State of Origin II by the clock

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Highlights from State of Origin II between NSW and Queensland at the MCG on Wednesday night.


4th minute: NSW score before Queensland have even touched the ball. Pressure builds after two penalties and Michael Jennings benefits, darting past Will Chambers and Daly Cherry-Evans. Trent Hodkinson converts. QLD 0 NSW 6

11th: Prop Matt Scott barges over for the equaliser after slick passes from Cameron Smith and Corey Parker. Johnathan Thurston converts. QLD 6 NSW 6

18th: First interchange of the night and Paul Gallen comes off. The Blues skipper rushes into the rooms with a suspected rib injury

22nd: First fracas of the night. Every player on the field comes in as things threaten to get ugly after Billy Slater and James Tamou square up

26th: Josh Morris plucks a high kick from Mitchell Pearce and thinks he’s grounded it. Video referee takes his time, but eventually agrees. Hodkinson converts QLD 6 NSW 12

27th: Ryan Hoffman taken off for a concussion test

30th: Gallen returns. Minor scuffle after some excellent NSW defending prevents Queensland from crossing in the corner

33rd: Brilliant passing from Slater, Darius Boyd and Greg Inglis in a 60m play and it ends with Inglis powering home for his 16th Origin try. Thurston unable to convert QLD 10 NSW 12

*39th: Quick discussion among Blues players after Queensland are penalised near the posts. NSW opt to bank the points and Hodkinson makes no mistake. QLD 10 NSW 14


43rd: Magnificent kick-chase and tackle by Thurston, dragging NSW fullback Josh Dugan over the line for a drop-out

47th: Maroons’ relentless pressure followed by fancy footwork from Matt Gillett, who swats away Robbie Farah and scores a try. Thurston converts and his side lead for the first time QLD 16 NSW 14

57th: Blues prop Aaron Woods loses the ball after being terrorised by Nate Myles. Moments later NSW judged offside and Maroons take the two points. Thurston slots the penalty goal. QLD 18 NSW 14

62nd: Woods quickly makes amends, bowling over opposite number Scott then brushing past Slater to score. Hodkinson converts to reclaim the lead QLD 18 NSW 20

65th: Pass from Gallen to Pearce is ruled forward as NSW try goes begging.

67th: Inglis takes off and seemingly scores a 90m showstopper. Video referee says no-try, ruling Nate Myles knocked-on when the ball came loose

70th: Dugan runs a great line and is rewarded with the final try of the contest. He storms over and Hodkinson converts QLD 18 NSW 26

73rd: Play is stopped, with Thurston slow to get up after being nailed by Boyd Cordner. No penalty

75th: Things get heated again. Farah shoves the head of Thurston when the ball is dead

80th: Josh Morris slings Thurston over the touch line and that’s that. NSW celebrate levelling the series


Judge cites evidence of Osasuna match-fixing in La Liga

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In a statement published on Wednesday, the judge said the investigation suggested that of at least 2.


4 million euros withdrawn from the club’s accounts, 250,000 euros was paid to Espanyol players to draw 1-1 with Osasuna on the penultimate matchday.

A further 650,000 euros had been given to Real Betis players, he added, 400,000 to beat Real Valladolid on the penultimate matchday and 250,000 to lose to Osasuna on the final day of the campaign.

“The judge continues to investigate other matches, the results of which were allegedly altered by Osasuna, as well as the destination of the rest of the money taken out of the club’s accounts in cash,” the statement said.

Pamplona-based Osasuna, Valladolid and Seville-based Betis were all relegated to the second division, with Osasuna narrowly avoiding the drop to the third tier last season.

Betis won promotion back to the top flight and Valladolid finished fifth.

The matches are the latest to come under suspicion in recent months in a league in which it has long been suspected that games are manipulated by teams trying to avoid relegation.

In December, then-Japan coach Javier Aguirre, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and 38 others were named in an alleged case of match-fixing involving a game in the 2010-11 season. All deny wrongdoing.

Mexican Aguirre, who was in charge at Espanyol in 2013-14 and had an earlier stint at Osasuna, was fired by the Japan Football Association in February amid fears the scandal could affect the team’s bid to qualify for the World Cup.

The judge investigating Osasuna also said he had opened a related probe into former president Pachi Izco and his board over what happened to some 3 million euros taken out in cash from the club’s accounts between 2003 and 2007.

(Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Ed Osmond)

Record crowd for RL Origin match

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They came to the MCG in record numbers for a State of Origin clash – and they didn’t leave disappointed.


With the spectacle at least, even if most of them were hoping for a Queensland win.

Instead they saw a thrilling 26-18 victory by New South Wales which levelled the series at one-all.

The NRL’s decision to bring their jewel in the crown back to Australia’s biggest and most iconic sports stadium on Wednesday night, for the first time since 1997, was rewarded with an attendance of 91,513.

It was the largest-ever crowd for an Origin encounter, bettering the 88,836 who fronted up to the brand-spanking new Stadium Australia back in 1999, the year before it was the centrepiece of the Sydney Olympics.

Of course the MCG has a proud Olympic link as well, which was noted in the minute’s silence before Wednesday night’s game in honour of distance running legend Ron Clarke, who passed away earlier in the day aged 78.

The focus then shifted back to what turned out to be an Origin classic.

The Blues led for most of the night and went ahead for good with a converted try to prop Aaron Woods in the 62nd minute.

There was more drama, with Mitchell Pearce and Greg Inglis denied tries in the last 15 minutes at both ends of the field, Pearce due what was ruled to be a forward pass and Inglis on the advice of the video referee.

NSW fullback Josh Dugan then extended the margin to eight points in the 70th minute, although there was still time for another couple of skirmishes – to the delight of the fans, who had been promised plenty of niggle in the buildup.

The crowd was predominantly pro-Queensland, which could be broadly put down to two reasons.

The only three Melbourne Storm players on the park – Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Will Chambers – were all wearing Maroon.

And, perhaps even more importantly, Queensland isn’t New South Wales.

Not that it seemed to bother the Blues much.

Presumably they – and the NRL – will be more than happy to get back to Melbourne and the MCG in 2018.


91,513 at MCG, game two, 2015

88.836 at Stadium Australia, game two, 1999

87,161 at MCG, game two 1994

83,813 at ANZ Stadium (Stadium Australia), game three, 2013

83,421 at ANZ Stadium, game two., 2014

83,110 at ANZ Stadium, game two, 2012 ORIGIN CROWDS AT THE MCG

Meninga, Smith back Cherry-Evans

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Queensland coach Mal Meninga and captain Cameron Smith have defended the performance of halfback Daly Cherry-Evans after NSW levelled the State of Origin series at one-game all with a stirring 26-18 victory in Melbourne.


Filling in for the injured Cooper Cronk, Cherry-Evans was repeatedly targeted by several of the Blues forwards, including Ryan Hoffman.

Meninga was confident Cronk would recover from his shoulder injury in time for the deciding game three in Brisbane on July 8.

But he felt Cherry-Evans stood up well in the Storm champion’s absence.

“I thought (halves Johnathan Thurston and Cherry-Evans) played extremely well under a lot of pressure,” said Meninga.

“They ran at Daly quite often.

“I don’t know how many tackles he made but it was considerable.”

It was an opinion supported by Smith.

“Daly – I thought he was good,” said the Queensland skipper.

“There’s no doubt they sent Ryan Hoffman at him a few times.

“I think he was up to 20 tackles at halftime, so he would have finished at close to 40 and for a half that’s enormous.

“The effort was great and when you’re only making 15 or 16 tackles a week for your club and you make 40 it does take a bit of starch out of your attack.

“But I thought he was good, he was composed.

” … it’s his second game starting at No.7 on his back in a State of Origin match so it takes guys a fair while to get used to that role.”

Meninga said he did not know whether champion fullback Billy Slater would be sent in for shoulder surgery in the next few days, potentially ruling him out for the season.

“No idea really,” said Meninga.

“I think it’s all about how he pulls up tonight.

“He will be assessed tomorrow I imagine by the Melbourne club and I guess we will know later on in the week.”

Sponsors catch on to booming womens’ sport

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Television audiences for the early women’s World Cup matches in Canada are up strongly in many countries compared with the last competition in 2011, doubling or tripling in major markets like the United States and China.


Fox Sports, which is airing all 52 games live, is expected to raise ad revenue of more than $30 million, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

That dwarfs the $6 million that consumer data group Kantar Media reported broadcaster ESPN getting in 2011, but is still a tiny fraction of the $525 million in U.S. ad revenue generated by the men’s World Cup in 2014.

“Women’s sport is at a tipping point from a media point of view, from a commercial point of view and from a participation point of view,” said John Postlethwaite, who set up sponsorship agency Female Sports Group in February to seize the opportunity he sees in women’s and mixed-gender sport.

Tennis has long been the only sport in which women had the chance to earn big prize money and endorsements – in a Forbes magazine ranking of the best paid female athletes, seven of the top 10 play tennis.

Of those, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are the only women in Forbes’ overall top 100 best paid athletes, although each still made less than half that of the highest earning male tennis star – Roger Federer on $67 million.


Mixed gender tournaments and the establishment in 1973 of a single professional tour, the Women’s Tennis Association, have helped broaden television exposure for female tennis players.

Joint competitions have also helped lift the profile of women in sports like athletics, while team games like football and rugby have been held back by separate tournaments from men.

However, sponsor interest in women’s team sports is growing fast, as grass-roots participation rises and more professional leagues are established, with rights being sold separately from men’s games in some countries, allowing more targeted marketing.

“The upsurge in team sports broadens the appeal rather than relying on individuals. It is more flexible because you can target events and teams whereas using an individual depends on how they perform,” said Nigel Currie, a marketing consultant and the former chair of the European Sponsorship Association.

Nike was quick to recognise the potential of women’s football in the United States: it made the first ever signing of a female player in 1993 with the record goal scoring Mia Hamm, who helped her side to two Olympic golds and two World Cups.

Nike is sponsoring 11 teams at the 2015 World Cup, more than any other company. It made an ad on the U.S. side featuring the song “American Woman” by Canada’s The Guess Who and produced replicas of the side’s jerseys in male sizes for the first time.

German rivals Adidas and Puma are also now investing heavily in the female market.

Puma is kitting out Brazil’s Marta Vieira da Silva, the all-time top goalscorer in the Women’s World Cup, while Adidas has deals with Japan’s Homare Sawa and German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer.


Corporate interest extends far beyond sportswear firms as companies seek new ways to reach female consumers as well as demonstrating support for diversity and healthy lifestyles.

“Sponsors are looking for opportunities to showcase themselves within an environment which is not crowded and which fits with their values of diversity,” said Nathalie Zimmerman-Nenon, head of global sport at Kantar Media.

Energy firm SSE struck a “seven-figure” deal earlier this month to sponsor the women’s English football FA Cup and will also create a country-wide programme of girls-only football.

Sally Horrox, a consultant with the English Football Association (FA) who last month set up women’s sports consultancy Y-Sport, said the deal was made possible by offering separate rights to the women’s competition from the men’s game.

“As a result, we’ve seen significant new investment come into women’s football and sponsors with a clear strategy and intent align their brand and investment with girls, women and their families,” Horrox wrote in a blog.

A similarly groundbreaking standalone deal came in women’s cricket in 2014 when South Korean carmaker Kia agreed to sponsor the newly professional English team.

Postlethwaite of the Female Sport Group says traditionally male sectors like financial services, utilities, car makers and consumer electronics are all ripe for deals as companies recognise the growing buying power of women, adding his new agency is already in talks with six major multinationals.

Tyre brand Continentalbecame the lead partner of the FA Women’s Super League in 2011, saying it allows the company “to reach a broad and growing demographic, with participation levels increasing all the time”.

A desire to reach a U.S. female executive audience was behind last year’s decision by Japan’s All Nippon Airways to partner with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), according to Andy Sutherden, a sports marketing consultant at Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Growing financial support – both in terms of endorsements and prize money – means more female athletes can afford to go professional, helping to raise quality across the board.

“The more sponsors, the better the funds, the more professional support, the greater number of role models,” said Sutherden.

Postlethwaite notes about 40 percent of women who play sport in Britain play games like badminton, netball and gymnastics, making them potentially more attractive for family viewing.

“There is real commercial opportunity in this space because you can take a position in these sports very cost effectively,” he said. “From a hospitality point of view, it can be a family event rather than men leaving family at home.”

But Zimmerman-Nenon is more cautious: “I wouldn’t gamble beyond usual suspects in team sports.”

(This story corrects paragraph 7 to reflect latest Forbes rankings)

(Editing by Philippa Fletcher)