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And the winner is… Sydney!

The Sydney Swans are on the verge of winning their third premiership in 10 years. It has been a remarkable effort from a team which has refused to bottom out and slide down the ladder to rebuild.

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Battle of the big forwards key to grand final

The best two teams have made the grand final for 2014, but if Luke Hodge hadn’t made that smother inside the last minute, Port Adelaide would be in and would have deserved it.

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Six scenarios for the men’s elite road race

Some have branded the 254.8-kilometre course around Ponferrada in north west Spain as too demanding for the sprinters. Others have claimed it’s not hilly enough for the climbers.

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Should Michael Hooper be the Wallabies openside flanker?

A couple of weeks ago comments on one of my articles moved to the topic of how to balance selections in a team based on the core roles of players in particular positions.

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Mitch Marsh can end Watson’s Test career

Shane Watson’s latest injury could well result in either a Test debut for Mitch Marsh or the revival of Ben Hilfenhaus’ international career.

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Cheap Seats 54: Conspiracies and age-old rules

Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are gearing up for a massive weekend of grand and preliminary finals in episode 54 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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No O’Keefe gives Swans the edge

Sydney goes into the AFL grand final coming off a preliminary final belting of North Melbourne, and a fit and firing line-up that can’t find room for the likes of young gun Tom Mitchell and 2012 Norm Smith Medalist Ryan O’Keefe.

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Some unwanted advice from an outsider on how to fix Manly

With their season done and Mad Monday passed out in the corner without drama, it’s time to go against all of my instincts and try to help Manly to help themselves.

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TURNER: Roosters and Doggies to pair off in NRL’s big dance

At the top of today’s column, I will stick my neck out and predict we are heading for a Roosters-Bulldogs grand final.

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James Grant: NRC is a good concept, but more support is needed

The NSW Country versus Melbourne game on Saturday saw a good-sized crowd create a great atmosphere on a beautiful spring afternoon in Orange. They were rewarded with a decent game, even if the result didn’t quite go their way.

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What if Marianne Vos is out of form?

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but the greatest cyclist on the planet just had one of the worst days of her career in the World Championships team time trial.

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Doping: Are the blinkers back on?

Did we really go through the wormhole only to find ourselves back in exactly the same place we thought we’d just departed?

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Sydney FC take the first step in improving A-League pathways

Sydney FC have stepped into the youth football limelight with a bold plan to create what they feel will be “Australia’s leading elite football academy”.

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Ryder Cup week could have ramifications

No golf tournament in the world generates as much passion and hype among the players and the public as the biennial Ryder Cup clashes between Team Europe and Team USA.

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Shock AFL Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis is embarrassed at his high honour and also relieved he polled the most votes.

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2014 Brownlow Medal winner: It’s Matt Priddis

Matt Priddis has secured the 2014 AFL Brownlow Medal with 26 votes in front of Gary Ablett (22), Lance Franklin (22), and to the delight of many, one vote clear of the ineligible Nathan Fyfe (25).

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Chad Wingard of Port Adelaide Power

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Isaac Smith of the Hawks competes with Matt White of the Power

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Gary Ablett celebrates winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal from Joel Selwood and Dane Swan (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media).

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Melbourne Rising's Mitch Inman takes it up. (Photo: QRU)

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Manly Sea Eagles half Daly Cherry-Evans passing

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Lance Franklin and Adam Goods celebrate for Sydney Swans

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

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Johnathan Thurston laughs at Waerea-Hargreaves

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Mark Rudan, Sydney United coach

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Wallabies lose at Newlands – Player notes

By Handles O'Love, 30 Sep 2014 Video
Wallabies lose at Newlands – Player notes

There are players that polarise, from Cooper to Baxter, from Campese to Dunning, Beale to Simmons.

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Placing a player on report instead of in the sin bin is gutless

Watching the final 20 minutes of the Northern Pride’s excellent demolition of the East Tigers in the Queensland Cup final on Sunday at Lang Park, I couldn’t help but think that the farcical scenes we were watching could have been avoided.

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Quantity of Group and Listed races are diminishing quality

It’s not every day I find myself agreeing with Mick Malthouse. While I would not diagnose myself with ‘blockbuster fatigue’, I am dealing with a small dose of ‘black type fatigue’.

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The lesser lights who won and lost the AFL grand final

Saturday’s AFL grand final was disappointing for neutral fans hoping to see another close contest between these great sides.

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EPLextra episode 9: Derby Day

By EPLextra, 30 Sep 2014
EPLextra episode 9: Derby Day

Nothing like matches involving cross-town rivals to spice up a weekend of football.

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Centre options for the Wallabies

By Who Needs Melon, 30 Sep 2014 Video
Centre options for the Wallabies

As a Brumbies tragic I have been a big fan of Matt Toomua for some time and I still believe there is a long-term place for him in the Wallabies team.

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Meyer outmanoeuvres McKenzie in Cape Town

By Alex Wood, 30 Sep 2014 Video
Meyer outmanoeuvres McKenzie in Cape Town

“Say what you want about the Wallabies, but they are definitely becoming more and more consistent each game. They are consistently making basic skills errors and poor tactical decisions.”

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A night of excellent fights meant UFC178 more than lived up to its hype as one of the most exciting and fast-paced fight cards of the year.

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Alonso holds the key to driver movement in 2015

Three or maybe four weeks ago, it wouldd have been fine to say that the illustrious McLaren team had the key to this year’s ongoing ‘silly season’.

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I woke this morning to a rude shock. I turned the television on to notice that it would reach a top of 33 degrees in Sydney, but this was barely the news that left me feeling ill in the stomach.

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Old football versus new football debate is over – bring on the NPL

The great debate between old sokkah and new football surely died forever at Edensor Park last week. As Australian football’s version of the Berlin Wall came crashing down the only thing missing was a Scorpions power ballad.

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Dallas Cowboys continue to rise

By Cameron Mee, 30 Sep 2014
Dallas Cowboys continue to rise

After an incredibly shaky start to the season, the Cowboys have rebounded, winning three straight games to sit at 3-1 and with a share of the NFC East lead after one quarter of the NFL season.

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Five reasons the Doggies will make Rabbit stew this Sunday

‘Glory glory to South Sydney’ – the inner mantra of each Rabbitohs fan. I won’t further assault your ears with how long it has been since they have been on the greatest stage, but it’s been a while.

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Heyneke Meyer: Ignoring the elephant in the room

By Andrew Jardine, 30 Sep 2014 Video
Heyneke Meyer: Ignoring the elephant in the room

Heyneke Meyer has for too long ignored the elephant in the room. It’s about the way the Springboks play.

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You must look closely, but the Wallabies are getting better all the time

“Oh woe is me”, they cried. “We’ll all be rooned” they said after the Wallabies stared down an improbable victory.

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Where do the Dallas Mavericks fit in the Western Conference picture?

I preface this article by admitting I am a huge Dallas Mavericks fan, but don’t think I let it influence my writing.

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US team captain Tom Watson received unfair criticism from teammate Phil Mackelson.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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South Australia Redbacks fielder Daniel Harris drops a catch.

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South Africa's coach Heyneke Meyer

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Matt Gillett on the charge for Brisbane

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Once formidable WA Warriors struggling to remain relevant

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