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Sydney FC must get their next coach right

It’s time Sydney FC made good on their promise to become one of Asia’s biggest clubs. If ever the Sky Blues are to become a serious force, they cannot afford to get another coaching appointment wrong.

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Service, sacrifice and, um, selling the game

I understand it’s about to change, but I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that the AFL has, so far, declined to play games on Good Friday.

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Super Rugby Expert tips – Round 11

Another decent round of tipping for Round 10, with fives and sixes everywhere. Our universal selection of the Sharks as our Powerplays went well, too, thankfully.

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Anzac Day a reminder of the hyperbole in sport

Prior to many sporting events this long weekend, teams and officials will gather together along with spectators, stand in silence and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice paid by those who gave their life for this country in various conflicts.

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SMITHY: Referees rule, okay?

Here we go again. Round 7 and the howling about matches being decided by poor decisions is loud and long. The Cowboys have gone so far as to collect their ‘wrongs’ into a long list to ensure everyone knows how badly they have been treated.

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True greats Malthouse and Roos are hard to fathom

Cards on the table from the get go: I am not an AFL fan. Far from it. But I respect the fact that the 18-man game is the biggest and most successful football code in the country by the length of the straight.

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Benji and the Sharks: a match made on Struggle Street?

Its 3:30am in rugby league’s dodgy discotheque and after a night of rejection, our two out-of-sorts stragglers catch one another’s eye across the sticky, smoke-filled dance floor.

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Kurtley Beale has challenged the NSW Waratahs’ star-studded backs to finally deliver a polished performance and put the Blues to the sword in Friday’s Super Rugby showdown in Auckland.

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South Sydney record breaker Nathan Merritt is the latest big-name player to experience coach Michael Maguire’s ruthless side by being axed for Friday’s NRL clash with Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters: preview, video

The Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons meet in the traditional Anzac Day clash at Allianz Stadium on Friday afternoon.

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This week on The Roar Rugby Show I’ll look at: How the table positions are shaping up as we enter the second half of Super Rugby 2014

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Why MotoGP needs a Casey Stoner return

As Casey Stoner watches from the sidelines, his replacement at the factory Honda MotoGP team, Marc Marquez, is crushing the opposition in his second season in the premier class.

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A ‘washed up’ Benji Marshall has denied he’s set to join Cronulla but admits his promise to not play for another NRL team than the Wests Tigers was premature.

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Is it Aussie rules, rugby, or a rodeo show? Fremantle coach Ross Lyon isn’t sure what to make of AFL games anymore, and he’s putting the blame squarely on umpires.

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Central Coast Mariners have been eliminated from the Asian Champions League following a 1-0 loss to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan.

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With Glenn Stewart forced to leave Manly because of the salary cap, his undying loyalty towards the Sea Eagles doesn’t mean anything.

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NSW Blues coach Ricky Stuart with Glenn Stewart and Paul Gallen. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

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Benji Marshall. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Manly's Glenn Stewart

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Bernard Foley of the NSW Waratahs scores in the second half against the Melbourne Rebels. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Benji Marshall in action. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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The Richmond Cheer Squad

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Benji Marshall can't lead the Tigers to a win over Souths

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The Wanderer's Youssouf Hersi

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Shane Warne

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Jarryd is NSW’s number one

It’s that time of year where the footy season is in full swing, which means everything is perfect in the world. We’re starting to get an indication of what type of season we’re in.

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Where will Johnny Football land?

Johnny Manziel, also known as “Johnny Football”, is a polarising figure within the American football fraternity.

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Why the Blues need Pat Richards

By Dom Gilchrist, Today
Why the Blues need Pat Richards

Think back to the last eight Origin series. In the Blues’ darkest days, such as the 2009-10 series, Queensland embarrassed us by never letting us get near their line.

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Rogic’s injury an unexpected Victory for Melbourne

Australia Day, 2014 and the Melbourne Victory are in crisis. If losing 5-0 in Wellington the week before was not bad enough, they had just suffered the indignity of being walloped 5-0 again – this time by rivals Sydney FC on their own turf.

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The Storm are not the team they once were

This year has presented a new age for the NRL. The new induction of rules has changed the game once again.

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Warriors and Storm do Anzacs proud

By Victoria Liu-Pearson, Today
Warriors and Storm do Anzacs proud

In the lead up to the annual Warriors versus Storm clash, here’s a look at what it felt like to be at this game in 2012.

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Moyes debacle is the end product of a far wider United story

While professional football has always been a costly hobby for the wealthy and a vehicle to get rich quick, it is really since the Sky era was ushered in that the unquenchable thirst for riches was truly unleashed.

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Australia’s best ever Super XV

By Diggercane, Today

After a few weeks I thought it was time to move my series on the best Super Rugby franchises along and move onto the best Super Rugby sides from each of the participating countries.

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The Australian Provincial Rugby Championship (update)

Just a quick update on the Australian Provincial Rugby Championship (APRC) – the head-to-head, Australian teams-only competition run under the cover of Super Rugby.

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Poaching your own Super XV

By Diggercane, Today
Poaching your own Super XV

Congratulations! You have just been appointed recruitment manager for Argentina’s Super Rugby franchise. The owner has charged you with finding (or poaching if you prefer) 15 recruits to bolster the squad for their inaugural season.

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Two lessons for Arsenal to learn from the Moyes debacle

I do hope Ivan Gazidis and the Arsenal board have taken note of how the whole David Moyes and Manchester United relationship worked out, as it provides two valuable lessons about how they should handle the end of Arsene Wenger’s tenure as the Gunners’ manager.

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Dragons v Roosters: Anzac Day battle

By Walter Penninger, Today
Dragons v Roosters: Anzac Day battle

This Dragons home game will be played at Allianz Stadium – which has yet to be classified as a Dragons home ground – and should prove quite a battle, despite the bookie giving the Roosters favourism.

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2013-14 A-League semi-finals by the numbers

The teams set to play this weekend’s A-League semi-finals are the same four that played last year’s semis, when the Wanderers vanquished the Roar 2-0 to progress to the final, and Central Coast defeated Victory 1-nil. The Mariners would go on to be crowned the A-League Champions for the 2012-13 season with a 2-0 victory.

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AFL should reverse its rule changes

AFL’s rules have constantly changed over the years, but why? What do we actually gain from changing the rules other than turning away lifelong fans and making it harder to teach new fans due to the complexity of the new rules?

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A-League semifinals lowdown

By Simon McInerney, Today

After a six-and-a-half months of the A-League campaign we’re down to the last four. These four sides compete in a straight knockout to decide who contests the 2014 grand final.

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Who will miss Benji Marshall?

By Rianca Shiraz, Today
Who will miss Benji Marshall?

Last Wednesday I was reading the entertaining news of Benji Marshall returning to rugby league for a few hours. In online reading time, that is roughly the equivalent of an eternity.

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TV image shows the allegation levelled at James Graham by Billy Slater

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Benji Marshall in action. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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Ross Lyon of Fremantle addresses the players during the 2013 Toyota Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne on September 28, 2013. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)

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Brock Lesnar fights in the UFC

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Catkins wins the 2014 Golden Slipper

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Chris Weidman on the way to a dominant 30-27 win over Alessio Sakara at UFC On Versus 3 (Image: Supplied).

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