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Great crowds, atmosphere, play, goals and coverage, mixed with send-offs, penalties and interest aplenty. As far as opening nights go, the FFA Cup’s introduction to Australia could hardly have gone better.
No matter what Richmond’s Ty Vickery achieves throughout the remainder of his career, he will always be remembered for the sickening hit he inflicted on retiring West Coast favourite Dean Cox last Friday night.
The Sydney Morning Herald published an important story for the Australian rugby community, reporting Nick Farr-Jones’ call for “drastic changes” to the GPS rugby competition.
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For the fifth consecutive year we had a new face atop the podium in Paris – and this time, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by that recent rarity in pro cycling: two Frenchmen at contrasting poles of their careers.
It’s a cliché that flows liberally from the lips and typewriters of sporting pundits – “Better to retire a year too early than a year too late.” It’s also a theory that’s much easier to espouse than to action.
By profession, I am a rugby league man, but I’ve bought a ticket to the Super Rugby grand final this weekend. I have done so for one – no, make that two – reasons.
Roarers, it’s time to put your name on some end-of-season predictions.
There were some worrying signs for the Gold Coast Suns in their loss to the Western Bulldogs in Cairns a fortnight ago.
Eurosport’s coverage of the 2014 Tour de France had a section at the end of each stage that was entitled ‘LeMond on Tour’.
Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell completely mess up their weekend schedule in episode 46 of the Cheap Seats podcast.
His team head to Glasgow as overwhelming gold medal favourites, but Kookaburras skipper Mark Knowles still faces a significant challenge after a major upheaval in the national team.
I have been genuinely surprised to read and hear suggestion that Michael Cheika’s team will start the Super Rugby final as anything other than favourites.
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Graham Arnold’s revolution at Sydney FC is almost ready to begin. The A-League winning coach has cut free the deadwood, made some impressive signings and pre-season is well underway.
The Gold Coast Suns without Gary Ablett are basically just GWS. The only surprise is that this wasn’t as obvious as the false outrage that was always going to occur after Tyrone Vickery gave Dean Cox his comeuppance.
Football is such a political game in Australia that sometimes, supporters forget to stop and smell the roses. Tonight, they will be in full bloom.
Well, we survived. The sleep deprivation will wear off, coffee consumption can return to safe levels, and Twitter’s ceaseless hunt for the best/worst Sherliggettisms of all time can finally be set aside.
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The 2014 Formula One season has now reached its summer break. Finally, Australian fans can grab some extra sleep on Sunday nights.
When Shaun Higgins was taken at pick number 11 in the 2005 national draft, most pundits saw a talent that was more than a pick 11.
Last week we saw a game that was built up for weeks as the potential match of the year.
Nash Rawiller left Australia in June with a commanding lead in the Sydney Jockey’s Premiership, a lead that which was such a commanding one that it’s going to take the last day of the Sydney Metropolitan calendar for James McDonald to dethrone him.
Although the promotion for the opening night of round of 32 fixtures for the inaugural FFA Cup was nothing to write home about, the games themselves – all of which contained semi-pro state teams – certainly was.
The Waratahs are hosting the Crusaders in what is shaping to be a sorely mismatched Super Rugby final this weekend.
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Ever since September 2008, when the concessions for the Gold Coast Suns were first announced, there has been a widely-held view that the AFL was setting its expansion teams up for certain success.
With their heavyweight general classification contenders growing another year older, is Spanish cycling soon to experience a period of drought?
The current ‘he said, she said’ drama enveloping the Wests Tigers has provided much fodder for newspapers and sports talk shows as the team’s 2014 season slips away.
Ricky Stuart won’t be coaching in the NRL in two years, nor James Hird won’t be coaching Essendon in two years. They’re both back to where it all began, and they’re both stuffed.
Sam Burgess is an enormous human and an incredible talent – scary large, scary good. He is also, unfortunately, leaving the NRL at the end of the year to transition to rugby union.
As a new Premier League season approaches, the question is always asked. Who outside the top four can break into the Champions League?
Remember your school athletics and swimming carnivals, where everyone had a go even if you could barely swim 50 metres or run the length of a 400 metre track without getting a stitch?
Louis Smith describes himself on his Twitter profile as a ‘British bad ass gymnast’. That perfectly summarises the hyper-talented young man from Cambridgeshire, England. He is a larger-than-life athlete, perfectly suited to the world of social media and around-the-clock access.
With five rounds remaining this regular season and one of the worst injury tolls in the AFL, the Greater Western Sydney Giants are facing a huge battle to avoid a third consecutive wooden spoon.
We all know the joke. If you ask a couple of psychiatrists how to change a light bulb, they would debate whether the light bulb would want to change.
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