Smith and Maxwell Have Answer for Barren Ranchi Pitch

Take that, pitch doctors. Aussie Captain Steve Smith, looking for an outlet for his hurt feelings over the recent verbal onslaught on Virat Kohli and his minions with a 117 not out tally that he stretched out over 244 balls. The Indian spinners’ arms may never recover. Kohli might not be around to shore the…

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Brad Arthur Wears Coaching and Recruiting Hats for Eels

In what is slowly becoming a vanishing breed, Parramatta Eels Coach Brad Arthur is still juggling the roles of coaching the side he has, along with playing a big part in the recruitment process. Arthur’s coaching style requires a certain style of player and he has a hands-on approach, even though he does have some…

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Tony Lockett to Help Swans Forwards with Kicking Accuracy

Tony Lockett is taking up a new role, that of part-time footy coach with the Sydney Swans. He will work with the forwards and pass along some tips to improve their goal kicking. Lockett kicked the last of his 1360 career VFL/AFL goals for the Swans in 2002. He played only three games in his…

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Glacially Slow Ice Hockey Game in Norway Sets Record for Duration

It sounded like some sort of clash betwixt the gods of Nordic mythology and those of Greece, but it was actually a playoff ice hockey game of the Norwegian League featuring Storhamar against Sparta that rose to the epic mythological heights for being the longest game in the history of the sport. The official game…

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Ponting Refuses to be Scapegoat for Cricket Bat Size Regulations

Ricky Ponting, who at this stage could claim to have guarded the wicket with a toothpick and not fear contradiction, says he has nothing to do with the decision to compel cricket batsmen to use smaller bats. Even to our aged eyes, which are not always as faithful at providing accurate visual details as once…

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Arsenal Star Ozil Balks at Latest Compensation Package

Not even the prestigious English Premier League is immune to disgruntled players unhappy with their compensation, as the rumour that Arsenal’s uber-star Mesut Ozil in not content with the latest offer the club has tabled as it seeks to retain him beyond the current season. Almost unfathomable to those of us who play with computer…

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Ricciardo Exceeds Mercedes and Ferrari in F1 Testing

It was a couple of unfamiliar names that rose to the fore in testing of the new Formula One cars at Circuit de Catalunya, well, unusual in that the fastest testing lap times were turned in by cars without the name Mercedes attached to them. Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo had the second-fastest lap time, beaten…

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AFL Proposes Radical Juggling of Home and Away Fixture

The West Coast Eagles voiced their reservations regarding a new fixture that would be quite radical in some ways, saying that it would impose an even harsher travel burden on the Western Australian sides, but as of this writing Fremantle has not been heard to say anything against the proposed 17 – 5 fixture, as…

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Mick Fanning Says I Ain’t Afraid of No Shark

As if monster waves and jagged rocks did not represent an adequate risk for the world’s professional surfers, just ask three-time champion Mick Fanning what he has to say about sharks, one of which caused him to miss some of 2015 and all of the 2016 season, after he was attacked during the J-Bay Open…

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Aussie Ash Barty Rises After WTA Kuala Lumpur Win

There is cause for celebration in the camp of Australian tennis player Ash Barty, the female equivalent, to a minor extent at any rate, to Nick Kyrgios, as she not only won her first WTA Tour title, but also raised her ranking to inside the world’s top 100. Less than a year ago, Barty was…

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