From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The restraint Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor has shown in his reaction to unfavourable decisions by match officials is one of the most refreshing aspects of the first seven rounds of the NRL competition.
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I have to admit it, I too was one them. Back during those early days of the Greater Western Sydney Giants I was one who wondered why the powers that be had spent so much of the AFL’s dowry on Tom Scully.
As Harry Kane broke away and slotted home his 30th goal of the season it was as if a fire alarm had sounded. St James’ Park emptied faster than pre-game pints at The Strawberry.
The 2015 NBA playoffs began with two quadruple-headers this weekend and today I’ll focus on some players, trends and situations worth following as the 16 teams are reduced to one champion.
There is nothing a Monday morning quarterback likes more than to see a side facing a must-win match identify the weaknesses of their opposition, create a simple and smart game plan, which is brutally carried out, to defeat a more favoured opposition.
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Sometimes Lady Luck can strike, and in one hit dramatically change a sporting campaign – Reds coach Richard Graham and his troops have their fingers crossed.
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Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been in strife for “chatting” with referee Jaco Peyper at halftime of the game with the Stormers, while his Waratahs have been in strife for playing well below their ability, and way short of expectations.
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On Australia’s upcoming Test tour, the West Indian pitches will offer plenty to spinners. This also looks to be a distinct possibility in the following Ashes series.
When I was growing up in the 1980s, listening to iconic bands like Fleetwood Mac, Air Supply, Chicago, Reo Speedwagon and all the other soft-rock bands that rocked my boat, Carlton was the most powerful football club in the VFL.
Bringing in a new head coach can have a dramatic impact on the direction of an AFL club. Undefeated sides like Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs may be experiencing the positive end of that right now.
Basketball is most compelling when two opposing styles meet. For instance, when a fast-breaking team that thrives on inspiration comes up against a half-court offense that uses set plays.
Welcome to an opening round bloodbath in the first major drama of the NBA Playoffs. Think Titus Andronicus, Billy Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, or tragedy depending on whether you have money on the losing team.
One of the most insightful comments about the Michael Cheika-Jaco Peyper incident came from Wayne Smith in The Australian: “Michael Cheika is one angry exchange away from a six-month ban.”
Of the 11 horses that started the $1.6 million Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on the weekend, a grand total of one was bred in Australia. Europe accounted for eight of the runners. So why can’t we breed stayers?
Scott Penn – you cannot be serious. Geoff Toovey is the man to have at the helm of the Sea Eagles, even if the club has a shocker of a season and finishes with the competition dregs.
It was somewhat ironic that on the day Australia collectively mourned the loss of the voice of summer, the voice of two states’ winters showed telltale signs that age was also catching up with him.
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Jon Jones is a polarising colossus of the combat world. Those who despise him do so with as much unwieldily conviction as those who adore him. You would be hard pressed to find a neutral fight fan on the topic of ‘Bones’ Jones.
In Stellenbosch the Baby Boks (South Africa’s Under-20s team) had to work hard for their 31-24 victory over the Varsity Cup Dream Team in front of an electric crowd on the weekend.
After seeing Fox Sports reporting it too, the rumours around Louis van Gaal’s summer transfer plans for Manchester United are beginning to hold some truths.
Match result: The Fremantle Dockers have survived a late onslaught from the Sydney Swans to remain undefeated in the AFL for season 2015. FREMANTLE 11 8 74 SYDNEY 8 12 60
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The Brisbane Broncos suffered their first loss since Round 1 last weekend, and they’ll be looking for vengeance when they take on the Parramatta Eels on Anzac night. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8pm (AEST).
The Melbourne Rebels travel to Sydney to face the NSW Waratahs in Round 11 of Super Rugby. Join us here on The Roar from 7.55pm (AEST) for live scores and updates.
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With the race for the finals all but sewn up, Adelaide United host Melbourne City at Hindmarsh Stadium, in a match that can see the Reds finish as high as third. Join The Roar from 7:15pm (AEST) for live scores and commentary.
It’s a rematch of last year’s thrilling preliminary final as the Port Adelaide Power host the Hawthorn Hawks for some ANZAC Day footy at Adelaide Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7.10pm Local, 7.40pm AEST.
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The Manly Sea Eagles are in poor form and will need something special to upset a Melbourne Storm side eager for revenge after their loss at Brookvale Oval earlier in the season. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6pm (AEST).
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The Greater Western Sydney Giants will be looking to consolidate their place in the AFL‘s top eight when they host the Gold Coast Suns at StarTrack Oval in Canberra on Saturday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:40pm (AEST).
The Crusaders and Blues face off on Anzac Day evening at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:35pm (AEST).
Match result: Perth Glory have ended the season on a high with a win against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday Afternoon. PERTH 2 WESTERN SYDNEY 1
The Sydney Roosters will try and break through the red hot and resilient St George Illawarra Dragons at their traditional Anzac Day memorial clash at Allianz Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:00pm AEST.
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The Essendon Bombers and the Collingwood Magpies go head to head today in their traditional Anzac Day meeting at the MCG. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2.40pm AEST.
Match Result Scoreline: Knights 24-26 Cowboys
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Anzac Day is upon us and what a day we have, with five games in a 10-hour NRL extravaganza. To kick things off the Gold Coast Titans travel to Auckland to take on the unpredictable New Zealand Warriors. Join The Roar for live coverage from 11:25am (AEST).
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