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A walk down memory lane with Doug Walters

When Doug Walters left his birthplace Dungog as a teenager to try his luck in the ‘Big Smoke’, Australian cricket was the winner.

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It’s time to talk about the Wellington Phoenix

Firmly in the finals mix, scoring goals for fun, producing some eye-catching football and featuring some of the A-League’s brightest imports. No, it’s not Adelaide United, it’s the Wellington Phoenix.

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Who will step up for the Melbourne Stars?

The Melbourne Stars have lost both their opening Big Bash League matches largely due to middle-order batting failures.

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The easiest top 10 sporting moments of 2014

We all know that Christmas is about laziness and cheap gifts, and who am I to go against the grain of the season? I’m not Santa or Murdoch, so I’ll always choose to comply.

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SPIRO: Will the Brumbies be around in two years time?

The Brumbies, Israel Folau, floods of players leaving Super Rugby after the 2015 World Cup and anxious fan mail are the big issues for rugby this week.

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Rookie captain Smith out-shone the veteran Dhoni

MS Dhoni played his 89th Test at the Gabba, his 59th as Indian captain.

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Johnson finds his magic as the Mitching hour returns

If cricket can be characterised by the ponderous tick of a scoreboard clock, Mitchell Johnson is a player in fast forward.

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Cahill’s ‘vision': A fourth World Cup

Tim Cahill is privately plotting to play on for years in a welcome move that could have the Socceroos superstar appearing at a fourth World Cup.

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Joe Burns’ coach has lauded him as gritty, not pretty, and backed the batsman to handle the extreme pressure of a shock Boxing Day Test cricket debut.

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They’re sitting pretty on top of the A-League table, but Perth Glory know their upcoming trek to Melbourne could either make or break their Premiers’ Plate hopes.

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Tail-ender Adam Zampa was the hero as the Adelaide Strikers secured a dramatic one-wicket victory over the Perth Scorchers in Monday night’s BBL clash at the WACA Ground.

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Who is Joe Burns, Australia’s latest Test debutant?

Joe Burns will make his Test cricket debut for Australia on Boxing Day, barring some miracle comeback by Mitchell Marsh or an injury.

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Simon Gerrans breaks collarbone – will miss Aussie summer

Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans has broken his left collarbone in training, ruining his big home season title defences.

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Sunil Gavaskar urges India not to verbal Aussies

They fired up David Warner in Adelaide and motivated Mitchell Johnson in Brisbane, now former captain Sunil Gavaskar has implored India to stop the sledging.

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann rates Brad Haddin’s wicketkeeping skills and leadership highly.

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Tough-talking Graham Arnold has challenged his Sydney FC troops to show some fighting spirit or leave the A-League club after their 2-0 A-League loss to Wellington.

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Australian batsman Adam Voges. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Peter Siddle claims a hatrick in an Ashes Test at the Gabba.

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Australia cricketer Mitchell Johnson celebrates with team-mates after taking a wicket of South Africa's Alviro Petersen, during the 4th day of the first test match between South Africa and Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion on February 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

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Wanderers' Jerome Polenz. (AAP Image/Quentin Jones)

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India's captain Virat Kohli (R) gives instructions to his pacer Varun Aaron

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Australia's Josh Hazlewood

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Australian captain Steve Smith (left) chats with bowler Mitchell Johnson

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Australia's batsman Mitchell Johnson

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[VIDEO] Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers: Big Bash League live scores, blog

The defending champions of the Big Bash League, the Perth Scorchers, start their 2014-15 campaign tonight as they face the in form Adelaide Strikers at the Furnace.

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Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks: NFL live scores, blog

Here we are, NFL week 16 in what is potentially the best match-up of the week as the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks travel to Glendale, Arizona to take on the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix stadium.

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2015 Rugby World Cup preview – Australia (Part 1)

The Rugby World Cup is now just nine months away. With the Southern Hemisphere’s nations having now completed their Spring tours, now is the perfect time to preview where each of the Wallabies stand heading into the tournament.

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Come on Channel Nine commentators – we know you can do better!

It surely cannot just be me who thinks the Channel Nine cricket commentators represent the lowest in commentating standards across the sporting codes.

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25 players to light up the Asian Cup

With the Asian Cup just two and a half weeks away, what better way to get the ball rolling than with a countdown of the 25 players set to boil in the Australian heat?

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WBC orders immediate rematch of Mundine vs Rabchenko

The World Boxing Council has ordered an immediate rematch between Anthony Mundine and the man he beat via split decision in November, Sergey Rabchenko.

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EPLextra episode 21: Which EPL teams have been naughty or nice?

As Santa is finalising his naughty and nice list, and club owners are working out which managers will get a transfer kitty and which get a lump of coal, the panel review the games from the past weekend.

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Give that man a sausage! Why Pete Sidds has to get back on the bacon

Peter ‘Bananman’ Siddle. Australia’s bull terrorist. The dinosaur-toothed Energiser bunny. The man born without an off switch.

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My 2014 NBA Christmas wish list

By Mark Pybus, 22 Dec 2014
My 2014 NBA Christmas wish list

In last year’s wish list I saw only two of my six wishes come true (#1 and #6). Once again I have prepared a Christmas List that hopefully isn’t too late for Santa to read.

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Does an axing lurk for Brad Haddin?

By Dylan Carmody, 22 Dec 2014 Video
Does an axing lurk for Brad Haddin?

As the Australian selectors chose Steve Smith over Brad Haddin to captain Australia in place of the injured Michael Clarke, it sent a message to the out-of-form Australian wicketkeeper.

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My Test selection Christmas wish list

By Daniel Gray, 22 Dec 2014 Video
My Test selection Christmas wish list

Dear Santa, or whoever Kitty Flanagan believes distributes presents globally in the event of your non-existence. Christmas is a time for giving. A time to stop and reflect on less fortunate people around us, like Greg Ritchie.

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Rugby truly is the game they play in heaven

By Armand van Zyl, 22 Dec 2014
Rugby truly is the game they play in heaven

For more than a hundred years rugby union has grown in leaps and bounds as a worldwide game. Since embracing professionalism, it has carved its essence in the hearts of countless people all over the world.

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2015 Rugby World Cup preview: Scotland and Italy

Scotland have improved in leaps and bounds recently, but a tough World Cup pool with South Africa and Samoa means that a quarter-final with England or Australia is on the cards.

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College Football Bowl season 2014-15: Day One review

By Andrew Kitchener, 22 Dec 2014

Day One of the 2014-15 College Football Bowl season is in the books, and here’s a quick recap of what you need to know from the opening slate of five games.

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FLASHBACK: The Cliff Lyons and ‘Beaver’ Menzies magic Manly years

Lethal try-scoring partnerships are common place in rugby league. But none match the unique potency and longevity forged by the hypnotic combination of Manly icons Cliff Lyons and Steve ‘Beaver’ Menzies.

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Australia’s Test batting future coming together

For the last three to four years, we have been hearing how bare the Australian batting cupboard is. It seems there are no able replacements or young batsman coming through.

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Mark Hunt

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Melbourne Stars Kevin Pietersen

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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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Joe Burns batting. (AAP Image/Lincoln Baker)

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Steven Gerrard fights with Abou Diaby during Liverpool's defeat to Arsenal

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Big Bash League's Perth Scorchers

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Sydney Thunder batsman Usman Khawaja

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Sydney City FC player Marc Janko

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis pose with Australian flag

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