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FFA Cup’s outstanding opening night shows potential of a connected football

Great crowds, atmosphere, play, goals and coverage, mixed with send-offs, penalties and interest aplenty. As far as opening nights go, the FFA Cup’s introduction to Australia could hardly have gone better.

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Vickery hard and tough? Try stupid

No matter what Richmond’s Ty Vickery achieves throughout the remainder of his career, he will always be remembered for the sickening hit he inflicted on retiring West Coast favourite Dean Cox last Friday night.

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SPIRO: GPS rugby has to merge into a Sydney-wide tournament

The Sydney Morning Herald published an important story for the Australian rugby community, reporting Nick Farr-Jones’ call for “drastic changes” to the GPS rugby competition.

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2014 Tour de France: Success or failure?

For the fifth consecutive year we had a new face atop the podium in Paris – and this time, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by that recent rarity in pro cycling: two Frenchmen at contrasting poles of their careers.

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How do players know when it’s time to go?

It’s a cliché that flows liberally from the lips and typewriters of sporting pundits – “Better to retire a year too early than a year too late.” It’s also a theory that’s much easier to espouse than to action.

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Beale and Folau in a league of their own

By profession, I am a rugby league man, but I’ve bought a ticket to the Super Rugby grand final this weekend. I have done so for one – no, make that two – reasons.

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Hawks for flag, Buddy for Coleman

Roarers, it’s time to put your name on some end-of-season predictions.

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The Suns are still a one-man team

There were some worrying signs for the Gold Coast Suns in their loss to the Western Bulldogs in Cairns a fortnight ago.

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It’s time to ban all the cheats from cycling

Eurosport’s coverage of the 2014 Tour de France had a section at the end of each stage that was entitled ‘LeMond on Tour’.

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Cheap Seats episode 46: Enjoying a few (too many) beers

Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell completely mess up their weekend schedule in episode 46 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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His team head to Glasgow as overwhelming gold medal favourites, but Kookaburras skipper Mark Knowles still faces a significant challenge after a major upheaval in the national team.

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Super Rugby final favouritism: Surely it’s obvious?

I have been genuinely surprised to read and hear suggestion that Michael Cheika’s team will start the Super Rugby final as anything other than favourites.

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Sydney FC should avoid signing a high-profile marquee

Graham Arnold’s revolution at Sydney FC is almost ready to begin. The A-League winning coach has cut free the deadwood, made some impressive signings and pre-season is well underway.

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Gold Coast minus Gary Ablett equals GWS

The Gold Coast Suns without Gary Ablett are basically just GWS. The only surprise is that this wasn’t as obvious as the false outrage that was always going to occur after Tyrone Vickery gave Dean Cox his comeuppance.

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The FFA Cup: It’s real, and it’s spectacular

Football is such a political game in Australia that sometimes, supporters forget to stop and smell the roses. Tonight, they will be in full bloom.

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Five contentions from the Tour

Well, we survived. The sleep deprivation will wear off, coffee consumption can return to safe levels, and Twitter’s ceaseless hunt for the best/worst Sherliggettisms of all time can finally be set aside.

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Magnussen's missle men misfire in men's 4x100m relay

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David Gallop, head of the FFA. (Photo by Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Tour de France Maillot Jaune Vincenzo Nibali

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Ben Reid of the Magpies and Ricky Henderson of the Crows in action

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Paul Puopolo of the Hawks is chased by Jeremy Laidler of the Swans

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Close-up of Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter

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The Waratahs' Nick Phipps makes a break

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Men's Marathon at the Commonwealth Games

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article

The 2014 Formula One season has now reached its summer break. Finally, Australian fans can grab some extra sleep on Sunday nights.

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Will Higgins live up to his potential at another club?

When Shaun Higgins was taken at pick number 11 in the 2005 national draft, most pundits saw a talent that was more than a pick 11.

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Cats the elephant in the room in an apparent two-horse race

Last week we saw a game that was built up for weeks as the potential match of the year.

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Nash Rawiller left Australia in June with a commanding lead in the Sydney Jockey’s Premiership, a lead that which was such a commanding one that it’s going to take the last day of the Sydney Metropolitan calendar for James McDonald to dethrone him.

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Although the promotion for the opening night of round of 32 fixtures for the inaugural FFA Cup was nothing to write home about, the games themselves – all of which contained semi-pro state teams – certainly was.

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Waratahs metre-eaters to run all over Crusaders

The Waratahs are hosting the Crusaders in what is shaping to be a sorely mismatched Super Rugby final this weekend.

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Success for the Gold Coast Suns is far from inevitable

Ever since September 2008, when the concessions for the Gold Coast Suns were first announced, there has been a widely-held view that the AFL was setting its expansion teams up for certain success.

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Is Spanish cycling’s future in trouble?

With their heavyweight general classification contenders growing another year older, is Spanish cycling soon to experience a period of drought?

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Choose wisely, Wests, your future is at stake

The current ‘he said, she said’ drama enveloping the Wests Tigers has provided much fodder for newspapers and sports talk shows as the team’s 2014 season slips away.

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Two broken down coaches: Time to take Stuart and Hird off the road

Ricky Stuart won’t be coaching in the NRL in two years, nor James Hird won’t be coaching Essendon in two years. They’re both back to where it all began, and they’re both stuffed.

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Sam Burgess will win the Dally M before leaving NRL

Sam Burgess is an enormous human and an incredible talent – scary large, scary good. He is also, unfortunately, leaving the NRL at the end of the year to transition to rugby union.

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As a new Premier League season approaches, the question is always asked. Who outside the top four can break into the Champions League?

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Commonwealth gold not enough for critical sports fans

Remember your school athletics and swimming carnivals, where everyone had a go even if you could barely swim 50 metres or run the length of a 400 metre track without getting a stitch?

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Louis Smith describes himself on his Twitter profile as a ‘British bad ass gymnast’. That perfectly summarises the hyper-talented young man from Cambridgeshire, England. He is a larger-than-life athlete, perfectly suited to the world of social media and around-the-clock access.

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Injuries conspiring against Giants in wooden spoon battle

With five rounds remaining this regular season and one of the worst injury tolls in the AFL, the Greater Western Sydney Giants are facing a huge battle to avoid a third consecutive wooden spoon.

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We all know the joke. If you ask a couple of psychiatrists how to change a light bulb, they would debate whether the light bulb would want to change.

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Newcastle Knights Beau Scott confronts Cronulla Sharks Andrew Fifita during the Round 4 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville)

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Israel Dagg (C), Sam Whitelock (R) and Ben Smith of New Zealand celebrate Smith's try during the second Bledisloe Cup game between the All Blacks and Wallabies. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE

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Queensland's Corey Parker takes the ball forward during 2013 State of Origin Game 2

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international rules: Australia vs Ireland. AAP Images

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Former Socceroos and Hyundai A-Leaugue players (L-R) Paul Reid and Brett Emerton with CEO David Gallop holding the FFA Cup during the unveiling the FFA Cup in Sydney, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AAP Image/Jane Dempster)

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Close-up of Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter

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