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SPIRO: McKenzie creates Wallaby mind-games for the All Blacks

For the past two weeks I’ve been wondering why Ewen McKenzie has announced his starting Wallaby XV and reserves a couple of days before he needed to do so.

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How young is too young to compete in elite motorsports?

Sixteen-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen isn’t old enough to hold a driver’s license in most countries, yet he will soon be on the Formula One grid with Scuderia Toro Rosso.

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Why your side won’t win in 2014, statistically

We are now at the business end of proceedings for season 2014 and with three rounds remaining we have a pretty good idea who is going to make the eight and who will miss out.

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Ewen McKenzie is his own man

When Ewen McKenzie took over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in August last year, he made it crystal clear from the beginning it was ‘his way, or the highway’.

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Sanderson’s weather whinge led to Richmond loss

It was perhaps the most bizarre whinge by an AFL coach this season.

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Home and away Tests, more than just a TV soapie

Home advantage has always played a big part in cricket, as it probably has in all international sports. But these days it makes a huge difference in Test cricket.

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The last man to lead Australia to Eden Park success, 28 long years ago, says the Wallabies must be prepared for All Black perfection on Saturday.

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Sharks players to mull ASADA deal offer

Five Cronulla players issued with show-cause notices by ASADA have until Friday to decide whether to accept ban proposals from the anti-doping authority.

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Mike Hussey rates Australia a great chance of winning the World Cup on home soil next year.

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Lippi tirade overshadows Wanderers win

Western Sydney’s remarkable victory over Asian juggernauts Guangzhou Evergrande has has been overshadowed by a furious tirade from World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi.

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Central Coast coach Phil Moss on Wednesday backed a move for an A-League team to be based in Wollongong, after a crowd of more than 5000 made the trip to WIN Stadium to watch his Mariners defeat South Coast Wolves 1-0 in the FFA Cup.

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Sharks receive show-cause notices: report

Seventeen past and present Cronulla players have reportedly been issued with show-cause notices over the NRL club’s 2011 supplements program.

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Best goals of the English Premier League: opening round

The opening round of the English Premier League kicked off on the weekend and the world’s most watched football competition did not disappoint, delivering some big results along with plenty of great goals.

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Should the Wallabies have changed their team for Bledisloe 2?

Life has been so busy lately that I’ve only been able to watch the first Bledisloe Cup match this afternoon.

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Secrets of picking winners in the mounting yard

Star Rolling won the big race at Caulfield last Saturday at the nice price of $10. Most experts forgot to tell you he was among the chances. Were there signs?

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ARC veterans look forward to doing it all again in the NRC

The National Rugby Championship kicks off in Brisbane tomorrow night, and there are players all around the country starting to get feelings of déjà vu.

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Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett addresses the fans during a Hawthorn Supporters Day at Glenferrie Oval in Melbourne (Slattery Media Group).

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Issac Luke and the Rabbitohs celebrate

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Jens Voigt wears the polka dot jersey

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Ricky Stuart fronts the media

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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Graham Arnold and Tony Popovic AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Isreal Folau runs the ball during the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Priority picks are wasted on the Demons

The Demons have asked for a priority pick at this year’s draft, but the AFL should consider the bigger picture before granting such a wish.

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Duane Vermeulen can hold his own with the best

In the aftermath of the first round of the Rugby Championship I couldn’t help but notice a lot of talk surrounding the performances of Kieran Read and Wycliff Palu.

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Why 1980 was year zero for our modern game

The year 1980 was a year in football that has reverberated massively right through to this day.

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Bye-bye Fuifui, thanks for all the memories

To say Fuifui Moimoi is a cult figure at the Eels is an understatement.

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On August 20, Manchester United announced their fourth signing of the summer, with Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo joining the Red Devils on a deal estimated to be worth around $28.6 million.

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NRL’s academic team of the year is a gold star for the code

On Tuesday the rugby league community celebrated the 2014 NRL-RLPA Academic Team of the Year.

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Jedinak must lead Palace out of quagmire

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak’s latest challenge is leading his club team, Crystal Palace, to safety once more.

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Saturday’s racing in the San Domenico Stakes and the Vain Stakes, among others, unearthed a few more runners that we should keep an eye on this Spring.

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Erin Molan: Haters gonna hate

By Mary Kaye, 20 Aug 2014
Erin Molan: Haters gonna hate

To Erin Molan, a piece of advice – haters gonna hate. But that doesn’t make this situation any easier.

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Wallabies don’t need a new outfit, just a few tactical tweaks.

If Bledisloe One was seen as the first date, the Wallabies passed with flying colours.

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The most logical step to improve international rugby league

A countless number of suggestions have been thrown around by a number of media personalities about the best way to improve rugby league’s standing on the international scene.

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Buddy and the Swans, an unlikely perfect match

By Warren Cooper, 20 Aug 2014
Buddy and the Swans, an unlikely perfect match

When Lance Franklin signed with the Sydney Swans, it sent shock waves throughout the AFL.

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EPL Round 1: Winners and losers

By Daniel Nichols, 20 Aug 2014 Video
EPL Round 1: Winners and losers

For fans of the English Premier League, not even a brilliant World Cup in Brazil could make the off-season any less painful a wait.

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AFL Match Review Panel reform is coming

By Ryan Buckland, 20 Aug 2014
AFL Match Review Panel reform is coming

“How is Fyfe’s behind-the-play-but-not-that-far-behind-the-play elbow worth the same as Conca’s the-play-wasn’t-even-on-the-same-planet elbow on an unassuming Giant?” is the latest in a series of head scratchers coming from the AFL and its Match Review Panel thus far in Season 2014.

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Points to take home from the opening Bledisloe Cup match

There were two memorable moments in the match for me. The first was when the game was finished.

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Hawthorn could have become the greatest

By Nick Butler, 20 Aug 2014
Hawthorn could have become the greatest

This week delivers another gripping match as old foes as Hawthorn and Geelong reacquaint themselves in the quest for a top-two spot and home ground advantage come finals time.

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Daniel Ricciardo of Australia in Melbourne

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West Bromwich Albion - where to in the 2014-15 EPL season? (Picture: Agen Taruhan)

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Collingwood's Jarryd Blair and Carlton's Chris Judd contest for the ball in a pack of players

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Close-up of Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter

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Germany's Sabine Lisicki returns the ball to Australia's Samantha Stosur during the Italian open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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