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Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

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Tackling CTE can do your head in

A study has found that all but one of 111 former NFL players showed signs of CTE, a nasty degenerative brain disease caused by repeated hits to the head.

Stevie J: a footballer and a scoundrel

Stevie J and the art of the goal

Someone, perhaps Larry King, once said that sport was the most important unimportant thing. Steve Johnson has spent 17 years making AFL footy look like the least serious serious thing. Even his name says so. He is not Johnson, or Johnno, but Stevie J. A rapper or a clown, but not a footballer.

Nick Riewoldt has been a force for St Kilda.

Saint Nick hangs up his halo

The incidental perspectives of two other footy lifers act as bearings to get a fix on Nick Riewoldt's exceptional career.

Winner all over again: Jeff Horn defeated Manny Pacquiao both in the ring and on a reappraisal of the match by anonymous ...

Heads you lose – every time

The fact of Donald Trump suggests we have peaked as species and are on the decline. None the less, wherever we are in 100 years, historians will look back at the last week and scratch the unprotected part of their heads in wonder.

Plenty to play for, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Pies not cooked yet, says Buckley

Coach Nathan Buckley insists Collingwood aren't 'putting the cue in the rack' despite the 24-point loss to Hawthorn all but ending the club's finals hopes.

Bachar Houli

There's Bachar and there are bashers

South Melbourne's Jack "Basher" Williams was reported three times in the 1945 "Bloodbath" grand final, and suspended for 12 matches. This week, you might think he and his infamous deeds had been reincarnated in the form of his phonetic namesake, Richmond's Bachar Houli.

Gary Ablett celebrates his 300th match today.

300 for Gazza, hidden in plain sight

What if Gary Ablett, as those sliding doors began to close in 2010, had not stepped across the threshold? What if he had stayed on the Geelong side?