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The Short Side, Thursday January 11

Drugs taint AFL, NRL players gets good behaviour bond & Olympic prospect drugs rival + Aussie tennis on fire, Big Bash, A-League…



 
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Something you should know…

Bomber in drug controversy, Cousins all set to get bombed…

Troubled flag-winning Geelong coach and Essendon premiership player Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson has been embroiled in a drug investigation after last week’s raids on one of his properties.

Meanwhile fallen one-time Brownlow medallist Ben Cousins has been freed from a Western Australian prison just short of completing his one year sentence for stalking his ex-partner. How long before he’s back on the gear and back in the clink? We hope it doesn’t happen but odds are…

The West Coast Eagles, the club where Cousins won a premiership, have thrown their support behind the wayward talent and offered him part-time employment, working with their Community and Game Development department. Bravo to them for trying to help. Now. Let’s not forget that many in the club – some in very influential positions – turned a blind eye to the drug use that rocked the club before, during and after Cousins’ time there.

On a lighter note, the timing of the release of the former Eagles star on the same day that Thompson was embroiled in his drug controversy was uncanny…

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And something else…

More success for young Aussies, more disappointment from an older one…

Australian rising star Alex ‘Demon’ de Minaur has continued his summer of joy by moving through to the quarter finals at the Sydney International. Fellow Aussie John Millman wasn’t so lucky.

In women’s action Dasha Gavrilova cruised past the perennially disappointing Sam Stosur and jumped straight from the second round to the semis following the withdrawal of her impending quarterfinal opponent Garbine Muguruza. There’s no way we’d pay to see Stosur these days.

A win for Ash Barty today will see a Dasha-Barty-Party in the semi finals. How good.

Sydney International scores.

In Hobart, experienced Brit Heather Watson beat Aussie teen Jaimee Fourlis 6-2 6-2.

Hobart International scores.

At the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, Aussie journeyman Matthew Ebden scored the biggest win of his career, while 12-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic wasted no time in his return to tennis after a six-month injury layoff, blasting world No. 5 Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-4.

Kooyong Classic scores

Daria Gavrilova pic via AAP.

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What’s been happening… 

OLYMPICS

  • A Japanese Olympic hopeful has copped a massive ban for drugging a rival. The modern day twist on the Nancy Kerrigan / Tonya Harding drama.

CRICKET

  • D’Arcy Short smashed the biggest score in the history of the Big Bash as the Hurricanes won a final ball thriller against the Heat at the Gabba. MATCH REPORT WITH VIDEO. But the match ended in controversy and we have the video.
  • While on Short, surely he has to be considered to replace the injured Chris Lynn  in Australia’s ODI squad?

A-LEAGUE

  • Wellington Phoenix have scored just their second win of the season with a 2-1 triumph over 10-man Melbourne Victory. REPORT.
  • A late Adelaide United equaliser has denied Western Sydney Wanderers coach Josep Gombau an A-League win over his former club at Spotless Stadium. DETAILS.
  • Wellington have brought in experienced US-Croatian coach Dario Pot as Darije Kalezić’s new assistant coach.

RUGBY

  • Australia’s professional rugby players are set for a pay hike.
  • Australian women’s 7s coach Tim Walsh will step aside following the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast after five seasons in charge of the all-conquering team. Walsh led the squad to the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 

NRL

  • Halfwit Paul Carter has been given a two-year good behaviour bond for supplying cocaine to his ex-Roosters teammate Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

ENGLISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE CUP

  • Socceroos defender Bailey Wright’s English League Cup hopes remain alive after he captained Bristol City to a 2-1 Carabao Cup loss to powerhouse Manchester City in the first leg of their semi-final yesterday. 
  • Chelsea will take on Arsenal THIS MORNING in the first leg of their semi final tie.

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DAILY TRIVIA: What year did Ben Cousins win AFL’s Brownlow Medal?
FOR THE ANSWER, CLICK HERE.

 

Keep an eye out for…

  • The Big Bash and women’s Big Bash continue throughout the week.
  • The first ODI of the season between Australian and England is SUNDAY in Melbourne.
  • The Hobart International and Sydney International both continue through the week. In Sydney, the women’s final is TOMORROW and the men’s on SATURDAY.
  • Round 16 begins with Newcastle hosting the Roar on TOMORROW night.
  • Week 11 of the W-League starts on TOMORROW. 
  • Week two of the NFL playoffs are set and on SUNDAY (our time) Philadelphia will host Atlanta and New England will be at home against Tennessee. On MONDAY it’s Pittsburgh receiving a visit from Jacksonville and New Orleans travelling up to Minnesota. 
  • The next round of the EPL begins early SUNDAY our time.
  • The PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii starts TOMORROW Australian time.

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