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Opportunities aplenty in the NRC for fringe Wallabies

The NRC marquee Wallabies allocations were announced on Monday, and while there were no great surprises among the names listed, the allocations themselves highlighted why the NRC will be very important for several players on the Wallabies’ periphery.

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Sydney racing: Should metropolitan tracks take a break during winter?

The problems with winter racing are almost too many to count – and it starts with the facts. It’s cold, it rains a lot, the best horses stay home and so do the racegoers.

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Chris Rogers: The unsung Australian batting hero

Phenomenal batting over the last year has rocketed Steve Smith up the world’s Test rankings to No 1. But Chris Rogers, the oldest cricketer at Edgbaston overnight, has been the unsung hero.

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The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 18

The spotlight has been on the AFL for all the wrong reasons in the lead up to Round 18, but tipping competitions stop for nothing.

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The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 21

In another huge week of rugby league, Rick Stone got the flick, Geoff Toovey got the sack and the Wests Tigers announced they might be heading home to the southwest of Sydney.

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This would be a sad way for Brad Haddin to finish

I feel sorry for Brad Haddin. I know, they are not the words you may expect to see written by an Englishman given that, in certain quarters, the wicketkeeper is viewed as the walking embodiment of all that is distasteful about an Australian cricketer.

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Remember 2005, Australia, and don’t be blasé

There have been striking similarities between the opening Ashes Tests played in 2005 and the opening pair in England this year.

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Mark my words, Adelaide Oval will remain Danger’s field

It’s not very often that a generational talent comes on to the market just as he’s about to enter his prime in the AFL.

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PRENTICE: Sea Eagles fans more than entitled to ask for an investigation

The Penns may well be mightier than the sword they brought down on Geoff Toovey’s head yesterday, but the knee-jerk reaction from the club’s faithful could be even more telling for the 68-year-old Manly-Warringah club.

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The Fifita brothers saga has become farce

Instead of going to a Shakespearean tragedy last Saturday, Andrew and David Fifita moseyed along to a Penrith Junior Rugby League A Grade Game and… well, we know the punch line to this bad joke.

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SPIRO: Win at Ellis Park against the Boks, win anywhere

Heyneke Meyer, the intense Springboks coach, talked up the positives after the 27-20 loss his side suffered at the hands and feet of a resilient, occasionally brilliant All Blacks side at Ellis Park.

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Craziness, longevity and Tom Carter

Rugby makes men. Women too these days, and fine women they are, but still overwhelmingly, it makes men.

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If England lose, could Kevin Pietersen be recalled?

There’s no argument Kevin Pietersen should be in the England line-up tonight at Edgbaston on ability alone, shoring up a brittle batting order.

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From surreal to bizarre: Hungarian Grand Prix caps off emotional week for Formula One

As the drivers huddled in a circle ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, their solidarity was evident and their focus couldn’t have been fiercer. Sadly the story on the track was a very different one.

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Whip rules changes: Limits reduced, harsher penalties imposed

Under new rules to be introduced by Racing Australia, jockeys fill face stiffer penalties for breaking whip rules, and have smaller thresholds for punishment.

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Rule changes to improve the game

You can’t turn on a TV, open an internet browser or even cross the street at the moment without being confronted by talk of what’s wrong with AFL football and what needs to change.

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Justin Hodges

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Mark Bresciano and Archie Thompson celebrate the Socceroos only goal of the match. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Kurtley Beale shapes to pass 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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Adam Goodes for the Sydney Swans in the 2012 AFL Grand Final

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Chris Froome

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Adrian Sutil driving for Sauber at the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix

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Jason Day is all over it. (Photo: AP)

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

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Lance Franklin of the Hawks celebrates during the 2013 Toyota Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne on September 28, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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2015 Clasica San Sebastian: Race preview

By Matthew Boulden, 1 Aug 2015
2015 Clasica San Sebastian: Race preview

With the Tour de France behind them the riders’ thoughts now turn to San Sebastian and the Clasica San Sebastian. Defending champion Alejandro Valverde returns to defend his 2014 victory and brings a strong Movistar team to assist, can anyone upset the Spaniard’s chances of going back-to-back?

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[VIDEO] New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks highlights: NRL live scores, blog

The eighth placed New Zealand Warriors host the sixth placed Cronulla Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium in a game vital to the formation of the top eight. Join The Roar for all the action from 2:50pm (AEST)

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[VIDEO] Geelong Cats vs Brisbane Lions, highlights: AFL live scores, blog

The Geelong Cats have a chance to build their case for September action when they host the Brisbane Lions at Simonds Stadium today. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:45pm AEST.

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V8 Supercars Championship: Queensland Raceway live blog

Race Result: Mark Winterbottom has continued his march towards a maiden V8 Supercars Championship with a win in Race 18 and 19 at Queensland Raceway.

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An amateur preview of the RWC 2015 (Part I)

It’s that time again. It’s time to see which side is best prepared for the hostilities of Rugby World Cup 2015.

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Is it worse to be called a racist, or be racially abused?

It hurts to be called a racist. It damages your pride in a way that other jibes can’t. As such, being called a racist makes you defensive. You jump straight to excuses, telling the accuser why they are wrong about you.

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Aussie-born heavyweight Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei (22-4) will be searching for the biggest win of his mixed martial arts career when he takes on Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (26-7, 1NC) at UFC 190 this Sunday in Brazil.

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Fixing the AFL: Raise the salary cap and restrict 18-year-olds

Kids tend to chop and change when it comes to sport. One year they are playing football and cricket, then the next they are trying basketball and football.

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Leeds vs St Helens: The last hurdle on the road to Wembley

This weekend sees the semi-finals of the 2015 Challenge Cup fought out, with two teams set to leap the last hurdle to the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 29.

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Picking a pack to take on the All Blacks

I write this article on picking my pack to play the All Blacks as someone who has long been out of the loop.

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Challenge Cup semi-finals preview

By Edward Webeck, 1 Aug 2015

Before the Super League begins the Super Eights, we have two juicy semi-finals to look forward to this weekend with Leeds Rhinos to meet St Helens, and Warrington to play Hull KR for a spot in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

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England dominate Australia in three days

By Jackson Wood, 1 Aug 2015 Video
England dominate Australia in three days

Day 3 at Edgbaston started with good news for Australia, with James Anderson being ruled out for the rest of the match, as well as the next Test at Trent Bridge.

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The winners of the tour (Part I)

By Brendon Vella, 1 Aug 2015 Video
The winners of the tour (Part I)

Of course, there is only one true winner of the Tour de France, and that is Chris Froome, but there were many other teams and riders who had successful races.

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Skilful or solid: The Wallabies number 10 conundrum

A few years ago, I was watching England beat the All Blacks in a pub in south-west London. After one too many celebratory pints, a heated debate developed around whether Danny Cipriani should be picked for England.

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Australia needs an Adam Goodes

By Kieran Norwood, 1 Aug 2015 New author!
Australia needs an Adam Goodes

The Adam Goodes ‘debate’ makes me so, so angry and ashamed.

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Should the A-League drop one foreign spot?

By Nicholas Rupolo, 1 Aug 2015 Video
Should the A-League drop one foreign spot?

It seems over the past few years, the foreign players in the A-League have dazzled in the world’s greatest sport and made it famous in Australia.

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Australia's captain John Eales holds aloft the Webb Ellis trophy after his side won the final of the Rugby World Cup.

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Steve Smith scores his second Ashes hundred

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Andrew Flintoff (R) consoles Australian Brett Lee

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Crows forward Kurt Tippett (Slattery Images)

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Tom Boyd of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal

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Quade Cooper Brisbane City

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Australia's coach Darren Lehmann. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira/PA)

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Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers contests the ball with Josh Gibson of the Hawks

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