Sydney Roosters won’t break bank to keep Latrell Mitchell

The Roosters will table Mitchell a competitive contract extension of their own that would cement his place as one of the highest-paid players in the game. However, the premiers feel that if money is his main motivator, then the 22-year-old will be heading elsewhere as they aren’t prepared to splash as much cash as clubs such as Canterbury. Roosters powerbrokers hope the chance to remain at a club that is a consistent premiership contender will offset any salary sacrifice. Roosters and NSW skipper Cordner said Robinson was best placed to…

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Mark Gasnier says Brad Fittler’s NSW Blues backline gamble with Jack Wighton and Tom Trbojevic ‘no risk at all’

“[But] from what I’ve seen from Jack and Tommy I don’t have an ounce of doubt how they’re going to go.” When you look at Jack, if you’re a recruitment officer … I’m probably thinking a natural left centre straight away. Absolutely. Mark Gasnier Which is code for bloody good. On Sunday night straight after Fittler’s remodelled team had sent a few jaws dropping, Gasnier slipped into camp to do a bit of video with Wighton and Trbojevic. That was originally going to be the extent of it. But at…

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Father of accused cop bashers charged over Facebook posts

Jared Pihlgren is the first person to be charged under new laws introduced earlier this year making it an offence to intimidate a law enforcement officer or member of their family. The law carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail. Jared Pilgren called the victim of a bashing a ‘maggot dog’ on Facebook.Source:Facebook Jared Pihlgren outside court yesterday. Picture: James Ross/AAPSource:AAP Jay Stephens, 20.Source:Facebook Isaiah Stephens, 18.Source:Facebook One of the social media posts, which has since been deleted, allegedly read: “I’d p**s on you Chris O’Neill ya maggot dog.…

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Game II is mobility v stability as NSW Blues discard prevailing wisdom to Queensland Maroons’ delight

After all, combinations are everything in Origin and, given their intense pace, a high degree of anticipation and confidence is required. Loading So, Freddy’s seven changes for Origin II, including the selection of two centres who have never played the position regularly, let alone in Origin, gobsmacked the Maroons. Origin II therefore becomes an intriguing contest between an athletic, mobile team where Fittler will rely on their current form and natural ability to cope with positional changes versus combinations which can only become more fluid. Queensland coach Kevin Walters is…

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The nightmare squatter this woman can’t get rid of

Another woman, Theresa Smith, has been living in her home with her children and slowly destroying it. Pearn alleges Smith moved into the home in 2016 without her permission while she was away looking after her sick father. Pearn rented her place out to a friend — Nathan Smith — but when she got back, he was gone and this stranger was living there in her place. “She’s destroyed me,” the pensioner told Nine’s A Current Affair. Julie Pearn says her house has been destroyed by squatter Theresa Smith, who…

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AFL Commission looked to make statement with Stephenson penalty

The AFL Commission pushed to hand Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson a more serious penalty for his gambling breaches than the 10-week ban eventually applied in order to make a statement around players betting on games. Collingwood were prepared to accept what they considered an appropriate penalty for the breach but they were willing to consider their legal options if the ban was unreasonable, particularly given the circumstances which brought it to the AFL’s attention. The AFL took into account the potential for legal action being taken to contest the penalty…

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Best of cartoons June 20, 2019

Best of cartoons June 20, 2019 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 12 Images Our talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their humorous version of the news of the day. June 19, 2019 — 8.39pm 1/12 Cathy Wilcox 2/12 John ShakespeareCredit: 3/12 Matt Golding 4/12 Matt Golding 5/12 Matt Golding 6/12 Matt Golding 7/12 Dionne GainCredit: 8/12 Andrew Dyson 9/12 Matt Davidson 10/12 Matt Golding 11/12 Illustration: John ShakespeareCredit: 12/12 Andrew Weldon Politics

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Blues prepare for big wet with slippery session

Loading “I just need to make sure I’m strong in defence and giving good service from hooker. If it’s wet, that’s all I have to do. “The forwards had to go through the pads and the soapy ball could have come out, so you have to focus that little bit extra when it’s wet. The boys were really good because there were no dropped balls. That’s a good sign.” If the packed Optus Stadium does become greasy, some good judges within the Blues believe it will suit them, especially with…

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Betting on AFL games exploding

The amount wagered on each AFL game in 2019 has moved close to $7 million per game as the popularity of sports betting continues to explode. Industry sources estimate the figure based on data gathered on the more than 250 games –  AFL, AFLW and JLT Community Series – now played each season. The enormous figure indicates why the AFL takes the matter of betting on AFL games by industry participants so seriously with Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson suspended for 10 matches and fined $20,000 after betting a total of $36…

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AFL’s betting problem is black and white

Stephenson may have been few or none of these things, but in the fantasy that the AFL has created around gambling, who can tell fact from fiction? For some time now, fantasy has been an official betting option, a growth industry within a growth industry, ever multiplying multis. Stephenson, as a footballer, should have known the difference, did know the difference, felt guilty, confessed, and is now paying a massive price. You can’t help but feel for him. But one unintended consequence of the gravity of his suspension is that…

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