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It’s a common sight in pro cycling these days – seeing a team attempting to boss a stage by sending their men to the front of the peloton from a long way out.
Despite the Essendon issue still bubbling away, let’s talk about what we really want to talk about – who will make the eight, take home the Brownlow and secure the Rising Star.
I hold major fears for the immediate future of the Gold Coast Titans. Season 2014 is almost over and despite some early promise – the Titans led after the first month – a bottom quarter finish is unavoidable.
AFL finals will start early after results set up some knockout games for the last round of the season. Twelve teams can still make the finals, five can make the top four, and the rest can make the best of one last crack at 2014. So who won big this week?
As usual, it’s all happening in the game that keeps on giving, so let’s talk ASADA, Cronulla and the NRL premiership battle that took a twist on the weekend with Manly and South Sydney both losing and the Sydney Roosters recording a very impressive win.
The FFA Cup round of 32 has been an unequivocal success, yet, in a storyline that is all too familiar in Australian football, Football Federation Australia has managed to put a dampener on the celebrations.
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It was the second weekend in July when Port Adelaide slid out of the top four, and Geelong crept in. From that moment on, it was merely a case of the best four teams in the competition jockeying for starting finals positions.
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Australian rugby’s brand new, all-singing, all-dancing domestic rugby competition, the National Rugby Championship, kicked off in wonderful fashion in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne over the weekend.
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The media release from the ARU on the 51-20 All Blacks defeat of the Wallabies at Eden Park had this headline: ‘Wallabies unable to breach the Eden Park fortress’.
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While the Wallabies were being hammered by a record 51-20 at Eden Park on Saturday night, Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie must have had second thoughts about his selections.
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They said we’d never make it. They said it wouldn’t last (actually, that was us saying it wouldn’t last, but you get the idea). Yet despite the naysayers, the Cheap Seats podcast celebrates the milestone 50th episode this week.
Phil Hughes should be overlooked for Australia’s Test tour against Pakistan in October – for his own good.
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Not so long ago the pro-cycling world was easy to quantify. Alberto Contador was the pre-eminent stage racer, Fabian Cancellara was numero uno when it came to races against the clock and Mark Cavendish was the undisputed sprint king.
Defending champion Chris Horner and Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali are about the only notable absentees from the 69th edition of the Vuelta – which boasts the strongest field of any Grand Tour in recent memory.
Like all Wallaby fanatics, I long for the day when the Wallabies are ranked number one in the world, have regained the Bledisloe Cup, and become the first country to win a third Rugby World Cup.
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Now that this Sharks v ASADA bullkaka has finally been euthanised, let us give the episode it’s final rites by remembering how the whole hideous situation was spawned.
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In rugby’s professional era, the hardest thing to do is win in New Zealand against the All Blacks. In fact, there are very few players still active in rugby who have done so.
A few weeks ago I was having an argument with my friend about which A-League players could compete in the EPL.
Manchester United have agreed terms with Daley Blind. The signing of the versatile defender adds to a host of newcomers to Old Trafford, such as Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rojo, and Angel Di Maria, with time remaining for more.
Reports are circling that Tyson Goldsack is set to move to Alberton for $1.2 million over three years. But Port Adelaide don’t need a 193-centimetre utility.
Even McKenzie should have been dancing jigs as Michael Cheika developed his team through the winter. What an inheritance!
Ten weeks ago, after Richmond lost to the Sydney Swans by 11 points on the Friday night stage at the MCG, I wrote on article on The Roar asking where it all went wrong for the club this year.
After last weekend’s debacle in Auckland, Wallabies supporters have had much to ponder. The All Blacks were outstanding to be sure, however the Wallaby effort was unacceptable on many levels.
Just two points from their first three games and getting dumped out of the League Cup by MK Dons in a season with no Champions League football is not something that a Manchester United fan is familiar with. Hence, the question arises, where did it go all wrong?
MATCH RESULT: Chelsea make it three from three in what was an absolute goal-fest. Mourinho won’t be happy conceding three but a mix of some opportunistic play and poor defending saw Chelsea capitalise and punish Everton for their mistakes to the tune of six goals.
Stage 8, the longest of this year’s Vuelta a Espana is 207km from Baeza to Albacete and the race should be handed back over to the sprinters momentarily before the riders get into the mountains on Stage 9.
Newly promoted Burnley host Manchester United at Turf Moor in the third round of the 2014 English Premier League. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 9:45pm (AEST).
Little is left on the line but pride when the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Melbourne Demons meet at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:40pm (AEST).
The Brisbane Lions will be looking to end the season on a high with a win against the Geelong Cats at Skilled Stadium tonight. Join The Roar for a live blog and commentary of the game from 7:40pm (AEST).
The Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm put their top-four ambitions on the line when they clash in what promises to be the game of the round. Join The Roar from 7:30pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage of this Round 25 fixture.
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The Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers meet at GIO Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a clash that will have no impact on the top eight, but a big impact on each sides’ confidence heading into the off season. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:30pm (AEST).
Group 1 racing returns today with the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield at 4:40pm (AEST). Join The Roar at 4:15pm (AEST) where we’ll keep you updated on all the betting moves and how the horses are shaping up in the mounting yard.
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