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Maria Sharapova v Caroline Wozniacki: Australian Open third round – live!

Updates from the match on Rod Laver ArenaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 4.31am GMT Here’s some more background on Wozniacki’s rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis that she revealed late last year. Related: Caroline Wozniacki reveals battle with rh…

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Maria Sharapova v Caroline Wozniacki: Australian Open third round – live!

Updates from the match on Rod Laver ArenaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 4.31am GMT Here’s some more background on Wozniacki’s rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis that she revealed late last year. Related: Caroline Wozniacki reveals battle with rh…

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Palestine v Australia: Asian Cup Group B – live!

Updates from the Socceroos’ crunch game in DubaiAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.39am GMT The @Socceroos warming up #PLEvAUS #AsianCup2019 pic.twitter.com/RHeCgufVsc 10.39am GMT Here’s a bit more on Tom Rogic’s diagnosis, a rare skerrick of …

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Ashleigh Barty or bust for home hopes at Australian Open | Jonathan Howcroft

The Queenslander is in the form of her life but there are limited local expectations for the menNo Australian has won a singles title at the Australian Open since 1978. Let’s not beat around the bush, there is only one local hope that stands a chance o…

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Australia v Jordan: Asian Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the Socceroos’ Group B opener in Al AinAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 11.01am GMT Australia’s Asian Cup defence is underway! 10.59am GMT The referee tonight is Ahmed Al-Kaf. He is from Oman. Continue reading…

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Australia v Jordan: Asian Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the Socceroos’ Group B opener in Al AinAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.54am GMT The teams are waiting in the tunnel, Australia top to toe in gold, Jordan a block of red. 10.51am GMT Last preview link before we settle into the …

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Asian Cup could fly under the radar as Socceroos face uphill battle

Shorn of its stars, Australia has a fight on its hands to capture the public’s imagination“I don’t believe there’s any sport that unites the nation quite like the Socceroos,” enthuses Graham Arnold on a skillfully compiled hype reel for Fox Sports’ cov…

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Bruno Fornaroli uproar prompts unlikely crisis at Melbourne City | Jonathan Howcroft

How Warren Joyce and the club address this latest challenge may define the coach’s tenureMelbourne City are in a pickle. “Unrest among fans [is] unlike anything we’ve seen in the Melbourne City era,” announced the club’s officially endorsed supporter g…

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Australia v India: second Twenty20 international – live!

Updates from the match at the MCGAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 7.11am GMT Covers coming off and both teams are out in the middle warming up. Things looking good! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/bCY2ATzSSV 7.10am GMT The good news is the teams are …

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Socceroos v Lebanon: international football friendly – live!

Updates from Tim Cahill’s farewell match in SydneyAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 8.23am GMT So, what can we expect from Australia tonight? To help, Ante Jukic cast his expert eye over the South Korea friendly, identifying some familiar challe…

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FFA’s new board has its work cut out establishing unity of purpose | Jonathan Howcroft

Election confirms power shift in Australian football but there are some uneasy bedfellows at top of football’s pyramid The reform of Football Federation Australia continued apace on Monday with the election of a new board and a new chair at a momentous…

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Australia v South Korea: international football friendly – live!

Updates from the Socceroos game in BrisbaneAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.09am GMT 11 min: Korea want to play a controlled possession game and build from the back but Australia are refusing to allow them to settle. The Socceroos are playing…

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Matildas v Chile: women’s football international – live!

Updates from the second game of the double header in NewcastleAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 8.26am GMT 7 – @TheMatildas’ Emily Gielnik has created seven scoring chances in her last four games, including three in just eight minutes against Ch…

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Football Federation Australia AGM gears up for post-Lowy future

The timing of this AGM is essential because there is a yawning gap between the game’s leaders and grassrootsFootball Federation Australia hosts its 15th Annual General Meeting next Monday and it promises to be one of the most notable in the organisatio…

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Australia v South Africa: third one-day international – live!

Updates from the ODI series finale in HobartAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 4.18am GMT 18th over: South Africa 63-3 (du Plessis 10, Miller 5) Ouch! Starc hurts du Plessis with another one of those deliveries that leaps off a length. The South …

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Women’s World T20: Australia v Pakistan – live!

Updates on the Group B clash at Guyana National StadiumSciver’s talents vital for England with Brunt missingAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 8.08pm GMT 2nd over: Australia 19-0 (Healy 17, Mooney 1) The experienced Sana Mir shares the new ball …

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Evolution not revolution the formula for A-League success in Sydney

The Sydney derby was a contrast in styles as one club’s commitment to long-term planning triumphedRevolution is simple in club football. Results not going to plan – sack the coach. Striker not finding the back of the net – buy a replacement. By contras…

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A-League 2018-19 preview part two: Newcastle Jets to Western Sydney Wanderers

Sydney FC have recruited well, Perth and Newcastle are contenders, but a long season awaits Phoenix and WanderersSeason preview part one: Adelaide to Melbourne VictoryIns: Mitch Austin (Victory), Jair (Yanbian Funde FC), Lewis Italiano (Stirling Lions)…

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A-League 2018-19 preview part one: Adelaide United to Melbourne Victory | Jonathan Howcroft

Keisuke Honda has made headlines but there are plenty of other reasons to get excited about season 14With the help of a World Cup and seismic change in the corridors of power, the usually interminable A-League offseason has flown by. We can now look fo…

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Just how close is Australia to being suspended by Fifa? | Jonathan Howcroft

It is a doomsday scenario but faced with another FFA failure to pass reform the stakes are rising fast “Welcome to day one of the 20-day PR war.” That was the foreboding message I received last Wednesday by someone close to the latest chapter in Austra…