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Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios used an on-court sexual insult against an opponent in a recent match. Reuters/USA Today Sports

Playing the woman: Healy and Kyrgios expose sport’s sexism problem

If a misogynistic atmosphere is allowed to prevail in men’s individual and team sports, then all the platitudes about sport being a socially positive force stand exposed.
Recent changes to cricket governance orchestrated by the ‘Big Three’ – India, England and Australia – guarantee that they will command most of the game’s billions. AAP/Joe Castro

English football holds lessons for cricket, as elites hijack the game

Cricket, which has aspirations to become a global game despite the limitations of its growth trajectory along the lines plotted by the old British Empire, may shrink back to a few strongholds.
The rise of ‘the Richies’ half a century after Benaud’s time as a Test captain, here at the match against India in Sydney in January, is evidence of a career that became a cultural phenomenon. AAP/Dean Lewins

Cricket, commentary and the dollar: Benaud’s legacy is complex

Richie Benaud was a key figure in cricket’s transformation into an entertainment business. A reading of his life is a tale of the changing relationships between sport, media, business and society.
The second major sporting event Australia is hosting this summer, cricket’s World Cup, begins on Saturday night. AAP/Paul Miller

Australia’s summer of sporting events – has it been worth it?

The cricket World Cup’s opening game, which pits Australia against England on Valentine’s Day, is the latest twist in a summer in which Australia has played host to two of the world’s biggest sporting…
Heated contest: Mitchell Johnson and Steve Smith try to cool down during the Brisbane test in December 2014. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Just not cricket – how climate change will make sport more risky

Sport is fundamental to Australia’s society, culture and economy. But how would we cope when the rising heat threatens some of our most beloved pastimes? A new report from the Climate Institute urges sports…
Watch where the foot falls if you want to avoid a costly no ball. Flickr/brianac37

Fast bowlers who bowl no-balls in cricket need to do the maths

Good fast bowlers add plenty of spice to the game of cricket but they’re also prone to bowling no-balls. If they just started their run ups from a little further back most could probably eliminate no-balls…
It may look mundane, but this is arbitrage in action. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Beating the Opal and other acts of everyday arbitrage

Arbitrage is a term often associated with billion dollar hedge funds and opaque finance trades. But it exists in day-to-day life in all sort of ways – from “gaming” public transport, to pitchsiding at…
There are a number of recognisable roles for spectators to play throughout the day. Jake Nowakowski

Boxing Day Test: sunny spectacle on a stadium-sized stage

Sport plays a key role in an Australian Christmas. Sports matches are akin to creative events: they are dramatic performances with roles and scripts that those who attend regularly recognise and are able…

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