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Where the f*ck is… Montserrat

The name Montserrat means ‘serrated mountain’. As the name suggests, the island is sharp-edged yet lofty; volcanic yet peaceful; picturesque yet inhabited by gigantic frogs.

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Waratahs versus Brumbies: Forwards give the Tahs the edge

With their home ground advantage the Waratahs must start as favourites for Saturday’s semi-final against the Brumbies, and by finishing top of the table the Tahs have a great opportunity to go all the way with a home final.

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Brisbane should herald the second coming of Wayne’s World

Years ago there was a billboard on Parramatta Road that read, “What would you do if Jesus came to Parramatta?”, under which someone had scrawled something along the lines of, “Move Ray Price into the second row”.

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SPIRO: Let’s hope the referees don’t stuff up the Super Rugby finals

The SANZAR media release came up on my laptop at 3.04am on Monday morning. My first reaction as I read it was, “Dammit, why is SANZAR trying to stuff up the Super Rugby finals.”

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Cycling and racism: UCI needs to get ahead of the game

If you go to the front page of the FIFA website, world football’s governing body, you’ll see a link called social responsibility.

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Flawless Nibali has this Tour de France on a silver platter

After a first week that tore up every script and binned some of the best-laid plans, followed by a second week that tipped the rubbish bin full of torn-up scripts and plans upside down and set them on fire, the Tour’s third week has settled to a steady pile of glowing embers.

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Tigers the team to watch in 2015

If you aren’t following a NRL club at the moment, I’d suggest you take a long, hard look at the exciting Wests Tigers team when they shape up to St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

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Formula One sending mixed safety messages

Viewers of the German Formula One Grand Prix last weekend were shocked at the lack of a safety car intervention in two dangerous situations.

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Will Steve Smith follow Michael Clarke as Test captain?

In the last two decades Australian Test cricket has been blessed with strong on-field leadership. Each time a longstanding captain has departed the scene another long term, readymade replacement has taken up the running.

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Independence and celebrations: Let the Glasgow Games begin

There was a poignant undercurrent in Glasgow this morning at the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games.

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Commonwealth Games Preview: 100m Freestyle (Men)

I don’t think I’m showing my age too much when I reflect on a time when Australians adored every bit of the Commonwealth Games.

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Keirin and Sprint Cycling

What do these absurd names mean? Three different ways of sending a track bike around a velodrome at ludicrous speeds.

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NRL commit to insurance scheme for players

The NRL have announced that they are committed to developing a new player insurance scheme that will be aimed at protecting players who suffer career-ending injuries.

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Speculation Karmichael Hunt signs with the Reds – ‘Options remain open’: Manager

The rugby world should be getting excited, because according to Fox Sports and Triple M pundit Greg Martin and Bret Harris of the Australian, Gold Coast Suns star and in-demand athlete Karmichael Hunt is off to the Reds.

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The Brumbies have gone to the extraordinary length of commissioning profiles on individual referees as they plot a path to their first Super Rugby title in 10 years.

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Essendon icon Tim Watson wants James Hird to return to the AFL club, but not in a coaching capacity until the current season ends.

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Henry Speight tackled by Zack Holmes

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Darius Boyd comes up against Jonathan Wright. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay

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David Zaharakis (left) and Jake Carlisle

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The Orica Green-Edge team Giro

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

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Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau

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Manly Sea Eagles half Daly Cherry-Evans passing

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Ross Lyon of Fremantle addresses the players during the 2013 Toyota Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne on September 28, 2013. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Marathon

By Josh Elliott, Today
Commonwealth Games Preview: Marathon

The Marathon, one of the world’s most ancient sporting events, is the first Athletics event of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, scheduled to start the day on July 27. The runners will follow a track that takes them past many of Glasgow’s most famous landmarks in the ultimate test of endurance.

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After being cancelled in 2010, mountain biking is back for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which has a beautiful course ready for riders in 2014.

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Since you asked: a shorter AFL season?

By Ryan Buckland, Today
Since you asked: a shorter AFL season?

Over the past week, a number of AFL figures discussed publicly the virtues of the AFL home-and-away season shifting to a 20-round format, from the current 22-round format.

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Supporting Darius’ struggle with depression

The depression debate has raged through rugby league and the wider community for some time now.

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Port Adelaide look a lot like 2008 Hawks

The 2008 Hawthorn premiership was largely viewed as one which came ‘before their time’.

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Summing up Real Madrid’s transfers of summer

Real Madrid having a quiet summer is the football equivalent of Charlie Sheen having a quiet night in – it rarely happens, if ever.

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What happened to number 11 being a cheap wicket?

In Mortal Kombat, gamers have the satisfaction of finishing their opponents off with a ‘fatality’ – an easy, brutal kill after a brief bout. That’s how it used to go down for number 11 batsmen.

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An issue with considerable weighting in the AFL recently, has been the argument that the fixture list needs to be equitable.

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Revisiting some pre-season Formula One predictions

On the eve of the new Formula One season, I wrote up an article with a few predictions. Now that the German Grand Prix is well and truly in our rearview mirrors, we’re officially into the second half of the season.

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No names on jumpers, a 20 round season and a grand final public holiday

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has scrapped the idea of putting names on jumpers after a trial in Round 5 this season.

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Athletes and politics: A perfect match

On Tuesday evening, Beau Ryan, he of Cronulla Sharks and Footy Show fame, shared his thoughts on the current state of Australian politics.

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Everyone is now aware that Daniel Geale will fight at Madison Square Garden this Sunday afternoon.

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Arnie’s Sydney FC revolution

By Daniel Nichols, Today
Arnie’s Sydney FC revolution

Halfway through last season, fans of Sydney FC fans staged a very public protest against then-manager Frank Farina and the board’s handling of the club.

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Seven weeks, seven fears for Gary Ablett

Even if you had spent the past month in a cave or on Mars, it has been hard to avoid the debate that has raged on Gary Ablett’s injury and what that means for his Brownlow medal chances.

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11 things on my wish list for Test cricket

Here are 11 things that I think need to be done in the near future to enhance the appeal and relevance of Test cricket.

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Tigers can roar but don’t boo Benji

By Curtis Woodward, Today
Tigers can roar but don’t boo Benji

Before Benji Marshall, the Wests Tigers was a team of journeymen, thugs and stars well past their prime. Nobody could have predicted what was going to happen once the mesmerising talent of Marshall began to emerge.

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Mercedes AMG Petronas British driver Lewis Hamilton

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Two Manly forwards tackle Boyd Cordner of the Sydney Roosters

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Australia's Pearson Sally competes

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Tour de France Stage 10 winner Vincenzo Nibali

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