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No hiding place for the hoops hit-men

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: THE BOOMERS have to take their share of the blame for the great basketball bust-up – but it’s not all bad for Australian basketball, says Chief Writer RON REED More »

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Steve Smith got his fair whack

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STEVE SMITH shamed himself and the game and deserved his 12 months suspension, says author KEN PIESSE in his  soon-to-be-published new book Australia’s Cricket Scandals. More »

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Pepper added his own spice to cricket

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CEC PEPPER was the quintessential wild colonial boy. He blued with Bradman.  He lived for 30 years in a “ménage a trois” and shortly before his death 25 years ago, willed half his fortune to a woman he’d just met. KEN PIESSE introduces the best cricketer never... More »

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Magpies ready to even an old, old score

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: They’ve been at each other’s throats since the 19th century but two of Melbourne’s oldest footy clubs are still locked in a fight that might be about to heat up even more, says Chief Writer RON REED More »

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Boxing the press

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GEOFF POULTER endured many torrid times when the pressmen questioned the coaches after a match. It could get quite heated, with the coaches treating the questioners with hostility or derision. But there were many lighter moments: More »

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Are the umps swayed by the howling hordes?

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ANY VISITOR who set foot timidly inside Victoria Park in the old days knew what to expect: hostility from the Magpie supporters and what appeared to be a dearth of free kicks. Does the free kick problem linger on? LAWRENCE MONEY has a look. More »