Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

It's Bomber versus Bomber

Greg Baum As hopefully few enough people in Melbourne have had to learn, the Federal Court building in Melbourne also houses the Family Court.

AFL the unseen player in court drama

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Greg Baum The AFL is neither applicant nor defendant in this Federal Court showdown, but it is present in nearly every conversation.

'Half-guilty' Kangaroo Brent Harvey gets a full whack

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Greg Baum To add another twist to a season of tribunal adventure and misadventure, North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey pleaded half-guilty to misconduct.

Bans, bargain bans, going cheap

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Greg Baum So, charged to get to the bottom of the first great drugs-in-sport crisis in Australian history, ASADA's solution is a sweetheart deal? For the 17 Cronulla players, suspensions backdated so far that...

After defeating Essendon, time for Tigers to dream

Richmond players belt out the club song as they celebrate victory over Essendon on Friday.

Greg Baum This was not the Dreamtime game. It was more important than that; it was the time to dream game.

Middle East politics enters the sports arena

Greg Baum Moeen Ali is England's latest cricket hero. You might even call him its great white hope, except that in this context, the term doubtlessly would give some offence.

AFL under fire for Gaza ad ban at Adelaide Oval

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Greg Baum, Larissa Nicholson The AFL has been accused of censorship for stepping in to ban a planned advertising campaign at the Adelaide Oval supporting Gaza.

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AFL must move urgently to solve perversity of competition draw

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Greg Baum Now that the new AFL dispensation is in place, and a certain amount of goodwill is flowing its way, and its ears are open to entreaties, there is one matter it should deal with straight away, and...

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Whatever Ty Vickery's penalty for Dean Cox blow, he won't do it again

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Greg Baum What is Ty Vickery's✓ right whack? This is now a question for the AFL tribunal when it sits on Tuesday.

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Ty Vickery tribunal is a knockout

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Greg Baum If you didn't know that it was medically impossible, you might have started to think that concussion was contagious at the AFL tribunal on Tuesday night.

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Greater love hath no fan: take it from Follower

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Greg Baum All codes, all sports, tend to self-correct, which is why I would argue against the introduction of a send-off rule in response to Ty Vickery's felling of Dean Cox.

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Jake Carlisle leaves his mark on submissive Magpies

Jake Carlisle marks ahead of Collingwood's Marley Williams.

Greg Baum It was a long afternoon for Collingwood. It is becoming a long season. But it may suddenly be shortened by a week or two of what once looked certain to be finals football.

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Why everyone loves St Lenny

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Greg Baum It is one thing to say that you love Lenny Hayes. Everyone in football says it. His St Kilda teammates made a special point of saying it on the front of T-shirts they wore to Tuesday's announcement...

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AFL's conundrum: where have all the goals gone?

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Greg Baum A week ago, as the world knows, Germany scored seven goals against Brazil in the World Cup. In AFL football on the weekends each side of that match, there were nine instances of teams scoring seven...

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Lou Richards wins the Kennedy award: you can bet on it

Centre of attention: Lou Richards surrounded by family and Collingwood players on Thursday.

Greg Baum Lou Richards and John Kennedy first met more than 60 footy seasons ago, as captains of Collingwood and Hawthorn respectively.

One way or another, the Magpies prevail

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Greg Baum Anzac Day brought two of everything. Two processions, from the shrine in the morning, to the other shrine in the afternoon. Each was in its own way reverential.

Hawks still rule, but Bombers redraw the line

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Greg Baum After 10 years, the line in the sand had become more of a scuff mark in the grass. Essendon, full of bravado, kept giving it the good old-fashioned "c'mon, I'll have ya", but never did, quite.

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Playing the ball, not the woman

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Greg Baum Mark Taylor arrived in England in 1997 as Australian Test captain, but also in a drastic and protracted slump that was threatening his place in the side.

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Swans missing Mummy

Greg Baum The Swans are not so much struggling to come to terms with Lance Franklin as they are missing their "Mummy".

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AFL ticket system loses face value

Darren Birch said the AFL knew that potentially 80,000 might become 60,000 on Sundays.

Greg Baum After an underwhelming start to the season, and faced with simmering supporter discontent, the AFL acknowledges that it has not adequately gazetted and explained its new variable price ticketing...