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Inside Sport

Inside Sport January 2019

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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2 min.
editor's letter

Another magazine tradition we honour this month is our annual No Risk Predictions piece, which forecasts the events of the upcoming year in sport. Written by our resident soothsayer David Heazlett, it has always carried itself with a light-hearted spirit. And some of the predictions might even come true. With his latest set of predictions, Heazlett has hit 25 years in a row – a quarter-century that’s worth raising a bat for. For us at the magazine, it’s a marker of the seasons. When David gets in touch, it must be the end of the year again. Chatting about this upcoming milestone, we mused about how the nature of the task had changed over time – sport, sadly, had taken itself ever more seriously, mainly because of the money involved. And…

5 min.
20 things you might’ve missed

1 Does chess need an HIA? An intense world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana played out to 12 drawn games. Carlsen showed up for the ninth game with a black eye, suffered in a weeked football match, and then offered a draw from an advantageous position. The chess world buzzed: did Carlsen have a concussion? 2 A Godolphin horse wins the Melbourne Cup for the first time. That’s a relief, because we were worried the Dubai outfit wasn’t going to make it. Pop quiz: do you remember the name of the horse that won the 2018 Melbourne Cup? 3 Aussie 15-year-old Rudi Browning wins the World Drone Racing championship in China. Sure, it may not seem like sport. But decades from now, when drones replace all forms of racing…

2 min.
freeze frame

3 min.
big boof league: who to watch for

The KFC Big Bash competition heats up in January, with all eight teams looking to secure a finals berth. With the competition as fierce as ever, let’s run our eyes over the key men who will hold their team’s fate in their hands. CHRIS LYNN One half of the Brisbane Heat’s Bash Brothers, Lynn has become a force to be reckoned with in the short form of the game. There are few players in the competition who can do what Lynn can do with a bat in hand. His raw power in the top six enables the Heat not only to set up games, but take them away from their opponent as well. The wicket in Brisbane suits Lynn down to a tee and the added responsibility of being captain could see him…

3 min.
testing time for arnie’s army

And so Graham Arnold, Arnie to some, still loathed by a few who can’t and won’t forget his time at Sydney, gets another crack at this Socceroos coaching caper in a big tournament. January’s Asian Cup, so different for us than last time, what with it taking place in nocturnal hours ... So different in many ways, with natural evolution of the squad throwing fresh names into the fray, and the atypical manner in which Arnold took the job. He was right to miss the World Cup and stay with Sydney. Hiding to nothing if he took that. Bert van Marwijk tried, and didn’t succeed. Sure, there were breathless moments in Russia, but too few to cause a real huff. Arnold stayed at Sydney and waited for this moment. A blunt comparison will…

3 min.
this league’s brand of ball don’t lie

Australian basketball is experiencing one of the best NBL seasons in the history of the sport. The stats don’t lie – this season is the fourth closest in the history of the league, more than 50 percent of games have been decided by a single-figure margin and through the first eight rounds of the competition, there were nine periods of overtime. That’s unheard of! The style of play we’re seeing this season is also second to none. We’re seeing teams average 90 points a game, and there’s a more attacking mindset in the NBL this season. I call it the “Steph Curry effect” – teams are setting up from the three-point line more than ever before and they’re sticking their shots. The level of basketball is also at an all-time high, with…