Dark side of footy fandom stripped bare

Men in navy-blue polo shirts and black-and-yellow scarves take cautious sips of their beer. They stare straight ahead with rapt attention, not wanting to miss a moment of the action unfolding before them. It’s as though they were watching a crucial one-on-one contest on the wing between Dustin Martin and Patrick Cripps, rather than a stripper writhing on a pole […]

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Wobbly Spurs take on side that beat Atletico 4-0 and have Reus and Alcacer back… if they lose their nerve they could blow it in Dortmund

A night when Spurs need to be Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, not the “Spursy” Spurs of so many occasions. And an evening which can either send out a statement of intent. Or run up the flag of surrender. The Westfalenstadion – or Signal Iduna Park as it is currently known – is a genuine footballing bearpit. Daniel Levy was so taken […]

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Azhar sees the funny side of farcical run out

Abu Dhabi:  It was a dismissal likely to feature in packages of cricket’s greatest blunders for decades to come and Azhar Ali is even bracing for sledging from his own sons after his farcical run out at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday. By the end of the day, Azhar could see the funny side of what happened when he and non-striker […]

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English rugby side Leicester sack Australian coach O'Connor

Matt O'Connor has left the Leicester Tigers with immediate effect after just one game of the new English Premiership season. Australian O'Connor had been in charge at Welford Road since April 2017 but departs following Saturday's 40-6 thrashing at the hands of Exeter Chiefs. Relieved: Former Leicester coach Matt O’Connor. The 47-year-old former Wallabies international and Queensland Reds coach, who […]

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Dragons coach McGregor wants his side to silence critics against Cowboys

Dragons coach Paul McGregor says Saturday’s clash with North Queensland is a chance to answer critics who continue to question his side’s premiership credentials. There’s been no shortage of skeptics willing to write off the Dragons as title contenders given the late-season fades that have plagued them in recent years. Wary McGregor: The Dragons boss is sick of hearing people […]

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Croatia's side can surpass stars of '98, says Lovren

Croatia's successful run in the 1998 World Cup in France, when they finished third, has been something of a burden for the generations that followed, but the current group in Russia could even surpass them, defender Dejan Lovren said on Thursday. In its maiden appearance representing an independent nation, Croatia went out to the hosts in the 1998 semi-finals, then […]

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NBL team can beat an NBA side, says Bogut ahead of announced US tour

Former NBA star Andrew Bogut says the concept of five Australian NBL teams taking on the might of the NBA would have been laughed out of America just a few years ago, but now even a win is achievable. An opening marquee clash between NBL champions Melbourne United and Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers highlights seven games announced on Wednesday between […]

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NBL team can beat an NBA side, says Bogut ahead of announced US tour

Former NBA star Andrew Bogut says the concept of five Australian NBL teams taking on the might of the NBA would have been laughed out of America just a few years ago, but now even a win is achievable. An opening marquee clash between NBL champions Melbourne United and Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers highlights seven games announced on Wednesday between […]

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Langer to put his stamp on new-look side

New national cricket coach Justin Langer. Justin Langer's cricket blueprint will be laid out this weekend when Australia's one-day squad gather for a pre-tour camp in Brisbane. Langer, for the first time as Australia coach, will address players as a collective to detail the on-field response to the ball-tampering scandal. "We will get together as a group and sit down […]

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