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Free kick for Fitzroy’s youth in a football club scoring diversity goals – a photo essay

The Lions play a vital role for the talented kids, many from refugee backgrounds, living in one of Melbourne’s most gentrified suburbsGrowing up in the high-rise commission flats of Melbourne’s inner north, one thing was certain for Abdul Abdurahman.De…

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Free kick for Fitzroy’s youth in a football club scoring diversity goals – a photo essay

The Lions play a vital role for the talented kids, many from refugee backgrounds, living in one of Melbourne’s most gentrified suburbsGrowing up in the high-rise commission flats of Melbourne’s inner north, one thing was certain for Abdul Abdurahman.De…

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Marvel Stadium to review ‘intimidating’ AFL security measures

Guards patrolling aisles causes fan backlashAFL say it is still looking for ‘right balance’Marvel Stadium management will review security procedures after the AFL venue’s chief executive Michael Green conceded some fans felt intimidated by the more-vis…

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Matildas to set up home at state-of-the-art facility in Melbourne

Football Victoria plan gets FFA backing‘Coming of age for women’s sport in Australia’The Matildas will be able to call Melbourne home after Football Victoria, with the backing of Football Federation Australia, announced its intention to establish a sta…

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‘Big surprise’: Hakeem al-Araibi feels the love as he returns to football club

Bahraini refugee in the spotlight during Pascoe Vale’s first home game of the season despite not getting any playing timeIt hardly mattered that Hakeem al-Araibi didn’t make it on to the pitch for his homecoming match.The Bahraini refugee, whose recent…

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Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia to hero’s welcome

Wife of refugee thanks supporters for helping to secure his release as family call on Bahrain to ‘drop all the fabricated charges’Hakeem al-Araibi arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday, 77 days after he was arrested in Thailand on an Interpol red notice, dra…

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Australia urges Thailand to use its powers to free Hakeem al-Araibi

Request comes as Thai prosecutor confirms country’s attorney general has authority to override court processThe Australian government has renewed demands for the release of Hakeem al-Araibi after the Thai prosecutor publicly confirmed the government ha…

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‘Please help me’: refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi tells of his Thai jail ordeal

Exclusive: In an interview with the Guardian he pleads for his release and says he fears torture and jail if extradited to BahrainHakeem al-Araibi, the refugee footballer from Bahrain who was detained in Thailand while on his honeymoon, has said he is …

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AFL player Majak Daw says he has ‘second chance at life’ as he recovers from bridge fall

North Melbourne AFL club releases letter revealing utility is making ‘huge strides’AFL player Majak Daw, who fell from a bridge in Melbourne in December, says he is recovering from his injuries and has been blessed with a “second chance at life”.The No…

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Good-time racing crowd veils the worst of Melbourne Cup day

Just as the well-behaved gathering started to deteriorate after the big race, news came that a horse had died • The CliffsofMoher put down after suffering fractured shoulderThree things happened after the running of the Melbourne Cup – the race that st…

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Melbourne Cup 2018 live: horses, form guide, fashion and tips – latest updates!

Updates as the rain pours down at Flemington RacecourseAny thoughts? Email or tweet @lukehgomesWaning local participation opens door to foreign raiders 1.09am GMT It’s just ticked past midday on Melbourne Cup day. So let’s take a look at the favourites…

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The Serena cartoon debate: calling out racism is not ‘censorship’ | Gary Younge

The depiction of the tennis star in an Australian newspaper recycled centuries-old racial stereotypes. Publishing it showed an extraordinary lack of judgmentIf there is one thing more damning than the racist cartoon of Serena Williams published in Melb…

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Peter Thomson, Australian golfing great, dies aged 88

Five-time British Open champion had been treated for Parkinson’s diseaseThe Australian golfing great Peter Thomson has died at the age of 88. The five-time British Open champion had been treated for Parkinson’s disease for the past four years.He died s…

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Peter Thomson, Australian golfing great, dies aged 88

Five-time British Open champion had been treated for Parkinson’s diseaseThe Australian golfing great Peter Thomson has died at the age of 88. The five-time British Open champion had been treated for Parkinson’s disease for the past four years.He died s…

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Australian Open: day one – in pictures

The first day from Melbourne Park as Venus Williams is defeated in the women’s draw and Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios headline the evening session in the men’s draw Continue reading…

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Australian Open: day one – in pictures

The first day from Melbourne Park as Venus Williams is defeated in the women’s draw and Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios headline the evening session in the men’s draw Continue reading…

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Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed

In Melbourne to celebrate 50th anniversary of her Australian Open victory, King says of Court ‘I don’t think it’s appropriate … she’s gotten derogatory’American tennis legend Billie Jean King has called for the Margaret Court Arena’s name to be chang…

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A Cup full of cliches, but Melbourne salvages some down-to-earth spirit

Birdcage snobbery and drunken racegoers have become a Melbourne Cup staple, but Australia’s refusal to take the day too seriously still shines through It is easy to send up the Melbourne Cup, but easier if everyone’s in on it. Matthew Young and Rob Wad…

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‘This is not OK’: Martina Navratilova repeats call to rename Margaret Court Arena

Tennis great calls out fellow former world No1 over anti-gay rights stance, accusing her of ‘bullying’ and ‘linking LGBT to Nazis, communists, the devil’

Martina Navratilova has repeated her call to rename Margaret Court Arena after the latest comments by her fellow former world No1 caused yet more outrage in the LGBTI and tennis communities.

“We celebrate free speech, but that doesn’t mean it is free of consequences – not punishment, but consequences,” Navratilova wrote in an open letter published by Fairfax Media.

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‘This is not OK’: Martina Navratilova repeats call to rename Margaret Court Arena

Tennis great calls out fellow former world No1 over anti-gay rights stance, accusing her of ‘bullying’ and ‘linking LGBT to Nazis, communists, the devil’

Martina Navratilova has repeated her call to rename Margaret Court Arena after the latest comments by her fellow former world No1 caused yet more outrage in the LGBTI and tennis communities.

“We celebrate free speech, but that doesn’t mean it is free of consequences – not punishment, but consequences,” Navratilova wrote in an open letter published by Fairfax Media.

Continue reading…