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What was wrong with James O’Connor last night?

All James O’Connor had to do on his return to Australia was stand up, be counted, and pack his bags for the Rugby Championship, and the Rugby World Cup. Not any more.

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Rebuild shouldn’t be a dirty word at Carlton

Yes, it’s a rebuild. You can spin the current state of the Carlton Football Club any way you like, but it’s still a rebuild.

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Fresh Crusaders to topple the Waratahs in a do-or-die match

Saturday’s rematch of last year’s Super Rugby final between the Crusaders and the Waratahs promises to be the match of the round.

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MASCORD: Star Trek vs Star Wars, and how this all relates to Josh McGuire

It was the plan all along to change the subject as quickly as possible.

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Independent review of Eels can only be a good thing

Parramatta fans should welcome the penalties issued by the NRL for the Eels breaching the salary cap, if only because it will prompt thorough examination of the way the club operates.

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Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg has hurriedly tried to hose down an explosive comment about coach Mick Malthouse’s AFL future.

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Parramatta are adamant their NRL salary cap problems will not stop prized signings Kieran Foran and Beau Scott honouring their contracts.

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The NSW Waratahs are wary of a vengeful and surging Crusaders side heading into Saturday’s crucial Super Rugby clash.

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Tinkler’s demise a lesson for all fans of sport in Australia

It was inevitable. The removal of Nathan Tinkler from the Newcastle Jets, and indeed football in Australia, was five years in the making.

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We have overrated Port Adelaide

Throughout this season, Port Adelaide have frequently been referred to as a member of the ‘Big Four’. The truth is, they don’t deserve to be bracketed with Fremantle, Hawthorn and Sydney.

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The ten-round NRL review: Why your team won’t win a thing

What gives, rugby league? Ten rounds of footydata is supposed to give us a settled snapshot of affairs, not a competition table with enough bottlenecks to give Sydney’s inner-west a run for its money.

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A-League must be pieced together in off-season

Winter is coming, and the impending storm has potential to rattle House A-League. A decade on since the A-League’s inception, progress should be the go-to word.

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Gallop faces a tenure-defining six months as FFA chief executive

Season 10 of the A-League was supposed to be a lot smoother. On the back of Asian Cup success, record-breaking membership numbers and one of the most competitive campaigns to date David Gallop would have been looking forward to toasting a job well done.

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Riding the wave with J.R. Smith

“I’m kind of like an ocean. Everything is calm, calm, calm. I’m good. When the ball goes up in the air, the waves start rocking.”

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Believe it or not, there is a life after footy

The criticism Kane Cornes received when he announced he was quitting football to pursue a career in the fire brigade is hard to fathom.

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Friday Night Forecast: Pick your margin

Normal programming resumes as the Blues and Cats face off in this week’s Friday night football.

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Mercedes-F1

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Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of China

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The Waratahs backs celebrate (Photo: Ashleigh Knight)

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Referee Jaco Peyper of South Africa

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Jockey Glenn Boss (left) rides Srikandi to win race 5 during the Doomben 10,000 Day at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane, Saturday, May 24, 2014.

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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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The grandstand at Flemington Racecourse

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Andrew Bogut

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.

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The Roar of the crowd

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Gold Coast Suns vs Collingwood Magpies: AFL live scores, blog

The Gold Coast Suns and Collingwood Magpies are both desperate to get on the winners list when they meet today at Metricon Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 4.35pm AEST.

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GWS Giants vs Adelaide Crows: AFL live scores, blog

The Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Adelaide Crows have been two of the AFL’s biggest improvers in 2015, and one of them can climb further up the ladder today at Spotless Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 2:10pm (AEST).

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St Kilda Saints vs West Coast Eagles: AFL live scores, blog

The St Kilda Saints face a tough task today when they host a resurgent West Coast Eagles outfit at Etihad Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1.45pm AEST.

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Breaking down the 2015 French Open draws

By mastermind5991, Today Video
Breaking down the 2015 French Open draws

The draws for the 2015 French Open have been released and there will be some interesting matches to look forward to as Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova seek to successfully defend their titles.

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The sweet and sour of the AFL drafts: Adelaide Crows

Booms and busts. Hits and misses. Highs and lows. Treasure and trash. We’ve heard every combination of the absolute steals and the absolute disasters that have come before us in the phenomenon that is the AFL Draft.

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A library fit for a football museum

In May 2015, Football Federation Australia (FFA) published its Whole of Football Plan. Within that document it announced plans for the creation of a football museum within an ‘Australian home of football’.

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Give them a break, no referee means no game

Umpires and referees are human and make mistakes. When a rugby player misses a tackle and his opponent scores a try, you are annoyed but you don’t hurl abuse at the player.

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Is AB de Villiers the most complete batsman in the world?

After Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket, my interest in the game started to drop. I started criticising everything about the game, to become very negative about all forms of cricket.

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2015 Giro d’Italia: Contador loses race lead as Porte’s horror week continues

Fabio Aru is the new leader of the 2015 Giro d’Italia, after a crash near the end of Stage 13 cost Alberto Contador precious seconds, and all but ended Australian Richie Porte’s slim hopes of overall victory.

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Track bias: Fact or fiction?

“How did that win?” is often the question asked by my punting mates or the crusty ‘Old Salty’ down at the pub or TAB.

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Relegation and Europa qualification still on the line in EPL

The last round of the English Premier League and it’s do or die for the teams at the bottom of the table. So who’s going down? Who will we greet next season? Let’s jump straight into it.

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Somewhere just outside the all-conquering shadow of the Australian Cricket team sits a lone figure, quietly accumulating runs in the name of redemption.

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Bye-bye to ANZ for the Tahs

By Michael Essa, Today
Bye-bye to ANZ for the Tahs

It is with mixed feelings that I prepare to head to ANZ stadium on Saturday night to watch my beloved Waratahs take on the mighty Crusaders.

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French Open 2015: How to watch it on television, radio, and online

The 2015 French Open starts on Sunday with Fox Sports having live and exclusive coverage of the event.

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2015 Giro d’Italia: Stage 13 coverage, results

Stage Result: Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia might have looked like a rest day for the General Classification riders but it turned out to be anything but as Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida) took out the stage in a much reduced bunch sprint.

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[VIDEO] Carlton Blues vs Geelong Cats highlights: AFL live scores, blog

The Carlton Blues will be eager to regain some respectability when they take on an inconsistent Geelong Cats at the Etihad Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEST).

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Issac Luke

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Will Genia about to feed the ball into the scrum

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The Chiefs perform the Haka after their win against the Sharks in the Super Rugby grand final

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England's batsman Joe Root holds his head as he walks back to pavilion

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Houston Rockets' James Harden

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Andrew Walker of the Blues looks on after a loss

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Manu Mau chases Peter Wallace

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Luke Parker of the Swans celebrates

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Wallabies captain Michael Hooper

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