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Adelaide lift the FFA Cup – now time for the Championship

Project Gombau has helped Adelaide to its first piece of silverware in eight years with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory in the FFA Cup Final – and purists will be hoping the success doesn’t stop there.

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Nathan Lyon: Change the angle, change the result

It was good for any cricket lover’s soul to see the game back and on centre stage.

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DIZZY: Australia ring the changes, but should win comfortably

The first Test played at Adelaide Oval was a fantastic match. It was always going to be an incredibly emotional match following the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes.

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New captains were behind two thrilling Brisbane Tests

It has been a skippers’ Test series so far. The rival captains Michael Clarke (128) and Virat Kohli (115 and 141) scored three centuries between them in Adelaide last week, and the future Australian captain Steven Smith chimed in with the highest score of the Test.

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Craig, Hughes, and Smith: Australia’s youngest Test captains

When Steve Smith tosses his first coin at the Gabba as Australia’s 45th baggy green captain, it will be the biggest day of his life.

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HENRY: Smith’s appointment means it’s time for the tyros

The Nathan Lyon inspired victory in Adelaide will not be repeated in Brisbane – that’s the 12 wickets bit, not necessarily the victory bit.

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Kohli, Smith – not Dhoni and Haddin – the right captains for their country

On Monday, Steve Smith was announced as Australia’s 45th Test skipper, replacing the injured Michael Clarke and leapfrogging vice-captain Brad Haddin into the most prestigious position in Australian sport.

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Lyon shrugs off Adelaide memories to roar into history books

On the final day of the Australia-India classic, there was an over when Nathan Lyon’s career might have ended.

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Is Shaun Marsh’s selection another case of ‘jobs for the boys’?

Adelaide has done it again. India provided another dramatic day of Test cricket thanks to the precocious talent of stand-in skipper Virat Kholi and great support from reliable opener Murali Vijay, who pushed Australia all the way.

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2015 NRL Draw: The key talking points

The 2015 NRL Draw has been released today, and there are plenty of things to discuss, dissect and get angry about.

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Steve Smith named Australian Test cricket captain

Steve Smith has been named to take over from Michael Clarke as Australian Test cricket captain, with the 25-year-old given the job over wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

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SPIRO’s Rolling Maul: ARU is wrong to put boot into grassroots rugby

As Australian Rugby Union hurtles towards replicating the Feudal system, taking money from the poor supporters to fund their rich quest for Wallabies supremacy, Welsh Rugby Union may have figurative blood on its hands.

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Aussies need to learn from Hughes and prepare for the future

With Michael Clarke admitting “there’s a chance I may never play again” in the aftermath of Australia’s thrilling Test win on Saturday evening, the Australian selectors will be forced – or should be forced – into some strategic long-term planning.

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NFL-bound Mariota set to break the Heisman mould

It is a sport that allocates an overabundance of individual awards, but winning the Heisman Trophy is universally considered to be the greatest honour in college football.

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Inaugural FFA Cup final is one for the history books

Two of the A-League’s inaugural clubs will fittingly battle out the inaugural FFA Cup final on Tuesday night. But among the flashy lights of modern Australian football, both clubs also represent a vital link to the game’s past.

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Virat Kohli’s captaincy debut: The BCCI evaluates

The first Test in Adelaide was a certified humdinger with superstar performances up the wazoo, and one of the best was the mercurial batsmanship of Virat Kohli.

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Chris Froome and Richie Porte in action in Yorkshire

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Australian golfer Greg Chalmers plays a shot during round four of the Australian PGA Golf Championship at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Australian captain Michael Clarke. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Criterion charges homez

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Australian captain Michael Clarke celebrates in front of England captain Alastair Cook

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India's captain Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli of India

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Australian cricketer Steve Smith. AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Michael Clarke trudges back to the pavilion

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The Brooklyn Nets’ self-destruct plan

By Myles Stedman, 19 Dec 2014

Less than a season and a half after the Brooklyn Nets gambled the future of the entire franchise on winning the championship within the next few years, it seems as if those lofty ambitions have already gone down the drain.

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ARU fees will cause a mass exodus

By Michael Essa, 19 Dec 2014
ARU fees will cause a mass exodus

The ARU have decided to lump the everyday rugby player with a registration fee to help secure a bit of revenue. All I can say is, will someone think of the children?

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[VIDEO] Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars highlights: Big Bash League scores, blog

The Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars will be the first teams out of the blocks for this year’s Big Bash League when they clash at the glorious Adelaide Oval. Join me on The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:40pm (AEDT).

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A guide to the Big Bash League: Pick some colours, watch the action and follow your fantasy

Since it replaced the old state versus state competition in 2011-2012, the Big Bash League has been a tremendous addition to the summer.

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[VIDEO] Australia vs India highlights: Day 2 cricket live scores, blog

Murali Vijay hit a chancy but brilliant 144 as India were aided by under-catching and Australian injury issues going into the second day of the second Test at the Gabba. You ​can ​follow the live blog of the second day’s play of the second Test from the Gabba in Brisbane starting ​11.00am (AEDT).​

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A year’s worth of Australian cricket stats, but what to make of them?

Cricket stats are sometimes misleading when looking at a players’ form. Sometimes a player in a form slump can be looked upon favourably based on their previous scores.

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Come on board the rugby train, it’s the best game out there

Ladies and gentlemen, I have something important thing to tell you. If you follow my game, rugby union, you will be part of the best thing ever.

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The NRL should scrap Saturday games

By Allan Jennings, 18 Dec 2014
The NRL should scrap Saturday games

I, like many rugby league fans, had a glance at the newly released draw for the 2015 season of the NRL and spotted a few things that I think the game should’ve evolved by now.

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FFA needs to campaign for additional ACL spots

By Athos Sirianos, 18 Dec 2014
FFA needs to campaign for additional ACL spots

The inaugural FFA Cup has come to a close, with Adelaide United taking home the newly minted silverware against an inform Perth Glory.

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The burden of being an armchair critic

By biltongbek, 18 Dec 2014
The burden of being an armchair critic

At the end of the rugby season I find myself mentally fatigued and have come to realise the long season does have a timely break.

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The Thunder are back with a vengeance

By Mark Pybus, 18 Dec 2014
The Thunder are back with a vengeance

Oklahoma City Thunder experienced their worst case scenario over the summer, when 2014 MVP winner Kevin Durant had surgery on his foot after being diagnosed with a Jones fracture.

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Suck for the Duck: The race for Marcus Mariota

By Mitch Sabine, 18 Dec 2014
Suck for the Duck: The race for Marcus Mariota

When I started following the NFL properly five years ago, I made an error in judgement that has both given me joy and haunted me every since.

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Why the Premier League is the best league in the world

Football may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but the beautiful game is the popular sport in the world. It is played in over two hundred countries by over two hundred and fifty million people in several leagues.

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Federer chasing more history in 2015

By Hugh Clarke, 18 Dec 2014
Federer chasing more history in 2015

With the Australian Open just over a month away, Roger Federer will be looking to do what he does best – prove the doubters wrong and smash more records.

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Should Junoob’s owners sue Chris Waller?

By Brent Ford, 18 Dec 2014

The decision to fine Chris Waller just $30,000 after his horse Junoob was disqualified from the Metropolitan for having a banned substance in his system is an outrage.

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BBL04 preview: Hurricanes the team to beat, plus Round 1 picks

The race for the Big Bash League in 2015 is about to begin, but who can take it out and who will come oh so close?

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Tom Langdon and Jack Frost of the Magpies

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India's captain Virat Kohli

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Patty Mills in action for the Spurs

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NFL action 1993. AAP

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Australian rugby player Pat McCabe passes the ball. AP Photo/Rob Griffith

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India's Pragyan Ojha, left, V.V.S. Laxman, center, and Suresh Raina. AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi

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Jacques Kallis walks off after making 147

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