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Aussies shouldn’t expect a quick and bouncy ride

A few years ago I ended up being involved in a debate with an opposition player regarding the pitch that our respective sides had just completed a league game on.

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Starc can be a Test star, so stop dropping him

Amid the rubble of yesterday’s demolition job by the Pakistan batsmen, Australia’s selectors should have identified one gem.

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Cheika shows his hand early and comes up trumps

New Wallaby coach Michael Cheika dealt Australian rugby a royal flush with his first cards on the table to meet the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Cheika a ray of sunlight after Australian rugby’s false dawn

Let’s wind the clock back three months. The Waratahs had just won the Super Rugby title, beating the Crusaders in an epic match in front of over 61,000 fans, ending an era of under achievement and years of disappointment for supporters of the Sydney franchise.

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Western Sydney can’t let Australian sporting history slide away

Amid the feel-good atmosphere currently enveloping Australian football fans ahead of the Asian Champions League final on Sunday morning, one thing is certain – Western Sydney Wanderers can’t let this slip.

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Australia in big trouble against Pakistan

Brad Haddin says his injured shoulder won’t stop him batting on Saturday against Pakistan who are poised to claim their first Test-series win over Australia since 1994.

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Wanderers show how to win a tie in 1000 days

Less than three years ago the Wanderers were a gleam in Frank Lowy’s eye.

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Flanagan to “lead the cultural change at the Sharks”

Back from suspension, coach Shane Flanagan says he’s ready to lead a cultural change at embattled NRL club Cronulla.

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From the mines of Broken Hill to Flemington: Mick Robins and Rain Lover

Racegoers were left in awe when a metal miner from Broken Hill produced Rain Lover to win the 1968 Melbourne Cup, in what was to be believed to be Mick Robins’ third month as a licensed trainer.

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Patient Pakistan punish unbalanced Aussies

Yet again, Australia have let Pakistan off the hook by missing opportunities in the field.

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Jayco-Herald Sun Tour offers what the Tour Down Under can’t

When the route for the Jayco-Herald Sun Tour is released each year I do two things. Firstly, I check to see if Australia’s oldest stage race is passing through my home town of Ballarat.

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National Rugby Championship final: Brisbane City-Perth Spirit preview

The National Rugby Championship decider is upon us, and even though the two combatants in the Final are something of a surprise, it still shapes as a thrilling conclusion to what has been a thoroughly enjoyable first season of the competition.

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THE OUTSIDER: Will the Son shine second time around?

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains thinks he’s a mercenary. To most of the Australian news media, he’s a walking headline.

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The Big Show and other cricket solutions

I think it’s safe to say that after Day 1 of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, Australia’s plan is unfolding exactly as the brains trust would want it to.

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SPIRO: It’s time for Wallabies to walk the talk on the field

Over the past week or so, Michael Cheika has made several decisions Sir Humphrey would call ‘courageous’.

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The national confidence guide for Australia’s weekend of doom

It’s been bad news out the wazoo around this place lately, with dodgy senators a-go-go, petroleum prices on the rise and Big Brother still surviving television’s axe.

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Chris Froome and Richie Porte in action in Yorkshire

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Jules Bianchi

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Western Sydney Wanderers player Shannon Cole

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Australia's batsman Alex Doolan

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How do you fix Formula 1?

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Australia's David Warner

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

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Melbourne Storm - a successful example of expansion?

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Stephen O'Keefe

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The Roar of the crowd

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Setting the scene for the Wallabies’ Welsh adventure

The profile of the Welsh rugby team on the world stage belies the country’s small population of just under four million people.

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[VIDEO] Melbourne City vs Adelaide United highlights: A-league scores, blog

MATCH RESULT David Villa’s potentially last A-league game ended in defeat as Melbourne City were defeated 2-1 by a determined Adelaide United side.

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Set Australian rugby’s phoenix to flight mode

It was Saturday afternoon and me and the boys were getting ready for our soccer game in the change rooms, struggling through the weekly pulling of socks over shin-pads.

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The Sydney Swans and the COLA Myth

Twenty years ago the Sydney Swans Football Club was in a world of hurt after years of mismanagement. How the old VFL foundational club from South Melbourne is still with us today is somewhat of a miracle.

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Pros and cons of your AFL team’s draw (Part I)

The AFL fixture for season 2015 has been launched and a few anomalies and highlights have emerged.

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A breakdown of Cheika’s first Wallaby team

By Samuel Kyriakidis, Today
A breakdown of Cheika’s first Wallaby team

Rookie Wallaby coach Michael Cheika will get his first taste of international rugby early Sunday morning (AEDT) when the Wallabies take on the Barbarians at Twickenham.

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The A-League’s Docklands dilemma

Should the Melbourne Victory host this season’s A-League grand final, Etihad Stadium will not be available, raising concerns over the A-League’s future in Melbourne.

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Godolphin owned three-year-old filly Earthquake looks ready to deliver a stern test to her male rivals in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (Race 4) on Derby Day.

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Always the bridesmaid and never the bride is a feeling Michael Bisping (25-6) knows all too well.

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Football infrastructure: The next frontier

This week’s events have made me write this article. This topic is something that I’ve been pushing for quite a while now, and it’s something the code should’ve started planning for a long time ago.

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Five players crucial to Australia tasting World Cup glory

Australia will go into the Cricket World Cup as one of the favourites, but which players will need to perform to make the dream reality?

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McCaw’s leadership is second to none

You’re in a battle. Having fought for a full 60 minutes now, your legs are giving out from carrying your weight through hell, your lungs are going over time and your arms are dead from dragging, throwing, lifting and pushing men all over the field. 

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Roarers, most of you seem invested in rugby. I’d say most of you have played the game we love. But have you all coached?

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Pakistan vs Australia: Second Test – Day 2 live scores, blog

Australia are left with a mountain to climb if they are to get anywhere close to winning the second Test to square the series against Pakistan after a fruitless first day of play at Abu Dhabi. Join The Roar for a live coverage of the second day starting from 5:00pm (AEDT).​

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Can we please stop feeling sorry for Paul Gallen?

Poor Paul Gallen… earning so many hundreds of thousands of dollars, captaining your state to Origin glory, World Cup glory for your country… life seems tough.

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Gold Coast Titans will benefit from Broncos’ short-sightedness

Player movements are part and parcel of rugby league – and any Australian code for that matter – so you’re a good chance to witness at least one of your favourite players move on from your club in your lifetime.

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NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika

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NSW Blues captain Paul Gallen (centre) in action against Queensland during Game 1.(AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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AFL Chief Operating Officer Gillon McLachlan addresses the media. (AFL Media)

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Lions' Christian Wade (left) tackles ACT Brumbies' Tevita Kuridrani. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

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David Gallop CEO of Football Federation Australia (FFA) looks on during a press conference in Canberra, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. A year-long government investigation has found widespread use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport and links with organised crime. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

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Stuart MacGill

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Damien Oliver celebrates winning the 2013 Melbourne Cup

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Brendan Rodgers will look to further implement his possession-based philosophy at Liverpool.

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