Posted: 25 July, 2016

Australia Just Won The 2016 Quidditch World Cup

Yes… It is a real thing.

Australia has taken out the 2016 Quidditch World Cup, defeating defending champions the USA.

The hotly contested tournament was held in Frankfurt, Germany with ‘The Dropbears’ emerging from the competition undefeated.

They knocked out Belgium, Slovakia and Ireland in the group stage, before breezing through Germany, France and Canada to take on the USA in the final, where they claimed victory, 150 – 130.

The sport is inspired by Harry Potter and has basically the same rules as the books…

But instead of flying, players run around with a broom stick between their legs, sprinting, tackling, throwing and chasing the Golden Snitch.

WATCH BELOW.

Quidditch Australia celebrated the historic victory on Facebook:

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Posted: 22 July, 2016

Haumono Protests Brutal KO Loss

Brutal KO Photo: YouTube

Australian heavyweight boxer Solomon Haumono has launched a protest following his knockout loss to New Zealand's Joseph Parker in Christchurch.

Unbeaten Parker made it 20 professional wins in resounding fashion, knocking down the 40-year-old former rugby league international with a crisp upper-cut midway through Thursday's fourth round. 

However, the result was slammed by Haumono's trainer Justin Fortune after veteran New Zealand referee Bruce McTavish ruled the former rugby league international hadn't made it back to his feet following a 10-count.

McTavish's decision drew no initial complaint from Haumono but former world heavyweight title challenger Fortune said it was blatantly unfair. 

He believed Haumono was stable on his feet after eight seconds and was clearly fresh enough to fight on. Watch the video below.

KNOCKOUT PUNCH: Joseph Parker VS Solomon Haumono 

Solomon Haumono vs Joseph Parker Video: ParkerBOX / YouTube

"The count wasn't clear; it wasn't loud; it wasn't precise. He was up at eight - it was as clear as a bell," Fortune said.

"It's not that we're sore losers. It's the fact that he actually got it wrong." 

A protest was made shortly after the fight but McTavish had no idea how long it would take to hear the outcome.

McTavish, 76, has been based in the Philippines since 1967. He has controlled 383 pro fights, including some involving the great Manny Pacquiao and was named WBC referee of the year in 2013 and 2015.

Fortune has raised the prospect of a rematch against Parker, whose career pathway is winding towards a mandatory challenge for the IBF belt against British champion Anthony Joshua.

Parker's win was his 17th by knockout, inflicting just the third loss on Haumono in a 29-fight pro career.

Former NRL forward Haumono looked increasingly vulnerable against Parker's superior speed through the first three of 12 scheduled rounds.

The fight ended when heavy favourite Parker followed a left jab with a right upper cut which sent his Auckland-born opponent to the canvas.

The 24-year-old Kiwi appeared stiff at the outset and there was swelling under both eyes after being tagged by right-hand shots in the first round.

As was the case during his last-start win over classy Cameroon fighter Carlos Takam, Parker looked awkward on the ropes and had to be told several times to stay lower by trainer Kevin Barry.

Parker was thankful for some mid-fight advice from Barry about how to deal with Haumono's forward-moving approach.

"Kevin teaches many different combinations and he says that timing is everything. You have to pick your shots.

"I was slack on the jab but, when the jab started pumping in the fourth round, the openings started to come."

Barry was most impressed with his charge's upper cuts and body shots.

He said an announcement would be made on Tuesday about Parker's schedule, potentially revealing some details about the fight against Joshua.

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Tags: Solomon Haumono, Boxing, Joseph Parker

Posted: 21 July, 2016

Bernard Tomic Forced Off Court By Police

"Why are you getting close to me?"

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Bernard Tomic and Viktor Troicki were forced off a practice court by a police officer in a strange incident.

The officer walked onto the court midway through a training session between the two and tried to force them off.

He suggested it was about to rain and the players weren't allowed to continue training due to the weather.

But the players disputed as it wasn't raining.

Troicki seemed bemused as he left, but Tomic, who is set to play his quarter final in the Citi Open tomorrow morning Australian time, hung around a little longer.

"Why are you getting close to me," he told the officer.

Bizarre.

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Tags: Tennis, Bernard Tomic

Posted: 17 July, 2016

MMA Fighter Celebrates KO By Throwing Poke Ball At Opponent

Gotta catch 'em all!

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MMA fighter Michael "Venom" Page has celebrated a knockout win in fantastic style, throwing a Poke ball at his opponent.

Upon knocking out opponent Cyborg Santos, Page ran and grabbed a Pokemon trainer's cap and Poke ball from the crowd.

He then showed the ball to the crowd and tossed it at Santos.

It comes in the wake of the Pokemon Go craze, which has become one of the most popular mobile apps in history since launching last week.

Venom is suited to it - poison's generally a good status effect when trying to catch something.

Didn't know it was effective against steel, though.

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Tags: MMA, Pokemon

Posted: 16 July, 2016

Mick Fanning Makes Remarkable Return To Scene Of Shark Attack

Wonderful news!

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Mick Fanning has won the J-Bay Open on his return to Jeffreys Bay, the scene of his shark attack 12 months ago.

Almost a year to the day since Fanning fought off what was believed to be a great white shark, Fanning reigned supreme, beating John John Florence to claim the title.

It is his 22nd career win and sees him climb to fifth in the world rankings.

You legend Mick!

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Posted: 16 July, 2016

Brock Lesnar Notified Of Potential Doping Violation

More huge news out of UFC 200

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed UFC fighter Brock Lesnar about a potential anti-doping violation.

The potential violation stems from an out of competition drug test from June 28, the results of which became known on July 14th.

The 39-year-old made his return to the Octagon from the WWE last weekend at UFC 200, defeating Australian based fighter Mark Hunt

The UFC explained in a statement that Lesnar was able to compete at UFC 200 last Saturday because they were unaware of the potential violation at that stage.

"The UFC organisation was notified today that [USADA] has informed Brock Lesnar of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 28," the statement said. 

"USADA received the testing results from the June 28 sample collection from the [World Anti-Doping Agency]-accredited UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory on the evening of July 14."

Hunt was quick to respond to the news on Twitter, slamming Lesnar:

 

Hunt also retweeted this tweet suggesting he should be compensated if Lesnar is found to have doped:

 

UFC fighters are normally subject to a four-month drug testing window before being allowed to compete, but this requirement was waived for Lesnar due to the circumstances of his return and his contract with the WWE.

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Tags: Brock Lesnar, UFC

Posted: 11 July, 2016

UFC Sold For $4b: Report

Global MMA juggernaut sold for a staggering price

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has reportedly been sold for $4 billion in what is believed to be the biggest deal in sports history.

UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and his brother Frank Fertitta bought the UFC in 2001 for $2 million which means they now stand to make a mind-boggling 2000 percent return on their investment.

The pair are believed to be staying on as minority owners of the global sporting franchise while Dana White is expected to remain president and retain a minority stake in the business. 

Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS-TV reported an ownership group consisting of talent agency William Morris Endeavor, International Management Group, and private equity group MSD were set to purchase the UFC.

Global investment firm KKR are also said to be involved in the sale.

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Tags: UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship, MMA, mixed martial arts

Posted: 10 July, 2016

Foxtel Completely Cooked The UFC Coverage And Fans Are PISSED

Epic cock up!

UFC fans all over the nation were salivating today, with UFC 200 one of the most anticipated cards ever.

Anticipation turned to frustration though when Foxtel completely cooked up the coverage.

The feed cut out during the headline women’s bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.

The coverage cut to the American Fox Sports hosts reading their notes.

 

Understandably, fans — including some famous ones — were fuming.

 

The Foxtel Help twitter account feed is currently a series of copy-paste responses apologising for the outage.

 

The Foxtel Facebook page is also full of disgruntled fans complaining.

More well-received was Brock Lesnar’s return to the Octagon after four years in the WWE.

The monstrous American beat Kiwi Mark Hunt in a unanimous decision.

 

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Tags: UFC 200, Foxtel

Posted: 5 July, 2016

Wayne Carey Tees Off On Nick Kyrgios

Meanwhile, Kyrgios sends unsavoury Tweet to Piers Morgan

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Shattered Nick Kyrgios admits he remains "a little too soft" to challenge for grand slam glory after having his Wimbledon dreams crushed by Andy Murray.

Earnestly believing he could win the title, Kyrgios was unable to hide his utter devastation after Murray buried Australia's last hope 7-5 6-1 6-4 in a centre-court masterclass on Monday.

"It was a good first set. The rest of the match was pretty pathetic," Kyrgios said.

"I was really comfortable out there the first set. I thought I was playing some really good tennis. I believed that I could win the match.

"As soon as I lost the first set, I just lost belief."

Agreeing with three-time champion John McEnroe's scathing assessment that he crumbled under the Murray onslaught, the 21-year-old world No.18 said he lost it mentally.

"Just a little soft still," Kyrgios said.

"I think when things get tough, I'm just a little bit soft.

"I mean, I've got experience, but it ultimately comes down to just laying it all out there and competing for a long time.

"I didn't do that today at all."


Triple M's Wayne Carey spoke on the Winter Breakfast saying he wasn't impressed with the comments at all.

"That’s a real defeatist, excuse-making press conference for mine," Carey said.

"I know he’s a young man, and I know he’s still learning how to deal with the media… But for me, you couldn’t find anyone who’s ever made it to the top of their sport talk like that at any point in their career.

"I didn’t like any part of that whole press conference.

"It’s above the shoulders, and now when any player plays Kyrgios they say ‘you know what, get him in the first set and I’ve got him’."

 

Meanwhile, Kyrgios sent an unsavoury Tweet to English media personality Piers Morgan after the match.

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Posted: 3 July, 2016

Nick Kyrgios Has Flipped Out At Wimbledon Again

The young fella has done it again

Nick Kyrgios is in hot water for calling his own support staff “retarded” at Wimbledon.

The 21-year-old launched the attack on his own box during the first set of his third-round match against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Kyrgios felt his box wasn’t offering enough support during the first set.

The match was poised at one set apiece when it was suspended overnight due to the late hour.

The comments come after Bernard Tomic had to apologise for saying he “felt like a retard” during his own second round match against Fernando Verdasco.

Kyrgios also copped a code violation for hitting a ball away in frustration after dropping serve in the second set.

Tomic is already through to the fourth round after knocking off 14th seed Roberto Bautista-Agut.

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Posted: 2 July, 2016

Aussie Swimmer Cate Campbell Breaks World Record

What an effort!

(Image: Twitter)

Australian swimmer Cate Campbell has broken a world record in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Campbell, swimming in the Brisbane Grand Prix, swam the 100m freestyle in 52.06 seconds.

It pipped the previous world record of 52.07 seconds, held by German Britta Steffen back in 2009.

The previous record came in the now-banned supersuit era.

Fair effort Cate!

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Posted: 2 July, 2016

Nick Kyrgios Takes On A Reporter At Wimbledon

"Figure that one out champ"

(Image: Wimbledon)

Nick Kyrgios hasn't held back at a reporter in his post-match press conference at Wimbledon overnight.

Kyrgios defeated Dustin Brown in five sets but received a code violation for his frustration after dropping his server.

But he wasn't pleased when the reporter suggested he swore.

"What did I say to the umpire today?" he retorted. "Is [horrendous] bad language?"

"Have you never said a swear word before? Have you never said a swear word in your life? Can you answer that question?"

The fiery encounter continued on, with Kyrgios displeased. 

"How is that going to affect another player by saying 'horrendous job'?" he asked.

"I think you can figure that out, champ."

 

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Tags: Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios