NRL 2020: Mitchell Aubusson, Roosters games record, try video, vs Sharks Round 19 live


Congratulations, Mitchell Aubusson.

One of rugby league’s most likeable men reached an incredible milestone on Saturday night when he became the Roosters’ games record holder.

Aubusson ran onto the SCG for game 303 in the famous tricolours strip.

His clubmates formed a guard of honour and applauded him onto the field, as his family cheered on from the grandstand.

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Aubusson then scored the opening try of the night, too, in a fitting celebration for the Chooks favourite.



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Report: Titans WR Brown (knee) could miss multiple games


September 17, 2020

Tennessee Titans standout wide receiver A.J. Brown did not practice Thursday and could miss multiple games with a knee bruise, ESPN reported.

Brown is likely to be “week to week,” per the report.

Starting wideout Corey Davis (hamstring) was limited Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice.

However, OLB Vic Beasley was a full participant in practice for the first time since joining the team.

Davis led the team in the Week 1 win over the Denver Broncos with seven catches for 101 yards. He and Brown both had eight targets, with Brown reeling in five catches for 39 yards.

Brown had a tremendous rookie season in 2019, catching 52 passes for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. Davis, in his fourth season with the Titans, had 43 catches for 601 yards and two TDs last season.

The Titans promoted Nick Westbrook-Ikhine from the practice squad on Wednesday.

Starting right tackle Taylor Lewan (illness) did not practice Thursday, and RB Darrynton Evans (hamstring) was downgraded to limited after full participation Wednesday.

Edge rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Beasley were both upgraded to full participation while starting cornerback Malcolm Butler (quad) was an addition to the injury report. He was limited.

Beasley is on track to make his Titans debut Sunday when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

–Field Level Media





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AFL 2020: Justin Westhoff age, games, position, Port Adelaide farewell game, Warren Tredrea


Port Adelaide legend Warren Tredrea believes former teammate and club veteran Justin Westhoff may have played his last AFL game – and the Power aren’t in a position to hand out a farewell match.

A Power player since being drafted with Pick 71 in the 2006 national draft, the versatile Westhoff has played 280 games for the club – the equal second-most behind 300-gamer Kane Cornes.

However Westhoff, 33, hasn’t played a senior game for Port since its Round 14 win over Sydney, with coach Ken Hinkley preferring to partner Scott Lycett with young gun Peter Ladhams and Charlie Dixon pinch-hitting occasionally.

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Speaking on FIVEaa’s Rowey and Bicks, Tredrea said the Power would likely persist with the Lycett-Ladhams combination – and that didn’t spell good news for the charismatic Westhoff.



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PlayStation 5: September 17 showcase of new games, price, release


Sony has announced its PlayStation gaming brand will hold one more special event for its next range of consoles but is remaining vague about what will be revealed.

Microsoft’s Xbox has taken the lead in the latest iteration of the console wars, releasing details of when its consoles will be available and the price.

The Xbox Series X console and the smaller, less powerful Series S consoles will release on November 10 for $749 and $499 respectively.

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The PS5 price and release date remain a mystery but the company is maintaining it will launch “this holiday”, referring to around the December period in the US.

On Thursday morning, Sony will hold a roughly 40-minute showcase streamed on YouTube and Twitch, featuring “updates on the latest titles from [Sony Interactive Entertainment’s] Worldwide Studios and our world-class development partners”, according to senior director of content communications Sid Shuman.

PlayStation will hopefully reveal all this Thursday morning. Picture: Charly Triballeau / AFP
media_cameraPlayStation will hopefully reveal all this Thursday morning. Picture: Charly Triballeau / AFP

He said the showcase would “give you one more look at some of the great games coming to PS5 at launch (and beyond)”.

It’s possible Sony will also release pricing and release information however Mr Shuman made no mention of it in his blog post.

Originally published as Mystery persists over PS5 release



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Shaun Burgoyne, retirement, Hawthorn, 400 games AFL players, Port Adelaide, Hawthorn list


Hawthorn legend Shaun Burgoyne will play his 20th and final season in 2021, with the club announcing he’ll step into an advisory role at the club after his retirement.

The decision leaves it all but certain the 37-year-old will become just the fifth player in league history to play at least 400 games at the highest level, joining Brent Harvey (432), Michael Tuck (426), Kevin Bartlett (403) and Dustin Fletcher (400).

Burgoyne’s final year will be his 12th for Hawthorn, after a 157-game, nine-year stint with Port Adelaide, including their 2004 premiership year.

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“At 37 years of age Shaun continues to set a great example for his teammates through his work ethic and professionalism,” Hawks footy boss Graham Wright said.

“To still be able to compete at the elite level at his age is a true testament to his determination and competitiveness.

“While Shaun will pull on the boots again next year, both he and the club are aware that his AFL career is certainly in its twilight.

“With that in mind, we have worked together on an agreement that allows Shaun to continue playing the game he loves and contribute to the side, while also preparing him for a smooth transition into life after football.”

In 2019, Burgoyne surpassed Adam Goodes’ record for the most games played by an Indigenous player.

He is a four-time premiership player and made the All-Australian side in 2006.



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AFL 2020: Shaun Burgoyne, retirement, Hawthorn, 400 games AFL players, Port Adelaide, Hawthorn list


Hawthorn legend Shaun Burgoyne will play his 20th and final season in 2021, with the club announcing he’ll step into an advisory role at the club after his retirement.

The decision leaves it all but certain the 37-year-old will become just the fifth player in league history to play at least 400 games at the highest level, joining Brent Harvey (432), Michael Tuck (426), Kevin Bartlett (403) and Dustin Fletcher (400).

Burgoyne’s final year will be his 12th for Hawthorn, after a 157-game, nine-year stint with Port Adelaide, including their 2004 premiership year.

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North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein wants get to 300 games with the club


Todd Goldstein is eyeing off at least 300 games with a North Melbourne group he’s adamant could be special in the coming years after ticking off the 250 game milestone this week.

The Kangaroos ruckman turned down offers from at least two other clubs last year to re-sign at Arden Street until the end of 2022, when he’ll be 34, but doesn’t see that as the end just yet.

North Melbourne have been ravaged by injury in 2020 and after two wins to open the season have registered just one victory in the past 13 games with games against Fremantle and West Coast to come.

But Goldstein, just the 11th Kangaroo to get to 250 games, said there was enough young talent at the club to give him confidence a bump up the ladder could come quickly.

“I think we showed really on when we had close to our full compliment of players that we were right up in the mix. I don’t see why that won’t be the case next year,” he said on Wednesday.

“The growth and responsibility some guys have had to shoulder this year will hopefully hold them in good stead. I’m really confident in the group we’ve got.

Goldstein, an All-Australian and club best and fairest in 2015, is working his way through a law degree to take away the “stress of what’s next”.

But that doesn’t mean the 31-year-old isn’t planning on playing for as long as possible, including extending his career beyond his current contract.

He’d more than likely need at least one more year beyond that to crack that 300 game mark, unless the Kangas play a lot of finals in the next two seasons.

“I’d like to play for as long as I can and I feel the way my body’s going, the way my mind is, there’s no reason I can’t go on post this contract,” Goldstein said.

“I’d love to get to 300 games, be the sixth North Melbourne player to do that. You never quite know what’s around the corner.

“I’m not budgeting just for the next two to three years. I’d like to play for three, four or five.

“Mentally I am feeling as good as I have, physically I’m feeling really good, so there’s no reason why I can’t continue on.

“Already I am starting to think about what my off-season looks like, how I’m going to train and get better.

“I know where I started, how far I’ve had to come to get to the point I’m at now.

“To have achieved what I have, and to feel like I’ve still got a lot left in the tank, it fills me with excitement.”



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The AFL finals are around the corner, and it’s all to play for. These five games are not to be missed


So here we are, two games each to go in a season squeezed within an inch of its life but very much still alive.

The AFL’s newfound power to schedule its fixture on the fly hasn’t always worked out the way it may have liked, but one way or another we have ended up with a pretty tasty run in to the finals, with a number of clubs having plenty to play for.

After Brisbane and Gold Coast do their Q-Clash thing tonight, all teams will have played 15 games and will know the lay of the land ahead of their final two.

Basically everything that is worth anything on the AFL ladder is still to be decided — top two, top four, top eight, the lot — and a few key games will go most of the way to determining how things shake out after round 18.

The Gabba grand final will be upon us in no time, but a lot can change between now and then.(AAP: Darren England)

Clear your schedules for these ones. They could go a long way to deciding who wins the 2020 premiership.

St Kilda v West Coast — Thursday, September 10

The first game of round 16 is a huge one for two teams that, only a few weeks ago, were both looking pretty good for a top-four finish.

Now the Saints’ hold on a finals spot is somewhat precarious, while the Eagles seem to be set for a fifth or sixth-place finish and the home elimination final that would bring. But the fortunes of either team could begin to swing with a win in this one.

A St Kilda AFL player pumps his fist as he celebrates a goal against the Gold Coast Suns.
The Saints have lost a bit of momentum, but a win over West Coast would give them a timely boost.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

A West Coast win would put the Eagles right back in the top-four mix again, albeit relying on other results to go their way, with only a seemingly favourable round 18 game against North Melbourne to come.

St Kilda would all but ensure a finals spot with a win and could even leave itself with an outside top four chance. More realistically, it would be a decent scalp for a Saints side desperate to rediscover the momentum that had built earlier in its breakthrough season.

Both teams are coming off four-day breaks, but the game probably comes at a better time for the Saints, who will likely welcome back Max King and Tim Membrey and could recall Jake Carlisle. The Eagles, meanwhile, will be without Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo, Jack Redden, Dom Sheed and Mark Hutchings in midfield alone.

Geelong v Richmond — Friday, September 11

Grand final preview? We’ve had a few of those already in the past month or so, but it’s not hard to imagine the Cats and Tigers lining up on that sticky Brisbane night in October.

The stakes are high for both teams, with Geelong harbouring hopes of a top-two spot or even a minor premiership if Port slips up, while Richmond’s recent move into the top four could yet come undone.

Two Geelong AFL players give each other a high five as they celebrate a goal against the Adelaide Crows.
Tom Hawkins is almost a lock for the Coleman, and will be key for the Cats in the finals.(AAP: David Mariuz)

At the very least, a Geelong win confirms a top-four finish for the Cats. A Richmond win basically does the same for the Tigers, considering their last game is against the admittedly in form — well, you know — Adelaide Crows.

If nothing else, this should be a damn good game between two good teams with contrasting styles. A lovely little pre-finals taste test.

GWS v Melbourne — Saturday, September 12

Loser won’t play finals, simple as that.

Well, there is probably a mathematical way that the loser of this game could still make the eight, but it’s unlikely and way more fun to treat this as a good old-fashioned, do-or-die eight-pointer.

Kysaiah Pickett throws his head back after missing a shot on goal in the AFL match between Melbourne and Fremantle.
Melbourne’s season is on the rocks, but there is still time to save it.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

The Giants currently sit in eighth place on 32 points, but are in atrocious form. The Demons are only a game behind them in 10th on 28 points, but are in atrocious form.

Now, that may not sound particularly appetising on paper, but with the stakes as high as they are and the generally unpredictable nature of this season, this should be a game worth watching.

Melbourne has generally played its best footy as an underdog, and on their day there is no team the Giants can’t knock off. It could be the mother of all fizzers, or it could be a sneaky little Saturday night classic.

Brisbane v Carlton — Saturday, September 19

Fast-forwarding a week to round 18, there ought to be a fair bit on the line for both the Lions and Blues at this point.

We’re making some assumptions here, but provided Brisbane accounts for the Suns and Swans (certainly no guarantee) and Carlton beats Adelaide (more likely) then top two and the finals will be in play respectively.

Jack Newnes of the Blues reacts after kicking a goal.
The Blues have come home with a wet sail and could yet nick a spot in the eight.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

The Lions are one of the few teams for which a top-two finish would actually be really important, as getting a home final actually means playing a final at home. In the Lions’ hands could be the chance to set up at the Gabba until the cup is lifted, which is a fair carrot indeed.

For Carlton, the lure of making finals speaks for itself. It would be a momentous milestone for the club, and if it is even a possibility going into that final home and away game, the occasion would be significant.

Collingwood v Port Adelaide — Monday, September 21

The final game of the home and away season could see the Pies playing for a finals spot and the Power looking to secure the minor premiership.

Port has been remarkably consistent all season and has been good value for that top spot, but the Lions and Cats are lurking in anticipation of a slip-up, the latter with a percentage that could make your head spin.

Two Collingwood Magpies AFL players embrace as they celebrate a goal against Carlton.
Collingwood has endured a stuttering season, but finals are still within its reach.(AAP: Glenn Hunt)

On the other hand, Collingwood has generally been all over the place but remains in a good position to make a top-eight spot its own. The congestion in the middle of the ladder, though, means this game could become a must-win, should results not fall the Pies’ way.

There’s a lot to play out before we get to this one, but just keep it pencilled in your diary. Depending on your feelings toward Collingwood, this looms as potential cause for great celebration or even greater schadenfreude.



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