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NRL announce crackdown on lifting tackles

The NRL has announced they will crack down on lifting tackles, with players to be given a mandatory suspension for placing a fellow player in a dangerous position.

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BROWNIE: Rule changes forcing teams to play less like the Storm

What a topsy turvy NRL season we’ve had so far. I think I can safely say that I’ve never seen a team lead the competition despite a negative for-and-against record. How unpredictable is it? I’d hate to be a punter.

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Read this before signing: The clubs

Following my previous article on what players should beware before signing a contract, today’s we look at what clubs should be cautious of when signing a player.

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Cheap Seats episode 35: Deliberately conservative

Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are getting a second medical opinion in episode 35 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Wiggins can win Paris-Roubaix next year

Yes, I know, I’m British so I would say that. But he can. Here’s why.

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Wallabies Spring Tour dates and opponents announced

The ARU have announced the dates and opponents for the Wallabies Spring Tour this year. Australia will play England, Ireland, France and Wales, as well as the Barbarians.

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England’s leading clubs are determined to challenge the financial rewards on offer in French rugby in a bid to prevent a post-2015 World Cup player drain.

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Dragons were wronged, says NRL refs boss

NRL referees boss Tony Archer admits the on-field officials should have blown fulltime before Melbourne scored their dramatic winning try against St George Illawarra on Monday.

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Sydney coach John Longmire is prepared to be patient with his out-of-form stars, but has the option to bringing Kurt Tippett back into the struggling side this weekend.

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Melbourne Victory have kept their Asian Champions League (ACL) dreams alive with a 2-0 win over reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

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Second-half goals from Mark Bridge and substitute Brendan Santalab lifted Western Sydney Wanderers to a crucial 2-0 AFC Champions League win over Korean powerhouse Ulsan Hyundai.

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The Blues need to learn from the Cats and the Hawks

After another poor display against Melbourne on the weekend, Carlton is under the spotlight from the ravenous media that cover the AFL. It’s been their worst start in 25 seasons.

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TURNER: Blues in disarray with Origin fast approaching

The NSW Blues look to be in trouble six weeks before the 2014 State of Origin series opens in Brisbane, with massive clouds gathering above the halves and front row combinations.

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Hot damn: Free-to-air interest in Super Rugby!

Every now and again, a news story makes you sit up and say, “That’s bloody excellent.” Reports yesterday of Network Ten’s interest in showing Super Rugby on free-to-air television was one of them.

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After four rounds, Richmond are a rabble

It is early in the season and the blowtorch has already been applied to more than half a dozen clubs in the era of the 24-hour news cycle.

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NSW Blues halves pairing looking very murky

The opening game of the 2014 State of Origin series will be held in Brisbane on May 28, which means there are just five weeks of NRL football before the Blues squad is announced.

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Israel Folau runs in a try for the Waratahs (Source: AJF Photography)

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Sydney FC player Alessandro Del Piero. AP Photo/Rob Griffith

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Netherland's Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 112th edition of the Paris-Roubaix

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Collingwood's Brent Macaffer and Dayne Beams tackle Richmond's Trent Cotchin

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Manu Vatuvei tackled by Nathan Peats

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Sydney FCs' Richard Garcia celebrates with teammate Alessandro Del Piero

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Steve Johnson of the Cats attempts to break away from Marco Paparone of the Lions

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Rabbitohs and England star Sam Burgess.

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Western Force's Nick Cummins scores intercept try against Waratahs

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Central Coast Mariners vs FC Seoul: Asian Champions League live scores, blog

Central Coast Mariners host FC Seoul in the Wednesday night in the penultimate match day in Group F. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm AEST.

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Is Cooper Cronk league’s real MVP?

By Jackson Henry, Today
Is Cooper Cronk league’s real MVP?

The argument that Johnathan Thurston is the NRL’s so-called “best player” is a common one in certain circles of the Australian rugby league community.

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Are taggers necessary in the AFL?

By Sean Mortell, Today
Are taggers necessary in the AFL?

In the modern growth of the evolution of Australian Rules Football, one of the more startling trends that have come out of the AFL is the role of the tagger.

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View from the couch: NRL 2014 Round 6

By Armchair Guru, Today
View from the couch: NRL 2014 Round 6

The NRL ladder continues to be topped by a team with a negative for-and-against, and propped up by last year’s premiers. So how did the weekend’s games unfold?

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Keep Heart red and white

By Alex Mulholland, Today New author!
Keep Heart red and white

Manchester City’s recent purchase of Melbourne Heart has been a welcome addition to the Australian football scene. The clubs new owners are set to provide massive investment in the form of a new home training base for the club, as well as an academy. This is beneficial to both Melbourne Heart and the A-League.

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Heart replacement is a good thing

By Raj Padarath, Today
Heart replacement is a good thing

When it was announced in January 2014 that Melbourne Heart would be bought by Manchester City, the red and white half of Melbourne could barely contain their glee.

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AFL finals berths are taking shape

By Joel Clarke, Today
AFL finals berths are taking shape

After just four rounds of the AFL season, the ladder is taking shape and the contenders and pretenders for the finals are clearer by the week. Depending on who you are, however, it either makes for happy reading or bad news.

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Kallis has claims to Tendulkar’s ‘cricketer of the generation’ title

Sachin Tendulkar was touted as ‘cricketer of the generation’ long before Cricinfo gave it some sort of officialdom in March this year. Tendulkar strolled to a victory which rubbed the egos of a billion Indian cricket worshippers.

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All praise the spiritual wave sweeping global football

Football is often chastised for the more seedy, salacious and hedonistic lifestyles of players with bulging wallets and celebrity lifestyles. Indeed, footballers are seen on newspaper front pages as often as they are on the back.

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The curse is broken, but the Hawthorn-Geelong rivalry continues

One of the AFL’s most celebrated rivalries continues when the league’s only two undefeated teams, Geelong and Hawthorn, go head-to-head in a potential grand final preview on Easter Monday.

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Pre-playoffs notes from around the NBA

With the NBA playoffs just around the corner, Portland survived Curry’s 47-point blitz in the West, Indiana beat the Thunder to be just one win away from securing top seed in the East, and Mike D’Antoni is anxiously awaiting the tap on the shoulder at Lakers HQ.

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The Championships: 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Sydney Cup preview

With the opening day of The Championships showcasing some great racing in the Doncaster Mile and TJ Smith Stakes, it’s time to look ahead to the two biggest races at this weekend’s meeting.

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Day 1 of The Championships certainly lived up to the hype, with top-quality races full of depth and class.

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Why Queensland will win Origin again this year

Go New South Wales! Go Queensland! Who will win!? Well, Queensland will… again. Why? Just look at their perfect halves, hooker, fullback and their big forwards.

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Here is my preview of the Eastern Conference quarter finals of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.

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We’re exactly halfway through April, at the pointy end of the season, and Madrid’s “other” football team, Atletico, are still alive and kicking on two fronts. How are they keeping this up?

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Sacred Falls wins by half a length in the 2014 Doncaster Mile. (Photo:

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Benji Marshall in action. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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Jarryd Hayne attacks during the round 18 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Wests Tigers. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville

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Tomas Rogic in action for Melbourne Victory

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Richard Graham sits with his former club the Western Force

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Western Sydney Wanderers' fan group the Red and Black Bloc during the Wanderers v Perth Glory round 22 A-League match at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates the opening goal during the 2013 pre-season tour match of Liverpool FC against Melbourne Victory at the MCG in Melbourne. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell)

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James Tedesco of the Wests Tigers

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Matthew Johns' altere ego Reg Reagan

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