Adam Cooper

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Match-fixing trio plead guilty for involvement in sting

Reiss Noel and Joe Woolley.

Adam Cooper Australia's ringleader in a soccer match-fixing syndicate has pleaded guilty and two players who helped throw games have been convicted and fined for their involvement in the sting

Police seek to extradite middlemen

Southern Stars.

Nino Bucci, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Adam Cooper Police are working to extradite overseas members of a multimillion-dollar match-fixing syndicate.

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.

Quiney call-up timely reminder for fringe Vics

Chris Rogers will benefit directly from Rob Quiney's call-up to play in the first Test.

Adam Cooper Victoria hopes Rob Quiney's selection will encourage others to fight for spots in team.

Cricket

Players must be ready to fire in Big Bash

Ready to go: Shane Warne.

Adam Cooper When Aaron Finch took to Shane Warne last week at Etihad Stadium, it must have been tempting for some to grant the Big Bash's marquee player leeway for a limited pre-season campaign.

Season takes shape before ball is bowled

Adam Cooper WHEN Aaron Finch took to Shane Warne last week at Etihad Stadium, it must have been tempting for some to grant the Big Bash League's marquee player leeway for a limited pre-season campaign.

Cricket

Moving interstate helps beat the home-state blues

Usman Khawaja

Adam Cooper NSW players got baggy greens automatically. Or so they say. Now it looks like they have to move to earn that honour.

Cricket

Coach wants Malinga

Lasith Malinga

Adam Cooper Sri Lanka's bowling coach hasn't given up on luring Lasith Malinga back to the Test team.

Gloves off: Wade vows to ramp up concentration levels at MCG

Wade

Adam Cooper AS MATTHEW WADE points out, no one realises they're not concentrating until after the key moment has past. Like common sense, it's only obvious afterwards.

Cricket

Wade aiming to keep up appearances

Matthew Wade

Adam Cooper As Matthew Wade points out, no one realises they're not concentrating until after the key moment has passed. Like common sense, it's only obvious afterwards.

Finding the new stars of Australian soccer?

Net result: Collingwood player Aguek celebrates a goal.

Adam Cooper Competition gives young Africans a chance to strive for - and score - some special goals.

Siddle backs Bird to set Sri Lanka's feathers flying at MCG

Jackson Bird

Adam Cooper THE memory of Sachin Tendulkar's shattered stumps will reinforce Peter Siddle's plan to be patient at the MCG in the second Test against Sri Lanka, possibly alongside rookie Jackson Bird.

Starc puts the Ashes before IPL riches

Australia's Peter Siddle (R) and Mitchell Starc

Chloe Saltau, Adam Cooper MITCHELL STARC will reject offers worth up to $500,000 to play in next year's Indian Premier League because he wants to be in peak condition for the Ashes.

Starc keen, but rest talk goes on

Fighting fit: Mitchell Starc wants to play on Boxing Day.

Chloe Saltau and Adam Cooper Left-armer to keep out of IPL and concentrate on Tests - but will he play at the MCG?

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Demon in hot water

Jeremy Howe.

Adam Cooper Melbourne forward Jeremy Howe is ejected from the MCG after a beer-soaked day at the cricket.

Hussey's shock retirement

Mike Hussey .

Chloe Saltau and Adam Cooper Highly respected and in-form Australian veteran Michael Hussey has announced that he will retire from Test cricket.

Protecting those golden arms is a top priority

Mitchell Starc throws the ball during an Australian training session.

Adam Cooper It's not only cricket's fast bowlers who have to be rotated.

T20 cricket

Hurt Samuels cool on bowling criticism

Marlon Samuels.

Adam Cooper Melbourne Renegades coach Simon Helmot says West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels has been unfazed by questions over the legitimacy of his bowling action.

Cricket

Ferguson sets sights on return

Callum Ferguson

Adam Cooper Callum Ferguson is something of a forgotten man in Australia's batting reserves.

Cricket

Windies mates a spark for Samuels

Marlon Samuels

Adam Cooper Take it from the coach, Marlon Samuels really is as cool as he appears.