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The currency of conversion: The true value of goal kickers

Goal kickers are like clean underwear on a camping trip; you don’t realise how valuable they are until they’re gone.

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Sorry Fitzy, Alan Jones is needed on the ARU board, not as Waratahs coach

You have to hand it to Peter FitzSimons, he has come up with the killer idea that Alan Jones should coach the Waratahs.

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The A-League has got the grand final it deserves

Melbourne Victory never looked troubled in beating Brisbane Roar in their A-League semi-final, setting up a dream grand final showdown against Sydney FC.

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Pundits must have more patience for our developing tall forwards

They aren’t known for their patience, and AFL pundits have once again been caught out in recent weeks engaging in premature groupthink regarding the development and talent of some of the game’s emerging young key position talents.

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The Wrap: Gibson cracks a smile but no joy for other Aussie franchises

The benefit of Australian derbies was highlighted again this weekend. There was guaranteed joy for at least one team, in this case the Waratahs, while the other sides experienced more suffering against New Zealand and South African opposition.

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John O’Shea splits from Godolphin as the empire struggles

Godolphin’s head trainer, John O’Shea, will leave the Australian arm of the mega racing operation as he takes an extended break from training.

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John Coates remains the right candidate for the AOC’s top job

Next Saturday will be one of the most intense moments in Australian sport for a long time when the Australian Olympic Committee presidency will be up for grabs between incumbent John Coates and challenger Danni Roche.

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Seven quick takes from AFL Round 6

What a week of footy – I tipped a massive five out of nine this week and honestly, I consider myself lucky. There’s plenty to talk about, and some big calls that it’s time to make. It’s time for some quick takes.

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Raiders stand down Josh Papalii for drink driving

The news goes from bad to worse for Josh Papalii, who has now been dropped for two weeks by the Raiders just days after being axed from the Kangaroos squad for a drink driving incident.

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Woods hit out at Wests Tigers with scathing assessment

Outgoing Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods claims the NRL club knew he would never meet a deadline to re-sign they imposed on him late last month.

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“We go to Sydney with all the confidence in the world”: Victory ready for grand final heist

A resurgent Melbourne Victory plan the biggest heist in A-League grand final history on Sunday, and they’ll have an army of support to help them do it.

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Heavyweight Sydney cast Perth aside

It started out with Perth posturing admirably with the premiers. “We’ve scored as many goals as you lot”, their opening 15 minutes proclaimed, with sharp inroads made into the Sydney defensive third, Diego Castro, Adam Taggart and, yes, even Marc Warren streaming forward.

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Anthony Griffin will survive thanks to Ivan Cleary

Many believe that Penrith should sack Anthony Griffin, which is crazy to think considering the historically unshakeable bond that exists between clubs and coaches.

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Can the Pacific Test become the Origin of our time?

In sports, authenticity is everything.

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Wladimir Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua: Preview and prediction

To become the poster boy of heavyweight boxing, British knockout merchant Anthony Joshua has to take out Wladimir Klitschko, the sport’s last great big man.

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Seven things you won’t hear at the footy – and five things you will

1. “Second row!” Once upon a time, children, scrums were ‘contested’ by two sets of six forwards, who would bind together, lock horns and push.

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Clay Smith Western Bulldogs AFL Final 2016

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A dejected Waratahs during their Super Rugby loss to the Hurricanes

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Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing

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Brian Lara batting for West Indies

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Steve Menzies. Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines rugby league tournament. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Day 2, Sunday February 2014. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/www.Photosport.co.nz

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Milos Ninkovic celebrates for Sydney FC

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Ellyse Perry batting Sydney Sixers

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Bulldogs Josh Reynolds looks on

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The Roar of the crowd

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Another twist unfolds in the unpredictable Essendon vs Melbourne rivalry

In recent years, matches between Essendon and Melbourne have thrown up unexpected results, becoming a huge nightmare for many tipsters and AFL experts when they make their predictions.

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AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 6

By Adrian Polykandrites, Today
AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 6

After six rounds last season, the top eight teams were the same eight teams who eventually played finals. Go back to 2014 and only five of those in the eight at this point of the season saw September action.

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Roosters are suffering under Trent Robinson

After coming up short against the Warriors today, despite a glut of possession and a plethora of try-scoring opportunities, the Roosters are looking anything but premiership contenders.

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Kieran Read goes down, but is Sam Cane really the best replacement?

An injury sustained by Kieran Read in Super Rugby this weekend means the All Black captain could potentially miss the first Test against the British and Irish Lions in June.

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Why I love Conor McGregor

By NotQuiteConor, Today
Why I love Conor McGregor

When Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather enter the boxing ring in the not-too-distant future – and I bet they do – I’ll be in the McGregor corner hoping for a long bout with a clear outcome.

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Channel Seven, you have nothing to do with Gary Ablett’s form

With about a minute to go in the first half of the Gold Coast’s Round 6 clash against North Melbourne on Saturday night, the Channel Seven commentary team turned their attention to the impressive recent form of Gary Ablett.

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Sydney Kings eye size for upcoming season

The Sydney Kings have been active in the market during the NBL off-season, and their quest for a roster that can take them to the playoffs is well underway.

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City Country resentment highlights growing discontent

To borrow a line from hip hop, ‘Mo money, mo problems’.

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The NFL draft’s three big winners

The 2017 NFL Draft is in the books and the pre-draft uncertainty evolved into nothing short of insanity shortly after the Cleveland Browns took Myles Garrett with the first overall pick.

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John O’Shea jumps off the Godolphin ship early

Champion trainer John O’Shea has skipped out early from his five-year contract with global powerhouse Godolphin in a massive move for Australian racing.

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The Super XV: Australian team of the week, Round 10

Each week we’ll be looking at the best of the best in Australian rugby and piecing together the top 15 players out of the Aussie Super Rugby sides from the round gone by.

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Australian rugby is in turmoil on and off the field, and I want some answers

What on earth is going on in Australian rugby?

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Eleven talking points from NRL Round 9

By Scott Pryde, 30 Apr 2017
Eleven talking points from NRL Round 9

The NRL is ready for a breather with the representative round break, but before we get there we have another set of talkinng points to sink our teeth into after another big weekend of action.

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The High Five: Super Rugby Round 10

By Diggercane, 30 Apr 2017
The High Five: Super Rugby Round 10

Round 10 of Super Rugby has wrapped up and the likely finalists are starting to firm and it looks likely we will see the exact same eight as we did last season but potentially in different overall finishing positions.

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Russian Grand Prix: Formula One live race updates, blog

Formula One’s 2017 world championship has ebbed and flowed beautifully, following the first three rounds of the season. Join us on The Roar from 10pm AEST for live blog coverage of the Russian Grand Prix.

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Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar: A-League live scores, blog

Match result: The Melbourne Victory are through to the A-League Grand Final after an impressive and dominant performance over a disappointing Brisbane Roar outfit.

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Eddie Betts Adelaide Crows AFL Finals 2016

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Tevita Kuridrani of the Brumbies Super Rugby

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Tariq Sims St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Rugby League 2016

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Patrick Dangerfield Joel Selwood Geelong Cats AFL 2016

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David Fusitu'a New Zealand Warriors NRL Rugby League 2016

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Cale Hooker Essendon Bombers AFL 2017

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Ukrainian World heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko

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Facundo Isa Jaguares Super Rugby 2016

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Michael Willemse Kings Super Rugby Union 2017

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