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Targeting Johnathan Thurston all part of toughest game of all - The Sydney Morning Herald

Tyson Frizell, the man who reinjured the game's best player, Johnathan Thurston, says he has no regrets about what happened on the field, even though it cost Thurston an Origin III farewell.

Thurston's shoulder has been the hot topic post-Origin, made that way by Andrew Johns' honest assessment of the Blues' performance and the subsequent season-ending surgery. Johns famously slammed the Blues for not going at Thurston all game long and exploiting his injury. It was something that Frizell certainly did when he was on the field.

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Magnificent Melbourne win over West Coast in last-minute heist - The Roar

Melbourne have pulled off a sensational last minute win over the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco.

With twenty four seconds to play, Demons forward Tom McDonald kicked an unlikely goal, as he swung his boot at the ball as he was falling to ground while in a strong tackle, to put his team in front.

It came after the Eagles had lead by three goals deep into the final quarter, and had opportunities to go further in front.

But despite appearing exhausted after a bruising game on the road, Melbourne found their best footy in the final minutes to kick the last three goals of the match.

This result breaks a long standing hoodoo for the Demons, who hadn’t won in Western Australia since 2004.

It had been a close game all evening. The Eagles had the better of the first quarter but could never break away, and in fact trailed the more efficient Demons at quarter time.

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North Melbourne coach Brad Scott left searching for answers after controversial umpiring decisions in loss to Bulldogs - The Age

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was bereft of answers about several contentious umpiring decisions after his side's one-point loss to the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

The loss was North's third in a row, all but ending their already slim finals hopes given they are 4-9 with nine rounds to play.

Talking point: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos is tackled by Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs. Talking point: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos is tackled by Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs. Photo: Getty Images

Down for most of the night, and 26 points in arrears approaching the midway point of the final quarter, the Roos almost pulled a rabbit out of their hat, kicking four goals to cut the gap to just a single point before key forward Ben Brown looked to have put them in front, only for his third goal of the night to be disallowed because of blocking a free kick against teammate Mason Wood.

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Fifita's Origin regret: I wish I'd got more ball - NRL.COM

Fifita's Origin regret: I wish I'd got more ball

NSW prop Andrew Fifita during Game Two of the State of Origin series. Credit: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.

It's no secret that NSW wrecking ball Andrew Fifita didn't stamp himself on Origin Two in a tight 18-16 loss the way he did in a bulldozing man-of-the-match performance in the Blues' 28-4 Game One win.

Fifita knew he'd be a marked man heading into the high-pressure Sydney clash and while he feels the extra attention on him opened some opportunities for teammates, he still wishes he'd had more opportunities with the ball.

"I wish I got more ball, that was the only thing," Fifita said immediately after last Wednesday's loss.

"I feel I never got much ball in that game. In saying that I think my team and everyone knew I was a marked man… I just would have loved to have had some ball and do my job for my team."

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Socceroos Chile preview, Confederations Cup - Fox Sports

SOCCEROOS coach Ange Postecoglou doesn’t just want to beat Chile in their Confederations Cup clash.

He wants to be them.

And to be fair, Australia’s national team has taken several steps on the way to mirroring Chile, ranked the world’s fourth best team.

Both are continental champions and both have renovated their national programs with a sharper focus towards technical ability and tactical consistency. Chile - boasting world class stars such as Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Bravo and Gary Medel - are just a little further along the way. The two sides will meet in Moscow on Sunday night (Monday 1am AEST) with a place in the tournament semi-finals on the line.

Australia can only guarantee passage with a two-goal win over the South American champions, a result they’ve never managed over such a high quality opponent in a competitive match.


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The high five: All Blacks vs Lions first Test - The Roar

The All Blacks have drawn first blood against the British and Irish Lions overcoming their rivals by 30 points to 15 in an intense, fast and bruising encounter at Eden Park in Auckland in front of over 41,000 fans.

In many ways the match lived up to the hype, if not to many of the predictions of what we could expect as both sides threw everything into the encounter, the All Blacks ability to finish and keep the scoreboard ticking proving a key difference in the end.

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Pre-match expectation of the clash of styles, the Lions defence versus the All Blacks attack, the tight game plan of the Lions against the wide game of the All Blacks, was completely turned on its head for large parts of the game. It was the All Blacks who would play it tight, straight up the middle for long periods as the Lions were continually going backwards.

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Manny Pacquiao arrives in Australia, attends church and training session in Brisbane - Fox Sports

MANNY Pacquiao was expected to attend church and have a light training session in Brisbane on Sunday after arriving late Saturday for his July 2 world title fight defence against Australian Jeff Horn.

The reigning WBO welterweight titleholder left his hometown of General Santos City in the Philippines and landed at Brisbane International Airport on Saturday night.

Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee preparing to depart from General Santos International Airport for Brisbane.Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee preparing to depart from General Santos International Airport for Brisbane.Source: Supplied

He was escorted to his chartered A330 plane — emblazoned with “PacMan” on the back of the fuselage — by military personnel in the Philippines. The 38-year-old Pacquiao was accompanied by trainer Freddie Roach, conditioning coach Justin Fortune, sparring partner George Kambosos Jr., and other members of his entourage which his spokesman said totalled about 160.

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Roosters v Storm: Five key points - NRL.COM

Pearce steps up, deja vu for the Storm and the race for the top four heats up. Key talking points from a thrilling contest at Adelaide Oval.

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With Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Will Chambers rested after a brutal Origin II victory on Wednesday night, the young Melbourne Storm went into the top-of-the-table clash against the Sydney Roosters as big underdogs.

The Roosters' average age was 25 years and 269 days (courtesy of David Middleton) with a combined games total of 1,849.

The Storm’s average age was 24 years and 2 days, and a tally of 853 NRL appearances.

With a massive difference of 996 games between the two sides, Melbourne came be extremely proud of their side’s performance despite the excruciating loss.

"I couldn’t ask for any extra in effort," Storm coach Craig Bellamy said. "The amount of effort they put in with and without the ball was...


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Don't laugh, Wallabies can beat NZ: Cheika - SBS

Michael Cheika says the Wallabies can beat New Zealand despite a poor June international series that ended with a lucky win against Italy.

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Coach Michael Cheika believes Australia can end their 14-year Bledisloe Cup drought - even if he knows that thought alone will trigger belly laughs on both sides of the Tasman.

The Wallabies have eight weeks to get things right after a flattering 40-27 win over Italy on Saturday which did nothing to allay fears they will be cannon fodder for New Zealand in their next clash in Sydney on August 19.

A candid Karmichael Hunt said what many fans would have been thinking when he spoke to Fox Sports after the final whistle: "We just can't afford to do that against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship because they'll kill us."

Cheika took a moment to ponder when that quote was later put to him.

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Ronaldo confident of Portugal success - SBS - The World Game

Cristiano Ronaldo is confident Portugal can go all the way at the Confederations Cup after his side booked a place in the semi-finals with a comfortable 4-0 win against New Zealand.

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Ronaldo opened the scoring with a penalty and Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani were all on target in a victory that ensured Portugal qualified for the last four as Group A winners.

The Real Madrid star's strike was his 75th goal for Portugal and the 56th time he has hit the net since the start of last season, with Ronaldo backing his team to follow up their win at Euro 2016 with more glory in Russia.

"I helped the team, I scored the opening goal and I had a few more chances," said Ronaldo. "We played very well, we wanted to win and get the result in the first half.

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NRL 2017: Benji Marshall stars as Broncos defeat Raiders at GIO Stadium - Fox Sports

IT’S hard to believe Benji Marshall was virtually unwanted in the pre-season.

As history shows, Wayne Bennett took a punt, and that gamble has started to pay dividends as the former New Zealand international wound back the clock to play a starring role in Brisbane’s entertaining 30-20 win over Canberra on Saturday night.

Without Darius Boyd (thumb), Anthony Milford (shoulder) and Korbin Sims (groin), Marshall, was at his scheming best, setting up two tries and having a hand in another as the Broncos edged out the Raiders in frosty three-degree temperatures.

Marshall’s starting halves partner Kodi Nikorima was hooked after 33 minutes which opened the door for Ben Hunt to show his wares two weeks after being dropped to reserve grade.

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Match centre: Raiders v Broncos

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Cahill focused on beating Chile despite 'special' milestone - SBS - The World Game

Tim Cahill has played down the significance of a potential 100th cap for Australia, insisting that beating Chile trumps all with Australia's Confederations Cup survival depending on it.

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24 Jun 2017 - 8:47 PM  UPDATED YESTERDAY 9:46 PM

The master of longevity is on the threshold of becoming Australia's most capped outfield player in Moscow on Monday night (1AM - LIVE on SBS) as Ange Postecoglou's men seek to overcome the world's fourth ranked side by two goals and qualify for the semi-finals.

The importance of the occasion is paralleled by Cahill's looming landmark, as he gazes back on his 99 appearances and record 44 goals since his debut aged 24 back in 2005.

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"To finally get here now is pretty special, for me every game is special," he said.

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Targeting Johnathan Thurston all part of toughest game of all - The Sydney Morning Herald

Tyson Frizell, the man who reinjured the game's best player, Johnathan Thurston, says he has no regrets about what happened on the field, even though it cost Thurston an Origin III farewell.

Thurston's shoulder has been the hot topic post-Origin, made that way by Andrew Johns' honest assessment of the Blues' performance and the subsequent season-ending surgery. Johns famously slammed the Blues for not going at Thurston all game long and exploiting his injury. It was something that Frizell certainly did when he was on the field.

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Melbourne's Tom McDonald breaks West Coast Eagles' hearts with match-winning goal - Perth Now

WEST Coast have lost a second home game in their last three starts at Domain Stadium, going down by three points in dramatic fashion in the final minute to a brave Melbourne outfit.

In a seesawing contest, the lead changed 11 times before the Demons ultimately break Eagle hearts. Melbourne held sway for much of the night before West Coast got on top late in the third term and then stormed 16 points clear midway through the final term before Melbourne booted consecutive majors to put a scare through the 36,622-strong crowd.

Defender turned forward Tom McDonald was hero, booting his fifth goal - a clever snap - with just 24 seconds remaining on the clock and they held on from there.

Co-captain Jack Viney was sensational (38 disposals, nine clearances, one goal), especially during a blistering first quarter, but looked to be battling a shoulder injury and left the ground for treatment...


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North Melbourne coach Brad Scott left searching for answers after controversial umpiring decisions in loss to Bulldogs - The Age

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was bereft of answers about several contentious umpiring decisions after his side's one-point loss to the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

The loss was North's third in a row, all but ending their already slim finals hopes given they are 4-9 with nine rounds to play.

Talking point: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos is tackled by Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs. Talking point: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos is tackled by Jake Stringer of the Bulldogs. Photo: Getty Images

Down for most of the night, and 26 points in arrears approaching the midway point of the final quarter, the Roos almost pulled a rabbit out of their hat, kicking four goals to cut the gap to just a single point before key forward Ben Brown looked to have put them in front, only for his third goal of the night to be disallowed because of blocking a free kick against teammate Mason Wood.

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Cooper warns against writing off Cowboys - SBS

Stand-in captain Gavin Cooper says North Queensland are still "hanging around" despite the loss of Johnathan Thurston for the NRL season.

North Queensland workhorse Gavin Cooper has warned NRL rivals to write the Cowboys off at their own peril after his club's stirring win over Penrith on Saturday.

With superstar co-captain Johnathan Thurston gone for the season with a shoulder injury picked up in Queensland's thrilling Origin II win on Wednesday, many pundits immediately wrote off the Cowboys' 2017 prospects.

Cooper acknowledged there was no way to replace a talent like Thurston but said his team had plenty of good football ahead.

"We've still got a lot of talent in our team," Cooper said.

"Don't get me wrong, Jonno is going to be sorely missed, everyone knows what he brings to our team, but we've still got some boys that are pretty special."

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Manny Pacquiao arrives in Brisbane to defend WBO title against Jeff Horn - ABC Online

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One of greatest boxers of all time, Manny Pacquiao, has arrived in Brisbane to defend his WBO Welterweight title against Brisbane challenger Jeff Horn.

The welterweight fighter touched down about 8:30pm on Saturday night in a privately chartered jet with his coach, family and 160 supporters from his home town.

The 11-time world champion said he is in top shape for next Sunday's showdown at Lang Park.

"Training is good, we did a lot of hard work, I am very excited for the fans to give a good show to show my best and in boxing ring," he said.

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Wallabies can beat the All Blacks, according to coach Michael Cheika - Fox Sports

COACH Michael Cheika still believes Australia can end their 14-year Bledisloe Cup drought — even if he knows that thought alone will trigger belly laughs on both sides of the Tasman.

The Wallabies have eight weeks to get things right after a flattering 40-27 win over Italy on Saturday which did nothing to allay fears they will be cannon fodder for New Zealand in their next clash in Sydney on August 19.

A candid Karmichael Hunt said what many fans would have been thinking when he spoke to Fox Sports after the final whistle:

“We just can’t afford to do that against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship because they’ll kill us.”

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika watches his team warm up before the Italy Test.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika watches his team warm up before the Italy Test.Source: Getty Images

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Wally Lewis warns Maroons not get caught up in Johnathan Thurston drama - Courier Mail

YOU can turn up for Johnathan Thurston’s farewell but don’t forget to rock up to the game.

That’s the warning Queensland legend Wally Lewis has for the Maroons after Thurston was on Friday ruled out of this year’s State of Origin finale and the rest of the NRL season with a shoulder injury.

After forcing a decider with his matchwinning conversion in game two, Thurston will watch from the sidelines at Suncorp Stadium on July 12. And while Lewis admits the North Queensland star’s on-field absence will provide extra motivation for the Maroons, the Immortal is urging the team not to be distracted by the drama.

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Queensland legends Johnathan Thurston and Wally Lewis.

“It would be a nice way to do it, to be able to say to JT, ‘We did it for you’ but I don’t think it should be the centre of attention in winning game three,” Lewis told...


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AFL ticks off touchy rushed behind, Adam Cooney questions post-siren scoring rule - Fox Sports

BROWNLOW Medallist Adam Cooney has been left flabbergasted by the rule that allowed a controversial point to be awarded to the Sydney Swans on Friday night.

The AFL on Saturday morning moved to quash conjecture over the touchy behind that was paid to Sydney on the quarter-time siren during the thrilling clash against Essendon at the SCG.

The Swans scored a point when Lance Franklin kicked towards goal one second before the quarter-time siren and Bomber James Kelly carried the ball across goal. Kelly jumped to grab the ball as it bounced towards the scoring line and couldn’t halt his own momentum, subsequently stepping over the goal-line.

By game’s end, the final margin was one point in Sydney’s favour following Gary Rohan’s match-winning goal, sparking debate over whether the quarter-time behind should’ve been awarded.

But AFL football operations manager Simon Lethlean told Fox...


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