NFL OFFICIATING EMBARRASSMENTS SCALE PREVIOUSLY UNEXPLORED

The NFL Super Bowl lineup is set. The Los Angeles Rams stole their way in as the representatives from the National Football Conference NFC). The New England Patriots will be the representatives from the American Football Conference. Kansas City Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid was outclassed by Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick. Belichick’s strategy was to do…

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BARTY DISMISSES FIRST GIANT FACES NEXT IN KVITOVA

We have gained many insights from modern technology. We have saved thousands on car repairs by watching computer videos. Our craving for adorable kitten videos has almost been sated. We learned how to play the guitar when we were considered lost causes by several one-on-one live instructors. It does not surprise, therefore, that Stefanos Tsitsipas…

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NFL FINALS DOWN TO TOP FOUR TEAMS FOR CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

It almost makes one wonder why the NFL bothers with the regular season, as the Conference Championship games this weekend both feature the one and two seeds from the American and National Conferences. Four teams remain in the chase for a Super Bowl berth and the chance to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy. Punters could…

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FORM HOLDS TRUE IN NFL GRIDIRON DIVISIONAL ROUND

Hopefully, those of you who had punts on the weekend just past for the NFL gridiron markets made out well. Ahead of the first game, the Kansas City Chiefs were only 4.5-point favourites to the Indianapolis Colts. That one was pretty easy and the Chiefs embarrassed the Colts and won by 18 points 31 –…

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STEVE SMITH TEARS ELBOW LIGAMENT WITH END OF BAN ON HORIZON

On top of his ban, Steve Smith is now confirmed to need surgery on a ligament tear in his right elbow he injured during play in the Bangladesh Premier League. On one hand, it might be viewed as fortuitous that the remaining months of his ban from Australian cricket may be spent rehabbing, but on…

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CONTEST OF AUSTRALIAN TENNIS BAD BOYS GOES TO TOMIC

Certainly, no one expected the first head-to-head match between Aussie bad boys Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios of go off without a hitch and the expectation of shenanigans of one sort or another were met. We quite expect to hear from a Kyrgios representative, perhaps even Nick himself, over our choice to list Tomic’s name…

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NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND FINDS EQUILIBRIUM RESTORED TO PLAYOFFS

The Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs for the 2018 – 2019 season was notable mostly for the amount of discussion the on field referees required in order to reach anything resembling a consensus over what had just happened on the field of play. If these blokes worked in the AFL, the 2019 Brownlow…

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MUSIC FESTIVAL SUBSTANCE TESTING WOULD TRANSLATE WELL TO SPORTS

No one could accuse Australia of not being a progressive country. Well, perhaps some could. One the one hand, the government has jumped into the private sector and said that none of the poor, honest, hardworking corporate bookies can no longer entice the unsuspecting wagering public with the promise of sign-up bonuses. On the other,…

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VIRAT KOHLI AUSTRALIA’S LEAST POPULAR MAN

Virat Kohli Australia’s Least Popular Man India is closing on breaking its duck in Australia and on the first day of the fourth Test, the reached 4/303 at stumps to set the bar high for the Australian chasers. India has a 2 – 1 advantage in the overall series and only a win by Australia…

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NFL GRIDIRON PLAYOFF PICTURE FOR WILD CARD WEEKEND EMERGES

Just as is the case in the NRL and maybe others as well, the day following the conclusion of the NFL’s regular season was a day for sacrificing scapegoats for the inability of the players. The NFL playoff picture went down to the final minute as the NFC North could have gone to the Pittsburgh…

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WHISPERING BROOK WINS STANDISH YENDALL BABBLES PRAISES

She was the $3.30 favourite for the race and won her first started at Listed quality in March 2018. The Standish was her sixth stakes win and she had to deny a challenge by the $31 Smart Coupe to post the three-quarters of a length win. According to jockey Dean Yendall, the tactics of the…

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UFC 233 DATE TBA FOLLOWING FORCED POSTPONEMENT

We wish a successful new year to everyone, especially to Dana White and the UFC, facing the scenario, as they are, of postponing UFC 233 due to the lack of a marquee event to justify pay-per-view subscriptions. The UFC derives a huge chunk of its revenue from selling viewing rights. Without a big-name contest, the…

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