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India are considered by many to be a strong chance of winning the World Cup. Yet their feeble bowling attack means India’s batsmen will have to run amok for them to triumph.
There are few basketball debates that get more heated, subjective, and ultimately irrelevant, than discussing who should make the NBA All-Star teams.
As the Big Bash League builds towards its somewhat surprising finale between the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers, it’s the amount of interest the BBL is gaining from opposite corners of the world that’s piqued my interest this week.
It was difficult not to ponder what might have been as South Korea overcame Iraq at ANZ Stadium yesterday. It was meant to be the Socceroos, playing in front of a packed and vocal Sydney crowd, on Australia Day, for a spot in the Asian Cup final.
Tennis legend Ken Rosewall, the youngest man in history to win the Australian Open, says Nick Kyrgios can pull off the unthinkable and hoist the trophy on Sunday night.
Ange Postecoglou reckons the Socceroos were running on empty when he took over as coach.
It’s not at all what we expected, but a semi-final clash with the United Arab Emirates is not something to cheer about. The desire to avoid Japan has been bandied about way too much for a country tipped second favourite, and now there is no room for complacency.
The racing in this year’s Tour Down Under has been as good as I can remember. As always race director Mike Turtur made only subtle changes to the course, but his judgement was again spot on as those subtle changes proved decisive.
It took 214 minutes for Nick Kyrgios to turn a two-set deficit into a spine-tingling five-set success over Roger Federer’s conqueror Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open on Sunday night.
A week or so ago Queensland Rugby Union put out a media statement headed: James Slipper Named St. George Queensland Reds Captain. On top of the statement was a headshot of an unsmiling Slipper, flanked by the equally stern visage of Rob Simmons and Karmichael Hunt with a ferocious Samurai warrior look on his face.
Sri Lanka were fleeced by modernity in Dunedin on Sunday when shonky circuitry caused the Decision Review System to crap out when needed most, thus returning the topic to conversation with perfect timing right before the game’s grandstand event.
Send-offs, panenkas, tears, near misses, dying-minute equalisers, referee bumbles and the mixed emotions of joy and heartbreak. The Asian Cup went next level on Friday night as two of the tournament favourites were ejected from the quarter finals in dramatic scenes.
History is a powerful ally at the Tour Down Under, and today it’s firmly on Rohan Dennis’ side. The South Australian is poised to become the latest winner of the World Tour’s opening race of the season, and the third from South Australia.
Master coach Nick Bollettieri predicts Nick Kyrgios will be among the best in the tennis world, but how far he goes will depend on “what’s between his ears”.
There’s nothing harder to watch than a sporting legend and arguably the greatest ambassador for tennis of all time like Roger Federer bowing out of the Australian Open with hardly a whimper.
Glenn Maxwell has been buffeted by criticism as a result of his poor batting in ODIs the past nine months. Yet stand-in skipper George Bailey is arguably the bigger liability at the moment.
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As has been stated many times, sport is a microcosm to society. However, today I will be looking at this statement from the inverse and pose an important question: what does our society say about our sport?
February is just around the corner and for Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, France and Italy it means it’s time to fight.
Post-Christmas brings out the best in league fans, all teams are equal on the table, each side has the best recruits and by the end of the year all 16 will squeeze into the top-eight.
The Socceroos’ conquerers South Korea are through to the Asian Cup decider after breezing past Iraq 2-0.
It’s been 10 years – no, that’s not a typo, 10 – since we celebrated our national day by getting an Aussie bloke into the quarter finals of the Australian Open.
Only eight men and eight women remain in the Australian Open singles draws and some of the pre-tournament favourites – namely Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova – are still there.
After a 2014 season which saw the championship being fought until the bitter end, the 2015 Formula One season holds much to be optimistic for.
Australia are the only nation to have won the ICC World Cup three times in a row, and three players – Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist – had the privilege of being part of each of the three winning sides.
My team, Hull Kingston Rovers, have made a number of changes to their squad and backroom staff in an attempt to improve on a highly disappointing 2014.
I have recently read a couple of articles about possible structure changes and futures for the NRL, most recently an excellent article by Shane Wall.
The anticipation ahead of the Victoria Cup is palpable.
It won’t quite be the Ashes, but there will be a similar feeling to the cricket rivalry between Australia and England when Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray clash in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night with a semi-final berth at stake.
The Newcastle Knights are just one of many sides that will be glad to see the back of 2014.
What better time than Australia day to reminisce about some of our favourite Australian sporting moments.
Let’s rewind. It is a few days before the first Test match against Pakistan at Lords, 2010. A couple of guys meet up and start talking about the cricket, discussing who should be playing for the Aussies.
It’s been a long time coming. I’ve campaigned hard for a Winter Classic or Stadium Series game to be played in Minnesota featuring the hometown Wild.
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