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Are the Storm a spent force?

I’ve got Melbourne Storm finishing outside of the top four now. I’m not going to suggest they won’t make the finals, but I’m convinced they’re not going to win the premiership.

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QLD Origin crisis: Replacements to the rescue!

For those who missed it The Replacements was a middling early 2000s sports flick about a bunch of rag tag ring-ins who are thrown into a professional American football side during a players strike.

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Hawks and Cats continue a modern-day AFL rivalry

Rivalries are what makes footy – any footy, any code, anywhere – so wonderfully good.

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It’s A Dundeel one of the greats after Queen Elizabeth success

The winning margin may only have been three quarters of a length, but it’s hard to think of a better example of a great horse fulfilling their potential than when It’s A Dundeel won Saturday’s $4-million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m, Group 1, weight-for-age) at Randwick.

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Re-mojoed Gilbert can now eye a second Ardennes triple

There was something of a deja-vu when I tuned in to watch the finale of Easter Sunday’s Amstel Gold race in Valkenburg. In fact, I initially felt rather short-changed.

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Ink in Will Skelton for France Tests

Former Wallabies have been adamant Waratahs behemoth Will Skelton must bide his time before being awarded a Wallaby jumper.

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Great biblical resurrections in rugby league history

While enjoying an Easter egg with my usual morning holy wine, I decided to mark this pertinent day in the religious calendar by returning to the divine scripture of the rugby league bible.

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Have England made the right choice or missed a trick?

At one stage not too long ago, during the captaincy of Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh, the Australians were riding roughshod over anyone in their path.

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Why Wiggins will be foiled by cobblestones

In memory of the recently passed cobbled classics, let’s reflect on what makes a winner, what a cobblestone is, and why it’s okay to be confused.

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Robinson needs to Nick a settler

As a record of good behaviour counts for nothing these days, here’s a friendly heads-up for Trent Robinson.

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[VIDEO] Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm: preview

And you thought the Dragons were peeved with Melbourne? The Raiders have beaten the Storm just four times since 2003 – a run that included 14 straight defeats.

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GURU: My Blues – The ‘mongrel mob’

It’s almost that time of year: State of Origin. The talk about who will be chosen to wear the recently downtrodden sky blue jumper is coming in thick and fast.

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[VIDEO] Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters: preview

Already, the Sharks’ hopes of making the NRL finals appear as ordinary as Todd Carney’s new hairdo. They say blonds have more fun but Carney and his last-placed Cronulla are in no laughing mood right now.

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NRC means more opportunities for Australian talent

On the surface rugby is a game for everyone. It’s the beauty (if you can call it that) of the sport.

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Day 1 of The Championships was a roaring success. With better weather forecast and the feature race of the Sydney autumn taking place on day two, we should be in for a spectacular encore.

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How will ACL affect the A-League finals race?

Just how draining is it to play in the AFC Champions League? We’ll soon find out, when Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners take to the pitch in their sudden-death A-League finals this weekend.

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Is Arthur the man to lead the Eels out of the mire?

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A composite image of David Gallop CEO of Football Federation Australia (FFA) (top left), Andrew Demetriou, CEO of the Australian Football League (AFL) (top right), David Smith, CEO of the National Rugby League (NRL)(bottom left) and Bill Pulver, CEO of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) (bottom right). AAP Image/Lukas Coch

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The three-man tackle which ended Alex McKinnon of the Newcastle Knights' career. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Brett Crockford)

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Adam Cooney of the Western Bulldogs clears the ball against the Kangaroos at TIO Stadium in Darwin. They're the only two Melbourne teams without an annual blockbuster match. (Source: AFL)

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Tom Boonen

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Alby Mathewson from the Western Force

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Argentina's midfielder Fernando Gago, left, and Australia's defender Mark Milligan, right, battle for a head ball during a group A first round men's soccer match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Shanghai, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008. AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

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Manly centre Steve Matai

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Young Tonumaipea scores the match winning try in action during the round 6 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and St George Illawarra Dragons at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Monday, April 14, 2014. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Brett Crockford)

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article

So the David Moyes experiment has ended in a childish and embarrassing way. This has been the case with any news coming out of Manchester United this season.

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The Barca-fication of the AFL

By Andrew Collister, 24 Apr 2014 New author!

The arguments that AFL is turning into a different sport are hardly new. There has been the debate that AFL is turning into rugby, and before that it was supposed to be basketball.

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SBW’s withdrawal shows Anzac Test is a dud

By Adam Julian, 24 Apr 2014
SBW’s withdrawal shows Anzac Test is a dud

Sonny Bill Williams decision to boycott the Anzac Test next Friday night is another blow to the credibility of the fixture.

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Footy fans need to stop whinging and enjoy the game

I am staggered at the negativity being directed towards AFL at the moment.

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Benji should Marshall the Cowboys

By Fra-Dog, 24 Apr 2014
Benji should Marshall the Cowboys

Benji Marshall is returning to the NRL, but as of yet we do not know what club he will be playing for.

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Time to change suspensions

By gurudoright, 24 Apr 2014
Time to change suspensions

When is an advantage not really an advantage in the NRL? For too many years I have seen the referees bottle it when it comes to binning a player for a foul on another player.

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History will not judge the Moyes era well

By johnhunt92, 24 Apr 2014
History will not judge the Moyes era well

The manner in which David Moyes was sacked is another glaring example of how far Manchester United has fallen.

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Mariners arrive in Japan with a bag of excuses

The little club that won’t go away has arrived in Japan for Match Day 6 of their 2014 Asian Champions League tilt.

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The plethora of players within New Zealand rugby has been well documented in recent years. It is a source of pride among many Kiwis.

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In the months of March, April and early May, Australia’s four football codes are in full swing. Super Rugby, NRL and AFL have commenced their seasons, while the A-League heads towards the end of their competition.

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Has the ‘Big Show’ finally arrived?

By Mellad Ibrahimi, 24 Apr 2014
Has the ‘Big Show’ finally arrived?

Since his international debut, Glenn Maxwell has been teasing us. We saw glimpses of raw talent and jaw-dropping shots that were either incredibly imaginative or just plain stupid.

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Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich: UEFA Champions League live scores, blog

It’s a battle of the titans as Real Madrid host Bayern Munich in the first leg of what should be a fiercely contested Champions League semi-final. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:45am (AEST).

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Central Coast Mariners: ACL live scores, blog

The Central Coast Mariners will need to produce something special away from home to defeat Sanfrecce Hiroshima and qualify for the Asian Champions League knockout stages. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8:00pm (AEST).

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ANZAC Day triple-header preview

By mastermind5991, 23 Apr 2014

It’s the most important day on the AFL calendar. With Anzac Day this year falling on a Friday, the stage is set for what should be a blockbuster triple-header with three matches to be played across three different time zones.

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Pride, tradition and honour, but how much does it cost?

At the beginning of the Super Rugby season, the Sharks unveiled their promotional video for all to see.

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AFL Round 5 review

By Sean Mortell, 23 Apr 2014

Another round completed in the Australian Football League, with the footballers taking us on a wild rollercoaster ride.

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Despite his long-term deal, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is under pressure to succeed this season.

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Jockey Craig Newitt riding Lankan Rupee

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The Offer and jockey Tommy Berry

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An empty ANZ Stadium with rugby posts configuration

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Duane Vermeulen of South Africa (L) tries to tackie Brodie Retallick of New Zealand (R) during the Rugby Championship Test rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks at Eden Park in Auckland on September 14, 2013. New Zealand won 29-15. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley

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Australian football fans will keenly follow Mile Jedinak's progress at Crystal Palace in 2013/14.

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Joshua Kelly of GWS Giants

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