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Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.

ASADA believes peptides on-sold to Cronulla players via Kogarah pharmacist

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Adrian Proszenko and Chris Barrett The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has issued some of its show-cause notices based on the belief peptides were on-sold to Cronulla players via a Kogarah compounding pharmacist.

Paul Gallen: If we take this deal, we'll be drug cheats

Chris Barrett Paul Gallen has outlined the uncertainty and confusion confronting Cronulla players ahead of a meeting with ASADA and the NRL on Wednesday, admitting they will be labelled drug cheats if they accept...

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Sandor Earl to appeal drugs ban before Tribunal on Tuesday

Day in court: Banned league player Sandor Earl will plead his case before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal from Tuesday.

Chris Barrett Sandor Earl, the only player across both the NRL and AFL to have been banned over the supplements scandal, will finally have his day in court on Tuesday when his challenge is heard at the...

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Parramatta Eels' salary cap doesn't fit, shelling out more than $750,000 for departed players

Costly move: Canterbury recruit Jacob Loko is still being paid by Parramatta.

Chris Barrett Parramatta are shelling out more than $750,000 this season to players that are no longer at the club, contributing to a salary cap nightmare they admit leaves their hands tied attracting big-name...

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Cronulla Sharks sponsorship in jeopardy over drug testing demands

In arm's way: Paul Gallen clutches his injured biceps. The Sharks skipper was set to have scans on Sunday night.

Chris Barrett Cronulla's new major sponsors want to begin testing Sharks players for recreational drug and alcohol use this season and have signalled they may end their newfound alliance with the club if they are...

Wayne Bennett to quit as Newcastle Knights coach

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Chris Barrett Wayne Bennett has announced he will quit the Newcastle Knights at the end of the season.

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State of Origin

Queensland player ratings

Outstanding: Queensland's Corey Parker.

Chris Barrett Who starred for the Maroons in their only win of the series.

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League

Wests Tigers rookie Mitchell Moses doesn't bomb out on debut

Rookie on the run: Mitchell Moses takes on the Panthers.

Chris Barrett Mitchell Moses is so confident that he wanted Jamie Soward would test him out with the high ball on Sunday afternoon.

Penrith Panthers centre Jamal Idris gets ideal birthday gift with win over Wests Tigers

Battle of the big cats: Jamal Idris stands tall in the Panthers' win over the Tigers.

Chris Barrett Jamal Idris is no ordinary footballer. And we are not talking about the barnstorming runs or the big hits.

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Penrith Panthers put in clinical performance to tear Wests Tigers apart

On the prowl: Panthers centre Jamal Idris was fired up during his team's win over the Tigers.

Chris Barrett Ivan Cleary's Penrith have spoiled Wests Tigers' Sunday session at Leichhardt Oval and the much-anticipated debut of Mitchell Moses with a clinical 20-point victory that takes them to the top of the...

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Tony Williams shows size doesn't matter filling in at halfback for Canterbury Bulldogs

World's biggest halfback: Tony Williams overcame nerves to perform well as Canterbury's makeshift playmaker.

Chris Barrett Canterbury's plus-size halfback for a night admits it was a nervewracking prospect preparing in secret to run the Bulldogs backline on Friday night.

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Manly Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey involved in altercation with Canterbury Bulldogs fan

Unhappy coach: Manly's Geoff Toovey.

Chris Barrett Geoff Toovey's frustration at a surprise defeat to Canterbury on Friday night was compounded by an altercation with a Bulldogs supporter at ANZ Stadium.

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Canterbury Bulldogs score win for the true believers over Manly Sea Eagles

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Chris Barrett With the Hillsong conference on next door at Allphones Arena there was no shortage of belief around Homebush on Friday night.

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Peter Sharp set to join Parramatta Eels

Joining Parramatta ... Peter Sharp.

Chris Barrett Peter Sharp is in line to rejoin the Parramatta Eels as their recruitment manager.

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NRL 'unlikely' to welcome Todd Carney back

Out of favour: Todd Carney was contracted for $650,000 a season.

Chris Barrett Todd Carney has effectively been banned for life by the NRL after the competition's governing body declared it was "highly unlikely" the sacked Cronulla five-eighth would be allowed back.

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League

Nathan Tinkler’s era of uncertainty has ended and Newcastle are back: Kurt Gidley

Optimistic: Kurt Gidley.

Chris Barrett Newcastle captain Kurt Gidley says the new-found feeling of certainty over the future of the Knights has been a key factor in their mid-season mini-revival.

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Last-placed Newcastle Knights break Parramatta Eels' winning streak

Gritty match: Eels players tackle  Beau Scott of the Knights.

Chris Barrett Parramatta's prized unbeaten run at Pirtek Stadium has been unhinged by the competition's bottom team, with their State of Origin stars Darius Boyd and Beau Scott leading the Knights to a gritty...

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Three ex-Eels staff in crosshairs as police take over vote rig investigation

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Chris Barrett NSW Police are investigating allegations of systematic membership tampering and vote rigging at Parramatta Leagues Club.

League

Referees' boss Tony Archer defends Sunday sin-bins, but concedes Origin blooper

Chris Barrett NRL referees boss Tony Archer is adamant Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins did not lose control of last week's fiery second State of Origin clash and backed the whistleblowers who dismissed Parramatta's...

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Peter Sharp not to blame for Sharks' poor season, says Shane Flanagan

Keen for change: Paul Gallen.

Chris Barrett Suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has leapt to the support of Sharks caretaker Peter Sharp, saying players at the embattled club also needed to take responsibility for a woeful season that...

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