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The chief must urgently end this ugly battle

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ROD NICHOLSON tries to steer a path towards peace in the increasingly bitter cricket pay dispute:   CRICKET AUSTRALIA chief executive James Sutherland is likely to be the biggest loser in the bitter public spat between CA and the Australian Cricketers Associat... More »

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Tomic’s tank leaves Pat Cash cringing

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Chief writer RON REED is reminded of one of the great days he has seen in Australian tennis history – by one of the worst: NOSTALGIA, THEY SAY, ain’t what it used to be. I beg to differ. Milestones matter, especially when you start to run out of them. So do an... More »

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Time to give it a rest, Novak

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MARK HARDING has some words of advice for Novak Djokovic, as well as a certain pair of young Aussie players: Novak Djokovic is currently playing his 51st consecutive Grand Slam. His career began in the era when a guy called Federer and another guy called Nadal... More »

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Victoria is no longer the state of victory

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Just how well have the Victorian clubs fared since the national competition was launched? GEOFFREY HARRIS takes a look and it’s not a pretty picture: Australian Football’s national competition has been a huge winner on so many fronts, but at a high price to fa... More »

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A Weird “fluke” landed the Cup

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How big a part can luck play when there is $3.8 million riding on a race? BRIAN MELDRUM looks at how good fortune favoured the Prince: The Oxford Dictionary describes a fluke as being “an unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck”. Now,... More »

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Keep your eyes on the squid

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Looking a squid in the eye at close range can be a big, inky mistake as STEVE COOPER reveals: Late autumn and winter has not been kind to Port Phillip Bay anglers. King George whiting have been patchy, the winter snapper run failed, and although there are scho... More »

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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 »

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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 »