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A-League: Melbourne City v Sydney FC – live!

Updates from the postponed game to be played at ANZ StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.34am BST 72 mins: Sydney begin the fightback patiently, earning a corner on the left, but the 14th set piece of its type of the night is as effective …

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A-League: Melbourne City v Sydney FC – live!

Updates from the postponed game to be played at ANZ StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.34am BST 72 mins: Sydney begin the fightback patiently, earning a corner on the left, but the 14th set piece of its type of the night is as effective …

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A-League: Melbourne City v Sydney FC – live!

Updates from the postponed game to be played at ANZ StadiumAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.34am BST 72 mins: Sydney begin the fightback patiently, earning a corner on the left, but the 14th set piece of its type of the night is as effective …

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‘The challenges are immense’: The reality of life for athletes in a sporting hub | Jonathan Howcroft

For Perth Glory defender Alex Grant, being apart from his new family and largely confined to the team’s accomodation is not easyAlex Grant is 3,000km away from his newborn son. The pair have been separated by the width of a continent for one week, and …

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A-League returns: Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix – live!

Updates from the game at Jubilee StadiumAny thoughts? Get in touch on email or tweet @JPHowcroft 11.25am BST “Do you know the crowd regulations for this game?” Asks David Haask. “Fox commentators haven’t explained, presumably because it’s the same as N…

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A-League returns with a coronation, but could end with a free-for-all | Jonathan Howcroft

The A-League comes out of lockdown on Friday, but with plenty happening during the four-month hiatus it could be an unpredictable end to the seasonOn the horizon, in an apocalyptic world wresting itself from the grip of a terrifying pandemic, looms a m…

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NRL 2020 season restart: Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 3 – live!

Build up to kick-off and updates from Bankwest StadiumOld rivals meet in second game back since Covid-19 breakAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.21am BST For all the afterglow of the return of live sport, it nearly ended in disaster for Brodie…

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A-League stands firm against Fox Sports with restart on hold | Jonathan Howcroft

FFA, A-League clubs and the PFA are heading for a showdown with the broadcaster over the future of the professional gameA plan to conclude the A-League season has been announced by Football Federation Australia, A-League clubs and the players’ union. I…

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No football, no A-League grand final, no hype… but also no despair | Jonathan Howcroft

FFA CEO James Johnson is in a honeymoon period and the well-practised urge to despair about the state of the game is on hold for nowLast year’s grand final was the best-attended in A-League history and the buzz around the event breathed new life into f…

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The ultimate quiz from this week in sports history | Jonathan Howcroft

There might not have been any live sport to enjoy over the past week but it was a memorable one in history. See how much you can recall from the week ending 10 MayForerunner of the modern AFL, the VFL hosted its first round of matches on 8 May 1897, bu…

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Playing the waiting game: shutdown of sport is beginning to test patience | Jonathan Howcroft

Athletes and supporters are compelled to wait, with no guarantee of a satisfying resolutionWaiting and cricket go hand in glove. It is an instruction barked urgently as a defensive push scuttles towards a fielder. It is the next batter, padded up, visu…

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Fear of missing out becomes a reality in sport during Covid-19 crisis | Jonathan Howcroft

Both players and fans alike have been deprived after the pandemic caused the shutdown of global sportAshleigh Barty’s last seven ranking tournaments have registered the following return: two titles, one runner-up finish, three semi-final defeats, and o…

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Time for perspective after an A-League round that was anything but routine

The ramifications of coronavirus on the A-League are worsening by the day, with games moving into lockout mode from next weekendIf this had been a routine round of A-League action this column would be all about the 69th minute of Melbourne City’s 1-1 d…

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Sportwatch: Sydney into W-League grand final, Pies win big in AFLW, NRL, Super Rugby, and more – as it happened

Cricket: Australia v NZ ODI series cancelled W-League semi-final: Melbourne Victory 0-1 Sydney FCNRL: Souths pip Sharks; Knights hammer WarriorsAFLW: Big wins for Pies and SaintsSuper Rugby: Blues and Crusaders triumph on tough day for NZ 8.29am GMT Th…

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Phil Moss survives the sack to burnish golden generation of Australian coaches | Jonathan Howcroft

The former Mariners boss knew he would one day get the chop, but he’s turned it into a day that could have a lasting, positive effect on football in AustraliaPhil Moss was prepared for the sack before he was ever appointed a head coach. “I’ll never for…

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Moments of joy offer Australian football window into happiness revolution | Jonathan Howcroft

There’s delight to be found in the A-League if fans can escape a culture of ‘compare and despair’“If I only came tonight just to watch that goal, it was worth it,” remarked commentator Stan Lazaridis following Bruno Fornaroli’s superb finish for Perth …

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Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem: Australian Open quarter-final – live!

Follow game-by-game updates from Melbourne ParkFederer saves seven match points en route to semi with DjokovicEmail Jonathan here or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.29am GMT First set: Nadal* 5-4 Thiem (* denotes server) Thiem rips a forehand winner that bruises t…

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Tennis Australia treads warily for Margaret Court’s slam anniversary

• Disdain for Court’s homophobic views clouds 50th anniversary• ‘Her recognition is for her tennis achievements only’The Australian Open is paying tribute to Margaret Court on the 50th anniversary of her calendar year grand slam. Events are running thr…

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Big Bash League and the importance of putting on a ‘damn good show’ | Jonathan Howcroft

In its ninth season, the competition remains conscious that it cannot rely solely on on-field successWhen the Big Bash League is on in Melbourne nobody pays closer attention than Jarrah Whyte. Not the players, most of whom will only be on the field aro…

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Revived Phoenix squatting all over David Gallop’s A-League metrics

Four years after facing expulsion, Wellington have transformed from putrescent to poster boysThe trailer for the chucklesome mockumentary series Wellington Paranormal features the fictional sergeant of the New Zealand capital’s police force warning tha…