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The process by which women become fans is more complicated and interesting than people previously imagined. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Sexually transmitted fandom? Why women really follow AFL

Men might believe that women don't have what it takes to be serious sports fans but new research into female AFL fans proves them wrong. Some women are footy converts, some have it in the blood – and some were born to it.
An Australian study found certain elite athletes were more at risk of taking drugs than others. Lee Morley/Flickr

Sports stars do take drugs – but not as much as the rest of us

Our study found that 8% of the 1,684 elite Australian athletes we surveyed said they had used at least one of six illicit drugs – including ecstasy, cocaine and cocaine – over the previous year.
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…
The Asian Cup, hosted and won by Australia, was both a sporting and cultural success story. EPA/Dean Lewins

Football without enemies: the dual success of the Asian Cup

In a fitting climax to the 2015 Asian Cup, Australia overcame South Korea in extra-time in a frenetic final in Sydney on Saturday night. The tournament carried on from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which…
Budweiser hopes this little guy continues to win hearts. Budweiser

Puppy love? Super Bowl ads zero in on elusive millennials

Millennials, that evasive group born from 1982 to 2002, featuring characteristics and dispositions unlike any other age segment, are increasingly becoming the target of Super Bowl advertisers, as fans…
Socceroos all-time leading goal scorer Tim Cahill shows some of his ball skills to some young fans. AAP/Newzulu/Adam Marsters

The football skills needed for victory in the Asian Cup final

Watch out for some clever footwork and ball skills in this weekend’s Asian Cup final when the Socceroos face South Korea at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday. The championship – played on Australian…
Cameroon’s Henri Bedimo (l), who plays club football in France, heads the ball away from Mali’s Mamoutou N'Diaye, who plays in Belgium. Gavin Barker/ BackpagePix

Africa Cup of Nations shouldn’t be moved for the sake of European clubs

Football teams across Europe are lining up with some noticeable stars missing from their teamsheets this month with both the Africa Cup of Nations and Asia Cup in full swing. Two of the biggest stars for…

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