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Will the real Sydney Swans please stand up? After having the opportunity to win the premiership in 2016, the Swans were left for dead in the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition when they had the horror start of six consecutive losses to open the season. They were so low that the AFL had to consider

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After a bitter 2016 season that found the Essendon Bombers scrambling to find players in accordance with the league’s granting them the right to top-up, the Bombers are right on the cusp looking, for a spot in the top eight at the end of the home-and-away season of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition. Beating

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Jeff Horn is underway with his preparations for his Suncorp Stadium rematch against Manny Pacquiao in December, claiming he will beat Pacquiao “more convincingly” this time around. It was hard to view the first win as convincing in any way, shape, or form, so any win by Horn would have to be considered more convincing,

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The New Zealand Warriors apparently would like to see the backside of Ryan Hoffman following the conclusion of the 2017 Telstra NRL Premiership competition, indicating that there will be no offer of a contract for the 33-year-old next season. The Melbourne Storm, however, seems to think they can stave off Hoffman’s retirement for another year

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Kiwi professional golfer Lydia Ko is having a rough time of the playing conditions at the Scottish Open. The world number four ranked women’s golfer could muster only one birdie in windy conditions to post a two-over par 74. Strong Scottish winds were the chief culprit and Ko’s 74 left her nine shots back of

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It seems as though apprentice jockey Baylee Nothdurft will get an early reprieve from his suspension for improper betting. He was handed three months by stewards in June, but indicated that he could have that reduced to two provided he completed a gambling counselling course. Just 18 years of age, he was riding for trainer

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The race for the Brisbane Jockeys’ Premiership was Jeff Lloyd’s all along, but still he will ride the final at Ballina, where his results will have no bearing. He may just decide to have a brief spell, as he will be right on the coast, far from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane or Gold

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Quite simply, the timing is elegant, almost beyond description. Just as the AFL and NRL seasons are winding down, sports punters can look one hemisphere to the north and one to the west to find major sports punting opportunities in the North American markets. The NFL opens the 2017 – 2018 season in early September.

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The month of July is an opportune one for Australian punting. Domestic and international markets are abundant in dozens of codes. July is a quiet month as far as thoroughbred racing at the higher levels is concerned, but racing punters will find ample action at the country tracks. Punters can also find some greyhound racing

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Jim Ferrier, 1947. David Graham, 1979. Wayne Grady, 1990. Steve Elkington, 1995. Jason Day, 2015. Five men. Sixty-eight years. Surely, by now, you have grasped that these five men share the traits of being professional golfers and being from Australia. Those with a sense of timing and history will realise that the other shared trait

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