From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The best two teams have made the grand final for 2014, but if Luke Hodge hadn’t made that smother inside the last minute, Port Adelaide would be in and would have deserved it.
The Sydney Swans are on the verge of winning their third premiership in 10 years. It has been a remarkable effort from a team which has refused to bottom out and slide down the ladder to rebuild.
Some have branded the 254.8-kilometre course around Ponferrada in north west Spain as too demanding for the sprinters. Others have claimed it’s not hilly enough for the climbers.
A couple of weeks ago comments on one of my articles moved to the topic of how to balance selections in a team based on the core roles of players in particular positions.
It’s hard to go past Johnathan Thurston and Sam Burgess as the finest brains and brawn respectively in the NRL this year, but neither player is the one other teams are trying to emulate.
I’m siding with Bulldogs coach Des Hasler – it’s hard to believe the Penrith Panthers are not favourites in the lead-up to Saturday’s preliminary final at ANZ Stadium.
The Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double. History says it’s extremely difficult to win both in the same year, with only seven riders able to claim that honour
Shane Watson’s latest injury could well result in either a Test debut for Mitch Marsh or the revival of Ben Hilfenhaus’ international career.
You’re snaking up Allambie Road and off in the distance you can see the floodlights hanging in the sky, like constellations guiding you forward.
Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are gearing up for a massive weekend of grand and preliminary finals in episode 54 of the Cheap Seats podcast.
Breakdown warrior Scott Fardy’s menacing scar on his forehead shows what the Wallabies are braced for at Newlands on Sunday morning (AEST).
Newcastle coach Phil Stubbins admits his overhauled squad lacks chemistry, but is confident they’ll find their spark in time for the A-League’s opening round next month.
Penrith skipper Jamie Soward has laughed off claims his side’s lack of big-games experience will be an issue in Saturday’s NRL preliminary final against Canterbury.
Sydney goes into the AFL grand final coming off a preliminary final belting of North Melbourne, and a fit and firing line-up that can’t find room for the likes of young gun Tom Mitchell and 2012 Norm Smith Medalist Ryan O’Keefe.
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With their season done and Mad Monday passed out in the corner without drama, it’s time to go against all of my instincts and try to help Manly to help themselves.
At the top of today’s column, I will stick my neck out and predict we are heading for a Roosters-Bulldogs grand final.
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I love the Rugby World Cup, it is a celebration of rugby – the opportunity to see 20 teams compete in a tournament where every game has relevance.
May 18th, 2003 was a historic day in rugby league. On that day at Brookvale Oval, the Manly Sea Eagles won the first ever game under golden point rules, beating Parramatta 36-34.
The Panthers’ march into the major semi-final this weekend has echoes of their triumphant 2003 campaign.
Although the Manly/Dogs, Sharks/Dragons, Broncos/Titans rivalries, and there are plenty of others, have plenty of history and venom behind them, make absolutely no mistake about it, league’s biggest rivalry is between the Rabbitohs and the Roosters.
It’s been reported that Manchester City are looking Everton’s Ross Barkley as a potential target to fill the homegrown player requirements under which all English clubs have to operate.
In a month the Manikato Stakes will take place at Moonee Valley racecourse. So who will you back in the battle between Lankan Rupee and Terravista?
The question this week for the Hawks fans is will Alastair Clarkson and his men be the last ones standing at the end of September?
This year’s finals series has been full of controversy and thrilling finishes, and I don’t expect that to end this weekend.
Now that we’re down to the final two teams contesting the grand final, predicting who will win has become a lot easier – and not just because there are now only two teams left.
The grand final can be decided by a single moment of brilliance or madness by the players and coaches. What are the most important plays in grand final history?
This July, an open letter published in Sports Illustrated confirmed the hopes and fears of many; LeBron James was returning to his spiritual home of Cleveland, Ohio to play for his home-state Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rugby union would make a good fiction novel – we have all the essentials.
When the benefits outweigh the costs, it is deemed a sound investment. For Australian rugby, this means pick Will Skelton.
Brisbane City and Queensland Country face off in the first Queensland derby of the NRC on Sunday at Ballymore.
Many thought the Power would struggle to stay in the September race in 2014.
Coach Heyneke Meyer’s habit of giving younger players token time on the totem pole is unlikely to see the Springbok tribe riding off with the Webb Ellis Cup next year.
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