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30 August 2018 5:37 AM Frustrating Oohood looks for Furious breakthrough

But for a long head and a nose, Oohood would have been two-year-old of the year and favourite for Saturday’s Furious Stakes at Randwick. Instead she is a maiden after seven starts with the consolation of $1 million in earnings. She has been placed in the Blue Diamond along with runner-up finishes in the Golden Slipper and Sires Produce Stakes. But there 13

24 August 2018 5:40 AM Melbourne, in case you hadn't noticed

When Melbourne’s swank new tennis precinct opened in 1988, it was called Flinders Park. Eight years later, Premier Jeff Kennett decided this did not sufficiently identify it to the world. It was not - abused word alert - “iconic” enough. So he re-christened it Melbourne Park. Colin McDonald, then head of Tennis Australia, protested, saying it had been a deliberate 21

13 July 2018 7:59 AM Croatia's heroes unite country split by scandal as nation dares to believe

“Malo nas je al' nas ima, nije vazno srusit cemo snove svima.” (There’s a small number of us, but there is us. It’s not important, we’ll smash the dreams of others) Zagreb: In the hours leading up to Croatia’s semi-final match against England on Wednesday night, the chorus of Boris Novkovic’s iconic Croatian rock ballad echoed around Zagreb. Before the match 28

13 July 2018 6:00 AM Queanbeyan fullback Tom Ruediger back in rugby after four-year hiatus

Ruediger's housemate, ACT Schoolboys and Queanbeyan colts coach Dan Hawke, was the man who convinced him to return to union this season. "He’s an absolute freak, lightning quick, awesome step, very agile and for someone his size [80kgs and 175cm] he runs very hard," Hawke said. "Tommy is super relaxed, he missed preseason so he started this season in third 27

8 July 2018 1:52 PM Basketball Australia refutes allegation of on-court taunting

Basketball Australia has slammed suggestions by a Filipino photojournalist that racist taunts by Australian players contributed to last week’s brawl during the World Cup qualifier in the Philippines. As Australian officials prepare to submit their submission to the world governing body regarding the Boomers' role in the brawl, photojournalist Winston 23

27 March 2018 9:22 PM Late penalty save sees Socceroos draw with Colombia

This was a Colombian side that had stunned France in Paris just four days earlier when they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2. They produced more chances, struck the woodwork several times, missed that penalty and other good opportunities, but Australia stuck to their guns and showed they had absorbed more of new coach Bert van Marwijk's instructions 46

1 March 2018 9:12 AM AFL: GWS Giants can't take a trick as Manuka Oval lights fail early

The Greater Western Sydney Giants can't take a trick with lights at the moment. They nearly had an AFL pre-season game against the Collingwood Magpies cut short at Manuka Oval as three of the six light towers failed to turn on in the first quarter. It came six days after a practice match against the Sydney Swans was cut short early in the fourth quarter 40

16 February 2018 6:00 AM Max Presnell: Mystery man Zjelko back on the radar

No doubt he is the biggest horse player in the world, probably ever, but colourful Zjelko Ranogajec ain't. The recently departed Jack Sparrow wouldn't have emptied the garbage in Zjelko's Sunday best. Zjelko first came onto the radar in the newspaper hot metal days when John Fairfax, my employer, was at Broadway near The Vulcan, a watering hole where 45

11 February 2018 1:40 AM Lotto luck strikes WA with three freshly minted millionaires

Three Western Australians have woken up on Sunday morning unaware they are the state's newest millionaires. Three lucky locals took home $1.5 million each in Saturday night's Lotto draw, and have yet to come forward and claim their wins. The division one prize pool was split between 14 national winners in total, and the winning numbers were 7, 27, 23, 2,16 and 44. The winning 57

8 February 2018 8:40 AM Arico says drug trafficking offer was just 'bulls---'

Gangland boss Rocco Arico is appealing his conviction for drug trafficking on the basis that his offer to sell ice to an associate was just “bullshit” and “mucking around”. Arico, who is linked to the Calabrian organised crime gang the 'Ndrangheta (Honoured Society), was sentenced to 14 years prison in 2017 for extortion, drug trafficking, violence and weapons 31