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Inside Sport December 2018

Celebrating over 20 years in print, Inside Sport is Australia's most highly awarded sporting publication, including the recipient of the prestigious Walkley Award for sport journalism. But that's not why sports fans love it. Inside Sport consistently tackles modern sporting issues and publishes awe-inspiring sports photography, every month. THAT'S why sports fans love it.

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editor's letter

WITH A change of sporting season, we bring a new element to the magazine. For the last six years, our sister publication Inside Cricket has covered all the developments in the nation’s favourite summer pastime, from the varying fortunes of the Test team, to the tragic death of Phil Hughes, to the growth of the Big Bash League and the women’s side of the game.Unfortunately, Inside Cricket will no longer be published as a standalone product over the summer months. Instead, we at Inside Sport will continue in its place, a metaphorical tossing of the ball to a different member of the attack. It’s a near-seamless fit – Inside Cricket had a lot of Inside Sport’s DNA, and this magazine already had plenty of cricket coverage around this…

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20 things you might’ve missed

1 In one hell of a second act, Shane Gould re-emerges into the public eye and wins reality-TV competition Survivor. From watching the show, we see that the 61-year-old can still swim, and is supremely canny with the political machinations. Olympic committee boss John Coates was moved to say, rather obtusely: “There’s something special about the Olympic spirit. It can produce the very best in individuals, it can bring nations together and can even sway the Tribal Council.” 2 Young Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold plays world chess champ Magnus Carlsen, loses in 17 moves. Alexander-Arnold later says football and chess share similarities, which should worry Reds fans. 3 Newly retired rugby league star Billy Slater moves into a football club front office – only it…

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freeze frame

The cheerleaders of Clemson University in South Carolina fly high these days, right alongside their championship-winning football team. Golfing great Walter Hagen once said you should stop to smell the roses. He actually didn’t say it, but the flowers of California’s Napa Valley did look enticing during the Safeway Open. Redzel let strapper Christine Duffy know that he was ready for another run at The Everest. Sure was, as the six-year-old banked another win, worth $6m. The athletes of the Invictus Games were true profiles in sporting courage. Poland’s Jan Koczar teed it up in the golf event at NSW. England’s Kyle Walker doesn’t spit on the concept of the UEFA Nations League, which pits Europe’s top countries more often. The English drew with Croatia. (PHOTOS BY Getty Images)…

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a bash for all the world

Can anyone stop Ellyse Perry and her all-conquering Sydney Sixers? (PHOTO BY Getty Images) For players across the BBL08 and WBBL04, there are two countdowns that have well and truly started. The first is front and centre and marks the beginning of the Big Bash this summer in December.The second sounds a long way off, but believe me when I say the World T20 2020 – which will be staged in Australia – will come around very quickly. There are only two seasons of T20 cricket for players to impress selectors and to make a home World Cup. The women’s final on March 8, International Women’s Day, will be attempting a world record crowd at the MCG of 93,000-plus. The men’s final on November 15 will be hoping…

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pride of a nation

(PHOTO BY Getty Images) Sport, for all its modern-day excess and dastardly behaviour, has this wonderful ability to present stories which warm the heart. And so it was, in the pre-dawn blur in early October, we sat and watched one unexpectedly unfold before our eyes.As the Socceroos battered Kuwait in the first match under new manager Graham Arnold, two childhood friends came off the bench to make their debuts for their nation. Their adopted nation.Thomas Deng and Awer Mabil grew up in trouble. Through no fault of their own, it must be said. Out of South Sudan, via Kenya, as refugees. Both found their way to Adelaide as primary school-aged kids and found football.Now it’s a romantic thought to say finding football automatically made them find themselves in a…

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one giant step for hoops

(PHOTO BY Getty Images) Australian basketball is headed for its moon landing moment. The countdown has already begun, and this time next year we could be basking in the glory of one of the greatest ever achievements in Australian sport.The oÿcial big-stage launch of the Boomers’ China World Cup gold medal quest will take place in Australia next August, with two historic warm-up games against Team USA at a reconfigured 60,000-seat Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. The full-strength Aussie team, jam-packed with NBA stars such as Ben Simmons and Joe Ingles, will host a ridiculously talented collection of American NBA icons, which could include Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.And if the Aussies can somehow unite and rise to defeat the Americans for the first time ever at their own game,…