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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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There are a few things that tend to put a damper on things. In the world of soccer, being down three nil at the two-thirds mark of the game is a major downer. Such was the fate of Sydney FC in a recent A-League match with Perth Glory. It did not help matters that the

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December supplies plenty of punting opportunities. The bookmakers’ markets are loaded with cricket. International cricket, interstate cricket, short format cricket. Jiminy Cricket. India is coming in for a Test tour at the beginning of the month. Other countries will be in action, so overseas markets will be abundant. Victoria is at the top of the

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The New York Jets went nowhere in the 2018 – 2019 season of the NFL competition, but it was not through any fault of their Aussie punter, Lachlan Edwards. Edwards was born in the Melbourne suburb of Hastings and seemed destined for a fate of Australian Rules anonymity. He had some top shelf company during

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Ignoring for the moment the seeming favourtism afforded to the teams in the AFL Premiership competition that ply their trade in Victoria, there seems to be a wave of enthusiasm for the prospects of the Melbourne Demons in the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition. The Dees last won a premiership in 1964. Elvis was still

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