Terry Campese suffers another torn ACL

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Terry Campese has suffered another major knee injury.

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The former Raider again tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, this time while playing in the UK Super League with Hull KR.

The former Raiders five-eighth limped off against Castleford a fortnight ago, and further scans have revealed he suffered a ruptured ACL and will undergo surgery.

Campese was seen as a potential Man of Steel after making an impressive start to his Super League career and recently signed an extended contract with the Robins, who are struggling to make the top eight.

Hull KR coach Chris Chester said: “It’s very disappointing to lose Terry for such an extended period as he is an instrumental part of our team and a fantastic leader within the squad.

“He has really settled into the Super League competition and was playing some fantastic rugby for us, so to be without him for the rest of the season is tough to take.”

Hull KR have already been linked with Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow and Chester admits he is looking for a short-term replacement for Campese.

“Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair played very well in the halves against Widnes on Sunday and we’ve also got the likes of Connor Robinson and Matty Marsh waiting for an opportunity,” Chester said.

“There’s also the option of bringing somebody in to replace Terry for the rest of the season, so we’re keeping all options open at this stage, but Terry’s health is the most important thing right now.

“He’s in good hands with the specialists, along with our own medical team, and he’ll get our full support as we hope to see him back out on the field in the best possible shape next season.”

Michelin enter bidding for F1 tyre contract

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The French tyre maker announced on its Twitter feed that it had entered a tender, launched by the governing body, before a Wednesday deadline.

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Current supplier Pirelli are considered the favoured candidates, with some senior figures in the sport opposed to a switch to 18-inch wheels from the current 13-inch ones.

“Whether we’ll be selected or not, we’ll see,” Michelin motorsport head Pascal Couasnon told motorsport杭州桑拿会所,.

“But I’d say we want to be coherent with our proposals and offer the opportunity to the teams and the drivers to have a tyre that enables everyone to express themselves and drive to the max.”

Drivers regularly complain that the current rules force them to look after fast-deteriorating tyres and ease off the throttle to save fuel.

Michelin withdrew from Formula One in 2006, a year after a farcical U.S. Grand Prix that went ahead with only six cars after all the Michelin-equipped teams withdrew on safety grounds.

Formula One has had a sole supplier since then, with Bridgestone replaced by Pirelli in 2011.

Couasnon said Michelin preferred competition but the technological challenge could come from the rules themselves.

“When you are not allowed to change tyres and refuel at the same time at Le Mans, the teams need tyres that can handle several stints,” he said.

“So even without rivals, you’re being challenged in a technical way by your clients. That’s what we want to do in F1.

“If there are several tyre suppliers, perfect. If there is only one, then a switch to 18-inch and a show made with tyres that you don’t change every 10 laps is already a pretty nice technical challenge that will be useful for all of us.”

Formula One’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has already indicated he opposes that.

“All Michelin would do is make a rock-hard tyre that you could put on in January and take off in December because they don’t want to be in a position where they can be criticized,” he said last month.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

NT police search for ‘vigilante’

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Northern Territory police are looking for a man they believe was involved in a revenge attack over the fatal shooting of a Darwin man.

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Police are seeking Alfred Walker, 40, over an incident that occurred on Saturday night.

It followed the death that morning of Fabian Brock, 25 who was shot in the head while behind the wheel of his car.

“We’d like to speak to Mr Walker in relation to taking matters into his own hands” and seeking retribution over Mr Brock’s death, detective Acting Superintendent Lee Morgan told reporters on Wednesday.

“He’s pretty difficult to locate which is why we’ve gone public, to encourage him to come forward.”

Police believe Mr Walker is still in the Darwin area.

It is believed that on Saturday night Mr Walker and Shayne Robert Mulhall, 33, visited a Palmerston home and threatened its occupants over Mr Brock’s shooting.

During a raid on Monday night police arrested Mulhall, who appeared in the Darwin Magistrates Court on Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault, going armed in public and unlawfully entering a home.

His lawyer Peter Maley told the court his client did not have a weapon.

Mulhall was denied bail due to the seriousness of the charges against him.

It is believed Mr Brock’s shooting is related to the stabbing of a Palmerston man on Friday night.

Acting Supt Morgan said the man accused of the stabbing, Rodney Kenyon, was a person of interest in the shooting “as are a number of other people”.

He also confirmed police had seized a silver Toyota HiLux in the vicinity of Union Terrace near Lee Point where Mr Brock was shot.

Police seized a number of weapons during Monday night’s raid.

They also seized Mulhall’s car which had been damaged by a shotgun blast.

Acting Supt Morgan would not say if rival gangs were involved in the weekend’s violence.

“There are a number of people in this community who know what happened, we’ve spoken to some of them, but there are a lot more out there. Please, come forward and help us bring the killer of Mr Brock to justice,” he said.

Slim hopes fading for sluggish Swedes

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Three draws in three Group D games gave the Swedes third place, with the United States topping the standings and the Matildas stealing second place thanks to the point won in Edmonton against the lacklustre Scandinavians.

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With 16 of the 24 teams making it to the knockout stages the Swedes still have a chance to go through, but their progress is entirely dependent on results in Groups E and F, which will be decided on Wednesday.

“Today I’m disappointed, yes,” coach Sundhage told Swedish state radio after the draw that felt like a defeat. “Today, I’m a loser.”

Sundhage’s side have been strangely flat in Canada, throwing away the lead in a 3-3 draw with Nigeria before earning a creditable draw against tournament favourites the U.S.

They battled hard against Australia but with striker Lotta Schelin putting in another sub-par performance, they lacked the spark needed to ignite their World Cup campaign.

“Our play didn’t lead to the result we wanted,” a disappointed Sundhage said. “In the last 15 minutes we hoped for more chances with the upper hand that we had.

“I would have liked to have seen more crosses, but there was too much holding the ball and there are no points to be had from that.”

There are several combinations of results that mightthrow the Swedes a lifeline and Sundhage remained positive.

“We haven’t lost and we’ve scored four goals — I’ll take that in the plus column,” she told Swedish radio.

“We have had to take the hardest route and we might still go through tomorrow. If we get a second chance, we’re really going to take it.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

DCE still league’s black sheep

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The stage had been set for Daly Cherry-Evans to become Queensland’s white knight in State of Origin II in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

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Instead the Maroons playmaker remains rugby league’s black sheep, it seems, after Queensland’s 26-18 Origin II loss to NSW.

Cherry-Evans polarised the public when he backflipped on a four-year Gold Coast NRL deal and stayed at Manly on a “lifetime” $10 million deal.

Yet a packed MCG crowd appeared to merge as one to boo the Maroons halfback when his image appeared on the big screen as he ran out.

It was a ribbing that had added effect thanks to a record Origin crowd of 91,513.

And it wasn’t the first time Cherry-Evans found a way to bring Origin’s tribal rivalry together.

The only thing Queensland captain Cameron Smith and NSW rival Paul Gallen could agree on before the match was that Cherry-Evans faced the biggest challenge in Origin II.

Suffice to say there was plenty of pressure as he attempted to step up for the injured Cooper Cronk (knee).

But it seems there were no excuses.

Cherry-Evans was filling in for Cronk just as he had done in game two last year.

However, that’s where the similarities ended.

Last year Cherry-Evans struggled in Origin II after having just one training session due to a knee niggle.

This time Cherry-Evans had a full preparation in the Maroons camp.

Unfortunately for the Queensland halfback the result seemed to be the same.

He appeared frazzled, took poor options and was disjointed alongside pivot Johnathan Thurston.

Overall he had a team high three missed tackles.

The signs were ominous for Cherry-Evans when he missed a tackle that led to NSW centre and man of the match Michael Jennings’ fourth minute try.

He may lay claim to a try assist but back-rower Matt Gillett had plenty of work to do, stepping through Paul Gallen and Robbie Farah to score in the 47th minute.

Before the game Queensland assistant Michael Hagan admitted being without Cronk in game two was an “issue”.

But Hagan hoped Cherry-Evans was up for the challenge.

“You want to build a team around someone like that,” Hagan said.

But it remains to be seen if and when Cherry-Evans will be the man for Queensland to build around.

Cronk hopes to return ahead of game three on July 8 in Brisbane.

He has already shown his regenerative powers by returning early from a broken wrist in 2014’s game three.

And Brisbane’s Ben Hunt is currently the NRL’s form halfback.

Cynics could argue at least one thing went to script for Cherry-Evans on Wednesday night.

The boos he copped were expected after he was jeered recently at Queensland home ground Suncorp Stadium playing for Manly against the Broncos.

Red Bull have plenty to beef about

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Last season, when Austria’s scenic Spielberg circuit returned to the calendar after an 11-year absence, the hosts revved up the fans by winning in Canada with Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

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This time, with both their drivers sure to collect penalties in the next few races for exceeding the engine allocation, there will be a lot more criticism than optimism wafting around in the mountain air.

Neither Ricciardo, whose permanent smile has been tested to the full, nor Russian team mate Daniil Kvyat have come close to winning and former champions Red Bull, now fourth overall, have not been shy in blaming engine partners Renault.

Mercedes have won six of seven races and qualified on pole in all of them, with double world champion Lewis Hamilton and title rival team mate Nico Rosberg — last year’s race winner — again clear favourites.

“Unfortunately, the Red Bull Ring is a real power track so we won’t be with the front-runners,” Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko told the official Formula1杭州桑拿会所, website.

“But even if our drivers will hardly see the podium this year, the fans will get entertainment at its best,” added the Austrian.

The sport could do with that, after the most recent race in Montreal proved a rare letdown and last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours drew a record crowd of 263,500 spectators to watch an endurance series that is fast gaining in popularity.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who won Le Mans with Porsche team mates Earl Bamber of New Zealand and Britain’s Nick Tandy, can expect plenty of attention as he returns to the regular job.

While his car has a Mercedes engine, and team mate Sergio Perez set the fastest race lap last year, Force India are treading water until an upgraded chassis debuts in Silverstone next month.

Mercedes, with Hamilton 17 points clear of Rosberg and aiming for his fifth win of the season, can expect to set the pace.

“I feel good, the race was strong for me in Austria last year and my qualifying is better this year so I plan to take that there and try to rectify the loss I had last year,” said Hamilton, who needs one more pole to equal his 2014 tally.

Williams, who swept the front row in Austria last year with Brazilian Felipe Massa on pole alongside Valtteri Bottas, can hope to be challenging Ferrari for a podium place.

“The atmosphere is going to be great again I’m sure,” said Bottas, third in Montreal, of a rural circuit situated against a backdrop of Alpine pastures and distant peaks.

“With the upgrades we are bringing here, we are expecting another strong weekend.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

Suspicious activity on FIFA banks accounts

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Swiss prosecutors are investigating 53 cases of possible money laundering as they look into FIFA’s handling of bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, officials said Wednesday.

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Attorney general Michael Lauber said the “suspicious” transactions had been reported by banks and that a “huge and complex” inquiry into football’s world body could take months if not years.

“We note positively that banks in Switzerland did fulfil their duties to file suspicious activity reports,” he told a press conference.

“Partly in addition to the 104 banking relations already known to the authorities, banks announced 53 suspicious banking relations via the Anti-Money-Laundering-Framework of Switzerland,” he added.

The Swiss inquiry into the World Cup bids – which went to Russia for 2018 and Qatar in 2022 – is one of two major fraud investigations that have rocked FIFA.

US authorities last month charged 14 people in a separate bribery investigation.

Lauber said he “does not exclude” questioning FIFA boss Joseph Blatter or general secretary Jerome Valcke, although neither is currently under suspicion.

He said nine terrabytes of data had been seized, including at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters and the probe would take time.

“The world of football needs to be patient… by its nature, this investigation will take more than the legendary ’90 minutes’,” said Lauber, who has just been re-elected for a four-year mandate.

Lauber said he did not feel under pressure with the next World Cup in Russia just three years away.

“I don’t care about the timetable of FIFA, I care about my timetable,” he said in response to a question.

Senior FIFA official Domenico Scala has said there could be a re-vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if there was evidence of wrongdoing in the bidding process.

FIFA, never far from controversy, is facing its biggest crisis because of the two corruption inquiries. Four days after being elected to a fifth term on May 30, Blatter announced that he would resign.

Seven FIFA officials were detained at a luxury Zurich hotel as part the inquiry on May 27. They are now fighting extradition to the United States.

On Thursday, the European parliament called on Blatter to quit immediately and allow for an interim leader to launch reforms in the organisation.

But FIFA has repeated that the 79-year-old Swiss will continue in office until a successor is designated, probably by the end of the year.

The FIFA Executive Committee will meet in Zurich on July 20 to fix a date for the congress to elect Blatter’s successor.

The vote will not be before December.

Motion for NT ICAC-style body fails

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A motion to create an independent anti-corruption body in the Northern Territory has failed.

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The vote was split 12-12 but as Speaker Kezia Purick did not cast a vote the motion was not passed.

The debate on Wednesday evening was hijacked by the member for Araluen, Robyn Lambley, who announced her resignation from the Country Liberals to sit as an independent.

She follows two other high profile CLP women to depart this year: former opposition leader Jodeen Carney, who advised Chief Minister Adam Giles after he seized power in March 2013, and former member for Katherine Fay Miller.

They follow Alison Anderson and Larisa Lee’s departures from the party last April.

“To any woman contemplating a future in politics with the Country Liberal Party, think carefully about your ability to endure what can only be described as abuse,” Ms Lambley warned.

She said the NT had for too long been run like “a secret boys’ club” and a few of her colleagues had made her life “hell” over recent months.

She said she supported Labor’s motion for the establishment of an independent anti-corruption watchdog.

“I do not believe the NT has the checks and balances to ensure strong, objective and independent investigation into the public administration,” Ms Lambley said.

Independent MP Nelson Gerry Wood also backed the creation of an anti-corruption body, saying Territorians were disenchanted with the government.

“I personally feel I’ve been let down by the chief minister,” he said, referring to Adam Giles’ broken promise to hold an inquiry into political donations.

Deputy Opposition Leader Lynne Walker recited a litany of scandals she said proved the need for an independent watchdog, including the ongoing question mark over the alleged slush fund Foundation 51, and potential abuses of ministerial travel.

Attorney-General John Elferink said in spite of swirling rumours of wrongdoing, “when it actually distils to ‘where is the evidence, show me the money’, it doesn’t come forth”.

“I have not yet heard a specific allegation of corruption,” he said.

He also said the NT’s small size meant it would be difficult to find degrees of separation in policing and the judiciary where a corruption commission could remain independent.

Chief Minister Giles said there were plenty of oversight bodies in the NT to deal with such matters, such as the parliamentary privileges and estimates committees, the ombudsman, the public interest disclosure commissioner, the auditor-general, the media, and the court of public opinion.

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.

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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

HALFTIME: 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

FULLTIME: NSW 26 def QLD 18

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.

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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)