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Name: Australian Associated Press
Date registered: June 7, 2014
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  1. Rugby union: Wallabies hold on for tight win over Italy — June 24, 2017
  2. AFL’s revenue-sharing deal draws envious looks from NRL and cricket players — June 21, 2017
  3. ‘He’s dreaming’: Nick Kyrgios responds to John McEnroe’s coaching suggestion — June 19, 2017
  4. Wallabies fall to defeat as spirited Scotland gain degree of revenge — June 17, 2017
  5. Kangaroos coach hopes to make AFL finals despite loss to Saints — June 17, 2017

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Jun 24

Rugby union: Wallabies hold on for tight win over Italy

  • Australia 40-27 Italy
  • Israel Folau scores two tries

The Wallabies held off a fast-finishing Italy to escape with a heart stopping 40-27 win in Saturday’s final June Test in Brisbane.

Australia looked like they were coasting to victory when Sefa Naivalu scored his second try early in the second half, giving them a 28-13 lead at Suncorp Stadium.

Related: Does the weakness of South Africa and Australia threaten future of the Lions? | The Breakdown

Related: Status quo remains in Australian rugby after ARU emergency meeting – for now | Bret Harris

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/24/rugby-union-wallabies-hold-on-for-tight-win-over-italy

Jun 21

AFL’s revenue-sharing deal draws envious looks from NRL and cricket players

  • AFL agrees $1.84bn deal featuring immediate 20% pay increase for players
  • NRL and cricket players still negotiating their own respective deals

Rugby league players have joined cricketers in lauding the AFL’s new pay deal as evidence a revenue-sharing agreement can be struck. The AFL on Tuesday announced a six-year, $1.84bn deal which features an immediate 20% pay increase for players this year. And for the first time, players’ wages are tied to industry revenue with players to receive 28% of AFL revenues and 11.2% of club revenues above forecasts.

Related: Cricket Australia reportedly threatens players over pay dispute

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/21/afls-revenue-sharing-deal-draws-envious-looks-from-nrl-and-cricket-players

Jun 19

‘He’s dreaming’: Nick Kyrgios responds to John McEnroe’s coaching suggestion

  • American had said if he were to part-time coach anyone it would be Kyrgios
  • Australian men’s No1 will launch Queen’s Club campaign this week

Nick Kyrgios has a short response for John McEnroe, who recently discussed the intriguing possibility of a part-time coaching role with him. McEnroe has been a fierce critic of the mercurial Kyrgios at times, questioning his mental toughness, but he has also been a big admirer of his talent.

Commentating at the French Open, McEnroe said that, if he were to take any part-time coaching job: “The guy that would make the most sense on paper would be Nick Kyrgios because we are two head cases.” He did add: “But mentally we are a bit wacky.”

Related: Andy Murray is bluffing before start of Queen’s defence, says Nick Kyrgios

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/19/hes-dreaming-nick-kyrgios-responds-to-john-mcenroes-coaching-suggestion

Jun 17

Wallabies fall to defeat as spirited Scotland gain degree of revenge

  • Wallabies 19-24 Scotland at Allianz Stadium
  • After two one-point defeats in recent years, Scots turn tables

Scotland consigned the Wallabies to a humbling 24-19 Test defeat in Sydney in front of a stunned crowd of 30,721 fans at Allianz Stadium who watched the visitors avenge two heartbreaking one-point losses to Australia in the past two years with a stirring victory.

Israel Folau’s second tryscoring double in as many weeks couldn’t save the Wallabies, as Scotland confirmed their status as world rugby’s big improvers. Up to fifth in the rankings, the Scots cashed in on a disjointed display from Michael Cheika’s men.

Related: Wallabies fall to Scotland, Swans stage comeback and more Australian sport – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/17/wallabies-fall-to-defeat-as-spirited-scotland-gain-degree-of-revenge

Jun 17

Kangaroos coach hopes to make AFL finals despite loss to Saints

Brad Scott says North Melbourne paid dearly for too many basic errors against St Kilda, and will change their training routineDespite only four wins, a poor percentage and three ordinary quarters against St Kilda, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott is st…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/17/kangaroos-coach-hopes-to-make-afl-finals-despite-loss-to-saints

Jun 16

Starc injured, O’Keefe dropped for Australian Test squad to Bangladesh

  • Mitchell Starc to miss pre-Ashes tour of Bangladesh with foot injury
  • Steve O’Keefe dropped as Ashton Agar and Hilton Cartwright return

Australia have suffered a major setback ahead of this year’s Ashes, with Mitchell Starc to miss the Test tour of Bangladesh because of the same foot injury that had forced him to return home in March from India.

Australia have named a 13-man squad for the two-Test series that starts on August 27. Steve O’Keefe was discarded in favour of fellow left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, while allrounder Hilton Cartwright and paceman James Pattinson were recalled.

Related: India set up Pakistan Champions Trophy final with defeat of Bangladesh

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/16/starc-injured-okeefe-dropped-for-australian-test-squad-to-bangladesh

Jun 16

AFL may abolish runners after Nick Maxwell controversy

  • Gillon McLachlan says time might have come for runners to be banned
  • GWS were warned for Maxwell’s role in round 12 game against Blues

Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell may have inadvertently brought about the extinction of the AFL runner. The league’s chief executive Gillon McLachlan confirmed on Friday the league will look at abolishing runners altogether at the end of the season.

The move comes after Greater Western Sydney received a warning from the AFL this week about the role of their runner in a contentious outing against Carlton. The Giants flatly rejected suggestions Maxwell had placed himself in positions to block space during Blues’ kick-ins or was coaching on the field instead of passing on messages from Leon Cameron.

Related: What’s more important in the modern AFL era – offence or defence? | Tony Corke

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/16/afl-may-abolish-runners-after-nick-maxwell-controversy

Jun 15

Rugby league convert Eto Nabuli to make Wallabies debut against Scotland

  • Queensland Reds player included at expense of Henry Speight
  • Scotland star Jonny Gray returns in one of eight changes for tourists

Fiji-born winger Eto Nabuli, the one-time porter identified by rugby league legends Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler, will make his Wallabies debut on Saturday after being named in Michael Cheika’s starting XV to face Scotland at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.

Fellow rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt has retained his place at inside centre after a promising debut in last Saturday’s win over Fiji, but regular captain and hooker Stephen Moore has again been overlooked. Nabuli’s inclusion, at the expense of two-try star and fellow Fijian flyer Henry Speight, is the only change to the run-on side.

Related: Positives from Wallabies’ win over Fiji rendered moot by catch-and-pass woes | Rajiv Maharaj

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/15/rugby-league-convert-eto-nabuli-to-make-wallabies-debut-against-scotland

Jun 12

Queensland in radical shakeup in bid to hit back in State of Origin Game II

  • Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston return for Sydney clash
  • Seven changes to Maroons team after Game I defeat to NSW

Queensland have wielded the axe, making seven changes for next week’s must-win State of Origin game two in Sydney. Veterans Sam Thaiday, Nate Myles, Jacob Lillyman and Aidan Guerra have been dumped along with unlucky winger Corey Oates and centre Justin O’Neill, while five-eighth Anthony Milford has a shoulder injury.

Related: A new generation of Blues come of age in fast and furious win over Maroons | Nick Tedeschi

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/12/queensland-in-radical-shakeup-in-bid-to-hit-back-in-state-of-origin-game-ii

Jun 10

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin wins French Open junior title

  • Sydney’s Alexei Popyrin beats Spain’s Nicola Kuhn to win boys’ title
  • Popyrin is only Australia’s second French Open boys’ champion of the professional era

Alexei Popyrin is eyeing a Davis Cup baptism after becoming Australia’s first French Open junior champion in 49 years.

The third seed downed Spain’s Nicola Kuhn 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 on Saturday to become Australia’s first boys’ champion in Paris since Phil Dent in 1968, the first year of the professional era.

Related: Stan Wawrinka needs more gas to stop Rafael Nadal racing to double figures | Kevin Mitchell

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/11/australias-alexei-popyrin-wins-french-open-junior-title

Jun 09

Lovett-Murray claims Essendon supplements program harmed daughter

  • AFL chief laments not knowing what was injected into Dons stars
  • Nathan Lovett-Murray has ‘no doubt’ program harmed his daughter

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has lamented being unable to ascertain what was injected into ex-Essendon player Nathan Lovett-Murray, who claims his child has been harmed by the club’s former supplements program.

Lovett-Murray reportedly claims his three-year-old daughter, who was conceived about a year after the 2012 supplements program ended, has a mysterious growth on her chest and behavioural issues. The 34-year-old is suing his former club over health fears for his daughter, News Corp Australia has reported.

Related: Swans win over Bulldogs keeps fading AFL finals hopes alive

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/lovett-murray-claims-essendon-supplements-program-harmed-daughter

Jun 08

Swans win over Bulldogs keeps fading AFL finals hopes alive

  • Sydney defeated the Bulldogs by 46 points at the SCG, for a 4-7 record
  • Swans will face Richmond at the MCG after a nine-day break

Sydney’s audacious bid to make the AFL finals faces another test against the last side to make a miraculous charge into September action. Thursday’s impressive 46-point win over reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs at the SCG lifted Sydney to a 4-7 record.

It bumped them three places up the ladder to 13th and ensured they will be no more than two wins off eighth by the end of the round. The resurgent Swans, who have won four of their last five after a 0-6 start, get a nine-day break before tackling Richmond at the MCG.

Related: Joel Selwood: the AFL ironman who personifies Geelong’s greatest era

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/swans-win-over-bulldogs-keeps-fading-afl-finals-hopes-alive

Jun 08

Karmichael Hunt named to make Wallabies debut against Fiji

  • Hunt to become dual-international after being picked to face Fiji at MCG
  • Waratahs backrower Ned Hanigan will also debut on Saturday

Code-hopping Karmichael Hunt will make his long-awaited Wallabies debut alongside Waratahs backrower Ned Hanigan, with the pair named to start in Saturday’s Test against Fiji in Melbourne.

Hunt was named at inside centre for the first Test of the year, while 22-year-old Hanigan will start as a blindside flanker. The Australian team will be led by Michael Hooper after veteran Tatafu Polota-Nau beat regular skipper Stephen Moore to the starting hooker role. Moore may still appear on the bench, which will only be named following Friday’s final training run. 

Related: All Blacks coach Hansen laughs off Gatland’s Super Rugby comparison

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/08/karmichael-hunt-named-to-make-wallabies-debut-against-fiji

Jun 06

Cricket Australia pay offer ‘a very fair deal’, says Adam Gilchrist

  • Test great breaks ranks with present and former players to support CA
  • Gilchrist says board offer is ‘a very, very fair deal for players’

Adam Gilchrist has broken ranks with past and present players by supporting Cricket Australia’s pay offer, labelling it fair. The retired Test great is confident the pay dispute between CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association is on track for a resolution by the 30 June deadline.

That’s despite players standing firm on their opposition to the governing body’s move to scrap the existing revenue-sharing model under the new agreement. CA has been spruiking the deal’s 58% increase of guaranteed payments, benefiting men and women players.

Related: Jake Ball and England pick New Zealand apart to reach semi-finals

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/07/cricket-australia-pay-offer-a-very-fair-deal-says-adam-gilchrist

Jun 06

Blame Tom Hawkins for his jumper punch AFL ban, says MRP’s Bartel

  • Jimmy Bartel says former team-mate ‘needs to get it out of his game’
  • Hawkins received a one-match suspension for punching Matt Crouch

All blame for Tom Hawkins’ AFL suspension for a jumper punch should rest with the player and nobody else, says match review panel (MRP) member and former Hawkins team-mate Jimmy Bartel.

The MRP has been batting off claims of inconsistency in the AFL’s crackdown on jumper punches since Geelong forward Hawkins became the first high-profile player to cop a one-match ban. The Geelong forward has since accepted the suspension for punching Adelaide’s Matt Crouch.

Related: Joel Selwood: the AFL ironman who personifies Geelong’s greatest era

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/06/blame-tom-hawkins-for-his-jumper-punch-afl-ban-says-mrps-bartel

Jun 02

Calls grow for new blood for Queensland before second State of Origin

Ben Ikin and Gorden Tallis join former Maroons players asking coach to recall Billy Slater as fullback for 21 June clash

Ben Ikin and Gorden Tallis are the latest former Queensland players to call for changes to be made to the Maroons team for their must-win State of Origin clash in Sydney on 21 June.

Queensland’s coach, Kevin Walters, faces immense pressure to bring in some new blood after his team slumped to a record loss on 31 May.

Related: State of Origin Game I: blistering NSW performance puts Queensland to sword

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/02/calls-grow-for-new-blood-for-queensland-before-second-state-of-origin

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