Time has ‘healed the wound’ of grand final debacle, says Kings’ Newley

Sydney Kings star Brad Newley is over last year's grand final disaster, but believes NSW teams have been short-changed this year in terms of preparation ahead of the season's start on Friday. In March, the Perth Wildcats were crowned champions after the Kings withdrew from the finals series due to COVID-19 concerns. Sydney Kings star Brad Newley has gotten over last year’s grand final disaster but believes NSW teams have been short-changed this year in terms of preparation ahead of […]

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Is Jared Goff playing vs. the Packers? Rams make decision on QB for divisional round

Jared Goff will start at quarterback for the Rams in their NFC divisional round playoff game against the Packers on Saturday. Goff has not started since the Rams’ Week 16 defeat to the Seahawks. He suffered a broken right thumb in the game and underwent surgery the next day. NFL PLAYOFFS: Divisional round picks against the spread John Wolford, who played in Week 17 and then again in the playoff opener against Seattle, took a blow to the head last […]

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BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Commentating from home is certainly unique!

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Tripping over wires, emptying the bins and the dog on my knee while watching the action in Sri Lanka on an iPad after downing copious amounts of coffee… Commentating from home is certainly unique! I was up at 3.20am and began downing coffee as I got the technology set up I’ve never experienced a broadcast situation quite like it, but it’s good to be back I also had to be on a permanent FaceTime call to […]

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‘Morally wrong’ or the right thing to do? The questions facing football as they play on through coronavirus

All of this has of course been put to government, who currently want elite sport to continue. They realise its value on a number of levels, particularly now so many people are confined to their homes again. The Premier League may finally become the great distraction it was heralded as but was never quite required to be in the summer, because restrictions loosened. One minority view running alongside this concerns worries over public compliance, and the argument that suspending sport […]

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‘Ridiculous’: Australian captain Tim Paine slammed for sledging on day five of New Year’s Test

Australian captain Tim Paine has been caught on the stump microphones calling Indian rival Ravichandran Ashwin a “d***head” on day five of the New Year’s Test. During Monday’s evening session at the SCG, Nathan Lyon was bowling to Ashwin with the Australian fielders chatting around the bat. But what started as harmless banter soon took an ugly turn as the chances of an Australian victory slipped away. Watch Australia v India Test Series Live & Ad-Break Free During Play with […]

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Moyes defends Premier League stars amid calls for tougher Covid-19 punishments

West Ham boss David Moyes has hit back at the critics who want football’s Covidiots to be dealt with more harshly than other members of society who have also flouted the rules. Hammers midfielder Manuel Lanzini met up with Tottenham stars Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon over Christmas, and both clubs have dealt with their players internally. That has led to calls for the FA or Premier League to take charge of punishments But Moyes is adamant […]

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‘The Safety Slam’: The Australian Open’s bid to reassure us all

When it came to convincing the world’s leading tennis players that they would need to spend weeks locked in compulsory hotel quarantine in Melbourne if the Australian Open was to get off the ground this year, Tennis Australia had one secret weapon. Safety. A tournament that for years has marketed itself as the Happy Slam would, in 2021, become the Safety Slam. All masked up and coming to Australia: Naomi Osaka in the quarter-finals of the US Open in September.Credit:AP […]

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The NBL’s big issues and burning questions ahead of new season

The NBL season is scheduled to belatedly tip-off on Friday, and we look at the 10 burning questions about the season to come. Does Jock Landale make Melbourne United outright favourite? The NBL may not have had a big man entering his prime like Landale is since Chris Anstey returned from Europe, or Simon Dwight was turning down NBA offers. Landale comes home fresh and motivated with the NBA and Olympics both within his reach, while United's team is already […]

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Derek Adams: The manager leading the Morecambe revival

When Derek Adams arrived at the Mazuma Stadium in November 2019, Morecambe were rooted to the bottom of Sky Bet League Two. As a club with just one top-half finish in their last 10 seasons in the division, it was not completely out of the ordinary to be stuck in the relegation mire. It was, however, uncharted territory for the Scotsman. Since the end of his second spell as manager at Ross County in 2014, he had taken Plymouth to […]

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Wanderers, Robinson enjoy the last laugh with win over jittery Jets

Three months after he walked out on the Newcastle Jets, Carl Robinson walked back into to McDonald Jones Stadium as public enemy No.1. He left with his first win and the last laugh. In an open, entertaining and sometimes spiteful affair on Friday night, the Western Sydney Wanderers prevailed 2-1 to give Robinson his first three points as coach – and a compelling riposte to the hate he's copped from the Hunter since abandoning the Jets on the eve of […]

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