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Wally Lewis warns Maroons not get caught up in Johnathan Thurston drama - Courier Mail

YOU can turn up for Johnathan Thurston’s farewell but don’t forget to rock up to the game.

That’s the warning Queensland legend Wally Lewis has for the Maroons after Thurston was on Friday ruled out of this year’s State of Origin finale and the rest of the NRL season with a shoulder injury.

After forcing a decider with his matchwinning conversion in game two, Thurston will watch from the sidelines at Suncorp Stadium on July 12. And while Lewis admits the North Queensland star’s on-field absence will provide extra motivation for the Maroons, the Immortal is urging the team not to be distracted by the drama.

ORIGIN LEGACY: JT was battered but never beaten

Queensland legends Johnathan Thurston and Wally Lewis.

“It would be a nice way to do it, to be able to say to JT, ‘We did it for you’ but I don’t think it should be the centre of attention in winning game three,” Lewis told...


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AFL ticks off touchy rushed behind, Adam Cooney questions post-siren scoring rule - Fox Sports

BROWNLOW Medallist Adam Cooney has been left flabbergasted by the rule that allowed a controversial point to be awarded to the Sydney Swans on Friday night.

The AFL on Saturday morning moved to quash conjecture over the touchy behind that was paid to Sydney on the quarter-time siren during the thrilling clash against Essendon at the SCG.

The Swans scored a point when Lance Franklin kicked towards goal one second before the quarter-time siren and Bomber James Kelly carried the ball across goal. Kelly jumped to grab the ball as it bounced towards the scoring line and couldn’t halt his own momentum, subsequently stepping over the goal-line.

By game’s end, the final margin was one point in Sydney’s favour following Gary Rohan’s match-winning goal, sparking debate over whether the quarter-time behind should’ve been awarded.

But AFL football operations manager Simon Lethlean told Fox...


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Paddy McCartin suffers another head knock in VFL clash for Sandringham - Fox Sports

THE immediate playing future of Paddy McCartin is in serious doubt, after the St Kilda tall forward suffered another head knock and was helped from the field in the VFL.

The Saints confirmed that McCartin was assessed for concussion as a precaution on Saturday afternoon after he came from the field of play during the early stages of Sandringham’s clash with Coburg at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.

The 21-year-old courageously put his head over the ball before copping a knee to the head from an opponent. Trainers immediately ran out on the ground to attend to McCartin, who was on the ground for up to 15 seconds.

McCartin came to the bench as he recovered from the knock and even managed to start walking around the ground just before quarter time.

However the Zebras took no risks with McCartin, who didn’t return to the field after the incident.


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North Queensland Cowboys defeat Penrith Panthers 14-12, as Ethan Lowe kicks later sideline conversion - Courier Mail

JOHNATHAN Thurston, eat your heart out.

Cowboys forward Ethan Lowe stepped up and delivered his own JT moment to deliver North Queensland a thrilling 14-12 victory against Penrith at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Thurston was an entire state’s hero in Origin II on Wednesday as he battled through a serious shoulder injury to kick a matchwinning conversion and level the series.

This time it was Lowe’s opportunity to etch his name into Cowboys folklore and he took it with both hands.

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The synergies were eerie after Michael Morgan, who helped rescue Queensland at ANZ Stadium, again orchestrated a try in the final minutes, this time Kyle Feldt soaring high to level scores.

Stepping up to the goalkicking plate in Thurston’s absence, Lowe showed the steel of the Cowboys legend to send the ball over the black dot from the sideline and win the game.

“It was never in...


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Cowboys v Panthers, Raiders v Broncos, Rooster v Storm: NRL round 16 live scores, stats and commentary - ABC Online

The Roosters host the Storm after the JT-less Cowboys pip the Panthers in stunning fashion and the Raiders come up short against the Broncos. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary.

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Broncos hold on against Raiders in Canberra

Brisbane Broncos' Adam Blair runs up against the Canberra Raiders defence

The Brisbane Broncos have held on for a thrilling 30-20 win over the Raiders in Canberra.

A try-scoring double to Matt Gillett as well as scores for Corey Oates, Alex Glenn and Joe Ofahengaue secured the points for the Broncos.

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Brisbane Lions star Dayne Beams appears to have suffered serious shoulder injury - The Age

The luckless Brisbane Lions have suffered a massive blow with their brilliant captain Dayne Beams suffering what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury against Greater Western Sydney at the Gabba on Saturday.

Beams was cleaned up by GWS enforcer Shane Mumford in the opening minutes of the twilight match and left the ground using his jumper as a makeshift sling for his left arm.

Dayne Beams leaves the field injured early in the match against GWS. Dayne Beams leaves the field injured early in the match against GWS. Photo: Getty Images

Dayne Beams came off the field after colliding with Shane Mumford. #AFLLionsGiants pic.twitter.com/1vkoapSjhI

— AFL (@AFL) June 24, 2017

The former Collingwood star looked to have injured his shoulder in the collision, but it could easily have been an AC-joint or collarbone injury as well.

Beams will not return to the field on Saturday.

The Lions have had a season to forget as they languish on the bottom of the ladder...


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AFL Saturday: Live coverage of today's games - NEWS.com.au

Spots in the top eight and top four are on the line in round 14. Collingwood has a must-win game against the Power in Melbourne while it’s a game that Port Adelaide has to win if they’re going to finish in the top four. The Giants can go a game clear on top of the ladder with a win over Brisbane today. A win for the Bulldogs over the Kangaroos today will ease the pressure on the reigning premiers. The final game of the day sees West Coast hoping to leapfrog Melbourne on the ladder in the west.

GWS bury Lions at three-quarter time

Four goals each to Toby Greene and Jonathan Patton have put GWS in the box seat at the Gabba, taking a huge lead over Brisbane in a dominant quarter.

The Lions have seriously been lacking in the midfield with star on-baller Dayne Zorko taking a peculiar back seat as the Giants blast ahead.

Dane’s cheeky Collingwood jab

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Live scores: All Blacks v British and Irish Lions, Eden Park, Auckland - The Sydney Morning Herald

72nd min: Barrett kicks it. NZ 30 - Lions 8

Match over

Try, try, try to Rieko Ioane. What speed. It was one All Black on three Lions as a kick from TJ Perenara is spilled. The ball ends up in Ioane hands and he just burns the cover defence. NZ 28 - Lions 8. KTC

69th min: Sam Whitelock steals the lineout but the charge down kick results in another five metre lineout. The hosts secure possession and Cruden clears down field. NZ 23 - Lions 8

68th min: Huge kick from Sexton gives the Lions a lineout, six metres out. It's do or die for the visitors.

67th min: Let off for the Lions as the All Blacks lineout goes through a wobbly patch, not securing possession from their last two throws.

Back to top

64th min: Just when it looked Lienert Brown had scored the match-sealing try, Jaco Peyper spots a knock-on but he goes back to the penalty. This time the All Blacks opt for the...


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ACA reject CA's new MOU proposal - cricket.com.au

Cricket Australia's bid to bridge the impasse over a new Memorandum of Understanding has been dismissed by the players' union, which claims the new offer does not deliver a share of revenue for all players and fails to accurately portray how far apart the two parties remain with seven days until the current agreement expires.

CA's Executive General Manager Strategy, People and Member Services Kevin Roberts wrote to the ACA's Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson this morning to outline the revised proposal which addressed concerns raised by players during a recent round of meetings.

Roberts, a former New South Wales batsman who is a life member of the ACA, said the feedback gained led to a revamp of CA's initial MOU proposal relating to the sharing of surpluses among all international players, and the level of pay increase offered to men's domestic cricketers.

As a result, CA confirmed...


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Richmond v Carlton a battle between Tigers' pressure forwards and Blues' ice-cool defenders - Herald Sun

GAMES are won and lost in the midfield, coaches constantly tell us.

Occasionally they speak of the need to contain a rampant rival forward or quell a brilliant ball winner.

But it says everything about the unique manner in which Carlton is winning games in 2017 that Damien Hardwick didn’t say any of those things.

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Instead, the Richmond coach this week uttered words rarely heard in this sport.

“We’ve got to take their defence out of the game as best we can,” Hardwick said.

Come again?

The Richmond coach took only 12 seconds to raise the topic of Carlton’s defence in his weekly press conference.

“Defensively they’re very good behind the ball, they’ve got some really good movers behind the ball in (Kade) Simpson and (Sam) Docherty and they’re good players are playing really well in (Patrick)...


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Jarryd Hayne losing sleep over State of Origin stuff-ups - ABC Online

Jarryd Hayne looks on during NSW's loss to Maroons in State of Origin Game II in Sydney.
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NSW star Jarryd Hayne admits master coach Wayne Bennett had every right to call him out for bombing a near-certain try in the Blues' State of Origin II loss to Queensland.

Two days after the heartbreaking defeat, Hayne bounced back with an explosive flurry of points to set up Gold Coast's 26-14 win over Wests Tigers on Friday night.

The NSW centre scored two tries and set up a third in the space of 10 second-half minutes to almost single-handedly snap the Titans' four-game losing streak and keep their season alive.

The performance came almost a year after the code-hopping star infamously...


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Socceroos will die on their feet rather than live on their knees under Ange Postecoglou - The Sydney Morning Herald

Ange Postecoglou is not someone who demands any sympathy. All he seeks is the opportunity to do things his way. And he won't be swayed from his vision.

Ever since Brisbane Roar offered him a lifeline from the coaching wilderness back in late 2009 his career has largely been a roaring success.

Ange Postecoglou has always done things his way. Ange Postecoglou has always done things his way. Photo: Getty Images

Back-to-back titles with the Queenslanders – still the only team to win the A-League in consecutive seasons – led to a lucrative offer from the nation's biggest club, Melbourne Victory, which he duly took.

Headhunted by the FFA to take over the national team and offered a seven figure salary after German Holger Osieck was dumped from the Socceroos job after heavy defeats by Brazil and France, Postecoglou was able to engineer an exit from his Victory deal without any of the opprobrium that might have accompanied others had they...


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AFL Saturday: Live coverage of today's games - NEWS.com.au

Spots in the top eight and top four are on the line in round 14. Collingwood has a must-win game against the Power in Melbourne while it’s a game that Port Adelaide has to win if they’re going to finish in the top four. The Giants can go a game clear on top of the ladder with a win over Brisbane today. A win for the Bulldogs over the Kangaroos today will ease the pressure on the reigning premiers. The final game of the day sees West Coast hoping to leapfrog Melbourne on the ladder in the west.

Half time at the MCG

Robbie Gray kicked four goals in the first half as Port Adelaide enjoyed a 17-point lead at the main break.

The Power led by four goals mid-way through the term, but the Magpies stemmed the bleeding to trail 6.8 (44) to 4.3 (27) at half time.

The home crowd at the MCG was getting restless as their team struggled to challenge the Power at times and their was a hostile...


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Live NRL Scores Round 16 2017: Cowboys v Panthers, Raiders v Broncos, Roosters v Storm - The Sydney Morning Herald

11 min: Harawira-Naera try, Cleary try

And it's another try for Corey Harawiria-Naera after a long break by Dean Whare followed by a penalty. Matt Moylan's pass was sweet. Nathan Cleary converts. That's three tries in three games for the Kiwi. Penrith 6-0.

 

3 tries in 3 games for Corey Harawira-Naera!#NRLCowboysPanthers 0-6 after 11 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/Z53eC49LKB

— NRL (@NRL) June 24, 2017

Couple of early errors from both sides, first Lachlan Coote for the Cowboys then Matt Moylan for Penrith. Jake Granville's off the field with a head cut. 0-0.

 

Teams - NORTH QUEENSLAND v PENRITH

NQ: Lachlan Coote; Kyle Feldt, Justin O'Neill, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstiein; Michael Morgan, Kyle Laybutt; Jason Taumalolo, Ethan Lowe, Gavin Cooper, Scott Bolton, Jake Granville, John Asiata. Res: Ben Hampton, Coen Hess, Sean Fensom, Corey Jensen.

PENRITH: Dylan Edwards; Josh Mansour,...


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Brian Taylor filthy as Sydney prevents him from wandering rooms after Essendon win - Herald Sun

CHANNEL 7 says the Sydney Swans’ decision not to allow commentator Brian Taylor his usual, full access to change rooms following last night’s clash at the SCG was a “missed opportunity”.

Taylor on Saturday continued his criticism of the Swans over a lack of access to players following Friday night’s epic win against Essendon.

“What Sydney wants is total control. They want us to be boring, like they are,” Taylor said on Saturday.

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Taylor told Triple M things remained “very cordial” with the Swans and rejected suggestions he’d been instructed not to speak about the post-match discussion on Friday night.

“They (Channel 7) haven’t said anything, I haven’t spoken to anyone from the network,” Taylor said.

“All I know is what happened. We arrived in the rooms, they (Swans) said ‘you can interview...


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Fiji down Scotland in Suva dogfight - SBS

It was a second victory over European opposition in a week for the Fijians after they edged Italy last Saturday and came courtesy of tries from Peceli Yato and Henry Seniloli as well as five penalties and a conversion from flyhalf Ben Volavola.

The Scots, weakened by the absence of five players on British and Irish Lions duty, scored tries through Ross Ford, Ruaridh Jackson and Fraser Brown. Flyhalf Jackson also kicked a penalty and two conversions.

Hooker Ford, who won his 110th cap to better Chris Paterson's tally and claim the Scottish record, crossed in the first half with his replacement Brown crashing over four minutes from time to give the visitors hopes of a late comeback.

Three yellow cards in the first half, two for Fiji and one for the Scots, set the tone for a hardfought battle played out in humid conditions in the capital of the Pacific island nation.

Scotland also beat...


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Live: Wallabies vs Italy at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane - NEWS.com.au

JUNE hasn’t exactly been a pleasant month for the Wallabies.

They were rusty and unconvincing against Fiji two weeks ago, despite emerging as 37-14 victors. After dominating the opening 20 minutes of that match they only got worse, and that sluggishness carried over into last weekend’s Test against Scotland.

In a performance dogged by poor handling and skill errors, the Scots humbled the Wallabies 24-19 as Aussie rugby fans were left in disbelief at how the national side could play so poorly for 80 minutes.

Today’s match against Italy provides Michael Cheika’s men with a chance for redemption before they head back to play for their respective Super Rugby sides, and will need a win to restore faith in the gold jersey.

First half

6th min — NO TRY: One millimetre was the only thing stopping Italy from scoring the match’s first try. A member of the Azzurri was heading towards the sideline...


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ACA reject CA's new MOU proposal - cricket.com.au

Cricket Australia's bid to bridge the impasse over a new Memorandum of Understanding has been dismissed by the players' union, which claims the new offer does not deliver a share of revenue for all players and fails to accurately portray how far apart the two parties remain with seven days until the current agreement expires.

CA's Executive General Manager Strategy, People and Member Services Kevin Roberts wrote to the ACA's Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson this morning to outline the revised proposal which addressed concerns raised by players during a recent round of meetings.

Roberts, a former New South Wales batsman who is a life member of the ACA, said the feedback gained led to a revamp of CA's initial MOU proposal relating to the sharing of surpluses among all international players, and the level of pay increase offered to men's domestic cricketers.

As a result, CA confirmed...


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Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown selects Australian Jonah Bolden at NBA draft - The Sydney Morning Herald

Jonah Bolden of the UCLA Bruins shoots over Kadeem Allen of the Arizona Wildcats during a college basketball game in ... Jonah Bolden of the UCLA Bruins shoots over Kadeem Allen of the Arizona Wildcats during a college basketball game in February.  Photo: Getty Images

Brett Brown and Bruce Bolden were on opposite sides of many battles during their NBL careers in the 1990s.

Brown was the coach of North Melbourne Giants when Bolden was a star import at South East Melbourne Magic, but the pair now have something important to bond over as Brown's Philadelphia 76ers drafted Jonah Bolden, the son of Bruce, with the 36th pick of Friday's NBA Draft.

The Australian 21 year old made a late run up the draft boards following an impressive season with Serbian club FMP Belgrade and the 208-centimetre forward with outstanding athleticism was seen as a potential late first round pick.

If he landed in those top-30 picks, he would have received a guaranteed NBA contract but instead he was snapped up by the Sixers where...


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I'm my harshest critic: Hayne - NRL.COM

NSW Blues centre Jarryd Hayne admits he couldn't sleep after Origin II for coming up with two errors in the second half and bombing a near-certain try in New South Wales' shock 18-16 defeat to Queensland on Wednesday night. 

Former Queensland and current Broncos coach Wayne Bennett criticised the 29-year-old for a "selfish" play in the Origin defeat when Hayne failed to set up Brett Morris for what would have been New South Wales' fourth try of the night inside 30 minutes. 

Things got worse for the former Australian international when he threw a wayward flick pass with the Blues on the attack with the game on the line and later coughed up the ball with less than nine minutes remaining to hand Queensland an invitation – one they eventually took with Dane Gagai's second try.

An honest Hayne admitted he was not happy with his own personal performance in Game Two – arguably his worst in...


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