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The AFL top eight is set, but the demon is in the detail

Port Adelaide could certainly beat Essendon this Friday night. But the Gold Coast Suns ain’t beating the Cats at the Cattery. Ladies and gentlemen: your top eight for 2018 has been decided.

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The Wrap: Aretha, Sam, Winx and the Wallabies (spot the odd man out)

Over the weekend there was cause to reflect on the champion qualities of Aretha Franklin, Sam Whitelock and the remarkable racehorse, Winx. Also on display were the aspirations of Michael Cheika’s Wallabies.

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Eight hot takes from AFL Round 22

On Friday night Bachar Houli and Adam Saad joined their captains in the centre circle for the coin toss in a demonstration of unity and solidarity after senator Fraser Anning made a public attack on the value of diversity and multiculturalism in Australia – particularly with regards to Muslim people – during the week.

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Cats sign coach Scott to long-term deal

Geelong and coach Chris Scott have agreed to terms on a new deal that ties him to the AFL club until the end of the 2022 season.

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The Wallabies had Plan A. The All Blacks had Plan A and B

It was Phil Kearns, of all people, who made the most pertinent observation about the lack of rugby nous in the Wallabies’ ranks as the dominant All Blacks unleashed attack after attack towards the end of their 38-13 victory in the first Bledisloe Cup Test.

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The Gunners’ start looks worse than it is: English Premier League Matchday 2 wrap

With an Arsenal team under the new management of Spaniard Unai Emery and a football world curious to evaluate their reinvention, the English Premier League draw has well and truly put them to the test.

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Enigmatic Raiders make 2018 season another frustrating one

The enigmatic Canberra Raiders have frustrated their fans for two seasons and the players are starting to think the same way.

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Maori team set for NRL All Stars fixture in 2019

In a major win for rugby league fans, the All Stars concept will return in 2019, with the fixture being confirmed today by the NRL.

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Winx reminds us why she’s the greatest of all time

Winx will win 29 races in a row, culminating in a fourth-straight Cox Plate, and go down in history as Australia’s greatest racehorse.

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The AFL finals equations: Every club’s Round 23 best and worst case scenario

Wondering how far your AFL team can rise or fall in the final week of the season? I’ve done the (sometimes extremely improbable) maths so you don’t have to.

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Why the Eels are right to offer Jarryd Hayne one more year

For anyone that has followed my writing over the years, you’ll know a couple of things. First, that I am a mad Parramatta Eels fan.

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With Israel Folau out injured, it’s time to bite the bullet and make some changes

Change isn’t part of Michael Cheika’s DNA, but with Israel Folau out injured, and in light of Saturday’s pathetic second-half Bledisloe Cup performance, it’s time the current Wallabies need, and deserve, a reality check.

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Dee-lighful! Melbourne lock in finals berth with win in the west

The Melbourne Demons are playing finals for the first time in more than a decade, after overcoming the West Coast Eagles to win by 17 points.

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Wallabies DIY player ratings vs All Blacks Bledisloe 1: The results

The results are in! Yesterday, we asked you to rate the Wallabies side that took to the field in Bledisloe 1, and now we’ve added up the data from all of our responders to bring your our DIY player ratings from the third Test.

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Wallabies should be ashamed of last night’s Bledisloe drubbing

If it wasn’t for David Pocock last night, the All Blacks could have declared midway though the second half.

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What the hell do Benny and Baz know that the rest of us don’t?

This week has been dominated by discussions regarding two coaches at opposite ends of their career yet in strangely similar circumstances – Wayne Bennett and Trent Barrett.

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Hugh Bowman Winx

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Wayne Bennett

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Trent Barrett

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Australia's Usman Khawaja gestures to the crowd after scoring his 150 runs.

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Brisbane Broncos NRL Rugby League 2017

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Kurtley Beale Wallabies Australia Rugby Union Championship Bledisloe Cup 2017

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Steven Lowy

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Dustin Martin of the Tigers

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Wallabies must ring the changes to fix their set piece

Many Wallabies fans allowed ourselves to dream of Bledisloe glory, right up until – in the shadows of halftime – Aaron Smith crossed for the first of the All Blacks’ 38 points.

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NRL team of the week Round 23

By Riley Pettigrew, 20 Aug 2018
NRL team of the week Round 23

There was no predicting the outcome of many games in Round 23 with a number of upsets across the weekend.

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No jubilee swansong for Nightingale

By Adam Bagnall, 20 Aug 2018
No jubilee swansong for Nightingale

Jason Nightingale recently announced that 2018 would be his last season in the NRL, bringing the curtain down on a decorated career.

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The unknown yet important cog for Collingwood’s finals campaign

Round 22 was a vital round for the premiership hopes of the Magpies.

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Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

The All Blacks annihilated the Wallaby lineout, stealing seven and winning six penalties at scrum time.

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The good, the bad and the ugly from Bledisloe 1

The first Bledisloe Cup game did not go to plan for Michael Cheika and his men last night, with the All Blacks proving too good yet again.

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Blaming Pooper for loss is wide of the mark

By Luke Ringland, 20 Aug 2018
Blaming Pooper for loss is wide of the mark

We lost the first Bledisloe Cup Test badly and so as usual we see the opportunist axe grinders doing their thing online.

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After more than a decade in hell, the Dees are back in heaven

The year was 2006.

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Talking points: Sydney Derby XV, Round 22, 2018

By Justin Mitchell, 20 Aug 2018
Talking points: Sydney Derby XV, Round 22, 2018

Sydney Derby XV lived up to the hype and was nothing short of a fantastic match between two finals-bound teams.

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Hardik Pandya’s special spell one to savour for Indian fans

India came into the third Test against England 2-0 down. The team was a shambles and the loss at Lord’s seemed to have taken the sting out of the team.

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Nine questions to come from Round 22

By Jono Baruch, 20 Aug 2018
Nine questions to come from Round 22

At long last things are finally starting to take shape.

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A changing of the guard? Analysing the potential European Ryder Cup team

Winning eight of the past 11 tournaments, the Europeans have dominated the Ryder Cup over the past two decades.

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AFL top 100: Round 22 highlights (Part 2)

By Stephen Shortis, 20 Aug 2018
AFL top 100: Round 22 highlights (Part 2)

The five Saturday games of Round 22 helped settle the likely make-up of the final eight but did not snuff out completely the fate of the other three contenders – although it would be a brave man who predicted more than one change to the top eight.

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Behind the barriers: Five bets for Monday, 20 August

There are three race meetings set down for Monday, and I think there are a couple of good things runnings. Here are my five plays for the afternoon.

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What happened? AFL Round 22, 2018

By Doran Smith, 20 Aug 2018
What happened? AFL Round 22, 2018

There were two blowouts in Round 22, but thankfully the other seven games had margins no higher than 20 points, with most still in the balance in the last quarter.

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Brighton vs Manchester United: EPL live scores

By Daniel Saunders, 20 Aug 2018
Brighton vs Manchester United: EPL live scores

Manchester United will look to continue their winning form against a struggling Brighton and Hove Albion. Join The Roar for live scores of the match from 1am (AEST).

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Burnley

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Aaron Mooy

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Benji Marshall

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Will Genia

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Adelaide Crows

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James Tedesco of the Roosters reacts after scoring a try against the Dragons.

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Jack Darling celebrates a goal

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Lachlan Lewis of the Bulldogs

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Marcus Bontempelli

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