Newcastle reach crisis point in humbling by Gold Coast

As Knights legend Matthew Johns noted on Foxtel: “Two teams turned up today, both one from five, and the loser was going to be sitting on the bottom of the ladder. Only one team turned up desperate.” The loss left Newcastle equal last with one win from the first six games, ahead of only Canterbury on for-and-against statistics. It will also add to the pressure mounting on coach Brown, whose record at the helm of the Knights stands at 16 wins from 78 games, dating back to the start of…

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Four Points: Saints of Steele

Loading People criticised, or muttered disparagingly behind their hands, when Richardson brought the chief executive Matt Finnis in to talk to the players for the first JLT match to stress how important the victory was. Finnis was correct in measuring its significance. A loss then, like a loss instead of that one-point victory in round one against the Suns, would have seen the walls closing in. Even small victories – a JLT match, an underwhelming win against last year’s second-bottom team (who lost both of their captains in the off-season),…

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Sydney FC enter talks with Manchester City to sign Anthony Caceres permanently

Anthony Caceres’ loan spell at Sydney FC this season could become a permanent move with the Sky Blues understood to have held talks with his parent club, Manchester City, about keeping the midfielder. The 26-year-old has emerged as a first team regular under the guidance of coach Steve Corica, having made 15 appearances in all competitions since arriving at Sydney FC in January. He was praised by Corica as Sydney’s hardest working player after Thursday’s 1-0 win over Perth Glory and the coach is eager to keep Caceres at the…

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Sydney Swans relishing GWS Giants derby clash to revive season

“There’s no doubt we need to start winning and need to start winning soon,” Rampe said. “[There’s] no better team to do it against than the Giants. They had a loss [on Saturday] so they’ll be wound up and ready to go. The Swans are seeking their first home win of the season, entering the clash with a horror home record that desperately needs fixing. They have won just five of their past 14 matches at the SCG, which is starting to become more of a graveyard than a fortress.…

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Waratahs beat Rebels and reignite their season

“To find a way to win and for the guys to enjoy that scrap makes us a tough team to beat,” Foley said. “It wasn’t as pretty as we want. We want to be scoring flashy tries, but a quality side is the stuff that you don’t see, that’s off the ball, the hard work, the tough stuff. I thought the forwards, especially, and a few of the outside backs did that really well. We didn’t try to find another Israel, we went about our business. Bernard Foley “They’re not…

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Lee third as Henderson wins LPGA Hawaii

Australia’s Minjee Lee has shared third place as Canada’s Brooke Henderson successfully defended the LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship title, winning by four strokes. The 21-year-old Henderson shot a closing two-under 70 in windy conditions at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii to triumph at 16-under 272, with South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji second after a 73. Brooke Henderson is showered with flower petals after her win.Credit:AP World No.4 Lee battled to a final-round 74, with two birdies and four bogeys, as she finished a shot further back tied with Thai star…

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Clint Gutherson takes advice from Parramatta Eels legends on rare honour at ‘new home’ Bankwest Stadium

“It was exciting running out there with 10,000 people turning up [on Wednesday night for an open training session]. It’s going to be a big moment and I’m super proud to get out there on Monday in front of a full crowd. I’ll just enjoy the whole day. “It’s in the middle of Parramatta and it is our home – and now we’ve got to make it our home.” It’s in the middle of Parramatta and it is our home – and now we’ve got to make it our home…

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O’Brien renaissance gathers pace as he looks to get back on group 1 trail

Since then O’Brien, so often partnered by veteran champion jockey Damien Oliver, has been restocking his stable, trying to win new clients – something he admits was not easy when the cobalt probe was at its height – and re-establishing himself as one of the leading metropolitan trainers. ”We are just building our team with nice young horses. We bought him at the yearling sales two years ago. ”You just have to keep doing it, buy young horses and keep bringing them through – it doesn’t matter how good a…

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Luke Breust is a Hawk ready to pounce like Tiger

Loading Such is life as a fan of overseas sport in Australia, but Breust didn’t miss the eventual message Woods conveyed after achieving an improbable first victory in a major tournament since 2008: stick with the process, keep belief and cash in when others make mistakes. “It was very impressive, I have since gone back and watched 12 … he just backed his shot in and took the par on 12 knowing he had a couple of holes ahead he could really attack,” Breust said. Breust has forged a brilliant…

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Wellington match to determine Melbourne City’s finals fate

”It’s not different than that: [we are] no different in our approach than we have in several weeks. We go there knowing that they’re a good side,” he said. “They’re well organised, they’ve got a good coach, they’ve got a good way of playing and they’ve got some threats. They’ve got people who can score goals and are in the goalscoring charts. “They can create chances and take chances. They’ve proved that all season. “We know we’ve got a tough game on, we’ve played them twice this season, won one…

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