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The tone of some of the reports we encountered surrounding the 4 – 1 beat down the Ajax Football Club laid on Real Madrid in Champions League was almost jubilant. With three consecutive European titles and more than 1,000 days since winning the first, Real Madrid is having some time of it adjusting to life

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February is a welcome page on the calendar for punting in Australia. After a slumber of a couple months, Thoroughbred racing is back with Group level racing commencing on 2 February straight through to the 27th of the month, with Saturday meetings and a few key races on other days as well. Caulfield and Rosehill

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For many centuries, those philosophers with a keen understanding of human nature have advised that keeping expectations low was an excellent way of receiving positive outcomes. The off-season for the NRL had fewer player shenanigans than in some years previous, or at least it seems so. People expect rugby players to act out and the

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We would let readers vote of the world’s worst job and hopefully fare better than the All-Star Mile in terms of interest, but we already know the winner without putting it to a vote. Without doubt, the worst possible job is being an umpire or official in a sports code where subjectivity and vague rules

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In his second year as a professional basketball player in the NBA, Ben Simmons is still a work in progress. He devoted time and energy during the offseason to improving his foul shooting, but judging from what happened when the Philadelphia 76ers played Boston Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Simmons’ inability to shoot free throws at

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Scoring is up in the A-League, which might make some happy, even if some football purists live for those nil-nil draws, or enjoying watching their side score in the fifth minute, and then defend for the rest of the match. There was a surprise outburst of A-League scoring recently and Adelaide United fans who headed

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January does not lack for punting opportunities. Thoroughbred racing at the Group level is somewhat limited in January 2018, Flemington has the Group 3 Standish Handicap. A few days after, Ascot has the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400 m) to showcase the Western Australia stayers and the Group 3 La Trice Classic (1800 m) to

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There was a couple refreshing moments with regard to cricket in the immediate past. As the sandpaper incident moves further into the past, it was nice to see Australia as the clear favourite going into the first Test with Sri Lanka. One bookmaker was quoting Australia at $1.25 to Sri Lanka’s $6.50, so it would

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Those spectators old enough to remember the era of Australian tennis where Rosewall, Laver, Newcombe, Emmerson, Court and Goolagong ruled are being subjected to the same sort of treatment racing fans experience when they watch the Melbourne Cup go yet again to an international. One possible exception is Ash Barty, who is battling through the

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