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The controversy over high-tech swimsuits reached its tipping point a few months ago when officials finally decided to ban them as of 2010. But the damage has been done and swimming as a sport has been tainted forever.

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The traditional—or perhaps stereotypical—relationship between computer nerds and jocks is one often characterised by bruises to the face, wedgies up the arse and dignity down the drain. But, as the developers behind Australia’s latest AFL and NRL games on PSP show us, it doesn’t always have to be this way.

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Before the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the boffins at Adidas designed the ‘world’s roundest ball’ for the world’s second biggest sporting event. It was the result of years of research, some complicated science and the hard work of a robotic kicking machine.

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Sometimes it’s not enough to simply enjoy a sport; to play it, watch it and wave a novelty flag while cans of beer are strapped on either side of your temple. Sometimes it’s necessary to indulge your inner geek in the most athletic way possible. Cue the humble sports game.

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Contrary to popular belief, (some) tech-heads are also sports enthusiasts, and where do geeks go for their sports fix? Why, the internet, of course!

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Sports and geeks generally go together like oil and water. Like milk and OJ. Like two positively charged magnet ends. Except when it comes to the following, that is...

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Rugby jerseys have come a long way from their humble potato-sack beginnings. Now, synthetic and high-tech, they are arguably as important to a successful side as a strong tackler or golden boot. And 2007 marked the pinnacle of that evolution.

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There were quite a few noisy complaints when Channel 10 announced that their HD channel would be rebranded ‘One’ and feature 24 hours of non-stop sports coverage, especially from sci-fi geeks. But there is one certainty for sports-watching fans — HD is the best way to watch it by far.

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It’s match day. Everything we’ve done before has been leading up to this moment. Socks are pulled up. Jerseys cleaned and pressed. Shorts are still short. We’re taking the field, singing the national anthem, jumping from foot to foot as the crowd cheers in anticipation. Inside, our stomachs are clenched like fists, waiting for that whistle to signal kickoff. And when it comes, we’ll be ready. Because this is Gizmodo’s tribute to all things sports.