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Here is what became of the Hungarian athletes and coaches who defected after the 1956 Melbourne Games. Some of them returned home, where they were welcomed back and some even represented Hungary in later Olympics. Those who remained in the U.S. pursued a variety of careers, not just in sports, and many raised families and achieved considerable success.
By qualifying fourth for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher offered a tantalising hint he was ready to shake off the indifferent form he has displayed since returning to Formula One in 2010.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remain on course for a semifinal clash at the Australian Open after both men recorded straight sets victories in Melbourne on Sunday.
Andy Murray tests out a Caribbean twist on the game of tennis, challenging former boxing champion David Haye.
Third seed Victoria Azarenka defeated defending champion Li Na 6-2 1-6 6-3 on Friday to win the Sydney International in their final warm-up for next week's Australian Open.
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An ash cloud from a Chilean volcano is drifting around the world for a second time, grounding flights in Australia.
An ash cloud from a Chilean volcano thinned over Australia Wednesday, freeing commercial airliners to take to the skies after grounding them this week.
An ash cloud drifting around the world for a second time after spewing from a Chilean volcano more than two weeks ago is once again grounding commercial jets and stranding passengers in Australia.
Mark Webber set the pace during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix as Red Bull maintained their cutting edge over McLaren in the fledgling Formula One season.
Jenson Button fears the weather could have a huge impact on the Malaysian Grand Prix as his McLaren team try to haul back Red Bull's lightning start to the season.
To reach the very top, the world's elite tennis players have to show their versatility by winning at venues around the world, in differing climates and on a variety of different surfaces.
This has been quite a tournament for the ethics of motivation. While a number of men have departed the Australian Open with their dignity in tatters, Venus Williams defined herself as never before.
Lleyton Hewitt hopes his first experience of playing at the Australian Open's former venue in Kooyong will stand him in good stead for his 15th consecutive appearance at the season's first grand slam next week.
Some of the world's top female tennis stars talk about their New Years resolutions for 2011.
A twin-engine aircraft that may have had a student pilot at its controls crashed Thursday while on takeoff at Florida's Palm Beach International Airport, killing three people and injuring one, officials said.
Australian National Rugby League (NRL) champions Melbourne Storm have been stripped of two Premiership titles and fined for breaching the league's salary cap.
Jon, I don't mean to pick on you because many writers made the same mistake, but I seem to remember you writing just before the 2008 U.S. Open that Fed might struggle to ever pass Sampras's mark and that his time at the top was over. Any regrets about that now? --Paul Collins, Halifax, Nova Scotia
So it has come to this in the world of big-time tennis: You're 28 years old, absolutely in your prime, cherishing the game -- and you're some kind of mythical superhero, a miracle of longevity and commitment.
Zheng Jie and Li Na have sent the whole of China into euphoria with their dominating form in the knockout stages at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
It's Saturday. It's Sunday. It's April. Regardless of what time it is in your precinct, here in Melbourne we're halfway through with our first major. Which means it's time for our 2010 Australian Open midterm grades
Defending champion Serena Williams cruised into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday after comfortable win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets.
Kim Clijsters crashed out of the Australian Open on Friday along with eighth seed Jelena Jankovic, but fellow former world No. 1 Justine Henin continued her winning return to tennis.
Justine Henin booked her place in the third round of the Australian Open after she claimed a 7-5 7-6 (8-6) victory over fifth seed Elena Dementieva in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Isn't it surprising, Jon? Roger Federer only came up with the "Hit for Haiti" idea on Saturday morning. Television only advertised it on Saturday afternoon and evening, and the papers the next morning. I was there and we had a great time. It is quite astounding that they were able to organize it in one day -- and good on people for coming. Laver was full capacity and it still surprises me, even with the realization that Down Under is a sports-mad society. Props for Tennis Australia, players and fans. A chunk of change was donated, too. -- Deepak, Melbourne
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen shows us places where germs could be lurking that people often overlook.
A baby miraculously survives after his stroller falls under a Melbourne train. Seven Network's Dean Felton reports.
A six-month-old baby had a miraculous escape after his stroller rolled off a railway station platform and into the path of an incoming train.
Three more men were charged Wednesday with conspiring to carry out a terrorist act on a military base, bringing the total to four, police in Victoria, Australia, said.
Four suspects accused of planning to carry out a terrorist attack on a military base in Australia were arrested in early morning busts across Melbourne on Tuesday, authorities said.
CNN's Anjali Rao talks to an Australian journalist about the arrest of 4 terror suspects in early morning raids.
Australia's gangland war in Melbourne becomes a battle between two families.
Australia's reputation as the happy-go-lucky country was turned on its head in the late 1990s as the usually safe streets of the Victorian capital were transformed into a gangland war zone.
Toyota, Williams and Brawn GP have all been cleared to race in this weekend's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after the FIA threw out a protest made by three of their Formula One rivals.
Tiger Woods will make his first appearance Down Under since 1998 when he plays in the Australian Masters, tournament organizers confirmed on Thursday.
A firefighter talks about how he saved a koala trapped in Australia's wildfires.
Two men, who were arrested Thursday in connection with the deadly wildfires that have swept through southeastern Australia, were released without being charged, police said.
Victoria police Sgt. Creina O'Grady talks about the deadly fires that are raging in southeastern Australia.
Deadly bushfires raged on in southeast Australia on Sunday despite cooler temperatures and scores of firefighters trying to control the flames.
An Australian man has been charged with murder after witnesses said he threw his four-year-old daughter from a busy bridge in Melbourne.
From a childhood in Serbia to being the best in the world, Jelena Jankovic discusses what it took to get where she is today.
Jelena Jankovic is making a reputation for herself as one of the hardest working women in tennis.
Rafael Nadal moved closer to his first hard-court Grand Slam title with another emphatic victory to claim a third round clash against Tommy Haas at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Tournament favorite Andy Murray has been seeded only fourth for the men's singles at the Australian Open in Melbourne next week.
The fickle storm that stuck around for five days and carved a dizzying path that included three separate landfalls dumped more than two feet of rain in some places
CNN's Colleen McEdwards talks with Rob Henshaw, the Quantas passenger who shot video from inside the plane as it dropped.
A Qantas flight from Hong Kong to Melbourne made an emergency landing in the Philippines on Friday after a hole appeared in the fuselage and the cabin lost pressure suddenly.
Larysa Latynina holds more Olympic medals than any other competitor, male or female, in any sport and was responsible for establishing the Soviet Union as the dominant force in gymnastics.
CNN's Rusty Dornin talks with a gas customer in Doraville, Georgia, on rising prices.
Lewis Hamilton may rue being so dismissive of his competition after dominating the opening Australian Grand Prix.
Australian Grand Prix chiefs have ruled out the prospect of a floodlit race in Melbourne, despite a veiled warning from Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone that they could lose their place on the calendar.
All 27 miners were rescued five hours after a landslide blocked the main entrance. No one was seriously hurt.
Twenty-seven miners were rescued Monday less than five hours after a landslide trapped them deep below ground in a gold mine west of Melbourne, Australia, police said.
Australia is in danger of losing its grand prix unless it moves the event to the evening, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone told an Australian newspaper on Sunday.
For many of us the thought of going to the gym makes us sweat -- in fear. Common anxieties include the crowds, the strange machines, the unforgiving exercise clothes and the likelihood of doing the exercises all wrong.
American Michael Phelps broke Ian Thorpe's 200 meters freestyle world record to win gold during a dramatic night at the world championships in Melbourne on Tuesday.
As the Formula One season begins this weekend in Melbourne, SI.com thought it would be fun to debate whether open-wheel racing is more difficult than the stock cars of NASCAR. Lars Anderson and Mark Zeske each offer their opinions.
The vibrant city of Melbourne, Australia, is rich in cultural life and good food. Budget Travel highlights a handful of memorable eateries.
The planet's most pressing environmental problems—global warming, energy shortages, overfishing, pollution—may seem just too big to be solved with today's technology. But don't despair: A lot of br...
World number one Justine Henin-Hardenne will miss this month's Australian Open because of "personal family reasons".
England are considering playing a second spinner in the fifth and final Ashes test against Australia in Sydney.
The Scene spent the day in Melbourne with actress Holly Valance. Do you have a favorite hangout in Australia's second city? What do you think of Holly's work? Send us your suggestions and ideas and we'll post your comments here.
The Scene caught up with Holly Valance in Melbourne to talk shopping, nightlife and living the good life...
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If Sydney is Australia's glamorous socialite, Melbourne is its hipper, younger, southern sister. Lounging on the banks of the brown Yarra river, hugging Port Phillip Bay, it's the heart and the height of Australian culture, cuisine, fashion and sport.
England captain Andrew Flintoff will battle through painful ankle problems to play in the last two Ashes Tests.
Here are airline restrictions put in place since the discovery of an alleged terror plot aimed at airliners flying between Great Britain and the United States. This information comes from each country's domestic security and aviation agencies:
In her first TV interview since her recovery, Kylie Minogue fought back tears as she described the moment she discovered she had breast cancer.
The 18th Commonwealth Games closed in Melbourne on Sunday after 12 days of intense competition, drama and emotion between the mostly former British colonies.
Australian police expect to make more arrests as part of a counterterrorism swoop which saw 17 men held in custody Tuesday after raids in Sydney and Melbourne.
The airline industry is in trouble in the United States. But elsewhere, it's blue skies and big opportunity--especially for niche players in regions with only one major airline. Launching at the en...
Australian mare Makybe Diva has won an historic third straight victory in this year's rich Melbourne Cup horse race.
Pop singer Kylie Minogue's manager has confirmed she will undergo surgery this week for breast cancer.
Australia's death toll from the Asian tsunamis has risen to 13 after the body of an Australian Rules football player was identified in Thailand.
Troy Broadbridge, a 24-year-old player with the Melbourne Demons in Australian Rules football's premier competition, is among the Australians missing in Phuket, Thailand, after tsunamis hit the region.
Australian mare Makybe Diva has pulled off an historic back-to-back victory in this year's Melbourne Cup horse race.
Australian police have found a three-week old baby girl that was mysteriously snatched from a suburban shopping center car park by a couple who attacked the mother with pepper spray.
Jetstar, the new discount carrier set up by Australia's biggest airline Qantas, is to operate some services from a secondary airport outside Melbourne.
Former Australian cricket great David Hookes is in critical condition after being apparently bashed during a brawl outside a hotel late Sunday night in the southern Australian city of Melbourne.
Not so long ago, Americans' notions of Australia began with the boomerang and ended with the koala. That was before such movies as My Brilliant Career, The Last Wave and the apocalyptic Mad Max ser...
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