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23 crazy, fearless predictions for the 2018 AFL season

The longest preseason in the AFL’s history ends tonight. And after the torrent of frankly bizarre statements and news stories about the league and its whiteboarding sessions over the past week, it is not before time.

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Finally, we can just talk about the cricket

In the space of one Test, Australia’s fortunes have swung dramatically.

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It’s now or never for the bottom five

This weekend, there are five sides in danger of going winless through the first three rounds of the 2018 season.

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Thursday night forecast: Richmond vs Carlton

Footy. It’s back. Welcome.

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Cape Town Test has makings of a classic

Today’s third Test in Cape Town has the makings of a classic – a deadlocked series, evenly-matched teams, the two best bowling attacks in the format, one of the world’s best cricket grounds, and a whole lot of controversy.

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The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 1

A far too long preseason is finally over… it’s time for Round 1, and the first expert tips column of the year.

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Mitchell Pearce ignores advice and ‘goes there’ on Roosters’ crowd numbers

Mitchell Pearce has provocatively made mention of Roosters crowd numbers, despite receiving specific warnings as to the topic’s sensitivity in a brief from advisers.

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The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 24

Without a doubt, this is the most intriguing round of A-League action we have seen this season and the ramifications are both season-ending and season-making.

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The tricky issue of etiquette in esports

It’s not uncommon for high-profile people to say or do things that are considered unacceptable by polite society. Sports, in general, have been plagued by athletes whose behaviour leaves much to be desired.

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Kagiso Rabada verdict shows the Proteas paceman can swing just about anything

Kagiso Rabada was just about unplayable in Port Elizabeth, but he was mesmerising in Cape Town.

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Waratahs find a kicking game to contest the Australian conference

First, to England. Let there be no doubt about Eddie Jones’ desperation to halt Ireland’s progress towards a Grand Slam on the last weekend of the Six Nations. That desperation bled, sometimes unpleasantly, through all of the English preparation in the week building up to the game.

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Starc, Marsh passed fit for third Test

Australia have named an unchanged XI for the third Test, with Mitchell Starc and Mitch Marsh both passed fit in Cape Town.

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Simmons wary of returning Wallaby Pocock

Playing against David Pocock is a lot less fun than playing alongside him, according to long-standing Test teammate Rob Simmons, who faces the prospect of lining up against the champion back-rower in his comeback game.

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Unburdened by expectation, can the Bulldogs climb back into contention?

The year after the ultimate victory, premiers often go into single games needing to beat multiple opponents.

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Who killed the captain’s challenge?

Remember all the talk in the NRL about a captain’s challenge? It seems not long ago we were mere formalities away from implementing a review system similar to those used in cricket and tennis.

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Don’t tar the rest of the Penrith crowd because of one idiot

“You black dog!”

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Josh P Kennedy Sydney Swans AFL 2017

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Paul Okon

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Tom J Lynch

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Kagiso Rabada, bowling at Lord's.

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Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory A-League

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Australia's greatest ever batsman, Sir Don Bradman

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David Gallop

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Bryce Gibbs Adelaide Crows

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Melbourne Rebels

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2018 AFL season: Round 1 preview

By mastermind5991, Today

Six months have passed since Richmond won their eleventh VFL/AFL flag at the MCG last September, and now 17 other clubs will be out to ensure they don’t repeat as premiers in 2018.

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Are the Western Bulldogs set to launch an A-League bid?

It’s been a while since the last time an AFL club got involved in the round ball code, but if it’s going to come from anyone it has to be the Bulldogs.

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The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 3

The NRL season is just two weeks old, but tipping is already proving to be somethhing of a nightmare with upsets left, right and centre causing plenty of untippable games for our NRL expert tipping panel in Round 3.

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Are the Reds on their way back to the glory days?

At the start of the season among all the obligatory predictions and rankings of sides I noticed a trend. Everyone was playing it safe.

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Where to now for the Central Coast Mariners?

The Central Coast Mariners are in themselves a grand juxtaposition. It’s a Jekyll and Hyde kind of game.

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South Africa vs Australia: Third Test preview and prediction

After a complete reversal in the second Test and a week off since, South Africa and Australia will take their battle to Newlands in Cape Town for the all-important third Test of the series.

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Five key questions for Formula One in 2018

Formula One in 2018 will be all about new identities. Whether it is new drivers, rebranded team profiles or even the redesigned logo for the sport itself – there has been plenty of changes for Formula One during the off-season to look forward to.

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A Collingwood supporter’s season preview: A tale of two fans

When people find out I am a Collingwood supporter, besides having a sense of bewilderment that I have all my teeth and don’t have any tattoos (yet), the first thing they invariably ask are my thoughts on Nathan Buckley.

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Changes to the Rules of Golf: Reaction and analysis

The R&A and the USGA have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented on 1 January 2019.

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What would the Bombers and Tigers look like if they merged?

The Essendon Bombers and Richmond Tigers are traditional rivals, playing in the important Dreamtime at the G round, but if they merged, the starting 22 would make for intriguing reading.

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Jump Ball’s 2018 AFL season eve ramblings

Are these rare insights or the ravings of a madman? Only a season will tell.

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Now, it’s advantage South Africa

The ICC dropped a bombshell a day before the third Test. South African fast bowler and man of the match of the last Test, Kagiso Rabada, was cleared of the charges.

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AFL Top 100: Two Tigers’ captains slip down the list

On top of the unique achievement of retaining every player who played in the 2017 premiership, Richmond currently has seven of their eight top 100 all-time matches played leaders competing in Round 1.

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A random prediction of the 2018 AFL season

While many use their intellect and analytical skills to deduce the most likely of the various outcomes prior to the AFL season, I prefer to leave it to chance and justify the results of a randomised list after the fact.

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Crows set to soar in 2018

By Patrick Moran, 21 Mar 2018
Crows set to soar in 2018

Having been battered and humiliated by Richmond on the AFL’s biggest stage, the Crows will come out on Friday night with an added determination to right the wrongs of 2017.

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A-League Team of the Week: Round 23

By Nicholas Rupolo, 21 Mar 2018
A-League Team of the Week: Round 23

There were plenty of upsets and no shortage of drama in Round 23 of the A-League.

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Australia's Joe Burns celebrates scoring a century

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Nathan Buckley Collingwood Magpies AFL 2017

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Peter Beattie

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Jess Wuetschner

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Sydney football 1926

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Houston Rockets James Harden

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India's MS Dhoni bats during their ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket semifinal match against the West Indies at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, India,Thursday, March 31, 2016.

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