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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Reader’s request: The meat market of elite sport

Try this exercise. Take your first and last names, put a ‘the’ in front of them and a ‘brand’ at the end. See if you can say those four words without sounding like a tosser. Can’t do it, right? Now look at this announcement made last month by the world’s third highest paid athlete. Long…

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Man punches shark

Aussie mums to be, throw away the baby name books. There are only two  you need to know. Mick and Mitch. Call your child either one of these, even if it’s a girl, and they’ll grow up to be a be a dead set legend. Exhibit A: Mick Fanning Sees off Kelly Slater in the…

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Women in sport: still a minefield of double standards

Last month, Anna Meares became the greatest female track cyclist in the sport’s history. Anna’s a freak of nature. She broke her neck seven months before the Beijing Olympics and still won silver. She’s won eleven world titles. She’s got five Olympic medals, of every colour, two of them gold. And she can do this….

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The downside of sports stardom

“Mirka’s gonna kill me.” The worst present I ever got was a housewarming gift when I bought my first apartment. I was feeling all sorts of grown up and sophisticated. I was officially a property owner, paying off my first ever mortgage, in my first ever serious relationship with a financial institution. And then a…

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