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Let the Slater incident be a lesson for match officials

The five-game suspension Sia Soliola received for his high tackle on Billy Slater was fair enough. Now let’s see if match officials are prepared to crack down on the reason why such a hit has become more likely to happen.

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Selfish and sympathetic: Defending Kyrie Irving’s trade demand

Kyrie Irving is an artist. Let him paint. If his artwork is 30 points per game on a 40-win team, so be it.

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They might not be Giants: Will GWS be all promise, no premiership?

Since before the GWS Giants even kicked a football in anger, there has been a widespread fear that they would one day come to dominate the game, having been set up with a more than adequate amount of talent to create a multi-premiership winning team.

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Was the Brumbies vs Hurricanes final a sneak peek of the Bledisloe Cup opener?

19 August. The date will be etched in Michael Cheika’s memory already, because it is the day Australia play New Zealand in the first round of the Rugby Championship in Sydney.

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What history should teach us about subs

What do the LG Dire Wolves have in common with KT Rolster?

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Overwatch versus League of Legends: Blurring the lines of international competition

When I see the 2017 Overwatch World Cup, I can’t help but think of League of Legend’s Rift Rivals tournament.

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Sean McMahon confirms his future, and it’s not good news for Aussie rugby fans

Melbourne Rebels and Wallabies back-rower Sean McMahon has inked a two-year deal with a Japanese rugby club which is likely to rule him out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Cam Smith has Lockyer’s record in sight

Cameron Smith’s stunning record as one of the game’s most durable players means the Melbourne champion remains on track to surpass Darren Lockyer as the most capped player in history.

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St Kilda at the crossroads

St Kilda are at an uneasy precipice, in the midst of a flat-lining rebuild, and potentially destined for an extended run of mid-table mediocrity.

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The Brumbies’ playoffs capitulation sums up their 2017 season

Regardless of your thoughts around the Super Rugby finals format, the Brumbies were part of it in 2017.

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What’s next for women’s rugby league?

Last week I wrote about why Women in League Round is important. We need to recognise the range of roles that women play in our game, but also remind the next generation of women that there is a place for them in the rugby league family however they want to be involved.

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Robert Kubica’s Renault test is a win-win

It began years ago as a pipedream. Before too long it morphed into a fanciful hypothetical. More recently it became a rumour. Today it stands as an achingly reachable reality.

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Why was Sia Soliola not sent off? Ask Tony Archer

The hysteria that has followed Sia Soliola’s non-sending off for his late hit on Billy Slater in the 49th minute of Saturday night’s game seems to be effectively equating Soliola with Hannibal Lecter.

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Will Rod Kafer be the catalyst to make Australian rugby great again?

The headline on the Sydney Morning Herald article announcing the ARU’s appointment of Rod Kafer as the founder/director of a National Coaching Advisory Panel made this Trumpian claim: “Rod Kafer aims to make Wallabies and Australian rugby great again in new ARU role.”

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Too old? How about we watch Maccarone play first?

There’s no guarantee Massimo Maccarone will be an A-League success, but that doesn’t mean the Italian should be written off before a ball has even been kicked.

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Rory Sloane will determine Adelaide’s premiership credentials

When both Selwoods play like Scott, it turns out that Geelong has a problem.

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Ngani Laumape Wes Goosen Hurricanes Super Rugby Union 2017

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Todd Greenberg

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USA's Jordan Spieth

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Dustin Martin Trent Cotchin Jack Riewoldt Richmond Tigers AFL 2017

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Jason Day the Players Championship

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Thurston-Origin

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Ellyse Perry Australia Cricket Women's 2017

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Will Chambers is tackled

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2017 Queensland Maroons State of Origin

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Blow that whistle, ref

By Jarrod McGrouther, Today
Blow that whistle, ref

Yesterday, Warren Smith published a superb article discussing his opinion on the current refereeing debate, and to put it simply, he is spot on.

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Australian rugby needs a champion team, not a team of champions

Last week The Sydney Morning Herald reported that ARU chair Cameron Clyne hinted that if the ARU was legally unable to axe an Australian Super Rugby franchise, he would resign his position.

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Formula One’s Halo decision sanitises motorsport

Since the inception of motorsport, the disclaimer ‘motorsport is dangerous’ has followed all forms of racing globally, clearly highlighting the inherent and obvious risks that come with such high-speed sports.

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The Demons seem destined for September

Jake Melksham was tied against the boundary. The paltry crowd echoed around the MCG and the time, finite as it is, dwindled away, fast becoming Port Adelaide’s enemy.

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The FFA Cup approaches crunch time

By Jeff Williamson, Today
The FFA Cup approaches crunch time

The best football competition in Australia, the FFA Cup, launches into the round of 32 this week.

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Top six top men: The players who will decide the EPL’s top end

With seemingly so little separating the top six heading into the 2017-18 English Premier League season, these are the players from those teams whose performance or lack thereof will be what settles the finishing position of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

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Canadian Football League 2017: Week 5 talking points

Ahh, Canadian football, you strange and wonderful beast. Week Five saw five games stretching from Wednesday to Monday, and one team, the Ottawa Redblacks, played twice.

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Why the Eagles need to play their youngsters

Entering a season with the AFL’s oldest average list age should usually mean a club is in its prime to challenge for a premiership.

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Simpson deserves respect as goodwill dries up

If Adam Simpson has learned anything in the past couple of days it is that perception means a lot in football.

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Hawks and Swans still alive ahead of Friday night showdown

Earlier this season I wrote an article on The Roar suggesting that both Hawthorn and the Sydney Swans would face the beginning of the end in 2017.

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Deep down we all love the rough stuff. I know I do

I don’t condone violence and I have the same reaction as most people when I see a ‘deliberate cheap shot’ during a game.

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Has Toro Rosso become redundant?

By Bayden Westerweller, Today
Has Toro Rosso become redundant?

Toro Rosso has morphed from backmarkers to credible midfielders throughout its 12 seasons on the grid, yet the primary purpose of its existence has never been as dubious as it is presently.

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Supercars on notice as crisis engulfs DTM in Europe

Today a giant in the world of motorsport has been slain.

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Thompson should have hung up the boots last year

One of the greatest Adelaide players to ever put on the jumper has been sent off with the game well and truly past him – but it shouldn’t have ended this way.

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One-day football tournaments are the most common football tournaments everywhere in the Philippines. It is always a fun day for young players and parents.

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Past the post: Randwick and Morphettville Blackbookers

Some decent types were out on display at Randwick on Saturday with a couple of nice efforts, while at Morphettville, I think we saw an above average youngster. Here are the Blackbookers.

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Trip to Paris horse racing

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

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Brisbane Roar marquee player Massimo Maccarone

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Adam Simpson West Coast Eagles AFL 2017

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Ashley Taylor Gold Coast Titans NRL Rugby League 2017

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Boyd Cordner State of Origin NSW Blues NRL Rugby League 2017

The Blues will be back, trust me

By Don Aprile, 25 Jul 2017

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Cale Hooker Essendon Bombers AFL 2017

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AFL Sherrin Football Generic 2017

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