April 14, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - In one moment, Adam Scott's fists clenched and his neck tendons went taut and out came forever's worth of frustrations. One ball rolled a long way into a cup across a soggy patch of grass, and he shouted down Australia's enduring failures at the Masters: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, joy, joy, joy. Through the downpour, Scott carried his country's flag into the scoring area to sign off on it all. But down the fairway lurked an Argentine who...
April 13, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The ornery, tormenting course has taken so much back over two days, and now a brimming Sunday at Augusta National will give everyone everything they could want at the Masters. There is Angel Cabrera, the unaffected Argentine who brought coffee to the practice range on a sun-splashed Saturday morning and a pack of cigarettes to the interview room. There are three Australians lingering near the lead, swinging against the history of their countrymen's past failings on this ground.
April 10, 2013 |
So if you were Daft Punk, arguably the world's most cultishly adored, purposefully mysterious EDM duo, where would you want to unveil your new album, "Random Access Memories," to your global worshipers? From the top of the Petronas Towers? Or maybe the dark side of the moon? Naw, too predictable. Instead, the French twosome of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have announced that they'll be taking their act to Wee Waa, Australia (population 2,000, give or take a few marsupials)
April 8, 2013 |
Cinedigm is growing Down Under. The Los Angeles-based company said Monday it has acquired the digital and video-on-demand rights (in North America and Latin America) to more than 1,000 episodes of television from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. library. The deal represents a major push into the international marketplace for Cinedigm, best known for helping theaters convert to digital technology. The company has embarked on an ambitious strategy to transform itself into a leading digital distributor of independent movies, documentaries and TV shows - not just to theaters but to a plethora of digital devices and outlets.
March 26, 2013 |
The biggest grand slam of Rod Laver's life had nothing to do with major tennis tournaments. He met Mary Shelby Peterson at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club. Then, in 1966, at a church in San Rafael, he changed that to Mary Shelby Laver. Game, set, match. They left the marriage ceremony by walking under an arch of tennis rackets formed by, among others, tennis greats Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Mal Anderson and Barry MacKay. When Mary died Nov. 12 at their home in Carlsbad, they had had 46 years of marriage and Laver had a hole in his heart the size of a tennis ball.
February 14, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - The full story may never be known of why a baby-faced Australian Israeli attorney came under suspicion of working for the Mossad spy agency and then died alone in an Israeli jail cell charged with betraying the country he had adopted. But as the political drama over Ben Zygier's 2010 arrest and death swept through Israel on Thursday, it left virtually no institution unscathed. Mossad was scrambling to contain possible damage to its operations in Iran and other places where Zygier is believed to have traveled using his Australian passport.
February 1, 2013 |
LONDON --Two Australian disc jockeys who called a London hospital impersonating members of the royal family as a hoax three days before a nurse's suicide will not face any charges, British prosecutors said Friday. Prosecutors said there were no grounds for charges of manslaughter against Mel Greig and Michael Christian in the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who was found hanged Dec. 7. The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement “that there is no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter and that although there is some evidence to warrant further investigation under the Data Protection Act and the Malicious Communications Act ... any potential prosecution would not be in the public interest.” The CPS said there was no possibility of extradition from Australia for the potential offenses and that the original intent of the call was “a harmless prank” even though “the consequences were very sad.” Greig and Christian phoned the King Edward VII hospital Dec. 4 asking about the pregnant Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge.
January 18, 2013 |
Maria Sharapova turned a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open on Friday into a straight-set rout. The 6-1, 6-3 victory for the lanky Russian ended with an ace at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. “I think when we both looked at the draw, it was a matchup we were both looking forward to,” Sharapova said afterward. “I was a really determined player out there because I knew the tennis that she's capable of producing and playing. She's a tremendous athlete and a great champion.” Sharapova, who won her first two matches of the tournament without dropping a game, will play unseeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the fourth round.
January 18, 2013 |
Serena Williams was already playing on an ankle that she had rolled in an earlier round of the Australian Open. Then she smacked herself in the face with her racket during Thursday's action in Melbourne. Like Chris Farley said in Tommy Boy: Could've done without that. Still, even a swollen lip couldn't slow Williams, who cruised past Garbine Muguruza, 6-2, 6-0. “It's OK. It's a war wound," Williams said. “I think it happens to everyone, but I have never busted it wide open like that.
January 17, 2013 |
Australian comic Jim Jefferies, who worked for years out of England and is known in the U.S. for some HBO comedy specials and whatever else winds up on YouTube, is now the star of his own American situation comedy, "Legit," in which he plays Australian comic Jim Jefferies. It premieres Thursday on FX, which is home to the best television series starring a stand-up comedian as himself, Louis C.K.'s "Louie," and to "Wilfred," which, like "Legit," features an Australian (Jason Gann)