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Liberté, egalité, fraternité. Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley

Football united in the face of terror

The beautiful game, the global game, the people’s game – football. This great sport, belongs to everyone and it unites us all.
South African rugby coach Heyneke Meyer sings the national anthem at the World Cup. Reuters / Eddie Keogh

South Africans want the Springbok coach fired – is he just a whipping boy?

South Africa's rugby administrators are facing increased criticism for their failure to shed its white image. The tone of the debate is different this time, amid growing protests against inequality.
By laying charges against the Essendon Football Club, WorkSafe Victoria has accepted that its mandate extends to professional sports. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

In charging Essendon, WorkSafe puts all sport on notice

The implications of the bringing of OHS charges extend far beyond Essendon. For WorkSafe Victoria and professional sporting competitions, it is the equivalent of crossing the rubicon.
The IOC is seeking to address the problem of an ageing audience with the inclusion of more youth-focused action sports in the Olympics. FISE

Why are the Olympics in search of the X-factor?

The Japanese Olympic Committee recently announced five new sports for possible inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics: baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.
Northern nations may dominate in the numbers of teams in the Rugby World Cup but Southern teams tend to dominate in the play, such as Australia’s win over England to throw the host nation out of the competition. Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

It’s a battle of the hemispheres in the Rugby World Cup

Teams from which half of the planet tend to dominate when it comes to winning games in the Rugby World Cup?
So much data is collected from horse racing that could be used to prevent accidents. Flickr/Matthew Kenwrick

Improving safety in horse racing: it’s all in the data

It's a year since the tragic death of two Australian jockeys and the sport has claimed two more lives since then. So what is being done to imprve safety in horse racing?
Hawthorn is among the AFL clubs with the best years in the competition to premierships won ratio. AAP/Joe Castro

The glory or the ‘gravel’: what keeps fans flocking to the AFL?

Being a footy fan is not mainly about the glory of a premiership – it is much more about enjoying the gravel-shovelling entailed in each and every season your club goes without success.
Some fans take their sport very seriously such as this Hawthorn supporter during the 2013 AFL Grand Final. But what if you don’t have a team in the finals? AAP Image/David Crosling

Loyalty in sport: who to support if your team is not in the weekend’s footy finals

Which team you support in sport can depend on many things. But who should you barrack for in this packed weekend of sport if none of your favoured teams are in any of the games?

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