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Another harness great bows out

HARNESS racing’s changing of the guard continued with the retirement of superstar pacer Bling It On. It came in the wake of so many of the sport’s biggest names either retiring or being sold to the US, most notably Lazarus and Lennytheshark. Bling It On’s co-trainer and regular driver Luke McCarthy knew the time had come for last year’s Hunter ...

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Raceday focus: Mornington

SUPERRACING form analyst Gilbert Gardiner is pinning his hopes on a first starter in the opening race at Mornington. BEST BET MAKE IT COUNT (R1 No.6, $8): Nicely bred Snitzel colt on debut for smart Bussutin-Young stable right in the mix after recent trial victory. One of only two rides for the day for experienced jockey Dwayne Dunn. THE TRAINER ...

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Teen Roo’s stunning 17-min cameo nets MOTM as stars fall to shock lows

IT wasn’t the match the Socceroos wanted or needed six days before taking on France in a crucial World Cup opener in Kazan. Facing Hungary in their final warm up before jetting off to Russia, the Aussies turned in a lethargic performance which threw up more questions than answers. They escaped with a 2-1 win, but it wasn’t pretty. Normally ...

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Aussies beware: Denmark’s danger man holds the key

THEY are ranked 12th in the world and rely heavily on one man, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen. Find out all about Australia’s Group C opponents Denmark here. DENMARK Game 1 v Peru Sunday June 17 2AM AEST Game 2 v Australia Thursday June 21 10PM AEST Game 3 v France Wednesday June 27 12AM AEST Nickname: The Red-White World Cup appearances: ...

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Halep makes grand slam breakthrough

SIMONA Halep’s agonising wait for grand slam glory is over. Banishing memories of three previous major final defeats, the Romanian overcame Sloane Stephens to finally notch the success she desperately craved with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory in the French Open. Four years after contesting the first of three losing major deciders, Halep steamed to a 17th career title – ...

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Jeff Horn misses first weigh-in but makes second for Terence Crawford bout

Boxing Australian boxer survives initial scare after clocking above the limit, despite taking off his clothes <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Terence Crawford (left) and WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn face off during their official weigh-in. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Jeff Horn has managed to make the weight on his second attempt for his mandatory WBO welterweight championship defence ...

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Thiem wins through to final

DOMINIC Thiem has clinically snuffed out Marco Cecchinato’s French Open dream, grinding the Italian into the red clay of Roland Garros – but not without a fight. The first Austrian to reach a grand slam final since Thomas Muster triumphed here in 1995, Thiem will face either 10-time champion Rafael Nadal or US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro in ...

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What A Worldie World Cup Preview: Group H

[unable to retrieve full-text content]World Cup: What A Worldie previews Group H ahead of the World Cup Russia, taking a look at the best moments from Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan Click here to Read from the source

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Did Rance take another dive?

THE spotlight was on Alex Rance again with accusations the Richmond defender may have staged for a free kick again in Friday night’s loss to Port Adelaide. Broadcaster Channel 7 asked fans on Twitter if Rance had dived following a one-on-one contest with Power forward Charlie Dixon late in the second quarter. Rance was this week fined $1000 for staging ...

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Halep wins through to final

SIMONA Halep has claimed the battle for the world No 1 crown, staving off Garbine Muguruza in a brutal French Open semi-final. Coached by South Australian Darren Cahill, Halep will chase a maiden grand slam title against either Sloane Stephens or Madison Keys after crafting a 6-1 6-4 victory. Overcoming a cramped schedule compromised by rain, the remarkable Halep single-mindedly ...

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