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With the team Laurie’s picked, the Blues can win State of Origin

At 6:40pm last night at a Legends of Origin dinner, Laurie Daley announced his New South Wales Blues squad to take on the Queensland Maroons for State of Origin, Game 1.

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AFL Trade Rumours: North Melbourne shopping for superstars

Often accused of lacking superstar talent during their recent years in finals – and not unfairly – North Melbourne appear to be going to great lengths to rectify that, with news coming through on Monday that they have put down a second million-dollar offer for an out-of-contract opposition player.

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The team so good it doesn’t need Billy Slater

Queensland is so good they don’t need Billy Slater. Queensland is so good Greg Inglis can do his knee and they still don’t need Billy Slater.

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Wade key to Australia’s Champions Trophy hopes

By banking on explosive batsmen for the Champions Trophy, which starts next week, Australia have handed heavy responsibility to in-form keeper-batsman Matthew Wade.

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When is the deadline, SANZAAR?

Serious ‘fightin’ words’ from the Melbourne Rebels on Friday evening leaves the Australian Rugby Union in a very precarious position in its quest to strengthen-by-contraction. And as a flow-on, it further erodes SANZAAR’s battle to stay relevant as an administrator of southern hemisphere rugby.

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Mal shows impartiality headlining propaganda show ‘Queenslanders Only’

Origin time legally requires us to fulfil two obligations: magnifying the trivial and over-glorifying Queenslanders.

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Kevin Walters reduced to tears over Billy Slater’s Origin dismissal

It was too much for Queensland Origin coach Kevin Walters trying to explain to the media why legend Billy Slater was left out of Origin One tomorrow week.

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Lance Stroll and the Max Verstappen effect

Max Verstappen was billed as a once-in-a-generation anomaly when he first took his seat in a Formula One car.

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NSW Blues team for State of Origin Game 1, 2017: Expert reaction

The New South Wales Blues have announced their team for Game 1 of the 2017 State of Origin series, and as usual there is a mix of surprises along with the totally anticipated selections.

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Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin Game 1, 2017: Expert reaction

The Maroons side for State of Origin 1 has been announced, with Anthony Milford and Dylan Napa to represent Queensland for the first time, and Johnathan Thurston named as the 18th man.

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Round 9 in the AFL: Dangerfield detonates, and the Giants find another way to beat the odds

Some semblance of reality returned to the AFL this weekend. Most of the market fancies won the day, and one of the game’s best reminded us of his potential for outright desolation.

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The EPL is now invisible thanks to Optus

The English Premier League is now practically invisible in Australia, but don’t expect those who buy and sell the broadcast rights to admit that Aussies are no longer tuning in.

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The Wrap: The owner, the divorce and the laughing goosestep

No sooner had the Crusaders completed their 31-24 win over the Chiefs – a superb advertisement for both New Zealand and Super Rugby – Fox Sports front man Nick McArdle announced a new statement from the Melbourne Rebels regarding their continued presence in Super Rugby.

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ARU madness! Pocock earns three times more than McMahon for not playing

Early last year, at the finish of the Randwick Rugby Club’s meeting to launch the new rugby season, I approached Bill Pulver, the chief executive of the ARU, to ask him an important question: “How much is the ARU paying David Pocock for not playing Super Rugby or for the Wallabies in 2017?”

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Erin Phillips staying put at the Crows

The AFLW’s best player, Erin Phillips, has re-signed with premiers Adelaide for next season.

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Ian Chappell lauds players in pay spat after CA gambled on greed

Ian Chappell has praised the altruism of modern-day successor Steve Smith and his Test teammates, saying Cricket Australia unsuccessfully gambled on players’ greed in the ongoing spat.

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Roosters player Latrell Mitchell is congratulated by Mitchell Pearce

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Mitchell Moses Parramatta Eels NRL Rugby League 2017

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Israel Folau runs in a try for the Waratahs (Source: AJF Photography)

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Jeremy Cameron GWS Giants AFL 2017

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Korbin Sims Brisbane Broncos NRL Rugby League 2017

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Shaun Johnson running with football

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Tigers player Mitchell Moses

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Alex Brosque Sydney FC A-League Grand Final 2017

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Enough with the Mitchell Pearce redemption stories

It is official, Mitchell Pearce is back in a Blues jumper after his one-year sabbatical. He has learnt a lot in his year off from state of Origin and now he is ready to finally silence his critics.

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A scrum that won’t bind, block runners and the footless play-the-ball

Articulating frustrations with officialdom in the NRL is as pointless as trying to identify facts in a Donald Trump speech.

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AFL Team of the Week: Round 9

By Josh Barnstable, Today
AFL Team of the Week: Round 9

Some incredible performances in the midfield are highlighted in Round 9’s Team of the Week.

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It’s time for the FFA to dream, build a dam – and forget the numbers

I passed Mathematics at school. Not with flying colours, but competently enough. It has served me well through life.

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Time for the Warriors to put on their big-boy pants

I tried selling my Warriors jersey on-line, without luck. So I re-listed it with the ‘caution, flammable material’ label on the outside. It sold within minutes.

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LeBron rightly snubbed in MVP race

By Mathew Langdon, Today
LeBron rightly snubbed in MVP race

LeBron James has been in the MVP race almost every year since setting foot on the court, however 2017 will be the first time since 2008 that he has not featured in the top three in the race, and this may be the only year that this makes sense.

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English Premier League season in review

It was billed as the greatest collection of managers to have ever been assembled in Premier League history. Household names like Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew and Mark Hughes were joined by the foreign legion.

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Waratahs’ win shows the importance of momentum

Momentum is one of the most important factors in sport. Often, a player or team will be dominant for part of a match, and then totally outplayed at other times.

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Can’t buy a win, but Richmond remain great value for entertainment

Elation. Disbelief. Heartbreak. Three juxtaposing emotions experienced all within two minutes.

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Are Lions fans whistling past the graveyard?

While Lions fans admit their squad is facing a momentous task, they’re quietly – or loudly, depending on the town and country – confident of a series win.

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Cloud of uncertainly looms over Wenger as Arsenal miss Champions League

For the first time since 1996-1997 Arsenal have not qualified for the Champions League, raising questions about Arsene Wenger’s position at the club.

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Indianapolis 500: Pole day talking points

By Andrew Kitchener, Today
Indianapolis 500: Pole day talking points

The starting line-up for the one hundred and first running of the Indianapolis 500 was set on Sunday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Poor discipline could cost Blues another series

State of Origin is often a close affair and despite Queensland’s dominance over ten of the past 11 years, there have only been a handful of games with blowout scorelines.

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The Warriors now face the greatest demon of all: Supporter apathy

As a Warriors supporter, there is a mood in the air that I have never experienced in 20 years. Or should I say, lack of mood – apathy is the only word to describe it.

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Pick winners to be winners: A table-based NSW State of Origin side

Origin team speculation is almost a sport in its own right.

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AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 9

By Adrian Polykandrites, 22 May 2017
AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 9

If the first eight rounds taught us anything, it’s to expect anything, which is why – with the exception of the margin between Essendon and West Coast – there were no real surprises in Round 9.

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Swans' Lance Franklin kicks the ball

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Greater Western Sydney's Shane Mumford

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AFL Goal Umpire

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Tevita Kuridrani of the Brumbies Super Rugby

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Romelu Lukaku of Everton F.C.

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Horses fly the gates

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring for Real Madrid

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Lionel Messi and Neymar for Barcelona (photo: AFP)

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Parthiv Patel Rising Pune Supergiant Indian Premier League IPL Cricket 2017

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