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Patient Pakistan punish unbalanced Aussies

Yet again, Australia have let Pakistan off the hook by missing opportunities in the field.

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Jayco-Herald Sun Tour offers what the Tour Down Under can’t

When the route for the Jayco-Herald Sun Tour is released each year I do two things. Firstly, I check to see if Australia’s oldest stage race is passing through my home town of Ballarat.

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National Rugby Championship final: Brisbane City-Perth Spirit preview

The National Rugby Championship decider is upon us, and even though the two combatants in the Final are something of a surprise, it still shapes as a thrilling conclusion to what has been a thoroughly enjoyable first season of the competition.

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THE OUTSIDER: Will the Son shine second time around?

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains thinks he’s a mercenary. To most of the Australian news media, he’s a walking headline.

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The Big Show and other cricket solutions

I think it’s safe to say that after Day 1 of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, Australia’s plan is unfolding exactly as the brains trust would want it to.

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SPIRO: It’s time for Wallabies to walk the talk on the field

Over the past week or so, Michael Cheika has made several decisions Sir Humphrey would call ‘courageous’.

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The national confidence guide for Australia’s weekend of doom

It’s been bad news out the wazoo around this place lately, with dodgy senators a-go-go, petroleum prices on the rise and Big Brother still surviving television’s axe.

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The French fix le Tour, but it there’s nothing anti-Froome about it

Chris Froome has folded. He took one look at the turn of the cards from the house and he figured he just couldn’t beat the odds. He’s out, off to Italy instead to take his chances there.

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A week of hard truths for Formula One

It’s been a dramatic fortnight in Formula One. Two teams have entered into administration with varying degrees of spectacle: Caterham with a public tit-for-tat, Marussia without so much as a press release acknowledging the situation.

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Toulon’s Romain Taofifenua was cited post match for kicking Ulster’s Stuart Olding in the head during their European Rugby Champions Cup fixture on the weekend, receiving a three week ban for the act.

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Further punishments for Kurtley Beale, ARU to reopen contract negotiations next year

The ARU have announced a further $3000 fine for breaching team protocols, after the Integrity investigation into the altercation on the plane from South Africa to South America concluded.

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ARU publishes “Summary of events” around Kurtley Beale saga

The Australian Rugby Union today released what is, in their view, a complete summary of the issues around the Kurtley Beale/Di Patston/Ewen McKenzie saga.

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Social media chatter that code hopper Karmichael Hunt would run out for Brisbane City in Saturday’s National Rugby Championship final at Ballymore did not alarm Perth Spirit coach Kevin Foote.

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Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says the latest Kurtley Beale controversy could have been avoided with stronger leadership from senior players.

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NRL gave Gallen $80,000 for lawyers: report

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen reportedly received almost $80,000 from the NRL while under investigation by ASADA to cover his legal costs.

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A-League expert tips and predictions – Round 4

It’s another shortened round in the A-League this weekend, and another chance for our experts to get themselves rolling in their tipping comp.

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Rain Hill's trainer, Mick Robins

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Henry Speight tackled by Zack Holmes

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Australian Kangaroos rugby league coach Tim Sheens. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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Western Sydney Wanderers player Shannon Cole

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Australia's batsman Alex Doolan

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How do you fix Formula 1?

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Australia's David Warner

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

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The Roar of the crowd

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Melbourne City vs Adelaide United: A-league live scores, blog

Melbourne City will say a sooner than expected goodbye to David Villa as they host an in-form Adelaide United outfit hellbent on sending the Spanish star out a loser. Join The Roar from 7:40pm (AEDT) for live scores and commentary.

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Pakistan vs Australia: Second Test – Day 2 live scores, blog

Australia are left with a mountain to climb if they are to get anywhere close to winning the second Test to square the series against Pakistan after a fruitless first day of play at Abu Dhabi. Join The Roar for a live coverage of the second day starting from 5:00pm (AEDT).​

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I don’t like Mondays: NRL should follow AFL’s common sense example

For those who missed it, on Thursday the AFL released its 2015 fixture list, scrapping Sunday and Monday evening games, and introducing more Saturday afternoon football.

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2015 AFL Fixture: Breaks do matter

By Ryan Buckland, 30 Oct 2014
2015 AFL Fixture: Breaks do matter

The full 2015 AFL fixture is scheduled to be released tomorrow, in what’s quickly becoming a big event in the 11-months-of-the-year footy calendar.

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Can we please stop feeling sorry for Paul Gallen?

Poor Paul Gallen… earning so many hundreds of thousands of dollars, captaining your state to Origin glory, World Cup glory for your country… life seems tough.

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Gold Coast Titans will benefit from Broncos’ short-sightedness

Player movements are part and parcel of rugby league – and any Australian code for that matter – so you’re a good chance to witness at least one of your favourite players move on from your club in your lifetime.

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Cheika is not the messiah – only the Wallabies can turn themselves around

As a neutral fan of Australian rugby, I cannot tell you how tired I am of hearing the names of Ewen McKenzie, Di Patston and Kurtley Beale.

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Rugby league’s full-circle relationship with Paul Gallen

I’m a Maroon-blooded Queensland supporter. That being said, I’ve spent time on both sides of the Paul Gallen fence, including time on the fence itself.

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I don’t buy into the argument that Kurtley Beale was made a scapegoat.

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Off-season review: ACT Brumbies

By Gavin Barker, Today
Off-season review: ACT Brumbies

Oh, how things have changed since my last article.

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Should football help the AFL in Western Sydney, and how?

An interesting article written by Tony Tannous on the fate of two newly formed franchises in Western Sydney was fermenting debate yesterday on The Roar.

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The almost-weres: A ‘not quite’ Australian XI

Since I first developed an interest in cricket in the late 1980s, a number of great Australian players have either missed out on a Test berth entirely due to intense competition, or had their careers cut short by injury and other factors.

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Is it time for change at the VRC carnival?

The biggest week of racing is finally upon us, once again bringing to the fore ways we could improve the Victoria Racing Club’s Spring Carnival.

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So just actually how good are Liverpool?

Liverpool were always going to find this season relatively hard going. That was inevitable given their near miss in winning the title, the ageing legs of Steven Gerrard and the loss of Luis Suarez.

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After copping a huge drubbing in the first Test, and now with their backs against the wall after Day 1 of the current match in Abu Dhabi, there is still one really positive outlook for the Australian Team.

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Port Adelaide fans should embrace tough draw

Excitement should come to mind when Port Adelaide Power fans see the 2015 AFL fixture.

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Luke Hodge claimed his second Norm Smith and inspired the Hawks to another Grand Final win. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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Australia's Mitchell Starc, second left, celebrates with team member David Warner. AP Photo/Tertius Pickard

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Roger Federer

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South Africa's Springboks Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn and Heinrich Broussow. AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

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Quade Cooper Brisbane City

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Dissident (R) rides to victory in the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes

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Patty Mills in action for the Spurs

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