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Inside Sport October 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

ONE OF the enlightening things about working on this magazine is coming to understand how something that’s a fundamental part of one sport can be entirely unnatural in another. To an Australian fan, grand finals are woven into the fabric of our sporting culture. How to react, then, when somebody questions why you need to play them at all?This point was raised by our colleagues who run our online football vertical, FTBL. Hailing from Britain and raised on the rhythm of a first-division campaign, the entire notion that you needed finals and a decider to determine a premier was borderline nonsensical. Why doesn’t the league season produce the champion? Why did you need a post-season where half the teams are eliminated to determine the year’s big winner?Think about…

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20 things you might’ve missed

1 Golf’s PGA Championship turns into a veritable testimonial for Jarrod Lyle, who died at age 36 after a long-running battle with cancer. Adam Scott almost authored one of the best stories in sport this year – one to rival Tiger Woods’ comeback – by coming close to winning it for his mate. But Brooks Koepka ruined both narratives by claiming his second major this year. 2 Glitzy Melbourne Victory signing Keisuke Honda figures he can manage Cambodia as well as play in the A-League. Honda will serve as general manager of the Cambodian national team, which is ranked 166th out of the total 211 in FIFA’s rankings. 3 From the life-isn’t-fair department: the Sydney Swans’ Alex Johnson made an inspirational return to the AFL in…

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freeze frame

In an emerging tradition, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson busted out his breakdance moves to celebrate consecutive Super Rugby premierhips. Chelsea’s Willy Caballero took flight in an attempt to stop Sergio Aguero of Man City during the Community Shield. Aguero scored a brace, and man-of-the-match honours. Brisbane Bronco Jamayne Isaako knows the only way is down from here, but his team ground out a tough win over Cronulla. Jarryd Hayne has some experience with being the face of a game. But his look during the Eels’ match against the Dragons was less than flattering. Metaphor for another year without the Bledisloe, now 16 and counting: the All Blacks’ Waisake Naholo barrelled through the Wallabies, who couldn’t keep up in either of the Tests in Sydney or Auckland. Swan Isaac Heeney…

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new zealand’s got talent

Aussies have grown used to seeing Kiwis Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin out in front. (PHOTO BY Getty Images) When I watch McLaughlin and van Gisbergen, I see them grabbing the cars by the scruff of the neck and chucking them around the circuit. Aside from rugby union, of course, motorsport would be next in line in New Zealand in terms of fan appeal and passion. Guys like Possum Bourne were very influential in terms of the way New Zealanders embraced car racing. As was Jim Richards, one of the best drivers of all time in this part of the world. Robbie Francevic won the touring car championship for Volvo. Greg Murphy, Paul Radisich, Craig Baird. The list goes on.Modern stars like Shane van Gisbergen and Scott…

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a comp that’s kicking on

Jop van der Linden, king of the free kicks. (PHOTO BY Getty Images) Imminent expansion of the A-League will also make headlines … the fact that 18 different bid teams expressed interest highlights how many people want a slice of the action. Legendary football broadcaster Martin Tyler said recently about Riley McGree’s incredible scorpion-kick goal in last season’s A-League finals: “I hope both the goal and the broadcast enhances the perception of the A-League around the world – both were top drawer!”I couldn’t agree more. The Hyundai A-League is a fantastic competition and the way Fox Sports broadcasts football is truly world-class. I’m proud to be part of the team; the prospects for the 14th season have us all tremendously excited!The champions, Melbourne Victory, have added Japanese superstar…

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tough tests in the desert

(PHOTO BY Getty Images) For a top-order batter in first-class cricket, there would be no better opportunity to play for Australia. Fifteen years ago, you couldn’t get in. With Steve Smith, David Warner and Cam Bancroft unavailable – and playing against a rising, confident Pakistan on spin-friendly wickets at what’s effectively their “home” ground in the United Arab Emirates – Australia will be right under the pump in the upcoming two-Test series.For a start, we have no idea of our top-six. Could be anyone. Usman Khawaja? He’s never played spin well. Joe Burns? Matt Renshaw? Who knows? They could throw in a lot of guys. They could shuffle the order, get blokes that normally bat no.4 or no.5 – say, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, even Mitch Marsh…