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Eel or no Eel: Is Mitchell Moses the right fit for Parramatta?

After four tumultuous years in black and gold, which included three head coaches, two contract sagas, one decent season and zero finals appearances, Mitchell Moses was released by the Wests Tigers.

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ARU madness! Pocock earns three times more than McMahon for not playing

Early last year, at the finish of the Randwick Rugby Club’s meeting to launch the new rugby season, I approached Bill Pulver, the chief executive of the ARU, to ask him an important question: “How much is the ARU paying David Pocock for not playing Super Rugby or for the Wallabies in 2017?”

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Better late than never for the Waratahs

At long last, the Waratahs big three of Israel Folau, Bernard Foley and Michael Hooper clicked to beat the Rebels 50-23 at Allianz Stadium yesterday.

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Can Australia win a third ICC Champions Trophy?

With the dispute between Cricket Australia and Australian Cricket Association still unresolved, it is difficult to predict as to how Australia will fare in the Champions Trophy commencing on 1 June.

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Eleven quick takes from AFL Round 9

There may only have been eight games of footy this week but with more surprise results and some big moments, it didn’t feel any the less. Here’s my quick takes from the week.

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The rule that would change the face of wet weather footy

While rugby league fans try to keep their heads above water in a weekend of wet weather footy, it’s time to proffer a long-contemplated idea.

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Warriors concede rugby league ‘isn’t working for them’

The New Zealand Warriors have conceded that starting a rugby league team was a “poor business decision” and that the game “probably isn’t their thing.”

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Was Ivan Cleary right to release Mitchell Moses?

Mitchell Moses will turn out for Parramatta this afternoon when he was contracted to Wests Tigers until the end of the season. Are contracts becoming meaningless?

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It’s time for A-League badges to join the 21st century

This week Sydney FC officially changed their team badge, releasing images of a spangly new crest, one chairman Scott Barlow felt better emphasised Sydney FC’s place as “an iconic club in an iconic city”.

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The Roar’s Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin 1

Earlier this week, we asked you to pick your Queensland Maroons side for Origin 1, and now, with the results decided, it’s time to reveal the team chosen by The Roar’s readers before Kevin Walters reveals his side on Monday.

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Everyone just calm down, the Ashes aren’t under threat

When November 23 comes around, a full-strength Australia will face a full-strength England in the Ashes opener at the Gabba.

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Geelong vs Western Bulldogs: Friday Night Forecast

Stage 947 of Kardinia Park is unveiled, as the languid Cats host the slop-loving Dogs. The weather looks atrocious, and Geelong are market underdogs at home for the first time since the veteran farewell game in 2015. Stakes are high, as ever on a Friday evening.

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How important is free-to-air coverage to the A-League?

Channel Seven has loomed as an unlikely bidder to broadcast the A-League, but will a free-to-air home on a major network take football in Australia to the next level?

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Rugby’s a business, right? So don’t blame Cox if he takes his elsewhere

Let’s call the company Turinui-English Nuclear Science Enterprises (TENSE).

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You call that a Wildcard? This is a Wildcard

A wildcard weekend in the AFL? Sure, why not? It’s a great idea!

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Andrew Fifita to be the next Paul Gallen in Origin

For most of his 24 Origin appearances, Paul Gallen was the NSW spearhead, doing the hard yards in possession.

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Boyd Cordner of the Blues scores a try

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Jarrod Croker Canberra Raiders NRL Rugby League 2017

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Joe Daniher Brendon Goddard AFL Essendon Bombers 2016

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Women's RLWC 2017 AUS and NZ captains.

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James Troisi(Melbourne Victory) Aarom Mooy go for the ball (Sydney Wanderers) go for the ball (AAP Image / Joe Sabljak)

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Shane Warne

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Patrick Dangerfield Joel Selwood Geelong Cats AFL 2016

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The Roar of the crowd

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Vale the ARU – and SANZAAR

By Rickety Knees, 25 May 2017
Vale the ARU – and SANZAAR

And so in Australia the twin power-drunk dogs (ARU and SANZAAR) are being dragged along, bumping up and down behind an old ute looking to replace its drive train with something better.

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The top ten Indigenous players in rugby league history

There have been some superb Indigenous players over the years. From Australian captains and Dally M winners to grand final winners and Churchill medalists, this top ten list of the best Australian Indigenous players to step foot on a rugby league field has it all.

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Ajax vs Manchester United highlights: Europa League Final live scores, blog

It’s make or break for Manchester United against Ajax today, win and their season will be seen as a success, lose and it’s a failure. You can follow all the action, live score and key moments on The Roar on the blog live at 4:45am (AEST).

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Past the post: Rosehill, Flemington and Morphettville blackbookers

There was some very good racing across three states on Saturday with a few hidden runs to be followed with confidence. Here are some blackbookers to include for future reference.

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Sydney FC vs Liverpool FC highlights: Liverpool thump Sydney 3-nil

The 2016-17 A-League champions Sydney FC host international powerhouse Liverpool in a friendly match. Join The Roar from 8pm (AEST) for live scores and commentary.

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WATCH: Aussie young-gun selected to represent US college team

Rugby prodigy Lucas Ortner has become the first Australian to be accepted into the Kutztown University rugby program in the United States.

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Comparing dynasties: Who were the greatest irritants?

Paul Roos at the Sydney Swans famously had a ‘no dickheads’ policy during his halcyon years of 2005-06. Roos meditated, maintained his pristine brown hair over eight years of coaching, and was once seen to be whistling right before a quarter-time address with the Swans five goals down. They won.

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Have Australia picked a one-dimensional side for the Champions Trophy?

Now that IPL is out of the way, focus shifts to the 2017 Champions Trophy, kicking off on June 1 at The Oval, where the hosts take on Bangladesh.

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Australian rugby must go back to the future to save itself

The Australian Super Rugby teams are presently 0-22 against New Zealand sides during the 2017 rugby season. By the end of the season they could well be 0-25.

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A wild AFL should move to a conference system

The wildcard idea in the AFL just refuses to die, and for the first time in my life, I am trying to get on board with the pesky conference system.

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Can this Springbok squad save Coetzee’s job?

Allister Coetzee has been told he must win the French Test series, or he will get the sack. But this is Africa, so that may or may not be true.

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Super Rugby must evolve, not downsize

By kickedmyheight, 24 May 2017
Super Rugby must evolve, not downsize

Super Rugby is the greatest rugby tournament, outside of internationals, anywhere in the world.

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Hold the brakes on AFL expansion

By Gordon P Smith, 24 May 2017
Hold the brakes on AFL expansion

Three closely related issues floated in the background of the AFL this week, behind the jumper punches and the injuries and the comparisons of flawed title contenders.

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Could Felipe Massa race on in 2018?

By Bayden Westerweller, 24 May 2017
Could Felipe Massa race on in 2018?

Felipe Massa is faring decently for a driver who hung up his helmet at the conclusion of last season.

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Remembering the Kentucky Kid and his championship win

The world of motorsport is engulfed with mourning this week, following the passing of 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden, who succumbed in hospital to head injuries sustained in a road cycling accident.

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FFA Memo: Vacant positions, apply within

By Stuart Thomas, 24 May 2017
FFA Memo: Vacant positions, apply within

The A-League season has just been concluded, and the FFA will spend the off-season looking to fill a number of high-profile positions.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia

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Cale Hooker Essendon Bombers AFL 2017

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Patty Mills in action for the Spurs

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Nico Hulkenberg

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Tony McGahan Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Union 2017

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Horse Racing

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Sydney Roosters NRL player Mitchell Pearce

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