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India will rebound ferociously on flat pitches

In trying to undo Australia by serving up a rank turning pitch, the Indians only made it easier for the tourists. It is on a fairer, flatter surface that Australia would be more vulnerable, as we saw in Sri Lanka last year.

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Five fearless predictions for the 2017 NRL season

The footy is back! After what felt like a longer than usual off-season, the NRL returns this Thursday night, with the defending premiers, the Cronulla Sharks, taking on the Brisbane Broncos.

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2017 AFL preview series: Brisbane Lions

Memories of the Brisbane premiership three-peat from earlier this century dim with every passing year.

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Daniel Vickerman’s death casts a dark shadow over the rugby world

Before play began, the players from the NSW Waratahs and the Western Force Super Rugby teams formed two circles to honour, with silence and bowed heads, the memory of Daniel Vickerman.

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It’s time to ditch the A-League’s top six finals series

It doesn’t say much for the A-League’s finals series when a team can potentially qualify despite having lost more games than they’ve won.

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Under siege: Which NRL coach will walk the plank in 2017?

In the final edition of my season preview series, I take a look at four sides whose struggles this year could well send their coaches packing.

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The Carlton Rebuild FAQ

I tell people I’m a Carlton person. This is like telling people I’m dying. It’s a conversation killer.

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The Wrap: Super Rugby start lacks fizz, JOC no whiz

There’s no sugar-coating it, this is going to be a long Super Rugby season. Problems with the confusing and illogical competition structure fed immediately into matches that, Dunedin and Cape Town excepted, lacked crowd engagement, colour and intensity.

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How to fix the fixture, plus nine quick takes from the AFL weekend

Now that we have AFL Women’s up and running, it’s time we had a serious discussion about shortening the AFL home-and-away season.

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The weather was bleak yesterday, but Sydneysiders shone brightly

Yesterday was a great day for Sydney-based competitors. None more so than Steve O’Keefe, Steve Smith, and the mighty Winx.

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Bombers defender Hurley hit with another pre-season injury

Essendon’s Michael Hurley is nursing a leg injury for the second time this month after he was hurt in the AFL pre-season loss to Gold Coast.

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Powerful Prather propels Perth to 1-0 lead in NBL Grand Final series

A man of the match performance from Casey Prather has led the Perth Wildcats to a 1-0 lead in the 2016-17 NBL grand final series over the Illawarra Hawks recording a 12-point victory at the Perth Arena.

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The Liebke Ratings: India vs Australia first Test

India is often described as the final frontier. In that respect, it is much like space in Star Trek.

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Australia embarrass India technically and mentally

The most remarkable aspect of Australia’s dominant win over India in the first Test yesterday is that their batsmen and spinners utilised better techniques for the spinning conditions than the home team.

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Australia must avoid repeating the nightmare of 2001

Sixteen years ago this week Australia was celebrating a massive victory in India.

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India buried in their own dustbowl as O’Keefe shines

There were talks of India winning the Border–Gavaskar Trophy 4-0 in India, triumphing in the first Test in Pune by a huge margin.

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Rob Beveridge clashes with ref.

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Stephen O'Keefe

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Australia's Steve O'Keefe celebrates the dismissal of India's Ajinkya Rahane

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El Salvador vs Thailand rugby league (Image: Ahmed Faris)

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Richmond Tigers player Jack Riewoldt

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Matt Renshaw celebrates century SCG

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The Roar of the crowd

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Will this be the PNG Hunters’ year in the Queensland Cup?

The Papua New Guinea Hunters are about to enter their fourth season in the Queensland Cup. They’ve been a very popular team both in their homeland and with Queensland fans since they joined the competition in 2014.

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India go down in a barrage of SOK and awe

Spin it however you like, Stephen O’Keefe was the hero in Pune. His match figures of 12/70, the best by an Aussie spinner in India.

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Answering 18 burning questions for the 2017 NRL season

Finally the 2017 NRL season is upon us, after a long wait the first Steeden for the new year will be kicked on Thursday night when reigning premiers Cronulla host Wayne Bennett’s Broncos at Shark Park.

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The big difference between the Rebels and Brumbies’ losses

A stream of similarities between the Melbourne and Canberra-based sides were evident this weekend as both opened their Super Rugby campaigns with losses to (gulp) Kiwi teams.

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Australia spin a record on a beach in Pune

8604 days. Or 23 years, six months and 19 days.

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Low-hanging Panthers ripe for the picking

Anthony Griffin’s team of black cats are once again tipped to purr, but with an overabundance of quality outside backs some might be lapping from a different bowl before the season is out.

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The Utah Jazz: The NBA’s slow achievers

The Utah Jazz are like that kid at school that everybody picks on because they are different, but then becomes just as successful, if not more, than everyone else.

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Time for the NBL to adopt NBA rules

My greatest sporting memory as a child was attending Melbourne Tigers games with my Dad.

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The High Five: Super Rugby Round 1

By Diggercane, 26 Feb 2017 Popular article!
The High Five: Super Rugby Round 1

Round 1 of Super Rugby has been completed, some good, some bad and unfortunately some ugly across the opening weekend.

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Australia vs India: Six talking points from the first Test

Australia have not only surprised everyone by not being pummelled in the first Test match of the series – they actually won? And boy did they win big.

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Perth Wildcats vs Illawarra Hawks: NBL Grand Final Game 1 live scores, blog

Match result: A man of the match performance from Casey Prather has led the Perth Wildcats to a 1-0 lead in the 2016-17 NBL grand final series over the Illawarra Hawks recording a 12-point victory at the Perth Arena.

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Fremantle Dockers vs Adelaide Crows: AFL Women’s live scores, blog

Match result: The Adelaide Crows are back on top of the AFL Women’s ladder, continuing their undefeated season with a 23-point win over the Fremantle Dockers.

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Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners: A-League live scores, blog

Match result: The Jets and Mariners fought out a draw in the F3 derby on Sunday, unable to be split at 1-all.

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Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon Bombers: JLT Community Series live scores, blog

Match result: The Gold Coast Suns won a thriller against the Essendon Bombers on Sunday, though the match was still alive even in the final seconds.

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North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Hawthorn Hawks: JLT Community Series live scores, blog

Match result: North Melbourne have made it two wins from as many games in the AFL pre-season, defeating Hawthorn by 21 points at their spiritual home in Arden Street.

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Stormers vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Round 1 of Super Rugby 2017 comes to a close with a traditional grudge match between two of South Africa’s biggest rivals, the Stormers and the Bulls. Join The Roar from 4:30am (AEDT) for live scores from the match, and a live blog of the game.

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Australian batsman Matt Renshaw

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Jarryd Hayne Gold Coast Titans NRL Rugby League 2016

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Steve Smith talks to Mitch Starc

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Luke Hodge Hawthorn Hawks AFL 2016

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Valtteri Bottas

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Michael Clarke shares a beer with Allan Border

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Australia's David Warner makes a loud call for a run in the Boxing Day Test

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Southern Kings Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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