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Steve Dank, the man at the centre of the Essendon supplement investigation, worked with the Manly rugby league club between 2006-10 Click here to read more. Photo: Tim Clayton

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Who Are Ya? It's Wallaby great David Campese. First in with the correct answer was luquinad. luquinad wins Stuff We Found on Peter FitzSimons’ Desk. Today it's a natty toy Red Bull Racing 3D viewer and Fotheringham’s Sporting Triva - The Greatest Sporting Trivia Book Ever by William Fotheringham.

Who Are Ya? ... It's David Campese.

Who Are Ya? ... It's David Campese.

Cricket. Australia have won toss and will bat first against the Windies in the one-day match in Canberra.

Australia: S Watson, A Finch, P Hughes, M Clarke, G Bailey, M Wade, G Maxwell, Faulkner, M Johnson, M Starc, C McKay. 12th man:  X Doherty.

America’s Most Disliked Athletes. Lance Armstrong had two decades of professional racing and seven Tour de France championships to his credit before he became America’s most disliked athlete.

That happened, of course, when he acknowledged that he cheated through much of the ride. For Manti Te’o, it took little more than a day, following the revelation of a fake girlfriend, to join Armstrong at the top of the list, Forbes reports.
The latest public surveys from Nielsen/E-Poll show Te’o and Armstrong in a virtual dead heat for the dubious title of America’s most disliked athlete (although we give the nod to Armstrong based on higher name recognition, which gives his score a bit more heft). Each appeals to just 15% of the public, according to Nielsen’s polling.

League. Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has named two sides for the first pre-season match against the Newtown Jets at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday.

Winger Steve Turner will return to the playing field after suffering a knee injury after just eight appearances in the early part of season 2012.
“I can’t wait,” Turner said. “It has been a long road but all the hard work has been done so I’m looking forward to getting out there and getting some minutes in the legs.”

First half: 1 . Gerard McCallum, 2. Brett Lane, 3. Ed Murphy, 4. Mitch Brown, 5. John Sila, 6. Moses Mbye, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Tim Browne, 9. Dean Janda, 10. David Klemmer, 11. David Minute, 12. Lachlan Burr, 13. Harlan Allaalatoa, 14. Paul Carter, 15. Steve Azzi, 16. Junior Palau, 17. Daniel Abou-Sleiman, 19. Leilani Latu, 20. Nathan Massey, 21. Garet Shepherdson, 22. Josh Gill

Second half: 1. Drury Low,, 2. Steve Turner, 3. Tim Lafai, 4. Krisnan Inu, 5. Sam Perrett, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Kris Keating, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Shane Pumipi, 10. Marty Taupau, 11. Tony Williams, 12. Josh Jackson, 13. Dale Finucane, 14. Harlan Alaalatoa, 16. David Klemmer, 17. Mitch Brown, 19. Tim Browne, 20. Dene Halatau, 21. Moses Mbye, 22. Trent Hodkinson.

Who Are Ya? Time to win Stuff We Found on Peter FitzSimons’ Desk. Guess who is in the photo for your chance to win a natty toy Red Bull Racing 3D viewer and Fotheringham’s Sporting Triva - The Greatest Sporting Trivia Book Ever by William Fotheringham log on and guess who is in the photo, email smhsport@smh.com.au or via Twitter @SMHsport hashtag whoareya.

Who Are Ya? ... clue number 5

Who Are Ya? ... clue number 5

Cricket. Queensland are ruing an uncharacteristic dropped catch by wicketkeeper Chris Hartley as Western Australia’s batsmen transformed their Sheffield Shield clash on Wednesday at the Gabba.

The Warriors are in a commanding position after going to lunch on day three at 6-363 - holding an overall lead of 306. The Bulls took just one wicket in the morning session, nightwatchman Jason Behrendorff off the second ball of the day, as John Rogers (89 not out) and rookie gloveman Sam Whiteman (46 not out) combined in a crucial 123-run stand

Brad Walter: League. Greg Bird has thrown a scare into the Indigenous All Stars team camp after he failed to train today.

Bird has a back problem but the newly appointed Titans captain is hopeful of being fit for Saturday night's match at Suncorp Stadium.

Rugby. Wallabies flanker Dave Dennis has been named captain of the NSW Waratahs for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

New coach Michael Cheika made the announcement at the Waratahs’ season launch in Sydney on Wednesday.

‘‘I only decided about 20 minutes ago,’’ Cheika said.‘‘The first discussion about that was with the players. I want us to be totally transparent. ’’Dennis was the Waratahs players’ player of the year in 2012 and broke into the Wallabies team.‘‘It’s a huge honour for me, something I didn’t strive to achieve,’’ Dennis said

Richard Hinds: AFL. A high-profile club flaunting the unambiguous regulations. A large group of players – unwittingly, or not – using a banned substance to improve strength or aerobic capacity. A systematic and widespread abuse of the rules to which the competition had been hog-tied. Mandatory long-term suspensions imposed by an independent tribunal over which they had no influence.

Who Are Ya? Time to win Stuff We Found on Peter FitzSimons’ Desk. Guess who is in the photo for your chance to win a natty toy Red Bull Racing 3D viewer and Fotheringham’s Sporting Triva - The Greatest Sporting Trivia Book Ever by William Fotheringham log on and guess who is in the photo, email smhsport@smh.com.au or via Twitter @SMHsport hashtag whoareya.

Who Are Ya? ... clue number four

Who Are Ya? ... clue number four

Cricket. A two-wicket over from returning paceman Josh Hazlewood has given NSW the upper hand early on day one of the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at Bellerive.

Hazlewood removed Tigers opener Mark Cosgrove for 36 and number three Alex Doolan for four in his sixth over. Near lunch, Tasmania are three for 68 with Ricky Ponting unbeaten on seven and Jonathan Wells on four.

Sydney FC's Tiago Calvano competes with an Tahitian player in the match today.

Sydney FC's Tiago Calvano competes with an Tahitian player in the match today. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Sebastian Hassett: Football. Tahiti might be due to play Spain and Uruguay in four months' time in the Confederations Cup but they'll have to improve sharply before then going by their performance against Sydney FC at Macquarie University this morning.

The Sky Blues toyed with their opponents for much of the encounter and ended up with a comfortable 4-0 victory - featuring a Joel Griffiths double - but it was a margin which could easily have been greater.

Sydney gave game time to several players needing a tune-up before this weekend's match against Brisbane Roar, including Brazilian defenders Fabio and Tiago Calvano, both suspended last weekend.

AFL. There is no love lost between Dermott Brereton and Essendon, but even the five-time premiership winner feels for Bombers coach James Hird and his charges embroiled in an anti-doping investigation.

Brereton famously ran through Essendon’s huddle at three-quarter-time after giving away a free-kick for kissing adversary Billy Duckworth in 1988, and helped instigate 2004’s fiery line-in-the-sand match which resulted in 27 charges being heard at the tribunal.

Brereton said on Wednesday the scrutiny Essendon was facing over endorsing the use of potentially illegal supplements had put a twinkle in his eye and that ‘‘as an old Hawthorn man, I’m a little but chuffed’’. But taking a more serious note, the 48-year-old was sympathetic towards Hird, noting it was possible he didn’t known the full extent of the supplement practise.‘‘I do [feel for him]. James is a lovely bloke and captain cleanskin. He would hate this going on."

Sebastian Hassett:

Football. Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant has been named as the A-League's young player of the month for January. The 21-year old has been in fine form for the Sky Blues this season and has featured in a variety of positions across defence and midfield, highlighting his impressive versatility.
Meanwhile, ex-Sky Blues' defender Jamie Coyne has ended his stint in China and signed with Melbourne Heart, who today also released seldom-used Irish defender Steven Gray.

Who Are Ya? Time to win Stuff We Found on Peter FitzSimons’ Desk. Guess who is in the photo for your chance to win a natty toy Red Bull Racing 3D viewer and Fotheringham’s Sporting Triva - The Greatest Sporting Trivia Book Ever by William Fotheringham log on and guess who is in the photo, email smhsport@smh.com.au or via Twitter @SMHsport hashtag whoareya.

Who Are Ya? ... clue number three.

Who Are Ya? ... clue number three.

Swimming. England's two-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Rebecca Adlington on her retirement.

‘‘I felt old at 23, sad to say. Female distance swimming is going a lot, lot younger. Female swimming in general is getting younger and in loads of different events in London - the 100 breaststroke, the 400 medley - they were all 15 and 16-year-old girls who were winning."

Dominic Bossi: Football. Western Sydney Wanderers may have revealed the secret behind their disciplined control of possession in games - netball. Coach Tony Popovic ran a possession-based drill at training today that was more NSW Swifts than Wanderers. 

It was an aerial catch and pass game aimed at developing movement off the ball.
Shinji Ono was less comfortable with his hands than his feet but the quick Japanese midfielder had no problems turning and pivoting. Though, it may be some time before we see him in a bib.

Standing room only ... the Baltimore Ravens celebrating their Super Bowl XLVII victory with fans at M&T Bank Stadium.

Standing room only ... the Baltimore Ravens celebrating their Super Bowl XLVII victory with fans at M&T Bank Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

Phil Lutton: Boxing. There's more fun on the horizon for those keen to see how football refugees Quade Cooper and Sonny Bill Williams go in the ring on Friday night.

The pair will come face-to-face with opponents Barry 'Who' Dunnett and Frans 'The White Buffalo' Botha in a press conference at midday (Brisbane time). Cooper and Williams are still without nicknames - we're taking suggestions. Try to keep them suitable for publication.

Who Are Ya? Time to win Stuff We Found on Peter FitzSimons’ Desk. Guess who is in the photo for your chance to win a natty toy Red Bull Racing 3D viewer and Fotheringham’s Sporting Triva - The Greatest Sporting Trivia Book Ever by William Fotheringham log on and guess who is in the photo, email smhsport@smh.com.au or via Twitter @SMHsport hashtag whoareya.

Who Are Ya? ... clue number two.

Who Are Ya? ... clue number two.

Sebastian Hassett: Football. The 2015 Asian Cup might be two years away but for several teams vying to make it to Australia for the tournament proper, today marks the first step in the qualification process.

Ten qualifying matches are being held across the region today, including Iran hosting Lebanon and Saudi Arabia hosting China. Injury-ravaged Hong Kong look particularly up against it - they travel to Tashkent to face Uzbekistan with just 18 fit players and with little experience in the freezing Uzbek winter. Australia, Japan, South Korea and North Korea are the only nations to have already qualified.

Brad Walter: League. South Sydney co-owner Peter Holmes a Court has indicated he will not be selling his 37.5 per cent stake in the Rabbitohs.

Holmes a Court has been in discussions with business partner Russell Crowe and Souths officials about his shareholding after Crowe announced last November that he was selling his stake.

Cricket. Tasmania won the toss and elected to bat against New South Wales in their four-day clash at Blundstone Arena beginning today.

Tasmania: Tim Paine (capt), Ben Dunk, Mark Cosgrove, Alex Doolan, Ricky Ponting, Jon Wells, Luke Butterworth, Jason Krejza, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Adam Maher. 12th man: Andrew Fekete.

New South Wales: Ben Rohrer (capt), Scott Henry, David Dawson, Tim Cruickshank, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Trent Copeland, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Doug Bollinger, Chris Tremain. 12th man: Sean Abbott. Umpires: Gerard Abood, Geoff Joshua.

Michael Carayannis: Rugby league. Cronulla back-rower Chris Heighington will rush to Brisbane to replace teammate Paul Gallen who was ruled out of Saturday's NRL All Stars clash.

Gallen, who has been battling an elbow injury, is out with a quadriceps strain.

Brad Walter: League. South Sydney co-owner Peter Holmes a Court has indicated he will not be selling his 37.5 per cent stake in the Rabbitohs.

Holmes a Court has been in discussions with business partner Russell Crowe and Souths officials about his shareholding after Crowe announced last November that he was selling his stake.

In the open letter, Holmes a Court said he wanted to share the experience of the Rabbitohs next premiership win.

“I would like Members and supporters, sponsors and the whole South Sydney family, to know that I am excited about the year ahead. Indeed the decade ahead,” Holmes à Court said.

Daniel Lane: Cricket. Adding to a summer of turmoil the chairman of Cricket NSW Dr Harry Harinath has tendered his resignation as the head of the sport in the state.

His decision to step aside follows a traumatic season in which the chief executive David Gilbert resigned in the wake of stinging criticism from former Test pace bowler Brett Lee and Anthony Stuart’s dismissal as coach before Christmas.

Dr Harinath was in the position for five-years before announcing his decision at a meeting of CNSW last night. It is not clear how his decision will impact upon his being a board member of Cricket Australia.

Handball. Are there any clean sports left in the world? France’s star handball player, double Olympic champion Nikola Karabatic, was suspended for six matches on Tuesday, along with six other players accused of betting on a club match suspected of being rigged.

The seven players received the maximum suspension allowed under the national handball league’s (LNH) regulations.

The players, all at the time playing for Montpellier, can carry on playing if they choose to appeal the punishment in the next five days. Karabatic’s agent told AFP that he would definitely appeal.‘‘We are surprised by this decision which does not respect the law,’’ said Bhakti Ong. ‘‘Obviously we are going to appeal.

Who Are Ya? Time to win Stuff We Found on Peter FitzSimons’ Desk. Guess who is in the photo for your chance to win a natty toy Red Bull Racing 3D viewer and Fotheringham’s Sporting Triva - The Greatest Sporting Trivia Book Ever by William Fotheringham log on and guess who is in the photo, email smhsport@smh.com.au or via Twitter @SMHsport hashtag whoareya.

Who Are Ya? ... It's clue number one.

Who Are Ya? ... It's clue number one.

Rugby league. The Sydney Roosters have today announced that Brad Takairangi has been granted an early release from his contract to join the Gold Coast Titans on a three-year deal.

Sydney Roosters COO Football, Brian Canavan, said: “Brad possesses some great talent however with the Titans offering him a longer-term contract, we didn’t want to stand in his way. We thank Brad for his contribution to our club and wish him and his young family all the very best for the future.”

Tennis. Rafael Nadal has won his first match on return to the ATP Tour after more than seven months absence because of an inflamed left knee.

The former world No.1 partnered fellow Spaniard Juan Monaco to defeat the Czech pair of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3 6-2 in doubles on Tuesday in the VTR clay-court tournament at Vina Del Mar in Chile.

AFL. That the Essendon Football Club, its multimillion-dollar football department and dream team of coaches allowed its team to be hijacked by so-called sports scientists has been a massive issue for the club even before Tuesday's frightening revelations.

This time last year, the same physical education ''experts'' who have now been connected to allegations they provided players with potentially performance-enhancing substances advised the team to fly to Wangaratta to preserve their bodies before a pre-season game.


Super Bowl. If you want a recap of the Super Bowl, Taiwanese news station NMA have done their quirky animation report.

Richard Hinds: Football. Swans chairman Richard Colless has often described Sydney as the most competitive football market anywhere in the world.

The cynical might have interpreted that proposition as an excuse for the club's failure to turn a profit, or detected a dog whisper to the AFL to continue providing generous salary-cap concessions. However, as a muddled cricket season is elbowed aside by the boys of winter, Colless's words have credence.

Sydney is about to enter a period when the ecumenical football fan is at risk of leather poisoning. Eight spoiled-for-choice months packed with marquee events. A time when the competing acronyms - NRL, ARU, AFL, FFA - will have to work hard to retain the limelight, and might get a better idea of their place in the pecking order.

Football. Manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard have revealed that England’s soccer players have offered help to former Three Lions star Paul Gascoigne in his battle with alcoholism.

Gascoigne, who won 57 caps for England, has admitted himself to a treatment centre in the United States after video footage emerged of a shambling public appearance that he made at a charity event last week.

Speaking prior to England’s friendly game with Brazil, Gerrard said he and his teammates had contacted the Football Association to offer their support to the troubled 45-year-old. ‘‘It’s something we’ve already tried to do,’’ he said.‘‘We’ve spoken to the FA and we’ve made it clear that we’re prepared to help if needed.’’

Cricket. Look out - Warney takes on another social networking device.

Football. Terrific article by Craig Foster about how crime syndicates can fix football matches.

Read about the luckiest player in Asia who won the 'lottery' three times.

Cycling. US prosecutors said on Tuesday they have no plans to press criminal charges against cycling cheat Lance Armstrong, despite his confession that he owed his Tour de France victories to illegal doping.

US Attorney Andre Birotte, who led a federal investigation into the disgraced rider, did not definitively rule out action, but said Armstrong's public admission had not yet changed the decision not to prosecute.



Formula One. Former world champion Jenson Button overcame a morning spent largely in the pits by setting the fastest time on the first day of Formula One testing a month ahead of the opening Grand Prix in Australia.

The 33-year-old Englishman - world champion in 2009 - overcame problems with his McLaren as he roared back in the afternoon session to record a fastest time of 1min 18.861sec over 34 laps.

Red Bull's Australian star Mark Webber was second fastest after completing 73 laps in the team's new car, which they hope will deliver a fourth successive constructors' title.

Mark Webber was the second-fastest driver on the opening day of testing.

Mark Webber was the second-fastest driver on the opening day of testing. Photo: Getty Images

Skiiing. The World Ski Championships got off to the worst possible start when US star Lindsey Vonn suffered a heavy crash during the opening race that put an end to her season.

The 28-year-old media star, one of global sport’s most recognisable and marketable female figures, landed on the side of her ski after a jump during the opening super-G race in Austria and flipped over before crashing into a safety gate.

The dramatic crash, which saw one of Vonn’s skis cart-wheeling down the slope, left her sister Laura Kildow and eventual winner Tina Maze gasping in horror. According to US ski team doctor Kyle Wilkens, Vonn suffered a torn ACL and MCL (anterior and medial cruciate ligament) in her right knee and a lateral tibial plateau fracture.

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Today's back page of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Today's back page of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Here's today's back page. Brad Walter does the double - the lead about Manly's connections with Steve Danks, the man at the centre of the AFL's supplement scandal, and a piece story about how Greg Inglis is mentoring indigenous league players.

 

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