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Yes both men and women are capable of being abusive…But statistically, its far more likely men than women who are physically abusive.

An independent review of three different DV studies in the US, showed an estimate of 2-10% of sexual assault allegations were false allegations, and 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.

I think this is Mary’s point…accusations like the one made again Reynolds if true (and same for Heard/Depp, if true), only make it harder for women to come forward.

Josh Reynolds highlights the 'complex' nature of sporting fandom

This is such a strange article and bordering on incoherent.

“Having a good offence and a good defence – two different teams that somehow play together despite never being on the field at the same time – is what separates the men from the boys.”…
I’ve re-read this sentence a few times now, and still cant work out what its trying to say. Surely its saying more than ‘teams with a good offence and defence are better teams than those with just a good offence or good defence’?

And I’m not sure what Lamar Jackson has done to you, but you seem determined to discredit him on the basis of 1 playoff game, despite him having an historic season. This statement is bizarre: “Mahomes is a far better player than Jackson. There is no arguing this if we look at both of their play-off records thus far.” Really? No arguing? After Lamar has played 2 playoff games? And any other stat beyond ‘playoff record’ for two guys at the start of their careers, is irrelevant? If this is the case, there’s ‘no arguing’ Eli is a better QB than Peyton, right?

Why the Tennessee Titans are Super Bowl favourites

Yep agreed on Conor’s next fight…He shouldn’t get a title shot, although one suspects he might, given how Dana and the UFC let him operate under his own rules.

Like, if Khabib wins, I can see them giving Conor a shot in Russia, as the money and hype around a re-match would be massive.

And agree on Conor’s cardio…Was more making the point in the context of this fight (as did the article) where I don’t think Conor’s cardio will be an issue.

Three things Conor McGregor needs to do in UFC 246

Seems a bit silly to question Conor’s cardio based on his fight with Mayweather. It was a) a boxing match and not MMA and b) in 2017! Fact is, we’ve seen Conor go 5 rounds in the UFC before, so not sure if flagging cardio as an issue is fair.

Same with grappling. Firstly, Cerrone is not a grappler and not anything like Khabib…Of Cerrone’s last 15 fights, only 2 have ended with a submission win. You also don’t mentioned Conor’s take down defense, which is definitely good enough to keep Cerrone on his feet.

Bottom line, Conor should handle Cerrone easily enough. Donald is 36yr old and 4-6 in his last 10 fights. One clean strike should do it for Conor. He just needs to watch Cerrone’s kicks, but I’d expect a 2nd round KO for McGregor.

Three things Conor McGregor needs to do in UFC 246

I’m not sure whats more disturbing. The allegation against Reynolds, or your comment that for no other reason than he is being charged 3mths after the alleged incident, his accuser should “go to jail” for abusing the system. Or worse still, that another Roarer agreed with you and implied she’s a “court room pest”. You should both be ashamed of yourselves.

You know nothing about this incident, yet you disbelieve the accuser simply because she didn’t “lay a complaint” soon enough for your liking. Maybe she was afraid of what would happen to her if she said something? Maybe she was afraid of what might happen to him if she said something?

Earlier this year, Reynolds came out and discussed the loss of his unborn twin boys weeks before their birth. We don’t know if the woman involved in this case is his partner who also lost her sons, but maybe try some compassion and understanding around what is no doubt an awful situation, rather than immediately accusing someone of something you no absolutely nothing about.

Josh Reynolds charged with domestic violence

Does anyone know the best position for Reece Hodge? Surely he doesn’t spend his entire career being moved around the backline…

Have we given up on his potential as a 10?

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

Are we sure that the best approach to T20s is having someone like Smith “to anchor the innings”? Do T20 innings need an “anchor”?

Steve Smith and Pat Cummins to reignite T20 careers

Yep, my error

A rational review of Sunday’s refereeing dramas

Penalty count was 7 to 5 in favour of the Roosters. Both teams average around 7 penalties a game, so there wasn’t much in it.

But the overall game stats show just how close a game it was. They’re very similar for the whole game. Raiders had slightly more ball, but Roosters had a better completion %.

Only one stat jumps out…offloads! 19 for the Raiders to 1 for the Roosters! And guessing that 1 was Mitchell to Tupou for the Tedesco try. Amazing the Roosters kept them out really…

A rational review of Sunday’s refereeing dramas

Bang on…The statement “the unattainable quest for perfection through technology” is key here, and where things are going wrong.

We need to accept Refs make decisions which are not 100% accurate and their ‘judgement’ is what matters most. If Cummins was allowed to go with his first reaction to the play, which was to wave 6 again, none of this blows up…Its a 50:50 call which went the way of the Raiders.

The same thing happened with the Cronk sin bin. I’d love to know what the on-field Refs would have done without the video ref getting involved. They may well have taken the more sensible approach to award the penalty, warn the Roosters of professional fouls, and let Cronk stay on the field.

A rational review of Sunday’s refereeing dramas

Disagree that its “make or break” for the Sixers this year. They have both Simmons and Embiid tied into long term deals and both are still very young…they have time. Agree that they have a major opportunity this year with the East being wide open, but even if they fall short again, they’ll still be in a good spot for the future…

Also disagree that the Sixers success relies on Simmons and his shooting. I actually think we kind of over-react to Simmons and his inability to shoot threes. The guy is 23 and averages 16/8/8. Give him time to develop his game and more importantly, for the Sixers to workout how best to use his talents and what type of player to surround him and Embiid with.

Main factor for me is Embiid and his fitness. If he can come into the season in top shape, he’ll be virtually unstoppable in the East. He’s a legit MVP calibre player, but his fitness needs to improve.

Fresh Prince Ben Simmons: The man in Philly

Think you’re being pretty generous with a few of the wins you’re handing the Niners there. The Niners are 3-0 having played three teams with a combined record of 1-8…

Are the Niners this year's Cinderella team?

Great article Ryan.

The Refs did the right thing with the Jake T incident (I’m a Manly fan by the way). As you said, Hasler acknowledged it was a penalty, and if that’s true, then a penalty in a try scoring situation like that is a professional foul and therefore should warrant a sin-binning.

But of course, Gould and co. will make sure the Refs lose all authority this weekend by their mass whinging and negativity. And so we’ll see the Storm lie all over the tackled player and test the Refs limits…JWH and the Burgess brothers will do the same…and the most negative teams will win. Awesome.

Yes, ten minutes in the sin-bin completely changes a football game. That’s the point!

In fairness Scott, the vast majority of season previews I’ve seen had Manly in the bottom 3…I went to Brookie for the first game of the season and the sense from the fans around me was definitely that Manly were in for a long season. I’m stunned they’re still alive at this stage of the season…

Five talking points from Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks NRL elimination final

Agree that the MRC is ‘wildly inconsistent’ and needs a lot more transparency…but…I think Sam Burgess of all people, should be quite on this one, and let other people fight this battle for him.

It wasn’t that long ago Sam somehow escaped a suspension for knocking Matt Moylan out cold with a high shot. He is a regular re-offender when it comes to foul play. Maybe instead of complaining about the system and drawing even more attention to himself, he should spend more time learning to control his aggression and not come under the eye of the MRC in the first place.

Big Sam should be applauded for standing his ground with the NRL

Five talking points from Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks NRL elimination final

I don’t know if anyone has already talked/written about this, but Manly’s performance this year, has to be one of the best in NRL history.

At the start of this year, betting agencies had them 2nd behind the Bulldogs to ‘win’ the wooden spoon. They had 9 players leave the club and 7 new faces come in, with a ‘new but old’ coach. They had tough draw playing three of the top 4 teams in the comp, Melbourne, Canberra and Souths, twice. They only played back-to-back home games once this year and two of their ‘home’ games were in Brisbane and NZ.

During the year, they had off-field issues with Dylan Walker, who didn’t play early in the season, injuries to key players throughout the year (they had 5 players missing from this last game against the Sharks), lost key players to Origin duties, blooded a number of new players in 1st grade and had to make changes to team week-in and week-out.

And yet, they’re one win away from a semi-final…Its remarkable. Does anyone know of other teams in NRL history who have over-achieved to such an extent?

Five talking points from Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks NRL elimination final

Aussie ‘bowlers’ with a better test average than M Marsh include: Marcus North, Mark Waugh, Mike Hussey, Michael Clarke, Alan Border…in other words, part-timers do a better job at taking wickets for less runs than Marsh, yet he’s being selected specifically for his bowling…amazing.

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

A 4 for Jack Leach is a tough…He was better than Archer and Buttler who were given 5s.

He bowled really well in the 1st innings, and held out for as long as he could with the bat. Showed a lot more courage and grit than most of the England team.

England fourth Ashes Test player ratings: No standouts for the hosts as the series goes begging

I cant see how his bowling can be considered “poor to average” in this test. In the second innings, he bowled 39 overs and kept the run rate under 3, under immense pressure. He was accurate and should have had more than the two wickets, on a pitch which didn’t turn a lot.

Australia third Ashes Test player ratings: Labuschagne and Hazlewood the best performers in stunning loss

Giving Lyon a 3 seems a little harsh…

Australia third Ashes Test player ratings: Labuschagne and Hazlewood the best performers in stunning loss

Yep, Wade has to go. Khawaja’s form is not good, but the guy averages 41 in test matches and has gotten starts in the last two tests which he failed to convert.

Wade to me, is mentally fragile. When Australia is under pressure, he folds immediately. His average is now at 28, which just isn’t good enough for a test batsmen. I realise he’s scored heaps of SS runs, but unfortunately, its been more or less proven that SS runs does not equal test runs. They’re two completely different contexts.

Warner's ugly but crucial Ashes innings

Some pretty harsh comments on what I thought was a perfectly fine article about an unfortunately situation…Even without the stars, the game will be fun to watch and there’s enough talent on both sides to make it worth watching.

I think the real shame though, is not that Harden, Curry and Lebron aren’t here…FIBA teams are always weaker than the Olympic Team USA rosters and the big stars will always take the rest during the offseason.

To me, its that the best young players arent taking this opportunity to grow and develop their game. In 2010, Team USA was weak on paper. The guys who played the most minutes were vets like Billups, Iggy, Odom and Rudy Gay, alongside a 22yr old Durant and a young Derrick Rose. The tournament helped put Durant on the radar as a potential great. He was amazing.

This year though, the best young players have largely snubbed Team USA. Guys like Towns, Booker, Fox, Bagely, Trey Young, McCollum…These should be the guys playing. And if they were, I dont think people would be complaining as much.

Fact is, this is not a “second string Team USA”…its like a 15th string Team USA. Assuming Walker, Middleton and Lopez make it, they’ll have a total of 5 All Star appearances on the roster…Last Team USA had 33. I don’t expect casual NBA fans to know who Joe Harris is, or Derrick White, or even someone like Myles Turner.

Anyway, its a shame more big names arent here, but either way, am looking forward to the game!

Boomers vs USA fiasco an insult to Aussie basketball

Yeah, its easier said than done….Both Gasol and Ibaka are owed $25 and $23 mil next year, so any team taking them on would have to be really keen to make a championship run, or looking to dump a bad contract and open to adding some picks for the Raps to taken them on. This is even more true for Lowry…

Cant see how a trade to Houston would work. It would have to involve Capela, and the Raps wouldn’t want that contract. Same for the Bucks…they just signed Lopez to a longer deal, and are in cap hell, so cant see why the Raps would want outside of guys they wouldn’t want to trade.

There are Wiggins for Ibaka rumours, but surely the Raps wouldn’t want the Wiggins contract. Could the Celtics work out something for Gasol built around Marcus Smart and other guys? He’d be great for them.

The other interesting team could be OKC…If they can’t dump Paul and want to get Adams off the books, could they do a blockbuster and send Paul and Adams (plus a pick or two) for Lowry and Gasol? OKC would quickly free up their cap space for next year (something they desperately need to do as a non-contending team) and rebuild, and the Raps could eat the Adams and Paul contracts for next year, score some extra picks, be a playoff team and then decide what to do. Only problem is the final year of that Paul contract…$44mil is brutal!

Anyway, Ujiri is a smart guy…am sure he’ll work it out. But Raps to miss the playoffs this year for me…

Predicting the 2019-20 Eastern Conference standings

Mentioned this on another article, but the Raps will not be making a playoff run…They’ll be in tank-mode for sure.

If you check their salaries for next year, Gasol, Ibaka and Lowry all come off. None make much sense to re-sign longer term, especially if (as expected) Siakim and FVV are given extended contracts. They’ll look to trade Gasol and Ibaka, if possible, as soon as they can, and for picks and to free up cap space. They should do the same with Lowry…he’s 33 and plays the same position as FVV.

So, I think the Raps drop out, and the Pistons (desperate to make the playoffs) get in.

Predicting the 2019-20 Eastern Conference standings