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Lemon’s winners and losers, AFL Round 23

For weeks I have insisted that Richmond would not make the finals. On Saturday Richmond made the finals. In the last Winners and Losers wrap for the year one victor stands above all others, resplendent in yellow and black.

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Manly’s narrow win puts their campaign back on track

Manly’s stunning comeback to beat Penrith yesterday has saved their season. Whether that translates into a premiership remains to be seen, but at least they’ve got the kick-start their campaign desperately needed.

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SPIRO: Welcome home prodigal son James O’Connor

Yes, I know that James O’Connor has been a prat. An official at the ARU who had to deal with him all the time told me that O’Connor was the worst of the Three Amigos – O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper.

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Should trainers be accountable for their comments to the media?

As evidenced on Saturday, trainers have such a strong influence on markets that it is only a matter of time before racing’s integrity comes under fire.

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NRC wrap Round 2: NSW Country and Melbourne the teams to watch

NSW Country Eagles and Melbourne Rising are the equal competition leaders after two rounds of the National Rugby Championship. The Eagles rose to the top courtesy of their impressive 37-13 win over Queensland Country on the Gold Coast on Saturday, and were joined on Sunday after Melbourne’s big win, 45-13 over the Sydney Stars.

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Tigers make the eight, but have they played their grand final?

My face wasn’t exactly covered in egg after the weekend footy results, but there was a certain amount of yellow and white, courtesy of the yellow and black.

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What the Vuelta’s first week tells us about its five protagonists

For the first time since 2004 I sit and watch the Tour of Spain absolutely enthralled, with five amazing champions battling for the win.

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Gombau’s Red revolution continues to gather pace

Josep Gombau’s revolution at Adelaide United continues to roar forward, with the arrival of good friend and Barcelona great Guillermo Amor signalling the next step in his master plan.

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Australian tennis’ future is safe in the hands of the big three

Nick Kyrgios is the future of Australian tennis, but don’t sell Sam Groth, or Marinko Matosevic short.

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There was no dream finish for Daniel Giansiracusa’s Western Bulldogs career on Sunday but not because of their cruel loss.

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Australian captain Michael Clarke is set to miss the rest of the one-day tri-series in Zimbabwe and could be in doubt for the upcoming Test tour against Pakistan after aggravating his hamstring injury.

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Australia on track to win ODI World Cup

Australia have an emerging problem with defending massive totals. But will it be less relevant come next year’s World Cup?

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Stodgy league shows that expansion plans should be shelved

You know it kills me to march in here like Major Buzzkill and start some military-grade whinging, but…

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Parramatta coach Brad Arthur defiantly declared his side’s NRL season was not over despite a 42-12 thumping at the hands of Newcastle at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

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The Sydney Roosters have served notice to the rest of the NRL that they are still the team to beat after producing a battling performance to beat Melbourne 24-12 at Allianz Stadium.

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Heavyweights Hawthorn and Geelong will clash in a blockbuster opening to an AFL finals series featuring fairytale finishers Richmond.

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Rabbitohs and England star Sam Burgess.

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and ARU boss Bill Pulver during the third Test match between the British and Irish Lions and the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Andrew Johns' virtuoso performance led NSW to their last State of Origin series win back in 2005. (AAP Image/Tony Phillips)

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Former Socceroos and Hyundai A-Leaugue players (L-R) Paul Reid and Brett Emerton with CEO David Gallop holding the FFA Cup during the unveiling the FFA Cup in Sydney, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AAP Image/Jane Dempster)

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Australia's Wallabies' fullback Israel Folau runs to score a try against Argentina's Los Pumas during the Rugby Championship sixth round match at Gigante de Arroyito stadium in Rosario, Santa Fe, some 320 Km north of Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata

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Australia win women's World Cup

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Adam Reynolds gets involved in a fight with  Michael Ennis. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville)

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Ewen McKenzie - Wallabies can take positives from loss to Springboks

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Issac Luke and the Rabbitohs celebrate

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North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks: NRL live scores, blog

A Cronulla Sharks side destined for the wooden spoon heads to Townsville to face the red-hot North Queensland Cowboys outfit on Monday night NRL. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:00pm (AEST).

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Zimbabwe vs Australia: The everything ratings

Australia has just been defeated by Zimbabwe in Harare in a massive upset of global cricketing proportions. Here we are again with the everything ratings, trying to make some sense of the contest.

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Even Stevens on top and bottom: The anomalies of the 2014 AFL season

As the curtain closes on the home-and-away season, quick analysis of the ladder shows a few interesting things.

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Jekyll or Hyde for the Hammers

By Evan Morgan Grahame, Today

West Ham were convincingly beaten by Southampton on Saturday, despite going 1-0 up through Mark Noble’s deflected opening strike.

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The fans have spoken, but will the NRL listen?

The results of the NRL Fans Survey were recently released, and it is vital the NRL closely consider the results so that changes can be made for the 2015 season.

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Swans secure top spot, but their home final is a poisoned chalice

Despite a three-point loss to the in-form Richmond Tigers, the Swans have finished top of the AFL ladder, capturing the minor premiership and a ‘home ground’ final.

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Michael Clarke, you are no longer required for ODIs

Michael Clarke. As much as we love you mate, your time in the ODI team has expired.

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Is Cam Smith still the best hooker in the NRL?

Anyone who has followed anything I have posted on this site would know that I am quite happy to make an unpopular statement. However, even I have shied away from saying what I am about to say.

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Fantastic finish to Sunday arvo dulled by delayed coverage

Manly’s win over the Panthers was brilliant game full of attacking footy, with a nail-biting finish in front of a big crowd on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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It’s all over now, Stevie G

By Evan Morgan Grahame, Today Video
It’s all over now, Stevie G

In the first half of Liverpool’s weekend match against Tottenham, Steven Gerrard – the captain, the club legend, the very embodiment of the club’s modern spirit – gave the ball away, by my count, seven times.

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198 matches down, nine to go. The regular season is over, so is winter and so too are the AFL seasons of ten clubs.

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AFL Round 23 review

By Sean Mortell, Today Video
AFL Round 23 review

The final home-and-away round did not disappoint, with many close finishes and upsets making for a glittering round of footy.

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Pumas are a potential banana skin for the All Blacks and Wallabies

The Argentinian Pumas remain an enigma of sorts in international rugby. Long ignored by the established rugby fraternity, they have finally been accepted into the big boys club yet are still a little unsure of how they exactly fit into the big picture.

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Still got the Blues: Reviewing Carlton’s 2014 season

Carlton will finish their 150th year with a lot of what ifs, however there was plenty to take way from season 2014.

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Wanderers can be Asian champions

By Joshua Thomas, Today
Wanderers can be Asian champions

The Western Sydney Wanderers are just four games away from becoming Asian champions. I’m quietly confident that they can become the first Australian team to do so.

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Bears, Jets and Bombers could create a real Super League

Billionaire Marwan Koukash wants to buy a NRL club. Forget it Marwan, make the Super League a World League instead and make the NRL redundant.

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Australia's Casey Dellacqua takes on China's - AAP Image/Julian Smith

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USA's Serena Williams returning the ball

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Chris Froome

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Liverpool Manchester City Sturridge

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David Warner and James Faulkner celebrate taking Ian Bell's wicket at the SCG

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GWS Giants celebrate

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Nick Riewoldt of St Kilda

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