Super Rugby final: Brumbies vs Reds, live stream, live blog, start time, how to watch, live score, highlights, Jordan Petaia, teams, odds, latest news


Big-game experience has proven telling as the Brumbies outlasted a gallant Reds outfit 28-23 to take out the Super Rugby title.

Brad Thorn’s youthful side were eyeing their first championship since 2011 and it was already a huge challenge for them to step up on the biggest stage of all.

But they had to deal with all kinds of adversity, losing Jordan Petaia and Lukhan Salakai-Loto as well as contending with a yellow card in the second half.

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Why the Sydney Swans stood down Elijah Taylor but Collingwood Magpies let Jordan De Goey play


But the clubs aren’t facing the same situations legally. Differences in the circumstances of each case have shaped their responses. The AFL, which can intervene and force a stand-down (as the NRL does in certain circumstances), has chosen to let the clubs make the calls, providing some guidance and support, including to the women concerned.

The short summary of the difference is that the Swans know more or less what they are dealing with, but Collingwood do not know.

Jordan De Goey is back playing for the Pies after a layoff due to injury.Credit:Getty Images

If the Magpies stand to lose more than the Swans, their position – as stated when De Goey was charged – is that they went immediately to the police and the AFL integrity unit in 2018 when they received the allegation about De Goey’s behaviour towards a woman in 2015. They say if protection of a star was paramount, then why did they go to the police pronto in 2018?

Sydney have solid knowledge of the charges, laid out in the charge of aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm. The club had given Taylor a series of directives before the alleged incident in Western Australia that led the charge.

The Swans have been clear that the failure to follow those directives – which followed allegations aired on social media – was a factor in the stand-down, not just the criminal charge.

Collingwood, on the other hand, do not know the detail of the allegations against their player. De Goey and his lawyer Tony Hargreaves have not yet received the brief for the charge, despite several requests.

Collingwood’s position is that they cannot stand down De Goey when the club does not know the nature of the allegations. De Goey has told the club he does not know what happened to bring the charges.

Importantly, the Magpies have reserved the right to change their position once they have seen the brief. So it is conceivable that they could still stand down De Goey once they’ve seen what’s alleged by the woman, to whom De Goey apologised for inappropriate language back in 2018 (De Goey was then managed by my brother, but is without an agent now).

The Magpies have been advised, too, that De Goey’s case is unlikely to be resolved until 2022. He is due in court for a mention hearing on October 30 this year – just after the season ends – but there’s a distinct possibility the case will not get to a contested hearing until after the 2021 season, due to a backlog in the legal system.

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Thus, if Collingwood had stood down De Goey pending the outcome of the case, he would have waiting potentially for two years or thereabouts before the outcome was settled. The long wait – and damage to a footballer’s career, who might yet be found not guilty – is clearly an issue. But crucially the league policy – reflecting community mores – on such matters is heavily based on the victim’s wishes.

Many, especially Collingwood and De Goey supporters, will cite the presumption of innocence as the bedrock legal principle. Clubs, though, haven’t always given players the benefit of the doubt and the NRL doesn’t, depending on the severity of the charge.

That the police have not yet detailed the charges against De Goey has taken the decision on his immediate playing future out of Collingwood’s, and the AFL’s, hands.

Once the Magpies know what’s been alleged against their star, they will have to make a call. It’s easy to let him play when there’s nothing specific to defend.

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AFL 2020, Gillon McLachlan, AFL CEO, AFL stand down, no-fault stand down, Elijah Taylor, Jordan De Goey


AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says he understands the debate over the lack of a no-fault stand down policy in the competition.

It comes as Sydney Swans young gun Elijah Taylor was stood down by the club on Tuesday after being charged with aggravated assault by West Australian Police.

Earlier this year, Collingwood star Jordan De Goey was charged over a sexual assault incident that is alleged to have taken placed in 2015.

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Jordan Timothy Grantham handed home detention for injuring man in fight


An Adelaide man was acting in “excessive self defence” when he caused catastrophic injuries to a seasoned fighter who would have “seemed unstoppable” during a late-night Hindley St fight, a judge says.

Jordan Timothy Grantham, 24, was given a six-month non-parole period, to be served on home detention, in the District Court on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated recklessly causing serious harm over an incident that took place in the early hours of September 23, 2018.

In sentencing, Judge Joana Fuller said, on the night of the fight, the victim — Jonathan Allen Ridge — was violent, unpredictable and capable of causing serious injury.

Judge Fuller said Ridge had knocked a friend of Grantham’s unconscious outside a nightclub and twice attacked another man in the lead-up.

“At that stage he would have seemed unstoppable,” she said.

CCTV footage shows that the men had moved just off Hindley St when Ridge directed a karate-style kick at Grantham but missed and landed on the ground.

He got straight back up, was pushed or kicked over and got back up for a second time with his hands out.

Grantham swung a kick as Ridge was rising to his feet.

“You did this to defend yourself but, by your plea, you accept this was excessive,” Judge Fuller said.

However, she said Grantham’s actions “only just” fell over the line of what was proportionate self-defence.

“Ridge was a clear and present danger to anyone unfortunate enough to become a target of his drug and alcohol-fuelled desire to fight and assault,” she said.

“It is clear that he selected his victims at random and delivered blows with the skill and precision of a seasoned fighter.

“He knew how to fight and he knew how to fell someone with a single blow.”

Ridge was left with life-threatening injuries after the incident, and spent two weeks in the ICU.

He initially had difficulty walking and has suffered ongoing effects.

Another man charged over the incident has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial next year.



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Jordan De Goey, Adam Treloar confirmed starters for Collingwood against Gold Coast, Jeremy Howe unlikely for rest of 2020


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“Jordan coming into that mix won’t hurt,” Buckley said.

“If you can win two or three contests and kick two or three goals you are worth your weight in gold and Jordan has obviously got that capacity.”

Midfielder Brayden Sier will also miss as he continues to overcome a quad injury suffered against Adelaide. He will not play in Saturday’s scratch match against the Gold Coast and remains one or two weeks from returning.

“He has had his fair share of challenges from a body perspective. We know he has got the talent to play at the top level but it’s a tough caper and Brayden is working his way throught that,” Buckley said.

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Howe has been attempting to get right for the finals in the team’s Sunshine Coast hub but Buckley said the star defender would struggle to make it back this season.

“We haven’t been planning for Howie for the most part but hoping he could beat the challenge in front of him, but it is more likely than not that injury will prove too much for him to get back,” Buckley said.

Howe required surgery on a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament and Buckley said the club wanted the respected 30-year-old to be in good shape in 2021.

The Magpies need to beat the Suns to guarantee a finals spot, otherwise they will have to defeat top-of-the-table Port Adelaide in the final round, the match closing the home-and away season.

Buckley said the club was happy with the defensive aspects of their game but they needed to find some spark inside 50.

“That has been an ongoing battle for us, with the change of personnel not just in front of the ball but around the ball,” Buckley said.

“We know they are the questions we need to answer. We have come up with a few answers that have not quite given us the bang for buck we are looking for but we have time.”

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Michael Jordan sacks John Focke over N-word slur mistake


Michael Jordan’s Hornets have fired first-season radio commentator John Focke for mistakenly tweeting the N-word when he thought he’d typed Nuggets into his cell phone.

Focke was typing on the fly, trying to keep Hornets fans on top of an NBA game.

Unless Jordan and company believe the preposterous — that out of the blue, for no contextual reason, Focke decided to share a racial slur and commit career suicide — this is another senselessly cruel decision that costs a man his career and reputation.

If only Focke had been in arrears to pay his DraftKings debt, they could have worked things out.

Help me on this one: How does losing your money to Michael Jordan make gambling on sports any more enjoyable?

Or as Howie Long — Fox’s new face and voice of network-attached and titled sports gambling, Fox Bet — claims, is gambling on sports both fun and educational? According to Long, “A way to entertain, educate and enhance the sports experience for fans.”

Jordan last week continued to remind all that he has a gambling predilection, signing on with DraftKings as an “adviser” though he is the majority owner of the NBA’s Hornets.

As we head down the road of sports degradation, legalised gambling — predicated on losing one’s dough — has become the latest desperate saviour. The route to sports’ financial salvation is now paved with vulnerable dopes targeted by greed-addicted managements and ownerships.

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Thus, if you don’t have a bet or bets on the games in front of you and those instantly updated on your cell phone, you’re not the target audience, not anymore. You’re a secondary sports fan, baggage.

Once upon a time not long ago, the NBA tried to keep a healthy distance from gambling. Gambling was the widely suspected reason that then NBA commissioner David Stern sentenced Jordan to a one-season time out. And it seems more than a few, including ESPN’s Dan Dakich, have a story about being stiffed by Jordan for losing bets.

Now Jordan is both an NBA team owner with a piece of The House, the latter a gambling enterprise that entices fans to bet — and lose — as much and as often as possible, even if they have to beg, borrow and steal to attain possible.

But, as we’re often reminded in a weak, half-explanation and rationalisation, times have changed.

It was the Great Capitulator, Roger Goodell, who once testified that gambling destroys families. Now his NFL is addicted to gambling operations because money makes a mockery of morality. Or is habitual gambling no longer considered a vice?

And heroic Michael Jordan allowed John Focke to be fired — to be ruined — for a typo.



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Naomi Osaka and Jordan Thompson claim US Open victories, coronavirus scare causes delay


Naomi Osaka has spiked her racket after an errant forehand, then flung it the length of the baseline after a missed backhand during a testing match at the US Open.

Sometimes, that’s the sort of reaction it takes to right things for Osaka. And, perhaps surprisingly, she needed whatever push she could get during her third-round match.

Facing an opponent competing in just her second major tournament, two-time grand slam champion Osaka eventually figured out a way to turn a tight one into a runaway and beat 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 by claiming the final five games at Flushing Meadows.

“While I was playing, honestly, I was cursing myself out, so you wouldn’t want to know what I was saying,” Osaka said on-court in a post-match interview.

After taking things out on her racket, Osaka sat with a white towel draped over head during a changeover.

Still, she improved to 7-0 since tennis resumed after a hiatus of more than five months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Before and after the match, Osaka wore a mask bearing the name of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was fatally shot after being pursued by armed white men in Georgia.

Each time on court during the tournament, Osaka is wearing a different mask in memory of a victim of racial injustice.

“None of these deaths had to happen,” Osaka said. “For me, I just want everyone to know the names more.”

Jordan Thompson through to fourth round

Jordan Thompson has earned the biggest pay day and biggest opportunity of his career after powering into the fourth round.

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The Australian Davis Cup star outclassed Mikhail Kukushkin 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the second week of a grand slam for the first time.

Thompson’s victory earned the 26-year-old Sydneysider at least a $US250,000 ($340,000) cheque and a last-16 crack at either Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or Croatian Borna Coric on Monday.

In another clean serving display, Thompson struck 10 aces, only two double-faults, landed 65 per cent of his first deliveries and was broken just twice.

Closing in on a return to the world’s top 50, he mixed 26 winners with 24 unforced errors compared to the Kazakh’s 44, which mostly came from the baseline while trying to stay in rallies with the Australian.

In progressing to the round of 16 for the loss of only two sets, Thompson’s run betters his third-round showing at last year’s French Open, which bodes well ahead of next month’s clay-court slam in Paris.

Australian number one Alex de Minaur has the chance to join Thompson in the fourth round on Sunday when he plays Russian 11th seed Karen Khachanov.

Unspecified delay after ‘collaborative dialogue with health officials’

The men’s side of the draw featured an odd and unexplained delay in the the third-round match between Alexander Zverev and Adrian Mannarino.

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There was a two-and-a-half-hour delay on Louis Armstrong, which was only given a vague explanation by the US Tennis Association.

The USTA said only there was “a collaborative dialogue with health officials” and that the players were “updated at all times”.

The USTA added in its statement that no other details would be provided because of what it called “the sensitivity of the medical issues involved”.

Mannarino is part of a group of seven players under extra restrictions during the tournament because contact tracing determined they potentially could have been exposed to COVID-19 by Benoit Paire, the only entrant to test positive.

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NRL 2020: Brisbane Broncos, David Fifita, Jordan Riki, Round 17, Highlights, Video


It’s been quite the road for 20-year old Broncos rookie Jordan Riki – starting all the way across the ditch in Christchurch.

But the two weeks spent isolated by himself in a hotel and hours in physiotherapy all led to the point in the 62nd minute when he steamed through off a Tom Dearden short ball to score his first NRL try.

The kid is clearly confident – he backed himself to ignore the unmarked man on the inside and beat Dylan Edwards.

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NRL 2020: Late Mail, early mail, team news; Jordan Kahu COVID-19, Panthers v Broncos, Api Koroisau, SuperCoach news


Penrith could be handed a big boost ahead of their clash with the Broncos.

While the Storm and Roosters could have two representative forwards back in their respective sides following injuries.

Read on for your Round 17 Late Mail.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jordan Thompson, Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova progress


Lizette Cabrera, a 22-year-old from Queensland in her second US Open main draw, was eliminated by Danka Kovinic from Montenegro in three sets, 6-4 3-6 6-2. West Australian Maddison Inglis, also 22 and in her first main draw here, lost to 24th seed Magda Linette 6-1 4-6 6-4.

Among the top seeds in the men’s draw, Stefanos Tsitsipas kicked off his quest for a maiden Grand Slam title in style as he overwhelmed Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 6-1 6-1.

Ajla Tomljanovic loses in the first round to Angelique Kerber.Credit:Getty Images

Tsitsipas, who entered the first Grand Slam of the COVID-19 era fresh off a run to the semi-finals of the US Open tune-up event, never faced a break point and broke Ramos-Vinolas seven times during the 98-minute match.

The 22-year-old Tsitsipas, who has never been beyond the second round of the US Open, came into this week with 16 wins to his name this season and has been tipped by many to make a deep run in a tournament missing a number of top players.

Tsitsipas broke to go ahead 3-1 and that opened up his game as he went on to play the rest of the contest on his terms.

The loss brought a speedy end to Ramos-Vinolas’s return to competition as the Spaniard, in his first tour-level event since the ATP Tour returned from its COVID-19 hiatus, withdrew from last week’s tune-up to be present at the birth of his first child.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, serves to Albert Ramos-Vinolas, in his first round victory.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, serves to Albert Ramos-Vinolas, in his first round victory.Credit:AP

No. 9 Diego Schwartzman became the highest seed to lose so far, falling 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 to 76th-ranked Cameron Norrie.

Germany’s fifth seed Alexander Zverev got through a tricky first-round encounter against 2017 finalist Kevin Anderson in four sets, winning 7-6(2) 5-7 6-3 7-5 to move into the second round.

Anderson fired 20 aces to Zverev’s 18 in the battle of the big servers but the South African, who returned to the tour after a series of injuries, was no match for the German’s groundstrokes.

Among the women’s seeds, Karolina Pliskova, starting as the top seed in the absence of Barty and world No.2 Simona Halep, got a roaring start to her bid for a maiden Grand Slam title, downing first-round opponent Anhelina Kalinina 6-4 6-0 to kick off the action on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 28-year-old Czech, who led the WTA in aces in four of the last five years, struggled with an uncharacteristically uneven serve in the first set, committing three double faults and getting only slightly more than half of her first serves in to give her unseeded opponent a fighting chance.

“I started not really great with the first game but after I was able to somehow, you know, like step in the court, was playing quite aggressive,” she said.

Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, did indeed find her footing in the second set, winning all her first-serve points and committing just one unforced error, as her Ukrainian opponent was left scrambling.

“I think my game was quite good for a first round,” said Pliskova, who played in front of empty stands as the tournament is being held without fans due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“For sure I prefer to have people around me.”

The empty stadium in New York.

The empty stadium in New York.Credit:Getty Images

The match took place on an eerily quiet court, with the roar of jet engines and the rumble of the New York City subway piercing the silence. Tournament organisers piped in crowd noise to offer a taste of normality in between games and after particularly strong plays.

The 31st seed Anastasjia Sevastova, of Latvia, eliminated the popular young American Coco Gauff 6-3 5-7 6-4. Sixth seed Petra Kvitova dispatched Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-2 with a powerful display to reach the next round.

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