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On Tuesday afternoon, 7 February 2017, the NSW Police issued a statement indicating that they had charged a 51-year-old man with public mischief over the discovery of a listening device in the hotel team room of the All Blacks.
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How much longer can Tony Popovic hold on to his job? The sense of malaise around the Wanderers surely matches the mood on offer after a ho-hum round of action.
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This time last week, people stood around their water coolers de-briefing about the Bathurst 12 Hour.
“You are going to be amazing today,” Gillon McLachlan says to himself in the mirror. The CEO of the Australian Football League, Gillon is used to press conferences. He puts on his cufflinks. “So when Moana Hope does it, I do it too. It’s going to be so fantastic,” he adds.
In this era of talent and salary-cap clarity, what goes up must come down. In the second of my NRL season previews, I take a look at four top teams set to decline.
Australia do not have another ODI series before the upcoming Champions Trophy, so where do they sit among the challengers for that tournament? I’ve rated the eight teams involved in this 50-over event.
“Welcome to paradise,” said the waiter as he settled me into my seat on Thursday night at a likely looking Brazilian Churrascaria, the glint in his eye hinting at the prospect of 40 beautiful virgins being paraded before me to choose from, as well as his succulent cuts of juicy meat.
The NBL finals are set after a thrilling finish to a remarkably tight 2016-17 season and before the league makes their award winners official on Monday night, here’s a look at who I think should be on the receiving end of the honours.
Dire Wolves are a team who are not bashful about how they play. There are no hidden agendas in their pick/ban, no entendre in their out of game personas, and certainly no lack of mechanical skill.
There have been two very significant changes to key Fox and Channel Nine personnel since last NRL season – Yvonne Sampson and James Bracey.
Those who’ve sought to criticise AFL Women’s in the week since it launched have often hit upon the poor skills and lack of scoring that were prominent in the first round of the competition.
There’s nothing more exciting in sport than watching a teenager like Riley Day emerge as a potential superstar.
With not only the 2017 Rugby League World Cup on the horizon, but also talk about the rebirth of rugby league’s Emerging Nations Championship, you’re going to hear more faff about domestic quotas in coming months.
There is, of course, nothing worse. Nothing more harrowing, more tangibly damaging to one’s team, more overtly in violation of the collective intention. Own goals – some more so than others – are always horrible.
When Josh Hazlewood was run out at the bowler’s end at Eden Park three weeks ago with Australia needing just six runs to win, it was by far the most unbeatable dumbest moment of the sporting year.
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Match result: The Wanderers have won an epic Sydney Derby, putting to an end Sydney FC’s unbeaten record.
Match result: The Melbourne Demons have taken their second AFL Women’s win, defeating the Western Bulldogs by 14 points on Saturday night.
Match result: Melbourne City made short work of the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday, destroying their opponents 5-1.
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Match result: Melbourne have scored a pre-season win over reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs by six points, in what was the club’s first competitive hit out for 2017 at the Bulldogs’ traditional home ground of Whitten Oval.
Match result: The Brisbane Lions have continued their unbeaten start to the AFL Women’s competition, defeating Collingwood at home by four points on Saturday.
Match result: A GWS Giants team missing a large number of stars was still able to comfortably defeat the West Coast Eagles, who were also short on talent.
Match result: The GWS Giants and Fremantle Dockers fought out the first draw in the history of AFL Women’s on Saturday, tied at 41 points each.
A lack of consistency plagued Manly during 2016, with the club unable to generate back-to-back victories until Rounds 17 and 18.
The Warriors have to make the eight this year. I mean, I know they had to make the eight last year, and the year before that, but they have to make it this year, right?
The start of the Super Rugby season is drawing ever closer. Teams are well into their pre-season preparations as they look to their first games of the new campaign.
It was entirely one-sided when Australia faced the West Indies at Blundstone Arena in 2015.
Football fans, this is how I would like to see Carlton line up for their season 2017 opening match against Richmond.
The success of the Women’s Australian Football League (AFLW) has certainly taken me by surprise. Perhaps I should not have been surprised at all given the AFL’s deep coffers.
When advertising tycoon David Ogilvy wrote ‘Confessions of an Advertising Man’, we the audience, his selected priests, had good reason to listen. ‘We sell’, he said. Or else? ‘Or else’.
Adelaide United host the Newcastle Jets as Round 20 of the A-League gets underway. Join The Roar from 7:50pm (AEDT) for live scores.
Opera singers, feature films and a doppelgänger – all part of the incredible ride from relegation candidates to bizarre champions in the most famous sporting competition in the world.
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