Sandor Earl retirement, Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm winger Sandor Earl has announced his retirement from the NRL, effective immediately.

The 31-year-old confirmed the news while speaking on SEN’s Jimmy Smith Show on Friday afternoon.

“I’ll be hanging up the boots,” Earl said.

“I suppose a combination of things, but I guess the people who know me and are closest to me have a pretty good understanding … rugby league has been everything for me.

“It’s been a dream come true, it’s what I’ve dedicated my whole life to, and I’m really proud, even taking into consideration the rollercoaster it’s been, proud of the things I’ve achieved.

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“It’s a bit of a rip the bandaid moment. Transitioning is never easy but there’s so much stuff I want to do off the field … I guess there’s another life I want to pursue.

“I’m not old, I’m 31, and no doubt I believe I could contribute on the field.

“But I really want to dedicate my 30s to embark on this journey to create something pretty special. What that is I haven’t quite nailed it, but I know it’s going to be good and it’s going to be fun.”

Earl played 56 first grade games after making his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters in 2009.

His career was hampered by a four-year suspension for using performance enhancing substances, but the Storm granted him an opportunity to return to the NRL in 2018.

Plagued with injury, Earl has played eight games in the past two seasons, scoring three tries for Melbourne.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Earl was limited to just a couple games this year.

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NRL contracts, 2021 squads, news: Wests Tigers, Sandor Earl, Storm, retires

Wests Tigers have re-signed promising young forward Alex Seyfarth on a one-year deal.

Seyfarth made his NRL debut last season and played four first grade games in total.

Meanwhile, controversial Melbourne player Sandor Earl has retired from the game.

Earl made the announcement on Sydney radio on Friday.

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NRL news: Sandor Earl retires, Melbourne Storm, contracts, squad 2021, drugs ban, career

One of rugby league’s most controversial, and colourful, careers has come to an end with Sandor Earl announcing his retirement from the NRL.

The 31-year-old broke the news to SEN’s Jimmy Smith on radio on Friday afternoon.

Earl retires with only 56 first grade games to his name from a career that began way back in 2009 and promised so much.

“I haven’t announced it, so it’s a bit of a scoop, but I’ll be hanging up the boots,” Earl said.

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“I suppose a combination of things, but I guess the people who know me and are closest to me have a pretty good understanding… rugby league has been everything for me.

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Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings best paid director in Australian sport

Eddings, however, remains on a significantly better wicket than the chairs of Australia’s other leading professional codes. Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys, who effectively established the road map for the re-starting of sport in Australia in the winter by personally driving the resumption of the NRL season in May, is paid about $150,000 a year.

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan receives $40,000, which he is believed to have donated back to the cash-strapped sport for use at grassroots level. The annual fee for AFL chairman Richard Goyder is $10,000, as with other commissioners, but the convention is that they donate it to a community football program. This year they declined any payment because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings.Credit:Eddie Jim

According to sources, the chairman’s pay review compared his income with the salaries of those atop the boards of companies including entertainment groups like cinema and theme park operator Village Roadshow, the reasoning being that cricket is entertainment.

In her October 14, 2019 email to fellow directors, Tredenick said the Mercer report had “found that the chair fee was just below the 50th percentile for the 2 peer groups used – listed, general mercer database companies. It also found for member based orgs (where we could obtain data) that the fee was also below comparable chair levels.”


CA defended the salary rise for the chairman, which has been a paid role since Jack Clarke rose to the position in 2008, citing its international component.

“An increase to the chair salary was approved last year to better reflect the workload, time commitment and expectations of the role,” a spokeswoman said.

“Salaries had not been reviewed for a few years so an independent external assessment was undertaken and the results were less than comparable benchmarks. Directors suggested any re-adjustments should focus on the role of the chair given the extraordinary commitment required to fulfil the role including ICC commitments. Earl was not privy to these discussions. This was canvassed with states and accepted.”

Eddings, who became an independent on the CA board in June 2019 after previously being there as a nominee of Cricket Victoria, has been chairman since taking over when David Peever resigned in November 2018.

While CA is yet to begin the search for a new full-time chief executive, saying it won’t start that process until February next year, the other significant leadership question off the field is whether Eddings will look to continue on beyond the end of his term in October 2021.

By then the CA board will contain three new directors – former NSW premier Mike Baird and ex-Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy and Dr Vanessa Guthrie – although they can’t officially join until next year because of a stipulation that there be a four-month period between a person switching from a state board to the national one.

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Bush fire at Earl Hill

A wild bushfire continues to burn on Earl Hill, Trinity Beach, for a second day. Queensland park rangers are monitoring the blaze, and back burning has been conducted to ensure that homes aren’t at risk. VIDEO: BRENDAN RADKE – CAIRNS POST

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Baltimore Ravens release Earl Thomas for punching teammate

The Baltimore Ravens have released Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, two days after he was in an altercation with teammate Chuck Clark that saw him barred from practice.

“We have terminated Earl Thomas’ contract for personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens,” the NFL team said in a statement.

NFL Network reported that the Ravens will also try to recoup the $AUD14 million Thomas was due to be paid this season based on the four-year, $77 million deal he inked before the 2019 campaign.

Thomas chimed in with his own statement on Instagram after the Ravens announced their move.

“Appreciate the Ravens organisation for the opportunity,” Thomas said. “Had a great run. Wish things would have ended different but you live and you learn. Thank you Eric DeCosta and everyone else who played a role in bringing me to B-More. Wish you guys the best.”

Thomas sounded more frustrated in a since-deleted post on the weekend made after he was sent home from practice, which he said “sucks”.

Media reports said Clark had confronted Thomas on the sideline late in practice over a break down on coverage and Thomas responded by putting up his fists.

In his Instagram post, Thomas posted video of a “mental error on my part” that he said sparked the confrontation.

He said he tried to work it out with a teammate calmly but acknowledged “getting into it with a teammate”. It’s not Thomas’s first abrupt departure from a team.

He won a Super Bowl title with the Seahawks but his tenure in Seattle ended on the field after he gave the middle finger to coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines.

Nevertheless, the 31-year-old will likely have no trouble finding another team eager for his services, with the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans already mentioned as clubs that would be interested.


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Earl Cameron: British film and TV star actor dies aged 102

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Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to forge a successful career in British film and television, has died aged 102, a family friend has said.

Bermuda-born Cameron, who lived with his wife in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, died in his sleep on Friday, Martin Beckett said.

Cameron first appeared on screen in the 1951 film Pool of London, in a rare starring role for a black actor.

His other credits include 1965 Bond movie Thunderball and Doctor Who.

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Earl Cameron outside Buckingham Palace with his CBE, which he received in 2009

Cameron was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

Mr Beckett said: “He had sheltered himself because of Covid and had not really been keen on going out, he had chest problems.

“He’s a great character, very spiritual, very modest, we’re going to miss him.

“He would never take on roles that demeaned people of colour… he was often subject of a lot of racial prejudice, but he never really got angry about it. He pitied people that couldn’t accept him.”

Actor David Harewood called Cameron “a total legend”.

Bermuda Premier David Burt tweeted: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of iconic Bermudian actor Earl Cameron.”

Paterson Joseph, who recently starred as Kamal Hadley in the BBC’s Noughts and Crosses series, said Cameron was a “giant man”, whose “pioneering shoulders are what my generation of actors stand on”.

Artistic director Sir Matthew Bourne, said he was a “groundbreaker” with a “great legacy”.

Cameron also starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn in the 2005 film The Interpreter.

His final acting credit was for a small part in the 2010 film Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page.

Speaking to the BBC as he turned 100, Cameron said he wanted to see more black actors in roles.

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Alan White as Schultz and Earl Cameron as Williams in a scene from “Dr Who and The Tenth Planet”

He said: “There’s a lot of talent out there and I think the British film industry would prosper by using more black talent.”

Cameron joined the British merchant navy and arrived in the UK in 1939.

He told the Royal Gazette he made his debut in the chorus of Chu Chin Chow, a West End show, when he was working as a dishwasher at a restaurant and they needed someone quickly.

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