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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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ADAM SCHWAB | SPORT | 3

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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SALLY WHYTE | SPORT |

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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ADAM SCHWAB | SPORT |

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 | SPORT |

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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PADDY MANNING | SPORT |

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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PADDY MANNING | SPORT |

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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In Cuiaba, Australia’s field of dreams, they’re sick of the Cup already

The World Cup starts in just a few months. But Dan Moss, an Australian freelance journalist in Cuiaba, says Brazil is nowhere near ready to host the showcase of the world game.

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PADDY MANNING | SPORT |

Once a shining Knight, Tinkler leaves a footy club in limbo

The plight of the Newcastle Knights will get worse before it gets better, with Nathan Tinkler likely to lose the team.

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ADAM SCHWAB | SPORT |

Lauded as the AFL’s saviour, but Demetriou missed the mark

Andrew Demetriou will retire at the end of this season, amid accolades and praise. But was he actually good for AFL?

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | SPORT |

Follow Friday: @MarkGaleotti, explaining Russia and the Games

Mark Galeotti is an important voice on the Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin’s overarching ambition and all things Russian. Crikey’s Follow Friday series explains why you should add him to your feed.

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ANDREW MURFETT | SPORT |

Super Bowl Sunday, an American circus like no other

Nothing unites America like the Super Bowl. But amid the New York glitz and TV advertising glamour, there’s a dark side to one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

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Hang Ten: will anyone watch the Winter Olympics?

Viewership numbers for the Winter Olympics have fallen down a ski slope in recent years, so Crikey intern David Ross asks: will Ten make its money back? Maybe not — but that’s not the point.

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