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The win cries Mary as Dragons coach Paul McGregor bows out against Eels

You have to wonder why the players waited until their coach was about to ride off into the sunset to have a crack. As Phil Gould asked during the Nine commentary: “Where has this been from the Dragons all year?” McGregor’s emotion was impossible to miss from the kick-off. It …

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NRL 2020 as it happened: Alleged racial slur sours Panthers’ win, Dragons upset Eels

That’s it for tonight’s blog. Thanks for tuning in. Keep an eye on SMH Sport for all the wash up from the Dragons’ stunning win and the NRL’s response to the alleged racial slur directed Brent Naden’s way earlier tonight. It was an absolutely frantic final five minutes but the …

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Waratahs break back-to-back hoodoo with big win over Force

“That’s huge for us,” Waratahs captain Rob Simmons said. “We knew we were going to encounter a physical battle there. The first 20 minutes was a real slog and then it opened up.” Dave Rennie was in the stands at Cbus Super Stadium, with television cameras panning across to show …

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Finch isolated as NRL probes another biosecurity breach

Under the NRL’s biosecurity protocols, players and staff inside each club’s bubble are allowed to leave home only for limited reasons, such as playing and training and medical emergencies. Brett Finch, second left, in an Instagram post on Thursday night.Credit:Instagram The NRL approved Payten’s request for Finch to join the …

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‘It’s a big deal’: NRL threatens bans for fans ejected over alleged racial taunt during Panthers’ win

Some of the fans were wearing Warriors gear and at least one was in animated discussion with police as he walked up the concourse steps before leaving the ground. Panthers coach Cleary said Naden was “OK” in the dressing sheds after initially being shaken by the abuse. ‘He said it’s …

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Sign of the times: Sport continues to show the best of us

At the end, they all crowd around to embrace her. After returning their all inclusive embrace, she opens her palm and touches her chin and pull it away several times: Auslan for “thank you, thank you, thank you”. Friends, they were right. Once you let women play the game, the …

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Olympic competition and podium no place for protests, say Australian athletes

The survey found that nearly 40 per cent of Australian athletes believed in self-expression depending on the circumstances, 19 per cent believed in self-expression in any circumstances and 41 per cent argued the Olympics were not a place for athletes to publicly express views. In a reflection, however, of the …

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Why NRL coaches have never been more vulnerable

The salary cap has added to the problem in that a club such as the Broncos can’t buy its way out of the embarrassment. Some coaches, such as Wests Tigers’ Michael Maguire, are forced to wear a “bad cap” in that they inherit overpaid players. When his team lost three …

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Serena beats Venus to take 31st meeting between sisters

Make no mistake: the competitive juices were flowing. In the first set, Serena questioned an overrule by the chair umpire that granted Venus an ace. Serena broke right away and led 2-0, but Venus responded by grabbing five games in a row on the way to taking the opening set. …

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Leipzig stun Atletico Madrid to reach Champions League semi-finals

Now the team, built up from the lower leagues and owned by energy drinks company Red Bull, will come up against Neymar and company with a chance at a place in the August 23 final. As with all games in this ‘final eight’ mini-tournament, there were no fans to witness …

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