Richard Hinds

Richard Hinds

Richard Hinds is the Chief Sports Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

Golf

Scott takes positives out of Lytham meltdown

Richard Hinds After Adam Scott held a four-shot lead with four holes to play at this year's British Open, he somehow blew his chance to win a first major, but handled the post-round inquisitions about his game and...

Masters of their domain

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Richard Hinds Adam Scott's appetite for success might be gauged by performance at Australian Masters

Golf

Scott puts frustrating year behind him with panache

Richard Hinds There must be times when Adam Scott feels like a concert violinist playing the bongos.

Golf

Yellow jacket will serve as bright reminder of ability to stay cool

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Richard Hinds There must be times when Adam Scott feels like a concert violinist playing the bongoes. There is such a fierce spotlight on the things he cannot do - putt with sufficient reliability, win a major -...

Is winning the way to win us over?

Bernard Tomic

Richard Hinds Rough diamond Bernard Tomic is not the first to ruffle feathers.

Reversal of fortune stings but McNamee has carved new niche

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Richard Hinds Once, at the Australian Open, you would find Paul McNamee prowling the corridors wearing a well-cut suit, running the tournament with the effortless authority of a Vegas floorwalker.

Tennis

Like him or not, fans can't have it both ways on Tomic

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Richard Hinds Around court 16 at Melbourne Park, a large group of fans more interested in seeing Bernard Tomic hone his forehand than watch a real match train their mobile phones on the newly minted Sydney...

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Sam's sitcom no joke as Tomic takes lead role

Sam Stosur

Richard Hinds With apologies to James Duckworth, whose continued presence provides the welcome gift of cricket-related weather jokes, this Australian Open is now the Bernie Show.

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Peaking nicely

Bernard Tomic

Richard Hinds ONE set down. Court surface hotter than a well-used wok. A tall, troublesome, big-serving opponent firing bullets from the fourth floor.

No middle ground as Open inevitably hits annual flat spot

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Richard Hinds The middle Sunday at the Australian Open is, traditionally, flatter than Geoff Boycott's vowels. It is the day after the Great Australian Hope has been eliminated in a heavily promoted...

Tennis

Another step for Tomic in battle for hearts and minds

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Richard Hinds One set down. Court surface hotter than a well-oiled wok. A tall, troublesome, big-serving opponent firing bullets from the fourth floor.

Plenty left in tank for champagne Sharapova

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Richard Hinds IF MARIA SHARAPOVA looks particularly fresh when she walks onto the court for her Australian Open semi-final against Li Na on Thursday, do not give credit to the lotions from which the lavishly...

Tennis

Getting bang for your buck never guaranteed, even on centre court

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Richard Hinds As of Thursday afternoon, after four months, the women's final was still not sold out.

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A once-great sport sinks to new low

The 2012 Australian swimming team at the London Games.

Richard Hinds Not long ago Australian swimmers were beacons of athletic supremacy and models of wholesome virtue.

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Proud sport's belly-flop at Games such a toxic waste

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Richard Hinds It does not seem long ago that Australian swimmers were beacons of athletic supremacy and models of wholesome virtue.

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Swimming must focus on problems at the top, not the tomfoolery

Magnussen

Richard Hinds Australian swimming's nationally televised visit to the headmaster's office did nothing to address the real problem with swimming: lack of leadership.

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High praise for Gallop as timing is everything

Gallop

Richard Hinds David Gallop's move to the A-League coincided with its best and brightest season.

A day when a nice guy finished first

Adam Scott

Richard Hinds Decades of heartbreak was wiped away with the swipe of an elongated putter.

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Day when a nice guy finished first

Richard Hinds Decades of heartbreak was wiped away with the swipe of an elongated putter.

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Tennis

Pushy parents a curse and a blessing

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Richard Hinds Behind the scenes, the relationship with the ugly tennis parent is more disturbing and complex.