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Thursday 14 December 2017

Bradman son bowled over by legal win Ah Japan ... we've been expecting you

Donald Bradman's son has won the right to go to trial with allegations that a law firm has wrongly exploited the cricket great's identity as a "brand name like Mickey Mouse".

John Bradman and other executives of the former Australian captain's estate are seeking damages against law firm Allens Arthur Robinson, alleging breach of contract and negligence in assigning the iconic name.

Last year, a judge ruled that the law firm had not breached its contract -- this came after John Bradman attacked a decision to license an Australian food company to market "Bradman" biscuits in India, a key international market for cricket.

But the Full Court of the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Bradman's appeal against that decision, allowing him to proceed to trial.

The former test batsman died in 2001 at the age of 92.



Broncos ban Langer after drink drive rap

Australian rugby league great Allan Langer has been suspended from his position as skills coach of the Brisbane Broncos NRL team after being charged with drink driving.

Langer, 44, who played 22 tests for Australia in a 10-year international career, recorded a blood-alcohol reading of three times the legal limit after being stopped by police.

He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 19. "This is simply not acceptable," Brisbane chief executive Bruno Cullen said.



Ah Japan ... we've been expecting you

Japan's players will be dressed to thrill at the World Cup in tailor-made $3,000 (€2,225) James Bond-style suits.

The 'Blue Samurai' are drawn in Group E alongside Netherlands, Cameroon and Denmark at the finals. "They will travel to and from games in the official suit," said a team official. "They are like the sort in the '007' movies."

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