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Doping. It’s one of those topics that makes you say, “oh god, not again, how boring, let’s move on, why not focus on the positives?”
There’s one round to go and 12 teams can – technically at least – make the eight. The two sides vying for fourth also happen to be playing each other.
Before aircraft, tanks and machine guns changed the way wars were fought, the battlefields that armies met on could be totally chaotic scenes of frenzied hand to hand fighting and slaughter.
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Two announcements in the past few days prompt me to declare this Good News Week for rugby league.
The thing that caught my attention with the announcement of the new Wallabies squad to face the Springboks at Perth is that with a couple of exceptions (Kyle Godwin and Peter Betham) these are the same old selections that were humiliated by the All Blacks at Eden Park.
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Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher must be allowed to play on next year.
Michael ‘Bling’ Matthews won Stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana. John Degenkolb would not have liked that. Degenkolb won Stage 4. Bling won’t exactly love that either. There’s a good reason for this.
Success over time in a competition like the AFL is primarily judged on premierships, with a flag the ultimate barometer of a club’s performance.
The National Rugby Championship kicked off with a flood of points and almost actual floods last weekend, with first blood going the way of Brisbane City, Perth Spirit, NSW Country Eagles, and Melbourne Rising.
Yesterday, at after school pick-up, I bumped into a father of one of the boys I coached in the under 7s last season.
Robbie Gray is a lock for the All-Australian side, one of the favourites for Port Adelaide’s best and fairest award and is a decent chance of winning the Brownlow medal.
At one point it seemed likely that the Mercedes F1 team would clean sweep the 2014 grand prix season and claim a comfortable one-two championship finish. But even a significant speed advantage hasn’t been enough to resist a plucky Aussie.
The 2014 Vuelta a Espana is feeling the need, the need for speed this week after Stage 3 started on a Spanish aircraft carrier.
The physio room is generally one of the best sources of wisdom (and gossip!) within the team environment.
I switched on last Thursday night’s NRL contest between the Bulldogs and the Tigers almost as an afterthought. The swathes of vacant sky-blue seating at the Olympic Stadium confirmed I wasn’t alone in my ambivalence.
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The All Blacks played really well to humble the Wallabies in Bledisloe 2 on the weekend. Despite some hoping they may be coming back to the field, they showed they are still clearly the number one team in the world.
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Anyone who has followed anything I have posted on this site would know that I am quite happy to make an unpopular statement. However, even I have shied away from saying what I am about to say.
Manly’s win over the Panthers was brilliant game full of attacking footy, with a nail-biting finish in front of a big crowd on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
In the first half of Liverpool’s weekend match against Tottenham, Steven Gerrard – the captain, the club legend, the very embodiment of the club’s modern spirit – gave the ball away, by my count, seven times.
198 matches down, nine to go. The regular season is over, so is winter and so too are the AFL seasons of ten clubs.
The final home-and-away round did not disappoint, with many close finishes and upsets making for a glittering round of footy.
The Argentinian Pumas remain an enigma of sorts in international rugby. Long ignored by the established rugby fraternity, they have finally been accepted into the big boys club yet are still a little unsure of how they exactly fit into the big picture.
Carlton will finish their 150th year with a lot of what ifs, however there was plenty to take way from season 2014.
The Western Sydney Wanderers are just four games away from becoming Asian champions. I’m quietly confident that they can become the first Australian team to do so.
Billionaire Marwan Koukash wants to buy a NRL club. Forget it Marwan, make the Super League a World League instead and make the NRL redundant.
Australian sport has one giant problem. We are sexist. I could skirt around the issue and say that there is a greater level of equality than ever before, but that’s rubbish.
Real Sociedad cap off an unbelievable comeback to register their first win of the season after they defeated a shellshocked and stunned Real Madrid outfit 4-2 in Anoeta.
With five of the top eight seeds all crashing out of the US Open in the first week, the path to an 18th Grand Slam title now appears as clear as possible for world number one Serena Williams.
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Stage 9 is the first proper mountain stage of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana, and with a rest day tomorrow the peloton can afford to give their all. Join The Roar for live coverage from 12:00am (AEST).
MATCH RESULT: It’s a win for Liverpool, and even more surprisingly, it’s a clean sheet for Liverpool. While no one expected the 5-0 thrashing from last season, this game threatened to go close.
An easy victory over Zimbabwe was followed by a listless performance by the Australian bowlers against South Africa. The Aussies now take on Zimbabwe in a bid to seal their place in the final of this tri-series. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm (AEST).
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