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Waratahs versus Brumbies: Forwards give the Tahs the edge

With their home ground advantage the Waratahs must start as favourites for Saturday’s semi-final against the Brumbies, and by finishing top of the table the Tahs have a great opportunity to go all the way with a home final.

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Brisbane should herald the second coming of Wayne’s World

Years ago there was a billboard on Parramatta Road that read, “What would you do if Jesus came to Parramatta?”, under which someone had scrawled something along the lines of, “Move Ray Price into the second row”.

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SPIRO: Let’s hope the referees don’t stuff up the Super Rugby finals

The SANZAR media release came up on my laptop at 3.04am on Monday morning. My first reaction as I read it was, “Dammit, why is SANZAR trying to stuff up the Super Rugby finals.”

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Cycling and racism: UCI needs to get ahead of the game

If you go to the front page of the FIFA website, world football’s governing body, you’ll see a link called social responsibility.

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Flawless Nibali has this Tour de France on a silver platter

After a first week that tore up every script and binned some of the best-laid plans, followed by a second week that tipped the rubbish bin full of torn-up scripts and plans upside down and set them on fire, the Tour’s third week has settled to a steady pile of glowing embers.

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Tigers the team to watch in 2015

If you aren’t following a NRL club at the moment, I’d suggest you take a long, hard look at the exciting Wests Tigers team when they shape up to St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

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Formula One sending mixed safety messages

Viewers of the German Formula One Grand Prix last weekend were shocked at the lack of a safety car intervention in two dangerous situations.

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Will Steve Smith follow Michael Clarke as Test captain?

In the last two decades Australian Test cricket has been blessed with strong on-field leadership. Each time a longstanding captain has departed the scene another long term, readymade replacement has taken up the running.

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Cycling Team Pursuit

Precision and power are the goals for the team pursuit, and there are few things as hypnotic as watching a well-drilled line of pursuiters gliding around the velodrome. It looks graceful and easy, but it couldn’t be more painful if they gave the crowd tasers and offered a reward for each hit.

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Independence and celebrations: Let the Glasgow Games begin

There was a poignant undercurrent in Glasgow this morning at the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games.

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Wallabies squad for 2014 Rugby Championship announced

The Wallabies have announced their 32-man squad for the 2014 Rugby Championship today, with few surprises being included.

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Carlisle can be the AFL’s best forward

They are two of the most dominant performances by a key forward in recent AFL seasons. Both just happened to be produced by a much-maligned former defender – in consecutive weeks, no less.

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Luke Durbridge Tour Diary: A day in the life of a TdF rider

As we approach the final stages of the 2014 Tour de France, I thought it would be interesting to share what a standard day on a Grand Tour is like for the riders.

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Michael Rogers: Stage win at Le Tour caps off remarkable return

Michael Rogers is as good a cycling tactician as you’ll find, but his sudden ability to win three Grand Tour stages in just two months can’t just be put down to talent.

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Hooper, Folau and Beale could lead the way to World Cup glory

If the Wallabies are to regain the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002, and win the Rugby World Cup for a record third time, Michael Hooper, Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale must be there.

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That awkward moment when it’s difficult to hate Manly

Of all the ritual humiliations I’ve suffered as a Canberra Raiders fan in recent years, none are seared so deep into my retinas as the events that transpired at Brookvale Oval in Round 8, 2014.

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Ross Lyon of Fremantle addresses the players during the 2013 Toyota Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG, Melbourne on September 28, 2013. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)

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Matthew Pavlich attempts to mark the ball over Brodie Murdoch

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Alofa Alofa scores a try for the Waratahs

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Wayne Bennett

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Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett speaking to the media

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Central Coast Mariners FC's coach Graham Arnold. AAP Image/Paul Miller

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Tour de France Stage 10 winner Vincenzo Nibali

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Indian bowler Ishant Sharma celebrates an Australian wicket

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Will Genia of the Wallabies calls a play from the ruck. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Cameron Pilley

By Josh Elliott, 30 Jul 2014

Australia’s number one man on the squash court, Cameron Pilley is well known for his powerful serve. It helped him claim a gold medal at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games; can it do the same at Glasgow 2014?

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Two broken down coaches: Time to take Stuart and Hird off the road

Ricky Stuart won’t be coaching in the NRL in two years, nor James Hird won’t be coaching Essendon in two years. They’re both back to where it all began, and they’re both stuffed.

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Sam Burgess will win the Dally M before leaving NRL

Sam Burgess is an enormous human and an incredible talent – scary large, scary good. He is also, unfortunately, leaving the NRL at the end of the year to transition to rugby union.

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As a new Premier League season approaches, the question is always asked. Who outside the top four can break into the Champions League?

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Commonwealth gold not enough for critical sports fans

Remember your school athletics and swimming carnivals, where everyone had a go even if you could barely swim 50 metres or run the length of a 400 metre track without getting a stitch?

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Louis Smith

By Elisha Pearce, 30 Jul 2014

Louis Smith describes himself on his Twitter profile as a ‘British bad ass gymnast’. That perfectly summarises the hyper-talented young man from Cambridgeshire, England. He is a larger-than-life athlete, perfectly suited to the world of social media and around-the-clock access.

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Injuries conspiring against Giants in wooden spoon battle

With five rounds remaining this regular season and one of the worst injury tolls in the AFL, the Greater Western Sydney Giants are facing a huge battle to avoid a third consecutive wooden spoon.

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We all know the joke. If you ask a couple of psychiatrists how to change a light bulb, they would debate whether the light bulb would want to change.

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Knights and Sharks’ pride and effort an inspiration

I don’t expect my team to win on a weekly basis, however expect that they are fit, and that they give 100 per cent in every performance.

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Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo took his second career victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Talking points from the All Blacks’ Rugby Championship squad

The All Blacks squad for this year’s Rugby Championship has been named, and most rugby pundits would have picked the bulk of this team without too many issues.

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London, 1886. It was a damp, foggy night and the sound of horse’s hooves from a wildly driven hansom cab rang out across the cobbled streets.

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AFL Round 18 review: Part 2

By Sean Mortell, 29 Jul 2014

The second weekend of Round 18 only consisted of four games, but it showed us the teams building up form in Hawthorn, Richmond, Brisbane and Adelaide, as well as highlighting the teams on the downhill in West Coast, Gold Coast and Collingwood.

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Keep your Feldman and Haim, Parker’s the only Corey for me

Something as simple as an admiration for one player could turn into a full blown love of the game.

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AFL missing its chance to send the game global

By Cameron Palmer, 29 Jul 2014
AFL missing its chance to send the game global

By not taking advantage of the international exposure available during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the AFL’s new administration under Gillon McLachlan is showing a timidity that was never a part of Andrew Demetriou’s reign at the top of the game.

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Semi-professional, fully committed: The FFA Cup could be won by an outsider

With the FFA Cup set to kick off tonight, fans will flock to support their local teams at suburban grounds, while thousands more will set up camp in their living rooms to watch live on Fox Sports.

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Close-up of Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter

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Team Sky win the 2013 Tour de France

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Kieran Read is tackled by Atieli Pakalani

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Australia's batsman and captain Michael Clarke

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Manchester City's Yaya Toure competes for the ball with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

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Australian cyclist Michael Rogers riding for Team Saxo-Tinkoff during the 2013 Tour de France

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Australia's Michael Hooper, left, is challenged by South Africa's Duane Vermeulen, center, during their rugby championship at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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