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No O’Keefe gives Swans the edge

Sydney goes into the AFL grand final coming off a preliminary final belting of North Melbourne, and a fit and firing line-up that can’t find room for the likes of young gun Tom Mitchell and 2012 Norm Smith Medalist Ryan O’Keefe.

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Some unwanted advice from an outsider on how to fix Manly

With their season done and Mad Monday passed out in the corner without drama, it’s time to go against all of my instincts and try to help Manly to help themselves.

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TURNER: Roosters and Doggies to pair off in NRL’s big dance

At the top of today’s column, I will stick my neck out and predict we are heading for a Roosters-Bulldogs grand final.

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James Grant: NRC is a good concept, but more support is needed

The NSW Country versus Melbourne game on Saturday saw a good-sized crowd create a great atmosphere on a beautiful spring afternoon in Orange. They were rewarded with a decent game, even if the result didn’t quite go their way.

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What if Marianne Vos is out of form?

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but the greatest cyclist on the planet just had one of the worst days of her career in the World Championships team time trial.

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Doping: Are the blinkers back on?

Did we really go through the wormhole only to find ourselves back in exactly the same place we thought we’d just departed?

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Ryder Cup week could have ramifications

No golf tournament in the world generates as much passion and hype among the players and the public as the biennial Ryder Cup clashes between Team Europe and Team USA.

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2014 Brownlow Medal: Full vote count, leaderboard

West Coast Eagles midfielder Matt Priddis has taken out the illustrious Brownlow Medal for 2014, with a count of 26 over close rivals Gary Ablett and Lance Franklin, who both tallied 22 votes.

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Embarrassed All Blacks five-eighth Aaron Cruden could face further disciplinary action after missing his flight to Argentina after a night out on the town.

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has told his players to prepare for Tuesday’s FFA Cup clash with former National Soccer League powerhouse Sydney United in the same way they would for an A-League derby.

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Saturday’s NRL preliminary final between Canterbury and Penrith continues a battle of the minds between two of the game’s best coaches in Des Hasler and Ivan Cleary.

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Shock AFL Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis is embarrassed at his high honour and also relieved he polled the most votes.

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2014 Brownlow Medal: Who won, who came second and third

West Coast midfielder Matt Priddis has taken out the 2014 Brownlow Medal with a winning count of 26 votes, over Sydney’s Lance Franklin and Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett, who both tallied 22 votes.

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2014 Brownlow Medal winner: It’s Matt Priddis

Matt Priddis has secured the 2014 AFL Brownlow Medal with 26 votes in front of Gary Ablett (22), Lance Franklin (22), and to the delight of many, one vote clear of the ineligible Nathan Fyfe (25).

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[VIDEO] 2014 Brownlow Medal: Chad Wingard wins mark of the year award

Port Adelaide young gun Chad Wingard has beaten some strong competition to win the 2014 mark of the year award at the 2014 Brownlow Medal night.

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[VIDEO] 2014 Brownlow Medal: Matt White wins goal of the year award

Port Adelaide’s Matt White has won the illustrious 2014 goal of the year award at the AFL’s night of nights, the 2014 Brownlow Medal.

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Gary Ablett celebrates winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal from Joel Selwood and Dane Swan (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media).

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Melbourne Rising's Mitch Inman takes it up. (Photo: QRU)

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Manly Sea Eagles half Daly Cherry-Evans passing

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Lance Franklin and Adam Goods celebrate for Sydney Swans

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Ewen McKenzie (right) with Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Johnathan Thurston laughs at Waerea-Hargreaves

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Mark Rudan, Sydney United coach

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Waratahs players celebrate after defeating the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Final

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Louis van Gaal

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Seven untold stories from week three of the finals

With the two grand final combatants for 2014 set, these are the seven untold stories from the preliminary final weekend of 2014.

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Move along JT, it’s time for DCE

By Brin Paulsen, Today
Move along JT, it’s time for DCE

It’s time for the Cowboys to put Johnathan Thurston out to pasture and place their future in the hands of Queensland’s next great player: Daly Cherry-Evans.

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Hamilton lights up the Singapore streets to reclaim title lead

Lewis Hamilton’s winning streak continued with a victory in the streets of Marina Bay.

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Hunt KO’s Nelson and Walsh robbed

UFC Fight Night represented the organisation’s second recent foray into the Japanese market and featured an explosive heavyweight matchup between Mark Hunt and Roy “Big Country” Nelson.

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Selections at the heart of the Springboks’ woes

Captaincy on the rugby field is a revered responsibility. Yet, for all its importance it is an intangible concept, what is leadership?

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Finals footy is the best, and best experienced live

For the last couple of years, come September I’ve often joked that I miss watching Parramatta choke in the finals.

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Slater’s out, so who is the Kangaroos next fullback?

Injury has ruled Billy Slater out of the Four Nations, leaving the door open for either Jarryd Hayne or Greg Inglis to take the custodian’s role.

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What’s really wrong with Manchester United

Everyone who’s everyone is having their say on the issues that Manchester United are currently facing, so here’s my view.

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Debate often reigns about which era of football produced the greatest team.

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Are three-car teams the future of F1?

Formula One faces the prospect of teams fielding up to three cars from next year, according to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

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How the NRL can learn from the NFL

By SuperEel22, Today
How the NRL can learn from the NFL

There are a number of similarities in how both the NRL and NFL are officiated. As such, there are two key areas that the NRL can look to the NFL in order to better their own process and ensure the correct decisions are made.

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Linking Ewen to the ARU’s top job

By Steve Connolly, Today
Linking Ewen to the ARU’s top job

Watching Bill Pulver on Fox Sports’ Rugby HQ this week reaffirmed my view that while he has extensive business experience and his heart seems to be in the right place, he’s not the man to take Australian rugby union forward in one of its toughest periods.

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The week off: History shows Rabbitohs and Panthers hold NRL aces

It’s an argument as old as finals footy – is the week off in the finals a help or hindrance?

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The five best AFL grand finals of the past 15 years

With 13 different grand finalists over the last decade and a half, no two grand finals have been alike, and while not all have been close, all have been fascinating for one reason or another.

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Hamilton on final straight for 2014 Formula One title

The 2014 Singapore Grand Prix saw the championship swing back into Lewis Hamilton’s favour for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix, after Nico Rosberg retired with power failure.

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Godolphin struggling under O’Shea’s leadership

It was always going to be tough for John O’Shea in the early days as the new head trainer of Godolphin.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Australia's Darius Boyd scores their second try during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final match between Australia and Fiji at Wembley Stadium in London, England on November 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

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Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

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Adam Ashley-Cooper runs the ball during the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Steve Smith and Brad Haddin

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The prestigious AFL Brownlow Medal

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The Offer and jockey Tommy Berry

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Lance Franklin of the Hawks celebrates during the 2013 Toyota Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne on September 28, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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