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End the Usman Khawaja non-selection farce now

It doesn’t matter where Rod Marsh looks, there are plenty of options available to make room for Usman Khawaja, the ignored but most prolific Australian run-getter thus summer.

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Selectors should not be commentators

According to Mark Waugh in one of his commentary stints during the BBL final Usman Khawaja is currently batting better than Brian Lara.

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Super Rugby 2016 tweaks: We’ve seen all this before

I’ll admit it – a couple of law variations and the announcement of the referee’s panel was not entirely how I envisaged getting into Super Rugby for 2016. However, here we are in the first week of February, with something of a ‘soft launch’ into the newly expanded competition.

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The Liebke Ratings: New Zealand versus Australia first ODI

Rather than hang around and play the T20 series against India, most of Australia’s players had wandered off in dribs and drabs to New Zealand to acclimatise to Kiwi hotel conditions in preparation for the one day series against the Black Caps.

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UFC’s complicated relationship with CM Punk

Even with zero documented proof that he’s ever won an unscripted fight, former WWE champion Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks is gearing up for a 2016 UFC debut.

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The great hate debate has got to stop

It has got to be the most pointless debate in NFL history. And yet here we are.

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Reaching the peak: How Michael Hooper returns to the top of his game

Coming off a World Cup year in 2015, Wallaby Michael Hooper enjoyed one of the longest breaks of his professional career before getting back to work with his NSW Waratahs preparing for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

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The Eddie Jones dickhead policy faces its first test

Eddie Jones is turning the no-dickheads dictum for a successful sporting team on its head with the appointment of Dylan Hartley as the captain of the England side to play Scotland at Murrayfield in the opening round of the 2016 Six Nations tournament this weekend.

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WATCH: Guptill sends monster six onto the roof of Eden park

After heading into bat, New Zealand’s opening batsman Martin Guptill got his side off to a flyer in the first one-day international against Australia, highlighted with a huge six that travelled 113 metres onto the roof at Eden Park.

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Colonials take the helm of Mother England’s sporting ships

During the 1977 Ashes series, which introduced Kerry Packer hijacking world cricket, there was an incident at Nottingham.

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Mitchell Pearce: The fault lies not in footy stars, but in ourselves

There hasn’t been a bigger storm in a schooner glass since Todd Carney tried to follow in the steps of the great yogis and reach enlightenment by drinking his own urine.

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PRICHARD: Carney to Sydney is a crash-landing for the Jets

Newcastle Jets went from wanting two Sydney FC players for David Carney, to being prepared to take one, to ending up getting none. That is the off-field equivalent of a 5-0 flogging.

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PRENTICE: Roosters need to take a long, hard look at themselves

Is there a major discipline and recruitment problem at the Sydney Roosters, or is the club just unlucky?

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Slow and spinning will win the race at World T20

In the last World T20, Australia relied on pace in spin-friendly conditions and it backfired spectacularly. Now, with their fast-bowling stocks decimated, they must learn from this mistake and bank on spin in India.

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Hawthorn, we (may) have a problem

The Hawks seem to have cracked the AFL’s secret code to permanent success, so what follows should be taken with a note of caution. Hawthorn’s list management situation is precarious, and while a ‘fourpeat’ may be on, it might be the last shot the Hawks have at the flag for some time.

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The Bronco brief: Denver’s case for the upset

Are the Carolina Panthers really going to win the Super Bowl with Ted Ginn Jr as their number one wide receiver?

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Benson Henderson

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Jurgen Klopp

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Dean Demopoulos

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Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper, left, is tackled by Scotland's Sean Maitland, right, during the international rugby match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

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Australia's Steven Smith raises his bat after scoring a century

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Chris Froome in the yellow jersey with team-mate Richie Porte (far left) on Stage 16 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Sky).

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Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, center, celebrates

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Blake Griffin: On his day, there are few better players than the big Ranga.

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Australia's Shane Watson celebrates taking the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan

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The Roar of the crowd

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Mitchell Marsh’s dismissal is an excuse Australia don’t deserve

Let’s be clear. Mitchell Marsh was out. Stone cold, clear as day, salmon trout, out. But he was dreadfully unlucky to have been given out.

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A-League fans have shot themselves in the foot

By Daniel Jeffrey, 9 Feb 2016 Video
A-League fans have shot themselves in the foot

In any other circumstances, this would have been a game to celebrate.

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Don’t bet against Delhi Daredevils springing a surprise in the IPL

The 2016 IPL auction concluded on Saturday, and while there were the usual spills, thrills and talking points at the end of the one-day event, one of the bigger limelight-catchers was the way Delhi Daredevils went about their business.

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Dominant Denver defence paves way for Super Bowl victory

Just six weeks ago the Denver Broncos were a genuine chance of missing the playoffs altogether. Today they stand before us as Super Bowl champions.

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Elway and the Broncos learn from past to win Super Bowl

In the aftermath of Super Bowl 50, platitudes will be thrown around about who exactly deserves the credit for the dominant performance of the underdog Denver Broncos.

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Brisbane Lions: Midfield but not much else

By Nick Croker, 9 Feb 2016
Brisbane Lions: Midfield but not much else

The picture painted for the Brisbane Lions by most observers for 2016 has not been pretty.

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How Shane Watson has become Australia’s most important player

Shane Watson is the most polarising player in Australian cricket. He has been on the receiving end of a lot of flak from various Roarers and rightly so.

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Marsh decision outlines need for consistency in cricket

Mitchell Marsh’s controversial wicket on Monday’s final ODI against New Zealand proved to be the turning point in the match, but the fact remains that it should not have been given.

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Should cricket introduce a bowling version of batting bunnies?

Every cricket fan knows that the contest between bat and ball has swung massively towards the former in recent years.

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South Africa vs England: Third ODI preview

By Scott Pryde, 9 Feb 2016 Video
South Africa vs England: Third ODI preview

South Africa will try to keep their one-day international series alive against England when the teams meet in the third match at Centurion. Can the Proteas turn things around, or will England take the series with two matches still to play?

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Forget the flares, this A-League season is all about flair

It was like going back to the future last weekend, as Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers played a pulsating, passionate, top-of-the-table clash at Docklands in front of a marvellous crowd of 25,445.

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Cheers to the greatest spectacle in the world

No one does sport and spectacle like the great United States of America, and we should be thankful for it.

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Australia’s unlucky XI

By DingoGray, 8 Feb 2016 Video
Australia’s unlucky XI

Whether it’s who’s going to the World T20 tournament, who’s going to New Zealand, who lost Usman Khawaja’s phone number, or how Channel Ten selected the menu in the jungle for Shane Warne’s arrival, the topic of selection is just so controversial at the moment.

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Stupid Saturday exposes lack of leadership

By Mark Haywood, 8 Feb 2016
Stupid Saturday exposes lack of leadership

Australia has long had to deal with plagues of feral overpopulation: cane toads, rabbits and politicians.

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Picking the best Australian one-day team of this century

Australia has been the best one-day nation on the planet in this century.

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New Zealand vs Australia highlights: New Zealand take Chappell-Hadlee trophy

Match Results: New Zealand have sent Brendon McCullum out of the One Day International arena a winner, taking a 55 run victory over Australia, and the Chappell – Hadlee trophy 2-1 in dominating circumstances.

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The statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang

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Cam Newton runs the ball.

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All Blacks celebrate

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Knights player Jarrod Mullen during the NRL Auckland Nines. (AAP Image/SNPA, Teaukura Moetaua)

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Paddy Ryder Patrick Ryder Port Adelaide AFL

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring

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Kurt Gidley in action for the Knights

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Jobe Watson Essendon Bombers AFL

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Henry Speight Australia 2015 Dubai Sevens

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