All Stars Line Up for Saturday’s All-Star Mile at Caulfield

This weekend’s All-Star Mile at Caulfield is where all the good mile trippers will be racing. Why it lacks classification as a Group 1 race is something we will leave to those who weigh such matters routinely. A look at the field two days ahead of the jump shows a field of 18, although Spanish…

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ESSENDON HOPES TO AVOID EARLY FINALS EXIT IN 2020

If there was a legitimate flag for pre-season games, it might belong to the Essendon Bombers, who have beaten top competition with wins over first West Coast Eagles and most recently, Geelong Cats. We suppose winning a meaningless pre-season game is better than losing a meaningless pre-season game, but the Essendon Bombers are willing to…

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RANGI RANGES REBEL RUGBY STYLE AFTER LAYING DOWN HAMMER AND NAIL

If you are like most people, a group that includes us, and have seldom witnessed many Melbourne Rebels games, Anaru Rangi might be an unfamiliar name. The Rebels’ hooker was close to calling time on the union football career when his life took an interesting twist. Anaru Rangi was born in Upper Hutt, Wellington, New…

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AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX TO GO AHEAD CHINESE GRAND PRIX POSTPONED

The Australian Grand Prix this month is going ahead as planned, as Andrew Westacott, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, said that while the health and safety of everyone associated with the race was the top priority, the coronavirus situation does not necessitate abandoning the race. Okay, then, but if we see a racecar…

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AFL STATE OF ORIGIN SUPPLIES EXPECTED GOAL-A-PALOOZA

While those blokes that play footy in the AFL might not be the brightest bulbs in the marquee, they staged a nice State of Origin match for the bushfire relief effort, so it is hard to be too hard on them. Some players expressed the view that the favour having a State of Origin match…

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BEN SIMMONS OUT FOR INDEFINITE PERIOD AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME

Melbourne native Ben Simmons is expected to miss an extended period of playing time with the Philadelphia 76ers sources close to the team reported. Simmons had a sore back, but took the court in a recent game with Milwaukee Bucks, only to have his ailing back stab him in the back yet again. He has…

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RUGBY LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME PLAYED FOR BLOOD

If the NFL Pro Bowl is reading this, close your eyes Pro Bowl, because you do not want to learn of the level of intensity the NRL brought to its Indigenous All Stars versus Maoris match at Gold Coast. The same warning goes for all the other all-star games as well. The NFL Pro Bowl…

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CHOOKS GOOD IN SYDNEY GOOD IN ENGLAND

Everyone either knows or suspects that Sydney Roosters will again being good during the upcoming Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition. The Chooks supplied all the proof they needed over the weekend by beating Super League club St. Helens 20 – 12 to win consecutive NRL World Club Championships. It was champion versus champion and the…

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ADULT ONSET MUMPS WILL KEEP MANY BRUMBIES OFF AGASINT CHIEFS

Make sure your immunisations are up to date if you are one of the few intending to turn out for the Brumbies – Chiefs game in Hamilton this weekend. No, not immunised against Super Rugby, immunized for the mumps. Super Rugby is not contagious and most people, judging by attendance figures, have natural immunity to…

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AFL RESISTS SIREN CALL OF TWILIGHT EVENING GRAND FINAL

Traditionally, traditions die hard, so it was not surprising to learn that the 2020 AFL Grand Final will remain in its traditional Saturday afternoon timeslot, despite what some see as a trend toward moving big championship games to a late afternoon – early evening game to capture a larger audience. You might sooner see the…

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NBL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FOR NOT SHOWING UP TO LAMELO BALL

The Andrew Gaze Trophy for the Most Valuable Player in the NBL has gone to Bryce Cotton. The point guard for the Perth Wildcats, Bryce Cotton was also the NBL Most Valuable Player in 2018. Despite a lengthy list of NBL achievements, including NBL championships in 2017 and 2019 and NBL Grand Final MVP from…

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CAN CANBERRA CAPITALISE ON A MAINLY INTACT LIST IN 2020

Canberra Raiders appear to be approaching the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition mostly intact from the side that made a nice effort agasint Sydney Roosters in the 2019 Grand Final. There were only three defectors in the off-season. Centre Joey Leilua is now with Wests Tigers. Winger Jordan Rapana took the union route and halfback…

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