Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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A better style of loss for Buckley's Magpies

Greg Baum For Collingwood, after two rousing wins, this was not so much a setback as a check.

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Code's contradiction muddies the water on doping

Bombers players.

Greg Baum There is an inherently contrary element to the WADA code that stands to muddy the waters.

Doping body definitions cloud issue at Essendon

Greg Baum There is an inherently contrary element to the World Anti-Doping Agency code that stands to muddy the water if any Essendon players are charged by the Australian authority.

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Rising Pie finds feet down back

Lachie Keefe.

Greg Baum Lachie Keeffe will play a cornerstone role against Hawthorn in a game that will expose how much of Collingwood's late-season recovery is real.

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AFL's favourite sons may rise but they can also fall

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Greg Baum This week might cause clubs to exercise greater discernment when playing favourites.

Mud to stick no matter the outcome

 Coach James Hird arrives at Windy Hill on Tuesday.

Greg Baum If it was not already, the battle is on in deadly earnest now.

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How will the ball bounce this time?

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Greg Baum It should have gone straight. If it had, it would have led to honour and glory and an inviolable place in St Kilda legend and the history of the game. But it didn't.

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Kennett not man of the moment for Dees

Greg Baum Melbourne's road back to self-respect will be long and slow, but there is one affirmative act that it can perform immediately, and that is to distance itself, politely but emphatically, from Jeff...

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Business as usual for the Bombers

Gold coast essendon

Greg Baum Ultimately, the 43-point margin was a small form of victory for the Gold Coast Suns.

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Blue-collar Carlton fails late in game

Hawthorn celebrate.

Greg Baum Irresistible early and late, Hawthorn prevailed over an honest but outmanned Carlton at Etihad stadium on Friday night.

Body language is raw, potent and deafening

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Greg Baum Don't take this the wrong way, but what's with all this taking things the wrong way?

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Sports back regulation of scientists

Matt Finnis

Jon Pierik and Greg Baum AFL-endorsed submission calls for sports scientists to adhere to 'spirit of sport'.

AFL

One-way traffic after early fling

COlin Garland is beaten to the ball by Travis Cloke

Greg Baum This was one quarter of match, three quarters of match practice. The first quarter was Melbourne's nod to the occasion, the biggest day of its football year.

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Saints desperately close

Eric Mackenzie.

Greg Baum If St Kilda is rebuilding, this might be remembered as the first peg in the ground, once it soothes away the hurt.

Nick Riewoldt: the fire still burns

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Greg Baum At 18, Nick Riewoldt was the shining light in a struggling St Kilda team. At 30, he still is.

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Dees lack method in their madness

Greg Baum Melbourne announced only what is patently obvious anyway, that it is in an unholy mess.

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Hawk win goes to script

Hawks hopping happy: Lance Franklin (left) helps Isaac Smith celebrate his goal.

Greg Baum It is one thing for a game to become a mismatch on the day. It is another for it to be a mismatch before it begins.

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Silent majority vilified to life

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Greg Baum What Eddie McGuire said was in fact a classic example of casual racism.

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Goodes' critics way off mark

Greg Baum The idea that Adam Goodes needs to harden up is absurd.

Dons take limelight on special night

Michael Long and Nicky Winmar at the MCG on Saturday.

Greg Baum It was Dreamtime at the 'G and there was much for those on hand to celebrate and appreciate.