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sam myers cleared to play sydney sevens and keen to make most of home conditions


australian captain sam myers has been cleared to line up at the sydney sevens this weekend and is hopeful a vociferous home crowd and some weather might help exact revenge on new zealand after their three-point defeat in last year's final. myers suffered a corked shoulder at the wellington sevens over the weekend and initially feared the worst but was stoked about being given the all clear when speaking at a captains' p o opportunity in front of the sydney harbour bridge on wednesday.  australian captain sam myers and new zealand skipper scott curry at the launch of the sydney sevens.  p o: julian andrews"i'm fit to go," myers said. "got the results in for my scans and it's nothing more than a major cork in the shoulder so that's all green light, so it's good. it's a matter of icing it." l






the grind begins now for australia's men and women sevens teams


in the afterglow of the rio olympics and as the dust settles on another highly popular sydney sevens tournament last month, the long road to tokyo 2020 properly begins for australia's men's and women's sides in las vegas this weekend. wind the clock back 12 months and plenty has changed. gold: australia's women's sevens team after their gold medal in rio.  photo: getty images"we don't have that pressure of rio, we have a different pressure and that is to replace the players we lost from rio," australian men's coach andy friend told fairfax media from las vegas. "hopefully we can find some superstars." only four male players from last year's las vegas sevens event – henry hutchison, sam myers, tom lucas and ed jenkins – have returned as they aim to go one better than...






fiji should host world rugby sevens event, says osea kolinisau


fiji sevens captain osea kolinisau has urged world rugby to consider hosting a world rugby sevens tournament in his home country, following an embarr ing turnout in wellington at the weekend.speaking before the sydney sevens leg of the world tour this weekend, kolinisau, who won a gold medal for fiji at the rio olympics, said he could see no reason why a tournament could not be staged in his rugby-mad country. osea kolinisau (left) in action against new zealand in wellington. p o: getty images"hell, yeah, definitely," said kolinisau when asked if he would support such a move."one at home would be amazing, and to get to show that to all our fiji people [who] are crazy about sevens. i think it'd be sold out with two or three months left for the people at home."the sheer number of empty yello






ellyse perry cleared of injury, will line up for southern stars against new zeal


ellyse perry has been cleared to play for the southern stars in the third and final one day international against new zealand at mount maunganui on sunday.the all rounder injured her elbow while fielding a ball in thursday's four-wicket win, and wasn't required to bat. cleared: ellyse perry. photo: getty imagesscans on saturday revealed no serious damage to perry's elbow.thursday's game was perry's first since tearing her hamstring tendon for the sydney sixers in the women's big bash league in january at north sydney oval.






india to compete in the asia men’s rugby sevens trophy


by: pti | new delhi | updated: march 1, 2017 7:32 pm a total of 11 countries from across asia will vie for top honours during the two-day tournament.a 12-member indian rugby team has been announced to compete in the asia men’s rugby sevens trophy, to be held at doha, qatar.a total of 11 countries from across asia — india, singapore, pakistan, jordan, philippines, nepal, uae, thailand, iran, bangladesh and the hosts qatar will vie for top honours during the two-day tournament, starting march 3.the winner of event will book a berth in the asia rugby sevens series, which will feature three legs and will be played between september 1 to october 14.“recently the indian women’s rugby team shined at the asia women’s rugby sevens trophy held at laos and brought home a silver. we ...






sevens powers canada's rugby union revolution


it's indisputable: 2016 was the most significant, epochal year in the long history of rugby sevens, when the awareness and popularity of the sport finally exploded on a global scale.admittedly, the phenomenal boom of interest was triggered by a hugely impressive debut at the olympic games; almost 17 million new fans were generated by the oval-ball action in rio de janeiro, according to world rugby. however, beneath the most eye-catching headlines of last year - namely the men of fiji winning their impoverished pacific island nation its first olympic medal (gold) following a consecutive hsbc world rugby sevens series title, and australia's women triumphing at the games after a maiden hsbc women's sevens world series title - there were other key, but less-heralded crowning achievements t...






what sydney’s median house price will get you in the us – domain


despite the fact that san francisco’s median home price is higher than any australian city we’re still keen to browse listings there, attracted to the west coast lifestyle and booming job market. the median is america’s most expensive, at a hefty $1,517,560 ($us1,146,800) so for sydney’s average price you could still get a tiny inner city apartment or something a bit further out of the city.this home is $us849,000 and while the facade might not be enough to move overseas for it has four bedrooms and a newly renovated upstairs with skylights. 






nsw homeowners set to pay $185 annual fire services levy via council rates


nsw home owners will learn from may 1 exactly how much they will pay each year to fund fire and emergency services under a new system that will see an average $185 added to council rates notices.treasurer dominic perrottet will on tuesday introduce legislation to usher in the fire and emergency services levy from july 1.packer's sydney casino needed a public inquiryvideo duration03:07previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:02fire conditions worst in nsw historyfire conditions worst in nsw historycatastrophic fire conditions worse than those ahead of victoria's tragic bush fires in 2009 are forecast in parts of nsw due to extreme heat and westerly winds. vision courtesy abc news 24packer's sydney casino needed a public inquiryvideo duration03:07video duration03:07packer's sydney casi...






sydney sevens upset was 'kick in the bum' australia needed


australian women's sevens co-captain sharni williams says the pearls' fourth placing in sydney was the "kick in the bum" they needed as they look to get their world series paign back on track next month in las vegas.after accounting for fiji in their opening match on urday at kippax field, australia's olympic champions were outcl ed by canada 12-7 and then thumped by new zealand 19-0 in one of their worst tournaments in recent years.australia through to cup round on day onenew zealand's men and women beat australia on day 2 of the sydney sevens on a day where wales shocked olympic champions fiji and canada won the womens trophy.despite this, australia (32 points) still sit second on the world series rankings, behind new zealand (36) but ahead of sydney champions canada (30) and fiji (24).a






australia to face wales in quarter-finals of sydney sevens


australian coach andy friend believes anything can happen on the final day of the sydney sevens after his men set up a quarter-final outing with wales following victories against scotland and papua new guinea.  hat-trick: teen sen ion tim anstee set up a big win for australia over scotland. p o: getty imagesdespite an early slip-up against new zealand, australia regained their composure to knock off scotland 43-14 and papua new guinea 26-7. australia avoided a clash with olympic champions fiji in the quarter-finals when new zealand beat scotland 14-7 in their final pool match. if australia defeat wales, they will play either usa or south africa in a semi-final. asked whether he would prefer wales to fiji in the last eight, friend conceded he would but made it clear the welsh were no easybe






councils push greater sydney commission for infrastructure


lucy turnbull's greater sydney commission faces an uphill battle to convince sydney councils of the merits of its vision for the city.a string of councils, including those run by government-appointed administrators, have called on the greater sydney commission to provide plans for sydney's future that are both more detailed and more ambitious than what has previously been released.inside sydney's historic rail workshopvideo duration02:31previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:27sydney's population boomssydney's population boomspressure on sydney's already-stretched housing and transport needs are a "symptom of sydney's success", says nsw planning minister rob stokes.inside sydney's historic rail workshopvideo duration02:31video duration02:31inside sydney's historic rail worksho...






red-hot sydney auction market marches on, with $693.3 million worth of property


the sydney home auction market has now reported its third consecutive weekend clearance rate above 80 per cent, with overall boom-time conditions prevailing.the city recorded a median auction price of $1,420,000 on saturday, which was higher than the $1,227,500 reported the previous weekend and 18.3 per cent higher than the $1,200,000 over the same weekend last year. a total of $693.3 million was reported sold at auction in sydney at the weekend.however, the 80.2 per cent clearance rate was just below the previous weekend’s 83.1 per cent, but was still well ahead of the 76.9 per cent over the same weekend last year.64 carabella street, kirribilli, sold for $5,850,000 at the weekend.sellers continued to be advantaged by seemingly insatiable buyer appetites, particularly in inner suburban ..






brisbane global tens to feel the heat as players get set for punishing condition


it has been billed as 'two days of rugby heaven' but it might be closer to hell in terms of temperatures as brisbane global tens organisers put extreme temperature policies in place ahead of the inaugural tournament at suncorp stadium.an impending heatwave sweeping through nsw and southern queensland has been predicted to see players stepping out in temperatures of 35 degrees on urday and 37 degrees on sunday. chiefs flanker liam messam. p o: getty imagesit represents the test stretch of an already scorching summer and will come as an almighty shock to teams visiting from across the tasman and especially japan's panasonic wild knights, who are emerging from a northern hemisphere winter.large squads and rolling replacements will be hugely beneficial but teams like the chiefs are taking no c






rain to ease ahead of sydney's mardi gras celebrations


revellers heading to sydney for saturday's mardi gras celebrations no longer face the prospect of wild weather despite wet conditions, according to the bureau of meteorology's latest update.the bureau's 9:48am update on saturday cancelled a severe weather warning for sydney, the hunter and the central tablelands advising residents to brace for heavy rain, thunderstorms and possible flash flooding along parts of the coast.nsw police: 'we don't know what took place'video duration01:49previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:26sydney braces for delugesydney braces for delugeparts of western sydney have experienced flooding over night as the city and south coast prepares for heavy rain this weekend.nsw police: 'we don't know what took place'video duration01:49video duration01:49nsw po...






australian sevens co-captains want to play at women's rugby world cup


a number of australia's high-profile gold medal sevens stars – including co-captains sharni williams and shannon parry – have expressed a desire to play in the women's rugby world cup in august. and while the australian rugby union says it is open to the idea, it will treat requests on a case by case basis and will not allow any sevens players to jump ship before the world series concludes in late june. 'if the patriots win we go on a date?'video duration00:55previous slidenext slidevideo duration02:31plays of the weekplays of the weekhistory making catches, aflw coathangers and outrageous long range efforts, these are the plays of the week.'if the patriots win we go on a date?'video duration00:55video duration00:55'if the patriots win we go on a date?''if the patriots win we go on a date?






all the action from the sevens at allianz stadium


that's a w thanks for joining me today. congratulations to canada for winning the inaugural sydney women's tournament. i will be back tomorrow for the final day including the men's quater-finals featuring:new zealand v fijiwales v australiaengland v argentinausa v south africaaustralia's men's coach andy friend on making the quarter-finals'you've got to be in that quarter-final. we haven't been in the last two tournaments so that's great to get back into that and from there three games and you can win the cup. anything can happen.'australia to play wales in quarter-final final score: new zealand 14, scotland 7. about to have a chat with andy friend about his thoughts for tomorrow's finals matches. deadlock has been broken, tim mikkelson scores for the kiwis. they lead 14-7. if this result






the last areas sydney first-home buyers can afford


house prices have risen so fast in sydney that just four suburbs are still within reach for first-home buyers. not surprisingly, they are all more than 45 kilometres away from the cbd.just a small cluster of suburbs in sydney’s west – willmot, tregear, emerton and lethbridge park – had a median price that was on par with the typical amount spent on a property by first-home buyers.in 2000, there were 51 suburbs with a median price that matched what first-home buyers were spending, including a swathe of choices in the west and south-west.this emerton house sold in 2016 for $440,000 – up $225,000 since 2007. photo: raine & horne st marysto calculate a likely price paid by first-time buyers, domain analysed the australian bureau of statistics’ nsw first-home buyer loan data...






university of canberra to field a team in national university sevens series


the university of canberra's aspirations to be "the leading university for sport in australia" have been boosted with the launch of the women's national university sevens series.the university of canberra union chief executive joe roff says the university was "a natural fit" to be named as one of eight teams to compete in the inaugural tournament. act women's rugby could see a boost with the new tournament. p o: elesa kurtzthe launch of the tournament continues a women's sporting boom accelerated by the australian women's sevens successful olympic paign.members of the australian squad will be divided up between the eight teams, with at least 50 per cent of each playing group to be made up of university students.the australian players will not be allocated to teams for some time, but the un






expelled after suing school to be on boys' basketball team


the new jersey seventh-grader whose family sued the catholic school that refused to let her to play basketball on the boys team was abruptly expelled from her middle school wednesday.the parents of 12-year-old sydney phillips were sent a letter from an archdiocese of newark lawyer saying that both sydney and her sister kaitlyn should not attend st. theresa “tomorrow morning or any day thereafter.”“i’m furious,” the s’ dad, scott phillips, said wednesday night. “this is unbelievable. we just wanted her to play basketball.”the phillips family was hoping sydney would be able to play with the boys after the s team was disbanded last school year.when the kenilworth school nixed that idea, her dad took legal action against the archdiocese and st. theresa.apparently the school charter maintains t






large and powerful waves forecast for sydney and nsw coast


large and powerful surf conditions are expected to batter most of the nsw coast for most of the working week as a low-pressure system that delivered a weekend drenching continues to linger off the state's coast.the bureau of meteorology issued a warning on monday morning for large and powerful surf conditions from the south coast to the north coast for monday and tuesday at least, and the conditions are likely  to persist until thursday. waves hit the bondi icebergs pool at dawn on monday. photo: nick moirthe high seas - with waves expected to be three metres for much of the week - will make it hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing, the bureau warned.weatherzone senior meteorologist jacob cronje said the strong low-pressure system that deliver...






western sydney wanderers leading a-league race to sign roly bonevacia from welli


western sydney wanderers are set to make a move to sign exciting dutch midfielder roly bonevacia next season with the wellington phoenix midfielder on the cusp of leaving the club when his contract expires on may 31. sources suggest the wanderers are leading a host of a-league clubs in pursuit of the talented playmaker who is unlikely to renew his deal with the phoenix.  roly bonevacia is on the verge of leaving wellington phoenix. p o: p osportafter spending three seasons in wellington, the former nac breda, roda jc and ajax man is entertaining a move to a larger club having attracted interest from rival a-league clubs as well as abroad. it's understood a move back to the netherlands is unlikely for the 25-year-old, though offers have arrived from other european leagues that could rival b






sydney fc on the cusp of a-league premiership after clean sweep of melbourne vic


seven long, frustrating years for sydney fc are about to come to an end. the sky blues are on the cusp of claiming their first trophy since 2010 with the premiership all but confirmed after a commanding win over rivals melbourne victory. engravers are standing by to etch sydney fc's name on the premiers plate after brazilian striker bobo struck the winning goal to extend sydney's lead at the top of the table to 11 points. mathematically graham arnold's side can still be caught,  but realistically, sydney need just four more points from their final five games to break their drought after friday's 1-0 win. matchwinner: bobo celebrates his goal with fillip holosko. photo: daniel munozthe 2016-17 sydney fc team became the first ever to claim a clean sweep of "big blue" victories i...






sydney fc on the cusp of a-league premiership after clean sweep of melbourne vic


seven long, frustrating years for sydney fc are about to come to an end. the sky blues are on the cusp of claiming their first trophy since 2010 with the premiership all but confirmed after a commanding win over rivals melbourne victory. engravers are standing by to etch sydney fc's name on the premiers plate after brazilian striker bobo struck the winning goal to extend sydney's lead at the top of the table to 11 points. mathematically graham arnold's side can still be caught, but realistically, sydney need just four more points from their final five games to break their drought after friday's 1-0 win. matchwinner: bobo celebrates his goal with fillip holosko. photo: getty imagesthe 2016-17 sydney fc team became the first ever to claim a clean sweep of "big blue" victories in...






newcastle knights v gold coast titans, manly sea eagles v south sydney rabbitohs


manly are under the pump after just two rounds of the 2017 national rugby league season - they've loost two in a row at home.the sea eagles started well enough against south sydney, scoring more than a point a minute. but south sydney still managed to snatch the lead for halftime and then put their foot on the accelerator following the break.adam reynolds was a late inclusion and his goal kicking was a feature of a convincing win.comment: maybe there is life after greg inglis after all.






western sydney wanderers ban 14 rbb members over offensive graham arnold banner


western sydney wanderers have banned 14 members of the red and black bloc over the offensive banner displayed at the sydney derby. the supporters will be unable to attend wanderers games for 18 months for their role in unveiling a banner that depicted sydney fc coach graham arnold in a sex act.  after being issued a show-cause notice by football federation australia, the club didn't wait for the findings from the governing body before taking action against the fans. hackett speaks to reportersvideo duration00:19previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30wanderers smashed by urawawanderers smashed by urawajust three days after stunning sydney fc in the derby, western sydney wanderers were sent crashing down to earth after being thumped by urawa red diamonds in their first asian champ...






western sydney wanderers ban 14 rbb members over offensive graham arnold banner


western sydney wanderers have banned 14 members of the red and black bloc over the offensive banner displayed at the sydney derby. the supporters will be unable to attend wanderers games for 18 months for their role in unveiling a banner that depicted sydney fc coach graham arnold in a sex act.  after being issued a show-cause notice by football federation australia, the club didn't wait for the findings from the governing body before taking action against the fans. hackett speaks to reportersvideo duration00:19previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30wanderers smashed by urawawanderers smashed by urawajust three days after stunning sydney fc in the derby, western sydney wanderers were sent crashing down to earth after being thumped by urawa red diamonds in their first asian champ...






clear divide in economic performance means sydney, melbourne home owners have pe


sydney and melbourne mortgage holders have the struggling economies of western australia and queensland to thank for low interest rates saving them hundreds of dollars a month in repayment costs, an analysis by sgs economics shows.sydney and melbourne home owners can thank western australia for low mortgage repayments. photo: apif interest rates were set for each state and territory’s economy individually, there would be huge variance across the country – the highest would be in sydney at 3.75 per cent while it would likely be 0.25 per cent in adelaide, brisbane and hobart, sgs economics principal terry rawnsley said.while providing a different interest rate for each state and territory is just hypothetical it clearly shows the divide in economic performance across the country.s...






nrl give new zealand warriors recruit kieran foran go ahead to play from round t


kieran foran has been cleared to make his comeback in round three after the nrl registered his warriors contract.foran will still need to undergo further psychological assessment before his return to ensure he has overcome the issues that resulted in his departure from parramatta. the development ends months of speculation about whether head office deemed him a fit and proper person for registration. on the mend: kieran foran is expected to make his warriors debut in round three. photo: getty imagesforan said he welcomed the opportunity to resume his career."naturally i would love to return in round one because i love rugby league and i love being part of the warriors squad," foran said."but both the warriors and nrl have put my welfare first throughout, so i am just happy that my contract






andy friend says discipline cost australia at sydney sevens


australian men's sevens coach andy friend says ill-discipline prevented his side from scaling the same heights as last year's sydney sevens event after they finished fourth on sunday. jones: i thought we would always win the gamevideo duration00:58previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30south africa take gold, australia fourthsouth africa take gold, australia fourthsouth africa dominated england in the sydney sevens final to win gold while new zealand beat australia again to pick up bronze.jones: i thought we would always win the gamevideo duration00:58video duration00:58jones: i thought we would always win the ...jones: i thought we would always win the gameengland head coach eddie jones believed his side would always beat france in their six nations encounter, but conceded they were '






andy friend says discipline cost australia at sydney sevens


australian men's sevens coach andy friend says ill-discipline prevented his side from scaling the same heights as last year's sydney sevens event after they finished fourth on sunday. jones: i thought we would always win the gamevideo duration00:58previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30south africa take gold, australia fourthsouth africa take gold, australia fourthsouth africa dominated england in the sydney sevens final to win gold while new zealand beat australia again to pick up bronze.jones: i thought we would always win the gamevideo duration00:58video duration00:58jones: i thought we would always win the ...jones: i thought we would always win the gameengland head coach eddie jones believed his side would always beat france in their six nations encounter, but conceded they were '






sydney fc's bobo the proof that australia needs a football partnership with braz


bobo scores the goal which should deliver sydney fc their first silverware after seven barren years, and i'm thinking, once again: "maybe this will finally make some people see sense." maybe.it's 11 goals now from the brazilian, the sky blues marquee player. he's not flashy, but he's starting to do the business. graham arnold is entitled to feel vindicated. bobo's cv always suggested it was a move which could work, and the club backed the coach by putting enough money into the deal to prise him away from the bench at gremio. and that's where the crux of this story lies.saints bounce back with winvideo duration01:28previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30sydney beat victory in big blue sydney beat victory in big blue sydney beats melbourne victory 1-0 in the a-league's big blu...






city of sydney plans to remove red tape for graffiti artists


there’s good news for residents in the city of sydney council area who’ve been looking for the perfect statement piece – a mural or artwork to add to their home’s facade.recommended changes to the local area plan are being put to the greater sydney commission by the council that aims to remove the red tape homeowners face if they want to decorate their houses with street art.under the current local area plan, artworks such as murals require a development application. the proposal would make these artworks exempt from the process in low density zoned areas, provided that they weren’t a form of advertising.“we have feedback from artists and property ownersthat there are too manyhoops to jump through to get a mural on a wall that they own,” councillor jess scully says.“the key...






nine entertainment leaves willoughby hq, heads to north sydney


commercial broadcaster nine entertainment has a new address after announcing it would end its 50-year stay at willoughby on sydney's north shore.in a move flagged last year by fairfax media, nine announced on friday it would shift to the winten property group's development at denison street at north sydney. willoughby has been home to the nine network for 50 years. photo: dominic lorrimernine will be the anchor tenant in the development, taking nine floors. the new premises will also accommodate all of nine's studios in sydney. as well as staff from willoughby, nine's cbd employees will also move to the winten development. a 3d rendering of nine's new premises at denison street. photo: prthe lease is for a minimum 12 years and will see nine housed in the tallest buildi...






man charged with murder after woman found dead in glenwood home


sydney: a man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a woman's body in a north-west sydney home.the body of the 56-year-old woman was found by police at the glenwood home on tuesday afternoon.a 57-year-old man was later arrested by police at a kings langley shopping centre. authorities have also seized the man's car as part of their investigation.aap






sydney fc closes in on a-league's minor premiership


connectlinkedinemailmoresydney (ap) — brazilian striker bobo's 11th goal of the season in the 50th minute gave sydney fc a 1-0 win over melbourne victory, all but clinching first place in the a-league.sydney, 11 points clear of second-placed victory, needs only four points from its remaining five regular-season matches to win the team's first premiers' plate ahead of the playoffs.the sky blues have lost only one match this season and have 16 wins and five draws."there's still 15 points to go, we're in a great position, our destiny is in our own hands," said sydney coach graham arnold.in other matches, the third-placed perth glory scored a late goal to draw against the wellington phoenix 3-3, leaving the phoenix with a chance of making the top-six playoffs. and the western sydney w...






anz stadium pitch in 'good shape' for sydney derby despite extreme heat and guns


the playing field at anz stadium is said to be in good condition for saturday night's sydney a-league derby despite hosting two major rock concerts last weekend. the venue has allayed fears that one of the biggest games of the season will be played on a sub-par playing surface, suggesting the field received minimal damage following the two guns n' roses concerts.  paradise city: guns n' roses concerts haven't damaged the pitch at anz stadium for the sydney derby. photo: getty imagesit is understood turf at the southern end of the field will be replaced, impacting the surface of one goal-mouth, but anz stadium suggests the field is otherwise in good condition to host the match. concerns arose after the past two sydney fc games were played on horrendous surfaces. a rugby sevens tournament le






western sydney wanderers welcome campaign juggling act


western sydney coach tony popovic concedes it is a challenge balancing a-league and asian champions league commitments, but he wouldn't have it any other way.the wanderers departed for china early on sunday for tuesday's acl encounter against shanghai sipg, with popovic's side to then make a hasty return to sydney to host adelaide united in the a-league on saturday, making it five matches in 15 days. "every game has been important for us the last three or four weeks": tony popovic. photo: getty imageswestern sydney are clinging to sixth spot on the a-league table after a 2-0 loss at perth glory, having dropped their opening match of the acl 4-0 to japanese club urawa reds.striking the right balance between qualifying for the a-league finals and progressing in the acl is a challen...






usa eagles aim to soar in las vegas 7s


mike friday, the head coach of the usa men's rugby sevens team, joked on the eve of last summer's olympics that if his team managed to achieve a dream podium finish he would anoint fellow englishman tom hardy as the actor he would most like to portray him in the inevitable hollywood movie depicting the against-the-odds triumph.alas, the eagles failed to hit the heights when sevens made its explosive games debut in rio de janeiro in august. they ended a nightmare campaign in ninth place and any prospective plans for the silver screen treatment were unceremoniously binned. friday and his players could only enviously look on, wondering what might have been, as fiji dominated team gb 43-7 in the final at deodoro stadium to win gold in the inaugural edition. the stylish success of the impoveris






first-place sydney fc returns to winning ways in a-league


1 connectlinkedinemailmoresydney (ap) — bobo scored twice as sydney fc rebounded from its first loss in the a-league to beat melbourne city 3-1 and remain well ahead in the standings.sydney's ambitious attempt to become the first team to end the regular season unbeaten ended last week when it was defeated by western sydney wanderers in a fractious local derby, repercussions of which continued through the week.the wanderers were fined $20,000 by football federation australia after its fans unfurled an obscene banner targeting sydney coach graham arnold.on sunday, australia national coach ange postecoglou heavily criticized the wanderers' supporters group which was reported to have been responsible for the banner."it's a bunch of juvenile idiots and we shouldn't be ...






civilities: the boy scouts of america say ‘yes’ to transgender kids — and move t


boy scout jasper davidoff (third from right) at the 2015 chicago pride parade, on color guard with the scouts for equality chicago chapter. (courtesy of jasper davidoff)on monday, the gender revolution took another giant step forward when the boy scouts of america reversed its ban on transgender youth. it was only this past december that an eight-year-old transgender boy named joe maldonado was kicked out of his new jersey troop because he didn’t meet the scouts’ eligibility requirements: a birth certificate identifying him as male.now, though, parents of transgender young people will only have to check “male” on the application form — affirming the kid’s gender identity. if you think that’s a pretty fast change, i agree: in 2013, the scouts ended its decades-old prohibition on gay members