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Brisbane City & Sydney Stars ensure NRC kicks off with a bang

The much discussed third tier competition in Australia has kicked off with Brisbane City hosting the Sydney Stars at Ballymore in Brisbane.

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Why your side won’t win in 2014, statistically

We are now at the business end of proceedings for season 2014 and with three rounds remaining we have a pretty good idea who is going to make the eight and who will miss out.

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Tour’s loss, Vuelta’s Gain: Michael Matthews

My mum thinks Bling can win the Tour de France someday. And she’s probably right.

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Time to take the onus for the Brownlow Medal off the umpires

Since 1924, the Brownlow Medal has been presented to the best and fairest player in the VFL/AFL as voted by the match-day umpires.

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Home and away Tests, more than just a TV soapie

Home advantage has always played a big part in cricket, as it probably has in all international sports. But these days it makes a huge difference in Test cricket.

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SPIRO: McKenzie creates Wallaby mind-games for the All Blacks

For the past two weeks I’ve been wondering why Ewen McKenzie has announced his starting Wallaby XV and reserves a couple of days before he needed to do so.

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How young is too young to compete in elite motorsports?

Sixteen-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen isn’t old enough to hold a driver’s license in most countries, yet he will soon be on the Formula One grid with Scuderia Toro Rosso.

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What do you do with the Demons?

Last Sunday, Melbourne Football Club played one of the worst AFL games I’ve ever seen. Think World War II Italy crossed with the dying days of Fitzroy. Three goals, sixteen behinds, in a carnival of sporting poverty.

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Who the hell is going to win the 2014 NRL premiership?

With three rounds left in the regular season, I’m struggling to nominate who the 2014 NRL premiers will be.

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The sound of heartbreak: Neale Daniher, my hero

When Neale Daniher’s knee crumpled beneath him in the next to last game of the 1981 VFL season, the football world was robbed of one of its most promising rising stars.

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National Rugby Championship: Round 1 preview

And so it begins. Six months after its announcement, and seven years after the demise of its predecessor, the ARU’s new professional nine-team national rugby competition, the National Rugby Championship, kicks off tonight at the spiritual home of Queensland rugby, Ballymore Oval.

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The latest ASADA move will end in a stalemate… again

This week’s development in ASADA’s probe into Cronulla for alleged drug-taking looks to be headed straight for the courts.

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Ewen McKenzie is his own man

When Ewen McKenzie took over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in August last year, he made it crystal clear from the beginning it was ‘his way, or the highway’.

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Referees to signal restart after 40/20 kick

Referees will blow their whistles to signal when a tap restart can be taken after a 40/20 kick from tonight.

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Fresh faces named in Socceroos squad

A-League young guns Terry Antonis and Tomi Juric have been included in a 20-man Socceroos squad for upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Saudi Arabia.

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All Blacks lose Kaino, Nonu

The All Blacks have lost their enforcer, Jerome Kaino, for at least a month in a major blow heading into Saturday’s return Bledisloe clash with the Wallabies at Eden Park.

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The New South Wales State of Origin rugby league captain Paul Gallen. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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Wanderers' fans rejoice in A-League season 2013/2014 (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Nic White kicks the ball during the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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People enjoy watching the horses within the Theatre of Horses at Derby Day Randwick. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Pat McCutcheon and Wycliff Palu model the Waratahs' charity jersey (photo: Waratahs)

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Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett addresses the fans during a Hawthorn Supporters Day at Glenferrie Oval in Melbourne (Slattery Media Group).

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Dejected Richmond players leave the ground

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Issac Luke and the Rabbitohs celebrate

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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wests Tigers: NRL live scores, blog

Round 24 of the NRL kicks off with the Canterbury Bulldogs hosting the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium for Thursday night football. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEST).

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Brisbane City vs Sydney Stars: NRC live scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Brisbane City have claimed the opening match of the 2014 National Rugby Championship with a 45-20 victory against the Sydney Stars at Ballymore.

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Mind the gap: The class gulf between state league and A-League

Somewhere out in the open plains of Australia’s footballing landscape, there’s a wide gaping chasm. It separates most from a privileged few, and swallows almost all who dare to attempt to cross it.

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The Wallabies don’t need a 10, they need a general

Who is your Wallaby number 10 – Kurtley Beale? Bernard Foley? Both? Sick of this debate yet? You shouldn’t be. It’s just getting started.

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NRL’s academic team of the year is a gold star for the code

On Tuesday the rugby league community celebrated the 2014 NRL-RLPA Academic Team of the Year.

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Priority picks are wasted on the Demons

The Demons have asked for a priority pick at this year’s draft, but the AFL should consider the bigger picture before granting such a wish.

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A Canberra home for the FFA Cup final

Wembley, home of the FA Cup. The Olympiastadion in Berlin, home of the DFB-Pokal. The Stade de France, home of the Coup de France.

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Saturday 18/06: Horses to watch this Spring

Saturday’s racing in the San Domenico Stakes and the Vain Stakes, among others, unearthed a few more runners that we should keep an eye on this Spring.

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Why 1980 was year zero for our modern game

The year 1980 was a year in football that has reverberated massively right through to this day.

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Baudo’s Brownlow brief: Can Ablett still clinch the medal?

I reckon there are few blokes sitting around at home thinking what if regarding the Brownlow Medal. Individual accolades are often played down by players. We always hear them say things like, ‘the premiership is more important’.

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What’s so bad about a scrum?

By Louis McIntyre, Today
What’s so bad about a scrum?

I rather like the rugby league scrum, and I would hate to see it go.

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Bye-bye Fuifui, thanks for all the memories

To say Fuifui Moimoi is a cult figure at the Eels is an understatement.

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Boomer’s suspension a blessing in disguise

Veteran Kangaroo Brent Harvey has accepted the AFL tribunal’s punishment of a three-week suspension for misconduct against Bulldog tagger Liam Picken.

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Jedinak must lead Palace out of quagmire

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak’s latest challenge is leading his club team, Crystal Palace, to safety once more.

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The Melbourne Saints: How the AFL can make a right from two wrongs

Although much has been made of Melbourne’s improvement in 2014, Sunday was not one step back, it was three.

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Duane Vermeulen can hold his own with the best

In the aftermath of the first round of the Rugby Championship I couldn’t help but notice a lot of talk surrounding the performances of Kieran Read and Wycliff Palu.

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen looks on

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Wallabies players look on during the national anthem before the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Australia's Darius Boyd scores their second try during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final match between Australia and Fiji at Wembley Stadium in London, England on November 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

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Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates

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