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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 »

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Growing Paines for the new cricket captain

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: NOBODY REALLY expected the massively depleted Australian one-day cricket team to do it easy when their five-match one-day series started this week – and they didn’t. It wasn’t all bad but there were some worrying signs for the captain, says ... More »

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It’s a helluva job selecting the Hall of Fame

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EACH YEAR the new batch of footy Hall of Fame members are announced. But, as GEOFF POULTER, points out, there are always many deserving stars whose names don’t get read out: IT MUST BE the most difficult job going around – being an Australian Football Hall of ... More »