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A superb bowling display has placed Australia in a wonderful position from which to win this first Test against New Zealand. Yet the Kiwis are not as down and out as the scoreboard suggests, with a fragile Australian tail within sight.
World class sportsmen Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja weren’t having a good day at the office yesterday, but still managed to do well.
Before all you sockah fans throw a flare at me, just hear me out, alright?
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The short answer to the question about David Pocock and his sabbatical intentions is this: let him go and study at Oxford or Cambridge for a year and develop Michael Hooper, Sean McMahon and Jarrad Butler as his successors in the Wallabies back row.
In football, the saying that no player or manager is bigger than the club is often thrown about. It is a legitimate argument, however it should also be attributed to the fans.
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Injuries to Queensland flankers Liam Gill and Lolo Fakaosilea overshadowed a 31-18 loss to the Brumbies in their Super Rugby trial at Ballymore on Friday night, but the Reds are hopeful both will be fit for the season-opener in a fortnight.
Steve Smith stepped up to guide Australia to 3-147 after an eventful opening day of the trans-Tasman Test series in Wellington.
Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic is disappointed his A-League team has copped a suspended 12-month three-point deduction, but was optimistic fans would not give FFA a reason to trigger the punishment.
In 2008, I was at Shanghai Shenhua’s clubhouse watching an Under 13 Chinese team defeat an Under-11 Japanese team due to being able to kick the ball further and harder.
I’m sorry, but when it comes to attaining a satisfactory level of Trans-Tasman tension, we’re going to need more than the lame brouhaha of Mitch Marsh’s drop-punt dismissal if we’re to generate requisite friskiness.
There’s a seminal line in the movie Moneyball: “We need 38 home runs, 120 RBIs and 47 doubles to replace.” Abuse of the English language aside, the brass at the Adelaide Crows likely reprised this phrase in October last year, except they had 21 goals, 165 clearances and 350 contested possessions to replace.
There’s no Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson or James Pattinson. As Australia start their two-Test series against New Zealand today, it is relative rookie Josh Hazlewood who shapes as the tourists’ most important bowler.
Thoroughbred racing in Australia is at a low ebb.
The inevitable flow-on from highlighting concerns about a certain position is that you start wondering about other positions.
News Corp are reporting that the Sydney Stars are out of the National Rugby Championship for the 2016 season.
Modern-day cricket is a hustling, bustling business, barely stopping for a moment to let us catch breath before moving on to the next game, the next tournament, the next disciplinary hearing.
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Match result: The World All Stars have defeated the Indigenous All Stars with a 12-8 victory after a slow start to the annual fixture.
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Match result: It was an incredible game of football at AAMI Park, and in the end, perhaps unfairly, both sides were forced to share the spoils.
Match result: A dead rubber came to life on Saturday night when the Townsville Crocodiles downed the Sydney Kings by three-points in a high-scoring overtime thriller.
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Match result: The South Sydney Rabbitohs have retained the Charity Shield for the fourth straight year with a hard fought 18-14 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Match result: Perth Glory have given their chances of a finals berth a significant boost with an upset 2-1 win over Sydney FC on Saturday.
Race result: Suavito, ridden by Luke Currie and trained by Nigel Blackiston, upstaged a star-studded field at the CF Orr stakes to win the first Group 1 race of the new year.
Day results: Australia are 6/463 at the end of Day 2 at the Basin, leading New Zealand by 280 runs in the first Test.
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A large Panthers squad will take the park in their NRL trial against the Bulldogs tonight.
“We’re up the front and here to stay,” stated Lee Holdsworth in April 2014, after taking the Erebus Mercedes AMG V8 Supercar to its first win. Within two years, that Mercedes AMG Supercar is now on the scrapheap.
Brisbane boxer and school teacher Jeff Horn will face an important test when he takes on former welterweight world champion Randall Bailey at the Brisbane Convention Centre on March 2.
In attack, football heavily relies on three key concepts: ball movement, movement off the ball and quality.
“To bat as fearlessly as Sehwag, you need to have great confidence in your ability and the self belief that you are greater than any bowler, any attack”.
The Wests Tigers have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the NRL since their inception.
Two months ago Yoel Romero was a fighter on the rise. He just defeated Ronaldo Souza in a title eliminator contest at the heavily watched UFC 194 card.
Sri Lanka look to wrap up their Twenty20 series against India, with a game to play after a dominating victory in the first match a few days ago. Join The Roar for live scores of the match from 1am (AEDT).
South Africa finally managed a victory against England, meaning the one-day series is still alive going into the fourth match. Join The Roar for live scores from 10:30pm (AEDT).
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