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Melbourne United pair miss MVP but prove worth

Had they not been teammates then Melbourne United pair Josh Boone and Casper Ware were deserving of being NBL MVP winners this season. They showed exactly why with a dominant semi-final performance each in the sweep of the New Zealand Breakers.

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Canelo is getting off scot-free in boxing’s latest drug scandal

While in preparation for one of the biggest fights of his career, Mexican boxing champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has been wrapped up in doping drama.

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With the superstars gone, the Clippers are finally fun again

Lou Williams doesn’t shoot the ball as much as he artfully leans into it. Every shot is a measured push, with a finesse and delicateness that makes him alien to other, more angst-ridden pushers of the ball like Ricky Rubio.

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Only one challenge remains for Cyborg

As expected, Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino beat the snot out of unheralded contender Yana Kunitskaya to defend her 145-pound crown in the main event of UFC 222.

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How to watch the NBL semi-finals online or on TV: Melbourne United vs New Zealand Breakers, Adelaide 36ers vs Perth Wildcats live stream

After a roller-coaster 19-week regular season, the NBL finals have arrived, with Melbourne United set to play the New Zealand Breakers and Adelaide 36ers to take on the Perth Wildcats in the semi-finals.

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United stay on track for NBL history

Melbourne United head to New Zealand on the verge of securing a maiden NBL grand final appearance after opening their semi-final series with a confidence-building win.

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Deontay Wilder versus Luis Ortiz: Preview and prediction

Heavyweight titans Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua are on a collision course, seemingly destined to share the ring for the division’s biggest title fight in well over a decade.

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Sixers loom large on seek and destroy NBL mission

Few men can provide greater insight into the upcoming NBL playoffs than Illawarra Hawks coach Rob Beveridge. While he acknowledges Melbourne United deserve favouritism, he sees something in the Adelaide 36ers – who his team eliminated 12 months ago – that looks unstoppable.

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NBL to bypass teams and sign NBA hopefuls

The NBL wants to entice NBA hopefuls to play a season in Australia by bypassing clubs and signing the foreign players itself.

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The UFC’s pay-per-view problem

On Sunday, the UFC is asking customers to part with $49.95 for a fight featuring Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino against a fighter named “who?”.

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Perth Wildcats’ Bryce Cotton wins NBL MVP

Perth guard Bryce Cotton’s strong finish to the NBL regular season has seen him crowned the league’s MVP ahead of Illawarra’s Demitrius Conger.

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Predicting the NBL award winners for season 2017-18

With the NBL finals beginning Saturday night, following the FIBA break, the major award winners are set to be announced and it’s time to offer some predictions.

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Professional and irrelevant: Mavericks mired in mediocrity with no clear way out

With his disbelieving grin and the air of confidence that comes with having been all the way, Rick Carlisle still cuts an immense figure on the sideline, and one half-expects the camera to pan next to the fourth quarter of a Dallas playoff game.

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Boomers’ vital win over the Philippines

Australia have overcome a slow start in Thursday’s FIBA World Cup Asia zone qualifier to defeat the Philippines 84-68 in Melbourne.

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It’s become ‘cool’ to say the Warriors won’t win the NBA title

In NBA circles, it’s become trendy to pick anyone but the Golden State Warriors to win this year’s NBA Championship.

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You’ll never guess the problem with boxing tournaments

George Groves defeated Chris Eubank Jr in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) super middleweight tournament on Sunday but could still miss out on his chance to fight for the Muhammad Ali trophy.

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Russell Westbrook out leaps Karl Anthony-Towns

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry

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Anthony Petrie

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Stephen Weigh

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Ben Simmons

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose

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Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix: A tribute to MMA’s golden generation

Those who saw Fedor Emelianenko’s knock-out of Frank Mir at Bellator 198 could be excused for thinking that the Heavyweight Grand Prix is nothing more than a bunch of punchy over-the-hillers slugging it out for a dollar. But that’s missing the point.

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2018 NFL Draft live blog

By Christopher Spinks, 27 Apr 2018
2018 NFL Draft live blog

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held across three days at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Join The Roar live on Friday for the first round and Saturday for the second and third rounds, starting at 10am (AEST).

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Don’t look now, but Australian men’s basketball’s perfect storm has arrived

Andrew Bogut’s NBL homecoming, coupled with Ben Simmons’ ascension to NBA superstardom looms as the catalyst for men’s basketball to finally reclaim a seat at the big table of Australian sport.

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The enigma of Russell Westbrook

By Mackenzie Book, 27 Apr 2018 New author!
The enigma of Russell Westbrook

If it was not already clear, Russell Westbrook made it apparent that he might be the most polarizing player in the NBA after his performance in Game 5 versus the Utah Jazz.

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Andrew Bogut is the biggest ever signing for Australian hoops

It’s official. One of Australia’s best ever basketball players and former number one NBA draft pick Andrew Bogut has been signed by the Sydney Kings.

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NBA playoffs: Five head coaches who have underperformed

After four games of each playoff series have been played, we have had the chance to evaluate every team in depth.

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The Aussies stepping up in the NBA

By Jake Bokhove, 25 Apr 2018
The Aussies stepping up in the NBA

With the Sydney Kings’ recent signing of past NBA champion Andrew Bogut there are now only eight Aussies left in the NBA, and all but one are still playing on in the always exciting NBA playoff series.

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Avoiding TJ Dillashaw is putting Mighty Mouse’s legacy at risk

Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is regarded by some as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in MMA despite never having to overcome the type of competition faced by the likes of Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre or Anderson Silva.

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Australia’s playoff performances prove we’re one of the NBA’s premier countries

If you have been following the NBA playoffs, you know Ben Simmons is terrorising the Miami Heat like he did to the rest of the league in the regular season.

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat: NBA playoffs, Game 5 live scores, blog

Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers can confirm their spot in the Eastern Conference semi-finals when they take on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their first-round matchup at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Revisiting the NBA end of season awards, part 2

By Johann Leffler, 24 Apr 2018
Revisiting the NBA end of season awards, part 2

Last week, I went over some candidates for the NBA’s yearly awards and compared them to my initial list from November, a month into the season.

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You wanted entertainment? The NBA is delivering

So, the sun hasn’t even gone down on Sunday in the States and we have just seen Cleveland squeak past Indiana to level the series at 2-2.

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For the Pelicans, DeMarcus is the million-dollar elephant in the room

On Friday the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 131-123 and, with that victory, completed one of the more surprising playoff sweeps in recent memory.

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Nunes to headline another PPV event at UFC 224

By Jason Andrews, 24 Apr 2018
Nunes to headline another PPV event at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, will headline another pay per view event when she takes on contender and good friend Raquel Pennington on May 12, in Brazil.

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NBA playoffs, Cavaliers vs Pacers: Five takeaways from Game 4

The first round match-up between the fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers and the fifth-seeded Indiana Pacers has proved to be a great series thus far.

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We tried to tell you, the Indiana Pacers are really good

Please be aware, this article is not reactionary.

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Houston Rockets James Harden

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Ben Simmons drives to the rim against James Johnson in Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

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Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua

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