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Brutal workouts rebuilt the Blues

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DAN EDDY takes us inside the locker rooms of the great Carlton sides which featured names like Jezza, Percy and The Flying Doormat: They were a ratbag bunch of blokes, who partied hard. Oh, and did you hear? They could play a bit, too. What those Carlton teams... More »

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Horn is the hero,hear, hear, hear!

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RON REED says the judges got it right – boxer Jeff Horn earned his world title the hard way, but earn it he did: YOU GET THE best possible view of boxing matches by sitting at ringside even if it does mean you sometimes end up being spattered by blood, sweat a... More »

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Talking a good Tour in the footsteps of Phil Liggett

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RON REED is tuning into the new voices of the Tour de France – and likes what he hears: IS ANYBODY missing the dulcet tones of Phil Liggett yet? Hopefully Phil, who I regard as a friend or at least a workplace acquaintance with whom I have often shared a glass... More »

Sheedy takes on the world

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CHRIS de KRETSER joined a crowd of more than 600 to celebrate Kevin Sheedy’s 50 years of football and to hear the master coach’s magic formula for conquering the world: As Essendon Football Club continues a never-ending task to shed its drug-tainted image, it ... More »

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GP hits head-on with footy again

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GEOFFREY HARRIS reveals that sports fans in Melbourne will have to make the choice in March between the footy and the Grand Prix: Melbourne’s Formula One grand prix is set to clash with the opening round of the AFL season again next year. Footy and F1 ran up a... More »

Young Punjabis pack a punch

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Former fast bowler IAN CALLEN identifies one of the secrets of Pakistan’s most recent triumph – they’re not afraid to give young talent a go: AT THE FOOT of the Himalayas lies “the Punjab”, the land of five rivers which makes it the most productive region of t... More »

Fit and frank is Fabulous Phil

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RON REED catches up with Fabulous Phil Carman, the football genius who could have been anything…but for a lot of crazy things: IT’S amazing how long it takes for some stories to be told, no matter how good they are. I can vouch for that. When I was asked by a ... More »

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Waiting, waiting for Tiger Time

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Richmond fans are a breed apart and TRULY deserve to see finals action this year, writes CHERYL CRITCHLEY:  Following Richmond over the past 37 years has had its advantages. I will think of them one day. But for now, consider a few facts. When Richmond won its... More »

Rachel Kirchheimer doesn’t let a black eye dim her concentration on the lacrosse field.
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Black eyes are just part of the game

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It was originally a war game played by North American Indians and it can still be a fast, physical challenge as PETER KRIEN found when he took in a game of lacrosse: There were only two or three minutes left in the match when the rock-hard, solid-rubber lacros... More »

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Looking down on life at the G

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TERRY BROWN finds himself sky high in the stands at the G, peering over vast rows of empty seats at tiny figures who might just be playing football: THE best General Admission seats in the Ponsford Stand have epic views – of St Ig’s, Box Hill and the Internati... More »

Here’s a toast to Tassie legends

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GEOFF POULTER loves picking his own teams. Here’s his Best of the Best from Tassie: FOUR Tasmanian legends in the AFL Hall of Fame! Only two each from South Australia and Western Australia. Tassie has always punched above its weight. Makes you wonder why it do... More »