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The penalty science giving keepers an edge when they’re on the spot

There was a lot more to Ben Kennedy’s incredible injury-time penalty saves for the Mariners on Saturday than simply “guessing the right way”, reveals Vedran Janjetovi?The trill of the whistle pierces the night air. Jolted, thousands of spectators grasp…

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Bruno Fornaroli debacle exposes Melbourne City’s soullessness

The bruising departure of cult favourite Bruno Fornaroli has laid bare Melbourne City’s challenge to captivate fansMelbourne City last week dotted the final i on its relationship with Bruno Fornaroli. How the club and its former captain each addressed …

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Australia v New Zealand: Cup of Nations – live!

Updates from Ante Milicic’s first game in charge of the MatildasAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 8.33am GMT 2 mins: Australia are bossing the opening exchanges with the fullbacks both pressing high and Carpenter in particular invited to carry t…

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Neil Kilkenny thrives under perfectionist Popovic as Perth revolution continues | Jonathan Howcroft

The little details Tony Popovic demands are the difference this season, says the Glory midfielderPerth Glory have missed the finals in seven of the 13 iterations of the A-League. They have won no silverware during that time and have only once finished …

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January signings set A-League for reboot and lively finals run in

With clubs across the league strengthening in key areas the back end of the season could dramatically come to lifeDecisive activity during the mid-season transfer window has the potential to transform the remainder of the A-League season. What’s more, …

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January signings set A-League for reboot and lively finals run in

With clubs across the league strengthening in key areas the back end of the season could dramatically come to lifeDecisive activity during the mid-season transfer window has the potential to transform the remainder of the A-League season. What’s more, …

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Dark clouds and silver linings: the A-League season so far

Despite off-field dramas, there are still plenty of positives to take from the season at its midpointAre you a glass half-full or half-empty A-League follower? At the midpoint of the home-and-away season it’s possible to take stock and conclude there’s…

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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…