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Hawthorn are already the team of the year

To date, without doubt, Hawthorn has been the AFL’s most impressive performer this year.

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Tigers white anting their own future as fans pay the price

In the last week Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has been reduced to the status of a lame duck.

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Commonwealth Games: The thrill is gone

What has happened to me? I used to be as committed to the Commonwealth Games as Brian Taylor is to his moustache, as Robbie Farah is to his own self-esteem.

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2014 Super Rugby final: Crusaders will spoil the party

I haven’t had time this week to prepare any of my regular video analysis in advance of the 2014 Super Rugby final which I was looking forward to as there’s plenty to analyse.

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What should V8 Supercars change its name to?

V8 Supercars has an identity crisis. As it looks to the future and the possibility of a move away from the V8 engine platform to stay relevant to a changing automotive industry, its branding will come under the spotlight.

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Athletics Australian head coach Eric Hollingsworth suspended

Head athletics coach Eric Hollingsworth has been suspended by Athletics Australia for his blistering attack on team captain Sally Pearson at the Commonwealth Games.

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Perth Spirit have named an extended squad for the inaugural NRC, with 40 names being listed ahead of their first match to be played on 23rd August against the Canberra Vikings in the nation’s capital.

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Sydney FC unveil marquee Marc Janko for 2014/15 A-League season

Austrian captain Marc Janko has been named as Sydney FC’s international marquee signing and Alessandro del Piero’s replacement for this A-League season.

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Greater Western Sydney boss David Matthews has rubbished rumours he’s interested in having NRL discard Todd Carney join the AFL club.

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FFA Cup’s outstanding opening night shows potential of a connected football

Great crowds, atmosphere, play, goals and coverage, mixed with send-offs, penalties and interest aplenty. As far as opening nights go, the FFA Cup’s introduction to Australia could hardly have gone better.

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Vickery hard and tough? Try stupid

No matter what Richmond’s Ty Vickery achieves throughout the remainder of his career, he will always be remembered for the sickening hit he inflicted on retiring West Coast favourite Dean Cox last Friday night.

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SPIRO: GPS rugby has to merge into a Sydney-wide tournament

The Sydney Morning Herald published an important story for the Australian rugby community, reporting Nick Farr-Jones’ call for “drastic changes” to the GPS rugby competition.

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2014 Tour de France: Success or failure?

For the fifth consecutive year we had a new face atop the podium in Paris – and this time, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by that recent rarity in pro cycling: two Frenchmen at contrasting poles of their careers.

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How do players know when it’s time to go?

It’s a cliché that flows liberally from the lips and typewriters of sporting pundits – “Better to retire a year too early than a year too late.” It’s also a theory that’s much easier to espouse than to action.

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Beale and Folau in a league of their own

By profession, I am a rugby league man, but I’ve bought a ticket to the Super Rugby grand final this weekend. I have done so for one – no, make that two – reasons.

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Hawks for flag, Buddy for Coleman

Roarers, it’s time to put your name on some end-of-season predictions.

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Gary Ablett Jr

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Marco Pantani outlasts Lance Armstrong to win Stage 12 of the 2000 Tour de France (AFP PHOTO/PASCAL GEORGE).

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Wycliff Palu on the burst (Photo: Glenn Nicholls)

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Italy's Alessandro Del Piero from Sydney FC. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD

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Gary Ablett Jr

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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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Tour de France Stage 10 winner Vincenzo Nibali

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Magnussen's missle men misfire in men's 4x100m relay

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The Roar of the crowd

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Fremantle Dockers vs Carlton Blues: AFL live scores, blog

The Fremantle Dockers will be looking to maintain its push for a top two spot when they take on Carlton Blues tonight at Patersons Stadium. Join The Roar for a live blog, commentary and scores from 8:10pm (AEST).

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Why I left my heart in Brazil

By Domenic Trimboli, Today New author!
Why I left my heart in Brazil

It’s 3:00am and I’m walking along Copacabana beach. It’s the sort of night that belittles winter as we know it. It’s lukewarm and gentle, and there’s a shorts-and-thongs type breeze flowing across the bay.

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Super Rugby grand final preview from a nervous Waratahs fan

It can be a tough business being a Waratahs fan living in Canberra. For years I have been told all about the superior ‘culture’ of the Brumbies and the supposedly egregious way in which Sydney media overlooks the team from the ACT.

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Stat’s enough! A Super tale of a Super season

The regular Super Rugby season is over. This is some of what happened, in no apparent order.

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The AFL Tribunal system got it all wrong

Richmond’s Tyrone Vickery was handed a four-week holiday by the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night for his clubbing blow to West Coast Eagles ruckman Dean Cox, and that was not enough.

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Brisbane are the new Geelong

By Cameron Palmer, Today
Brisbane are the new Geelong

Imagine for a second that this article did not have a headline and the premise of this story had not been blatantly given away with the opening five words.

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Carlton’s list in dire need of a clean-out

While Carlton scored a fantastic win last week against the Jekyll and Hyde Kangaroos, 2014 will go down as a season where reality struck the Blues.

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Why the AFL draft doesn’t always work

By Michael Pepicelli, Today

It’s supposed to be one of the most important means of equalisation. Just like communism, it seems like it should work in theory, but when you try and apply it to the real world it never seems to work properly.

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Daniel Ricciardo’s car control his secret to success

The driver line-ups in 2014′s Formula One season greatly differ from those we saw in 2013. Some of the moves have been outstandingly successful, while others could be considered a step backwards.

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Winds of change are drifting over international rugby, with the eye of the storm centred on the Pacific.

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Will Ange select cut Socceroos for the Asian Cup?

The Asian Cup is fast approaching, kicking off at the start of 2015, and Ange Postecoglou and his Socceroos are thinking ahead to the tournament.

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What do FC Barcelona and SD Eibar have in common? Two things. Firstly, they play in the same colours.

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The AFL’s free agency system has once again received ample coverage in the press over the past week, and none of it positive.

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Essendon: The waking giant

By Jayme Markus, Today
Essendon: The waking giant

Much of the focus on Essendon’s season has been on the storm caused by the supplement scandal.

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What the NRL can learn from the NBA

Having just completed my third bi-annual NBA tour of the USA, I was again blown away by the differences between the experience between an NRL and NBA game.

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A fresh new perspective for Australian football

Football on a Tuesday night? At a decent hour, featuring attractive and attacking football? It’s fairytale stuff, is this real life?

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

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The Waratahs backs celebrate (Photo: Ashleigh Knight)

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Big Bash League's Perth Scorchers

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Bernard Tomic. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell)

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Panthers' Jamie Soward in action. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo:

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Jarryd Hayne in action for the Eels. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay

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