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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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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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New TV deals create cash bonanza for US sports industry

The value of new broadcast deals will top sales of sponsorships and merchandise this year, and contribute most to revenue growth in the North American sports industry.

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Essendon stood by Hird, but enough is enough

James Hird must resign, but his departure will be cold comfort for a club (and its fans) already torn apart by scandal.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: on loving boobs ironically

We abhor strip clubs but love burlesque, denounce the Legends (read: lingerie) Football League but watch equally scantily clad ladies play roller derby. We still want to masturbate to naked women, but now there is a mocking panache.

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Essendon’s wings melt as ASADA brings it crashing back to earth

A judge has found that ASADA’s investigation into Essendon Football Club was perfectly legal. The question is, why did Essendon’s high-powered legal team not consider this possibility? Melbourne-based writer David Ward reports.

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SALLY WHYTE | SPORT |

Time for the AFL to walk the walk (in footy boots)

With the AFL finals season in full swing, it’s time for the league to own and correct its many errors over the past year.

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What did Demetriou know and when did he know it?

Former AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has consistently said he did not tell Essendon’s president the club was under investigation. But two high-profile people have testified otherwise under oath.

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Alien abductions aside, chess intrigue can be a deadly game

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s controversial career — and his alleged alien abduction — has not stopped him from being re-elected as President of the International Chess Federation yet again, writes Ian Rogers.

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G’day Glasgow! Australia the Commonwealth Games golden child

The Commonwealth Games begin today in Glasgow, and Crikey infographic designer Jake Stevens breaks down our chances.

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Brazil smirks at World Cup result — before hangover sets in

As the tourists head to the airport,a chastened Brazil is left to pick up the pieces. Freelance writer Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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Broadcasting the Olympics doesn’t turn a profit, so why do it?

TV networks pay big bucks to broadcast international sport in the middle of the night. Why?

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BERNARD KEANE | SPORT |

I despise the World Cup, and I’m not ashamed to say it

Soccer is ludicrously corrupt and fundamentally silly. And that’s why I not ashamed of admitting I hate the World Cup, writes Bernard Keane.

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Brazil loses the Cup, loses hope, loses everything

It’s a very bleak day in Brazil, with the country’s World Cup hopes smashed by Germany. Django Merope Synge reports on the mop-up in Rio.

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Sorry (yawn), boss, but there’s sport to watch

The World Cup, Wimbledon and soon the Commonwealth Games have Australian sport fans up at all hours. Are we losing anything apart from sleep? Freelance writer (and avid World Cup watcher) Hari Raj reports.

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Brazilians would be protesting against the Cup — but there’s soccer to watch

When Brazilians watch soccer, they are not individuals watching sport. They are a heaving, unified glorious mass with a single mind — and who can protest when that sort of thing is going on? Crikey’s man on the ground Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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HELEN RAZER | SPORT |

Razer’s Class Warfare: pissing in one’s mouth is a traditional value

We should quit expecting the unlikely convergence of great talent with great moral courage. Plus, what’s so wrong with bubbling?

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Viva Rio! A field guide to recognising the tourists of the Cup

The sunburnt, drunk tourists of the World Cup are having the time of their lives. But they’re certainly not seeing the real Brazil. Freelance writer Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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Footy fail: the AFL has lost its way

The AFL is dedicated to making a profit and pleasing broadcasters, with footy club members taken for granted. It’s a pity the AFL is not run more like US sports teams.

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From murder to match-fixing: top controversies in World Cup history

Think Luis Suarez flashing his pearly whites is bad? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton looks back at some of the mayhem on and off the pitch at previous World Cups.

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World Cup: the upside to three straight losses

Australia lost all of its World Cup matches and is on the plane home — but Aussie freelance writer Django Merope Synge, who’s in Rio for the tournament, has drunk the Kool Aid and sees the positives.

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Guy Rundle’s Marxist guide to the World Cup

Now that Australia is out of the World Cup, whom should you support? Certainly not France, what with their bloody imperialist history.Iran? Greece? Should that even be in the First World? Crikey’s resident Marxist gives you the run-down on which countries are the bastardiest.

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Comeback kid: can Tinkler revive a dead mine — and his own fortunes?

Nathan Tinkler has somehow raised $150 million to buy a mothballed coal mine. But will he manage to stump up the cash to actually operate it?

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Running from war to create a new Palestinian narrative

Palestinians ran for peace in only the second Palestine Marathon on Friday. Kim Wilkinson, a Middle East academic, reports from Bethlehem on an event that makes a peaceful protest.

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Want to own a sports team? Tinkler and the ‘narcissistic’ ownership model

Nathan Tinkler’s ownership of the Newcastle Knights NRL club shows the risk to fans in private ownership. Crikey examines the richies playing ball and the cost when it all goes wrong.

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