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13 June 2018 10:25 PM Fans name Optus Stadium as AFL's best venue, Fyfe as league's MVP

This time last year, Simpson had the league's second-worst approval rating, narrowly ahead of Gold Coast's Rodney Eade, who was later soon sacked. Just 51 per cent of Fremantle fans were satisfied with coach Ross Lyon, who has endured his own season from hell after a sexual harrassment claim from five years ago was revealed in the media recently 10

9 June 2018 4:27 PM French Open: Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to break grand slam duck

Simona Halep was close to tears on Saturday after ending a long wait for herself and an even longer one for Romania by winning the French Open. The world number one, who had a reputation for collapsing when it mattered after losing three Grand Slam finals including two in Paris, finally put her hands on a major title after showing great determination 7

9 June 2018 1:31 AM Mr Lebanon: Nabbout flying the flag for his community in Russia

For the best part of six years, Andrew Nabbout has been brushing off a constant advance. Since he was 19, the Lebanese Football Association have been calling him up to their national team. No matter how hard they tried, he kept knocking them back, even in the times when he felt discarded by Australian football. His reason was simple: he never lost hope of playing 10

6 May 2018 10:31 AM FFA mea culpa to Newcastle Jets 'doesn't change things'

Newcastle Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna has called for Football Federation Australia to drastically improve its use of the Video Assistant Referee after the governing body admitted the technology had malfunctioned during Saturday night's A-League grand final. The FFA remains committed to using VARs in the A-League despite announcing the technology 18

28 March 2018 12:34 AM Purcell looks to go out with another group 1 from Aloisia

Maher will be trackside after travelling and taking a back seat during his ban. Maher and Purcell are so similar; they have the laid-back nature of horsemen with an intensity that delivers results. “What he has done was what I expected, he is just a good trainer and knows horses,” Maher said. “Aloisia and Merchant Navy aren’t going to be his last group 24

24 March 2018 12:28 PM Hamilton's good timing stuns pit lane

Right through Formula One’s eight days of winter testing in Spain earlier this month, Mercedes was conspicuous in its absence from the sharp end of the timesheets, world champion Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas rarely showing the speed most of their rivals figured they had in reserve. In qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert 21

22 March 2018 5:33 AM Flashback: The story behind Melbourne's Grand Prix coup

On the 90th anniversary of the first Australian Grand Prix Fairfax remembers the year that Melbourne snatched the race from Adelaide. A deal done behind the scenes, kept secret until the final minute, delivered a coup for Victoria. The race, which will be run around Albert Park Lake, will be held from 1997 for at least five years. Grand Prix week – probably 26

15 March 2018 10:43 AM Australia's snowboarders hoping for a repeat of that gold medal feeling

PyeongChang: The fluctuating weather in South Korea this week has mirrored the extreme emotions experienced by Australia’s close-knit Paralympics snowboarding team, Simon Patmore’s breakthrough gold medal coming hot on the heels of the cruel injury to Joany Badenhorst. Patmore completed a remarkable transition from the athletics track to the alpine world 25

11 March 2018 10:45 AM Snowboarder Tudhope an experienced hand at 18 years of age

PyeongChang: It’s hard to find another 18-year-old with the same maturity and the sound perspective on life as snowboarder Ben Tudhope. He speaks with contagious enthusiasm and a beaming smile. This campaign in PyeongChang is not even his first Paralympics. Four years ago in Sochi, when Tudhope was not long into teenage hood, he made his debut as the youngest 33

10 March 2018 4:10 AM IOC and Paralympic movement strengthen partnership

“Since our first formal agreement signed in 2000, the Paralympic Games and the movement as a whole has grown beyond all recognition,” he said. Meanwhile, North and South Korea’s decision not to march together at Friday night’s opening ceremony will have no bearing on efforts to support North Korean athletes, the IOC has said. North Korea is represented 39