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Nine quick takes from AFL Round 21

Two weeks left in the home-and-away season, and the final eight is starting to take shape. Here’s my quick takes from Round 21.

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FFA congress skullduggery a rank distraction

So when will the mini-series come out? What Logie-baiting cast will be assembled and to what depths of melodramatic villainy will they have to sink to do the whole noxious affair justice?

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Jason Day blows his PGA Championship

Jason Day stood on the 18th tee of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow this morning at 4-under, and well in contention.

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The sun goes down in the west – a dark day for Australian rugby

The longest 72 hours in the history of Australian rugby has ended with the ARU finally announcing that it will “discontinue” the Force as the Super Rugby competition reverts to 15 teams from 2018.

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It’s official: Western Force cut by ARU, Bill Pulver steps down

The ARU have made the decision to discontinue the Western Forces’ Super Rugby license, and Bill Pulver has announced he will step down as ARU CEO once a replacement is found.

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Jason Day in the mix after the opening round of the PGA Championship

Australian Jason Day appeared to be heading for trouble when he was three-over after 13 holes during the opening round of the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

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Western Bulldogs vs GWS Giants: Friday Night Forecast

The Dogs and Giants have played two of the most compelling games of football in recent years in their last two outings, and there’s no reason to expect tonight’s finals-shaping encounter won’t make it a trilogy.

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Leichhardt is old but it’s better than Disneyland

And so to Leichhardt Oval this Sunday for the Tigers-Manly match, and the list of places I’d not rather be includes: New York, London, Barcelona, Tahiti, Thredbo (enough, people, it’s snow), Disneyland, Disney World, Disneyland Paris, the Pyramids of Giza and a roller disco at Pamela Anderson’s place.

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May the industrial action never end

It all feels a bit hollow now. A bit anti-climactic.

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Victory’s system arranged around a robust trunk

It seems unkind, and a little cheap, to label Joe Caletti and Matt McKay’s performances in their 5-1 FFA Cup loss to the Melbourne Victory as lightweight, considering the modest stature of the two.

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Women’s sport weekly wrap: Cricket lead the way with historic pay deal

A question I frequently get asked is which sport is doing the most for women’s sport in Australia. My answer is always the same.

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NBA schedule: Ben Simmons to debut against Washington, finals replay on Christmas Day

The NBA has begun to announce their season schedule, with five games to be played on Christmas day, a possible preview of the conference finals on opening day and Australian Ben Simmons to debut with the Philadelphia 76ers on the second day of the season.

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Henry unsure of Hayne’s best position, remains hopeful it’s somewhere else

Neil Henry admits he’s yet to decide on Jarryd Hayne’s best position for the Titans, but has whittled it down to “either reserve grade or rugby”.

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What’s happened to harness racing, and why does it keep happening?

Harness racing once rivalled the thoroughbreds for crowds and interest. Now it’s reduced to being shown on split screens on Sky 2 while blokes in the pub joke about ‘crims on rims’ and ‘cheats on seats’. What’s happened to harness?

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Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor undercard announced

Two world title fights will make up part of the undercard for the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight later this month.

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PRICHARD: My amusing first encounter with Rupert Murdoch

There are some legendary anecdotes about dealing with media moguls like Rupert Murdoch and the late Kerry Packer.

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Nelson Asota-Solomona Melbourne Storm NRL Rugby League 2017

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Keaton Jennings plays a shot for England.

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Patrick Dangerfield Joel Selwood Geelong Cats AFL 2016

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Sam Burgess and James Graham get into a fight

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Young Socceroos manager Paul Okon

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Clay Smith Western Bulldogs AFL Final 2016

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StarCraft Remastered Korea

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League of Legends Worlds

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Jeremy Cameron GWS Giants AFL 2017

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors Highlights: NRL scores, blog

It’s a bottom-half clash at ANZ Stadium, as the South Sydney Rabbitohs host the New Zealand Warriors. Join The Roar for live scores from the match and a live blog of the game at ANZ Stadium on Friday night, starting from 6pm AEST.

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The biggest disappointment this NRL season

By Oliver Matthews, 18 Aug 2017
The biggest disappointment this NRL season

With Origin a distant memory and everyone’s focus completely on the run into the finals there are lots of interesting stories to play out in the NRL this season.

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A member’s address to the Canterbury Bulldogs board

I stand here today with one blue and one white eye. A man born in Canterbury Hospital, raised in Punchbowl, and an ex-student of – the now rebranded – St John’s College Lakemba.

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Centre stage: Who will be the NBA’s last great big man?

The NBA has always been a land of giants, but in today’s NBA, the big man is becoming less and less relevant. Indeed, the centre as we once knew it is all but extinct.

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The Chicago Bulls story: the NBA’s most recent fall from grace

If you told a Bulls fan in 2011 that, by 2017, Derrick Rose would be on the Cavs – not having made another All-NBA team – a young and upcoming Jimmy Butler would be traded to the Wolves and they’d be discussing a buy-out with Dwyane Wade, they would laugh.

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Bob Murphy: Big brother, big influence and even bigger heart

“I know this sounds like a cliché,” Bob began, his signature grin beaming. “but this was a childhood dream.”

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Can Supercars ‘Big Bash’ races be a success?

Such has been the success of the Twenty20 format in cricket and the Big Bash domestic competition, that it is a formula that Supercars is looking pursue for the future.

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Panthers on fire, but Raiders coming home hot

With three games left to play in the NRL regular season and just six points separating the sides between fourth and tenth, the run into the finals is smothered in scenario-riddled matches.

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Australian Boomers vs China: FIBA Asia Cup quarter-final live scores, blog

The Australian Boomers will be out to continue their domination at the FIBA Asia Cup, when they take on China in the quarter-finals. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:30pm (AEST).

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Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores, blog, highlights

The Parramatta Eels are looking to shake off a shock loss to the Knights last week and get their finals race back on track when they play host to the Gold Coast Titans. Catch all the action on The Roar from 7:50pm (AEST).

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Harley Bennell: The feel good story of 2017

By Zac Standish, 17 Aug 2017
Harley Bennell: The feel good story of 2017

From draws to kicks after the siren and everything in between, 2017 has been a truly special season for football fans as we enter one of the most open finals series in recent memory.

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EPL Round 1: Five quick takes and Round 2 predictions

The EPL’s first round has come and gone. Here’s what we thought – and what we think might happen next week.

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The Melbourne Cup should be a proper national celebration

Melbourne Cup Day is a big deal. Let’s not deny that for a second, because it’s arguably Australia’s biggest yearly sporting event.

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NRL Round 24 predictions: Knights to push Storm all the way

With only three rounds remaining, the race for the top four, top eight and wooden spoon are well and truly alive. Round 24 promises to be season defining for the Dragons, Raiders, Panthers and Eels.

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The real shame in Mayweather versus McGregor

One of the greatest super-fights in the modern era of boxing is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the coming weeks, with a match-up that has been demanded by boxing fans for years.

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A Socceroos starting XI to beat Japan

By Ben Sewell, 17 Aug 2017
A Socceroos starting XI to beat Japan

Ange Postecoglou has named his 30-man preliminary squad for the Socceroos upcoming World Cup qualifiers. These are two vital games for Australia as a loss in either game will likely put an end to Australia’s direct World Cup qualification hopes.

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Patrick Dangerfield Geelong Cats AFL 2016

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Manly Sea Eagles NRL Rugby League 2017

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Kyle Feldt North Queensland Cowboys NRL Rugby League 2017

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Sam Jacobs Kurt Tippett Adelaide Crows Sydney Swans AFL 2016

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Luke Parker Sydney Swans AFL 2016

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Virat Kohli runs between the wickets vs Pakistan

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Romain Grosjean

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Melbourne Demons player Jack Watts

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