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Billy Slater guides Storm to NRL final but could face suspension

Melbourne 22-6 CronullaAs it happened: minute-by-minute liveblogBilly Slater has powered Melbourne into a fairytale third straight NRL grand final with a 22-6 flogging of Cronulla, but the retiring superstar has an anxious wait to see if he’ll be suspe…

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Billy Slater guides Storm to NRL final but could face suspension

Melbourne 22-6 CronullaAs it happened: minute-by-minute liveblogBilly Slater has powered Melbourne into a fairytale third straight NRL grand final with a 22-6 flogging of Cronulla, but the retiring superstar has an anxious wait to see if he’ll be suspe…

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Sam Burgess cleared of wrongdoing in NRL lewd photo scandal

Rabbitohs star cleared of misconduct by South Sydney reviewNRL integrity unit investigator interviews female witnessSouth Sydney star Sam Burgess has been cleared of any wrongdoing over the lewd photo scandal after the NRL club completed its investigat…

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Starc and Finch could hold key to Australia’s UAE tour, Paine

Potential Test debut for 31-year-old Aaron FinchMitchell Starc workload management key Tim Paine will resist temptation to ensure Australia get the most bang for their buck out of Mitchell Starc against Pakistan.The left-arm quick will return from a le…

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Mariners sign key duo as Sydney FC survive FFA Cup scare

Ross McCormack and Socceroo Tommy Oar return to A-LeagueSydney FC 4-2 Avondale FC (extra time)Sydney FC coach Steve Corica has shown his relief and delight at the club’s passage through a tight FFA Cup squeeze.The Sky Blues led 2-0 but were forced into…

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Umpire suspended for helping Nick Kyrgios at US Open

Mohamed Lahyani receives two-tournament banATP determine umpire ‘compromised impartiality’Umpire Mohamed Lahyani has been suspended from his next two scheduled tournaments for trying to encourage Nick Kyrgios during a match at the US Ope…

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Day, Scott and Leishman to miss Australian Open

Australian golf’s top three locals to miss OpenJordan Spieth wedding also sees prominent withdrawalsNone of Australia’s top three drawcards look likely for November’s Australian Open with golf’s biggest international talent also missing due to rival to…

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Wallabies: Tui says he does not want ‘to play anymore’ after altercation with fan

Coach Michael Cheika claims incident sparked by Tui’s sister being pushed by supporter after Australia’s 23-19 loss to ArgentinaA distraught Lukhan Tui has told teammates he is “not going to be playing anymore” following an ugly post-match altercation …

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Woeful Wallabies stunned as Argentina win in Australia for first time since 1983

Australia fall 23-19 in Rugby Championship clashFifth defeat in seven Tests this season for WallabiesAustralia slumped to their first home loss to Argentina in 35 years, falling 23-19 in Saturday night’s Rugby Championship Test. The Wallabies were once…

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South Sydney rocked by lewd video claims on eve of NRL semi-final

Two players allegedly exposed themselvesRabbitohs treating accusations seriouslySouth Sydney coach Anthony Seibold admits being blindsided by the club’s investigation into a lewd video scandal that has rocked their NRL finals series.One day before thei…

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Israel Folau to wing it for Wallabies against Argentina

Fullback to play on flank for first time since 2013David Pocock also set for return on Gold CoastIsrael Folau has been named to make his Wallabies return against Argentina – but not in his usual position. Instead, coach Michael Cheika starts Folau on t…

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‘We don’t want wallflowers’: players to elect New Zealand’s next netball captain

Players to vote on a 3-2-1 basis for preferred candidate‘The people will speak,’ says coach Noeline Taurua New Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua has raised eyebrows by conducting a player vote to determine the team’s captain. Days out from the first ro…

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Australia set for mix of youth and experience for first Test series since ball tampering scandal

Two-Test series against Pakistan starts 7 October Five players missing due to suspension or injuryNational selectors are set to call upon fresh faces and seasoned veterans in one of the most heavily depleted Australian Test squads in recent memory.The …

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Australia set for mix of youth and experience for first Test series since ball tampering scandal

Two-Test series against Pakistan starts 7 October Five players missing due to suspension or injuryNational selectors are set to call upon fresh faces and seasoned veterans in one of the most heavily depleted Australian Test squads in recent memory.The …

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NRL hit Bulldogs with $250,000 fine for Mad Monday celebrations

Bulldogs have five days to respond to breach noticeClub accept behaviour was ‘unacceptable’Canterbury have been hit with a massive $250,000 fine for their Mad Monday celebrations.The NRL on Wednesday issued the club with a breach notice and the Bulldog…

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World Surf League to offer gender pay parity from next year

Equal prize money for men and women in elite eventsSteph Gilmore hopes other sports to follow suitWorld surfing is leading the way to pay parity with the backing of two of the sport’s greatest male and female champions. The World Surf League announced …

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Sam Burgess to end career with Souths after re-signing until 2023

England international pens four-year extensionWill call time on playing career at age 34Sam Burgess will remain at South Sydney until the end of his NRL career after putting pen to paper on a four-year extension. Despite being on contract until the end…

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‘A bad look’: Bulldogs launch probe into Mad Monday celebrations

Pictures show some players stripping and vomitingNRL club accepts behaviour was ‘unacceptable’Canterbury have launched an investigation into the NRL club’s Mad Monday drinks, describing pictures that emerged showing Bulldogs players stripping naked and…

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Hectic schedules raise concerns over Matildas burnout before Women’s World Cup

Fears some Australian players are near point of exhaustionFFA alert to risk and will monitor situation Matildas players will be nursed through their next international fixtures and the W-League season to ensure they aren’t burned out before next year’s…

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‘It’s been really positive’: Ashleigh Barty bows out of US Open in fourth round

Karolina Pliskova overcomes Australian No 1 6-4, 6-4Run ensures 22-year-old career-high ranking of No 15 Ashleigh Barty’s US Open campaign is over, with Australia’s biggest women’s singles hope falling to former finalist Karolina Pliskova in the fourth…