In a familiar scenario, the Hawthorn Hawks have good prospects of continuing the dominant results that first appeared in the VFL days and has carried forward to the AFL. Observers have indicated, however, that the ageing squad could be vulnerable in the next season with key players such as Captain Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell
Sepp Blatter and Michel Plantini will learn their fate today when soccer’s governing body, FIFA, announces an expected ban to the two for the $2 million payment Blatter approved to Plantini in 2011. FIFA president Blatter and his intended successor Plantini face being warned off from the sport for anywhere from three to ten years.
Increased interest in basketball has prompted Basketball Australia to announce an ambitious plot to promote a USA Dream Team tour to bring NBA superstars Lebron James and Steph Curry to Australia. BA boss Anthony Moore proposes a match betwixt the Boomers and the Dream Team in the lead-up to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in
Mick Fanning of Penrith is close to securing his fourth World Surfing title after beating Kelly Slater in the quarter final and eliminating the defending champ, Gabriel Medina of Brazil. He was back chasing waves a day after learning that his older brother Peter had died. Fanning outscored Slater, the 11-time champ, by a score
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
Despite suggestions from his coaching staff that he could take a breather and bask in the glory of his recent win in the Australian PGA, Nathan Holman of Parkdale, Victoria, is schlepping the clubs to Thailand to play in the Thailand Open.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au is first up with odds for Saturday’s Bernborough Handicap at Doomben where there’s no separating the front runners in the betting. The bookie has Tony Gallon’s Traveston Girl and the Robert Heathcote trained Hopfgarten as the $4.00 joint favourites. Gai Waterhouse’s Role Model joins Worthy Cause on the second line of betting
Another example of the lack of sentimentality in sports was presented to the Sydney Kings when, playing their last game in the Kingdome, they fell to the Perth Wildcats 87 – 69. The Kings occupy the bottom ladder of the rung, but their old rivals from Perth are riding high at the moment, so the
Gone are the days when testosterone or substance-fueled athletes can have poor behaviour dismissed with a knowing shrug. That is, at least, if Chief Executive Libby Davies of White Ribbon Australia is successful at the attempt to have players charged with domestic violence against women barred from playing or training pending resolution of any charges.
The off-season for the AFL does not mean any news whatsoever. It simply means that off-field incidents take the place of scores, injuries, etc. The Carlton Blues Clem Smith is the most recent footballer to attract unwanted attention. Smith was involved in some sort of incident where excess consumption of adult beverages led to a