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21 May 2018 2:00 PM VRC links with Ascot, Goodwood and Breeders Cup on new media platform

VRC chair Amanda Elliott said the move into the digital arena "represents a key pillar of our strategic direction and planning at board level". "We look forward to this alliance, not only showcasing horseracing, but further enhancing the reach, the engagement, and importantly the global brand of our sport," she said. Neil Wilson, the VRC's CEO, said the club was a founding 5

19 May 2018 1:00 PM The end of the Bushrangers? Such is life

Today Australia is saturated with nonsensical names for its sporting teams. It starts with the Socceroos and Matildas in men’s and women’s soccer and gets worse from there. There’s the Boomers and the Opals in basketball; Sharks and Stingers in water polo; the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos in hockey. If the names for our national teams reflect a desperate 7

18 May 2018 10:18 AM Smith keenly sought by T20 leagues

It would be a major coup for any of the leagues if it was able to secure the signature of one of the most recognised faces in the game, particularly for the non-traditional cricket nations. The APL was created in January by the Afghanistan board, which gained full member status from the International Cricket Council last June. The inaugural tournament 9

18 May 2018 5:20 AM Wrong call: Leave cricket's toss of the coin alone

Darren Lehmann may no longer be coach of the Australian side but he could not have said it better when questioned whether the coin toss would be important heading into last year's tour of India. "We won four tosses last time we were here and lost 4-0. You've still got to play well if you win a toss," he said. While there is merit in examining whether 8

16 May 2018 11:57 AM 'J-Mac's back!' McDonald returns to the track an immediate winner

"I didn't need a tight finish to start the day," McDonald puffed as he hopped off $1.75 favourite Cormac, his first competitive ride and winner since being outed for 18 months for backing one of his own horses to win. But he would have given anything to get a winner so quickly. And it didn't take long to get one. The question in racing circles is not if McDonald 9

15 May 2018 12:19 PM Why Jamie Maclaren was cut from van Marwijk's World Cup squad

Bert van Marwijk made the bold decision to drop Australia’s form centre-forward from the 2018 World Cup squad due to a preference for versatility and international experience ahead of the tournament in Russia. Scotland-based striker Jamie Maclaren was the controversial omission from the 26-man training squad that will assemble in Antalya in Turkey next week, despite 9

15 May 2018 2:44 AM Petrol station deal fuels conspiracy theory over Cahill selection

Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has denied commercial incentives influenced the selection of Tim Cahill in the Socceroos' 26-man World Cup squad on Tuesday. The 38-year-old remains in the frame to play in a fourth consecutive World Cup despite playing only 63 minutes of club football in five months and being without a competitive 10

14 May 2018 6:09 AM Dave Toussaint on a collision course with Anthony Mundine

"I think if Toussaint was to fight Mundine, it would be one-way traffic and Mundine would get knocked out. Whether Mundine has got the balls to step up to the plate, I don’t know, to be honest. "[Toussaint's promoter] Nick Boutzos has got the capability of putting on a big fight down there and I’d love to see a fight like that happen in Canberra 12

13 May 2018 1:06 PM VRC recruiter draws big names to Melbourne Cup

The brilliant move by the VRC to employ world renowned international recruiter Leigh Jordon has already begun to pay dividends, with confirmation that Japanese stayers are poised be a significant part of their four day Melbourne Cup carnival this year. Jordon, who was lured from Racing Victoria to the home of the Melbourne Cup just six weeks ago, flew into Tokyo 10

10 May 2018 6:01 AM Cricket Australia review likened to banking royal commission

"Recent disclosures to the banking royal commission indicate that a review which is commissioned and paid for by a board, with terms of reference set by that board and a reporting process that has a closed loop back to the same board, will be viewed with cynicism," Dyer wrote in the ACA's Onside magazine. "The review's success and its broad acceptance 14