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Victorian minimum betting framework doesn’t give punters a fair go

Minimum bet laws might not make much difference to the casual punter, but to those serious about the game, bookmakers with all the odds in their favour are finally being challenged.

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Why chance favours the prepared mind

The French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur once remarked that ‘chance favours the prepared mind’. This was certainly true of the quarter-final between the Brumbies and Highlanders on a wet Friday evening in Canberra.

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The absentees that will define the 2016 AFL premiership race

No matter how hard the football gods try, there’s just no separating the top eight in the 2016 AFL season.

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Forget England and South Africa, Australia have the best Test attack

Australia now own the best bowling attack in Test cricket as they underlined yesterday, skittling Sri Lanka on day one of the first Test in Kandy.

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Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja have Australia in control

There were two telling facets of play during the opening day of the three-Test series against Sri Lanka at Pallekele Stadium: the presentation of the coveted ICC’s Test Championship mace, and the failure of all four opening batsmen.

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Larkham’s ‘we were robbed’ call insults Aussie referee Angus Gardner

Let me state this as politely as I can. Stephen Larkham’s denunciation of Australian referee Angus Gardner is a disgrace.

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The NSW Waratahs reportedly will not table a Super Rugby offer for code-hopping NRL star Jarryd Hayne.

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Hopes of establishing a more globally aligned season have receded, with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) indicating it is unwilling to move the Six Nations or autumn schedule.

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Roger Federer will be forced to miss the Rio Olympics and the rest of 2016 because of continuing problems with an injured knee, the Swiss, who turns 35 on August 8, said on his webpage Tuesday.

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Australia are keen to avoid as many demons as possible on a wearing Kandy wicket by building a big first-innings lead on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

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Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge feels spirits at the AFL club have lifted and players have processed Mitch Wallis’ horrific injury.

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Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: A blueprint for success?

Everyone loves a fairytale right? And at the moment, there is no greater fairytale in rugby league than that of the Cronulla Sharks.

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Michael Ennis announces retirement: 2016 to be his last NRL season

Cronulla Sharks hooker Michael Ennis has announced his retirement from rugby league at the end of the 2016 season, breaking the news to teammates at a club luncheon today.

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Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities, world swimming’s governing body FINA said on Monday.

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Sack IOC president Thomas Bach for double standards

If former head Jacques Rogge was still IOC president, Russia would be banned from the Rio Olympic Games for disgracing the movement.

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The key players who delivered semi-final berths

Ultimately, the four best teams in 2016 have won through to the Super Rugby semis, after a weekend of quarters that delivered surprising result after surprising result.

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden Football Euro 2016

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Nat Fyfe Fremantle Dockers AFL 2015

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Nick Stiles looking into the future

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Russia Olympic Games 2014

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Trent Cotchin Richmond Tigers AFL 2016

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Broncos' Sam Thaiday puts on his teammate Todd Lowrie's head gear for fun after the Grand Final. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo:

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James Troisi celebrates with Melbourne Victory teammates after scoring

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10 days to Rio: Track cycling’s fiercest rivalry

Track cycling is exciting. It is pure speed, adrenaline, risk taking and bike handling that, in some events lasts barely a handful of seconds.

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Will the A-League soon revolve around China?

By Nicholas De Pasquale, Today
Will the A-League soon revolve around China?

Inside the next ten years Asian investment will drive world football.

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The NRL must go further in remedying the Parra problem

As the finals race has enters its last leg, the NRL has a fundamental problem that threatens to mar the integrity of the standings.

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Australian Steelers: Back-to-back gold beckons in Rio

Australian Steelers, the Australian national wheelchair rugby team, is going for back to back gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Wheelchair rugby is commonly referred to as ‘murderball’ and it’s always one of the many highlights at the Paralympics.

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Australia’s era of batting weakness: Bowling attack or batting unit? (Part 1)

“Australia’s batsmen can take Australia to a dominant position against a good bowling attack in anti-Australian conditions after the opposition has made a respectable first innings score.”

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Brent ‘Boomer’ Harvey, 427 and counting

Michael Tuck is a legend of Australian football folklore. He won seven premierships with Hawthorn in a career that spanned three different decades.

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Who your club needs to target this off-season

AFL clubs are constantly scouting the country looking for the best possible targets to bring into their club. At the pointy end of 2016, here are the potential trade/free agency targets for your club.

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Viva La Revolution! French lessons for the Wallaby playmakers

Bless the French, they are certainly not the most consistent team in the world but they are exciting for the fact that they can play extraordinary rugby and beat anybody on their day.

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Brent Harvey to create history this Saturday night

History will be made this weekend when Brent Harvey plays his 427th AFL game, breaking the all-time record for most games played in VFL/AFL history by an individual in the process.

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NRL Round 21 preview (Part 1)

By Riley Pettigrew, Today
NRL Round 21 preview (Part 1)

We have just six rounds to go before finals football descends upon us but we are no closer to finalising the top eight.

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Urgent reform needed to remove Team Sky’s dominance

On Sunday, Chris Froome rode into Paris to win his third Tour de France (Tour de France) and provide Team Sky’s fourth win in the last five years.

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Talismanic Irishman Kevin O’Brien became the first cricketer from his country to feature in 100 ODI matches when he took the field in the final game of the series against Afghanistan at Belfast last week.

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Round 21 NRL teams: Every NRL team as it’s announced live

There are a number of big stars set to miss Round 21 of the NRL with the likes of Johnathan Thurston and Sam Thaiday ruled out and suspended. Tune to The Roar for the live NRL team announcements from 4:30pm (AEST).

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Sri Lanka vs Australia highlights: First Test, Day 1 cricket live scores, blog

Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka begins with the first Test at Pallekele from Tuesday as the tourists look to put the inexperienced hosts to sword and establish an early lead. You can follow the live scores and blog of this match from 10am local time (2:30pm AEST).

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‘Cheating scum’: Mark Hunt lands a flurry of uppercuts into the jaw of UFC and Lesnar

UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt has absolutely unleashed on the UFC and Brock Lesnar in an interview with The MMA Hour, telling the promotion and Lesnar himself to “go and die, die in a fire.”

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WATCH: VFL player kicks goal of the year contender

St Kilda player Cameron Shenton has kicked an unbelievable goal for the Sandringham Dragons during their VFL loss to the Casey Scorpions.

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Leicester City English Premier League trophy 2016

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Abebe Bikila Rome 1960 Olympic Marathon

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA Champions and LeBron James was the unanimous Finals MVP. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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Josh Kennedy vies for the ball

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Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

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Andreu of the Wanderers

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Lachlan Coote of the Cowboys

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Jason Taumalolo

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Valentine Holmes of the Sharks

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