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Is this the worst-ever ball to get an international batsman out LBW?

He’s down 2 sets but geez Millman has been impressive. Whatever happens, he’s had an incredible US Open and will take a lot of confidence into next year’s Aus Open knowing he can handle the heat better than most.

Millman and Djokovic bring the crowd to its feet with two unbelievable rallies

Quite remarkable scenes Richard. We’ve seen umpires have some banter with players but this is taking it to a whole new level. Federer quite rightly called it out and I’m sure there has to be some code broken by doing this.

If you can’t have ANY coaching from the stands how can this be allowed by the ITF/USTA? Herbert has every right to lodge a complaint.

Umpires should not be giving Nick Kyrgios inspirational pep talks

This is ridiculous! Lucky he didn’t drop it..imagine the ribbing he’d get!

When simply grounding the ball isn't exciting enough

Fantastic article Matt. I’m pumped for Origin a year out!

Origin's great shift: How New South Wales ended Queensland's dynasty to start an empire of their own

If it was a decider I’d say 8:28pm as pre-game would be dragged out even more, but a dead rubber might speed things up. I’ll say 8:17pm.

Origin 3 kick-off bingo: What time will State of Origin Game 3 actually start?

Surely a record in terms of every team scoring at least two goals in the tournament. Can’t imagine that’s ever happened before – even in the early days?

This has been one of the best World Cups in years

Thanks Redondo.

So you’re happy with the simulation in this tournament so far? It’s the final frontier that FIFA need to stamp out then we really can just focus on the positives of the football itself.

We need to talk about diving at the World Cup

Huge achievement to go back-to-back especially on such a tough course.

He should be one of the favourites now at the Open Championship which is arguably on the toughest links course on the rotation.

Brooks Koepka wins second US Open title

Optus finally suggested people login to the official FIFA app to access their stream on another server.

The World Game app was also an alternative which people only discovered after the tournament had started. Very little advertising of these alternatives which could have helped many out.

The great World Cup TV swindle

Crazy stat at half-time. Was something like 330 passes by Argentina to 80.

Argentina vs Iceland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, scores, blog

I’m going to say 8:19pm. It’s always slightly earlier since the demise of the Gus Gould monologue.

State of Origin 2018 kick-off bingo: What time will Game 1 actually start?

Thanks for this great read Mike. It certainly was one of the great calls by Simon Hill.

It wasn’t just a moment for football fans but a moment for Australia like the America’s Cup. I watched the game at a university dining hall and was surrounded by rugby boys.

As I wrote on the 10-year anniversary of this game:

“If the Melbourne Cup stops the nation, that goal by Tim Cahill kickstarted a nation into frenzy. Those same rugby boys who had bemoaned the Socceroos for 83 minutes were now their biggest fans.”

Why Australian football fans will never forget Kaiserslautern

Feel like there was a good opportunity to give Lawrence Thomas a crack after his ridiculous A-League finals efforts.

Socceroos release 32-man World Cup squad

Dave, just on your last point. There was arguably even more outrage when Anthony Mundine insinuated that homosexuals should be given the death penalty on a reality TV show.

I don’t think it’s fair to say that the general public is picking on certain religions.

Tell your story walking Israel. The NRL doesn’t want your crap

Have you been peeko? Definitely on my bucket list.

The magic of the Masters

Brilliant piece Stuart. I’m pumped now! Augusta National has certainly softened its stubborn resistance to change in the last decade. It wasn’t that long ago that TV viewers were denied the chance to see players on the front 9 and they held out for a very long time in allowing the course to be featured on computer games.

I doubt guys like Warnie would have been allowed to play on the course 2 weeks out from the tournament 10 years ago and then he went and landed an ace!

Speaking of, even this morning’s par-3 comp provided some magic with Jack Nicklaus’ grandson scoring a hole in one..what a time and place to get your first!

Looking forward to seeing how Leishman handles the pressure tonight in the company of T.Woods. Bring it on!

The magic of the Masters

The spirit of cricket is a funny thing when you consider the controversies the game has had.

Bodyline, the underarm, match fixing and even something like Australia purposely batting painfully slowly in the 1999 World Cup could be considered against the spirit (They did so to avoid playing – New Zealand I think it was?)

In this instance, South Africa still ended up winning the match. You’re always taught not to pick up the ball as a batsman. It was a mistake by Pillay and he paid the ultimate price. All he had to do was check with the players that it was okay to pick up the ball.

Young Windies have pushed the laws to their absolute lowest

He scored 130 runs in 3 innings of the One-Day domestic comp. White scored 199 in 4.

Glenn Maxwell misses out again as selectors go for left-field ODI replacement for Chris Lynn

Yes Cameron White has been in good form but with the Maxwell snub it would have been nice to blood a new player with the World Cup on the horizon.

D’arcy Short is seven years younger and has more than matched White.

Experience doesn’t mean as much when you haven’t played an ODI for three years.

Glenn Maxwell misses out again as selectors go for left-field ODI replacement for Chris Lynn

Haha brilliant.

The Ashes have become like an Adam Sandler movie

Dane, I was a bit disappointed there wasn’t a sixth Test as it would have been interesting to see what memorabilia could be spruiked from Sydney.

Mason Crane would have been the obvious choice.

A beautifully framed lithograph of his no ball wicket or perhaps a collection of photographs of every dead ball he took part in?

UNPLAYABLE seems like a nice title for such a collector’s piece.

The Ashes have become like an Adam Sandler movie

So if that was given not out by Aleem Dar, would snicko have been enough to overturn the decision? Hot Spot seems to be so inconclusive.

Australia vs England: Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 5

Bit of swing but not when Starc bowls like he just did then. Four pies.

Australia v England Highlights: The Ashes cricket scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 4

Nice wrap Dan. Joe Root’s dismissal was the turning point. He just had to make it through that period.

The contrast between the captains was telling.

Smith was so patient that he bored the opposition into changing their tactics. Root seems to want to feel bat on ball as much as possible and he was trying to push the envelope after hitting a boundary the ball before against Hazlewood.

Jonny Bairstow is batting far too low in the order. It was a terrible shot that he got out to but when you’re batting with the tail like he is constantly there’s no way he can bat in an orthodox fashion.

That was a humiliating loss for England considering how close it was after three days (I had Australia winning the session count 5 to 4 after 3 days).

They must win (Draw seems unlikely) in Adelaide. Going 2-0 into the Perth Test would be impossible to recover from.

Five talking points from Australia's first Ashes Test victory