Sydney Kings Jump Out to Best NBL Start Since 2007-2008

Enjoying their best jump in nine years, the Sydney Kings serve the Illawarra Hawks most barbarously, winning 90 – 73 to keep their spot atop the NBL ladder. They now sit at 4 – 1 in the early going as they have won their last four since losing first-up to the Brisbane Bullets on October…

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All Eyes Turn Now to the Melbourne Cup at Flemington

With the 2016 Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate out of the way, punter attention can focus on the Melbourne Cup carnival and four day of Group 1 racing. The Cox Plate at Moonee Valley had some interesting impacts on the early betting for the Melbourne Cup. Hartnell eased a bit after the Cox Plate, where…

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Brisbane Bullets Outshot by Melbourne United in NBL Action

Borrowing, somewhat, a literal metaphor employed by Denver Broncos cornerback Aqiq Talib, who apparently shot himself in the foot, leg actually, during a drunken offseason spree, the Brisbane Bullets figuratively shot themselves in the foot recently in a sloppy 78 – 70 NBL loss to Melbourne United. After a first quarter that saw the Bullets…

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Geelong Cat Jimmy Bartel Declares All Nine Lives Expired

Jimmy Bartel’s recently announced retirement from the Geelong Cats means that there are no longer an active players whose resumes can list playing more than 300 games, winning a Brownlow Medal, a Norm Smith Medal and winning three premierships. The only other was Simon Black, who retired in 2013 after 16 seasons with the Brisbane…

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Benji Marshall Leaves Dragons May Appear with Broncos

Just when the darkness seemed darkness, the light reappeared to illuminate the prospects of Benji Marshall when the former Dragon received an offer to join the Brisbane Broncos. The 31-year-old playmaker found himself in a self-imposed dilemma recently when he turned down a $300,000 contract with St. George Illawarra to test the waters in the…

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Sam Mitchell Looks to Increase Premiership Haul with Eagles

The AFL trading period is in full swing and thus far, the most significant change of sides seems to be the defection of Sam Mitchell from the Hawthorn Hawks to the West Coast Eagles. Mitchell and pick 54 of the next draft go to West Coast in exchange for picks 52, 70 and 88. Observers…

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Adelaide 36ers Play Ungracious Guests in Brisbane Bullets Visit

The past several days have not been kind to carriers of Brisbane civic pride, so far as that pride has anything to do with the results of sporting contests. After being treated as unwelcome relatives squatting down for an extended visit by uncivil hosts Newcastle in A-League action, the Brisbane Roar mewed all the way…

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Blues Bryce Gibbs Longing to Return to South Australia

“You Can’t Go Home Again,” according to legendary novelist Thomas Wolfe in his 1940 book of that name, suggesting that attempting to relive youthful memories by returning to the locale where the events occurred is not as satisfying as were the actual events. In other words, it is futile to try to relive the past….

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Kyrgios’ Actions in Shanghai Make McEnroe Look Like Laver

No sooner had we expressed our regrets over our less than kind words of assessment regarding the professional maturity of tennis player Nick Kyrgios, congratulating him for his recent breakthrough in winning the Japan Open, than he reverted to his weak impersonation of vintage John McEnroe. Less than a week ago, we said, perhaps we…

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Newcastle Knights Supplement Youth With Experience for 2017

For professional athletes, team success equals opportunity for players to gain lucrative deals with another team, the situation of North Queensland Cowboys utility Rory Kostjasyn being a case in point. Kostjasyn will labour in the next season for the Newcastle Knights, as well as the 2018 season, thanks to a two-year deal. The Knights considered…

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