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Robbie Fowler to run rule over Brisbane’s battlers in final A-League game

Legendary Liverpool strikers attends trainingBrisbane Roar players have last chance at contractsInterim coach Darren Davies admits most members of his Brisbane Roar team will be playing for their futures in their final A-League game of the season.Davie…

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A whole new ball game: your guide to the 2019 Super Netball season

With a raft of off-season changes to the Super Netball clubs, 2019 is shaping up as the most unpredictable season yetGeva Mentor and Caitlin Bassett as a set of invincible bookends. Sharni Layton prowling the transverse line, bellowing praise at Caitli…

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A whole new ball game: your guide to the 2019 Super Netball season

With a raft of off-season changes to the Super Netball clubs, 2019 is shaping up as the most unpredictable season yetGeva Mentor and Caitlin Bassett as a set of invincible bookends. Sharni Layton prowling the transverse line, bellowing praise at Caitli…

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Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler announced as new coach of A-League’s Brisbane Roar

44-year-old handed first coaching roleFowler tasked with rebuilding struggling clubLiverpool great Robbie Fowler has made his first serious move into coaching after being named head coach of A-League strugglers Brisbane Roar. Fowler, who scored 183 goa…

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Israel Folau code of conduct hearing over social media posts set for 4 May

Folau to front three-person panel at Rugby AustraliaSydney barrister John West QC to chair tribunalIsrael Folau’s future in Australian rugby may be decided within two weeks after his code of conduct hearing was set for Saturday 4 May. The following day…

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Siddle: baiting Smith and Warner over ball-tampering scandal will backfire

• Pair selected in Australia squad for World Cup in England• ‘They weren’t the first and they probably won’t be the last’Peter Siddle has called for Australia’s Steve Smith and David Warner to be cut some slack on their international return, saying: “T…

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Ashleigh Barty stars as Australia chase first Fed Cup title in 45 years

Australia 3-2 Belarus in Fed Cup semi-finalFrance or Romania await in first final since 1993Australia will look to win their first Fed Cup title in 45 years after Ashleigh Barty powered the hosts to a thrilling 3-2 victory against Belarus in Brisbane.B…

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Ben Simmons shows NBA worth as Brooklyn Nets crushed

Nets 115-131 76ersClippers 105-132 WarriorsAustralian Ben Simmons has punished the Brooklyn Nets after one of their players called him “average”. Simmons was a man on a mission, scoring 31 points and spearheading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 131-115 dem…

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Matildas will be on the attack at Fifa World Cup

Attacking mentality is “Australian way”Key forwards to be given license to attackThe Matildas’ gung-ho approach against world champions USA in their 5-3 defeat this month wasn’t a one-off. It’s here to stay. Coach Ante Milicic will defy his critics and…

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David Squires on … the Glory days returning to Perth

Our cartoonist celebrates the return of silverware to Perth – the 2018/19 A-League premiersTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Israel Folau finds few friends and now faces a lifestyle choice of his own | Ugo Monye

If it comes down to a decision between religion or career he will surely go for the former, but it should not have to be that wayIt has been a week since Israel Folau’s latest comments on social media saying hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers…

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Caitlin Bassett: big, bad, and better than ever, says skipper

She’s one of the biggest names in world netball and goal-scoring machine Caitlin Bassett is set for an even bigger 2019Memorandum to Super Netball defenders; It’s time to get nervous, real nervous.That’s because one of the league’s most damaging shoote…

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Israel Folau: a slow-moving disaster a year in the making | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia’s failure to deal decisively with Folau a year ago is a mess of its own makingThe tragedy of the Israel Folau imbroglio is that it was so preventable.In a statement released by Rugby Australia on Wednesday, chief executive Raelene Castl…

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The curious conservatism of Australia’s World Cup squad selection

To stop England, in England, Australia will need game-changing power and flexibility – yet they’ve opted for neitherOn Sunday July 14, Eoin Morgan will hoist the glittering World Cup trophy high above his head at Lords (preferably in fading light, the …

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Israel Folau to challenge Rugby Australia’s termination of $4m contract

Wallabies star notifies governing body of intention to contest ‘high level’ code of conduct breach noticeWallabies star Israel Folau has notified Rugby Australia of his intention to contest a “high level” code of conduct breach notice, with the matter …

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The Joy of Six: sporting ‘sliding doors’ moments | Nick Miller

Imagine England losing the 2005 Ashes, Sir Alex Ferguson managing Spurs and women’s and men’s football being equalAustralians wishing to hush the buzz of your average Pom (read: most Australians) will never tire of pointing out the only two Tests Engla…

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Billy Vunipola given formal warning by RFU over Israel Folau support

• RFU summoned England No 8 to discuss homophobic comment• Player was acting in support of Australia full-back Israel FolauBilly Vunipola has been issued with a formal warning by the Rugby Football Union for a homophobic comment made on his Instagram a…

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Greg Inglis: the ‘man among boys’ who dominated rugby league for a decade | Matt Cleary

It’s cruel when champions don’t go out as they should, but GI’s exit shouldn’t tarnish the memory of the manYoung Greg Inglis was beautiful. The way he moved, carried himself, how he burned away from opponents at speed, he was like silky Cronulla Shark…

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Billy Vunipola to meet RFU but will not face disciplinary action

• Player will discuss his online support for Israel Folau with RFU• Folau said hell awaits homosexuals, adulterers and idolatersBilly Vunipola will not face the threat of disciplinary action when he meets the Rugby Football Union to discuss his online …

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Greg Inglis announces retirement from NRL, effective immediately

Kangaroos, Queensland and South Sydney legend retiresInglis expected to remain in ambassadorial roleSouth Sydney skipper Greg Inglis has called an immediate end to his glittering 15-year NRL career, almost two years before his planned retirement date.“…