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The IOC has proved itself to be a joke

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is guilty of gross double standards and has underlined its gutless and rudderless self.

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Richmond: The sleeping AFL giant that just won’t wake up

St Kilda did not get off to a good start, losing their first 48 VFL games on the trot. That was just the beginning.

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Larkham’s ‘we were robbed’ call insults Aussie referee Angus Gardner

Let me state this as politely as I can. Stephen Larkham’s denunciation of Australian referee Angus Gardner is a disgrace.

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Bucking hell! Why have the Broncos dropped so far off the pace?

Every week I wait for Brisbane to break out of their funk and still they don’t. Their decline is extraordinary and while they still have the tools they seem to have lost all idea of how to use them.

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Is anyone really surprised when no one shows up for friendlies?

Sports fans in Australia are no mugs. That probably explains why there were more than 75,000 empty seats at the MCG on Saturday night.

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AFL Power Rankings: Round 18

Could the AFL’s top four be settled? Hawthorn, GWS, Sydney and Geelong occupy the prized spots with five matches to play, and they may just be able to ward off any challenge.

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Robbie Farah has two options – zip it, or go

There can only be one winner in the Jason Taylor-Robbie Farah selection issue, and that’s Jason Taylor.

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The ship has sailed on Holm versus Rousey II

Holly Holm, the woman who head-kicked the once-invincible UFC queen Ronda Rousey into unconsciousness last November, has been dubbed “the female Buster Douglas” after two losses in as many fights.

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Australian Olympians arriving in Rio over the next three days will be relocated to hotels due to major plumbing and electrical hazards in the athletes’ village.

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Chiller backs IOC decision not to ban Russia

Australian Olympic team boss Kitty Chiller has backed the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to place a blanket ban on Russian athletes competing at the Rio Games.

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Reports: Entire Russian team to be banned from Rio 2016

The entire 387-person Russian team will be banned from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, according to reports being made by The Mail on Sunday.

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Australia will thrash Sri Lanka in the Tests and it won’t be close

Sri Lanka will rely overwhelmingly on three players in the Test series against Australia which starts on Tuesday.

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The ARU’s best move yet – adding Mike Byrne to the Wallaby coaching staff

The Wallaby world has been brightened by the signing of skills coach Mick Byrne for the next four years.

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Can Chris Froome become the greatest Tour de France rider of all?

Barring an unforeseen catastrophe, Team Sky leader Chris Froome will coast into Paris tonight and claim his third Tour de France title. In doing so he will join a select elite of multiple winners and establish himself as one of the race’s finest performers.

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Written off as likely wooden spoon favourites, Gold Coast are suddenly in sight of a rare NRL finals finish after killing off Parramatta’s season with a 34-14 rout.

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Highlights: Storm classy over Roosters to top table

Melbourne have maintained their charge for the NRL minor premiership with a classy 26-10 win over the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park.

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Tom Hawkins Geelong Cats AFL 2015

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Jack Steven St Kilda Saints AFL 2016

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Chris Froome

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Melbourne Victory celebrate

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Dane Coles Hurricanes Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Titans rugby league player Ashley Taylor running with ball

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Matt Priddis of the West Coast Eagles

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Jarrod Croker NRL Rugby League 2016

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12 days to Rio: This century’s greatest Olympic fails

With just 12 days left until the Rio Olympics get underway, we thought it’d be the right time to look at some of the less fortunate moments from the past few Olympics. After all, everyone loves a good old fashioned fail, right?

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13 days to Rio: Matthew Mitcham makes history

Matthew Mitcham’s incredible dive at the 2008 Beijing Olympics wasn’t exactly well-received in the arena. After all, he had just snatched away gold from the host nation. But in Australia, it sent the country into a frenzy.

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The Wrap: It’s Super Rugby’s fab four, and any of them can win

A repeat Super Rugby title is still a possibility for the Highlanders, although it was a very near thing in on a dirty Canberra Friday night.

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Who has been the best signing in Warriors history?

I know what you’re thinking. You’re here expecting to see me wax on lyrically about Kevin Campion, Steve Price, Ruben Wiki, Micheal Luck, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, etc right?

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Brad Smith on the verge of Bournemouth switch

Liverpool left-back Brad Smith looks set to join fellow Premier League side AFC Bournemouth in a reported £6 million ($10.5 million) deal.

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Who has been the best coach in the AFL in 2016?

Every year, there are teams which excel on the back of the mastermind strategies of their head coach.

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Wests Tigers show maturity in spirited win over Dragons

The Wests Tigers have come away with a 13-point win to press their finals claims and cast further doubt over the Dragons’ hopes of playing in September.

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Stop talking about an even competition, there’s no such thing

It was in 1990 that the NSWRL introduced the salary cap. It was introduced to ensure the long-term future of clubs who had traditionally battled against the considerable financial advantages that some wealthier clubs enjoyed.

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Don’t let the losses fool you, Melbourne are on the up

On a cold, dreary Saturday evening, I sat in front of my television and tortured myself watching the Melbourne Football Club get so close to beating the 2015 grand finalists nearly 3500km away.

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State of Origin in Perth makes zero sense

If what has been reported is true and the NRL takes a State of Origin match to Perth in 2019, then they should explain to rugby league fans the merit of taking one of rugby league’s showpieces away from Sydney and Brisbane to a city where there isn’t an NRL team.

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Draft Copy: What rugby league can learn from the NFL

By Taking it one week at a time, Today
Draft Copy: What rugby league can learn from the NFL

Rugby league has tried (and failed) with a player draft in the past. With the concept such a massive success in the NFL, is it time for the NRL to have another crack?

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Compared to their unimpressive past, Nigerian basketball is on an all-time high. Consecutive Olympic qualifications and a first Afrobasket title are achievements that have been rightly celebrated by Nigerian basketball fans.

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The curious case of Anderson Silva

By Reece Huxley, Today
The curious case of Anderson Silva

Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is arguably the greatest fighter in the history of MMA.

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John O’Shea and Godolphin, please stand up

I wrote a couple of years ago in the spring of 2014 that John O’Shea was struggling as head trainer for Godolphin.

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Toothless IOC sticks to its gums regarding Russian doping

By Brad Cooper Olympic swimming champion., Today
Toothless IOC sticks to its gums regarding Russian doping

The IOC overnight predictably chose the legal route over the populist, with its decision not to impose a blanket ban on the Russian Olympic team for Rio following the damning McLaren report.

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If Mitch Marsh want keep his Test spot, he better bat well

The Australian Test side has performed very well since the retirement of former captain Michael Clarke.

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Chris Froome Team Sky by dry stone wall with bike

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Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium

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Chris Woakes England Test Cricket 2016

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Heath Shaw GWS Giants Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL 2016

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Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco

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Jordan Lewis Isaac Smith Hawthorn Hawks AFL 2016

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Jack Bird of the Sharks

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Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch

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