AFLW PRACTICE GAMES CREATE 2020 ANTICIPATION

The AFLW is moving forward with preparations for its third season in 2020 and the horizon offers a rosy picture. The league has expanded from 10 to 14 clubs for the 2020 AFLW Premiership competition, adding two clubs to Conference A and two to Conference B. It would seem likely that two more clubs, bringing…

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KYRGIOS FIVE SET WIN SETS UP SHOWDOWN WITH NADAL

All that stands between the first Australian woman to win the Australian Open in over four decades is three more match wins. Ash Barty is through to the quarterfinals, although she has made it interesting along the way. Breaking her common pattern of starting slow, Barty wrapped up the first set of her match with…

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ASH NEARLY UP IN SMOKE AFTER FIRST SET AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCARE

With the hopes and expectations of an entire continent on her shoulders, Ash Barty scared the dickens out of everyone when she dropped the first set of her opening match to world No. 120 Lesia Tsurenko by the score of 5 – 7. If another groundstroke, serve or volley is never struck in the 2020…

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INDIA SECURES SERIES WITH CONVINCING WIN IN THIRD TEST

Player of the Match went to India’s Rohit Sharma, as his 119 from 128 stand delivered the cup de gras that delivered the ODI series to India, despite Steve Smith’s 131. Back to the drawing board, maybe, but this was not some second or third tier squad, it was India and Australia did a nice…

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ICC AWARDS TO PAT CUMMINS AND MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE

The ICC was bestowing awards recently and a couple of Australian cricketers took home some top honours. Bowler Pat Cummins was declared Test Player of the Year. He took 59 wickets in 2019, 14 clear of Nathan Lyon. Right there you have clear and compelling evidence of the best attack in the world, but that…

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REDEMPTION OF MITCHELL FALLS ON RABBITOHS COACH BENNETT

At the heart of the Latrell Mitchell situation, it seems that Mitchell wanted to move not because he wanted more money, but because he wanted to be a fullback, something that seemed highly unlikely with the Roosters with James Tedesco’s stranglehold on the No. 1 jersey. Wayne Bennett has a new project in attempting to…

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SIXTH SEED TENNESSEE HAS ITS WAY WITH WAYWARD BALTIMORE RAVENS

One side of the NFL playoffs followed form, the other side defied form. The San Francisco 49ers were nothing other than clinical in sending the Minnesota Vikings into the offseason with a 27 – 10 result in a game that was never interesting. It started off well enough to show some promise of an entertaining…

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FORMER SAINT SIPOSS DECLARES FOR NFL 2020 DRAFT

Like moths drawn to a flame, we find code hops irresistible and the latest to threaten us with singed wings is that of ex-Saint Kilda Saint Arryn Siposs. Siposs played just 28 games across four seasons for the Saints and was delisted in 2014 after making just three appearances, even though he was an AFL…

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SAM STOSUR NOT YET READY FOR ROCKING CHAIR

Thirty-five is the new 22, judging by Samantha Stosur’s boilover victory over former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber at the Brisbane International. The match started in the fashion that might have been expected, as Stosur went down 5 – 1 in the first set before she gained the belief that she would not exit early,…

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MORE AUSSIE ATHLETES FUEL BUSH FIRE RELIEF EFFORTS

We knew it would be simply a matter of time before Ash Barty joined the other professionals who are getting behind relief effort aimed at helping the souls impacted by the unprecedented bushfire scourge. Nick Kyrgios pledged $200 per ace, and then promptly dealt 20 aces to his opponent in Australia’s ATP Cup from Germany,…

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POSITIVE NEWS REGARDING NICK KYRGIOS AS EAST CHOKES ON SMOKE

Good on you, Nicky. Typically, when we encounter the name of Nick Kyrgios, we are expecting details about the latest incident of petulance. Not so this time around. Kyrgios has gone positive and announced that he will donate $200 to the unfortunate people affected by the epic bushfires. Kyrgios has a boomer of a serve…

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NATHAN NEGATIVE OVER WARNE’S SUGGESTION THAT LYON SPELL

It might be thought that the sequel to “No Spin” is due out soon, something with an original title, not “No Spin Too,” judging from the amount of times we are running across the name of Shane Warne in recent days and weeks. Never reticent about informing Cricket Australia about the proper course to follow,…

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