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Gold Coast minus Gary Ablett equals GWS

The Gold Coast Suns without Gary Ablett are basically just GWS. The only surprise is that this wasn’t as obvious as the false outrage that was always going to occur after Tyrone Vickery gave Dean Cox his comeuppance.

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The FFA Cup: It’s real, and it’s spectacular

Football is such a political game in Australia that sometimes, supporters forget to stop and smell the roses. Tonight, they will be in full bloom.

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Five contentions from the Tour

Well, we survived. The sleep deprivation will wear off, coffee consumption can return to safe levels, and Twitter’s ceaseless hunt for the best/worst Sherliggettisms of all time can finally be set aside.

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Australian swimming is back, but the track is ill

Remember London 2012 when the Australians swimmers won just one gold in the entire Oympics – the 4×100 freestyle women’s relay – and that was on the opening day?

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FFA Cup another giant leap for football in Australia

The day is nigh. Another chapter is being written in the increasingly busy book of Australian football.

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Should we change the final day of the Tour de France?

Since 1975, the final stage of the Tour de France has been held on the Champs Élysées. As the climax to a three-week orgy of cycling, it’s a location that can’t be topped.

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A knee injury to South Sydney captain John Sutton has taken the gloss off a thumping 34-18 NRL win over Canberra at GIO Stadium.

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Lemon’s winners and losers, AFL Round 18.2

With five rounds to go, the top four remains up for grabs. The rest of the top eight remains up for grabs. The wooden spoon is up for grabs. It’s open season.

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Hawks vs Swans was a grand final preview to savour

This week I could have written about Richmond’s continued ability to find some form, which would have coach Damien Hardwick a little less stressed about his future.

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Potter, Manly and salary cap investigations: Another drama-filled weekend

So what are Mick Potter’s chances of coaching Wests Tigers next season now the club has deferred a decision on whether to offer him a new contract until the end of the season?

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SPIRO: The Waratahs face a last Crusade in the Super Rugby final

It is a sign of a very good side that they can play poorly by their high standards, especially in the set pieces, and still win a Super Rugby semi-final 26-8. The Waratahs did this against the Brumbies on Saturday night.

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Magnussen and marathon golden; Meares gets silver

In the most absorbing day of the Glasgow Comm Games, Australian James Magnussen won the 100 free, compatriot Michael Shelley stunned the athletics world with gold in the marathon, while the Queen of the velodrome Anna Meares, and the king of rugby sevens New Zealand, were both dethroned.

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Deserved victory for dominant Nibali

On a day when France enjoyed its best Tour performance since 1997, Vincenzo Nibali quietly went about making another statement to underline his total domination of the 2014 edition.

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I went to the ice hockey and I didn’t lose any teeth

Even though it was our anniversary and it was her left-field idea, I was fuming when my girlfriend forced me to attend the USA versus Canada ice hockey match on Saturday night in Sydney.

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Waratahs cement final against Crusaders – Take a bow Nathan Grey

While head coach Michael Ckeika is the obvious mastermind of the Waratahs cementing a first-time home Super Rugby final next Saturday night, it’s defence coach Nathan Grey who deserves the accolades last night.

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McGovern a rare positive in West Coast’s season

The leading contested marker in the AFL this season is not Geelong power forward Tom Hawkins, Collingwood brute Travis Cloke, or Fremantle goliath Aaron Sandilands. It’s an unheralded, slightly-built, rookie-drafted forward playing for West Coast.

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The Waratahs Alofa Alofa scores

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James Magnussen wins the 50m/100m sprint double

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Sharks player Andrew Fifita. (AAP Image/SNPA, Teaukura Moetaua)

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James Hird in black and white

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Lance Franklin of the Swans

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Scott Higginbotham in action for the Rebels during the round 5 Super Rugby

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Melanie Schlanger, Cate and Bronte Campbell and Emma McKeon after winning the 4x100m relay

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Manly Sea Eagles half Daly Cherry-Evans passing

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Manly centre Steve Matai

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The Crusaders will choke on Saturday

By Spikhaza, 1 Aug 2014 Video

The Crusaders are chokers. I said it. The men from Canterbury haven’t won a title since 2008, and have bowed out in the finals five times since.

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[VIDEO] Fremantle vs Carlton: AFL highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The Fremantle Dockers pulled of a remarkable last-gasp win against the Carlton Blues at Patersons Stadium on Thursday night, keeping their top four aspirations in check.

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Why I left my heart in Brazil

By Domenic Trimboli, 31 Jul 2014 New author!
Why I left my heart in Brazil

It’s 3:00am and I’m walking along Copacabana beach. It’s the sort of night that belittles winter as we know it. It’s lukewarm and gentle, and there’s a shorts-and-thongs type breeze flowing across the bay.

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Super Rugby grand final preview from a nervous Waratahs fan

It can be a tough business being a Waratahs fan living in Canberra. For years I have been told all about the superior ‘culture’ of the Brumbies and the supposedly egregious way in which Sydney media overlooks the team from the ACT.

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Stat’s enough! A Super tale of a Super season

The regular Super Rugby season is over. This is some of what happened, in no apparent order.

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The AFL Tribunal system got it all wrong

By Eliot Bingham, 31 Jul 2014 Video
The AFL Tribunal system got it all wrong

Richmond’s Tyrone Vickery was handed a four-week holiday by the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night for his clubbing blow to West Coast Eagles ruckman Dean Cox, and that was not enough.

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Brisbane are the new Geelong

By Cameron Palmer, 31 Jul 2014
Brisbane are the new Geelong

Imagine for a second that this article did not have a headline and the premise of this story had not been blatantly given away with the opening five words.

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Carlton’s list in dire need of a clean-out

By Nick Butler, 31 Jul 2014 Video
Carlton’s list in dire need of a clean-out

While Carlton scored a fantastic win last week against the Jekyll and Hyde Kangaroos, 2014 will go down as a season where reality struck the Blues.

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Why the AFL draft doesn’t always work

By Michael Pepicelli, 31 Jul 2014

It’s supposed to be one of the most important means of equalisation. Just like communism, it seems like it should work in theory, but when you try and apply it to the real world it never seems to work properly.

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Daniel Ricciardo’s car control his secret to success

The driver line-ups in 2014′s Formula One season greatly differ from those we saw in 2013. Some of the moves have been outstandingly successful, while others could be considered a step backwards.

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Winds of change are drifting over international rugby, with the eye of the storm centred on the Pacific.

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Will Ange select cut Socceroos for the Asian Cup?

By Michael Georgiou, 31 Jul 2014
Will Ange select cut Socceroos for the Asian Cup?

The Asian Cup is fast approaching, kicking off at the start of 2015, and Ange Postecoglou and his Socceroos are thinking ahead to the tournament.

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Eibar: The little club that could

By peeeko, 31 Jul 2014

What do FC Barcelona and SD Eibar have in common? Two things. Firstly, they play in the same colours.

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The AFL’s free agency system has once again received ample coverage in the press over the past week, and none of it positive.

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Essendon: The waking giant

By Jayme Markus, 31 Jul 2014
Essendon: The waking giant

Much of the focus on Essendon’s season has been on the storm caused by the supplement scandal.

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What the NRL can learn from the NBA

By Mark Bonnichsen, 31 Jul 2014 New author!
What the NRL can learn from the NBA

Having just completed my third bi-annual NBA tour of the USA, I was again blown away by the differences between the experience between an NRL and NBA game.

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David Gallop talks to Mat Ryan.

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

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The Waratahs backs celebrate (Photo: Ashleigh Knight)

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Big Bash League's Perth Scorchers

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Bernard Tomic. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell)

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Panthers' Jamie Soward in action. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo:

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