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Australia has just reclaimed the world number one ranking in the one-day arena with its 3-0 sweep of Pakistan in the Emirates.
David Smith could well quote HRH Queen Elizabeth and call 2014 an Annus Horribillus. Apart from amusing the more juvenile among us – and I certainly hope there is more than just me – it’s pretty true.
Among the big questions with less than three months until the start of the Asian Cup is whether Ange Postecoglou can lift the team’s mentality, and whether there is still room in the grand plan for his skipper Mile Jedinak and wide-left player Tommy Oar?
Kurtley Beale will face an independent code of conduct tribunal next week over ARU allegations he sent “highly inappropriate and deeply offensive text messages and images to a number of people”.
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Yes, the odds are stacked high against Jarryd Hayne realising his dream, but that is not the point.
Saxo-Tinkoff owner Oleg Tinkov courted controversy by inviting the world’s four top cyclists to go head-to-head over the roads of Italy, France and Spain next season.
Jarryd Hayne‘s loss to rugby league leaves a massive void in the code, and I feel really sorry for his lifelong club, the Parramatta Eels.
Parramatta Eels superstar Jarryd Hayne has quit the NRL to trial in the NFL.
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In what was billed as the last chance for pre-Asian Cup experimentation, the Socceroos’ excursion to the Gulf has reiterated a batch of not-so-fresh concerns.
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This week I had the pleasure of going back in detail over the Springboks match against the All Blacks two weeks ago – it was a good way to get away from the current crisis engulfing Australian rugby, even if only for a short while.
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Jackson Bird has made a very wise choice. Unlike many fellow Aussie cricketers who shun county cricket in favour of either rest or lucrative T20 contracts, Bird has signed a three-month contract with Hampshire next year.
For a man who has made a career out of his ability to manipulate public perceptions in order to ensure favourable imagery as to how he is perceived, it was the tiniest of lapses.
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There’s nothing like dreaming big, and when you’re used to getting your own way, why let a little media skepticism get in the way.
Under-siege Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has totally overlooked behemoth lock Will Skelton and a fit Will Genia for the third and final Bledisloe Cup clash at Suncorp on Saturday.
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You wouldn’t know it, but the Wallabies are set to face the All Blacks in Brisbane this weekend. Amid the issues of the past weeks, there is plenty at stake for all involved. The All Blacks are coming off a rare loss to the Springboks, while the Wallabies resemble more of a rabble.
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The Australian Kangaroos squad for the Four Nations has been announced on Tuesday afternoon, with 10 players selected to make their Test debuts in the tournament, which beings on October 25.
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A recent opinion piece referred to the Kangaroos squad as the ‘Kangablues’ due to the number of NSW players named in the Four Nations opener.
David Villa and the City Group have made a mockery of the A-League and everything Australian football has built over the last 10 years.
I’m writing against the grain of popular opinion; I think that Ben Williams got it spot on in sending off Sydney FC defender Nikola Petković in the FFA Cup quarter final against Adelaide.
In 2013, after the 36-man training camp in Newlands, Heyneke Meyer made a presentation in which he claimed South Africa were languishing behind their Rugby Championship rivals in the breakdown.
Some say the Cox Plate is the race where legends are made, others say it’s the best two minutes in Australian sport, not just Australian horse racing.
Royal Descent will have to follow in the footsteps of Pinker Pinker if she is to hand Chris Waller his first Cox Plate on Saturday.
The UFC’s first ever event in Mexico suffered a major blow when Mexican-American UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was forced out of the main event due to injury.
First, there was Italian Benito Carbone, who played three guest matches for Sydney FC. Then Brazilian legend Romario played four guest matches for Adelaide United.
When the gates crash open Saturday afternoon in the Cox Plate, for one young man – win, lose or draw – his dream will have already been realised.
Riche ‘Vas” Vaculik has always been a surfer. Always. Living on the beaches of Maroubra all he wanted to do was big wave surfing full time with his fellow Bra Boys.
I am a Jiu Jitsu black belt. I train at least twice a day and compete at least once a month to hone my skills.
Australia will look to continue their domination over Pakistan on this tour when the two teams meet in the first of two Tests at Dubai, but it remains to be seen whether they can adjust to the spinning tracks in this format of the game.
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The $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup at 4pm AEDT is the highlight of the Geelong Racing Calendar, and today’s edition of the race looks a wide-open affair with plenty of chances among the field of 13. Join us here on The Roar from 3:40pm (AEST) for live commentary, results and reaction.
With Australia playing Pakistan in a two-Test series starting tonight, I thought I’d look at what the decisive factors are going to be.
Australia’s 21st Prime Minister was not a noted sports lover. There is no footage of Gough Whitlam getting a facial rearrangement from an errant cricket ball, bowling like a numpty or making his way around the country in lycra and budgie smugglers.
The great shame is that we expect rugby to imitate life. We expect every pass to stick. But, guess what, we are human.
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