Castle in the Sky with Words Touting Strength of RA Bargaining

You have to admire the cheek of some people. “We have created alignment across our competitions which has enabled us to go to market with a rights package encompassing all levels of the game, with the aim of expanding the reach of our competitions and growing the audiences for the sport across each level of…

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Catalans Coach Bird Sings Tune of Redemption for Folau

“If you’ve done wrong you pay the price, but you cannot be punished every day for the rest of your life.” So said Greg Bird, an assistant with Catalans, the club that roiled the entire Super League when they signed Israel Folau to play some football in France. There are times when we disagree with…

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AFL Training Hard on the Bodies of New and Veteran Players

Small wonder that veteran team sports players seem to display vast creativity around the subject of avoiding training camp.   In the lead up to the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition, players are being injured at what is possibly the worst time, ahead of the season. It could be argued that a worse time is…

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Wests add Leilua Hoping for Edge to Make 2020 Finals

Wests Tigers are at the bottom on the NRL ladder, but worry not, supporters. It is the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership ladder and Wests are at the bottom because the ladder is arranged alphabetically before the start of the season. That would explain Brisbane Broncos being on top and Sydney 15th. Most are well aware…

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Patriot for Life Brady Indicates Willingness to Explore New Life

We object to the characterisation another sports outlet assigned to the impending free agency of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as, “Not just arguably the biggest story of the upcoming NFL offseason, but in all of sports.” That statement registered a 10 on our hyperbole-o-meter and the meter goes up only to nine. Brady…

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ODIs with India Feature New and Improved Mitchell Starc

Many Aussie cricketers have joined the Indian Premier League at one time or another, eager to play T20 cricket, but also interested in gaining experience under the conditions India offers. The concept is to be better prepared for any international play held in India, whether it be Test, or in the soon-to-be case, ODI form….

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Weekend of Upsets in Wild Wildcard Weekend of NFL Playoffs

It was a busy weekend in the NFL, as the first round of the playoffs delivered four compelling games. Two of the four games went into extra time and all four games were competitive until the death. Three of the four games produced upset wins, based on the pre-tournament seedings, with touring teams winning in…

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Predictions for 2020 May Return to Haunt Predictors

Today or tomorrow would be ideal for a summary of the top stories in 2019, with the additional benefit of the chance to cover the entire decade, but the state of our memories is such that we do not have much recall for the previous year, much less the decade. What we know for certain…

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Ferrari Extends Young Phenom Leclerc Through 2024

Charles Leclerc has been extended by Ferrari Scuderia for the next five F1 seasons, so he might be the one who appears closer in the mirror of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton for some time. Leclerc is now with the team until 2024, although five years in motor racing of any kind is one form of…

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New Zealand Leaves South Africa with Two Rugby Sevens Crowns

New Zealand beating Australia in rugby football is barely news, except that this time it was the Black Ferns inflicting defeat on the Wallaroos in the Sevens format. The two sides were playing in South Africa in the Cape Town rugby Sevens and the outcome of the game was 17 – 7. It required less…

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