New Zealand Brain Bank to Study Long-Term Effects of Concussions

While most of the major team sports codes across the world continue to struggle to find good officiating, consistent officiating, or at the very least, officiating that does not supply routine embarrassment and the various video replay systems create more harm than good, one thing that has provided a bright spot is that more care…

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Steve Hansen Announces Advisory Role in Japanese Top League Club

Steve Hansen’s hiatus from rugby football was a short one. He has accepted an emeritus position with Toyota Verblitz in the Top League, where he will be acting as a mentor and consultant for Verblitz and his fellow New Zealander Simon Cron, coach of the Japanese club. After 16 years of various roles with New…

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One New Zealand Candidate will have a very Rugby Christmas

It is only a few days until December arrives and sometime during the month, New Zealand will announce the successor to Steve Hansen. The “short” list is down after leading contenders Warren Gatland and Jamie Joseph both offered regrets and ruled themselves out of the running. New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey recently made the…

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Ibrahimovic to Leave MLS and Look for Work in Europe

There are still bargains to be found in the world of professional sports. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ZI) is through with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer after two seasons of U.S. soccer. He will be able to go elsewhere in January of 2020. The reports are that the parting was mutually acceptable, but Zlatan…

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AB de Villiers Sees Writing on the Wall and Hears Clock Ticking

The Lahore Qalandars will have to do what they can with what they have, as AB de Villiers requested and was granted a release by the Pakistan Super League club. The South African cricketer will turn 36 years of age shortly after the beginning of 2020 and he has decided that it is time to…

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Castle Announces SCG as One of the Venues for Ireland Winter Tour

Ireland is due in July for a Test in Sydney during July of 2020. The gardeners at the SCG will have until then to get the turf properly prepared. To our amazement, there has not been a rugby Test at SCG in almost 35 years. It was 1986 when the Wallabies beat Argentina 26 –…

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Record Views for NBL Courtesy of Facebook

It might appear, at first glance, that all of Australia were watching the New Zealand Breakers play the Illawarra Hawks in a recent NBL game. The reports are that two million people tuned in. Second glance reveals that the two million people audience claim was for a global audience that streamed the game on Facebook….

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Buckley and Cox Take In NFL Game but no Code Hop Imminent

Nathan Buckley was in the U.S. recently to take in an NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. He had Mason Cox along with him and both men had the opportunity to visit with Philadelphia punter Cameron Johnston before the game. Johnston gave up Aussie footy for American footy, earning a spot…

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Failure to Reach a CBA Accord Clouds 2020 AFLW Prospects

With the completion of a successful Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition and the trade period soon to conclude, all that is left is for some sort of labour rort to take centre stage. It is early and much can transpire in a short time, but the current drama finds a threat to the 2020 AFLW…

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Brees and Brady Continue to Raise the Level for NFL Quarterbacks

NFL observers are in a unique historical vantage point. History is being made every week from the perspective of the unwinnable argument of which is the best NFL quarterback of all time. In two key metrics, total yards passing and passing touchdowns, the top three are Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Brees and…

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