Baseball, not cricket, in Australia? No sticky wicket for Dodgers

Baseball, not cricket, in Australia? No sticky wicket for Dodgers

SYDNEY, Australia — The Los Angeles Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia later this month takes place on some of the most hallowed sports turf in the world: the Sydney Cricket Ground. Just for comparison, baseball was being played at these cricket grounds almost 25 years before Fenway...

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A slice of 'Downton Abbey' good life in New Zealand

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New Zealand's Southern Alps are the peak of solace

New Zealand's Southern Alps are the peak of solace

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Fiji's small Castaway Island makes a magical anniversary

Fiji's small Castaway Island makes a magical anniversary

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 Australia: In Byron Bay, beach meets boho

Australia: In Byron Bay, beach meets boho

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Australia: Ellen DeGeneres visits the land Down Under

Australia: Ellen DeGeneres visits the land Down Under

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Swept away by Down Under's West coast

Swept away by Down Under's West coast

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Unpredictable, serendipitous Tasmania

Unpredictable, serendipitous Tasmania

Only toward dawn did the sea begin to calm. I rose from my berth and glanced out the window. The setting moon cast a broad light on the...

On the hunt for truffles in Western Australia

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Finding Paradise on Rangiroa, the slow-paced South Pacific atoll

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Twice a day the tide changes here on this South Seas atoll, and when it does, 8- to 12-foot-tall waves churn through Tiputa Pass, creating a...

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Riding the Ghan train through Australia's Red Center

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Some Down Under fun at Noosa Heads

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