Alexander Zverev, ex-girlfriends, model, accusation, pregnancy, Olga Sharypova, blunt message


Alexander Zverev said he was “still smiling” at a “great” time in his life after losing in the Paris Masters final to Daniil Medvedev on Monday morning (AEDT), following domestic assault allegations from his ex-girlfriend.

The world No. 7 insisted last week in a social media post that claims made by Olga Sharypova that he tried to “strangle” her while at last year’s US Open were “unfounded” and made him “very sad”.

In the same post he responded to news another ex-girlfriend was pregnant with their child, model Brenda Patea revealing she doesn’t have “any communication” with Zverev and isn’t planning to share custody of her child with the German.

He led by a set against Medvedev in his bid for a fourth Masters title, but fell to a 5-7 6-4 6-1 defeat.

“I know that right now there are a lot of people who will be trying to wipe a smile off my face, but I’m still smiling under this mask,” said Zverev.

“Everything’s great on the court and off the court. Everything is great in my life, I’m going to be a father soon …

“Those who are trying (to wipe a smile off his face) can keep trying but I’m still smiling, you just can’t see under the mask.”

Zverev said earlier this week for a second time that the accusations by Sharypova were “untrue”.

“I’m enjoying my time on court. I have said everything. They are not true, and there is nothing more I can say right now,” he said on Thursday.

Sharypova did not initially name Zverev in her Instagram post about the alleged abuse, but later confirmed to Russian media that she was referring to her fellow 23-year-old.

Sharypova claimed also that her head was hit against a wall and that she was forced to flee a hotel barefoot.

Zverev appeared to try and play down his comments in his post-match press conference.

“For a professional athlete there are always going to be people who try to wipe the smile off your face,” he said. “So they can keep trying. I’m still smiling.”

The German will next be in action at the ATP Tour Finals in London, with the season-ending event he won in 2018 getting underway on November 15.

“We will see how it goes with London,” Zverev added. “I’m happy with my tennis. I just need to maybe recover a little bit physically …

“I was tired (against Medvedev). At the end of the second set I was tired. I was dead. The third set was always going to be very difficult for me.”

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Cameron Smith facing potential fine over Panthers favouritism accusation


“I get it, everyone wants an exciting finish. But we are just the same as them. Stop trying to pick little things out of our game to make an exciting finish.”

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary was in August fined $20,000 following claims in a post-match press conference that match officials had “managed” the Canberra Raiders back into the contest.

“It felt like they [Canberra] were being managed back into the game,” Cleary said at the time. “That’s all I can say. Some really strange calls.”

Smith’s “exciting finish” claims fall into a similar category. The Panthers got themselves back into the game when Hughes was sent to the sidelines for taking out Viliame Kikau while chasing a Nathan Cleary grubber but fell agonisingly short in the 26-20 defeat.

Black cats have always been an omen of bad luck, and the strength of that superstition only increased after a night to forget for the Panthers.

Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong for Ivan Cleary’s men in the first half. Even when they were in the right, attempting a captain’s challenge late in the first half after the referees incorrectly called a knock-on against Kikau, they couldn’t get the process right.

A distraught Jahrome Hughes after being sin-binned by Gerard Sutton late in the grand final win over Penrith.Credit:Grant Trouville/NRL Photos

“It’s already been 10 seconds,” referee Gerard Sutton turned to Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary after the 22-year-old tried to trigger the process to overturn the decision. Had he opened his mouth just a second or two earlier, things may have been different.

There was more than a hint of fortune about all of Melbourne’s three first-half tries. The first a penalty try after Tyrone May knocked the ball out of Justin Olam’s grasp with his boot. Back-to-back penalties, one of which appeared to be the wrong call for an alleged offside, saw the Storm move out to a 10-0 lead despite the Panthers controlling 65 per cent of the possession.

Penrith still had plenty of reasons to believe they could muster a fightback given the early cracks that were showing in Melbourne’s goal-line defence. But in the 30th minute, when a floating Cleary cut-out pass provided rugby union-bound Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu an 80-metre passage to the try line, the killer blow was landed.

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Cleary’s head rocked back in agony as a Vunivalu’s swan dive broke the hearts of a young Panthers side that had last tasted defeat 136 days ago.

Trying to play catch-up early in the second half trailing 22-0, the Panthers used their captain’s challenge on the advice of bench prop Moses Leota, but the replays showed nothing but a knock on.

Enter Ryan Papenhuyzen. The NSW Blues rookie hit the afterburners from the ensuing scrum to split Cleary and makeshift centre Tyrone May to put any hope of a Panthers comeback to bed.

By the time the luck turned in the 53rd minute, which saw Brian To’o dive on an Isaah Yeo grubber to score Penrith’s opening try, the game was gone.

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NRL 2020: Commentator’s staging accusation on Titans’ Tyrone Peachey


It’s often called gamesmanship but a drama that Australian sport knows all too well — remember the Socceroos’ 2006 World Cup loss to Italy — appears to have further infected the NRL.

The AFL call it staging but it is more commonly known as diving and it appears the Gold Coast Titans’ Tyrone Peachey has offered a doozy in his side’s 18-14 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

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Coming weeks after Storm coach Craig Bellamy cast a huge light on the issue when he accused Eels players of “staying down” in crusher tackles, Peachey tried his luck against the Titans.

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Leading 18-10 and attacking the line, the Titans’ Jamal Fogarty put a kick through with Peachey falling to the ground.



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Commentator’s staging accusation on Titans’ Tyrone Peachey


It’s often called gamesmanship but a drama that Australian sport knows all too well — remember the Socceroos’ 2006 World Cup loss to Italy — appears to have further infected the NRL.

The AFL call it staging but it is more commonly known as diving and it appears the Gold Coast Titans’ Tyrone Peachey has offered a doozy in his side’s 18-14 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

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Coming weeks after Storm coach Craig Bellamy cast a huge light on the issue when he accused Eels players of “staying down” in crusher tackles, Peachey tried his luck against the Titans.

Leading 18-10 and attacking the line, the Titans’ Jamal Fogarty put a kick through with Peachey falling to the ground.

Fox League’s Warren Smith noticed the fallen star and said there could be an issue but Ben Ikin said “I think he’s claiming his was taken off the ball after the kick”.

Upon replay, Peachey went down fairly easy when he ran into the Bulldogs’ Raymond Faitala-Mariner.

“Oh wow. Oh boy,” Ikin laughed.

Smith added: “Quite a reaction from Tyrone Peachey. You can never make too many assumptions but …”

“He must have hit the ground hard,” Ikin said.

Smith finished: “Really hard, like he fell out of a plane hard.”

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“Pretty confident he’ll get back up and into the action,” Ikin said.

Smith also thought he may have seen Peachey’s facade crack.

“Was that a little smile there? Maybe a large smile,” Smith said as he got to his feet.

“Couldn’t hear Chris Sutton said there, but there could have been a little word about gamesmanship and taking a dive potentially from the referee.”

When he got to his feet and the referee spoke to him, he also sprayed water on his shoulder, seemingly suggesting it was troubling him before jogging back to the line smiling.

No one was fooled however with play continuing without a penalty.

But Smith wasn’t going to let it go.

“Tyrone Peachey’s actions there, he might get a letter from the NRL,” he said. “They warned about players staging for penalties not that long ago.”

Peachey then went from the field with Ikin adding he might get a “concerning act notice”.

But Smith wrapped it up saying “I wouldn’t be surprised if we heard a little more about that, it really was Academy Award stuff, wasn’t it?”

On social media, memes were quickly being shared as well as fans calling it “embarrassing”, “as blatant as it gets” and an “audition for the national diving team”.

It was just two weeks ago, who had announced a crackdown on crusher tackles but then had to take a shot at players who may have been laying down to draw penalties, as Storm coach Bellamy had suggested.

“These rules are there for the benefit of players and if players decide – and I‘m not suggesting any of them have – to try and use the rules of the game as a way of gamesmanship or to get some sort of on-field advantage they need to take a serious look at their motivation and objectives,” Annesley said in his weekly Monday briefing on August 24.

“It‘s not what our game should be about. It’s not like a number of other codes around the world where there are serious issues of players playing for penalties, or a benefit on the field.

“Some are almost hilarious how they happen. Our players are better than that and particularly when there are rules put in place specifically to protect them.”

While football is tarred with the diving brush with YouTube littered with Olympic standard efforts, the AFL has been dealing with its own issues in recent memory.

Video emerged earlier this year about Geelong’s rather soft contests earlier in the season, while the Giants’ Callan Ward even reportedly received death threats after being accused of staging in a match against Essendon last month.

Despite cameras catching every second of action and quickly dispelling the most obvious of dives, it appears players are still going to try their luck.



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Marshall rejects ‘double standards’ accusation over Queensland holiday



Premier Steven Marshall has defended his decision to holiday in Brisbane for his son’s university graduation, despite police confirming there had been “no change” to travel advice urging South Australians to “rethink travel to Queensland”.

According to the Government Gazette, the Premier took scheduled leave for four days from Saturday, returning late yesterday.

But the Opposition has questioned the decision to holiday in the Sunshine State, which Marshall confirmed today was “for my son’s graduation and it’s perfectly acceptable to travel into Queensland”.

Travel advice issued by Police Commissioner Grant Stevens on July 31, under the heading “People urged to rethink travel to Queensland”, advised “South Australians considering travel to and from Queensland to assess their need to travel against the implications of possible increasing restrictions in the future”.

“To prevent a second wave of COVID-19, it is possible travel restrictions may be imposed in the future which will result in people entering from Queensland being required to undergo mandatory testing and self-quarantining for 14 days upon arrival,” the advice warned.

“At this time, no decision has been made regarding the re-introduction of travel restrictions nor is there any date being considered. The situation in Queensland will continue to be monitored.”

An image that accompanied the latest travel advice from SAPOL.

That came in response to a case in which three Brisbane women – who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus – were charged after allegedly deliberately misleading authorities when crossing back into Queensland from Victoria.

Opposition spokesman Tom Koutsantonis said today: “No-one begrudges the Premier taking leave or a holiday, but a lot of South Australians would be wondering why he didn’t follow the advice of state coordinator Grant Stevens.”

“A lot of South Australians have missed out on important events – funerals, weddings, seeing loved ones, grandchildren being born, even children being born,” he said.

“We should all be sacrificing equally – not one rule for the Premier and another for everyone else.”

But Marshall rejected the criticism, defending his decision to visit his son Charlie, 22, which came to light after Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington tweeted a photo of her and the Premier together.

“I think the Police Commissioner put out some advice last month which suggested that there could be changed situations in the future based on the fact that [some] Queensland women travelled to Victoria, got infected and came back [so] we were really on heightened alert last month,” Marshall told reporters today.

However, he insisted, “Queensland has done exceptionally well with very, very low numbers over the last two weeks”.

It has been 11 days since Queensland recorded a local infection, with no new cases overnight.

However, SAPOL told InDaily today there had been no change to the July 31 advice, with the state’s Transition Committee “closely monitoring what is going on in other states”.

Asked whether he’d encourage anyone who wanted to travel to Queensland to do so, Marshall said: “We’d encourage people to always been aware that there may be changed conditions, but certainly my travel was perfectly legitimate – it meets all the requirements.”

“And we do need to have travel – we’ve got a lot of people involved in the travel sector, so we’ve got to have travel both ways,” he insisted.

“What I would do is encourage people to look very, very carefully at the travel arrangements we have in place, and if your travel fits within those then, sure – that’s fine.

“But we’ve got to be aware we’re in a pandemic – there are restrictions and they can change at the last moment… but Queensland has done very well managing [those] cases they had coming back from Victoria.”

Marshall was asked last Thursday at a media conference what the reason for his scheduled leave was, responding: “I think we’re all entitled to take leave, and I’ve put an application in to his Excellency the Governor and he’s given me four days leave beginning this weekend.”

The new controversy comes just days after an annual general meeting of around 250 members of the SA Liberal Women’s Council at Adelaide Oval prompted similar accusations of double-standards, given funerals and weddings are currently capped at 100 – accusations the Premier strongly rejected last week.

It also comes as Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack today urged Australians desperate to see family and friends interstate to let health authorities contain coronavirus outbreaks first.

“The virus has to be contained and minimised,” McCormack told the Nine Network this morning.

“State premiers and chief ministers have made the border closures to protect their own jurisdictions.”

-additional reporting by AAP

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Anthony Seibold faces the axe amid ugly Brisbane Broncos accusation


Former NSW hooker Michael Ennis doesn’t believe Broncos players are improving at all under Anthony Seibold’s coaching in a damning indication the Brisbane coach’s position is in serious jeopardy.

The Broncos sit second-last having lost nine of 10 games since the NRL season restarted in May after it was suspended because of coronavirus. They gave up three tries in the final 10 minutes of their match against the Sharks on Friday night to suffer a heartbreaking 36-26 defeat that heaps even more pressure on Seibold.

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Cronulla premiership-winner Ennis is worried Brisbane young guns like Payne Haas and Xavier Coates are regressing under Seibold’s leadership while other teams in the competition at least show signs of improvement, even if they’re not always winning.

“That’s the problem with all the Brisbane players. When we talk about Penrith and talk about how they’ve improved as individuals, where Michael Maguire has taken the Wests Tigers and the standards that they’re setting … you can see the improvement in some of their players like Josh Aloiai,” Ennis said on Fox Sports’ Big League Wrap.

“I don’t see that at Brisbane. I’ve got great fears for guys like Payne Haas and Jake Turpin and Xavier Coates and Kotoni Staggs.

“Kotoni Staggs has been the exception, he’s the one player that has shone through this disaster.”

Ennis praised young captain Pat Carrigan for leading the way as an inexperienced player in a difficult time but he’s not getting enough help from his teammates.

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Seibold is only in the second year of a five-year contract, having joined the Broncos from Souths last season. He has said he won’t quit but Brisbane powerbrokers are under pressure to take drastic action as the flagship club sinks to its lowest ever ebb.

Fox Sports NRL reporter James Hooper doesn’t believe there’s any way Seibold can possibly keep his job beyond this season, adamant he will be axed.

“The points that you have just underlined there are exactly why I can’t see how Anthony Seibold will remain at Red Hill beyond this season,” Hooper told Ennis.

“They’ll give him until the end of the year. This season is essentially a write-off, beyond that I think we’ll see a new coach there next year.

“The results over the course of the last two months will dictate that he cannot survive beyond this season at the Brisbane Broncos. It’s as simple as that.

“They are arguably the biggest club and the most flagship club in the NRL. There is no way, irrespective of the fact this board, and the powerbrokers at the club are the ones who made the decision to go and sign him.

“As the losses continue to mount, and the differential continues to plummet below minus-200, that is simply no-go zone.”



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Hamilton school board launches probe after accusation of ‘racism and oppression’ – Hamilton


Allegations of racism and oppression within the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) has sparked a third-party code of conduct investigation, according to the institution’s chair and secretary of the board.

The release comes in answer to a thread of tweets from student trustee Ahona Mehdi made on Saturday as her term ended with the HWDSB.

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“The HWDSB is a disgustingly racist and oppressive institution that serves the interest, success & well-being of white, straight, able-bodied, cis-gender staff & students,” Mehdi said in one post.

“I’m beyond disturbed to have attended HWDSB schools for 14 years — but I’m ready to unlearn & call them out.”

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Other accusations Mehdi made on Twitter included a claim she was shamed for not wearing a Christmas sweater to a board meeting, that a trustee insinuated Arabs/Muslims were evil, and that a trustee used the N-word in reference to Serena Williams.

In response, HWDSB chair Alex Johnstone and secretary Manny Figueiredo issued a joint statement on Saturday night saying they found Mehdi’s concerns “deeply disturbing.”

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“As an educational institution, we are committed to taking action that builds a culture of equity and inclusion,” the statement said.

“We will immediately begin a third-party code of conduct investigation to understand and address all of the concerns raised.”

The release also promised anti-racism and anti-oppression training for elected officials and staff in the coming school year.

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Mehdi’s comments come in the midst of HWDSB’s three-year Equity Action Plan seeking feedback for an anti-oppression framework through recognizing inequities in school systems and institutions.




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Nick Kyrgios roasts tennis star Dominic Thiem after ‘nonsense’ accusation


Nick Kyrgios’ has another victim on file after giving World No. 3 Dominic Thiem the “potato” treatment on social media.

The Aussie tennis star roasted the 2020 Australian Open finalist after the Austrian slugger took aim at Kyrgios’ “cheap” criticism of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev.

Kyrgios was widely applauded for publicly condemning the World No. 1 and other players busted partying at a night club without their shirts on during the disastrous Adria Tour event in Serbia.

Zverev had pledged to self-isolate after featuring in the ill-fated tour that led to Djokovic, his wife, three more players and other members of their various entourage testing positive to coronavirus following a stint at a Belgrade nightclub.

Then, just days after his public apology, videos emerged of Zverev partying in Monaco.

Kyrgios’ vocal criticism of his colleagues stirred up tennis’ hornets nest, highlighted by the extraordinary suggestion from German legend Boris Becker that the Canberra product was a “rat”.

Thiem, who also participated in the Adria Tour debacle, this week took sides with Djokovic and Zverev labelling the criticism directed at the pair “nonsense”.

In comments interpreted to be a shot at Kyrgios, Thiem said it was “cheap” for critics to heap pressure on Djokovic.

“Kyrgios has built a lot of nonsense himself,” Thiem told Austrian publication Tiroler Tageszeitung.

“I understand even less when he interferes with everything. It would be better if he came to terms with himself rather than always criticising the others.”

Thiem said the mistakes made by Zverev and Djokovic were not for Kyrgios to judge.

“He should have done it like me. He was also tested negatively, only his mistake was that he first wrote the statement and then had the bad luck of being filmed at the party,” Thiem said.

“But I don’t like the way people criticise him. He is treated as if he were an elementary school child. But he’s a 23-year-old man. Sure, he made a mistake — but I don’t understand why everyone is getting involved.”

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He said it is particularly unfair for Djokovic to be the criticism lightning rod for the failures made by Adria Tour organisers and officials.

“But it is the same as with Zverev: I do not understand why so many shoot at Novak Djokovic. He didn’t break a law. You have to say that clearly,” Thiem said.

“He didn’t do anything. If I ignore our role model function – where we made mistakes — I don’t understand the criticism of us. I was in Nice now, I saw pictures of other cities. It is no different than the tournament in Belgrade.

“And then hit Djokovic like this? It’s too cheap for me.

“It was his mistake, but I don’t understand why a lot of people want to interfere. Kyrgios did a lot of mistakes himself. It would be better for him to come clean instead of criticising others.”

Kyrgios responded on Wednesday morning by questioning Zverev’s intelligence after the Austrian still failed to grasp the real world consequences for social distancing breakdowns during the global coronavirus pandemic.

His suggestion that Kyrgios himself has reason to “come clean” appears to have struck a nerve.

“What are you talking about @ThiemDomi,” Kyrgios posted on Twitter.

“Mistakes like smashing rackets? Swearing? Tanking a few matches here or there? Which everyone does? None of you have the intellectual level to even understand where I’m coming from. I’m trying to hold them accountable.”

He went on to suggest Thiem, Djokovic and Zverev could all learn a lot about being role models during a global crisis.

“This just shows what a joke @ThiemDomi @AlexZverev & @DjokerNole think this is,” he wrote.

“2 of them partying like potato’s during a global pandemic. People losing lives, loved ones and friends, and then Thiem standing up for the ‘mistake’.

“These guys are the ‘top’ of our sport. SMH

Kyrgios last week also returned fire at Becker after the German’s suggestion that Kyrgios had overstepped the mark by attacking Zverev in public.

“Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people. WHEN my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing. And you have a goose waving his arms around, imma say something,” he replied before following up with a second serve.

“Boris Becker is a bigger doughnut than I thought. Can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”

Zverev had been widely condemned after being filmed dancing in a crowded room in Monaco, prompting Kyrgios to take the 22-year-old to task on Instagram. “So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world, but one that stuck out for me was seeing Zverev again man, again, again, how selfish can you be? How selfish can you be?” Kyrgios said.



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