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Jack De Belin

NRL won’t allow de Belin to return despite Dragons request

After a jury was unable to reach a verdict on five out of six charges against Jack de Belin, details emerged of a contract extension he signed last year which will see him remain at the Dragons until 2024 if cleared.

  • by Michael Chammas
Adam Doueihi will play in the centres this weekend, while Moses Mbye moves to five-eighth.

Maguire moves Doueihi to centre in Tigers selection shock

Despite being one of the Tigers’ few shining lights this season, Adam Doueihi has been shifted from his preferred five-eighth spot.

  • by Christian Nicolussi and Russell Bennett
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Insight & Analysis

Alan Jones keeps barking questions at Rugby Australia. I’ve got the answers.

Peter FitzSimons

Alan Jones’ favourite used to be “the dogs bark, the caravan moves on”. Now he’s the one barking.

No winners in de Belin situation – but even so, stand-down rule must stay

Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster

The Dragons forward faces a third trial for the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman. Regardless, the NRL’s controversial no-fault stand-down rule must stay.

‘Not queue jumping’: Why athletes don’t deserve to be caught in vaccine debate crossfire

Phil Lutton
Phil Lutton

Australia’s Olympians are deeply grateful for the chance to be vaccinated. They shouldn’t endure the scorn of a public they are so proud to represent.

Cricket

Steve Smith and his Australian colleagues face a jam-packed schedule next summer.

Afghanistan Test to be Ashes warm-up for stars with Perth to host series finale

The match against Test minnows Afghanistan will provide much-needed red-ball practice for Test stars Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and David Warner leading into Australia’s defence of the urn.

  • by Andrew Wu and Daniel Cherny
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Howzat for innovation? Researchers say bamboo cricket bats could replace willow

In a development that could send shudders through the game, researchers say bamboo bats could be the future of cricket as they are lighter, stronger and offer a larger “sweet spot” than traditional willow.

  • by Sarah Knapton

Soccer

AFL

Willie Rioli.
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AFL 2021

‘Another poor decision’: Rioli to face court, may be sacked by Eagles

Willie Rioli will front a Darwin court on Wednesday charged with “possessing a schedule 2 dangerous drug in a quantity less than trafficable (under 50 grams) in a public place”. 

  • by Anthony Colangelo
Richmond’s Shai Bolton and Daniel Rioli.
Analysis
AFL 2021

Why Richmond aren’t punishing Bolton and Rioli

Once upon a time at Tigerland, the fact of Shai Bolton being a gun player coming off contract would probably have been grounds for cynicism about a non-penalty. Richmond aren’t that kind of club any longer.

  • by Jake Niall

Racing

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The grand prix was called off in Melbourne last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Boutique quarantine’ for F1 drivers Australia’s best hope of hosting grand prix

The desperate COVID situation in Brazil, where the race is set down for November 7, has heightened concerns about the feasibility of Albert Park hosting the F1 drivers and their entourages a fortnight later. 

  • by Michael Lynch
Barty relishing her winning moment.

World No.1 Barty declares she’s not the one to beat in France

Ashleigh Barty has been quick to downplay her chances for another Roland Garros title, despite enjoying a sizzling season on clay in her return to the tour.

  • by Scott Spits

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