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It’s easy to say in hindsight, but Hawthorn’s writing was always on the wall

The signs of impending doom were there, we just didn’t look hard enough. Or we put too much faith in the established order. Or we didn’t dare believe it might be so (depending on where our loyalties lie).

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Weren’t the Sharks supposed to be satisfied with one premiership?

Cronulla clearly haven’t had enough of winning premierships, which is how it should be when it takes you 50 years to win your first.

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Tigers unleashed: Richmond breaks out of its cage, and into the 2017 flag race

Four rounds into the year, the Tigers of old find themselves one of three undefeated teams sitting in the top four of the AFL ladder. While a hot start was always in prospect, the manner by which Richmond have gone about their work suggests theirs form is not merely a product of a kind fixture.

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Racing on the Harbour Bridge: A cunning stunt?

Horse racing over the Sydney Harbour Bridge wasn’t a late April Fools joke – some budding English entrepreneurs appear to be serious about creating a track on Sydney’s famous landmark.

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Michael Cheika’s selection conundrum at halfback

Suddenly, the summer is nearly here (at least in the UK). The Six Nations has breezed by, the announcement of the British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand is due in two days, and there are only another six full rounds of Super Rugby before the international break.

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Memo to Moses: NRL contracts must be honoured

Ivan Cleary made the right decision to select Parramatta-bound Mitchell Moses in the Wests Tigers side to meet the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

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Injuries no excuse for flailing Sydney

Let’s get something straight – Sydney’s 0-4 start to the season is not because of injuries. It’s because of list management and poor form, and let’s not pretend otherwise.

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Henriques, Behrendorff and Shaun Marsh should go to Champions Trophy

Shaun Marsh, Jason Behrendorff and Moises Henriques should be selected in Australia’s Champions Trophy ODI squad to head to England next month.

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Do it, Des: Mbye to 9 and Frawley to 7

Just three weeks ago, Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was in the hot seat, battling for his future at Canterbury.

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Pop quiz: Who’s the form Australian side at the moment?

Some surprise results and some impressive showings around the grounds in Round 8 helped put the focus back on actual on-field rugby this weekend, a welcome change from the potentially life-changing distractions going on off it.

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Is it time for team orders at Mercedes?

The Bahrain Grand Prix was another fascinating chapter in the unfolding 2017 championship fight between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

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The playstyle transformation’s that could define a Chiefs OCE CS:GO era

Over the back half of 2016, many of the formerly great Australian CS:GO rosters were in flux.

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NSW Cricket CEO: Are we worried about small Sheffield Shield attendances? Not at all

Easter this year marks the official end of the New South Wales cricket season, with men’s and women’s seasons from Australian to grassroots level all complete.

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Time for Ben Ikin and Paul Kent to zip it

Ben Ikin and Paul Kent co-host NRL360 on Fox three times a week. It is potentially the very best sporting show on national television.

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How the Blizzard Estadium aims to bolster APAC esports

When you think of esports in the Asia Pacific, you probably don’t think of Taiwan.

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Nine quick takes from AFL Round 4

If five straight days of footy isn’t the right way to spend your long weekend, I don’t know what is. To wrap it up, here’s my quick takes from the round.

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Besart Berisha of Victory celebrates after scoring a goal

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Bill Pulver ARU CEO

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The NRL Bunker has been a major source of derision in 2016

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Reece Hodge of the Rebels

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Jackson Bird Johnathan Thurston

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Nic Stirzaker Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby 2015

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Billy Slater's mid-air kick while catching a bomb has been deemed accidental

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Glen Boss rides Makybe Diva to win the 2005 Melbourne Cup

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Bulls vs Cheetahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The Bulls and the Cheetahs meet this week, both with just two wins in this year’s competition. Join The Roar for live scores from the match and a live blog of the game, starting from 1:15am AEST.

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Forget Tests, Australia must shift their focus to the shorter form

Australia need to start putting more focus on their One Day and T20 teams. It is good to see priority on the Test team but this form of cricket is beginning to lose popularity.

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Stirling Mortlock vs Jokerman

By Jokerman, 23 Apr 2017 New author!
Stirling Mortlock vs Jokerman

The riddles of the night will show your world; awake or not.

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Force vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

By Alan Nicolea, 22 Apr 2017 Popular article! Video
Force vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: The drought continued for Australian sides against Kiwi teams on Saturday night, with the Force succumbing to the Chiefs by 9 points in Perth.

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Fremantle Dockers vs North Melbourne Kangaroos: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: North Melbourne have had some heartbreaking results over the first five weeks of the season, but their loss to Fremantle will rank as the worst by far.

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Cronulla Sharks vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores, blog, highlights

Match result: The Gold Coast Titans have scored a valuable upset win on the road, knocking off the reigning premiers by four points.

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Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: The GWS Giants have bested their crosstown rivals the Sydney Swans for the third time in a row and for the first time ever at the SCG, victorious by 42 points on Saturday night.

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Crusaders vs Stormers: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: The Crusaders have won a high-scoring match with the Stormers by 23 points.

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North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights Highlights: NRL scores, blog

Match result: The North Queensland Cowboys have defeated a hard-working and determined Newcastle Knights outfit this Saturday afternoon in Townsville.

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Gold Coast Suns vs Adelaide Crows highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Match result: The Adelaide Crows have started the season 5-0 for the first time in their history with an emphatic 67-point win over the undermanned Gold Coast Suns.

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Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers highlights: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: Despite a late scare, the Eels have held on for their fourth win of the season and second in a row as they push their way up towards the pointy of the standings.

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Highlanders vs Sunwolves: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: The Highlanders as expected emerged comfortable winners over the Sunwolves on Saturday.

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Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Match result: They had to work hard for it, but the Bulldogs eventually came away with a 32-point victory over the Lions to give Bob Murphy the perfect 300th game.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets: NBA Playoffs Game 3 live scores, blog

It’s almost a must-win situation for the Oklahoma City Thunder when they return home to host Game 3 of their NBA first round Playoffs series against the Houston Rockets. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match from 11:30am (AEST).

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Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics: NBA Playoffs Game 3 live scores, blog

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs moves to the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, as the red-hot Chicago Bulls face the struggling number 1 seed Boston Celtics. Join The Roar for a live blog of the match, starting from 9am AEST.

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Size does matter for Super Rugby

By marty beauchamp, 22 Apr 2017
Size does matter for Super Rugby

I came to Australia in 1996. By the time Rod MacQueen had led the Wallabies to a second World Cup I was almost ready to head back to New Zealand I spent that much time hearing how ‘those All Blacks used to be good didn’t they?’

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Jurgen Klopp

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Jaco Kriel Lions Super Rugby 2016

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Steve Smith celebrates a run out

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Grassroots esports scenes matter just as much as the international circuits.

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Horses racing at Caulfield racecourse

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