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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Overworked NRL Players Snub World Club Series in England

Is there anything as too much rugby? We observers would say no, but there is a growing consensus in the NRL that enough is enough, with 11 of the 18 clubs vehemently opposed to participating in the 2017 World Club Series, rejecting a lucrative offer to play Super League runners-up in Warrington in England in…

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Aussie Cricketers Embarrassed by Host South Africa

South Africa’s cricketers administered another harsh defeat to the Australian squad on Sunday, handing the visiting Aussies a six-wicket defeat with 14 overs to spare and surpassing the modest 168 target set by the Australians with ease. Batting collapses led to the most recent debacle in the fourth one-day international between Australia and South Africa….

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Ghosts of Chicago Cubs Past to Haunt Wrigley Field

Anyone who thought the premiership drought of the Western Bulldogs (nee Footscray) was a prolonged dry spell should be grateful that they are not supporters of the Chicago Cubs. Anyone still alive since the last time the Cubs won it all in 1908 would be at least 109 years old, probably dead therefore. The Cubs…

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Gold Coast Fullback Hayne to Give Top Level Golf a Go

Relax racing fans. Jarryd Hayne is not running in the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup, or the Melbourne Cup, but Australia’s premier code hopper will be seen playing golf alongside Aussie golf star Steven Bowditch at a pro-am event held in Fiji. Haynes’ estimable sports resume is expanding once again in the charity pro-am event…

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F1 Engine Woes Plague Lewis Hamilton of Team Mercedes

Leading the Grand Prix of Malaysia in the closing stages by more than 20 seconds, Team Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, in pursuit of his third consecutive F1 Championship, saw his engine blow with just 15 laps remaining in the race. He had strong feelings and unkind words for his Mercedes team when he returned to…

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Brisbane Lions Sack Leppitsch Pick Fagan to Coach Seniors

For us ink-stained scribes who make a living writing about sports, the offseason is often just as productive as is the season itself, as teams from various leagues begin to maneuver and joust for position in the hopes of improving for the following season. In the AFL, the recent decision by the Brisbane Lions, they…

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Cronulla Sharks Victorious in 2016 NRL Grand Final

Those who appreciate symmetry in all of life’s aspects might have desired the Cronulla Sharks to wait until next season to win the NRL Grand Final, which would have made it a nice half-century sort of thing, but to others who care nothing for universal balance, 49 years was the exact right amount of time….

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NRL Grand Final Kicks Off With Gamesmanship Galore

Seeking any sort of edge for the 2016 NRL Grand Final match featuring the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm, both clubs resorted to the time-honoured tactic of messing with the minds of their rivals. The “home” club Sharks were sartorially upstaged by the Storm when the Storms’ players and coaches arrived nattily attired in…

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Taumalolo and Cronk Dual Dally M Recipients

Jason Taumalolo, he of the code hopping NFL aspirations, accomplished, by winning the Dally M medal, something that had not occurred in longer than he has been alive. He is the first running forward to win the award in 27 years and in that time, the only other forward to win it was a nine….

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