Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Brent Harvey cops three-week ban as AFL tribunal splits hairs

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

Williams hit golf out of bounds with the humour sport deserves

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Greg Baum In a New York show in 2002, the suddenly late Robin Williams famously deconstructed golf. Here is a flavour; you will have to imagine the rat-a-tat delivery.

Three days later, legal eagles blow this joint

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Greg Baum On the third day of the Federal court hearing about the legality of the the joint investigation into the Essendon supplements scandal, Justice John Middleton allowed his exasperation to show through...

Middle East politics enters the sports arena

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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.

Motorsport

The prix is right, says Australia

The Premier of Victoria, Denis Napthine, and Major Events Minister Louise Asher announcing that the grand prix will continue to be staged in Melbourne until 2020.

Greg Baum To conclude that Melbourne's grand prix costs taxpayers three times as much as Canada's is to make a false comparison between apples and oranges, Australian organisers say.

Shining a light on long shadows cast by Lance Armstrong and soccer match fixers

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Greg Baum Descending from Sestrieres in the Tour de France on Bastille Day in 1999, French cyclist Christophe Bassons suddenly found Lance Armstrong looming up beside him in his yellow jersey and his henchmen...

Rule 1: you win some ... but not all

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Greg Baum When Magnus Norman took over as coach of Stan Wawrinka, one of his pieces of advice was to the effect that no matter how humble or mighty the tournament, only one player ever can win it.

Soccer

Australian soccer: a game of many halves

Greg Baum Roy Hay's grandfather captained Celtic and Scotland at a time when they were at the pinnacle of the world game.

Sports race problem is more than skin deep

Greg Baum It hasn't been much of a week for race relations in sport.

Cricket

Australia again a big fish, but where is the pond?

Greg Baum Question: what is the difference between the International Cricket Council and the King Island Football Association?

The best game in the world, ba' none

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Greg Baum Accompanied by a throaty roar, the ball goes up and the game begins. Immediately, the ball disappears into vast crush, and is not seen again for some time.

Cricket

Stars in their own right

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Greg Baum Meg Lanning's hero was Ricky Ponting. Her effortless straight drive for six en route to top score in the World Twenty20 final in Bangladesh on Sunday would have done Ponting proud.

Jack Clancy of the overflowing

Greg Baum Jack Clancy was large in life, and larger than it.

Cricket

Cake ritual sweetens delicious lulls

Greg Baum Australia this summer has had the rare pleasure to travel hopefully and to arrive companionably in a rapturous place.

Cricket

South African series showed how cricket gets tangled in its own red tape

Greg Baum Australians seem not to have grasped how much their nasally catcalling grates.

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Cricket

Old solution brings a new-found strength

Greg Baum What began as an exercise in benchmarking has become another triumph in its own right.

Cricket

Immovable Graeme Smith finally blocked out

Greg Baum Of Graeme Smith, this can be said more accurately than of any other contemporary cricketer: he took block.

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Warner's honesty deserves respect

Greg Baum If anything is disrespectful in cricket, it is the reconfiguring of the concept of respect.

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Baseball

Zack Greinke doesn't care for Australia, and why should he?

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke.

Greg Baum To the many zeroes on his pay cheque and his scorecards, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke added another this week.

Winter Olympics

Snow chance of golden handshake

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Greg Baum Win or lose, fun or (momentarily) not, with any luck our future champions will still love their sport.