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The greatest moments in sport are the ones that you don’t expect. What looked a run-of-the-mill round delivered high drama and intensity, quality football, and the biggest upset of the season, surpassing even GWS defeating Sydney in Round 1.

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Waratahs and Brumbies show the value of positivity

The Waratahs game plan over the last two seasons has been built on an attacking mindset – keep the ball in hand and play – and as a result they’ve become the most exciting team in Super Rugby.

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Should the salary cap include head coaches?

Before the Brisbane Broncos announced yesterday that they had lured Wayne Bennett back to the club, the rugby league rumour mill had the star coach returning to the St George Illawarra Dragons on a three-year deal worth approximately $3 million.

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TURNER: Bennett’s Broncos homecoming is a play for power

The Broncos have made a sizeable gamble by re-hiring Wayne Bennett as their main man, but it had to happen for the club to reposition itself as one of the NRL superpowers.

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A-League salary cap still a work in progress

Admittedly one of the worst things about Graham Arnold moving to Vegalta Sendai was that it left us bereft of his majestic rants on Australian football.

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Believable Nibali on the cusp of greatness

Just six days – and the small matter of the Pyrenees – separate Vincenzo Nibali from joining the pantheon of greats who have triumphed in all three of cycling’s Grand Tours.

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India’s victory at Lord’s sends a message to Australia

“Beware Australia, we can roar overseas too”, is the message from MS Dhoni’s men to Australia after India’s well-earned, 95-run victory over England in the Lord’s Test yesterday.

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NRC rolls on: Wallabies allocations well on the mark

What started as a drip is becoming a proper stream. With next to no National Rugby Championship news ‘out there’ even as recently as three weeks ago, suddenly – happily – the news is rolling out regularly.

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Cheika brings back the big guns for Super Rugby semi

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has recalled fullback Israel Folau and Rob Horne from injury as welll as South African lock Jacques Potgieter for their Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies on Saturday.

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has given his support for a shorter AFL season but has resigned the notion to the too-hard basket.

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A year after returning from an AFL suspension, Steven Trigg is quitting the Adelaide Crows to join Carlton as their new chief executive.

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Australia’s Cameron Bairstow has landed a three-year NBA deal with the Chicago Bulls.

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After six seasons of separation, Wayne Bennett and the Brisbane Broncos will be together again.

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Wayne Bennett should roll over for Stone at the Knights

What is the point in Wayne Bennett remaining coach of Newcastle for the rest of the season? The Knights should part company with him now and let Rick Stone take over for the last seven rounds.

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It’s au revoir, as Dunaden hangs up his racing plates

You may honour Dunaden as a star of the Australian turf, with his glorious wins in the 2011 Melbourne Cup and 2012 Caulfield Cup. French racing fans know that he is theirs, ‘un globe-trotter’, world traveller and world beater.

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Lemon’s winners and losers, AFL Round 18.1

Bye, bye, boilover. Get the spuds off the heat because the pan is frothing. There were upsets galore across the AFL, and we only had half a round. The north end of the table changes by the day.

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Henry Speight tackled by Zack Holmes

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Tour de France Maillot Jaune Vincenzo Nibali

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Western Force's Nick Cummins scores intercept try against Waratahs

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Nat Fyfe (left) and Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers look dejected

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Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy holds up the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool

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Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy leads the British Open

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Tour de France Stage 10 winner Vincenzo Nibali

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Richie Porte rides past the crowd

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article

Imagine giving seven years of your life to an organisation just to be kicked out because someone who walked out six years ago wanted his job back.

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Adam Ashley-Cooper: The world’s most underrated player?

Ten years in the Wallaby jersey for 94 Test caps and 27 Test tries – you would think with facts and figures like that we would be talking about a true Wallaby legend.

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The reality of rugby league’s romanticised suburban grounds

Sitting on the hill cheering on your team at the local suburban ground is a grand old rugby league tradition.

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Reinstating Armstrong is a dopey idea

One of the more bizarre stories of the past few days is that 12 former Tour de France winners — just under half of the 25 still living — think Lance Armstrong should get his seven ‘titles’ back.

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Super Rugby semi-finals – How’s it going to play out?

The semi-finalists for the 2014 Super Rugby season have been confirmed after two exhilarating preliminary finals and it is difficult to deny that the Brumbies and Sharks have well and truly earned the right to have a go at the two top teams from the round robin, the Waratahs and Crusaders.

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Best rookie-listed players of all time

By Jackson Clark, Today
Best rookie-listed players of all time

After the retirement of champion West Coast ruckman Dean Cox yesterday, I thought I would take a look at the best rookie-list selections of all-time.

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Wayne’s welcome fullback dilemma

By Matthew Buxton, Today
Wayne’s welcome fullback dilemma

Wayne Bennett returns to the Brisbane Broncos with a dilemma from day one – Ben Barba, Josh Hoffman and Anthony Milford all fighting for the Broncos fullback jersey.

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Is Darius Boyd league’s most disloyal or loyal player?

A few hours after Wayne Bennett made his decision to leave Newcastle at the end of the season, Knights fullback Darius Boyd notified the club that he too would be leaving.

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Bulldogs’ big pups will soon become top dogs

The Western Bulldogs were so close yet so far in their thrilling encounter with Essendon, a reflection of their season thus far.

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The recent news that Sisa Waqa will be playing for the Canberra Raiders next year was heartbreaking for Melbourne Storm fans.

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Titans flyer James Roberts has been generally considered as the fastest man in the NRL, particularly since he gave Krisnan Inu almost 15 metres start and ran him down in 2011.

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Two candidates to fill Dom Cassisi’s boots

With Dom Cassisi’s retirement leaving competition for a hard headed midfielder in Port Adelaide’s 22, there are two young guns that seem to have the credentials.

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Can Wayne Bennett return the Brisbane Broncos to their glory days?

Following the news that Wayne Bennett is set to return to the Brisbane Broncos after six years away, can the Broncos claim their seventh premiership?

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Jakeball, by (the fake) Jake White

By Harry Jones, Today
Jakeball, by (the fake) Jake White

My name is really Jacob Westerduin, so I am actually more Afrikaans than Victor Matfield, who is part Kiwi, and part traitor.

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How unbelievable is South African cricket? When South Africa turn games that are petering toward a draw or tight loss into an incredible win with a withering burst of amazing and unprecedented reverse swing, we Roarers and laud the incredible skill of their bowlers.

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[VIDEO] St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Manly Sea Eagles: NRL highlights, sores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The Manly Sea Eagles have moved 2-points clear at the top of the NRL ladder after a convincing 21-12 victory against the St George-Illawarra Dragons.

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Richie Porte

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Mario Balotelli against England (Source: Wiki Commons)

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Ged Robinson of the Rebels scores a try during the round 9 Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Southern Kings in Melbourne, Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell

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Brad Scott announcing North Melbourne's captain (Slattery Images)

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Grand Prix of Austria, Red Bull Ring. Image shows Nico Rosberg

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Cronulla players celebrate their win with fans during the round 12 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla Sharks (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Puma's player Martin Landajo takes the ball forward

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Alex McKinnon welcomed back to Hunter Stadium

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