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Name: Australian Associated Press
Date registered: June 7, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/western-sydney-wanderers

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  1. Former Newcastle Knights player James McManus has win in concussion court battle — August 21, 2017
  2. NRL coach Neil Henry sacked by Gold Coast Titans — August 21, 2017
  3. WA premier threatens to bankrupt ARU over axing of Super Rugby’s Force — August 21, 2017
  4. All Blacks rugby union legend Colin Meads dies aged 81 — August 20, 2017
  5. Melbourne Storm secure NRL minor premiership with hammering of Knights — August 19, 2017

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Aug 21

Former Newcastle Knights player James McManus has win in concussion court battle

Knights will be forced to hand over all medical records involving former players Richard Fa’aoso and Robbie Rochow

A former Newcastle Knights player suing the club over alleged repeated concussions suffered during his playing days causing permanent brain damage has had a preliminary court win in his fight for compensation.

A New South Wales supreme court judge on Monday agreed to a request from James McManus’s legal team for access to a wide variety of documents involving other former NRL players who had suffered concussion and head injuries.

Related: Concussion forces Newcastle player James McManus to retire from NRL

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/21/former-newcastle-knights-player-james-mcmanus-has-win-in-concussion-court-battle

Aug 21

NRL coach Neil Henry sacked by Gold Coast Titans

  • Henry had a year remaining on contract
  • Board took into account a ‘range of matters’ before making decision

Gold Coast have sacked coach Neil Henry in the wake of last week’s crisis meetings at the NRL club. Chief executive Graham Annesley confirmed the decision on Monday, announcing the club’s board had agreed to sack Henry on Saturday.

Henry leaves the club with a year to run on his contract. Taking over as head coach at the end of 2014 following the departure of John Cartwright, Henry led the Titans to their first finals appearance in six years in 2016 shortly after the signing of star Jarryd Hayne.

Related: Clash of the Titans: Jarryd Hayne and Neil Henry on collision course from outset | Nick Tedeschi

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/21/nrl-coach-neil-henry-sacked-by-gold-coast-titans

Aug 21

WA premier threatens to bankrupt ARU over axing of Super Rugby’s Force

  • Mark McGowan calls for Super Rugby club to be reinstated
  • ‘We’ll use every tool at our disposal to get our money back,’ he says

The Western Australian government has threatened to bankrupt the Australian Rugby Union if the Western Force are not reinstated. Premier Mark McGowan says the state government is getting legal advice and the options include suing for restitution of more than $100m, which would bankrupt the ARU, or suing for reinstatement.

“My ultimatum to the ARU is this – reinstate the Force or we’ll use every tool at our disposal to get our money back and if that means the ARU goes bankrupt, so be it,” he said on Monday.

Related: ‘Angry, confused, disappointed’: Western Force players say battle is not over

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/21/wa-premier-threatens-to-bankrupt-aru-over-axing-of-super-rugbys-force

Aug 20

All Blacks rugby union legend Colin Meads dies aged 81

Meads, who has died of pancreatic cancer, played 133 games for the All Blacks, including 55 tests, from 1957 to 1971.

Colin Meads, the famously tough All Blacks captain hailed as New Zealand’s greatest rugby player of the 20th century, has died after suffering from cancer. He was 81.

Meads played 55 tests among 133 games for New Zealand between 1957 and 1971 – a prodigious number in an era in which the All Blacks seldom played more than four tests a year.

Related: Remembering the Lions tour of 1971: the great awakening of British rugby | Paul Rees

A sad day for NZ rugby and for NZ. Sir Colin was not only a great All Black but also a genuinely good Kiwi bloke. He will be missed.

RIP Sir Colin Meads. #legend

Related: Ruthless All Blacks teach Wallabies lesson in Bledisloe Cup opener

saddened to hear that one of the great men in rugby has passed away . rest well Colin Meads

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/20/all-blacks-rugby-union-legend-colin-meads-dies-aged-81

Aug 19

Melbourne Storm secure NRL minor premiership with hammering of Knights

Newcastle Knights 12-44 Melbourne StormStorm move onto 40 points and ensure they will lift the JJ Giltinan ShieldMelbourne officially sealed the minor premiership with fill-in half Brodie Croft firing them to a 44-12 NRL win over Newcastle on Saturday….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/19/melbourne-storm-secure-nrl-minor-premiership-with-hammering-of-knights

Aug 18

AFL players’ union gives backing to confidentiality in league’s drugs code

  • Confidentiality ‘a key pillar’ of AFL’s illicit drugs policy
  • Challenges similar to Chris Yarran’s ice addiction common, says AFLPA

AFL players facing challenges similar to the ice addiction of Chris Yarran are entitled to confidentiality even if they are set to be traded, according to the players’ union.

Yarran has revealed his illicit drug use put an end to his 119-game career before playing a game for Richmond, having suffered a series of injuries after being traded from Carlton in 2015.

Related: Chris Yarran quits Richmond to deal with personal issues

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/18/afl-players-union-gives-backing-to-confidentiality-in-leagues-drugs-code

Aug 17

Ashleigh Barty topples Venus Williams to claim biggest scalp of her career

Australian beats world No9 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 at Cincinnati OpenVictory for Barty is her first against a top 10 playerAshleigh Barty will soar above Samantha Stosur in the world rankings after continuing her hot run with a watershed win over seven-times gra…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/17/ashleigh-barty-topples-venus-williams-to-claim-biggest-scalp-of-her-career

Aug 17

All Blacks spring selection surprise for Bledisloe opener against Wallabies

  • Damian McKenzie named at fullback by coach Steve Hansen
  • Loose forward Liam Squire also included, at expense of Jerome Kaino

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has opted for young gun Damian McKenzie at fullback for the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener against Australia in Sydney.

The 22-year-old livewire, who enjoyed a stellar Super Rugby campaign with the Chiefs, is the main beneficiary of a backline reshuffle. He will play in the black No15 jumper for just the second time, while incumbent fullback Ben Smith moves onto the right edge.

Related: Tackle, tackle and then tackle again – how the Wallabies can upset the All Blacks

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/17/bledisloe-cup-opener-teams

Aug 15

Stephen Wooldridge, Australian Olympic cycling champion, dies aged 39

The track cyclist was one of Australia’s most decorated, having won Olympic gold and four world titles in the team pursuit event

The Australian track cyclist Stephen Wooldridge, an Olympic and world champion, has died aged 39.

Wooldridge, born in Sydney, won gold in the 4,000m team pursuit at the Athens Olympics in 2004, also claiming four world titles in the same discipline.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/15/stephen-wooldridge-australian-olympic-cycling-champion-dies-aged-39

Aug 14

‘Angry, confused, disappointed’: Western Force players say battle is not over

  • Rugby WA gains injunction order against ARU decision to axe club
  • ARU unable to sack or relocate players until issue is resolved

Shocked Western Force stars say the players are sticking tight and believe the fight to save their Super Rugby team is not over. Dane Haylett-Petty and lock Adam Coleman revealed the feelings of the six-strong Force contingent in the Wallabies squad in the wake of the Australian Rugby Union’s decision to axe their Perth-based Super Rugby franchise.

Related: Australian Rugby Union errs in decision to cull Western Force

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/14/angry-confused-disappointed-western-force-players-say-battle-is-not-over

Aug 11

Ignore the hype or you’ll end up like Parramatta, Bennett warns Broncos

  • Brisbane move to second spot after crushing Cronulla Sharks 32-10
  • Like his 100th and 200th games, Paul Gallen’s 300-milestone also ends in defeat

Wayne Bennett has delivered a blunt warning to the Brisbane Broncos in an attempt to keep the lid on inevitable premiership talk after they crushed 32-10 at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The Broncos moved to second spot after the five-tries-to-two win that spoiled Paul Gallen’s 300th-game celebrations.

Related: Anger flares over Jack Bird to add spice to Sharks’ clash with Broncos

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/12/ignore-the-hype-or-youll-end-up-like-parramatta-bennett-warns-broncos

Aug 11

Western Bulldogs still in AFL finals hunt, says Beveridge

  • Greater Western Sydney strengthen grip on a top-two finish with emphatic 48-point over Bulldogs
  • Toby Greene faces third suspension of the season after being reported for rough conduct

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge believes his side is still right in the AFL finals hunt despite a 48-point loss to Greater Western Sydney.

The coach conceded Friday night’s 16.9 (105) to 7.15 (57) loss at Etihad Stadium could prove costly, but with 11 wins, he feels the Dogs are still in control of their own destiny.

Related: Former Essendon captain Jobe Watson announces AFL retirement

Related: The Joy of Six: AFL club theme songs

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/12/western-bulldogs-still-in-afl-finals-hunt-says-beveridge

Aug 11

Australian football’s future put into Fifa’s hands after talks derailed

  • Fifa delegation departs with no governance deal agreed upon
  • A-League clubs left furious with Football Federation Australia

The future of Australian football rests in the hands of Fifa after political consensus over an extraordinary 24 hours.

A joint Fifa/AFC delegation returned to Zurich on Thursday night to report back on what one A-League club chairman described as an “embarrassing” show of the domestic game’s governance.

Related: Steven Lowy’s incendiary attack only serves to highlight FFA inactivity | Jonathan Howcroft

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/11/australian-footballs-future-put-into-fifas-hands-after-talks-derailed

Aug 10

AFL ask James Hird to present Norm Smith medal at 2017 grand final

  • Hird resigned as Essendon coach in wake of supplements scandal
  • AFL looking forward to ‘welcoming him back into the fold’

Former Essendon coach James Hird has accepted an invitation to present the Norm Smith Medal after this year’s AFL grand final. The league and Hird had been at odds over the Bombers’ ill-fated 2012 supplements program, but AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan confirmed the move on Thursday. “[It’s] obviously significant, we appreciate him accepting the offer and we look forward to welcoming him back into the fold,” McLachlan said.

Related: James Hird would be welcomed back by the game, says AFL CEO McLachlan

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/10/afl-ask-james-hird-to-present-norm-smith-medal-at-2017-grand-final

Aug 10

Anger flares over Jack Bird to add spice to Sharks’ clash with Broncos

  • Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan bristles at Brisbane counterpart Wayne Bennett
  • ‘None of it’s true,’ says Flanagan of talk of backflip over move to Broncos

Furious Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has taken aim at Wayne Bennett and slammed suggestions the NRL premiers are trying to talk Jack Bird out of defecting to Brisbane.

In a spicy precursor to Friday night’s high-stakes top-four clash with the Broncos, Flanagan said the Sharks had no plans to stand in Bird’s way and rubbished reports the club had been bullying the NSW State of Origin star since his lucrative signing in May.

Related: Frank Winterstein leads charge but the jury is still out on Manly | Matt Cleary

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/10/anger-flares-over-jack-bird-to-add-spice-to-sharks-clash-with-broncos

Aug 10

Pitch complaints from both sides after Victory’s FFA Cup rout of Roar

  • Brisbane Roar 1-5 Melbourne Victory
  • Massimo Maccarone makes quiet debut in heavy defeat at Perry Park

Complaints over the pitch have threatened to overshadow Melbourne Victory’s dominant 5-1 FFA Cup win over Brisbane Roar at Perry Park. A near full-strength Victory sounded an ominous warning as ex-Roar striker Besart Berisha bagged a double on a bumpy surface to ensure Brisbane failed to progress past the round of 32 for the third straight year.

Related: Heidelberg United’s giant killing win over Perth presses case for second tier

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/10/pitch-complaints-from-both-sides-after-victorys-ffa-cup-rout-of-roar

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