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What happened in le Tour last night? Tejay is van Goner-en

After the rest day, there’s plenty to talk about. Stage 17 of le Tour de France happened last night, and the biggest shock was…

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The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 20

Round 20 of season 2015 is upon us as more and more pretenders fall from the chase to September.

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The FIFA presidency will never go to a worthy contender

Yesterday was a fascinating exercise where I suggested David Gallop was an ideal presidential candidate for FIFA, the governing body of the undisputed biggest sport in the world.

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The National Rugby Championship coaches (Part 2)

Following on from the four NSW-based coaches we covered last week in Part 1, this week I completed the set by ringing around the five remaining National Rugby Championship coaches

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Had Formula One become complacent with safety?

As the Formula One world mourns the loss of Jules Bianchi, important questions need to be asked around how such an accident could have taken place in an era where safety is paramount.

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The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 17

The fight for a spot inside the top eight is heating up, but in Round 17 it will be two clashes between teams currently inside the top five that will be the most telling on key finals positioning.

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Richard Graham has vowed to fight to remain Queensland Reds coach after being told he must re-apply for his job.

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Rugby league fans will gain up an extra two minutes of live action when a shot clock is introduced at the beginning of next season for scrums and line dropouts.

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PRENTICE: Forget the Immortals, Thurston is simply the best

These days, I am pretty selective about the NRL games I want to attend live and in person. I pay for the privilege, but Fox Sports do a damn good job keeping me at home in my comfy armchair.

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Ballantyne’s loss is Fremantle’s gain

The Fremantle Dockers’ scoring woes are on the verge of counting them out. But they just got an unexpected fillip, with an injury to a woefully out of form small forward allowing us to test the theory of addition by subtraction.

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The Ashes: Australia learn the lesson before showing their hand

An insinuation I can’t stand about professional sportsmen is that they’re not trying.

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Formula One drivers are robots, but don’t shoot the messenger

As we mourn the loss of Jules Bianchi, I’m reminded of some comments he made before entering Formula One about the need to perfect his English were he to stand a chance in the driver market.

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I’ve seen enough – a video ref challenge must be introduced

The conservative nature of the NRL match officials in 2015 is now out of control. The referrals to the video referee, if not at an all-time high, are at all-time levels of annoying.

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Six Wallaby lessons after their blades of glory

I haven’t written about the Wallabies set up often this year, despite it being a World Cup year. I’ve tried to enjoy the games as they come, without devaluing them by looking straight past them.

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The Ashes: England should gamble on seaming pitch

After being vaporised at Lord’s, England must show true aggression by demanding a seaming track for the third Test to give their pacemen the best chance of bowling them to victory.

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Blatter stays put, but Gallop would be a worthy successor

Two months ago, an arrogant and defiant FIFA president Sepp Blatter bowed to public outrage just after he had been re-elected to rule the world’s biggest sporting governing body for a fifth term.

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Mick Fanning shark attack

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Maillot Jaune leader Chris Froome, of Team Sky, en route to winning the Individual Time Trial in Stage 17 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Sky).

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Socceroo Ben Halloran

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Sydney Swans coach John Longmire (Slattery Images)

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Lance Armstrong has risked losing it all

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Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball

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Fremantle Dockers Sydney Swans

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Chris Rogers was injured by a fast ball, later retiring hurt. Will concussion bring about an early end to his career? (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Australia's Josh Hazlewood gets plenty of love from his Aussie teammates.  AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON

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Formula One: 2015 midterm review

By Jawad Yaqub, 29 Jul 2015
Formula One: 2015 midterm review

Lewis Hamilton has picked up where he left off in November 2014 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with a dominant win in Australia – from where he has since led the 2015 world championship.

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[Highlights] Barcelona vs Chelsea scores, blog, result

Match Result: Chelsea have once again prevailed on penalties against Barcelona.

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Is the Ablett era at an end?

By Josh Elliott, 28 Jul 2015 Video
Is the Ablett era at an end?

For much of the 2015 AFL season, we asked ourselves whether Gary Ablett was still the best player in the game, or if he had been overtaken by Fremantle superstar Nathan Fyfe.

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The Ashes: Third Test preview (of sorts)

By Dennis Freedman, 28 Jul 2015
The Ashes: Third Test preview (of sorts)

I am usually loathe to produce anything in written form that vaguely resembles a match preview. Primarily because history tends to judge them as rather inaccurate.

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The racing establishment always wins

By Nathan Absalom, 28 Jul 2015
The racing establishment always wins

Last week prizemoney changes were made to some of the Group 1 races in Sydney.

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Odds stacked against Broadmeadow in FFA Cup

This year Broadmeadow Magic are lining up for their second shot at the FFA Cup. After bowing out in the Round of 32 in the inaugural event, the Magic have been cursed by injuries, inconsistency and suspension this year.

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AFL Team of the Round: Round 17

By Katfish, 28 Jul 2015 Video
AFL Team of the Round: Round 17

Big winners Hawthorn, Adelaide and West Coast dominated the Team of the Week with 10 selections between them.

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The real problem is hidden when you boo Adam Goodes

The issue of fans booing Adam Goodes reached new heights last week, as the 365-game veteran was roundly booed by large sections of Domain Stadium during the West Coast versus Sydney match on Sunday evening.

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Rugby’s Top 100: 70-61

By Sean Turner, 28 Jul 2015
Rugby’s Top 100: 70-61

The Top 100 returns again this week for another edition, this time counting down numbers 70 to 61 after concluding last week with Irish Eight Man Jamie Heaslip.

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The art of closing out rugby games

By Brandon Going, 28 Jul 2015
The art of closing out rugby games

As the old adage goes, close but no cigar. I am sure Heyeneke Meyer and his charges will be feeling this way for second consecutive week after their heartbreaking loss the All Blacks.

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NRL Round 20 review: One-way traffic

By Lachlan Bickley, 28 Jul 2015
NRL Round 20 review: One-way traffic

As we inch closer to the end of the NRL season we continue our weekly series of reviews. This week we saw a rare round of floggings, the Sea Eagles stepping up in Auckland, and our first team mathematically eliminated.

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Who should replace Rick Stone as Knights coach?

By Riley Pettigrew, 28 Jul 2015
Who should replace Rick Stone as Knights coach?

In the wake of Rick Stone’s sacking as head coach of the Newcastle Knights, the question has been asked as to who will succeed the coach of 72 first grade games.

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A Bok bet between Biltongbek and I

By Harry Jones, 28 Jul 2015
A Bok bet between Biltongbek and I

I say the Springboks will play in the Rugby World Cup grand final this year. Our dear friend Biltongbek says the Boks won’t make it that far. We have a lot riding on this friendly wager.

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Controversy surrounds the Tour de France, again

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past three weeks, or hate the sport of cycling, or are a full-time worker and can’t afford to stay up to ungodly hours, you may not have noticed that Kenyan-born Brit Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the second time on Sunday.

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Mercedes feeling the squeeze

By Trent Price, 28 Jul 2015
Mercedes feeling the squeeze

In a cruel twist, Red Bull appears to have struck serious form right on the eve of the mid-season break.

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DRS is a crease to the game of cricket

By Zachary Gates, 28 Jul 2015 Video
DRS is a crease to the game of cricket

Virender Sehwag became the first player to be given out LBW on review when a Muttiah Muralitheran delivery thudded into his back leg in dusty Colombo seven years ago.

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Sydney Swans Adam Goodes

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James Hird, Senior Coach of the Bombers looks dejected

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Jack Gunston of the Hawks

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New Zealand captain Richie McCaw

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika (left) and captain Stephen Moore

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Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes of the Swans

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