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SPIRO’s Six and Out: Steve Smith could solve the number three problem

Steve Smith dominates the talk following his debut as Australian Test captain, though the Blarney Army also has something to shout about.

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Socceroos: Ange and his charges determined to see out football philosophy

In October 2013, the Socceroos were in disarray. They had been for some time, though the Football Federation of Australia were reluctant to admit it.

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Unwrapping the A-League presents

What to buy? How much to spend? Will it be useful? These are questions many of us are wrestling with at this time of year as the Christmas present transfer window edges closer to being closed.

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Australia’s fast bowling future looks bright

Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins have a lot in common.

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Big Bash League: Image matters

In 2011 cricket in Australia changed.

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Drafts, draws, drugs and dropkicks: Summer footy’s gone mad

There was a time when footy in summer was alien. It didn’t belong in the papers, it was off-topic over barbecue powwow, and if you showed up to the park with anything oval, it would be ruthlessly deflated with a stump and fed to the dog.

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Hazlewood adds to Australia’s awesome pace stocks

The Australian hierarchy long has had a hunch about Josh Hazlewood. It’s why he was handed a one-day debut as a raw, unproven 19-year-old.

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Philippe Gilbert got the ball rolling by saying on Thursday that he’s targeting Milan–San Remo, getting us on an early start for the annual Spring Classics Obsessional.

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Mitchell Starc isn’t soft, but he needs to fake it ’til he makes it

Australians love a good storm in a teacup, and a big one flew the way of Mr Shane Warne after he served up Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc a verbal smackdown on the Channel Nine coverage on Wednesday.

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Hazlewood upstages McGrath with five-wicket haul on debut

As a lanky NSW country boy made good, comparisons with Glenn McGrath were inevitable for Australian quick Josh Hazlewood.

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Cheika unfazed by overseas exodus

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika remains unfazed about the prospect of a mass exodus of stars after next year’s Rugby World Cup despite two more stalwarts having confirmed their departures.

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India need “a couple of wickets” to be on top: Ashwin

Steve Smith led from the front as Australia fought back on day two, but India feel well placed to push for a maiden Test win at the Gabba.

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Melbourne Stars marquee man Kevin Pietersen made an instant imprint but Adelaide Strikers’ Tim Ludeman left a lasting one with the fastest half-century in Big Bash League history on Thursday night.

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James Horwill to leave Australia after 2015 Rugby World Cup

Former Wallabies captain, current Reds captain and Australian lock James Horwill has signed with English club Harlequins on a three-year deal that will start after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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Time to change the A-League’s import quota to “four plus one”

While Adelaide United’s foreign contingent of Spaniards and an Argentine were impressing all in the FFA Cup final on Tuesday night, there was another game involving the A-League imports being played at Hindmarsh Stadium.

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Why the best team may not win the Big Bash League

It’s easy to win the Big Bash League, ask the Sydney Sixers, the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers.

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Dave Warner celebrates hitting a century

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Steve Smith had a tough first day at the office. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Mitchell Johnson rues another over of rubbish

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A Formula E car (Photo: Formula E)

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Australian cricketer Steve Smith. AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Will Michael Clarke be fit in time for the Ashes (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith

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NFL 2012 #1 Draft Pick Andrew Luck

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Future FFA Cup winners should be awarded an Asian Champions League spot. (AAP Image/Ben Macmahon)

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Australia vs India second Test: Day 3 cricket live scores, blog

Josh Hazlewood grabbed a five-wicket haul before Steven Smith continued his batting form to pull Australia level with India at the end of the second day of the Brisbane Test. You ​can ​follow the live blog of the third day’s play starting ​11:00am (AEDT).​

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The lock forward has earned a place in the spine

The modern day rugby league lock forward has grown in value and results indicate they should be a member of the all-important spine positions – fullback, five-eighth, halfback and hooker.

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Who should open the batting for Australia when Rogers goes?

Australian cricket is coming into an era of change and a lot of that will revolve around our batsmen.

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After having dropped two straight games on the road, the Arizona Cardinals entered Week 15 of the National Football League tied with the Green Bay Packers for the top spot in the NFC.

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A-League preview and talking points: Round 11

Goals galore in the Big Blue and Brisbane upset Adelaide. Round 10 of the A-League was exciting, except for Jets fans, and it’s time for Round 11 in the run-up to Christmas.

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Can’t stand the heat? Warnie wants you out of the kitchen

Shane Warne has become an intriguing figure within the Channel Nine commentary box over the past few summers.

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Random ramblings to close out the rugby year

At the risk of sounding like a blinkered old man, the week before Christmas was always a great time for rugby players in the pre-professional era.

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Greater Western Sydney and the top-pick conundrum

Like fellow expansion club Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney have spent their initial existence being inundated with talent from the best young players in Australia.

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It’s an emergency, we need to replace every Wallaby

Rugby season for Australia is over, Christmas is approaching, and Scott Allen has retired… so it’s understandable that traffic on The Roar is trickling down into slender stream.

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2015 AFL: Make it or break it list (Part III)

By Christopher Pepper, Today
2015 AFL: Make it or break it list (Part III)

The Pep Talk is back with the next instalment of players who are gearing for a crucial season in their careers.

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Should umpires review all decisions?

By Darshan Kawar, Today Video
Should umpires review all decisions?

When I started watching cricket as a kid, I came to know that whenever an umpire was asked a question for lbw, caught behind or a run-out, his decision to raise a finger or not would be a considered as the final decision.

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Less than a season and a half after the Brooklyn Nets gambled the future of the entire franchise on winning the championship within the next few years, it seems as if those lofty ambitions have already gone down the drain.

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ARU fees will cause a mass exodus

By Michael Essa, Today
ARU fees will cause a mass exodus

The ARU have decided to lump the everyday rugby player with a registration fee to help secure a bit of revenue. All I can say is, will someone think of the children?

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[VIDEO] Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars highlights: Big Bash League scores, blog

The Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars will be the first teams out of the blocks for this year’s Big Bash League when they clash at the glorious Adelaide Oval. Join me on The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:40pm (AEDT).

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A guide to the Big Bash League: Pick some colours, watch the action and follow your fantasy

Since it replaced the old state versus state competition in 2011-2012, the Big Bash League has been a tremendous addition to the summer.

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[VIDEO] Australia vs India highlights: Day 2 cricket live scores, blog

Murali Vijay hit a chancy but brilliant 144 as India were aided by under-catching and Australian injury issues going into the second day of the second Test at the Gabba. You ​can ​follow the live blog of the second day’s play of the second Test from the Gabba in Brisbane starting ​11.00am (AEDT).​

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Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Duane Vermeulen for the Springboks

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Greg Inglis

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Future FFA Cup winners should be awarded an Asian Champions League spot. (AAP Image/Ben Macmahon)

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Waratahs' Super Rugby head coach Michael Cheika. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant

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Marcus Mariota playing against USC

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Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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