South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett warns Sam Burgess over penalties

It was a throwback to when Bennett publicly lambasted Burgess for giving away too many penalties after England had lost to Australia in a Four Nations clash in 2016. Asked whether Bennett had jolted him for his display against the Raiders, Burgess said: “He gave me a serve at half-time in front of the team and that was it. He gave me a serve at half-time in front of the team and that was it Sam Burgess “He said if I give another one away I’m off the field and…

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Who is Anthony Albanese?

After Bill Shorten’s dismal failure in the unlosable election, however, this could be Anthony Albanese’s moment. The 56-year-old MP for Grayndler in Sydney’s west has declared his intention to run for the leadership, and looks set to run unopposed after Tanya Plibersek declined to compete and Chris Bowen pulled out. Last night, he vowed a Labor Party he leads would have a “different emphasis” on how it would “create wealth” for Australians to the one Mr Shorten created. This could be Labor MP Anthony Albanese’s big moment. Picture: AAP Image/Joel…

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Penrith Panthers’ Nathan Cleary can have his own NSW Origin ‘pick me’ moment if he backs himself

Same message for him tonight: back yourself. There’s no James Maloney because of suspension, so the whole team is on Nathan’s shoulders. He can form a great combination Maloney’s replacement, Jarome Luai, who he played a lot of junior football alongside. I can’t separate Cleary, Reynolds and Walker heading into the final round before Freddy picks his Blues team for the Origin opener against Queensland at Suncorp on June 5. Defensively, I really like Nathan. That right side will have Queensland guns Kalyn Ponga and Cameron Munster sniping away all…

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Dylan Walker opens up on ‘dark days’ during court case

“There were some dark days with it, we just had to lean on each other,” a tearful Walker said. “I’m so lucky to have that loving partner and baby. It’s tough, it doesn’t reflect me as a person, what I do on the field. “I just want to be the best person I can be. The best father, the best partner. The hatred [from fans] is there. “I was relieved, I was happy. It was such a big moment on that day, for that to come the right way was…

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Groin injury may sideline Joe Daniher

Star Essendon forward Joe Daniher has been added to the club’s injury list amid fears he’s had a recurrence of a groin injury that derailed his 2018 season. Daniher has played just four matches for the Bombers this season, making a surprise return to the AFL as a late call-up for Essendon’s round five match against North Melbourne. Joe Daniher has a suspected recurrence of a groin injury.Credit:AAP The 25-year-old took to the field during last Saturday’s win over Fremantle but reports emerged on Wednesday that he had aggravated his…

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One Nation hails Stuart Bonds’ surprise result in Hunter, but no new seats

But Mr Bonds was not ruling out an upset: “I’m still hopeful we can pull off a hail Mary.” One Nation is hailing its broader election performance as a poll-defying “return to form”.  The party’s lower house primary vote increased from 1.29 per cent to 2.99 per cent over last federal election, which it points out is “more than doubled”. Along with Hunter, One Nation polled double-digit primary votes in Queensland seats such as Flynn (19.52 per cent), Capricornia (16.63 per cent) and Dawson (12.91 per cent), and recorded significant…

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Chinese Government responds to Coalition win with warning

In its first response to the Prime Minister’s re-election, Beijing has accused his government of treating it with “bias and suspicion”. An editorial in the state-owned China Daily newspaper accuses Mr Morrison of having a “superficial perception” of the rising superpower, calling on his government to “refresh its perspective on China”. “Apart from delivering his campaign promises to the Australian people, of which he made few, Morrison may also need to recalibrate his country’s relations with China,” the editorial states. It draws on heightened tensions between Canberra and Beijing in…

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Liberal incumbent Sarah Henderson concedes in Corangamite

“This was a tough campaign and whilst I am obviously disappointed, I know that the people of Corangamite will benefit for years to come from the commitments I secured which will be delivered by a re-elected Morrison Liberal government,” she said. The former television journalist has held the ultra-marginal seat since 2013, but was facing an uphill battle to hold it this election, after its boundaries were redrawn in Labor’s favour. With 54 of 55 polling places returned and 81.6 per cent of the vote counted,  the AEC’s count had…

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Seeing is believing for concussed Cordner

“I obviously wanted to play the next weekend,” Cordner said. “Being a player I was going in and pushing them to let me play. But [the doctors] said ‘look, we’ve had a look at it, it looks pretty bad’. Once I saw it I thought ‘shit, I’ll have a week off’. It was pretty scary. Boyd Cordner “I asked if I could have a look at it. I think I needed to see that. “Once I saw it I thought ‘shit, I’ll have a week off’. It was pretty scary.”…

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Season over for top Docker as forward woes return to haunt Freo

Dockers football operations boss Peter Bell said Taberner initially complained of foot soreness after the Essendon game on Saturday night and had an MRI on Tuesday but follow-up CT scans confirmed the worst. “Matthew will miss the rest of the season and be moved from the club’s primary list to the inactive list,” Bell said. “It’s disappointing for Matthew and the club, but we know from how he has coped with a long-term injury previously that he will work diligently and professionally on his rehabilitation.” Lyon said he would consider…

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