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No time like the present for North and Port to rewrite history

Not many will join me in feeling any kind of sympathy for Ross Lyon – he’s not the kind of fellow who seems to attract much. Still, I’ll give it a crack.

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Geelong facing swift finals exit

Geelong is in serious danger of bowing out of the 2014 finals in straight sets tonight. The Cats have two major issues ahead of their knockout final against North Melbourne: their continued fadeouts and a ruck mismatch.

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Manly’s mojo has yet to recover from Souths’ Round 22 bashing

For most of the 2014 season, Manly have been their usual Manly selves. Methodical, rugged, savvy and insular, and forever continually getting jobs done from all sorts of tight nooks and crannies.

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Melbourne most likely to stumble in Week 1 of the NRL finals

The search for the best chance of an upset win in the first week of the NRL finals keeps leading me back to Canterbury against Melbourne.

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The Rugby Championship Week 4: The big questions

Week 4 of The Rugby Championship has New Zealand getting their first look at South Africa in Wellington, while Australia hosts Argentina on Gold Coast.

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Let’s get final

Finals! Is there a more exhilarating time of year, a period more calculated to get the blood pumping and the brain juices flowing rich and thick?

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McGlinchey’s Phoenix rebirth highlights compensation flaws

One of the A-League’s most drawn-out contract wrangles is nearing a conclusion, with Michael McGlinchey’s signature on a Wellington Phoenix contract expected to be imminent.

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NRC will make a huge difference for Australian rugby

We’re into Round 4 of the inaugural National Rugby Championship and already the benefits for Australian rugby are obvious.

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Gus Gould on the brink of more premierships

Philip Ronald Gould is a winner, and the Penrith Panthers will be the beneficiaries for a second time under his wing.

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NRL finals stats: Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs, Roosters vs Panthers

For the first time in NRL history we’ve got an all-Sydney top four. The boys from Manly take on the Bunnies on Friday night, while Penrith face the defending premier Roosters on Saturday.

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2014 AFL Finals: Young guns shine under the September sun

Put a pair of oversized sun glass frames and an outrageous jacket onto Ben Brown and the young Kangaroo forward would be the spitting image of pop sensation Redfoo.

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Fremantle’s biggest enemy? Not Hawks or Swans, but time

This season marks Fremantle’s 20th in the AFL, with the club is still chasing that elusive maiden premiership.

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Joeys showing signs the production process is starting to bear fruit

While the Socceroos have dominated the headlines in the past week with friendlies against Belgium and Saudi Arabia, those with an eye beyond the Asian Cup have also been looking at our national youth teams.

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Are Ferrari’s Formula One days numbered?

Formula One without Ferrari is unthinkable. But with the team in a real form slump and economic realities hitting home, could we see the great manufacturer lost to grand prix racing?

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Tipping, tin-foil hats, romance and the whole finals shebang

One of the smartest things I did this NRL season was, for the first time in years, sidestep being involved in any tipping competitions whatsoever.

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Vuelta riders punching above their weight

This week’s award for punching above one’s weight goes to… La Vuelta a Espana cyclists. I say this because they appear to punch each other quite readily, and as for weight? Well, they don’t have much.

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Port Adelaide Power Brad Ebert

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Australian batsman George Bailey plays a shot against England in the fifth Ashes Test

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Steve Matai fends off the defence of Adam Reynolds during the Round 23 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at Bluetongue Stadium. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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Greg Inglis and Adam Reynolds after Reynolds scored during the NRL Finals for South Sydney Rabbitohs (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Robb Cox) .

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Jamie Lyon chasing Anthony Minichiello

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Mitch Clark addresses the media during a Melbourne Demons press conference announcing his signing to the Demons at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Slattery Images

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Johnathan Thurston still a Cowboy

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Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain. AP Photo/Christophe Ena

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Australian Rugby Union coach Ewen McKenzie

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The Roar of the crowd

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Jumping at the thrill of an AFL finals victory

By Nicholas Mirarchi, 17 Sep 2014

For every day of my 16 years on earth I have waited to witness my North Melbourne Kangaroos succeed in the heat of finals football. Finally, this is coming to fruition.

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2014 NRL finals series: Week 2 preview

By mastermind5991, 17 Sep 2014 Video
2014 NRL finals series: Week 2 preview

Four matches down, five to go. Six teams are left in the race for this year’s NRL premiership and this week will see the Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles fight for their survival in the semi-finals.

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[VIDEO] Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: UEFA Champions League highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: It’s all over in Dortmund, as Arsenal lose their first game of their 17th consecutive season in the Champions League.

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Regardless of Friday’s outcome, bombs will continue to drop on Essendon

It was almost 600 days ago that Essendon self-reported to the AFL, and yet we are still no closer to a conclusion.

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Mastermind preview: AFL finals week three

By mastermind5991, 17 Sep 2014 Video

Just four teams are left in the race for this year’s AFL premiership, and if the regular season meetings are anything to go by then we could have a pair of unexpected AFL grand-finalists.

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Liverpool vs Ludogorets: UEFA Champions League scores, result

MATCH RESULT: A injury-time penalty to Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard saved Liverpool in their Champions League opener against Ludogorets.

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[VIDEO] Tuggeranong United vs Melbourne Victory: FFA Cup highlights, scores, blog

Having got through their first match in the FFA Cup against South Hobart FC courtesy of penalties, Tuggeranong United face a much greater obstacle in the Round of 16 when they come up against A-League side Melbourne Victory. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEST).

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2015 NRL Auckland Nines: Draw, start times, and preview

The Auckland Nines will reappear in 2015, following the huge success of the 2014 series held earlier this year, with AUD$2.4 million on offer this time around.

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Making the hard calls: My 2014 AFL All-Australians

With the AFL releasing the official 2014 All-Australian team later tonight, now seems the ideal time to update my half-year team from Round 12 this year, and name the 22 players who would be my first-picked AFL side, based on their efforts this season.

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How to make Brisbane City vs Queensland Country the best it can be

I am a passionate supporter of Queensland rugby. I have recently gone to or watched every NRC game that has been held here. I am a big believer in the competition and I hope it is successful.

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Window to the Seoul: What Korea thinks of the Wanderers

This past week, I corresponded with three Korean football fans on their opinions of the Wanderers and the A-League ahead of Wednesday’s AFC Champions League semi-final first leg.

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When you blog a game of rugby it is hard to make assessments during the match as you barely have time to think.

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Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes review

By Richard Hosnell, 16 Sep 2014
Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes review

In the wake of the Makybe Diva stakes, there were a number of success stories and failures. Who disappointed and who left punters with heavy wallets last weekend?

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All Blacks problem almost solved at the Cake Tin

The biggest problem in Test rugby to solve is how to beat the magnificent All Blacks in New Zealand.

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When Diego Simeone replaced Gregorio Manzano in the Atlético Madrid hot-seat at the end of 2011, no one could have foreseen the impression the former Argentinian international would have on the club.

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The running game gains momentum in NFL

By Cameron Mee, 16 Sep 2014

What a bizarre Monday morning of football that was. Just one quarterback threw for more than 300 yards, with the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers having no choice but to throw the ball after his team found themselves down 21-3 midway through the second half.

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Mathew Stokes of the Cats

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Canterbury Bulldog James Graham

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Springboks-Pumas

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Des Hasler

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NRL referee Shane Hayne decided to not refer a close no try decision in the Wests Tigers clash with the Manly Sea Eagles.

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Close-up of Jose Mourinho

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Luke McPharlin of the Dockers

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South Africa's coach Heyneke Meyer

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