Eels' Brown reclaims NRL ironman status

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has revealed he laid down the challenge to Nathan Brown before his enforcer turned in a blockbusting performance to turn the Eels' NRL fortunes. Brown's 80-minute display in Thursday's 14-8 win over Canterbury proved a highlight in what was an otherwise forgettable clash between two cellar dwellers. Workhorse: Nathan Brown takes a hit up on Thursday […]

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'Brand new' Blues struggling to stake their claim

Stephen Silvagni. Stephen Silvagni ground axes and settled scores on Channel Nine's Footy Classified this week but one of his more intriguing statements once the dust settled was that Carlton essentially was a brand new football club. Despite having been empowered to manoeuvre the Blues' first-ever rebuild and one of the most radical in AFL history, Silvagni played down his influence […]

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Concussed Andrews set to return for Lions next week

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has backed Harris Andrews to renew his charge towards All-Australian selection when he makes his return next week. Andrews won't feature for the Lions in Saturday night's clash with Adelaide, but Fagan confirmed he had received the green light for their trip to Geelong the following round. The moment of impact between Jeremy Cameron and Harris […]

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Waller alters barrier trial plan, hails new training track

Australia's leading group 1 trainer Chris Waller will slash the number of horses he sends to the barrier trials after hailing the impact of a new synthetic training surface at Rosehill. Sydney's biggest trainer has tinkered with his pre-campaign method for most of his horses in recent weeks, preferring to build their fitness on the 1700-metre Pro-Ride surface on his […]

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Mixed messages for refs after latest clampdown

NRL referees are entitled to be confused by the latest mixed messages being sent down from League Central. A month after NRL boss Todd Greenberg said it was time for the whistle-blowers to stop ''nitpicking'' and ''looking for penalties'', referees boss Bernard Sutton fired off an email to all club coaches informing them of a fresh penalty blitz if the […]

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Noah Syndergaard has a trade-deadline plea for Mets

Noah Syndergaard knows that he will be getting the ball in The Bronx for the first time in his career Friday night. His and the Mets’ future beyond that is largely uncertain. But if it were up to him, the stud right-hander would like to keep the core rotation together past this season to take another run at contending. That […]

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