TROUT HOOKS ANGELS FOR 12-YEAR $A 598 MILLION CONTRACT

The next time you are tempted to carp about the $1 million and above contracts of certain AFL stars, consider the MLB’s Mike Trout. Trout just made a deal with the California Angels that guarantees he will make $US 426.5 million ($A 598.85 million) for playing for the Angels for the next 12 seasons. Six…

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PALMERBET | AFL BETTING INSIGHTS – GONE COLD

It doesn’t feel that long ago that WEST COAST EAGLES skipper Shannon Hurn was holding the AFL 2018 Premiership Cup aloft at the MCG. Come Thursday night at 7:20 pm it will be start all over again! The team at PALMERBET have been busy over the summer monitoring the betting for the 2019 AFL season…

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ADELAIDE IN GREAT SHAPE HEADING INTO 2019 AFL COMPETITION

It was not only damaged heads that hurt the Adelaide Crows in the 2018 AFL season. Their casualty ward list could almost have been the basis for an All-Australian squad B. Brodie Smith and Brad Crouch were gone the bulk of the year. Mitch McGovern, now with Carlton, missed 10 games in 2018. Rory Sloane…

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AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX OR AUSTRALIAN GRAND PARADE

Last year, it was the motor quitting. This year, pieces started falling off Daniel Ricciardo’s car before he could pass the start line. That sort of thing leads us to think that he was not driving a Renault, buy something cobbled together from the spare parts bin of a certain defunct Swedish car company that…

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ODI SERIES WIN IN INDIA COMPLICATES ASHES WORLD CUP & OTHER SERIES

We could use a catchy phrase to describe the miracle in India that saw Australian cricket rise up and snatch the ODI series from India, but Miracle in India suggests that Australia had no chance going in. Business as Usual in India is not quite the right idea, either, as the recent past suggests that…

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NEW WESTERN SYDNEY STADIUM TO RESCUE TURF AT SCG

From a certain perspective, it seems as though the entire football world can discuss nothing other than the grass at Sydney Cricket Ground. The Queensland Reds were described as fuming after their 28 – 17 loss to the Waratahs, but to their credit, they were not using the horrible condition of the ground as an…

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SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND BEING POUNDED INTO MUD AND DUST

We are not suggesting that someone in the dead of night replaced the turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground with the discarded grass from Eagle Farm, but the SCG looks as though it has been soaked thoroughly and then permitted elephants to have their way. The SCG Trust has promised to have a proper surface…

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MAJOR AUTUMN MEETINGS AT FLEMINGTON AND RANDWICK

It may not exactly be a make-or-break moment for Avilius, but the British bred gelding works for Godolphin, so expectations are high and must be met. The five-year-old charge of James Cummings is coming into Saturday’s Group 1 weight-for-age Australian Cup (2000 m) as the $2 favourite for one of the big races taking place…

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COLLINGWOOD SO CLOSE LAST YEAR HOPES TO ATONE IN 2019

Despite losing twice in the finals last season, there are some who put forth a strong case for the Collingwood Magpies to win it all in the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition. After being mediocre for several years previous, any hint of potential from Collingwood is heavenly manna from Magpies supporters. The AFL, if it…

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BOGUT BACK TO NBA DEPENDENT ON KINGS BESTOWING BLESSING

Some NBA teams have their eyes on Andrew Bogut. We never thought to be writing those words, but Bogut just may have parlayed a season with the Sydney Kings in the NBL into another stint with the world’s top basketball league. Give or take a game or two, the NBA clubs around 20 games remaining…

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INTER CONFERENCE SUPER RUGBY CLASH BRUMBIES V HURRICANES

With the concussion cobwebs cleared, David Pocock has been cleared to take his place in the Brumbies when they face the Hurricanes. The Brumbies have made some wholesale changes to their forward pack, but having Pocock back in the sort of change most coaches would welcome. He was stood down for a game following an…

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JONATHAN THURSTON WELCOMES FOURTH CHILD INTO FAMILY

Congratulations to Johnathan Thurston and Samantha on the birth of their first child. We wish them well, hope that perhaps some of JT’s athletic DNA is passed along, and would be remiss if we did not mention the uncanny resemblance between JT and Jim Halpern of the American version of “The Office.” JT has not…

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