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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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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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A week of hard truths for Formula One

It’s been a dramatic fortnight in Formula One. Two teams have entered into administration with varying degrees of spectacle: Caterham with a public tit-for-tat, Marussia without so much as a press release acknowledging the situation.

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Apperances can be deceiving: the Beale saga from start to finish

When I heard about Di Patston and Kurtley Beale’s argument on the plane, my initial thought was that it had to be a storm in a teacup.

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Speight’s long Wallaby wait almost over

Henry Speight wants to honour those to have donned the green and gold before him when he finally ends his wait to become a Wallabies player this weekend.

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It’s official – finally. The Gold Coast’s on-again, off-again announcement that Rodney Eade will be their new coach has finally happened after days of talks with Collingwood.

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Irony not lost as AFL begs western Sydney football fans for a leg-up

Eddie McGuire once described the western suburbs of Sydney as the “land of the falafel”, so it was ironic to find the AFL’s latest leader, Gillon McLachlan, in Auburn earlier this week,  begging us falafel-eaters to bite into his GWS Giants.

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Who will bat three for Australia this summer?

Joe Burns? Shane Watson? Phil Hughes? Usman Khawaja? Steve Smith? Who should bat at first drop for Australia if incumbent Alex Doolan is dumped as a result of this Pakistan tour?

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Scrap Formula One and start again

Just 18 cars will line-up for this weekend’s USA Formula One Grand Prix, the smallest grid in close to a decade.

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Has Australia learned enough to prevent a clean sweep?

Let’s not beat around the bush, Australia’s performance in the first Test was embarrassing.

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Loss to Al-Hilal would just be a temporary Popa stopper

As I left Parramatta Stadium after watching the Western Sydney Wanderers reach the final of the Asian Champions League with a 2-0 win over FC Seoul in the semi-final tie, I overheard a conversation between two guys walking behind me.

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What is the point of continuing the salary cap?

For years the salary cap has been seen as the main way to equalise talent between the clubs in the NRL. But now, 25 years after it was first introduced, is there any point in continuing the charade?

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It might sting, but Australia’s loss makes great radio

It would be fair to say that the first Test against Pakistan was not much fun for Australian fans to watch, but I have to admit it was a brilliant game to call.

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SALLY PEARSON: What’s it going to take to get women’s sport on the map?

I might never have made it to the level I’ve achieved without the love and support of my mum. For many kids, sporting life of whatever variety you choose begins with your parents’ encouragement. It was the same for me.

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PRENTICE: Time to ban league’s twits once and for all

Plenty has happened in rugby league over the past couple of weeks, with the Four Nations tossing up some interesting games and results, a large amount of player movement, and yet another mindless act from a player involving a mobile phone or computer.

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What can we expect from the Cheika led Wallabies?

When Robbie Deans was shown the door after the British and Irish Lions series in 2013, Ewen McKenzie had two weeks with the Wallabies squad to introduce his style of game before the first Bledisloe Cup match.

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Tyvon Branch of the Oakland Raiders

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Kurtley Beale and Rob Horne celebrate (A Knight)

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Quade Cooper Brisbane City

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

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Stephen O'Keefe

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Josh Childress playing for the Atlanta Hawks

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Australia's spinner Nathan Lyon. AP Photo/Andres Leighton

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English fullback Sam Tomkins attempts to break the line against the Kangaroos. (Image: AAP)

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Mitch Johnson walks off

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2015 AFL Fixture: Breaks do matter

By Ryan Buckland, 30 Oct 2014
2015 AFL Fixture: Breaks do matter

The full 2015 AFL fixture is scheduled to be released tomorrow, in what’s quickly becoming a big event in the 11-months-of-the-year footy calendar.

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I don’t like Mondays: NRL should follow AFL’s common sense example

For those who missed it, on Thursday the AFL released its 2015 fixture list, scrapping Sunday and Monday evening games, and introducing more Saturday afternoon football.

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Off-season review: ACT Brumbies

By Gavin Barker, Today
Off-season review: ACT Brumbies

Oh, how things have changed since my last article.

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Should football help the AFL in Western Sydney, and how?

An interesting article written by Tony Tannous on the fate of two newly formed franchises in Western Sydney was fermenting debate yesterday on The Roar.

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The almost-weres: A ‘not quite’ Australian XI

Since I first developed an interest in cricket in the late 1980s, a number of great Australian players have either missed out on a Test berth entirely due to intense competition, or had their careers cut short by injury and other factors.

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Is it time for change at the VRC carnival?

The biggest week of racing is finally upon us, once again bringing to the fore ways we could improve the Victoria Racing Club’s Spring Carnival.

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So just actually how good are Liverpool?

Liverpool were always going to find this season relatively hard going. That was inevitable given their near miss in winning the title, the ageing legs of Steven Gerrard and the loss of Luis Suarez.

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After copping a huge drubbing in the first Test, and now with their backs against the wall after Day 1 of the current Dubai match, there is still one really positive outlook for the Australian Team.

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Port Adelaide fans should embrace tough draw

Excitement should come to mind when Port Adelaide Power fans see the 2015 AFL fixture.

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Pakistan vs Australia: Second Test – Day 1 live scores, blog

Australia are left with no option but to win the second and final Test against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi after having been pummelled in the opener. Join The Roar for live coverage of the first day of the ​second Test starting at ​5:00 pm (AEDT).​

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Roger Federer likely to reach his career ton Down Under

For many tennis fans, the season effectively ends in September when the US Open wraps up. But at the moment, we’re on Roger Federer watch.

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Springbok management kills Springbok talent

By Armand van Zyl, 30 Oct 2014
Springbok management kills Springbok talent

With the 2014 ABSA Currie Cup done and dusted following the coronation of DHL Western Province, we Springbok fans find ourselves with some time on our hands.

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Dissecting the inaugural National Rugby Championship (part I)

Are you sick of off-field dramas, colleagues sticking it to each to other, instead of their opponents? Tired of penalty kicks and lingering scrum resets? Then the NRC is for you!

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Melbourne Cup 2014: Barrier Draw start time, broadcast details, key information

Who will draw well for the 2014 Melbourne Cup That is the million dollar question this Saturday as the field and the barriers are decided for the race that stops a nation.

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Big year for Australians in the NBA

By Lachlan Bickley, 30 Oct 2014
Big year for Australians in the NBA

Australian basketball could well be entering a boom phase over the next few years with more players than ever on NBA rosters, along with plenty of young talent waiting in the wings.

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One year out, who will play for the Wallabies at the World Cup?

With a tumultuous couple of weeks behind us, I wanted to try and discuss the future of Australian rugby.

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David Villa of Melbourne City FC celebrates after scoring a goal during their round one match against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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Brisbane City's Chris Kuridrani is tackled

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Coach Mal Meninga gestures during a Queensland State of Origin team training session. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Indian batsman Umesh Yadav edges the last ball of the series into the gloves of Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. AFP PHOTO/Tony ASHBY

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

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Usman Khawaja one of the Boxing Day casualties

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Steve Smith scores his second Ashes hundred

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Mark Bridge celebrates scoring the Wanderers first ever A-League goal.

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