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Kiwis take the Sheen off the Kangaroos’ past dominance

Losing to the same team twice in four matches in a tournament – including the final – should be enough to put the coach of Australia at grave risk of losing his job.

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SPIRO: Wallabies beaten in Paris by splendid French ‘esprit’

There is a French rugby idiom that comes into play when the national side plays at home: ‘l’esprit de clocher‘.

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Newcastle Jetting towards oblivion

As Alan Milliner put the whistle to his lips for the final time on Friday night, occupants of Hunter Stadium let out raucous boos.

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Michael Hooper, that was 60 minutes of rubbish

The Wallabies burst coach Michael Cheika’s bubble at Stade de France by handing France a 29-26 victory thanks to a litany of fundamental errors.

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Kiwis hammer Kangaroos into submission

Shaun Johnson’s magic feet, his deceptive speed and his brilliant football brain spearheaded the Kiwis’ 22-18 win over the Kangaroos on Saturday night to capture the Four Nations tournament in windy Wellington.

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Four Nations decider proves Johnson is a big money show

Shaun Johnson belongs in rugby league’s business class of halfbacks after Saturday night’s mesmeriser for New Zealand in their 22-18 win over Australia.

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Leg spinners lay down the challenge to Nathan Lyon

Leg spin is back in the headlines for a multitude of reasons. First, there’s the fact Australia’s batsmen were flummoxed by Pakistan’s rookie wrist spinner Yasir Shah in the two Tests in the UAE.

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Australia vs South Africa 1st ODI: The Liebke ratings

It was a game of several halves in the first of five one-day internationals between Australia and South Africa.

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We had a decision to make. The 2013 winner of the Taiwan KOM Challenge had arrived on the start line of the race fresh from a doping suspension, causing heated debate on internet as to the validity of his victory.

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Captain Kohli under massive pressure

Virat Kohli is extremely fortunate still to be in the Indian Test team.

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Steyn’s in town to shirtfront Pup

My friends, we find ourselves in the midst of our War and Peace cricketing summer.

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On your marks: Wanderers and Roar to come home with a wet sail

There’s a touch of the Stawell Gift about the A-League heading into this weekend’s sixth round.

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Six key transfers ahead of the 2015 cycling season

With many riders already deep in the pre-season training we take a look at some of the biggest transfers ahead of the 2015 season – including Peter Sagan, Nicolas Roche and Bauke Mollema.

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Patience won in Cardiff, and plenty will be needed in Paris

There’s been some really high-quality, tough-but-fair analysis of the Wallabies’ 33-28 win over Wales last weekend in Cardiff.

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Mr Football, signing off in true style

In the same week where we remembered a true great of the game, Johnny Warren, perhaps the only man his equal said an emotional goodbye to the football public.

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Experience vs potential in McLaren driver decision

Formula One is a numbers game – and the sport’s penchant for numbers following dollar symbols is particularly well noted.

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Australia's batsman and captain Michael Clarke

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Australia's Daly Cherry-Evans, second right, makes a break against Wales

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Tomi Juric

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NRL Chief Executive, Dave Smith. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of Gautam Gambhir

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Australia's Jack Miller lifts the trophy

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Wallabies player James O'Connor during training in Brisbane, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The Wallabies will clash with the Springboks in a must win game on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

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Josh Childress in action for the Sydney Kings

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The Roar of the crowd

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Italy vs Springboks: International rugby Test live scores, blog

Italy will host the might of South Africa at Stadio Euganeo, Padua for the third game of the Springbok’s end of year tour. Join The Roar from 1:00am (AEDT) for live scores and commentary.

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[VIDEO] Australia vs Ireland highlights: 2014 International Rules scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Australia have secured a victory in their International Rules Test against the Irish in Perth with a 56-46 win.

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[VIDEO] Melbourne City v Sydney FC highlights: A-League scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: It was very close at the end but Sydney FC have held on to beat Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

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[VIDEO] Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets highlights: A-League scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: That’s six games without a win for the Western Sydney Wanderers, and seven for the Newcastle Jets, as the sides play out a 1-1 draw.

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Hamilton vs Rosberg: The decider

By Bayden Westerweller, 22 Nov 2014
Hamilton vs Rosberg: The decider

The Formula One record books will attribute the surname of the individual who is crowned the 2014 World Champion with two drivers’ titles following Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Stop whinging about Super Rugby

By Eddard, 22 Nov 2014
Stop whinging about Super Rugby

In a frightful turn of events SANZAR’s decision to expand Super Rugby into an 18-team competition involving Japan and Argentina has turned a significant number of Super Rugby fans English!

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AFL 2015 preview: Collingwood Magpies

By Sam Aldridge, 22 Nov 2014
AFL 2015 preview: Collingwood Magpies

The Mick Malthouse Revolution, following on from the Fevolution, will have to wait some time before launching at Carlton.

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Is Smith Australia’s answer at number 3?

In a recent interview querying Australia’s possibilities for their troublesome three position, Australian captain Michael Clarke declared “Steve Smith is a rising star, but he’s not a Test No. 3 just yet.”

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Bring on the 2017 AFL media rights deal

By Cameron Palmer, 22 Nov 2014
Bring on the 2017 AFL media rights deal

As discussions and negotiations begin to ramp up for the impending 2017 AFL media rights, the two overarching questions have to be how heavily negotiated is the social and online content of the deal – and will fans be the winners from the television side?

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Sebastian Vettel: One very ordinary year

By Chris O'Hearn, 22 Nov 2014
Sebastian Vettel: One very ordinary year

Sebastian Vettel. Formula One driver, four-time Formula One World Champion and one of the biggest exponents of ‘take my bat and ball and go home’ in sporting history.

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Perth Scorchers win big with James Muirhead trade

The trade deadline is one of my favourite times of the NBA season for no other reason than I look forward to seeing what sort of crazy deals teams manage to pull together.

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Big teams, big names, small crowds: Where are the fans for the ODI series?

There has been some amazing cricket in the first four one day internationals between Australia and South Africa.

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300 sleeps to the Rugby World Cup (Part 1)

By Gavin Melville, 22 Nov 2014
300 sleeps to the Rugby World Cup (Part 1)

With 300 sleeps until the tournament’s kick-off, what’s the pecking order for the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

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Throughout history, the fight game has always had ‘colourful characters’ who have talked the talk in an effort to self promote and/or hype up a pending contest. But have we started to put hype above skill?

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Michael Phelps and the scandal that wasn’t

When decided to publish an inaccurate and potentially dangerous piece of clickbait yesterday, suggesting that US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has had some sort of sordid affair, I saw social media respond overwhelmingly with the sort of intelligence and maturity lacking among the editors who published the article.

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Kobe Bryant: Forever LA’s Darling

By Evan Morgan Grahame, 22 Nov 2014
Kobe Bryant: Forever LA’s Darling

The Lakers picked up their third win of the season on Thursday, to sit comfortably beside their nine losses. But their latest opponents, the Houston Rockets (who have the third best record in the league) are no pushovers.

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Mike Pyke of the Swans and Shane Mumford of the Giants

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Captain of the Phoenix Andrew Durante, with keeper for the Phoenix Glen Moss

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Melbourne Victory forward Besart Berisha

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Australia's Aaron Finch leaves the field after scoring 5 runs during the second 20Twenty international cricket match between England and Australia at the Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street, northeast England, on August 31, 2013. England, after losing the toss, made 195 for five in the second and final Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES

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Big Bash League: Sixers v Heat

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Besart Berisha of Melbourne Victory takes on Michael Beauchamp of Western Sydney Wanderers

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Peter Moody-trained Moment of Change (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara catches the ball during a training session ahead of the first cricket Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Hobart

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Kane Richardson and Josh Hazlewood

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