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Sydney FC must get their next coach right

It’s time Sydney FC made good on their promise to become one of Asia’s biggest clubs. If ever the Sky Blues are to become a serious force, they cannot afford to get another coaching appointment wrong.

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Service, sacrifice and, um, selling the game

I understand it’s about to change, but I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that the AFL has, so far, declined to play games on Good Friday.

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Super Rugby Expert tips – Round 11

Another decent round of tipping for Round 10, with fives and sixes everywhere. Our universal selection of the Sharks as our Powerplays went well, too, thankfully.

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Anzac Day a reminder of the hyperbole in sport

Prior to many sporting events this long weekend, teams and officials will gather together along with spectators, stand in silence and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice paid by those who gave their life for this country in various conflicts.

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SMITHY: Referees rule, okay?

Here we go again. Round 7 and the howling about matches being decided by poor decisions is loud and long. The Cowboys have gone so far as to collect their ‘wrongs’ into a long list to ensure everyone knows how badly they have been treated.

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True greats Malthouse and Roos are hard to fathom

Cards on the table from the get go: I am not an AFL fan. Far from it. But I respect the fact that the 18-man game is the biggest and most successful football code in the country by the length of the straight.

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Benji and the Sharks: a match made on Struggle Street?

Its 3:30am in rugby league’s dodgy discotheque and after a night of rejection, our two out-of-sorts stragglers catch one another’s eye across the sticky, smoke-filled dance floor.

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This week on The Roar Rugby Show I’ll look at: How the table positions are shaping up as we enter the second half of Super Rugby 2014

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Why MotoGP needs a Casey Stoner return

As Casey Stoner watches from the sidelines, his replacement at the factory Honda MotoGP team, Marc Marquez, is crushing the opposition in his second season in the premier class.

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A ‘washed up’ Benji Marshall has denied he’s set to join Cronulla but admits his promise to not play for another NRL team than the Wests Tigers was premature.

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Is it Aussie rules, rugby, or a rodeo show? Fremantle coach Ross Lyon isn’t sure what to make of AFL games anymore, and he’s putting the blame squarely on umpires.

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Central Coast Mariners have been eliminated from the Asian Champions League following a 1-0 loss to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan.

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With Glenn Stewart forced to leave Manly because of the salary cap, his undying loyalty towards the Sea Eagles doesn’t mean anything.

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Gifty’s departure could trigger another Sea Eagles’ premiership

Manly’s central brick has been removed, and the wall could come tumbling down sooner than many think.

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Cheap Seats episode 36: Failed conversions

Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are biding their time on the bench in episode 36 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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What Stewart’s signing means for Souths and Manly

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have secured the services of Glenn Stewart for the next two seasons after the Manly back rower put pen to paper with the famous Redfern club.

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Bernard Foley of the NSW Waratahs scores in the second half against the Melbourne Rebels. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Benji Marshall in action. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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The Richmond Cheer Squad

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Benji Marshall can't lead the Tigers to a win over Souths

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The Wanderer's Youssouf Hersi

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Shane Warne

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Belgian cyclist Phillipe Gilbert

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All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock engulfs the Wallabies' James Slipper in the second Bledisloe. (AAP Image/NZN IMAGE, SNPA, John Cowpland)

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Orica-GreenEDGE celebrate after winning the team time trial at Nice in Stage 4 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Sky).

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Are there fewer free kicks in 2014?

By Ryan Buckland, Today
Are there fewer free kicks in 2014?

Ross Lyon made the headlines on Wednesday with his assertion that there has been a distinct shift in the way AFL games are being umpired in 2014. Specifically, Lyon said, “There are free kicks that were being paid last year that aren’t being paid this year…

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Gamesmanship and arrogance – where to draw the line?

Despite current expectations for champions to display both off-field class and arrogant on-field ascendancy, their combative instincts are rarely far from the surface.

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Is it time for Good Friday racing?

By Cody Winnell, Today
Is it time for Good Friday racing?

Another Easter rolls by and another debate is had about what should or should not be held on Good Friday.

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The UFC needs a new lease on life

Ever since former welterweight champion Georges Saint-Pierre vacated his title following UFC 167, the UFC has lost some notable spark.

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So the David Moyes experiment has ended in a childish and embarrassing way. This has been the case with any news coming out of Manchester United this season.

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The Barca-fication of the AFL

By Andrew Collister, Today New author!

The arguments that AFL is turning into a different sport are hardly new. There has been the debate that AFL is turning into rugby, and before that it was supposed to be basketball.

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SBW’s withdrawal shows Anzac Test is a dud

Sonny Bill Williams decision to boycott the Anzac Test next Friday night is another blow to the credibility of the fixture.

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Footy fans need to stop whinging and enjoy the game

I am staggered at the negativity being directed towards AFL at the moment.

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Benji should Marshall the Cowboys

Benji Marshall is returning to the NRL, but as of yet we do not know what club he will be playing for.

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Time to change suspensions

By gurudoright, Today
Time to change suspensions

When is an advantage not really an advantage in the NRL? For too many years I have seen the referees bottle it when it comes to binning a player for a foul on another player.

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History will not judge the Moyes era well

The manner in which David Moyes was sacked is another glaring example of how far Manchester United has fallen.

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Mariners arrive in Japan with a bag of excuses

The little club that won’t go away has arrived in Japan for Match Day 6 of their 2014 Asian Champions League tilt.

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The plethora of players within New Zealand rugby has been well documented in recent years. It is a source of pride among many Kiwis.

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In the months of March, April and early May, Australia’s four football codes are in full swing. Super Rugby, NRL and AFL have commenced their seasons, while the A-League heads towards the end of their competition.

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Has the ‘Big Show’ finally arrived?

By Mellad Ibrahimi, Today
Has the ‘Big Show’ finally arrived?

Since his international debut, Glenn Maxwell has been teasing us. We saw glimpses of raw talent and jaw-dropping shots that were either incredibly imaginative or just plain stupid.

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Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich: UEFA Champions League live scores, blog

It’s a battle of the titans as Real Madrid host Bayern Munich in the first leg of what should be a fiercely contested Champions League semi-final. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:45am (AEST).

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Central Coast Mariners players celebrate scoring against Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima in their AFC Champions League football match in Gosford some 100kms north of Sydney on March 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO/William

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British and Irish Lions captain Paul O'Connell, left, and head coach Warren Gatland attend a news conference in Hong Kong ahead of their match with Barbarians. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Despite his long-term deal, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is under pressure to succeed this season.

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Jockey Craig Newitt riding Lankan Rupee

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The Offer and jockey Tommy Berry

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An empty ANZ Stadium with rugby posts configuration

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