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  • Swann under-fire for Ashes rape comment

    18 December 2013 8:34 PM 23

    Another social media blunder following the third Ashes Test has been made, this time by England cricketer Graeme Swann. The spin bowler is the latest to make offensive remarks on social media, likening England’s Ashes defeat to being a***-raped. The comments were posted on Facebook in a conversation between Swann and his brother, Alec, who mentioned

  • Cricket's focus quickly switches to BBL after Ashes triumph, says Sutherland

    18 December 2013 5:04 PM 36

    And so, riding a tidal wave of national euphoria generated by the Ashes triumph - not much gets the Australian sporting juices flowing quite like beating England at cricket - the return of the Twenty20 Big Bash League has been timed to perfection. "Cricket is in a good place now," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said yesterday

  • Gilchrist tips Ponting to be 'as sharp a commentator' as 'captain' for Oz team

    18 December 2013 1:16 PM 26

    Sydney, Dec 19 (ANI): Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist are the marquee signings of an otherwise largely familiar commentary team, which will take the Twenty20 Big Bash League free to air for the first time on Network 10 on Friday night, according to reports. According to, while Gilchrist has been a guest commentator for Nine in the past, Ponting

  • Adam Gilchrist says backing the 20-20 vision of Ricky Ponting as a pundit is no punt at all

    18 December 2013 1:07 PM 41

    Now that the Ashes have been safely tucked away inside four weeks, two of Australia's biggest names are preparing for a slightly nervous debut. Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist are the marquee signings of an otherwise largely familiar commentary team, which will take the Twenty20 Big Bash League free to air for the first time on Network 10 on Friday

  • AOC counting on Rio medals

    18 December 2013 11:04 AM 30

    Australian Olympic team chef de mission Kitty Chiller has called on other sports to step up and emulate the medal-winning prospects of swimming and cycling if the target of a top-five position on the overall tally at the 2016 Rio Games is to be achieved. The Australian Olympic Committee's annual benchmark study released on Wednesday gave Australia a nominal

  • Western Sydney marquee Shinji Ono says he would listen to offers from rival A-League clubs

    18 December 2013 9:35 AM 40

    WANDERERS marquee Shinji Ono has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving the club in the January transfer window, despite the club's stated policy of not permitting players to exit mid-season. With talks ongoing between Western Sydney and the former Japanese international about next season, Ono dropped a broad hint that he could be tempted by the offer

  • Hogg declares unfinished business in BBL as Scorchers hope for third time lucky

    18 December 2013 4:13 AM 19

    David Warner, George Bailey and Steve Smith will line up for their Big Bash League franchises when the competition kicks off this weekend, after Australia gained an unassailable 3-0 Ashes series lead in Perth. PERTH Scorchers are hoping for third time lucky this year after losing the opening two BBL grand finals, with veteran Brad Hogg declaring it's time to take care of unfinished

  • Hamish Hartlett has joined Port Adelaide's list of re-signings

    18 December 2013 3:29 AM 24

    PORT Adelaide has secured another key part of its future with ace midfielder Hamish Hartlett re-signing until the end of the 2016 season. The dynamic gamebreaker was already contracted for next year but has shown enormous faith in the club by adding two years to his deal. Hartlett follows key forward Jay Schulz and nippy small forward Jake Neade in re-signing

  • Cricket Australia releases some of Australia's victorious Ashes squad to play in Big Bash League

    18 December 2013 2:31 AM 14

    Cricket Australia has announced it will release some of Australia's Test squad to play in this weekend's Twenty20 Big Bash League matches. David Warner will play for the Sydney Thunder and Steve Smith will line up with the Sydney Sixers in the local derby at the SCG on Saturday night. George Bailey has also been released to play on Sunday for the Hobart

  • Dockers lock away Barlow

    18 December 2013 2:30 AM 13

    Fremantle have locked away another eastern State recruit with Michael Barlow signing a contract extension that will keep him in the port until at least the end of 2016. Barlow has become a fan favourite with the Dockers faithful, especially following his fight back from a badly broken leg in his debut season in 2010. Originally from Shepparton but who graduated