Kyrgios missing from bad boy contest

Grigor Dimitrov and Bernard Tomic were duking it out this week for the mantel of baddest boy in tennis, a hotly contested title these days and strangely lacking Nick Kyrgios in recent days. Playing in the final of the Istanbul Open, Dimitrov made abstract artworks of three racquets to concede the match to Argentinian Diego…

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Did aliens steal Spieth’s Masters mojo?

Much to English cricketer Ben Stokes’ relief, Jordan Spieth has been the talk of the sporting world this week. In particular, how he squandered a five-stroke lead and an almost certain US Masters victory in one hole. It was a novel way of marking the 20th anniversary of Greg Norman’s epic Masters choke, when he…

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Rupert’s conversion on the road to Twickenham

Somewhere in the past week, Rupert Murdoch has become a rugby union fan. While I don’t follow his Twitter feed religiously — there is food to be digested after all — I’ve never known him to tweet about sport. Yet since Monday, there have been three in a row about rugby. Including one sticking the…

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English cricket and other maulings

You know you’re in trouble when former Aussie Prime Minister John Howard starts sledging you about your sporting prowess. The noted cricket tragic reckons England’s batsmen have a ‘psychological problem’ with the Aussie bowling attack, which has left them ‘just a little bit spooked’. Which is all true, of course. But it’s a bit rich…

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Why Aussies watch golf through their fingertips

Asked once what he had to shoot to win a particular tournament, US golfer Roger Maltbie answered: “The rest of the field.” It’s been a bit like that following Australian golf for about the last 20 years. Even when Greg Norman held the world number one position, you could never comfortably watch him play a…

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