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It doesn’t matter where Rod Marsh looks, there are plenty of options available to make room for Usman Khawaja, the ignored but most prolific Australian run-getter thus summer.
According to Mark Waugh in one of his commentary stints during the BBL final Usman Khawaja is currently batting better than Brian Lara.
I’ll admit it – a couple of law variations and the announcement of the referee’s panel was not entirely how I envisaged getting into Super Rugby for 2016. However, here we are in the first week of February, with something of a ‘soft launch’ into the newly expanded competition.
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Rather than hang around and play the T20 series against India, most of Australia’s players had wandered off in dribs and drabs to New Zealand to acclimatise to Kiwi hotel conditions in preparation for the one day series against the Black Caps.
Even with zero documented proof that he’s ever won an unscripted fight, former WWE champion Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks is gearing up for a 2016 UFC debut.
It has got to be the most pointless debate in NFL history. And yet here we are.
Coming off a World Cup year in 2015, Wallaby Michael Hooper enjoyed one of the longest breaks of his professional career before getting back to work with his NSW Waratahs preparing for the 2016 Super Rugby season.
Eddie Jones is turning the no-dickheads dictum for a successful sporting team on its head with the appointment of Dylan Hartley as the captain of the England side to play Scotland at Murrayfield in the opening round of the 2016 Six Nations tournament this weekend.
After heading into bat, New Zealand’s opening batsman Martin Guptill got his side off to a flyer in the first one-day international against Australia, highlighted with a huge six that travelled 113 metres onto the roof at Eden Park.
During the 1977 Ashes series, which introduced Kerry Packer hijacking world cricket, there was an incident at Nottingham.
There hasn’t been a bigger storm in a schooner glass since Todd Carney tried to follow in the steps of the great yogis and reach enlightenment by drinking his own urine.
Newcastle Jets went from wanting two Sydney FC players for David Carney, to being prepared to take one, to ending up getting none. That is the off-field equivalent of a 5-0 flogging.
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Is there a major discipline and recruitment problem at the Sydney Roosters, or is the club just unlucky?
In the last World T20, Australia relied on pace in spin-friendly conditions and it backfired spectacularly. Now, with their fast-bowling stocks decimated, they must learn from this mistake and bank on spin in India.
The Hawks seem to have cracked the AFL’s secret code to permanent success, so what follows should be taken with a note of caution. Hawthorn’s list management situation is precarious, and while a ‘fourpeat’ may be on, it might be the last shot the Hawks have at the flag for some time.
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Are the Carolina Panthers really going to win the Super Bowl with Ted Ginn Jr as their number one wide receiver?
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Let’s be clear. Mitchell Marsh was out. Stone cold, clear as day, salmon trout, out. But he was dreadfully unlucky to have been given out.
In any other circumstances, this would have been a game to celebrate.
The 2016 IPL auction concluded on Saturday, and while there were the usual spills, thrills and talking points at the end of the one-day event, one of the bigger limelight-catchers was the way Delhi Daredevils went about their business.
Just six weeks ago the Denver Broncos were a genuine chance of missing the playoffs altogether. Today they stand before us as Super Bowl champions.
In the aftermath of Super Bowl 50, platitudes will be thrown around about who exactly deserves the credit for the dominant performance of the underdog Denver Broncos.
The picture painted for the Brisbane Lions by most observers for 2016 has not been pretty.
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Shane Watson is the most polarising player in Australian cricket. He has been on the receiving end of a lot of flak from various Roarers and rightly so.
Mitchell Marsh’s controversial wicket on Monday’s final ODI against New Zealand proved to be the turning point in the match, but the fact remains that it should not have been given.
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Every cricket fan knows that the contest between bat and ball has swung massively towards the former in recent years.
South Africa will try to keep their one-day international series alive against England when the teams meet in the third match at Centurion. Can the Proteas turn things around, or will England take the series with two matches still to play?
It was like going back to the future last weekend, as Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers played a pulsating, passionate, top-of-the-table clash at Docklands in front of a marvellous crowd of 25,445.
No one does sport and spectacle like the great United States of America, and we should be thankful for it.
Whether it’s who’s going to the World T20 tournament, who’s going to New Zealand, who lost Usman Khawaja’s phone number, or how Channel Ten selected the menu in the jungle for Shane Warne’s arrival, the topic of selection is just so controversial at the moment.
Australia has long had to deal with plagues of feral overpopulation: cane toads, rabbits and politicians.
Australia has been the best one-day nation on the planet in this century.
Match Results: New Zealand have sent Brendon McCullum out of the One Day International arena a winner, taking a 55 run victory over Australia, and the Chappell – Hadlee trophy 2-1 in dominating circumstances.
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