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Xenon, Argon and the future of cycling

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?”

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How to watch AFL Round 23

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.

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The NRL’s best and worst captains

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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NRL’s proposed central command centre gets a big tick

Two announcements in the past few days prompt me to declare this Good News Week for rugby league.

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SPIRO: New Wallabies squad, same old players

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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Forget the feel-good factor, Dustin Fletcher needs to play on

Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher must be allowed to play on next year.

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Degenkolb vs Bling: History since the ‘tour of the future’

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.

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Collingwood: The historic underachiever

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.

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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.

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Better coach education key to capitalising on Australia’s junior football numbers

Yesterday, at after school pick-up, I bumped into a father of one of the boys I coached in the under 7s last season.

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Robbie Gray is the AFL’s most improved player

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.

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Can Ricciardo win the 2014 world championship?

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.

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Michael Matthews feels the need for speed in La Vuelta

The 2014 Vuelta a Espana is feeling the need, the need for speed this week after Stage 3 started on a Spanish aircraft carrier.

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You don’t know what you got (till it’s gone)

The physio room is generally one of the best sources of wisdom (and gossip!) within the team environment.

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Thursday night’s a crap night for football

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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3D Analysis: Wallabies defence a shambles

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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Drugs in sport

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Chris Horner has cut Vicenzo Nibali's lead to just three seconds in the 2013 Vuelta a Espana (Image: Team Sky).

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Lance Franklin is seen during the Hawthorn Hawks family day after winning the 2013 Toyota Grand Final, Glenferrie Oval, Melbourne on September 29, 2013. (Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)

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Fiorente ridden by jockey Damien Oliver crosses the finish line to win the Melbourne Cup 2013

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England's Emily Scarratt lines up for goal. Photo: JPS Photo 2014.

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Michael Hooper breaks free from a tackle during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Israel Folau looks on at the Tri-Nations trophy during warm-up in the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Nat Fyfe of the Fremantle Dockers celebrates a goal

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Is Cam Smith still the best hooker in the NRL?

By Matthew Edwards, 1 Sep 2014
Is Cam Smith still the best hooker in the NRL?

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.

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Fantastic finish to Sunday arvo dulled by delayed coverage

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.

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It’s all over now, Stevie G

By Evan Morgan Grahame, 1 Sep 2014 Video
It’s all over now, Stevie G

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.

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What we learnt from Round 23 of the AFL season

By mastermind5991, 1 Sep 2014

198 matches down, nine to go. The regular season is over, so is winter and so too are the AFL seasons of ten clubs.

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AFL Round 23 review

By Sean Mortell, 1 Sep 2014 Video
AFL Round 23 review

The final home-and-away round did not disappoint, with many close finishes and upsets making for a glittering round of footy.

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Pumas are a potential banana skin for the All Blacks and Wallabies

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.

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Still got the Blues: Reviewing Carlton’s 2014 season

Carlton will finish their 150th year with a lot of what ifs, however there was plenty to take way from season 2014.

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Wanderers can be Asian champions

By Joshua Thomas, 1 Sep 2014
Wanderers can be Asian champions

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.

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Bears, Jets and Bombers could create a real Super League

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.

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Dellacqua’s disgraceful treatment speaks volumes for Aussie sport

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.

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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.

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No excuses for Serena as seeds crash out in round one

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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The FFA must stand firm on the NCIP

By Brian Orange, 1 Sep 2014

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2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 9 preview, live blog

By Matthew Boulden, 31 Aug 2014
2014 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 9 preview, live blog

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).

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[VIDEO] Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool: EPL highlights, scores, blog

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.

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Australia vs Zimbabwe: 2014 ODI tri-series live scores, blog

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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GWS Giants celebrate

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Nick Riewoldt of St Kilda

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Manly Sea Eagles half Daly Cherry-Evans passing

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The Warriors romp home 42 - 18 against the Tigers in Wellington

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Josh Kennedy of the Eagles

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Melbourne Rising's Jonah Placid

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell)

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Lenny Hayes is back for the Saints (Slattery Images)

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Wallabies player Israel Folau

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