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Matildas v Chile: women’s football international – live!

Updates from the big game in PenrithAny thoughts? Email or tweet @PFConnolly 5.09am GMT 31 min: Saez slides in at left back to pinch the ball from Logarzo. Moments later, Aedo and Urrutia probe down the left flank but the Matildas defence forces them b…

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Curtis McGrath: how the elite athlete found a life beyond the war zone

The Invictus Games ambassador was serving in Afghanistan when he lost both legs. But in sport he found a way to stave off PTSD and other mental health issuesIt often gets forgotten amid the noise and glare of professional sport, but for the vast majori…

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NRL grand final 2018: Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm – live!

Updates from Roosters v Storm 2018 grand final from HomebushAny thoughts? Get in touch via email or tweet @PFConnolly 10.50am BST 14 min: The Storm threaten to the left before kicking deep right and it’s only some deft passing by Tedesco and Tupou that…

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Tournament of Nations 2018: Matildas v Japan – live!

Australia seek revenge over their Asian Cup conquerorsAny thoughts? Email Paul or tweet @PFConnolly 11.24pm BST 33 min: Kennedy comes across to close down a promising Japan move down the right. 11.23pm BST 31 min: Sakaguchi squirms through traffic well…

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State of Origin 2018 Game 2: NSW Blues v Queensland Maroons – live!

Updates from the game at ANZ StadiumGet in touch with Paul on email or Twitter 10.23am BST I’ve come back home to Australia to an unreal weekend of footy and the men’s #origin hasn’t even begun yet! @WRugbyLeague #PacificTest @NRL @fijirugbyleague @PNG…

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State of Origin 2018 Game I: New South Wales Blues v Queensland Maroons – live!

Updates from the opening match of the series at the MCGFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @PFConnolly 3.19am BST Apart from 2014, which turned out to be the eye of the storm, Queensland has, since 2006, torn through State of Origin like a cycl…

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Czech Republic v Australia: international friendly – live!

Updates from the World Cup warm-up match in St PoltenAlan Davidson’s all-time Australia XI | And pick your ownFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @PFConnolly 11.49am BST So there you have it. No major surprises in the Socceroos’ starting side. …

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Ball tampering scandal could be Australian fans’ tipping point | Paul Connolly

We’re a forgiving lot but this could be the final straw for those already tired of this team’s behaviourAmid the wildfire generated by Australia’s admission of ball-tampering in South Africa there’s speculation as to whether Cricket Australia might imp…

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St George Illawarra Dragons v Brisbane Broncos: NRL season opener – live!

Updates from the first game of 2018 at Jubilee OvalFeel free to get in touch by sending an email 10.10am GMT 43 min: An ordinary dummy half kick from Milford gifts the Dragons possession and they’re into Broncos’ territory with five up their sleeves. A…

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NRL season preview: good business primes Roosters for Storm chasing | Paul Connolly

Cooper Cronk boosts the Roosters’ premiership credentials what does his absence mean for the premiers?At some point in life you’d hope to attain the kind of clear-eyed perspective that has you agreeing with Tennyson, that it is indeed better to have lo…

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Winter Olympics 2018 day one: curling, figure skating and more – live!

Updates from the first day of competition in PyeongchangOpening ceremony to followFeel free to get in touch on email or Twitter @PFConnollyWinter Olympics: full schedule 5.12am GMT Dust yourself with talc, squeeze into a skin suit and get your skates o…

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Australia’s sporting year in review – success stories and slip-ups of 2017 | Paul Connolly

It has been a rollercoaster year across the codes but women’s sport has gone from strength to strength‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017Australian sports quiz of the year 2017In the 43rd minute of the Matildas’ 30 July match agains…

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Rugby League World Cup 2017 final: Australia v England – live!

Updates from the title decider at Suncorp Stadium in BrisbaneGet in touch with Paul on email or via Twitter @PFConnolly 9.27am GMT And the pressure tells, Cordner crashing over down the left channel after a fine short ball from Morgan. Widdop did his b…

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Tonga v England: Rugby League World Cup 2017 semi-final – live!

Updates from the second semi at Mount Smart Stadium in AucklandGet in touch with Paul on email or via Twitter @PFConnollyTonga the last obstacle to England’s first final in 22 years 5.41am GMT 23 min: Two bone-rattling hits by Tom Burgess but on the se…

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Ange Postecoglou stays true to his convictions until the very end | Paul Connolly

The coach’s decision to step down before next year’s World Cup is puzzling but a bigger shock would have been if he had stayed onConsidering an increasingly uncomfortable and world-weary Ange Postecoglou has spent the past month throwing esoteric smoke…

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Australia v Samoa: Rugby League World Cup quarter-final – live!

Updates from the opening last-eight match in DarwinGet in touch with Paul on email or via Twitter @PFConnolly 10.00am GMT 16 min: In the following set, Australia make ground too easily, runs by Chambers and then Slater, running off an inside ball from …

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Australia v Samoa: Rugby League World Cup quarter-final – live!

Updates from the opening last-eight match in DarwinGet in touch with Paul on email or via Twitter @PFConnolly 10.00am GMT 16 min: In the following set, Australia make ground too easily, runs by Chambers and then Slater, running off an inside ball from …

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Australia v Honduras: World Cup 2018 qualifying play-off, second leg – live!

Updates on the Socceroos’ must-win game at ANZ Stadium in SydneyGet in touch with Paul Connolly on email or via Twitter @PFConnolly 8.55am GMT There’s was some talk that the Honduran national anthem might be greeted by boos tonight but, from the TV cov…

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Melbourne overwhelming NRL grand final favourites but sport often surprises

Unlike the Storm, the Cowboys go into the decider unburdened by favouritism and with the backing of the majority of the crowd

At the recent launch of his new book at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre former Sydney Swans coach Paul Roos questioned the popular notion that a sporting team has only a brief “premiership window” in which to challenge before it regresses into the dreaded rebuilding phase, that long winter of discontent that so troubled Shakespeare, who must have been a North Sydney Bears fan.

Instead, Roos said, a team could go a long way to being a perennial force if it recruited well (which, he said, means more than simply signing the best players money can buy), had a strong team culture and was well served by a few key leaders, both in the coaching team and playing ranks.

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Matildas v Brazil: second international women’s football friendly – live!

  • Live updates from the match at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle
  • Get in touch with Paul on email or via Twitter @PFConnolly

10.37am BST

The anthems are done and kick-off is nigh! What a great way to spend a Tuesday night. The weather looks good, the surface looks brilliant… football should be the winner on the night.

.@MJStadium looking a treat tonight. @TheMatildas taking on Brazil! A huge night in the Hunter. #AUSVBRA pic.twitter.com/Bnz2rK6gwJ

10.35am BST

The players are emerging from the tunnel to a wonderful reception. It looks to be a good crowd – though the top decks of both sideline grandstands are vacant.

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