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SIMON ORCHARD: The harsh and true reality of homophobia in sport

Almost five years to the day, my friend Gus Johnston shared a remarkably candid video on YouTube that laid bare the harsh reality of homophobia in sport.

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Rory McIlroy on the move at the Tour Championship

Kevin Chappell has never won a USPGA tournament, but his consistency sees the 30-year-old American in with a big chance to win the Tour Championship at his first attempt.

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Four more Australian athletes including Olympic swim star Cate Campbell and world champion canoeist Jessica Fox have had their confidential medical information leaked by cyber espionage group Fancy Bears.

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Day withdraws from FedExCup finale, Johnson the one to beat

Jason Day withdrew from the rich FedExCup finale in Atlanta today, complaining of back pain.

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Aussie team Reborn locks in a chance at a million bucks at Blizzcon

Australian Heroes of the Storm team, Reborn, will be set for the biggest challenge of their eSports career when they head to California for BlizzCon 2016 next month.

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The stand-off between Davis Love III, Bubba Watson, and the Ryder Cup

The FedExCup finale teed off this morning at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, with the last Ryder Cup position up for grabs from Team USA captain Davis Love III.

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The international cycling community is in mourning after an athlete died in competition for the first time in Paralympic Games history.

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Bullying victim Tiffany Thomas Kane says winning a gold medal at her debut Paralympics takes away the pain of what she’s gone through.

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Australia’s sports anti-doping body has condemned hackers after Rio Olympic rowing champion Kim Brennan was one of three Australian athletes to have confidential medical data published by the Russian cyber espionage group the Fancy Bears.

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Country boy wins Paralympic gold in Rio

The tiny country town in NSW has a reputation for breeding top-quality athletes: Dally M medallists, AFL premiership players, Olympic gold medallists and now Scott Reardon.

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The hottest hits of the 2017 National Netball League

Even if you’re not a diehard netball fan, the new National Netball League (NNL) and its big new pay deal would have somehow seeped into your consciousness this week.

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SIMON ORCHARD: Conformity can be cowardly – The change hockey in Australia needs

“The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.” My Dad sent me this Jim Hightower quotation via text some time ago, and it caught me at an opportune moment.

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World No. 1 Jason Day’s place in the lucrative season-ending Tour Championship is in doubt after he withdrew with a back injury from the BMW Championship won by Dustin Johnson.

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Lakeisha Patterson got Australia’s Paralympic campaign off to a golden start as she toppled her idol in world record time.

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Lochte ‘gets 10-month ban’ for Rio scandal

American swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended for ten months, US media reported on Wednesday, following a scandal involving the US Olympic athlete and three other swimmers at the Rio Games.

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Sweden’s Alex Noren has defeated Australia’s Scott Hend in a play-off to win the European Masters for the second time after a dramatic finish at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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The Queensland Firebirds celebrate after winning the Netball grand final

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University of New South Wales UNSW League of Legends eSports 2016

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Adam Scott, of Australia, waves to the crowd after winning the Honda Classic golf tournament with a 9-under-par, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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The Roar of the crowd

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My ten greatest sporting reads

By Stuart Thomas, 22 Sep 2016
My ten greatest sporting reads

The power of language is something that is celebrated every day on The Roar. When combined with one of the most passionate human endeavours, sport, magic can happen.

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Calisthenics sporting tournaments are quickly growing around the world. Australia is beginning to catch on, but lags behind other countries due to some unique barriers.

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Dylan Alcott became the first Australian athlete to win two gold medals at the Rio Paralympics but more noteworthy is that he has won gold medals in two different sports.

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eSports parallels with traditional sport: Governing bodies

Every week we look at a number of practices that are common in both eSports and traditional sports. In previous weeks, we looked at player structure/spines, and the coaching staff behind successful teams.

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Hackers Fancy Bears do sport a service – it’s time to talk about TUEs

Cyber hackers Fancy Bears have done the sporting world a service by opening a conversation on the alarming growth – and secrecy – of the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system in elite sport.

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eSports: Unconventional, but also completely thrilling

This year I witnessed one of the most captivating moments of sporting competition I’ve ever seen, and it took place on an entirely digital playing field.

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Paralympic spirit as strong as ever at Rio Games

In watching Australian athletes at the Rio Paralympics, I have been immensely impressed with their attitude towards fellow competitors, and their appreciation of the support of coaches, family and friends.

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eSports parallels with traditional sport: Support and coaching staff

In last week’s eSports Parallels, we looked at how eSports are integrating successful strategies from traditional sports, starting with building around a ‘spine’, a core group of players that drastically improve an entire team’s performance when playing together.

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Paracanoe and paratriathlon debut at Rio Paralympics

Paracanoe and paratriathlon make their debuts on the Paralympic Games program at Rio. Australia has a strong medal history in canoeing and triathlon at the Olympics and it looks like this will continue at the Paralympics.

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Remembering the Sydney Olympics medal success

After the Rio Olympics, there has been much discussion of why the Australian Team did not meet medal expectations.

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Five sports to watch at the Rio Paralympics

On Thursday morning the second biggest, but most amazing sporting event will finally get underway.

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eSports parallels with traditional sport: The Spine

For some, the term ‘eSports’ is such a fickle word, especially for people who follow traditional sports and have qualms with the thoughts of a video gamer being labelled an ‘eSports Athlete’.

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Conor McGregor: Options everywhere, but what makes money and sense?

Conor McGregor wasted no time telling the world, “The King is back!” after getting the win over Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in what will be pushing for fight of the year.

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Rio Paralympics are a showcase of developments in medicine

The Paralympic Games are widely regarded as the second largest sporting event in the world. They are also a showcase of developments in medicine, science, and inclusion.

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UFC 202 preview: McGregor’s legacy on the line

It’s near-unbelievable to think that Conor McGregor (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) made his debut for the UFC just three years ago and in that time has risen to unparalleled prominence in the sport.

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OPL Grand Finals interview: Chief Swiffer and Chief Spookz on another El Classico

It’s that time of the year again, the OPL grand finals. This time, we’re in Brisbane at the Courier Mail Piazza.

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Legacy League of Legends Oceanic Pro League

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Jason Day

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Jason Day

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Quidditch Australia

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Lance Armstrong graffiti - Armstrong is on a bike pulling an IV drip

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Rhys Mathieson

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Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy leads the British Open

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Jason Day the Players Championship

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Dustin Johnson putting on the 17th green

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