Cronk Retirement at End of 2017 not as Certain as Once Thought

We may have been premature, as may he himself have been, when we reported that Cooper Cronk would make the 2017 Telstra NRL Premiership competition the last of his storied career. Cronk is moving to Sydney at season’s end to be with his fiancé, and it would seem that commuting to play with the Melbourne…

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Brutally Deep Rough Gets Into US Open Players’ Heads

There had to be some consequences to some of golf’s biggest bombers turning par fives into driver- short iron holes. Those consequences have reared their head, although we stop short of saying said head is ugly, at Erin Hills Wisconsin, site of the 2017 U.S. Open, where the USGA has rolled out the longest-ever layout…

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Jason Day Counting on Short Game in U.S. Open

Drive for show, putt for dough, goes the saying on the PGA Tour. Ahead of this week’s second Major of the season, the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin will feature a typical U.S. Open layout that rewards accuracy off the tee, severely punishes errant tee shots and requires a deft putting touch on…

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Pittsburgh Penguins Retain Lord Stanley’s Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2 – 0 yesterday to become the second back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions of the salary cap era since the Detroit Red Wings of 1998 – 1999. Pittsburgh sent the home group of Nashville supporters home unfulfilled, although they could take pride in the first Stanley Cup Finals appearance…

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Matt Jones and Adam Scott Carry Aussie Flag in St. Jude Classic

This week’s stop of the PGA Tour, the St. Jude FedEx Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, features two Australian golfers with a chance to win, or at least finish highly. Adam Scott is five shots off the lead and will need to shoot something in the low 60s to figure in the final outcome on the…

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McEnroe Claims that he is the Gasoline to Put out Kyrgios Fire

In the ultimate example of the inmates running the asylum, John McEnroe has said he knows just the recipe to push the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios to the next level. Despite his obvious and prodigious talent, Kyrgios can be mercurial at times and give every appearance of not caring what becomes of his career. There was…

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Nadal Clash with Thiem in French Open Semifinal Set

Novak Djokovic, still maintaining the world number two ranking and widely considered the best multi-surface player in the world, was beaten by Austrian Dominic Thiem to set up a semifinal confrontation against Rafael Nadal that many observers believe will be the true final. The players remaining in Men’s Singles on the other side of the…

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Eventual Compromise Inevitable for CA and ACA Before June 30

The pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association is attracting plenty of opinions and the divide that threatens to cause a major rift in Australia has found at least one player who feels that Cricket Australia, surprisingly, is offering players a fair shake. That would be star all-rounder Adam Gilchrist, who in…

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Nadal Close to Flawless All Aussies Out with Stosur Loss

Maybe they should force him to play with his non-dominant hand, just to make it fair. In the case of Rafael “King of Clay” Nadal, that would mean holding the racquet in his right hand for forehand shots, although the Spaniard does use two hands for his backhand side. Hidden up Nadal’s sleeve, however, is…

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McEnroe Passes Judgement on Court Comments

With his keen sense of satire at its sharpest, former tennis champion and current tennis commentator John McEnroe has weighed in on the brouhaha that erupted over Margaret Court’s desire to have the Melbourne Park Arena Stadium renamed should Australia legalise gay marriage. McEnroe would like to see Court’s name retained on the facility, but…

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