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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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Australian swimming is back, but the track is ill

Remember London 2012 when the Australians swimmers won just one gold in the entire Oympics – the 4×100 freestyle women’s relay – and that was on the opening day?

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FFA Cup another giant leap for football in Australia

The day is nigh. Another chapter is being written in the increasingly busy book of Australian football.

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Should we change the final day of the Tour de France?

Since 1975, the final stage of the Tour de France has been held on the Champs Élysées. As the climax to a three-week orgy of cycling, it’s a location that can’t be topped.

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Waratahs name unchanged team for Super Rugby final

The NSW Waratahs have named an unchanged team to line up against the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final this Saturday at ANZ Stadium.

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Geelong coach Chris Scott has launched an extraordinary attack on the AFL’s free agency system, saying he and the club don’t support it.

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A knee injury to South Sydney captain John Sutton has taken the gloss off a thumping 34-18 NRL win over Canberra at GIO Stadium.

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Lemon’s winners and losers, AFL Round 18.2

With five rounds to go, the top four remains up for grabs. The rest of the top eight remains up for grabs. The wooden spoon is up for grabs. It’s open season.

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Hawks vs Swans was a grand final preview to savour

This week I could have written about Richmond’s continued ability to find some form, which would have coach Damien Hardwick a little less stressed about his future.

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Potter, Manly and salary cap investigations: Another drama-filled weekend

So what are Mick Potter’s chances of coaching Wests Tigers next season now the club has deferred a decision on whether to offer him a new contract until the end of the season?

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SPIRO: The Waratahs face a last Crusade in the Super Rugby final

It is a sign of a very good side that they can play poorly by their high standards, especially in the set pieces, and still win a Super Rugby semi-final 26-8. The Waratahs did this against the Brumbies on Saturday night.

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Magnussen and marathon golden; Meares gets silver

In the most absorbing day of the Glasgow Comm Games, Australian James Magnussen won the 100 free, compatriot Michael Shelley stunned the athletics world with gold in the marathon, while the Queen of the velodrome Anna Meares, and the king of rugby sevens New Zealand, were both dethroned.

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Tour de France Maillot Jaune Vincenzo Nibali

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Canadian ice hockey captain Sidney Crosby (Flickr)

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The Waratahs backs celebrate (Photo: Ashleigh Knight)

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Jeremy Mcgovern of the Eagles

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The Waratahs Alofa Alofa scores

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James Magnussen wins the 50m/100m sprint double

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Sharks player Andrew Fifita. (AAP Image/SNPA, Teaukura Moetaua)

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James Hird in black and white

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Lance Franklin of the Swans

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article

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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Knights and Sharks’ pride and effort an inspiration

I don’t expect my team to win on a weekly basis, however expect that they are fit, and that they give 100 per cent in every performance.

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Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo took his second career victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Talking points from the All Blacks’ Rugby Championship squad

The All Blacks squad for this year’s Rugby Championship has been named, and most rugby pundits would have picked the bulk of this team without too many issues.

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London, 1886. It was a damp, foggy night and the sound of horse’s hooves from a wildly driven hansom cab rang out across the cobbled streets.

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AFL Round 18 review: Part 2

By Sean Mortell, Today

The second weekend of Round 18 only consisted of four games, but it showed us the teams building up form in Hawthorn, Richmond, Brisbane and Adelaide, as well as highlighting the teams on the downhill in West Coast, Gold Coast and Collingwood.

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Keep your Feldman and Haim, Parker’s the only Corey for me

Something as simple as an admiration for one player could turn into a full blown love of the game.

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AFL missing its chance to send the game global

By not taking advantage of the international exposure available during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the AFL’s new administration under Gillon McLachlan is showing a timidity that was never a part of Andrew Demetriou’s reign at the top of the game.

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Semi-professional, fully committed: The FFA Cup could be won by an outsider

With the FFA Cup set to kick off tonight, fans will flock to support their local teams at suburban grounds, while thousands more will set up camp in their living rooms to watch live on Fox Sports.

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Wests Tigers Potter-ing around the real problem

Leaked reviews, alleged player revolts and boardroom politics, these are the days of Michael Potter’s life.

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Weakening the teams would make the Tour de France more competitive

Watching the Tour de France on television is a great spectacle, with exciting finishes and incredible scenery. Seeing a bunched peloton or a strung-out line of riders is a magnificent sight.

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The Crusaders’ forward pack the trump card for final

It’s the final everyone expected to see, with Saturday night seeing the Waratahs hosting the Crusaders as both sides do battle to be crowned 2014 Super Rugby champions.

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Is there a bigger dampener than a two-Test series?

“As the ICC has increased the number of T20 Internationals that countries can play against each other, the number of two-Test series are becoming more common, which I would rather not happen at all because they are a nothingness of a nothing.”

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The world is upside down these days. It has to be. Something is in the water, for there is something not right with AFL this year. It’s the bench. There’s a problem with the bench.

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I’m not silly. I know being an elite athlete is about the worst thing you can do to your body. Strange as it may seem, all that fitness really isn’t good for you.

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Coming to the Roar: EPLextra – a fan-made football podcast

As the opening weekend of the 2014-15 English Premier League season rapidly approaches, The Roar is excited to announce a new addition to the website.

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Australian cyclist Michael Rogers riding for Team Saxo-Tinkoff during the 2013 Tour de France

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Australia's Michael Hooper, left, is challenged by South Africa's Duane Vermeulen, center, during their rugby championship at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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Australia's Sally Pearson celebrates

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Nick Farr-Jones and David Campese at 1991 RWC. AAP Images

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Super 15 Form XV

By , 29 Jul 2014

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