Chris Scott lauds brother Brad’s ‘amicable parting of ways’ with Roos

“I don’t really know the situation but it seems to me that there’s an amicable parting of ways. I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often with professional sporting clubs.” Asked whether he had any awareness of the unfolding situation, Scott said: “Did I have an inkling? Over time I did, but I didn’t have anything specific. “I don’t want to comment on things I don’t know about. I very rarely comment on opposition coaches, much less my brother … I mean, we’re close, we talk a lot, but we actually…

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The Suns shine but Geelong too strong

Mostly, though, in slippery conditions, with players struggling to keep their feet, there wasn’t a lot of science about this game – it was all about brute force and will to win. And the Suns weren’t lacking in that department. They just didn’t have the guns or the class to finish what they started. It was Mitch Duncan, superb all night for the Cats, who drove the final dagger in with a running shot from 45 metres to finish the contest, James Parsons adding a cherry on top for a…

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Origin curse strikes Reynolds as depleted Rabbitohs march to 10th win

Loading The heavily inked father of four played two Origin games in 2016 and was looming as the best option on Wednesday week alongside Souths teammate Cody Walker. But Reynolds reeled in pain as Mark Nicholls rushed over to complete a tackle on Tigers’ livewire Corey Thompson. Only a few tackles earlier Reynolds had taken his time to get back into the defensive line as he clutched his jaw and appeared to wipe blood from his mouth. Reynolds will head for X-rays on Sunday morning, but the look on his…

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Eagles coach relieved to salvage win

Dissatisfied West Coast coach Adam Simpson described his team’s worst football is ‘‘as bad as anyone’s’’ and said his players need to get tougher despite the Eagles mowing down Adelaide by 12 points on Saturday. A terrible second-quarter display meant West Coast were forced to climb out of a 33-point hole early in the third term to post their fourth successive victory and catapult into third position. West Coast Eagles head coach Adam Simpson says the team did well to dig themselves out of hole against against the Crows Credit:AAP…

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Scott should coach again, don’t know where, don’t know when

In hindsight, it’s questionable whether North and Scott should have committed for another three years in 2017; his time was probably up at the end of 2018, his ninth season, given that North was entering a kind of limbo, neither in premiership contention nor in a major list reconstruction, having failed to land either Josh Kelly or Dustin Martin with indecent proposals. While Scott is a capable coach who ought to get a second chance, there are no guarantees in his line of work. Neale Daniher coached for almost the…

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‘I need to work at becoming a better man’

Loading ‘‘I need to work at becoming a better man,’’ he said. ‘‘As a footballer, I missed a lot of games — I don’t just owe it to my teammates or the coach, I owe it to the fans. I want to go out there and perform for them.’’ And, as she did during the court case, Walker’s fiancee, Alex Ivkovic, has backed her partner. ‘‘He has been doing so much work on the field and working on himself holistically,’’ she said. ‘‘Ever since our son was born, he did…

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Injuries to mid-season hopefuls Lowson and Pickett

Mature-age hopefuls Sam Lowson and Marlion Pickett were both set to be assessed after suffering injuries little over 48 hours from Monday night’s mid-season draft. Coburg forward Lowson hurt his ankle late in his side’s VFL loss to Geelong on Saturday. While the club was hopeful the injury was not serious, it’s understood he was set to undergo scans, possibly as early as Sunday, in the hope of having some clarity about his condition before the draft is held. The dynamic Lowson, 23, has risen from local football to become…

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Cormann coy on PM’s ministry plans

“The Prime Minister is considering all of these matters,” Senator Cormann told reporters in Perth on Saturday. Senator Cormann is expected to stay in the Finance portfolio but again he was coy on the issue. The Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann looks on during a press conference at the Commonwealth Parliamentary offices, Melbourne. Picture: AAP/James RossSource:AAP “I am very happy to serve whatever capacity the Prime Minister sees fit,” he said. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg are also set to stay in the same roles. Federal…

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who could take the reins at North Melbourne in 2020?

Current coachesAlastair Clarkson (Hawthorn)Doesn’t break contracts and would be more likely to transfer to a wealthier club if he wanted to move. John Longmire (Sydney Swans)Former North Melbourne great who is an outstanding AFL coach at the Sydney Swans who want to retain him. Negotiations about extending his contract beyond 2020 were due to begin soon but the vacancy at the Kangaroos could impact them. Adam Simpson (West Coast)North Melbourne premiership player but premiership coach at West Coast who appears ensconced. Brett Ratten is with St Kilda but is primed…

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There’s no Blues-print for stopping Ponga, say Knights

Loading Fortunately for the Knights, the loss of Ponga for the final 20 minutes did not cost them a memorable victory. But Brown – and Queensland coach Kevin Walters – will be worried Ponga may be in for similar treatment during the Origin series. ‘‘Sides are definitely challenging Kalyn physically, and he’s proven his toughness is not an issue – he’s a tough kid,’’ Brown said. ‘‘But if they do test him and get it wrong, they should be dealt with on the field, not the next day. ‘‘If aggression…

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