BALL AND JACKSON PURCHASE OF ILLAWARRA HAWKS NOT A DONE DEAL

We have to tap the brakes and offer an apology for reporting that NBL rookie sensation and prospective high NBA draft pick LaMelo Ball had secured ownership of the Illawarra Hawks. We were premature. We jumped the gun. We supplied a whole new meaning to spitting the dummy. It turns out that Ball’s agent Jermaine…

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TOP NBL ROOKIE BALL BUYS STRUGGLING ILLAWARRA HAWKS

LaMelo Ball and his manager Jermaine Jackson have purchase the NBL club Illawarra Hawks. Ball must be counting on a big signing bonus when he enters the NBA draft in a couple months’ time. Okay, the name Jermaine Jackson jumped out at us, but this is not that Jermaine Jackson, the former member of the…

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AFL AND AFLPA REACH ACCORD ON PLAYER PAY REDUCTION

Some look at us writers as people who get money for nothing, but we are going to do our level best to supply some sports news that does not involve the impact of the novel coronavirus. Only problem is: Done before started. The AFLPA and the league have come to terms on a 50 percent…

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NRL ASKS PLAYERS TO ACCEPT WAGE REDUCTION TO PROTECT THE LEAGUE

In times of crisis, it is always reassuring to see for-profit businesses taking measures to protect their own best interests. In unpredictable times, some predictability is welcome and the NRL has supplied it with the announcement that it wants its players to take a pay cut of up to 87 percent. Pardon our sarcasm, and…

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AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE INFORMS ATHLETES TO PLAN FOR 2021 GAMES

The Australian Olympic Committee has told Australian athletes to plan for an Olympic Games in Tokyo for the northern hemisphere summer months of 2021. The Canadian government has announced that it will not send athletes to an Olympic Games if the games go as planned to begin on July 24. We have seen massive hysteria…

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IF THERE IS AN NRL ROUND 3 THESE ARE OUR GUESSES FOR THE WINNERS

We correctly guessed six of the winners for the second round of the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition. Using our hindsight, we question why we took Souths to beat Brisbane, as the Broncos posted a narrow win of 22 – 18. Sydney also tripped us, as it appears that the Roosters might be having premiership…

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RICHMOND HOLD ON TO BEAT CARLTON AT EMPTY MCG

The AFL played last night’s first fixture of the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition to an empty MCG last night. Richmond Tigers beat Carlton Blues 105 – 81. Judging by last year’s AFL Grand Final, the Blues can claim they are 56 points better than GWS, which might offer some small consultation to Carlton and…

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AFL ANNOUNCES RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS AND UPCOMING SEASON

It was not the other boot dropping that had us on alert. An entire shoe store has dropped, as the sports world deals with a circumstance that was so unexpected that anyone who had advance plans would have been labelled a lunatic. Today, we learn that the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition has been chopped…

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WILL NRL CONTINUE IS ANYONE’S GUESS WE GUESS OUTCOMES

Our guesses for the first round of the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition did not produce our desired outcome, which is to correctly tip, for entertainment purposes only, the winners of each game of the fixture. We ignore all markets other than the head-to-head. We stake an imaginary $100 per game. For the first round,…

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GOLD COAST CO-CAPTAIN SWALLOW TIPS SUNS TO IMPROVE

It is very egalitarian to express the view that a winning team can stick together in professional sports. It was therefore a little hard for us to swallow the words of Gold Coast Suns co-captain David Swallow when he offered the view that the players who bolt Gold Coast would stay with the Suns if…

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All Stars Line Up for Saturday’s All-Star Mile at Caulfield

This weekend’s All-Star Mile at Caulfield is where all the good mile trippers will be racing. Why it lacks classification as a Group 1 race is something we will leave to those who weigh such matters routinely. A look at the field two days ahead of the jump shows a field of 18, although Spanish…

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ESSENDON HOPES TO AVOID EARLY FINALS EXIT IN 2020

If there was a legitimate flag for pre-season games, it might belong to the Essendon Bombers, who have beaten top competition with wins over first West Coast Eagles and most recently, Geelong Cats. We suppose winning a meaningless pre-season game is better than losing a meaningless pre-season game, but the Essendon Bombers are willing to…

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