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The anticipated top-up of Essendon that involved engaging the services of rebounding defender Matt Dea has happened. Dea did well last season with Richmond, accounting for an average of 20 disposals and six marks per game after getting on the ground 15 times, the most of his career. Dea is taking on a monumental challenge

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The Vegas wise guys have the Carolina Panthers as six-point favourites over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, but Aussie punters who are quick on the draw can find 4.5-point margins from some of the online bookmakers. With 10 days until Super Bowl Sunday, er, Super Bowl Monday in some parts, the hype machine

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Putting his five-set scare against Frenchman Simon Gilles behind him, Novak Djokovic returned to more typical form against Kei Nishikori, dismissing the seventh seed in three sets Tuesday night. Djokovic surrendered only nine games, even though he did not bring his top game to the match. The win set up a semi-final confrontation with Roger

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The first month of 2016 appears to have more than a few reasons for punters to reach into their purses. Thoroughbred racing at the group level is not exactly abundant, but two highlights exist in the 2400m Group 2 Open Handicap Perth Cup on 2 January and the Group 2 weight-for-age Australia Stakes at Moonee

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The match up for the U.S. equivalent of the Melbourne Cup or AFL Premiership has been finalized. In the early game, the Denver Broncos, beneficiaries of playing on their home field, survived a frantic comeback in the final minutes of the game to deny the defending NFL Champion New England Patriots a return trip to

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Just when the bookies price Novak Djokovic at $1.57 to win the Australian Open, the world’s dominant player found himself in a fight for survival when he went up against the 14th seed, Frenchman Gilles Simon. Djokovic was extended to five sets when the two played Sunday night. This was the first time the might

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In their efforts to top-up after 12 current players were suspended for the season for using a banned PED in 2012, the Essendon Football Club has added Richmond’s delisted defensive player Matt Dea. Richmond severed ties with Dea last October. He joins James Kelly, the hero interchange player from the Geelong Cat’s 2011 premiership, along

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Great Britain’s Andy Murray may have a more serious issue on his hands than the match fixing scandal that caused him to whine about the presence of William Hill ads at the Australian Open. He risks being on the wrong end of some high velocity tennis balls courtesy of Australian Sam Groth, owner of the

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There was no lack of drama and startling developments when the second half of the men’s draw saw its first action in the Australian Open. Sentimental favourite Lleyton Hewitt won his first round match against compatriot James Duckworth. At 34 years of age, Hewitt is playing his last Australian Open. The former world number one

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Security concerns in the aftermath of recent terrorist activity around the world, including the incident in Paris where a stadium was targeted, have prompted the decision to build a security fence at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The installation should be complete in time for the Boxing Day Test. It is not yet clear if this

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