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How young is too young to compete in elite motorsports?

Sixteen-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen isn’t old enough to hold a driver’s license in most countries, yet he will soon be on the Formula One grid with Scuderia Toro Rosso.

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What do you do with the Demons?

Last Sunday, Melbourne Football Club played one of the worst AFL games I’ve ever seen. Think World War II Italy crossed with the dying days of Fitzroy. Three goals, sixteen behinds, in a carnival of sporting poverty.

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Who the hell is going to win the 2014 NRL premiership?

With three rounds left in the regular season, I’m struggling to nominate who the 2014 NRL premiers will be.

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The sound of heartbreak: Neale Daniher, my hero

When Neale Daniher’s knee crumpled beneath him in the next to last game of the 1981 VFL season, the football world was robbed of one of its most promising rising stars.

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National Rugby Championship: Round 1 preview

And so it begins. Six months after its announcement, and seven years after the demise of its predecessor, the ARU’s new professional nine-team national rugby competition, the National Rugby Championship, kicks off tonight at the spiritual home of Queensland rugby, Ballymore Oval.

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The latest ASADA move will end in a stalemate… again

This week’s development in ASADA’s probe into Cronulla for alleged drug-taking looks to be headed straight for the courts.

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Ewen McKenzie is his own man

When Ewen McKenzie took over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in August last year, he made it crystal clear from the beginning it was ‘his way, or the highway’.

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Should the Wallabies have changed their team for Bledisloe 2?

Life has been so busy lately that I’ve only been able to watch the first Bledisloe Cup match this afternoon.

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Secrets of picking winners in the mounting yard

Star Rolling won the big race at Caulfield last Saturday at the nice price of $10. Most experts forgot to tell you he was among the chances. Were there signs?

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ARC veterans look forward to doing it all again in the NRC

The National Rugby Championship kicks off in Brisbane tomorrow night, and there are players all around the country starting to get feelings of déjà vu.

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Kennett nails issue but smashes thumb with solution

Well done Jeff Kennett. You said a lot of things which administrators needed to hear and you said it their backyard. But one solution you offered would cripple the industry much faster than doing nothing.

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Sanderson’s weather whinge led to Richmond loss

It was perhaps the most bizarre whinge by an AFL coach this season.

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So your team’s missed the eight: who will you cheer for?

If your NRL team doesn’t make the final eight, which club will you secretly (or otherwise) hope goes the whole hog and wins the title?

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Thanks Jens, but don’t go too far away

Nuts. Reckless. Foolish. Lost it. An ADHD case if ever there was one.

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Ricky overwhelmed as the Raiders unravel

Being the optimistic, understanding type, I’ve been willing to give Ricky Stuart until mid-2015 to reverse the fortunes of the Canberra Raiders.

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Phil Hughes mustn’t wither on the vine

Australian coach Darren Lehmann and skipper Michael Clarke must use recalled batsman Phillip Hughes during the ODI series against South Africa and Zimbabwe in Harare.

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Isreal Folau runs the ball during the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Australian coach Ewen McKenzie - is he to blame for the poor Bledisloe campaign? (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)

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Jarryd Hayne is cornered by two referees. (AAP Image/Action Photographics,Colin Whelan)

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Dustin Martin of the Tigers

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NSW Blues' Jarryd Hayne scores the opening try during Game I of the the 2013 State of Origin

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Australia's Sarah Walsh celebrates her goal against New Zealand during their international friendly soccer match in Wollongong, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Jobe Watson of the Bombers celebrates with fans after the 2014 AFL Round 08 match between the Brisbane Lions and the Essendon Bombers at The Gabba, Brisbane on May 10, 2014. (Photo: Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media)

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Alberto Contador wins Vuelta

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A wet crowd of Wallabies supporters before the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Official Australia vs Zimbabwe report card

By Dan Liebke, 26 Aug 2014 Video
Official Australia vs Zimbabwe report card

Here is the official report card from Australia’s clash with Zimbabwe in Harare. Australia ran over the top of the Zimbabweans thanks to some fireworks from Glenn Maxwell.

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Making sense of Rosberg versus Hamilton

By Bayden Westerweller, 26 Aug 2014
Making sense of Rosberg versus Hamilton

The notion of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton coming to blows was never hypothetical, it was always a matter of when it would take place.

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Why I should have hated attending the Eden Park Test, but didn’t

Everyone knows about the All Blacks’ record at Eden Park over the past decades. I was strangely optimistic, but I really should not have been. Why?

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Start the rebuild Mr. Lonergan? Surely it has already begun…

Last week Dan Lonergan wrote an article about how it was time for Collingwood to rebuild. In fact the Pies have been rebuilding since Nathan Buckley took over as coach.

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What’s in a name: NRC team names and logos dissected

One of the most important things for a fan of a new competition is to be able to relate to their team’s name and logo.

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EPLextra episode 4: 2 rounds down, only 36 to go

The second round of matches for the 2014/15 season have been completed and already there are some fascinating storylines developing

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Should Mercedes enforce team orders?

By Jawad Yaqub, 26 Aug 2014
Should Mercedes enforce team orders?

Unfortunately the biggest headlines to emerge from Belgium this weekend was not Daniel Ricciardo’s emphatic victory, becoming the first Aussie since Sir Jack Brabham in 1960 to win at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

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Eagles fly past Rams at Coogee

By Andrew George, 26 Aug 2014 Video

Before kick off at Coogee Oval there was a sense of expectation and resignation as the crowd filed through the gates for the National Rugby Championship clash between the NSW Country Eagles and the Greater Sydney Rams.

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Bright future for Dockers forwards

By Ian Montgomery, 26 Aug 2014
Bright future for Dockers forwards

Turning up to the Dockers versus Lions match on the weekend I was unaware of the late withdrawal of Matthew Pavlich.

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What we have learned so far in the Rugby Championship

It is probably a good time to produce a first term report card on the start of the RC and have a look at how the teams are travelling.

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United need an Angel and need it badly

By Daniel Watts, 26 Aug 2014

A winger with pace, close control and the ability to dribble past defenders and cross. The scene at Manchester United has been barren for this type of player since Cristiano Ronaldo made his historic move to Madrid.

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Rosberg’s Hungary hangover leaves Hamilton shellshocked

Daniel Ricciardo once again snatched victory from a capitulating Mercedes team, with the tension between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton prompting fierce accusations and a philosophical reevaluation.

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[VIDEO] Manchester City vs Liverpool: EPL highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: It’s a resounding result for Manchester City, who defend their title challengers from last season with resolute determination, securing a 3-1 victory against Liverpool.

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It’s a transitional year for college football, as the sport – arguably America’s second most popular, behind the all-conquering NFL – moves from the controversial BCS system to a more favoured four-team playoff.

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Springboks: Two steps forward, one step back

One step forward and two steps back. Trudging through mud and running on an uphill slope.

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Saturday 23/08 Review: Horses to watch this Spring

Preparation for the big Spring races resumed at Randwick & Moonee Valley on the weekend.

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Kurtley Beale shapes to pass during the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Kurtley Beale is tackled during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Spain's Alejandro Valverde (left) from Movistar Team races over the finish line with Australia's Simon Gerrans. (AAP Image/Benjamin Macmahon)

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Jamal Idris hugs Jamie Soward

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Australia's Phil Hughes. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Ewen McKenzie - Wallabies can take positives from loss to Springboks

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NRC launch- National Rugby Championship

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