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Boof Lehmann is a jerk, but it’s what he’s been bred to be

In the last week or so, we have seen two examples of public figures being jerks. For one it means disaster, while for the other it is business as usual.

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Numbers game: Which AFL teams should rise or fall in 2017

Before the takes start flying, it’s prudent to take our now bi-annual clinical look at the AFL as a way of setting the scene for the season.

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The key to breaking down Sydney FC’s remarkable defence

Saturday night’s 0-0 stalemate in the Sydney Derby was the Western Sydney Wanderers’ first clean sheet of the season, which was the biggest positive from the match for coach Tony Popovic.

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What does the future hold for the Wallabies’ scrum?

Historically, the set scrum has always been regarded as the Achilles heel of the Australian team in the Northern Hemisphere. For every ‘Topo’ Rodriguez, Andy McIntyre and Richard Harry Australia has produced, there have been two or three Matt Dunnings, Guy Shepherdsons and Al Baxters.

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Cartwright carnage: The reckless act that has to be seen to be believed

Was it a rush of love to the head? It’s the moment at Morphetville that has racing in shock.

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The Bellprint: Pittsburgh’s path to an upset victory

The best players have a habit of making NFL Sundays feel like rec league Tuesdays.

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Maybe Maxwell is the man after all

Whisper it quietly, but it could be Glenn Maxwell’s time.

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Dissecting Kyrgios’ Kantian passion

No matter how Nick Kyrgios performs at this year’s Australian Open, thousands of pixels will continue to be dedicated to trying to figure out just what is ‘wrong’ with Australia’s number one tennis player.

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Peter Nevill deserves a run of good luck

Peter Nevill’s rotten run began with being dropped as Australia’s keeper for the third Test against South Africa at Adelaide last November.

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Reports: Aaron Cruden links with Montpellier on rich deal

All Blacks five-eighth Aaron Cruden will pack his bags and head to Montpellier on a for the 2017/18 Top 14 season, according to reports from France.

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Johnathan Thurston to call time on rep career after 2017

Johnathan Thurston has quashed speculation about his future, confirming he’ll play on with North Queensland into the 2018 NRL season.

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Three pacemen enough for India: Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood is adamant three pacemen is more than enough for the upcoming Test cricket tour of India, saying the selectors covered all bases with the squad they picked.

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Another kick for down-and-out Knights, with Mullen suspended for drugs

Newcastle Knights five-eighth Jarrod Mullen has tested positive to an anabolic steroid and been provisionally suspended by the NRL, just weeks before the Auckland Nines pre-season tournament.

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Bottas jumps into the hottest seat in Formula 1

Valtteri Bottas has secured the most highly-sought after driver’s seat in Formula One as he heads into the 2017 season with Mercedes and a fired up Lewis Hamilton.

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An easy way to salvage the tour of India for our batsmen: A guaranteed amnesty

With the dust settled on the squad announcement for the tour of India, let’s move on to the important stuff: negotiating an appropriate reaction to the inevitable catastrophic failure that awaits us.

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A-League’s proposed quota changes further ashen Phoenix’s future

The FFA has detailed proposed changes to the A-League’s rules regarding foreign player quotas. The plan, expected to be further examined over the next few seasons, is set to be tentatively introduced in time for the 2018-19 season.

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Ashton Agar walks back to his bowling mark with a pink ball

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South African winger Cornal Hendricks

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Steve Smith of Australia looks to the sky

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Mitch Marsh of Australia

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Israel Dagg All Blacks New Zealand Test Rugby Union Rugby Championship 2016

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Steve Smith of Australia looks to the sky

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WATCH: Words fail us as schoolboy scores wondergoal

Down 0-1 with ten minutes left in the match, a substitution by Sacred Heart College would prove critical in sending the under-15 knockout cup final to extra time against Mt Albert Grammar, at Bill McKinlay Park in Auckland.

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Have you got what it takes to become a selector?

As with any upcoming Test tour, there has been anticipation, conjecture and subsequent dismay over the men doomed to experience defeat in India.

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Bottas confirmed at Mercedes, 2017 grid is ostensibly finalised

Pascal Wehrlein may not have surfaced at Mercedes, though it was the announcement of his destination for the upcoming season which confirmed the identity of the individual tasked with replacing the retired and reigning World Champion, Nico Rosberg, in 2017.

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Big Bash burnout, anyone?

By Ryan Hartwig, Today
Big Bash burnout, anyone?

I don’t want this to come out the wrong way, because I happen to love the Big Bash, but does anybody else find it tiring, night after night? That it’s perhaps a little bit draining, and all too consuming to keep track of?

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Forget spin: Pace and a killer top-six is Australia’s only hope in India

The touring squad to India has left a sour taste in my mouth. It genuinely looked like the selectors had turned the corner with Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb. While Nic Maddinson was a miss, our issues of structure and relative stability in the top six was being addressed.

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Santa Waugh brings Virat Kohli’s troops a late Christmas present

One can imagine David Boon, Merv Hughes, or even Shane Warne (a decade ago) as Santa Claus, but Mark Waugh?

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Another relegation battle looming for Big Sam

As Crystal Palace suffered a 3-0 defeat against a struggling West Ham team last Saturday it must have felt like Déjà vu for Sam Allardyce.

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Can the AFL capture Asia?

By Nick Symonds, Today
Can the AFL capture Asia?

If you look at AFL expansion strictly from a business perspective, overseas expansion is the next logical step.

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Given there have been not many great rugby league stories to start 2017, one good news story unexpectedly comes from the Toronto Wolfpack.

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2017 Tour Down Under: Stage 2 preview

By Brendon Vella, Today
2017 Tour Down Under: Stage 2 preview

While the stage finishing atop of Willunga Hill is considered to be the ‘Queen stage’ of the Santos Tour Down Under, Stage 2 from Stirling to the hilltop finish in Paracombe may be the most difficult one that race director Mike Turtur has ever produced.

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Australia to get extra spinning help for India tour

With lack of experienced leg spinners for the tour of India, Australia has turned to an English Spinner to help get the edge for the upcoming tour.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Naomi Broady: Australian Open tennis live scores, blog

Daria Gavrilova will be out to improve on a disappointing start to the year when she takes on world no.97 Naomi Broady in the first round of the Australian Open. Join The Roar for live scores from around 9pm (AEDT).

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Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat Highlights: Big Bash League cricket scores, blog

In what could be an early preview of the Big Bash finals, the ladder-leading Melbourne Stars get set to host the second-placed Brisbane Heat at the MCG. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:40pm (AEDT).

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Mitch Marsh pre-selected for 2017 Ashes after ‘absolutely murdering them in the nets’

Mitch Marsh has pre-earned a spot in the Australian Test team for this year’s Ashes series after a massive week in the nets.

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Tour Down Under: Stage 1 cycling live race updates, blog

The 2017 UCI WorldTour finally gets underway in Adelaide with the Tour Down Under. Stage 1 takes the riders on a 145-kilometre trip, you can join The Roar for live coverage from 11:55am (AEDT).

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Will selectors ever pick a ‘horses for courses’ touring Test squad?

Another Test squad announcement, another round of disappointment for Aussie cricket fans.

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Australian batsman Shaun Marsh

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Gold Coast Titans player Zeb Taia makes a tackle

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Adam Voges was forced to retire hurt after a being struck by a bouncer against Tasmania ( screenshot)

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Turkey rugby league players

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Australians (L-R) Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon and David Warner embrace.(AAP Image/Julian Smith)

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Caleb Ewan of team OricaÐGreenEDGE celebrates winning

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USA's Serena Williams returning the ball

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Australia's Adam Zampa bowls

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Romelu Lukaku of Everton F.C.

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