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From the Ritz to a promising rubble: The Lakers’ future is bright and unsure

The glitziest franchise in the NBA, the one that throughout history has subsisted most on individual, transcendent, cinematic talent, is suddenly paving its way back to relevance with a collection of diamonds in the rough.

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New Zealand Breakers coach Paul Henare has accused NBL referees of unfairly treating his side on Australian soil.

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It’s hard not to like NBL low-budget underdogs

The Cairns Taipans and Brisbane Bullets beat Melbourne United and Sydney Kings respectively on Saturday night and it’s hard not to be happy to see undermanned, under budget teams beat those with the deepest of pockets.

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Sydney Kings rally round under-siege Gaze

Sydney star Jerome Randle has rallied behind coach Andrew Gaze and insists the players have to shoulder much of the blame for the Kings’ poor showing this season.

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Robert Whittaker becomes Australia’s first UFC champion, will fight Luke Rockhold at UFC 221

Robert Whittaker has become the first Australian UFC champion in unusual circumstances, awarded the UFC middleweight championship today after Georges St-Pierre vacated the title.

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Stipe Miocic versus Francis Ngannou is a can’t-miss fight

If there was any doubt about the claim that monster-truck-sized heavyweight Francis Ngannou was the UFC’s scariest man, it was put to rest on Sunday.

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Exit music: Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies finally recede from relevance

Where they were once defiant they are now defeated; where they were once nostalgic they are now just buried.

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Encouraging signs, but it’s too late for the Sydney Kings

There was a lot to like about the Sydney Kings in Round 8 of the NBL. They couldn’t take a trick, though, and that’s precisely why the predicament they’ve put themselves in means it’s too late for them to impact the 2017-18 season.

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Mr Whiteside: Is Miami’s $98-million man really a star?

Like Jimmy Gator says in ‘Magnolia’, “We might be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.”

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We’ve learned nothing new in the NBL this year

The NBL is taking a break for the international window for World Cup qualifiers, and it provides a chance to reflect on what we’ve learned. The easy answer is that either the New Zealand Breakers or Perth Wildcats will battle for this season’s championship.

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An American sports reporter completely mutilated a meat pie and Australia is furious

Ben Simmons may be dunking all over his opponents and flirting with triple-doubles every night – he’s averaging 18/9/8, by the way – but the biggest news to come out of Philadelphia recently has to do with… food?

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Magic science: Chris Paul will give the Rockets new life

One day, the graphics in video games will be so life-like that we can hardly tell the difference. Until then, we have the Houston Rockets.

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Illawarra Hawks continue to defy naysayers

If history tells us anything it’s that you never write off the Illawarra Hawks nor a team coached by Rob Beveridge.

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Vukona enjoys proving doubters, Australians wrong

Despite beating Perth twice in a week and having already won in Melbourne, the New Zealand Breakers aren’t getting the respect they deserve to start this NBL season.

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The puzzling Nuggets have the outlines of a future powerhouse

The Denver Nuggets are mostly confusing, uneven and complicated, interrupted only by moments of breathtaking clarity and perfection.

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Creek backs Childress-led 36ers NBL rebound

The Adelaide 36ers lost twice on the road last weekend but captain Mitch Creek is backing a big response Saturday night against their conquerors in last year’s semi-finals and expects that to be led by Josh Childress.

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Nathan Sobey runs with ball

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Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James

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Andrew Gaze looking on for the Kings

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Jennifer Hamson of the Sydney University Flames in the WNBL

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Ben Simmons

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Jimmy Butler for the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Josh Childress in action for the Sydney Kings

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Inside the Unicorn Factory: the NBA’s terrifying secret

21 June 2012: The Miami Heat dominate the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. Fears spread across the world of basketball that LeBron James may be legitimately unstoppable. NBA Commissioner David Stern decides to take action.

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Separating the NFL’s pretenders from the contenders

Bill Belichick once said real football doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving and, in case you haven’t noticed, it’s that time of year.

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The Giant problem in New York

By Christopher Spinks, 8 Dec 2017
The Giant problem in New York

Over the past seven days, here in New York we have witnessed plenty.

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College football decides on its final four

By Gordon P Smith, 6 Dec 2017
College football decides on its final four

American College Football has seeded its top four teams for the playoffs ahead of what should be an exciting end to the season.

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What is going on in Kansas City?

By Christopher Spinks, 6 Dec 2017
What is going on in Kansas City?

Early in the 2017 season the Kansas City Chiefs were the hottest product in the NFL. They were hailed as the team to knock off the New England Patriots as AFC Champions.

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UFC 218 recap: Where to next?

By Edward L'Orange, 5 Dec 2017
UFC 218 recap: Where to next?

UFC 218 was a card full of expectation, and it did not fail to deliver.

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The blessed era: UFC 218 delivered on its big-name card

The UFC delivered arguably the biggest card of the year to date, and boy oh boy, did it deliver an event to remember.

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Cairns Taipans vs Sydney Kings: NBL live scores, blog

This match pits two of the struggling sides of the season so far – the Cairns Taipans and the Sydney Kings – against each other. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match at the Cairns Convention Centre on Saturday from 5:30pm AEDT.

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Conference championship weekend in college football

This Saturday is the penultimate event on the FBS calendar in American collegiate football – the weekend when all the conference championships are determined and the bowl invitations are passed out, including the four most treasured invites to the national championship playoff games.

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Handing out the NBA’s end of season awards after one month, part 2

Earlier, I took a look at some of the players that are in contention for a few of the NBA’s yearly awards. I covered MVP, rookie of the year and most improved player.

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Handing out the NBA’s end of season awards after one month, part 1

Over a month of the NBA season has gone by, and you can look at the data we have in a few different ways.

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NFL 2017: The year of controversy

By April Sutphen, 28 Nov 2017 New author!
NFL 2017: The year of controversy

American football is what Sundays are made of in the States. Friends gather together over nachos and beer to scream, curse, and cheer for their favourite teams.

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The danger of a privatised basketball world championship

The 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers have started this weekend. 32 teams from Europe and 16 teams from Asia-Pacific, Americas and Africa each have played the first of five two-game international windows.

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Chinese Taipei vs Australia: Basketball World Cup qualifier live scores, blog

The road to the 2019 Basketball World Cup begins for Australia as they face a trip to Chinese Taipei for a game they are expected to win comfortably. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 10pm (AEDT).

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First Down Under: Aussie watch Week 10

By Christopher Spinks, 24 Nov 2017
First Down Under: Aussie watch Week 10

We are ten games into the NFL season and I thought it would be worth looking at the four Aussies who are plying their trade on the world’s biggest stage.

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A way-too-early look at NBA MVP candidates

By Tom Clarke, 23 Nov 2017
A way-too-early look at NBA MVP candidates

The NBA is incredible. In a season that many feared would be dulled by the dominance of the Golden State Warriors, the first month of the NBA has been thrilling across the board.

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at StubHub Center on September 24, 2017 in Carson, California.

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Casey Prather Melbourne United NBL

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Daniel Johnson of the Adelaide 36ers

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees

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Ezekiel Elliott playing college football for Ohio State.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

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Brandon Ingram for the LA Lakers.

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