Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Winter Olympics

40 lashes for traitorous tweet-ski

Greg Baum This is another parable of the pompousness and hypocrisy of the Olympic movement.

Drugs in Sport

Dietitians warn young athletes of supplement dangers

Generic drugs in sport

Greg Baum Supplements ''inappropriate and unnecessary'' for adolescent athletes, symposium in Canberra will hear.

Winter Olympics

Sochi Games on the slippery slope

Portent of things to come? Fog descends over the Olympic rings at Sochi.

Greg Baum Before a watching world, the Sochi Olympics are melting away.

Cricket

South African cricket has that empty feeling

Crowds flock to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, but it's a different story for Test cricket in South Africa.

Greg Baum There is no Test cricket sound at once so rousing and so depressing as the echo of bat on ball.

Cricket

It doesn't take much to go over the top

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Greg Baum Sixes have become so commonplace that the hoisting of one no longer is a self-contained event in any cricket match.

AFL

We awaited the storm, but all we got were grey areas

Greg Baum It was, memorably if not officially, the ''blackest day in Australian sport''.

Tennis

Wawrinka upsets Nadal to win first grand slam

Nadal

Greg Baum Unfancied Swiss wins Australian Open men's singles title with a dramatic upset victory over wounded world No.1.

Tennis

Third time lucky for Li Na

Li Na

Greg Baum Chinese trailblazer has form as a shaky closer, but this time was out of sight of her opponent.

Cricket

Haunting future just not cricket

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Greg Baum The year is 2025 and the barely twitching body of Test cricket is proving a wonderful host organism for T20.

Tennis

Golden pair serves up another timeless exhibition

Rafael Nadal.

Greg Baum The plink of Federer's racquet told of exquisite timing, the crump from Nadal's told of furious top-spin. Initially, they were mutually neutralised.

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Tennis

Australian Open: Tiny Slovak now the giant killer

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Greg Baum If there is a theme to this year's Open, it was articulated long ago by Henry Ford: 'History is bunk.'

Tennis

Australian Open: Federer sets up semi against old foe Nadal

Roger Federer

Greg Baum Roger Federer turns in an exhibition of exquisite tennis to ease into the last four.

Tennis

Australian Open: Nishikori pushes Nadal all the way, but Spaniard prevails

Ever the gentleman, Rafael Nadal wishes Kei Nishikori well after defeating the Japanese contender in straight sets.

Greg Baum The least favour Kei Nishikori did for Rafael Nadal was to nudge him into second-week wakefulness.

Tennis

Djokovic moves into quarter-finals with hardly a ripple

Looking back in happiness: Novak Djokovic has the beginnings of a smile on his face after a comprehensive fourth-round win over Fabio Fognini on Sunday.

Greg Baum Serb stands an even-money chance of winning Australian Open for fourth time in a row.

Tennis

The Fed machine rolls on without a hiccup

Roger Federer plays a forehand during his men's singles match against Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili on Saturday.

Greg Baum As a ball boy in Basle, Roger Federer once collected Stefan Edberg's autograph.

Cricket

Chris Rogers' armguard breaks its silence

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Greg Baum I'm like Chris, cherishing every moment. Considering most of my type end up in the bottom of a club kit bag, unloved and unwanted, I'm not complaining.

Tennis

Hard to love tennis in flaming shoes

Greg Baum Like those who live in bushfire zones, the Open must have a more proactive plan than to keep a sharp eye on the thermometer.

Tennis

Nadal still rules, but Australian kid has room to grow

Greg Baum The future looks bright for young Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Tennis

As the temperature rises, the fans get more robust

Serena Williams

Greg Baum The heat may be intense but for most it's a case of it's January, it must be Melbourne.

Tennis

Roger Federer as smooth as ever in downing James Duckworth

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Greg Baum Australian James Duckworth finds out that Roger Federer is still very much on his game.