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Bancroft’s a brilliant Ashes selection, but Paine and Marsh?

Cameron Bancroft is the form Australian batsman, with the most Sheffield Shield runs and the best average this season.

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It’s official: Paine, Marsh and Bancroft bolt into Australia’s Ashes squad

Tim Paine will be Australia’s wicketkeeper for the first two Ashes Tests this summer after the Tasmanian was named in a 13-man squad on Friday morning.

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One Ashes Test down, five to go: Women and cricket prove a success

The world is an espresso machine: there are knobs everywhere, and most of them are useless. But in 2017, the people knocking women’s sport have grown ever fewer and quieter.

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Tim Paine’s Ashes selection is a farce

Tim Paine has a batting average of 19 over the past four Australian first class seasons yet, somehow, he is set to be recalled to Test cricket just weeks away from his 33rd birthday.

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Golden Ashes: Australia’s greatest batting partnerships

Individual performances are memorable in Ashes cricket history and it’s often easy to forget just how important partnerships are in the game of cricket.

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Let’s use this momentum and build a better future for football

Congratulations to the Socceroos and Ange Postecoglou, who united a nation – for one night at least – and belatedly booked a ticket to the World Cup in Russia after 22 gruelling games.

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World Cup quarters get jiggy in rugby league La La Land

And so to the big business end of this crackerjack Rugby League World Cup and a huge weekend of quarter-final action-Jackson looms. Can you feel the excitement?

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Wallabies on the verge of capping remarkable 90-day turnaround

A Wallabies Test win over England at Twickenham this weekend would be the only way to top Kurtley Beale’s beer-and-budgie-smugglers pic with Prince William.

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Australia’s express pace will rattle England

England’s batting frailties against high pace were exposed during their recent home summer and shape as a major weakness in the Ashes against Australia’s express quicks Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

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Women’s sport weekly wrap: Jillaroos crush Cook Islands

The Women’s Rugby League World Cup has finally arrived, with the first three matches taking place yesterday.

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Zipping Classic: Almandin on class, Big Duke on form, or The Taj?

Almandin was our 2017 Melbourne Cup tip, but after a shocking ride in that race, the ex-German stayer finds himself in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown on Saturday.

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Illawarra Hawks continue to defy naysayers

If history tells us anything it’s that you never write off the Illawarra Hawks nor a team coached by Rob Beveridge.

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Seven changes to make rugby so much more entertaining

Karl Stefanovic said it all on the Today Show recently as he watched the Wallaby forwards training during their Spring Tour of Great Britain: “Look at those big units.”

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Cheika opts against Hunt for England start

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has resisted the temptation to start Karmichael Hunt in Saturday’s Twickenham Test against England.

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Fourteen Wallabies, one victory, and a long history of prejudice: Why the Indigenous jersey must be permanent

A decade or so ago, I was sitting in front of my television set watching St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, playing St Ignatius’ College, Riverview. After about 15 minutes, the telephone rang. “How good is he!” my son Zolton yelled out down the line.

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Jedinak leads Socceroos to Russia

So this was it. This interminable qualification campaign, a trudge that has left the Socceroos and their manager weary and battered, had all been funnelled down to a single match.

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David Klemmer Australia Kangaroos Rugby League Anzac Test 2017

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Simon Cooper playing for Germany against the Czech Republic.

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Bryce Gibbs Carlton Blues AFL 2017

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Tongan Thor on the charge

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Cameron Bancroft

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Tom Rogic Socceroos

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Matthew Leckie Australia Socceroos 2016 Football

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Brisbane by the numbers

By Ryan H, 20 Nov 2017
Brisbane by the numbers

Ahead of the anticipated opening Ashes Test on Thursday at the Gabba, I have looked at some of the more interesting, quirky statistics that headline the first Test – of which there are many.

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The very first Test match revisited: Australia vs England ‘live’ blog, Day 2, March 16, 1877

Australia start day two of the first Test in Melbourne in a reasonable position at 6/166. Charlie Bannerman has got 126 of those runs and will be looking to add to England’s woes.

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The Swans and Buddy: A match made in heaven

Lance Franklin’s first four years at the Sydney Swans have been quite remarkable. On the surface, he has played 89 games, kicked 280 goals, played two grand finals, been selected three times as an All Australian and won two Coleman Medals.

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Can we make rugby league relevant in New Zealand?

By Martin Millard, 20 Nov 2017
Can we make rugby league relevant in New Zealand?

Depending on which side of the Pacific fence you are on, the last two rounds of the Rugby League World Cup have either been a cataclysmic breakthrough for international rugby league or an abysmal failure resulting in bringing a giant to its knees.

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England’s most likely XI for the Gabba

By James Roche, 20 Nov 2017
England’s most likely XI for the Gabba

England arrive in Australia hoping to forget the embarrassment of the 2013-14 Ashes campaign. They left England after a summer of series victories over both South Africa and the West Indies, and this is the most likely side that will take the field in Brisbane.

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Next month to determine if Rams are contenders

In what is one of the most wide open NFL seasons in recent memory, it’s hard to pick a bigger surprise packet than the Los Angeles Rams.

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The Sheffield Shield wrap: The season so far

By Edward L'Orange, 20 Nov 2017
The Sheffield Shield wrap: The season so far

With Test stars in action and international spots on the line, at least theoretically, the first three rounds of this season’s Sheffield Shield have been intriguing.

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Wind your necks in, England; you didn’t deserve to beat the Wallabies

I, like many other Australians, woke up on Sunday morning with a lingering sense of annoyance at how events played out at Twickenham at the weekend.

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Initial impressions: The Blues

By Adam Julian, 20 Nov 2017
Initial impressions: The Blues

How the mighty have fallen. In 1996, the inaugural season of Super Rugby, the Blues won the final 45-21 against the Sharks at Eden Park. Every member of the starting XV was or became an international.

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How likely is a Ronaldo move to Chelsea?

By James Roche, 20 Nov 2017
How likely is a Ronaldo move to Chelsea?

What’s the story? Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to move from Real Madrid to Chelsea. The Daily Star reported that Ronaldo has told club President Perez he is ready to leave in the summer.

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What happened to New Zealand’s pride and passion?

As a proud and passionate supporter of the New Zealand rugby league team it pained me to see the Kiwis lose to Fiji in their quarter-final Match at Wellington.

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Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores

Match result: Melbourne Victory have finally gotten a win on the board in the 2017-18 A-League season, defeating Perth Glory 2-0.

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Five talking points from Australia’s loss to England

The Wallabies suffered a demoralising 30-6 loss to England at Twickenham overnight.

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England vs Papua New Guinea: Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals live scores, blog

Match result: England have marched into a Rugby League World Cup semi-final showdown with Tonga after an unconvincing 36-6 win over Papua New Guinea in Melbourne.

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Melbourne United vs Perth Wildcats: NBL live scores, blog

Match result: The Perth Wildcats sent an ominous warning to the rest of the NBL competition by smashing Melbourne United by 32 points 91-59.

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Australia vs England: Women’s Ashes Second T20 live scores, blog

Match result: A Katherine Brunt-inspired England has bounced back strongly from losing the Ashes, smashing the Australians by 40 runs at Manuka Oval in the second T20I of the summer.

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Australia Jilaroos Rugby League Anzac Test 2017 5

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The MCG in 1878

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Australian batsman Shaun Marsh

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Api Pewhairangi Ireland Rugby League World Cup 2017

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Mile Jedinak Aaron Mooy Socceroos Australia

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Shane Warne bowls

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil takes a shot on goal during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates stadium in London, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

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A history of Australia’s wicked wicketkeeping

By John Macdonald, 19 Nov 2017

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