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It’s almost that time of year: State of Origin. The talk about who will be chosen to wear the recently downtrodden sky blue jumper is coming in thick and fast.
On the surface rugby is a game for everyone. It’s the beauty (if you can call it that) of the sport.
Just how draining is it to play in the AFC Champions League? We’ll soon find out, when Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners take to the pitch in their sudden-death A-League finals this weekend.
There are some terrific match-ups in the weekend round, but the two games I’m looking forward to the most are the ANZ Stadium clashes between South Sydney and Canterbury today and Parramatta and Wests Tigers on Monday.
In 1993, with his shirt raised and his middle finger pointed squarely at his stomach, Nicky Winmar told us that racism wasn’t welcome in sport and should no longer be accepted as ‘part of the game’.
It took 24 days for the NRL to react to Newcastle Knight Alex McKinnon’s neck fractures in an illegal spear tackle against the Storm. The incident went beyond the “tragic” and “accidental” description.
I have always been a traditionalist when it comes to Australian Rules football – I hope there is never a night grand final, and I also hope that the AFL never schedule a game on Good Friday. Both, however, appear to be inevitable.
We have just passed the zenith of the Spring Classics season for another year. There are many great races at this time of the calendar, but ultimately it is the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Paris-Roubaix that hold that something extra special.
Round 9 saw a much better round of tipping from the experts, with a couple of sixes and, ahem, a perfect round, if you don’t mind. We also achieved our first perfect week with our Powerplays, too, which was timely considering we all got them wrong the week before.
Already, the Sharks’ hopes of making the NRL finals appear as ordinary as Todd Carney’s new hairdo. They say blonds have more fun but Carney and his last-placed Cronulla are in no laughing mood right now.
Day 1 of The Championships was a roaring success. With better weather forecast and the feature race of the Sydney autumn taking place on day two, we should be in for a spectacular encore.
The only milestone Brisbane marked was winning their first quarter of the year as Richmond surged to a scrappy 15.16 (106) to 9.9 (63) AFL win at the Gabba on Thursday night.
Among Melbourne Rebels’ Super Rugby losses, their heavy defeat at the hands of the Western Force is the one that really jars.
The NRL is confident ANZ Stadium’s Easter extravaganza will have crowds flocking through the gates this weekend.
The Olympic Summer Games is seen as the pinnacle for most of the 28 sports that take part. For the vast majority of participants, an Olympic gold medal proudly stands as their sport’s highest accolade.
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I read Nathan Brown’s thoughts on NRL 2014 with great interest. It’s good to know he is keeping an eagle eye on footy down under as I feel he is going to make a tremendous contribution to our competition in the near future.
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The Western Force face the Melbourne Rebels in a clash that will make or break their finals aspirations. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:40pm (AEST).
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The North Queensland Cowboys face another tough challenge away from home as they tackle the Manly Sea Eagles at Central Coast Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:40pm AEST.
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The Newcastle Knights will be looking to continue their recent good form while the Brisbane Broncos will be hoping to arrest their previous two losses in tonight’s Round 7 blockbuster at Hunter Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:40pm (AEST).
Melbourne Victory host Sydney FC on Friday night in the first elimination match of the A-League finals. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEST).
Only three points separates’ the Hurricanes and Blues from the sixth wildcard spot and they’ll be looking to grab as many points on offer as they can to sneak into a playoff position. Join The Roar from 5:35 AEST for all the live scores and game updates.
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Easter Friday begins with it an absolute cracker of a match with the South Sydney Rabbitohs taking on the Canterbury Bulldogs. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 4:00pm (AEST).
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After the Waratahs loss to the Force last weekend, it looked like we were back to the Waratahs of old.
With Red Bull’s protracted and unsuccessful appeal from the Australian Grand Prix surrounding Daniel Ricciardo’s short-lived second place now in the past, both parties can focus on the campaign ahead.
The opening scenes of the film The Blind Side describe how, in an American football team, the offensive linesman is second only to the quarterback in terms of importance.
If I asked you to pick the form forward after six rounds of the 2014 NRL season, who would you choose?
No other club should ever have to lose in the fashion that St. George Illawarra did on Monday night, and the NRL should immediately act to ensure it does not.
In a recent article praising the qualities of Nick Cummins, Spiro Zavos mentioned in passing that he thought the 1991 Wallabies team was the best in our history.
This weekend sees teams head to China for the fourth round of the 2014 Formula One World Championship. As the teams are preparing for action, let’s take a look at what we can expect in Shanghai for the 11th Chinese Grand Prix.
Paul Roos entered the 2014 season coaching a depleted Melbourne Demons outfit, desperate for any sign that life at the struggling club would get easier. He said 2014 was not about the wins, it was about education.
This weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix race marks five years since Sebastian Vettel’s index finger first raised to the sky while racing for Red Bull.
“Peace in our time.” British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain would those words rue a year after uttering them, as war broke out across Europe in 1939.
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