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The Trail Blazers are drowning in the mediocrity of their own making

Success is the NBA’s cruellest Kool-Aid, so sweet in the moment, often so direly bitter just months later.

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The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 16

The football just keeps on coming this season – not long after the Phoenix sprung a surprise 3-0 win over the Victory, we’re back with another edition of A-League expert tips and predictions.

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Boof Lehmann is a jerk, but it’s what he’s been bred to be

In the last week or so, we have seen two examples of public figures being jerks. For one it means disaster, while for the other it is business as usual.

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Numbers game: Which AFL teams should rise or fall in 2017

Before the takes start flying, it’s prudent to take our now bi-annual clinical look at the AFL as a way of setting the scene for the season.

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The key to breaking down Sydney FC’s remarkable defence

Saturday night’s 0-0 stalemate in the Sydney Derby was the Western Sydney Wanderers’ first clean sheet of the season, which was the biggest positive from the match for coach Tony Popovic.

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What does the future hold for the Wallabies’ scrum?

Historically, the set scrum has always been regarded as the Achilles heel of the Australian team in the Northern Hemisphere. For every ‘Topo’ Rodriguez, Andy McIntyre and Richard Harry Australia has produced, there have been two or three Matt Dunnings, Guy Shepherdsons and Al Baxters.

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Cartwright carnage: The reckless act that has to be seen to be believed

Was it a rush of love to the head? It’s the moment at Morphetville that has racing in shock.

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The Bellprint: Pittsburgh’s path to an upset victory

The best players have a habit of making NFL Sundays feel like rec league Tuesdays.

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Maybe Maxwell is the man after all

Whisper it quietly, but it could be Glenn Maxwell’s time.

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An easy way to salvage the tour of India for our batsmen: A guaranteed amnesty

With the dust settled on the squad announcement for the tour of India, let’s move on to the important stuff: negotiating an appropriate reaction to the inevitable catastrophic failure that awaits us.

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A-League’s proposed quota changes further ashen Phoenix’s future

The FFA has detailed proposed changes to the A-League’s rules regarding foreign player quotas. The plan, expected to be further examined over the next few seasons, is set to be tentatively introduced in time for the 2018-19 season.

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The Aussie bowling tactic that spells certain doom in India

Australia seem to be considering a radical change of approach, playing three specialist spinners in their Test XI in India, dropping Josh Hazlewood and handing the new ball to Mitch Marsh.

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Ready or not, here come rugby’s new tackle laws

As we head into the 2017 season down this part of the world, the great unknown is how the new World Rugby-prescribed tackle laws are going to play out.

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Why are so many Australians threatened by the A-League?

The Sydney derby was nothing to write home about, but that won’t stop the keyboard warriors from bashing away furiously about how their sport is supposedly better.

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Despite stats, history and form, Mitch Marsh is now considered a Test bowling all-rounder

Australia’s chief selector, Trevor Hohns, yesterday said Mitch Marsh had been picked as a bowling all-rounder for the Test tour of India, despite Marsh’s bowling average of 114 from five Tests in Asia.

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Six big questions for the AFL in 2017

And we are back! 2017 is here, my friends, and if you’re anything like me you are already brimming with excitement for a new AFL season.

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Israel Dagg All Blacks New Zealand Test Rugby Union Rugby Championship 2016

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Steve Smith of Australia looks to the sky

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Andy Murray celebrates winning at Wimbledon

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Boxer Jeff Horn

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Moises Henriques of the Sydney Sixers

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Travis Head of Australia bowls

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Stephen O'Keefe celebrates Australia

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Australian batsman Matt Renshaw

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Former Australian Prime Minster Bob Hawke, right, enjoys a drink

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Jarrod Mullen was injured, why can’t he use medicine to get better?

Jarrod Mullen’s reported positive test made me reflect on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code and whether it should prevent athletes from using drugs that are performance-enhancing but also therapeutic.

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The thing about Nick

By Josh Nicholson, 20 Jan 2017 Video
The thing about Nick

Moments after Nick Kyrgios’ implosion was complete, as the 21-year-old was booed out of Hisense Arena by his home crowd, he smirked.

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Barba’s return set to have Valentine looking for new Holmes

The Sharks’ decision to re-sign embattled fullback Ben Barba could do more harm than good for their squad in 2017.

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Huge shock at Australian Open as Djokovic crashes out

For just the second time since 2010, someone other than Novak Djokovic will win this year’s Australian Open men’s singles title, following one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history.

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2017 Tour Down Under: Stage 4 preview

By Brendon Vella, 20 Jan 2017
2017 Tour Down Under: Stage 4 preview

Stage 4 from Norwood to Campbelltown will be a lumpy affair, with the road consistently going up and down all day, before finishing in what should be another bunch sprint.

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The Turkish Leicester City? A look at Istanbul Basaksehir’s rise

They were only promoted in 2014, but since then Istanbul Basaksehir have claimed two fourth place finishes in succession in the Super Lig. Could this be the year when the minnows break the usual monopoly and claim their first ever title?

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It’s not you Nick, it’s us

By Brin Paulsen, 20 Jan 2017
It’s not you Nick, it’s us

‘Athlete as role model’ sounds more like a painting by Monet than a cultural catch-cry.

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Pity the fourth official, the toughest job in football

Somewhere along the line, the football powers at be felt it would be wise to create the role of the fourth official. Near as I can tell it was officially implemented in 1991.

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ABL week nine: Who wants the postseason?

By AJ Mithen, 20 Jan 2017
ABL week nine: Who wants the postseason?

There’s only two rounds left in the 2016-17 Australian Baseball League season and six teams are fighting for two spots.

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What the NRL needs in 2017

By maximus182, 20 Jan 2017
What the NRL needs in 2017

Season 2017 of the National Rugby League comes at a time of great uncertainty around the game’s future direction and evolution.

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How the T20 revolution can revive Test cricket

By Stanley Campbell, 20 Jan 2017
How the T20 revolution can revive Test cricket

With five-day cricket on life support in recent years, as fans turn to the shorter forms, something needs to be done to bring Test cricket back.

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WATCH: Under 20s player leaves keeper with no chance

In the NPL Victoria under 20s league, James Anile struck a perfectly placed free kick past the keeper and into the net for Hume City FC.

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New Zealand vs Bangladesh: International cricket, 2nd Test – Day 1 live scores

Bangladesh are still searching for their first win on a disastrous tour of New Zealand, but this will be their final chance as the sides head to Hagley Oval in Christchurch for the second Test. Join The Roar for live scores of Day 1 from 9am (AEDT).

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for the weekend

To be completely honest it was a bit hit and miss last week with the bets, with the lone highlight being the game placing of Echo Effect at generous odds.

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As children, we all were fascinated by the splendour of our heroes.

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Dominic Thiem vs Jordan Thompson: Australian Open tennis live scores, blog

Australian Open eighth seed Dominic Thiem will be out to improve his form line when he takes on comeback king Jordan Thompson in the second round. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match from around 8:30pm (AEDT).

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Adelaide 36ers have continued a successful rebuilding phase in the NBL. Image: Chris Pike

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Indian batsman Virat Kohli celebrates after India won the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament second semi-final match against South Africa at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on April 4, 2014.†India plays Sri Lanka in the final. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE

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Daria Gavrilova Australia Tennis

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Australia's Josh Hazlewood

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia

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The peloton riding through Australia

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Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir (2nd right) celebrates the wicket of Australia's Matthew Wade on day 2 of the first Test match between Australia and Pakistan at the Gabba in Brisbane, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Nathan Brown smiles at Peter Doust after leading the Dragons to victory. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville

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