‘You have to dream big’: Birrell primed for Kerber showdown

She grew up idolising Samantha Stosur and now starry-eyed wildcard Kimberly Birrell dreams of matching the former US Open champion's career-best run at Melbourne Park. Birrell will square off with world No.2 and reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday believing "anything's possible" in a giant-killing summer. Australia’s Kimberly Birrell has had […]

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The Big Bash is bigger, but is it better?

Is the almighty Big Bash League now just a little long? After years of rapid growth and heightened popularity, Cricket Australia decided to extend this season to 14 rounds with 59 games, a total of 16 more than last year. The Big Bash: too much of a good thing?Credit:AAP Each team will play 14 matches. Last year they played only […]

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15 Big Film Roles Tom Cruise Could Have Had (But Rejected)

Tom Cruise has had more than his fair share of iconic movie roles over his nearly four-decade long acting career: from the out-of-his-element Joel Goodsen in Risky Business to the uber-macho fighter pilot Maverick in Top Gun, his name has been associated with some of the best moments in modern cinematic history. Of course, with a body of work as […]

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King George declarations: Big guns stand their ground as ten declared including favourite Might Bite

Last year's winner Might Bite heads a star-studded field for the Grade 1 contest. Nicky Henderson's chaser will be looking to put a disappointing reappearance behind him at Haydock, where he finished a lacklustre fifth behind Bristol De Mai. The flat-track specialist again takes on his Betfair conqueror this time around, though connections will be hoping the tables can be turned […]

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Big Bash League 2018-19: Your club-by-club guide

For the first time, Big Bash League clubs will play a full allotment of home and away games. Is it too many? Time will tell. For now, let's look at the eight sides. Adelaide Strikers Squad: Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Michael Cormack, David Grant, Colin Ingram (South Africa), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, […]

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Why the Big Bash League is starting to slip

The BBL08 is about to start and already I am worried about the future of this wonderful competition. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Big Bash League. I love the crowds and seeing the kids get involved. The women are playing some really entertaining games. The tournament is marketed brilliantly and apart from the Indian Premier League is the […]

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Wallabies’ next big thing Perese in shock defection to NRL

The Queensland winger once touted as the Wallabies' next big thing will pitch up for training with the Broncos on Monday in a sensational code-swapping blow to Australian rugby. Izaia Perese, hailed by Michael Cheika just 12 months ago for "killing it" in a Wallabies touring squad, has signed a training replacement contract with the Brisbane NRL club via their […]

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