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17 January 2018 7:44 PM Alexa gets Aussie accent as Amazon launches smart speakers down under

Amazon's talkative Alexa smart assistant is officially on her way to Australia as the online retail giant opens preorders for its Echo smart speakers, in preparation for an "early February" local launch. Rival to Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, Amazon's smart assistant has been localised for Australia. Along with sounding like an Aussie, Alexa will also recognise 10 1

14 January 2018 4:22 AM ACT Brumbies women's coach Tony Doherty backs Super W to become professional competition

"We hope that will be the situation soon as it would put everyone on level pegging, currently most have to rely on their jobs for income and it would be awesome to have a professional income through rugby." The Brumbies held an open trial on Saturday which attracted more than 60 players from the ACT region, before Doherty named his 30-player squad on Sunday 9

12 January 2018 12:19 PM NRL 2018: Nathan Peats in good humour and approaching rude health for NRL opener

A shoulder reconstruction should not hamper Nathan Peats' NRL season, with the Gold Coast hooker a chance of returning early for the Titans' final trial game. The NSW incumbent's 2017 season was curtailed by the shoulder complaint but he has been attacking preseason training as hard as anyone, regularly leading the squad in fitness drills. Coach Garth 9

7 January 2018 7:40 PM Mark Philippoussis's father Nick suffers massive stroke in US jail

Australian tennis coach Nick Philippoussis has suffered a massive stroke in a US jail and will likely never face trial on charges he sexually assaulted two young girls he trained in California. A San Diego judge was told on Thursday 68-year-old Philippoussis, the father of former world top 10 Australian player Mark Philippoussis, is catatonic after the stroke 20

7 January 2018 7:55 AM Rising stars shock star fields in national road cycling championships

Australian cycling star Alex Edmondson has unleashed an outstanding finish to take out his first national elite road title. It is the first time in four years that top Australian team Mitchelton-Scott have won the coveted men's elite road title at the nationals. Edmondson outsprinted fellow leader Chris Harper (Bennelong) and held off a hard-charging 15

4 January 2018 3:36 AM Randwick: trainer Gary Portelli to unleash Picaro

"There's a big rap on him apparently, the winner of the trial, they like him a lot, he's got ability. We're looking forward at seeing [Picaro] run on Saturday. "Our guy has always shown ability, out of a good mare Sookie, fantastic family. "He's got a good [pedigree] page, he was bought in New Zealand by Louis Mihalyka from Laurel Oak Bloodstock and we've 23

4 January 2018 12:02 AM Trucks to be banned from far-right lane of Monash Freeway to improve safety, travel times

Trucks will be banned from using the far-right lane on the Monash Freeway in a nine-month trial. The restriction will apply in both directions, between Huntingdale in Mount Waverley and Jacksons Road in Noble Park. The trial will determine whether the ban is to become permanent. It will begin on February 5. Acting Premier Tim Pallas said the trial aimed 28

31 December 2017 5:39 AM Peter Snowden looks for group wins with Flippant as she returns from retirement

Peter Snowden has set his sights on group success rather than the riches of the Magic Millions as Flippant returns from a brief retirement in Monday's Standish Handicap at Flemington. Flippant is a winner down the Flemington straight and had gone to be a mum after running sixth to Hey Doc in the Aurie's Star Stakes in August, but finds herself back in the stable 23

30 December 2017 8:20 AM Racing: Moloney over the moon with unbeaten two-year-old Graceful Storm

Caulfield trainer John Moloney must now weigh up whether to tackle rich black type races during the autumn or spell his now unbeaten filly, Graceful Storm, after her success in the Two-Year-Old Ladbrokes Plate at Sandown on Saturday. Moloney explained that Graceful Storm had slowly improved with each trial but doubted whether she could follow up with another 22

20 December 2017 4:44 AM British man jailed over London nightclub acid attack

London: The former boyfriend of a UK reality star has been jailed for 20 years after carrying out a brutal acid attack that injured 16 people, including two Australian sisters, in a packed London nightclub. Arthur Collins, 25, hurled the corrosive substance over a crowd on the dance floor at Mangle E8 on April 17. Sixteen people were injured and three 40