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Doolan’s ton should cement Test spot

A lot of people don’t rate Alex Doolan. When punters and pundits have been nominating their Australian XI for the first Test against Pakistan starting on Wednesday, Doolan has often been absent.

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Football rising but Gallop’s petty code war continues

On Saturday, more than 44,000 people will pack-out Allianz Stadium for the Sydney derby.

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RATHBONE: Beale drama exposes flaws in the national setup

I’m not much of a sports fan. While I can occasionally still get caught up in struggle and passion of a gripping contest, my interest seems to be waning with time.

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Is Tim Sheens vulnerable with Hayne’s departure?

Kangaroo coach Tim Sheens will have to pull some rabbits out of his hat to keep his impressive record intact when the ill-timed Four-Nations kicks off next week.

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Lions and Power the big winners in the AFL’s trading period

Most seasons in the AFL’s trade period, there are some big names that are traded to other clubs. But this year there has been more than ever.

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Exclusive: Jarryd Hayne’s original farewell letter to rugby league

In a pseudo-exclusive, operatives from The Roar have intercepted a genuine fake of the open letter from Jarryd Hayne that called an audible on his plans to be a career Eel.

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Is Bailey’s Test comeback a pipedream?

When George Bailey was dropped from the Test side at the start of this year, it seemed that would likely be his first and last chance in the baggy green. However, Bailey himself clearly doesn’t agree with that assumption.

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Caulfield Cup 2014: How not to lose your money

There are three ways how not to lose on Saturday. You know the first two. A: Don’t have a bet. Something unexpected is bound to win.

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Alonso buys shares in tin foil

The driver market is a beautiful thing. Not only does it keep the Formula One news cycle turning in what is traditionally a barren time of year, it also gives writers the chance to fill countless column inches with phrases like ‘it is understood’ and ‘sources say’.

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Bathurst drama a big success for V8 Supercars

The Bathurst 1000 is V8 Supercars’ biggest event and its opportunity to take centre stage on the Australian sporting landscape.

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National Rugby Championship: Round 9 preview

It’s hard to believe how quickly it’s gone, but this weekend is indeed the final round of the National Rugby Championship.

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Cameron White should be in the World Cup squad

Australia has just reclaimed the world number one ranking in the one-day arena with its 3-0 sweep of Pakistan in the Emirates.

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Jarryd’s dream makes a very small pond of the NRL

David Smith could well quote HRH Queen Elizabeth and call 2014 an Annus Horribillus. Apart from amusing the more juvenile among us – and I certainly hope there is more than just me – it’s pretty true.

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Mentality, Mile and the missing midfield machinations

Among the big questions with less than three months until the start of the Asian Cup is whether Ange Postecoglou can lift the team’s mentality, and whether there is still room in the grand plan for his skipper Mile Jedinak and wide-left player Tommy Oar?

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Forget losing his Wallaby jersey, Beale could be in real legal trouble

Kurtley Beale will face an independent code of conduct tribunal next week over ARU allegations he sent “highly inappropriate and deeply offensive text messages and images to a number of people”.

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Hayne’s NFL move shows his courage and ambition

Yes, the odds are stacked high against Jarryd Hayne realising his dream, but that is not the point.

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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) celebrates victory in the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico ahead of Christopher Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff). (Image: La Gazzetta dello Sport).

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NSW Blues fullback Jarryd Haynes celebrates as his side win Game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin series 12-8 (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Jarryd Hayne v Steve Matai

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Robbie Kruse for the Socceroos

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Isreal Folau gets caught up in some heavy defence 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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Australian fast bowler Jackson Bird prepares to bowl to the Sri Lankan batsman on the first day of the second cricket Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), in Melbourne, on December 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO/William West

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Ewen McKenzie (right) with Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Tour de France Maillot Jaune Vincenzo Nibali

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Wallabies Rugby Union coach Ewen McKenzie. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Four Nations: Are you really writing the Kangaroos off?

Since the Kangaroos squad of 24 was finalised (after Jarryd Hayne did his draft-dodging runner to the USA), I’ve not seen a single positive article about our national side.

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2014 Manikato Stakes: Runner by runner preview

It’s rare that you get a premier Group l race named in your honour, but that was just how good Manikato was back in the late 1970s and early 80s, winning this race twice when at his brilliant best.

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2014 Cox Plate: Preview and tips

By Richard Hosnell, 22 Oct 2014 Video
2014 Cox Plate: Preview and tips

The Cox Plate is arguably Australia’s ultimate middle distance race, attracting an exciting field of both foreign and local talent.

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After three wooden spoons, the Sydney Thunder are aiming for silverware

The upcoming fourth installment of the Big Bash League is set to be bigger and better than ever.

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Rivalries are an intrinsic part of sports. Athletes thrive on the challenge and fans love to pick sides.

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Who’d be a coach? Me, actually…

By Simon Smale, 22 Oct 2014
Who’d be a coach? Me, actually…

The career of a professional sports coach is complex, and fraught with uncertainty.

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Token American answers: Hayne’s most likely playing positions

Tp pursue his dream of playing in the NFL, Jarryd Hayne will have to find a niche where he can excel.

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Lack of on-field leadership lets the Wallabies down

I tried to be positive, I really did. I sat down with the remote and a notepad to watch the replay of Bledisloe III and had notions of writing a ‘five positives’ article to submit.

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Cheika won’t make the same mistakes as McKenzie

With the Wallaby squad leaving on Friday for their last chance to trial themselves in European conditions before next year’s world cup, it is extremely important we get the most out of them and the tour.

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Was Link too outdated for the Generation Y Wallabies?

Last year, Australia’s rugby fathers banished the outlander Robbie ‘Dingo’ Deans. As his replacement, they chose favourite son Ewen ‘Link’ McKenzie over brash South African Jake White, to wide acclaim.

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Faulk in the road for Test selectors

By Jason Hosken, 22 Oct 2014
Faulk in the road for Test selectors

With the line-up for this week’s first Test against Pakistan still to be confirmed, forgotten allrounder James Faulkner must be wondering if he’s developed an air of invisibility in the presence of national selectors.

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Australian rugby torn apart by childish gossip and innuendo

Recently in Australian rugby there has been a maelstrom of gossip and innuendo. The dust will settle, and when it does hopefully Australian rugby will look back and come to some sensible conclusions.

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[VIDEO] Sydney FC vs Adelaide United highlights: FFA Cup scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Adelaide United 3 Sydney FC 1

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2014 Melbourne Cup: Caulfield Cup beaten brigade set for Cup glory

It has been six long years now since a runner in the Caulfield Cup has won the Melbourne Cup.

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Cycling is a sport where the highs of a stage win one day can come crashing down in a pile of twisted bodies and machinery the next – as highlighted by Specialized Securitor at the last women’s National Road Series (NRS) event in Ballarat over the weekend.

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The NFL gets tricky in Week 7

By Cameron Mee, 21 Oct 2014
The NFL gets tricky in Week 7

Week seven of the NFL was one of the most thrilling weeks of NFL I can remember.

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Waratahs Super Rugby coach Michael Cheika. AAP Image/Julian Smith

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The Wallabies are despondent after their loss to Argentina (AP Photo/Marcos Garcia)

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Tevita Kuridrani of the Wallabies has the ball knock out of his hands in a tacklePhoto: Paul Barkley/LookPro

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Glenn Maxwell bowling against Pakistan

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Israel Dagg (C), Sam Whitelock (R) and Ben Smith of New Zealand celebrate Smith's try during the second Bledisloe Cup game between the All Blacks and Wallabies. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE

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Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika

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Adam Ashley-Cooper runs the ball 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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