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MARGOT SAVILLE | SPORT | 16

Polished Hird’s ‘soft chat’ with ABC reporter fails to impress, illuminate

James Hird’s appearance at the Ethics Centre last night raised more questions than it answered.

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ADAM SCHWAB | SPORT | 9

Did Essendon players get a fair shake?

Examining the evidence in the Essendon peptides case.

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Was Essendon caught up in an AFL sports medicine arms race?

At a 2008 Sports Medicine Australia conference, Dean Robinson presented a paper on the use of sports science for AFL clubs. Did he unwittingly start an arms race? Gary Moorhead, CEO of Sports Medicine Australia 1999–2009, reports.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | SPORT | 7

Hird flies to Sydney for a sympathetic ear

James Hird schedules a tell-all interview that is already arousing controversy.

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GUY RUNDLE | SPORT | 18

Rundle: Don to a turn — how spivs and moguls killed the AFL

The Essendon saga is but one chapter in the wider destruction of the AFL.

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GLENN DYER | SPORT |

Foxtel scoffs humble (meat) pie to save its bacon

Whoopsies, turns out Foxtel does want the NRL after all

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CRIKEY INTERN | SPORT |

Why are female athletes paid so little?

Australia’s female cricket and soccer players make vastly less than their male counterparts, even after recent pay rises. Crikey intern Josh Ribarich investigates.

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A spirited defence of the sport of kings (or: animal rights nuts, sod off)

Thank goodness someone has been brave enough to defend the Emirates Melbourne Cup, that proletariat working-man’s festival brought to you by Myer and Tom Waterhouse. Crikey’s resident bigwig, Sir Herbert Stunkram thanks Guy Rundle for his contribution to the cause.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | SPORT |

‘Extremely improbable that girls will ever be allowed to ride’

Almost 100 years ago another woman was making history at Flemington.

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Australia’s love affair with pokies

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SALLY WHYTE | SPORT |

Aussies tell pollsters they love women’s sport, but few tune in

Do Australians really love women’s sport? The viewership numbers do not bear this out.

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GUY RUNDLE | SPORT |

Rundle: in Walsh’s death, a private act of mourning becomes a media event

Mourning is a private affair, but we have turned it into a ghastly media spectacle.

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Farewell to Phil Walsh from an Adelaide who loved him

A tragedy of this kind has not struck the AFL community before, with no one quite sure how to process it, writes InDaily’s Tom Richardson

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Media waltz right past Matildas, showering loser Socceroos with love

The Matildas have consistently outperformed the Socceroos — but you wouldn’t know it from the pitiful media coverage they get, writes freelance journalist Brihony Tulloch.

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LeBron’s salary a slam dunk, but money dribbles in for Dellavedova

Determining which players deserve colossal pay is relatively easy in sport. But in business it’s a bit trickier, writes economist and journalist Jason Murphy.

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Why you should care about FIFA corruption even if you hate soccer

FIFA has become synonymous with corruption and scandal. And why should you care? Because it’s your money, writes Crikey 2014 World Cup correspondent Django Merope Synge.

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If FIFA wanted to avoid trouble, it should have gone into banking

The US prosecution of FIFA is extraordinary hypocrisy from a country that treats systemic and constant criminality by the world’s biggest banks as the financial equivalent of a parking offence, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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GUY RUNDLE | SPORT |

And now, for the snooker

Snooker is a struggle against the mute indifference of the universe to your desires, says Crikey’s writer-a-large.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | SPORT |

Racial vilification or ‘bulltish’? Richmond v John Burns fails to make waves

How times have changed as newspapers relegate a terrorist slur allegation to the sport pages.

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Crikey Blogs | SPORT |

Cycling: how do Australian cities compare with Paris?

Cycling along the Seine may have a certain je ne sais quois, but Australia’s inner city cyclists are keen to close the gap.

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FIFA, as expected, are a grubby shower of bastards

Let’s get rid of FIFA all together, writes freelance journalist Django Merope Synge.

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BERNARD KEANE | SPORT |

The official, Pythonesque response to Melbourne Cup deaths

Even after the deaths of two horses at the Melbourne Cup, the racing industry still seems in furious denial about its treatment of animals.

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BERNARD KEANE | SPORT |

Yes, I hate the Cup — and for damn good reason

The horseracing industry is cruel, exploitative, unsafe and reliant on organised crime and rentseeking. It shouldn’t be celebrated.

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Hird doubles down on ASADA ruling

James Hird’s attempt to expedite his appeal to the Federal Court on the grounds that “illegal” evidence could further damage his reputation has achieved limited success, as freelance writer David Ward explains.

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PADDY MANNING | SPORT |

What does James Packer really want with the Rabbitohs?

What does noted Roosters supporter James Packer want with South Sydney? And will the gambling mogul change the working-class, anti-pokies ethos at Souths?

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