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Picking Mitch Marsh over Maxwell is madness

Australia’s batting is its major shortcoming in Tests, so it makes no sense to further weaken the top six by selecting tried-and-failed all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for the third Ashes Test this week.

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Could Melbourne City be the A-League’s saviour?

Melbourne City scored the sort of goal you see more commonly in Europe on Sunday, and the club could hold the keys to unlocking the A-League’s full potential.

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The Wrap: 2017 World XV announced, so who’s in your team?

With Test rugby now completed for the year and the prevailing mood seemingly endorsing a shift in on-field power to the northern hemisphere, will this change be reflected in The Wrap’s World Test XV for 2017?

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From the Ritz to a promising rubble: The Lakers’ future is bright and unsure

The glitziest franchise in the NBA, the one that throughout history has subsisted most on individual, transcendent, cinematic talent, is suddenly paving its way back to relevance with a collection of diamonds in the rough.

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Why Darren Lehmann shouldn’t be a selector

There’s an unwritten rule among Australian cricket selectors – only the chairman explains to the media once a team has been released.

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Six-hitting can create spectator hazards

An Ellyse Perry’s six that hit a spectator at North Sydney Oval on Saturday is not a rare occurrence. It made me dive into my book Six Appeal and other reference books before I narrate some hellish stories concerning spectator hazards.

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The Reds without Cooper makes no sense to me

Quade Cooper and Nick Frisby have reportedly been told by new Reds coach Brad Thorn that neither are part of the side’s plan for 2018.

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Golden Moments: How Roarers saw the Second Ashes Test as told through their comments

We have a bit of a break before we head to Perth for the third Test and England will be ruing a missed opportunity after having a chance to win on the last day in Adelaide.

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Mitchell Marsh’s Test fate to be determined by WACA pitch

Don’t be surprised if fit-again allrounder Mitch Marsh buys WACA curator Matt Page a carton of his favourite drink this week.

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Ben Duckett appears to be the scapegoat of an English cricket board desperate to stamp out drunken behaviour, having been told he is on his final warning after pouring a drink on the head of Jimmy Anderson.

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Merciless Sydney eviscerate Wanderers 5-0 in derby

A revolution can’t occur without a violent reset. The slate must be harshly wiped clean for a new regime to stand stable and secure.

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Ellyse Perry is simply the best

The ‘ground full’ sign should be erected every time Ellyse Perry is on duty.

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It’s hard not to like NBL low-budget underdogs

The Cairns Taipans and Brisbane Bullets beat Melbourne United and Sydney Kings respectively on Saturday night and it’s hard not to be happy to see undermanned, under budget teams beat those with the deepest of pockets.

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RugbyWA’s letter to the community after exiting voluntary administration

RugbyWA’s creditors have voted to exit voluntary administration and the Western Force name has been maintained after a settlement with Rugby Australia (formerly the ARU).

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Think no one wants new stadia? Try asking football fans

Peter FitzSimons may have touched a raw nerve with his anti-stadia rhetoric, but he did so by ignoring the sport that stands to benefit most – football.

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Women’s sport weekly wrap: WBBL03 Preview

For lovers of cricket it’s very lucky that the completion of the Women’s Ashes was just the start of a long summer of cricket ahead.

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Harness racing in South Australia

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Australian bowler Mitchell Starc with the pink ball

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Robert Whittaker UFC 2017

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Steve Smith celebrates a run out

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AFLW expansion

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Ruan Sims of the Jillaroos (left) palms off a tackle by Maitua Feterika of the Kiwi Ferns

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Ashes

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How future Rugby League World Cups can be improved

After taking a week to reflect on the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, I have arrived at the opinion that it was the best one ever – or certainly the best one I’ve ever seen.

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Tribalism and the diaspora: Rugby league’s toxic paradox

International rugby league eligibility rules get a little fluid around world cup time, and the pall that fluidity casts asks some very strong questions about the core motivation behind representation. Pride, loyalty, and sacrifice.

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Inside the Unicorn Factory: the NBA’s terrifying secret

21 June 2012: The Miami Heat dominate the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. Fears spread across the world of basketball that LeBron James may be legitimately unstoppable. NBA Commissioner David Stern decides to take action.

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From Frank’s Vault: South Africa vs Australia – 1992

In 1992, the Wallabies toured South Africa, putting their reputation as World Champions at stake.

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Two decades on, Australian rugby’s hope and dreams remain elusive

Last weekend I finally got around to clearing my study of unwanted books, magazines not revisited in many years and reams of scrap paper with double-up scribblings.

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AFLW 2018 team preview and predicted finish: Western Bulldogs

If there’s any team that agrees with me about the importance of midfielders, it’s surely the Bulldogs.

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An honest review of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool career to date

Liverpool have been under Jurgen Klopp for just over two years, dating back to October the eighth 2015.

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Best 22 analysis: Carlton

By Conor, Today
Best 22 analysis: Carlton

All the AFL lists are finalised for 2018, and now is the time to start looking into what each club’s best team looks like.

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Who makes Australia’s second Test XI?

Even with Australia leading 2-0 in the series, I always find it interesting how we always want to change a winning side.

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Alastair Cook to bid adieu to cricket?

Former England captain and player Kevin Pietersen launched a scathing attack on England team after defeat in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide.

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Melbourne City vs Central Coast Mariners: A-League live scores, blog

Melbourne City and the Central Coast Mariners will both be looking to make more certain their position in the top six on the A-League table when they meet in the final match of Round 10.

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Why England should play six batsmen

By Stephen Vagg, 10 Dec 2017
Why England should play six batsmen

I’m not English and don’t follow English cricket that closely, but I can use a computer and the internet and read things called statistics, and I can’t help wonder how on earth England settled on their current batting line-up.

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Mitchell Marsh should play in Perth

By David Holden, 10 Dec 2017
Mitchell Marsh should play in Perth

To be honest, I never thought I would write this, but now it all makes sense.

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Recalling the Netherlands’ first ODI win

By Rustom Deboo, 10 Dec 2017
Recalling the Netherlands’ first ODI win

The Netherlands are on the upswing again, not only regaining their ODI status they lost in 2013-14 but also winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship to seal their spot in the 13-team ODI league slated to begin in 2020.

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Studying the new rules of IPL

By Rishav Narang, 10 Dec 2017
Studying the new rules of IPL

The IPL auction is all set to see a major revamp in the new season, when defunct franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be making a comeback.

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Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets: A-League live scores, blog

Perth Glory play host to the Newcastle Jets, as seventh hosts second, as the Star Wars round continues from the west. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 10pm (AEDT).

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An artist's impression of the Allianz Stadium rebuild

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Shaun Marsh reacts with brother Mitchell

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England's James Anderson (R) celebrates after bowling Australia's Michael Clarke. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES

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Glenn Maxwell Cricket Australia 2017

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Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft walks out of the dressing rooms to bat in Australia's second innings on Day 4 of the First Test match between Australia and England at the Gabba in Brisbane, Sunday, November 26, 2017.

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Alastair Clarkson Hawthorn Hawks AFL 2017

What’s next for AFL game plans?

By Stephen, 9 Dec 2017

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India's captain Virat Kohli

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