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Is this a better All Black team than the 2011 edition which won the World Cup?
Forget the big-name omissions through injury, a controversial build-up, and interrupted preparation – complacency is the biggest worry for the Socceroos as they embark on their journey to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Ah, the tragedy of race in South African rugby. All that can be said is that it has ever been thus.
The romantic notion of being a one-club player is no longer just under threat, but completely out of touch with the realities of modern football.
There is a perception in rugby league that getting an offload away is great – and in some cases that is true. However, in some cases it isn’t good, and in other cases it’s just awful.
While Wales’ win in Dublin on the weekend may have George Smith feeling a bit nervous about his pool predictions, after watching the replay of France’s victory over England, I can’t help but think he is right about the host nation.
The famed WACA Ground, as we know it, will soon be no more.
The NRC is becoming a wacky and unpredictable competition, with Melbourne plummeting back to the earth last weekend, and the fancied Perth Spirit no match for the unfancied North Harbour Rays.
Nick Kyrgios has officially reached the pits. John McEnroe has called him a “bonehead”.
The 2015 IndyCar season ended in dramatic fashion last weekend with New Zealand’s Scott Dixon claiming the race win and championship, jumping the season-long points leader Juan Pablo Montoya.
Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are rapidly losing control of their schedules in Episode 86 of the Cheap Seats podcast.
George Gregan and Jason Leonard are the two ‘winningest’ players in the history of the Rugby World Cup, with both involved in 16 wins for the Wallabies and England respectively.
Those expecting the Socceroos to rattle up a cricket score against cricket-mad Bangladesh on Thursday aren’t paying enough attention.
The NRL’s shot clock will get its first test in the top grade when it’s trialled on Sunday afternoon during the Parramatta-Canberra clash at Pirtek Stadium.
Australia bizarrely used eight bowlers during their T20 loss to England on Monday, as stand-in skipper Steve Smith tried to involve all of the four batting all-rounders.
Cowboys coach Paul Green is either a genius or a galoot.
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Tommy Robredo takes on Sam Groth in the at the US Open second round. Join The Roar for live scores of the match from 6am (AEST).
Six time US Open winner Serena Williams looks to continue her road to winning all four grand slams in a calendar year when she takes on qualifier Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands in the second round.
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The Roar’s first invitational all time World XV draft pitted gentlemanly Cane fan Diggercane, Bok-reforming Biltongbek, young Kiwi prodigy Ben Gibbon, relentless Aussie RobC, and the stormy Cape poet Harry Jones in a no-holds barred contest to pick their best teams from all eras.
I don’t like saying it’s time for a senior coach to go, especially one who has only been in the job for two years.
Remember that Seinfeld episode where Kramer swims in the East River and an onlooker mistakes him for a dead body on the grounds that no one would be stupid enough to swim in such fetid waters? That’s next year’s Olympics.
On the week before the AFL finals six teams must travel interstate for their clashes. Facing a potential elimination match the following week against an opponent who may have had a much more restful preparation, it is an unfair situation that must be rectified.
Last week’s results so badly ruined the first version of my AFL finals cheat sheet that it’s worth running the numbers again.
Lets play a name-association game. Sonny Bill Williams: amazing athlete. Sonny Bill Williams: good rugby player. Sonny Bill Williams. Should not be an All Black.
For the first, and possibly only time in their careers, Australian warhorse Lleyton Hewitt and his supposed successor as the nation’s next best hope, Bernard Tomic, will face off at the US Open after both players recorded contrasting victories at Flushing Meadows on Day 2.
Sitting in ninth place on the NRL ladder, the Manly Sea Eagles are still a chance of cracking the finals according to bookmakers. Granted it’s an $81 chance, but where there is life there is hope.
When the All Blacks’ World Cup squad of 31 was named on Sunday, the selection of their outside backs was a key area that gave much more insight to the team than whether a few individuals would go to the World Cup or not.
Arouna Kone was one of Roberto Martinez’s first signings at Everton, the Spaniard bringing the powerful Ivorian with him from Wigan Athletic for a fee of 7 million euros. However his first two seasons were blighted by injury.
Whew! I had to take a few breaths after watching one of the more intense and gripping IndyCar races in recent memory.
Following the incredibly tough previous stage, and considering how far is left of the race, the riders face a day were escapes will most likely happen – although the sprinters’ teams may have a different opinion.
Big serving Canadian and 10th seed for the 2015 US Open, Milos Raonic takes on the out of form and struggling Fernando Verdasco from Spain in the second round.
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