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Reece Walsh and Nathan Cleary.

Cleary is a big fan of Walsh – but plans to make his Origin debut a nightmare

NSW halfback Nathan Cleary thinks Reece Walsh’s unconvincing performance under the high ball against the Knights was a one off. But he intends to find out on Sunday.

  • by Adam Pengilly
NSW captain Kezie Apps.

Blues captain Apps not buying Maroons jab that Queensland comp is better than NSW

Earlier this month, Maroons captain Ali Brigginshaw had a sly dig at NSW to get the Origin rivalry flowing, saying Queensland had better club systems than NSW.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
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IPL pits stars against national tours – but might just be perfect World Cup preparation

Malcolm Conn

Far from hindering Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup campaign, the IPL shapes as an ideal warm-up for non-touring big names.

Bravo, Carl Nassib ... and let’s hope that, one day soon, no one cares

Peter FitzSimons
Peter FitzSimons

Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay - a milestone on the road to equality and another step towards the day when a player’s sexuality does not count as news.

Queenslander! The Origin horror movie Fittler doesn’t want to watch again

Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster

Thumped in Origin I, injury-ravaged Queensland have turned to broken-down veterans and a rookie who has played just seven NRL matches. This is when they’re at their best.

Cricket

Australia’s white-ball tours of the West indies and Bangladesh are still uncertain.

IPL pits stars against national tours – but might just be perfect World Cup preparation

Far from hindering Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup campaign, the IPL shapes as an ideal warm-up for non-touring big names.

  • by Malcolm Conn
Vaughan strikes a boundary during the New Year’s Test at the SCG in 2004.

Calls for calm after Vaughan demands Ashes cancellation

Cricket Australia has called for calm after former England captain Michael Vaughan demanded the Ashes be cancelled if players’ families are unable to tour.

  • by Malcolm Conn

Soccer

AFL

The MCG and other stadia will return to 85 per cent capacity next week.
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AFL 2021

Crowds back at sporting events in Melbourne as restrictions ease

Fans won’t need to wear masks while sitting and watching AFL games, but will need to don them when moving around venues. Ticket sale times have also been announced.

  • by Peter Ryan, Michael Lynch, Daniel Cherny and Andrew Wu
MCG crowd.
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AFL 2021

GWS-Hawthorn clash moved to MCG, 25,000 limit set for AFL matches in Melbourne

The round 15 AFL fixture remains up in the air while both NSW teams were scrambling to Victoria as the GWS-Hawthorn game was moved to the MCG in the wake of NSW’s escalating COVID-19 situation.

  • by Daniel Cherny, Andrew Wu, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Roy Ward

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Charlie Hunter (right) in action for Oregon.

Hunter claims Tokyo spot with second quickest Australian time ever

Two weeks ago, Australia didn’t have a runner qualified to race the 800 metres at the Tokyo Olympics. Now, they have three.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Susie O’Neill

O’Neill backs swimming review, says she never experienced bullying

Deputy chef de mission and Olympic great Susie O’Neill says allegations must be investigated but her experience in the sport was very different.

  • by Phil Lutton

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