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Hurricanes, gay rights, and hometown pride

04 February 2010 | 0:00 - By Matthew Hall

Super Bowl XLIV will be a typically emotional affair. Matthew Hall previews one of sport's marquee events.

New Orleans Saints look set to be emotional favourites in Monday's Super Bowl XLIV. [GETTY]

New Orleans Saints look set to be emotional favourites in Monday's Super Bowl XLIV. [GETTY]

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CAF's decision to ban Togo has been explained, but is it fair?

The decision to ban Togo has been seen largely as insensitive. [GETTY]

The decision to ban Togo has been seen largely as insensitive. [GETTY]

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Make poverty history

12 January 2010 | 0:00 - By Matthew Hall

Is it fair to assume poor nations cannot host safe sporting events? Matthew Hall on an irrational fear.

Inspired ... major sporting events can hopefully inspire poor nations, like Angola, to greater heights. [GETTY]

Inspired ... major sporting events can hopefully inspire poor nations, like Angola, to greater heights. [GETTY]

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Footballers are 'knobs': discuss

31 December 2009 | 9:00 - By Matthew Hall

The New Year brings a chance at redemption for footballers and other sporting 'knobs'.

Joey Barton used to be a knob, but has seen the light after stints in jail and rehab [GETTY]

Joey Barton used to be a knob, but has seen the light after stints in jail and rehab [GETTY]

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Cricket yobs, soccer thugs: It's all about culture

29 December 2009 | 9:00 - By Matthew Hall

Alcohol may be an issue, but society has a big part to play in the behaviour of fans at sporting events, writes Matthew Hall.

Police ejected 91 people from the MCG on day one of the Boxing Day Test, which was considered

Police ejected 91 people from the MCG on day one of the Boxing Day Test, which was considered "pretty good" [GETTY]

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Vampires, Tiger, Barca and Bolt: Best & Worst of 2009

24 December 2009 | 8:00 - By Matthew Hall

There have been several big sports stories over the past 12 months, but surely nothing can top Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods won the Australian Masters, and the unofficial title of best sports story of 2009 [GETTY]

Tiger Woods won the Australian Masters, and the unofficial title of best sports story of 2009 [GETTY]

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Aussie cricket's fiery spirit dampens festive cheer

22 December 2009 | 8:00 - By Matthew Hall

It is the season to be jolly, and Australia's cricketers should take head, writes Matthew Hall.

Sulieman Benn and Mitchell Johnson get up close and personal in the Third Test at the WACA [GETTY

Sulieman Benn and Mitchell Johnson get up close and personal in the Third Test at the WACA [GETTY

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AFL demise is boom time for folklore festivals

17 December 2009 | 12:00 - By Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall speaks with Simon Kuper, co-author of the book Soccernomics, who says Aussie Rules could be doomed.

Aussie Rules football - coming soon to a folklore festival near you [GETTY]

Aussie Rules football - coming soon to a folklore festival near you [GETTY]

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About this Blog

Sport, without spin, from around the world. Matthew Hall considers the issues behind the headlines and tells the stories that others don't.

Matthew Hall Sport, without spin, from around the world. Matthew Hall considers the issues behind the headlines and tells the stories that others don't. Matt is a writer, author, and filmmaker, originally from Perth, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 
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