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Smells like September: Picking the team for the World Race Championships

September is a special time of the year for Aussie sports fans, particularly those who follow the AFL and NRL. It’s finals time, culminating in the grand final – the biggest day of the year for many footy fans.

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What the future holds for the 2014 also-rans

With the AFL finalists decided, the other 10 clubs can think what might have been as they get stuck into Mad Monday celebrations, post-season reviews and end-of-season operations.

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Despite a terrible performance from the Wallabies against the All Blacks in Auckland in their last match, Ewen McKenzie has decided to stick with the same starting forward pack this week, apart from a change forced by injury.

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ARU’s flexible contracts will benefit the game worldwide

The recent move by the Australian Rugby Union to allow players who sign long-term contracts to be able to explore short-term overseas opportunities has been a long time coming.

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Greenberg sees red, tells refs to stop acting yellow

Tomorrow night we will see how much say and sway Todd Greenberg has in the game.

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All Australian squad announced: who was unlucky?

The introduction in 2007 of an initial 40-man All-Australian squad took a lot of heat off the selectors. Each season they had copped widespread flak for the dozen or more worthy players they overlooked for the 22-man side.

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Panthers prove they’re LOLcats no more

If you’re still waiting for the Penrith Panthers to curl up on a couch and sleep through the cold months, you really should lay off the catnip. Spring is here, and the Panthers are very much finals-bound.

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Cheap Seats episode 51: Wallaby selections and footy finals fever

Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are not enjoying the celebratory comedown in episode 51 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Michael Clarke has brushed aside any suggestion of retirement, declaring himself as fit as he’s ever been despite suffering a tour-ending hamstring injury in Zimbabwe.

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NRL head of football Todd Greenberg says Sunday’s timekeeping bungle at Brookvale Oval shows why big games need to be moved away from suburban grounds.

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Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley admits his surprise Bledisloe benching was a bitter pill to swallow, but believes it will only drive him to be a better Test player in the long run.

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Wallabies squad announcement: Full team to play the Springboks in Perth

The Wallabies have announced a revamped backline for in an effort to recover some lost pride on Saturday night when they face a hungry Springboks side at Patersons Stadium in Perth.

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Which finalist is best placed to deliver premiership glory?

If Richmond, for some reason, doesn’t continue its current winning streak all the way through to the last Saturday in September, just who is the team best placed to deliver premiership glory?

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NRC young guns emerging already

Even if only subconsciously, I imagine we’ve all been watching the opening rounds of the National Rugby Championship with an eye on the next young superstar.

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STEVE TURNER: Brickwall Roosters will go back-to-back

Accuse me all you like of going off early, but the Roosters will win the comp.

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Meanwhile, not at the Vuelta…

I love the Vuelta as much as any self-respecting cycling fan with a penchant for hot weather and steep hills, but as we’ve reached the first rest day in the big Spanish race, it’s a perfect time to go ‘around the grounds’.

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A man with big things in front of him - George Burgess.

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Nairo Quintana Vuelta a Espana 2014 Stage 9

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Australia's Nathan Lyon bowls

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The Australian crowd gets in full swing before the start of the match against Iraq. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Adam Goodes of the Swans is spoiled by Alex Rance of the Tigers

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Kieran Foran caught by Kierran Moseley

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Australian winger James O'Connor during the team's final training session at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on September 06, 2013. Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper returns to the starting line-up to ignite an Australian backline that sees Israel Folau shift to fullback for the September 7 Rugby Championship clash against the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium. AFP PHOTO / Patrick Hamilton

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NSW Country Eagles flanker Will Miller caught in a tackle (Photo: QRU)

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Brett Deledio of the Tigers Celebrates

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NRL flies the white flag on wrestling

It’s a been a while since I’ve penned an article on The Roar. I’m actually writing this from an NRL bunker, as I recently escaped from prison.

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2014 college football: Week one review

By Andrew Kitchener, Today

Nothing like that first weekend of college football, and, as usual, there are plenty of storylines worth delving into. Here’s what you need to know.

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There is a maxim in cricket that when you are out of the side, your stock rises. Your failures are not exposed and your strengths remembered with fondness.

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South Africa vs Australia: The everything ratings

With the ODI match between South Africa and Australia has just concluded in Harare, and the Aussies have scored a bonus-point win over the Proteas.

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Upcoming season looks to be a cracker

By DECLAN MURPHY, Today

The 2014/15 rugby season kicks off this weekend with the start of a new Guinness (formerly RaboDirect) Pro12 tournament. It looks set to be one of the best seasons in recent memory.

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The best rugby league backrow forwards of the modern era

For the past two NRL seasons Sam Burgess and Sonny Bill Williams have been regarded as the NRL’s benchmark forwards.

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There is greatness during AFL finals, no one goes quietly

I miss Tim Rodgers walking up to the ‘G and giving a rev up. I also miss AC/DC singing It’s a Long Way to the Top.

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If McKenzie thinks the Wallabies’ loss was an ‘aberration’, he’s in denial

After coming up short yet again against a firing All Blacks side, the Wallabies are happy to be facing the Springboks on Saturday in Perth.

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Stars set to sizzle on Super Saturday

He’s the Melbourne Cup favourite and trainer Gai Waterhouse has declared that The Offer will be out to win this Saturday’s Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam, comparing him to Cup Winner Fiorente.

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Falcao to United: Pros and Cons

By Evan Morgan Grahame, Today

Well, who saw this coming? All the pre-deadline day banter, and much of it as the final day began, was about Monaco’s star forward.

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Every year when a side wins a Premiership there are unexpected players whose performance lifts with the occasion and propels them into heroes’ status among their fans.

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I am going to come clean. I used to be homophobic. Not in a hatred sense, but in the colloquial manner, where you don’t realise your subconscious is doing the discriminating.

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Australian rugby pretensions have been exposed

With seven wins and a draw from their previous eight games, Australia to be sure was enjoying a good run, but the carnage at Eden Park exposed their flattery as so much deception.

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The Ranfurly Shield: the jewel of New Zealand domestic rugby

On Saturday I rolled on in Pukekohe and waved bye-bye to the Ranfurly Shield. Hawkes Bay were deserving winners and the we (Counties) were lucky to be in a position to win the match at the death, as such another chapter in Counties history has come to and end.

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When did this unprecedented Richmond run really begin?

It has been a matter of debate in the AFL world. Just when did Richmond’s improbable rise to the 2014 AFL finals start?

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Packed Brookvale shows NRL can’t abandon suburbia

After 16 straight days of weather that would have had religious Sydneysiders building arks, the last day of winter saw the sun emerge and the crowds come out on the northern beaches.

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England captain Alastair Cook looks on after being comfortably defeated by Australia

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South Africa's Springboks' wing Cornal Hendricks

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Andy Murray celebrates winning at Wimbledon

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Brian Lake chokes Drew Petrie

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Nick Maxwell of the Magpies being chaired off by Heritier Lumumba and Brent Macaffer

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