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Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Cardinal Pell welcomes court's dismissal of abuse conviction

Apr. 7, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and said his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis. Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, had been...

Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Apr. 7, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday dismissed Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges he molested 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...

In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Australia’s highest court on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 will judge Pell’s appeal against convictions for molesting two teenage choirboys more than two decades ago. But the legal battle over the world’s most senior Catholic convicted of sexually abusing children may not end there. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Australia's highest court to judge cardinal's abuse appeal

Apr. 6, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday will judge Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against convictions for molesting two teenage choirboys more than two decades ago. But the legal battle over the world’s most senior Catholic convicted of sexually abusing children...

In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Australia's highest court will deliver its ruling on April 7, 2020 on whether to overturn the convictions of Pell, the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse. The 78-year-old Pell is one year into a six-year sentence for molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral while he was the city’s archbishop in the late 1990s. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Australia's highest court to rule on Pell's appeal next week

Apr. 2, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court will deliver its ruling next week on whether to overturn the convictions of Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse. The 78-year-old Pell is one year into a six-year sentence for molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in...

Australian pro soccer player tests positive for coronavirus

Mar. 28, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — An A-League soccer player has become the first Australian professional footballer to test positive for the new coronavirus. The unnamed player, who plays for the Newcastle Jets in New South Wales state, was tested Friday as a precaution before an international flight. He played in recent...

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Daring sleuth Miss Fisher is back in new Acorn TV movie

Mar. 20, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The intrepid and daring Phryne Fisher, last seen in an internationally popular TV mystery series, is getting the welcome back she deserves in “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.” In the movie debuting Monday on the Acorn TV streaming service, star Essie Davis’...

The games go on: Australia's football leagues in action

Mar. 19, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

An advertisement painted on the field near the center square would usually have summed up the hype of the Aussies rules season-opening game between Richmond and Carlton: Footy, Oh What a Feeling. Last September, a crowd of 100,014 packed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch Richmond trounce Greater Western...

The Latest: Baylor coach Drew focused on players, not missed Ntourney

Mar. 18, 2020 7:57 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on sports around the world (all times local): ___ 7:30 p.m. Baylor coach Scott Drew says his focus since the NCAA Tournament was canceled has been on taking care of his players, not about what might have been for the Bears on the court. “Making sure they're...

Spectators line up at a gate to gain entry at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix track in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, March 13, 2020. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said,

Where next for F1? Australia race canceled, Bahrain in doubt

Mar. 13, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With the curtain-raiser canceled, and the second, third and fourth events postponed, it's anyone's guess where and when the Formula One season will launch. The ”big circus" — as six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton calls it — doesn't really have a starting...

A woman takes away signs after the cancellation of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, Friday, March 13, 2020. The first F1 Grand Prix of the season was canceled two hours before the first official practice was set to start Friday after organizers relented to pressure to call it off amid the spreading coronavirus. (Michael Dodge/AAP Image via AP)

Bahrain and Vietnam GPs off because of coronavirus outbreak

Mar. 13, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races were postponed Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak, the third and fourth races of the Formula One season to be called off. Bahrain was scheduled for next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP in Hanoi on April...