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Rabbitohs start season in top gear

The normally expressionless NRL boss Dave Smith should have a huge smile after the season started at Suncorp last night with a bang. Premiers South Sydney treated league fans to a 36-6 romp over the Broncos.

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Shane Watson’s greatest failure

I have always been Shane Watson’s greatest defender. Amid all the ridicule, the opprobrium and abuse, I stood by this brave, blonde man.

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Athletes are just people, so why expect them to be role models?

In the aftermath of my SMH column and the interviews I gave last week regarding the illicit drug scandal, I’ve noticed a recurrent debate: are athletes role models?

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Winning the NRL Premiership: United teams come away with the glory

Season 2015 is just moments away from starting and I can’t wait. Like all of you, I’m dreaming that this year my boys will get to the last day of the season and win the grand final.

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The MCG’s cheap food and drink could change Aussie sport

In case you missed it, the MCG earlier this week waved the white flag in its battle with Tullamarine Airport for the title of Worst-Value Eatery in Melbourne.

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MASCORD: Clubs, not representative commitments, are to blame for overload

It is extremely revelatory to learn that the withering demands on NRL players that we read about every second day may not be the faults of international football and the World Club Series after all.

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Another chance Af-gone-istan after Clarke inexplicably hides

Four games into this World Cup campaign, and Michael Clarke has faced 18 balls. In fact, after sending down five overs against Afghanistan, he’s bowled more than he’s hit.

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Super Rugby expert tipping: Round 4

Yet more improvements from the experts in Round 3, with three of us snagging seven out of a possible eight points, and the other three netting six points.

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Concussion, not conspiracies, keeping Fernando Alonso from racing

For all of Formula One’s communicative strengths – its huge potential audience reach and its many marketing dollars – it leaves much to be desired when it comes to speaking off-script.

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Practice games are an evil necessity

When West Coast’s Eric McKenzie and Bulldog Tom Liberatore had their seasons ruined by crumpled knees in the first round of AFL practices matches last weekend, many began questioning the worth of holding a pre-season competition at all.

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Cheap Seats 64: NRL kicks-off amidst a sporting smorgasbord

Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are recycling old jokes and trying new formats in Episode 64 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Randwick Guineas, Australian Guineas: Group 1 tips and preview

It’s always a great race day when we’re greeted with a Group 1 for three-year-olds over the classic mile distance. It’s a confusing and disappointing day when we’re greeted with two.

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Central Coast Mariners sack coach Phil Moss

The Central Coast Mariners have sacked coach Phil Moss, with Tony Walmsley to step in on an interim basis at the club.

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World Cup-winning former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer believes Australian rugby has done the right thing in standing by Karmichael Hunt.

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Sorry South Africa, there’s no way you’ll win the World Cup

Despite the hype, despite the favouritism, I’m willing to go on the record. South Africa can’t and won’t win the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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Sick of the ratbags? Here’s the Rugby League Repute XVII

You want a recipe for trouble? Here’s a beauty.

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Rabbitohs' Greg Inglis runs the ball during the 2014 NRL Grand Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

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Australia's Shane Watson walks back to the dressing rooms. AAP Image/Ben Macmahon

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Mick Malthouse gets stuck into the Carlton Blues

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Glenn Maxwell hits a six

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Wildcats forward Shawn Redhage in action in the NBL.

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Brett Ratten and Coach Alastair Clarkson

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Sonny Bill Williams (C) is tackled as teammate Alex Bradley looks at him

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GWS Giants celebrate

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Jarryd Hayne announces his NFL signing

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Who is in the 2015 world rugby XV?

By Sean Turner, Today
Who is in the 2015 world rugby XV?

In light of the Telegraph’s release of their top 100 current players in world rugby, some decisions had me thinking, just who are the premier players in the world right now?

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Steve Hansen’s launches cunning new plan for the Rugby World Cup

Steve Hansen is one shrewd and cunning rugby coach. His record of 42 Tests as coach of the All Blacks for only two losses hasn’t come about by chance.

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Is Hansen right: is rugby becoming boring?

All Black coach Steve Hansen has claimed that rugby is heading down the path towards boredom in a revealing interview with website Wales Online.

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What we learnt from the Rabbitohs’ victory over the Broncos

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have picked up from where they left off last year, thumping the Brisbane Broncos 36-6, showing Wayne Bennett has a lot of work to do if he is to return the six-time premiers to their former glory.

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Australian Guineas: An historical perspective

First run in 1986, the Australian Guineas is still a relatively new race on the Australian Calendar.

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Zero tolerance: If Titans are found guilty, ban them for life

The scandal at the Gold Coast Titans is a double-edged sword, with the NRL being gifted the perfect opportunity to send the message that enough is enough.

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Star Stable blog: Week 1

By Damien Ractliffe, Today

It’s that brilliant time of the year where racing jumps onto the back page of the daily paper, and Gai Waterhouse spruces her next Group 1 champion. And it’s also the start of another Star Stable season.

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LeSean McCoy to Buffalo shakes up the NFL

Free agency for the 2015 NFL season does not begin until March 10, but some teams are already making moves that will have massive repercussions around the league.

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Random ideas to improve the AFL (part II)

Following on from Part 1, I have put together five other ideas for the AFL to enhance the game that we all know and love.

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Hostile or volatile? The Sydney derby needs to pull its head in

There is no denying that the Sydney derby has made its mark on the sporting calendar in Sydney. The mix of passion and emotion from both sides has made it an incredible fixture that most football fans in Sydney would never have thought possible a few years ago.

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Graham Mourie can remember his first tackle. It happened when he was six years old on a frosty field in Opunake. The flattened victim congratulated Mourie, who became hooked on the game of rugby from that point.

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Why the Proteas under-perform when batting second

Ok, let’s face it, apart from having the ability to recite almost any statistic in South African cricket, I am very low on the totem pole when it comes to being knowledgeable about the game.

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Overturned cage ban in Victoria gives way to UFC 193

Finally! The legal ban on the use of a cage for mixed martial arts competition in the state of Victoria has at last been lifted.

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Cricket must embrace the associate nations

By Alexander Bonacci, Today
Cricket must embrace the associate nations

A lot of talk at the moment in world cricket is about the ‘associate’ teams, aka non-Test playing nations.

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Can we pencil in a New Zealand versus Australia final already?

The two hosts of the current World Cup tournament – New Zealand and Australia – have both had a strong tournament to date. But, should it come down to it, which one of the two will lift the World Cup?

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Race quotas for South African rugby:  Four Saffas chat

Four Saffas (Vic, Charl, Biltongbek, and Harry Jones) from different walks of life in a virtual barber shop discuss the South African rugby union’s latest attempt to satisfy the African National Congress demands that the Springboks be less white and more “African.”

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Catkins wins the 2014 Golden Slipper

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South Sydney's Luke Keary

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