Read more

Caulfield Cup 2021 live: Shock as defending champ dies

Just hours ahead of the Caulfield Cup, the Melbourne racing community was rocked by the tragic death of a champion horse. The Melbourne racing community is in shock after it was revealed last year’s Cox Plate champion Sir Dragonet had been euthanised on Saturday morning, hours ahead of the Caulfield Cup. Sir Dragonet sustained a … Read more

Frydenberg: Victorians ‘held back’ by severe lockdowns

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has urged the Victorian government to “shift gears” and ease the state’s current restrictions, declaring residents are being “held back” by the current lockdowns. “It’s time Victoria shifted gears and got back in the fast lane,” he told reporters. “The world’s most liveable city has become the world’s most lockdown city. “With … Read more

‘Let’s go’: Community cricket resuming across Australia after two coronavirus-interrupted seasons

Club cricket is getting underway across Australia and the outlook for another season is positive, despite ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key points: Cricket Australia is hoping COVID-19 won’t affect registration numbers this summer Sydney grade cricket is aiming to start next month Hobart clubs will be affected while the city is in lockdown … Read more