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Round 14 in the AFL might have been the best round of football in 27 years

A brief disclaimer: I was born the year before the AFL officially came to be. Stuff it. The four days of football from the weekend past delivered the best round in the 27-year history of the league as we know it.

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A disappointing result, but cultural change is the real aim of Ange’s game

Defeat with honour has been the Socceroos’ stock in trade in recent years, so there are some mixed emotions around Australia’s commendable 1-1 draw with Chile overnight.

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Which Australian sport produces the greatest athletes? Part Four: Rugby union

The fourth sport in our series is rugby union. The sport they say they play in heaven is far and away the most brutal, hellish spectacle from an athletic perspective.

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Football hell: Revisiting the glorious Essendon and West Coast collapses

So often it’s the worst, most painful moments that remind you just how lovely football is.

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The XXXX-files: I want to Bluieve

I really didn’t want to be that guy. The whinger. The moaner. The sore loser. I tried to let it go and move on, but I just couldn’t come to terms with the way that New South Wales lost that game.

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The Wrap: Lions and Wallabies prove to be slow learners

As if Australian rugby fans didn’t need reminding, the All Blacks and Lions demonstrated how healthy the game is in other parts of the world, opening their eagerly awaited series with a thoroughly enjoyable contest of high quality, convincingly won by the home side 30-15.

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Seven quick takes from AFL Round 14

If you like great games of football, the 2017 AFL season just continues to give. This year could’ve been written by Shel Silverstein. As always, I’m here with some quick takes.

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Jeff Horn’s 10-point plan to beat Pacquiao

Jeff Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton has cooked up a confidential 10-point plan he says can guide the former schoolteacher to a famous victory over Manny Pacquiao.

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NRL releases complete draw details for final six rounds

The road to the NRL finals is a little clearer with the release of the completed schedule and venues for the final six rounds of the regular season.

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Ricciardo claims first win of 2017 in Azerbaijan

Daniel Ricciardo has produced a storming drive, battling back from 17th position to win an incident-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the Mercedes of Valterri Bottas and Williams’ Canadian rookie Lance Stroll.

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Tolu Latu not fit enough for Test rugby, says Cheika

Tolu Latu didn’t see a minute of action in the Wallabies’ three June Tests because he wasn’t fit enough, coach Michael Cheika says.

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Wallabies DIY player ratings vs Italy: The results

The results are in! Yesterday, we asked you to rate the Wallabies side that took to the field against Italy, and now we’ve added up the data from all of our responders to bring your our DIY player ratings from the Test.

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A close look at the Socceroos deep midfield

The formation Ange Postecoglou is propagating at the national level is a big, complex machine, and one that can only thrum cleanly through its revolutions if the parts are hand-crafted and fitted perfectly.

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Wallabies beat the Azzurri in a photo finish

The Michael Cheika way eventually shone through at Suncorp last night when the Wallabies fell over the line 40-27 against lowly Italy.

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Gambling. What would happen if a commentator lost the lot on live TV?

As a society we’ve become dangerously accustomed to receiving our news from people with a stake in what they are reporting on.

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Maroons return loyalty policy, retain faith in ignoring Daly Cherry-Evans

Kevin Walters has reinstated Queensland’s loyalty policy for Game 3, vowing to ‘pick and stick’ with the blacklisting of Daly Cherry-Evans.

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Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates Pakistan's Champions Trophy win

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Joe Daniher Brendon Goddard AFL Essendon Bombers 2016

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Boyd Cordner State of Origin NSW Blues NRL Rugby League 2017

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Beauden Barrett All Blacks New Zealand Rugby Union Test Championship 2016

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Jo Harten in action for the Giants

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Marcus Ericsson of Sweden driving the (9) Sauber

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Takeover Target at Royal Ascot (Image: AP)

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Quade Cooper after the Wallabies loss to Scotland

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AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 14

By Adrian Polykandrites, Today Video
AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 14

This season has well and truly lost its mind. Why is anyone still reading these?

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The bunny chow wrap

By Harry Jones, Today
The bunny chow wrap

Bunny chow is a Durban delicacy: a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with hot curry. No cutlery required or permitted.

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Formula One in Baku: Just what the sport needed

Isn’t it great when Formula One doesn’t go to plan?

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Can Cheika coach, or just motivate?

By Wally James, Today
Can Cheika coach, or just motivate?

The more I hear and see from Michael Cheika, the less enchanted I become. It appears to me the Wallabies do not have a coach.

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Is the 2013 AFL draft the next ‘SuperDraft’?

The 2001 AFL draft boasts many of the game’s big-name stars, whether recently retired or still soldiering on.

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Ice Dogs defeated by Thunder in Perth

A later third period goal propelled the Perth Thunder to a 2-1 win over the Sydney Ice Dogs on Saturday night.

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Can club cricket save the game in Australia?

The negotiations between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association continued over the last week in the same farcical way that they started.

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How good’s footy?

By Dylan Carmody, Today
How good’s footy?

For the first time, in a long, long time, football is good. I’ve heard the phrase ‘how good’s footy?” quite a bit this week.

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After the All Blacks’ win, where to now for the Lions?

The New Zealand All Blacks have beaten the British and Irish Lions, 30-15, in the first Test of the 2017 series. Although the Lions managed to score one of the great tries, they still went down to a superior New Zealand side.

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Anil Kumble’s resignation asks questions of BCCI’s management

In a sudden turn of events, Anil Kumble last week announced his resignation as Indian head coach.

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Philippine football frustrated after foreign player rule change

Philippine football leagues are going through a series of changes that have left foreign players – players that dominated the country’s football for the past years – frustrated.

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Socceroos vs Chile Highlights: Confederations Cup live scores, blog

The Socceroos need to defeat Chile by at least two goals if they wish to progress to the next stage of the Confederations Cup. Join The Roar from 1am AEST for live scores and commentary.

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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

By Jawad Yaqub, 25 Jun 2017
Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

With three wins apiece now following the race in Canada a fortnight ago, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton get set to square off at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race from 11pm AEST.

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Twelve talking points from NRL Round 16

By Scott Pryde, 25 Jun 2017
Twelve talking points from NRL Round 16

What a weekend that was. Every single game was alive deep into the contest, and along with Origin on Wednesday, key injuries and a battle beating up to avoid the spoon, there is plenty to discuss in this week’s NRL talking points.

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The High Five: Wallabies vs Italy

By Diggercane, 25 Jun 2017
The High Five: Wallabies vs Italy

The Wallabies have stumbled to an entertaining, error-ridden victory over Italy at Suncorp Stadium in the Brisbane sun by 40 points to 27.

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The High Five: All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions First Test

The All Blacks have drawn first blood against the British and Irish Lions overcoming their rivals by 30 points to 15 in an intense, fast and bruising encounter at Eden Park in Auckland in front of over 41,000 fans.

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Jade Gresham St Kilda Saints AFL 2017

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Andrew Fifita Cronulla Sharks NRL Rugby League 2017

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Dustin Martin Richmond Tigers AFL Indigenous Round 2017

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Gareth Widdop St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Rugby League 2017

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Daniel Menzel Geelong Cats AFL 2017

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British and Irish Lions 2017 Rugby Union

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Virat Kohli runs between the wickets vs Pakistan

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Sam Tomkins of Wigan takes on Darryl Millard of the Catalan Dragons in the English Super League. Image: Wikicommons

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In 2016, the Western Bulldogs won their first premiership since 1954

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