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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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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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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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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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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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Setting the record straight: when a correction is too little, too late

When does media reporting cross the line into bullying? And if an online publication has made an egregious error of judgement, will an apology help, or has the damage been done?

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Open for debate? Taxpayers’ big investment in a fortnight of tennis

The Australian Open costs taxpayers millions to keep in Melbourne, but is it money well spent? Crikey intern Broede Carmody reports.

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What we have learnt from AFL, NRL drugs scandals

The NRL has issued penalties to the Cronulla Sharks over its drugs scandal. Freelance writer Sally Whyte compares that to how the Essendon Bombers were treated by the AFL over their own ‘supplements’ transgression.

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2013 Crikeys: pick our person / arsehat of the year

It’s that time of the year again, when Crikey readers get to decide who is our Person of the Year — and our Arsehat of the Year.

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Tidbits: from Deng ‘encounters’ to surfing in Bondi

Our Sydney reporter brings you a round-up of tidbits from around the world — ranging from that story about Wendi Deng to some cultural treats from the streets of Sydney.

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Love the player, hate the game: even Magnus Carlsen can’t make chess sexy

The world media is waking up to Magnus Carlsen, the chess prodigy and model who has just won the World Championship. But Australian chess grandmaster Ian Rogers says they still can’t figure out what to write about the sport itself.

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Indian hero v Nordic model: chess’ new world (Oz is just a pawn)

All chess-interested eyes are on Norwegian Magnus Carlsen as he fights to become world champion. Australian grandmaster Ian Rogers says but for a twist of fate, it could have been been an Australian challenger.

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A Birdcage flutter: how the boldly rich and beautiful spend Cup day

The Melbourne Cup Day carnival draws the rich and famous like no other event in Australia. Crikey snooped around the birdcage enclosure to see who was swilling champers with who.

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Meet the Rich Lister who owns a quarter of the Cup horses

One man on track today is a safer bet than anyone: Lloyd Williams owns six horses in the Melbourne Cup, including the defending champ, a long neck ahead of the other Cup rich-listers.

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Ten million reasons to worry about the AFL Commission

Buddy Franklin’s $10-million defection to the Swans has highlighted the AFL Commission’s faults. Here are three of the most concerning, according to Adam Schwab.

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Essendon was stupid, but it’s the AFL with governance issues

James Hird and the Essendon football club have been at least reckless, but it’s the AFL with the most questions to answer in a drugs saga set to spoil this year’s final series for fans.

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Defending Essendon – an open letter from Bruce Francis

Self-proclaimed “reasonable man”, Bruce Francis defends the Essendon Football Club.

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Forget Hird and the Bombers — is the AFL itself bringing the game into disrepute?

There’s no shortage of opinions on the conduct of the Essendon Football Club and coach James Hird, but as Bob Gosford writes, the AFL itself isn’t completely innocent.

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Rupert’s play of the day: the US sport to beat the pirates

It’s one of Rupert Murdoch’s biggest gambles: can his new sports network take on broadcasting giant ESPN? The future of the company’s TV business depends on it.

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Inside the AFL drugs saga: the games journos, spinners are playing

Behind the ongoing drugs saga at AFL club Essendon is a daily game between footy reporters and the spinners trying to shape the story. Crikey investigates the leading players.

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ADAM SCHWAB | SPORT |

AFL’s expansion plans get the wooden spoon

The AFL should never have created the Gold Coast Suns and Greater Western Sydney Giants. They are a noose around the neck of the other 16 clubs. What was the code thinking?

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The great media airlift: sports bodies fly in journos for coverage

The V8 Supercar racing series flew journalists to America to cover an event. It’s not the first time they’ve done it, and other sports like the AFL are also putting journalists on planes to maximise coverage.

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