AFL 2020: Adam Treloar trade, Collingwood Western Bulldogs, contract dispute, Adam Treloar salary, Pies Dogs


Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has insisted both his club and Collingwood will come to an agreement on Adam Treloar’s contract breakdown, with the issue yet to be resolved.

It was revealed after the trade for Treloar was done, in the dying seconds of the exchange period, that both clubs had reached an impasse over how much to contribute towards Treloar’s bumper five-year deal that he signed with Collingwood before departing.

Speaking about the stalemate, Gordon insisted that “sensible heads will prevail”.

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“When you’ve got clubs like Collingwood and the Bulldogs – we’ve got a very good relationship from the president down in each club, we understand each other’s problems, we understand the sort of inconsistencies that go on – we’ll sort out the detail with Collingwood in relation to that and we’ll all get on with our lives,” he said on SEN’s Whateley.



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Australia A vs India A, cricket 2020, LIVE, updates, score, scorecard, Will Pucovski, Rory Burns, blog, stream


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The battle to partner David Warner at the top of the order for the opening Test match of the summer against India in Adelaide in 11 days is on, with both Joe Burns and Will Pucovski desperate to impress selectors.

Burns is the current incumbent of the coveted spot but the clamour for Pucovski to replace him has reached fever point after the young gun’s consecutive double hundreds last month.

Of course, both men could end up donning the bagging green for the day-nighter if Warner is unable to take the field after suffering an injury in the second ODI game last week.

We will have wait to see the duo in action however, as India were in to bat first – although it may not be as long as we thought, with Australia taking two quick early wickets to reduce the visitors to 11-2 after just five overs.



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Australian Open 2021 | Landlord comes to the aid of Tennis Australia


Tennis Australia is both a major tenant and venue partner with The Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, which has given rent relief to all tenants – including AFL clubs Collingwood and Melbourne, NRL premiers Melbourne Storm and A-League club Melbourne Victory – in 2020.

The exact amount for Tennis Australia is currently unclear but TA’s 2019 annual report, showing a profit of $10.7 million – up from $6 million the previous year – reveals operating leases cost more than $3 million.

“Under the property lease with Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust the company is required to pay $1,947,296 which includes the Tennis HQ and National Tennis Centre and annual CPI adjustment,” the report said.

“During the financial year ended 30 June 2019, $3,230,717 was recognised as an expense in the income statement in respect of operating leases (2018: $3,166,673).”

The amount for the property lease in the previous year, 2017-2018, was $1,622,408.

Revenue for the Open will be cut on several fronts: reduced crowd numbers due to COVID-19, while host broadcaster Channel Nine, owner of this masthead, is expected to receive a discount for a tournament staged in February instead of January.

Taxpayers are set to play their part, too. Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said the state would help with the “ongoing viability” of Tennis Australia, but that pledge came with a caveat. “I’ve made it clear that I expect to get some value back for the state of Victoria as a consequence of those engagements,” he said.

Tennis Australia started “scenario planning” for the 2021 Open earlier this year as the coronavirus pandemic caused havoc with global sport. But its initial plans for players to start arriving in early December were scuttled when it emerged the government would recommence the hotel quarantine program for returned travellers at the same time. As the result, players were prevented from arriving in Melbourne – and beginning a compulsory two-week period of quarantine – until any earlier than the start of January.

Victorian health authorities and Tennis Australia are continuing negotiations to finalise quarantine arrangements. They are set to include frequent tests for COVID-19 and players being confined to their hotel rooms except for a five-hour period each day when they can complete practice, go to the gym, receive treatment and dine.

Significantly, tournament boss Tiley has pledged to pay the players the “full $71 million prizemoney and are working with the tours on redistribution with large increases to the early rounds and a likely first-round purse of $100k”.

Tennis Australia also has a separate annual payment to MOPT – close to $4 million in 2019 – to maintain the rights to 100 per cent of revenue for merchandise sales, some catering and ticketing.

“The company is required to make an annual fixed payment of $3,769,000 to Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust that is adjusted for CPI through to 2036,” the report says.

“This payment is to obtain the right to 100 per cent of merchandise revenues and a portion of catering and ticketing rebates payable to Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust during the Australian Open.”

While a note from Tiley to players this week outlined the strict quarantine rules set out by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services and indicated the Open was set for a three-week delay, the Women’s Tennis Association says it plans to start the 2021 season in early January outside Australia before players travel to Melbourne.

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Dylan Alcott sex life, wheelchair, girlfriend’s revelation, Chantelle Otten, sexologist, tennis news 2020


Dylan Alcott and his girlfriend have opened up about their sex life to encourage more people to talk candidly about disability and sexuality.

Speaking in today’s issue of Stellar Magazine, available in the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun, the Aussie wheelchair tennis champion says dating is a tough subject to navigate for people with a disability, but it doesn’t have to be.

His partner of two years, sexologist Chantelle Otten, says it’s important for the pair to share their story so others in similar situations can realise the opportunities and options available to them.

“A lot of people think people with a disability don’t have sex but I’m having the best sex of my life and it’s important for me to say that,” she says.

“There are people out there who might have a crush on someone with a disability but aren’t confident to ask questions about it. They need to know that these sex lives are important and erotic and achievable, and they can build a life together.

“Dylan and I are quite private but it’s important to get the word out. For me, working with people and having them know I’m in a relationship with someone with a disability is great.”

Growing up, Alcott dealt with his own insecurities about what relationships would look like, and is intent on pulling back the curtain on his own journey so others can learn from him.

“So many of the 4.4 million people in Australia with a disability struggle with dating and sex,” Alcott tells Stellar.

“I know that when I was a teenager I wondered, ‘Can I do it?’ and ‘How do I do it?’ I questioned whether anyone would love me because I’m in a wheelchair.

“I want to change the misconception that (disabled) people can’t have sex or be in relationships or fall in love. The only way to destigmatise it is to talk about it.”

Alcott recently turned 30 and Otten published a glowing Instagram post paying tribute to her man.

“Happy dirty 30 to the love of my life!!! You are the best human. You make everyday the best day. How lucky I am to have found you,” she wrote.

“Never ending laughs and happiness and strength. You deserve it all.”

Alcott and Otten, who connected via social media after she visited one of his book readings, made their romance public last year. The 29-year-old has been on hand to witness some of the tennis star’s recent triumphs, including this year’s Australian Open title and his maiden Wimbledon crown in 2019.

Alcott has long been an advocate for people with disabilities, and this year sparked a backflip from US Open organisers after they initially decided the tournament would go ahead without any wheelchair tennis.

The Aussie icon called it “disgusting discrimination” and gained a groundswell of support, prompting the US Open to change its decision and let Alcott and Co. play in New York.

Read the full interview with Dylan Alcott and Chantelle Otten in the current issue of Stellar, available in the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun, on sale Sunday, December 6



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AFL Draft 2020: Value of draft picks, games played, what are draft picks worth, analysis, stats, history of AFL Draft, news


How much is a draft pick actually worth?

Through the trade period, you’ll hear values thrown around – “oh, he’s worth a second-round pick” and so on – but how do we actually work that out?

There’s no one answer. Clubs will have their own values for certain players and selections, while there’s also the AFL’s Draft Value Index, which was created for Academy bidding but also gives us a rough guide on how much each pick is worth.

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The DVI was created using salary data, with the AFL looking at what players taken at each pick between 2000-14 had gone on to earn. They felt the market itself was the best metric.



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Millwall fans, booing, taking a knee, Black Lives Matter protest, Derby, disgusted reaction


Fans of English Championship club Millwall appeared to boo as players took a knee in support of the fight against racial injustice.

In footage seen on social media, booing from the stands at the London-based club is heard after referee Darren England blew his whistle for the players to make the gesture.

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Players at Premier League and English Football League games have been taking a knee since football restarted in June following the coronavirus shutdown.

Only 2000 spectators were allowed inside the ground for the second-tier match between Millwall and Derby due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Fans of Millwall, who in the past gained a reputation for violence, revel in their unpopularity. Ahead of the game, the topic of players taking a knee was discussed on Millwall’s fans forum and the first-team squad said in a statement on the club’s website that they supported efforts to end discrimination.

“We wish to make clear that taking the knee, for us, is in no way representative of any agreement with political messaging or ideology,” it added. “It is purely about tackling discrimination, as has been the case throughout.”

The Football Association issued a statement after the match, which Derby won 1-0, saying it supported players’ right to protest.

“The FA supports all players and staff that wish to take a stand against discrimination in a respectful manner, which includes taking of the knee, and strongly condemns the behaviours of any spectators that actively voice their opposition to such activities,” a spokesman said.

Derby coach, former England international Wayne Rooney, was also upset at the reaction the players received from the stands.

“To hear that is very disappointing and upsetting for a lot of people,” Rooney said.

“I’m pleased with how my team dealt with that. They’ve had to put that to the back of their minds for the 90 minutes but I’m sure it’s something they were thinking about.”

Millwall fans were blasted on social media for their response. British media personality Piers Morgan was among the critics, but saved special praise for Derby star Colin Kazim Richards, who stood and raised his fist in opposition to the people booing.

“This is what courage looks like,” Morgan tweeted. “As Millwall morons booed players for kneeling to show solidarity against racial injustice — one man @ColinKazim stood up to them in heroic defiance.”

Richards himself spoke out after the game. “Having to say this is a pain but I’ll say it every single damn time this is why I STAND and STAND PROUD and I have to say every single person involved with @dcfcofficial did too, made me proud to wear this shirt with the boys today!!! Absolute disgrace,” he tweeted.

Actor Reece Dinsdale said on Twitter the booing was “disgraceful” while UK politician Angela Rayner slammed the “disgusting scenes”.

Journalist Henry Winter called it “embarrassing from those Millwall fans” while cricket writer Barney Ronay added: “Those people at Millwall booing the players for taking the knee are an embarrassment to the club, south London, football and the rest of the modern world. @MillwallFC needs to make this very clear.

“People won’t have the same politics and agree about everything. But booing that moment is a racist act.”

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards told the BBC: “It is just disheartening. How do these fans get allocated to the games?”



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Faletau inspires Wales to subdue Italy


Taulupe Faletau proved the creative spark as three tries in the final 22 minutes helped Wales hold off a spirited fight from Italy to secure a 38-18 victory in Llanelli and earn fifth place in the Autumn Nations Cup.

It was a far from perfect display by Wales, whose ill-discipline at the breakdown kept Italy in the game until the final quarter.

Yet tries from halfbacks Kieran Hardy and Gareth Davies, hooker Sam Parry, centre George North and flanker Justin Tipuric secured a morale-boosting win 65 days out from their first 2021 Six Nations game.

Italy lost all eight Tests in 2020 and have not beaten a tier-one nation in four years, but they should be buoyed by a competitive performance as tries from centre Marco Zanon and flanker Johan Meyer saw them lead deep in the second half.

It ended a difficult first year in charge for Wales coach Wayne Pivac, who led his team to three wins in 10 tests, two against Italy and one versus Georgia. He will be the most relieved that his side finished strongly to keep Italy at bay.

“We wanted the result we got today, but there is still lots in that performance we need to work on,” the excellent No.8 Faletau said at the post-match presentation.

“We scored a couple of tries and maybe took our foot off the gas to let them back into the game. That was disappointing.”

Faletau put Tipuric through with a run to the Italian line before the latter released for Harding to score the opening try.

Perry bundled over from close range on his first start for Wales as they led 14-0, but suffered a blow when fullback Liam Williams hobbled off to be replaced by Ioan Lloyd.

Italy began to grow into the game and scored a superb try just past the half-hour mark when Carlo Canna grubbered the ball behind the Wales defence for centre partner Marco Zanon to race through and score.

Wales’ repeated infringements saw Josh Adams sin-binned and flyhalf Paolo Garbisi slotted a penalty to move Italy to within a single point at halftime.

After a Callum Sheedy penalty for the hosts, Italy took the lead with another fine team try as they stretched Wales from wing to wing, before Meyer powered past weak defence.

But Faletau turned the tide again, setting up tries for Davies and Tipuric to go with a North score as Pivac’s side finished strongly.





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Larsa Pippen hits out, ‘don’t judge me’, Malik Beasley photos, Montana Yao


Larsa Pippen has hit out again at those casting judgment over photos of her strolling hand-in-hand with married NBA player Malik Beasley.

The 46-year-old took to Instagram on the weekend to share her reaction to speculation surrounding the nature of her relationship with the Minnesota Timberwolves guard, 24, imploring fans not to judge her without knowing the full story.

“Don’t judge me until you know me. Don’t underestimate me unless you challenge me. And don’t talk about me until you’ve talked to me,” Pippen posted to her Instagram stories.

It comes after an earlier social media post during the week in which Pippen said: “Don’t always trust what you see on social media. Even salt looks like sugar.”

Pippen, the ex-wife of Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, took a trip out of town after she was snapped holding hands with Beasley in Miami last month, surprising fans — and the NBA player’s wife, Instagram model Montana Yao.

“Wow … I don’t even know this man,” Yao shared via Instagram after the photos went viral. “This is wild, y’all. I’m seeing it for the first time just like y’all.”

Beasley had apparently been planning his time with Pippen for weeks. He openly flirted with the reality star on her Instagram page before their outing, writing: “I just want to take you on a date and treat you like a queen.”

Yao has reportedly filed for divorce, with sources telling the New York Post her and Beasley’s relationship has been on the rocks for a while and the pair have been living separate lives.

In the wake of the scandal, Pippen’s 20-year-old son, Scotty Pippen Jr, spoke out on Twitter.

“Focused on myself and my goals. I’m not responsible for nobody’s actions. All good over here,” he wrote.

The college basketball player also liked multiple tweets with messages of support from fans feeling sorry for him being put in a difficult position by his mum’s love life as he aims to graduate to the NBA.

Pippen, who filed for divorce from Scottie in 2018, shares four kids with Michael Jordan’s former right-hand man.

Last month she said she had been seeing NBA star Tristan Thompson prior to his romance with Khloe Kardashian, which began in 2016.

Last year Pippen emphatically denied leaving a Los Angeles nightclub with Aussie NBA star Ben Simmons, while she has also been linked to rapper Future.

This article first appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission



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AFL 2020: Peter Gordon steps down, Western Bulldogs president, replacement, Kylie Watson-Wheeler, second female president


Long-time Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon, who helped save the club from merging with Fitzroy in 1989 and oversaw their first AFL flag in 62 years, is stepping down.

Gordon, who was the club’s first president from 1989 to 1996, and then returned for a second run in charge from 2012, will step down at the club’s Annual General Meeting on December 21.

Bulldogs vice-president Kylie Watson-Wheeler, who has been a board member since late 2013 and is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Walt Disney Australia and New Zealand, will replace him.

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Watson-Wheeler will become the second female president in the AFL, after Richmond’s Peggy O’Neal.



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Tough to draw conclusions when assessing first season under Rennie


Nic White, James O’Connor and Matt To’omua have all shown they can flourish at Test level when given a clean bill of health. They will be a key trio moving into next year but only started two of the six Tests alongside one another.

In To’omua’s absence, Hunter Paisami has been an enormous find at inside centre. He will apply pressure to To’omua and Jordan Petaia at outside centre next year.

Petaia has endless potential but is still prone to far too many errors. More minutes at the highest level will only help improve that.

Head-scratcher: Captain Michael Hooper can't quite work it out either.

Head-scratcher: Captain Michael Hooper can’t quite work it out either. Credit:Getty

Marika Koroibete is a world-class winger. Tom Wright has proven he can consistently fire, and Suiliasi Vunivalu is waiting in the wings.

Up front, Petrus du Plessis has started to work wonders with a scrum that is becoming a weapon, largely thanks to Taniela Tupou and James Slipper.

Matt Philip has morphed into one of the first players picked by Rennie, and both Harry Wilson and Rob Valetini will be Wallabies for many years to come.

Individually, all of the above are positives.

But without the gold-coloured glasses, there are some harsh realities Rennie and his coaching staff will undoubtedly confront over the summer.

While the key 9-10-12 combination was forced to change far too many times through injuries to O’Connor and To’omua, the Wallabies failed to produce enough points.

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Their attack in both matches against Argentina was stale. It was pouring rain at Bankwest Stadium, but the Australians still coughed up far too much ball.

The lineout is still prone to errors in key moments and in critical parts of the field.

A world- class hooker, lock, fullback and enforcer in the back row are still required.

And the defensive showing against the All Blacks in the losses at Eden Park and ANZ Stadium was disastrous.

Rennie has time on his side. And the normal international season will resume in 2021.

But without the gold-coloured glasses on, one win from six Tests hasn’t been the sharpest of starts.

This time next year, Wallabies fans will know whether they can call upon the one word which has kept them coming back to the well for the last two decades – hope.

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