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Australia falls for the John Daly freakshow one more time

Charlie HappellNov 17, 2008

The news that the Australian Masters has signed American John Daly as one its 'drawcards' for the 2008 tournament beginning at Huntingdale GC in 10 days' time shows just how far the Aus

Things really are crook when Poms say: bring on the Ashes

Charlie HappellNov 13, 20081 Comment

I know we keep banging on about the cricket, but these are troubled times we find ourselves in. Things are so bad that the English are now lining up to sink the boots in to Ricky Ponti

Australian cricket faces its most telling period since 1985

Charlie HappellNov 11, 2008

Whereas a Test series starting against New Zealand in Brisbane - in November - would normally attract only marginally more interest than that accorded last night's harness meeting

The Gambhir charade shows why cricket needs a crisis summit

Charlie HappellNov 6, 20082 Comments

In a few hours from now, we'll know if Gautam Gambhir's name appears on the Indian team sheet for the Fourth Test, starting today in Nagpur, in defiance of a one-match ban handed down

How I was tipped the 45/1 Melbourne Cup winner – and ignored it

Charlie HappellNov 4, 2008

Was that a tear in the eye of the Old Grey Fox after masterminding his 12th Melbourne Cup win? Looking closely behind those sunglasses, there were the unmistakable signs of welling emo

Cricket, Stanford-style, going to hell in a handbasket

Charlie HappellOct 31, 2008

Forgive (again) the dewy-eyed sentimentalism, but the cast-iron proof that all is not well with cricket comes tomorrow when England plays the ''Stanford Superstars'' in a winner-take

Too nice by half – the real reason Australia is losing

Charlie HappellOct 28, 20087 Comments

Can someone tell me what's going on here? Matthew Hayden praising the one-time 'obnoxious little weed' Harbhajan Singh, the Australian cricketers engaging in some kind of love-in wit

Rugby League World Cup? More like the Pesapallo Playoffs

Charlie HappellOct 27, 2008

Australia's thrashing of New Zealand in its Rugby League World Cup opener last night has laid bare the absurdly one-sided nature of the competition. Supposedly a universal celebration

Whipping up a storm: should jockeys use the persuader or not?

Charlie HappellOct 24, 2008

The down-at-heel trainer, ever-hopeful owner and hard-core punter would need no convincing: if a jockey's flourish of the whip is going to get their horse over the line in a close on

India learns to win the Australian way – sledging and all

Charlie HappellOct 22, 20082 Comments

Given that Australia produced the template for success in modern cricket: make a power of runs, take a poultice of wickets and sledge the bejesus out of your opponents for five days, th