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He ended the first day shouldering arms to a Doug Bracewell ball that crashed into his stumps, but was reprieved for a front-foot no-ball that didn’t exist. He started the second day leg before wicket to Southee, but for a faint edge before ball hit pad.
“Yeah, but he’s made most of those runs against the West Indies.” So many times I’ve seen a sour response along these lines when Adam Voges’ extraordinary Test record is brought up, even after his average passed 100 yesterday.
Nobody, including the modest Western Australian, would speak of Adam Voges and The Don in the same breath.
Greg Inglis has taken a thinly veiled swipe at Todd Greenberg, wondering why the NRL head of football had questioned the All Stars game’s future ahead of the showcase event.
A superb bowling display has placed Australia in a wonderful position from which to win this first Test against New Zealand. Yet the Kiwis are not as down and out as the scoreboard suggests, with a fragile Australian tail within sight.
World class sportsmen Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja weren’t having a good day at the office yesterday, but still managed to do well.
Before all you sockah fans throw a flare at me, just hear me out, alright?
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In 2008, I was at Shanghai Shenhua’s clubhouse watching an Under 13 Chinese team defeat an Under-11 Japanese team due to being able to kick the ball further and harder.
The short answer to the question about David Pocock and his sabbatical intentions is this: let him go and study at Oxford or Cambridge for a year and develop Michael Hooper, Sean McMahon and Jarrad Butler as his successors in the Wallabies back row.
I’m sorry, but when it comes to attaining a satisfactory level of Trans-Tasman tension, we’re going to need more than the lame brouhaha of Mitch Marsh’s drop-punt dismissal if we’re to generate requisite friskiness.
In football, the saying that no player or manager is bigger than the club is often thrown about. It is a legitimate argument, however it should also be attributed to the fans.
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There’s a seminal line in the movie Moneyball: “We need 38 home runs, 120 RBIs and 47 doubles to replace.” Abuse of the English language aside, the brass at the Adelaide Crows likely reprised this phrase in October last year, except they had 21 goals, 165 clearances and 350 contested possessions to replace.
There’s no Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson or James Pattinson. As Australia start their two-Test series against New Zealand today, it is relative rookie Josh Hazlewood who shapes as the tourists’ most important bowler.
Thoroughbred racing in Australia is at a low ebb.
The inevitable flow-on from highlighting concerns about a certain position is that you start wondering about other positions.
News Corp are reporting that the Sydney Stars are out of the National Rugby Championship for the 2016 season.
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A season-defining contest at the Emirates today sees title contenders Arsenal host current Premier League leaders Leicester City. Join The Roar for live scores from 11:00pm AEDT.
South Africa might have managed to keep their One Day International series against England alive in the fourth match at Johanesburg, but the fifth match at Newlands is promising to be the ultimate test, with the series locked at two all. Join The Roar for live scores of the match from 7pm (AEDT).
Match result: Adelaide United have come out on top against a valiant Mariners outfit in what was quite an entertaining end to the round.
Match Results: It was a game of two halves to close out the NBL regular season at the Perth Arena, as the Perth Wildcats managed to come from behind and take a big 16-point victory over the Adelaide 36ers.
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Day-night Sheffield Shield cricket makes its way to the WACA ground on Sunday, as the Western Warriors do battle with the New South Wales Blues for the second straight round. Join The Roar for scores from the clash starting at 5pm (AEDT), 2pm local time.
Match result: A bad week for the Western Sydney Wanderers got worse on Sunday as they suffered a shock loss to the Wellington Phoenix and missed their chance to return to the top of the A-League table.
Match result: New Zealand got the job done over Melbourne United on Sunday afternoon giving them a big mental advantage when they face the side again on Thursday when NBL finals begin.
It’s a top of the table clash as Victoria takes on old rivals South Australia at the historical Adelaide Oval in yet another day-night fixture. Join The Roar for score updates from 2:30pm (AEDT).
The Tasmanian Tigers will be playing for their survival when they take on the third-placed Queensland Bulls at the Gabba. Join The Roar for score updates from 2:30pm (AEDT).
Day Results: New Zealand finished day three at 4/178 still trailing the visitors by 201 runs with six wickets remaining.
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Scotland faces a tough ask in the second round of the Six Nations as they travel to Principality Stadium to take on tournament favourites Wales. Join The Roar for live scores from 3:50am AEDT.
On the face of it, the calling of no-balls is hardly cricket’s biggest issue. But that doesn’t stop it being downright irritating.
G’day Roarers! Great to be back for the Autumn Carnival, and I’ll start off by pumping up own tyres thanks to the win of Tidy Prophet at Morphettville on Saturday.
Getting the prediction out of the way early, Carlton will be the second to last placed team in the competition this year. Admittedly not a terribly bold prediction.
India and West Indies will contest the final of the Under-19 World Cup on February 14, which sparked a thought about how difficult the transition from youth to senior cricket is for aspiring professionals.
France and Ireland do battle in a Six Nations match-up that promises to be a well-contested affair between two teams looking to rediscover their rich rugby pedigree. Join The Roar for live scores from 1:25am (AEDT).
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