This is the man who delivered the death blow to Amazon deal

The watershed moment that led Amazon to reconsider coming to Queens came on Feb. 4 — when a fierce political foe was appointed to a state board with the power to thwart the project, said sources involved in the discussions. That was the day state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins nominated Sen. Michael Gianaris as her appointee to the obscure […]

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Rioli at long last a life member at Richmond

Richmond have posthumously bestowed life membership status on Norm Smith medallist Maurice Rioli. Despite being a dual Tigers best and fairest, as well as being named best on ground in the 1982 grand final, the dazzling Indigenous champion had not been recognised with the honour until Monday night's annual general meeting. Rioli's nephew Daniel, the current-day Tiger, accepted the award […]

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America’s long wait for Bobby Fischer-like chess champion just got longer

LONDON – The United States has waited 46 years to crown a world chess champion, but the wait goes on following American Fabiano Caruana’s loss Wednesday in London to Norway’s reigning champion Magnus Carlsen after a three-week, nail-biting battle. Carlsen, 27, pockets $860,000 for his victory; Caruana, $700,000. The Norwegian won the title after a contest that included more than 600 moves, 50 hours […]

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Lese-majeste is dead. Long live lese-majeste

Palming a deck of cards in the courtyard of his teak house in Bangkok that doubles as a bookstore, Sulak Sivaraksa doesn’t look like a threat to the fabric of Thai society. But for nearly 50 years, a succession of military dictatorships has thought otherwise. Sulak, 85, was forced into exile twice and had his life threatened and bookstore burnt […]

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Richarlison has a long way to go to make the Copa America – but he could be the answer on the right for Tite

The Everton striker scored the only goal on Tuesday night when Brazil met Clarence Seedorf’s Cameroon at the Stadium MK. It may well have been a low key friendly, but the stakes could be high for Richarlison. He has surely benefited from the option of coach Tite to choose Roberto Firmino as his first choice centre-forward. Firmino has many qualities. […]

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Don’t let Amazon build an uninviting HQ in Queens

Jeff Bezos must be planning to build his Amazon complex in Long Island City out of Lego bricks. How else to explain his $3.6 billion estimate to develop up to 8 million square feet of offices within 15 years, when it’s costing $3.2 billion just to erect a single modern skyscraper, One Vanderbilt, with a mere 1.7 million square feet? […]

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Will Smith’s Long Lost ‘Nightmare’ Video Leaked!

Will Smith never faced Freddy Krueger — but he did apparently battle his lawyers! Yes, during the Parents Just Don’t Understand phase of his career, the Fresh Prince did a Halloween novelty song called Nightmare on My Street, even making a horror movie music video. Unfortunately, they did not get permission from New Line Cinema, who found the resemblance to A Nightmare on Elm […]

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Drawing a long bow on fairness in football

Is it time for Gillon McLachlan to pitch his 17-5 fixture again?Credit:Alex Ellinghausen Some years ago, the AFL began correcting people who called the release of the following season's list of games a draw. It's a fixture, they said, and while many people still call it a draw for simplicity's sake, it is actually nothing of the sort. Because a […]

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Bombers Baguley, Long sign contract extensions

Mark Baguley and Jake Long have re-signed with Essendon, tying them to the club until at least the end of 2019. The 31-year-old Baguley, who has played 124 games for the Bombers, said he was thrilled to extend his contract with the Bombers. Re-signed: Mark Baguley will be back with the Bombers in 2019.Credit:AAP “I’m extremely excited for next season, […]

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