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Oh, Leichhardt, be the scene for an NRL stunner on Sunday

I’m hoping North Queensland beat Gold Coast on Saturday night, if for no other reason than I’d love to go to Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon for a rocking good time with everything on the line for Wests Tigers against Canberra.

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You heard it here first: Whoever wins the second qualifying final wins the flag

Now that the dust is settled I can revisit my Round 1 prophesies. I underestimated The Giants and overestimated the Power. Apart from that, I was more or less spot on.

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ARU Alert: Has Michael Cheika gone rogue?

The ARU has a major problem confronting it. The embattled Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has gone rogue.

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There’s plenty at stake when the Socceroos return to Perth

Australia’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq on Thursday is about more than just Perth being handed the chance to host the Socceroos again.

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AFL Power Rankings: Round 23

Here’s what we learned from Round 23 of the AFL season: while there are eight teams playing finals, the real interest surrounds the top six.

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US college coaches convinced Sydney Cup will happen again

Victorious University of California Golden Bears head coach Sonny Dykes says he anticipates the Sydney Football College Cup becoming an annual event after Saturday’s game against University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors attracted a crowd of 61,247.

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Riewoldt can lead Saints to September in 2017

Just a few weeks shy of his 34th birthday, Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt has strong claims to earn his sixth All-Australian jumper after booting nine goals to cap a brilliant season.

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At last, finals are here – plus more talking points from AFL Round 23

A thrilling – and for everyone but Hawthorn fans, frustrating – game at the MCG where the Hawks ran out winners by a single point has locked in an opening week of very appealing finals matches.

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Lions’ chairman says Leppitsch had to go

Brisbane’s declining performance under Justin Leppitsch left the Lions with little choice but to sack him as coach, chairman Bob Sharpless says.

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AFL announces 40-man All Australian squad

The AFL’s All-Australian side will be stacked with new faces this year, with some 24 potential debutants included in a preliminary squad.

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Justin Leppitsch sacked as Brisbane Lions coach

Justin Leppitsch has been sacked as coach of the Lions, with the 40-year-old being handed his marching orders following Brisbane’s 58-point loss to St Kilda in the final round of the AFL season on Sunday.

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There are few more friendly ‘away’ trips than the 10-minute walk in the park awaiting Greater Western Sydney in week one of the AFL finals.

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Pick a winner? Impossible – plus more talking points from the NRL weekend

If you are trying to pick a premier a week out from the end of the season, I wish the absolute best of luck to you, because it is just about the impossible task.

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AFL trade rumours: Prestia confirms trade request with facebook post

Dion Prestia has officially confirmed that he is seeking a trade away from the Gold Coast Suns, writing an open letter to Suns fans on his facebook page on Sunday afternoon.

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AFL Finals fixtures week one: Who plays who, where and when

After much suspense and mathematics, the first week of finals has finally been locked in! The fixtures for week one of the AFL Finals in season 2016 are as follows:

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Sack Michael Cheika? No way, he’s the best man for the job

The rumblings are getting louder to sack Michael Cheika as Wallaby coach.

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David Swallow Gold Coast Suns AFL 2014

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Benji Marshall passing for St George Illawarra

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Steve Smith

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Taylor Walker Adelaide Crows AFL 2016

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Reece Hodge of the Rebels

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Super Rugby trophy as of 2016

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Vuelta a Espana 2016: Stage 10 live race updates, blog

Before they can enjoy the first rest day of La Vuelta a Espana 2016 the peloton must first overcome a challenging summit finish on Lagos de Covadonga. Can new race leader David de la Cruz successfully defend his red jersey? Join The Roar for live updates and commentary from 11pm (AEST). Measuring 188.7 kilometres in […]

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Parramatta Eels vs St George Illawarra Dragons highlights: NRL scores, blog

The Parramatta Eels will be looking for a rare win when they host the struggling St George Illawarra Dragons at Pirtek Stadium on Monday night. Join us on The Roar from 7pm (AEST) to follow all of the action and join in on our live blog.

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South Africa vs New Zealand: International cricket, second Test – Day 3 live scores

South Africa are in a commanding position to take the second Test and series, with a draw now looking likely to be the best option for New Zealand, who will need to put in a massive recovery effort. Join The Roar for live scores of Day 3 from 6pm (AEST).

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The Wrap: Wallabies regain credibility? You have to be kidding

Forget any nonsense spoken about the Wallabies clawing back lost credibility in Wellington on Saturday. That’s just pure straw clutching.

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The stage is set for an exciting AFL finals series

After 23 rounds of the regular season, only eight teams remain and over the next month will fight it out over the course of nine matches for the AFL’s ultimate prize – the premiership.

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Essendon 2016 report card: Tough going for the banned Bombers

With Essendon finishing as predicted in last on the AFL ladder, we look at what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong for the Bombers in a suspension-hit 2016.

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Four lessons we’ve learned from the 2016 NRL season

By Taking it one week at a time, 29 Aug 2016
Four lessons we’ve learned from the 2016 NRL season

With the 2016 NRL season drawing to a close, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at some of the key points to take from the year that’s been.

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Springboks display failed game plan of a failed coach

Five Test matches into his tenure as Springbok head coach and the verdict is now in: Allister Coetzee is a failed coach.

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College Football 2016: Sydney Cup heroes and villains

It was a day that, at times, didn’t seem completely real. College football in Australia?

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How do we get improvement out of our referees?

By The EYE-BALL Opinion, 29 Aug 2016
How do we get improvement out of our referees?

Every week we watch this game and watch players concede penalties as a means for defensive lines to be reset.

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Optus, EPL and two smoking barrels

By Karlo Tychsen, 29 Aug 2016
Optus, EPL and two smoking barrels

Nothing like a harmless little joke to kick off a Sunday morning.

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The psychology behind Cate Campbell’s Olympic heartbreak

By Let the one king rule, 29 Aug 2016
The psychology behind Cate Campbell’s Olympic heartbreak

Cate Campbell’s shortcoming in the Rio Olympics 100m freestyle final was disappointing, but still expected.

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Vuelta a Espana 2016: Stage 9 live race updates, blog

Stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana finds the riders hitting another finish on the climb on a relatively short day in the saddle. Join The Roar from 11pm (AEST) for all the live race highlights and updates.

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Belgian Grand Prix highlights: Rosberg wins, Ricciardo 2nd after chaotic race

Race wrap: The gap between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is now back to nine points, and despite Rosberg winning the race, it can be argued that Hamilton is the big winner from this weekend as a whole.

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Sri Lanka vs Australia highlights: Third ODI Cricket scores, blog

Australia will be looking to make amends in the Third ODI against Sri Lanka, after going 1-1 in the series to date. Join The Roar for live scores from the game and a live blog of the match, starting from 7pm (AEST).

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South Africa vs New Zealand: International cricket, second Test – Day 2 live scores

After a dominant first day, South Africa are in the driver’s seat to take the second Test and series against New Zealand, but the match will need to progress at a faster rate for a result to be assured. Join The Roar for live scores of Day 2 from 6pm (AEST).

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Fremantle Dockers captain Matthew Pavlich makes his way onto the ground

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Akulia Uate of the Knights

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Shaun Burgoyne Sam Mitchell AFL Hawthorn Hawks 2016

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Shaun Johnson running with football

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Tim Membrey of the Saints

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Romain Poite Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship 2016

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Argentina full-back Joaquin Tuculet.

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Juventus coach Maxi Allegri

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Serena William Venus Williams Wimbledon Tennis 2016

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