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Sevens explosion imminent after Rio

It’s just over a year until the Rio Olympics, when rugby takes a momentous leap into the future, with Sevens featuring for the first time.

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The England coaching job is Dizzy’s to knock back

Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has been summonsed by Andrew Strauss to discuss the England coaching job.

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What do breeders want from racing, and what do punters want?

In racing, while most owners, breeders, and wider connections are punters, not all punters are owners, breeders, or anything like a connection.

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For the video refs it’s black and white, but for the rest of us it’s grey

Despite having a personal audience with the NRL Referees’ Elite Performance Manager, Andrew Voss still doesn’t believe Jarrod Croker should have been denied a try last Sunday at WIN Stadium.

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The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 8

The 2015 AFL season is heating up and Round 8 offers fans what should be some truly enticing battles. As they are each and every week, The Roar‘s panel of expert tipsters are back with their tips and predictions for Round 8.

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The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

What’s better than State of Origin next Wednesday?

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Australian cycling star Richie Porte remains determined to win the Giro d’Italia, despite the controversial penalty that badly dented his title hopes.

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UPDATE: Nathan Tinkler stripped of Newcastle Jets’ A-League licence

It was reported on Wednesday morning that Newcastle Jets owner Nathan Tinkler was at risk of losing his license to own the A-League club unless he raised $500,000 by Wednesday.

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Porte penalised for tapping a deep tradition of sportsmanship

The UCI’s decision to penalise Richie Porte and Simon Clarke two minutes, punishment for Clarke’s sporting decision to give Porte his front wheel after the Sky leader had punctured, is a disgrace.

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World War Cycling: Italy

The most public victim of the war is Italian legend Marco Pantani.

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NRL needs to do the numbers on McKinnon

Last Thursday it was revealed that Alex McKinnon had taken legal advice on whether to not to sue the NRL for a spinal injury.

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SMITHY: For creativity in attack, the NRL is all over Origin

Last week I suggested the game of Round 10 might be the Dragons versus the Raiders, and wow what a game it was!

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PRENTICE: I can’t see enough points in the NSW backline

I have major reservations about the NSW Blues team and everywhere I turn, Blues fans seem to be of a similar view.

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The big red V is ready to reign again

One of the greatest sporting privileges and pleasures in my life was watching the all-conquering St George Dragons with Reg Gasnier, Johnny Raper, and Graeme Langlands dominant the rugby league competition for a record 11 straight years from 1956 to 1966.

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Burns and Nevill the best options to replace retiring stars

Joe Burns and Peter Nevill should replace the retiring pair of Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin in the Australia Test and ODI sides respectively.

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Rogers’ replacement will test the strength of Australia’s domestic game

When a national side isn’t having too good a time of it, the quality of their domestic system is generally questioned.

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Adelaide ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The Cox Plate is part of the month long Spring Racing Carnival.

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Henry Speight for the Brumbies (photo: John Youngs photography)

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Besart Berisha of Melbourne Victory takes on Michael Beauchamp of Western Sydney Wanderers

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Queensland Maroons' Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater hold the Holden State of Origin shield as they celebrate their win

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NSW Blues player Daniel Tupou leaps for a ball ahead of Queensland's Justin Hodges during Game one of the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Nat Fyfe of the Fremantle Dockers celebrates a goal

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Gold Coast Suns Jaeger O'Meara

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ACT Brumbies' Pat McCabe escapes a tackle to score a try during the Round 8 Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Blues at GIO Stadium in Canberra, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

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Referee Jonathan White. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

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Jesse Hogan is Melbourne’s Rising Star and other observations from Round 8

There was a lot of hype around Hogan when he was first signed by the Demons and understandably there was large section of the AFL community who worried that hype would have a negative effect on his development.

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F1: Why re-introducing refuelling is a mistake

The introduction of re-fuelling to Formula One for the 2017 was a decision that came from out of the blue and is unfortunately yet another misguided idea.

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Mercedes’ Monaco gaffe comes at the worst possible time for Formula One

Hearts are breaking in the Mercedes camp after a bizarre pit strategy denied Lewis Hamilton victory at the Monaco Grand Prix.

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A quick fix would only send Carlton further backwards

One of the great things about the AFL is the seesawing effect that ensures every team has its day in the sun as well as in the dark.

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A Nadal-Djokovic quarter final is a shame for tennis

The entire tennis world should feel let down that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are drawn to play in the quarter finals.

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[Highlights] Rosberg wins last-gasp Monaco Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg has joined an elite group of Formula One drivers with a third straight victory in Monaco, but just like a win on the roulette wheel in the Casino de Monte Carlo, it came with a quite a bit of luck.

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While Gold Coast disappoints, GWS take another Giant step forward

Contrary to the struggles currently endured by expansion club the Gold Coast Suns in 2015, the GWS Giants and their fans have plenty of reasons to cheer this season.

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Mitchell Pearce’s final opportunity

By Cameron Mee, 25 May 2015 Video
Mitchell Pearce’s final opportunity

Mitchell Pearce. Utter those two words and you send shivers down the body of every New South Welshmen and tears of joy start to stream down the faces of Queenslanders. To call him divisive would be a massive understatement.

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The sweet and sour of the AFL drafts: Carlton Blues

Adelaide and Brisbane have been analysed, so now it is time to decompose Carlton’s draft work since 2001.

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Super Rugby player ratings: Round 15

By PeterK, 25 May 2015

Here are my player ratings from Round 15 of Super Rugby. Submit your own, keeping the figures for mediocre scores aside for reasons of brevity and so that the focus is on the best and worst performers.

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99th Indianapolis 500 Preview, Live Blog

By Andrew Kitchener, 25 May 2015

Join The Roar for live coverage of the 99th Indianapolis 500 from 1:30am AEST on Monday morning as Indy comes alive again.

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New teams required! Epidemic decimates Origin camp

A violent case of bed bugs, some as large as tennis balls, has swept through both Origin camps amazingly.

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Dashing false hope

By Inky, 25 May 2015 Video
Dashing false hope

The table-topping Hurricanes made short work of the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday night, stepping out to a 29-5 win and not needing all their front liners to do it.

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Long kiss goodbye for Gerrard and Xavi

By Juan Manuel D'Angelo, 25 May 2015 Video
Long kiss goodbye for Gerrard and Xavi

An old saying goes that ‘nobody is a prophet in his own land’. I believe that this is a half-truth.

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The Wrap: Crusaders dynasty officially over as big Will Skelton fires up

What most Super Rugby fans knew already but were too hesitant or polite to say was finally confirmed on Saturday night. The Crusaders of 2015 are not a finals team.

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Poem: State against state

By Len Newey, 25 May 2015
Poem: State against state

The battle lines are drawn, it’s the best of three, State of Origin football, who will the winner be?

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Jos Buttler for England sways out of the way of another Jason Gillespie-related question (Photo: AFP)

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Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

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Chad Wingard and Kane Cornes of the Power embrace

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Bulldogs Josh Reynolds looks on

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Jesse Hogan of the Demons marks over Steven May of the Suns

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Tom Bellchambers of the Bombers

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Daisy Pearce of Melbourne

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell)

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