Magnificent Magpies rock Eagles on the road

They held on to win 11.12 (78) to 12.5 (77), keeping West Coast to just one behind from the 11-minute mark of the third term to the final siren. BRIGHT OPENINGBoth teams kicked six goals in the opening quarter, the first coming from the boot of Jack Darling within a minute of the start. Collingwood hadn’t even touched the ball. But the Pies got going and traded blows with the reigning premiers.Eagles small forward Jarrod Cameron kicked three goals in seven minutes midway through the term. Magpie Talls Mason Cox…

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Attorney-General Christian Porter walks away from AFP claims

“We need the government to show active leadership and intellectual credibility on the issue of press freedom, rather than defer to rhetoric and contradictions.” Loading As pressure grows for the government to veto any possible charges against News Corp correspondent Annika Smethurst and ABC reporters Daniel Oakes and Sam Clark, the Attorney-General moved to distance himself from previous claims that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) were not investigating the trio. Asked whether he stood by previous assurances that there was “absolutely no suggestion” the journalists were being targeted, Mr Porter…

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Why Melbourne captain Cameron Smith will never stop

The brutal regime that Bellamy introduced to the Melbourne club didn’t break players — it made them. It made them tougher and stronger and just downright stubborn, refusing to yield when other clubs pack it in. The “young blokes” Geyer was referring to were Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Ryan Hoffman. Slater finished his career last year having played 323 matches in the NRL. Hoffman played 359. Cronk, who will retire at the end of this year, sits on 364. But it’s Smith, 36, who has outlasted all of…

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Penrith Panthers down Gold Coast to march into top eight

Fullback Dylan Edwards also celebrated a double when racing on to a couple of Jarome Luai passes. Penrith will back themselves to chase a seventh straight win when they host St George Illawarra next Friday night in a game that should mark the return of halfback Nathan Cleary, who received a cortisone injection during the week but simply ran out of time to shake off the ankle injury that cost him his Blues jersey for the Origin decider. While the mood has dramatically lifted at the foot of the mountains, the…

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Woolies’ reveal new Disney collectables

Coles announced a new edition of its Little Shop promotional campaign and shortly after, Woolies continued its Disney theme with a range to coincide with the release of the new Lion King movie. The limited edition range features 24 ooshies, nine of those being characters from the film including Simba, Nala and Mufasa. There’s also a special cub version of Simba and Nala. Shoppers will be able to collect Lion King ooshie with every $30 spent in store until stock runs out. Yep, these are adorable.Source:Supplied “The Lion King is…

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James Rowbottom shows why Sydney Swans gamed draft bidding system

By the following Tuesday night, he received a late call-up into the Vic Metro squad. Not only was he picked, he played every game. “Who knows what could have happened,” Rowbottom says. “I definitely wouldn’t have ended up in the Vic Metro squad, who knows what my draft stocks would have been? It was very exciting.” All but five AFL clubs interviewed Rowbottom but he had a “sneaky suspicion” the Swans were particularly keen after sending him for scans on his back. The Swans wanted to know more about the…

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Fury at plan for iconic Aussie attraction

The release of the Draft Marine and Coastal Policy sparked outrage after the document proposed the iconic bathing boxes in Brighton be removed or relocated “as the opportunity arises”. Despite being a major tourist attraction, the policy labels the bathing boxes as “not appropriate” and “not necessary” for the area. The plan has not gone down well, with many social media users expressing their fury at the proposed change. “How ridiculous is this idea. The beach boxes are synonymous to Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria and AUSTRALIA! A huge tourist attraction! Leave…

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Brad Fittler silences critics to avoid coaching blues

Ahead of them are only Ron Willey (NSW, 71.4 per cent) and Arthur Beetson (Queensland, 68.4). Of these top five, all have a superior Origin win percentage compared to their club coaching records. For Fittler, like a category of Origin coaches before him – those without significant success as club coaches – there were the questions from within the coaching ranks: is he a good enough coach for Origin? Origin’s a beast, it chews people up and spits them out as much as any sport I’ve seen Paul Vautin Does…

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Sydney’s ‘game-changing’ $4b road opens on Saturday

A little after 2am the first vehicle will make its way through the tunnel from Homebush, in the city’s west. It will then proceed to bypass more than 20 sets of traffic lights along Parramatta Road, one of the most clogged roads in Sydney. Some 5.5km later it will see moonlight again at Haberfield, in the inner west. The NSW Government has said it expects 67,000 cars a day to use the new route. The tunnels will include giant signs on the walls so drivers will know the suburb they…

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