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Empire versus upstart, coloniser versus colony: The contests which define the Ashes

The Ashes is the story of antagonism. The itching, grating, sandpaper-underwear tension between colony and coloniser, between a perceived dominion and those who thought they could rule it.

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Who will the Brisbane Lions take with pick 1 in the 2017 AFL Draft?

It wasn’t that many years ago that the annual question of who would go at pick No.1 in the AFL draft was a rather silly one, debated only as a means for filling time in the pre-draft broadcast.

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Three areas that cost the Wallabies at Twickenham – and refereeing is not one

We’ve all seen it before. We’ve all seen it before so often that we shouldn’t fall into the trap any more. Maybe we’re so used to seeing it that we trip over in the race to dive into the trap voluntarily.

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Australia leads England 11-4 at the Gabba

As the Test at the Gabba, Brisbane, starts on Thursday, let’s do some sums. Of the 20 Ashes matches played at the Gabba, Australia has won 11, lost four, with five drawn.

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The ridiculously unfair 2018 NRL draw needs to be redone

If the NRL was hoping to dispel fan sentiment that some clubs seem to get all the lucky breaks, they won’t be doing it with the 2018 draw.

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Forget the AFL, what can we do to get more fans to A-League games?

The AFL’s move to play an experimental version of its sport on A-League grounds is nothing more than a blatant land-grab by a strangely insecure code.

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The Wrap: England gets the rub but Cheika gets it wrong

In the brilliant Coen brothers film Fargo, there is a scene where the suspect, played by William H Macy, knowing the net is closing in on him, sneaks out of his car dealership mid-interrogation, leaving Minnesota police chief, played by Frances McDormand, empty-handed.

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Blundering referee costs Wallabies at Twickenham

While the 30-6 scoreline may look convincing, the Wallabies can feel very, very hard done by after an extraordinary afternoon at Twickenham.

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What is Formula One — and what should it be?

For all the politics engulfing Formula One, one of its more curious sideshows bubbled quietly to the surface late last week.

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Clarke: Women can inspire men’s Ashes bid

The Ashes-retaining feats of Australia’s women should inspire their male counterparts, says former captain Michael Clarke.

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Mitchell Pearce blows the Rooster coop

Mitchell Pearce insists leaving the Sydney Roosters is the best decision for his NRL career as he seeks to become “the best halfback I can be.”

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England will win the day-night Test and three other Ashes predictions

The Ashes would be less fun without mug pundits throwing out predictions, so here are four of mine ahead of the first Test on Thursday.

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AFL draft analysis: Fremantle Dockers

An eleventh-hour trade that saw Fremantle secure pick 2 from the Gold Coast Suns for Lachie Weller sees the Dockers come into the 2017 AFL draft with two selections in the top five.

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The most overpaid players in the Australian cricket team

There has been a big focus on how much Australian cricket consumers are paying for their players in the past six months.

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Golden Ashes: Australia’s greatest bowling partnerships

Is there anything Australian cricket fans revere more than a great bowler? I’d argue not.

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Magic science: Chris Paul will give the Rockets new life

One day, the graphics in video games will be so life-like that we can hardly tell the difference. Until then, we have the Houston Rockets.

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Alex Blackwell Australia women's cricket

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Ben Stokes holds up the ball and grins after taking his sixth wicket

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Rob Simmons Wallabies

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Bobo Sydney FC

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Michael Hooper of Australia

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Kurtley Beale

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Australian batsman Shaun Marsh

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Evan Gulbis

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Evan Gulbis

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The very first Test match revisited: Australia vs England ‘live’ blog, Day 3, March 17, 1877

England start day three at 4/109, after Australia had made 245 in the first innings. Being a Saturday, a healthy crowd has turned up. England opener Harry Jupp is 54 not out and looking dangerous.

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Can all the naysayers just enjoy the Rugby League World Cup?

Amid some great positive vibes surrounding the Rugby League World Cup, there have also been people commenting that the tournament is a bit mickey mouse, the format is a joke, the scheduling is off, that it’s essentially just musical chairs for NRL players, and that Australia is going to romp it in.

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Orica-Scott’s season in review: Promising start ends in disappointment

Only 12 months ago, the champagne corks were popping at Orica-Scott, celebrating the team’s best season since it joined the pro cycling ranks five short years ago.

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Are Australian track cyclists more important than road cyclists?

Australian performances in major road cycling events in 2017 have made me reflect on the future development and importance of road cycle racing in Australia.

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Is there truly a crisis at Victory?

The Victory have played 25.9 per cent of their season, with only one win, leading to Kevin Muscat hosing down suggestions of a crisis at the Melbourne-based club.

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Comparing apples to oranges does no one any favours

We all make comparisons.

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Tai Tuivasa making waves

By Gareth Hunter, Today

Debuting for the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world, UFC, and winning by KO in the first round is a fairytale start. South Sydney heavy hitter Tai Tuivasa lived that fairytale in his hometown of Sydney at UFC: Werdum vs Tybura.

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Hartley nod provides hope to other F1 discards

By Bayden Westerweller, Today
Hartley nod provides hope to other F1 discards

Brendon Hartley’s ascension to a full-time Formula One berth in 2018 was a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one. Resurfacing on the grid following years in the wilderness offers hope to others who believed their opportunity had passed them.

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Tops and tails ahead of the World Cup semis

By Adam Bagnall, 20 Nov 2017
Tops and tails ahead of the World Cup semis

And then there were four. Australia, Fiji, England and Tonga will fight for the right to contest the final of what has been a thrilling World Cup campaign, even if it is dragging on a bit.

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Mad Monday: There’s a new world order in rugby league

The final four of the Rugby League World Cup has been confirmed with Australia, Fiji, Tonga and England all enjoying wins.

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Brisbane by the numbers

By Ryan H, 20 Nov 2017
Brisbane by the numbers

Ahead of the anticipated opening Ashes Test on Thursday at the Gabba, I have looked at some of the more interesting, quirky statistics that headline the first Test – of which there are many.

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The very first Test match revisited: Australia vs England ‘live’ blog, Day 2, March 16, 1877

Australia start day two of the first Test in Melbourne in a reasonable position at 6/166. Charlie Bannerman has got 126 of those runs and will be looking to add to England’s woes.

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The Swans and Buddy: A match made in heaven

Lance Franklin’s first four years at the Sydney Swans have been quite remarkable. On the surface, he has played 89 games, kicked 280 goals, played two grand finals, been selected three times as an All Australian and won two Coleman Medals.

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Can we make rugby league relevant in New Zealand?

By Martin Millard, 20 Nov 2017
Can we make rugby league relevant in New Zealand?

Depending on which side of the Pacific fence you are on, the last two rounds of the Rugby League World Cup have either been a cataclysmic breakthrough for international rugby league or an abysmal failure resulting in bringing a giant to its knees.

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England’s most likely XI for the Gabba

By James Roche, 20 Nov 2017
England’s most likely XI for the Gabba

England arrive in Australia hoping to forget the embarrassment of the 2013-14 Ashes campaign. They left England after a summer of series victories over both South Africa and the West Indies, and this is the most likely side that will take the field in Brisbane.

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Next month to determine if Rams are contenders

In what is one of the most wide open NFL seasons in recent memory, it’s hard to pick a bigger surprise packet than the Los Angeles Rams.

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Cam Bancroft walks off the field

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Blues Rugby Union 2017

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Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Football Euro 2016

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Andy Keogh and teammates Perth Glory

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Hooper Beale

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Casey Prather Melbourne United NBL

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