Sunday, June 20

NRL penalty try turns tide at Bankwest Stadium, Mitchell Moses

Parramatta piled on 30 unanswered points in the second stanza. (Photo by Pete Dovgan/Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)For 40 minutes it looked like the Bulldogs were going to pull off the upset of the season, but a calamitous error and subsequent penalty try woke the Eels from their slumber as they stormed home to stay in third spot.The Eels struggled in slippery conditions as Canterbury jumped out to a 10-6 lead at that break, but everything turned in the 45th minute when the blue and whites produced a moment of madness coming out of their own end.Halfback Jake Averillo fired a pass on the last tackle that cannoned into Dylan Napa, with the big man choosing to watch the ball instead of falling on it.Read NextMitchell Moses then toed it through and was taken out by a despera...

A-League semi-final loss, 2-1 defeat, coach Carl Veart

Sydney FC’s two first half goals proved too difficult for Adelaide to recover from. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)As Adelaide United is set to farewell a number of players, coach Carl Veart says the hunt is on for a playmaker after Saturday’s finals exit.Veart’s side ended its season a game shy of a grand final berth after reigning champion Sydney scored two first-half goals in a 2-1 win in the away knockout semi-final.Veart said Adelaide had played its entire season without a true playmaker following the departure of SA’s James Troisi before the season kicked off.Read Next“I think the biggest thing we lacked all season is a creative player,’’ Veart said.“We’ve got a lot of players that look to get into the box but we just lacked that little bit of creativity in the middle of the pa...

Queensland Maroons star Cameron Munster’s Origin promise, Melbourne Storm

Munster’s Maroons were blown off the park in Townsville. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Maroons talisman Cameron Munster says he is now fully fit for the State of Origin showdown with the Blues in Brisbane and has vowed to learn from one big mistake he made in the Townsville debacle.Munster admits he should not have played in the 50-6 drubbing handed out by the Blues after returning to action earlier than anticipated from a foot injury.The Queensland five-eighth was closer to his brilliant best in the Storm’s 66-16 win over Wests Tigers after two undisciplined showings, and said he had regained his composure and zip.Read NextMunster was put on report for kicking out at opponents – both in Origin I and in the Storm’s win over the Warriors – and received a fine for both infringements. ...

AFL coach Leon Cameron stands by Toby Greene, brain snap on Nic Newman, coach David Teague

Greene was instrumental in keeping Carlton at bay in the fourth quarter on Saturday night. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron is standing by Toby Greene after the controversial star’s latest disciplinary indiscretion.Greene was a key player in his side’s 36-point win over Carlton at Giants Stadium on Saturday night, but was reported for striking Nic Newman in the third quarter and also made contact with an umpire.While the striking incident occurred off the ball, the force of the swinging fist to Newman’s midriff appeared to be insufficient to warrant a suspension and there was certainly no malice in his subsequent brush with the umpire.Read NextBut that won’t necessarily spare Greene the wrath of match review officer Michael Christian given his ...

Gunfights, flea infestation and sick ships

Australia's hotel quarantine system during COVID-19 has been a source of debate and tension between the state and federal government.There have always been problems with quarantine, although in the 19th century there were very different problems to deal with.Nine.com.au retraces the history of a famous self-contained quarantine facility in Sydney.Smallpox, typhus, typhoid, scarlet fever, Spanish flu, and plague were rife when institutions like the Sydney Quarantine Station were busiest.Now a fascinating hotel and historic site, it was the country's first and oldest facility, used to quarantine passengers sailing to Australia on ships since 1828.The door to the quarantine station, which was closed when there were illnesses. (Supplied)But Q Station Tour Guide Debra Randell said one of ...

CCTV footage of getaway cars in bikie killing released

CCTV footage of two cars has been released into the murder of bikie Shane Bowden on the Gold Coast.Police have released CCTV footage of two vehicles used as getaway cars after the brutal murder of notorious bikie Shane Bowden on the Gold Coast last year.The cars were purchased in the Ipswich and Redlands area about a week before the hit in Pimpama on October 12, when Bowden was shot 21 times by two gunmen.Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith told media on Sunday that the silver Holden Commodore and maroon Ford Falcon were bought by associates of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle club.Slain bikie Shane Bowden was gunned down in his driveway.Read Next“We’re not saying that these people are gang members but they’re clearly associates of that gang and operating under their direction and contr...

Huge changes for internet and Big Tech under US antitrust proposal

Dominant Big Tech firms could be forced to make major changes to their business practices if US lawmakers approve a proposed package of antitrust legislationThe antitrust overhaul package unveiled in Congress targeting Big Tech, if enacted, could have far-reaching effects on how people use the internet and on America's biggest and most successful companies. The five bills, due for a committee vote on Wednesday, could pave the way for a reorganization or breakup of giants such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon while reshaping the entire internet ecosystem.Lawmakers also are seeking to ban tech firms from prioritizing their own products or services, with Google clearly in mind.Read NextThe largest tech firms additionally would be barred from acquiring competitors under the package, wh...

The scholar speaking out on China’s crackdown on intellectuals

Wu Qiang was fired from the prestigious Tsinghua university shortly after he conducted fieldwork at the Occupy Central protests in Hong KongIn a small, book-strewn apartment in Beijing's outskirts lives one of the last Chinese academics who refuses to be silenced by the ruling Communist Party's relentless crackdown on intellectuals.Wu Qiang, 50, once had an enviable career as political science lecturer at the elite Tsinghua University."This caused shockwaves at Tsinghua. I was cut off and they thought I was a troublemaker," he said, adding that the university instead gave an "obscure technical reason" for his dismissal.Read NextHe also filed a labour lawsuit against Tsinghua earlier this year."It is very important not to stop speaking out. You need to comment on politics and society; th...

Wales face Italy after Germany revive Euro 2020 campaign in style

Gareth Bale (R) with his Wales teammates in Rome on Saturday ahead of their Euro 2020 clash with ItalyWales can secure a place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 when they face Italy in Rome later, after Germany breathed life into their campaign with a stunning 4-2 win over holders Portugal on Saturday in Munich.Saturday also saw world champions France held by Hungary in Budapest, while Spain played out a second draw in as many games, this time against Poland.However, they must face an Italy side who are at home in Rome and have made arguably the biggest impression of any team so far at the tournament.Read NextWales therefore need just a point to go through to a last-16 tie in Amsterdam, although a win at the Stadio Olimpico would see them leapfrog Italy into first place."We don't want to limp...