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NRL

Penrith trainer Pete Green has been banned for the rest of the NRL season.

Cleary says Panthers trainer has been ‘named and shamed’ by NRL’s ban

In a move which puzzled the club, Green was barred by the NRL from the Panther’s preliminary final against the Storm over the alleged breach of rules despite the club having five days to respond to the proposed penalty.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
North Queensland wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo hits the line against the Broncos this season.

The secret modelling that shows NRL will create 12 games with 17th team

The NRL season will grow to 26 rounds, play more club matches during the Origin period and reduce its reliance on the Broncos for prime-time television slots.

  • by Adam Pengilly
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Insight & Analysis

Margins of history: The fine line between golden moments and near misses

Whether it’s missing out on Olympic gold by less than a second, or booting the Wallabies to victory, sporting success can hinge on the finest of margins.

Peter FitzSimons
Peter FitzSimons

Columnist and author

Why are Wayne Bennett and Adam Reynolds leaving Souths?

When experienced halfbacks are so hard to find, and the greatest coach in history only darkens so many doors, it’s difficult to fathom Souths shutting their own premiership window.

Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster

Chief Sports Writer

The nutty statistic that has Manly’s mad professor on cusp of grand final

If Des Hasler is a demon for numbers, trawling through statistics in the early hours, the Sea Eagles ‘innovation consultant’ Ramy Haidar is even more obsessed.

Roy Masters
Roy Masters

Sports Columnist

Cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board is prepared for mass withdrawals from the summer Ashes tour.

England players poised for mass Ashes withdrawals

Most players are coming around to the fact their families will receive no special treatment but the biggest stumbling block now appears to be restrictions once out of quarantine.

  • by Nick Hoult
Australia’s Ellyse Perry at training before the series against India.

‘It’s not woke’: Calls for more change to cricket lexicon after batsman dismissed

Traditionalists may have to get used to more change with terms such as “third man”, “12th man”, “nightwatchman” and the “maiden” now under the microscope.

  • by Andrew Wu

Soccer

AFL

Max Gawn celebrates a goal.

Not so mad Max: From footy nobody to standout captain

Max Gawn made a false start to his AFL career, but towers over the game and stands to lift Melbourne’s first premiership cup for 57 years.

  • by Greg Baum
Western Bulldogs defender Alex Keath, and when he signed to play cricket for Victoria.

From the popping crease to the defence: a Bulldog’s grand final journey via cricket

Cricket did not quite work out for Alex Keath, but he says lots of fielding kept his footy instincts sharp. Now he’s about to play in an AFL grand final.

  • by Greg Baum

Racing

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After debuting with the Giants in 2018, Kiera Austin is making her first ever club move.

‘I felt a bit stagnant’: Austin opens up on Giants exit

Australian shooter Kiera Austin made a shock switch to the Melbourne Vixens in part, she says, to give GWS’ teenage talent Sophie Dwyer space to shine.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
Volkanovski has recovered from COVID-19 and is ready for American star Bryan Ortega.

‘Sensitive little princess’: The Aussie UFC star who doesn’t talk trash

Alex Volkanovski is a rarity in the brutal world of UFC: he lets his fists, legs and smarts do the talking. After staving off COVID earlier this year, he defends his world title in Las Vegas on Sunday.

  • by Andrew Webster

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