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Noise over grunting cranks up once again after crowd mocks Aryna Sabalenka

Screams after every shot draw ire of Melbourne Park crowd‘You get used to it,’ says opponent Ashleigh BartyThe familiar debate over on-court decibel levels produced by tennis players has resurfaced after the Belarusian player Aryna Sabalenka drew mocke…

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Australian Open: day one – in pictures

The first day from Melbourne Park as Venus Williams is defeated in the women’s draw and Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios headline the evening session in the men’s draw Continue reading…

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Australian Open: day one – in pictures

The first day from Melbourne Park as Venus Williams is defeated in the women’s draw and Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios headline the evening session in the men’s draw Continue reading…

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Australian Open women’s draw: Maria Sharapova draws Tatjana Maria in first round

Top seed Simona Halep draws Destanee AiavaJohanna Konta, seeded ninth, faces Madison BrengleMaria Sharapova will face Tatjana Maria in the first round of the Australian Open as she returns to the tournament at which she failed a drugs test in 2016.The …

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David Squires on … African gang crime and ‘footballer’ Nelly Yoa

Our resident cartoonist on the athletic prowess required to throw the entire South Sudanese community under a busTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoonsAnd David’s only got another book out. More details here Continue reading……

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Tennis: Johanna Konta forced to abandon Brisbane International match

Konta had impressed all week in an encouraging return to form before succumbing to injuryAs if there were not enough problems already for British No1 players with right-hip injuries, Johanna Konta was forced to abandon her enthralling third-round match…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England fifth Test, day one – live!

Updates from the final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket GroundSteve Smith, Betteridge’s Law and the mythology of Don BradmanAnd you can drop Geoff an email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 1.11am GMT No strategic toss declarations here. Narrow-minded, old-fas…

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David Squires on … the A-League’s war on fans

With A-League attendances struggling, our resident cartoonist looks at the authorities’ bold customer relations strategyTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoonsAnd David’s only got another book out. More details here Continue rea…

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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…

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Big wave surfer Mark Mathews, his horrific injuries and the battle to control his own fear

Mathews was told he might not surf again after an excruciating wipeout in 2016. But now he is planning a comeback Mark Mathews had to shut the blinds for six months. He couldn’t bear to look outside. One of Australia’s best big wave surfers, he had suf…

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Big wave surfer Mark Mathews, his horrific injuries and the battle to control his own fear

Mathews was told he might not surf again after an excruciating wipeout in 2016. But now he is planning a comeback Mark Mathews had to shut the blinds for six months. He couldn’t bear to look outside. One of Australia’s best big wave surfers, he had suf…

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Australia’s sporting year in review – success stories and slip-ups of 2017 | Paul Connolly

It has been a rollercoaster year across the codes but women’s sport has gone from strength to strength‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017Australian sports quiz of the year 2017In the 43rd minute of the Matildas’ 30 July match agains…

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‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017 and pointed to the future

The Adelaide Crows broke the dam wall and the Matildas had a year of unrivalled highlights but pay disparity remains• Sam Kerr: ‘Everyone wants to jump on board and be a Matildas fan’With three seconds remaining on the clock and Brisbane trailing by a …

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Roger Federer says he doesn’t expect to match 2017 glory

Arriving in Australia ahead of a new season, the tennis legend takes a trip to Rottnest Island and says it’s hard to imagine he’ll play as well in 2018 Roger Federer hopes 2018 won’t be his last year on tour, but says it’s hard to imagine how he can re…

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Sam Kerr: ‘Everyone wants to jump on board and be a Matildas fan’

Australia’s star striker reflects on a seismic year in which she excelled and helped to ignite interest in the women’s gameIf Sam Kerr didn’t already believe she had become a household name this year, there came a moment in September when could be no d…

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David Squires on … Australian football’s end of year awards

As an eventful year draws to a close, our resident cartoonist dishes out his awards on Australian football’s imagined night of nightsTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoonsAnd David’s only got another book out. More details here…

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Sydney to Hobart: Black Jack lands surprise blow with early lead

LDV Comanche lodges protest after near miss with Wild Oats XI, as forecasts show winner could set new race recordQueensland’s Black Jack landed a surprise blow at the beginning of the 73rd Sydney to Hobart yacht race, upstaging line honours winners to …

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Jarryd Hayne accused of rape during time with San Francisco 49ers

Sports star facing civil action after district attorney’s office rejected criminal case against him in 2016 due to insufficient evidenceJarryd Hayne has been accused of raping a woman during his time playing for the San Francisco 49ers, according to ci…

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It’s been a long time coming, but Fifa intervention means FFA change is on the way

Opting for a body consensual in nature but under Fifa/AFC direction, resolution should occur with minimum of damageIt feels somewhat perverse to praise Fifa’s acumen during a week in which its handling of Russia has re-alerted the football community to…

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FFA and Lowy avoid sack as Fifa extends football peace talks

Fifa was widely expected to recommend Lowy and his board be removed and a normalisation committee be installedFootball Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy has avoided the sack and a Fifa takeover of the local game after the world governing body a…