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Northern Pride backing NRL interest in Todd Carney - The Sunshine Coast Daily

SUPPORTIVE: The Northern Pride are open to the prospect of losing former Dally M medalist Todd Carney before he’s an played a game with the Intrust Super Cup club. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE

SUPPORTIVE: The Northern Pride are open to the prospect of losing former Dally M medalist Todd Carney before he’s an played a game with the Intrust Super Cup club. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE

Northern Pride chairman Tony Williamson says it would "hurt" to lose prized recruit Todd Carney before the QRL season starts but the club won't stand in his way should an NRL team come calling.

Manly are in the hunt to find a suitable playmaker to work alongside Daly Cherry-Evans after releasing Blake Green to the Warriors and missing out on Mitchell Pearce.

While Manly coach Trent Barrett has not ruled out making a play for the Pride's new half back, Williamson said he believed the Sea Eagles were most likely interested in out-of-favour Newcastle Knight Trent Hodkinson, with whom Carney shares a manager.

"I've talked to Todd and I'm confident that it's more about Hodkinson," Williamson said late...


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The Ashes: Peter Handscomb's technique not the problem says Australian selector Mark Waugh - ABC Online

Peter Handscomb walks off the field after being dismissed on day four of the second Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval.
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Peter Handscomb's technique should not be considered a defect but he needs to review footage from his successful debut Test season to regain form, according to selector Mark Waugh.

The Australian number five appears set to be spared the axe but his spot is under scrutiny after a lean start to the Ashes, having also scored just two half-centuries from this year's Test tours of India and Bangladesh.

All-rounder Mitch Marsh has been brought into the 13-man squad and could unseat Handscomb for the third Test against England in Perth starting on Thursday.

But Waugh said the Victorian has the resilience to bounce back.

"Pete's probably not in the best of form, we can all see that. But...


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Rugby AU wipe Force legal fees, return IP - Rugby.com.au

It's been a long time coming but finally, there's some good news for Force fans.

Rugby Australia has wiped all of RugbyWA's outstanding legal fees and returned the intellectual property of the team, too.

That means the Force will be able to legally operate under their given name - rather than being forced to pivot and re-name the franchise - and eradicate the current state of voluntary administration.

In a letter to the Western Australian community the Rugby WA board also raised the prospect of the Force taking the Spirit's place in the NRC next year - donning the familiar blue strip.

"Should the Sea of Blue wish it so our NRC team can take to the field in 2018 as the Western Force in full and familiar Blue," the letter reads.The Force could replace the Spirit in the NRC next year. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"This is a significant sign after a long battle that Rugby Australia acknowledges the importance of our code and our solidarity in the west.

"More support is...


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Robert Whittaker becomes Australia's first ever UFC champion - NEWS.com.au

AUSTRALIAN Robert Whittaker has today been crowned the UFC middleweight champion after defending champion Georges St-Pierre vacated the title.

The Canadian’s bombshell decision means Whittaker becomes the first ever Australian to call a piece of UFC gold their own.

Whittaker held the division’s interim title but it was today confirmed he was taking the strap for good.

“Middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is vacating his world title effective immediately,’’ a UFC official told The Daily Telegraph. “And Robert Whittaker has been elevated to undisputed champion.”

St-Pierre vacates his title just a month after winning the middleweight strap in a bloody battle with Michael Bisping at UFC 217 via a third round submission.

The long-reigning welterweight king — who moved up in weight classes to tackle Bisping — made his return to the Octagon after a four-year absence at New York’s...


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Rugby AU wipe Force legal fees, return IP - Rugby.com.au

It's been a long time coming but finally, there's some good news for Force fans.

Rugby Australia has wiped all of RugbyWA's outstanding legal fees and returned the intellectual property of the team, too.

That means the Force will be able to legally operate under their given name - rather than being forced to pivot and re-name the franchise - and eradicate the current state of voluntary administration.

In a letter to the Western Australian community the Rugby WA board also raised the prospect of the Force taking the Spirit's place in the NRC next year - donning the familiar blue strip.

"Should the Sea of Blue wish it so our NRC team can take to the field in 2018 as the Western Force in full and familiar Blue," the letter reads.The Force could replace the Spirit in the NRC next year. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"This is a significant sign after a long battle that Rugby Australia acknowledges the importance of our code and our solidarity in the west.

"More support is...


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Ben Simmons and Philadelphia take on Los Angeles Lakers - NEWS.com.au

BEN Simmons had the NBA drooling again with arguably his best individual play in the second quarter of Philadelphia’s grudge match against the Lakers.

The Australian wrapped up a triple-double in the final seconds before three-quarter time, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Sixers over the Lakers in a frantic final few minutes.

Los Angeles wrapped up a crucial win on the road 107-104, despite a dramatic late comeback from Philly.

The contest was turned on its head as Philly went on a 12-4 run down the stretch to close Los Angeles’ lead to four points with six minutes remaining.

Richaun Holmes then tied the game at 101-101 for the Sixers with a dunk that saw the Philadelphia crowd erupt.

Simmons was lucky not to be called for a flagrant foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as he deliberately fouled the Lakers star in the act of a fast-break lay-up, but the sole free-throw gave the Lakers a...


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Ben Simmons and Philadelphia take on Los Angeles Lakers - NEWS.com.au

BEN Simmons had the NBA drooling again with arguably his best individual play in the second quarter of Philadelphia’s grudge match against the Lakers.

The Australian wrapped up a triple-double in the final seconds before three-quarter time, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Sixers over the Lakers in a frantic final few minutes.

Los Angeles wrapped up a crucial win on the road 107-104, despite a dramatic late comeback from Philly.

The contest was turned on its head as Philly went on a 12-4 run down the stretch to close Los Angeles’ lead to four points with six minutes remaining.

Richaun Holmes then tied the game at 101-101 for the Sixers with a dunk that saw the Philadelphia crowd erupt.

Simmons was lucky not to be called for a flagrant foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as he deliberately fouled the Lakers star in the act of a fast-break lay-up, but the sole free-throw gave the Lakers a...


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Renovation not an option for either stadium - The Sydney Morning Herald

Businessman Tony Shepherd wears two hats, as chair of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and chair of the AFL's newest team, the GWS Giants.

As boss of the Trust, he has won a major victory by the NSW Government's decision to begin work on Allianz ahead of ANZ.

Wide-ranging: Tony Shepherd wears two hats, as chair of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and chair of the ... Wide-ranging: Tony Shepherd wears two hats, as chair of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and chair of the AFL's newest team, the GWS Giants. Photo: Ben Searcy

Top ranking NRL executives fear he will win a second victory, should an incoming Labor Government cancel plans to begin work on the redevelopment of ANZ stadium, leaving it shaped friendly for AFL games and that code's expansion in Sydney's west.

However, Trust sources insist Allianz, which is 12 years older than ANZ, has significant upcoming compliance issues, particularly with safety. Furthermore, building ANZ first would cause greater disruption in...


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Renovation not an option for either stadium - The Sydney Morning Herald

Businessman Tony Shepherd wears two hats, as chair of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and chair of the AFL's newest team, the GWS Giants.

As boss of the Trust, he has won a major victory by the NSW Government's decision to begin work on Allianz ahead of ANZ.

Wide-ranging: Tony Shepherd wears two hats, as chair of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and chair of the ... Wide-ranging: Tony Shepherd wears two hats, as chair of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and chair of the AFL's newest team, the GWS Giants. Photo: Ben Searcy

Top ranking NRL executives fear he will win a second victory, should an incoming Labor Government cancel plans to begin work on the redevelopment of ANZ stadium, leaving it shaped friendly for AFL games and that code's expansion in Sydney's west.

However, Trust sources insist Allianz, which is 12 years older than ANZ, has significant upcoming compliance issues, particularly with safety. Furthermore, building ANZ first would cause greater disruption in...


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Sydney stadium development sparks debate over costs, but do the leagues and clubs even deserve them? - ABC Online

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Amid the outrage about the "astronomical price tag" and the tub-thumping of the Stop the Stadiums campaigners, the most significant question about Sydney's proposed $2.5 billion venue redevelopment has been lost.

Ask not whether Sydney can afford better places to play rugby league, football and rugby. Ask whether the leagues who administer those sports and the clubs who play them deserve palatial new homes.

More than a decade ago, as a Victorian working in the Sydney media, the plan now embraced by the NSW Government seemed as obvious as the rain pouring through the roof at the Sydney Football Stadium.

As I wrote then, the Olympic Stadium was famed for a few great moments but...


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Wynne Gray: 42-year-old Carlos Spencer a better fit for Blues than Quade Cooper - New Zealand Herald

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Quade Cooper's style is a perfect fit for the Blues - unreliable and flaky.

Those who think the five eighths with Kiwi links could bring some Carlos Spencer-type salvation to the stuttering Super rugby franchise should have a better look at his portfolio.

Given a choice I think I'd still back the 42-year-old Spencer to do the job better than Cooper could.

He has failed to convince Wallabies coach Michael Cheika he has the game to deputise for Bernard Foley and new Reds boss Brad Thorn has given Cooper a similar don't come to training message.

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Quade Cooper could be an NRL star - Matt Rogers

After the Reds shambolic season, no-nonsense Thorn has dumped Cooper and halfback Nick Frisby and chosen raw young replacement talent as he attempts to inject a more ruthless hard-working edge to the squad.

The Blues have lost Otere Black with a serious knee injury but coach Tana...


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Bob Willis: I understand the Ashes sledging is getting particularly unpleasant and personal - SkySports

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"I don't like the rumours I'm hearing about it and the Australians really do need to learn to behave themselves on the field."

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Australia need to 'learn to behave themselves on the field', says Bob Willis

Australia need to 'learn to behave themselves on the field', says Bob Willis

Australia need to 'learn to behave themselves on the field', says Bob Willis

Bob Willis believes the sledging in the Ashes has become "unpleasant" and that Australia's players "need to learn to behave themselves on the field".

Former England captain Willis is in Australia following England's fortunes and says he is hearing that "particularly personal" remarks are being directed towards the tourists, including to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

Speaking on Sky Sports Cricket's Ashes Debate show, which you can watch at 7pm on Friday on Sky Sports Cricket, Willis urged the umpires to step in if the home side's verbals stray too far.

"I understand that the sledging on the field is...


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UFC Fighter Makes Dream Come True For Super Fan With Down's Syndrome - Triple M

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UFC fighters are known for having a hard edge about them inside the Octagon, but that certainly doesn't exclude them from committing unbelievable acts of kindness.

MMA star Diego Sanchez prove that and a whole lot more recently when he invited a super fan into the Octagon with him.

32-year-old UFC diehard, Isaac 'The Shermanator' Marquez, became friends with Sanchez after walking into his training facility in New Mexico and formed a special bond with the athlete.

Marquez had harboured dreams of following in his friends footsteps of becoming a UFC fighter, and Sanchez was extremely happy to help his mate for fill his dreams, announcing that The Shermanator would make his MMA debut against none other than Sanchez himself.

He even produced a promotional image and shared it on his Instagram account, with Marquez dedicating his debut fight to his mother who had passed away due to...


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Eugenie Bouchard's Super Bowl date is still in the game - Fox Sports

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EUGENIE Bouchard is a woman of her word — and John Goehrke remains one of the luckiest men to ever walk the face of the earth.

We’ve come to those conclusions based on the tennis superstar’s latest social media post in which she snapped a photo of the two relaxing on a couch together. #Couplegoals.

You might remember Goehrke as the guy who scored a date with Bouchard after winning a bet during this year’s NFL Super Bowl in February. The Atlanta Falcons were up by 25 points late against the New England Patriots and Bouchard was ready to call it.

I knew Atlanta would win btw

— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 6, 2017

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US gymnast Aly Raisman speaks out after abusive doctor sentenced to 60 years in prison - NEWS.com.au

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AN ELITE sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted Olympic gymnasts was sentenced on Friday (AEDT) to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again.

US District Judge Janet Neff followed the government’s recommendation in the porn case, saying Larry Nassar “should never again have access to children”. Judge Neff said Nassar’s federal sentence won’t start until he completes his sentences for sexual assault. The 54-year-old will get punishments in those two cases in state court in January.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians. He admits he molested girls with his hands when they sought treatment for hip and back pain.

“Underneath this veneer lurked a predator,” Assistant US Attorney Sean Lewis said in a court...


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US gymnast Aly Raisman speaks out after abusive doctor sentenced to 60 years in prison - NEWS.com.au

WARNING: Graphic.

AN ELITE sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted Olympic gymnasts was sentenced on Friday (AEDT) to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again.

US District Judge Janet Neff followed the government’s recommendation in the porn case, saying Larry Nassar “should never again have access to children”. Judge Neff said Nassar’s federal sentence won’t start until he completes his sentences for sexual assault. The 54-year-old will get punishments in those two cases in state court in January.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians. He admits he molested girls with his hands when they sought treatment for hip and back pain.

“Underneath this veneer lurked a predator,” Assistant US Attorney Sean Lewis said in a court...


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US gymnast Aly Raisman speaks out after abusive doctor sentenced to 60 years in prison - NEWS.com.au

WARNING: Graphic.

AN ELITE sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted Olympic gymnasts was sentenced on Friday (AEDT) to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again.

US District Judge Janet Neff followed the government’s recommendation in the porn case, saying Larry Nassar “should never again have access to children”. Judge Neff said Nassar’s federal sentence won’t start until he completes his sentences for sexual assault. The 54-year-old will get punishments in those two cases in state court in January.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians. He admits he molested girls with his hands when they sought treatment for hip and back pain.

“Underneath this veneer lurked a predator,” Assistant US Attorney Sean Lewis said in a court...


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Manly coach Trent Barrett says Sea Eagles have eye on Todd Carney - Fox Sports

TODD Carney has been linked to an NRL return with Manly as the club looks for a playmaker after missing out on Mitchell Pearce.

The Daily Telegraph reports Manly coach Trent Barrett told the paper the club would keep their eye on Carney, who has returned to Australia to play for Intrust Super Cup club Northern Pride.

Carney, 31, has made no secret of his desire to return to the NRL despite a three-year deal.

Barrett said Carney was one of several options available top the Sea Eagles, who lost Pearce to Newcastle and released Blake Green to the Warriors.

Former Sea Eagle Trent Hodkinson is another being considered while there is cover at the club with Jackson Hastings and Lachlan Croker.


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Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d'Or, beating Lionel Messi and Neymar to honour - ABC Online

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or award as football's best player of the year for a record-equalling fifth time, moving him level with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo won the trophy awarded by France Football magazine at a ceremony held at the Eiffel Tower. He finished ahead of contenders Messi and Neymar, who left Barcelona in the offseason to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee of $US262 million.

Ronaldo was shown on television receiving the award while making the sign of five with his left hand as he held the trophy in his right. Messi was runner-up behind him and Neymar was third.

"Of course, I feel happy, it's a big moment in my career," Ronaldo said. "It's something I hope to win every year."

The 32-year-old...


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Liverpool's Moreno a doubt for Everton clash, says Klopp - SBS

"We had a little shadow on the night when Alberto Moreno needed to get substituted. It was a strange situation. He is a tough guy and if he cannot continue the game then you should consider it could be something serious." Klopp told reporters.

"In the treatment room then, he was a little bit more positive, so maybe we are lucky and it's not too serious. We will see.

"We need all the boys for the next few weeks, but especially in this week for the next game on Sunday..."

Liverpool's last 7-0 win came in a Champions League game against NK Maribor in October that was followed by a thumping 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur and Klopp has urged his side to avoid another poor return to league action.

"We showed tonight that we learned from the mistakes we made in Sevilla (where the side blew a three-goal halftime advantage to draw 3-3)... now we have to show we have learned from the mistakes...


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