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Cricket great Matthew Hayden suffers spinal injuries while surfing in Queensland

Former Test opener ‘dodged a bullet’ and is recovering from head and neck injuries Former Australian Test opener Matthew Hayden admits he’s lucky to have survived after suffering head and spinal injuries while surfing on a family holiday in Queensland….

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Commonwealth Games closing ceremony: Peter Beattie apologises for debacle

Broadcasters furious they were unable to show athletes entering the stadium, while spectators rushed the exits during endless speechesCommonwealth Games organisers have apologised after stinging criticism on social media of Sunday night’s closing cerem…

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Tickets for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony remain on sale

Many priced out with tickets costing upwards of $380, while Indigenous protestors continue to gather on Gold CoastWith just hours left until the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, tickets remain available for the event, despite chairman Peter …

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Commonwealth Games programme lists England as African nation

Banjul, not London, is named as the English capital in printing blunder in the official pamphletA 130-page programme for the Commonwealth Games has accidentally listed England as an African country. The programme, which includes profiles on the 71 Comm…

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Commonwealth Games: Australia’s chance to repair sporting reputation

Organisers hope Gold Coast Games can help restore event’s sporting and cultural relevanceThere are still references to cricket ball-tampering in the Australian newspapers, but they have been overtaken on the front pages by an enthusiastic embrace of th…

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Channel Nine’s suspension from Commonwealth Games under review

Games organisers banned network from attending opening ceremony after it broadcast dress rehearsal footageChannel Nine will not be attending Wednesday’s Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on the Gold Coast.Organisers have suspended the network’s accre…

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Indian Commonwealth Games ‘imposters’ detained at Brisbane airport

One man charged with people smuggling and falsifying documents after eight claim to be journalistsA group of Indian nationals has been arrested and detained as “imposters” claiming to be journalists covering the Commonwealth Games.The Australian Border…

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Commonwealth Games wifi service will mine visitors’ Facebook data

The data mining, which the Gold Coast council says is legal, will be used to market the city to touristsThe Gold Coast council will use a new city wifi service to harvest Facebook data from visitors to next month’s Commonwealth Games.The data mining, w…

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Karmichael Hunt avoids cocaine conviction but pleads guilty to lesser charge

Wallabies player pleads guilty to possessing Xanax and failing to attend a police station Code-hopping footballer Karmichael Hunt has avoided a conviction for alleged cocaine possession but his future remains unclear after his latest court matter was b…

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Wallabies player Karmichael Hunt charged with drug possession

Queensland Reds star arrested in the early hours of SaturdayFormer NRL and AFL player and another man issued with noticesAustralian rugby union player Karmichael Hunt is once again in trouble with the law after being charged with drug possession.The 31…

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Wallabies player Karmichael Hunt charged with drug possession

Queensland Reds star arrested in the early hours of SaturdayFormer NRL and AFL player and another man issued with noticesAustralian rugby union player Karmichael Hunt is once again in trouble with the law after being charged with drug possession.The 31…

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‘Una famiglia’: the diverse roots of Italy’s Rugby League World Cup squad

The Azzurri – a mix of Australian-born NRL stars, homegrown talent and union converts – will forgo match payments to assist development of the game in ItalyIn far north Queensland, the Italian rugby league team has been sharing stories. The players com…

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‘I had tears in my eyes’: jubilant Queenslanders bathe in Origin glory

The famous come-from-behind State of Origin series victory amply rewarded those Maroons fans who made the pilgrimage to Suncorp Stadium

After full-time, as supporters spilled out of Suncorp Stadium, Mario De Vecchi emerged grinning ear-to-ear from a sea of maroon. “I just had to give Wally a kiss,” he said, nodding to the iconic Wally Lewis statue. “Amazing – I had tears in my eyes about three times during the game.”

Related: State of Origin 2017 Game 3: Maroons clinch series after Valentine Holmes hat-trick

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Tennis pro Isaac Frost charged with match fixing after ‘suspicious bets’

Frost, whose highest world ranking was 651, also charged with supplying dangerous drugs and possession

A professional tennis player in Brisbane has been charged with match fixing after an investigation involving “star chamber” hearings by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission.

Isaac Frost, 28, is accused of facilitating a fix on a match at the Challenger Tournament in Traralgon, Victoria, that police allege attracted “a number of suspicious bets”.

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State of Origin: absentees mean Maroon empire looks vulnerable for once

Johnathan Thurston’s will to win, leadership and confidence under pressure is a massive loss for Queensland’s hopes of prevailing over New South Wales

History tells us, if we’re inclined to pay attention, that all empires come to an end. Some come crashing down, others slowly fall apart, but in the end most wind up as ruins, tourist attractions beside which to sell ice-cream and overpriced tat.

It may seem a surreal thing to contemplate for those currently basking under the Queensland sun, but we can take from this the certainty that the Maroon empire will fall, just as the empires of Babylonia, Rome, Britain, and St George fell before it. What we don’t know is precisely when this will happen. There seems little doubt, however, that the reign of the Maroon empire looks as vulnerable as it has since it came to prominence in 2006.

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A-League: late Maclaren goal sees Brisbane Roar win in Wellington

  • Brisbane end five-week winless run with 1-0 win over Phoenix
  • Jamie Maclaren scores winner in 87th minute

Brisbane have ended their five-week winless A-League run with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Phoenix in Wellington.

The fourth-placed Roar, who had not won in Wellington for more than three years, had to work for Saturday’s win, with Jamie Maclaren sliding home the winner in a well-worked 87th-minute move.

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A-League: late Maclaren goal sees Brisbane Roar win in Wellington

  • Brisbane end five-week winless run with 1-0 win over Phoenix
  • Jamie Maclaren scores winner in 87th minute

Brisbane have ended their five-week winless A-League run with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Phoenix in Wellington.

The fourth-placed Roar, who had not won in Wellington for more than three years, had to work for Saturday’s win, with Jamie Maclaren sliding home the winner in a well-worked 87th-minute move.

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A-League: late Maclaren goal sees Brisbane Roar win in Wellington

  • Brisbane end five-week winless run with 1-0 win over Phoenix
  • Jamie Maclaren scores winner in 87th minute

Brisbane have ended their five-week winless A-League run with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Phoenix in Wellington.

The fourth-placed Roar, who had not won in Wellington for more than three years, had to work for Saturday’s win, with Jamie Maclaren sliding home the winner in a well-worked 87th-minute move.

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A-League: late Maclaren goal sees Brisbane Roar win in Wellington

  • Brisbane end five-week winless run with 1-0 win over Phoenix
  • Jamie Maclaren scores winner in 87th minute

Brisbane have ended their five-week winless A-League run with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Phoenix in Wellington.

The fourth-placed Roar, who had not won in Wellington for more than three years, had to work for Saturday’s win, with Jamie Maclaren sliding home the winner in a well-worked 87th-minute move.

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Not too deep at midwicket: Gabba makes a splash with a pool at the Test

Intrepid reporter Joshua Robertson tries out cricket’s latest gimmick – a swimming pool inside the Brisbane stadium for Australia v Pakistan

Immersed in cool water, the punter surveys the grandeur of the contest at the heart of the Gabba through transparent pool fence and wanders over to lounge chairs on artificial grass for a drink. Cricket has come to this: a swimming pool in the ground.

For the first Test between Australia and Pakistan in Brisbane, a select few will have an uninterrupted view of the action while relaxing in their togs.

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