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Fewer but more engaged viewers for V8 Supercars on Channel 10

V8 Supercars entered into its new-look television landscape last weekend at the season-opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide. And the results in terms of viewers were to be expected.

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Practice games are an evil necessity

When West Coast’s Eric McKenzie and Bulldog Tom Liberatore had their seasons ruined by crumpled knees in the first round of AFL practices matches last weekend, many began questioning the worth of holding a pre-season competition at all.

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Shane Watson’s greatest failure

I have always been Shane Watson’s greatest defender. Amid all the ridicule, the opprobrium and abuse, I stood by this brave, blonde man.

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Randwick Guineas, Australian Guineas: Group 1 tips and preview

It’s always a great race day when we’re greeted with a Group 1 for three-year-olds over the classic mile distance. It’s a confusing and disappointing day when we’re greeted with two.

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Athletes are just people, so why expect them to be role models?

In the aftermath of my SMH column and the interviews I gave last week regarding the illicit drug scandal, I’ve noticed a recurrent debate: are athletes role models?

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Winning the NRL Premiership: United teams come away with the glory

Season 2015 is just moments away from starting and I can’t wait. Like all of you, I’m dreaming that this year my boys will get to the last day of the season and win the grand final.

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MUNCE: The most challenging thing about being a trainer isn’t the horses

I was lucky enough to have another winner this week with Lucky Black in Ipswich. The strike-rate for the stable is getting up there, and at this stage it’s just been a matter of having the right horse in the right race.

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The MCG’s cheap food and drink could change Aussie sport

In case you missed it, the MCG earlier this week waved the white flag in its battle with Tullamarine Airport for the title of Worst-Value Eatery in Melbourne.

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MASCORD: Clubs, not representative commitments, are to blame for overload

It is extremely revelatory to learn that the withering demands on NRL players that we read about every second day may not be the faults of international football and the World Club Series after all.

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Another chance Af-gone-istan after Clarke inexplicably hides

Four games into this World Cup campaign, and Michael Clarke has faced 18 balls. In fact, after sending down five overs against Afghanistan, he’s bowled more than he’s hit.

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Super Rugby expert tipping: Round 4

Yet more improvements from the experts in Round 3, with three of us snagging seven out of a possible eight points, and the other three netting six points.

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Rabbitohs start season in top gear

The normally expressionless NRL boss Dave Smith should have a huge smile after the season started at Suncorp last night with a bang. Premiers South Sydney treated league fans to a 36-6 romp over the Broncos.

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Concussion, not conspiracies, keeping Fernando Alonso from racing

For all of Formula One’s communicative strengths – its huge potential audience reach and its many marketing dollars – it leaves much to be desired when it comes to speaking off-script.

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Cheap Seats 64: NRL kicks-off amidst a sporting smorgasbord

Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are recycling old jokes and trying new formats in Episode 64 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has urged his team to swap their tag of the A-League’s great performers and become ruthless winners ahead of their table-topping meeting with Perth.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says it will be “hard” – but not impossible – for Karmichael Hunt to force his way back into Rugby World Cup calculations.

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Karmichael Hunt

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Central Coast manager Phil Moss

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AB de Villiers

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Panthers coach Ivan Cleary. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Wayne Drought)

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Rabbitohs' Greg Inglis runs the ball during the 2014 NRL Grand Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

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Australia's Shane Watson walks back to the dressing rooms. AAP Image/Ben Macmahon

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[VIDEO] Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles highlights: NRL live scores, blog

The second game of Round 1 sees the Parramatta Eels take on the Manly Sea Eagles from Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta. Join The Roar from 7:30pm (AEDT) for what is sure to be an exciting game.

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India vs West Indies: 2015 Cricket World Cup live scores, blog

Defending champions India are a win away from being the second team after hosts New Zealand to book their spot in the quarter finals, while the West Indies will be looking to get a win after the mauling they received in Sydney from South Africa. Join The Roar for live scores and updates from 5:30pm […]

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Manly’s thumping shows the ride is over

I’m a one-eyed Manly fan. There, it’s out of the way. Now, let me put something out there: last night’s loss wasn’t a fluke.

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The AFL must preserve the father-son rule

The AFL’s father-son rule, however archaic, is a feature of the game which must be preserved, not abolished or limited under the guise of equalisation.

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The best can’t tame the WACA, so don’t judge the associates for failing

The Afghanistan team stood side by side, arms around each other, eyes shut, belting out every word of their national anthem.

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What did we learn from the Lions’ win over the Swans?

Brisbane appear to have intensified their ‘moving cage’ game plan, which involves flooding around the ball and then sprinting back into an open forward line when they rebound.

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El Classico live: A Madridista’s dream come true

It’s late August 2014, and the Spanish Football League spits out the fixture list for season 2014-15.

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Why the world’s biggest ever fight could be boring

Countless articles are being written regarding the biggest and richest fight in boxing history. But the world could be witnessing a boring match in Las Vegas, Nevada come May 2.

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The England cricket team are an absolute shambles

On an overcast Saturday, a friend and I were trading jokes, trying to make other laugh. He triumphed with six simple words: “I’ll tell you a joke: England.”

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Why the All Blacks won’t win the World Cup (and why they will)

The World Cup is on its way and as per usual New Zealand are firming as the front-runners to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.

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2015 NHL trade deadline winners

By Andrew Kitchener, Today
2015 NHL trade deadline winners

It’s nice to be able to write about my team in a good light, and the New York Rangers were one of the big winners during the 2015 NHL trade period.

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Evolving the Australian football structure (Part 3)

If the English Premier League has taught Australian football anything, it’s that within the next couple of broadcast-deal cycles the centre of power will shift to the A-League’s clubs.

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The A-League will never walk alone with a team in Liverpool

Expansion of the A-League is a much-discussed topic, with franchises from Canberra, Geelong, Tasmania and Wollongong suggested. But what about Liverpool?

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Tasmanian three-year-old Admiral ventures north of his home state for the first time to take on the big guns at Flemington in the Australian Guineas.

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NHL 2015 trade deadline losers

By Andrew Kitchener, Today

With the NHL trade deadline closed, who came out looking worse for wear?

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Will Bradman’s average ever be broken?

99.94 – the four digits that best describe the remarkable cricketing career of Sir Donald George Bradman, who is widely regarded as Australia’s greatest ever sportsperson, and was lauded by former Prime Minister John Howard as the “greatest living Australian.”

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Travis Cloke of the Collingwood Magpies. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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Sydney City FC player Marc Janko

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Western Force's Nick Cummins scores intercept try against Waratahs

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Daniel Hannebery of the Swans kicks during the AFL Round 15 match between the Sydney Swans and the Brisbane. (Photo: Craig Golding/AFL Media)

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Sam Cane of the Chiefs celebrates a try. AAP Image/Mark Dadswell

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Wallabies player Israel Folau

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New All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. AAP Images

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen looks on

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Ireland's New Zealand coach Joe Schmidt

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