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Papalii axed from Kangaroos team - dailytelegraph.com.au

CANBERRA Raiders forward Josh Papalii has been sacked from the Australian rugby league team under coach Mal Meninga’s strict new disciplinary rules.

The Maroons and Kangaroos forward was on Thursday fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for eight months after pleading guilty to a drink driving charge in the ACT Magistrates Court.

Papalii, 24, pleaded guilty to a level three drink driving after recording a blood-alcohol reading of 0.123 on January 15, hours after he left captain Jarrod Croker’s engagement party.

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He will be replaced by Raiders team mate Shannon Boyd in the Kangaroos team to play the Kiwis in Canberra next Friday night.

Manly forward Jake Trbojevic has been named as 18th man.

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French rugby league referee knocked out cold after a vicious punch from a player he'd sent off - Fox Sports

A FRENCH rugby league player is facing a life ban for knocking a referee out cold with a sickening one-punch attack after he had been sent from the field.

Benjamin Casty, the brother of former Roosters prop Rémi, was officiating in the semi-finals of the French junior cup between Saint-Estève and Toulouse when he sent a Saint-Esteve player off.

The player, who had apparently just recently returned from suspension, then approached Casty and unleashed a vicious right hook that floored the whistleblower.

Opposition players then approached the assailant, who proceeded to throw a collection of haymakers at his rivals to spark an all-in brawl.

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Roberts injury opens door for Mead - dailytelegraph.com.au

INJURED flyer James Roberts is set to be sidelined for up to four weeks, opening the door for David Mead to clinch a starting jersey.

Brisbane on Friday confirmed that their star centre had suffered ligament damage in his ankle, following an accidental collision with teammate Matt Gillett in Thursday’s win over the Panthers at Suncorp Stadium.

While the news is better than expected after Brisbane thought he had fractured the ankle, it is still a blow for Roberts.

Given his recent red hot form, the Kempsey-born speedster was firming for a NSW Origin debut.

However, the injury will likely keep him out of the side for Game One, with coach Laurie Daley to name his team in the same week Roberts is due back for Brisbane.

James Roberts is carried off during the Broncos win over the Panthers. Picture: Darren England

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Is Western Bulldogs star Tom Boyd suffering from a premiership hangover? - The Age

Most players will experience a moment when they know they belong at AFL level, and for Tom Boyd it seemed like the grand final was that moment.

No matter what happens for the remainder of his career, that day can never be taken away from him. He stood tall on the biggest stage and ultimately delivered the Western Bulldogs a premiership, in turn ensuring their multimillion-dollar investment has already paid off.

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I might have to play centre-back - Mourinho on United injury crisis - SBS - The World Game

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho could deploy Wayne Rooney in midfield against Swansea City after seeing his options dwindle further during Thursday's derby at Manchester City and joked he might pick himself at centre-back.

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United held out for a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium as they withstood sustained second-half pressure and finished with 10 men after Marouane Fellaini headbutted Sergio Aguero during the closing stages.

The Belgium international is set for a three-match suspension, while Mourinho confirmed Paul Pogba would not return from a hamstring injury until next week's Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah was deployed as an emergency midfielder after Fellaini's dismissal but suffered a dislocated shoulder as United defended a City corner in what proved to be the last...


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Glory coach laughs off Arnie's fitness claims - Hyundai A-League

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he was amused when hearing Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold’s claims that the Sky Blues were the fittest team in the Hyundai A-League.

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“His team are fit, but every team is fit in the A-League. I like the way Arnie [Graham Arnold] twists it and blows it, it’s brilliant.

“That’s part and parcel of Arnie’s personality. Which is good fun. I always have a giggle at Arnie,” Lowe told www.a-league.com.au on Friday as Glory settled in to Sydney ahead of Saturday night's blockbuster. 

But what will be the key to this semi final?

And can a team that finished fifth on the ladder defeat the runaway premiers on their home turf? 

Diego Castro has set aside talk of extending his stay in Perth as he prepares for his milestone 50th game in the Hyundai A-League.

According to the Glory boss, there’ll be a few factors in play but he’ll need his big players to perform on the biggest of stages at Allianz if they are to have any chance of causing an upset. 

“Big players standing...


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Akuila the Killer returns for Manly - The Roar

Manly winger Akuila Uate has turned back the clock to 2011 when life was good, tries flowed freely and he pulled on a Kangaroos jersey for the first time.

Twelve months after being dropped to reserve grade and told he was unwanted at Newcastle, Uate signalled he was ready for his second coming in the Sea Eagles’ 46-8 rout of South Sydney on Friday night.

He crossed for the second four-try haul of his NRL career in the nine-tries-to-one belting.

Ironically, the last time he walked away with a bag of four four-pointers was against Souths back in round 26, 2011.

Just over a month later, he was selected to make his Australian Test debut.

It’s been a long time since he’s been considered one of the game’s premiers wingers.

But Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett is optimistic the 29-year-old can rediscover some of the consistency and brilliance which saw him labelled one of the game’s most...


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Parramatta Eels dominate Cowboys in Townsville to record third straight win - dailytelegraph.com.au

THE late scratching of star halfback Johnathan Thurston was a blow the North Queensland Cowboys couldn’t recover from as they slumped to a 26-6 loss at 1300SMILES Stadium Friday night

Thurston was expected to make a sorely-needed return for the Cowboys but his troublesome calf flared up late this afternoon and he was forced to watch on helplessly as North Queensland were thoroughly outclassed by the visiting Eels. North Queensland have now dropped three of their six home games this season and their night went from bad to worse when stand-in skipper Gavin Cooper appeared to injure his shoulder in the dying minutes of the contest.

Tim Mannah of the Eels celebrates after scoring a try during the round nine NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Parramatta Eels.

Corey Norman was again instrumental for a red-hot Parramatta outfit, while fullback Clint Gutherson bagged...


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'Patchy' Western Bulldogs building AFL form, says Bob Murphy - The Age

Bulldogs skipper Bob Murphy is confident the reigning premiers are building on a patchy start ahead of Friday night's AFL blockbuster against GWS in Canberra.

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WA authors Sean Gorman and David Whish-Wilson's book analyse West Coast and Fremantle supporters over the 20 year derby history.

Lee Spurr pranks Jeremy McGovern

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Damien Hardwick says small forwards are becoming the most important players - The Age

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick believes small forwards are gradually becoming the most important players in the game.

Having assembled his own brigade of small forwards this year – Daniel Rioli, Jason Castagna and Dan Butler – with great effect, Hardwick knows first-hand how valuable a commodity they can be.

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Crawling through dog turd secret to 'Demolition Derby' win: Paul Hasleby - The Age

Former Dockers great Paul Hasleby says the infamous "Demolition Derby" is often seen as a significant moment in Fremantle's history when the players took a stance and refused to be bullied by the "mob down the road".

But in reality, the four-time Ross Glendinning medallist said it wasn't the fear of getting belted around the head by Eagles' players that was the main motivating factor, it was the dread of having to crawl through dog turd again.

The famous Demolition Derby from 2000. The famous Demolition Derby from 2000. Photo: Getty Images

After the Eagles humiliated the Dockers by 117 points early in the 2000 season, Fremantle's then coach Damian Drum decided to punish the players with a series of SAS-style drills.

"We had to get up at 4 o'clock the next morning after we lost the first Derby in early 2000 and go down to Port Beach and do army-style training," Hasleby told WAtoday.

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Coates the politician lines up for victory in AOC marathon - The Sydney Morning Herald

If any doubt remained about the formidable political talents of Australia's Olympic supremo, John Coates, they were dispelled on Friday morning.

In a subscriber-only publication from Lausanne, the global headquarters of the Olympic movement, came word that Mr Coates would be removed immediately from any international position if he lost the Australian Olympic Committee presidency.

John Coates at the Ski & Snowboard Awards in Melbourne on Thursday John Coates at the Ski & Snowboard Awards in Melbourne on Thursday Photo: Pat Scala

If he did not orchestrate the story, he had certainly sought official ruling on the issue. And it will strike a serious blow at his opponent, former Hockeyroo Danni Roche, a week before the vote to determine the Australian presidency for the next four years.

Small sports in Australia are worried about their future in the Olympics, and Mr Coates has carefully cultivated the idea that, without him, they are more exposed....


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Magpies coach Nathan Buckley stands by comment linking future to top eight finish - ABC Online

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says he has no regrets about linking a top eight finish to his future as coach.

At the end of last season, Buckley admitted if his side were to miss the finals again this year, he would not expect to continue as Collingwood coach.

The Magpies have just one win for the 2017 season and face the undefeated Geelong Cats on Sunday at the MCG, just five days after the Anzac Day loss to Essendon.

But Buckley was not backing away from his sentiments.

"I'm extremely fortunate to be leading the footy club at this stage and the reality is that I've got a job to do and I'll get assessed on the ability to do that job which comes down to wins and...


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Jose Mourinho digs at 'smart' Sergio Aguero after Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini sees red - Eurosport.com AU

"I saw Aguero in the tunnel, no broken nose, no broken head, his face as nice as always. If he doesn't go to the floor, it's not a red card," said the Portuguese.

Mourinho defended his team's approach in Thursday's 0-0 derby draw with Manchester City, hailing their spirit as they held on with 10 men.

United had only 31 per cent possession and created few chances as they battled for a share of the spoils that left them a point behind fourth-placed City in the Premier League.

But Mourinho, who also questioned Sergio Aguero's reaction in the incident which saw United midfielder Marouane Fellaini sent off in the 84th minute, was in no mood for apology.

"They had more ball, they had more chances but I have to defend the players and the spirit of my players and say they were amazing the way they fight," he said, after his team extended their unbeaten run to 24 games.

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Live NRL scores Round 9 2017: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Manly Sea Eagles, North Queensland Cowboys vs ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Hat trick for Uate!

Brilliant from Dylan Walker. He gets the ball on the right and drags three players with him before somehow popping an offload to his outside for Uate to dive over from a metre out. 

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Young Cam Murray pinged this time and Manly find touch abour 30 metres out. 

The ball is lost and any faint hopes of a Souths comeback could be done for. 

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Reynolds grubbers for the corner, it takes a Manly touch and Talakai gets it back for six more - then on tackle one Burgess wins another penalty for a hand in the play-the-ball. 

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Manly called for offside and Reynolds finds touch 40m out. 

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Walker goes close before his offload is spilled by Sironen. Souths escape. 

Six more for the Eagles after Koroisau's offload comes off the hand of Farah.

The ball goes to ground and Manly take over just inside the Bunnies' half. 

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Dale Thomas handed wake up call by Carlton - NEWS.com.au

AFL: Port Adelaide skipper Travis Boak has been ruled out of this weekend's clash with Brisbane. Boak injured his hamstring in the Power's 90 point victory over Carlton on Friday night.

Dale Thomas of the Blues looks dejected after another defeat.

STAR Carlton duo Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs will play against Sydney in their AFL encounter on Saturday, but out-of-sorts veteran Dale Thomas will play in the VFL.

Coach Brendon Bolton confirmed Murphy (knee) and Gibbs (thumb) had shrugged off injury concerns picked up in last week’s 90-point thrashing by Port Adelaide.

Thomas missed that game with general soreness but the 29-year-old will play in the VFL this weekend after an indifferent start to the season.

One thing about Daisy (Thomas), it’s a little bit similar to us as a team, we’ve played some really good football in patches,” Bolton said on Friday.

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Aaron Woods signs with Bulldogs: Burning questions on NRL prop's move - Fox Sports

AARON Woods has signed with Canterbury on a four-year deal from 2018, with the papers lodged after weeks of speculation.

The $3.2 million move to the Bulldogs confirms what has been known for some time at Concord and Belmore.

The blue and whites are getting an Origin and Test regular while the Tigers lose a favourite son and the man single-handedly propping up their ailing pack for the past five years.

Beyond the cold, hard dollars and facts, a raft of questions remain for both clubs.

Can Woods still lead the Wests Tigers in 2017?


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'Patchy' Western Bulldogs building AFL form, says Bob Murphy - The Age

Bulldogs skipper Bob Murphy is confident the reigning premiers are building on a patchy start ahead of Friday night's AFL blockbuster against GWS in Canberra.

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Lee Spurr pranks Jeremy McGovern

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Manchester derby news, highlights, reaction - Fox Sports

YAYA coasts through the derby, Zlatan turns down deal, Nev’s verdict and more.

It’s a Manchester Derby themed edition of Premier League Extra-Time.

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YAYA Toure completed more passes than Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s combined 91 passes in the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford in the 0-0 draw on Friday AEST.

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Eddie McGuire responds to Brendan Fevola Collingwood call - NEWS.com.au

AFL: As the losses mount, the odds of Nathan Buckley coaching Collingwood beyond this season continue to shrink.

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BRENDAN Fevola’s AFL comeback dream didn’t even last 24 hours with Collingwood boss Eddie McGuire delivering a ruthless verdict on the goal-kicker’s hopes to play for the Magpies.

Fevola on Thursday responded to an online petition for him to help Collingwood’s forward line in 2018 by announcing on Melbourne radio he would get serious about a return to professional football if Collingwood was willing to give him a chance.

The Pies are not ready to give him a chance, McGuire said Friday.

He said it much harsher than that, in fact.

McGuire told Triple M’s The Hot Breakfast there is no room in Collingwood’s under-fire forward line for Fevola because the 36-year-old is “fat”.

Ouch.

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