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ACCC orders $5m refund for basketball fans angered by poor views and lack of stars

Australia v USA games left fans feeling short-changedPromoters’ conduct found to have been ‘unacceptable’Thousands of aggrieved basketball fans will receive refunds totalling more than $5m for tickets purchased to last year’s much-hyped Australia-USA e…

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Israel Folau payout at risk as Rugby Australia reels from Covid-19 – report

RA could face insolvency after season put on holdSettlement paid to former Wallaby in instalments Former Wallabies player Israel Folau’s multi-million payout from Rugby Australia could reportedly take a major hit if the sport’s governing body is forced…

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NRL and players open to island proposal to get season restarted

Players’ union ‘willing to explore all options’Idea ‘not off the table’, says Todd GreenbergThe NRL players’ union have revealed they are willing to consider all the game’s stars living in a bubble together to ensure the 2020 season can restart. The NR…

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NRL and players open to island proposal to get season restarted

Players’ union ‘willing to explore all options’Idea ‘not off the table’, says Todd GreenbergThe NRL players’ union have revealed they are willing to consider all the game’s stars living in a bubble together to ensure the 2020 season can restart. The NR…

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‘It’s definitely real’: Newcastle Jets player tests positive to coronavirus

Player was tested before a pre-scheduled international flight‘He was fine, no symptoms,’ the Jets chief executive saidAn unnamed Newcastle Jets player has become the first professional footballer in Australia to test positive to Covid-19. The player, w…

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PFA threatens legal action after Perth Glory stand down A-League players

Glory owner Tony Sage describes move as ‘heartbreaking’PFA is demanding all players be reinstated immediatelyAustralia’s professional footballers’ union is demanding Perth Glory owner Tony Sage revoke the stand-down notices sent to the A-League club’s …

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AFL and players agree to pay deal during coronavirus shutdown

Players accept 50% cut rising to 70% if delay extends past MayThey are also prepared to play into December to finish seasonThe bitter stand-off between the AFL and its players has ended, with players agreeing to a 50 per cent pay cut until the end of M…

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Wellington Phoenix player sorry for golf buggy joy ride while in quarantine

FFA investigating alcohol-related incident in SydneyAll Whites’ Tim Payne ‘incredibly embarrassed’Wellington player Tim Payne has issued a tearful apology for a joyriding incident during the team’s A-League quarantine period in Sydney which will have l…

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NRL player pay cuts loom after staff and coaches stood down

Tiered approach to salary cuts could be appliedCoaches John Morris and Paul Green ordered to take leaveFringe NRL players are at the forefront of a predicted percentage pay cut during the season’s suspension, chief executive Todd Greenberg says. Every …

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NRL strives to push on with season as it closes offices due to Covid-19

Hundreds of staff forced to take annual leaveCost-cutting measure to remain in place until 1 MayThe NRL has announced it will close its offices from Tuesday until at least 1 May, forcing hundreds of staff across all departments to take annual leave.In …

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NRL strives to push on with season as it closes offices due to Covid-19

Hundreds of staff forced to take annual leaveCost-cutting measure to remain in place until 1 MayThe NRL has announced it will close its offices from Tuesday until at least 1 May, forcing hundreds of staff across all departments to take annual leave.In …

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Australian athletes told to prepare for Olympic Games in 2021

Australia cannot assemble a team for 24 July startSituation due to coronavirus has become ‘untenable’The Australian Olympic Committee has conceded the Covid-19 pandemic will ensure the Tokyo Olympics is delayed, telling athletes to prepare for a Games …

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AFL will shut down for at least 30 days if a player tests positive to Covid-19

League had previously indicated a 14-day cessation‘It is a problem that is not going away,’ says McLachlanThe AFL season will suspend play for at least 30 days if any player tests positive to coronavirus, the league’s chief executive Gillon McLachlan s…

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NSW declared Sheffield Shield winners as Cricket Australia cancels rest of season

Coronavirus threat sees final Shield round called offCA recommends all other levels of cricket are cancelledNew South Wales have been declared the winners of this season’s Sheffield Shield as Cricket Australia advised all lower-tier competitions to shu…

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AFL shortens 2020 season due to Covid-19 as doubts hang over start date

All teams will play each other once in 17-round seasonLeague will shut down if just one player tests positive The AFL has cut its season from 23 rounds to 17 but doubt remains over Thursday night’s opening game kicking-off as planned. All 18 teams will…

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Australia v New Zealand ODI series called off as more sports face cancellation

Three-match ODI series abandoned after one gameNRL, Super Rugby and A-League seasons also in doubt after New Zealand’s new coronavirus measures.The NRL, Super Rugby and A-League seasons are on the verge of being shutdown following the New Zealand gover…

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Australia thrash New Zealand in first one-day international

Australia 258-7; New Zealand 187 all outDavid Warner and Aaron Finch put on 124 for first wicketAdam Zampa bowled the ball of the summer but no-one was there to see it as Australia beat New Zealand by 71 runs behind closed doors at the SCG. On a day wh…

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Fans shut out from Australia’s ODI series with New Zealand due to Covid-19

Three-match series goes behind closed doors‘Public health and safety must take priority,’ says CACrowds will be banned from Australia’s one-day cricket series against New Zealand with the series to be played behind closed doors because of coronavirus. …

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Unnamed Fremantle player in AFL coronavirus scare

Docker sent for tests after displaying flu-like symptoms‘It’s very low risk,’ says Fremantle captain Nat FyfeA Fremantle AFL player has had a precautionary coronavirus test after he exhibited flu-like symptoms. The player, who was not named by the club…

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Unnamed Fremantle player in AFL coronavirus scare

Docker sent for tests after displaying flu-like symptoms‘It’s very low risk,’ says Fremantle captain Nat FyfeA Fremantle AFL player has had a precautionary coronavirus test after he exhibited flu-like symptoms. The player, who was not named by the club…