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Cameron White should be in the World Cup squad

Australia has just reclaimed the world number one ranking in the one-day arena with its 3-0 sweep of Pakistan in the Emirates.

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Jarryd’s dream makes a very small pond of the NRL

David Smith could well quote HRH Queen Elizabeth and call 2014 an Annus Horribillus. Apart from amusing the more juvenile among us – and I certainly hope there is more than just me – it’s pretty true.

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Mentality, Mile and the missing midfield machinations

Among the big questions with less than three months until the start of the Asian Cup is whether Ange Postecoglou can lift the team’s mentality, and whether there is still room in the grand plan for his skipper Mile Jedinak and wide-left player Tommy Oar?

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Forget losing his Wallaby jersey, Beale could be in real legal trouble

Kurtley Beale will face an independent code of conduct tribunal next week over ARU allegations he sent “highly inappropriate and deeply offensive text messages and images to a number of people”.

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Hayne’s NFL move shows his courage and ambition

Yes, the odds are stacked high against Jarryd Hayne realising his dream, but that is not the point.

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Deluded Tinkov is right about one thing

Saxo-Tinkoff owner Oleg Tinkov courted controversy by inviting the world’s four top cyclists to go head-to-head over the roads of Italy, France and Spain next season.

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Jarryd Hayne can fly high in the rarefied air of the NFL

Jarryd Hayne‘s loss to rugby league leaves a massive void in the code, and I feel really sorry for his lifelong club, the Parramatta Eels.

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Jarryd Hayne quits Parramatta Eels to trial with the NFL

Parramatta Eels superstar Jarryd Hayne has quit the NRL to trial in the NFL.

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Socceroos’ desert adventure makes for more head scratching

In what was billed as the last chance for pre-Asian Cup experimentation, the Socceroos’ excursion to the Gulf has reiterated a batch of not-so-fresh concerns.

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Four keys for the Wallabies to beat the All Blacks

This week I had the pleasure of going back in detail over the Springboks match against the All Blacks two weeks ago – it was a good way to get away from the current crisis engulfing Australian rugby, even if only for a short while.

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Bird takes wing to England to earn Ashes recall

Jackson Bird has made a very wise choice. Unlike many fellow Aussie cricketers who shun county cricket in favour of either rest or lucrative T20 contracts, Bird has signed a three-month contract with Hampshire next year.

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Perception is everything, and it could be McKenzie’s downfall

For a man who has made a career out of his ability to manipulate public perceptions in order to ensure favourable imagery as to how he is perceived, it was the tiniest of lapses.

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Oleg Tinkov determined to push Grand Tour challenge

There’s nothing like dreaming big, and when you’re used to getting your own way, why let a little media skepticism get in the way.

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Ewen McKenzie on thin ice on results alone

Under-siege Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has totally overlooked behemoth lock Will Skelton and a fit Will Genia for the third and final Bledisloe Cup clash at Suncorp on Saturday.

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Wallabies team for Bledisloe: Quade Cooper and Lealiifano return

You wouldn’t know it, but the Wallabies are set to face the All Blacks in Brisbane this weekend. Amid the issues of the past weeks, there is plenty at stake for all involved. The All Blacks are coming off a rare loss to the Springboks, while the Wallabies resemble more of a rabble.

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Kangaroos squad for Four Nations announced: Ten to debut for Australia

The Australian Kangaroos squad for the Four Nations has been announced on Tuesday afternoon, with 10 players selected to make their Test debuts in the tournament, which beings on October 25.

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Ben Cutting

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David Villa of Melbourne City FC celebrates after scoring a goal during their round one match against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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The newly announced Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie (left) and ARU CEO Bill Pulver during a press conference in Brisbane, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. McKenzie replaces Robbie Deans who was sacked with 5 months left on his contract. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Astana rider Maxim Iglinskiy's win in Liege-Bastogne-Liege is a sign the Kazakh team are on the improve (

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Sally Pearson claims the Women in Sport award

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Australia's Darius Boyd scores their second try during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final match between Australia and Fiji at Wembley Stadium in London, England on November 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

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Malick Mane takes a shot

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Kurtley Beale stands in a rain soaked opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Pat Cummins appeals as he takes his first five-for on debut

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Kangablues? Kangaroons? Who cares, they represent Australia now

A recent opinion piece referred to the Kangaroos squad as the ‘Kangablues’ due to the number of NSW players named in the Four Nations opener.

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David Villa and the City Group have made a mockery of the A-League and everything Australian football has built over the last 10 years.

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I’m writing against the grain of popular opinion; I think that Ben Williams got it spot on in sending off Sydney FC defender Nikola Petković in the FFA Cup quarter final against Adelaide.

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Hansen needs to rethink the breakdown

By Kia Kaha, 23 Oct 2014
Hansen needs to rethink the breakdown

In 2013, after the 36-man training camp in Newlands, Heyneke Meyer made a presentation in which he claimed South Africa were languishing behind their Rugby Championship rivals in the breakdown.

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2014 Cox Plate: Runner by runner preview

By Adam Page, 23 Oct 2014 Video
2014 Cox Plate: Runner by runner preview

Some say the Cox Plate is the race where legends are made, others say it’s the best two minutes in Australian sport, not just Australian horse racing.

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Royal Descent needs Pinker Pinker’s purple patch

By Damien Ractliffe, 23 Oct 2014
Royal Descent needs Pinker Pinker’s purple patch

Royal Descent will have to follow in the footsteps of Pinker Pinker if she is to hand Chris Waller his first Cox Plate on Saturday.

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Australia in the Hunt to host a UFC title fight

By Isaac Nowroozi, 23 Oct 2014
Australia in the Hunt to host a UFC title fight

The UFC’s first ever event in Mexico suffered a major blow when Mexican-American UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was forced out of the main event due to injury.

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First, there was Italian Benito Carbone, who played three guest matches for Sydney FC. Then Brazilian legend Romario played four guest matches for Adelaide United.

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Raffles Racing: from Malaysia to the Cox Plate

By Mitch Fenton, 23 Oct 2014
Raffles Racing: from Malaysia to the Cox Plate

When the gates crash open Saturday afternoon in the Cox Plate, for one young man – win, lose or draw – his dream will have already been realised.

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Riche ‘Vas” Vaculik has always been a surfer. Always. Living on the beaches of Maroubra all he wanted to do was big wave surfing full time with his fellow Bra Boys.

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Can Brazilian Jiu Jitsu go the way of rugby and become (more) professional?

I am a Jiu Jitsu black belt. I train at least twice a day and compete at least once a month to hone my skills.

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Pakistan vs Australia: First Test match live scores, blog

Australia will look to continue their domination over Pakistan on this tour when the two teams meet in the first of two Tests at Dubai, but it remains to be seen whether they can adjust to the spinning tracks in this format of the game.

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Geelong Cup: Preview, tips, blog and results

The $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup at 4pm AEDT is the highlight of the Geelong Racing Calendar, and today’s edition of the race looks a wide-open affair with plenty of chances among the field of 13. Join us here on The Roar from 3:40pm (AEST) for live commentary, results and reaction.

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Six things that will decide the Pakistan-Australia Test series

With Australia playing Pakistan in a two-Test series starting tonight, I thought I’d look at what the decisive factors are going to be.

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Gough Whitlam: an unlikely sports hero

By kazblah, 22 Oct 2014
Gough Whitlam: an unlikely sports hero

Australia’s 21st Prime Minister was not a noted sports lover. There is no footage of Gough Whitlam getting a facial rearrangement from an errant cricket ball, bowling like a numpty or making his way around the country in lycra and budgie smugglers.

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Don’t believe the hype: ARU culture is not rotten

The great shame is that we expect rugby to imitate life. We expect every pass to stick. But, guess what, we are human.

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Australia celebrate their 2013 RLWC win.

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Jockey Craig Newitt riding Lankan Rupee

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Fawkner wins the 2013 Caulfield Cup, seen here in a head-on finish

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Sydney Thunder batsman Usman Khawaja

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Ewen McKenzie

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arryd Hayne struggles to get past Queensland defenders in Origin 2

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Michael Hooper playing for the Wallabies v France

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NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika

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