Melbourne, March 15 : Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes Saturday claimed pole position in the Formula 1 season opening Australian Grand Prix qualifying session at Albert Park, with teammate Nico Rosberg placing third, giving Mercedes a great advantage for the race Sunday.
The qualifying session kicked off under heavy showers but Hamilton kept his composure and handled the pressure to snatch top spot, 0.317 seconds faster than Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull in the second, reports Xinhua.
However, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull ended the second qualifying session in 13th place.
Melbourne, March 12 : Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris will have a "long rehabilitation period" after he underwent a knee surgery Tuesday. However, he is expected to be fit before the home Test series against Pakistan in October.
“Ryan underwent surgery yesterday on his right knee, which included a clean out of some loose bits of bone and removing bone spurs within the joint," Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Wednesday.
Melbourne, March 6 : Cricket Australia's national selection panel Thursday said Mitchell Johnson will return home to rest ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and will not take part in the Twenty20 Series against South Africa beginning Sunday.
All-rounder Moises Henriques will stay on in South Africa as a replacement for Johnson, CA said in a release.
Melbourne, March 4 : Speculations are rife that Ellen DeGeneres' epic celebrity filled selfie at the 86th Annual Academy Awards was a stunt to promote a mobile phone.
The phone in the Oscar host's hand, which was a Samsung, not an iPhone, alerted people to the fact this was not a random injection of fun, but rather a ploy to please the mobile company that was one of the major sponsors of the event, News. com. au reported.
She had also revealed on Twitter that she handed out Samsung phones to every viewer at her talk show, further arousing suspicions of collaboration with the brand.
Melbourne, Feb 28 - Australian opener David Warner has reportedly been fined 15 per cent of his match fee- an amount of 2900 dollars, for accusing South African batsman AB de Villiers of ball tampering during the second Test at Port Elizabeth .
The ICC charged Warner under its code of conduct with 'public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in any international match'.
Melbourne, Feb 27 : Hockey Australia (HA) Thursday announced an 18-man squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, from March 13-23.
Three-time Olympian and 2004 Athens Games gold medallist Liam De Young is set to become only the fourth Australian to make 300 appearances for the Kookaburras after being named in the squad. He will join Jay Stacy (321 caps), Brent Livermore (317) and fellow Queenslander Jamie Dwyer (308) as a member of the '300 club'.
Melbourne, February 20 : Real estate has blossomed as one of the most popular jobs of 2013 in Australia.
Property and Real Estate have emerged as the fastest-growing job category of 2013 on the CareerOne, SEEK and MyCareer websites and has fuelled an unprecedented growth in jobs, the Daily Telegraph reported.
According to the county's top three job searching websites, the real estate industry saw a 25 percent increase in jobs posted online between 2012 and December last year.
Melbourne, February 11 : McDonald's has answered over 14,000 questions they received from curious Australians since they launched their myth-busting ' Your Questions ' campaign explaining their products.
One of the consumers asked if the fastfood chain used only gherkins in their burgers so they wouldn't be considered confectionary, to which the company replied that they didn't, News. com. au reported.
Melbourne, Feb 11 : Australian Test captain Michael Clarke has said that three-Test series against South Africa will be a measure of how much his team has improved, especially with their performances in a 'golden summer' against England.
Clarke is confident that his team is chomping on the bit to charge against the South Africans at their own turf and is backing their old formula of a positive, aggressive approach to the game to succeed, starting in the first Test in Pretoria on Wednesday.
Melbourne, February 6 : George Clooney has revealed that he shocked his father with his latest prank during the filming on ' Monuments Men'.
The 52-year-old American actor pranked his father by showing him his upcoming film followed by the first credits, which mentioned "In Loving Memory of Nick Clooney", News. com. au reported.
George added that his father plays me at the end of the film and is seen walking off a beautiful church into the light before the screen does black and just after the credits appeared which shocked his father.
Melbourne, February 1 : Sienna Miller has slammed the media for sensationalizing the reports of her relationship with Daniel Craig which was just "a very brief encounter".
Miller said that her relationship with Craig was a very brief encounter, as he was her best friend and her saying "I love you" was nothing new, News. com. au reported.
The 32-year-old star stated that this is a very difficult and uncomfortable period of her life to discuss, to be gossiped about, analyzed and vilified.
Melbourne, January 29 : Justin Bieber's latest girlfriend Chantel Jeffries is reportedly trying to sell the story about her night with him to the media for 20,000 dollars.
Sources have revealed that Jeffries has reached out to weekly magazines and to producers of shows including Good Morning America, Today and Inside Edition, News. com. au reported.
Insiders added that she has hired an attorney and is negotiating a deal with the weekly magazines and the big TV shows and has asked for 20,000 dollars plus a guaranteed mention of her modeling career. (ANI)
Melbourne, January 27 : Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flights has banned Chinese nationals from boarding it, as the officials fear that their rocket technology might get stolen, it has been revealed.
Tycoons from China, who are willing to pay 250,000 dollars for the tickets, have been told that they cannot board the flights because of anti-espionage regulations in the US, News. com. au reported.
Melbourne, Jan 25 : China's third-seeded Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-6(7-3), 6-0 to win her first Australian Open women's singles title here Saturday.
Both players broke each other's service twice and forced a tiebreak in the first set. Mini-breaks were exchanged in the tiebreak before Li served out to win the first set.
Cibulkova failed to hold her serve in the second set and Li took only 27 minutes to win the set and match.
It was Li's second Grand Slam title after she won the 2011 French Open.(IANS)
Melbourne, Jan 25 : Justin Bieber has compared himself to late Michael Jackson post his DUI arrest .
The 19-year-old singer posted a split picture of himself and Jackson in separate black and white photos waving to their fans on top of their cars on his Instagram account, News. com. au reported.
The 'Baby' hitmaker gave a caption along with the picture writing "What more can they say".
The Jackson picture was taken in 2004 after he had pleaded not guilty to child molestation charges. (ANI)
Melbourne, Jan 22 : Defending Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and Romanian number one Simona Halep have been forced out of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year following their quarter-final defeats on Wednesday.
Polish star Agnieszka Radwanska beat the Belarussian world number two 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 in their quarter-final match at the Rod Laver Arena to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.
Melbourne, Jan 20 : Sixth seed Roger Federer on Monday equaled Jimmy Connors record by reaching his 41st Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
It was also the 11th straight year that Federer has reached the quarter-final stage at the Melbourne Park.
Federer and Tsonga met twice in the quarter-finals of Grand Slams last year, with the former winning their match at last year's Australian Open and Tsonga prevailing at the French Open in May.
Melbourne, Jan 20 : Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson won the coveted Allan Border medal at an event in Sydney on Monday.
The fast-bowler beat out competition from captain Michael Clarke , who was the favourite to win the award for a record fifth time.
Meg Lanning, just 21-years-old, won the Belinda Clark medal for the best female cricketer of the year.
James Faulkner, who has played just the one Test match during the voting period, was the surprise finisher in third, News. com. au reports.
Johnson took 37 wickets and helped Australia complete the Ashes whitewash.
Melbourne, Jan 20 : Australian captain Michael Clarke could win Allan Border Medal for an unprecedented fifth time, a recent voting has revealed.
Clarke has been the standout Test batsman in the world during the past year, though he missed half of Australia's one-day matches because of injury, News. com. au reports.
If Clarke wins the medal this time again, he is going to go past Ricky Ponting, who has four, the report added.
Clarke scored 1030 Test runs at 45 with four centuries from the beginning of the voting period on February 1, 2013.( ANI)
Melbourne, Jan 19 : Novak Djokovic beat Italian 15th seed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open here Sunday.
The Serbian is yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and took the victory in 93 minutes, reports Xinhua.
Djokovic won the opening set with a solitary break.
From the fourth deuce of the opening game in the second set, Djokovic won 14 of the next 15 points to surge to 4-0 and ended the contest.
Djokovic fired off seven aces and converted six break points in the match.