Mental Error by J.R. Smith is Smith’s Achilles’ Heel

Many years ago, when we were playing juvie baseball, our only true contribution to the team was the ability to understand the game situation and plan for most of the possible scenarios. Baseball moves slowly, there is time for thinking between innings, between batters, between pitches. Some teammates, however talented, seemed to lack that mental…

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AFLW Trade Period has Roos Hopping to Secure Fresh Talent

We have not forgotten about the AFLW, not entirely, at any rate. The competition is in the trade period and it looks as though the lady Roos have persuaded a couple of the lady Demons to cross the street and switch sides. The Kangaroos have secured defender Jasmine Grierson, along with Emma Humphries and the…

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NSW Origin Selections not Universally Acclaimed in Every Circle

The suspense is over and we now know the makeup of the NSW Blues who will be sacrificed to the Queensland Maroon in the next State of Origin series. Blues Coach Brad Fittler set a new precedent by naming 11 players without previous Origin experience and as is the case every year, many of his…

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Monaco Grand Prix Goes to Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo

On the tight turns of Monaco, Daniel Ricciardo’s weak Renault-powered F1 ride was equal to the entries of Ferrari and Mercedes and Ricciardo walked away with victory in what is arguably the marquee event of the F1 circuit, the Grand Prix of Monaco. It was not an easy win and he had to battle his…

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Fullarton Abandons Basketball but not Brisbane

We are drawn like moths to the flame by any sports story that involves code hopping, especially if it is real hopping and not just a rugger switching from league to union. Tom Fullarton is the latest to land on our screens, as he has informed the Brisbane Bullets of the NBL that after three…

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NRL Rules Open Loopholes to Creative Players Looking for Advantage

No one could accuse the NRL of unwillingness to muck with the rules of the game at any time, pre, post, or midseason, but they might be onto something with their move to alleviate the current status quo that finds dummy halves deliberately throwing the ball into opposition players in order to be awarded a…

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Fifita Offers to Donate Game Fee to Charity if Selected for Origin by Blues

At first glance, it appeared as though Andrew Fifita was risking little by declaring that he would donate his earnings to charity if he got his first chance to win State of Origin with the NSW Blues. The Queensland Maroons basically own the series, so when we learned of Fifita’s proclamation, our initial thought was…

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AFL Moves Inexorably if Glacially Toward Zero Contact Play

You can expect to see more fines and bans coming out of the AFL, as the league has announced that umpires will no longer tell the players how the umps intend to get out of the way following centre bounces and ball-ups. The idea behind the proclamation is to decrease the amount of time now…

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Aussie Baynes and Teammates Clamp Down on James and Cavs

One of the nine other guys is generally good enough to describe anyone on a basketball court with LeBron James, but the Boston Celtics, off their recent 109 – 83 demolition of the Cleveland Cavaliers, had praise for Aussie Aron Baynes, although they did stop short of saying he was right fair dinkum. You have…

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Port Adelaide Power Clips Crows on Strength of Third Quarter Surge

While one Aussie Power was proving his mettle in the IndyCar Grand Prix, another Power, the collective one that is the Port Adelaide Power, was showing the city of Addie which AFL side is the rulers of the roost to this stage, at least, of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition. The Power beat the…

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