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The most irrelevant – and most important – NRL round of the season

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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FEATURE: The sustainability of racing wagering in Australia explored via new paper

The ecosystem of racing is substantially supported by punters, but it’s fair to say racing doesn’t revolve around the punter.

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Postecoglou searches for depth, Socceroos search for a win

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.

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Talking points from NRC Round 2: Backs will take you forward

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.

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Steve Smith’s swashbuckling 90 not enough as England win Twenty20

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.

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Formula One plays high stakes with Italian GP contract

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.

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Jason Day wins again, draws closer to number one ranking

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.

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PRICHARD: Hard-hats required at Wests Tigers this week

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.

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No wooden spoon, but Port were the biggest losers in 2015

Well there it is for another season, and all with a round remaining.

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Boyce and Agar: Australia’s T20 wildcards

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.

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SPIRO: The power of 31 for the Wallabies, Springboks and All Blacks

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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Australia has lost a bit of itself with Bart’s passing

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.

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Vale Bart Cummings – an Australian icon

Cups King Bart Cummings died peacefully in his sleep overnight, aged 87.

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Who will be the rookie of the year – and does it actually mean anything?

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.

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The highs and lows of Round 25 rugby league

Sport can be so exhilarating and so devastating, as Anthony Milford and Geoff Toovey found out to kick-off the NRL’s penultimate round.

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To win the World Cup, Wallaby locks need to learn to tackle

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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Nat Fyfe of the Dockers

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Luke Brattan tussles for the ball for Brisbane Roar (Photo: AAP)

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Demons Tayla Harris

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Nic White kicks the ball during the opening game of the 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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Lachie Henderson of the Blues kicks a goal

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Starc-Stokes-Ashes

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Fremantle-goal

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Joel Selwood of the Geelong Cats

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Bernie Ecclestone

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The Roar of the crowd

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Sam Groth vs Tommy Robredo: US Open live scores

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).

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Novak Djokovic vs Andreas Haider-Maurer: 2015 US Open live scores

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.

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Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman: 2015 US Open live scores

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.

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La Vuelta a Espana: Stage 11 results, blog

By Matthew Boulden, 2 Sep 2015
La Vuelta a Espana: Stage 11 results, blog

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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Grand final week: The ultimate battle for SuperCoach glory

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.

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The Roar all time World XV Draft – The backlines

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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A tale of ten coaches: Ranking the best of the worst

With the top 8 finalised, it’s time to turn our gaze to the 10 clubs that didn’t make it and their coaches.

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Parramatta Eels season review: Cap woes overshadow 2015

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.

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Lewis and Farah: A tale of two stalwarts

By Jack Aubrey, 2 Sep 2015 Video
Lewis and Farah: A tale of two stalwarts

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.

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2015 AFL season: Round 23 preview

By mastermind5991, 2 Sep 2015 Video
2015 AFL season: Round 23 preview

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.

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Is Oleg Tinkov crazy?

By Tim Christian, 2 Sep 2015 New author!
Is Oleg Tinkov crazy?

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.

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Why the AFL is on the edge of a decline

By Bob Nightly, 2 Sep 2015 Video
Why the AFL is on the edge of a decline

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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Beers, bowties and the spirit of rugby

By Alex Wood, 2 Sep 2015 Video
Beers, bowties and the spirit of rugby

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.”

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Horror first day for leading seeds at US Open

By mastermind5991, 2 Sep 2015
Horror first day for leading seeds at US Open

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.

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Cameron Boyce’s treatment a mystery

By Lachlan Ballingall, 2 Sep 2015 Video
Cameron Boyce’s treatment a mystery

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.

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Smith looks at the bigger picture for ODI series

By Lawrence Wisdom, 2 Sep 2015 Video
Smith looks at the bigger picture for ODI series

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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Team Sky rider Chris Froome carved out a dominant lead in the GC on Stage 8 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Team Sky).

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Alex Rance of the Tigers

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Brendan Rodgers will look to further implement his possession-based philosophy at Liverpool.

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Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal stands on the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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Joe Burns

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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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Queensland Reds player James O'Connor

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John-Patrick Smith

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Nick Kyrgios

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