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The NRL regular season is going right down to the wire, with plenty to play for in the final round of the season. At least, that’s what we’re led to believe.
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The ecosystem of racing is substantially supported by punters, but it’s fair to say racing doesn’t revolve around the punter.
As the Socceroos continue their path to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, match sharpness and unknown opposition will be the main obstacles in the way of a maximum six points, and with it a perfect start to the Group B qualifiers.
Round 2 of the National Rugby Championship saw Brisbane City and the Sydney Stars, of all teams, continue their unbeaten run, while Perth’s 19-point loss at home to North Harbour raised some serious questions.
Remember the days when the Australian cricket captain scored runs? Thankfully Steve Smith revived those memories with a 53-ball 90 in the only T20 international at Sophia Garden overnight.
Just as Belgium has come to herald the return to racing after Formula One’s midseason break, so too has Italy earned a reputation for demarcating the European season with the final leg of the championship.
Jason Day moved a step closer to his dearest wish to become Australia’s third world number one golfer after Greg Norman and Adam Scott by winning the Barclays at New Jersey by six shots over Swede Henrik Stenson.
Who cares who wins the minor premiership? Who cares who gets the wooden spoon? Who even cares who wins the grand final? Right now, all anyone wants to know is what is going to happen next at Wests Tigers.
Well there it is for another season, and all with a round remaining.
Today’s one-off match against England at Cardiff could appear to be just another throw away T20 match. But, with only just over six months to the World Twenty20, it is a rare chance for Australia to test out their line-up.
The problem for selectors picking their squad to win Rugby World Cup 2015 is rather like trying to solve rubik’s cube, in the dark.
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Bart Cummings takes me back to the days of black and white photographs, afternoon newspapers and listening to the races on the radio as the only means of finding out who won if you weren’t actually at the track.
Cups King Bart Cummings died peacefully in his sleep overnight, aged 87.
Overture, curtains, lights! Roll out the red carpet, let down your top-knot and precariously apply the double-sided tape, because the NRL’s awards season is fast approaching.
Sport can be so exhilarating and so devastating, as Anthony Milford and Geoff Toovey found out to kick-off the NRL’s penultimate round.
It is often said that defence wins big games. The fact of the matter is that a whole combination of factors wins big games, but defence is certainly a crucial component.
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Tommy Robredo takes on Sam Groth in the at the US Open second round. Join The Roar for live scores of the match from 6am (AEST).
Can Andreas Haider-Maurer match it with first seed Novak Djokovic in the second round of the US Open? Join The Roar for live scores from around 10.30am (AEST) following the completion of Irina Falconi and Venus Williams.
Can Rafael Nadal progress to the third round with a win over Diego Sebastian Schwartzman? Join The Roar for live scores from around 4.30am (AEST) following the completion of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Vandeweghe.
Stage Report: A torturous day in the Andorran Pyrenees concluded with Astana outshining their rivals to claim both the stage victory and Maillot Rojo. Unmatchable attacks from Mikel Landa, in the breakaway, and Fabio Aru secured the Khazak team first and second on the stage.
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This is it. This is my grand final Week. What do you mean the NRL finals haven’t started yet? Oh, we’re talking about different things. This is my grand final week for NRL SuperCoach.
In Part 2 of this revolutionary series, Digger’s Demons picked a canny thinking man’s light and mobile pack with phenomenal speed at hooker, lock and loose forward.
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With the top 8 finalised, it’s time to turn our gaze to the 10 clubs that didn’t make it and their coaches.
While this column generally prefers to focus on the on-field aspects of a team’s performance, for the Eels in 2015 the off-field concerns manifested on the field far more directly than for any other team.
Midway through 2012, Phil Gould and Luke Lewis attended a press conference to confirm that Lewis would be leaving Penrith at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
While the top eight is all but settled, some matches in Round 23 will go a long way towards shaping the finals series, and the battle for the wooden spoon will go down to the wire.
People say Oleg Tinkov’s crazy, but he’s probably become so accustomed to getting his own way that he thinks differently to anyone who isn’t a billionaire.
I’m just going to put this out there. If feminism’s new poster boy Graham Cornes’ recent smattering has taught me anything, it’s that free speech is a crucial component of a properly functioning society. Unless it’s him doing it.
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Once upon a time, Wallaby legend Nick Farr-Jones said: “Rugby touring is a lot like sex – when it’s good it’s really good, and when it’s not good… well, it’s still pretty darn good.”
The 2015 US Open has started in disastrous fashion for many of the leading seeds, with last year’s finalist Kei Nishikori, Serbian pair Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, and former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova among the many notable opening day casualties.
I don’t dislike Twenty20 cricket, in fact it offers you something completely different from both the Test arena and the one-day arena. But the recent one-off match against England was pointless, especially for one individual.
Some may dismiss the importance of the UK tour’s white ball segment, but after relinquishing the urn, Steve Smith has labelled the ODI series as integral to Australia’s rebuilding process.
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