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FFA must dock the Wanderers competition points

The time has come for Football Federation Australia to can the rhetoric and start to dock Western Sydney Wanderers points for the behaviour of some of their supporters.

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FFA talking tough could be rough for Wanderers

The tone of the media release issued by Football Federation Australia yesterday afternoon suggests the Western Sydney Wanderers will be fortunate to avoid an immediate points penalty for what happened at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

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The era of wretched entitlement

How refreshing would it be to hear a cyclist who gets busted for cheating hold up their hands and say “you know what? I did it.”

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Defence still the key to rugby success

From the very moment William Webb Ellis picked up the ball at the Rugby School and ran with it – significant doubt over the accuracy of that legend notwithstanding – the ability to stop the other team’s attack with your defence has remained the most important aspect of rugby.

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D-Day: Denver blitzes Carolina into submission

It turns out you can’t win the Super Bowl with Ted Ginn Jr as your number one wide receiver.

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The rise and fall of Johny Hendricks

When Canadian pay-per-view magnet Georges St-Pierre willingly ended his welterweight title reign in 2013, most agreed that red-hot contender Johny Hendricks was the heir apparent to the 170-pound throne.

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The Liebke Ratings: New Zealand vs Australia third ODI

With the series tied at one game apiece, Australia and New Zealand faced off in the final ODI, held as part of the half-time show for Super Bowl 50.

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What makes Renault’s return so important?

There was much to dislike about 2015.

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Has Brendon McCullum retired a tad too early?

There’s no argument, Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum is one of the most explosive batsmen in the history of the sport.

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Super Bowl 50: Manning’s Denver Broncos upset Carolina Panthers

They Peyton Manning fairytale is real. The 39-year-old quarterback led his Denver Broncos to Super Bowl 50 victory on the back of some incredible work by his defence.

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Reaching the peak: How a Big Bash League player returns to the top of their game

Strong preparation is key to a successful season in the Big Bash League. For Sydney Thunder bowler Chris Green, getting ready to compete in Australia’s premier Twenty20 cricket competition means finding a balance between informed training and listening to what his body needs.

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Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has revealed how two hits in his rookie NFL season left him “rattled” for days.

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Melbourne five-eighth Blake Green hopes halves partner Cooper Cronk resists the lure of Sydney to remain in the Victorian capital beyond this coming season.

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New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum’s one-day career has ended in victory and controversy, earning the ire of Australia in a gripping contest in Hamilton.

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Fan issues escalate: FFA charge Wanderers with bringing game into disrepute

The FFA has put the blame for the weekend’s poor fan behaviour squarely on one club, and more specifically on one group by issuing the Western Sydney Wanderers with a show cause letter for bringing the game into disrepute.

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Aussie sevens have the right Friend as coach

You could feel the buzz at the Sydney Football Stadium 30 minutes before play started on the first day of the Sydney Sevens.

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Western Sydney Wanderers Melbourne Victory Flares A-League Football 2016

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Rieko Iaone scoring a try for New Zealand

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Matthew Wade

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"Kristaps Porzingis and Kris Humphries" by Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - . Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons -

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Chris Froome

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

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Australian Sevens coach Andy Friend

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Australian cricketer Mitch Marsh

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Australian bowler John Hastings gestures

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The Roar of the crowd

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A-League fans have shot themselves in the foot

In any other circumstances, this would have been a game to celebrate.

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New Zealand vs Australia: New Zealand take Chappell-Hadlee trophy

Match Results: New Zealand have sent Brendon McCullum out of the One Day International arena a winner, taking a 55 run victory over Australia, and the Chappell – Hadlee trophy 2-1 in dominating circumstances.

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Elway and the Broncos learn from past to win Super Bowl

In the aftermath of Super Bowl 50, platitudes will be thrown around about who exactly deserves the credit for the dominant performance of the underdog Denver Broncos.

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Dominant Denver defence paves way for Super Bowl victory

Just six weeks ago the Denver Broncos were a genuine chance of missing the playoffs altogether. Today they stand before us as Super Bowl champions.

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Brisbane Lions: Midfield but not much else

The picture painted for the Brisbane Lions by most observers for 2016 has not been pretty.

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Marsh decision outlines need for consistency in cricket

Mitchell Marsh’s controversial wicket on Monday’s final ODI against New Zealand proved to be the turning point in the match, but the fact remains that it should not have been given.

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How Shane Watson has become Australia’s most important player

Shane Watson is the most polarising player in Australian cricket. He has been on the receiving end of a lot of flak from various Roarers and rightly so.

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Should cricket introduce a bowling version of batting bunnies?

Every cricket fan knows that the contest between bat and ball has swung massively towards the former in recent years.

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Forget the flares, this A-League season is all about flair

It was like going back to the future last weekend, as Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers played a pulsating, passionate, top-of-the-table clash at Docklands in front of a marvellous crowd of 25,445.

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Cheers to the greatest spectacle in the world

No one does sport and spectacle like the great United States of America, and we should be thankful for it.

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Australia’s unlucky XI

By DingoGray, 8 Feb 2016 Video
Australia’s unlucky XI

Whether it’s who’s going to the World T20 tournament, who’s going to New Zealand, who lost Usman Khawaja’s phone number, or how Channel Ten selected the menu in the jungle for Shane Warne’s arrival, the topic of selection is just so controversial at the moment.

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Stupid Saturday exposes lack of leadership

By Mark Haywood, 8 Feb 2016
Stupid Saturday exposes lack of leadership

Australia has long had to deal with plagues of feral overpopulation: cane toads, rabbits and politicians.

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Picking the best Australian one-day team of this century

Australia has been the best one-day nation on the planet in this century.

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North Korea: For the love of the Great Successor

By Ben of Phnom Penh, 8 Feb 2016
North Korea: For the love of the Great Successor

North Korea has earned the moniker ‘The Hermit Kingdom’ for good reason: less is known about this nation than any other on Earth.

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Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers highlights: Super Bowl 50 live scores, blog

At Levi’s Stadium in California, old meets new in a clash to determine the NFL’s fiftieth winner as the 12-4 Denver Broncos clash with the 15-1 Carolina Panthers. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of Super Bowl 50 from 10:30am (AEDT).

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Rugby on Indian TV: So long, and thanks for the memories

This weekend, the Six Nations kicks off a new four-year cycle of international rugby. There is a palpable excitement in the air as the Northern Hemisphere heavyweights look to atone for their rather embarrassing World Cup and start afresh – it looks like we have something new to look forward to.

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Knights player Jarrod Mullen during the NRL Auckland Nines. (AAP Image/SNPA, Teaukura Moetaua)

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Paddy Ryder Patrick Ryder Port Adelaide AFL

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring

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Kurt Gidley in action for the Knights

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Jobe Watson Essendon Bombers AFL

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Henry Speight Australia 2015 Dubai Sevens

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Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua

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Matt Taberner celebrates

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Johny Hendricks punches Georges St. Pierre

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