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Why Queensland will win the Origin decider

If the hot air being generated in the Sydney press post-Origin 2 is to be believed, the Blues simply need to turn up at Lang Park tonight to again be handed the State of Origin shield.

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Why NSW will undoubtedly win State of Origin Game 3

Amongst vast unrest on Wednesday night about 10:30pm, one forlorn group of Queensland locals will be seen stealing a keg from the Caxton Hotel. Then using the customary pocket knife they each carry to rob the servo for smokes, they will inscribe it with the following words.

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An Ashes series draw is coming, mark my words

Australia will regain the Ashes. There you go, I’ve committed that particular thought to the screen, despite it going against every patriotic bone in my body. But – one caveat – they won’t win the series.

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What will Super Rugby look like in 2016?

About seven months out from the beginning of the next season of southern hemisphere rugby that isn’t extremely clear. We’ve had Super 12, Super 14, Super Rugby and SupeRugby. What are we going to get in 2016?

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Liz Hayes’ blunt hatchet not up to the job

If the NRL would quietly settle up and let Alex McKinnon get on with his life, he wouldn’t have had to go 60 Minutes in a thinly-disguised plug for his book.

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No rules bent: How Kane Douglas fits into the World Cup puzzle

Like many of you, I choked on my cornflakes at the news earlier this week that plans were afoot to wedge Kane Douglas back into the Wallabies setup ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

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The Ashes: Will we see a new, attacking England?

This is a ‘new’ England we’re being told ahead of today’s first Ashes Test. There’s no doubt England’s ODI side has been overhauled and is more exciting, but has its Test team changed that much?

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PRENTICE: Three Original sinners depart tonight, each leaving a massive void

We will be farewelling at least three Origin ‘bad guys’ tonight, in what looms as perhaps the best Origin finale ever.

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Simply Clever: Tour de France team selection

Ricky Gervais tells the story of Carl Pilkington asking why people bother riding the Tour de France. When told it was because of the huge prize money on offer for the winner, Pilkington replied, “Yeah, but why do all the others do it?”

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British Grand Prix proves Formula One isn’t far from greatness

As much as David Croft loves to pump up the television audience after nearly every race, the British Grand Prix this weekend proved that the sport isn’t far away from perfecting the recipe of a great race weekend.

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Cheap Seats 79: A heavy week in sport

Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell – or one of them particularly – have adjusted the man-crush list ahead of Episode 79 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Simply Clever: Mechanics in le Tour de France

Elite riders pushing themselves to their absolute limits make huge demands on their equipment, and over the three weeks of the Tour de France the teams will make huge demands on the mechanics who keep the machinery running at optimum efficiency.

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The best night ever Power Rankings

I don’t want to alarm you, but tomorrow is a very special day in our nation’s history. Not just sporting history. History. Period.

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My Australian XI for Cardiff

With the first Ashes Test at Cardiff to get underway tomorrow night here is my Australian XI (because it’s always good fun to play the selector).

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D(ecider)-Day is upon us, and history is on Queensland’s side

After such a long period of Queensland State of Origin dominance, the NSW Blues have a chance to string consecutive Origin series wins together for the first time since 2005. However, history in on the side of the Maroons.

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2015 State of Origin Game 3: How to live stream online and watch on TV

Game 3, the deciding game of the 2015 State of Origin series, is set to begin at 8pm (AEST) at Suncorp Stadium. Below is all the information you’ll need to watch every moment of the match live on television or through live streaming online.

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People have been yearning for Kane Douglas

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Australia has to embrace multiculturalism in sport?  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Referee Gerard Sutton explains why a try was disallowed to Storm captain Cameron Smith

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Inglis-Origin

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Highlanders Elliot Dixon (C) runs in to score a try

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Rohan Dennis in the yellow jersey

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Cheika’s Wallabies should start Hooper and Pocock

As my article in April showed, the openside flanker is now king in rugby. There are so many more rucks and mauls compared to set pieces in the modern game that the ability to dominate this area is now the most important aspect of modern play.

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Bench strength to power NSW in State of Origin 3

Somewhere between 25 and 30 minutes into State of Origin 3 on Wednesday night, which should come at around 10pm on the recent kick-off time trends, each team will begin to rotate their front row forwards.

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Risks must be taken for 2015 Rugby World Cup victory

If the Wallabies are to stand a chance at this World Cup, risks need to be taken. Whether we like it or not, the inclusion of Matt Giteau and the consideration of Kane Douglas changes a lot.

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It’s time to praise tennis’ grunters

By john macdonald, Today Video
It’s time to praise tennis’ grunters

Close your eyes and listen to Maria Sharapova play tennis, and you’d think you’d wandered into the wrong bedroom.

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How to watch the 2015 Ashes live on TV, online, streaming and radio

After over a year of waiting, Australia take on England in the biggest Test series of 2015. Here’s how to watch the Ashes, as well as listen and stream online.

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Pain lies ahead for the Wallabies

There has been plenty of discussion on whether the non-participation of South Africa and Australia in the Super Rugby final will have any bearing on the up-coming Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup and the World Cup.

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One rivalry ends as another begins

By Jadon Craig, Today Video
One rivalry ends as another begins

It’s a special night tonight for an Aussie sports fan and one that only comes around very rarely. As one sporting chapter closes in State of Origin, the next begins as Australia commence their quest for Ashes glory in England.

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Steve Smith to anchor Australia’s Ashes hopes

Two years ago Australia entered the Ashes in utter disarray. The coach had just been sacked after the infamous homework-gate incident in India and opening batsman David Warner had been banished to an Australia A tour in Zimbabwe.

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The match review panel is a joke

By Jack Smith, Today
The match review panel is a joke

The AFL’s match review panel (MRP) is meant to review the week’s incidents and judge whether they are within the rules and spirit of the game. It is failing to live up to the task.

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Battered Orica-GreenEDGE still want stage wins

“Our ambitions haven’t change.” These were the defiant words from the Orica-GreenEDGE directeur sportif Matt White, after the catastrophe that was Stage 3 of the 2015 Tour de France.

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AFL Stock Watch: Round 14

By Michael Pepicelli, Today Video
AFL Stock Watch: Round 14

The bye weeks have passed and each club is now well and truly into the second half of its season, so it’s time to look at the stock watch. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s explained here. On to the stock watch. Rising It’s just a game The AFL is one of the most […]

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Rugby’s Top 100: Introduction and 100-91

It is an event that has lingered on the horizon for many a year now, promising the best of what the rugby world has to offer.

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A Wallabies team that actually makes sense

Seeing as some don’t seem to have a clue what he’s doing when selecting a team I thought I’d have a crack at it and try to actually account for all the necessary skills required in certain positions and across the whole team.

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After a week’s break, we are back, with all the latest tennis from Aussies playing overseas.

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Australian sport must embrace multiculturalism

Sport has been a wonderful past-time in Australia for as long as I can remember, and it has been an exhibition of this country’s values and expectations of which people of Australia should obey by, and follow to the letter.

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2015 AFL season: Round 15 preview

By mastermind5991, Today Video
2015 AFL season: Round 15 preview

With the dust having now settled on the tragic events surrounding the death of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh for the moment, it’s back to business for not only the Crows, but also the other 17 teams that have had the time to dwell on this unprecedented tragedy.

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Mark Cavendish celebrates winning Stage 5 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Omega-Pharma Quick-Step).

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Paul Gallen (c) and Nate Myles fight during the opening match of the 2013 State of Origin.

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UFC-Conor-McGregor

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Australia's batsman and captain Michael Clarke

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Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi

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Josh Caddy of the Cats competes with Marley Williams of the Magpies. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell)

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Brendan Rodgers will look to further implement his possession-based philosophy at Liverpool.

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