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This morning, the Central Coast Mariners finally arrive in Sydney after a whirlwind midweek trip to Hiroshima. Tomorrow, they play for their season. For anyone who has experienced the wonder of jet lag, it’s hard not to feel for them.
I have been very lucky to watch AFL footy for a living for the best part of 20 years. I loved the game more than anything as a young boy growing up.
Australia’s Michael Rogers has dodged a doping bullet. The three-time world time-trial champion was provisionally suspended from racing after testing positive to clenbuterol after winning the Japan Cup late last year.
The thing that always struck me as the nagging difference between the NRL and AFL was the big-event feel the AFL had at more of its games because of its larger crowds.
Michael Maguire, one of supercoach Craig Bellamy’s star protégés, is becoming more like his old master with every passing week.
“The evidence establishes conclusively that Mr Bruyneel was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders.”
When Alex Leapai was jailed for assault in 2005, his father Elisaia was so humiliated he didn’t leave his bedroom for a week. This weekend, a very different Leapai wants to be become one of the biggest names in Australia’s magnificent sporting history.
Another decent round of tipping for Round 10, with fives and sixes everywhere. Our universal selection of the Sharks as our Powerplays went well, too, thankfully.
Kurtley Beale has challenged the NSW Waratahs’ star-studded backs to finally deliver a polished performance and put the Blues to the sword in Friday’s Super Rugby showdown in Auckland.
South Sydney record breaker Nathan Merritt is the latest big-name player to experience coach Michael Maguire’s ruthless side by being axed for Friday’s NRL clash with Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
It’s time Sydney FC made good on their promise to become one of Asia’s biggest clubs. If ever the Sky Blues are to become a serious force, they cannot afford to get another coaching appointment wrong.
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I understand it’s about to change, but I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that the AFL has, so far, declined to play games on Good Friday.
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This week on The Roar Rugby Show I’ll look at: How the table positions are shaping up as we enter the second half of Super Rugby 2014
Prior to many sporting events this long weekend, teams and officials will gather together along with spectators, stand in silence and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice paid by those who gave their life for this country in various conflicts.
Here we go again. Round 7 and the howling about matches being decided by poor decisions is loud and long. The Cowboys have gone so far as to collect their ‘wrongs’ into a long list to ensure everyone knows how badly they have been treated.
Cards on the table from the get go: I am not an AFL fan. Far from it. But I respect the fact that the 18-man game is the biggest and most successful football code in the country by the length of the straight.
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Anzac Day’s feast of football continues with the Brisbane Broncos hosting the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Lang Park. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7.30pm (AEST).
The Melbourne Storm host the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on Anzac Day evening in a match that both teams are desperate to win. Join The Roar for live scores from 6:00pm (AEST).
The Brumbies host the Chiefs on Anzac Day in what promises to be one of the defining matches of the 2014 Super Rugby season. Join The Roar for live scores and banter from 5:30pm AEST.
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The second match of the AFL’s Anzac Day triple-header takes us over the ditch to windy Wellington’s Westpac Stadium where the St Kilda Saints will do battle with the Brisbane Lions. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5:45pm (AEST).
The traditional Anzac Day clash between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Sydney Roosters promises to be yet another fantastic encounter played in front of a sell-out crowd at Allianz Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4.00pm (AEST).
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The Blues host the Waratahs in a crucial Anzac day match in Round 11 of Super Rugby. Join The Roar for commentary, live scores and to have your say on the blog from 5.30pm AEST.
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Today the Collingwood Magpies host the Essendon Bombers at the MCG in the annual Anzac Day clash. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2:40pm (AEST).
The biggest and most celebrated home-and-away round is on us today, as we celebrate not just football, but freedom today.
The Championships have come and gone, but the Group 1 action continues with the Champagne Stakes for two-year-olds, and the weight-for-age All Aged Stakes, bringing the curtain down on the Sydney autumn carnival.
This weekend sees two titanic clashes as the last ever Heineken Cup gets down to the final four.
It’s that time of year where the footy season is in full swing, which means everything is perfect in the world. We’re starting to get an indication of what type of season we’re in.
Here’s my preview of all the NRL action this Anzac Day long weekend.
Johnny Manziel, also known as “Johnny Football”, is a polarising figure within the American football fraternity.
Think back to the last eight Origin series. In the Blues’ darkest days, such as the 2009-10 series, Queensland embarrassed us by never letting us get near their line.
Australia Day, 2014 and the Melbourne Victory are in crisis. If losing 5-0 in Wellington the week before was not bad enough, they had just suffered the indignity of being walloped 5-0 again – this time by rivals Sydney FC on their own turf.
This year has presented a new age for the NRL. The new induction of rules has changed the game once again.
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