Western United defeat Wanderers for first home win

The goal saved the A-League from another potential VAR controversy. United thought they had retaken the lead in the 48th minute,   when Scott McDonald met Diamanti’s cross and his header was saved by Daniel Lopar, who was behind his line. McDonald   immediately appealed for a goal, and there was a lengthy VAR review to determine whether the ball had crossed the line. After reviewing the footage, referee Alex King upheld his original decision of no goal. Besart Berisha was left out of the United starting 11, the official line from…

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Latrell Mitchell’s Mercedes mate sets the record straight on fancy ride

‘‘He thinks he can do better than the money he was offered and he is having a look. He isn’t the first footballer to do that. The attacks on him won’t break him or worry him. He is tough as. He has copped it his whole life and now he is standing up for himself.” Loading On Tuesday, the door was shut on Latrell Mitchell at Bondi. For the Roosters, the view was simple. If a rival club has the money to take Mitchell for the 2020 season, he was…

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Big union merger vows to tackle wage theft, redistribute wealth, shift Labor left

The union movement has been in steady decline since the 1980s and in the private sector barely one in 10 workers are now a member. Loading Among the reasons for the decline are legal and other changes in recent decades that have shifted power to employers. The United Workers Union promises an aggressive industrial approach which could mean more strikes, which are at historic lows. “The crisis has many parents,” Mr Kennedy said in an interview with The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald. “The reality is progressive politics in this…

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Latrell Mitchell’s Mercedes mate sets the record straight on fancy ride

‘‘He thinks he can do better than the money he was offered and he is having a look. He isn’t the first footballer to do that. The attacks on him won’t break him or worry him. He is tough as. He has copped it his whole life and now he is standing up for himself.” Loading On Tuesday, the door was shut on Latrell Mitchell at Bondi. For the Roosters, the view was simple. If a rival club has the money to take Mitchell for the 2020 season, he was…

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South Sydney and Kangaroos star Damien Cook vows to stick with suspended manager Mario Tartak

Kangaroos star Damien Cook has vowed to stick solid with Mario Tartak as the player agent insisted he had resolved the issue that led to his suspension. The NRL suspended Tartak on Friday over a bankruptcy claim stemming from a personal dispute with American Express. Agent accreditation operations manager Paul Massey wrote to all 16 clubs instructing them not to deal with Tartak until while he is suspended. Loyal: Blues star Damien Cook has vowed to stick solid with suspended agent Mario Tartak.Credit:AAP Tartak’s stable includes Cook, Moses Suli, Corey…

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W-League must be bold as it begins life after Sam Kerr

But if there is no seriously improved commitment to women’s soccer in next year’s pay deal then momentum the Matildas and the W-League have built up over the past 10 years won’t be fully realised. It’s also regrettable that expansion clubs Western United and Macarthur FC were not implored to enter a W-League team from inception, or at least have a serious women’s soccer component.At the time FFA scuppered those wishes partly due to player depth concerns. It’s baffling that Central Coast and Wellington still don’t have a W-League team.…

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Ernie Merrick delivers stunning spray after Newcastle Jets draw with Perth Glory

Loading At half-time, Merrick was seen to approach the referee to seek clarification, but said he did not receive it. “When he wasn’t speaking Spanish, yes I spoke to him,” Merrick continued. “He speaks a lot of Spanish during the games and talks to the opposition a lot in Spanish. We’re in Australia, I would have thought he would be speaking English most of the time so we can all hear what he’s saying to his mates.” In a spirited showing in front of a home crowd of 8038 fans,…

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Kiwi forwards seal miserable tour for visitors

New Zealand’s forwards ran with greater punch and halves Benji Marshall and Shaun Johnson turned the screws on the Lions with a pinpoint long-kicking game. Try sneak: Ken Maumalo dives to score out wide in ChristchurchCredit:Getty Johnson, recalled to the team after Kieran Foran suffered a shoulder injury last week, only ran the ball once in the first half but his quick footwork produced a solo try. That followed an earlier four-pointer from Sydney Roosters centre Joseph Manu, while Brisbane’s Jamayne Isaako added three penalty goals to keep the scoreboard…

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W-League shake-up in countdown to kickoff

Brisbane Roar Last season: 2nd (eliminated in semi-final)Key gains: Rylee Baisden (Moreton Bay United), Claire Farrington (Logan Lightning), Elise Kellond-Knight (Melbourne City), Tameka Yallop (Melbourne City)Notable losses/yet to re-sign: Yuki Nagasato Season outlook: The band is back together. That band is Matildas trio Katrina Gorry, Claire Polkinghorne and Tameka Yallop (aka Butt), who joins after a season at Melbourne City. Any team with those three names is bound to be tough to beat. Polkinghorne left the NWSL early due to family reasons and hopefully is refreshed after that time off,…

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