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Predicting the Tour de France podium

A two-day incursion into the Alps is over and with a flat stage the next rendezvous for the peloton, the podium contenders can enjoy a day off before the Pyrenees and Bergerac time-trial decides the 101st Tour de France.

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Top 10 for Porte unless he can emulate the ‘Angel of the Mountains’

Unfortunately for Australian cycling fans, the prophetic words uttered by Cadel Evans on the eve of Stage 13 became reality when Team Sky’s Tasmanian import, Richie Porte, tumbled from leadership contention to the depths of the also-rans.

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The European journos were convinced he wouldn’t last the pace – and they were right. Despite some promising signs in the past week, Richie Porte’s much debated fragility was exposed once again at the Tour de France.

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Lenny Hayes provided the inspiration and Nick Riewoldt brought the firepower as St Kilda upset finals-bound Fremantle by 58 points on Saturday night.

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Makeshift Brisbane centre Dale Copley was the unlikely second-half hero as the Broncos put a tumultuous week behind them with a thrilling 28-22 NRL win over the Warriors on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

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Brumbies knock out Chiefs in Super Rugby finals

The Brumbies have knocked out defending Super Rugby champions the Chiefs after clinging on for a 32-30 win in an epic qualifying final in Canberra.

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Andrew McFadden and those fickle Warriors clichés

As one of the internet’s more cultured readerships, the Roarer republic will surely be familiar with the timeless National Lampoon franchise and it’s rib-tickling Christmas Vacation masterpiece.

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Nibali’s class behind Astana’s success

It seems laughable now that earlier in the year Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov issued his team, including its marquee rider Vincenzo Nibali, with an official rebuke following poor early season form.

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Maxwell’s county cricket showing could edge out Doolan

Has Alex Doolan done enough to stay at first drop in the Australian Test side? Or will all-rounder Glenn Maxwell displace him for the October Tests against Pakistan?

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Essendon yet to discuss Hird issue

The return of James Hird to Essendon’s coaching group next month would no doubt spark a massive media sideshow, but the Bombers are confident their players can handle the disruption.

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Let the Obscure Games begin

Submerged under the World Cup, Wimbledon, Tour de France and now the British Open, these Commonwealth Games could well be dubbed the Obscure Games.

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Why the 2014 Tour de France is so good

We are only 11 stages into the 2014 Tour de France and yet we have already been gifted a race for the ages.

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PRICHARD: Actually Ben Barba, you are “going that bad”

Ben Barba is kidding himself if he really thinks he’s “not going that bad”, as he said this week. Maybe if he was a no-name player trying to make his name, you could cut him some slack, but he’s Ben Barba.

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Hockeying for position in Glasgow

This column is a little later and more rushed than usual, because I’m sport shifting. And time shifting. I’m preparing to fly out to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this weekend.

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A fond farewell to writing on The Roar

“I slashed and burned through my 15 minutes of fame. And now it’s time for me to extinguish the flame.” The time has come for me to wrap up this column and give another young writer a crack.

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SMITHY: NRL’s top three – Very different but very successful

One of the great things about the NRL is the way different clubs go about their business.

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Opposition teams are finding Bismarck du Plessis difficult to sink as he leads the Sharks to Super Rugby favouritism. (Source: AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley)

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Jeremy Howe

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Blues fans at State of Origin Game 2, 2014

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Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates

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Henry Speight

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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Tour de France race leaders leave York

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Adam Scott of Australia watches his shot from the 5th tee at the 2012 British Open

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The Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore

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The Roar of the crowd

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NRL horoscopes: Why your team sucks

By James Preston, 25 Jul 2014
NRL horoscopes: Why your team sucks

With Dave Smith working on making the NRL more appealing to potential fans, I looked to the stars to reveal the cons your casual sports fan may want to consider before aligning themselves to a club.

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[VIDEO] Tour de France 2014: Stage 18 highlights, preview, live blog

Stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France sees the peloton facing two hors categorie climbs on the final day in the Pyrenees. Join us on The Roar from 10pm AEST for all the action.

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Jae Opetaia

By Janek Speight, 24 Jul 2014

Jae Opetaia is Australian boxing’s great big hope. The nation failed to win at medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in one of the world’s toughest sports and Opetaia could be the man to end the drought.

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Michelle Jenneke

By Janek Speight, 24 Jul 2014
Commonwealth Games Preview: Michelle Jenneke

Michelle Jenneke rose to fame in 2012 when a video of her sexy pre-race dance went viral on YouTube, amassing more than 25 million hits.

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Triathlon

By Josh Elliott, 24 Jul 2014

For those who think variety is the spice of life, the triathlon should be at the top-of-the-watchlist for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It’s a three-in-one event: a swim, a cycle and a run, and best of all, the Aussies are the reigning champs.

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Marathon

By Josh Elliott, 24 Jul 2014
Commonwealth Games Preview: Marathon

The Marathon, one of the world’s most ancient sporting events, is the first Athletics event of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, scheduled to start the day on July 27. The runners will follow a track that takes them past many of Glasgow’s most famous landmarks in the ultimate test of endurance.

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Commonwealth Games Preview: Mountain Biking

By Janek Speight, 24 Jul 2014

After being cancelled in 2010, mountain biking is back for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which has a beautiful course ready for riders in 2014.

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Since you asked: a shorter AFL season?

By Ryan Buckland, 24 Jul 2014
Since you asked: a shorter AFL season?

Over the past week, a number of AFL figures discussed publicly the virtues of the AFL home-and-away season shifting to a 20-round format, from the current 22-round format.

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Supporting Darius’ struggle with depression

By Andre Georges, 24 Jul 2014
Supporting Darius’ struggle with depression

The depression debate has raged through rugby league and the wider community for some time now.

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Port Adelaide look a lot like 2008 Hawks

By Jayme Markus, 24 Jul 2014
Port Adelaide look a lot like 2008 Hawks

The 2008 Hawthorn premiership was largely viewed as one which came ‘before their time’.

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Summing up Real Madrid’s transfers of summer

By Jack O'Toole, 24 Jul 2014
Summing up Real Madrid’s transfers of summer

Real Madrid having a quiet summer is the football equivalent of Charlie Sheen having a quiet night in – it rarely happens, if ever.

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What happened to number 11 being a cheap wicket?

By Benjamin Conkey, 24 Jul 2014
What happened to number 11 being a cheap wicket?

In Mortal Kombat, gamers have the satisfaction of finishing their opponents off with a ‘fatality’ – an easy, brutal kill after a brief bout. That’s how it used to go down for number 11 batsmen.

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An equitable AFL draw is impossible

By Jack Smith, 24 Jul 2014

An issue with considerable weighting in the AFL recently, has been the argument that the fixture list needs to be equitable.

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Revisiting some pre-season Formula One predictions

On the eve of the new Formula One season, I wrote up an article with a few predictions. Now that the German Grand Prix is well and truly in our rearview mirrors, we’re officially into the second half of the season.

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No names on jumpers, a 20 round season and a grand final public holiday

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has scrapped the idea of putting names on jumpers after a trial in Round 5 this season.

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Athletes and politics: A perfect match

By Brin Paulsen, 24 Jul 2014
Athletes and politics: A perfect match

On Tuesday evening, Beau Ryan, he of Cronulla Sharks and Footy Show fame, shared his thoughts on the current state of Australian politics.

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Graham Arnold watches the game unfold

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Gary-Ablett-Suns

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David Warner - has he put the game beyond South Africa's reach? AFP PHOTO / Peter Heeger

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Benji Marshall in action. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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Mercedes AMG Petronas British driver Lewis Hamilton

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Two Manly forwards tackle Boyd Cordner of the Sydney Roosters

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