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Ibbotson, Pearce to skip again for Freo

Garrick Ibbotson

Fremantle’s Garrick Ibbotson faces a competition opposite time to get fit for a finals. Picture: Daniel Wilkins
Source: PerthNow

FREMANTLE’S credentials for a finals is being hampered by stability damage woes, with a Dockers in a unfortunate competition opposite time to get their harmed players match-fit before their subordinate final in a fortnight.

Sidelined defenders Garrick Ibbotson (Achilles) and Clancee Pearce (calf) will again skip when a Dockers horde Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

Ibbotson is no pledge to be prepared for a start of a finals, while Fremantle hopes to move behind Aaron Sandilands (cheekbone), Luke McPharlin (calf) and Pearce for a Round 23 compare opposite St Kilda.

Sandilands was due to have medicine currently on his fractured cheekbone and is approaching to be accessible for Round 23.

Hayden Ballantyne, who harm his shoulder opposite Melbourne on Sunday, has been announced fit for this weekend.

“He’s unfortunate to play and he’s been privileged to play by a doctors,” manager Ross Lyon said.

“He’ll sight and afterwards we’ve only got to make a preference on is it a intelligent thing to do?”

Ibbotson was discussed in All-Australian calculations before blank a past 3 games.

“Garrick has been slower than what we’d like, so he’s starting to get to a concerning theatre obviously,” Lyon said.

“Which is unsatisfactory for Garrick and us, only a paltry Achilles. He’s not removing over a hump.

“We’ve lonesome a lot of waste this year and we need to do it again.”

Meanwhile, Lyon pronounced he had magnetism for all parties concerned in a Essendon supplements saga.

“I don’t consider we can make personal judgments on anyone,” he said.

“They’re all unequivocally good people and all of us during times can remove a approach and get confused.

“There’s a lot of good football coaches, players and good AFL administrators that are during loggerheads and perplexing to arrange out a problem.

“The diversion will always tarry since it’s a good diversion and we all adore it. Amongst that angst, there’s some good football being played and some good immature players emerging.

“As a football manager it is a bit romantic since it’s a distraction. we still have good faith in a care of a (AFL) Commission. I’m certain everybody will work their approach by it and a diversion will continue to flower and it’s a diversion we all adore so much.”

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My support for Blake cost me job

Paul Kent gives his discernment into a startle sacking of Canberra Raiders manager David Furner on a Fox Sports News Channel 513.

DAVE Furner’s invariable support for uneasy centre Blake Ferguson cost him his coaching pursuit during a Canberra Raiders on Tuesday.

The Daily Telegraph can exhibit Furner mislaid a sauce room as discontented players staged a rebel and fronted government over his hostility to fortify a Origin centre over new incidents.

And in a conspicuous twist, it was suggested on Tuesday night night that Ferguson can now travel out on a Raiders given he has a get-out proviso in his agreement if Furner is not coaching.

Furner pronounced he was “shocked and devastated” after being sensitive by his brother, CEO Don Furner, that his agreement had been terminated, effective immediately.

He was in stay during Bateman’s Bay, scheming for this weekend’s semi-final presence diversion opposite Manly, when a news came through.

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Furner became a initial manager to be sacked in Canberra Raiders history, phoning The Daily Telegraph to mangle a news.

“They’ve usually consummated my contract,” Furner pronounced as he left a organisation stay to lapse to his family in Canberra.

It has been a tough integrate of years for Furner, whose mother Kellie has been bravely fighting breast cancer.

“The house done a preference and it’s come as a genuine shock,” he said.

Raiders CEO Don Furner emphatically denies that Blake Ferguson has requested a recover form a final dual years of his contract.

“There’s a few things — my support for a immature child (Blake Ferguson) was one of a issues.

“It’s a formula driven game, yet during a same time we’ve had a satisfactory share of dramas.

“I was with a organisation perplexing to get them focused for a weekend when we got told.

“I found out by my brother. I’m repelled and devastated.

“But they make these decisions and coaches need results. We’ve mislaid 3 in a row. There’s zero we can do about it.”

Raiders government described it as “one of a saddest days in a club’s history” in a press recover late Tuesday afternoon.

Furner has been in assign given 2009 in Canberra and is a partner Kangaroos manager to Tim Sheens.

He coached 121 NRL games for 53 victories with a win commission of usually 43.8 per cent.


David Furner watches one of his final games in assign of a Raiders. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Furner’s sacking has non-stop a approach for problem child Ferguson now to travel out on a club.

In a sour irony, Ferguson, who told those tighten to him final week that he wants a release, has a proviso in his agreement permitting him to leave a bar on one condition: if Furner is no longer coach.

Nothing stands in a approach of that now.

It highlights a frustrations within a comparison personification organisation that were during a core of Furner’s demise.

The comparison personification organisation was undone during ceaselessly being forced to play second fiddle to a likes of Ferguson and former Raider Josh Dugan.

The players believed their considerations were ignored during their expense.

Trouble began to reveal when Furner listened whispers of a actor rebel following a detriment to Canterbury on Saturday.

He approached partner manager Andrew Dunemann, who reliable a unrest.

Furner afterwards called a players into a assembly and asked them, indicate blank, if there were problems.

Conceding 124 points in a final 3 waste didn’t help.

The players denied any issues.

In a bid to iron out whatever unused issues existed, Furner organized a brief mangle during holiday inlet Bateman’s Bay.

Before leaving, though, 9 of a club’s comparison players hold a private assembly on Monday night where it was motionless to tell a house they no longer had faith in a coach.

Furner was in Bateman’s Bay on Tuesday, with a players, when a predicament house assembly was hold and he was told he was sacked.

The Raiders have allocated Furner’s partner Dunemann as conduct manager for a residue of a season.

Finding a permanent deputy for subsequent deteriorate has not been discussed.

Sources on Tuesday night suggested Parramatta manager Ricky Stuart, a long-time crony of maestro authority John McIntyre, could be approached.

Stuart is underneath agreement to Parramatta for another dual years yet is about to collect a wooden spoon.

McIntyre told The Daily Telegraph final year that Stuart would one day lapse to a Raiders as a manager or comparison administrator.

In a statement, a Raiders said: “The house done a tough decision, feeling a team’s unsuitable performances were not contemplative of a talent within a squad, and have motionless to pursue a opposite instruction for a destiny of a club.

“The house remarkable a smashing use over many years that David Furner has done to a bar from his days as a actor and some-more recently a manager and pronounced he will leave his reign during a bar as one of a Raiders’ many constant and reputable figures.

“They remarkable a problem in a preference and pronounced it was one of a saddest days in a club’s history.

“The house will take a time required to designate a best conduct manager for a club.”  

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Blake contemptible for his mate’s demise

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Paul Kent gives his discernment into a startle sacking of Canberra Raiders manager David Furner on a Fox Sports News Channel 513.

Blake Ferguson

Blake Ferguson talks to David Furner. Picture: Gregg Porteous
Source: DailyTelegraph

BLAKE Ferguson on Tuesday night pennyless 6 weeks of overpower to exhibit his beating over a sacking of his manager and friend.

“Dave has been a smashing support to me on and off a field,” Ferguson said.

“My football has softened underneath his coaching. He’s been a really good manager for me.”

Asked about a get-out proviso in his agreement if Furner left, a State of Origin flyer refused to comment.

“I’m not even meditative about subsequent year,” he said.

“We’ve got 3 games left and we can still make a finals.

“It’s a good register and if we do make a semis, we’ll warn a few sides.”

He also refused to criticism on his attribute with Canberra teammates.

Ferguson was not selected in a Raiders side to play Manly though is carefree of proof his aptness after in a week.

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He stayed in Canberra for rehab diagnosis on Tuesday while a rest of a players were in stay in Batemans Bay.

“All I’m meditative about is a subsequent 3 weeks and a subsequent 3 games,” he said.

“There’s no indicate worrying about what competence occur subsequent year. we only wish to get behind onto a field.”  

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Angry fans direct Benji be dumped

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Heath Kelly and Tom Sangstar take we by their winners and losers for this week’s Supercoach.


Benji Marshall looks on after a Tigers concur a try. Photo by Matt King/Getty Images
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IT wasn’t ostensible to finish like this.

Angry Wests Tigers fans have taken a unusual step of setting-up an online petition perfectionist Wests Tigers manager Mick Potter dump star actor Benji Marshall from initial grade.

The petition was abandoned on Tuesday night yet with Potter maintaining Marshall during five-eighth for Saturday’s sentimental compare opposite St George Illawarra during a SCG.

Marshall had another shocker on Monday night during his side’s complicated 56-14 detriment to Sydney Roosters during Allianz Stadium.

He had only threes run for 10 metres, finished 3 errors, 8 tackles and 3 missed tackles.

And Wests Tigers fans seem to have had enough.

On Monday night, they jeered and heckled Marshall, in an assertive tone, amid claims his bid levels were unacceptable.

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Letter to my favourite footy star: bugger off

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Now a petition is flourishing underneath a headline: “Michael Potter: Drop Benji Marshall NOW!”

Traffic is usually flourishing as fans wish Marshall axed. The petition reads:

“To: Michael Potter, conduct coach,

We, a members, supporters and fans of Wests Tigers acknowledge and conclude all Benji has finished for a club.

But we believe, in sequence to stop this ongoing imitation and save what bequest Benji has left, and formed on his stream form and off-field disrespect, he contingency be forsaken from a organisation now!

Drop Benji Marshall NOW!”

Fans were prepared to sign-up on Tuesday night.

Deidre Folpp wrote: “He’s creation some-more blunders than ever. He’s embarrassing. Time to go Benji.”

Joe Camilleri posted: “Give a new blood a go. Why keep someone who has no value to a team’s future. Stop wasting people’s income and time.”

Alan McFarlane: “Been a supporter of Wests Magpies given 1948. we am ASHAMED.”

Alan Stevenson: “He is personification with NO passion or caring factor. Give immature (Luke) Brooks a shot before subsequent year.”

Kuz Kuzela: “It is apropos an annoying spectacle. For a consequence of Benji and a consequence of a bar — greatfully recover him NOW!”

Cory Buckingham: “No particular actor is or ever will be bigger than this good club!”

Buckingham instituted a site from his Townsville home.

It would seem a fans displeasure incited to annoy after Marshall seemed in a You Tube shave wearing a jumper of a Auckland Blues, his new Super Rugby franchise.

Despite his lifeless efforts in new weeks, Marshall pronounced progressing this month he wanted to go out on top.

In a journal column, Marshall wrote: “With my destiny confirmed, over a final rounds of a competition, my final rounds in a NRL, we wish to uncover what we can do.

“And we wish to win. Losing’s not good enough.”

Marshall will play his 250th diversion in a turn 25 diversion opposite Souths during Allianz Stadium.

Wests Tigers arch executive Grant Mayer did not to wish to criticism on a petition. 

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Time to throw a income cap?

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Fox Sports rugby joining experts have their contend on either or not to throw a income cap.

Fox Sports rugby joining experts name a toughest forwards in a NRL.

Some of a biggest names in Rugby League give their thoughts on who is a best behind in a NRL.

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Rugby joining missed out on Israel Folau due to income top constraints.
Source: The Daily Telegraph

TO some it’s a usually approach to even out a 16-team competition. To make certain each fan has a possibility of entertaining their side to an NRL premiership.


To others it’s preventing their group from holding on to their best players.

Many trust it helps a poorer clubs during a responsibility of a abounding clubs. Why should their outfit be prevented from shopping a best usually since they run a successful club?

And besides, usually a few teams can win a English Premier League and that doesn’t seem to be removing any smaller.

It’s time to have your say. Let us know in a NRL consult if a income top needs to be scrapped.

If we need any assistance Fox Sports’ row of experts, Peter Sterling, Laurie Daley, Gorden Tallis, Paul Kent and Ben Ikin have their contend in a video above.








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‘Crazy’ Lampard finally calms down

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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard celebrates after winning a UEFA Europa League final football compare between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013 during Amsterdam ArenA. Picture: AFP
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CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho says Frank Lampard has blending his purpose during a bar and accepts that he can no longer be an ever-present member of a initial XI.

Lampard, 35, was rewarded with a new agreement towards a finish of final deteriorate after reemphasising his value to a bar by violation a Blues’ all-time scoring record.

And a England midfielder carried on where he left off in a opening Premier League diversion of a deteriorate by scoring his side’s second idea in Sunday’s 2-0 feat during home to Hull City.

Mourinho certified he was gratified Lampard was given a possibility to extend his stay during Stamford Bridge forward of a Portuguese’s lapse for a second army as manager.

The span struck adult a tighten attribute during Mourinho’s initial spell in west London, though Mourinho says a former West Ham United midfielder can no longer design to play in each game.

Speaking during a media conference, Mourinho said: “We have a good relationship. we trust him a lot, though he also knows that he’s not 25 any more.

“The crazy Lamps that wants to play each notation of a Carling Cup (League Cup) compare opposite a group from a Championship or a crazy Frank that wants to mangle a record of appearances and play in each notation of each compare is not here any more.

“Now he wants to keep his performances high for a many seasons we can. We have to be crafty and intelligent and strengthen these players that are over 30.

“We will do that naturally and we trust he will be a illusory actor for us.”

While Mourinho is attempting to pull some-more from Lampard’s extensive career, he is also vigilant on bringing a best out of Eden Hazard’s rising talent.

The 22-year-old Belgium playmaker tender in his initial deteriorate in a Premier League final year following his 32 million bruise ($55 million) pierce from Lille.

But Mourinho warned that Hazard is not nonetheless a finished article.

“I wish some-more shortcoming and some-more ambition. When we are a normal player, we have to be happy if we perform OK, when we have actions during a diversion that uncover quality,” he said.

“But when we are a tip talent, we can’t rubbish that talent, when somebody gives we that talent. we wish to give him that shortcoming and aspiration for a child to be improved and improved and to demonstrate himself on a representation compare after match.”

Mourinho also hinted that he stays meddlesome in signing Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, notwithstanding carrying already seen dual bids for a England striker rejected.

The former Real Madrid manager says clubs sojourn during autocracy to spin down approaches for their players, and cited Barcelona’s office of Chelsea centre-back David Luiz as an example.

“You try, since nobody forbids we to try,” pronounced Mourinho, whose side revisit United on Monday.

“When we consider that you’d like to have one actor and a marketplace is open and a central bids are not forbidden, central bids are always supposed in an reliable way.

“Of course, a player’s owners can do accurately what we did in propinquity to David Luiz and Barcelona.”

Asked what he would do if he was rebuffed in a bid for his tip send target, that is believed to be Rooney, he replied: “We have skeleton B and C. Don’t ask me names since it’s formidable to pronounce about players from other clubs.”

David Luiz will again be blank from a Chelsea choice when Mourinho’s side face Aston Villa during Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as he continues to helper a hamstring problem.

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Aussies roar for World Cup tickets

The Socceroos will conduct to Paris after this year in credentials for a 2014 World Cup.

TICKETS for subsequent year’s World Cup went on sale online with Australians among a tip 5 nationalities requesting for a chair subsequent year.

FIFA’s press bureau pronounced that in a initial hour of sales alone there were 14,104 requests for a sum of 81,821 tickets. Each applicant can ask for adult to 4 tickets for a limit of 7 matches. The countries with a many field were Brazil, Argentina, United States, Australia and England.

FIFA expects a sum of scarcely 3.3 million tickets to be accessible for a contest in Brazil, though usually about 1 million are offering in a initial theatre of sales.

The matches many in direct embody a opening compare in Sao Paulo and a final in Rio de Janeiro.

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Tim Cahill celebrates after a Socceroos kick Iraq to validate for a World Cup. Picture: Toby Zerna

FIFA’s website showed there were some-more sheet field than a series of seats accessible in all 4 cost categories for a opener and a final during Maracana Stadium. That means a chances of securing a sheet will count on a pointless preference pull conducted by football’s ruling physique in October, after all applications are incited in.

“The particular sheet product is already heavily oversubscribed and therefore, during that indicate in time, a success of a focus appears really unlikely,” FIFA pronounced of a high direct categories. “There are vastly some-more sheet field seeking tickets than there are tickets currently accessible for a ubiquitous public.”

The other matches had a high direct for tickets usually in a cheapest category, accessible usually to Brazilians. Among those matches were a semifinals in Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo, as good as all of Brazil’s first-round matches.

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The Socceroos’ World Cup gift favourite Josh Kennedy (C) celebrates his winning idea opposite Iraq.

Prices for a final will go from $US440-$US990 ($480-$1079), nonetheless Brazilian fans will compensate $US165 in a cheaper category.

Brazilians over a age of 60, internal students and members of some amicable programs will be authorised to compensate about $US82 for a ticket. Prices for a opener in Sao Paulo go from $US220-$US495, with Brazilians profitable $US80 and ignored tickets costing $US40.

About 500,000 tickets in sum were set aside for a difficulty accessible only to Brazilian citizens.

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The internet meme profitable reverence to Socceroos favourite Josh Kennedy. Picture: Supplied

Applications fast started pouring in after tickets went adult for grabs during 10am GMT Tuesday (8pm AEST). Some fans had to be placed in a practical reserve “due to an awfully high direct for entrance to a ticketing page,” FIFA pronounced on a website.

FIFA pronounced before sales non-stop that it approaching a direct for tickets identical to that seen for a 2006 World Cup in Germany, when there were about 7 field for any sheet of a month-long contest attended by some-more than 3.3 million fans.

Almost 2 million tickets were sole to a ubiquitous open for a World Cup in South Africa in 2010, nonetheless a series of applications during a initial ticketing proviso was significantly lower.

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The trademark for a 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer contest that will be hold in Brazil. Tickets for subsequent year’s World Cup have left on sale online.

Sales of leftover tickets will start Nov 5 on a first-come, first-served basis. Another proviso will start Dec 8 after a World Cup pull determines where and when any republic will play. The contest starts Jun 12, with Brazil personification in a opener.

Nearly 800,000 fans attended a Confederations Cup in Brazil progressing this year, with sheet sales simply leading those for a warm-up contest in South Africa in 2009 and in Germany in 2005.



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Aussies have faith in Faulkner

James Faulkner will make his Test entrance in a Fifth Test during The Oval tonight, while Mitchell Starc has also been removed to a side, with Usman Khawaja and Jackson Bird dropped.

AUSTRALIA has put event brazen of group change by selecting bowling all-rounder James Faulkner to make his Test entrance currently (WEDNESDAY) in a group screaming out for batsmen.


Faulkner’s batting perceived a sternest hearing opposite a best quick bowler in this array when Ryan Harris threatened to run by Tasmania in a Sheffield Shield final progressing this year.

Queensland had reduced Tasmania to 6-56 in a second innings when Faulkner done his tip initial category score, 89, batting for roughly 5 hours to save a compare and safeguard his group won a Shield as a tip side.

“I suspect in those resources there was a new round and afterwards retreat pitch after on, so it was utterly tough and he (Harris) is one of a best. It was a good contest,” pronounced Faulkner on a eve of a fifth and final Test during The Oval.

If Australia was to make a left margin preference in a face of critical underachievement from a batsman afterwards haven wicket-keeper Matthew Wade personification as a dilettante batsman would have offering a group improved balance.

The usually member of a 18-man patrol who looks unfailing not to be partial of a Test on tour, Wade has played 12 Tests for dual centuries, as many as a whole furloughed patrol has done this series.


James Faulkner in movement during Tasmania’s fightback from an early fall in a second innings in a Sheffield Shield final opposite Queensland. Picture: Leigh Winburn

Australia has won usually 4 of a final 15 Tests and Wade has done a century in dual of those victories.

Given many of a 9 players used in a tip 7 have unsuccessful during this series, with usually Michael Clarke (49) and Chris Rogers (43) averaging above 30, Faulkner is value a punt.

He is a rival 23-year-old with not necessity of confidence.

“I wouldn’t like to consider it’s daunting, I’d like to consider it’s a good event that I’ve been given and it’s a privilege,” Faulkner pronounced of batting during series 7 in a Test.

“I’ve usually got to go out there and behind my credentials and my ability and let it take over.

“My strengths are that we bat, play and margin and that’s always a good start. we move a bit of charge and a rival streak.

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James Faulkner, seen here in a Sheffield Shield diversion in 2010, will make his Test debut.

“That’s how we play my cricket and that’s how we suffer personification a game, get in a competition and soak it adult a bit, get involved.”

The proudest male in Faulkner’s family is his father Peter, an all-rounder himself for Tasmania in 54 initial category matches. 

“My father is entrance over. we always pronounced that if we was ever going to play he’d be a initial one I’d call and a initial one we would get over,” pronounced Faulkner.

“He didn’t unequivocally contend most on a finish of a line when we told him though I’m looking brazen to saying him.

“Growing adult he’s always been a flattering large influence. Obviously we spent a lot of hours in a backyard personification cricket and he’s usually let me suffer a diversion and hasn’t unequivocally got too most involved.

“He quiescent from being authority of selectors [at Tasmania] when we was 16 or 17. He usually let me do what we do and I’m beholden for that. He has never put any vigour on me to play cricket. As prolonged as we was enjoying it, he was happy.”

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Djokovic, Serena named tip seeds

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Novak Djokovic is all smiles forward of a US Open.
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WORLD series ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been reliable as a tip seeds for a 2013 US Open.

Rafael Nadal, who returned to series dual in a universe this week after winning back-to-back Masters titles during Montreal and Cincinnati, is a second seed with reigning men’s champion Andy Murray seeded third.

Murray will be fortifying a grand impact pretension for a initial time and also perplexing to win back-to-back majors for a initial time after his delight during Wimbledon.

Roger Federer, a five-time US Open champion, has forsaken to seventh, his lowest seeding during Flushing Meadows given 2002.

Djokovic has reached during slightest a semi-finals in any of a final 6 years, and a final time he was a tip seed, in 2011, he took home a crown.

Williams, a 16-time grand impact champion, is a reigning US Open and French Open champion.

She kick reigning Australian Open titlist Victoria Azarenka in final year’s culmination in New York, though Azarenka dissapoint Williams in final week’s 1-versus-2 WTA final in Cincinnati.

Williams is followed in a seedings by Azarenka, former top-ranked 2006 US Open champ and 2013 French Open runner-up Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Sara Errani.

Two-time champion Venus Williams, now ranked 60th in a world, is unseeded for a contest that starts on Monday (EST).

Men’s seeds: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Rafael Nadal (ESP), 3. Andy Murray (GBR), 4. David Ferrer (ESP), 5. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 6. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG), 7. Roger Federer (SUI), 8. Richard Gasquet (FRA), 9. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI), 10. Milos Raonic (CAN), 11. Kei Nishikori (JPN), 12. Tommy Haas (GER), 13. John Isner (USA), 14. Jerzy Janowicz (POL), 15. Nicolas Almagro (ESP), 16. Fabio Fognini (ITA), 17. Kevin Anderson (RSA), 18. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB), 19. Tommy Robredo (ESP), 20. Andreas Seppi (ITA), 21. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS), 22. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER), 23. Feliciano Lopez (ESP), 24. Benoit Paire (FRA), 25. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), 26. Sam Querrey (USA), 27. Fernando Verdasco (ESP), 28. Juan Monaco (ARG), 29. Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
30. Ernests Gulbis (LAT), 31. Julien Benneteau (FRA), 32. Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)

Women’s seeds: 1. Serena Williams (USA), 2. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 3. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 5. Sara Errani (ITA), 6. Li Na (CHN), 7. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 8. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 9. Angelique Kerber (GER), 10. Jelena Jankovic (SRB), 11. Roberta Vinci (ITA), 12. Sam Stosur (AUS), 13. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL), 14. Ana Ivanovic (SRB), 15. Maria Kirilenko (RUS), 16. Sloane Stephens (USA), 17. Sabine Lisicki (GER), 18. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK), 19. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP), 20. Sorana Cirstea (ROM), 21. Nadia Petrova (RUS), 22. Simona Halep (ROM), 23. Elena Vesnina (RUS), 24. Jamie Hampton (USA), 25. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS), 26. Kaia Kanepi (EST), 27. Alize Cornet (FRA), 28. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS), 29. Mona Barthel (GER), 30. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK), 31. Laura Robson (GBR), 32. Klara Zakopalova (CZE)

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AFL told drug safe, legal

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A former member of a AFL’s anti-drug judiciary tells AFL 360 a addition during a centre of a Essendon liaison was “not illegal”.


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A FORMER member of a AFL’s Anti-Doping Tribunal claims he was told in Feb that AOD-9604 was protected and not prohibited.

Dr Andrew Garnham, now operative as a consultant for a Essendon Football Club, pronounced systematic justification showed AOD-9604, a piece during a centre of a Bombers’ supplements saga, had minimal side effects.

“Like all drugs, there are some side effects, though we know that those side effects are minimal,” Garnham told AFL 360.

“The recommendation that we had during that time was that AOD-9604 was deliberate underneath territory S2 of a anti-doping formula and was regarded as not prohibited.”

Garnham pronounced “preliminary laboratory work” suggested that AOD-9604 could correct harmed cartilage, flesh and bone.

“(AOD-9604) might support in a liberation of footballers where they apparently get sincerely heavily knocked around in a march of a game, so it might usually move them adult a day or dual quicker,” he said.

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AFL Round 21: Essendon v North Melbourne

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“I know it was on a basement of that probability that it might have been used by football clubs, though during this stage, from systematic viewpoint we could unequivocally contend that justification is approach approach too early to give it any credence.”

Meanwhile, Essendon authority Paul Little tonight briefed Bombers’ player’s relatives and partners on a latest ASADA commentary as a Bombers prepared to take on a AFL over a supplements scandal.

“This relatives assembly is a fifth in a array of meetings we’ve had with parents. The bar takes a assign of lecture relatives really seriously,” Little said.

When asked either a bar would surprise relatives of a form of supplements administered to players, Mr Little replied, “We will wait to see what questions they ask about a supplements.”

Former Essendon good Tim Watson is approaching to make a matter during a finish of a 90 notation meeting.

Meanwhile, a AFL is using out of time to confirm Essendon’s predestine before a finals after a Bombers requested an demurral late today.

Just hours after AFL arch executive Andrew Demetriou pronounced he approaching a box opposite a Bombers to go forward as scheduled during Monday’s AFL elect meeting, a bar expelled a brief matter observant it was not ready.

“Essendon Football Club has requested an demurral of a conference on 26 August.” a matter said.

“Lawyers for a bar requested a AFL advise that witnesses it would be calling, a justification it approaching those witnesses would give and specified procedural matters.

“As a AFL has not supposing that information, a bar is not in a position to ensue subsequent week and that is since a matter needs to be adjourned.”

Demetriou pronounced progressing if a Bombers did ask a delay, it would expected be granted.

The 4 people confronting charges – manager James Hird, partner Mark Thompson, football manager Danny Corcoran and bar Dr Bruce Reid – had already been given some-more time to prepared their defences.

If a emanate is not staid on Monday, it leaves usually 10 some-more days before a start of a finals.

“If a AFL gives us a time we need to prepared for this, there is small possibility it will be finished before a finals,” Bombers authority Paul Little pronounced during Windy Hill tonight.


Talks are stability between member of Essendon and a AFL in a bid to strech a settlement.

“The elect assembly is still going forward subsequent Monday since as we mount here we trust that Essendon Football Club will seem subsequent Monday,” Demetriou pronounced progressing currently during a MCG.


“If there is an prolongation sought and granted, afterwards we’ll have to demeanour during a options as a AFL Commission, though a arrogance is that it’s going forward subsequent Monday and we have no reason to trust that it won’t.”

If a bar is found guilty, probable penalties embody a fine, detriment of destiny breeze picks and being wiped of premiership points that would order a bar out of this year’s finals – if a chastisement is handed down in time


Demetriou pronounced he had no goal of bowing to Essendon final he step aside from conference a case, and steady his welfare for an open hearing, nonetheless that is nonetheless to be confirmed.

Essendon manager James Hird says he’s gratified he has some-more time to prepared to face charges opposite him.

He also pronounced sum of a charges opposite a Bombers were expected to be expelled “in entrance days”.

“It’s critical to make those open to answer lots of questions and put to bed some of a misinformation that’s out there. we couldn’t give we an accurate day though it’s a intention.”


Demetriou pronounced it wasn’t surprising for extensions to be postulated for indicted parties to prepared their counterclaim – as happened final year in a Kurt Tippett saga.

“It’s not surprising and it’s suitable if people wish some-more time … there are thousands of pages of papers and people need to prepare.

“It would be preferable to have a matter listened subsequent Monday, quite to yield certainty for not usually a football attention though all a supporters though a supporters of a Essendon Football Club and a Essendon Football Club itself.”

Last Tuesday, AFL ubiquitous warn Andrew Dillon said: “The parties have been sensitive of a charges and that a conference of a charges is scheduled to be hold on Monday 26 Aug during AFL House.”

But all parties were sensitive by a league’s lawyers that they would be postulated additional time “to prepared adequately” if required.

Bombers authority Paul Little pronounced final night negotiations with joining domicile were continuing.

“We can avert justice movement before subsequent Monday by stability to speak to a AFL, that is what we’re doing,” Little told Channel 7.

A member of a Essendon stay described a growth as a poignant benefaction by a AFL.

“The joining have blinked in a large way. It’s a large backdown,” a Bombers figure said.

AFL Round 21: Essendon v North Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia – Aug 17th: Round 21: Essendon v North Melbourne during Etihad Stadium, Docklands. Essendon manager James Hird Picture: George Salpigtidis

The AFL Commission is still scheduled to lay on Monday and it is probable charges opposite one or some-more parties could be dealt with if Essendon or an official, or officials, establish to be listened on that day.

In a AFL’s letter, prepared by law organisation Minter Ellison, a charged were told “procedural issues applicable to that celebration will be dealt with in due course”.

Essendon was done wakeful of a backdown before a 5pm deadline Hird’s lawyers had set a AFL.

The Hird stay had threatened a Supreme Court claim if a AFL proceeded with a Aug 26 conference of charges and authorised joining arch executive Andrew Demetriou to play a partial in proceedings.

The Dons wish an eccentric physique to hear a charges, and not until after a finals series.

Charges of bringing a diversion into shame were laid by a AFL final Tuesday opposite a club, Hird, partner manager Mark Thompson, football trainer Danny Corcoran and bar alloy Bruce Reid over Essendon’s 2012 supplements program.

Essendon’s hopes of personification finals have recieved a boost, with a AFL providing additional time to prepared their defences.

AFL emissary arch executive Gillon McLachlan pronounced final month a joining wanted a tale resolved before September.

“We’re committed to bringing it to a control in Aug to safeguard that we have a fortitude of a emanate before to a finals series,” McLachlan said.

“I consider it goes to a heart of a firmness of a finals series.”

But a AFL and Essendon have been incompetent to strike a jointly excusable deal.

The AFL would not plead a 5pm deadline set by Hird.

The joining pronounced it was still to establish when it would recover a details of a charges opposite a bar and a 4 officials, if during all.

On Friday, Demetriou was undeniable on a matter.

“It is a goal to recover a details of a charges in a subsequent few days, since it’s critical for people to know what is behind a assign of control unbecoming,” Demetriou said.

Essendon was due to brief players’ relatives on a drugs tale during Windy Hill tonight.

- with Al Paton and Angus Thompson

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