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NBA hopeful LaMelo Ball reportedly buys Australian pro team he played for

Ball, 18, has reportedly bought the NBL’s Illawarra HawksBrother of Lonzo Ball is potential No 1 pick in NBA draftPotential No 1 draft pick LaMelo Ball and his business manager, Jermaine Jackson, purchased the Illawarra Hawks, Ball’s pro team in Austra…

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Fears for animal welfare as first Australian state bans horse and dog racing amid coronavirus crisis

Tasmania ban comes as other states quietly try to make arrangements to house thousands of furloughed racehorses in the event of a national ban Tasmania has banned horse and greyhound racing “effective immediately” in the latest wave of shutdowns intend…

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NRL Island: Queensland resort manager reveals plan to rescue coronavirus-hit season

Resort 40km off Brisbane could house 500 players and staffAll games would be played in QueenslandManager promises thorough isolation from Covid-19It may sound like a desperate pitch for a bad reality TV show, but the NRL season may yet be saved after a…

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Clubs run on the smell of an oily rag face tough times as coronavirus hits community sport | Scott Heinrich

The lifeblood of Australian sport is suffering in silence, waiting for word from above and fearful of the futureAustralia coronavirus blog for live news and updatesSign up for Coronavirus: Australia at a glance, our daily email newsletterCoronavirus Au…

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Australia’s future rugby landscape to be shaped by pay cut talks | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia’s plan is to survive for the next three months, but there is no certainty about what happens after thatThe good news from Rugby Australia’s annual general meeting on Monday was that the game is still solvent. But after the game’s govern…

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My favourite game: North Adelaide v Glenelg, 1987 SANFL grand final | Scott Heinrich

A crowd of 50,617 were present at Football Park to witness to a masterclass by the Roosters There are few years as significant in the timeline of Australian football as 1987. It was the year the VFL welcomed teams from Western Australia and Queensland,…

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‘It’s definitely real’: Newcastle Jets player tests positive to coronavirus

Player was tested before a pre-scheduled international flight‘He was fine, no symptoms,’ the Jets chief executive saidAn unnamed Newcastle Jets player has become the first professional footballer in Australia to test positive to Covid-19. The player, w…

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PFA threatens legal action after Perth Glory stand down A-League players

Glory owner Tony Sage describes move as ‘heartbreaking’PFA is demanding all players be reinstated immediatelyAustralia’s professional footballers’ union is demanding Perth Glory owner Tony Sage revoke the stand-down notices sent to the A-League club’s …

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AFL and players agree to pay deal during coronavirus shutdown

Players accept 50% cut rising to 70% if delay extends past MayThey are also prepared to play into December to finish seasonThe bitter stand-off between the AFL and its players has ended, with players agreeing to a 50 per cent pay cut until the end of M…

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Sports clubs across Australia unite to pitch in during coronavirus crisis | Scott Heinrich

Now that there is no sport, Craig Foster is leading a call to arms during this time of needSport has always been more than a game to Craig Foster. Digest any of his musings on football, and Foster’s view of sport as a vehicle to effect change, break do…

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Key workers to be given 20,021 free tickets to Rugby League World Cup

Frontline staff will be thanked for their dedication during the coronavirus pandemic at the tournament in England next yearBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThe decision to move the Olympics and the European Championship to 2021 could have Jon Du…

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Hawthorn v Geelong: VFL grand final 1989 – retro liveblog

A retrospective account of the classic match at the MCGEvery goal as it happened over 30 years ago 3.18am GMT Q1. 14:45 gone: Hawthorn 4.2 (26) v Geelong 1.0 (6) Brilliant hands from Dipper to Whitman, who is the linkman again to Platten this time, the…

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David Squires on … the absence of the A-League for the foreseeable future

Our cartoonist on how Australia’s football community will cope during the coronavirus shutdownTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Wellington Phoenix player sorry for golf buggy joy ride while in quarantine

FFA investigating alcohol-related incident in SydneyAll Whites’ Tim Payne ‘incredibly embarrassed’Wellington player Tim Payne has issued a tearful apology for a joyriding incident during the team’s A-League quarantine period in Sydney which will have l…

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NRL player pay cuts loom after staff and coaches stood down

Tiered approach to salary cuts could be appliedCoaches John Morris and Paul Green ordered to take leaveFringe NRL players are at the forefront of a predicted percentage pay cut during the season’s suspension, chief executive Todd Greenberg says. Every …

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Australian sport braces for widespread cuts as financial crisis hits

AFL staff cut by 80%; players offer to take 50% pay cutA-League players out of contract at end of MayThe huge financial cost of the coronavirus outbreak is being felt in the major football codes as Australian sport braces itself to feel the full impact…

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A-League postponed as Australian sport grinds to a halt due to Covid-19

‘Heartbreaking’ decision to be reviewed on 22 AprilFFA hopes rest of season can be played at some stageThe A-League season has been postponed, bringing all top-level sport in Australia to a halt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Football Federati…

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NRL strives to push on with season as it closes offices due to Covid-19

Hundreds of staff forced to take annual leaveCost-cutting measure to remain in place until 1 MayThe NRL has announced it will close its offices from Tuesday until at least 1 May, forcing hundreds of staff across all departments to take annual leave.In …

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NRL strives to push on with season as it closes offices due to Covid-19

Hundreds of staff forced to take annual leaveCost-cutting measure to remain in place until 1 MayThe NRL has announced it will close its offices from Tuesday until at least 1 May, forcing hundreds of staff across all departments to take annual leave.In …

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Australian athletes told to prepare for Olympic Games in 2021

Australia cannot assemble a team for 24 July startSituation due to coronavirus has become ‘untenable’The Australian Olympic Committee has conceded the Covid-19 pandemic will ensure the Tokyo Olympics is delayed, telling athletes to prepare for a Games …