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Which finalist is best placed to deliver premiership glory?

If Richmond, for some reason, doesn’t continue its current winning streak all the way through to the last Saturday in September, just who is the team best placed to deliver premiership glory?

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Every NRL game is equal, but some are more equal than others

The final round of the NRL this coming weekend features eight games, all of which will have a massive influence on the ladder, the top eight and the final series.

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Vuelta 2014: First week report cards

After nine stages of gripping racing just nine seconds split first from fourth, as the high mountains loom in what is shaping up to be a classic edition of the Vuelta a Espana.

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NRC young guns emerging already

Even if only subconsciously, I imagine we’ve all been watching the opening rounds of the National Rugby Championship with an eye on the next young superstar.

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STEVE TURNER: Brickwall Roosters will go back-to-back

Accuse me all you like of going off early, but the Roosters will win the comp.

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Aussie pride takes a battering but Lyon proving a spin king

After Australia’s loss to Zimbabwe, coach Darren Lehmann said he didn’t have enough expletives to describe how he was feeling about his side’s performance.

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Meanwhile, not at the Vuelta…

I love the Vuelta as much as any self-respecting cycling fan with a penchant for hot weather and steep hills, but as we’ve reached the first rest day in the big Spanish race, it’s a perfect time to go ‘around the grounds’.

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Hardwick’s headache: Do you change a winning side?

Should you change a side that has knocked over the minor premiers in the last round of the AFL season?

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Burgess’ stunning form: This time, it’s not personal

Sam Burgess has put his sensational form for South Sydney this year down to not getting involved in personal battles with rival players.

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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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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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Nick Krygios throws his racquet against Tommy Robredo

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Trainer Peter Moody at Flemington racecourse

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ODI Australia cricket

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Konrad Hurrell scores in front of a ground record crowd during the Round 17 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at NIB Stadium in Perth

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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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NRL, you have five weeks to fix the Clive Churchill Medal debacle

If I could win any major rugby league award – and there’s no danger of this happening, I might add – I’d want to win the Clive Churchill Medal.

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Rigid batting orders should be abolished in ODIs

One day international cricket can learn, and in fact has learnt, a lot from its considerably younger and rebellious sibling, Twenty20.

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Scrap golden point? It’s worth a try

By Daniel Nichols, Today
Scrap golden point? It’s worth a try

Every time a game is decided by a field goal in golden point the question is asked: is it time to consider golden try to decide games that are drawn after 80 minutes?

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Swans will be too good for premiership contenders

September 1 means two things, the start of Spring, and the beginning of the AFL finals, which morphs everyone and anyone into an expert on who will make the grand final, and who will triumph.

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Gallant Sharks again prove that nothing means everything

The Cronulla Sharks have had 48 seasons of nothing. That’s right, nothing.

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The under-rated AFL champions that Victoria forgot

In a national competition in which ten out of the eighteen clubs are based in the same state, it is inevitable that the majority of media scrutiny will be on Victoria – regardless of whether it should be or not.

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How to sell NRL to a valley girl

By The Black Widow, Today
How to sell NRL to a valley girl

While a trip to the footy might introduce you to all kinds of folks, there is a chance that valley girls might be conspicuously absent from the stands.

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Free agency is a good thing: Keep calm and carry on

As a businessman with a background in human capital advisory, coupled with a passion for sport, I am continually bemused by the sustained whinging surrounding free agency.

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Has Paul Gallen been punished enough?

It’s been a tough old season for Sharks fans in 2014. I imagine, for most Sharks supporters, when the buzzer sounds on their final game of the year this Saturday, there will be a sigh of relief.

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Seven untold stories of Round 23

By Cameron Palmer, Today
Seven untold stories of Round 23

With Round 23 officially in the history books and the premiership season now complete, these are the final seven stories to come from the home-and-away season.

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Has the McKenzie, Hooper combination worked?

Ewen McKenzie and Michael Hooper have had differing paths to their respective roles in the Wallabies line-up.

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Monza’s magic should be cherished

After a month away from Formula One, the Belgian Grand Prix brought us all back to the drama of racing that we all know and love well.

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Mastermind season review: Melbourne Demons

It might have been yet another poor season for the Melbourne Football Club in season 2014, but unlike years past they weren’t as bad as you think they were.

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During 2010, 2011 and 2012, Will Power consistently snatched despair from the jaws of victory at the end of the IndyCar Series championship that he dominated.

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Shockers and blinders, it’s all just cricket

When it comes to international cricket, a lot of people ignore the fact that you’re not going to win every game you play, no matter how good you are.

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Mastermind season review: St Kilda Saints

With the regular season wrapped up, I will start to review each club’s season. As always, I will begin with the last-placed team, which this year is St Kilda.

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When Paul was told to drink the Kool-Aid, he drank it by the Gallen. (Digital Image by Robb Cox ©nrlphotos.com)

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ODI Australia cricket

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Brett Deledio of the Tigers Celebrates

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Cronulla Sharks Todd Carney passing

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Dan Hannebery of the Swans

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Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey share a joke

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith

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