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Hooper, Folau and Beale could lead the way to World Cup glory

If the Wallabies are to regain the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002, and win the Rugby World Cup for a record third time, Michael Hooper, Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale must be there.

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That awkward moment when it’s difficult to hate Manly

Of all the ritual humiliations I’ve suffered as a Canberra Raiders fan in recent years, none are seared so deep into my retinas as the events that transpired at Brookvale Oval in Round 8, 2014.

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Is time running out for Lyon’s premiership?

Ross Lyon has an outstanding win/loss record in home-and-away football and has won his fair share of finals, with both St Kilda and Fremantle. However his resumé is incomplete without a flag.

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It’s a Super Rugby blockbuster so chock-full of Test experience that you could start two Wallabies sides, but jostling for green and gold jerseys will be the last thing on the players’ minds.

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Sydney co-captain Kieren Jack says Lance Franklin’s love of the big occasion means the forward won’t be daunted by playing against former club Hawthorn in Melbourne for the first time.

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Forget the crap, let’s talk footy

The greatest moments in sport are the ones that you don’t expect. What looked a run-of-the-mill round delivered high drama and intensity, quality football, and the biggest upset of the season, surpassing even GWS defeating Sydney in Round 1.

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Waratahs and Brumbies show the value of positivity

The Waratahs game plan over the last two seasons has been built on an attacking mindset – keep the ball in hand and play – and as a result they’ve become the most exciting team in Super Rugby.

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Should the salary cap include head coaches?

Before the Brisbane Broncos announced yesterday that they had lured Wayne Bennett back to the club, the rugby league rumour mill had the star coach returning to the St George Illawarra Dragons on a three-year deal worth approximately $3 million.

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TURNER: Bennett’s Broncos homecoming is a play for power

The Broncos have made a sizeable gamble by re-hiring Wayne Bennett as their main man, but it had to happen for the club to reposition itself as one of the NRL superpowers.

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A-League salary cap still a work in progress

Admittedly one of the worst things about Graham Arnold moving to Vegalta Sendai was that it left us bereft of his majestic rants on Australian football.

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Believable Nibali on the cusp of greatness

Just six days – and the small matter of the Pyrenees – separate Vincenzo Nibali from joining the pantheon of greats who have triumphed in all three of cycling’s Grand Tours.

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India’s victory at Lord’s sends a message to Australia

“Beware Australia, we can roar overseas too”, is the message from MS Dhoni’s men to Australia after India’s well-earned, 95-run victory over England in the Lord’s Test yesterday.

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NRC rolls on: Wallabies allocations well on the mark

What started as a drip is becoming a proper stream. With next to no National Rugby Championship news ‘out there’ even as recently as three weeks ago, suddenly – happily – the news is rolling out regularly.

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Wayne Bennett should roll over for Stone at the Knights

What is the point in Wayne Bennett remaining coach of Newcastle for the rest of the season? The Knights should part company with him now and let Rick Stone take over for the last seven rounds.

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It’s au revoir, as Dunaden hangs up his racing plates

You may honour Dunaden as a star of the Australian turf, with his glorious wins in the 2011 Melbourne Cup and 2012 Caulfield Cup. French racing fans know that he is theirs, ‘un globe-trotter’, world traveller and world beater.

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Lemon’s winners and losers, AFL Round 18.1

Bye, bye, boilover. Get the spuds off the heat because the pan is frothing. There were upsets galore across the AFL, and we only had half a round. The north end of the table changes by the day.

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Henry Speight tackled by Zack Holmes

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Tour de France Maillot Jaune Vincenzo Nibali

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Western Force's Nick Cummins scores intercept try against Waratahs

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Nat Fyfe (left) and Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers look dejected

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Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau

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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy holds up the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool

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Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy leads the British Open

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Tour de France Stage 10 winner Vincenzo Nibali

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Richie Porte rides past the crowd

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Carlisle can be AFL’s best forward

By Ronan O'Connell, Today Video

They are two of the most dominant performances by a key forward in recent AFL seasons. Both just happened to be produced by a much-maligned former defender – in consecutive weeks, no less.

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Tour de France: Stage 16 live commentary, blog

Welcome to the Pyrenees as Stage 16 sees the Tour de France field tackle the final sets of mountains in this year’s Grand Tour. Join The Roar for live commentary and a blog from 10:00pm AEST.

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An insurance proposal for the NRL

By Tom Clarke, Today

If the Rise for Alex Round has shown us anything this weekend, it’s that; (1) the NRL desperately needs an insurance scheme to protect its players and; (2) the NRL community can rally to support its own.

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How will the referees influence the Super Rugby semi-finals?

Whether you like it or not, the 2014 Super Rugby season, in particular, has been one ruled by referees – and they will again play their role in the competition semi-finals.

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Broncos and Storm to resume long-running rivalry

One of the NRL’s most well-documented rivalries will continue when the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm lock horns to kick off Round 20 of the NRL.

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Split Personalities: a review and preview of Round 18

Every so often during an AFL season, there will be one or two rounds that excite the average fan like no other. Round 18 is one such example and it’s only halfway finished.

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The Sharks can still make history in 2014

An headline statement seems outrageous, considering that the Sharks are probably the least likely team to win the Super Rugby 2014 tournament. But there is reason for my insanity.

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England need changes to stay competitive

Rewind to six months ago, the Ashes were lost and English cricket thought it had a crisis. They were wrong.

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Daniel Ricciardo’s rictus grin becoming a victor’s grin

Upon his appointment at Red Bull in place of countryman Mark Webber, the individual known primarily for sporting an eternal rictus grin wasn’t given much hope of competing with, much less routinely enjoying the measure of, his four-time World Champion teammate.

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What your club needs in 2015: Part 2

By Ian Montgomery, Today
What your club needs in 2015: Part 2

Having had a look at the lower half of the AFL ladder in part 1, today we assess the top of the table and what they need to make next season a success.

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Sisa Waqa: better than a punch in the head

The Raiders finally have a confirmed, no going back, lock-him-in-Eddie signing. But it’s not exactly a game changer.

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Well done NRL on Rise for Alex

By Mary Kaye, Today
Well done NRL on Rise for Alex

I was impressed by the NRL making part of the participation agreements, which all clubs must sign in order to compete in the competition, each club would need to have at least one woman on their board.

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Ranking the NRL’s hookers: Part 2

By James Preston, Today
Ranking the NRL’s hookers: Part 2

With some terrific hookers having already been named in our bottom eight, we arrive at the crème de la crème, rugby league’s elite!

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Can Geale dethrone the middleweight king?

This Sunday afternoon (AEST), Australia’s Daniel Geale will attempt to conquer one of the most dangerous fighters in boxing when he takes on the undefeated Gennady Golovkin.

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Taking the broom to United, Van Gaal has work to do

For the coming English Premier League season, all eyes will be on the red half of Manchester to see if last year’s dramatic fall was just a stumble or something more.

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Ballantyne would be kicking himself!

By the 13th Man, Today
Ballantyne would be kicking himself!

Not many people though that Hayden Ballantyne’s one week suspension would be costly at all with Fremantle playing St. Kilda the following weekend, but boy were they wrong.

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Johnny Manziel playing for Texas A&M (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

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Indian bowler Ishant Sharma celebrates an Australian wicket

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Mitch Clark addresses the media during a Melbourne Demons press conference announcing his signing to the Demons at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Slattery Images

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Lance Franklin of the Swans

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Australia silence the Barmy Army in the best possible way.

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Adam Ashley-Cooper warms up

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Panorama of Allianz Stadium (Photo: Waratahs)

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