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Education can change attitudes to use of homophobic slurs, rugby study shows

Exclusive: A new study shows damaging language persists on rugby fields, but homophobia is not main driver behind its usePreliminary analysis of research from Monash University’s Sport Inclusion Project has found that while homophobic language persists…

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Is it time for the women’s game to break free from AFL’s shackles? | Kate O’Halloran

AFLW players must say no when the league refuses to play fair, as tennis players did in the 1970sTennis is often lauded as the most gender equitable of sports: a contemporary reality that owes everything to a guerrilla past. With the birth of professio…

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New Zealand’s Portia Woodman ‘more influential’ than All Blacks counterparts

Black Ferns winger ranked ninth in top 50 listWorld Rugby vice chairman Agustín Pichot tops listBlack Ferns winger Portia Woodman has made the top 10 of a list of rugby union’s most influential people, ahead of any of her male All Blacks counterparts a…

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From boxing to MMA: Heather Hardy was born to fight | Kate O’Halloran

‘The Heat’ opens up on her fight for recognition, the reasons for her switch and the gender pay gap at the core of boxingHeather Hardy first entered a boxing gym at age 28. At the time, she was a young mother, recently divorced, and couldn’t find a job…

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‘Welcome to 2018’: NRL praised for response to State of Origin kiss

Vanessa Foliaki and Karina Brown played in Friday’s OriginNRL shut down criticism of the photo on social mediaThe NRL has been widely praised for its response to comments posted below a photo it shared of opponents – and partners – Vanessa Foliaki and …

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Shelley Nitschke: ‘It’s a good time to be involved in cricket’

The Australian women’s team’s assistant coach has benefited from a significant shift in pathways for retired players When news of the ball tampering scandal broke in March, the Australian women’s cricket team were in India completing a breakthrough T20…

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Forbes rich list shows sport fails to respect women – let alone pay them properly | Kate O’Halloran

Until women are respected in the same way men are, such lists and the gender pay gap will not shiftOn Wednesday, Forbes released its list of top 100 paid athletes in the world with one glaring omission: not a single woman made the list. This is the fir…

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Bridie O’Donnell: ‘Cycling’s power imbalance is extremely apparent’

The Australian cyclist talks about the problems of a male-dominated sport and how she is now mentoring other womenBridie O’Donnell has never been one to do things the easy way. In her 20s, and as a qualified doctor, she knocked back coveted opportuniti…

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Women Onside: the group pushing for gender equity in Australian football leadership

FFA must elect a new congress, but no women have been invited onto that working groupHeather Reid was the CEO of the ACT football federation (known as Capital Football) for 12 years. She was the first woman to lead an Australian state football associat…

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Questions that will be answered at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games | Kate O’Halloran

Redemption for the ‘greatest choke’ and a possible restoration of Australian sporting pride are among the highlightsShe was favourite to be Australia’s flag-bearer, but lost out in that race to Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles. Hopefully it’s no omen f…

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Tickets for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony remain on sale

Many priced out with tickets costing upwards of $380, while Indigenous protestors continue to gather on Gold CoastWith just hours left until the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, tickets remain available for the event, despite chairman Peter …

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The c-word: Cricket Australia’s refusal to call it cheating risks further alienation | Kate O’Halloran

James Sutherland’s press conference was a set up from the beginning as he is beholden to CA’s commitment to due processIt’s the word that has been splashed all over papers and analysis in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. The definition in the Ox…

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Australian outrage over ball tampering born out of team’s moralising hypocrisy | Kate O’Halloran

Past statements about rival teams are now coming back to bite certain Australian playersIn the Hobart Test series of 2016-17, Faf du Plessis received three demerit points and lost 100% of his match fee for ball tampering. His crime? He applied saliva t…

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An unashamed disgrace: ball tampering cheats Australian cricket fans | Kate O’Halloran

Steve Smith’s team has not only lost its way, it has also lost the public’s respect and trustIt could be the darkest day in Australian cricket history. The nation’s men’s team has been caught red-handed, ball-tampering in the third Test of the tour in …

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Katie Brennan falls victim to gender pay gap with AFLW grand final ban | Kate O’Halloran

Brennan would pay a fine if she were a men’s AFL player. Instead she will miss the game of her lifeThe suspension of Western Bulldogs AFLW captain Katie Brennan – upheld on appeal – is a step backward for gender equity in Australian sport. Brennan was …

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Preference to host AFLW grand final at Ikon Park is a mistake | Kate O’Halloran

The AFL has shown a lack of imagination when it comes to promoting women’s gameThe AFL has underestimated the appeal of the AFLW competition if it goes ahead with its preference of Ikon Park as a grand final venue on Saturday March 24. On Tuesday, it w…

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AFLW takes pride in off-field gains as Dogs break records on it

The Pride game felt more like Mardi Gras, while extreme weather marred other matchesLady Gaga’s Born This Way blares through speakers as a drag queen puffs her chest and pouts at passers-by. Rainbows adorn makeshift stalls as butch dykes hold hands, pa…

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Winter Olympics 2018: day 16 from Pyeongchang – live!

Latest medal table | Full event scheduleFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @Kate_ohalloran 5.36am GMT We had the women’s curling gold medal match today, and, despite the parochial support of their home crowd, the Garlic Girls were unable to tr…

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Winter Olympics 2018: day 16 from Pyeongchang – live!

Latest medal table | Full event scheduleFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @Kate_ohalloran 5.36am GMT We had the women’s curling gold medal match today, and, despite the parochial support of their home crowd, the Garlic Girls were unable to tr…

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Winter Olympics 2018: day nine from Pyeongchang – live!

Latest medal table | Full event schedule Feel free to get in touch on email or tweet @Kate_ohalloran 5.41am GMT Our final competitor Oscer Wester’s run is over as soon as it began, it’s a throwaway, which gifts Oystein Braaten the gold medal in ski slo…