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Opinion: Rising to the occasion – The ‘Greek Freak’ connecting Hellenes across the globe

Giannis Antetokounmpo, more widely recognised as the prodigious ‘Greek Freak’ has claimed his stake in the North American National Basketball Association (NBA), as one of the most skilful and dominant …

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Sardines for breakfast, hypothermia rescues: The story of the cash-strapped post-Pandemic Olympics of 1920

Since the global pandemic began, debate has raged over whether Tokyo should go ahead with the Olympic Games, now set to open on 23 July. The same heated debates were …

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It’s time to recognise the 1906 Athens Games as official Olympics

Tokyo 2020 was meant to be the fourth time I attended an Olympic Games. Japan and the Games would have been my chance to see my godson, koumbaro and their …

Open letter regarding housing plans for refugees and lack of consultation with Lesvos community

Ongoing conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean and the opportunity of an easy gateway into Europe has made Lesvos a steppingstone for refugees fleeing war zones and poverty. The proximity of …

When your gods die

Diego Armand Maradona is one of our generation. Unlike the cocooned safety of corporate sports today, Diego represented a different world. He was a tough, uncompromising and equally tragic. Maradona …

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The Gabba Grand Final: how Queensland fell in love with Australian Rules football again

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to all major sports in Australia, but perhaps the most fascinating — and unlikely — change is the playing of the AFL grand …

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Why haven’t the Olympics been cancelled from coronavirus? That’s the $20bn question

In sports, the term “shutout” is usually associated with a comprehensive victory over an opposition that has failed to score. Last week, the spread of the coronavirus was such that …

A world less than perfect unravels in tale of Aussie authors’ Hydra idyll

It is worth bearing in mind that a classic of the post-war Australian novel, My Brother Jack, owes its existence to the incredible patience and generosity of a grocery store/kafenion owner …

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Nick Kyrgios on probation: can controversial athletes sell a sport or are they bad for the business?

Last week the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) sentenced Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios to a probationary period of six months that could lead to a suspension if certain conditions …

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Winners and Sinners: A great week for the ‘God of War’

WINNERS ARIS THESSALONIKI The Yellows performed admirably in what could arguably be one of the most hostile grounds of the entire Greek Super League, fighting champions PAOK for a 2-2 …

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