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The heat is about to come on Andrew McDonald in his first major series at the helm of the Australian cricket team. Check out CODE’s Best of Sport for today’s sporting news.
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Known as someone who is happy to fly under the radar, the heat is about to come on Andrew McDonald in his first major series at the helm of the Australian cricket team, writes DANIEL CHERNY.

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This sort of attitude wouldn’t pass the sniff test in a concussion-conscious world. But at the time, Andrew McDonald was considered heroic.
Twenty-one and early in his domestic career with Victoria, McDonald was batting at the MCG against Queensland when he was jolted by a Michael Kasprowicz short-ball. The emerging all-rounder tumbled to the deck. His helmet was deformed, and Bushrangers medicos wanted to send McDonald to hospital.
Coach David Hookes was having none of it though, insisting McDonald hang in the middle to help his side towards first-innings points. McDonald scratched his way to 18, and while the Vics got edged for the first innings prize, the contribution was critical in a four-wicket win.
That was November, 2002. Fourteen months later, Hookes was tragically killed by a punch outside a St Kilda nightspot. His successor Greg Shipperd wanted moments to epitomise the manner in which the Victorian side should play, and in McDonald’s resilience, he had found a prime example.
“We built a Cricket Victoria video on all the things that were important to us,” Shipperd says.
“One of those things was fight and competitiveness. He was in behind the ball the next instance. We used to play that on our vision. He was a competitor. He followed and lived the team values.”
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They have the bones of a great team but new leadership won‘t necessarily lead to better results until the Saints address one key area, writes WILL SCHOFIELD.
Does it really matter who is at the helm of St Kilda going forward?
Whether it’s tactical knowledge, relationship-building or people management, most candidates for an AFL coaching position do a lot of things right.
Plenty of names have been thrown around for the Saints position. Ross Lyon, Leon Cameron, Nathan Buckley and Don Pyke to name a few, alongside favoured sons Robert Harvey and Lenny Hayes and assistants Adem Yze and Ashley Hansen.
As a player, the best thing a head coach can provide you is consistency. All coaches have strengths and weaknesses, just like players. Some players will love them, some will be challenged by them and ultimately some will fall out of favour.
But consistency of messaging, unwavering commitment in the face of internal or public criticism and a sense of always having your players’ backs are what makes a good coach. And it’s what is important to players.
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The Warriors are looking to go back-to-back while the Lakers and Nets have big questions over the future of star players. FOX SPORTS US writers debate the major storylines ahead of this NBA season.
Ric Bucher: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will not finish the season with the Brooklyn Nets. It just feels like an all-or-none season for the Nets. They‘re one of several teams that could end up in the Finals or scratching to make the playoffs. The schedule-makers did them no favours with their first five games being against the Pelicans, Raptors, Grizzlies, Bucks and Mavericks, testing an already fragile chemistry and trust in their head coach, Steve Nash. If they don’t look like a title contender at mid-season, I could see Sean Marks and Joe Tsai pulling the rip cord, having a fire sale and starting over.
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The team in magenta is showing signs of finals form after three years in the wilderness and the Scorchers aren‘t suffering from a premiership hangover as the WBBL heats up, writes LACHLAN McKIRDY.
The first weekend of WBBL08 has already seen several interesting storylines emerge.
Ellyse Perry is back in the runs in T20 cricket, a welcome sign for Australian selectors. Her Sixers have become the headline act with three wins from as many matches.
At the other end of the table, the Stars and Thunder have struggled as they deal with several key absences.
Here’s what we’ve learned through the opening eight matches.
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Chris Lane was a popular and talented 22-year-old from Essendon who was senselessly killed while on a baseball scholarship in the US. His home club is committed to honouring his memory, writes PAUL AMY.
For the moment it’s a construction zone.
Cyclone fencing went up in early August, machinery came in to shift dirt and drop in drains, and a project to honour a young baseballer was underway.
The starting point was more than eight years in the making.
“Eight-and-a-half years of torture,’’ Essendon Baseball Club president Tony Cornish says, only half-joking.
But the club can see the work being done at its home at Boeing Reserve in Strathmore Heights.
What Cornish calls a “field of dreams’’ is taking shape.
By early next year Essendon Baseball Club should have the Chris Lane Memorial Field it has wanted pretty much since that day in the United States in 2013 when its former player lost his life so senselessly and tragically at the age of 22.
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Tim Elbra is the deputy editor of CODE. He started out as a reporter at The Daily Telegraph in 2003 and has also worked for mX, NRL.com, Fox Sports, AthletesVoice and Nine’s Wide World of Sports. Tim was one of those kids who played every sport he possibly could while growing up and you’ll find him writing about a broad range of sports on this site. He’s never met a sport he doesn’t like and outside of footy, cricket and tennis, has a passion for snowboarding, bodyboarding, scuba diving and hiking. He’s still waiting, impatiently, for the Parramatta Eels to win another premiership.
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Australia’s back-up wicketkeeper has been sent to hospital ahead of its opening T20 World Cup game against New Zealand.
Despite hosting the T20 World Cup, reigning champions Australia has been handed the worst travel schedule of all 12 teams, nearly twice as far as New Zealand and England.
Cricket Australia has turned a positive into a World Cup millstone by dragging out David Warner’s leadership ban, writes Ben Horne — he reveals the hurt it has caused the opener.
The stage was set after a historic women’s final, yet the Men’s T20 World Cup never happened. The revival effort was massive, as the impacts may be, writes SHANNON GILL.
Kardinia Park’s cricket pitch has drawn criticism from players after a poor batting performance on the second day of the T20 World Cup in Geelong.
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