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Paul's online rant

Cricketer Phillip Hughes has had to leap a few hurdles to make it back into the Australian Test team for the series opener against Sri Lanka this Friday in Hobart. Read Paul Haigh's Inside Running on-line column this Friday, by visiting liverpoolchampion.com.au.

Wanderers win

Western Sydney Wanderers' men's and women's soccer teams both had wins on the weekend. The men's team defeated Brisbane Roar, 1-0, while the women's side thrashed Adelaide United 4-0, continuing their rise up the ladder.

Festival Stakes

Warwick Farm racehorse Malavio won the Festival Stakes (1500 metres) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. The Steve Englebrecht trained galloper will race in the $175,000 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600 metres) at Warwick Farm on Saturday, December 22.

Pirates out

Austral-based West Sydney Pirates American Football team West Sydney Pirates is out of the running for this year's premiership, after going down 19-14 in its semi-final clash with UTS Gridiron, at Caringbah on Saturday.

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