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Steve Smith and other Aussies arrive in UAE for IPL in hazmat suits – Wide World of Sports

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Australian cricketer Steve Smith was barely recognisable as he touched down in the United Arab Emirates for his stint playing the Indian Premier League.
Dressed top to toe in a hazmat suit and mask, the image of Smith and his Rajasthan Royals teammates Andrew Tye, and Englishmen Jofra Archer and Tom Curran, highlighted the unique obstacles they have had to overcome playing international cricket during the coronavirus pandemic.
The suit was necessary as part of biosecurity and quarantine requir…

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Saints put contract offer to Brad Crouch

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St Kilda have lodged a contract offer with outgoing Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch ahead of the AFL free agency period.

Last week, restricted free agent Crouch nominated the Saints as his preferred destination.

Whether Adelaide accept a compensation draft pick or force a trade will depend on the level of compensation they are offered – which is tied to St Kilda’s contract offer – when the free agency period kicks off on Friday.

“I’m not sure what the compensation will look like for the Crows,” St Kilda list manager James Gallagher told AFL Trade Radio.

“We’ve put what we think is a really fair deal to Brad, taking all things into consideration.

“We are still working through the finer points of it with his management over the course of the…



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AFL grand final: Conclusion reached after Richmond Tigers player caught in suspicious video

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Richmond star Jayden Short has been cleared of any wrongdoing after bizarre footage of him interacting with a fan following the AFL grand final sent tongues wagging on social media.

During the Tigers’ victory lap at the Gabba following their 31-point victory against Geelong on Saturday, a fan leant over the fence and tried to give Short what looked like a small package.

Watch the interaction in the video above

The defender initially rejected the gift but following the Richmond fan’s insistence, Short accepted and tucked it into his socks.

It has since been confirmed the gift was a special gold and black watch from watchmaker Daniel Haas.

Geelong-raised businessman Haas recently moved to Queensland and started a watch-making business, and…



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Essendon considering recruiting Josh Dunkley’s brother Kyle in AFL trade sweetener

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A “super confident” Essendon have pushed more chips into the middle of the trade table in a bid to secure Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley.

The Bulldogs are continuing to reject the idea of trading the 23-year-old premiership player who has two years left to run on his contract.

But the Bombers have put forward a lucrative contract offer – and an unusual pitch to recruit Dunkley’s younger brother at the same time.

7NEWS Melbourne’s Tom Browne revealed on grand final day that Dunkley has already told the Bulldogs he wants to go to Essendon.

It has since emerged via SEN that the Bombers are offering up to $700,000 per season on a four or five-year deal.

The report also states Essendon would seriously consider recruiting Kyle…



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