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Israel Folau’s anti-gay comments condemned by All Black, referee and players

TJ Perenara states ‘100%’ opposition to comments on homosexuality by playerNZ Rugby restates commitment to ‘inclusion’, Wallaby echoes criticismSign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every dayAll Black TJ Perenara has stated his “100%”…

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Commonwealth Games closing ceremony: Peter Beattie apologises for debacle

Broadcasters furious they were unable to show athletes entering the stadium, while spectators rushed the exits during endless speechesCommonwealth Games organisers have apologised after stinging criticism on social media of Sunday night’s closing cerem…

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‘Share the dream’ – the Games that celebrated disability sports

The 2018 Commonwealth Games was the most inclusive sporting event ever held, with 38 para medal events woven into the schedule alongside able-bodied events. Our photographer Carly Earl met several of the stars“Australia made it the best,” says 15-year-…

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England stun Australia with penalty shot on the siren to win netball gold

Thrilling Commonwealth Games final goes right down to the wireFirst time a team other than Australia or New Zealand have winKadeen Corbin did a black flip, Helen Housby sobbed and coach Tracey Neville declared it a dream come true after England won Com…

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James Sutherland’s message to Australian cricket fans who can’t afford pay TV – video

In Sydney, James Sutherland responds to a question from a journalist after announcing Cricket Australia has signed off on a landmark $1.182bn, six-year broadcast rights deal with Fox Sports and the Seven Network. Sutherland is asked what he would say t…

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Sound and vision: how a blind photographer shot the Games

Australian Andrew Follows is blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other, but his sense of hearing – and his labrador Leo – helped him capture the spirit of the Commonwealth GamesWith Leo, his labrador, fast asleep on the pool deck, Andrew Foll…

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‘A monumental moment’: women’s rugby sevens kicks off at the Commonwealth Games

Australia, New Zealand and Canada in imperious form on a boisterous night at the Gold CoastThe chance to make history fell to Caroline Crossley after just 51 seconds at Robina Stadium. The Canadian forward burst over the line and touched down to become…

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Cameroon athletes missing from Commonwealth Games

Disappearances of five boxers and weightlifters from conflict-riven country raises suspicions they have fled with no intention of returning home Five Cameroonian athletes have been reported missing from the Commonwealth Games athletes village, with sus…

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Cameroon athletes missing from Commonwealth Games

Disappearances of five boxers and weightlifters from conflict-riven country raises suspicions they have fled with no intention of returning home Five Cameroonian athletes have been reported missing from the Commonwealth Games athletes village, with sus…

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Israel Folau’s beliefs are ugly but censoring him won’t weed out homophobia | Paul Karp

If Rugby Australia sponsors don’t like Folau’s views they can pull their support but the only real solution is to talk people around so there is less hateHowever much I disagree with him, Israel Folau should be allowed to express the opinion that gay p…

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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s eligibility under scrutiny

No official objection lodged against Kiwi athlete, but other teams at Commonwealth Games said they felt it was unfair New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard went into the women’s +90kg finals at the Commonwealth Games as favourite, expected not only t…

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Prince Charles opens Commonwealth Games amid arrest of protesters

• Prince reads speech written by Queen at Gold Coast 2018 ceremony• Indigenous Australians outside chant: ‘No justice, no Games’Prince Charles delivered a speech composed by the Queen to the Gold Coast’s Carrara Stadium as he declared the 21st Commonwe…

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Boxer secures first Gold Coast medal … before Commonwealth Games start

Taylah Robertson secures medal nine days before first boutAll losing semi-finalists guaranteed a bronzeThe Australian boxer Taylah Robertson has secured the first medal of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – nine days before actually stepping in the ri…

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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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Commonwealth Games programme lists England as African nation

Banjul, not London, is named as the English capital in printing blunder in the official pamphletA 130-page programme for the Commonwealth Games has accidentally listed England as an African country. The programme, which includes profiles on the 71 Comm…

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The Commonwealth Games you won’t see: ‘impossible’ rules keep media away

Australia’s two biggest media companies will be watching events on TV or from the stands after Seven coughed up $40mAustralia’s press pack has been consigned to the sidelines at the Commonwealth Games after organisers imposed what publishers say are im…

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Warming up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games – in pictures

Athletes and officials are gearing up for Australia’s biggest sporting event in a decade. The Gold Coast Games officially open on Wednesday night at Carrara stadium Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games: Australia’s chance to repair sporting reputation

Organisers hope Gold Coast Games can help restore event’s sporting and cultural relevanceThere are still references to cricket ball-tampering in the Australian newspapers, but they have been overtaken on the front pages by an enthusiastic embrace of th…

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Keith Murdoch: disgraced All Black who ‘went bush’ in Australia dies at 74

After a bar brawl in Cardiff, Murdoch became the only All Black sent home from tour, but he didn’t make it to New ZealandKeith Murdoch played just three Tests for the All Blacks, but his name was etched in New Zealand rugby folklore after he became a r…

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He wept real tears, but David Warner’s straight-bat answers kept much hidden

The breakdowns of his fellow players over ball-tampering soothed matters, but with Warner, the questions still burnAnother day another shell-shocked Australian cricketer fronting up, welling up, and speaking up. But unlike Cameron Bancroft and Steve Sm…