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Can Queensland’s veterans survive the NSW retirement scheme?

This State of Origin series is already fascinating and we’re still a week out from the first game being played.

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Essendon’s latest AFL experiment, and its surprising results

The Essendon Bombers own the fifth oldest and most experienced list in the competition. In some ways, and on some days, they’re playing like it. On others, everything falls apart.

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When can we punt the Godolphin horses?

James Cummings, a blue blood of Australian racing, will don the royal blue of Godolphin and head up the global operation here.

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The horse that bolted: How Australian rugby fluffed ‘project players’

How does a rugby nation sustain the depth and quality of its professional playing population, and create a healthy, winning culture within the game?

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Why AFL’s Adelaide Crows are investing in esports

AFL’s Adelaide Crows recently announced their acquisition of staple Australian esports organisation Legacy Esports.

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“I am stoked to see Mitch back in the Blues jumper”: Queenslanders back Pearce

Unlikely allies have emerged for maligned NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce ahead of next week’s State of Origin series opener – Queenslanders.

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Steven May welcomes indigenous focus in the AFL

As the only indigenous captain playing in the AFL, Gold Coast skipper Steven May has more reason than most to change his guernsey number this Saturday in Alice Springs.

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With the team Laurie’s picked, the Blues can win State of Origin

At 6:40pm last night at a Legends of Origin dinner, Laurie Daley announced his New South Wales Blues squad to take on the Queensland Maroons for State of Origin, Game 1.

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AFL Trade Rumours: North Melbourne shopping for superstars

Often accused of lacking superstar talent during their recent years in finals – and not unfairly – North Melbourne appear to be going to great lengths to rectify that, with news coming through on Monday that they have put down a second million-dollar offer for an out-of-contract opposition player.

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The team so good it doesn’t need Billy Slater

Queensland is so good they don’t need Billy Slater. Queensland is so good Greg Inglis can do his knee and they still don’t need Billy Slater.

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Wade key to Australia’s Champions Trophy hopes

By banking on explosive batsmen for the Champions Trophy, which starts next week, Australia have handed heavy responsibility to in-form keeper-batsman Matthew Wade.

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When is the deadline, SANZAAR?

Serious ‘fightin’ words’ from the Melbourne Rebels on Friday evening leaves the Australian Rugby Union in a very precarious position in its quest to strengthen-by-contraction. And as a flow-on, it further erodes SANZAAR’s battle to stay relevant as an administrator of southern hemisphere rugby.

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Mal shows impartiality headlining propaganda show ‘Queenslanders Only’

Origin time legally requires us to fulfil two obligations: magnifying the trivial and over-glorifying Queenslanders.

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Kevin Walters reduced to tears over Billy Slater’s Origin dismissal

It was too much for Queensland Origin coach Kevin Walters trying to explain to the media why legend Billy Slater was left out of Origin One tomorrow week.

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Lance Stroll and the Max Verstappen effect

Max Verstappen was billed as a once-in-a-generation anomaly when he first took his seat in a Formula One car.

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NSW Blues team for State of Origin Game 1, 2017: Expert reaction

The New South Wales Blues have announced their team for Game 1 of the 2017 State of Origin series, and as usual there is a mix of surprises along with the totally anticipated selections.

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Cameron Smith of the Maroons

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Patrick Dangerfield Geelong Cats AFL 2016

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Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero

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Israel Folau NSW Waratahs Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Mitchell Moses Parramatta Eels NRL Rugby League 2017

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Australia's Sean McMahon

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Israel Folau runs in a try for the Waratahs (Source: AJF Photography)

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Jeremy Cameron GWS Giants AFL 2017

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Comparing dynasties: Who were the greatest irritants?

Paul Roos at the Sydney Swans famously had a ‘no dickheads’ policy during his halcyon years of 2005-06. Roos meditated, maintained his pristine brown hair over eight years of coaching, and was once seen to be whistling right before a quarter-time address with the Swans five goals down. They won.

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Hold the brakes on AFL expansion

By Gordon Smith, Today
Hold the brakes on AFL expansion

Three closely related issues floated in the background of the AFL this week, behind the jumper punches and the injuries and the comparisons of flawed title contenders.

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A wild AFL should move to a conference system

The wildcard idea in the AFL just refuses to die, and for the first time in my life, I am trying to get on board with the pesky conference system.

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Australian rugby must go back to the future to save itself

The Australian Super Rugby teams are presently 0-22 against New Zealand sides during the 2017 rugby season. By the end of the season they could well be 0-25.

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Can this Springbok squad save Coetzee’s job?

Allister Coetzee has been told he must win the French Test series, or he will get the sack. But this is Africa, so that may or may not be true.

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Super Rugby must evolve, not downsize

By kickedmyheight, Today
Super Rugby must evolve, not downsize

Super Rugby is the greatest rugby tournament, outside of internationals, anywhere in the world.

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Have Australia picked a one-dimensional side for the Champions Trophy?

Now that IPL is out of the way, focus shifts to the 2017 Champions Trophy, kicking off on June 1 at The Oval, where the hosts take on Bangladesh.

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Could Felipe Massa race on in 2018?

By Bayden Westerweller, Today
Could Felipe Massa race on in 2018?

Felipe Massa is faring decently for a driver who hung up his helmet at the conclusion of last season.

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Remembering the Kentucky Kid and his championship win

The world of motorsport is engulfed with mourning this week, following the passing of 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden, who succumbed in hospital to head injuries sustained in a road cycling accident.

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FFA Memo: Vacant positions, apply within

The A-League season has just been concluded, and the FFA will spend the off-season looking to fill a number of high-profile positions.

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With Federer out and Djokovic struggling, can anyone beat Rafa in France?

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in the final at Roland Garros in 2016, becoming the first person since Jim Courier, in 1992, to win the Australian and French Opens in the same year.

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2017 French Open: Men’s singles preview

The year’s second Grand Slam tournament is now less than a week away and all eyes will be on Rafael Nadal as he attempts to win a record-breaking tenth French Open title.

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Tigers and Bombers to light up the G this Saturday night

One of the most important rounds on the AFL calendar has arrived, and the highlight of it will be Saturday night’s annual ‘Dreamtime at the G’ clash between Richmond and Essendon.

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Aussie Mills should stay a Spur

By Mathew Langdon, Today
Aussie Mills should stay a Spur

As the final buzzer sounded at the end of the San Antonio Spurs’ 115-129 loss to the completely dominant Golden State Warriors, most Aussie NBA fans eyes were cast onto one our our own.

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Renault doesn’t need a star driver, it has Nico Hulkenberg

Whenever the Formula One driver market opens and a vacancy at one of the front-running teams appears, Nico Hulkenberg seems to be the driver constantly overlooked for a top billing.

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Why I’m cancelling my Rebels membership

I became a foundation member of the Melbourne Rebels as soon as membership became available, but shortly I will be renouncing it. Here’s why.

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Sydney Roosters NRL player Mitchell Pearce

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Referee Gerard Sutton explains why a try was disallowed to Storm captain Cameron Smith

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Tom Mitchell Hawthorn Hawks AFL 2017

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Sydney FC fans Football A-League Grand Final 2017

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Stephen Kearney in 2008

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Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James

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Chelsea EPL

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