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What iconic sporting event were you lucky enough to be at?

NBA podcaster Tom Read gave me the inspiration for this article when he tweeted that he was there in person to see Carmelo Anthony’s 37-point explosion at the 2012 London Olympics.

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FFA Cup hiccups will take time to cure

News that Football Federation Australia has moved to ban all clubs from streaming their fixtures in the FFA Cup round of 16 has been met with widespread disdain.

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Big questions continue in the Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship might be taking a week off, but not the hard-working types charged with asking and tackling the big questions every Friday. Despite no Test Rugby this weekend, Biltong, Digger and I still had plenty to talk about.

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Whose sport is it anyway?

It’s been an extraordinary week for me where the pieces of a puzzle have fallen in to place in a fashion I never imagined possible.

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SMITHY: Ennis’s antics not enough for the Dogs

What a match of tangled emotions! On a number of levels I felt myself riding along with the fascinating and frustrating conflict on the screen.

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McKenzie selections shades of Deans?

Recall the stink the ex-Wallaby coach Robbie Deans caused when he overlooked first choice Quade Cooper for James O’Connor as fly-half against the Lions?

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Souths good but not great in defeating the Bulldogs

South Sydney didn’t do much to soothe the nerves of their fans with last night’s win over Canterbury. The Bulldogs did more to lose the game than the Rabbitohs did to win it.

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Fremantle vs Eagles final on the cards

A long-waited Western Derby final could be coming our way as soon as next weekend. But don’t worry, because if it doesn’t we could still witness it in week two of the finals.

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Xenon, Argon and the future of cycling

Doping. It’s one of those topics that makes you say, “oh god, not again, how boring, let’s move on, why not focus on the positives?”

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How to watch AFL Round 23

There’s one round to go and 12 teams can – technically at least – make the eight. The two sides vying for fourth also happen to be playing each other.

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The journey begins for Dae Szydlick

On the surface, Dae Szydlick is just like every other sports-loving 14-year-old boy.

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Hunt and O’Connor could be the Reds’ perfect match

The Queensland Reds are expected to announce Karmichael Hunt and James O’Connor as the newest additions to their playing list at the club’s gala ball in Brisbane on Friday night.

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick reckons it’s perfect. No doubt, so do AFL heavyweights who couldn’t have scripted it better.

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Flexibility to avoid star loss: ARU

The Wallabies might not have lost the likes of Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani or Nick Cummins if they’d allowed overseas sabbaticals sooner, Australian Rugby Union (ARU) boss Bill Pulver admits.

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You can have all the money and star power in the world and even try dirty tactics, but nothing seems to deter Western Sydney who believe they can become the fist A-League club to lift the Asian Champions League trophy.

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The NRL’s best and worst captains

Before aircraft, tanks and machine guns changed the way wars were fought, the battlefields that armies met on could be totally chaotic scenes of frenzied hand to hand fighting and slaughter.

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Todd Greenberg at Belmore Oval

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Michael Hooper breaks free from a tackle during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup 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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Dustin Fletcher

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John Degenkolb wins Stage 4 of Vuelta

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley. Photographer: Sean Garnsworthy

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A goalkeeper in junior football

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2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 7 preview, live blog

Time gaps shouldn’t open up too much on Stage 7 of this year’s Vuelta a Espana but it won’t be a pure sprinter standing atop the podium after 169 km from Alhendin to Alcaudete. Join The Roar for live updates from 12:00am AEST.

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[VIDEO] Collingwood Magpies vs Hawthorn Hawks: AFL highlights, scores, blog

It’s the last chance for the Collingwood Magpies as they take on the second placed Hawthorn Hawks on Friday night footy to kick off the final round of the 2014 home and away season. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEST).

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[VIDEO] Brisbane Broncos vs St George Illawarra Dragons: NRL highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The Brisbane Broncos have kept their finals hopes alive with a thrilling 8 point victory over the Dragons on Friday night.

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Scantily-clad cheerleaders have no place in the NRL

While I greatly appreciate the physically demanding routines and the athletes that perform them, cheerleaders as they are currently known no longer have a place in the NRL.

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Which clubs deserve Friday night football in 2015?

It’s the most lucrative time-slot in the AFL, and with the league currently planning its fixture for the 2015 season, there are some clubs which will push to be included on Friday nights on a regular basis next year.

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What’s with the hatred for the Melbourne Storm?

I have noticed a disdain bordering on hatred for the Melbourne Storm.

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Why I left the Red and Black Bloc

By Joshua Thomas, 29 Aug 2014
Why I left the Red and Black Bloc

I’m faced with a big decision. After two enjoyable years in the Red and Black Bloc of the Western Sydney Wanderers, I’m contemplating a move away.

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Eden Park gets me every time

By Adam Longhurst, 29 Aug 2014 New author!
Eden Park gets me every time

For the past six years, I have booked a flight across the Tasman. I walked through New Zealand customs proudly wearing my Wallabies jersey.

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NRL in nuclear bunker clunker

By Will Sinclair, 29 Aug 2014 Video
NRL in nuclear bunker clunker

The rugby league world was this week in raptures following the announcement by NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg, that video referees are to start making their decisions from a specially designed command centre ‘bunker’.

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The Vikings Ram home their point

By Mitch Evans, 29 Aug 2014 Video
The Vikings Ram home their point

After a slow start the University of Canberra Vikings produced a great comeback to triumph 37-18 and earn their first win of the inaugural National Rugby Championship season.

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Six spring racing predictions

By Brent Ford, 29 Aug 2014

Nothing says spring racing like fresh cut grass, fast horses, and well-dressed fillies! The champagne is bubbly and the best stayers and sprinters are about to embark on Group 1 glory.

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True grit: Luke Ball’s legacy

By Jay Croucher, 29 Aug 2014

They say that you shouldn’t let your Year 12 marks define who you are as a person. While there’s merit in that, it hasn’t stopped me from long defining Luke Ball by his 98.8 ENTER score.

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The stats don’t lie, Finch is one of the world’s best

August 29th 2013. Aaron Finch belts a phenomenal 156 in a Twenty20 against England.

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Replacing a rogue with a scallywag: Super Mario a risk worth taking

Welcome back to the Premier League Mario Balotelli, we’ve missed you.

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Can Argentina win? Can New Zealand lose? And where’s the NRC?

While there is a week off for the players, there is still plenty of much needed water-cooler rugby discussion to be had.

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Kelly Slater: a life less ordinary

By peeeko, 29 Aug 2014
Kelly Slater: a life less ordinary

I have well and truly moved beyond admiring and worshipping sportsmen. Still, after watching the engrossing final day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, I was once again reminded of how cool it would be to be Kelly Slater.

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Michael Hooper defends the ball during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup 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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New Zealand's captain Kieran Read leads the Haka during the first Test of the 2013 Steinlager Series: New Zealand All Blacks v France at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, June 8, 2013. (AAP Image/SNPA, David Rowland

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Luke Ball of the Magpies hugs the junior mascot

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The sound of one hand clapping - a half empty MCG was a bad sign for the AFL's Sunday experiment. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes have both copped their fair share of booing from AFL crowds. (Photo: Craig Golding/AFL Media)

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Glyn Schofield on Boban (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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

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