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Why the Socceroos can beat Germany

After all the bombast and rhetoric, it’s high time the Socceroos turned in a decent performance – and they’ll hardly get a better chance than against a third-string German outfit.

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Is it still an ambush if you see it coming?

Queensland are done. Finished. They’re too old. Too slow. Too tired from winning series after series. The tide has turned and there’s nothing the Maroons can do to stop it. They’ve gone from top dogs back down to a role that they’re much more familiar with – underdogs.

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The Wrap: There’s a lot to be said for having a game plan

With due respect to Tonga, Wales and the international women’s sides, there were three top-line matches in Australia and New Zealand over the weekend. All three winners employed clear, distinctive game plans, albeit it very different ones.

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The Brisbane Lions are finally on the road back to competence

This is the scene: Stefan Martin, his body broad, his eyes mean and his biceps breathing, starts his run-up inside the centre circle.

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Celebrating Gallen and Farah before the state moves on drastically unaffected without them

New South Wales should stop to appreciate the invaluable contributions made by Paul Gallen and Robbie Farah before our team makes further headway in their absence.

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Homeless Pakistan capture Champions Trophy

It’s hard to comprehend how Pakistan has played just one international series – against Zimbabwe in 2015 – at home since 2009, when terrorists attacked the touring Sri Lankans in Lahore.

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Nine quick takes from AFL Round 13

The footy has finished up for the week, which means it’s time for some quick takes! Here are my first thoughts coming out of Round 13.

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The woeful Wallabies and their rubbish rugby

Little wonder Wallaby coach Michael Cheika is a shattered man.

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Roar Forum: What changes should the Wallabies make for Italy?

The Wallabies have dropped their first game of the June International window, going down to Scotland in what could only be described as a disappointing loss.

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Taking the Mickey: Pakistan’s perennial plot twist

A lot has been made of England’s transformation since their beleaguered 2015 World Cup campaign Down Under.

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Champions Trophy final more like a war than a match

Sporting clashes between India and Pakistan are more than just matches on the field. There are more war cries than ear-splitting appeals to the umpire.

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WATCH: Wallabies vs Scotland video highlights

It went right to the death, but the Wallabies have gone down to Scotland by five points in Sydney on Saturday afternoon.

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Giants Netball showing the way forward on and off the court for women’s sport

Giants Netball will face off against the Sunshine Coast Lightning in netball’s night of nights, the Suncorp Super grand final tonight in Brisbane.

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Mooy’s Terriers transfer seals ideal outcome for all sides

In the space of three-and-a-half years, the City Group have turned their acquisition of Melbourne’s second A-League club into an investment that has paid for itself.

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Why Hurrell’s brain snap holds promise for Maroons

It was a game between two depleted teams occupying the NRL cellar. What insight could last night’s Rabbitohs-Titans clash possibly offer us about Wednesday’s forthcoming Origin game?

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Only one winner in Las Vegas money spinner

You may not have heard of Marc Farnsworth. He is the world number one pool player according to the International Professional Pool Players Association rankings.

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Israel Folau Wallabies Australian Rugby Union 2017

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Queensland Maroons' Billy Slater and Copper Cronk celebrate winning State of Origin 2013

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Tony McGahan Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Union 2017

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Manly Sea Eagles NRL Rugby League 2017

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Michelle Heyman in action for the Australian Matildas during the Rio 2016 Olympics

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Jade Gresham St Kilda Saints AFL 2017

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James Tedesco NSW Blues State of Origin NRL Rugby League 2017

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Conor McGregor holds up his title belts

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Maroons player Josh Papalii pushes Blues player Greg Bird

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NBA Draft: The Lottery’s concise review

By Hamish Hutton, 23 Jun 2017
NBA Draft: The Lottery’s concise review

The NBA Draft took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn today, this is a concise review of each player drafted in the lottery and what they bring to their team.

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Will Afghanistan and Ireland get enough competitive games?

The ICC has announced that Afghanistan and Ireland are now full member nations, which means that they now get Test status.

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Only football has the potential to unite Australia

The A-League has finished for the season but the chatter among fans about where to take the beautiful game is never ending.

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Roar and Against: Watching rugby union on TV is better than being at the ground

They say rugby’s the game they play in heaven. But where do they watch it from?

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All Blacks vs Lions: Contrasting styles, but now it’s time for substance to matter

I can’t remember being this excited since the time I discovered my local Sydney supermarket had a Kiwi lollies section.

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The hype of the first NBA awards night

By Ryan Geer, 23 Jun 2017
The hype of the first NBA awards night

In just under a week’s time in New York City, Drake will be hosting the first ever NBA Awards night.

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Coulthard’s retention marks the beginning of the DJR Team Penske dynasty

‘Why change a winning formula?’ was the question, while it was pondered what the latest Supercars powerhouse team in DJR Team Penske would do with Fabian Coulthard, following the expiration of his contract at the end of 2017.

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Why Kangaroos shouldn’t make the hop to Tassie

By Andrew Macdougall, 23 Jun 2017
Why Kangaroos shouldn’t make the hop to Tassie

The reason we love sport is the emotion it brings, it’s a real life soap opera, enormous joy together with the lowest of lows. The lowest of them all, is seeing your club get taken away after years of fighting to keep it alive.

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Sam Newman – no laughing matter

By Sean Woodland, 23 Jun 2017
Sam Newman – no laughing matter

Imagine having a bizarrely altered face like Sam Newman’s and then having the gobsmacking audacity to refer to someone else as an ‘it’.

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Ricciardo reaching a crossroads

By Bayden Westerweller, 23 Jun 2017
Ricciardo reaching a crossroads

Three consecutive podiums speak to his consistency, yet Daniel Ricciardo is rapidly approaching the definitive phase of his career

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Can the Lions beat New Zealand?

By DECLAN MURPHY, 23 Jun 2017
Can the Lions beat New Zealand?

Peter O’Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first match of the Test series against New Zealand, this Saturday, 24th June.

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It’s a lopsided NRL draw, so whose ladder position is bogus?

With Round 16 of the NRL kicking off tonight, the similarities between now and 12 months ago offer a useful insight in the race to this year’s finals.

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Making sense of ladders and power rankings

By Gordon P Smith, 23 Jun 2017
Making sense of ladders and power rankings

I read Adrian Polykandrites‘ power rankings each week, and the comments this week seemed to hover around an age-old question; exactly what are we ranking when we post our opinions of team orders?

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Queensland deserves to see more of the Socceroos

Thursday, January 22, 2015. That was the last time the Socceroos played in Queensland.

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Who would replace Gallop and Lowy?

By Nick Symonds, 23 Jun 2017
Who would replace Gallop and Lowy?

Calls for the current leaders at FFA to leave are nothing new but it begs the question, who comes next?

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2012 AFL re-draft

By Zac Standish, 23 Jun 2017
2012 AFL re-draft

The draft class of 2012 has had an interesting first five years in the AFL, with some players developing into up and coming stars of the competition, while others have struggled to find their feet at the highest level.

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Jarrod Croker Canberra Raiders NRL Rugby League 2017

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CLG NA LCS League of Legends

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American Football players line up

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The US and Canadian Ice hockey teams

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Maple Leafs Lightning Ice Hockey

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Australia's midfielder Massimo Luongo

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Josh Jenkins Adelaide Crows AFL 2016

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Dane Gagai scoring a try

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