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Ruthless simplicity is how I would describe Australia’s cricket so far in this Ashes series. The game plans are quite simple and the implementation of them has been nothing short of clinical.
In Steven Amsterdam’s Things We Didn’t See Coming, the narrator survives several near-apocalypses on his way to a deeply dystopian future. You wouldn’t be surprised if England’s cricketers feel like they’ve done the same thing.
Accuse me of treachery if you care to but not enough attention has been directed towards Australia in this Ashes series.
Now that we’ve had nine of the season’s 27 rounds, I will take an in-depth look at every side, assessing their strengths and weaknesses so far, and keys for the remainder of the season.
When the first wave of wogs came to Australia in the 1950s and 60s, the vast majority clustered together in places where the climate was familiar and there were enough friendly faces from back home to ease the transition.
Cricket is an ever-changing game, and the growing popularity of the various T20 competitions around the world is proof that the game is capable of moving with the times, albeit with that being a distasteful example.
Sportswriter Brett McKay is mysteriously without regular co-host, Ryan O’Connell, in Episode 26 of the Cheap Seats podcast.
NSW skipper Ben Rohrer best summed up the rebirth of Mitchell Johnson with the following: “The best part of this bowling from Johnson is he won’t be playing state cricket for a while.”
Football’s ruling body FIFA has dismissed conspiracy theories around the 2014 World Cup draw, saying there was no manipulation at last week’s event in Brazil.
ARU chief executive Bill Pulver insists steps have been put in place to ensure the National Rugby Championship won’t be a financial disaster when the concept is rebooted in 2014.
When last week I declared the rugby side of my desk closed for the year, I always had it in the back of my mind that one fairly significant announcement could see it hurriedly re-opened for business.
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The last time a side won back the Ashes in Australia after being losing the first two Tests was in 1936/37, when Don Bradman was captain and rescued a seemingly lost series with a sequence of blazing innings.
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Test victories at Adelaide Oval are very often hard earned. The pitch has forever lacked a green flavour, drop in or live in: brown, browner and brownest being the favoured shades.
Here’s part 2 of our 2013 end of year review of the Wallabies with myself, Brett McKay, Elisha Pearce and Uncle Argyle.
After a rise in profile, a career-best season and, more recently, the equalising goal against Melbourne Heart, asking Aaron Mooy whether he has considered returning to Europe is a fairly obvious question.
If Anna Meares isn’t already one of your sporting heroes, your priorities are wrong.
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FIFA have announced the shortlist for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or, or simply the best player in a calendar year.
Having already qualified for the knockout stages, Bayern Munich will look to put on a footballing feast against EPL giants Manchester City in what should be a very entertaining clash. Join us for live scores and commentary from 6.45am AEDT.
So the ARU has announced that its new national comp, the National Rugby Championship (NRC), so called third tier level, will kick off in 2014.
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The time has come for Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat to make the boldest move yet of his short managerial career: drop the side’s marquee player, Pablo Contreras.
So the groups for the 2014 FIFA World Cup have been drawn and the Socceroos have fallen into what many are calling the “Group of Death”.
Formula One drivers from 2014 onward will have the opportunity to choose their own car numbers.
The F1 community united in outrage at the announcement that the final race of the season will be worth twice the points of the other races. But after a deep breath the considerable merits of this idea are more and more striking.
I am flying to Perth on Thursday night from Singapore. I’m going to see an old friend, have a few (ok a lot of) beers and have dinner at a cracking restaurant on Friday night.
The FIA has announced that Formula One season finales’ will henceforth be worth double points, while drivers will be able to carry a number of their choice for the duration of their careers.
As a fan making the approximately 13,538 kilometre trek from Australia to Rio for the World Cup next year, the sight of us being placed in a ‘group of death’ was as exciting as finding a bathroom after a dozen schooners.
The current Ashes series and subsequent hostile bowling from the Australian pacemen has evoked memories of the feared Australian fast bowlers of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Cycling safety rants, campaigns and petitions have dominated my social media feeds of late… except for Tumblr, of course, which is still cat memes and super high-res photos of bafflingly lean pros.
Former middleweight champion Daniel Geale called out WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in an interview yesterday, saying that he’d “love to fight Sturm for the IBF title but would also like to fight Gennady Golovkin for the WBA title”.
Lucas Neill will not last forever. He is 35 years old and should be thinking about golf and a midlife crisis, not continuing to captain the Socceroos.
While 2014 was already going to be a big year for Formula One in terms of regulation changes, no one saw the FIA’s latest changes coming.
A couple of days ago an article was published in The Daily Telegraph outlining how the NRL haven’t scheduled a big match in the west (bar the Bulldogs versus Cronulla) when Buddy Franklin and co take on the Greater Western Sydney Giants in 2014.
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