Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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

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...

It's Bomber versus Bomber

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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.

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

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.

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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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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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.

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If you go to the tribunal, brace yourself ...

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Greg Baum In a manner of speaking, this verdict stunned even the AFL.

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Stay of execution for the bump

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Greg Baum The bump is not in mortal danger, after all. It hasn't even changed nature, particularly.

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Viney bump was out of time

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Greg Baum Jack Viney's two-match suspension was remitted at least partly because he was considered to have had too little time to do other than crash into Tom Lynch.

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Bump's life passes before its eyes

Greg Baum Last week, the bump had a near-death experience. Now its vital signs are being monitored again as six players digest the match review panel's verdicts on their bumps.

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For the love of a good man

Greg Baum There are many types of love, says Kevin Sheedy in his tribute to Tom Hafey. Between husband and wife, parent and child, family members; all are distinct forms.