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The 2015 All Blacks are older, wiser and better, but no guarantee to win

Is this a better All Black team than the 2011 edition which won the World Cup?

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Socceroos must be ruthless on road to Russia

Forget the big-name omissions through injury, a controversial build-up, and interrupted preparation – complacency is the biggest worry for the Socceroos as they embark on their journey to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Boks can’t outrun old race wars

Ah, the tragedy of race in South African rugby. All that can be said is that it has ever been thus.

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Free agency is here to stay; being a one-club player is not

The romantic notion of being a one-club player is no longer just under threat, but completely out of touch with the realities of modern football.

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In rugby league, contenders aren’t offloaders

There is a perception in rugby league that getting an offload away is great – and in some cases that is true. However, in some cases it isn’t good, and in other cases it’s just awful.

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England need to kill the trickery to get out of the Pool of Death

While Wales’ win in Dublin on the weekend may have George Smith feeling a bit nervous about his pool predictions, after watching the replay of France’s victory over England, I can’t help but think he is right about the host nation.

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Can the WACA survive as a Test venue?

The famed WACA Ground, as we know it, will soon be no more.

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National Rugby Championship: Round 3 preview

The NRC is becoming a wacky and unpredictable competition, with Melbourne plummeting back to the earth last weekend, and the fancied Perth Spirit no match for the unfancied North Harbour Rays.

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You cannot be serious! McEnroe dumps on Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios has officially reached the pits. John McEnroe has called him a “bonehead”.

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Why double-points finales don’t work in motorsport

The 2015 IndyCar season ended in dramatic fashion last weekend with New Zealand’s Scott Dixon claiming the race win and championship, jumping the season-long points leader Juan Pablo Montoya.

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Cheap Seats episode 86: Yes, we forgot about Hayne

Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are rapidly losing control of their schedules in Episode 86 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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16 days to go: The Roar counts down to the Rugby World Cup

George Gregan and Jason Leonard are the two ‘winningest’ players in the history of the Rugby World Cup, with both involved in 16 wins for the Wallabies and England respectively.

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Those expecting the Socceroos to rattle up a cricket score against cricket-mad Bangladesh on Thursday aren’t paying enough attention.

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The NRL’s shot clock will get its first test in the top grade when it’s trialled on Sunday afternoon during the Parramatta-Canberra clash at Pirtek Stadium.

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Australia’s disrespect for T20 continues with Stoinis’ selection

Australia bizarrely used eight bowlers during their T20 loss to England on Monday, as stand-in skipper Steve Smith tried to involve all of the four batting all-rounders.

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PRENTICE: Playing Thurston this weekend could prove fatal

Cowboys coach Paul Green is either a genius or a galoot.

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Australia's Steven Smith raises his bat after scoring a century

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika (left) and captain Stephen Moore

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Jason Day of Australia

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Marshawn Lynch

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Robbie Kruse for the Socceroos

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Todd Greenberg and Des Hasler

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Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos celebrates a goal

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Phil Waugh in headier days (Photo: AAP)

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Sam Groth vs Tommy Robredo: US Open live scores

Tommy Robredo takes on Sam Groth in the at the US Open second round. Join The Roar for live scores of the match from 6am (AEST).

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Serena Williams vs Kiki Bertens: 2015 US Open live scores

Six time US Open winner Serena Williams looks to continue her road to winning all four grand slams in a calendar year when she takes on qualifier Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands in the second round.

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Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman: 2015 US Open live scores

Can Rafael Nadal progress to the third round with a win over Diego Sebastian Schwartzman? Join The Roar for live scores from around 4.30am (AEST) following the completion of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Vandeweghe.

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The Roar all-time World XV draft: Part 4 – The great debate

The Roar’s first invitational all time World XV draft pitted gentlemanly Cane fan Diggercane, Bok-reforming Biltongbek, young Kiwi prodigy Ben Gibbon, relentless Aussie RobC, and the stormy Cape poet Harry Jones in a no-holds barred contest to pick their best teams from all eras.

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Jack Redden is gone, now Justin Leppitsch must follow

I don’t like saying it’s time for a senior coach to go, especially one who has only been in the job for two years.

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The Rio Olympics’ watersport venue is a toilet

Remember that Seinfeld episode where Kramer swims in the East River and an onlooker mistakes him for a dead body on the grounds that no one would be stupid enough to swim in such fetid waters? That’s next year’s Olympics.

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Travel and tanking trouble? Bring on the final-round derbies!

On the week before the AFL finals six teams must travel interstate for their clashes. Facing a potential elimination match the following week against an opponent who may have had a much more restful preparation, it is an unfair situation that must be rectified.

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AFL finals cheat sheet mark 2: The best and worst scenarios for every team

Last week’s results so badly ruined the first version of my AFL finals cheat sheet that it’s worth running the numbers again.

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Why is Sonny Bill Williams in the All Blacks’ RWC squad?

Lets play a name-association game. Sonny Bill Williams: amazing athlete. Sonny Bill Williams: good rugby player. Sonny Bill Williams. Should not be an All Black.

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Hewitt, Tomic set up all-Australian US Open clash, but Special Ks crash out

For the first, and possibly only time in their careers, Australian warhorse Lleyton Hewitt and his supposed successor as the nation’s next best hope, Bernard Tomic, will face off at the US Open after both players recorded contrasting victories at Flushing Meadows on Day 2.

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The Sea Eagles’ $81 upset

By Jack Aubrey, Today Video
The Sea Eagles’ $81 upset

Sitting in ninth place on the NRL ladder, the Manly Sea Eagles are still a chance of cracking the finals according to bookmakers. Granted it’s an $81 chance, but where there is life there is hope.

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Loss to Wallabies influenced the All Blacks’ squad selections

When the All Blacks’ World Cup squad of 31 was named on Sunday, the selection of their outside backs was a key area that gave much more insight to the team than whether a few individuals would go to the World Cup or not.

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The fiery return of Arouna Kone

By Jean-Paul Harriette, Today Video
The fiery return of Arouna Kone

Arouna Kone was one of Roberto Martinez’s first signings at Everton, the Spaniard bringing the powerful Ivorian with him from Wigan Athletic for a fee of 7 million euros. However his first two seasons were blighted by injury.

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Dixon’s victory in IndyCar finale was just what the series needed

Whew! I had to take a few breaths after watching one of the more intense and gripping IndyCar races in recent memory.

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La Vuelta a Espana: Stage 12 preview

By Brendon Vella, Today
La Vuelta a Espana: Stage 12 preview

Following the incredibly tough previous stage, and considering how far is left of the race, the riders face a day were escapes will most likely happen – although the sprinters’ teams may have a different opinion.

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Milos Raonic vs Fernando Verdasco: 2015 US Open live scores

Big serving Canadian and 10th seed for the 2015 US Open, Milos Raonic takes on the out of form and struggling Fernando Verdasco from Spain in the second round.

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Christian Benteke has signed a new four-year deal at Aston Villa.

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Socceroo Mark Milligan takes a shot on goal against South Africa

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Brendon Bolton, Senior Coach of the Hawks addresses his players

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Tom Rockliff of the Lions is pressured by the defence

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Former NSW State of Origin player Brad Fittler to make a comeback at the Auckland Nines

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Nairo Quintana of team Movistar

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Queensland's Corey Parker takes the ball forward during 2013 State of Origin Game 2

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