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Why you should watch Overwatch Contenders

The Overwatch Contenders is sort of like the minor leagues, but for Overwatch. It’s the official path for players looking to join the league and sees teams compete within their country.

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Everything you need to know about Stage 4 of Overwatch League

Today marks the return of Overwatch League but in this ever-evolving game, a new stage always comes with some key differences to keep in mind.

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Simpson wins PGA Tour Players Championship

Webb Simpson believes his dominant Players Championship win marks the resurrection of his career after hitting rock bottom in the years following his 2012 US Open triumph.

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Gfinity will live stream tonight’s FIFA 18 Global Series qualifer

Viewers will have the chance to watch Australian esports athletes compete live tonight in the FIFA 18 Global Series qualifier after Gfinity Australia today announced the event will be live stream via Twitch.

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Is the Overwatch League sustainable?

The Overwatch League’s Stage 3 finals ended with Stage 2 victors, New York Excelsior, coming back for a second win, defeating the Boston Uprising in the finals with a 3-0 clean sweep, having done the same to the Los Angeles Valiant in the semis.

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The ins and outs of esports commentary

With the Intel Extreme Masters wrapping up in Sydney this past Sunday, we had the opportunity to speak with one of StarCraft II’s premier casters – South Australia’s Leigh “Maynarde” Mandalov.

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Jason Day seals second PGA Tour win of the year

Jason Day has won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow to claim a second win on the PGA Tour in 2018.

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How a South Australian amateur footballer became a big name in esports

With StarCraft II making an appearance at last weekend’s Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney, we caught up with revered esports caster Leigh “Maynarde” Mandalov.

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Australia qualifies for Overwatch World Cup; gets drawn in ‘group of death’

Australia have punched their ticket to the Overwatch World Cup for the third straight year, but will face a monumental task in moving out of the group stage after being drawn to play several powerhouses in the group stage.

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How to choose your Overwatch League team

The past few weeks I’ve written introduction articles to help initiate new blood into the world of Overwatch and hopefully by now I’ve piqued your curiosity to at least consider watching and enjoying the esport.

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Mary’s Wonder Women: Super Netball returns

After an exceptionally long off-season, due to the Commonwealth Games, Super Netball finally returns this weekend, with a series of matches across the country.

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Key Overwatch terms explained

I’ve been outlying some of the basics for those looking to start watching competitive Overwatch over the past few weeks, but there’s still one fairly large blockade new watchers.

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Gfinity unveils the final three Elite Series teams

The final three teams for the upcoming Gfinity Elite Series esports competition have been announced – with the Brisbane Deceptors, Perth Ground Zero and Sydney Roar set to join the Melbourne Avant, Melbourne Order and Sydney Chiefs in the inaugural season starting on Saturday, June 2.

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The origins behind The Witchwood’s most discussed legendary cards

To coincide with the recent launch of Hearthone’s latest expansion, The Witchwood, we’ve published a three-part interview series with Lead Final Designer Dean Ayala.

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Lance Armstrong pays $5 million for being awesome

America’s greatest ever cyclist has paid $5 million for bringing pride and glory to the nation he represented. Sounds about fair.

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Echo, Rush and swapped HP, how did The Witchwood’s Odd mechanics Even come to be?

We recently spoke to Hearthstone Lead Final Designer Dean Ayala about The Witchwood the latest expansion to one of the world’s biggest esports. In part two of this three part series, he discusses the new mechanics and keywords this set introduced to the game just over a week ago.

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Hearthstone's Lead Final Designer, Dean Ayala.

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Logos for both the Gfinity Elite Series Australia esports competition, and the Melbourne Order esports team.

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Members of the New York Excelsior esports team celebrate being crowned Stage 2 champions of the Overwatch League.

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Australian flag-bearer Mark Knowles

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Kurt Fearnley has set his sights on competing at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

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Overwatch World Cup Stage

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Kyle Chalmers of Australia

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The Roar of the crowd

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Fort Worth Invitational preview

By Nicholas Richardson, 24 May 2018
Fort Worth Invitational preview

Last week, young American Aaron Wise broke through for his first PGA Tour victory, outlasting Australian Marc Leishman in Texas. This week, the tour moves down the road to the fabled Colonial CC.

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Dog proves that Odd Warrior has potential

By Johann Leffler, 15 May 2018
Dog proves that Odd Warrior has potential

The HCT Americas Summer Playoffs took place over the weekend, and most players stuck with the tried and true decks.

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How long can the proposed National Sports Plan survive?

The Australian Government is due to release the long awaited first official National Sports Plan in the next few months.

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Time to expand the PGA tour of Australasia

By Nick Symonds, 10 May 2018
Time to expand the PGA tour of Australasia

The PGA Tour of Australasia is a mess and in need of a complete overhaul.

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The Players Championship preview

By Nicholas Richardson, 10 May 2018
The Players Championship preview

Last weekend, Australian Jason Day recorded his second win of the year, at the Quail Hollow Club. This week, the attention of the golfing world turns to Florida for the Players Championship.

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Callum Hawkins’ treatment was a disgrace

The sight of Callum Hawkins – who was leading the Commonwealth Games Marathon – lying crumpled on the ground, barely conscious after hitting his head on a concrete paling, yet trying to continue on, was inspirational and moving but difficult to watch.

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Wells Fargo Championship preview

By Nicholas Richardson, 2 May 2018
Wells Fargo Championship preview

The PGA Tour returns to Charlotte, North Carolina this week for the Wells Fargo Championship. The players will tee it up at the storied Quail Hollow Club.

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More of the same old in The Witchwood?

By Johann Leffler, 1 May 2018
More of the same old in The Witchwood?

More than a couple of weeks have passed since The Witchwood expansion hit Hearthstone, and it feels like the Kobolds and Catacombs meta all over again.

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The NBA 2K League finally tips off

By Aaron Callaghan, 1 May 2018
The NBA 2K League finally tips off

Following close to a year of build-up, hype and careful planning, play tips off this week in the NBA 2K League, their foray into esports.

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Classic of New Orleans preview

By Nicholas Richardson, 26 Apr 2018
Classic of New Orleans preview

The modification of the Classic of New Orleans, from a 72-hole stroke play event to the current two-man team format, brought a twist to the predictable PGA tour schedule.

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Why tax reform is key to Australia returning to global sporting dominance

In early 2000 I migrated to Australia determined to give my young family a better life. What struck me about our newly adopted country was the sheer numbers of kids playing sport and, coming from the UK, I’d never seen anything to compare.

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Are Commonwealth Games medals worth the taxpayer money?

During the Commonwealth Games, I was waiting to hear the usual cacophony of voices bemoaning the spending on elite sport in Australia, especially after the nation’s heavily criticised performance at the Rio Olympics.

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NBA playoffs, Cavaliers vs Pacers: Three takeaways from Game 2

After a poor performance to start this series in Game 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back against the Indiana Pacers following a dominant display from their linchpin, LeBron James.

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Texas Open preview

By Nicholas Richardson, 20 Apr 2018
Texas Open preview

This week the PGA tour shifts its focus to the Texas Open, held at TPC San Antonio, where three Aussies finished in the top 15 last year, and Steven Bowditch won in 2014.

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Australian and New Zealand esports round-up: 18 April 2018

Welcome to The Podium, looking at all the action from across the world of esports in Australia and New Zealand.

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The Witchwood: Early standout decks

By Johann Leffler, 17 Apr 2018
The Witchwood: Early standout decks

It’s been a few days since the yearly rotation and the arrival of the newest Hearthstone expansion. With it has come the inevitable meta shakeup as players experiment with the new cards and synergies on offer.

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Caitlin Bassett

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Angus Brandt

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Jamie Dwyer in action for the Australian Kookaburras at the Rio 2016 Olympics

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Liz Cambage

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Caitlin Bassett

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Chris Goulding

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