Viagogo boss slams Australia’s ticketing market as outdated ‘protectionist racket’

The Viagogo boss said ticket reselling was a good thing and should be respected by event promoters. “In the US, fundamentally if you buy a ticket, you own it. You can do with it what you want, and the ability to give it away or resell it to somebody is completely free. That has created significantly more access, more choice and most importantly better prices,” Mr Miller said. “The market today in Australia is like a protectionist racket. You’re putting the interests of event organisers in front of the fans.”…

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Blanket ban of Russians by WADA could have been thrown out in court, says Australian Sports Minister Richard Colbeck

On Friday, Senator Colbeck said fears that a complete sidelining of Russians could be thrown out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport contributed to WADA, which unanimously approved the penalty recommended by its Compliance and Review Committee, not coming down harder. He also believes athletes who can demonstrate they had not been tied up in doping did not deserve to be punished. Richard Colbeck is on the 12-member WADA executive committee that ruled on Russia.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen “In the broader scheme of things I think [the penalty] is pretty big,”…

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Marnus Labuschagne turns up heat but injury douses quick-fire attack

With the shine in their eyes and on half the pitch, Tom Latham and Jeet Raval willed the sun to go down faster. It didn’t go fast enough. Both succumbed to a searing opening spell from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. A brief period of mayhem followed, as Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor all but got themselves out; and then, as the light settled, the Test match resumed a steadier rhythm. All of this manipulation, no doubt keenly discussed in team meetings, is part of the pink-ball game, where timing…

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Jetstar hit with strikes next week as stand-off continues

Loading Australian Federation of Air Pilots have not announced any strike action past this weekend, but will conduct potentially disruptive low-level action, including refusing to be called in to work on rostered days off, or working outside their rostered hours. A Jetstar spokeswoman said it was largely “business as usual” on Friday, after it announced on Wednesday which flights would not operate and moved passengers onto other flights. On Thursday afternoon SafeWork NSW ordered Jetstar to improve the safety of its ground crew operations after an inspection of Sydney Airport discovered crew…

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Ricky Ponting tells Travis Head to pull his ego in after the way he went out against New Zealand in the first Test at Optus Stadium

It was a devastating moment for the Australians, for Hazlewood had begun superbly, dismissing Raval with a gorgeous inswinger. The Australian followed New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson (calf), as having left the field in this match because of a leg muscle injury. Hazlewood was devastated as he trudged from the field, leaving Pat Cummins, who completed Hazlewood’s over, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon to carry the load, almost certainly for the rest of the match. Australia does not have a legitimate fast-bowling all-rounder, leaving the medium pace of Matthew Wade…

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Flyers tune up for Canberra clash with dominant win over Townsville

The Fire were competitive for much of the game but simply couldn’t match the shooting and up-tempo offence of the Flyers who took full control of the game in the third term ending all doubt over the contest. Opals forward Darcee Garbin was excellent for the Fire with 28 points but none of her teammates could keep up their scoring although import Bridget Carleton had nine points in a strong first half before receiving closer coverage. Flyers forward Blicavs, who had 13 points and eight rebounds, said her side was…

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Cricket in its long form is testing my patience somewhat

Fitbit on the side The best story of the sporting week, in a generally dull sporting time? It comes from NFL reporter Jane Slater, who put out a tweet from @SlaterNFL that went viral. Take it away, Jane: “An Ex Boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it. We synched up, motivated each other . . . didn’t hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4am and his physical activity levels were spiking on the app. Wish the story wasn’t real.” The responses were many and…

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The rise and rise of Marnus Labuschagne

The flick of the wrists, the way he plays spin, particularly how he hits against it without imperilling his wicket, as he showed against Pakistan’s leggie Yasir Shah. Marnus Labuschagne is the rising star of Australian cricket.Credit:AAP “He knew how he could position his body and bat into the turn and hit powerfully through leg side,” D’Costa says. “You usually see that in subcontinent players, not Australians.” D’Costa knows his stuff. The batting guru was the boyhood coach of Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes. He has also worked with former…

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Race-by-race tips and preview for Villiers Day at Randwick

10. Maid In Milan is flying this time back for trainer Mitch Beer who had a Highway winner just a fortnight ago with Princess Cordelia. This five-year-old mare won at Corowa first up over 1000m, beating Billabong Bilby, before towelling up her rivals at Gundagai in fast time. It was impressive. She was then tried in metro company, lining up against Military Magic and Instant Attraction at Canterbury where she started $9 but found a couple too classy, but certainly wasn’t disgraced. Drops back from a BM70 to a class 3…

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Best of cartoons December 14, 2019

Best of cartoons December 14, 2019 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 24 Images Our talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their humorous version of the news of the day. December 13, 2019 — 8.06pm 1/24 Matt Golding 2/24 Matt Golding 3/24 Alan MoirCredit: 4/24 Simon LetchCredit: 5/24 Andrew Dyson 6/24 Jim Pavlidis 7/24 Simon LetchCredit: 8/24 Matt Golding 9/24 Dionne Gain 10/24 Robin Cowcher 11/24 Michael Leunig 12/24 John ShakespeareCredit: 13/24 Jim Pavlidis 14/24 Simon Letch 15/24 Simon LetchCredit: 16/24 Simon Letch 17/24 Simon…

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