ANTONIO BROWN NEW ENGLAND DEBUT SHOWS NOTHING CONCLUSIVE

When you are sitting on a huge pile of chips, chips than include winning the AFL Championship last season, having an ageless Tom Brady looking as good or better than he did 10 years ago, having won the AFC Eastern Division so many years running that it defies logic, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, you can afford…

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BRISBANE PRELIMINARY FINAL LOSS TO GWS ENDS CAREER OF LUKE HODGE

Ah, Brisbane! Our faith has been destroyed in the capital of Queensland after two successive losses on home ground in the 2019 AFL finals. The second of these was compounded by it being a club from Sydney that did the interstate raiding, as the GWS Giants squeezed by the Lions 93 – 80 at the…

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BOOMERS DOWN CZECHS WHILE FRANCE SENDS YANKS OFF

Our goodness, but is not the 2019 FIBA World Cup Basketball tournament a thriller? After a dramatic loss to Australia, France sent the U.S. and its eclectic mix of NBA superstars to the exits with an 89 – 79 outcome over a U.S. squad that could never have been called the Dream Team, but more…

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NADAL AND MEDVEDEV GIVE NEW YORKERS THEIR MONEY’S WORTH

It was probably not the way she would have wanted it, but Ash Barty has reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis following the conclusion of the U.S. Open, the last major of the season. The shift in the rankings was not due to Barty’s play in the U.S. Open, but rather the…

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BIANCA ANDREESCRU ACCOUNTS FOR WILLIAMS IN U.S. OPEN FINAL

Serena Williams played an unwelcome supporting role in a bit of tennis history by losing the final of the 2019 U.S. Open to Bianca Andreescu. Andreescu is the first player from Canada to win a major singles title. Notice that we did not say Canadian woman, nor further adjective beyond Canadian was necessary. Williams won…

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WITH 2019 NRL SEASON NOT IN THE BOOKS CLUBS BEGIN MANEUVERING

The line is long with a throng of NRL clubs interested in the services of David Fifita. Fifita still has a year to go on his contract with Brisbane, but the Lions have already initiated extension talks in hopes of locking the 19-year-old before some other club can get its hooks into him. Mal Meninga…

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BARTY PHILOSOPHICAL DJOKOVIC RETIRES WITH AILING LEFT SHOULDER

Would it not be nice if they could bottle some of the essence of Ash Barty and give the super-size bottle to other tennis players perhaps in need of an attitude adjustment? Maybe the formula could be adjusted to permit its use for other sports codes, with the only criterion imposed being the requirement that…

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HOLMES LAST REMAINING NFL HOPE IS WITH NY JETS PRACTICE SQUAD

The proposition of Valentine Holmes earning a spot on the New York Jets’ 53-man game day roster was always a remote one and the recent final roster culling eliminated any speculation. Holmes can take a job with the practice squad. The Jets have an 11th slot open via the NFL’s International Pathways Program. Holmes was…

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PLEASE WIN NICK AND EASE THE BOREDOM OF A WEEKEND WITH NO AFL

At something of a loss for something productive to do this weekend, what with the AFL taking the week, we cast about for something to occupy us and found the U.S. Open in New York supplying plenty of juicy news. Specifically, Mr. Nick Kyrgios, who never fails to add interest to anything in his sphere…

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BARTY SURVIVES SLUGGISH START TO OPEN U.S. OPEN TRY

The last tennis Grand Slam event of the season, the U.S. Open is underway in New York and it started with a scare for second seeded Ash Barty. Playing the 80th ranked player in the world, Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, Barty surrendered the first set in seven games, which it would be easy to say was…

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ROUND 23 OF 2019 NRL COMPETITION MOVES LADDER SLIGHTLY

When the final score of 24 – 8 went up, it would have been easy to think that Melbourne had taken advantage of a soft spot in their fixture with the Gold Coast Titans. They actually had to do a little work, as many of the group from Gold Coast, players and others included, went…

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NBA CRAZED MELBOURNE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE AFL SIZED CROWD

If Team USA (and San Antonio Spurs) coach Greg Popovich is pondering a career in politics after he is through with it, or basketball is through with him, it would seem he would made an ideal ambassador to Australia, as he has been down under making nice with the Aussies in preparation for an exhibition…

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