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NRL fans accuse Gold Coast Titans’ sponsor of scapegoating Indigenous captain

Ryan James stumbled in grand final Acknowledgment of CountryTFH says gaffe ‘weighed heavily’ on decision to end contractNRL fans have turned on the Gold Coast Titans’ major sponsor, after it abandoned the club, citing an “embarrassing” and “offensive” …

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Australia cut loose at the last to secure bonus-point win over Georgia

Three late tries help to see off spirited Pool D underdogs Wallabies unconvincing as typhoon Hagibis nears JapanAustralia are poised to meet England in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after making hard work of defeating a spirited Georgia 27-8 at Sh…

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Emails show Border Force considered cancelling refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi’s visa

Newly released emails reveal chain of bureaucratic bungles that could have further endangered al-AraibiA trove of internal emails from within the home affairs department has revealed the Australian government considered cancelling the visa of refugee f…

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Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir charged with animal cruelty

Banned horse trainer also up on conspiracy and weapons charges following raids on his stables in JanuaryMelbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir has been charged with animal cruelty, conspiracy and weapons offences.The banned horse trainer was charged…

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Israel Folau offered to issue apology, Rugby Australia alleges in court documents

Prior to suing Rugby Australia over his firing, Folau allegedly agreed the posts had breached his contractThe sacked Wallabies player Israel Folau conceded at a tribunal hearing he had breached his Rugby Australia contract and offered to issue an apolo…

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Israel Folau set to return to rugby league with Tonga’s national team – reports

The former Wallaby, who was sacked over Instagram post that claimed gay people would go to hell, has reportedly been registered to play for TongaIsrael Folau appears set for a stunning return to rugby league after reportedly being registered to play fo…

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Positional switch the key in Australia’s Rugby World Cup win over Fiji

The subtle shift of James O’Connor to inside-centre gave the Wallabies the ball-playing style they needed to overcome a determined Fijian sideWallabies coach Michael Cheika made a key positional switch in their opening World Cup game against Fiji in Sa…

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Positional switch the key in Australia’s Rugby World Cup win over Fiji

The subtle shift of James O’Connor to inside-centre gave the Wallabies the ball-playing style they needed to overcome a determined Fijian sideWallabies coach Michael Cheika made a key positional switch in their opening World Cup game against Fiji in Sa…

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Basketball fans furious costly seating at USA v Boomers match offered poor views

ACCC confirms it has received complaints about star players pulling out and some people have been given refunds Basketball fans in Melbourne were left fuming after paying hundreds of dollars for seats that offered shockingly poor views of Australia’s c…

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Steve Smith’s Test concussion reignites debate about safety

Brain injury charity Headway says batsman should not have returned to pitch after being hitThe fallout from the sight of the great Australian batsman Steve Smith being felled by a 92.4 mph bouncer, which led to him being withdrawn on Sunday from the se…

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Judge urges Israel Folau and Rugby Australia to settle dispute through mediation

Folau may fight his former employers at trial in February if mediation failsIsrael Folau and Rugby Australia could face a February 2020 trial if they fail to resolve a multimillion-dollar unfair dismissal case brought by the former Wallabies player and…

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The Louth outback races – in pictures

A drought-hit village with a population of just 30 on the Darling River in outback New South Wales is flooded with racegoers for its annual race meet. Twenty-six-year-old Wendy Peel won the Louth Cup easily on stallion Austin. ‘She was 10 lengths ahead…

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NBA star Ben Simmons implies he was racially profiled at Melbourne casino

Guard believes he and friends were ‘singled out’ by securityStar was born in Melbourne to African American fatherAustralian NBA star Ben Simmons has implied that he had been racially profiled by security staff at a Melbourne casino by saying he and his…

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Miami Marlins apologise for blaming rival Rays for death of Steve Irwin

Tweet came during two-game series between Florida teamsAustralian TV presenter was killed by stingray in 2006The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV…

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‘Bruiser! Bruiser! Bruiser!’: from school gate to fight club

Anyone can be a cage fighter, says a fitness program promising ‘the ultimate human transformation’ Julia Schaefer’s fight name is Bruiser. “Because I bruise easily,” she qualifies. “Not because I cause bruises.”But that’s probably not true. Continue re…

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Israel Folau’s cousin dismissed by Catholic school over religious beliefs

Josiah Folau reportedly called the school ‘a synagogue of Satan’ and labelled the Catholic mass ‘a paganistic ritual’The cousin of the sacked rugby star Israel Folau has reportedly been let go from his job at a Sydney Catholic school after calling the …

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Don Bradman’s Bodyline cricket bat set to give auction payday for New Zealand man

James Sanders snapped up the bat for a few hundred dollars but could pocket $35,000 at an auctionAn unemployed New Zealand man is facing an extraordinary payday after picking up a cricket bat Sir Donald Bradman once owned for a few hundred dollars and …

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Jofra Archer misses out as Broad and Anderson reunite for first Ashes Test

Curran, Stone and Archer left out as England trust experienceAnderson has been recovering from a calf injury but will playEngland have named their team for the first Ashes Test, with no place for Jofra Archer. The Barbados-born paceman received his mai…

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Peter McNamara obituary

Australian tennis player who found fame in doubles with Paul McNameeiThe tennis player Peter McNamara, who has died aged 64 from prostate cancer, was as straightforward as he was talented. “Macca won well and he lost well, which is so hard,” said the o…

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Australia intent on demolishing England after Lanning’s record ton

Despite retaining the trophy, the Australian team remains determined to further widen the gap between the sidesIt couldn’t help but feel ominous after Australia drew the Taunton Test to take an unbeatable lead on points in the Women’s Ashes. “There won…