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Warner punches as others collapse

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Australian opener David Warner acknowledges a throng as he celebrates scoring 50 during a fourth day of a fourth Ashes Test, in Durham.
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RICHIE Benaud was nonetheless to be allocated captain a final time Australia mislaid 3 Ashes array in a row.

This Australian side has now suffered a same hapless predestine as those teams from 1953 to ’56 after England won a fourth Test during Chester-le-Street to go 3-0 adult in a series. The final Test starts during a Oval subsequent Wednesday.

The fall that saw Australia decrease from 0-109 to all out 224, losing by 74, was oh so predicted given what has been on arrangement for many of this mostly unsatisfactory series.

It all came to a unhappy finish during 7.39pm internal time amid chalky light and prolonged shadows as England strove to finish a compare in 4 days.

The statistics contend it all. England has scored some-more than 300 5 times and Australia usually once, 7-527 announced in a final Test during Old Trafford when England mislaid a toss for a usually time in a array and was saved by rain.

Australia has used 8 batsmen in this array and usually 3 of them have managed to normal 30, Michael Clarke (49), Chris Rogers (43) and Warner (30), nonetheless a integrate of a bowlers have managed improved than many batsmen.

It is a bad thoughtfulness on Australian cricket that usually a captain, a left margin preference who will be 36 this month and a trespasser who missed a month by cessation should have a usually endurable figures.

Even good sides would have struggled with a 299 Australia was set for a many doubtful victory.

Bradman’s Invincibles were a usually Australian group to successfully follow some-more in England, creation 3-404 during Headingley in 1948.

There is a china backing to a sea of batting gloom, David Warner’s 71 in a century opening partnership with Chris Rogers.

When Warner went held behind off a Tim Bresnan lifter a diversion changed. Suddenly England went from a wanted to a hunter as Australia mislaid 8-56.

It is tough to trust that someone who has been so flaky on and off a margin during his short, action-packed career could be so calming though that is how it felt when Warner was during a crease.

A singular batting talent in a mostly empty land, Warner’s ability to take on a quick bowlers with a smallest of bitch automatically transfers a vigour behind onto those delivering a ball.

By opening with Warner instead of gripping him during series six, a strange devise for a Ashes tour, it also keeps a left hander divided from Graeme Swann’s off-spinners until set.

The contrariety between Warner acid tentatively for a round spinning opposite him when he initial comes in and looking to conflict Swann from a opening as an opener could not be greater.

The gung ho Warner was on full display. He had done a run a round when Swann was brought on to play a 16th over.

Warner modernized to a third round and strike it inside out over additional cover for six. Statement made.

For all his faults and foibles, it is a contrition Australia does not have some-more like Warner.

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Libba whacked Knights, says Blues tanked

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Tony Liberatore is on Open Mike, that screens during 9.30pm Monday on Fox Footy.

BROWNLOW Medallist Tony Liberatore has fessed adult to punching Matthew Knights and clawing Craig McRae’s face, though stopped brief of observant he was a unwashed player.

Liberatore certified he wasn’t unapproachable of some of his on-field actions and also refused to bashful divided from his claims that Carlton tight to land Matthew Kreuzer.

The Western Bulldogs good was dangling for 5 matches for opening Knights’ front in an occurrence that sparked a fight of difference between a Dogs and Richmond and copped 3 weeks for clawing McRae.


Matthew Knights clashes with Tony Liberatore. Richmond v Western Bulldogs. MCG. Blood. Picture: Kelly Barnes

And Liberatore pronounced it was Bulldogs fable Charlie Sutton’s famous catchphrase of “shop early and equivocate a rush” that led to a strike on Knights in 2001.

“I took things into my possess hands, we substantially shouldn’t have finished what I’d done,” Liberatore told Fox Footy’s Open Mike.

“He was paltry one of a wingmen, Matthew Robbins, and we suspicion he’s flattering dismissed up.

“From a dilemma of my eye we suspicion he was going to come by and collect me. we only felt that something was going to happen, so unfortunately we did what Charlie Sutton told me. we got in first.”

Liberatore pronounced he clawed McRae out of plea in 1999 though denied he was a scratcher notwithstanding incidents with Steven Lawrence and ex-Swans champion Paul Kelly.

Liberatore finished his reign as an partner manager during a Blues in 2007, a deteriorate Denis Pagan was sacked.

The Blues mislaid a final 11 matches that year to secure Kreuzer with a No. 1 breeze pick.

He pronounced while a players wanted to win, a Blues – underneath halt manager Brett Ratten – were constructing ways to remove by warehousing players for a deteriorate and pulling stars including Brendan Fevola from a field.

“Players will always try on a football ground, so that’s where a myth about tanking is.

“I still trust that (tanking) is something that occurred … players during a time were told don’t play for a rest of a year, we have an harmed shin. And to me that’s tanking, isn’t it?”

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Liberatore pronounced he was interviewed by a AFL’s Rod Austin though schooled by a newspapers a joining would not follow adult a tanking claims.

Fevola has claimed Carlton did not wish to win, statute him out with a damaged finger for a final dual rounds.

Earlier this year a AFL slugged Melbourne $500,000 and dangling Dean Bailey and Chris Connolly for “actions unjust to interests of a AFL”.

The 283-game champion, who was reborn as a tagger in 1997, denied he ever scratched players and pronounced many of his opponents were “mentally weak”.

“I had to survive. In 1997 (coach) Terry Wallace pronounced to me we have to change a approach we play (because) antithesis players are quicker than you, they’re removing off you, we wish we to turn a run-with player,” a rebellious appurtenance said.

“When I’d line adult on players true divided they’d go ‘I’m going to get beaten today’. They were only so mentally diseased that we suspicion they were easy targets.”

Liberatore shielded Fremantle capsule Ryan Crowley, who was fined for pinching Brent Harvey “about 300 times” progressing this year and bloody by Gary Ablett final year for personification a round and not a man.

“I extol Ryan Crowley, we meant we consider he’s a smashing actor and we adore a approach he plays. He’s a impression of a game,” he said.

“I consider some clubs get a small bit changed and can’t arrange of contend ‘you know what, this bloke kick me today’.”

Liberatore pronounced a dim humanities of football had undergone a mutation given his personification days, praising a AFL for a direction.

His son Tom has blossomed into a star for a Dogs this season, averaging 25 disposals and 8 clearances a match.

“(Tom’s) finished unequivocally well. We have a superb manager in Brendan McCartney, we demeanour during him as a manager really identical to a immature players – he’s training all a time. It’s sparkling times.”

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‘I assimilated to play with Rooney’

The English Premier League is behind on Aug a 17th and a closest thing to being there is on Fox Sports.

ROBIN outpost Persie is penetrating for unsettled brazen Wayne Rooney to sojourn during Manchester United, with a Dutchman revelation that one of a reasons because he changed to Old Trafford was to team-up with a gifted Englishman.

Rooney is wanted by one of United’s categorical pretension rivals, Chelsea, who have done dual catastrophic bids for a 27-year-old.

Rooney’s United destiny has been misleading given a finish of final deteriorate though Van Persie is in no doubt that he wants his team-mate to sojourn during a club.

He told The Sun: “Everyone wants Wayne to stay and low down we consider he feels a same.

“One of a reasons we assimilated Manchester United was to play with Wayne.

“I wish he stays. Not usually is he a good goalscorer, he does so most work opposite a pitch.


Robin outpost Persie wants striker partner Wayne Rooney to stay during Manchester United.

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“He hates to remove and that’s because we see him one notation dire for goal, a subsequent notation fortifying ferociously. He is an item to any team.

“He will come good again. He is a clever lad.”

Meanwhile, United manager David Moyes has reliable that he is not unfortunate about Rooney joining adult with a England squad.

Rooney has not played for United in pre-season due to damage and is set to skip Sunday’s Community Shield opposite Wigan.

But he has still been called adult by England manager Roy Hodgson for a accessible opposite Scotland subsequent Wednesday.

Fox Sports football hosts Adam Peacock and Robbie Slater consider this season’s Premier League pretension contenders.

However, Hodgson is austere a Rooney conditions will not means a problem between him and Moyes, and a United manager concurs.

He told MUTV: “I had a prolonged review with Roy about it final week.

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“Wayne has had a shoulder injury. He has been bruise with it, that has meant he has not been means to have any contact, so he hasn’t lerned with us (the initial team).

“He has lerned a small bit with a pot as a non-contact player, a floating player, so during slightest he got a small bit of football work.

Manchester United David Moyes re-iterates Wayne Rooney is not for sale, notwithstanding conjecture over a star striker’s depart from their universe tour.

“He lerned with a initial group currently (Saturday) and he did a bit of additional work, so he is substantially some-more expected to be prepared for England than he will be for us.

“You’ve got to remember, he has had no football practice. we explained all this and we would usually design Roy to play him for a brief time.”

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Hird says Dons aren’t finished yet


James Hird is austere a Dons will keep fighting.

ESSENDON manager James Hird conceded a six-month addition scandal, that could feature with vicious AFL charges on Monday, was holding a monster fee on his players.

The Bombers were demolished for a third true week – this time a 53-point detriment to West Coast during Etihad Stadium – with a earnest deteriorate descending detached during a seams.

Hird and a Bombers design charges opposite a bar currently or tomorrow, and a manager pronounced a rolling play done it unfit for his players to give their all.

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“There’s no doubt a speculation, a power of a press and a expectancy of what is to come can’t assistance though impact your credentials for a game, and we consider that’s opposite a board,” he pronounced after a loss.

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“I consider a players were influenced currently and we consider they were influenced during a week. It was a large week in terms of off-field stuff.”

“It’s been a toughest year that any organisation of footballers could ever suppose and a toughest that any organisation of footballers had had to understanding with and they have been terrific.”

But while Essendon slumped to seventh, Hird was defiant.

“We are adult for a quarrel for a prolonged time,” he said.

To tip a shocker for a Dons, fullback Dustin Fletcher was reported for a high strike on West Coast’s Jamie Cripps and Jason Winderlich again harmed his hamstring.

Fletcher, due to pass Simon Madden’s bar record of 378 games on Saturday opposite North Melbourne, jumped off a belligerent and looks in trouble.

The Bombers are giving vicious care to a full and straightforward avowal of their chronicle of a supplements liaison if they are charged.

They trust it can't harm their position given what they trust have been a array of mistruths and exaggerations about their supplements program.

Asked how a bar would understanding with a intensity of confronting a large week amid conjecture charges could be laid opposite players and staff, Hird pronounced he welcomed a ability to pronounce freely.

“It’s been 6 months of speculation. If there are some contribution that we have to understanding with this week, afterwards that is unequivocally good,” Hird said.

“It competence make it even easier that there are some contribution we can understanding with other than a conjecture that has been out there for 6 months about what might occur or might not happen.

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“We can understanding with those contribution and we consider we are all looking brazen to traffic with a facts.”

Hird pronounced a players had been marvellous all year and continued to front adult and keep trying.

“We are still 13 wins and we are good and truly in a hunt,” he said.

“We are in a tip 8 and we don’t consider we can go out of a tip eight.

“I’m not certain how it looks around seventh and eighth though a players have been amazing.”

Hird pronounced a bar was vicious of yesterday’s performance, though not of a year as a whole.

“But we can spin that around,” Hird pronounced of a run of 3 losses.

“The guys are perplexing though it’s not operative for us,” Hird said.

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Emotional McCullough does it for Will

BRISBANE’S deteriorate is flourishing on heart, though on Sunday Broncos harlot Andrew McCullough delivered a male of a compare opening with a damaged one.

The Brisbane No.9 displayed uncontrollable tension when he scored a shining manikin half try that hermetic a Broncos’ 26-24 feat over St George Illawarra, booting a round high into a Suncorp Stadium stands and kissing a black fasten around his left arm.

McCullough’s universe had been rocked final Tuesday when one of his best friends from Brisbane State High School, Will Smailes, died from bone cancer.

The span had been friends from probably a initial day McCullough changed from Dalby to Brisbane on his Broncos scholarship.

The wake will be hold on Tuesday though for 23-year-old McCullough, Sunday was his possibility to broach a clever opening in his honour.

One try, and another rigourously denied by a video arbitrate only 7 mins earlier, a diversion high 46 tackles and several darting runs from manikin half highlighted a reigning actor of a year’s opening as he was duly awarded male of a compare honours.

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McCullough was too romantic to speak after a diversion though teammates were unapproachable of a approach a immature harlot dealt with what was one of a toughest weeks of his career.

“Obviously he has been by some hardship this week and to his credit he hasn’t let it impact him and he has got on with a pursuit and he played unequivocally good today,” Broncos maestro Corey Parker said.

Test centre Justin Hodges’ deteriorate is over and he’ll skip a World Cup after severing his achilles tendon for a second time. In his deficiency Brisbane only hold on to win by dual points. The Broncos winning it 26 points to 24.

“He is a unequivocally critical partial of a side, being a series 9 he gets his hands on a round a satisfactory bit and he was good for us.”

With their deteriorate on a line any and each week a Broncos competence not be a many means or means personification register in a NRL, though they’re refusing to let that stop what could be a overwhelming finals charge.

Even when a Dragons surged to an 18-14 lead early in a second half, interjection to dual tries in 3 minutes, a Broncos only would not give up.

For all that has been pronounced and created about Anthony Griffin’s group this deteriorate and a unavoidable register changes that are coming, nobody could ever doubt a players’ joining to a Broncos jersey.

But, as Griffin righteously points out, a execution is during times still brief of a standards he expects of a club.

McCullough’s try in a 70th notation should have been a spike in a coffin though Brisbane authorised a Dragons a late try and accurately 69 seconds to try to waylay victory.

“We’re fighting OK, we were really reticent there during times,” Griffin said.

Brisbane coach, Anthony Griffin, says ‘we hung in there tough, it wasn’t genuine flattering during times, though we got a pursuit done’.

“We have to tighten games out. We get adult by 8 and (Josh) McGuire throws that pass on a second play.

“We get adult by 8 with 6 to go and give divided a chastisement and possession.

“We could have finished ourselves a few some-more favours currently though we am gratified with a quarrel of a team.”

Brisbane now lay on 21 foe points, 3 points off a tip 8 and with 3 of their final 4 games during home.

Win their remaining home games and it competence only be adequate to scratch into a finals. 




Andrew McCullough played with a complicated heart on Sunday. Pic Annette Dew

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Finals regulation elementary for Warriors

MATTHEW Elliott reckons a regulation is simple.

Not for a Warriors winning. No, how a ruin we work out a heartbeat of this side – all tattoos, bullion teeth and illegible handshakes after scoring nonetheless another Disco Footy try – is anyone’s guess.

But when it comes to a Aucklanders creation a NRL playoffs, to them completing a swell which, notwithstanding uninterrupted losses, still has 9 sides looking nervously over one shoulder, Elliott is no doubt about a challenge.

“The regulation is easy, really,” a Warriors manager shrugs.

“And while I’m not observant we’re going to do it, it is one we feel flattering gentle this organisation is able of doing.”

Translation: There are 4 games left, we need to win a lot … and we trust we will.

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And since not?

While Elliott was on Sunday refusing to plead a month forward – “while we honour a question, a usually regard is a subsequent game” – we’ve had a moment ourselves.

See, notwithstanding uninterrupted losses, opposite Cronulla and now Manly, a Aucklanders still have a run home that each bar inside a tip 8 would barter them for. Possibly with dual cheergirls and a winger thrown in.

Panthers, Titans, Raiders, Dragons … if we don’t win that party afterwards we don’t merit to play Sep footy. Which, coincidentally, is how Elliott sees it.

Yet a contingency of a Warriors achieving pronounced mark, as we pronounced earlier, is anyone’s guess.

Warriors coach, Matthew Elliott, says ‘we played a unequivocally good footy organisation today, and we only have to accept that they executed improved than we did in both conflict and defence’.

For while they gave adult too most possession to contest with Manly during Gosford, this is still a side that recently tasted success opposite a Sea Eagles, a Roosters and Melbourne Storm.

Importantly, Elliott pronounced his side would residence a Sea Eagles diversion a same approach they had when thumped 62-6 by Penrith in turn 10, after that they won 5 true and 7 of eight.

Which is only as good because, as predestine would have it, they now play a Panthers during home this Sunday.

So is a manager assured of another streak?

“I was assured today, only like we was final week,” he said.

Manly Halfback Daly Cheery-Evans and Warriors Halfback Shaun Johnson pronounce after their dual side’s clashed.

“So we can contend we’ve got to win 4 in a row, though after a Penrith diversion we didn’t contend let’s win 5 in a row.”

Asked about their efforts, a manager continued: “We have to accept Manly executed improved than us in both conflict and defence.

“Nothing to be down in a mouth about though disappointing.

“We had to tackle some-more than them, and when that’s a box opposite Manly you’re going to struggle.

“Our bid and appetite were great; we stopped a few of their tries though when we give a organisation of that peculiarity that volume of possession, it’s what you’re going to have to do.” 

Manly winger David Williams has scored a hat-trick in a Sea Eagles 15-point win over a Warriors during Bluetongue Stadium.


Shaun Johnson will have to glow for Warriors to play finals. Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images

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Speculation hurts though we won’t quit

Potter and Marshall face a press

MICK Potter has non-stop adult about his destiny during a Wests Tigers, dogmatic he has no goal of walking out on a final year of his contract.

In a vehement and divulgence pronounce with The Daily Telegraph on Sunday, Potter also spoke about a personal fee that conjecture about his pursuit has had on his family – and addressed pronounce he had “lost a sauce room”.

Asked if he had believe that a players wanted him gone, Potter said: “I consider that is a broad, unconditional matter that we don’t consider is correct.”

He certified changes he had implemented this year haven’t tender everyone, though added: “I truly do feel in my heart that we am doing a right thing by a group and by a bar and by a fans to exercise some changes that we consider are going to take us forward.

“I consider we are solemnly creation some changes that we consider indispensable to be finished and there is some-more to do yet.

“But we consider we are streamer in a right direction.

“To have been in a pursuit for usually 6 months, we can’t finish a pursuit in that time.

“I need some-more time. we am assured in my possess ability. we am assured in a players’ ability. we am assured we are streamer in a right direction.”

Benji Marshall talks about how he is feeling after a Tigers detriment to Parramatta


When we pronounce one-on-one with Potter, it is tough to know since he has been portrayed as a manager who lacks communication skills.

Maybe some players don’t like being told a truth.

Tim Sheens was sacked final year since he fell out with comparison players during a Tigers – and a pronounce now entrance out of a bar is that Potter faces a same fate.

Potter didn’t dance around a theme on Sunday though was typically diplomatic.

“Individually everybody will feel a small differently, that is usually natural,” he said.

“It is a broad, unconditional matter and when we are losing games it is easy to say, ‘he has mislaid a sauce room’.

Much was approaching of an underneath vigour Benji Marshall as he lead his group opposite a Eels, usually to be beaten during a death

“Change is unavoidable and it needs to happen. We are perplexing to get a bar into winning ways and to do that we have to make changes.

“I do feel in my heart we am doing a right thing.

“I’d be derelict of my pursuit if we buckled to a minority that wanted it any other way.

“I am very, really assured we am doing a right thing for a bar in a approach we am going about it.

“I am certain we can change a integrate of things and mannerisms and addressing individuals, we can change that.

“I have no qualms about that, though a instruction we am holding a bar we consider is a scold one.

“We are perplexing to make holistic changes, not usually miniscule changes.”

NRL 360′s Paul Kent believes a Wests Tigers should NOT extend Benji Marshall a fairytale finish to his rugby joining career by permitting him to see out a residue of a deteriorate in initial grade.


When we demeanour during a Tigers’ formula this season, a win-loss record doesn’t tell a whole story.

They lay second final on a ladder though during times they have been forced to play though as many as 14 of their tip patrol on any given week since of injuries.

And afterwards there has been a discuss surrounding Benji Marshall’s form and destiny to contend with.

Potter wouldn’t get into a Benji contention on Sunday though certified his initial deteriorate coaching in a NRL had had some-more than a share of challenges.

“We have had 7 players this year (aged) 21 or younger, 10 to 12 are 22 or younger,” he said.

“If we corkscrew opposite a other teams we don’t consider their ratios are anything like what we have had this year.

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Mick Potter will quarrel tough to keep his job. Picture: Gregg Porteous

“I am not stealing behind injuries though what has come out of it is that utterly a few immature guys are scarcely prepared for initial class and some are prepared for initial grade.

“It has been a good knowledge for a lot of a immature players and they are going to get improved and improved for a experience.

“Right during a moment, it is not ensuing in us winning games. But carrying that experience, they will be improved for it and with one some-more pre-season underneath their belt they will be improved players.”


As tough as a final week was on him personally, Potter pronounced he felt some-more for his mother and children.

“I’d rather it not be like it is and some of what gets tossed adult is unsatisfactory to hear,” he said. “It is out of my control though we know it is what has to happen.

“My mother is substantially some-more dissapoint than me since she feels it is not required and she understands what we am perplexing to do as well.

“She has been around a indent with rugby league.

“It is usually unsettling for her and apparently a kids. They apparently get people seeking them, ‘what is going on with your father and is he still in a job’? They are all rugby joining fans and it does harm them.

“I go with a upsurge and hurl with a punches, so to speak, though we usually wish to keep doing what we am doing.

“The bar is a good club. There are some very, really good people who work in a organization and their hearts are all in a right place.

“I wish to take a rugby joining bar forward.”  

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Soap a answer to Titans unwashed record

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Steve Hart and Laurie Daley preview Round 22′s strife between Gold Coast and Canterbury.


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IN a age of competition scholarship Gold Coast manager John Cartwright has incited a time behind 20 years with a old-school fatty football pretence to assistance a Titans mangle their Canterbury hoodoo.

No Gold Coast group in rugby joining story has ever beaten a Bulldogs in Sydney and a Titans conduct to ANZ Stadium on Monday night though a win during a belligerent in over 3 years and no night victories on a highway this season.

Coming off a balmy Sunday win final week, a Titans prepared for a approaching greasy conditions during Homebush by soaping adult a balls during their final training run on Sunday.

Cartwright pronounced a thought came from partner manager Trevor Gillmeister, bringing behind memories of their possess personification days in a early 90s.

“We used to always do that, like we contend it’s an oldie though a goodie,” Cartwright said.

Co-captain Greg Bird pronounced a sleazy footballs helped a players change their mindset after a teeming diversion they constructed in final week’s win over a Wests Tigers.

“It’s only a greasy conditions during ANZ Stadium. It’s always a same when we play down there,” Bird said.

“They’re (Bulldogs) substantially used to it, we’re entrance off an arvo diversion where it was a flattering dry and a flattering quick lane so it was only removing it in a guys’ heads that it’s going to be a greasy round and sleazy night.”

The conditions will also infer a determining cause in either fullback William Zillman creates his lapse from a groin damage after 6 weeks out.

Zillman trafficked as 18th male on Sunday though Cartwright was austere a dangerous protector would not play as a Titans have a brief turnaround to play North Queensland on Saturday and they will need uninformed infantry for a outing to Townsville.

“He is in impassioned doubt and we don’t consider he will play,” Cartwright said.

“He is not distant divided though it’s substantially not a night to make a lapse from that arrange of injury.

“If we were unfortunate we could substantially play him.”

While a Titans pennyless a four-game losing strain final week Cartwright believes a Gold Coast need a top-eight scalp such as Canterbury to put their deteriorate behind in their possess hands.

A win on Monday night can pierce Gold Coast behind into a tip 8 and Cartwright believes it can assistance springboard a bar towards a finals with their fear run to finish a year opposite Cowboys (away), Warriors (home), Roosters (away) and Storm (away).

“If we can get divided with a win opposite a Dogs it’s ours afterwards and they’ve got to take it from us,” Cartwright said.

“All of a remarkable that daunting pull doesn’t demeanour so daunting.

“This finish of a year is about form and winning form and we know if we’re personification semi-final football we will really be going in there with good form opposite some good sides.

“But we know that’s a speculation of it, a plea is to go out and do it.” 

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England solid after Harris onslaught

AUSTRALIA will start a fourth day during Chester-le-Street in unfortunate need of early wickets after another smashing century by Ian Bell swung a fourth Ashes Test in England’s favour.

England was 5-234 during stumps, an altogether lead of 202, with Bell not out 105 and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan on four.

That left Australia struggling to safeguard a frail batting choice is not forced to face a significantly incomparable sum opposite a spin of Graeme Swann, and England’s gifted join attack, on a fourth and fifth day wicket.


Having bowled 74 overs, a attainment of a new round will many expected given Australia a best possibility to make discerning inroads into a England revoke order.

Compounding Australia’s problems, injury-prone all-rounder Shane Watson left a margin with what a group orator described as “right hip/groin pain” that caused him to desert his seventh over after 3 balls.

Bell’s third century of a array valid crucial. Holding a initial innings lead of 32, Australia had seemed good on tip when Ryan Harris took 3 early wickets to revoke England to 3-49 usually after lunch.

England’s Joe Root is discharged early in a innings interjection to some good bowling by Ryan Harris.

However, initial in a 106 run mount with Kevin Pietersen, afterwards in a late dusk sunshine, Bell’s tight, technically accurate batting helped England amass a lead that will already means a Australians some stress given their tip sequence batting woes.

While Nathan Lyon and Harris both bowled good spells to Bell, he frequency looked troubled. One inside corner from Harris that went past a leg stump, and an corner that eluded Michael Clarke during initial trip when he was 97, were a usually half-chances offered.

With Bell and Jonny Bairstow holding England’s lead tighten to 200, a diversion seemed to be removing divided from Australia. But a late wicket of Bairstow, held behind from Nathan Lyon for 28, supposing some relief.

England, however, will be confident with a awaiting of environment Australia good over 200 to win. Especially given their early collapse.

The 33 year-old Harris bowled with his prevalent aggression, attack Root’s off-stump with an inswinger to get a early breakthrough Australia needed.

The out of form Cook had looked set for a prolonged stay before he flashed during a far-reaching round and gave Brad Haddin an easy catch. Trott afterwards gloved a round down a legside, with Haddin creation an jaunty take.

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Ian Bell celebrates after notching his third century of a series.

But Bell and Pietersen stole Australia’s momentum, batting some-more aggressively than a English had in their hulking initial innings. Pietersen was finally held during cover for 44, after Lyon found a heading edge.

While Bell, particularly, deserved huge regard for another smashing innings, Australia will bewail unwell to entirely gain on their clever position after a second day. Resuming during 5-222, they were discharged for 270.

Swann, who again looms as a vital risk to a Australian batsmen on nonetheless another brownish-red wicket, helped extent a tourist’s advantage by dismissing both overnight batsmen Chris Rogers (110) and Brad Haddin (13) quickly.

Australia’s innnings comes to an finish after Broad traps Harris LBW.

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Sports star carried from final in pain


Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei is carried on a bracket by medical crew after damage during his men’s singles final opposite China’s Lin Dan during World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou.
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Chinese badminton luminary Lin Dan called badminton a “cruel” competition after his arch opposition Lee Chong Wei had to repel with cramp in a shutting stages of their much-anticipated universe pretension showdown.

Fans had been anticipating for another classical final between a dual badminton legends, with Lee gunning for his initial universe pretension in a southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

But it was Olympic champion Lin who took a universe men’s singles bullion for a fifth time as Lee’s dreams of feat opposite his nemesis were cracked in a third game, with a referee announcing a Malaysian aspirant was timid harmed down 20-17.

He was taken to sanatorium due to cramp, according to a mouthpiece for badminton’s universe physique a BWF.

“Both Chong Wei and we gave an glorious opening to a fans,” Lin said.

“He got this cramp out there and it reminded me of my training — when we have that, we can't pierce during all. From that impulse we were not opponents any more. we unequivocally wanted to assistance and we went over to ask if he was OK. He didn’t wish to give up.”

Newly married Lin was returning after roughly a year on a sidelines to spend time with his family and entered a contest on a argumentative wildcard given of his fan appeal, a pierce criticised by Lee.

“When a manager told me we had a wildcard we was astounded given there were usually dual months to ready — so many people doubted how distant we could go given we hadn’t played universe tournaments for half a year,” Lin said

“But today’s compare shows is your opinion that counts.

“Both of us attempted a best — there is no leader or loser.

Badminton is a vicious sport. You don’t usually need skills and talent, we also need luck.”

With China’s pairs losing in a churned doubles and men’s doubles, Lin pronounced it would have been “embarrassing” if he had not won his compare in front of a home crowd.

“If we had mislaid we would usually have won one bullion award and given we are in Guangzhou it would have been embarrassing,” he said. “But a good thing is I’m not a conduct coach.”

With a atmosphere conditioning off in a second and third games, a heat in a track soared and spectators fanned themselves furiously to cold down.

Players have been angry about a “drift” of a shuttlecock given of a atmosphere conditioning via a tournament.

When asked if a miss of atmosphere conditioning in a final had given him an advantage, Lin said: “When we entirely concentration in a compare we don’t consider too most about a atmosphere and a climate. Even if a heat goes up, we will both persperate a same.”

Asked if he had beheld any outcome on a convey during his strife with Lee he said: “The convey is really light so it will be influenced by a lot of factors, generally breeze and light.

“This kind of impact will not usually impact a opening of a players though also a whole peculiarity of a match.Because of that, a lot of players wish to play in Europe given of a good light and breeze there, that gives them a improved performance.”

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