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Toothless Lyon in serious strife ahead of fourth Test

Nathan Lyon looked tame in the third Test without the footmarks created by injured left-arm quick Mitchell Starc. Now Australia must decide whether they would be better off picking a different bowler for the decider.

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With Jason Taylor gone, what’s the future for the Wests Tigers?

Once Aaron Woods told NRL 360 he wouldn’t have any contract talks until the Wests Tigers coaching job was settled, it was the end of the road for Jason Taylor.

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“We had no idea”: Woods says player power wasn’t behind Taylor axing

Influential skipper Aaron Woods says Jason Taylor’s sacking was a “massive shock” to the Wests Tigers and insists player power wasn’t behind the coach’s downfall.

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Time to pull heads out of the sand and admit Australian rugby is dying

Early on in my time with The Roar, I was guilty of writing pieces that were ‘comment chasers’; pieces designed to do little else than generate debate.

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Plucky Australia banish demons of 2016

The ‘old’ Australia would today be nursing their wounds after a routine capitulation under pressure in the third Test against India. But that flighty Australian team has not been sighted since the debacle at Hobart in November.

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The truth about the value of revenge

Socrates silenced a gossiping student with the Test of Three. Before speaking, the student was invited to test his comments by asking, “Is it true? Is it good? Is it necessary?”

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Discussing the slam of the summer: The Sam Powell-Pepper FAQ

Sam Powell-Pepper is 19 years old. He is 187cm and 97kg.

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NRL upsets suggest just about any team could play finals footy

At the beginning of the season, I was asked several times who would win the premiership. After answering the Canberra Raiders, I would then mention how the more interesting question was which teams were going to make the top eight.

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The Liebke Ratings: India vs Australia third Test

With the four-Test series between India and Australia locked at one game apiece, and with India holding all the precious momentum, according to Newton’s Third Law of Second Test Fightbacks, Australia had only one sensible option to keep themselves in the series.

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2017 AFL preview series: Sydney Swans – 2nd

Sydney have played finals in each of the last seven years, and 13 of the last 14. They have finished in the top four on the ladder for five years in a row.

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My first month Super Rugby report card

Before Super Rugby kicked off, predictions were made and justifications put forward to back up said predictions.

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Nowhere men: The suffocating nothingness of the Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks are not good and they are not bad – they are an enduring, bitterly resilient nothing.

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McLaren’s slump could be the new normal

The McLaren-Honda project is on the cusp of learning the difference between ‘if’ and ‘when’.

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Sweltering summer A-League season hurts the hot cities

Watching Adelaide United host the Brisbane Roar on Sunday, it struck me how lovely Coopers Stadium looks.

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Why Super Rugby must go back to the future

As the first rumblings of a looming Super Rugby restructure emerged, it became increasingly clear that professional rugby had entered a new and especially perilous phase.

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VOTE: Help The Roar predict the 2017 AFL ladder

Get excited, AFL fans. After months of waiting, the start of the 2017 AFL season is now just around the corner.

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Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor

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Australian batsman Peter Handscomb

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Greg Chappell will put his selection cap on after the departure of Rod Marsh (Cricket Australia TV)

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Pat Cummins Cricket Australia 2017

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Jon Patton GWS Giants AFL 2016

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Ireland Rugby Union Six Nations 2017

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Michael Theo is sent off

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Western Bulldogs player Marcus Bontempelli

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Saturday Sure Things: BMW Day preview

By Adam Page, 24 Mar 2017
Saturday Sure Things: BMW Day preview

The Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill wraps up this Saturday with a cracking program, headlined by a Group 1 double-header, the BMW (2400m) and the Vinery Stud (2000m). Here is my look at the bumper card.

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The British and Irish Lions will win the series

Perhaps the strongest British Lions team of all time is assembling to take on the All Blacks- – and they should be the favourites to win.

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NA LCS Spring Week 9: Who, when, where and how

By Jess Carruthers, 24 Mar 2017
NA LCS Spring Week 9: Who, when, where and how

I can’t believe how quickly we’ve reached the end of the spring split. It feels like I was so recently saying, “it’s too early to make calls on the standings,” and now here we are with just one week of play left.

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The best of Kevin Magnussen is yet to come

By Jawad Yaqub, 24 Mar 2017
The best of Kevin Magnussen is yet to come

Around 36 months ago, at the Australian Grand Prix, there was elation and ecstasy. Standing on the podium in his Formula One debut was a baby-faced Kevin Magnussen, becoming the youngest driver to achieve a podium in their first grand prix.

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NRL Round 4 predictions: Roosters to continue hot start

After three rounds of NRL action, the table looks decidedly different to the way many thought it would before the season started. How will Round 4 pan out?

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Warriors fans need to trust the plan

By Norris Woodbine, 24 Mar 2017
Warriors fans need to trust the plan

Welcome back to ‘Woodbine’s Wisdom’. The theme for episode 14 is that the Warriors – and their fans – just need to trust Steve Kearney.

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Managing expectations in Melbourne

By Bayden Westerweller, 24 Mar 2017
Managing expectations in Melbourne

The growing optimism that Mercedes’ recent dominance can be curtailed will be put to the test in the coming forty-eight hours, therefore it’s appropriate to evaluate potential outcomes from each end of the spectrum.

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When West Indies met their Waterloo in Ireland

By Anindya Dutta, 24 Mar 2017
When West Indies met their Waterloo in Ireland

Almost to the day, 154-years after Emperor Napoleon’s dreams of conquering the world were shattered on the once beautiful fields of Waterloo, Garry Sobers’ West Indian cricket team faced their own little Waterloo in the picturesque ground of Sion Mills in Ireland.

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The NRL must look to the NFL for solutions

As the Roosters versus Rabbitohs slug fest lulled me into an impromptu slumber – the wet weather ruined what may have been a wonderful game made up of of slick running and passing – an epiphany hit me. It hit me hard.

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The ‘Big Show’: Jack of all trades, or master of one?

“Righto, fellas. One of the top six has got to get a big one today if we are any chance of chasing this down.”

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Manly’s win last weekend is what footy’s all about

I lived for most of my adult life in North Queensland and so came to detest the Cowboys with a passion that is a deep as the oceans and as irrational as Donald Trump.

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Warner’s ‘clutch’ status in doubt after consistent failure

David Warner’s supposed ‘golden run’ in 2016 appears to be over, with the fiery left hander showing that big matches aren’t his forte.

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Can 2017 be the year of the new Supercars generation?

It is astounding to think that in the last decade, Shane van Gisbergen has been the only Australian touring car champion under the age of 30 – especially considering the breadth of young talent present in the category.

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India tour: Australians up to the Test

By Sanjay Kshirsagar, 24 Mar 2017
India tour: Australians up to the Test

Few would have given Australia any chance of salvaging a draw heading into the last day of the third Test in Ranchi.

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Roy Morgan study highlights football’s massive growth in Australia

In what will come as no surprise to football fans across the nation, a recent study by Roy Morgan has found that the world game boasts the most regular participants of any sport in Australia.

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Time for some big decisions in Super Rugby

By biltongbek, 24 Mar 2017
Time for some big decisions in Super Rugby

When you open a manufacturing business one of the first decisions you make is whether you are going into mass production or whether you are manufacturing niche products.

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Manny Pacquiao

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Tomas Rogic congratulated by team

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Roosters player Luke Keary

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Richmond Tigers player Jack Riewoldt

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Trent Cotchin Richmond Tigers AFL 2016

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Roosters player Latrell Mitchell is congratulated by Mitchell Pearce

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Titans rugby league player Ashley Taylor running with ball

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Australian captain Steve Smith gestures with umpires

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