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Australia tops Canada in gritty FIBA World Cup opener

The overmatched, underdog Canadians played an extraordinary third quarter in their World Cup opener against Australia on Sunday, one of the best games we’ve seen in a long time, but the Aussies responded with an even better fourth. And now Canada faces a mammoth task to reach the second round after a 108-92 loss.

Cory Joseph (6) of Canada drives the ball during the 2019 FIBA World Cup, first round match between Canada and Australia at Dongguan Basketball Center on Sunday in Dongguan, China | Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images

DONGGUAN, CHINA (September 1, 2019) – The Canadian Senior Men’s National Team dropped a 108-92  decision to Australia in their first game at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 despite’s come-from-behind 37-point outburst in the third quarter. Continue reading

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Swimming Australia’s glass house comes crashing down with positive doping samples

Swimming Australia chief executive Leigh Russell speaks to the media in Melbourne after Shayna Jack’s positive doping samples | William West/AFP/Getty Images

(July 30) – If only the world championships ended as well as it started for the swimmers from Down Under.

The much-vaunted Australian squad had an impressive but controversial beginning on the opening day of the swimming program — an upset win by 18-year-old Ariarne Titmus over three-time 400-meter freestyle champion American Kate Ledecky. Continue reading

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Australia: Rugby players say anthem does not represent Indigenous peoples

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NSW Blues player Cody Walker has criticized the lack of Indigenous representation from the song. | Photo: NRL.com

Australia’s first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Ken Wyatt says changing the anthem is not something he supports at this stage because there are more pressing problems.

A second Indigenous player who is scheduled to participate in the upcoming State of Origin series – an annual rugby league series – has spoken out against the composition of the country’s national anthem. Continue reading

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In Australia, a Sudanese basketball league finds itself sidelined by racist fears

The Savannah Pride team, made up of South Sudanese Australians, practicing in Blacktown, Australia, in 2017 | David Maurice Smith for The New York Times Continue reading

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Electronic snooping on the All-Blacks

All Blacks perform the haka, during the Rugby Championship 1st Bledisloe test match against Australia at Sydney | Brett Phibbs

All Blacks perform the haka, during the Rugby Championship 1st Bledisloe test match against Australia at Sydney | Brett Phibbs

The bugging of the All Blacks team room ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney last week is a continuation of a “long and ignoble tradition”, according to one of the foremost authorities on sports corruption.Declan Hill, an academic and investigative journalist, told the New Zealand Herald that the planting of listening devices in team hotels was common and even endemic in some parts of the world. Continue reading

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Opinion: Media ethics in question over Australian athlete’s Olympic slander

By LUO JUN

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) – The slander made by Australian swimmer Mack Horton against his Chinese rival Sun Yang was an inappropriate remark by an individual athlete, before biased media reports spun it into a row between Olympic fans and sports authorities of the two countries. Continue reading

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Australian state sells off government agency to build more stadiums

Neil deMause, fieldofschemes.com

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerThe premier of the Australian state of New South Wales is selling off an entire governmental department to raise money to upgrade Sydney’s sports stadiums. I am not shitting you:

Hot on the heels of the privatisation of the state’s electricity poles and wires, the Baird government is selling the operations of the Land and Property Information Service – hopefully for a 10-figure sum – to help fund its $1 billion-plus upgrade of Sydney’s sports stadiums.  Continue reading

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The forgotten story of … the Chinese Goldfields Aussie Rules leagues

The first Melbourne Chinese Australian Rules Football Team in 1899, St Vincent’s Hospital Charity Game | Newspapers Collection, State Library of Victoria

The first Melbourne Chinese Australian Rules Football Team in 1899, St Vincent’s Hospital Charity Game | Newspapers Collection, State Library of Victoria

PATICK SKENE (March 25) – Every year 80,000 Chinese tourists travel to Ballarat in regional Victoria to visit the old goldfields of “Tsin Chin Shan” or “Land of the New Gold Mountain”. Their itinerary includes the Gold Museum, Chinese Cemetery, Mine Tour and Sovereign Hill’s recreated Goldfields Village. The tour buses never stop at Eastern Oval, the ground that over 120 years ago hosted a unique part of Australia’s sporting history. Continue reading

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Australia is the only developed country whose government has been condemned as racist by the United Nations

Olympic hype will not give Australia glorious self-confidence. Justice for its indigenous people might | JOHN PILGER, New Statesman

SYDNEY (October 13, 2000) – According to the folksy writer Matthew Engel, the glories of the Olympic Games have a cathartic effect on nations. The 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles ‘helped the US regain the confidence it lost in Vietnam.’

He omitted to explain the benefits of this renewed confidence for the millions of bereaved, maimed and poisoned Vietnamese. As for the Sydney Olympics, he described a ‘glorious self-confidence’ that will ‘sustain Australia for years.’ Continue reading

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Cathy Freeman’s broad Olympic smile is being used to conceal a multitude of Australia’s original sins

By JOHN PILGER, New Statesman

SYNDEY (July 10, 2000) – MY FLIGHT TO SYDNEY was in a Qantas aircraft painted entirely in Aboriginal motifs. The airline calls it the “Wunala Dreaming” and offers a scale model in its duty-free catalogue. An in-flight video features the Aboriginal runner Cathy Freeman, said to be Australia’s one hope for an athletics gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. Along with her corporate sponsor, Qantas, she is described as “the spirit of Australia.” There is no hint of the true state of her people. Continue reading

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