Editor’s Picks

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editors picks Articles

Walter Tull: The pioneering footballer who battled racism and gave his life for his country

Walter Tull: The pioneering footballer who battled racism and gave his life for his country

by , 10 Feb 2017

On New Year’s Day, 1918, a detachment of the 23rd Battalion of the British Army stared out across the frozen River Piave in northern Italy. Their mission was to carry out a raid behind enemy lines on the other side.

The Aussie bowling tactic that spells certain doom in India

The Aussie bowling tactic that spells certain doom in India

by , 17 Jan 2017 Popular article!

Australia seem to be considering a radical change of approach, playing three specialist spinners in their Test XI in India, dropping Josh Hazlewood and handing the new ball to Mitch Marsh.

Why are so many Australians threatened by the A-League?

Why are so many Australians threatened by the A-League?

by , 16 Jan 2017 Popular article!

The Sydney derby was nothing to write home about, but that won’t stop the keyboard warriors from bashing away furiously about how their sport is supposedly better.

The side Australia should have picked for India

The side Australia should have picked for India

by , 16 Jan 2017 Popular article!

With a series sweep against a third-ranked Pakistani side secured, the future looks bright for the Australian cricket team as they look to develop a number of up-and-coming superstars.

Sport, mental illness and Our Anxious Lives

Sport, mental illness and Our Anxious Lives

by , 18 Dec 2016

A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with a generalised anxiety disorder. Roughly characterised, that means I have excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry.

EXCLUSIVE – The Explosive Rugby Row Emails: Papworth vs Pulver

EXCLUSIVE – The Explosive Rugby Row Emails: Papworth vs Pulver

by , 20 Oct 2016 Popular article!

A scrum of former Wallabies, locked in by star players and the coach of the wonderful side that defeated the All Blacks at Eden Park 30 years ago, Alan Jones’ Wallabies, is set on challenging the ARU.

The Exorcists: How the Western Bulldogs beat history

The Exorcists: How the Western Bulldogs beat history

by , 13 Oct 2016 Popular article!

There are five minutes left in the grand final. The Western Bulldogs lead by nine points.

SIMON ORCHARD: The harsh and true reality of homophobia in sport

SIMON ORCHARD: The harsh and true reality of homophobia in sport

by , 25 Sep 2016

Almost five years to the day, my friend Gus Johnston shared a remarkably candid video on YouTube that laid bare the harsh reality of homophobia in sport.

All Blacks, All Blues, All Golds: The birth of Australian Rugby League

All Blacks, All Blues, All Golds: The birth of Australian Rugby League

by , 8 Sep 2016

On the night of August 8, 1907, the most celebrated sportsman in Australia stepped off a tram in Sydney’s George Street.

Michael Cheika and the SS Waratah: A story of a Wallabies coach and a shipwrecked cruisliner

Michael Cheika and the SS Waratah: A story of a Wallabies coach and a shipwrecked cruisliner

by , 1 Sep 2016

A freak wave, a bloody swordsman, a Lebanese coach, a plague of locusts, a number eight who refuses to select a number eight, gold rushes, a judge named de Villiers, and Victorian axe men.


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