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THE OUTSIDER: Will the Son shine second time around?

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains thinks he’s a mercenary. To most of the Australian news media, he’s a walking headline.

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The Big Show and other cricket solutions

I think it’s safe to say that after Day 1 of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, Australia’s plan is unfolding exactly as the brains trust would want it to.

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Patient Pakistan punish unbalanced Aussies

Yet again, Australia have let Pakistan off the hook by missing opportunities in the field.

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SPIRO: It’s time for Wallabies to walk the talk on the field

Over the past week or so, Michael Cheika has made several decisions Sir Humphrey would call ‘courageous’.

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The national confidence guide for Australia’s weekend of doom

It’s been bad news out the wazoo around this place lately, with dodgy senators a-go-go, petroleum prices on the rise and Big Brother still surviving television’s axe.

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Jayco-Herald Sun Tour offers what the Tour Down Under can’t

When the route for the Jayco-Herald Sun Tour is released each year I do two things. Firstly, I check to see if Australia’s oldest stage race is passing through my home town of Ballarat.

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From the mines of Broken Hill to Flemington: Mick Robins and Rain Lover

Racegoers were left in awe when a metal miner from Broken Hill produced Rain Lover to win the 1968 Melbourne Cup, in what was to be believed to be Mick Robins’ third month as a licensed trainer.

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A week of hard truths for Formula One

It’s been a dramatic fortnight in Formula One. Two teams have entered into administration with varying degrees of spectacle: Caterham with a public tit-for-tat, Marussia without so much as a press release acknowledging the situation.

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Speight’s long Wallaby wait almost over

Henry Speight wants to honour those to have donned the green and gold before him when he finally ends his wait to become a Wallabies player this weekend.

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Michael Clarke says his bizarre field settings in the second Test against Pakistan were forced on him by the lifeless Abu Dhabi pitch.

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Sheens faces his sternest Test

Tim Sheens is bringing his vast experience to bear by easing pressure on rookie players as he faces the sternest examination of his six-year, 18-Test tenure as Australian rugby league team coach.

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Irony not lost as AFL begs western Sydney football fans for a leg-up

Eddie McGuire once described the western suburbs of Sydney as the “land of the falafel”, so it was ironic to find the AFL’s latest leader, Gillon McLachlan, in Auburn earlier this week,  begging us falafel-eaters to bite into his GWS Giants.

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Who will bat three for Australia this summer?

Joe Burns? Shane Watson? Phil Hughes? Usman Khawaja? Steve Smith? Who should bat at first drop for Australia if incumbent Alex Doolan is dumped as a result of this Pakistan tour?

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Scrap Formula One and start again

Just 18 cars will line-up for this weekend’s USA Formula One Grand Prix, the smallest grid in close to a decade.

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Has Australia learned enough to prevent a clean sweep?

Let’s not beat around the bush, Australia’s performance in the first Test was embarrassing.

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Loss to Al-Hilal would just be a temporary Popa stopper

As I left Parramatta Stadium after watching the Western Sydney Wanderers reach the final of the Asian Champions League with a 2-0 win over FC Seoul in the semi-final tie, I overheard a conversation between two guys walking behind me.

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Melbourne Storm - a successful example of expansion?

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Stephen O'Keefe

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Waratah Kurtley Beale drops the ball

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Australia's Pearson Sally competes

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Paul Gallen in Origin One, 2013 (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika

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Tyvon Branch of the Oakland Raiders

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Kurtley Beale and Rob Horne celebrate (A Knight)

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Quade Cooper Brisbane City

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The Roar of the crowd

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I don’t like Mondays: NRL should follow AFL’s common sense example

For those who missed it, on Thursday the AFL released its 2015 fixture list, scrapping Sunday and Monday evening games, and introducing more Saturday afternoon football.

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2015 AFL Fixture: Breaks do matter

By Ryan Buckland, 30 Oct 2014
2015 AFL Fixture: Breaks do matter

The full 2015 AFL fixture is scheduled to be released tomorrow, in what’s quickly becoming a big event in the 11-months-of-the-year footy calendar.

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Off-season review: ACT Brumbies

By Gavin Barker, Today
Off-season review: ACT Brumbies

Oh, how things have changed since my last article.

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Should football help the AFL in Western Sydney, and how?

An interesting article written by Tony Tannous on the fate of two newly formed franchises in Western Sydney was fermenting debate yesterday on The Roar.

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The almost-weres: A ‘not quite’ Australian XI

Since I first developed an interest in cricket in the late 1980s, a number of great Australian players have either missed out on a Test berth entirely due to intense competition, or had their careers cut short by injury and other factors.

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Is it time for change at the VRC carnival?

The biggest week of racing is finally upon us, once again bringing to the fore ways we could improve the Victoria Racing Club’s Spring Carnival.

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So just actually how good are Liverpool?

Liverpool were always going to find this season relatively hard going. That was inevitable given their near miss in winning the title, the ageing legs of Steven Gerrard and the loss of Luis Suarez.

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After copping a huge drubbing in the first Test, and now with their backs against the wall after Day 1 of the current Dubai match, there is still one really positive outlook for the Australian Team.

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Port Adelaide fans should embrace tough draw

Excitement should come to mind when Port Adelaide Power fans see the 2015 AFL fixture.

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Cup week. The best seven days in Australian racing without question, and it kicks off this Saturday at the home of racing in this country, Flemington.

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With Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup fast approaching the field is set to be finalised following the Derby meeting.

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The must-see games in the 2015 AFL season

The highly-anticipated draw for the 2015 AFL season is out and there are some matches and special occasions that are worth not missing.

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Pakistan vs Australia: Second Test – Day 1 live scores, blog

Australia are left with no option but to win the second and final Test against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi after having been pummelled in the opener. Join The Roar for live coverage of the first day of the ​second Test starting at ​5:00 pm (AEDT).​

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Roger Federer likely to reach his career ton Down Under

For many tennis fans, the season effectively ends in September when the US Open wraps up. But at the moment, we’re on Roger Federer watch.

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Springbok management kills Springbok talent

By Armand van Zyl, 30 Oct 2014
Springbok management kills Springbok talent

With the 2014 ABSA Currie Cup done and dusted following the coronation of DHL Western Province, we Springbok fans find ourselves with some time on our hands.

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Dissecting the inaugural National Rugby Championship (part I)

Are you sick of off-field dramas, colleagues sticking it to each to other, instead of their opponents? Tired of penalty kicks and lingering scrum resets? Then the NRC is for you!

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Dissident (R) rides to victory in the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes

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Patty Mills in action for the Spurs

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Israel Folau poses with the 2014 Wallabies jersey (Photo: supplied)

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David Villa of Melbourne City FC celebrates after scoring a goal during their round one match against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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Brisbane City's Chris Kuridrani is tackled

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Coach Mal Meninga gestures during a Queensland State of Origin team training session. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Indian batsman Umesh Yadav edges the last ball of the series into the gloves of Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. AFP PHOTO/Tony ASHBY

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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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