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I'm not a big fan of soccer. I don't mind watching the occasional game but it's not a game I particularly care for. This weekend, Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets played out a match that was decided by an umpiring error. But it was an avoidable error being blamed on a failure in the technology that detects players when they are offside. The system broke down meaning that a clear violation of the rules was missed and the only goal in the match stood when it ought to have been disallowed. But the role of technology in sport has been vexed for some time.


It's the 'fight of the century'. Boxing versus MMA, Old versus New, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather versus Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor. Nothing about it makes any goddamn sense whatsoever but it's happening and there's nothing anyone can do about that.

The only thing we can do now is prepare.

Welcome to the bluffer's guide to Mayweather vs McGregor.


Today's Australian Open schedule includes the Mixed Doubles semi (featuring Australia's Sam Groth and Samantha Stosur), the Women's Doubles final and the legendary Rafael Nadal's semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov. Here are the times for today's matches.


Football fans this weekend are in for a treat as the AFL and NRL Grand Finals are on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. How do you watch it for free if you don't have tickets to see the games live? How can you watch them if you're overseas? How do you make conversation with AFL and NRL fans when you know nothing about the two sports? What snacks should you make while you and your mates watch the games? We've got you covered.


If you work in an oppressive office that has banned everybody from tuning into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (or if you're just easily distracted and avoiding it all together) but you still want to keep track of the results, here's how you can do it discreetly.


The drive to improve performance means elite sport is inundated with data from wearable technologies such as GPS, computer vision and match statistics. So professional clubs are constantly on the lookout for tools that can help turn these data into usable and meaningful information.


Remember when you were a kid, and could play a pick-up game of basketball with your friends or (after a little begging your parents) sign up for any of dozens of sports? Those days don't have to be behind you. There are lots of sports and activities that are open to us grown-ups. Here are a few.


One of the stranger features of the Australian TV landscape is the anti-siphoning rule: a list of key sporting events which free-to-air TV essentially has exclusive access to, blocking out pay TV platforms from bidding. Despite current plans to deregulate much of the local TV industry, the Federal Coalition government appears to have no plans to change that.


In sport we don't just want to know who won. We now want to know how to replicate success and then improve on it. And to do this, we're using data -- and lots of it. The field of "big data" analytics has come to sport and athletics, with massive implications for sport as we know it.


The World Cup kicks off on Friday morning, and for once there's a very clear choice if you want to watch it online. Here's how to get your soccer fix on the screen of your choice