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While fight island has been confirmed by UFC president Dana White, its location remains a mystery .
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Private ‘fight island’ for Ultimate Fighting comp

May 19, 2020

Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White has hired a private island from June that he says is r...

Indoor soccer at Futsal Oz in happier times. Photo: Monica Di Battista

Futsal hiatus shows COVID-19’s impact on all sport

May 15, 2020

Headlines about suspended competitions and titles in limbo tend to be focused on major leagues, but the coronavirus pandemic has also affected sports that don't get prime time broadcasts.

Convictus DOTA2 Esports tournament, Melbourne. Photo: a.canvas.of.light / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

E-sports fills gap left by suspended global leagues

May 13, 2020

Unless you’re into marble racing or Belarusian hockey you’re probably having a hard time finding any sports to watch right now.

The home of a Western Bulldogs AFL supporter in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray (where the team is based). Photo: MARGARETES/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Fairytale endings, financial woes pepper Bulldogs’ history

May 13, 2020

Based in Melbourne's working class western suburb of Footscray, the Western Bulldogs are one of the oldest teams in the AFL.

The Australian Sports Museum, Melbourne Cricket Ground Photo: Edward H Blake (CC BY 2.0)

Stringent ‘preseason’ rules ahead of AFL season re-start

May 13, 2020

In this podcast Stephen Riosa looks at the effect of the two month lockdown on Australia’s most popular spectator sport.

Sydney Swans fans at an AFL match. Photo: Boaz_M(CC BY-NC 2.0)

Mandatory player tests part of AFL restart plans

May 12, 2020

Australian Rules football's governing body says every player must be tested for COVID-19, as part of plans to resume the AFL season.

Floodlights at Dinamo Minsk FC's home ground in Belarus. Photo: kotsreveb (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Belarus giving fans football fix but virus cases grow

May 12, 2020

With Belarus' president downplaying the risk of COVID-19, the country's professional football league is one of the only ones still running.

WA Government is pushing to bring the Premier League to Perth. Credit: Fancy Crave

Push to make Premier League plan a reality

May 8, 2020

Sporting officials will meet with stadium representatives this week to discuss bringing the English Premier League to Perth. COVID-19 has...

An A-League match. Photo: Mathew F (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Why being called the next Messi can hurt, not help

May 7, 2020

In this podcast we discuss how intense pressure has, in the past, affected young footballers labelled 'the next Messi' or 'the next Pele'.

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Crystal Palace chief warns EPL season must conclude

May 4, 2020

Steve Parish says 2019/2020 season should be completed, with the crowning of Liverpool as champions.

The recent diagnosis of CTE in a former AFL player highlights potential risks for junior football.

Tackling head injury risks in junior AFL

May 1, 2020

Experts believe attitude and education are key to minimising CTE risks in junior AFL.

Supporters cheer on Essendon at an AFL match. Photo: Hunter Nield (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Family visits a sore point in AFL quarantine plans

April 29, 2020

The AFL is expected to announce the location of the quarantine hubs this week, to restart the 2020 season.

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