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Geelong is 2018’s most intriguing AFL premiership contender

Of all of last year’s preliminary finalists, Geelong – the team that has won more than any other over the past two years – have been given the least respect heading into 2018.

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Why the days of the galactico are over

Here is the recipe for today. First, take your basic ingredients: Bismarck du Plessis, Marcel van der Merwe, Juandré Kruger and Duane Vermeulen from South Africa, and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbé and Facundo Isa from Argentina.

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Cabramatta International Nines: Rugby league’s most undervalued event

As far as the most underutilised, underpromoted, undervalued date on the rugby league calendar goes, it is hard to go past the Cabramatta International Nines.

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Darije Kalezic’s Phoenix are doing whatever it takes to win

Although they sit bottom of the A-League table, a win next week against Adelaide could potentially take Wellington into seventh. This highlights the messiness at the foot of the ladder, but also the fact that the Phoenix are not necessarily the competition’s whipping boys.

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Tennis slam their golfing cousins in prize money

We are nearing the pointy end of the 106th Australian tennis Open, where the men and women singles champions will each bank $AUD4 million.

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Ben Simmons misses selection for NBA All-Star game

Australian 2016 number one draft pick Ben Simmons has missed selection for the NBA All-Star game in his rookie season after 24 players were named to take part in the annual showdown on Wednesday morning (AEDT).

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“I won’t walk away”: Under-pressure Aloisi digs in at Roar

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says the club’s embarrassing AFC Champions League loss won’t be the catalyst for his resignation.

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Chadd Sayers deserves better than his South African snub

With his latest omission from the Test squad to tour South Africa, Chadd Sayers looks set to join the list of players to have dominated the Sheffield Shield without receiving their baggy green dues.

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Seeds sown will dramatically alter grand slam rankings from 2019

On Sunday night, Australian Open third seed Grigor Dimitrov defeated 17th seed Nick Kyrgios.

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What’s the top priority for our Super Rugby sides?

Following on from the questions and really good debate that arose from last week’s discussion, the logical follow-up is to try and identify the number one priority for each of the four Australian Super Rugby sides.

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Graham Arnold is Australian. Is that enough?

I’ll never forget my feelings when Ange Postecoglou was appointed as manager of the Socceroos.

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Admit your error Aussie selectors, include Nathan Lyon in the ODI team

Everything the Australian selectors did during the Ashes series turned to gold. Despite criticisms, they included Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, as well as Usman Khawaja.

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BBL07: T20Is and BBL finals – why we can’t have both?

I have to admit I’ve been a little bit surprised by some of the commentary critical of the timing of the Twenty20 International tri-series with New Zealand and England, and how it’s going to bastardise the Big Bash League finals series.

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Could Melbourne City derail Sydney FC’s title challenge?

Daniel Arzani and Dario Vidosic may not make the plane to Russia, but they could still have a major say in the destination of the Premiers’ Plate.

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Steve Smith is letting Australia down in ODIs

As Australia have struggled in this ODI series against England, opening batsman Aaron Finch has become a curious lightning rod for criticism.

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Remembering how to play one-day

It is times like these when the temptation arises to draw a discreet veil over the very existence of the 50-over version of cricket.

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Graeme Langlands

Changa dies at 76

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Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James

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Taiwan's Chen "tom60229" Wei Lin soaks in the atmosphere after being crowned world champion at the Hearthstone Championship Tour event in Amsterdam

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Steve Smith of Australia looks to the sky

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Usman Khawaja

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Marcus Stoinis

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Gael Monfils douses himself in water at the 2017 Australian Open.

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Francis Ngannou, left, hits Alistair Overeem in the first round during a UFC 218 heavyweight mixed martial arts bout, in Detroit.

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BBL07: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades preview and prediction

The Sydney Thunder host the Melbourne Renegades in a huge clash at Manuka Oval in Canberra, with both sides eyeing off the last place in the finals. Here is my full preview, as well as The Prophet’s pick.

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Selectors show Jhye hopes trump persistence in pace stakes

What’s slight-framed and wiry, yet fast and fiery? Dale Steyn comes to mind. But Jhye Richardson, the young West Australian fast bowler, hopes to become a household name too.

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Pre-season preview: Can the Knights lift themselves off the bottom?

With less than 50 days until the 2018 NRL season kicks off, it is time to look at how each team looks for the year ahead. First up is Newcastle, a team that is coming into 2018 off three straight wooden spoons, although things appear to be looking up for the Knights.

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In learning to lose, Nick Kyrgios will find greatness

I don’t know what goes on inside Nick Kyrgios’ mind, but from what I’ve seen of late, he is the same player he has always been, but now has the experience to deal with that.

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Angelique Kerber vs Madison Keys: Australian Open quarter-finals live scores, blog

2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber has taken all before her in a barnstorming January, but the 21st seed now faces her toughest test – big-hitting American Madison Keys for a spot in the semi-finals. Join The Roar for all the action from 11am (AEDT).

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Creative ways to spend Alexis Sanchez’s huge weekly wage

A lot of football talk is about transfers at the moment, and the biggest chat concerns Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United.

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Super Rugby 2018 preview: Reds and Rebels

Is Super Rugby still logical and financially viable with South African teams split across two international competitions? Can Australian teams become competitive with New Zealand, making the trans-Tasman battles interesting again?

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My 16-man squad for the 2019 cricket World Cup

The Australian ODI side has struggled over the past 18 months, winning just one from their past 12 games. Here is how I would revamp the squad if the World Cup were on next week.

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Rating retentions for IPL 2018 (Part 2)

By Nachiket Shirolkar, Today
Rating retentions for IPL 2018 (Part 2)

The Indian Premier League will enjoy its 11th season in 2018, seeing the return of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Superkings to the tournament.

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Four players who could replace Karim Benzema at Real Madrid

A profound attacker who burst into Real Madrid’s first team right from his first season with club, in the 2009-10 season, Karim Benzema will surely go down as one of the better strikers to have played in the white jersey.

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A tribute to rugby league’s characters of yesteryear

One of the criticisms levelled at modern rugby league is that there aren’t enough characters in the game. Whether that’s true or not is debatable, but there were certainly some memorable characters in the past – both on and off the field.

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Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars: Big Bash League cricket live scores, blog

Pride is the only thing at stake in the battle of the cellar-dwellers as the Sydney Sixers play host to the Melbourne Stars at the SCG. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:40pm (AEDT).

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BBL07: Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars preview and prediction

The Sydney Sixers will be looking to finish BBL07 with four straight victories when they take on the last placed Melbourne Stars at the SCG. Here is my full preview, and The Prophet’s pick.

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Call me by my name: Hyeon Chung, Channel Seven and the Australian Open

At school, one of my closest friend’s surname was Chung. We were lucky to attend a multicultural school with a large number of Asian heritage students, but very regularly his surname was mispronounced.

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Cricket must embrace technology or abandon it

By Andrew Cammarano, 23 Jan 2018
Cricket must embrace technology or abandon it

It was a length ball, outside off-stump and Steve Smith, on 45, attempted to flay it through cover point in his typically unconventional way. But rather than finding the middle of the bat, Mark Wood’s ball found the edge. Jos Buttler did the rest, taking a fine, one-handed catch.

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Super Rugby 2018 preview: Waratahs and Brumbies

The 2017 Super Rugby season will be remembered in Australia for the demise of the Force, overall poor performances, low crowd attendances, as well as a record run of losses to our neighbours across the ditch.

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Bruce Kamau Melbourne City

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Glenn Maxwell out

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Matildas Football 2017

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Allira Toby celebrates her goal for Brisbane Roar against Sydney FC

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Nick Kyrgios

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Roger Federer

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New Zealand's Richie McCaw walks past Australia's David Pocock

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Scott Pendlebury Collingwood Magpies AFL 2017

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