Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Swans bigger, Hawks better, in AFL epic

Greg Baum The least that can be said about this match is the most that can be said: it lived up to its billing.

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Swans missing Mummy

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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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Swans limp into prelim as Carlton slip-slides away

Cheer, cheer the red and the white: Jude Bolton and Jesse White celebrate a Sydney goal against Carlton at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Greg Baum Once again Swans subvert recent course of football season, outlasting Carlton.

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Swans in the driver's seat to sink Pies

Jude Bolton battles Nick Maxwell.

Greg Baum Sydney begins the indigenous round in style, with a 47-point defeat of Collingwood.

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Swans break free from the Collingwood spell

Adam Goodes celebrates with Lewis Roberts-Thompson.

Greg Baum The story of last night's finals football was told in one post-modern moment in the first quarter at Sydney's ANZ stadium.

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Buddy makes his mark, reaches his goals

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Greg Baum In all the contemplations of whether Lance Franklin was worth the money and the fuss to Sydney, never was it considered that he might actually improve as a player in his new guernsey and guise.

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Bombers fans' boo boo

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Greg Baum Essendon fans spent so much time and energy booing at Etihad stadium last Friday that it was a wonder they got around to cheering at all.

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The Buddy snatchers open a can of worms

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Greg Baum The Blues wrote the book on manipulation; the Swans merely digitalised it.

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Hawks play straight men

Fists of fury: A big pack flies for the ball during Hawthorn's win over Sydney at the MCG on Saturday night.

Greg Baum All the goals that Hawthorn could not kick in last year's grand final, it kicked on Saturday.

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No room for smugness in long fight against bigotry

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Greg Baum Two images from 20 years apart - both of an indigenous man, a footballer, pointing in the face of racism - suggest that nothing has changed; that we have gone nowhere, as a code, as a sport, as a...

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Siren sounded on racism in football

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Greg Baum Two images from 20 years apart suggest that nothing has changed.

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Goodes 'gutted' after racial slur

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Greg Baum and Michael Gleeson Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes said he was ‘gutted’ when a young fan called him an ‘ape’ in the dying minutes of his club’s win over Collingwood on Friday night.

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Richmond hangs on to emerge from history's cold shadow

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Greg Baum More than 80,000 descended onto a floodlit MCG, here was the heart of football.

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How Kochie got Port on a roll

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Greg Baum Port was a basket case when David Koch answered the unlikely call 12 months ago.

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Hawks much better placed than last year, says Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson shows his appreciation of Luke Hodge after the Hawks' big win over Sydney.

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach says club learnt lessons from last year's grand final defeat.

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Master defender Lake steals forward and the dam wall bursts

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Greg Baum THE 2013 finals began where the 2012 series left off, with a torrid match between Hawthorn and Sydney. Some of the names had changed, but there were no innocents, then or now.

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Finals time, and the Hawks are running hot

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Greg Baum Finals begin where 2012 series left off, with torrid match between Hawthorn and Sydney.

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Loyalty in eye of the beholder

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Greg Baum Let's call him Lance, though it could be Dale or Dustin, or soon, your favourite footballer.

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Cats whet their appetite

Harry Taylor of the Cats takes a mark as Adam Goodes of the Swans leaps up to contest.

Greg Baum Sydney did what Sydney does at Geelong — it threw the kitchen sink at the Cats.

With a heave and a ho, Freo puts the Cats out

Greg Baum Frequently, the AFL finals are a new and self-contained season, not susceptible to the form or verities of the home-and-away rounds.