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James Hird has to go, now

The Essendon Football Club and its coach James Hird pushed all their chips to the centre of the table with their Federal Court challenge of ASADA‘s investigation into the club’s controversial conditioning program.

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Jens Voigt’s hour-record attempt: Great marketing, great fun

Jens Voigt is the people’s hero. We all love him. He says things like he could “taste the blood” in his mouth and “it was great” when reflecting on the ordeal.

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Coach Ewen McKenzie says the Wallabies have “one hand” on the Mandela Challenge Plate but fears the passionate Cape Town crowd could help the Springboks snatch the silverware.

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The Sydney Roosters have survived an almighty scare to end North Queensland’s NRL season with an extraordinary 31-30 semi-final triumph at Allianz Stadium.

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SMITHY: Let’s hope the Roosters and Manly had their thinking caps on

After watching the opening play-off matches on replay this week I was amazed at how some of those matches were appraised.

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Hawthorn Hawks vs Port Adelaide Power: 2014 AFL preliminary final preview

After a weekend off it’s time for the Hawthorn Hawks to front up against the Port Adelaide Power for a spot in the 2014 AFL grand final.

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You cannot be serious: Exiting the finals in straight sets

It’s week two of the finals, meaning for the losers there’s no more tomorrow, no more second prizes and no more adages – just time to clock off and slack on.

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Biggest finals upsets of modern AFL era

If North Melbourne defeat Sydney in tonight’s preliminary final it will be a massive upset.

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NRL finals stats: Sea Eagles versus Bulldogs – this could get ugly

The Sea Eagles and Bulldogs could not have had more differing results in the first weekend of the finals. The Sea Eagles were blown off the park by the Rabbitohs in the first 60 minutes at Allianz Stadium – at one stage they were down 40-0.

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Returning stars will see Roosters chase Cowboys out of town

Aiden Guerra and Jake Friend back for Sydney Roosters. Tariq Sims out for North Queensland. The home-ground advantage to the Roosters. These factors are enough to give the Roosters the edge at Allianz Stadium tonight.

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The Rugby Championship: No rest for the big questions

The Rugby Championship might be taking a week off, as the Wallabies and All Blacks ready themselves to travel to the opposite ends of the earth, but not Biltong, Digger, and I.

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Cycling, fat, cars and coffee, in that order

Discussion in the nutrition community has been flourishing around the concept of high-fat diets lately, and the concept of metabolic flexibility seems to have some logic behind it, which is why the professional cycling world has been paying attention.

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FFA’s national plan hinges on football reuniting

Following FFA chief executive David Gallop’s address in Sydney on Thursday, where he announced plans to develop a National Plan for the Whole of Football, it appears FFA are now ready to once again embrace old soccer.

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The Australian Rugby Union is attempting to lure the British and Irish Lions back Down Under for a money-spinning kick-off to their 2017 tour of New Zealand.

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Everyone involved in soccer across Australia will play a part in making the sport the country’s No.1 under an ambitious new “whole of game” plan.

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Adelaide star Patrick Dangerfield has angrily denied speculation that Brenton Sanderson’s sacking from the AFL club was player-driven.

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Gavin Cooper

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Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson speaks to Brent Reilly during the Crows' loss to Sydney Swans. (Photo: AFL Media)

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Johnathan Thurston. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan

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Anthony Watmough and Daly Cherry-Evans

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Action from the 2014 Road Nationals Elite Women's Criterium (Image: Sean Lee)

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Vincenzo Nibali on Stage 17 at Le Tour

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Jack Gunston

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Josh Kennedy of the Swans in action during the 2013 AFL round 01 match between the GWS Giants and the Sydney Swans. Photo: Sean Garnsworthy

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[VIDEO] Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL finals highlights, scores, blog

After falling to Penrith last week, it’s now do or die for the Sydney Roosters as they host the in-form North Queensland Cowboys in a the NRL finals. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:55pm (AEST).

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After 18 years of professionalism, are clubs more powerful than country?

Rugby union is still seen as being in an early stage of professionalism. It has only been 18 years since the first fully professional rugby union contracts were signed.

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Why 1999 is my favourite year in sport

By Benjamin Conkey, Today Video
Why 1999 is my favourite year in sport

Pre September 11, pre Kim Kardashian being a celebrity, pre sharing pictures on an iCloud, 1999 was a great year. The world’s biggest threat wasn’t terrorism but whether our electronic devices would survive the Y2K Bug.

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NRC coaches need to be bold and go for it

In 1989 a college football coach named Jimmy Johnson was recruited by his old teammate from Arkansas State to coach the most recognisable team in world sport, the Dallas Cowboys.

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Cricket’s best coaches are Aussies, just not the ones you’d expect

My childhood spanned Australian cricket’s golden generation.

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The pitch for the whole of football

In bringing football facilities and the quality of pitches into sharp focus in yesterday’s State of the Game address, FFA CEO David Gallop has given the clearest indication yet that the FFA needs to take action on what the game is played on.

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No more conspiracies Cowboys, this time you actually lost

Another year, another semi final exit at the Sydney Football Stadium for the North Queensland Cowboys. However unlike previous years, the Cowboys were legitimately beaten.

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The Spanish, English and German leagues rank as the top-three European leagues by their UEFA coefficient.

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Springboks have the ingredients, they just need the right recipe for success

New Zealand stand supreme atop the fiery volcano of world rugby and don’t look likely to slip into the fire.

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My theory about this year’s three-year-old crop being outstanding is about to face its acid test, with the Paul Messara trained Panzer Division taking on the older horses at weight-for-age.

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The NRL judiciary will never be fair

I can’t remember a week where there hasn’t been club, fan, or commentator in upheaval over a decision at the NRL judiciary.

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It’s the age old pub discussion, comparing champions across different eras. Is the current star better than the champion of 20, 30 or 50 years ago?

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Mastermind season review: Newcastle Knights

After finishing seventh and getting to within one game of the grand final in 2013, much was expected of the Newcastle Knights this year.

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[VIDEO] Sydney Swans vs North Melbourne Kangaroos: AFL preliminary final highlights, scores, blog

Glory is on the line in the AFL finals when the Sydney Swans host the North Melbourne Kangaroos at ANZ Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEST).

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Familiarity breeds premierships: Why Hawthorn may fall short

What wins premierships? Such a simple question deserves a simple response, yet the answer still eludes us.

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Who are Australian rugby’s best impact players?

Modern Test rugby is a 23-man game. It is no longer 15-on-15. The fitter and better prepared team often wins in the last stanza of the match.

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Nick Maxwell of the Magpies being chaired off by Heritier Lumumba and Brent Macaffer

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Australia's midfielder Massimo Luongo

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Vasa Falaelli for the Greater Sydney Rams against Canberra Vikings

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Ollie Wines of the Power

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Brett Deledio of the Tigers

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Cowboys' Tariq Sims looks to fend against Warriors' Shaun Johnson in their semi final match. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo:

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Power players Kane Mitchell, Justin Westhoff, Matthew Lobbe, Oliver Wines and Jackson Trengove celebrate their win during the match between Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows. (Photo: James Elsby/AFL Media)

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Jamal Idris hugs Jamie Soward

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