England win fifth Test to draw Ashes series but Australia keep urn

Original article by Vic Marks
theguardian.com – Page: Online : 16-Sep-19

England has won the fifth Ashes test at The Oval by 135 runs, after bowling Australia out for 263. The win meant that it was the first time since 1972 that an Ashes series had ended in a draw, with Australia having already retained the Ashes. Matt Wade scored a defiant 117, while Steve Smith was an obvious choice for the Compton/Miller award for the man of the series, having scored 774 runs. Opener David Warner scored just 95 runs for the series, with Stuart Board dismissing him in seven of Warner’s 10 innings.

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Dream in tatters: doping spotlight on Rioli

Original article by Courtney Walsh
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 13-Sep-19

West Coast Eagles football player Willie Rioli has been stood down by the club after it was revealed ASADA has alleged he substituted a urine sample during a drug test in August. Former ASADA chief Richard Ings says it ‘can never be for a good reason’ when someone substitutes a urine sample, and it is an act that normally results in a four-year ban. Rioli will not play for the Eagles, who are seeking to defend their 2018 premiership, for the rest of the season, but he can still train with them.

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Second Smith hit could be catastrophic: expert

Original article by Jill Margo
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 20-Aug-19

Dr Adrian Cohen says Steve Smith should not be allowed to play in the third Ashes cricket test, which starts on 22 August. Smith was hit on the neck during the second Test and became the first player to be replaced under international cricket’s new concussion substitution rule. Cohen is the founder of concussion research and advocacy organisation Headspace. He says the brain needs around eight to 10 days to recover from concussion, and any blow to Smith’s head or neck before the end of that period could prove fatal.

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IOC rule flip puts Brisbane in frame

Original article by Wayne Smith
The Australian – Page: 2 : 28-Jun-19

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says changes to the Olympic Charter will boost the chances of southeast Queensland bidding for the 2032 Summer Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee has traditionally selected the host city just seven years before the event, but it has agreed to extend this to up to 12 years. Southeast Queensland is already widely regarded as the favourite to win the 2032 Olympics, and IOC president Thomas Bach has praised Brisbane’s feasibility study on hosting the world’s biggest sporting event.

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Exercise isn’t always good

Original article by Jill Margo
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 4-May-19

Robert Newton says that exercise should not be viewed as a ‘single medicine’ and should be tailored to an individual’s needs. Newton, who is professor of exercise medicine at Edith Cowan University, contends poor prescribing of exercise for those with chronic disease can compromise patient health and possibly their survival. He said he was amazed when the Oncology Society of Australia announced in May 2018 that exercise should become part of standard practice in cancer treatment.

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AFL kicking goals as Toyota signs record $18.5m annual sponsorship deal

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian – Page: 21 & 24 : 15-Mar-19

Toyota has renewed its naming-rights sponsorship deal with the Australian Football League until 2023. The car-make will pay $18.5m a year to be the AFL’s major sponsor, compared with $16m annually under its current deal. As part of the new deal, Toyota will also become the AFL’s official community partner, as well as the official automotive partner of the women’s AFL competition. The AFL’s latest financial report shows that it boasted revenue of more than $200m from commercial operations in 2018, including sponsorship packages.

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Village halts plans for more Topgolf centres

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 17-Jan-19

Village Roadshow is believed to have put the rollout of its Topgolf venture on hold. Village Roadshow opened the first of eight propose Topgolf venues in mid-2018, but the company is said to have halted the rollout until the performance of the Gold Coast venue can be ascertained. Meanwhile, Village Roadshow’s deputy chairman John Kirby is pushing for asset sales and the removal of executive chairman Robert Kirby and CEO Graham Burke.

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Governing body happy with series attendances but ODIs face uphill fight

Original article by Jon Pierik
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 51 : 13-Nov-18

Attendances for Australia’s recent three-match one-day cricket internationals series against South Africa have been described as modest. Ratings for the matches on Fox Sports were probably only a third of what they would have been if they had been on free-to-air television. Cricket Australia is hoping for better attendances and ratings when the first of four Twenty20 internationals begin at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast on 17 November.

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Sheik up, as McEvoy streaks to third Cup

Original article by Chip Le Grand
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 7-Nov-18

The Godolpin racing stable of Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has won its first Melbourne Cup after trying to do so for two decades. Godolphin’s "Cross Counter" has become the first British-trained horse to win the prestigious race, with jockey Kerrin McEvoy riding a Melbourne Cup winner for the third time. Race favourite "Yucatan", which is part-owned by businessman Lloyd Williams, finished in 11th place. Another horse owned by Williams, "The Cliffs of Moher", was put down after fracturing its right shoulder.

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Williams chasing Cup three-peat

Original article by James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 6-Nov-18

Australian businessman Lloyd Williams is confident of winning a seventh Melbourne Cup with Irish horse "Yucatan". Williams is a co-owner of the Cup favourite, whose other owners include fellow entrepreneurs Brian Singer, Alan Green and Gerry Ryan. Williams is also the co-owner of another Melbourne Cup contender, "The Cliffs of Moher". Horses owned by Williams won the Melbourne Cup in 2016 and 2017.

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