ODIs and T20 Cricket Are Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Regardless of where you stand with regard to short format cricket, ODIs and T20 are not going away anytime soon. In fact, it is more likely that the old-fashioned, multi-day affairs will follow the route of Thoroughbred staying races than any other route. Former Australian quick Glenn McGrath, who played during the glory years when…

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Folau Rejects RA Absolution Offer and Remains in Rugby Limbo

Rugby Australia extended an olive branch to Israel Folau, but Folau apparently values his beliefs to a degree that had him nixing the chance to return to Super Rugby and the Wallabies. As the all-time leading try scorer of the Super Rugby competition, it would seem that Rugby Australia needs Folau worse than he needs…

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Fixture Makers did Melbourne no Favours in 2019 AFL Competition

We were still in short pants the last time the Melbourne Demons won a premiership in 1964. The current season of the Toyota AFL Premiership competition does not appear to be the year for that drought to end. The Dees beat a favoured Hawthorn side in Round 8 of the 2019 season with a gritty…

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Australia World Cup Squad Offers Tough Choices for Selectors

Whenever a coach goes on a great length about the greatness of one of his players, it can bode ill for that player. Praise is generally delivered in the past tense and often accompanies the revelation that said great player has narrowly missed a benchmark. For Cricket Australia, those players are Peter Handscomb, who along…

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Day Scott Leishman Smith Top Aussie Hopes for 2019 Masters

If you think that Mask Of Time ($151) is a longshot in the Group 1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick this weekend, what do you think of the $5001 chance golfer Ian Woosnam is carrying into The Masters as the first of men’s professional golf Majors goes off beginning Friday (AEST)? Rory McIllroy is…

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Folau Ties Try Record with Time to Spare

Israel Folau drew level with Doug Howlett for the all-time try scoring record, and has done so with eight fewer games played. Folau scored his 59th five-pointer. More importantly, to Folau, the Waratahs and their fans and those who maintain a vigilance when it comes to Super Rugby, the accomplishment came in a 20 –…

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If You Build It They Will Come on Parramatta Pilgrimage

The new and soon to be completed Western Sydney Stadium has its regular tenants lined up and there will be no shortage of one-offs, by which we emphatically do not mean Adele concerts, although it might be a nice place to take in a Courtney Barnett show. In this instance, however, we are discussing the…

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Moving From Forward to Defender Boosts Adelaide and Milera

Those in the know in the environs of the training grounds of the Adelaide Crows are excited about the good camp that defender Wayne Milera has been having. Teammate Josh Jenkins is of the opinion that Milera could be the best small defender in the 2019 Toyota AFL Premiership competition. Milera has played predominantly forward…

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Aussie Players Shine at NBA All-Star Weekend

Having survived our youths by avoiding anything strenuous of dangerous, including contact sports, by simply saying, “Our Mums won’t let us,” we can relate to the code hopping of young Tamuri Wigness. He learned his basketball moves, according to him, “I think rugby league. I used to play rugby league; touch football. Touch football is…

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Ricciardo Approaching 2019 F1 Season with Fingers Crossed

With the 2019 Formula One season on the horizon, we have learned that Daniel Ricciardo, who will be driving for Renault, or as he might have put it, any other than Red bull, was not pleased that Mercedes and Ferrari overlooked him. Near the end of last season, it appeared that Ferrari would have a…

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