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Cooper Cronk announces he will retire at end of NRL season

Sydney Roosters halfback calls time on 16-year careerBrings down curtain having played in eight grand finalsSydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk has announced his intention to retire from the NRL at the end of the season.The 35-year-old is in the seco…

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Kevin Muscat stands down as Melbourne Victory coach

Wednesday’s ACL game will be coach’s last in charge‘An undisputed legend of the club,’ say VictoryMelbourne Victory have never known life without Kevin Muscat but soon will after the four-time A-League champion agreed an exit from the club. Muscat, the…

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Tolu Latu kicked out of Wallabies camp after alleged drink driving

Waratahs hooker reportedly over the limit last weekDoubt cast over inclusion in World Cup squad Tolu Latu has some explaining to do, his NSW Waratahs coach says, after the hooker’s failure to inform the Super Rugby club of an alleged drink driving offe…

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Quentin Pongia, former New Zealand rugby league captain, dies aged 48

Pongia played 35 Tests and 137 NRL games ‘An icon of the game,’ says New Zealand Rugby LeagueTributes are flowing in for former Canberra and New Zealand forward Quentin Pongia, who has died from cancer aged 48.Pongia played 137 NRL games and 35 Tests f…

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Jack de Belin loses federal court bid to be reinstated by NRL

St George Illawarra star will remain ruled out indefinitely while he answers aggravated sexual assault chargeSt George Illawarra star Jack de Belin has lost his bid in the federal court to be reinstated by the NRL.Justice Melissa Perry ruled on Friday …

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Nick Kyrgios slams ‘cringeworthy’ Djokovic and ‘salty’ Nadal ahead of French Open

World No 34 hammers men’s tennis champions during Rome Masters podcastFree-speaking Australian calls Fernando Verdasco ‘most arrogant person ever’Nick Kyrgios has launched a remarkable volley of insults at some of the leading players in men’s tennis ah…

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Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne faces additional charge in rape case

Former NRL player appears briefly in Newcastle courtHayne has not played rugby league since last yearFormer rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has appeared in court facing a second count of aggravated sexual assault against a woman in the NSW Hunter Valley…

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Tayla Harris photo nominated for inaugural women’s sport award

Picture went viral following online trollingWSA to announce winners on 30 MayA photograph of AFLW star Tayla Harris has been named a finalist for a new women’s sports photo award. The stunning shot of Harris in full flight is one of 15 photos in conten…

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AFL club bosses to watch Adam Goodes documentary

Film on agenda for meeting of club chief executivesThe Final Quarter covers end of former player’s careerClub bosses will have a private screening of an upcoming documentary about Adam Goodes as the AFL braces itself for the fallout once it is released…

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Israel Folau says he resisted ‘temptation’ of Rugby Australia peace offering

‘It’s been really challenging,’ player says at church serviceOutcome of hearing expected early this weekIsrael Folau has revealed how he resisted the “temptation” of a peace offering from Rugby Australia that would have allowed him to resurrect his pla…

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Israel Folau says he resisted ‘temptation’ of Rugby Australia peace offering

‘It’s been really challenging,’ player says at church serviceOutcome of hearing expected early this weekIsrael Folau has revealed how he resisted the “temptation” of a peace offering from Rugby Australia that would have allowed him to resurrect his pla…

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Sydney FC hand Melbourne Victory record A-League Big Blue belting

Sydney FC 6-1 Melbourne VictoryFirst time in A-League history Victory concede sixAfter a week of epic footballing comebacks, Sydney FC have served up a Big Blue belting, smashing Melbourne Victory 6-1 to march into next weekend’s A-League grand final.A…

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Kurz fumes over FFA’s ‘disgusting’ A-League finals decision as Perth win thriller

Perth Glory 3-3 Adelaide United, hosts win 5-4 on penaltiesGerman coach slams FFA home-end penalties decisionDeparting Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz was left disgusted by what he considered an unfair advantage handed to the home side by FFA during h…

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Decrease in charges indicates positive cultural change, says Cricket Australia

Analysis shows dramatic change in on-field behaviourImprovement comes after last year’s cultural review Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings has hailed the improved behaviour of players, suggesting the governing body has achieved meaningful change f…

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‘No concerns at all’ over player behaviour during NRL’s Magic Round

League will not implement restrictions or curfewsBrisbane set to welcome 300 players for weekend carnivalThe NRL has refused to put a ban on players hitting Brisbane’s party districts during Magic Round despite the powder keg potential for player misbe…

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Ashleigh Barty’s winning streak reaches 11 matches in Madrid

Simona Halep awaits in quarter-finalBarty will rise to at least world No 8 next weekAustralian No 1 Ashleigh Barty has extended her hot streak to 11 straight wins to reach her fourth quarter-final of the year after beating Yulia Putintseva in the Madri…

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David Warner falls for duck in Australian audition for World Cup opening berth

Batsman lasts six balls after promotion up orderJhye Richardson scratched from World Cup squadDavid Warner missed a chance to nail down a spot at the top of Australia’s World Cup order, falling for a duck after he was promoted to opener in a World Cup …

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Warren Joyce leaves Melbourne City after underwhelming A-League season

English coach’s two-year contract not renewedCity’s season ended by Adelaide in elimination finalMelbourne City have parted ways with coach Warren Joyce and will continue their long battle to realise their A-League ambitions without the Englishman, aft…

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Israel Folau’s Rugby Australia code of conduct likely to run into fourth day

Outcome not expected by end of Tuesday Panel hopes to determine severity of player’s breachIsrael Folau has now spent more than twice as long holed up at his code of conduct hearing as he has played Super Rugby for the NSW Waratahs in 2019. The Wallaby…

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Steven May escapes AFL club punishment after ‘poor decision’ to go drinking

Melbourne recruit dealing with ‘personal issues’Frustration of injury led to defender’s actionsMelbourne recruit Steven May has avoided a club sanction for drinking while injured with the AFL club revealing the key defender is dealing with some “person…