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The Liebke Ratings: Sri Lanka versus Australia first Test

And lo, there was much rejoicing, for Australia were playing Test cricket again.

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Sterner spin Test awaits Australia in Galle

Australia may have lost the first Test in Sri Lanka yesterday but they should be buoyed by the admirable grit they showed as they scrapped to avoid defeat.

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Kitty Chiller – Australia’s best asset in keeping Rio officials honest

Kitty Chiller, Australia’s Chef de Mission in Rio, is one tough cookie.

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About time the ‘runner’ rule is reviewed

It was Test cricket at its best. It had its downs and ups, fast scoring at times with screeching brakes applied in the final two epic hours in the just concluded Kandy Test.

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Highlights: Canes beat Chiefs to book home rugby final

Two flashes of Beauden Barrett genius have booked the Hurricanes a second-successive Super Rugby final appearance following a 25-9 win over the Chiefs.

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Five-eighth Elton Jantjies displayed a full array of skills to propel the Lions into their first Super Rugby final as they ended the reign of the Highlanders with a 42-30 victory in Saturday’s semi-final at Ellis Park.

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Highlights: Roos win in Harvey’s record-breaker

On a historic night for the AFL and Brent Harvey, North Melbourne have clawed their way to a 23-point win over St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

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Highlights: Pumped-up Power tear Lions apart

Port Adelaide kept their very faint finals hopes alive when they thrashed a disappointing Brisbane Lions by 94 points at the Gabba on Saturday night.

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Highlights: Storm hand Cowboys their first home defeat

The Melbourne Storm have at least temporarily taken top spot on the ladder with a hard-fought but clinical 16-8 victory over the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday night. It was the Cowboys’ first defeat in Townsville this season.

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Highlights: Warriors win in golden point

Two teams were desperate for two important competition points and it was the Warriors who got the job done. On the back of Shaun Johnson brilliance, the men from across the ditch edge ever closer to a top eight birth.

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Highlights: Hawks too strong for brave Carlton

A halftime wake-up call has saved Hawthorn from humiliation at the hands of a polished Carlton, with the reigning premiers holding on for a 19-point AFL win in Launceston.

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My favourite memory of Brent Harvey

Brent Harvey has been my favourite player in the AFL for as long as I’ve had a favourite player.

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Michael Cheika’s immediate Wallaby headache

When the Wallabies reached the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham last year, Michael Cheika’s career stat was 15 Tests for 11 wins at a 73 per cent win-rate – and the Wallabies were ranked No.2 in the world.

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Faint hope of win remains for Australia in Sri Lanka

Australia retain just a glimmer of hope after a second consecutive poor day left them well behind in the first Test in Sri Lanka.

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Defying first impressions: Nathan Lyon and the unlikely eleven

The achievement of Nathan Lyon in becoming the first Australian off-spinner to take 200 wickets is one of the most heartwarming triumphs in recent sporting history.

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Highlights: Cats too good for spirited, unlucky Bulldogs

The Geelong Cats celebrated their milestone men with a 25-point win over the Western Bulldogs on Friday night, but the comfortable victory wasn’t the result of any lack of effort by the Bulldogs.

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Brett Morris of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

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Wallabies player Matt Giteau receives the ball

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Wycliff Palu receives a pass 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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Stephen O'Keefe

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Australian Women's eight

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Fawad Ahmed bowling for the Bushrangers

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Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor

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Digby Ioane of the Australian Wallabies. (Photo by Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Steven Motlop Geelong Cats 2016 AFL

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Lions vs Highlanders highlights: Lions win nine-try thriller, secure place in the final

This late Saturday night game sees the Lions hosting the Crusaders from Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Join The Roar from 11pm (AEST) for all the live action of the second semi-final.

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Australia vs Sri Lanka first Test: Day 5 cricket live scores, blog

Weather could play a part in what is set up for a very exciting fifth and final day’s play in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia at Pallekele on Saturday. You can follow the live scores and blog of this match from 2:30pm (AEST).

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Newton readying for camp and a Superbowl season

Newly listed atop of the NFL Top 100 list, current MVP quarterback Cam Newton is readying himself for a busy training camp.

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Smith sends Aussies into a spin

By shanebrien, Today
Smith sends Aussies into a spin

Taking on Sri Lanka’s best slow bowler in the first of Australia’s innings, Steve Smith was dismissed 12 balls after Usman Khawaja.

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Sri Lanka’s first Test win a game for the ages

As the wily Rangana Herath hit the stumps to end Stephen O’Keefe’s courageous 98-ball resistance with a trademark arm ball, he handed Sri Lanka the most unlikely of wins.

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The real cost of performance enhancing drugs

Drugs and sports – nowadays, it feels like you can’t have one without the other.

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A Giant finals series looms, but can they handle the September pressure?

It’s official – the GWS Giants are headed for their first finals series.

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Inconsistency strikes again at the NRL judiciary

It’s another day, another controversy in Rugby League land.

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Michael Cheika needs to be his own man

I am a fan of Michael Cheika but I am starting to see some worrying trends appearing that are making me think that he has quite a lot in common with Eddie Jones.

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Hardwick on a path of self-destruction

Richmond need to make a stand and terminate the contract of Damien Hardwick. He is on a path of coaching self-destruction and needs to step aside.

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Are these Bulls as good as advertised?

There is no denying the Chicago Bulls have been the talk of the NBA for much of the off-season.

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Which NBL players could make the NBA grade?

When I sat down to write this article, I wasn’t really sure which direction it was going – could any NBL player really hope to end up in the NBA?

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Roosters crow at long last

By luke vella, Today
Roosters crow at long last

Allianz Stadium opened its gates for what was touted a blockbuster match between two 2015 heavyweights – the Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos.

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North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm highlights: NRL scores, blog

The North Queensland Cowboys host the Melbourne Storm in a Round 21 clash of two of the competition’s heavyweights in Townsville. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEST).

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North Melbourne Kangaroos vs St Kilda Saints: AFL live scores, blog

The North Melbourne Kangaroos are celebrating Brent Harvey’s record-breaking 427th, but the St Kilda Saints are very keen on stealing their spot in the finals. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:25pm (AEST).

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Brisbane Lions vs Port Adelaide Power highlights: AFL scores, blog

Port Adelaide Power are looking to keep their faint finals hopes alive when they take on the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:25pm (AEST).

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Damian McKenzie Waikato Chiefs Super Rugby 2015

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Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco

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Jesse White Collingwood Magpies AFL 2016

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Bryce Cartwright of the Panthers, (centre), celebrates with team mates

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Jordan Lewis Isaac Smith Hawthorn Hawks AFL 2016

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Rory Lobb GWS Giants Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL 2016

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Mark Spitz at the 1972 Munich Olympics where he picked up seven gold medals (Wikipedia Commons).

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Jason Day

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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes

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