/ 03 February 2021

Keeping up with the sports buzz

EDDIE’S SORRY – Collingwood president Eddie McGuire apologised for his description of a scathing report into the culture of systemic racism at Collingwood as a “proud day”. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and AFL boss Gill McLachlan said his commitment to enacting change should be supported. Not so forgiving was Heritier Lumumba who said the club is “completely tone-deaf to where the world is at right now”.

FOLAU’S RETURN FLAGGED – NRL side St George Illawarra is hoping to sign controversial Israel Folau on a two-year deal if the game’s administrators wave him through. Some Dragons fans weren’t thrilled with the news – it came at the same time as it was revealed that their much-loved captain Cameron McInnes will play for Cronulla next year after the club didn’t stump up a compelling offer.

CRICKET CANNED – COVID conditions in South Africa have seen our men’s cricket team’s Test tour due to start later this month postponed. The host nation’s second wave of cases and emergence of a highly-contagious strain there “poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff and the community,” Cricket Australia’s chief executive Nick Hockley said last night. It has diminished our chances of making the World Test Championship at Lord’s in June with no big Tests on Australia’s schedule between now and then.

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