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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 1966, file photo, San Francisco 49ers Dave Kopay, right, receives a pass and skampers for about 18 yards before Breen Bay Packers' Willie Woods catches him and brings him down in the third quarter in Green Bay, WI. Kopay is a 78-year-old former National Football League running back living in Palm Springs, California and known as the first professional athlete to reveal he was gay. He came out in 1975 after his NFL career ended. (AP Photo, File)

Years after coming out, gay athletes upset by lack of change

Dec. 2, 2020 12:18 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — David Kopay and Ian Roberts live on different sides of the Pacific Ocean. Both took giant leaps of faith when they came out. And at a time when it had never been done in their sports. Kopay is a 78-year-old former National Football League running back living in Palm Springs,...

FILE - In this April 21, 1986, file photo, Rob de Castella of Australia breaks the tape to win the 90th running of the Boston Marathon in Boston. The Noosa Triathlon, which organizers say is the largest Olympic-format (1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer cycle and 10-kilometer run) in the world was among the largest of more than 19,000 events canceled around Australia this year, with the loss of an estimated 11,000 jobs and more than 75 million Australian dollars ($54 million) lost to charities from money that is usually raised during the events. (AP Photo/David Tenenbaum, File)

No chance to tri; Mass participation sports hit by virus

Nov. 12, 2020 12:54 AM EST

NOOSA HEADS, Australia (AP) — The first weekend in November usually sees the 4,400 population of this Sunshine Coast resort town double or triple in size. When the Noosa Triathlon comes to town, so do athletes and their families, usually with two or three state-of-the art bikes worth tens of thousands of...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2001, file photo, Australian swimming head coach Don Talbot, second from right, is thrown into the pool by swimmers Geoff Huegill, left, Grant Hackett, second from left, and Brett Hawke, right, following Australia's win over the World All-Stars at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. Talbot, the foundation director of the Australian Institute of Sport and one of the country’s greatest coaches, has died according to a statement by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame released on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 . He was 87. (AP Photo/Steve Holland)

Don Talbot, Australia's swim coaching great, dies at 87

Nov. 4, 2020 3:30 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Firm but fair, old-school yet ahead of his time, Don Talbot leaves a lasting legacy as one of Australia's greatest coaches. Talbot, the foundation director of the Australian Institute of Sport in the 1980s and a former head coach of the Australian and the Canadian Olympic swim...

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the member for Oxley Milton Dick bump elbows after casting their votes in the state election, at the Inala State School polling booth in Brisbane, Australia Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Australia’s tourist-popular Queensland state is voting for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between incumbent Premier Palaszczuk’s Labor Party and Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington. (Dan Peled/Pool Photo via AAP Image)

Queensland premier wins state vote on tough virus response

Oct. 31, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The incumbent premier of Queensland won a third consecutive term in Australian state elections in which voters strongly endorsed her government’s tough policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including closing state borders. Annastacia Palaszczuk, dubbed the...

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the member for Oxley Milton Dick bump elbows after casting their votes in the state election, at the Inala State School polling booth in Brisbane, Australia Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Australia’s tourist-popular Queensland state is voting for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between incumbent Premier Palaszczuk’s Labor Party and Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington. (Dan Peled/Pool Photo via AAP Image)

Pandemic takes center stage in Australia's Queensland vote

Oct. 31, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The response to the coronavirus pandemic is a central theme as Australia’s tourist-popular Queensland state votes for a new government Saturday in an expected close race between the incumbent premier and an opposition challenger. In a trend following that of next...

U.S. born player Mason Cox of the Magpies celebrates after kicking a goal during an Australian Football League match against the West Coast Eagles in Perth, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Cox said a rude comment from an opposing fan about catching COVID-19 inspired him to kick three crucial goals in a row in his Collingwood Magpies' playoff win over the West Coast Eagles. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)

American AFL player Mason Cox thrives on crowd criticism

Oct. 6, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — American player Mason Cox said a rude comment from an opposing fan about catching COVID-19 inspired him to kick three crucial goals in a row in his Collingwood Magpies’ playoff win over the West Coast Eagles in the Aussie rules Australian Football League. The Texas-born...