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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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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Shaun Marsh, Jason Behrendorff and Moises Henriques should be selected in Australia’s Champions Trophy ODI squad to head to England next month.
Just three weeks ago, Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was in the hot seat, battling for his future at Canterbury.
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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The Bahrain Grand Prix was another fascinating chapter in the unfolding 2017 championship fight between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
Over the back half of 2016, many of the formerly great Australian CS:GO rosters were in flux.
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.
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.
When you think of esports in the Asia Pacific, you probably don’t think of Taiwan.
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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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.
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.
The riddles of the night will show your world; awake or not.
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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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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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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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.
Match result: The Crusaders have won a high-scoring match with the Stormers by 23 points.
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Match result: The North Queensland Cowboys have defeated a hard-working and determined Newcastle Knights outfit this Saturday afternoon in Townsville.
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.
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.
Match result: The Highlanders as expected emerged comfortable winners over the Sunwolves on Saturday.
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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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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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.
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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