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NRL’s sudden sin bin change: Late, unexpected, good for one major team

Even when the NRL finally does the right thing they totally stuff up the implementation.

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Five things Australia must do in India, right from the start

Let’s face facts. Australia is staring the down the barrel of a sizeable series defeat in India.

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St Kilda or Melbourne, who’s ready to play finals?

Saints and sinners. Heaven and hell. Demons and do-gooders. There’s always been something of a biblical connection between the Melbourne and St Kilda football clubs, and in 2017 they find themselves in similar positions.

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The Roar’s Super Rugby tips and predictions: Round 1 – the return!

Roarers all, let us rejoice, for I have again got the band back together!

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Cricket Australia issues apology for tour of India

FAUX MEDIA RELEASE: Cricket Australia would like to take this opportunity to unreservedly apologise for India.

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Australia’s Dubai training camp was a wise move

Australia’s Test team is often hampered by horribly poor preparation for Test series, but their recent training camp in Dubai was a wise choice ahead of the series in India today.

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Sixers go quiet ahead of Game 3 vs ‘dirty’ Hawks

Captain Mitch Creek followed MVP Jerome Randle’s lead in calling the Illawarra Hawks dirty ahead of Game 2 of their NBL semi-final series and now the pressure is on the minor premier Adelaide 36ers to reach the grand final with the Perth Wildcats already waiting.

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The next fortnight will test Sydney’s worth as premiers-elect

At the height of the wave, nestled comfortably in the frothy peak, it can all feel so easy.

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The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 21

It’s over! Sydney’s undefeated streak has finally been ended, yet all anyone can talk about is a certain banner from that game. Pity. Anyway, here’s another dose of A-League expert tips.

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Gibson must get Folau scoring again, even without Beale

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has 12 Wallabies on his roster this season, but the missing link is Israel Folau.

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Simona may have bet on opposition players: reports

The NRL is investigating Tim Simona’s gambling activities with reports the West Tigers centre was allegedly involved in bets on opposition players.

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Viewers vote with their remotes as the final Twenty20 flops

The Australian summer of international cricket ended with victory to the home side but a loss for Channel Nine as viewers struggled to find relevance in the dead rubber.

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Socceroos set for Brazil blockbuster in Melbourne

Australia will face off against footballing powerhouses Brazil later this year at the MCG as they prepare for their upcoming Confederations Cup campaign.

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Captains to lead ‘state of the game’ discussions at NRL launch

All 16 club captains will express their views on the state of the game when they meet with the NRL on the morning of the game’s season launch on Wednesday.

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So many questions for Sharks and Broncos ahead of NRL kick-off

The NRL loves a blockbuster match to kick off the season, but there are a lot of question marks about the teams that will get the competition underway in 2017.

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These Dogs are top-four bound: No Hawthorn haze for the reigning premiers

We are in uncharted waters: last year’s premiers are by no objective measure the best team in the competition. But can the Western Bulldogs rise to that title in 2017? There are many reasons to be cautious, but one whopper that says they can.

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Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco

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George Smith training with Stade Francais in 2012

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Sepoy - Horse Racing - Blue Diamond winner

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University of New South Wales UNSW League of Legends eSports 2016

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Shaun Marsh reacts with brother Mitchell

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Quade Cooper Australia Sevens

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Wayne Shaw goalkeeper pie

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Mitch Marsh of Australia

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The Roar of the crowd

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Australia vs India: First Test preview

Australia face their biggest challenge in recent times when they travel to India for a four-match Test series, with most predicting dire results and heads to roll for the tourists by the time it’s all said and done.

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At the precipice of a new season

By grapeseed, Today
At the precipice of a new season

The emotionally insecure and intellectually inadequate will tell you that sport is not art.

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Why the Brisbane Broncos won’t make the top eight

There are plenty of issues at the Brisbane Broncos, who were knocked out of last year’s finals by the North Queensland Cowboys, but they are ready to explode in the upcoming season and it will likely spell disaster for one of the most successful clubs in the NRL.

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Saving Super Rugby from itself

By Roy Isbister, Today
Saving Super Rugby from itself

Forgive me Father, it has been more than a year since my last article for The Roar.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so let’s learn to love all the codes

People are sweating a little less each day, Easter is just around the corner (which means Xmas is practically a week away) and rugby is back. Finally we can get back to the centuries’ old debate: by what margin is rugby union a better sport than rugby league?

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Aviva Premiership week 15 wrap

By Rob Seltzer, Today
Aviva Premiership week 15 wrap

No Six Nations Rugby this week ensured that domestic rugby was once again the main focus, and with key matches affecting both the top and the bottom of the table, this was another key weekend for teams.

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Ironman preview: Can Shannon Eckstein take his 10th title?

The Nutri-Grain Ironman finals series will be held between Friday and Sunday this week at Cronulla.

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The Clippers are going backwards

By Dylan Piscioneri, Today
The Clippers are going backwards

The Clippers are not going to win the NBA Championship this year. If rumours are true that Chris Paul has verbally committed to a $200-million deal while also keeping Blake Griffin, they won’t win the title for a long time either.

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Emerging Kangaroos might lack experience, but they’re still a finals threat

The word on the street this summer has been the predicted dramatic fall of the North Melbourne football club in 2017.

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It’s time the AFL gave the draft lottery a spin

An AFL draft lottery is long overdue. It is almost unfathomable in the modern era of online betting and media scrutiny that losing games is rewarded in such direct fashion.

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Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors silence NRL critics

Over the weekend, the two best teams from the 2016 Super League season, Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors, took down NRL heavyweights the Brisbane Broncos and premiership winners the Cronulla Sharks.

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The Albert Park Supercars round is just a big waste of time

The Formula One Grand Prix, staged at Albert Park in Melbourne each year, is one of the biggest Motorsport events in Australia and the Supercars have been a part of the weekend since 1985, when it was still held in Adelaide – but is it time for the relationship to come to an end?

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Indian fans beyond buoyant for Border-Gavaskar series

With most Australian cricket fans sounding clinically pessimistic about our chances in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar series, it’s no surprise that Indian fans sit smugly on the opposite end of the spectrum.

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The NRL’s personal battles to watch out for in 2017

Rugby league may be a team sport, however there’s nothing better than a good old personal battle between players, and even coaches. Here are some of the best ones to look out for, sinister or not.

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Cricket is trapped in no man’s land

By Andrew Young, Today
Cricket is trapped in no man’s land

Growing disillusionment with the state of Australian cricket has seen whispers of discontent turn to cries of “a chronic problem” and a “lack of direction” from the media, fans and everyone in between.

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Wallabies depth in 2017: The backs

By Rhys Bosley, Today
Wallabies depth in 2017: The backs

Following on from my previous article on depth in the Wallabies forwards, I am going to explore backline depth in 2017.

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Shaun Marsh reacts with brother Mitchell

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Australian batsman Peter Handscomb

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Western Sydney Wanderers' fan group. Photo AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, center, celebrates

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Ireland's fly half Jonny Sexton kicks a penalty

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Jarryd Hayne Gold Coast Titans NRL Rugby League 2016 b

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Western Sydney Wanderers fans celebrate the Wanderers 2-nil win over the Brisbane Roar during their semi-final match at Parramatta Stadium, Sydney, Friday, April 12, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Sydney Roosters NRL coach Trent Robinson

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