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Giants burned by Lightning comeback

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A YEAR ago last weekend Giants players stared at each other in disbelief as Sunshine Coast Lightning claimed the inaugural Super Netball crown.

From $275 cast-off to winner’s circle

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HE was the cast-off who was given virtually no hope of even making it to the racetrack.

Cameron ban could end Giants’ season: King

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GOLD Coast jumped Hawthorn in Launceston but the Hawks weren’t down for long.

Live Test Rugby: All Blacks v France

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THOUGH they have already won the three Test series, the All Blacks will find themselves under extraordinary pressure in the final Test against France in Dunedin tonight.

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Iconic pic explodes in controversy

THE NRL has backed two female footballers from opposing teams captured locking lips in a kiss after the image sparked backlash by a handful of fans online.

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Nature Strip lets rip for Weir

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BOOM sprinter Nature Strip toyed with his rivals at Flemington on Saturday and gave the course record a shake in his first start for new trainer Darren Weir.

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Selfless female footballer loses job over Origin

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MADDIE Studdon has led NSW to a defiant win in the inaugural Women’s State of Origin and become the poster girl for female athletes in Australia.

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Slater: Bert is wrong, Cahill MUST play

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HOW Tim Cahill didn’t play in the Socceroos draw against Denmark is a national outrage.

Fyfe confession angers TV host

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Pedantic Freddy’s bizarre 20-year first

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THE grass isn’t always greener on the other side. But ahead of a potential series-clinching victory in State of Origin II on Sunday, NSW fans are hoping they’ve found the promised land under amateur horticulturalist Brad Fittler.

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Secret meaning of hand signals

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ALBANIA’S national flag was at the centre of Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia on Saturday morning at the World Cup.

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Sublime to embarrassing: Neymar slammed

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NEYMAR announced himself to the World Cup, going from sublime to embarrassing, before redeeming himself in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in St Petersburg.

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Cranky Kochie hits out at footy fail

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PORT Adelaide chairman and Sunrise co-host David Koch has hit out at the AFL for what he believes is an unjust bias giving rival clubs an unfair advantage.

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Minute’s silence: Argentina’s extreme reaction to loss

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ARGENTINA’s World Cup is not going at all to plan. And their rivals are loving it.

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Explained: Celebration that could inflame political tensions

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GRANIT Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia at the World Cup, and both celebrated by making a nationalist symbol to their ethnic Albanian heritage.

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Kyrgios edges into final four after epic battle

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NICK Kyrgios has made the stunning admission he never practises his serves despite owning one of the most lethal deliveries in the world.

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Phew! Relieved Brazil survive serious scare

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PHILIPPE Coutinho and Neymar broke down dogged Costa Rica in injury time, sealing a 2-0 win for Brazil that propels the five-time champions towards the World Cup last 16.

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Nick’s new trick: ‘I’ve never seen this’

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NICK Kyrgios has lit up the tennis world with an extraordinary display of his freakish talents en route to the Queen’s Club quarter-finals.

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World Cup’s harshest penalty

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A COLOMBIAN football fan has been sacked from his job in a stunning reaction to a cheeky World Cup moment that has created a storm in his homeland.

Hamilton sets the pace in first French practice session

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LEWIS Hamilton enjoyed the perfect start to his French GP weekend by leading a Mercedes one-two in the first practice session as Formula 1 made its long-awaited return to Paul Ricard.

Friday, Jun 22

Key Hawks could make dash home

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A COUPLE of Hawks may have more to worry about than playing against Gold Coast in Launceston this weekend.

NBA draft: Ayton goes No.1, Aussie hopes dashed

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PHOENIX Suns have officially crowned Arizona’s Deandre Ayton as this year’s No.1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft but Aussie hopes were dashed as no local products were selected.

Thursday, Jun 21

Team Hayes time Warrior’s run to perfection

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LINDSAY Park has used a simple, if inexact, formula to transform Redkirk Warrior from crock into world-class sprinter.

Essendon drops ‘remarkable’ Optus bomb

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OPTUS has copped plenty of flak for its World Cup streaming failures but the West Coast Eagles were the only ones suffering technical difficulties in Perth on Thursday night.

Suns rookie stunned by debut news

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HOMEGROWN Queenslander Jacob Dawson will make his senior AFL debut when the Gold Coast take on Hawthorn at their Launceston fortress on Saturday.

Former Cat to head up Swans footy

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THE Swans have thought outside the box with their appointment of lawyer and former AFL player Charlie Gardiner as their new head of football.

Wednesday, Jun 20

The Punt: Cannot go past Pies as a great bet

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A REMARKABLE weekend of sport looms on the horizon, with sports fanatics blessed with an extraordinary array of mouth-watering contests across all codes at the elite level.

Teams: Morris completes another stunning recovery

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JUST a fortnight ago premiership defender Dale Morris underwent knee surgery and now he’s already back in the Bulldogs defence.

Socceroos using WC as club transfer springboard

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THE Socceroos on the world stage in Russia know that the World Cup could be their chance to seal lucrative club moves.

VAR Karma! Jedi keeps Cup hopes alive

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SOCCEROOS boss Bert van Marwijk has stuck with what he knows for Australia’s World Cup showdown, opting to keep the same starting XI to taken on Denmark tonight as faced France last Saturday.

Tuesday, Jun 19

The scoreboard England will never let us forget

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ENGLAND has heaped further humiliation on an Australian one-day team in freefall posting a new world record score of 6-481 at Trent Bridge before rolling the battling tourists for 239 in a history making match for both teams.

Suns abandoned gameplan in horror loss

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SUNS forward Callum Ah Chee said the players abandoning the game plan and not a lack of fitness was to blame for their shocking loss to St Kilda on Saturday.

Deledio fires back over expansion crack

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DESPITE their current AFL struggles, Brett Deledio is bullish about himself and GWS this season.

Why Portugal player wouldn’t celebrate with Ronaldo

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PICTURE this: Cristiano Ronaldo, your captain, has just slammed home a sensational free-kick to draw level late against fierce rivals Spain - securing a vital point for Portugal.

Monday, Jun 18

Strong return earns Lion new deal

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LION Allen Christensen’s solid return from long-term injury has been rewarded with a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.

Family affair lifts Socceroos’ spirits

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IF the Socceroos needed any sense of perspective after their team’s heartbreaking World Cup loss to France, it came from a very familiar source.

Alonso’s epic feat on debut

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TWO-TIME Formula One champion Fernando Alonso won the 24 Hours of Le Mans on his debut in the classic endurance race on Sunday night to move closer to motorsport’s unofficial Triple Crown.

Korea uses racial slur to confuse Swedes

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SOUTH Korea’s coach Shin Tae-yong said he deliberately made his team wear different numbered shirts in recent friendlies to confuse World Cup opponents who cannot tell his players apart.