STEVE MASCORD More prominent businessmen are in the next two weeks likely to join the consortium that has taken control of the Melbourne Storm, club founder John Ribot says.
9:37pm Manly have renewed calls for a rethink of the NRL's contentious extra-time policy after Monday's 10-10 draw with Melbourne.
NRL club Melbourne has been sold by News Limited to a private consortium gathered by New Zealand entrepreneur Bart Campbell.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO Influential Melbourne businessmen Gerry Ryan and Matthew Tripp have emerged as two of the four mystery owners to purchase the Storm from News Limited.
STEVE MASCORD Manly coach Geoff Toovey said overtime should be scrapped because draws are a fair result – but also argued the Monday Night Football deadlock with Melbourne was completely unfair.
STEVE MASCORD A late Cameron Smith penalty goal spared Melbourne blushes in front the Storm’s new owners in an epic encounter with arch rival Manly on Monday night.
BRAD WALTER Manly lock Glenn Stewart and Melbourne's Ryan Hoffman will go head to head for a place in the State of Origin opener when they meet at AAMI Park on Monday night.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Monday 7.30pm (AEST)
Captain Cameron Smith insists there are no alarm bells ringing for NRL premiers Melbourne but the timing of their mini-slump could have major implications for their season.
Michael Carayannis After watching his side slump to a second-straight shock loss, Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy said his players had lost their love and passion for football.
Michael Carayannis Penrith overcame their most feared opponents, beating Melbourne Storm for the first time since 2005 and snapping an 11 game losing streak against the defending premiers after winning 12-10 at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday night.
STEVE MASCORD As they prepare to take on a side that seems to have had all of their 2013 scheduling wishes granted, Melbourne claim to have been short-changed by the NRL in the same department.
STEVE MASCORD Melbourne Storm's CEO-in-waiting Mark Evans says rugby league does not have to fight tooth and nail with the AFL in Victoria and, instead, sport as a whole should be trying to attract people away from other leisure pursuits.
Centrebet Stadium, Penrith, Sunday 6.30pm (AEST)
JON TUXWORTH The last time Canberra upset Melbourne, they were jeered off the field by their own fans the next week. The painful reality check dished out by Gold Coast last year will ensure the Raiders keep a lid on things after their boilover win over the Storm.
STEVE MASCORD Courageous Canberra were undermanned for most of the clash with Melbourne but still managed to bring the Storm's run of 15 consecutive victories to a stunning halt.
CHRIS WILSON The Canberra Raiders take on the Melbourne Storm, in their round eight match at AAMI Park from 5.30pm.
STEVE MASCORD Melbourne Storm's chief-executive-in-waiting has completed a due-diligence trip to the Victorian capital and flown back to London on the eve of Saturday's home match against Canberra.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)
STEVE MASCORD The sale of the Melbourne Storm will be delayed for months if a deal is not done shortly. Negotiations involving the Storm, News Limited and a multinational consortium, with London-based New Zealanders among the leading figures, are reaching an end.
STEVE MASCORD Coach Warren Ryan called it ''a try for the ages'' - and it kept alive Melbourne Storm's bid to complete an unbeaten run which will be remembered for ages.
STEVE MASCORD Matthew Elliott became the latest coach to blast referees before admitting the Warriors would have to win 11 of their remaining 17 games to make the finals.
STEVE MASCORD Seventies rugby league star Russell Fairfax says the current Melbourne side deserves to beat the record of 19 consecutive wins set by his Roosters team - and will get a step closer to making history by outclassing the Warriors on Thursday night.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Thursday 7pm (AEST)
MICHAEL CHAMMAS St George Illawarra have signed Melbourne five-eighth Gareth Widdop on a deal worth close to $2.5 million.
Michael Carayannis With his side having disposed of everything in front of them, the major fear for Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy is themselves as the club looks to deal with a growing injury list and impending representative honours.
Michael Carayannis Just how do you stop the Melbourne Storm juggernaut? And more importantly, how do you contain Cooper Cronk?
Daniel Lane Sports science has been dragged through the mud during the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency's investigation into allegations of illegal substances in sport, but NRL premiers Melbourne say it is not a dirty word.
Daniel Lane, Michael Chammas The experts disagree on how much influence the Storm's Craig Bellamy has had on Souths coach Michael Maguire, his host on Saturday.
Michael Carayannis Billy Slater and Greg Inglis will come head to head after the former was confirmed as a definite starter for Melbourne in their top of the table clash with South Sydney on Saturday night.