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NSW Police, Adrian Gard, All Blacks, ARU: Who’s playing silly buggers?

On Tuesday afternoon, 7 February 2017, the NSW Police issued a statement indicating that they had charged a 51-year-old man with public mischief over the discovery of a listening device in the hotel team room of the All Blacks.

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The A-League is stagnating on and off the pitch

How much longer can Tony Popovic hold on to his job? The sense of malaise around the Wanderers surely matches the mood on offer after a ho-hum round of action.

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Motorsport needs to bring back the biff!

This time last week, people stood around their water coolers de-briefing about the Bathurst 12 Hour.

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RIP The Dab (2015-2016)

“You are going to be amazing today,” Gillon McLachlan says to himself in the mirror. The CEO of the Australian Football League, Gillon is used to press conferences. He puts on his cufflinks. “So when Moana Hope does it, I do it too. It’s going to be so fantastic,” he adds.

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Slip ‘n slide: Which NRL heavyweights are headed for a fall?

In this era of talent and salary-cap clarity, what goes up must come down. In the second of my NRL season previews, I take a look at four top teams set to decline.

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Champions Trophy: It’s the Proteas’ talent against Australia’s tournament success

Australia do not have another ODI series before the upcoming Champions Trophy, so where do they sit among the challengers for that tournament? I’ve rated the eight teams involved in this 50-over event.

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The Wrap: England win titanic Test match in Cardiff

“Welcome to paradise,” said the waiter as he settled me into my seat on Thursday night at a likely looking Brazilian Churrascaria, the glint in his eye hinting at the prospect of 40 beautiful virgins being paraded before me to choose from, as well as his succulent cuts of juicy meat.

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NBL award winners after a remarkable regular season

The NBL finals are set after a thrilling finish to a remarkably tight 2016-17 season and before the league makes their award winners official on Monday night, here’s a look at who I think should be on the receiving end of the honours.

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Dire Wolves, the dark horse of OPL Split 1

Dire Wolves are a team who are not bashful about how they play. There are no hidden agendas in their pick/ban, no entendre in their out of game personas, and certainly no lack of mechanical skill.

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A battalion of television commentators are poised for NRL kick off in 17 days

There have been two very significant changes to key Fox and Channel Nine personnel since last NRL season – Yvonne Sampson and James Bracey.

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Skills up, scoring too! Five talking points from AFL Women’s Round 2

Those who’ve sought to criticise AFL Women’s in the week since it launched have often hit upon the poor skills and lack of scoring that were prominent in the first round of the competition.

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Riley Day is the best Australian sprint prospect since Raelene Boyle

There’s nothing more exciting in sport than watching a teenager like Riley Day emerge as a potential superstar.

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Rugby league quotas are nothing more than claptrap and codswallop

With not only the 2017 Rugby League World Cup on the horizon, but also talk about the rebirth of rugby league’s Emerging Nations Championship, you’re going to hear more faff about domestic quotas in coming months.

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Is La Rocca’s own goal the A-League’s worst ever?

There is, of course, nothing worse. Nothing more harrowing, more tangibly damaging to one’s team, more overtly in violation of the collective intention. Own goals – some more so than others – are always horrible.

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Nitro Athletics: Fabrice Lapierre’s ‘Hazelwood moment’ can’t ruin a great concept

When Josh Hazlewood was run out at the bowler’s end at Eden Park three weeks ago with Australia needing just six runs to win, it was by far the most unbeatable dumbest moment of the sporting year.

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The absolute worst ads all sports fans remember

Ads. A necessary part of the sporting broadcast, and the sporting experience in an increasingly professionalised world.

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Lauren Arnell of Carlton celebrates kicking a goal

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England's captain Alastair Cook (C) walks from the field at tea after New Zealand were all out, with teammates Nick Compton (L) and Kevin Pietersen. AFP PHOTO / Marty MELVILLE

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Holly Holm has performed poorly since beating Ronda Rousey. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)

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Jameka's impressive Caulfield Cup win has resulted in a 1.5kg Melbourne Cup for Ciaron Maher's star mare.

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Wallabies player Radike Samo drops the ball on the tryline

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Alex Green Brisbane Broncos NRL Rugby League 2016

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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC highlights: A-League live scores, blog

Match result: The Wanderers have won an epic Sydney Derby, putting to an end Sydney FC’s unbeaten record.

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Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons: AFL Women’s live scores, blog

Match result: The Melbourne Demons have taken their second AFL Women’s win, defeating the Western Bulldogs by 14 points on Saturday night.

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Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne City highlights: A-League live scores, blog

Match result: Melbourne City made short work of the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday, destroying their opponents 5-1.

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Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons: JLT Community Series live scores, blog

Match result: Melbourne have scored a pre-season win over reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs by six points, in what was the club’s first competitive hit out for 2017 at the Bulldogs’ traditional home ground of Whitten Oval.

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Brisbane Lions vs Collingwood Magpies: AFL Women’s live scores, blog

Match result: The Brisbane Lions have continued their unbeaten start to the AFL Women’s competition, defeating Collingwood at home by four points on Saturday.

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GWS Giants vs West Coast Eagles: JLT Community Series live scores, blog

Match result: A GWS Giants team missing a large number of stars was still able to comfortably defeat the West Coast Eagles, who were also short on talent.

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GWS Giants vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL Women’s live scores, blog

Match result: The GWS Giants and Fremantle Dockers fought out the first draw in the history of AFL Women’s on Saturday, tied at 41 points each.

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Manly Sea Eagles in 2017: Off-season, what to look for, and prediction

A lack of consistency plagued Manly during 2016, with the club unable to generate back-to-back victories until Rounds 17 and 18.

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NRL 2017 season preview: New Zealand Warriors

By Keith Sheldon, 18 Feb 2017
NRL 2017 season preview: New Zealand Warriors

The Warriors have to make the eight this year. I mean, I know they had to make the eight last year, and the year before that, but they have to make it this year, right?

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Why the Super Rugby conference system must change

The start of the Super Rugby season is drawing ever closer. Teams are well into their pre-season preparations as they look to their first games of the new campaign.

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Adam Voges deserves some respect

By Paul Potter, 18 Feb 2017
Adam Voges deserves some respect

It was entirely one-sided when Australia faced the West Indies at Blundstone Arena in 2015.

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Carlton’s best 22 for the opening clash vs Richmond

Football fans, this is how I would like to see Carlton line up for their season 2017 opening match against Richmond.

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Women’s AFL vs W-League: All in the timing?

The success of the Women’s Australian Football League (AFLW) has certainly taken me by surprise. Perhaps I should not have been surprised at all given the AFL’s deep coffers.

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The promotion of the game: Can cricket keep selling?

When advertising tycoon David Ogilvy wrote ‘Confessions of an Advertising Man’, we the audience, his selected priests, had good reason to listen. ‘We sell’, he said. Or else? ‘Or else’.

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Adelaide United vs Newcastle Jets highlights: A-League live scores, blog

Adelaide United host the Newcastle Jets as Round 20 of the A-League gets underway. Join The Roar from 7:50pm (AEDT) for live scores.

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The fall of Leicester City

By Mike Pearsall, 17 Feb 2017
The fall of Leicester City

Opera singers, feature films and a doppelgänger – all part of the incredible ride from relegation candidates to bizarre champions in the most famous sporting competition in the world.

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Reece Hodge of the Rebels

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The Saracens defeated Exeter Chiefs 28-20 in the Premiership final

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Grassroots esports scenes matter just as much as the international circuits.

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Tariq Sims St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Rugby League 2016

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Australian bowler Nathan Lyon

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Capitalist wins again

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Ireland's Sean O'Brien

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Damian Martin of the Perth Wildcats

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