AFL TRADE PEIOD AFTERMATH FINDS CORNES SLEDGING KELLY

There is talk that AFL players, at least the better players, have too much power when it comes to escaping contracts in order to return home, or simply to get away from bad clubs, that is, Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Carlton. Tim Kelly wanted to return to Western Australia, but only if he could play…

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FUTURE INTERNATIONALS SHINE IN SHEFFIELD SHIELD

While Lloyd Pope may be setting the pitch afire with his leg spinning, he might find himself in good company in future A-grade cricket with a new batter in Australia’s arsenal in Will Pucovski. Pucovski gave Victoria on course to take a Sheffield Shield win from Western Australia by slugging a double century. He nearly…

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AFL TRADE WINDOW NARROWS WITH BIG NAMES SEEKING NARROW CRACKS

Getting your footy club to trade you to the premiers is not the sort of occurrence that happens on a regular basis. More often, it goes the other way ‘round, with top clubs losing key players to lower clubs that have the money to lure difference-makers with money and longevity. Professional sports, the AFL, it…

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AUSTRALIA WOMEN’S CRICKET TOPS ICC WORLD RANKINGS

Australia’s women’s cricket team is in Malaysia for a series against Pakistan with the boost of being ranked number one in the world for teams playing T20. It remains to be seen if their elevation supplies them with additional motivation when they head to the West Indies in November for the World Cup T20. Any…

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LEISHMAN RUNS AWAY WITH CIMB CLASSIC VICTORY IN ASIA

It is early in the new season of professional golf, which seems to be the bugle call for Marc Leishman. He seems to do well in the early part of the season, although he did show prominently near the end of the 2017 season. Leishman has won, Tiger Woods fashion, the USPGA Tour CIMB Classic…

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WALLABIES NEED TO RESTORE BELIEF ACCORDING TO CHEIKA

Mental issues, that is, a lack of confidence, are something with which all athletes deal. Consider the baseball pitcher. He can take the mound on any given day with total command of all his pitches, only to see a muffed grounder lead to trouble, or a weak hit off a good pitch set the table…

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MAN U LIST OF OUT OF CONTRACT PLAYERS CONTAINS IMPRESSIVE NAMES

One shy of an even dozen. That is our take on the report that Manchester United has a complete side’s worth of players out of contract at the end of the EPL season. Let the shopping spree begin. The eleven who enjoy the prospect of new financial arrangements are Ashley Young, David de Gea, Matteo…

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AFL OFF SEASON PLAYER MOVEMENT SHIFTS INTO HIGH GEAR

It is swap season in the AFL and the carousel continues to spin as the 18 clubs of the AFL now focus on improving their lists in the pursuit of better results in 2019, or keeping lists intact in the case of the clubs that did well in 2018. Not long ago, it seems a…

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AUSSIE BOWLERS COULD USE SPARE ARMS FOR DUBAI TEST

It would seem that the tactic for the Australian cricket team is obvious. Do not Mitchell Stark to bowl to Pakistan. Starc seems to struggle with Pakistan. Most recently, he needed to bowl 36.2 overs in Pakistan’s first innings in the Dubai Test to take his first wicket. It was the same side that tortured…

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SHANE MUMFORD MAY REPRISES GWS RUCK ROLE IN 2019

West Coast won the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership competition and it appears that there is a mini-exodus headed in the direction of Western Australia. If Rory Lobb were to leave the Greater Western Sydney Giants, GWS might have a spot on the list at ruckman for Shane Mumford to end his brief retirement and return…

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TIGER WOODS CONTRASTING SUCCESS AT MEDAL VERSUS MATCH PLAY

Golf is a game of putting the ball into the bottom of the cup with the fewest possible strokes, regardless of what scoring format is used. Why then, is one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Tiger Woods, so grossly incompetent at match play? His season-long resurgence this year has seen…

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DRAW SUPPLIES HOPE TO AUSSIES WARNE LASHES OUT AT WAUGH

Cricket season is heating up, so of course, the cricket news is filled with information that is subject to various interpretations that depend upon the perspectives of the observers. AFP is reporting that Australian left-arm spinner Jon Holland, following off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s eight-wicket first innings performance, took five from Pakistan ‘A’. The performance of those…

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