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Chelsea hit with transfer ban for two windows for illegally signing young players

Premier League club Chelsea have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaking rules on registering under-age players, FIFA said on Friday.

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AFLX 2019: Jack Riewoldt reckons he’s ‘created a monster’ by playing Patrick Cripps up forward

AFLX Team Rampage captain Jack Riewoldt says his decision to push Carlton superstar Patrick Cripps forward might’ve given coach Brendon Bolton ideas ahead of Round 1.

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AFLX 2019: Jack Riewoldt sets up Patrick Cripps for rare place kick goal for Rampage team

It’s been over 60 years since we’ve seen a place kick in the AFL.

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AFLX 2019: Jack Riewoldt the hero to help Rampage seal title

Captain Jack Riewoldt has stolen the AFLX title away from Nat Fyfe’s Flyers, snapping a goal just before the full-time siren of the grand final to seal victory for Rampage.

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‘I don’t go off on a whim’: Todd Greenberg facing biggest decision of his career with Jack de Belin

It’s shaping as the biggest decision in the career of NRL chief executive officer Todd Greenberg.

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‘Ref brought it on himself’: Mariners boss Mike Mulvey points the finger at the officials following Central Coast’s dramatic 5-3 defeat

Mariners boss Mike Mulvey has pointed the finger at the officials following Central Coast’s dramatic 5-3 defeat to Brisbane Roar.

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Video: Storm young gun Scott Drinkwater smashed by Warriors brute

Welcome to first grade, Scott Drinkwater.

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Boost as Adam Ashley-Cooper declared fit, but Waratahs not taking Sunwolves lightly in Japan

It’s a game they’re expected to waltz through, but the Waratahs aren’t taking the Sunwolves lightly as they look to rebound from their opening round heartbreak and register their first win of the season.

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Brisbane Roar come out on top in eightgoal thriller with bottom club Central Coast Mariners

Brisbane took a major step towards handing back-to-back A-League wooden spoons to the Mariners with a drama-charged 5-3 win at Central Coast Stadium on Friday. The round 20 result put second-last Brisbane eight points clear of Central Coast with seven rounds remaining.

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Sandor Earl shines as five-year exodus comes to an end

Welcome back, Sandor Earl.

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Todd Carney left permanently scarred over ‘bubbler’ incident

Todd Carney had the NRL world at his feet but had to watch it all go down the drain due to a social media post of his infamous ‘bubbler’ incident at Northies in Cronulla.

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‘We don’t want to use that word any more’: Queensland Reds’ new no excuses policy despite heartbreaking loss

They’re the youngest squad in Super Rugby by some distance.

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AFLX 2019: Jack Higgins was mic’d up — and made the most of the limelight

New year, same Jack Higgins.

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AFLX 2019 red carpet: Star players show off fashion and style

The dress code was left up to the players — and they delivered.

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Shattering! Queensland Reds fall just short against Highlanders in trans-Tasman thriller

In the end they fell just short, but Brad Thorn’s baby Queensland Reds won’t have lost any admirers despite going down 36-31 to the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

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Will he or won’t he?: Sea Eagles tight-lipped over plans to play Walker

Manly are remaining tight-lipped on whether Dylan Walker will play in Saturday night’s NRL trial against Cronulla, just days before he appears in court on domestic violence charges.

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Not-so-flying Dutchman: Sydney FC marquee Siem De Jong suffers another injury setback

Sydney FC marquee Siem de Jong is in doubt for their opening Asian Champions League clash after another injury setback. The Sky Blues’ marquee was hopeful of being ready for Saturday’s A-League clash against Wellington but could now be out for another two weeks. It means the Dutchman is now unlikely to feature in the club’s next league game against Adelaide the following week.

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NBA Wrap: League-leading Bucks pick up big victory over Celtics, Simmons’ 76ers win on Australian Heritage Night

Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his case for MVP, all while his Milwaukee Bucks remained the team with the best record in the NBA.

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LeBron James takes over as Lakers beat Rockets, keep playoff hopes alive

With their playoff hopes hanging by a string, LeBron James took over a vital fourth quarter to lead his team to a key win over the Houston Rockets.

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AFLX 2019 ultimate guide: Full squads and information, nicknames, when is it on, how to watch

AFLX is back and is bigger than ever in 2019, with some of the best players in the AFL taking part in the round-robin tournament on Friday night.

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Sydney FC opt out of Brookvale Oval fixture over ‘concerning’ pitch conditions

Sydney FC have opted to move next month’s A-League fixture from Brookvale Oval to Leichhardt Oval due to unacceptable playing conditions.

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Sam Kerr is ready to put the Alen Stajcic saga behind her as the Matildas’ focus returns to the football

While Sam Kerr says she is disappointed in how the sacking of Alen Stajcic has been handled, the Matildas superstar is ready to put the saga behind her as she looks forward to meeting her new coach Ante Milicic.

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Young guns shine as Warriors edge Storm in telling trial

The Warriors and Storm will both take positives out of a gritty and youth-filled trial game at Kardinia Park in Geelong on Friday night.

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RCG backing himself to earn Origin recall after injury-cruelled season

Powerhouse Penrith prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard insists he’ll carry no mental demons into his return from a second jaw break in Saturday night’s NRL trial against South Sydney.

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AFL 2019: Gold Coast Suns say ‘Challenge Accepted’ ahead of major reset on and off the field

Breaking a cycle of failure which has dogged Gold Coast throughout its existence is the motivating factor behind the AFL club hitting the reset button in 2019.

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Red Bull news Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t want to hear

Aussie F1 ace Daniel Ricciardo may have his head held high after finishing strong with Renault on day four of pre-season testing, but nobody can deny this titbit from his former boss would have stung.

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Wanderers fan favourite Mark Bridge has declared this season will be his last

He might have been forgotten about this season, but Mark Bridge will always be remembered as a Western Sydney favourite.

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AFL 2019: Adelaide’s Brad Crouch to play first competitive game in almost 17 months v Power on Saturday

Injury-cursed Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch will play his first competitive game in almost 17 months in an AFL trial match on Saturday.

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MG wants Perth Pirates to join NRL, says game’s far from ‘national’

The Western Reds seems like an eternity ago now.

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La Liga preview: Barcelona take on Sevilla, Real Madrid out to bounce back against Levante

LaLiga Santander leaders Barcelona face another tough test this weekend, as minds focus on the battles to qualify for Europe and avoid relegation.

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AFL 2019: GWS Giants ruckman Shane Mumford strikes Sydney midfielder George Hewett

Shane Mumford’s return to footy has been somewhat acrimonious, with the GWS ruckman appearing to punch Sydney opponent George Hewett on Friday morning in a practice match.

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A-League talking points: Brisbane Roar are battling to avoid the wooden spoon, while Joey Champness could hold the key for Newcastle

Brisbane are battling to avoid an embarrassing club-first, Warren Joyce is worryingly close to the edge and a returning youngster could be key to Newcastle’s finals charge.

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Super W rugby 2019 season preview: Teams, news, how to watch

The second edition of the Super W is upon us and everyone is hunting first year champions the Waratahs.

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UFC: Jose Aldo calls out Alexander Volkanovski

There’s no denying it now.

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Rugby’s Burning Questions: Wallabies saviour, the Reds reborn

The southern hemisphere rugby season is up and running with round one of Super Rugby in the books and Rugby Australia making a crucial appointment to its Wallabies setup.

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Hakeem al-Araibi returns to NPL club training, says he wants to play in the A-League

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has resumed training in Australia and revealed a dream to play in the domestic A-League, but admits he is out of shape after two months in a Thai jail.

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Six Nations: Eddie Jones urges England to keep cool in Welsh cauldron

Wales and England will both put their Grand Slam ambitions on the line when they meet for a sold-out Six Nations clash at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday (Sunday 3.45am AEDT).

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AFL 2019: Braydon Preuss shines in Melbourne v Collingwood pre-JLT Community Series practice match

When opportunity starved ruckman Braydon Preuss decided to join the club that had the best ruckman in the game last October, many were puzzled by the decision.

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Rumour Mill: Manchester United look to re-sign Marcus Rashford, receive boost in Kalidou Koulibaly chase

Manchester United young gun Marcus Rashford is attracting his fair share of attention.

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Summer Slog: Josh Addo-Carr’s transformation, young Sharks players fined

Josh Addo-Carr has piled on the kilos over the off-season to take his game to another level.

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Super Rugby teams: Week two squads, injury news, preview

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has made three changes to his starting side with injuries already hurting the Canberra club.

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NBA moving forward with plan to end ‘one-and-done’ rule

The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the “one-and-done” rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months.

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Danny Vukovic leaves Genk’s Europa League clash on stretcher after friendly-fire collision

Fringe Socceroo goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has been stretchered off after a friendly-fire collision while playing for his Belgian club.

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NFL world taking sides in ugly divorce between Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger

Sides are being chosen, and the results are not a surprise. Those who remain in Pittsburgh are voicing support for Ben Roethlisberger, while those who no longer are Steelers have Antonio Brown’s back.

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Blue-collar Barba: Disgraced star begins new life as $20-an-hour tradie

Ben Barba is now a metal worker.

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Alexis Sanchez has earned $29,000 per minute of Premier League action this season

Alexis Sanchez has earned a staggering £16,000 per MINUTE of Premier League action this season.

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Melbourne City boss Warren Joyce says he isn’t a ‘quitter’ and wants to stay at the A-League club

On the eve of the Melbourne derby, under-fire Melbourne City boss Warren Joyce says he wants to stay at his A-League home beyond this season and fire the club to glory.

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Georges St-Pierre announces retirement from mixed martial arts

Georges St-Pierre has retired after a career in which he put mixed martial arts on the map in Canada and helped fuel the UFC’s worldwide expansion.

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AFL 2019: Collingwood president Eddie McGuire slams ‘categorically not true’ claims over drug testing avoidance

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has slammed claims 16 players at a footy club are avoiding drug testing due to a mental health diagnosis.

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Zion Williamson suffers minor Grade 1 knee sprain, is day-to-day

Zion Williamson avoided what could’ve been a calamitous situation, with an MRI confirming the Duke star has suffered a Grade 1 right knee sprain.

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Nick Kyrgios clashes with fans, officials as he’s booed in Delray Beach Open defeat

Nick Kyrgios was it again on Friday (AEDT) as he fell in three sets to World No. 82 Radu Albot in the Round of 16 at the Delray Beach Open.

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LeBron James takes Hollywood approach to Anthony Davis pursuit

The Los Angeles Lakers can’t start actively recruiting Anthony Davis yet, but LeBron James isn’t slowing down his personal pursuit.

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‘Violation of women’s bodies’: The human rights issue behind Caster Semenya case

South Africa’s sports minister accused the IAAF on Thursday of seeking to violate women’s bodies as she visited Switzerland to back Caster Semenya’s fight against proposals to restrict female athletes’ testosterone levels.

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Zenit St Petersburg fans created a spectacular guard of honour ahead of their team’s Europa League clash

Zenit St Petersburg fans welcomed their team bus with a fire display ahead of their Europa League last 32 second leg clash with Fenerbahce.

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AFL 2019: The young Hawthorn midfielders staking their claim after Carlton scratch match

The Hawks may be without their Brownlow Medal winner in 2019.

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WSBK 2019 news: Alvaro Bautista could take advantage of Jonathan Rea’s early cracks at Phillip Island

The World Superbike Championship revs up again this weekend for the start of the 2019 season at Phillip Island, and it could be a momentous year for the sport.

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Europa League wrap: Arsenal beat BATE Borisov to progress, Chelsea defeat Malmo

Chelsea shook off their recent troubles and easily advanced in the Europa League with a 3-0 second leg victory over 10-man Malmo on Thursday, a result that takes some pressure off embattled coach Maurizio Sarri.

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USA Sevens: Australia coach Tim Walsh names squad for Las Vegas

The out of sorts Australian team will be without diminutive gamebreaker Maurice Longbottom for the USA Sevens in Las Vegas which kicks off on March 1 (AEDT).

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Copenhagen to host start of Tour de France for first time in 2021

Copenhagen will host the opening three stages of the 2021 Tour de France, making it the most northerly Grand Depart in the race’s history.

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How Zion Williamson caused $1.5 billion Nike disaster

Soon after Zion Williamson’s shoe ripped apart, Nike’s stock price took a hit.

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NRL on ugly collision course with RLPA over possible policy change

“The game can’t be judge, jury and executioner before the criminal process is complete.”

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Brumbies lock in coaching team through to the 2021 Super Rugby season

The Brumbies have locked in their Super Rugby coaching team through to the end of the 2021 season after assistants Laurie Fisher and Peter Hewat joined head coach Dan McKellar in signing contract extensions.

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Tony Popovic says he believes Ante Milicic will be a success as Matildas head coach

Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic is confident Ante Milicic will be a success as head coach of the Matildas, saying his lifelong friend has enjoyed the perfect apprenticeship.

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AFL 2019: New player driven footy show set to launch on Channel 9

A new player driven footy show has been given the green light to launch this season on Channel 9.

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Breakdancing set for Olympics debut at 2024 Games in Paris

Breakdancing is set to make its debut as an Olympic sport at Paris 2024, the head of the local organising committee said Thursday.

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England one-day batsman Jason Roy puts hand up for Ashes debut with swashbuckling innings

Beware Australia — England may have just found the solution to their Test top-order woes.

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New contenders, the postseason push, and the tank for Zion: Where every NBA team sits at the All-Star break

With no NBA action over the All-Star break, it’s legitimately the only time we can sit back and actually take a real look at where teams sit, and where they’re headed.

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Aussie Midseason Report Card: NBA All-Star, trade bait, and surprise rookies

We’ve seen a record number of Australians suit up for NBA teams over the 2018-19 regular season, in what’s becoming a trend as the years go by.

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Jurgen Klopp has been fined by the FA for suggesting a referee favoured West Ham against Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was fined £45,000 ($83,000 AUD) by the Football Association on Thursday for suggesting referee Kevin Friend had favoured West Ham in his side’s 1-1 draw at the London Stadium earlier this month.

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Aussie G-League stars help Boomers clinch top spot after win over Kazakhstan

Australia officially clinched top spot in their qualifying group for this year’s FIBA World Cup as a much-changed side eased past Kazakhstan 81-60 at the Saryarka Velodrome Arena in Astana.

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Chima Moneke signs with South East Melbourne Phoenix

The South East Melbourne Phoenix have continued to poach intriguing Australian talent, with Chima Moneke signing with the NBL’s newest franchise.

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Daniel Ricciardo goes quicker again on final day of testing at Barcelona, but is Renault really in the picture?

Daniel Ricciardo and Renault have again set tongues wagging at pre-season testing in Barcelona, but not everything is as rosy as it seems.

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Sadio Mane: Liverpool star burgled for second time while on Champions League duty

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has been burgled for the second time whilst playing for the Reds at Anfield.

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Fox Rugby Podcast: Interview with former Wallabies lock Justin Harrison

Justin Harrison is one of those rare breeds of Wallaby — he knows what it’s like to sup from the Bledisloe Cup.

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The Kick-off: The sports stories you need to know this morning

LIVE: Welcome to Fox Sports’ daily roundup of the stories you need to know about in the world of sports right now. Join us every weekday morning from 6.30am — 9am. Play on!

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Former Australian selector Mark Waugh issues blunt reality check for Matthew Wade

Matthew Wade has a chance to press his Ashes claims as a specialist batsman with a move up the order for the Tasmanian Tigers.

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Get-out clause could see Parramatta Eels poach Warriors star Issac Luke

Parramatta Eels could poach Kiwi international hooker Issac Luke from the Warriors thanks to a clause in his contract.

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Daniel Ricciardo goes quicker again on final day of testing at Barcelona, but is Renault really in the picture?

Daniel Ricciardo and Renault have again set tongues wagging at pre-season testing in Barcelona, but not everything is as rosy as it seems.

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Boston Celtics star snaps at journalist over viral video question

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has blown up at a journalist after being asked about a discussion he had with Golden State’s Kevin Durant on the NBA All-Star Weekend.

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Feeling the heat: 10 players under the most pressure ahead of NRL trials

For Raiders and Bulldogs players, Saturday is the last chance to impress coaches Ricky Stuart and Dean Pay before Round 1.

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Breakdancing tipped to be part of the 2024 Olympics in Paris along with surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding

Breakdancing is one of four additional sports expected to be included at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris along with surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding.

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Matildas coach Ante Milicic is excited by the challenge of leading the Matildas to the World Cup

While Ante Milicic says he’s taken no risk by accepting the Matildas head coach position, he does believe the potential rewards could be significant.

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Half Panthers starting side picked as captains under Cleary model

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has selected son Nathan as part of a six-man leadership group to lead the NRL club for the 2019 season.

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AFL 2019: Sam Walsh stars for Carlton in practice match against Hawthorn at Ikon Park

Carlton was promised a sure thing in Sam Walsh.

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Dragons become second club in a week to move trial game from home ground

St George Illawarra have been forced into a last-minute move of their NRL trial against Newcastle to Wollongong due to poor conditions at Jubilee Oval.

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Keisuke Honda is set to return to Melbourne Victory’s starting line-up against Melbourne City

Keisuke Honda’s Melbourne Victory teammates have given the Japanese star the tick to start in Saturday’s A-League derby.

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Jennings finally inks new deal after long wait in limbo

Robert Jennings has signed a two-year NRL deal with the Wests Tigers despite the spectre of a salary cap penalty hanging over the joint venture.

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The AFL will review their contentious drugs policy

The fraught issue of mental health will be a focus as the AFL reviews its controversial illicit drugs policy.

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‘I’ve been through that kind of ordeal’: GI won’t oppose serious crime stance

Greg Inglis says he won’t oppose any changes to behaviour policy as a potential showdown looms between the NRL and the players’ association.

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AFL 2019: Melbourne leadership group will again be led by Nathan Jones and Jack Viney

Melbourne has again entrusted Nathan Jones and Jack Viney with co-captaincy responsibilities as the club prepares to embark on one of its most important seasons in recent times.

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Port Adelaide appoint Ollie Wines and Tom Jonas as co-captains for 2019

For the first time in their history Port Adelaide have appointed co-captains in the AFL competition.

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Why Burgess rejected ‘good offer’ from Eels, and picked up surprising pursuit

It just wasn’t the way George Burgess wanted this script to play out.

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AFL 2019: Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt lashes out at Grant Thomas in tense radio interview

Former St Kilda ruck great Peter Everitt has lashed out at Grant Thomas during a tense, combative live interview on his Gold Coast breakfast radio show, labelling the ex-Saints coach a “liar”.

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Richmond recruit Tom Lynch in doubt for round one unveiling

Richmond may be forced to delay unveiling star recruit Tom Lynch, with the gun forward no certainty to play in round one of the AFL season.

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Exclusive: Rugby league club’s bold play to bring Sonny Bill Williams back from union

A Canadian rugby league club is preparing a bold play to lure cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams back to the 13-a-side game.

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Will Cinderella run continue? New Carlton recruit Michael Gibbons set for first crack at making best 22

Mature-age recruit Michael Gibbons will get his first crack at earning a spot in Brendon Bolton’s Round 1 team when he faces Hawthorn at Ikon Park on Thursday afternoon.

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Fox Rugby Podcast: Why Brad Thorn’s baby Queensland Reds aren’t afraid of Super Rugby’s toughest task

They’ve got the hardest start of any side in Super Rugby, but Reds coach Brad Thorn is confident his young charges can succeed after going to “dark places” during their preseason.

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David Gallop says he is committed to his role as FFA CEO and has ruled out an inquiry into Alen Stajcic’s sacking

David Gallop says he remains “fully committed” to his role as CEO of Football Federation Australia and has ruled out an inquiry into the sacking of Alen Stajcic.

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Patrick Dangerfield says critics are missing the mark ahead of AFLX tournament

Leading players have urged critics to have an open mind about AFLX but it remains to be seen whether fans will embrace the pre-season exhibition.

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Fit-again Greg Inglis on track to make shock early return for South Sydney

South Sydney skipper Greg Inglis has declared he could make his return to the NRL field as early as next week - but it will be at centre rather than fullback.

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