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SPIRO: The ARU-Beale crisis 3 – Cheika-mate is the winner

There are many losers and only one winner, Michael Cheika, from the ARU-Beale crisis.

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NRC Semi-Finals: The final that no-one picked

Plenty of us thought Brisbane City might be good enough to topple NSW Country, sure. Plenty of us even gave Perth Spirit some hope of upsetting Melbourne, if everything went right for them on the day, and if the new combinations gelled quickly.

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2014-15 NBA awards predictions

The 2014-15 NBA season tips off this week, after an eventful and action-packed off-season that saw so many stories and headlines created that it felt like the NBA never really stopped.

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Pakistan vs Australia First Test – The Liebke Ratings (part two)

After both teams had batted once in the First Test between Pakistan and Australia, the Australians were in grave trouble. And things only got grave troublier from there. Here are the ratings from the last two days of the Test.

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Cheika sends the Wallabies a warning with Beale call

New Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has sent a powerfui message to his troops – Kurtley Beale won’t be invited to join his teammates on the spring tour.

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What can Australia do to reverse the loss in Dubai?

What a thrashing Australia received at the hands of Pakistan in the first Test at Dubai yesterday.

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O’Keefe or Lyon must be dropped

Australia’s attack must be overhauled for the second Test against Pakistan next week after the side’s most toothless bowling display since the calamitous tour of India last year.

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Pakistan vs Australia First Test – The Liebke Ratings (part one)

Both teams have batted in the First Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai. It’s probably fair to say that Pakistan are a wee smidgen on top. Here are the ratings so far.

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GURU: Young Kangaroos will need to make a big step up

With the Four Nations on our doorstep, Australia are staring down the barrel of their toughest challenge yet. A squad hammered by injury means there are going to be guys who need to step up.

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Australia’s weakness on slow pitches exposed again

Australia had put themselves in a position to challenge Pakistan at 0-128 early on day three of the first Test against Pakistan yesterday.

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Kurtley Beale cleared to join the Wallabies’ Spring Tour

Sanity resumed at ARU headquarters last night with Kurtley Beale fined $45,000 for breaching the Code of Conduct, but free to join the Wallabies end of year tour.

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2014 Cox Plate: It’s time for a Champion to step up to the plate

Two out of every three runnings of the W.S. Cox Plate have been won by champions. Since we’ve already forgotten the names of the last three winners, it must be more than time for a champion to win on Saturday.

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Give A-league referees a full-time chance of success

Nothing is certain in football. Nothing, that is, except refereeing blunders. They’re an ingrained part of the game, and the constant bane of a football fan.

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The sportsman’s guide to tweeting

Twitter is a difficult medium to succeed in, and it’s even more difficult when you’re a professional sportsman, with all the duties and responsibilities that entails.

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Aussies can still win the first Test against Pakistan

“Australia’s attack is rubbish, they can now only lose this Test”. That is a summation of some of the downcast assessments which were floating around during the second session of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

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Four Nations are a chance for Sheens to prove he’s no bludger

Tim Sheens sure has packed a lot in to the last couple of years – light golfing, heavy litigation, a double income – but one thing he hasn’t done is a day of hard work as coach of Australia.

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Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line in Paris

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Luke Jones of the Melbourne Rising wins a lineout

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Wallabies player Israel Folau

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Kamui Kobayashi Caterham

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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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Melbourne City striker David Villa.

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Shane Watson becomes Australia's Test captain (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

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James Hird in black and white

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The Wanderers’ Bridge to success

By Joshua Thomas, 30 Oct 2014
The Wanderers’ Bridge to success

On the cusp of Asian triumph, I would like to dedicate an article to one of Western Sydney Wanderers’ forgotten heroes, midfielder Mark Bridge.

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James Hopes gives us lovers of the solid cricketer some hope

James Hopes is Australia’s best domestic bowler. The stats don’t lie.

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Denver and Arizona top of the NFL at midseason

By Jason Pollock, 30 Oct 2014

It was expected that the Denver Broncos would be 6-1 by the conclusion of Week 8.

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Chelsea need a tweak to ensure success

By Steven McBain, 30 Oct 2014
Chelsea need a tweak to ensure success

It would of course seem churlish or just plain daft to dream of criticising Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team right now.

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A question from a novice about the offside rule

It should be obvious from my profile photo that AFL is my passion, but this isn’t one of those annoying “my code is better than your code” contests.

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Plenty of experience among the depleted Kangaroos

While the Kangaroos are largely understrength for the Four Nations, let’s not dwell on the fact that there were missing Kangaroos in the loss to the Kiwis.

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Seven Network: You can do better with the NFL

By Phil Branagan, 30 Oct 2014

What a season it has been for fans of NFL football so far. Approaching the mid-point of the campaign all teams have dropped at least one game.

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The Riverina Australian Rules Team of All-Time

It is often said children in Australia play footy in the winter and cricket in the summer.

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First drops are made, not found

By Matt Simpson, 30 Oct 2014
First drops are made, not found

After his failure against Pakistan, the curse of the number three batsmen is set to add Alex Doolan to its list of victims.

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The curious case of Real Madrid

By Zubin Daver, 30 Oct 2014
The curious case of Real Madrid

After a compelling season where Los Blancos went on to claim their record 10th Champions League trophy, Real Madrid are now being primed for yet another assault on Europe’s premier competition.

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[VIDEO] Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory highlights: FFA Cup scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Perth Glory marched past A-League title-favourites Melbourne Victory 4-2 on Wednesday evening to secure their place in the semi-finals of the FFA Cup.

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[VIDEO] Bentleigh Greens vs Adelaide City highlights: FFA Cup scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: It required extra time for a result to be decided, but it was the home side in the end, the Bentleigh Greens advancing to the FFA Cup semi-finals following a 2-1 win against Adelaide City.

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Who’s Australia’s next Test keeper?

By Gareth Kidd, 29 Oct 2014
Who’s Australia’s next Test keeper?

While Brad Haddin is still out there scoring runs and snatching leg-side dismissals, the fact remains that age is not just a number.

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I want Australia to win the Four Nations, but…

By Daniel Nichols, 29 Oct 2014
I want Australia to win the Four Nations, but…

Saturday night’s game was a close to a train wreck as Kangaroo performances get, yet there could not have been a better result for the Four Nations tournament, or the international game.

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Marussia and Caterham out of US Grand Prix

By Jawad Yaqub, 29 Oct 2014
Marussia and Caterham out of US Grand Prix

There will be 18 cars contesting the United States Grand Prix this weekend in Austin, Texas as both backmarker teams Caterham and Marussia have announced that their organisations have gone into administration.

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Manly making the right moves

By Louis McIntyre, 29 Oct 2014
Manly making the right moves

As a Manly fan, I am happy with the events of the last week. The Penn buyout to end the boardroom bickering was great news (and unexpected), and now the club can build and move forward.

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Adelaide ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The Cox Plate is part of the month long Spring Racing Carnival.

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Anderson Silva suffers a broken leg against Chris Weidman

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New Zealand's Kevin Proctor (left) celebrates with try-scorer Shaun Johnson during the Four Nations Rugby League match between Australia and New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

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Germany win the 2014 football world cup in Brazil (Image: Wikicommons)

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Australia's Darius Boyd scores their second try during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final match between Australia and Fiji at Wembley Stadium in London, England on November 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

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Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika

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Will Genia of the Wallabies calls a play from the ruck. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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South Africa's Bryan Habana clears the ball whilst playing New Zealand in the 2013 Rugby Championship Match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, September 14, 2013. (AAP Image/NZN IMAGE, SNPA, David Rowland) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika

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