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Betty Cuthbert wins Gold at the 1956 Olympics
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Betty Cuthbert far from the only golden girl to do it tough

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Champion sprinter Betty Cuthbert’s death was a reminder that female athletes have always punched above their weight in Australia’s proud Olympic history but a surprisingly large number of them have had to take the bad times with the good, wr... More »

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How one young Bomber is making a very big name for himself

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THERE IS NO mistaking the stand-out Bomber in the No 43 guernsey – he can do it all, writes RON REED ANTHONY McDONALD-TIPUNGWUTI has been the most recognisable footballer in the AFL from the moment he played his first game with Essendon last year. There are se... More »

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Bolt beaten – but long live the king

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WHEN THE villain turns out to be the victor, stand by for the jeers. Chief writer RON REED tunes into the aftermath of Usain Bolt’s dethroning at the athletics world championships. THE WINNER was booed off the track and the third placegetter did a lap of honou... More »

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Cricketers win the war – but the fall-out will linger

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Finally, Cricket Australia and the players have settled their long dispute but it remains to be seen how long it will take for the wounds to heal, says Chief Writer RON REED BRINGING the great cricket pay war to a belated conclusion is not t... More »

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Why the medal should never change, by the Brownlow family

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IT IS ALMOST 30 years since the family of the late Charles Brownlow wrote to the then VFL pleading for no change to be made in the criteria of football’s iconic best and fairest award. Neil Roberts has been an unflagging ally. Chief writer RON REED reports: TH... More »

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Green light for the red card is overdue

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Pressure is mounting on the AFL to adopt a send-off system for unacceptable head-high violence – and rightly so, writes RON REED. BILLY SLATER has a wife and kids and many friends and fans, this column certainly one of the latter. For all co... More »