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James Hird is still Essendon coach, for now

The football world is still yet to learn James Hird’s fate.

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Wanderers have come so far, and have the desire to go much further

“Look how far we’ve come” goes a line in the Red and Black Bloc’s song We Unite as One.

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ROBBIE DEANS: Fed to the Lions

The domestic coaching career of Robbie Deans is without parallel in the annuals of trans-Tasman rugby.

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2014 NRL grand final: Who do the stats say will win?

By around 9pm Sunday night we’ll know the identity of the 2014 NRL champions. In the meantime a whole lot of people are all going to have their say about who is going to win and why.

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Wiggins and Kwiatkowski – two very different world champions

For one, victory was met with an overwhelming surge of relief; for the other, a pervading sense of disbelief.

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James Graham v Sam Burgess is worth the grand final price of admission alone

Every rugby league player, fan and media has far more respect for Bulldog powerhouse prop James Graham than the NRL referees.

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National Rugby Championship: Round 7 preview, team lists

After a record-breaking round of the NRC last week, thanks in large part to a Queensland derby, played on a Sunday afternoon, that drove in a crowd of over 5000, we’re back an on the finals trail.

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Seven reasons the Bulldogs can win the 2014 NRL grand final

After twenty-six rounds of the regular season and a gripping finals series, it’s all come down to this. The South Sydney Rabbitohs will face the Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday to decide the 2014 NRL premiership.

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Wallabies playmaker Kurtley Beale is facing an ARU integrity unit investigation after an alleged incident on a team flight in South America.

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has got eyes and ears on the ground everywhere to monitor Australia’s Asian Cup rivals.

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The AFL Players Association wants ASADA to proceed immediately with action against Essendon players, regardless of what coach James Hird decides.

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Wanderers into ACL title decider

Western Sydney have continued their astonishing run in the Asian Champions League, booking their place in the decider of their maiden campaign with a 2-0 victory over FC Seoul at Parramatta Stadium on Wednesday.

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PRENTICE: Souths will douse their title drought with champagne

I’ve got a few grand final tips wrong in my time but not this one – Souths will smash the choker’s tag, end their 43-year drought and trounce Canterbury by 16 points.

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Forget the bands, NRL grand final day needs a sprint

When it comes to grand final day entertainment, both the NRL and the AFL either get it very wrong or very right. Sadly, the NRL more often than not opts for the former.

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Wallabies crash and burn after offering hope

After the Wallabies loss to the Springboks on the weekend, let’s examine what constitutes a good outcome – should it be judged on wins and losses, or how the team plays?

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How long until Popovic outgrows Western Sydney?

In just three years, he’s guided a freshly assembled motley crew of the unwanted, the unknown and the unproven to a premiership, two grand finals and now to the brink of Asian Champions League history.

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Younis Khan

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Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis celebrates after scoring a try during the NRL Preliminary final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Borussia Dortmund's Mustafa Amini

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Sydney Swans Adam Goodes

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Sam Burgess and James Graham get into a fight

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South African winger Cornal Hendricks

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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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Johnathan Thurston at the Dally M medal night

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Canberra Vikings vs North Harbour Rays: NRC live blog, scores

After being humbled by the Rising last week the University of Canberra Vikings will be looking to bounce back with a new look line-up to face the North Harbour Rays at home tonight. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEST).

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Arsenal’s fearful return to Stamford Brige

By Evan Morgan Grahame, Today
Arsenal’s fearful return to Stamford Brige

This weekend will see Arsene Wenger’s fragile stars travel to Stamford Bridge, the scene for one of their most brutal losses in recent memory.

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The Roar’s weird sport series: Binocular Football

The advent of technology has undeniably improved sport. Players and spectators alike have benefited from improved gadgets and gizmos that facilitate accuracy, competition and heighten the view experience.

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The AFL has a long way to go in fostering complete tolerance

The AFL season has come to a close and the trade period has now begun. That sentence seems somewhat anachronistic, but I guess it captures the permeating nature of AFL in our society, a game that never really stops.

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Phelps may be the world’s best swimmer but no man is an island

This week Michael Phelps was arrested, allegedly clocked doing 85 miles per hour in a 40 zone while twice the legal blood alcohol limit.

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The five most effective sporting initiatives for spectators

Whether or not technology increasing the accuracy of sporting adjudications is a good thing or not is questionable.

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My 2014 NRL grand final preview

By Ryan Eckford, Today Video
My 2014 NRL grand final preview

Here we are at the biggest game of the rugby league season – the 2014 NRL grand final.

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Sticking up for our youngest brother

Imagine a family of four sons. The two eldest are twins – one with brawn and the other with smarts and good looks – the third is an all-round athlete whose natural confidence allows him to compete with no fear against all of his brothers.

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A foreign coach? Time for a French (rugby) Revolution

France’s national sport being politics, it’s no wonder Les Bleus have often polarised opinion and been a headache for all coaches who have tried to tame them.

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Latest concussion study casts doubt over testing

As Sunday’s NRL grand final looms large, a Melbourne neuroscientist has issued a poignant reminder of the dangers of concussion across the football codes.

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Randwick Super Saturday prevew

By Adam Page, Today
Randwick Super Saturday prevew

It is Sydney’s Spring version of Super Saturday – nine black type races, three majors – with the feature race the $500,000 Group l Epsom Handicap (1600m).

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Epsom Handicap: A recent historical perspective

The scratching of gun four-year-old Rock Sturdy has thrown the 2014 Epsom Handicap wide open.

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Dustin Martin: Reminiscent of the Raging Bull from Victoria Park

While player comparisons in sport are usually fruitless, this season one player has reminded me of another champion from a bygone era. Indeed, these two players have so many similarities it’s scary.

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A trip down memory lane to the last Souths vs Canterbury grand final

There is plenty of nostalgia this week, with South Sydney Rabbitohs playing their first grand final since 1971.

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Super League semi showdown

By John Davidson, Today

Wigan and St Helens are primed to book their place in next weekend’s Super League grand final.

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Russia closed in on a back-to-back World Cup qualification as repechage winners in a tensely fought match against Uruguay in Krasnoyarsk on Saturday.

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Glenn Boss aboard Puissance de Lune

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Foreteller (left) ridden by Craig Newitt gallops to victory ahead of Puissance de Lune (right) ridden by Glen Boss in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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The All Blacks perform the Haka before the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Defender James Frawley gets through traffic (Slattery Images)

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Russell Crowe. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Robb Cox

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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey answers questions at a press conference in Sydney on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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Real Madrid's defence will need to be on top of their game against a potent Juventus outfit. (AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO).

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