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Matt Russell

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Sport can be the most wonderful thing in the world when the only thing that matters is the action and competition on the field...but far too often these days that's not the case - thanks to the money involved. Matt has covered many different sports at local, national and international levels since 2008 and was even involved in covering the Beijing Olympics. He cuts video clips for the Roar on a regular basis and contributes weekly columns.

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It’s quite remarkable…and disappointing…when the club’s owner runs the franchise into the ground and can’t see he’s the problem. I too hope the plans fall apart and the A’s somehow stay in Oakland, but I fear the short-term sugar-hit cash injection from the Vegas move will be too enticing for the billionaire owner – and fan support and loyalty mean nothing!

Heading for a sad ending: The pending departure of the Athletics in Oakland is a black mark for Major League Baseball

It may not have come across on the TV coverage but the weather was tricky in SF – steady enough rain to affect the throw. It has been noted Purdy tried using gloves and some simple passes looked like they slipped out (GB even made two crucial interceptions themselves), so he didn’t handle the wet as he should have. Long-term weather for the weekend has no rain, so he should…should be improved – and I agree 49ers win the NFC, but I can’t see even Mahomes and Chiefs stopping Lamar and Ravens on current form – they deserve to be SB favourites – but Pat is a big game player and an upset is not off the cards! (Plus the NFL would love the hype of the Swift-Kelce buildup for the showpiece game! ha)

Mitch Wishnowsky's 49ers stay in Super Bowl contention after epic comeback win on final drive sinks Packers

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