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A time of introspection for cricket

It is often said that sport is a great leveller. However, this week it has served to flatten most people.

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Spiro’s Rolling Maul: At least Wallabies aren’t peaking too early!

Peter FitzSimons, bless him, used to mark a year or so before a Rugby World Cup tournament with columns predicting that ‘the All Blacks are peaking too early!’

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Adam Scott can get one back on Rory at the Australian Open

Adam Scott looked calm and ready for action. He was slow in his movements, and chose his words deliberately while talking to an audience of collected kids and adults at The Australian yesterday.

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Pivotal NFC match-ups on the menu for Thanksgiving slate of games

Thanksgiving. It means very little to us in Australia, but Turkey Day holds a special place in the heart of Americans.

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Honda-Alonso the only hope of stopping Hamilton-Mercedes

In the end, Lewis Hamilton strolled to the 2014 Formula One world championship, comprehensively beating his only real threat, teammate Nico Rosberg.

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Like the cricket fraternity around the world I am in shock hearing about Phil Hughes’ serious injury inflicted at the SCG on Tuesday.

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Phil Hughes passes away following head injury

Australian cricketer, Phil Hughes, has passed away in St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney after spending two days in an induced coma following a blow to the head during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday afternoon.

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Phil Hughes passes away

Phillip Hughes, Australian Test batsman, has passed away two days after being struck on the head while playing in a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia.

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Wallabies team to play England: Horne to make first start of tour

The Wallabies have announced the side that will take the field for their final match of the 2014 Spring Tour, to be played against England at Twickenham in London in the early hours on Sunday morning.

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The AFL admits it cannot say how long the Essendon anti-doping tribunal hearings will last.

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Sean Abbott continues to be surrounded by counsellors and teammates amid concerns for the talented paceman’s well-being and playing future following the injury to Phillip Hughes.

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Cricket’s lottery sees Phillip Hughes knocked into mortality

It is hard to know what to think. A Tuesday night and a young man lies in a coma, our expectations in a crumpled heap at the door.

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Gorman’s history bodes well for Sharks’ future

Lyall Gorman will immediately provide the Cronulla Sharks with a polished exterior, but the club will only begin shining from the inside if the other people there are smart enough to go with him.

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PRENTICE: Knights folk still rising high for their man Alex

There were a number of rugby league topics worthy of comment in the past week.

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Loss to Ireland the Wallabies’ best tour performance

While the Wallabies suffered another loss against Ireland, it was their best performance on this tour.

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Get well soon Phil, sport just doesn’t matter right now

There barely seems like anything appropriate you can say after the tragic accident that led to Phil Hughes being admitted to hospital and having surgery on Tuesday.

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Australia's Phil Hughes bats on day two of the third test, Australia v Sri Lanka at the SCG in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Australian captain Michael Clarke. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika

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Brisbane Roar players celebrate a goal against Melbourne Heart

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Australia's George Bailey celebrates reaching 50 runs during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy cricket match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, on June 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES

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Australia's batsman and captain Michael Clarke

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England captain Alastair Cook (left) and Australian captain Michael Clarke. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Australia's lock Rob Simmons evades a tackle by Ireland's Jamie Heaslip during the Wallabies' 32-15 win at Aviva Stadium

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Super Bowl 45 - MVP Aaron Rodgers

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The Roar of the crowd

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An evening with Kobe Bryant and the woeful Lakers

For one of the ten greatest NBA players of all-time, at 36, Kobe Bryant still understands exceedingly little about the game of basketball. That, or he’s wilfully ignorant to its lessons.

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It’s time for ANZ Stadium to become permanently rectangular

It is interesting times for Sydney’s sports stadiums. Just last week, ANZ Stadium unveiled its plans for a $350 mil upgrade, including such improvements as more moving tiers, better facilities, a retractable roof and a thriving precinct of bars and restaurants, to name a few.

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Josh Elliott’s 2014 first round phantom draft

It’s the morning of the AFL Draft. If you ask me, it’s just about the best day of the year.

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Adelaide Oval deal smells rotten

By johnhunt92, Today
Adelaide Oval deal smells rotten

“Something is rotten in the State of Denmark,” Marcellus said to Horatio in the first act of Billy Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

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Phil Hughes: The line between news and gossip

Twenty-four hours beforehand, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation had public opinion on its side in the wake of government-imposed budget cuts.

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Super League is vital to the NRL

By Sleiman Azizi, Today
Super League is vital to the NRL

As a matter of official policy, the NRL makes explicit reference to its goal of ensuring that national selection for the Kangaroos is seen as the pinnacle of the sport.

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Denver versus Kansas City: A potential AFC West epic

A week ago after Denver was upset by St. Louis, Kansas City upset Seattle and the Patriots destroyed Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, I wrote about potential playoff seedings.

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2015 AFL preview: Gold Coast Suns

By Sam Aldridge, Today
2015 AFL preview: Gold Coast Suns

The Cats are set to continue their amazing dynasty, but today we move onto a club that is looking to launch theirs. Gold Coast enter their fifth season of AFL with a weight of expectation on their shoulders.

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The Four Nations cheapens the Rugby League World Cup

Rugby league has always been defined by its hard-as-nails players, who give the word ‘tough’ a new meaning.

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Lewis and Nico only part of the Abu Dhabi story

In the 2014 Formula One season, Abu Dhabi took the all-important position of being the final race of the year.

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigel Plum retires from representative football, Ben Pomeroy still available

In a teary press conference, Penrith’s hard-hitting second-rower Nigel Plum has announced his retirement from all forms of representative football, effective immediately.

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Boxing, Cronulla and the underworld of PEDs

Performance enhancing drugs (commonly referred to as PEDs) have reared their ugly head in boxing over the last few years.

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Ireland retain third-placed IRB ranking after win over Wallabies

Ireland have retained their third-place IRB ranking after a tremendous win over Australia.

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The context of last week in predicting the World Cup

With another week of the European tour over, only two matches remain this year in order to identify where the Rugby World Cup contenders stand among their peers.

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By just about every measurable, Viktor Tikhonov will be remembered and lauded as perhaps the greatest hockey coach we’ve ever seen.

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The TAC Cup draft success story

By Cameron Palmer, Today
The TAC Cup draft success story

With AFL national draft night upon us excitement is at fever pitch. Fans love the draft because of the hope that it brings for the future.

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Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika

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Lyall Gorman

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Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

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Michael Hooper playing for the Wallabies v France

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Head coach Michael Cheika, puts up a bomb at training. Image: Tim Anger.

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Corey Enright of the Geelong Cats

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Bismarck du Plessis of South Africa (R) is yellow-carded by referee Romain Poite (L) during the Rugby Championship Test rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa at Eden Park. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley

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