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  • New South Wales facing experimental pink balls in crucial Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia

    28 February 2014 2:48 PM 10

    It was a strange and far from perfect day for New South Wales cricketers on Friday as they prepared for next week's crucial top-of-the-table Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia in Adelaide. As their beloved SCG was being torn up to get ready for Major League Baseball, rain forced the Blues indoors to train with the pink balls that will be trialled

  • Hawthorn recruit Dayle Garlett to sit out from all levels until he is psychologically ready to play

    28 February 2014 2:16 PM 22

    HAWTHORN’S much talked-about recruit Dayle Garlett won’t play for Box Hill on Saturday with the Hawks agreeing to excuse him from matches at all levels until he is psychologically ready to play. Garlett has been struggling with the demands and pressures of AFL football in recent weeks, which has affected his sleep patterns and his training capacity

  • Brenton Sanderson shows his hand with Adelaide Crows’ new game plan

    28 February 2014 2:16 PM 23

    CROWS coach Brenton Sanderson’s adjustment of his playbook - to deal with a new home at Adelaide Oval - is delivering more handball. With the Oval being longer (by two metres on AAMI Stadium) and narrower (by 10m), the preference for handpassing - and the running game it can generate - is proven from Sanderson’s time at Geelong. On the skinny but long Kardinia

  • Pink ball path to night Test at WACA

    28 February 2014 2:05 PM 20

    The next Test match at the WACA Ground could be a day-night fixture against New Zealand in November 2015 - the first Test played under lights anywhere in the world. Cricket Australia will await the results of next week's trial with day-night Sheffield Shield matches before deciding whether Test cricket under lights is feasible. The matches at the Gabba

  • Hooper a Waratahs captain of the future

    28 February 2014 11:55 AM 57

    The NSW Waratahs are so confident in Michael Hooper's leadership ability, they considered him for the captaincy last Super Rugby season as a 21-year-old newcomer. Hooper takes the reins from injured skipper Dave Dennis to become the 100th captain in NSW rugby history in Saturday night's Australian Conference blockbuster against the Queensland Reds. NSW coach

  • A-League title still not the goal: Gombau

    28 February 2014 10:35 AM 10

    Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau insists he's not trying to fool anybody when he says this year's A-League title isn't his objective. The Reds' stunning surge has many pundits rating them championship contenders - just two losses in their past dozen matches taking them to the upper reaches of the ladder. Adelaide's eye-catching stretch hasn't forced

  • New deal for Dockers defender

    28 February 2014 10:14 AM 13

    Fremantle has locked away defender Paul Duffield until the end of next season. Duffield, one of the Dockers' most experienced defenders, has signed a contract extension tha will tie him to the club for at least two more years. The experienced defender has played 133 games since debuting against St Kilda in round 5, 2006 in the game infamously dubbed

  • Western Sydney Wanderers face thousands in fines after flares ignited during ACL match

    28 February 2014 8:36 AM 21

    WESTERN Sydney Wanderers fans in the active Red and Black Bloc will be banned from bringing in flags, confetti and musical instruments after flares were set off during the midweek Asian Champions League match at Parramatta. The club announced Friday that under Asian Champions League regulations they would be fined $5000 every time a flare was set off by their

  • Lyon a point of difference: Shane Warne

    28 February 2014 7:28 AM 24

    Shane Warne expects Nathan Lyon to play a crucial role in the Test series decider after schooling the offspinner on the best ways to dismiss South Africa's brightest stars. Warne is on deck in Cape Town as a spin consultant for the third Test and spent most of his time at training on Thursday with Lyon. The 44-year-old legspin legend suggested a much-improved

  • Clubs gear up for Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Scarborough

    28 February 2014 6:51 AM 37

    MORE than 4500 surf lifesavers from 200 clubs will compete in the national championship in Perth at the end of next month. The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be held over seven days at Scarborough Beach between March 31 and April 6. Joining surf life saving and government dignitaries were three of WA’s finest surf lifesavers Brendan Sarson