Posted: 27 May, 2016

'Tomic The Tank Engine' At It Again?

Another retirement

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Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic has again raised eyebrows for appearing to give up during a match, this time against Borna Coric in round two of the French Open.

In a moment reminiscent of his opening round match at the Madrid Open earlier this month - when the 23-year-old held his racquet backwards on match point against Italian Fabio Fognini - Tomic appeared to make no attempt to return serve against the 19-year-old Croatian.

As the teenager served, Tomic stood behind the baseline without his racquet lifted and the ball sailed past him for the second ace in a row.

Tomic was down 0-40 with games on serve in the third game of the third set.

Tomic then called for his trainers complaining of dizziness.

He lost the match 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6).

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Posted: 24 May, 2016

Injured Williams Unavailable For Bulldogs

Out-of-favour Canterbury second-rower Tony Williams' hopes of an NRL recall have been dashed

Tony Williams of the Bulldogs Photo: Getty Images

Canterbury captain James Graham has backed out-of-favour forward Tony Williams to work his way back into the Bulldogs' NRL line-up despite his latest injury setback.

The off-contract Williams was dropped to reserve grade a fortnight ago when he strained his hamstring at training and has been ruled out for up to three weeks.

But with the Bulldogs losing key men Josh Jackson, David Klemmer and Josh Morris to State of Origin duties, Graham said there would've been ample opportunity for Williams to reclaim his spot in the 17.

"He would've been looking to play this week but it's very disappointing for him," Graham said on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs prop admitted the former Kangaroos representative had slowed off after a strong start to the year, and has now urged his teammate to battle back to the top grade.

"From what I have seen, he has been working hard, just going back to those fundamentals of working on his game and working on his conditioning," Graham said.

"He'll be fine. And when he gets an opportunity again I'm sure he'll take it with both hands."

Graham is confident the 27-year-old Williams, who is in the final year of a lucrative four-year contract after leaving Manly at the end of 2012, will bounce back into coach Des Hasler's good books.

"Everyone knows what he's capable of doing," Graham said.

"At the start of the year, he showed a little bit of that form, but obviously he'd be very disappointed in getting dropped and getting injured again.

"I'm sure he'll bounce back."

Graham also revealed forgotten fullback Brett Morris is four weeks away from a return from a knee injury that has forced him to miss the entire season so far.

"He's not actually with the team but you just see him with the physio doing some runs and he's starting to look really good actually," he said.

"It's just one of those (injuries) that you've got to treat very delicately. It was quite a big injury. Hopefully he can be back soon for us."

The fifth-placed Bulldogs face Canberra on Sunday.

T-Rex Runaway Train

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Posted: 24 May, 2016

Parker To Face Former Kangaroo Haumono

Former rugby league player on brink of world title shot

Solomon Haumono playig for Manly Photo: Getty Images

Unbeaten New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker's next opponent is former Australian rugby league international Solomon Haumono.

Parker, 24, will put his 19-fight unbeaten record up against 40-year-old Haumono in Christchurch on July 21.

Details were announced three days after Parker became a mandatory challenger for the IBF title, having beaten Cameroon's Carlos Takam by a unanimous decision in Auckland.

Parker must keep his perfect record if he is to challenge for the world title, a fight scheduled at this stage to take place within eight months, probably in England against current IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

Haumono boasts 24 career wins, including 21 by knockout, two draws and two losses.

If he were to upset Parker, he would become the mandatory IBF challenger.

The fight is expected to be a comfortable win to Parker, whose 12-round fight against the highly-rated Takam was the most searching examination of his four-year professional career.

Auckland-born Haumono has previously accused Parker's camp of trying to avoid him.

He became a pro in 2000 and followed his Tongan father Maile's footsteps by winning the Australian heavyweight title while winning his first 15 fights.

Haumono lost a split decision to Australian Justin Whitehead in 2009 and suffered his only knockout loss in the 10th round to mid-level American Kevin Johnson in Melbourne four years later.

His last fight was a month ago, taking six rounds to knock out 44-year-old Argentine Manuel Pucheta in Brisbane.

Haumono played for four different NRL clubs (Manly, Balmain, Canterbury and St George) in a career which yielded more than 100 games, representing Australia during the Super League war of the late 1990s.

Solomon Haumono on Sterlo

 

Solomon Haumono on Serlo Video: YouTube / Fox Sports

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Tags: Solomon Haumono, Boxing

Posted: 24 May, 2016

Danny Green Refuses To Comment On Mundine Rematch

Ten years after Anthony Mundine beat Danny Green in a unanimous points decision in Sydney, the pair continue to squabble over the terms of a rich rematch - reportedly valued at $8 million - but now a new venue has been put on the table.

Danny Green was on the Triple M Grill Team when he was questioned about Mundine’s claims he was avoiding a rematch. Listen to the full audio below.

Danny Green On Triple M

 

 

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Tags: Danny Green, Anthony Mundine, Boxing

Posted: 20 May, 2016

Anthony Mundine Wants To Fight Danny Green At Uluru

Here's something new...

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Forget the `Rumble in the Jungle', Anthony Mundine wants a `Blue at Uluru' with Danny Green.

Ten years after Mundine beat Green in a unanimous points decision in Sydney, the pair continue to squabble over the terms of a rich rematch - reportedly valued at $8 million - but now a new venue has been put on the table.

"I would like (the fight) to be at Uluru," Mundine told the Triple M Grill Team on Friday.

"We'll talk to the traditional owners and we'll see what we can do."

It was understood the fighters were initially hoping to stage the big-money bout in Melbourne in August.

But Mundine's latest wish throws an iconic Australian landmark into the promotional mix - a sacred indigenous site that would carry special significance for the proud 40-year-old Aborigine.

However, probably the most pertinent issue to be resolved for the bout to go ahead is agreement on what weight they will step into the ring at.

Mundine is prepared to fight significantly lighter than Green - who he wants to drop to 83kg - but only if he gets a 60-40 share of the purse.

"If I'm going to give up 13 kilograms... then give me something. Give me some motivation to do it," Mundine said.

"It's never been done in boxing history, someone from super welterweight, jump all the way over light heavyweight to catch weight."

A catch weight describes a weight limit for a fight that does not fall in line with the traditional limits for weight classes.

Regardless of the jump in weight, Mundine typically backed himself to win even if Green entered the ring over 10kg heavier.

"I'm ready to go man. I told ya. 60-40, I will whip his arse. I will knock his arse out, for real," Mundine said.

Mundine lost his most recent fight to American Charles Hatley while Green in November pulled out of his most recent fight against Konni Konrad with a back injury.

During the radio interview, Mundine also talked up a possible return to the NRL.

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Posted: 18 May, 2016

Jarryd Hayne Left Out Of Fiji Squad

Jarryd Hayne's quest to make the Rio Olympic Games has hit a speedbump after being left out of the Fiji squad for this weekend's London Sevens.

Jarryd Hayne's quest to make the Rio Olympic Games has hit a speedbump after being left out of the Fiji squad for this weekend's London Sevens.

After quitting NFL franchise the San Francisco 49ers this week, the former NRL star announced his intention to qualify for the Olympics with the Rugby Sevens' gold-medal favourites.

After going into camp with the team on Monday, the crosscode star missed out on the 12-man squad named on Wednesday by coach Ben Ryan.

He is still a chance to turn out in London, with Fiji's final line-up to be named on Friday.

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Posted: 18 May, 2016

Aussie Ben Simmons’ NBA Future Becomes Clearer

The NBA Draft Lottery has occured in New York.

 Australian teenager Ben Simmons appears headed to Philadelphia 76ers.

The 76ers, who are coached by former Boomers mentor Brett Brown, won the NBA Draft Lottery in New York on Tuesday, giving the team the first pick in the June 23 Draft, while the Los Angeles Lakers have the second selection and Boston Celtics the third.

Simmons, a 208cm tall ambidextrous 19-year-old who played point guard, forward and centre at Louisiana State University, is the favourite to go No.1, while his biggest threat is Duke University forward Brandon Ingram.

2016 NBA DRAFT ORDER

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

6. New Orleans Pelicans

7. Denver Nuggets (via New York Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings

9. Toronto Raptors (via Nuggets)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (via Washington Wizards)

14. Chicago Bulls 

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Tags: Ben Simmons, NBA

Posted: 16 May, 2016

WADA Laws Could Quash Hayne's Olympic Bid

Anti-doping laws could stop Jarryd Hayne from competing at the Rio Olympics, according to former ASADA boss Richard Ings.

Jarryd Hayne of the 49ers Photo: Getty Images

Anti-doping laws could stop Jarryd Hayne from competing at the Rio Olympics, according to former ASADA boss Richard Ings.

Hayne quit the NFL on Monday morning to attempt to earn selection with Fiji in rugby sevens at the Games.

However Ings said World Rugby rules require players to be in a registered testing pool for six months to be eligible to compete at sanctioned competitions.

And according to the former ASADA chief, Hayne's stint in the NFL does not fit the requirements.

"If Jarryd Hayne had been playing in WADA compliant sport he would have grounds to reduce the 6 months," Ings tweeted on Monday morning.

"But NFL is PED badlands. No chance."

Ultimately, the decision on whether Hayne would be cleared to play will come down to the International Rugby Board, while the former NRL star could appeal any decision which goes against him.

But Ings believes the restriction is a vital one.

"The six-month return to competition rule is standard across most sports for athletes returning to international competition. And necessary," Ings tweeted

"The rule equally applies to reinstatement or to new players. Sensibly it must or any NFL player could bulk up and play."

Hayne's hopes of being cleared to play should increase though given fellow NFL-convert Nate Ebner debuted for the United States at last month's Singapore World Sevens tournament - just a month after he left the New England Patriots.

Ings, who was chief of ASADA for six years, also indicated similar rules apply to the NRL.

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Tags: Jarryd Hayne, Rugby Union, Rio Olympics

Posted: 16 May, 2016

MLB Player Rougned Odor Lands Brutal Punch To Jose Bautista's Jaw

Who said baseball is a non-contact sport...

A confrontation between Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor and Toronto's Jose Bautista sparked a massive brawl during the Blue Jays-Rangers game a short time ago.

Reports says that Bautista slid late into second base which prompted Odor to walk up to him and punch him in the face.

 

Here's an exetended look at what happened: 

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Posted: 16 May, 2016

Hayne Can't Make Fiji Team, Says Aussie Rugby Coach

Australian Rugby 7’s Coach Andy Friend has told Triple M he doesn’t believe Hayne can make the Fiji team

Jarryd Hayne of 49ers Photo: Getty Images

Jarryd Hayne has dropped a bombshell, announcing his retirement from the NFL after one season to chase another dream of representing Fiji in the Rio Olympics.

He’s expected to link up with the Rugby 7s squad in London ahead of the series finale at Twickenham.

Although, Australian Rugby 7’s Coach Andy Friend has told Triple M’s Marto & Ed Kavalee For Breakfast he doesn’t believe Hayne can make the Fiji team. Listen to the full audio below.

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Tags: Jarryd Hayne, San Francisco 49ers

Posted: 13 May, 2016

Spanish Football Club Unveil Ridiculous Uniforms

Photo: @granado_hector

Anyone who claims their club has the worst kit; they don't (unless you're a Palencia fan).

As you can see in the photos below, Spanish football C.D. Palencia have unveiled some of the most amazingly ridiculous uniforms we’ve ever, ever seen.

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Tags: Sporting Fails, Fail, Worst Sporting Uniforms

Posted: 11 May, 2016

West Ham Fans Attack Manchester United Team Bus

'It wasn’t nice'

The Manchester United bus was bottled by ‘fans’ outside Upton Park overnight.

Huge crowds congregated outside the stadium for the sell-out Premier League clash.

It was West Ham's final home game before moving to the 60,000-seat Olympic Stadium after 112 years at Upton Park.

Twitter user Dream Team caught footage of the attack as fans gathered outside the stadium.

Wayne Rooney told Sky Sports: “It wasn’t nice. The coach got smashed up, but we are here now.”

“I’m sure you’ll see the images. It’s not for me to say, but it was disappointing of course.”

West Ham come from behind to win an absolute thriller 3-2.

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