THE CANBERRA TIMES readers might be wondering why we haven't been using any photos of Australia's cricket tour to India. Australian media outlets are not publishing any photos from the Test series because of a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India and news organisations. The BCCI has refused access to Test venues to Fairfax photographic supplier Getty Images. The cartoon shown is as close as we'll get to seeing any photos from all the action in India.
The Brumbies have come up with a novel way to launch their centenary jersey to celebrate Canberra's 100th birthday. Instead of parading players at training in the new kit, which will be worn as a one-off against the NSW Waratahs on March 9, the Brumbies are jumping in a hot-air balloon for some photo opportunities high above the capital. Jake White will be hoping the players are strapped in tight, with his team off to a perfect start.
A bone to pick
It was good to see Raiders captain David Shillington as a keen onlooker as regular Locker Room reader Mark Gould took on the Wing King challenge at a Canberra restaurant last week. The challenge is to eat 50 buffalo wings in 30 minutes. It seems doable, and when Shillington saw the pile of wings come out of the kitchen, the Raiders prop was adamant he could demolish them all. David Furner might have a heart attack if he sees Shillington throwing the clean bones away at training before the season begins. For the record, Gould got through only 32 wings in the allotted time, even after smashing three in the first minute. Shillo was disappointed and we're backing him to smash Gould's effort by finishing the 50.
Capping it sweet
Brigitte Ardossi was crowned the Canberra Capitals' most valuable player on Friday night, but it turns out it wasn't the only trophy she won this week. On hearing the club might make her ineligible for the award after she was given a three-match internal suspension, a few ardent fans took her out for dinner and gave her the ''inaugural WNBL Fans Canberra Caps MVP award''.
Score one for equality
Great to see some progress has been made on the inequality between the travel arrangements of WNBL and NBL players. Basketball Australia has issued a statement confirming that all teams competing in the finals series over the next three weeks will have access to Virgin Australia's Velocity Lounge. ''Virgin have also agreed that WNBL access to the Velocity program for the next season, including the lounge, will be considered as part of Basketball Australia's sponsorship renewal discussions currently under way,'' the release said. Basketball Australia chief executive officer Kristina Keneally said the move was a step in the right direction. "We can't pretend that equality exists in any sport in Australia, but Basketball Australia will continue as it has begun under my leadership, working through these challenges with a clear-eyed focus on equality and valuing the accomplishment of all athletes equally," she said. The Canberra Times has campaigned for months for this issue to be addressed, and kudos to Basketball Australia for taking action.
Home run in Taiwan
Canberra Cavalry championship-winning coach Michael Collins is in Taiwan with the Australian team for the World Baseball Classic, which starts next month. Settling into his hotel room, Collins flicked on the television and, lo and behold, he got to relive every moment of game two of the Cavalry's Australian Baseball League championship series win. Locker Room's not sure how Collins went with the Taiwanese commentary, but luckily he already knew the players' names. We wonder if he invited Perth Heat's Luke Hughes and the Kennelly brothers in to watch the game with him?
Skipping it in
Everyone's talking about how quick Brumbies flyer Jesse Mogg is, but where's the love for skipper Ben Mowen? The big No.8 scored a sensational try against the Melbourne Rebels, turning on the after-burners to leave Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale floundering in his wake. Either rugby back-rowers are getting faster or fullbacks are getting slower - either way Beale should be feeling a bit embarrassed.
Buchanan's in the house with Lanyon High School honour
CAROLINE BUCHANAN will fly down Mount Stromlo on Sunday aiming for the downhill national mountain bike title she desperately craves. However, the Olympian's name is already etched in glory at Lanyon High School. Buchanan - who raced in the BMX event at the London Olympic Games last year - visited the school last week as it named one of the sports houses in her honour. The sports houses compete at different school carnivals throughout the year. Buchanan's house is yellow, while fellow Olympian Patrick Mills had the green house named in his honour and red bears the name of wheelchair rugby player Chris Bond.