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Aussies shouldn’t expect a quick and bouncy ride

A few years ago I ended up being involved in a debate with an opposition player regarding the pitch that our respective sides had just completed a league game on.

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Starc can be a Test star, so stop dropping him

Amid the rubble of yesterday’s demolition job by the Pakistan batsmen, Australia’s selectors should have identified one gem.

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Cheika shows his hand early and comes up trumps

New Wallaby coach Michael Cheika dealt Australian rugby a royal flush with his first cards on the table to meet the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Cheika a ray of sunlight after Australian rugby’s false dawn

Let’s wind the clock back three months. The Waratahs had just won the Super Rugby title, beating the Crusaders in an epic match in front of over 61,000 fans, ending an era of under achievement and years of disappointment for supporters of the Sydney franchise.

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Western Sydney can’t let Australian sporting history slide away

Amid the feel-good atmosphere currently enveloping Australian football fans ahead of the Asian Champions League final on Sunday morning, one thing is certain – Western Sydney Wanderers can’t let this slip.

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Australia in big trouble against Pakistan

Brad Haddin says his injured shoulder won’t stop him batting on Saturday against Pakistan who are poised to claim their first Test-series win over Australia since 1994.

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Wanderers show how to win a tie in 1000 days

Less than three years ago the Wanderers were a gleam in Frank Lowy’s eye.

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Flanagan to “lead the cultural change at the Sharks”

Back from suspension, coach Shane Flanagan says he’s ready to lead a cultural change at embattled NRL club Cronulla.

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From the mines of Broken Hill to Flemington: Mick Robins and Rain Lover

Racegoers were left in awe when a metal miner from Broken Hill produced Rain Lover to win the 1968 Melbourne Cup, in what was to be believed to be Mick Robins’ third month as a licensed trainer.

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Patient Pakistan punish unbalanced Aussies

Yet again, Australia have let Pakistan off the hook by missing opportunities in the field.

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Jayco-Herald Sun Tour offers what the Tour Down Under can’t

When the route for the Jayco-Herald Sun Tour is released each year I do two things. Firstly, I check to see if Australia’s oldest stage race is passing through my home town of Ballarat.

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National Rugby Championship final: Brisbane City-Perth Spirit preview

The National Rugby Championship decider is upon us, and even though the two combatants in the Final are something of a surprise, it still shapes as a thrilling conclusion to what has been a thoroughly enjoyable first season of the competition.

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THE OUTSIDER: Will the Son shine second time around?

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains thinks he’s a mercenary. To most of the Australian news media, he’s a walking headline.

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The Big Show and other cricket solutions

I think it’s safe to say that after Day 1 of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, Australia’s plan is unfolding exactly as the brains trust would want it to.

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SPIRO: It’s time for Wallabies to walk the talk on the field

Over the past week or so, Michael Cheika has made several decisions Sir Humphrey would call ‘courageous’.

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The national confidence guide for Australia’s weekend of doom

It’s been bad news out the wazoo around this place lately, with dodgy senators a-go-go, petroleum prices on the rise and Big Brother still surviving television’s axe.

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Chris Froome and Richie Porte in action in Yorkshire

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Jules Bianchi

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Western Sydney Wanderers player Shannon Cole

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Australia's batsman Alex Doolan

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How do you fix Formula 1?

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Australia's David Warner

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

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Melbourne Storm - a successful example of expansion?

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Stephen O'Keefe

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The Roar of the crowd

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Perth Glory vs Newcastle Jets: A-League live scores, blog

Perth Glory will be looking to build on their mid-week FFA Cup success when the Newcastle Jets arrive in town desperate for a win. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEDT).

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Brisbane City vs Perth Spirit: NRC Grand Final preview

Brisbane City host Perth Spirit with one side destined to be crowned the inaugural winners of the 2014 National Rugby Championship.

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2014 Myer Classic: Derby Day live blog, tips, results

The Myer Classic is the second last race of the day on the Flemington card and the weight-for-age conditions usually attracts big fields and favours the class mares. Join us here on The Roar for the race preview at 4:15pm AEDT.

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2014 Victoria Derby: Derby Day live updates, preview, tips and results

The Victoria Derby (2500m, set weights, Group 1) is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious races. A big field has been assembled, so join us for all the build up to the 3:45pm race.

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2014 Mackinnon Stakes: Derby Day live updates, preview, tips and results

The Mackinnon Stakes (2000m, weight-for-age, Group 1) is our second feature here on Derby Day. Will the Cox Plate form hold up? Start time is 3:00pm AEDT, so join us for all the updates from the mounting along with the race coverage.

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[VIDEO] New Zealand vs Samoa highlights: 2014 Four Nations scores

MATCH RESULT: It is another win for New Zealand and another disappointing loss for Samoa in the Four Nations.

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2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes: Derby Day live blog, tips, results

Last year the Coolmore Stud Stakes was won by Zoustar, this year’s field includes some high quality youngsters which ensures a tough battle. Join The Roar for live commentary and reaction from 1:15pm (AEDT).

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Setting the scene for the Wallabies’ Welsh adventure

The profile of the Welsh rugby team on the world stage belies the country’s small population of just under four million people.

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[VIDEO] Melbourne City vs Adelaide United highlights: A-league scores, blog

MATCH RESULT David Villa’s potentially last A-league game ended in defeat as Melbourne City were defeated 2-1 by a determined Adelaide United side.

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2014 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Live Blog

Good evening everyone and welcome to The Roar’s coverage of the 2014 Melbourne Cup barrier draw. With today’s Derby day racing completed we have a final field for the Cup. After tonight’s barrier draw we will have the final piece of the jigsaw and the analysis can begin!

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Pakistan vs Australia: Second Test – Day 3 live scores, blog

Australia lacked incisiveness on a placid Abu Dhabi pitch for the second day running and will now need their batsmen to save them from a whipping against Pakistan. Join The Roar for live coverage of the third day of this ​second Test starting ​5:00pm (AEDT).​

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Set Australian rugby’s phoenix to flight mode

It was Saturday afternoon and me and the boys were getting ready for our soccer game in the change rooms, struggling through the weekly pulling of socks over shin-pads.

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The Sydney Swans and the COLA Myth

Twenty years ago the Sydney Swans Football Club was in a world of hurt after years of mismanagement. How the old VFL foundational club from South Melbourne is still with us today is somewhat of a miracle.

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Pros and cons of your AFL team’s draw (Part I)

The AFL fixture for season 2015 has been launched and a few anomalies and highlights have emerged.

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A breakdown of Cheika’s first Wallaby team

By Samuel Kyriakidis, Today
A breakdown of Cheika’s first Wallaby team

Rookie Wallaby coach Michael Cheika will get his first taste of international rugby early Sunday morning (AEDT) when the Wallabies take on the Barbarians at Twickenham.

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The A-League’s Docklands dilemma

Should the Melbourne Victory host this season’s A-League grand final, Etihad Stadium will not be available, raising concerns over the A-League’s future in Melbourne.

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Western Sydney Wanderers' fan group the Red and Black Bloc during the Wanderers v Perth Glory round 22 A-League match at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Steve Smith scores his second Ashes hundred

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New Zealand All Blacks captain Richie McCaw. AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

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Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin look glum (image: AAP)

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Paul Gallen not happy

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Broncos' Josh Hoffman in action. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo:

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