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Former Argentine superstar
Maradona overnight blasted Fifa president
Sepp Blatter and his UEFA counterpart
Michel Platini, who is bidding to succeed the
Swiss as head of world football, as two of a
“I’m outside all that because someone called
Blatter closed all doors on me,” Maradona
told Naples television station PiuEnne.
“But I’m not a thief. Blatter did a lot of
harm to football and, with Platini, it’s a farce.
They pretend to be separated, one at Fifa and
the other at UEFA, while in fact they were
always side by side,” said Maradona.
“The only thing Blatter could teach Platini
was how to steal,” added the 1986 World
Maradona, 54, added he had an agreement
with Prince Ali of Jordan, another candidate
for the Fifa presidency on February 26.
“If he should win the election, I will be at
his side as vice-president,” added the former
Napoli and Barcelona star. — AFP
‘Blatter taught Platini to steal’ — Maradona
Wales coach Warren Gatland urged
reporters overnight to write off his team’s
chances of doing well in the World Cup.
The New Zealander lost his first-choice
fullback Leigh Halfpenny and halfback
Rhys Webb last week, adding to the pressure
Wales were already facing in a tough
pool A along with England, Australia and
“If you can do your jobs and write us off
as much as possible, that would be great,”
Gatland told a news conference.
“If we can come into the competition being
written off, which seems to be happening at
the moment, that ’s the best situation for a
Wales team to be in.
“Sometimes those things galvanise us and
make us stronger as a unit. So, please continue
to do it.”
Gatland believes this will be the most
keenly-contested World Cup ever.
“There are a number of teams who need a
bit of luck to get through the pool stages, but
everyone has an opportunity,” he said.
Wales reached the semi-finals in New
Zealand four years ago.
“ We did that in 2011,” Gatland said. “ We
got through the pool stages and quarter-final
and everyone knows how close we came to
reaching the final.
“I think there are seven or eight teams who
will fancy themselves if they get through to
the quarter-finals. ”
Gatland thinks the Northern Hemisphere
teams have caught up with traditional rugby
superpowers New Zealand, Australia and
South Africa, who have won six of the seven
“Just look back to the autumn,” he said.
“ It was the best the Northern Hemisphere
had done against the Southern Hemisphere
nations for a number of years.
“And again towards the end of the Six
Nations, we saw some expansive rugby
played by four or five of those teams in the
“That was a real positive and hopefully the
weather will stay pretty good and we will see
some hard grounds and some pretty good
Wales face Uruguay on Sunday in Cardiff
in their opening match and captain Sam
Warburton has been delighted by his team’s
“I can’t speak highly enough about the
analysts,” he said. “ They do a lot of hours
and sometimes don’t get enough credit for
working around the clock.
“O bviously, we are still waiting for their
team selection to be made, so we can have
a really good look at them. At the moment
we are just trying to focus on ourselves and
doing what we have got to do.”
Gatland urges reporters to write off Wales
Warriors prop Ben Matulino was
rewarded for an outstanding NRL season
by claiming the player of the year award
for the second time in four years at the
club’s 21st Annual Awards at the Sky
City Convention Centre.
The 27-year-old joins former captain
Steve Price (2006 and 2007) and current
skipper Simon Mannering (2008, 2011,
2013 and 2014) as the only players who
have won the award multiple times.
Mannering was again a finalist, with
halfback Shaun Johnson, who missed
the last six games of the season through
Matulino, first named player of the
year in 2012, appeared in 21 matches
and missed only three games because of
He topped the Warriors’ lists for most
runs (349 for an average of 16.6 a game)
and for most metres gained (3245 for an
average of 154.5 a game). In the last game
of the season against the Bulldogs he
carried the ball 194m from 17 runs while
he topped 150m 12 times with a best of
222m against the Titans in round 15.
He was also the club’s most prolific
off-loader with 53, ranking him second
among all players in the NRL, while he
made 566 tackles averaging 27 a game.
“It was a really tough decision choosing
between Ben, Simon and Shaun for
the award,” Warriors coach Andrew
“In a season that provided its challenges
they all made huge efforts for the team
but in the end Ben won through.
“He impressed with the consistent
quality of his performances and his
durability,” the coach said.
“He’s certainly up there with the best
few props in the game today and just gets
better and better every year.”
Utility Tui Lolohea beat competition
from Solomone Kata, Albert Vete and
Sam Lisone to claim the NRL rookie of
the year award.
Also announced were the two premier
awards for the club’s New South Wales
Cup side, with John Palavi winning
the NSW Cup player of the year, and
halfback Mason Lino taking the NSW
Cup rookie of the year award.
While the Junior Warriors had their
awards evening last Wednesday, the
winners of the two main accolades were
NYC player of the year and Sonny Fai
Medal winner Bunty Afoa was presented
with his awards as was NYC rookie of the
year Ata Hingano.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
player of the
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim
Tomsula says he has total confidence
in Jarryd Hayne despite the
Australian fumbling his first punt.
Instead of dwelling on Hayne’s
first quarter mistake against the
Minnesota Vikings, the coach pointed
to the way the Sydney-raised rugby
league star bounced back.
“ No sir,” Tomsula replied when
asked if he had doubts about Hayne
after he spilled the punt and the
Vikings recovered the ball.
“ Players play football and sometimes
“ Jarryd has got the mindset, in my
mind, that he’ ll overcome.”
The 49ers won their regular season
opener against the Minnesota Vikings
Hayne had to step in and be back-
up to 49ers’ elite running back Carlos
Hyde after veteran Reggie Bush’s
game ended early with a strained calf.
“ Yes, I’m very happy with Jarryd,”
Tomsula, when asked about the
Australian’s play at running back, he
Tomsula said he only decided Hayne
would play the Vikings on the day of
The same scenario will likely happen
in Pittsburgh. — A AP
49ers coach ‘very happy’ with Hayne
PICTURE: Getty Images
49ers running back Jarryd Hayne carries the ball on a punt return against
the Minnesota Vikings.
RUGBY WORLD CUP
The Australian Medical
Association (AMA) has
renewed calls for a ban
on boxing following the
death of Sydney fighter
Davey Browne Jr.
Browne’s family made
the decision to turn off
his life support after
injuries suffered in his
regional title bout with
Carlo Magali of the
Philippines on Friday
night in Sydney.
The 28-year-old father
of two was knocked out
30 seconds from the
scheduled end of his
12-round contest and,
although he initially
he collapsed from his
stool and was taken to
Liverpool Hospital in a
critical condition with
Dr Stephen Parnis said
Browne’s death was
an “entirely avoidable”
“One punch can kill —
whether you are outside
a pub on a Friday night
or in a boxing ring —
and this is the thing that
causes young lives to be
ended so traumatically,”
he told the ABC.
“The way that boxing
is designed, there will be
these times inevitably
where someone will get
bleeding or irreversible
damage to the brain and
they will either lose their
life or end up with brain
“That is why the
AMA thinks that we
cannot continue with it
continues a sad year for
In March, Queensland-
based fighter Braydon
Smith died two days
after losing a bout in
collapsed 90 minutes
after the contest.
feather weight world
champion Billy Dib, who
was Browne’s highest-
pointed out boxing was
not the only sport that
“Things like this
happen in sport, not just
in our sport but in other
sports. Things happen
in high-contact sports,”
Dib told AAP.
Browne was leading
on all three judges’ cards
before being knocked
Before Friday ’s fight,
his only previous loss in
his 24-bout career was to
Dib in 2009.
“ He was extremely
tough,” Dib said of
“ I remember when I
fought him, he could
take it and then he could
“ Unfortunately, it’s a
very sad way to go
but at least you can say
he died doing what he
“ I’ve known Davey for
a long time. I remember
him from amateur days.
He and I travelled many,
many times in NSW
teams to the nationals.
“It’s very, very sad.
Australian boxing has
lost a bright young
John McDougall told
Sydney radio 2GB: “It’s
tragic, tragic news.
“ We did hear that he’d
on his own, and we were
hoping and praying that
that was a good sign,
but Tuesday ’s news is
Less than two days
after Browne’s bout,
Zerafa was taken out
of a ring on a stretcher
following a knockout
loss to former WBO
champion Peter Quillin
Call for ban
West Coast will face
the Heartland rugby
match, in Greymouth on
The draw is. —
1.30pm: West Coast
Rugby Park (M Winter,
Waikato, Blair Barclay,
Scott Cunnold). Subs
controller: R Blair. Subs
assistant: J Whitcombe
and M Slaven.
Colts, 11.15am: West
Coast v Christchurch
Boys High School,
Rugby Park ( J
Whitcombe, R Blair, M
11am, under-14: West
Coast v Marlborough,
Coast v Marlborough,
Coast to face
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