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MASCORD: Overly complex reffing processes fail the test of logic

In 1997, the video referee was introduced in both the ARL and Super League competitions to help referees when they weren’t sure if a try was scored.

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The Roar’s top 50 AFL players: 21-30

Before we get into my bracket of the Roar Top 50, I just wanted to say I’m a huge fan of what this column, and the discussion it’s creating, represents.

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Without pre-season, Round 1 would look like a warm up game

One night at Swans training, we were practicing our stoppages. We took these drills very seriously, and they were completed at an almost game-like intensity.

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SMITHY: Good weekends, bad weekends and refs’ weekends

How was your weekend? Me? Got no work done on the farm, stuck inside with a rainy weekend in the mountains. But I got to see every NRL match, so that made it okay!

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SPIRO: The case of David Pocock and homophobia in rugby

Around the 67th minute of the intense, often nasty Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies, during a break in play, a stressed David Pocock told the referee Craig Joubert: “There’s some homophobic slurs being made.”

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The World Cup finally reminds us it’s the pinnacle of cricket

As Grant Elliot slogged Dale Steyn for six and the Eden Park army erupted, New Zealand had done more than secure passage to their first World Cup final, and South Africa more than lose a game – they had both reminded us that the World Cup is truly the pinnacle cricket.

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Rosey’s 2015 AFL Preview: Sydney

The Sydney Swans went into the 2014 grand final as warm favourites, and came out the other side beaten, bruised and humiliated on the game’s biggest stage.

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RATHBONE: Pocock should shut up and play

Seriously, what is wrong with these social justice warriors! It’s as though they can’t resist the impulse to stick their noses where they don’t belong.

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The Roar’s top 50 AFL players: 11-20

When I was asked to be involved in compiling The Roar‘s Top 50 AFL players, initially there was some trepidation.

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Rosey’s 2015 AFL Preview: North Melbourne

In the pre-season of 2014, North Melbourne was the popular smoky to jump into the top four from outside the eight the previous year.

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SPIRO: Watch out for the Guptill-inspired Black Caps

There was a noisy, exuberant crowd at Westpac Stadium on Saturday to witness the New Zealand Black Caps smash a lethargic, seemingly dispirited West Indian side into submission.

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Baseball needs the Cubs to win

Eight teams have never won the World Series and two, including my team, the Seattle Mariners, have never even been to the World Series.

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Porte’s record on the Madone squeezes questions out of the punters

A couple of week’s ago Chris Froome had a Q&A session on his already very busy Twitter page. One of the tweets asked him if his published training time up the Col de la Madone of 30:09 was ‘a wind-up.

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The easy fix for scrums: Cut out the crap

It really does feel like scrums are a lottery these days. The constant resets, the very rare instances of a clean contest, and even fewer instances of clean ball coming from the back of them.

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Five questions from Round 3 of the NRL

We have now completed three rounds of the 2015 NRL season, and it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the different storylines circulating throughout rugby league this year.

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On Saturday January 10, Callum Elder was thrown into the football cauldron. Two and a half months later, the Manly United junior is certainly on fire.

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Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook

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Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates

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Roar midfielder Matt McKay (centre) in the rain

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Fawad Ahmed. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

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South Sydney's Tim Grant

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GWS Giants celebrate

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(AAP Image/SNPA, Dianne Manson)

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Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James

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New Zealand's Martin Guptill smashes an oncoming ball

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The Warriors are building a cricket dynasty in Western Australia

Something is happening on the Western front of state cricket. While rain and stoic innings by David Hussey and Matthew Wade denied them Sheffield Shield glory this year, Western Australia are shaping as a dominant force for the next decade.

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2015 AFL season preview: Port Adelaide Power

By Stirling Coates, 29 Mar 2015 Video
2015 AFL season preview: Port Adelaide Power

Port Adelaide’s exponential improvement continued in 2014, with the club coming agonisingly close to a spot in the grand final.

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Thunder’s Kevin Durant to miss remainder of NBA season

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without their reigning MVP Kevin Durant for the rest of the regular season and playoffs due to bone graft surgery on his injured foot.

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Where the World Cup final will be won and lost

Who is going to bowl an underarm delivery for the penultimate ball? Who will put a squash ball in their glove and score a century? Who will win the World Cup final? The answer to these questions and more in this breakdown of Australia and New Zealand.

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Past the Post: Weekend racing wrap

By Adam Page, 29 Mar 2015
Past the Post: Weekend racing wrap

Hartnell stamped himself as the best stayer Down Under with a dominant win in the feature race this weekend, the Group l BMW (2400m).

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Steve Nash and the ringless club of NBA greats

By Lucky Malicay, 29 Mar 2015
Steve Nash and the ringless club of NBA greats

With Steve Nash’s departure from the National Basketball Association, it’s sad to see another NBA great added to the list of legends walking away from the league without winning a championship.

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Oh, what a night to be a Hull KR fan

By Andy Sharpe, 29 Mar 2015 Video
Oh, what a night to be a Hull KR fan

Friday was a great night to be a Hull Kingston Rovers fan and believe me it has not been often that I have wanted to write those words in the last few years. But it certainly was a case of the feel good Fridays as we sent St Helens spinning to their first defeat of […]

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[VIDEO] Sharks vs Western Force highlights: 2015 Super Rugby scores, blog

The Sharks host the Western Force in Round 6 of Super Rugby, with the Force needing a result to get their result back on track.

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[VIDEO] Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers highlights: A-League live scores, blog

Perth Glory will be desperate to end their nine game winless streak when they host Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 9:30pm (AEDT).

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[VIDEO] Waratahs vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby scores, blog

Good evening and welcome to tonight’s live coverage of this Round 7 clash with the Waratahs hosting the Blues from Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:40pm AEDT.

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[VIDEO] St George Illawarra Dragons vs Manly Sea Eagles highlights: NRL lives scores, blog

Fresh off a morale-boosting win over Canberra, the St George Illawarra Dragons are full of confidence and will fancy their chances of upsetting the Manly Sea Eagles at home. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEDT.

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[VIDEO] Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar highlights: A-League scores, blog

Melbourne City host Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park in a must-see match that could end the game of ‘ladder leapfrog’ between these two that started in Round 9. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEDT).

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[VIDEO] Cronulla Sharks vs Gold Coast Titans highlights: NRL scores, blog

The Shire will see a battle of the winless on Saturday Afternoon, as their hometown Cronulla Sharks take on the Gold Coast Titans at Remondis Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the game from 5:30pm (AEDT).

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Highlanders vs Stormers: Super Rugby live scores, blog

South Africa’s conference leading Stormers travel to Dunedin to face the surprising Highlanders in Super Rugby Round 7. Join us here on The Roar from 5:35pm (AEDT) for live scores and updates.

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[Video] Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers Highlights: NRL scores, blog

An early season blockbuster comes to Newcastle on Saturday Afternoon, as the second place Knights take on the third place Panthers at Hunter Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:00pm (AEDT).

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Chiefs vs Cheetahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Good afternoon and welcome to The Roar‘s live blog of today’s game between the Chiefs and Cheetahs from Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. Join The Roar for live coverage and a blog of the game from 2:30pm AEDT.

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Pacquiao vs Marquez

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Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos

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Australia's captain Michael Clarke

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Adam Reynolds (centre) of the Rabbitohs leads the team off the field

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Glenn Maxwell bowling against Pakistan

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Darrelle Revis from the back, wearing a New York Jets' throwback jersey

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James Tedesco of the Wests Tigers

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Glenn Maxwell of Australia ducks under a short ball

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Bismarck du Plessis of South Africa (R) is yellow-carded by referee Romain Poite (L) during the Rugby Championship Test rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa at Eden Park. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley

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