Stathi Paxinos

Stathi Paxinos

Stathi Paxinos covers rugby league, rugby union, boxing, swimming and Australian Rules football for The Age. He has covered numerous major sporting events including the Sydney Olympic Games (boxing), the 2003 Rugby World Cup, state of origin contests and NRL finals, world title fights and national swimming championships. Stathi also covered boxing and aquatics at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

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Melbourne Storm deserved more from Brian Waldron's 'apology'

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Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm fans, players and officials have waited four years for some sign of contrition from Brian Waldron about the role the former chief executive played in the salary cap cheating that...

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Fierce Storm lashes Sea Eagles

Melbourne Storm celebrates after beating the Sea Eagles at AAMI Park.

Stathi Paxinos It has taken far less time than many had thought but Storm now has the chance it has been craving.

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Grand final week 'fun' for Cronk

Cooper Cronk.

Stathi Paxinos Cooper Cronk reckons grand final week is an atmosphere to be taken in and enjoyed. But he hasn't always looked on it that way.

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Storm wary of Hasler factor

Craig Bellamy and Des Hasler

Stathi Paxinos MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has said that he does not know, or had not really thought about, what sorts of tricks Canterbury counterpart Des Hasler could pull in Sunday's grand final.

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Full-backs' duel crucial

Billy Slater and Ben Barba.

Stathi Paxinos The battle between Billy Slater and Ben Barba in today's NRL grand final has the fans excited.

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Storm clouds gone as stars celebrate win

Billy Slater on the run.

Stathi Paxinos It seems fairytale endings do happen. Two years after Melbourne was locked in the darkest days of the club's history, the Storm proved too strong for Canterbury in the grand final.

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Slater cops an earful from Bulldog

James Graham allegedly bit Billy Slater's ear.

Stathi Paxinos In the end, no one was talking about James Graham's Mike Tyson-moment after the Storm's 14-4 grand final win.

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High five for Smith

Cameron Smith

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm captain crowned the club's player of the year for a fifth time.

Bennett backs Bellamy to stick with Storm

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

Stathi Paxinos Wayne Bennett could not see any reason why Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy would want to leave this year's NRL premier when his contract was up next year, the seven-time premiership coach said...

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Injured Storm trio likely to miss England trip

Matt Duffie

Stathi Paxinos Storm facing world club challenge clash against Leeds in England without three top players.

Storm receive unwelcome send-off before leaving to Britain

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 08:  Edrick Lee of the Raiders is tackled by Young Tonumaipea of the Storm during the NRL trial match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at Simonds Stadium on February 8, 2013 in Geelong, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos THE Melbourne Storm will head to Britain for their world club challenge clash against Leeds on the back of not only a poor loss to Canberra in Friday's night's trial game but possibly without three...

Storm 'fan' re-signs as coach

Craig Bellamy

Stathi Paxinos Coaching supremo Craig Bellamy has announced he is staying with NRL premiers Melbourne Storm until at least the end of 2016.

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Youngsters storm up the ranks

Mahe Fonua

Stathi Paxinos Mahe Fonua did not have the best of NRL debuts for the Storm last season.

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Storm starts as it left off - with a win

Melbourne Storm

Stathi Paxinos Reigning premiers dispel any thoughts of a premiership hangover with clinical win.

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Match reviewers clear Slater over kicking Dog

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Brad Walter and Stathi Paxinos The NRL match review committee has ruled that Melbourne fullback Billy Slater's kick to the head of Canterbury forward David Klemmer was accidental contact.

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Slater charge dims victory as Storm flies high

Billy Slater.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne remains undefeated after holding off Canterbury in a worthy grand final replay.

Storm targets Prince

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Stathi Paxinos RUGBY LEAGUE Melbourne Storm will look to exploit absence of injured Gold Coast hooker Nathan Friend and limit kicking game of playmaker Scott Prince when it faces its bogey team.

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It's back to basics for Storm

Cooper Cronk

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Storm playmaker Cooper Cronk says no magic remedy for form slump.

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Panthers stay wary

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Stathi Paxinos Penrith forward Clint Newton insists that there has not been, and would not be, any use of the words 'form slump' in relation to Melbourne Storm ahead of their clash.

Storm surge back to form as hapless Panthers roll over

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04:  Billy Slater of the Storm runs with the ball during the round 22 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park on August 4, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos THERE was a feeling that hung around Melbourne Storm's game against Penrith yesterday. It was one of ''surely not''.