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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 8

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 10

12 May 2018 11:02 AM City of Casey set to invest $20m to back Team 11's A-League bid

Team 11, the consortium based in Melbourne's south-east bidding to secure a license as an A-League expansion club in the 2019-20 season, is flexing its financial muscles further, with the City of Casey ready to commit up to $23.8 million to help develop Casey Fields into a top-flight regional centre for soccer excellence to help boost the bid. Whole 12

2 May 2018 5:17 AM ACT Open's $13,000 prize boost gives squash new beginning in Canberra

But professional ranking points will go on the line this time and prize money has increased to attract top players to the capital. Hosting the Australian Open at the National Convention Centre was a massive boost for the sport in 2012, but financial strain took its toll and Squash ACT is only now starting to find its feet again. That's good news for Nuttall 21

30 April 2018 1:03 AM Gold Coast, Canberra and Brisbane big winners in 2018-19 cricket schedule

International cricket will head to the Gold Coast for the first time, a day-night Test will return to Brisbane but India continues to dismiss Cricket Australia's bid for a pink-ball clash in Adelaide as part of the 2018-19 summer schedule. CA released its fixture on Monday, also confirming Canberra would host its inaugural Test, against Sri Lanka, while 24

23 April 2018 10:48 AM Origin? Me? Honest Jack Bird needs to find himself before a NSW jumper

"Last week I had a pretty ordinary game (against Melbourne). I was pretty down my performance," Bird said before Thursday's clash with South Sydney. "I wasn't happy with my game. I think I let myself down and let the team down. I just need to find my mojo back and start enjoying footy again. Once I start doing that I will start playing better footy 42

22 April 2018 5:57 AM Jack Johnson, boxer jailed under Jim Crow, is being considered by Trump for pardon

World heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries refused to fight him and instead retired. But in 1908, Johnson gained the championship belt in front of 20,000 at Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. Johnson had been pursuing incumbent Tommy Burns around the world as the latter took on the world's challengers, with a fight eventually agreed to after Australian promoter Hugh D McIntosh 38

18 April 2018 6:54 AM Weir looking for clues to import's last-start failure

The dominance of the Weir stable around Australia is reflected in his large number of starters, which includes eight in Adelaide and 14 in Melbourne. Weir is expected to be a major player in the upcoming rich South Australian carnival. Weir also announced he would take a small team to Queensland from the rich Hollindale Cup meeting in May. Gailo Chop has pulled 21

16 April 2018 10:07 AM Superstar Canberran Zoe Cooke earns ACT Meteors deal

Her dominance of the Cricket ACT landscape meant it was only a matter of time before Zoe Cooke earned an ACT Meteors recall. The Western District-UC all-rounder has signed a one-year deal with the Meteors as they search for a breakthrough WNCL triumph. Her role in the Meteors XI could be magnified with Cricket ACT confirming superstar South African duo Marizanna 21

11 April 2018 12:04 PM Paine rockets up CA pay charts with Smith and Warner suspended

The last time Smith or Warner were not on a CA contract list was in 2009 when Ricky Ponting was captain. Of the 20 players awarded deals, eight have not worn the baggy green. There were seven changes in total from last season, headlined by the returns of Paine and Shaun Marsh, while five players - Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye, all-rounder 28