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Hannah Green: Australia’s latest world-beating sportswoman | Rod Morri

The 22-year-old has seemingly come from nowhere but to those in the know her first win – at a major nonetheless – came as no surprisePrior to that incredibly pressure-packed five-foot putt putt on the final green at Hazeltine Golf Club, Hannah Green wa…

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Israel Folau donations page taken down by GoFundMe for breaching terms of service

Digital fundraising platform says it is committed to fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and will refund donorsIsrael Folau’s fundraising page for his legal challenge against Rugby Australia has been taken down for breaching GoFundMe’s terms of servi…

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Brad Fittler’s State of Origin gamble pays big dividends | Nick Tedeschi

The coach is being hailed as a genius with the Blues now heavily favoured to pull off an unlikely series comebackThe 2019 State of Origin series will head to Sydney for a decider in 17 days time after Brad Fittler’s monstrous Origin gamble paid off. Th…

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From no ranking to No 1 in under four years: Ashleigh Barty’s meteroic rise | Jonathan Howcroft

Few players have reached the pinnacle of tennis by as circuitous a route as the QueenslanderTowards the end of May 2016 Ashleigh Barty signed up for the first qualifying round of the Eastbourne Trophy. The tournament was part of the ITF Women’s Circuit…

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From no ranking to No 1 in under four years: Ashleigh Barty’s meteroic rise | Jonathan Howcroft

Few players have reached the pinnacle of tennis by as circuitous a route as the QueenslanderTowards the end of May 2016 Ashleigh Barty signed up for the first qualifying round of the Eastbourne Trophy. The tournament was part of the ITF Women’s Circuit…

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Australian Hannah Green wins first major at LPGA Championship

First Australian to win a major since 2006 Wins by one shot from Korea’s Sung Hyun Park Australian Hannah Green won the women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine, her first victory on the LPGA Tour, to become the first Australian woman since Karrie Webb at…

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Folau saga finally seeps into Super Netball just before World Cup break | Erin Delahunty

With a degree of inevitably, Maria Folau has been dragged into the controversy surrounding her husband, Israel Folau, after reposting a message supporting his legal campaignOn and off the court, the last round of Super Netball before the World Cup brea…

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Black Cats: Curse of the Bye strikes again but there’s little mystery to latest loss | Craig Little

Forget superstitions and hoodoos, like all sporting curses the reasons for Geelong’s surprise defeat to Port Adelaide are much more mundaneIf there is one thing our game lacks, it is a decent curse – the invocation of an otherworldly power to punish a …

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England’s Jofra Archer to put Smith friendship to one side against Australia

• Archer played with Australia’s Steve Smith in the IPL• Jason Roy may well return from hamstring injuryJofra Archer has said he will put his friendship with Australia’s Steve Smith on hold when England attempt to get their World Cup campaign back into…

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Ashleigh Barty to become world No 1 after Birmingham win over Julia Görges

• Australian will be top when WTA rankings are released• Barty beat Julia Görges 6-3, 7-5 in Birmingham ClassicAshleigh Barty will become the first Australian woman in 43 years to reach the top of the singles rankings after she won the Birmingham Class…

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Blues smash Maroons in Perth to level State of Origin series

Queensland 6-38 New South WalesTom Trobjevic scores hat-trick in rain-soaked clashNSW have kept the State of Origin series alive with a dominant 38-6 win over Queensland in a rain-soaked Game 2 at Optus Stadium in Perth. Each of coach Brad Fittler’s co…

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State of Origin 2019 Game 2: Queensland 6-12 NSW – live!

Live updates from the game between QLD and NSW at Optus Stadium in PerthAny thoughts on the game? Email Richard 11.30am BST 35 mins: Someone’s backside (possibly DCE’s) was revealed for a second there (the result of a reverse wedgie) and it seemed to d…

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Maria Folau in clear for online posts backing husband’s legal campaign

Super Netball stands by Thunderbirds star for Instagram postsFolau misses two late chances for victory against the NSW SwiftsThe netball star wife of sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau, who posted his bid for cash to fund his legal fight against Rugby …

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Matildas bow out having failed to capitalise on glimmers of promise | Ella Reilly

The stark reality of tournament football will show the Matildas failed to match their performance in 2015Norway 1-1 Australia (4-1 on pens): player ratingsIn the end, it wasn’t defensive jitters that felled Australia’s hopes of World Cup glory. While t…

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‘I thought that was it’: why Ash Barty almost gave up tennis for good

Media attention, pressure, depression – Barty went through it all, and it took a stint with cricket to set things rightThe satellite city emerges from a forest of eucalyptus. Large brick houses sit on well-tended blocks of land, where boats and motor h…

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‘It sucks to go out on penalties’: Matildas rally round Sam Kerr after shootout miss

Captain misses spot kick as Australia crash out to NorwayNorway 1-1 Australia (4-1 on pens): player ratingsMatildas skipper Sam Kerr has vowed to come back stronger after her penalty shocker in Australia’s World Cup loss to Norway. With the scores leve…

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Norway 1-1 Australia (4-1 on pens): Women’s World Cup player ratings | Molly Appleton

Lydia Williams stood out for the Matildas while Caroline Graham Hansen proved her status as one of the best players in the worldLydia Williams Continue reading…

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Norway break Australia’s hearts in Women’s World Cup last-16 shootout

Sam Kerr misses first Australian penalty kickMatildas finish with 10 players after Alanna Kennedy red cardSome games of football need only a single error, a single moment of brilliance to decide them. Others can feast on a cornucopia of chances yet nev…

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Ashleigh Barty moves to within one win of world No 1 ranking

Australian beats Barbora Strýcová to reach finalGermany’s Julia Goerges stands in her way Ashleigh Barty has moved to within one victory of becoming only the fifth Australian world No 1 after beating Czech Barbora Strýcová 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final o…

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Norway v Australia: Women’s World Cup last 16 – live!

Updates on the Matildas’ game at the Stade de NiceAny thoughts? Email or tweet @KieranPender 7.21pm BST I’ve been trying to find out why the Norwegians are nicknamed the Gresshoppene (Grasshoppers). My intel to date suggests that it stems back to their…