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Vandeweghe, Giron earn USTA wild cards for Australian Open

Nov. 18, 2019 3:48 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe and Marcos Giron, the 2014 NCAA singles champion for UCLA, have earned main-draw berths at next year’s Australian Open via the U.S. Tennis Association’s wild-card challenge. The USTA announced the results Monday....

Australian actor McLachlan faces court on assault charges

Nov. 18, 2019 2:34 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian actor Craig McLachlan kissed a female co-star’s neck, stomach and buttocks more than 20 times during a scene in a stage musical in which he was meant to merely simulate a sex act, a prosecutor told a court Monday. Details of allegations brought by four women against the...

Australia’s highest court will hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal

Nov. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned. The decision by the High Court of Australia comes...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Nov. 12, 2019 8:33 PM EST

Australia's highest court on Wednesday agreed to hear an appeal by Cardinal George Pell of his convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell's career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is appointed archbishop of Melbourne. He...

Katy Perry to perform at World T20 final on Women's Day

Nov. 12, 2019 7:55 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Katy Perry will perform before and after the Women's Twenty20 World Cup cricket final on International Women's Day as organizers bid to set a world record for attendance. Perry will perform March 8 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in what is tipped to be the biggest women's...

Australian court to say if will hear Cardinal Pell's appeal

Nov. 11, 2019 12:24 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn this week whether Australia's highest court will hear his appeal against convictions for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. The High Court of Australia confirmed on...

Americans Down Under: Ball stars, R.J. Hampton ejected

Nov. 9, 2019 5:41 PM EST

CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — LaMelo Ball had a career-high 24 points for his National Basketball League team in Australia on Saturday. R.J. Hampton didn't last long in his. Ball hit five 3-pointers and had eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Illawarra Hawks to a 101-91 win over the Cairns Taipans....

Australian appeals court reduces bomb hoaxer's sentence

Nov. 8, 2019 12:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Sri Lankan man who threatened to blow up a Malaysia Airlines plane with 222 people on board had his prison sentence slashed on Friday by an Australian appeals court because he had been in a psychotic state and the fake bomb he had brandished posed no danger. Manodh Marks, 27,...

Australian sentenced to 36 years for murder, rape of Israeli

Oct. 29, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge sentenced a man to 36 years in prison on Tuesday for the murder and rape of an Israeli student whom he bludgeoned into unconsciousness moments after she stepped off a tram in Melbourne before setting her corpse on fire. Victoria state Supreme Court Justice...

Australia asking Israel to return educator in sex abuse case

Oct. 23, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Wednesday he will raise with Israel's next administration the need for a quick resolution to a 5-year-old extradition battle over an Israeli educator accused of child sex abuse in an Australian school. Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a...