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Shay Evans: the groundbreaking Indigenous footballer unafraid to push back | Michael McGowan

From playing barefoot in a remote Northern Territory town to Sydney FC, the 17-year-old’s journey has been remarkableWhen Shadeene “Shay” Evans made her W-League debut on Thursday night it marked another step in the career of a footballer long touted a…


NRL player Jack de Belin charged over alleged sexual assault

The 27-year-old Blues and Dragons forward was arrested and charged after presenting himself at Illawarra police stationThe NRL player Jack de Belin has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman over the weekend.The 27-year-old…


Matildas retain No 6 ranking, avoiding top five in World Cup group stage

United States remain world’s best women’s team, followed by Germany, France, England and CanadaThe Matildas’ World Cup ambitions have been bolstered by the release of the latest Fifa world rankings, which have the Australian women’s national team holdi…


John Millman: Federer vanquisher, Brisbane local and no Peter Dutton fan

Long in the shadow of other Australian tennis players, the world No 55’s US Open triumph has put the spotlight on himIf you don’t follow tennis you may not have known who John Millman is. You do now.On Tuesday the 29-year-old from Brisbane beat the wor…


Commonwealth Games 2018 day six: cycling time trial, hockey, boxing and more – live!

Updates from the sixth day of action on the Gold Coast Feel free to get in touch on email or tweet @mmcgowan569Medal table – the latest tallies from the 2018 Games 5.48am BST South Africa’s Akani Simbine and Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago hav…


Commonwealth Games 2018 day one: triathlon, bowling, weightlifting and more – live!

Updates from the opening day of action on the Gold CoastFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @mmcgowan569 5.39am BST The cycling is beginning and we’ll get to it in just a minute, but first an update from the Royals.The games organisers have def…


Women to get equal prize money in Tour Down Under cycling event

South Australian government’s announcement hailed by this year’s winner Amanda Spratt as ‘a huge step forward for equality’Riders in the Women’s Tour Down Under will receive the same pay as their male counterparts for the first time, the South Australi…


Jarryd Hayne’s US rape allegation ‘lacks merit’, lawyer says

Rugby league star vows to ‘unequivocally and vehemently’ fight claim he raped a 25-year-old woman and says lawsuit ‘just one of them things you’ve got to go through’Jarryd Hayne’s US lawyer says a civil action accusing him of raping a 25-year-old woman…


Ben Stokes back in UK for Christmas, ending Ashes speculation

Suspended English all-rounder ends his brief stint with the Canterbury cricket club in New ZealandEngland’s hopes of winning the Ashes are gone, and so is Ben Stokes.The suspended English all-rounder has ended his brief stint with Canterbury cricket cl…


‘How can I support this team?’ Divided loyalties for Syrians haunted by civil war

Like the country itself, feelings about Syria’s national football team, who play Australia tonight, are complex

When the Syrian national football team walks onto the pitch in Sydney tonight , Obay Al-Akul won’t be inside the stadium cheering but outside protesting.

He won’t be alone. A Syrian national who grew up in Damascus before arriving in Australia in 2014, Al-Akul is one of the 5.1 million people who have fled Syria’s civil war as refugees.

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