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Victoria defends Melbourne grand prix after figures show $61m subsidy in 2015

Guardian Sport - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 01:52

The Victorian government has defended the staging of the Australian F1 grand prix after figures reveal it had to fork out millions of dollars to cover the costs

Melbourne’s Formula One grand prix cost Victorians almost $62m in 2015, but the government says that is the price of international exposure.

Expenditure again dwarfed revenue in 2015, forcing the state government to fork out $61,735,000 to cover the difference.

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Busy AFL trade period ends as Chris Yarran and James Aish seal moves

Guardian Sport - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 01:37
  • Chris Yarran moves to Richmond and James Aish goes to Collingwood
  • Michael Talia heads to Sydney in last trade of year

The final pieces of the AFL trade puzzle fell into place just hours before Thursday’s deadline, with Chris Yarran and James Aish landing at Richmond and Collingwood respectively.

The duo were the major dominoes to fall at the end of a busy trade period that came to a close at 2pm (AEDT) at Etihad Stadium.

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Pakistan v England: second Test, day one – live!

Guardian Sport - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 01:15

11.48pm BST

So then. That last one was unexpectedly rather good, wasn’t it?‎ Or, at least, the last bit of it was rather good. Once again cricket provided a fine opportunity for non-fans to ask ‘Why aren’t they playing if they’ve got floodlights on?’ and for us to sort of shrug, mumbling something about light meters on earlier days. But still, a fine finish after four days of endless batting.

This Test promises to be a little more day five than days one to four, not least because Pakistan have their proper spinner fit and ready, Yasir Shah set to give it a solid rip and trouble the English batsmen who, historically, have a similar relationship to leg spin as a young boy does to soap and water; that is to say they don’t like it and panic whenever it comes near them.

11.44pm BST

Nick will be along shortly. In the meantime, here is Mike Selvey on how the universal use of DRS is getting closer, but is still not close enough:

The objections by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the universal adoption of the decision review system are twofold: firstly the general principle of using technology and secondly the accuracy of the equipment in any case. To a degree they must be contingent, and it has been the task of the International Cricket Council, which decides on the protocols for international cricket, to attempt to get all the equipment available tested independently and hopefully verified and in that way convince the BCCI, and indeed sceptics everywhere, of the value that technology can bring to the game without taking it over.

Related: Why universal use of DRS is getting closer, but still not close enough | Mike Selvey

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New species of giant tortoise found

BBC - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 00:56
Scientists say they have identified a new species of giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific.

The NRL's Dave Smith era: three years of unfulfilled expectations | Nick Tedeschi

Guardian Sport - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 00:30

The positives that can be taken from the outgoing NRL chief executive’s reign fail to gloss over a period of disappointment and missed opportunity

Dave Smith’s three-year tenure at the NRL should be remembered for what it was: reactive, slow-moving, high on expectation and low on execution. I think that to label Smith’s reign as NRL supremo disappointing would to be oversell his achievements.

Smith was, it can almost universally be agreed upon, a surprise choice when he was appointed to replace David Gallop. A Welsh banker more familiar with rugby union, Smith showed his lack of knowledge for the game – and the NRL’s unreliability in being able to brief their incoming CEO to a satisfying level – at his first press conference.

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Carli Lloyd strikes late as USA continue victory tour with 1-1 Brazil draw

Guardian Sport - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 00:29
  • USA 1-1 Brazil (Lloyd 85; Monica 3)
  • Americans tie with Brazil in front of 23,603 fans in Seattle

The party for the defending Women’s World Cup champions is officially over. It only took Brazil three minutes to end it.

After four victory tour matches that saw the Americans outscore their opposition by 28 to 2, the US finally got their first test of the 2016 Olympics cycle, settling for a 1-1 draw against Brazil on Wednesday.

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Daniel Murphy makes history as Mets sweep Cubs to reach World Series

Guardian Sport - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 23:47
  • Murphy breaks Carlos Beltran’s postseason record with two-run drive
  • Mets were 4-0 up in the first inning as Chicago’s title drought continues

One final, charmed swing by Daniel Murphy, and the New York Mets finished a playoff sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

A new generation of Amazins is heading to the World Series.

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