CHRIS WILSON 3:58pm His parents couldn't take his Raiders jersey off him as a pre-schooler, but winger Sami Sauiluma had a gut feeling he'd worn a Canberra jersey for the last time when he was dropped after round 20 this season.
ROY MASTERS Any hope that Essendon players would receive the same deal, or even better, than the month sanctions given to past and present Cronulla players evaporated on Friday when Justice John Middleton handed down his judgment in the Federal Court.
ROY MASTERS The sports scientist at the centre of the supplements scandal at Essendon and Cronulla, Stephen Dank, was simultaneously dismayed but defiant at Friday’s judgement.
CHRIS BARRETT Three former Cronulla players targeted by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's probe have not been offered the backdated ban "deal" accepted by a dozen of their ex-teammates last month and could face as heavy as two-year suspensions as a result.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan cannot return to coaching at Cronulla.
CHRIS BARRETT Suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has fronted an NRL panel at Rugby League Central on Monday, endeavouring to have his return to the game approved and resume control at Remondis Stadium this week.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO The Newtown Jets have officially become the feeder club for Cronulla in rugby league's latest joint venture.
CHRIS BOULOUS If anyone needed a win this week it was Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter; and his team delivered.
CHRIS BARRETT Shane Flanagan will have to accept accountability for putting his players at risk if his readmission to the game is to be given the green light, says NRL chief executive Dave Smith.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Wests Tigers v Cronulla Sharks at Leichhardt Oval, Saturday, 3pm
ADRIAN PROSZENKO A fortnight ago, most of the Cronulla players involved in the 2011 supplements scandal conceded they were unwitting drug cheats. On Thursday, a handful of Sharks not serving suspensions were at a trade show at Homebush Bay extolling the virtues of a substance-free workplace.
STEVE MASCORD In a dismal season for the Cronulla Sharks, a bits-and-pieces football team missing 17 top liners provided a third performance which should enter the club's folklore.
STEVE MASCORD We probably shouldn’t have been so dismissive of a club that came back from 22-0 down to win – and then from 24-0 to repeat the trick the following week earlier this season.
JON PIERIK AFL commissioner Kim Williams has declared the league conducted the investigation into the Essendon supplements scandal "responsibly and professionally", and has taken aim at how the former Labor government handled what was dubbed the blackest day in Australian sport.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS The NSWRL have decided to make skipper Paul Gallen ineligible for the Brad Fittler Medal after he was suspended from the game for breaching the anit-doping policy.
Chris Barrett and Brad Walter Cronulla officials will try to convince the top end of town that the club isn't tainted by the stain of the ASADA doping investigation as they again begin the unenviable hunt for a new major sponsor.
BRAD WALTER Suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan must agree to be more accountable to the club's board before returning to the job, under a new structure aimed at ensuring the Sharks never again expose their players to performance-enhancing drugs.
CHRIS BARRETT The World Anti-Doping Agency is expected to sign off on ASADA's deal with Cronulla players within days, with the body's president saying they would have a formal position on the backdated 12-month bans by mid-week.
CHRIS BARRETT There was an amusement ride on the hill at Remondis Stadium on Sunday called Free Fall. A miniature, kids-friendly version of what you might find genuine thrill seekers on, it essentially dropped its strapped-in passengers from a height of a few metres.
CHRIS DUTTON All the talking points from the Raiders' 22-12 win against the Sharks on Sunday.
Canberra takes on Cronulla at Remondis Stadium on Sunday at 2pm.
CHRIS DUTTON The Cronulla Sharks' week from hell went from bad to worse as the Canberra Raiders inflicted more pain on the trouble-striken club in a battle for the NRL wooden spoon on Sunday.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO The father of former Cronulla forward Kade Snowden has taken aim at the club's 2011 coaching staff, saying the players have them to blame for unfairly being branded drug cheats.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO Paul Gallen and other Cronulla players who have accepted a backdated ASADA ban for drug use will be free to attend the Dally Ms and other awards ceremonies, but it is unclear if they will be eligible for the awards.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Cronulla boss Steve Noyce has backed embattled coach Shane Flanagan to return from his nine month suspension next month as the club offers counselling to its five banned players.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Cronulla's unknown rookies have been told to "bring the energy" as they prepare to help the Sharks avoid the club's first wooden spoon in 45 years against the Raiders on Sunday.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO NRL chief executive Dave Smith marked it as the ‘‘end of 18 months of a torturous process’’, but ASADA could still move to prevent Shane Flanagan’s return to the game on September 17.
JON TUXWORTH Jack Wighton has been chosen in every back-line spot, bar half-back, in 45 NRL games.
JON TUXWORTH Ricky Stuart concedes his side faces a "no-win situation" against Cronulla.
BRAD WALTER Some members of Cronulla’s 2011 squad were in tears on Thursday night as they decided to accept backdated suspensions for unknowingly taking prohibited substances.