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Australia find stability with unchanged team for New Zealand Test

Justin Langer plans same side for third Test in a rowThree-Test series begins at Optus Stadium on ThursdayJustin Langer is eyeing a return to the stability of Australia’s Test side from his playing days as the hosts prepare to face New Zealand with an …

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Sydney-Hobart lead-up race scrapped as other sport affected by bushfire smoke

Big Boat Challenge called off for safety reasonsSheffield Shield game at SCG blanketed in haze Sydney’s smoke issues have forced the cancellation of the traditional Sydney to Hobart lead-up race for safety reasons, while a Sheffield Shield cricket matc…

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Rohan Dennis to make debut in Australia after signing for Team Ineos

World champion likely to feature at Tour Down UnderAustralian cycling star has endured tough yearWorld time trial champion Rohan Dennis is a confirmed signing with the powerful Ineos team, ending a tumultuous few months for the Australian cycling star….

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MCG curators ‘went a bit too far’ in adding life to Sheffield Shield pitch

Vic-WA match was abandoned on day two due to unsafe pitch‘We’ve got confidence for the Test match on Boxing Day’Cricket Australia’s head of operations Peter Roach says MCG curators went too far in their attempts to create more movement in the wicket. T…

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Keep the ball down: how Ange Postecoglou achieved J-League glory | David Allegretti

It took time for Ange Postecoglou to be accepted at Yokohama F.Marinos, but the former Socceroos coach is now the manager of a J-League champion side. And he did it his way11:30 am, Kozukue station. Far-off chanting and beats like war drums fill the mo…

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Ange Postecoglou wins J-League title with Yokohama F.Marinos

Yokohama wrapped up title with 3-0 win over Tokyo FCVictory adds to coach’s Asian Cup, A-League and NSL titlesFormer Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has completed one of the most significant achievements by an Australian coach, winning the J-League wi…

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Sam Kerr the best in the world? Tell us something we don’t know | Samantha Lewis

Judged this week by the Guardian as the best female footballer on the planet, Matildas captain Sam Kerr now has her chance to prove it on the European club stageAcross all the years I’ve watched Sam Kerr play football, there’s one moment that stands ou…

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‘The full shebang’: WBBL goes from strength to strength as finals loom | Megan Schutt

I wasn’t convinced before the WBBL’s first standalone season, but the competition has delivered in every way possible and I’m sure the finals this weekend will produce some exciting cricketWhen I first heard how the WBBL season was going to be structur…

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David Squires on … how long can Markus babble on at Leaky Wanderers?

Our cartoonist looks at how it has gone wrong for the Western Sydney Wanderers coach this seasonTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Graham Thorpe urges England to learn lessons of New Zealand series defeat

• Batting coach sets sights on South Africa series• Anderson, Wood and Bairstow expected to be named in squadThe final word on England’s series defeat in New Zealand came from Graham Thorpe. The assistant coach was standing in for the absent Chris Silv…

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Glenn Maxwell returns to Victoria training, is ‘not far away’ from playing

Maxwell hasn’t played since October, citing mental health issues‘I think he is doing everything he needs to do,’ says teammateGlenn Maxwell has taken another positive step in his comeback from a mental health break, with the all-rounder training with t…

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Raelene Castle says Rugby Australia ‘didn’t back down’ on Israel Folau deal

RA chief executive dismisses report of $8m settlement figure‘Taking this into a court situation was not helping the game’Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle is standing by the move to settle with sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau, saying it…

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Hopes are again high but history says New Zealand will choke in Australia | Geoff Lemon

The Kiwis will venture across the Tasman full of confidence for their Test series against Australia. But on past experience, this New Zealand team will suffer stage fright like the ones beforeWe are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us…

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Alex De Minaur tipped to break into top 10 after surviving ‘crazy’ year | Linda Pearce

Australia’s world No 18 admits an injury-plagued 2019 was much harder than he expected but his tenacity won him plenty of admirersAlex De Minaur has already spoken about one of the lowest moments of his challenging season – the afternoon he retreated t…

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Israel Folau and Rugby Australia settle unfair dismissal claim over social media post

Former Wallabies star had sought $14m in compensation saying he was wrongfully dismissed over anti-gay Instagram post The long-running legal dispute between Rugby Australia and Israel Folau has ended with a settlement reached over the former Wallaby’s …

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Socceroos given shot at Lionel Messi and Argentina at Copa América

Graham Arnold’s side also face Luis Suárez’s UruguayChile, Bolivia and Paraguay complete Group ASocceroos coach Graham Arnold is daring to dream after Australia were drawn alongside co-hosts Argentina and Lionel Messi for next year’s Copa América. Wedn…

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Socceroos given shot at Lionel Messi and Argentina at Copa América

Graham Arnold’s side also face Luis Suárez’s UruguayChile, Bolivia and Paraguay complete Group ASocceroos coach Graham Arnold is daring to dream after Australia were drawn alongside co-hosts Argentina and Lionel Messi for next year’s Copa América. Wedn…

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Ellie Carpenter: a truly modern-day full-back with plenty still to offer | Samantha Lewis

The 19-year-old Matilda has the potential to rival the likes of Lucy Bronze and Kelley O’HaraIn Australia’s match against Brazil at July’s Women’s World Cup, there was a moment that perfectly encapsulated the eye-catching playing style of right-back El…

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‘I hope we can inspire everyone’: women’s cerebral palsy football on the rise | Samantha Lewis

Two strokes at the age of 21 didn’t stop Nicole Christodoulou dreaming of playing football at the highest level. Thanks to the rapid rise of women’s cerebral palsy football, that dream is still well and truly aliveWhen Nicole Christodoulou was growing …

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Spinners ‘on notice’ as Australia stick with winning formula for NZ series

Bancroft the only change to squad which beat PakistanSelectors hint a spinner could be brought in to help LyonAustralia’s back-up spinners have been told to step up and be ready for a Sydney call-up after selectors picked a virtually unchanged squad fo…