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The Aussie bowling tactic that spells certain doom in India

Australia seem to be considering a radical change of approach, playing three specialist spinners in their Test XI in India, dropping Josh Hazlewood and handing the new ball to Mitch Marsh.

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Ready or not, here come rugby’s new tackle laws

As we head into the 2017 season down this part of the world, the great unknown is how the new World Rugby-prescribed tackle laws are going to play out.

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Why are so many Australians threatened by the A-League?

The Sydney derby was nothing to write home about, but that won’t stop the keyboard warriors from bashing away furiously about how their sport is supposedly better.

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Despite stats, history and form, Mitch Marsh is now considered a Test bowling all-rounder

Australia’s chief selector, Trevor Hohns, yesterday said Mitch Marsh had been picked as a bowling all-rounder for the Test tour of India, despite Marsh’s bowling average of 114 from five Tests in Asia.

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Six big questions for the AFL in 2017

And we are back! 2017 is here, my friends, and if you’re anything like me you are already brimming with excitement for a new AFL season.

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Rugby’s ban on head-high tackles will benefit smaller players

Years ago, make that decades ago, our law professor Geoffrey Palmer told the class that “the avenues of torts are never closed”.

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The Liebke Ratings: Australia vs Pakistan second ODI

After Australia’s effortless victory against Pakistan in the first ODI, the two sides moved to the MCG, where things became less effortless and not at all victorious for the home side, as Pakistan chased down their target with 14 balls and six wickets to spare.

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Can Andy Murray end his curse of five at the Australian Open?

Gilles Muller’s first ATP title at the Sydney International in Sydney on Saturday night may well be a good omen for Andy Murray coming into the 2017 Australian Open.

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Chasing Pac-Man: Can Jeff Horn beat Manny Pacquiao?

In April, Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is expected to fight Jeff Horn, a former Brisbane-based PE teacher, in sunny Queensland.

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The BBL06 MVP: Week 4

It was moving week in BBL06 ahead of a six-game run to the end of the home-and-away season, and with plenty on the line here are the performances that mattered most.

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Leaving Travis Head out of the Indian tour will prove costly

On the very day the new-look Australian selection panel of Trevor Hohns (acting chairman), Greg Chappell (interim selector), Mark Waugh, and Darren Lehmann lost their first international in six, the panel left Travis Head out of the Test tour of India.

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Australian Test squad for India: The Roar’s reaction

After much conjecture and many opinions, the Australian team for the upcoming four-match Test tour of India has finally been named. Here is The Roar‘s first reaction to Steve Smith’s squad.

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Australia names 16-man squad for Test tour of India

Australia has named its’ squad for a four-Test series in February in India, where it will hope to be victorious for the first time since 2004.

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Where do you sit on cricket’s political compass?

Whether you like it or not, Australian society currently exists in binary times.

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Australia must back Maxwell and Khawaja for Champions Trophy

Adam Zampa and John Hastings were the two highest wicket takers worldwide in ODIs last year yet neither of them can squeeze into Australia’s current XI.

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What has Rafa got which Sir Andy lacks?

I can’t wait for the Australian Open tennis to commence in Melbourne on Monday and listen to Channel Seven commentators call: “Sir Andy double faults” or, “15-love to Andrew Murray, OBE.”

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Glenn Maxwell out

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Glenn Maxwell of Australia ducks under a short ball

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Our Waikiki Beach Mark Purdon

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Former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell

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Adelaide Strikers captain Brad Hodge tries to get his team over the line in the Big Bash

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Parramatta Eels winger Semi Radradra

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Toronto Wolfpack bring a new era to rugby league

By Stuart McLennan, 22 Jan 2017
Toronto Wolfpack bring a new era to rugby league

Toronto Wolfpack founder and CEO Eric Perez says his club will push the business of rugby league into a new era.

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Picking the winners and losers on Australia’s upcoming Indian tour

Only a few optimists would see Australia’s tour of India in February and March as a likely series win.

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Final quarter blitz keeps Flames in second

By Sean Teuma, 22 Jan 2017

A stunning fourth quarter surge has seen the Sydney Uni Flames consolidate second spot on the WNBL ladder with a convincing 90-78 win over the Perth Lynx at Bryden’s Stadium.

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As a new NRL pre-season winds down, let the anticipation begin

As the National Rugby League (NRL) season is due to begin, the drama is already in full display.

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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur highlights: English Premier League scores

Manchester City hosts Tottenham Hotspur in a battle between two Premier League heavyweights with deeply juxtaposed form guides. Join The Roar for live scores from 4am (AEDT).

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New Zealand vs Bangladesh: International cricket, 2nd Test – Day 3 live scores

While rain and slow over rates are ruining the second Test in Wellington, Bangladesh have begun a massive fight back, bringing themselves right into the match for a chance to level the series against New Zealand. Join The Roar for live scores from 8:35am (AEDT).

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Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory highlights: Glory fight back to win 2-1

Perth Glory who are yet to lose a game in 2017 play host to the wounded Melbourne Victory who are coming off a midweek trip across the ditch. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8pm (AEDT).

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Adelaide 36ers vs Sydney Kings: 36ers dominate for another victory

The Adelaide 36ers will look to continue their dominant run at the top of the NBL when they take on the battling and desperate Sydney Kings. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:30pm (AEDT).

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Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers: Big Bash League cricket highlights, live scores, blog

It’s sudden death for the Sydney Sixers tonight who sit precariously on the edge of the top four coming into the final game of the season against the Melbourne Stars, who also risk elimination. Catch all the live scores, highlights and BBL action on The Roar from 7:25pm (AEDT).

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Daria Gavrilova vs Timea Bacsinszky: Australian Open tennis live scores, blog

Australia’s final hope Daria Gavrilova in the singles draw faces off against twelfth seed Timea Bacsinszky for a spot in the fourth round. Can the world No.26 send Bacsinszky crashing out or will the hometown hero’s run come to a halt? Join The Roar from around 7pm (AEDT) for live coverage.

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Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar highlights: Maclaren delivers Roar’s first 2017 win

Match result: The Brisbane Roar have added another win to their ledger – their first of 2017 – on Saturday, thanks to a 87th-minute winner from Jamie Maclaren.

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Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers highlights: Big Bash League cricket scores, blog

Match result: The Perth Scorchers have secured themselves a semi-final at home and snuffed out any hope the Hobart Hurricanes had of a finals berth, winning by seven wickets in Hobart on Saturday.

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Cricket is saddled with inefficiencies

By Chicken or Beef?, 21 Jan 2017
Cricket is saddled with inefficiencies

Now I’m no efficiency expert, but it strikes me that the great game of cricket is saddled with an unacceptable degree of wastefulness.

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Australia’s pre-Ashes preparation another big scheduling blunder

Australia has it eyes fixed with intent on the Herculean effort it will take to overcome India at home in the upcoming four-Test series.

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How about everyone gives Sam Stosur a break?

While critics are suggesting it might be time for Sam Stosur to call it quits, that’s the wrong answer to a complex issue.

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Channel Seven’s Aussie cheerleaders – sorry, commentators – have gone too far

The Nick Kyrgios versus Andreas Seppi match on Wednesday night, and the affiliated Channel Seven cheerleading team, was one of the most uncomfortable and disheartening things I have seen in tennis – in fact sport – for years.

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Graham Arnold watches the game unfold

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The peloton rolls through Aldinga Beach during the Tour Down Under

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Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco

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Richie Porte raises his arms in victory

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Nathan Haas riding the 2014 Sun Herald Tour

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Casey Prather of the Perth Wildcats

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