Men behaving badly in Rio

The biggest Olympic stories of the past 24 hours have involved the off-field antics of US swimmer Ryan Lochte and the arrest of a naked IOC official. As a refresher, here’s Lochte’s original story about being held up at gunpoint in Rio. It’s unravelled faster than Australia’s hopes of a top five finish. First Lochte…

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Adam LaRoche and the pitfalls of father-son bonding

Baseball and babysitting. Not two words you’d expect to see in the same sentence, except: “Would you mind babysitting my brood while I go to the baseball.” But the retirement of an ageing major league baseball player last week has triggered an unlikely child care debate in the US. Chicago white sock Adam LaRoche took…

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Does Russian sport have a reading problem?

“What should Russian athletes do?” asked Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko. “Dance on the table? Sing a song?” Mutko was pondering aloud what Russia has to do to gain admission to the Olympic track and field competition after the world athletics body extended its ban over last year’s doping scandal. With Russia’s 2012 Eurovision entry…

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The Oscars and the FIFA gig: who’ll win?

You may not be aware but this weekend is a once-in-a-lifetime event. For the first time ever, the Oscars and the FIFA Presidential vote will be held on the same weekend. (I’m going to claim this as an exclusive, as I’m sure it’s a link no other sports scribe has researched.) Extraordinary things will unfold….

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Why Chris Gayle’s comments matter

Within minutes of Chris Gayle propositioning reporter Mel McLaughlin on national TV, one bloke tweets: “Waiting for the attack of the feminazis after that interview.” You wonder if he sees the irony in what he’s written, his own sexism towards anyone who takes issue with Gayle’s sexism. Sitting at home watching it all unfold, you…

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Santa spills the beans

In a special treat for our readers, we have obtained a rare interview with Santa as he prepares to harness the reindeer for his annual global pilgrimage. Perhaps due to lack of sleep or an excess of Mrs Claus’ famous eggnog, Santa has blown the lid on some of the more unusual requests he has…

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This is still our Sydney

Originally posted on kazblah:
Flowers in Martin Place at 9.30am on Tuesday. It’s Monday morning and I’m running late. Walking late. It’s twenty minutes to ten when I turn left from Phillip St into Martin Place. I don’t look at the Lindt cafe as I pass. My eyes are focused on the Channel Seven news…

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Teammates who can’t stand each other

We’ve all been there. At some point in our careers, we’ve had to endure the colleague from hell. That person you can’t click with but somehow have to work with. In most cases, you grin and bear it, right? Unless you’re Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Watch these two handle a simple question about whether…

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A night at the Stade de France

The statement from the German football team said it all. “We came to Paris to do what connects us all – to play football, together, against one another and in friendship. To have an enjoyable evening together with our fans, to show sporting ambition, but particularly we came for a fair and peaceful encounter. “We…

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When bogans dress up

It’s billed as the race that stops the nation. But I’m not entirely sure it’s the horses that bring the spectators to their knees on Melbourne Cup day. Every year, the flashy advertising suggests Flemington is the place to go for high end fashion, the rubbing of rich and famous shoulders and the prospect of…

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A weekend for the Aussie toilers

Eddie Jones may not have had an epic record in the four years he coached the Wallabies but he’s just become the talk of the Rugby World Cup. The boy from Burnie presided over the feel-good story of the year — for everyone not going for South Africa, that is, which would be most of…

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Aussie women to the rescue

It was Maggie Thatcher who once said: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” And so it was left to our Aussie women to salvage some national pride on the international sporting stage over the weekend. Frankly, I didn’t think it could get any worse than…

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