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FFA settle on staggered A-League expansion over next two years

Western Melbourne Group wins race to join next seasonMacarthur-South West Sydney to follow in 2020-21The shot in the arm so badly needed by football in Australia has been administered with confirmation of two successful A-League expansion bids, Western…

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Injured Aaron Mooy ruled out of Socceroos’ Asian Cup defence

Midfielder joins Daniel Arzani on sidelinesTom Rogic also injured but clear to play in UAEAustralia have suffered a huge blow ahead of next month’s Asian Cup with confirmation star midfielder Aaron Mooy will miss the tournament due to a knee injury.Hud…

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Australia head west and into the unknown for second Test against India | Geoff Lemon

The series moves to Perth and a new Test venue with plenty of local influence in the home team “A good South Australian question,” laughed Justin Langer at Adelaide airport when local journalists finished his departure press conference on the topics of…

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Ariarne Titmus breaks records with world short-course swimming gold

Australian teenager wins 200m freestyle in HangzhouSets new Commonwealth, Oceania and national recordTeenager Ariarne Titmus has secured Australia’s first gold medal of the world short-course swimming titles in China with a record-breaking 200m freesty…

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Ariarne Titmus breaks records with world short-course swimming gold

Australian teenager wins 200m freestyle in HangzhouSets new Commonwealth, Oceania and national recordTeenager Ariarne Titmus has secured Australia’s first gold medal of the world short-course swimming titles in China with a record-breaking 200m freesty…

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The Spin | Big Bash’s flipping bats recall stories of cunning ploys with tossed coins

When you look closely at the ritual, it begins to seem odd that cricket lets blind luck and ‘dynamical bias’ play such a large partWhen he was 14, Persi Diaconis packed a fresh deck of cards and a spare pair of socks into a knapsack and ran away from h…

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Indecision over Michael Cheika prompts yet more questions | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia cannot afford the Wallabies issue to remain unresolved any longer. Fans are already frustrated enoughMichael Cheika and his Wallabies assistant coaches have their stay of execution, but suffering Australian rugby fans have been left han…

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Australia’s Aaron Mooy in doubt for Asian Cup with injury

Key midfielder reportedly sustains knee injurySocceroos’ Asian Cup defence begins on 6 JanuaryGraham Arnold could be denied a key component of his Asian Cup team, with Premier League-based midfielder Aaron Mooy reportedly set to miss the tournament.Moo…

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The classic Test match Australia never deserved to win… and didn’t | Geoff Lemon

It was tight at Adelaide Oval but had Australia miraculously made 31 more runs, it would have been an injusticeThere can come a point in cricket matches when people start believing the impossible. When the ones in offices who don’t care about sport fin…

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Decision on Michael Cheika’s Wallabies future to be made ‘ahead of Christmas’

Rugby Australia board hear presentation from coachChairman Cameron Clyne refuses to answer questionsRugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne has declined to guarantee or clarify the position of Michael Cheika following a presentation from the Wallabies’ …

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Resistance ends as India secure rare victory on Australian soil in first Test

India 250 & 307; Australia 235 & 291 | India win by 31 runsIndia win Test series opener in Australia for first time India recorded their first Test win in Australia since 2008, with a tense 31-run victory at Adelaide Oval putting the tourists i…

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Australia v India: first Test, day five – live!

Updates from the final day of play in AdelaideAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 11.05pm GMT Gold coin donation to get into Adelaide Oval today. So if you’re in the area, you know what to do. 11.01pm GMT How have you found the telly? Four days …

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Phoenix shock shows Sydney FC ‘machine’ not running smoothly

Continuity has been a hallmark of Sydney FC’s post-Arnold transition, but key defensive relationships still need workSydney FC has been so steady over the past two seasons, the shock of the 3-1 drubbing inflicted by Wellington on Saturday seemed almost…

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Phoenix shock shows Sydney FC ‘machine’ not running smoothly

Continuity has been a hallmark of Sydney FC’s post-Arnold transition, but key defensive relationships still need workSydney FC has been so steady over the past two seasons, the shock of the 3-1 drubbing inflicted by Wellington on Saturday seemed almost…

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Australia face near impossible first Test task as hopes rest on Marsh

Australia 104-4 chase 323 for victoryPujara 71 and Rahane 70 steer India to 307 in second inningsAustralian cricket’s whipping boy Shaun Marsh shapes as his side’s best hope of winning the first Test against India which history – and conventional wisdo…

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Women’s World Cup draw hands Matildas three tricky fixtures

Australia has avoided a ‘group of death’ for France 2019, but three difficult and uniquely challenging match-ups awaitIt’s fast becoming one of life’s guarantees. Death, taxes, and the cosmos finding a way to pair the Matildas and Seleção at the FIFA W…

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Women’s World Cup draw hands Matildas three tricky fixtures

Australia has avoided a ‘group of death’ for France 2019, but three difficult and uniquely challenging match-ups awaitIt’s fast becoming one of life’s guarantees. Death, taxes, and the cosmos finding a way to pair the Matildas and Seleção at the FIFA W…

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Australia v India: first Test, day four – live!

Updates from the fourth day of play in AdelaideAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 11.09pm GMT “Tell me it’s not raining in Adelaide,” urges ArthurshireCC. “And tell me Pat Cummins arrived at the ground burning with controlled aggression and stee…

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Women’s World Cup 2019: group stage draw – live!

Updates from the draw in Paris starting at 5pm GMTTop 100 female footballers in the world 2018Email Stuart or tweet @stuartgoodwin 4.58pm GMT … and today’s piece with Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg, where she reflects on her eventful week … Related: …

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Wellington stun Sydney FC in A-League upset

Sydney FC 1-3 Wellington PhoenixSydney’s first successive home loss since April 2016Sydney coach Steve Corica has promised changes while ruing lapses of concentration, with Wellington’s perfectly executed game plan carrying them to a 3-1 A-League boilo…