DAVID WARNER & STEVE SMITH BARRED FROM NEW UAE LEAGUE BY CA

He did not fare all that well in Canada and David Warner is struggling in the Caribbean Premier League to the extent that it is easy to wonder if he will be able to capture his old form when he is eligible to return to first grade national cricket in March of 2019. He is…

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NRL HEAD COACH JOB SECURITY IS MAJOR OXYMORON

The departure of Manly Coach Trent Barrett was described as a bombshell in some quarters, but the term that springs to our mind is saturation bombing or carpet-bombing, as NRL coaches are dropped at a frequency that ranks among the top of any professional sports league. It is a question of when, not if, one…

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NRL ROUND 23 TIPPING WITH FEATURE GAME PREVIEWS

Each week into the Footy Finals Australian Free Bets will bring you previews and tips on the games that matter all the way through to the NRL Grand Final 30th September at ANZ Stadium. Round 22 key stand outs saw the Roosters get a narrow upset over the Bunnies and with it clock up 100…

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PROMISING SEASON FOR COLLINGWOOD NOW LOOKING DOUBTFUL

With the home-and-away season of the Toyota AFL 2018 Premiership competition down to the final two weeks, the long season is becoming a survival of the fittest proposition. The Collingwood Magpies were the flyers during the middle of the season, but as things wore on, the injuries piled up, the result being that the Pies,…

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RICCIARDO EXCHANGES SLOW UNRELIABLE RED BULL RENAULTS FOR RENAULT

Daniel Ricciardo has informed Team Red Bull that he is heading to different pastures, although it is hard to imagine those pastures being greener. Mercedes and Ferrari both gave Ricciardo the cold shoulder and despite Ricciardo’s whinging about his Renault powered cars not being equal to those of the top constructors, he is joining Renault….

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AFL ROUND 21 WRAP UP AND LOOK AT ROUND 22

The ladder shifted a bit following Round 21 of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, but not to any significant extent. The Hawthorn Hawks moved back into the top four. If the final started today, they would have the chance to lose to the Richmond Tigers, but live to play another day. The managed to…

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BETEASY LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIAN MARKET

BetEasy Launches to Market and ending the operations of William Hill and CrownBet. Monday 13th August marked the launch of the new revamped BetEasy brand into market and signifies the end of William Hills fleeting venture in Australia. The name Beteasy will ring a lot of bells for customers across the country with the brand…

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AFLW EXPANSION TO 10 TEAMS GENERATES UNFORESEEN CONSEQUENCES

The AFLW seems to be in imminent danger of collapsing under the weight of expectations. Some calculated risks were taken by the AFL and it seems their calculations might have been faulty. The original plan was to inaugurate the competition in 2020, but AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan boldly forged ahead by three years, saying…

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GAFF THREATENS TEENAGER’S CAREER FOR A MEASLY 8 GAME PENALTY

Andrew Gaff’s gaff in breaking the jaw of Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw with a left hook earned the West Coast Eagles star an eight-game suspension. Gaff claims that he was aiming for Brayshaw’s shoulder, which makes us reminisce about an old comedy routine where the perpetrator of the punch told the authorities, “He punched me right…

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PENRITH AXING OF GRIFFIN STRIKES SOUR NOTE WITH MANY

We recently reported, with some degree of amazement, that the Penrith Panthers had sacked Coach Anthony Griffin a month ahead of finals, even though the Panthers were ranked fifth in the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition. Reports indicate that the players were the culprits, with some saying that the playing group had lost confidence in…

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HONDA LOOKING TO POWER MELBOURNE VICTORY IN A-LEAGUE STINT

If Keisuke Honda is as reliable as the autos sharing his name, the A-League’s Melbourne Victory could be the beneficiary, although more than a few critics would point to his stellar record and say, “That was then, this is now,” or, “What have you done for us lately?” He was quite productive from 2009 to…

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MLB MANAGERS USE POSITION PLAYERS AS PITCHERS TO PRESERVE BULLPENS

Followers of Major League Baseball might have noticed a departure from the norm this season, as team managers, struggling to preserve the arms of their relief pitchers, have adopted what was at one time an almost unheard of tactic, using position players as pitchers for games that are clearly lost. There have also been instances…

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