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Memo to Mick Malthouse: Fans do not want shorter games

While Mick Malthouse once preached that it was ok for the ox to be slow because the earth was patient, he obviously doesn’t think the average footy fan possesses the same tolerances as our gentle planet.

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It’s time to start expecting less from rugby league

It’s been a polarising week of prominent dudes done wrong. A hairy and half-naked Merv Hughes offended campers in the African jungle, John Travolta creeped out Hollywood with his slinky hands and weird uncle kisses, and Glenn McGrath’s gun love was embarrassingly laid bare.

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Afghanistan’s uplifting win comes with serious disappointment

Yesterday afternoon something quite remarkable happened. With four balls remaining, and no wickets to spare, Afghanistan secured their maiden World Cup victory against a devastated Scotland, who were also searching for their first World Cup win.

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Super Rugby Expert tipping: Round 3

I’m very happy to report a much improved round of tipping from the Experts in Round 2, which has eased concerns as to the viability of the panel.

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MUNCE: How it felt to train my first winner

My first win as a trainer was spine tingling. I’ve ridden plenty of Group 1 winners, but I still had a big shiver go down my spine when Specific Choice got up at Ipswich on Wednesday.

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Daniel Vettori believes Australia are wasting their time looking for a weakness in Brendon McCullum’s game.

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James O’Connor will finally make his Queensland Reds debut after being named to start in Friday’s Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin.

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Formula One agrees to disagree

The countdown is well and truly on. Today marks 16 days until the first Formula One race of the year – or 14 days until a Formula One car takes to the race track, if you’re feeling particularly keen.

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Blue Diamond Day: Group 1 preview and tips

It’s a huge day of racing in Victoria and New South Wales tomorrow, with the best horses from both states out in force to try and snare the summer and autumn riches.

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Gayle and de Villiers ready for war at the SCG

Stand by for the World Cup heavyweight bout between Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers when the Windies clash with South Africa today at the SCG.

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Time rugby cut the amateur game loose

In last Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald, Peter FitzSimons spoke about the ARU using a windfall from TV rights to finance a chase for the greatest player in rugby league, Greg Inglis.

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Has Popovic finally found a solution for the Wanderers?

Tony Popovic has struggled this season to get the Western Sydney Wanderers playing proactively. But last night, by playing Japanese playmaker Yujiro Takahagi deeper in midfield as one of his two holding midfielders, the Wanderers arguably looked the best they have this season.

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Can anyone stop Jamie Whincup in 2015?

Few have dominated their chosen sports like Jamie Whincup, a record-breaking, six-time V8 Supercars champion looking for a fifth consecutive title in 2015.

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SPIRO: SANZAR needs to toughen up on rugby thugs

Rugby is supposed to be a thugs’ game played by gentlemen. SANZAR’s weak attitude to unacceptable thuggery on the field this season is leading to the possibility of rugby becoming a thugs’ game played by thugs.

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T-shirts, shorts and thongs? Players show Titanic disrespect

This will be my shortest column to date on The Roar. In essence, there is not a lot to say as the matter under discussion is so basic that it requires few words.

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The NRL Gold Coast bailout: It’s about bloody time

I’m totally in favour of the NRL bailout of the Titans. What I’m worried about is that the bailout won’t go far enough.

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New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum leads his team onto the field

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Melbourne coach Paul Roos

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Sam Rapira attempts to muscle his way through the Gold Coast Titans defence

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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle celebrates after scoring a double century

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New Zealand's Kane Williamson

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Wanderers coach Tony Popovic reacts after the Wanderers beat the Central Coast Mariners to go through to their second grand final in two years. (photo: Peter McAlpine)

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Greg Inglis

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Australian cricket captain, Michael Clarke, along with former captains, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh and Allan Border

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Karmichael Hunt passes the ball during a media session

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Diggercane’s Super Rugby wrap: Round 3

By Diggercane, 2 Mar 2015
Diggercane’s Super Rugby wrap: Round 3

Another Round of Super Rugby, another round full of controversy, excitement, disappointment, jubilation and sadness.

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Why this Australian would love New Zealand to win the World Cup

When Kane Williamson hit Pat Cummins for six to win on Saturday, I jumped off my couch in elation – and I’ve been watching Australian cricket as keenly as anyone since the ’80s.

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The thinking man’s weekend wrap: Clarke, McCullum and Higginbotham’s captain’s tale

Apparently there was a game of 50-over cricket played on Saturday. One which, with apologies to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, left me dazed and confused.

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UFC’s Ronda Rousey is the female Mike Tyson

By Christopher Pepper, 2 Mar 2015 Video
UFC’s Ronda Rousey is the female Mike Tyson

Picture this – a title fight where both competitors are undefeated in a combined 19 fights.

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Are the Dees ready to rise?

By Liam Sheedy, 2 Mar 2015
Are the Dees ready to rise?

On face value many people would look at Melbourne in 2014 and say it was another disappointing season. Four wins for the year and a 17th-placed finish does not exactly scream success.

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Is Ronda Rousey too good for pay-per-view?

By Daniel Nichols, 2 Mar 2015 Video

Anyone who saw UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey dominate and defeat number one contender Cat Zingano yesterday would have no doubt seen every second of the title fight.

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What rule would you change, if you could only change one?

If the IRB gave you a magic wand to change one rule to improve the game, what would it be?

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De Villiers doesn’t deserve the ‘Best Ever’ label – at least not yet

AB de Villiers, with his shuffle and shimmy routine, is the fastest to 50, 100 and 150 ODI runs. But some are jumping to conclusions about his place in cricket history.

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The tables have turned – the Eels are now raiding the Eagles

While the NRL season is still yet to kick off, there has been plenty of drama and speculation in the media so far in 2015. Player signings, misbehaviour and all kinds of speculation has been the order of the day in 2015.

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Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar broadcast report card

By Andrew Kitchener, 2 Mar 2015

A new season brings with it a new broadcast agreement with Fox Sports and Ten, which means a shuffle of commentators, experts and hosts between the two networks.

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The Northern Hemisphere Tests should be scrapped for the benefit of Super Rugby

It’s a world cup year, hallelujah. And why do I seem so happy about that? There’s more to my excitement than it just being a chance to see the biggest tournament in rugby.

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Greg Inglis is drained and needs a rest

By John Cooper, 2 Mar 2015
Greg Inglis is drained and needs a rest

Greg Inglis is obviously feeling the effects of a tough training regime, and flights to and from England for the World Club Series. Even for a player of his calibre, it is unsurprising that he’s tired.

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[VIDEO] Liverpool vs Manchester City: English Premier League live scores, blog

It’s a game of competing ambitions at Anfield, as Liverpool host Manchester City in one of the Premier League’s headline fixtures. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from Sunday evening at 10:45pm AEDT.

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[VIDEO] Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix highlights: 2015 A-League scores, blog

Match Result Final score: Victory 2-3 Phoenix Wellington make history as they secure a win in Melbourne over the Victory for the first time ever. They were behind twice in this contest but on the back of a superb performance from Burns, they manage to get the job done away from home. The Victory looked […]

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[VIDEO] Adelaide Crows vs North Melbourne Kangaroos highlights: 2015 NAB Challenge scores

The Adelaide Crows are heading west across the gulfs to Port Lincoln for their opening match of the 2015 NAB Challenge against the North Melbourne Kangaroos. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:40pm (AEDT).

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[VIDEO] Gold Coast Suns vs Geelong Cats highlights: 2015 NAB Challenge scores, blog

Footy is back with the 2015 NAB Challenge whetting the appetite of all the footy diehards out there. Sunday afternoon sees a clash between the Geelong Cats and the Gold Coast Suns. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:30pm.

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Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi

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Red Bull Racing's Jamie Whincup (Photo: Red Bull Racing)

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Nuwan Kulasekara of Sri Lanka celebrates claiming the wicket of Australia captain Michael Clarke

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The Waratahs' Bernard Foley

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Close-up of Jose Mourinho

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Fiorente ridden by jockey Damien Oliver crosses the finish line to win the Melbourne Cup 2013

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Patrick Lambie kicks off for the Sharks

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Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe

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Jason Woodward slips the tackle of Brumbies captain Ben Mowen

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