Adam Cooper

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Cricket

Jones blasts poor pitches

Dean Jones.

Adam Cooper Dean Jones says young batsmen are getting no favours from curators around Australia and that state sides should be docked Sheffield Shield points if they produce substandard pitches.

Tennis

Tomic has to regain 'love for tennis'

Bernard Tomic.

Adam Cooper and Bridie Jabour Year that cannot seem to end quickly enough for Tomic takes another dip.

Soccer team bounces back after racism brawl

NEWS. 6 September 2012. Sunshine Heights Western Tigers players celebrate a goal in their return match against Keon Park. Supplied.

Adam Cooper They were set to walk away from the game they love, but a soccer team of Sudanese refugees is on the pitch again after being inspired to take a stand against racism.

AFL

Beams inks new Collingwood contract

Dayne Beams

Adam Cooper Collingwood's in-form midfielder, Dayne Beams, has agreed to a new three-deal with the Magpies, which secures the rising star to the club until the end of 2015 at the earliest.

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Valley's bitter-sweet cycle leads to the Tour

Race leader Bradley Wiggins in action in the Tour.

Adam Cooper Country Victoria celebrates as Bradley Wiggins all but secures Tour de France victory.

Swimming

Aussie teen completes 'dream' Channel swim

Lochie Hinds

Adam Cooper A 16-year-old boy has swum the English Channel, becoming the youngest Australian male to complete one of the world's most prestigious open-water swims.

Glove conquers all as women boxers ring in the changes

Claire Ghabrial.

Adam Cooper Boxer Claire Ghabrial is a self-confessed princess outside the ring, but inside it she is a fighter.

Cricket

PNG hooked on cricket

Fresh Barramundis: Geraint Jones, Asad Valla and Jack Vare (from left) are training in Canberra for the world Twenty20 championships.

Adam Cooper Australia's cricketing culture has rubbed off on Jack Vare, vice-captain of the Papua New Guinea side.

Tributes flow for Matthew Hayden

Adam Cooper and Larine Statham Matthew Hayden's former teammates have commended the retired Australian opener for his decision to bow out on his terms after a difficult season with the bat.

Hurricane Warner pressuring selectors

Adam Cooper Australian captain Ricky Ponting admits David Warner's remarkable batting could make cricket's new star hard to resist when it comes to naming the one-day side.

Arthur not convinced by Twenty20 surge

Adam Cooper South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has urged cricket administrators not to let greed force a surge in the number of Twenty20 internationals.

Warne, Moody not keen on England

Warne, Moody not keen on move to England

Adam Cooper and Justin Chadwick Only the offer of a lifetime will tempt Shane Warne or Tom Moody to consider coaching England.

Hilditch open to chat with axed players

Adam Cooper Australia's embattled cricket selectors have given players the chance to clear the mass confusion plaguing their summer.

Vics close to another Twenty20 final

Adam Cooper Victoria are one game away from booking a place in a fourth straight Twenty20 final after thrashing Western Australia by 78 runs at the MCG.

David Hussey aiming to improve off-spin

Adam Cooper His big hitting has made him a domestic star, but David Hussey believes his bowling could be the key to securing a place in Australia's World Cup campaigns.

Victorians upset over Hodge omission

Adam Cooper Victorian batsman Brad Hodge believes he deserves to be part of Australia's limited-overs squads more than some of his peers.

Crosthwaite hoping to catch eye of IPL

Adam Cooper Victorian wicketkeeper Adam Crosthwaite is hopeful the Indian Premier League's powerbrokers extend their casting net far.

Finch keen to star before home crowd

Adam Cooper Aaron Finch has been biding his time waiting to bat for Victoria, which makes Sunday's Twenty20 clash against Queensland in Geelong all the more special.

Hodge, Hussey get Vics home

Adam Cooper Cool batting from Brad Hodge and David Hussey scrambled Victoria to a last-over defeat of South Australia in the Twenty20 cricket match at the MCG.

Twenty20 the way back for sidelined Lee

Adam Cooper Twenty20 looms as the path back to Test cricket for Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who has ruled himself out of next year's tour of South Africa.