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Pakistan vs Australia First Test – The Liebke Ratings (part one)

Both teams have batted in the First Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai. It’s probably fair to say that Pakistan are a wee smidgen on top. Here are the ratings so far.

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GURU: Young Kangaroos will need to make a big step up

With the Four Nations on our doorstep, Australia are staring down the barrel of their toughest challenge yet. A squad hammered by injury means there are going to be guys who need to step up.

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Australia’s weakness on slow pitches exposed again

Australia had put themselves in a position to challenge Pakistan at 0-128 early on day three of the first Test against Pakistan yesterday.

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Kurtley Beale cleared to join the Wallabies’ Spring Tour

Sanity resumed at ARU headquarters last night with Kurtley Beale fined $45,000 for breaching the Code of Conduct, but free to join the Wallabies end of year tour.

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BREAKING: Beale not guilty on serious charge, will join Wallabies Spring Tour

In breaking news, The Roar has learnt that Wallaby Kurtley Beale has been fined $45,000 but found not-guilty for his involvement in the messaging saga involving former staffer Di Patston by the ARU code of conduct tribunal.

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2014 Cox Plate: It’s time for a Champion to step up to the plate

Two out of every three runnings of the W.S. Cox Plate have been won by champions. Since we’ve already forgotten the names of the last three winners, it must be more than time for a champion to win on Saturday.

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Give A-league referees a full-time chance of success

Nothing is certain in football. Nothing, that is, except refereeing blunders. They’re an ingrained part of the game, and the constant bane of a football fan.

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The sportsman’s guide to tweeting

Twitter is a difficult medium to succeed in, and it’s even more difficult when you’re a professional sportsman, with all the duties and responsibilities that entails.

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Melbourne City should have been upfront about David Villa

“The circus comes to town and then leaves.” So said Scott Munn, the chief executive of the club then known as Melbourne Heart, more than three years ago.

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Janko an early contender for goal of the season as Sydney down Brisbane 2-0

Brisbane have started their A-League title defence with their worst losing streak in three seasons after being sunk by two Sydney FC wonder goals at Suncorp Stadium.

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The run out of in-form No.3 batsman Alex Doolan contributed to Australia’s alarming position after three days of the third day of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

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Kurtley’s $45,000 ticket to Europe

Wallaby back Kurtley Beale is immediately eligible to join the European tour squad despite being fined $45,000 for a serious violation of the Australian Rugby Union code of conduct.

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Twist in the Beale-Patston saga: reports of evidence manipulation

The Kurtley Beale-Di Patston saga simply won’t go away, and there have been new revelations ahead of Beale’s hearing at the ARU Code of Conduct Tribunal today.

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Aussies can still win the first Test against Pakistan

“Australia’s attack is rubbish, they can now only lose this Test”. That is a summation of some of the downcast assessments which were floating around during the second session of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

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Four Nations are a chance for Sheens to prove he’s no bludger

Tim Sheens sure has packed a lot in to the last couple of years – light golfing, heavy litigation, a double income – but one thing he hasn’t done is a day of hard work as coach of Australia.

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Astana: Three strikes and you’re out

There’s something we can learn from baseball, and I don’t mean in finding new tricks for hiding needle marks.

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Luke Jones of the Melbourne Rising wins a lineout

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Wallabies player Israel Folau

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Kamui Kobayashi Caterham

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Israel Folau looks on at the Tri-Nations trophy during warm-up in the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Shane Watson becomes Australia's Test captain (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

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James Hird in black and white

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Aaron Woods grabbed by Greg Bird

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Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Melbourne Rising vs Perth Spirit: NRC semi-final live scores, blog

The second semi final of the NRC will see the undefeated minor premiers, Melbourne Rising against the fourth placed Perth Spirit. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:30pm (AEDT). This has been a great opening season, with free flowing entertaining rugby throughout. This semi-final will be the second last game of the […]

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2014 Gold Coast 600: V8 Supercar Championship Race 31live blog, commentary

Time is running out in the championship battle, and the Endurance Cup, as the field travels to Surfers Paradise for the Gold Coast 600. Join The Roar for a live blog of qualifying, the top ten shootout, and Race 31 of the championship from 12:15pm (AEDT).

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Four Nations team guide

By Luke Carroll, Today New author!
Four Nations team guide

With the Four Nations set to commence at Suncorp Stadium tonight, let’s take a look through the squads of each nation, their preparation leading up to the tournament, and which team is poised to raise the cup on November 15th.

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Exploring sport’s concussion dilemma

One of the major buzzwords in international sports today is concussion. Concussion controversies are present in almost every contact sport around the world and it doesn’t appear as though they are going anywhere anytime soon.

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Southamptom and the Patron Saint of futile ambition

In every season, across Europe there is always a club or three that enjoy a season above expectations.

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Super Sydney pile misery on the Roar in Brisbane

Two long distance goals from Marc Janko and Milos Dimitrijevic condemned Brisbane Roar to their third defeat in three games at Lang Park on Friday night, while the hugely impressive Sydney FC have had their best start to a campaign ever, moving to nine points from their three matches.

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The best teams deal best with injuries

What do France, South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand have in common? There are numerous answers you could provide.

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How to watch the Premier League as a true Aussie fan

European football, be it the Champions League, La Liga, or the lesser-known leagues around the continent, is a very different breed to anything in Australia.

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Four Nations preview: An Aussie vs England final

The sporadic wonder of the Four Nations is upon us again after a three-year hiatus, and 2014′s instalment is set to be one of the most open fields in the tournament’s haphazard history.

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Would the Wallabies wobble without Waratahs?

While Micheal Cheika’s appointment as Wallaby coach was the best option for Australian rugby under the circumstances, his dual role as head of the Waratahs will no doubt create some conflicts of interest – perceived or otherwise.

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The time is right for Jarryd Hayne’s switch

Jarryd Hayne has been thinking switching to NFL for some time now, but I’m convinced he’s chosen the right time to do it.

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For most 20-year-olds, a good time usually means a night out on the town, filled with the freedom and care-free behaviour that comes with being a young adult. Not so for UFC lightweight Jake Matthews.

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David Villa is Australian football’s new icon

Throughout the ages, there have been various sportsmen who have had such an impact on their chosen sport that they have similarly affected the rest of the Australian sporting landscape.

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2014 Manikato Stakes: Preview, live blog, tips and results

The Manikato Stakes (1200m, Group 1, handicap) brings together some of Australasia’s best sprinters under lights at 9:45pm (AEDT). With a $1 million purse, this is a sprint of the highest quality.

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[VIDEO] Brisbane Roar vs Sydney FC highlights: A-League scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Brisbane Roar become just the second team in A-League history to start a campaign with three consecutive losses after suffering a 0-2 home defeat at the hand of Sydney FC.

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[VIDEO] NSW Country vs Brisbane City highlights: NRC semi-final scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Brisbane City become the first team to secure a place in the 2014 National Rugby Championship final following a 32-26 victory against NSW Country on Friday night.

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David Warner of Australia celebrates his century on the first day of the third Test cricket match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town on March 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Peter Heeger

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Besart Berisha and David Villa at the A-League launch

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Shamus Award wins the 2013 Cox Plate

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Australian batsman Mark Waugh falls to the ground after being hit by a bouncer from West Indies bowler Courtney Walsh. AFP PHOTO/Greg WOOD

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The Wallabies are despondent after their loss to Argentina (AP Photo/Marcos Garcia)

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The Hawks celebrate

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Duane Vermeulen of South Africa (L) tries to tackie Brodie Retallick of New Zealand (R) during the Rugby Championship Test rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks at Eden Park in Auckland on September 14, 2013. New Zealand won 29-15. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley

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A fan watches horse racing. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

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Ocean Park wins the Cox Plate for 2012, beating All Too Hard

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