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“He was unbelievably present”



Shane Warne farewelled by cricket legends, music royalty, thousands at the MCG and an audience of millions.

We will never know, but you get the feeling Shane Warne would approve.

The cricket legend’s family are asking mourners to wear their “cricket whites” to his memorial service in front of an expected 50,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Elton John, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran will play a role in celebrating one of the world’s most loved cricketers and characters.

Shane Warne remembered / Image: File

At 52-years of age Warne died of a suspected heart attack in Thailand earlier this month, his sudden passing impacted millions around the world.

Lachlan Kitchen is a cricket commentator based in Dubai, he’s witnessed Warne’s magical ways at the Indian premier league.

“It’s underestimated in Australia how big his work was received in the first series of the IPL (Indian Premier League) in 2008.

He worked with the Rajasthan Royals as both captain and coach. He took the team that no one liked, a bunch of misfits.”


The team of “misfits” went on to win the tournament.

Warne was a storyteller, a freak athlete, a great friend, but also a businessman.

“There’s a little known story about Shane Warne that he was one of the smallest paid in the IPL in that first season. But he did a back-end deal where each year he played for the Rajasthan Royals he was given 0.75 ownership of the club. He played four seasons so he got a nice tidy little sum” Kitchen says.

Shane Warne statue outside the MCG

Perhaps it’s Warne’s charm that will live longest in the memory.

Kitchen revealed another moment that took place at the 2013 Ashes series inside the media centre.

“He was running late, his suit wasn’t pressed, ready for T.V. commentary. And the room stopped because there was a boy with a disability who was trying to get Shane to come over. Y

You’ve never seen someone so charming. For this young boy, no one else in the world mattered. Warnie was just so unbelievably present.”


Millions have been impacted by the sudden death of the “King of spin”.

Perhaps we can all take a lesson from his very special kit bag.

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Chiefs secure back-to-back Super Bowl titles against 49ers



Will Patrick Mahomes be hailed as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history? 

The Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious once again, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 to claim their second consecutive championship.

The high-stakes game kept fans on the edge of their seats as both teams showcased exceptional skill and determination.

The 49ers, known for their strong defence, put up a formidable fight, but the Chiefs’ offensive prowess ultimately proved too much to handle.


Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs with a stellar performance, showcasing his prowess with strategic passes and crucial touchdowns.


As the confetti rained down on the Chiefs, celebrations erupted both on the field and among fans worldwide, marking another historic moment in the team’s legacy.

With this victory, the Chiefs solidified their status as a dominant force in the NFL, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what the future holds for this powerhouse team.

The Chiefs join the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s and New England Patriots of the 2000s and 2010s as the only NFL teams to have won three Super Bowls in a five-year span.

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Amazon targets bankrupt Diamond Sports for streaming rights



Amazon considers acquisition of Diamond Sports as part of its plan to expand streaming portfolio

Sources suggest that Amazon is eyeing the streaming rights for major sports leagues including MLB, NBA, and NHL, signalling the tech giant’s strategic move into the lucrative world of live sports broadcasting.

The potential deal with Diamond Sports would provide Amazon with a significant foothold in the sports streaming market, allowing the company to offer a comprehensive range of live sports content to its Prime Video subscribers.

This move aligns with Amazon’s broader strategy to diversify its entertainment offerings and attract a wider audience. The acquisition of streaming rights for popular sports leagues could make Amazon a major player in the competitive streaming landscape.

Industry experts speculate that Amazon’s interest in Diamond Sports is driven by the desire to capture the growing market for live sports streaming, a segment that has gained immense popularity in recent years.

The acquisition would not only give Amazon access to a vast library of sports content but also position the company as a formidable competitor to traditional broadcasters in the live sports broadcasting arena.

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Disney’s sport streaming goals



Disney’s ESPN may achieve a $24 billion valuation; potential suitors could involve Apple and Verizon.

In a recent financial report, Bank of America suggests that Disney’s ESPN could be on the verge of reaching a staggering $24 billion valuation. This eye-catching figure has sparked interest from potential buyers, with technology giants Apple and telecommunication leader Verizon being touted as likely contenders.

The valuation surge is attributed to ESPN’s successful digital transition, with streaming services, exclusive sports content, and expanding international markets contributing to its growth. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s sports networks further boosted ESPN’s portfolio, making it an attractive asset for prospective buyers.

Apple, known for its foray into content creation with Apple TV+, could leverage ESPN’s sports content to expand its media empire. Meanwhile, Verizon, with its vast telecom infrastructure and distribution capabilities, could use ESPN to enhance its content offerings and engage a broader customer base.

This development marks a pivotal moment in ESPN’s history, and its future owner could redefine the landscape of sports broadcasting. As the valuation continues to climb, all eyes are on the potential suitors and the ensuing negotiations.

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