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2014 flag arguably Hawthorn’s best

12 flags in 54 years proves what a mighty team Hawthorn are. After almost merging with Melbourne in 1996, the Hawks have reinvented and rebuilt themselves both on and off the field and have now won back-to-back flags twice in their proud history.

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Graham is one game from the top shelf

The biggest bad-ass games call for the biggest bad-ass forecasts, so here’s a dicey boomer to whet your appetite for this weekend’s all-consuming NRL grand final. Let us all be prepared, as it may blow your mind and my credibility.

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The Tour of Beijing failed but globalisation hasn’t

We’re about to see the last Tour of Beijing. You’ll know it as the race that materialised out of thin air, or an agreement between the local government and the UCI.

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World Cup spots on the line in domestic One Dayers

Australia’s squad for the upcoming 50-over World Cup is wide open, with as many as five spots up for grabs following the team’s disappointing tour of Zimbabwe.

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2014 NRL Grand Final preview: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs

On Sunday the Rabbitohs will play their first grand final since their 1971 premiership win, facing 2012 runners-up the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

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Kurtley Beale’s Test career is in the hands of the ARU’s integrity unit after the troubled playmaker was dropped for Saturday’s clash with Argentina following a verbal altercation with a member of the Wallabies’ management staff.

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Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has identified young spinner Raza Hasan as a possible danger to Australia in Sunday’s Twenty20 clash in Dubai.

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In the dark, dark days, when South Sydney struggled to win a handful of games a season, captain John Sutton admits there were times he thought he would never play an NRL grand final in Rabbitohs colours.

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James Hird is still Essendon coach, for now

The football world is still yet to learn James Hird’s fate.

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Wanderers have come so far, and have the desire to go much further

“Look how far we’ve come” goes a line in the Red and Black Bloc’s song We Unite as One.

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ROBBIE DEANS: Fed to the Lions

The domestic coaching career of Robbie Deans is without parallel in the annuals of trans-Tasman rugby.

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2014 NRL grand final: Who do the stats say will win?

By around 9pm Sunday night we’ll know the identity of the 2014 NRL champions. In the meantime a whole lot of people are all going to have their say about who is going to win and why.

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Wiggins and Kwiatkowski – two very different world champions

For one, victory was met with an overwhelming surge of relief; for the other, a pervading sense of disbelief.

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James Graham v Sam Burgess is worth the grand final price of admission alone

Every rugby league player, fan and media has far more respect for Bulldog powerhouse prop James Graham than the NRL referees.

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National Rugby Championship: Round 7 preview, team lists

After a record-breaking round of the NRC last week, thanks in large part to a Queensland derby, played on a Sunday afternoon, that drove in a crowd of over 5000, we’re back an on the finals trail.

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Seven reasons the Bulldogs can win the 2014 NRL grand final

After twenty-six rounds of the regular season and a gripping finals series, it’s all come down to this. The South Sydney Rabbitohs will face the Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday to decide the 2014 NRL premiership.

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South Sydney coach Michael Maguire (Photo: AAP)

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Slash live in Rome

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Duane Vermeulen for the Springboks

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Wanderers coach Tony Popovic reacts after the Wanderers beat the Central Coast Mariners to go through to their second grand final in two years. (photo: Peter McAlpine)

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Younis Khan

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Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis celebrates after scoring a try during the NRL Preliminary final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Borussia Dortmund's Mustafa Amini

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Sydney Swans Adam Goodes

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Where can the Wallabies find a mongrel or two?

“God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…” – The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr

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Souths vs Canterbury: The grand final no one expected

So it has come to this – the grand final no one expected to see.

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Anyone looking for a hit in Dubai on Sunday? Our T20 side are short a man

If you have an Australian passport and happen to be in Dubai on Sunday, then keep your phone on – you might be in line for a call-up to the Australian T20 side.

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Grand final preview: The halves

By Daniel Nichols, Today
Grand final preview: The halves

This Sunday’s NRL grand final will see the red-hot Bunnies from South Sydney play Des Hasler’s brilliant Bulldogs from Sydney’s west.

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Suzuka the sternest test for Rosberg and Hamilon

A walk through the gates at Suzuka has an immediate emotional effect.

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Turnbull will sort the spring pecking order

The Turnbull Stakes might be playing second fiddle to a host of Group 1 races in Sydney this weekend but we will learn plenty from the runners who will take part in Melbourne’s lone Group 1 race on Saturday.

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The weight of expectation is Souths’ biggest obstacle

Forty-three years. How many times have we heard that number over the past fortnight?

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The phantom Ferrari vacancy

By Bayden Westerweller, Today
The phantom Ferrari vacancy

It’s Friday, October 3 2014 at Suzuka International Circuit, and a press conference has been called at the McLaren motorhome.

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Free agency: Premiership talk makes players walk

James Frawley is expected to sign for back-to-back premiers Hawthorn in the biggest move of the offseason, after Hawthorn, Geelong and Fremantle all made plays for the former All Australian.

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Real Madrid overcome plucky Ludogorets

By Evan Morgan Grahame, Today
Real Madrid overcome plucky Ludogorets

Real Madrid began this match strutting aristocratically, and it took about 45 seconds for the commentary team to mention the story of David and his fabled opponent, Goliath.

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Is Des Hasler the best coach in the NRL?

This Sunday, Des Hasler will coach his fifth grand final in 10 years.

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Entire domination of Melbourne Cup

By BrisburghPhil, Today
Entire domination of Melbourne Cup

Hot on the heels of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes result, and following on from Alfred Chan’s fine article ‘Australian staying stocks are on the rise‘, it would be remiss of me not to write an article on the recent trend of entires – rather than geldings – winning the Melbourne Cup.

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Renaming the AFL’s weaker mascots

The mascot forms an integral part of a club’s branding. The mascot is usually associated with the history of the club, although sometimes it’s just a random phrase that stuck.

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Taking part in pub trivia last night, the question came up ‘which Australian men did Roger Federer defeat in the 2014 US Open?’

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Canberra Vikings vs North Harbour Rays: NRC live blog, scores

After being humbled by the Rising last week the University of Canberra Vikings will be looking to bounce back with a new look line-up to face the North Harbour Rays at home tonight. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEST).

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Arsenal’s fearful return to Stamford Brige

By Evan Morgan Grahame, 2 Oct 2014
Arsenal’s fearful return to Stamford Brige

This weekend will see Arsene Wenger’s fragile stars travel to Stamford Bridge, the scene for one of their most brutal losses in recent memory.

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Binocular football started on a Japanese game show and is absolutely amazing

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Brian Taylor during an Essendon Bombers training session at Windy Hill, Melbourne.

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US swimmer Michael Phelps. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

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A hawkeye camera at the tennis

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A man with big things in front of him - George Burgess.

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Argentina's Los Pumas fly half Juan Martin Hernandez is tackled by New Zealand's All Blacks flanker Sam Cane (L) and prop Charlie Faumuina, during their Rugby Championship fifth round match at La Plata stadium in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 29, 2012. New Zealand won 54-15. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata

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France scrum half Dimitri Yachvill

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Former rugby league star Ian Roberts . . (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

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It's a Dundeel wins ahead of Honorius, Lunar Rise and King of Olympia in a thrilling finish

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