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Seven things you won’t hear at the footy – and five things you will

1. “Second row!” Once upon a time, children, scrums were ‘contested’ by two sets of six forwards, who would bind together, lock horns and push.

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GWS Giants vs Western Bulldogs: Friday night forecast

This is the Friday night match you’ve been looking for.

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Four questions I want answered in Round 10

Sitting down to put the tipping panel together was the first chance I had to look at games this weekend, and doesn’t it loom as a really entertaining round?

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Why Formula One must not save Honda

Honda has been all the rage this season — or perhaps a source of rage if you work for McLaren — thanks to the company’s inexplicable leap backwards in performance ahead of a season in which podiums were pencilled.

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How to get rid of draws in Test cricket, if we must

It’s been a while since I experienced the old familiar feeling of wishing Brian Lara would piss off.

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Steve Menzies has been denied his true career statistics

Manly legend Steve Menzies’ career is the perfect example of how an NRL amalgamation can give a false impression.

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Enjoy the A-League finals, because they’re here to stay

Finals football is here to stay, and thankfully the destination of the A-League title will be decided where it counts – on the pitch.

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Women’s sport weekly wrap: What Channel Ten’s woes mean for the WBBL

There have been rumblings for some time now, but this week it has become very clear that the future of Channel Ten is in jeopardy.

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The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Semi-Finals

Now things are getting serious. With only four teams (and three games) left this A-League season, the matches are getting very difficult to pick in our expert tips and predictions.

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Guilty drink-driving plea sees Papalii axed from Kangaroos squad

Bullocking Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii has reportedly been dropped from the Kangaroos squad for next Friday’s Anzac Test against New Zealand.

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Players reject pay offer from Cricket Australia

Australian cricketers have rejected a pay offer they believe would create greater inequality between players.

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I didn’t want to leave Bulldogs: Reynolds

Departing Canterbury star Josh Reynolds was apprehensive about Kieran Foran’s impending arrival but insists he wanted to stay at the NRL club.

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Gallen refuses to rule out Origin comback

He couldn’t say no to Brad Fittler and he wouldn’t say no to Laurie Daley either.

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The NRL’s unsung heroes: The ‘Meat and Potatoes 17’

We are entering Round 9 of season 2017 this weekend and people everywhere are starting to speculate about which players are going to be selected for the Queensland and NSW State of Origin teams.

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At what point do Collingwood’s problems become Eddie’s?

Collingwood are off to another languid start, with the Pies a dropped Kieren Jack chest mark away from an 0-5 start to the 2017 season.

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Make no mistake, City will buy victory eventually

In front of Manchester City executives, as well as Roy Hodgson, Ange Postecoglu, and less than 10,000 others, Melbourne City’s season ended with a weak parp. As the last few trumpets and trombones trailed off, the bandwagon finally eased creakily to a stop.

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NSW Blues fullback Jarryd Haynes celebrates as his side win Game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin series 12-8 (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Richmond Tigers player Jack Riewoldt

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Craig Fitzgibbon (left) and Michael Ennis talk during the 2013 Country Origin team photo call in Sydney. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

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Waratahs Super Rugby Union 2017

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Mitchell Pearce Sydney Roosters

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Jonathan Patton GWS Giants AFL 2017

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Julian Savea of New Zealand All Blacks scores a try

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Aaron Woods

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North Queensland Cowboys vs Parramatta Eels: NRL live scores, blog

The Parramatta Eels will attempt to turn their woeful record in Townsville around when they face the North Queensland Cowboys, who could be boosted by the return of Johnathan Thurston. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEST).

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GWS Giants vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

A replay of what many considered the best game of 2016 is finally upon us as the GWS Giants and the Western Bulldogs square off in a Friday night blockbuster. Join The Roar from 7:50 pm tonight for live scores and commentary.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly Sea Eagles: NRL live scores, blog

It’s Round 9 in the NRL season and both the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles enter this match looking to propel themselves into a stable position on the ladder. Join The Roar for live scores from the match and a live blog of the game, starting from 6pm AEST.

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Highlanders vs Stormers; Super Rugby live scores, blog

This Friday night game sees the Stormers travelling to Dunedin to play the Highlanders. Join The Roar from 5:35pm AEST for all the live action as we cover this Round 10 match from New Zealand.

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Roar and Against: Mitchell Pearce must be the Blues’ halfback in Origin 1

With State of Origin drawing closer and closer, plenty of attention has turned to who should line up for the Blues and Maroons in Game 1, and Mitchell Pearce’s match-winning field goal has skyrocketed him into contention for the Blues’ halfback jersey.

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Youth conundrum could define Simpson’s quest for Eagles flag

Kurt Mutimer is set to become the 11th player to be handed their AFL debut by Adam Simpson since he took over as West Coast coach four seasons ago.

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It helps to be likeable when you’re an NRL coach

The much maligned Wests Tigers management group made the best recruitment decision in the club’s short history when they handed the clipboard to Ivan Cleary.

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Craig Lowndes should have his future in his own hands

At 42-years of age, Australian touring car icon Craig Lowndes has entered his 24th full-time season in the Supercars category under a cloud of uncertainty over his future.

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Thunder survive fast-finishing Northstars in AIHL season opener

It is that time of year again: the Stanley Cup playoffs are well underway and live hockey has returned to Australia through the ever-growing domestic competition in the AIHL.

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Remembering the contributions of AIS Men’s football to the Socceroos

The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has announced that it will be closing its Centre of Excellence (originally AIS Men’s Football) at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra at the end of the year. It is worth reflecting on the contribution of the AIS men’s program to football in Australia.

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Will the Kings rise in round ten?

Super Rugby round 10 starts with only one unbeaten side – and the Crusaders have a record of eleven finals appearances, the last being 2014.

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NBA playoffs: Celtics and Wizards take control

NBA playoff action continued last night with a pair of crucial Eastern Conference Game fives. Both Boston and Washington were looking to seize control – while Atlanta and Chicago tried to cause an upset.

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Preston’s Previews NRL Round 9

By James Preston, Today
Preston’s Previews NRL Round 9

Round 8 was a torturous round for tippers with a mass of upset victories coming the way of Manly, the Titans and the Tigers – and a few Anzac Day belters! Round 9 makes for similarly difficult reading.

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2017 Mid-Season Invitational: Play-In Previews

What an awesome way to round out the NA playoffs over the weekend; both series went to five games, and the best talent in the region played for several hours.

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Being a Tigers fan makes no sense, and that’s perfectly fine

Now is the autumn of our discontent. Spirited victory over the Bulldogs notwithstanding, Tiger Town has a gloomy feel to it at the minute.

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Roaring out your speakers: The songs to get you pumped up for another big weekend of sport

A look at the biggest stories from our sporting world this week and the musical soundtrack they inspire.

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Panthers' Trent Merrin looking strong

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Referee Matt Cecchin

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Orazio Fantasia Essendon Bombers AFL 2017

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Trainer Danny O'Brien and jockey Craig Williams celebrate a win on Shamus Award in the Australian Guineas at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday, March 1, 2014. (AAP Image/Darren McNamara)

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Lewis Hamilton Australian Grand Prix

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Patty Mills in action for the Spurs

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Manly Sea Eagles NRL Rugby League 2017

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