Danish Pair Wins World Cup of Golf Aussies Have Disappointing Outing

Some fairly competent professional golfers came together in the week following the Australian Open to play a team event known as the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath in the suburban districts of southeast Melbourne. The event was won by two blokes from Denmark (Denmarkians?), Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen, who went into the…

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Dean Mumm to Assume Timani’s Role Against Ireland

Mumm’s the word as the Wallabies brace for a lineout assault courtesy of the Irish this weekend. Mumm, not mum, as in Dean Mumm. He is replacing Lopeti Timani in the backrow on the top side, which is the only non-injury change to the lineup that fared well against Scotland a couple of weeks back….

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World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Features Top Professionals

On paper, it looks like an even proposition. On grass, the well-manicured variety that professional golfers demand for their game, it might be otherwise. The World Cup of Golf foursomes competition will pit the team of Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, who could be called the Anyplace But Rio Duet, will take on Rickie Fowler…

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NFL Returns to Mexico City for First Time Since 2005

NFL fans in Mexico City enjoyed a fiesta atmosphere as the National Football League staged a Monday Night Football game in the country south of the border for the first time in 2005. It may be the last time, unless the NFL players are as adept at scaling walls as they are at performing impromptu-choreographed…

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Andy Murray Ends Season with Emphatic ATP Final Victory

Andy Murray cemented his status as the number one tennis player in the world, a ranking he will carry over the holidays until the new season begins in 2017 by virtue of a rather dominant 6 – 3, 6 – 4 victory over Novak Djokovic, who could have wrested away the prestigious season-ending number one…

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Aussie Gridiron Punters Alter Landscape of Game

One inescapable conclusion of the influx of Australian punters into the major U.S. college ranks of the NCAA and from there to the NFL is that fewer punts are being returned and for a much lower yards-per-return average. Aussies who earned their kicking boots on rugby and Aussie rules grounds have changed the special teams…

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2012 Brownlow Award to Mitchell and Cotchin Raises Issues

When is an award not really an award, but an afterthought? Of late, the International Olympic Committee was stripping medals away from athletes found to have been using banned substances in the 2008 Beijing Games, catching the perpetrators with improved testing methods applied to samples that are stored for 10 years. Many other sporting events…

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LeBron Takes Umbrage to Phil Jackson Assessment

LeBron James, in what could be characterized as an expected retort to Phil Jackson’s recent less-than-complimentary characterization of James’ insatiable thirst for “respect,” did not dispute the allegation that he demanded or was entitled to special treatment, but instead took issue with Jackson’s use of the word “posse” to describe James’ desire to hang out…

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Hawthorn Great Sam Mitchell Receives Retroactive Brownlow

Team success in the AFL rarely equates to individual honours, at least not on a league-wide basis, and no stronger evidence supports this than the history of the Brownlow Medal. South Melbourne, perennial spooners for so much of their VFL/AFL existence and only resurrected relatively recently by relocating to Sydney, have 14 Brownlow winners, four…

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To Scottish Rugby Fans Draw with Kiwis Requires Celebration

To some diehard Braveheart fans, the draw with New Zealand was a victory of sorts, albeit a hollow one, since a draw satisfies no one, really, but the rugby team from the highlands of the home of the Loch Ness monster took the result in Four Nations play as a positive sign nonetheless. It was…

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