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Building depth points to Australian men’s tennis resurgence | Linda Pearce

Only France, Spain and the United States currently boast greater numbers inside the world’s top 100It may be more than 17 years since Australian men last populated the ATP’s top 40 in such numbers, but there remains a significant contrast between the 2…

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Usain Bolt’s football dream: how he got to the brink of a professional deal | Richard Parkin

Who is behind the remarkable transition and what has driven the narrative to this point?It already has more bizarre twists than an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, but on Sunday night the Curious Case of Usain Bolt, Professional Footballer delivered on…

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Central Coast Mariners tight-lipped on reports of Usain Bolt offer

A-League club refuses to comment on agent’s claimIndefinite training period in Gosford continuesThe Central Coast Mariners have neither confirmed nor denied reports they have offered a contract to Usain Bolt, who has been training with the A-League clu…

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Tonga Test gives a glimpse of huge potential for the global game

The sea of red at Mt Smart Stadium for the Tonga and Australia game proves more matches between the two are needed Tonga’s population is 109,000 while there are an estimated 80,000 people of Tongan heritage in Australia and New Zealand. According to a …

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‘I don’t know anything about that’: Mariners coach unaware of Usain Bolt contract offer – video

Central Coast Mariners manager Mike Mulvey has done his best to douse speculation of an impending deal for Usain Bolt, openly doubting whether the former sprint champion is worthy of a start at the A-League club.Bolt’s long-time agent Ricky S…

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Usain Bolt’s agent says he has been offered Mariners deal, coach is unaware

Ricky Simms says former sprinter has been offered dealMike Mulvey: ‘I don’t know anything about it’Usain Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms has said that the eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist has received an A-League contract offer from the Central Coast M…

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Meg Lanning fires Australia to ODI series victory over Pakistan

Australia 7/273 (50 overs) defeats Pakistan 123 (40.1)Lanning and Rachael Haynes lead way with 124 and 79A century from captain Meg Lanning has spearheaded Australia’s crushing 150-run ODI victory over Pakistan in Malaysia.The Australians cruised to a …

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A-League: Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City – live!

Updates from the first Melbourne derby of Season 14David Squires on … the glorious return of the A-LeagueThoughts? Join the conversation via email or Twitter 10.33am BST 32 min: Honda loves a debut goal. After scoring on his debut for previous Mexica…

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Australia slump to 373-run defeat and surrender series to Pakistan

Pakistan’s Abbas takes 10 for 95 to secure second Test victoryBatting collapse condemns Australia to fourth worst Test defeatAustralia slumped to a 373-run defeat in the second Test against Pakistan after seamer Mohammad Abbas secured a match haul of 1…

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Adelaide United v Sydney FC: A-League 2018-19 season opener – live!

Updates from the curtain-raiser at HindmarshAny thoughts? Email or tweet @rrjparkin 10.00am BST 3 min: Windy conditions in Adelaide tonight, but a pristine pitch underfoot. It’s a relatively gentle opening few minutes as both sides look to knock it aro…

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A-League 2018-19: end the hand-wringing, the green shoots are there | Richard Parkin

With a propensity towards doom and gloom, Australian football needs an occasional narrative resetLike the ancient serpent ouroboros, Australian football has a seemingly infinite capacity for auto-cannibalism. With a grassroots participation base that i…

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David Squires on … the glorious return of the A-League

Our resident cartoonist can barely hide his delight on the day the A-League gets back underwayView all of David’s Australian sport cartoons here Continue reading…

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Shaun Marsh departs early as Australia face second Test defeat to Pakistan

• Day three: Pakistan 282 & 400-9d; Australia 145 & 47-1• Marsh out early after Australians were set 538 to win In the early evening Abu Dhabi sunlight, in a wash of warm mango colour that lit up the grass and the grandstands of the Sheikh Zaye…

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Rain fails to dampen Australian spirit in opening women’s ODI against Pakistan

Pakistan 95 (37.2 overs); Australia 95-5 (22.2 overs)Australia begin tour of Malaysia with five-wicket winAustralia opened their five-match ODI series with Pakistan with a five-wicket win in a rain-affected clash in Malaysia. After dismissing Pakistan …

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Australian PGA to roll out beach-themed party hole on Gold Coast

Sixteenth hole at Royal Pines to boast beach clubPar three hole also carries $500,000 hole-in-one prizeThe Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast will have its very own party hole this year, complete with a beach in a nod to the city’s famous co…

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Three uncapped players called up for Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup finale

Jed Holloway, Jake Gordon and Angus Cottrell namedCentre Samu Kerevi returns for Yokohama dead rubberAustralia coach Michael Cheika has included New South Wales Waratahs lock Jed Holloway among three uncapped players in a 31-man squad released on Thurs…

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A-League 2018-19 preview part two: Newcastle Jets to Western Sydney Wanderers

Sydney FC have recruited well, Perth and Newcastle are contenders, but a long season awaits Phoenix and WanderersSeason preview part one: Adelaide to Melbourne VictoryIns: Mitch Austin (Victory), Jair (Yanbian Funde FC), Lewis Italiano (Stirling Lions)…

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Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas takes five to leave Australia lagging in second Test

• Day two: Pakistan 282 & 144-2; Australia 145• Abbas takes career-best five for 33End of the line, terminus approaching. Australia may have dodged what looked like an inevitable flattening in Dubai, but met the full brunt of a collision on the sec…

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Sam Stosur weighs up right moment to call time on tennis career

Former world No 4 doesn’t want to ‘put a date on it’34-year-old preparing to enter 21st year on tourSamantha Stosur admits she is not sure how many more Australian tennis summers she has left as she prepares for her 21st year on the WTA tour. The 2011 …

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FFA narrows A-League expansion bid field to six applicants

Wollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride bids cast asideTwo successful applicants to be announced in NovemberWollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride FC have failed in their bids to win an A-League licence after Football Federation Australia narrowed the field t…