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Swimmers learning to live with the new normal?

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SWIMMING is Australia’s favourite Olympic sport but maybe there’s a reason why the gold rush isn’t what it used to be – and may not be in future, writes MARK HARDING There’s been plenty of angst over Australia’s less than sparkling performance in the poo... More »

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Where to now for rugby?

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As the other football codes continue to flourish, Australian Rugby has been having an extremely trying time, as PHIL BURFURD reports. More »

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Eddie’s ready, but can he right the ratings retreat?

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STEVE PERKIN was executive producer of The Footy Show for three years when Eddie McGuire was host. He now examines Eddie’s return: THERE ARE SOME who say that you never go back, just as many who believe that sometimes you need to go back before you can move fo... More »

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Footy Show back in the game with Eddie’s comeback

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NO-ONE WILL BE more pleased to see Eddie Everywhere back where he belongs at the troubled Footy Show than Eddie himself – and his mate Sam, says Chief Writer RON REED: IF YOU’RE a fan of The Footy Show you’re in luck. Re-uniting Eddie McGuire with Sam Newman i... More »

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Wild and wayward Open opening

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STEVE PERKIN was watching as play got off to a wet, windy, wayward start at Royal Birkdale: Ten things you may not have noticed from day one at the 2017 British Open. The first tee shot in the 2017 Open was hit by Mark O’Meara. It went out of bounds. His provi... More »

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Bat too good for the ball in women’s cricket

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FORMER FAST bowler IAN CALLEN is an admirer of the batting abilities being demonstrated at the women’s World Cup but says there is work to be done on the bowling. The women’s cricket World Cup has entered the semi final stages  – Australia plays India after En... More »

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A ticket to nowhere

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THE AFL ticketing system has become increasingly complicated and costly, writes Cheryl Critchley: IN LATE 2013, a motley bunch of footy fans had a dream – to give AFL supporters a say. For too long, diehards had been left in the outer on AFL issues, despite be... More »

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Luke levers Lethal aside

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It’s a momentous decision for a Hawthorn man to make, but STEVE PERKIN finds himself forced to demote Lethal Leigh: I NEVER THOUGHT I’d say this, but I’m dumping Leigh Matthews as captain of Hawthorn’s Team of the Forever. Luke Hodge, come on... More »

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What price must James Hird pay?

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ACADEMIC and author DAN EDDY freely acknowledges his allegiance. He’s a Bomber fan but he reckons it’s well beyond time for some people to stop hounding James Hird: I’m confused. Did I hear correctly? James Hird, winner of the 2000 Norm Smith Medal, has been a... More »