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SportsDay Live, Wednesday March 13, 2013


Damian Irvine quits the Sharks, Lionel Messi magic, Shane Watson flies in and hits out. The news as it happens.

13.03.13. Cronulla .Cronulla chairman Damian Irvine announces he is stepping down in the midst of the ASADA investigation. Picture John Veage

DAMIAN IRVINE has announced he is standing down as chairman of the Cronulla Sharks. Read full report here Photo: John Veage JVE

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Stumps. That's all folks, for today's SportsDay Live blog. Stay tuned to for all the latest news and views from the world of sport. We'll be back at 8.30am tomorrow with another day of fun and frivolity, breaking news and much more.

Cricket. Homeworkgate. Brisbane Times sports guru Phil Lutton has some timely advice for Mickey "Martha or" Arthur ... 

On this day in 1973 …  Dutch footballer Edgar Davids was born. A skilful and tenacious midfielder known as The Pitbull, he has played 74 times for his country plus for some of the biggest clubs in the world - Ajax Amsterdam, AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Tottenham, um, Crystal Palace, and, err, … Barnet. Yes, he’s still going, plying his trade as player-coach for Barnet in England’s League Two competition. 

Dirk Wellham plays a shot during a match against the MCC at Lords on the 1985 Ashes tour.

Dirk Wellham plays a shot during a match against the MCC at Lords on the 1985 Ashes tour.

On this day in 1959 … one of the few Australian cricketers to play first-class cricket for three states, Dirk Wellham was born. The NSW, Tasmania and Queensland batsman also scored a century in his Test debut and wore the best pair of Elton John glasses ever seen in the international cricket arena. 

Basketball. The New Zealand Breakers are backing Andrej Lemanis for the Australian Boomers job, even if it means losing the services of the coach who has guided them to back-to-back NBL titles. Lemanis was a notable absentee as the already-confirmed minor premiers trained in Auckland on Wednesday ahead of their home match against the Melbourne Tigers on Thursday night. The reason was an interview across the Tasman for the Boomers position.

On this day in 1859 …  Ivo Bligh was born. Later known as Lord Darnley, he captained England on their 1882-83 tour of Australia. Legend has it that after winning the series, Bligh was presented with the tiny terracotta Ashes urn by a group of Melbourne women. The urn, which has been under lock and key at Lord’s for decades, is inscripted with an ode to Bligh and his men.

When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;

Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;

The welkin will ring loud, The great crowd will feel proud,

Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;

And the rest coming home with the urn.

Basketball. Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs have suffered a setback on their way to the NBA finals with a 107-83 loss in Minnesota. Mills finished with eight points in his 24 minutes on court. Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio was the star for the Timberwolves with a triple-double tally of 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.

The Dallas Mavericks have held on for a 115-108 triumph over the Bucks in Milwaukee.

Cricket. Australia's cricket coach, Mickey Arthur, says ‘‘back-chat’’ and ‘‘giving attitude’’ had become an unacceptable part of the Test team culture, leading to his decision to stand down four players for the third Test in Mohali. Arthur has outlined in his latest blog on the Cricket Australia website the other indiscretions which led to his unprecedented decision to axe Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja for not submitting requested feedback after Australia’s humiliating defeat in the second Test. ‘‘Being late for a meeting, high skinfolds, wearing the wrong attire, back-chat or giving attitude are just some examples of these behavioural issues that have been addressed discretely but continue to happen. If we’re deadly serious about getting back to number one in the world, all players need to raise the bar and lift their game.‘‘If not, we must be content at being number three or four or five in world cricket because we won’t get any better. The players won’t learn and we’ll continue a vicious cycle."

On this day in 1967 …  the world of cricket lost one of its favourite sons way too early when Sir Frank Worrell died, aged 42, from leukaemia. The Barbadian batsman was the West Indies’ first black captain and scored 3860 runs in 51 Tests at an average of 49.48 with a highest score of 221. His legacy of fair play and uniting the West Indies lives on. 

Rugby. James Marshall might be more accustomed to wearing the No.10 jersey for Taranaki but he will step in at fullback for the Hurricanes against the Highlanders on Friday night. Marshall has replaced an out-of-sorts Andre Taylor for the match in Dunedin and admits that aside from a couple of half-games for his province and the odd match for Italian club Aironi in 2010-11 his experience at fullback is limited.

Motor sport. Lewis Hamilton believes his much-discussed off-season switch to Mercedes will allow him to become a better Formula One driver. The Briton says Mercedes allows him to focus more on his driving than his previous team McLaren, with whom he won the 2008 world drivers’ championship. ‘‘We still have sponsors, we still have sponsors’ appearances, we still have filming days, so there’s no huge difference in how they go about their business,’’ Hamilton told ‘‘But I think the focus on the driver, the driver’s performance, and the driver being ready for the job at hand is one thing that I’m noticing is quite a little bit better here.’’

On this day in 1984 … three Australian Test cricketers played their last game of first-class cricket when Western Australia beat Queensland by four wickets in Perth to win the Sheffield Shield - Greg Chappell, Rod Marsh and …. Bruce Laird. It was supposed to be Dennis Lillee’s last match also but he made a comeback a few years later with Tasmania. Chappell scored 85 as Queensland scored 7-431 before declaring in search of their first Shield. When WA were bowled out for 363 despite a century from Geoff Marsh, the Bananabenders were on the verge of history. But they crashed to be all out for 154 in the second dig and Laird was unbeaten on 54 when the home side reached the target of 223 with four wickets to spare. 

Surfing. The world’s top two ranked surfers Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater will meet in today’s final of the season-opening men’s world tour event at Kirra Point on the Gold Coast. Australia’s defending world champion Parkinson eliminated Tahiti’s Michel Bourez in the semi-finals to set up the title-deciding clash with American legend Slater. Slater scored a perfect 10 wave while beating local favourite and former world champion Mick Fanning in his semi.

League. Episode 2 of The Phil Gould Show is up and ready for your viewing pleasure. Check out Gus' thoughts on the Sharks, Thurston, Inglis and why the referees are doing a decent job for once.

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League. Broncos winger Josh Hoffman has backed Brisbane’s forwards to aim up against any pack in the NRL as questions emerged about the club’s toughness following a first round loss to Manly. ‘‘We’ve got plenty of aggression there with Josh McGuire, Matt Gillett and big Sammy Thaiday to do it up front,’’ he said before Friday night’s clash with St George Illawarra in Wollongong. ‘‘That (effort) is not what we or this great club have ever been about. (Last) Friday night’s performance just wasn’t acceptable."

On this day in 1967 … the ill-fated Colombian footballer Andres Escobar was born. Escobar was shot dead in 1994 after his own goal led to Colombia heading home early in the World Cup. If you haven’t seen the ESPN doco The Two Escobars about the footballer and the druglord of the same surname, check it out. It’s one of the best of the 30 For 30 series. 

League. Ben Barba was full of praise for those who've supported him recently. “I would like to say thank you to those close to me for their support and to the many hard-working professionals who have helped me over the last few weeks. The level of care that was given to me was incredible and I will forever be thankful to the very caring and compassionate people who assisted me during a very difficult time in my life. I have learnt an enormous amount in the last few weeks and I know that I have lots of hard work and sacrifice in front of me over the next few years."

League. Ben Barba returned to Belmore today and immediately caught up with his teammates and staff. He will return to training over the weekend and pending the views and analysis of the Bulldogs coaching and medical staff along with the advice of the independent specialists, he may be available for selection in the coming weeks. “It was great to be back at Belmore today. The time away from footy has been helpful but I have missed it. It’ll be great to be around my team‐mates again, I have missed their company over the past few weeks and can’t wait to get back out on to the training field.”

League. Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg. "People must be aware that this is the first stage of a much bigger program for Ben. The independent experts and specialists have provided us with their initial report and a big part of their recommendation is for Ben to return to the structure of his day to day life and that obviously includes his commitment to football."

League. The Canterbury Bulldogs have confirmed Ben Barba has today been discharged from a private treatment facility after an intensive two-week live-in program. Barba was suspended indefinitely by the club on February 25 for breaches of the club’s code of Conduct as well as a number of personal matters. As a result, Barba, in‐conjunction with his management company and with the assistance of the club, made the decision to take part in a rehabilitation program that would help him with his recovery.

PAUL SUTTOR: Sun-Herald sports editor Paul Suttor here to take you through the final stages of the blog today. Shane Brady is off cooling his heels after another impressive performance from the veteran all-rounder. The Australian cricket team is in need of a veteran all-rounder, vice-captain Brady has a nice ring to it.

On this day in 1956 … New Zealand roll the West Indies for 77 to record their first win in Test cricket. We’re tipping the Windies made them pay for that result more than a few times since. 

Golf: Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the course, a 6 metre sinkhole opened up and swallowed an amateur hacker on the 14th hole(s) of a course in Illinois.

Talk about a bad lie.

Read the full story here

On this day in 1961Floyd Patterson knocks out Ingemar Johansson to defend his heavyweight boxing title. Johansson had won the title from Patterson, the American then won it back from him and this third encounter at Miami Beach was the last time they fought. The Swede’s career was in decline and he reportedly prepared for the fight by eating creamed chicken, strawberry shortcake and cherry cheesecake. He knocked Patterson down in the first round but was soon on the canvas following a left hook from the champ and it was all over after six rounds. 

Football: (More) Bad news for Arsenal and England fans, with midfielder Jack Wilshere ruled out of tomorrow morning’s Champions League tie at Bayern Munich.

He’ll also miss miss England’s World Cup qualifier against Montenegro after he was advised to rest for three weeks or risk serious injury.

Football: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has escaped FA action for his trip and shove on Chelsea’s Fernando Torres during the 2-2 FA Cup quarter-final draw on Sunday.

Football: Mark Schwarzer will lead the Socceroos against Oman in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney on March 26.  

Coach Holger Osieck describes the game as a must-win, and has called up overseas-based players Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak, Tommy Oar and Tom Rogic to the 23-man squad after they missed last month’s friendly against Romania.

Regular skipper Lucas Neill is suspended.


Cycling: Olympic and world track champion Jason Kenny is swapping leg power for horsepower, signing up for his debut motor racing season.

The 24-year-old Brit, who won individual and sprint gold at London 2012 , will drive in this year’s Ginetta GT5 Challenge Series but isn't giving the treddly away completely.

‘‘I’m looking forward to doing a few different things, and one of them will be racing my car,’’ Kenny said.

‘‘I want to do a whole season - seven race weekends. I believe I can do so without affecting my training.’’

Fellow Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy will also try his hand at motor racing when he drives in the celebrity challenge at the Australian Grand Prix.


Wrestling .. well sort of: Paul Marshallsea, who was hailed a hero after grappling with a shark in Queensland, has been sacked after it emerged he was on sick leave with stress.

The 62-year-old Welshman from Merthyr Tydfil waded into the surf and grabbed the two-metre shark by the tail amid fears it would attack paddling children.

Footage of his exploits was beamed around the world and watching were the trustees of the Pant and Dowlais Boys & Girls Club, a children’s charity where he worked, and had been away on work-related stress leave since last April.

To make matters worse, experts pointed out the shark was unwell and appeared to be dying.

Read more and watch the video here


Cricket: Former deputy Ralph Waters has been appointed chairman of the organising committee for cricket’s 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after the death last week of James Strong.

Waters, a prominent New Zealand businessman, was promoted to the role by Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday to replace Strong, who died in Sydney aged 68 from complications following surgery.

‘‘Like myself, James had lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand and was determined to put on a truly world class tournament in 2015,’’ Waters said.

‘‘I share his vision and will work closely with the ICC, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket to deliver a successful tournament for cricket fans around the world.’’

The World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand in February-March 2015.

Football: Sebastian Hassett on the Socceroos squad to face Oman in the looming World Cup qualifier ...

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck seems to have a set against Eddy Bosnar.

Despite being lauded in Japan and Korea, the 32-year-old has still never been called up for Australia, and missed out again today despite this latest squad missing Lucas Neill, Sasa Ognenovski and Matthew Spiranovic.

“He had a solid game against Central Coast [for Suwon in the Asian Champions League] but, on the other hand, I didn’t think he got really challenged in that game," Osieck said.

"From one game, I don’t think it’s enough to get a call to the Socceroos, considering that all the other guys have played a number of games for the Socceroos and have shown they have the quality to be there. Why should an additional defender who has never been part of the group [be selected]?”

Our only question is this: How will Bosnar ever get international experience if Osieck won't select him? A mystery indeed.

Drugs in sport: Here’s the AOC’s take on planned changes to increase ASADA’s powers to compel athletes to give evidence:

Under recommendations tabled in Federal Parliament today, athletes would be fined $5100 if they withheld information from drug investigators, while the burden of proof would be shifted on to them to prove they had done nothing wrong.

AOC president John Coates is in favour of criminal sanctions for athletes who do not co-operate, believing a $5100 fine is not a deterrent.

Kim Crow, Olympic rower and Chairperson of the AOC Athletes’ Commission, supports the tougher measures.

“Stringent protocols are necessary,” she told the recent Senate inquiry. “Being called to give evidence to ASADA is not an intrusion at all – clean athletes want a level playing field.”

The crime commission supports the law changes, along with the Australian Sports Commission and the AOC.

League. Here's the video report of Damian Irvine's press conference.

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Cronulla Sharks chairman Damian Irvine stands down, saying his presence at the club is 'an obstacle' to moving forward from recent events.

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League: Glenn Jackson on Irvine’s exit at the Sharks ...

Damian Irvine had to make that decision. The club is in turmoil, and the widening scandal engulfing the club was only made worse by his comments about players taking substances for equine use only, which put the board further at odds with the players.

The club has not handled the saga well. The board might have made decisions with good intentions but, at least publicly, the message has been muddled.

The chairman had no choice, even though he plans to run for re-election again. Despite what Irvine has done for the club financially over four years, it would be a surprise if he was successful in being re-elected.

Surfing: World champion Joel Parkinson has opened with a perfect 10 double barrel in his Quiksilver Pro semi-final against Tahiti’s Michael ‘‘The Spartan’’ Bourez at Kirra on the Gold Coast. Go Parko!

AFL: The Battle of the Bridge is born ...

GWS Giants coach Kevin Sheedy has coined the name the ‘‘Battle of the Bridge’’ for clashes between the Giants and the Swans.

The man who once called North Melbourne officials marshmallows, tied down windsocks to put off his opposition and complained about martians has now given the crosstown derby an official moniker.

The name was mooted when the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney first met in a stand-alone game to ytart the 2012 season, and has now been adopted by the two teams.

It doesn’t refer to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but the Anzac Bridge, which connects the east and west of the city.

‘‘... the Anzac Bridge has become a powerful landmark in Sydney, but also pays respect to those who served this country,” said Sheedy, who did two years of compulsory army service during his playing days.

‘‘We think this will become one of the great rivalries in Australian sport.”

League: Parramatta coach Ricky Stuart says he is concerned the NRL doping scandal is overwhelming rugby league.

As Damian Irvine became the latest victim of the saga, standing down from his position as chairman of the embattled Cronulla club at the centre of an anti-doping probe, the former Sharks coach said he was concerned about the level of adverse publicity surrounding the NRL.

‘‘I’m a fan of rugby league. I’m a tragic of rugby league. And I just think with the profile we have got, this type of speculation and incidents such as this, it creates so much media it overwhelms the game,’’ Stuart said.

‘‘Last week we saw some fantastic football and I’m happy the media actually came out and covered that.

‘‘There was some football last week that was really entertaining, and that shows we have still got a product that hangs tough in tough times.’’

League: Michael Carayannis on Irvine’s exit from the Sharks ...

Knowing Damian, the last thing he would have ever wanted to do was to walk out on his beloved Cronulla Sharks.

He worked tirelessly, without remuneration, for the club with his lasting legacy finally getting the $300 million development across the line last year. While he may have lost the support of the football and playing staff, he still has plenty of influential backers in the community.

Irvine is close friends with Sutherland Shire Mayor Kent Johns, who was a major backer of the development.

There is a real chance Irvine will be re-elected next month, and even if he isn’t, I doubt we have seen the last of him.

League: Here's someone channelling the great Royce Simmons on Irvine's departure from the Sharks ...



AFL: Hawthorn’s Mark Evans has joined the AFL as the new football operations manager. Evans replaces Adrian Anderson, who resigned late last year.

Evans has been general manager of football operations at the Hawks since 2004 and deputy chief executive for the past 18 months.

He joined the Hawks from Melbourne at the same time as coach Alastair Clarkson.

Drugs in sport: Proposals to beef up ASADA's powers will be debated in Federal Parliament today with the Greens and Libs set to vote together.

Australian athletes could be forced to be interviewed by drug investigators, be fined if they withhold information and face the onus of proving their innocence under proposed changes to beef up the powers of the country's anti-doping agency.

Read Adam Cooper’s story here

League: More reaction to the changes at the Sharks from Michael Chammas ...

I don't disagree with Damian Irvine saying he's left the club in a better position than it was in when he took on the job. Although it was the right time to go.

The way Cronulla has handled this entire investigation has been poor, and Irvine had no choice but to stand down for the better of the club.

League: More from Paul Suttor on Damian Irvine's departure from the Sharks ...

Damian Irvine had his fair share of critics but he worked extremely hard for his beloved Cronulla Sharks and this is a sad way for him to end his time in the role.

The Sharks have turned themselves around in the last few years (remember the disastrous state it was in when former chief executive Tony Zappia resigned?) and the fact that the club’s multimillion-dollar land development has been approved, will give Cronulla fans some hope that this crisis won’t mean their team dies or relocates.

AFL: Andrew Demetriou has announced Hawthorn's Mark Evans as the new general manager of football operations, replacing Adrian Anderson.

Surfing: Some sweet overhead barrels are being reported from Kirra where the sun is shining and it'll be game on in the Quiksilver Pro at noon.

Super Rugby: More on the Tahs squad for Friday night’s match against the Cheetahs ...

The inclusion of Berrick Barnes at inside-centre is one of six personnel and two positional changes to the team that lost to the Brumbies.

Fullback Ben Volavola reverts to the bench in place of Israel Folau, who shifts back into the 15 jersey.

Pat McCutcheon, who takes over at No.8 for the injured Wycliff Palu, allowing captain Dave Dennis to revert his preferred position on the blindside flank.

Out wide, a new wing combination sees Wallaby Lachie Turner elevated from the bench to partner newcomer Peter Betham, who replaces Drew Mitchell.

In the pack, hooker John Ulugia takes over from the injured Tatafu Polota-Nau, while Paddy Ryan gets a start at tight-head. Go Tahs!


Rugby. The Waratahs are consistently inconsistent, says Paul Cully.

League. Has Damian Irvine made the correct decision in quitting as Cronulla chairman?

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League: Paul Suttor has gained access to the new Sharks chairman's ASIO file...

For those wondering, Glenn Coleman, where have I heard that name before?

Well, Coleman was a shining star in one of those famous Tooheys ads of the 1980s, the speedy winger taking top billing over the likes of supercoach Jack Gibson, Dane Sorenson, David Hatch and Gavin Miller, as Cronulla took on the Illawarra Steelers.


League: Michael Carayannis and Glenn Jackson have just filed his full wrap-up from the Sharks presser on another day of upheaval at the embattled club.

Read the full report here


Super Rugby: Berrick Barnes is back for the Waratahs to play the Cheetahs on Friday night at Allianz Stadium. But what about the tache?

Here’s the full squad ...

1. Benn Robinson (Eastwood)
2. John Ulugia (Eastern Suburbs)
3. Paddy Ryan (Sydney University)
4. Sitaleki Timani (Southern Districts)
5. Kane Douglas (Southern Districts)
6. Dave Dennis (Sydney University, captain)
7. Michael Hooper (Manly)
8. Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University)
9. Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs)
10. Bernard Foley (Sydney University)
11. Peter Betham (Sydney University)
12. Berrick Barnes (Sydney University)
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Northern Suburbs)
14. Lachie Turner (Eastwood)
15. Israel Folau (Sydney University)

16. Luke Holmes (Warringah)
17. Jeremy Tilse (Sydney University)
18. Mitchell Chapman (Eastern Suburbs)
19. Lopeti Timani (Southern Districts)
20. Matt Lucas (Manly)
21. Ben Volavola (Southern Districts)
22. Rob Horne (Southern Districts)

AFL: Head honcho Andrew Demetriou is holding a press conference at AFL HQ in Melbourne at 11.30am. Can't think what it might about. Stay tuned ...

League: Matty Johns claims Ben Barba could be back playing for the Bulldogs in a couple of weeks. That's a good news story the game could with at the moment.

Golf: The Australian Masters will be played for the first time at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club later this year.

The tournament will be played over the famed sand-belt composite course from November 14 to 17.

League: Newcastle have re-signed winger James McManus for three more years.

Uses for a grapefruit: things go sour between Jimmy Cagney and main squeeze Mae Clarke in The Public Enemy.

Uses for a grapefruit: things go sour between Jimmy Cagney and main squeeze Mae Clarke in The Public Enemy. Photo: supplied

On this day ... in 1916: Brooklyn Dodgers manager Wilbert Robinson tried to surpass Gabby Street’s stunt of catching a ball thrown from the top of the Washington Monument by trying to catch one dropped from a plane during spring training.

A practical joke was set up by Dodgers player Casey Stengel, who substituted the ball for a grapefruit and it exploded on impact when Robinson caught it.

The manager thought he was splattered by his own blood until he heard his players laughing.

AFL: More ... Murphy will lead the Blues in Friday’s NAB Cup grand final against Brisbane Lions.

The Blues are believed to have opted for youth in choosing Murphy ahead of 29-year-old Carrazzo.

In Murphy’s favour also was his performance when captaining Carlton in four games late last season when Judd was injured.

AFL: Midfielder Marc Murphy is the new captain of Carlton.

Murphy replaces Chris Judd, who stepped down from the role after five seasons.

The 25-year-old got the nod for the top job ahead of Andrew Carrazzo and Kade Simpson.


Football: Sebastian Hassett reports ... six A-League players are in the Socceroos squad to play Oman in the World Cup qualifier.

Read his report here

Football: A heart-stopper in Gelsenkirchen as Galatasaray joined Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the European Champions League for the first time since 2001.

A last-minute goal from Turkey forward Umut Bulut sealed a 3-2 win at Schalke 04.

With time almost up, Bulut provided the killer blow for Galatasaray to send the Turkish league leaders through 4-3 on aggregate as Schalke failed in their bid to join Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the quarters.

After midfielder Roman Neustaedter gave Schalke an early lead, goals by Galatasaray’s Hamit Altintop and Burak Yilmaz put the visitors ahead, then Brazil’s Michel Bastos levelled for the hosts, before Bulut settled matters.

The first leg in Istanbul had ended 1-1.

Gala occasion: Galatasaray's Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder and scorer Umut Bulut celebrate their last-gasp winner against  Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Gala occasion: Galatasaray's Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder and scorer Umut Bulut celebrate their last-gasp winner against Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photo: AP

League: More from the Sharks ... former Brisbane Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen will start at the Sharks today.

Cronulla kicked off their season with a 12-10 win over the Gold Coast Titans at Sharks Stadium on Sunday night.

Players and fans were open in their support for stood-down coach Shane Flanagan and sacked staff Darren Mooney, Mark Noakes, David Givney and Konrad Schultz.

League: More from the Sharks ... incoming chairman Glenn Coleman said: "We need to focus 100 per cent on the interests of our player who are in this ASADA investigation.

"We've got a review in place at the moment which we want to get through as quickly as possible."

League: More from the Sharks presser ... Damian Irvine said he felt his "presence at the club may prove to be an obstacle" to the investigation into drugs at the Sharks.

"As a result I'm standing down as the chairman of the board of directors today. The club needs time to investigate and plan the way forward without added distraction.

"We have a bright future financially at the Cronulla Sharks. Our membership is booming compared to previous years and we're not going anywhere.

"There's no stronger or tougher club to get through it."

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Rugby League: Michael Carayannis reports ... Glenn Coleman is the new chairman of Cronulla Sharks. Coleman played more than 100 first grade games for the Sharks on the wing. He replaces Irvine.

Cricket: It’s worth repeating just for the headline on Peter FitzSimons’ column on Homeworkgate in today’s Herald.

Oh Mickey, what a pity you don't understand...

Read the full column here

And here’s Toni Basil in all her cheerleading glory to help cheer up besieged coach Mickey Arthur. He could probably do with a hug today.

Tennis: Australia’s Marinko Matosevic has bowed out of the Indian Wells tournament in California, losing in the third round to American 23rd seed Sam Querrey in a tight three-setter 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-5), 7-5.

Phil Lutton:

Cricket. All of the 'revelations' from India overnight about player behaviour haven't changed my thoughts on the the over-zealous punishments handed down to The Mohali Four.
All it does is reflect a team that is struggling to respect the direction of the coach and as Mike Atherton pointed out, just struggling with losing. Slips in discipline can happen to any side under fire (ask Atherton) and it is how it is handled that shows the measure of management.
On that front, Mickey Arthur has fallen short and these breaches should have been handled in house much earlier.
The Queensland Bulls have also gone into bat for their man Khawaja, saying he works hard for them and fail to believe he would throw away a Test cap.

Brad Walter: League. Manly officials insist they have not been told the names of any players under investigation by ASADA.

It has been alleged that three Sea Eagles players are in the sights of the anti-doping authority but officials say they do not know who they are or details of any allegations.

Manly has has no contact with ASADA for a month but they are understood to have been told a small number of players were likely to be questioned at some stage. The Sea Eagles are due to release a statement this morning.

Morning, Shane Brady here with you until lunch. I’ve just checked the calendar again and no it’s not April 2, sadly ... four Australian cricketers are still stood down from the third Test in India, including vice-captain Shane Watson, who is already back home. Meanwhile, heads continue to roll at the Sharks. Strange days indeed ...

Michael Carayannis: League. Cronulla Sharks chairman Damian Irvine has quit the embattled club.

Irvine had been under intense pressure after the board’s  controversial standing down of coach Shane Flanagan and the sacking of key staff members including Darren Mooney, Mark Noakes, David Givney and Konrad Schultz.

Former Brisbane Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen will start at the Sharks today.

League. Damian Irvine expected to announce his resignation as Cronulla chairman at 10am press conference.

Basketball. The mother of a 16-year-old boy who says Michael Jordan is the child’s father wants the retired NBA legend to take a paternity test, Atlanta television and radio stations reported on Tuesday.

Basketball Hall of Fame icon Jordan denies any connection to the teenager, Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds, and wants the case dismissed and Pamela Smith punished for making false claims, according to WXIA-TV and WSB radio.

In addition to having Jordan take a DNA paternity test, Smith wants the former Chicago Bulls superstar to pay child support. Smith says she has known Jordan for years and they began a relationship in the late 1980s before he led the Bulls to six NBA crowns in the 1990s.

Cricket. Here's what Shane Watson had to say when he arrived back in Sydney last night.


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Australian vice-captain Shane Watson returned to Sydney on Tuesday night after being dumped from the Test side for not completing a written task.

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AFL. Some Essendon players reportedly were injected every week, receiving up to 40 jabs a season, as part of the club’s supplements program.

‘‘That’s not astronomical, that’s extremely astronomical,’’ one club doctor told the Herald Sun.

The paper said the supplements given to the players and documented by Essendon have been found not to be illegal by Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigators.

Essendon is confident the substances injected were not in breach of anti-doping laws. ASADA is investigating the practices of the Bombers’ former sports scientist, Stephen Dank, who also worked with three NRL clubs.

Cricket. Can Shane Watson fight his way back into the Australian Test team?

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League. Cronulla are holding a press conference at 10am. Wonder what the topic will be?

Football. Barcelona have defeated AC Milan 4-0 at Nou Camp in the Champions League with a double to Lionel Messi. Messi scored in the 5th and 39th minutes with David Villa (55) and Jordi Alba (90+2) securing the win. Barcelona go through 4-2 on aggregate.

Boxing. British boxer Curtis Woodhouse got so mad, he decided to track his Twitter tormentor down.

Woodhouse, a former football player with Hull, set off to find the Twitter user who had been abusing him via the social media network following his English light-welterweight title fight loss on Friday.

Woodhouse tweeted: ‘‘I’ll give STG1000 ($A1460) to anybody who provides me with an address and picture of this man. Knock, knock.’’

The boxer apparently even showed up on the person’s street in northern England, tweeting: ‘‘He never came out to play so I’m going back home. It was maybe a bit daft what I did today but sometimes enough is enough.’’

Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis applauded Woodhouse for his antics, tweeting: ‘‘Ha! I LOVE this story about woodhousecurtis paying a visit to a #keyboardwarrior on Twitter.’’

League. Phil Gould hits out at the attitude of some modern day rugby league players for their selfish attitudes in his Set of Six column - and Canberra’s Josh Dugan is in his sights after he was suspended by the Raiders yesterday.

Read more here.

Suspended ... Josh Dugan, front, and Blake Furgeson.

Suspended ... Josh Dugan, front, and Blake Furgeson. Photo: Instagram

Ben Coady: Welcome to SportsDay Live. Drugs, drink and dummy spits - just another day in the world of sport. We’ll be keeping you up to date with all the news and views from our team - they’re all excited because Michael Chammas has promised to bring in some barbecue chicken from the award winning El Jannah restaurant. Extra garlic sauce, Chammas.

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  • He's cured, he's cured, it's a miracle, it's a miracle. He'll be back in the squad after one week and one loss...... give me a break.

    Date and time
    March 13, 2013, 2:32PM
  • Ahhh...the 'blame and shame game'
    ...who's at fault and who's not !
    And now a another so-called scandal, this time it's Cricket.
    Now, as a sports MAD nation, is this really anything unusal or is it just another meal to feast on ? Further, who's pulling the cart here....the fans (who demand success, especially Sydney-siders) or the media ?
    Regardless, it's a lot better a chat, over tea and biscuits, than say...Politics Maybe ??

    inner west sydney
    Date and time
    March 13, 2013, 10:09AM

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