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Andy Murray slams tennis’ fear of change amid criticism of new-look Davis Cup

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Australian Boomers ‘finalising’ agreement with Brett Brown to coach team at 2020 Olympics

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Justin Langer reveals Australian XI for first Test against Pakistan

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Delisted Bomber Mitch Brown receives golden chance to win another AFL lifeline

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