Queensland say halfback’s fitness for Game 1 still uncertain
‘He will play there is no doubt about it,’ NSW skipper Gallen says
NSW skipper Paul Gallen has accused Queensland of using halfback Cooper Cronk as a pawn in State of Origin mind games with uncertainty continuing to surround Cronk’s availability for State of Origin I at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.
Cronk rolled his ankle at training last week and Maroons coach Kevin Walters has said he must train on Tuesday to prove his fitness. But Gallen dismissed Cronk’s injury concerns as a Maroons charade.
Change of contractor about two months away from start of Games will not impact value or delivery of project, says municiple government
Rio de Janeiro’s city government has cancelled its contract with the company constructing the Olympic velodrome about two months before the start of the Games in Brazil, after the firm filed for bankruptcy protection.
Brisbane venue will host Tests until end of 2018-19 summer
Australia have not lost a five-day match at the Gabba since 1988
In unwelcome news for Australia’s touring opponents, the Gabba will host a Test for at least the next three summers.
Cricket Australia has announced a deal to play a Test at the Brisbane venue until the end of the 2018-19 summer, as well as a one-day international or Twenty20 international each season for the next three years.
Australian blows away Urszula Radwanska at Eastbourne
Former world No129 back in tennis after spell in Twenty20 cricket
While rain again delayed the French Open campaign of Australia’s top-ranked woman, across the Channel the comeback is on for her one-time Fed Cup team-mate.
Samantha Stosur was left frustrated by yet another Roland Garros rain delay on Monday, with her fourth-round clash against world No6 Simona Halep stalled with the 32-year-old down 5-3 in the first set.
Biopsy on one of four spots on Hawthorn player’s lung confirms melanoma
Roughead faces year of recuperation but remains upbeat about return to AFL
Jarryd Roughead says he intends to play in the AFL again after undergoing treatment for melanoma found on his lung. The Hawthorn star revealed he is facing 12 months of immune therapy injections after four spots were found during a recent routine scan.
But the four-times premiership Hawk vowed on Tuesday that this isn’t the end of his stellar football career. “You can come to my first game back,” quipped Roughead, when asked if he would ever play again. “I’m 29 and I still have two and a half years on a deal.”
Winner of Western Conference finals will face Cavaliers in NBA finals
Hunter will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s how the teams are preparing for Monday’s game:
After a record 73 wins and a memorable Game 6 comeback on the road, the Golden State Warriors’ goal of getting back to the NBA finals and defending their title comes down to Game 7 at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
All along, the Warriors have said the numerous team milestones and personal accomplishments they set this season won’t matter a bit unless they repeat as champions. They need one more victory to become the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 postseason deficit.
It is a conundrum to challenge even the best of hosts. What do you give as a gift to a global football icon who has everything?
When your guest is Brazilian legend Pele, the only player ever to have won three World Cup winning medals, then some creative thinking is needed.
As a result the star, full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been the recipient of an amazing cornucopia of strange and exotic items from around the world, first in his playing days, and then as a roving sporting and humanitarian ambassador.
They include everything from elaborate crowns and ceremonial daggers, model ships and jet fighters, to more prosaic clocks, dishes, and freedom-of-the-city keys from various municipalities.
Now the 75-year-old Fifa Player of the Century is to auction off all of the sporting and cultural memorabilia he has accumulated in a lifetime in football.
The sale will take place over three days in London in June, and covers the six decades from Pele’s signing for Santos as a 15-year-old in 1956.
The sale includes unique football items, including his three World Cup winner’s medals, and a one-off Jules Rimet trophy made for him after Brazil’s famous triumph in Mexico in 1970.
That World Cup replica is the most expensive item being auctioned, with an estimated price tag of £281,000 to £420,000. The medals are expected to fetch up to £141,000, and the ball he scored his 1,000th goal with is estimated to sell for £28,000 to £42,000.
Beverley Hills-based Julien’s Auctions has been chosen to handle the sale, which also includes personal items such as old passports and driving licences.
Over the past 12 months Pele has been in hospital for back, hip and prostate surgery. So is it for health or business reasons that he is now selling?
“There are many reasons, there are clearly some personal ones that he alone knows about,” Dan Nelles, sports specialist at Julien’s Auctions, tells me.
Pele himself says: “It was a difficult decision to make but it takes a lot to properly care for these artefacts, and I felt I could do much more good by sharing these items with the world, as well as helping my causes that are important to me.”
Mr Nelles adds: “He had a lot of the property in storage, and it wasn’t seeing the light of day, which this auction now allows. Also, he wasn’t sure what of it his family wanted to keep, and he didn’t want it [the collection] to fall by the wayside.
“And the Pequeno Principe paediatric hospital in Brazil, which he supports, will receive a proportion.”
Mr Nelles says the auction house’s “conservative estimate” is that the sale will make £2.5m to £3.5m, but that “the bidding would determine the final price”.
“There are so many wildcards in the auction, the Jules Rimet trophy, his World Cup medals, soccer boots, which means that ideally we are looking at three times that conservative estimate, and maybe as much as 10 times.
“There are also a great number of game-worn items from his career.”
Mr Nelles expects a broad spectrum of bidders from football fans and collectors, to sporting museums and business corporations.
“Although the auction is in London, we will not just be selling to UK customers, as the auction will be streamed live on our website for overseas bidders to take part,” he adds.
He says that as well as interest from the obvious football hotbeds of Europe and South America, there will also be interest from China, Japan and South Korea, Dubai and other Gulf states, and the US, Canada and Mexico.
Escape to Victory 1981 movie football boots
A pair of black football boots worn by Pele in the film Escape to Victory are being auctioned.
In the film he starred alongside Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine, as well as England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore. They portrayed Nazi prisoners playing a propaganda football match during World War Two.
Pele is seen near the end of the film wearing these boots as he scored with a dramatic bicycle kick to equalise for the Allied team.
“I understand the film has a bit of a cult following in the UK, and these boots are certainly out of the norm,” says Mr Nelles. “I think there will be great interest in this highlight from his film career.”
They are in the auction catalogue with an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000 (£4,000 to £5,500).
Pele holds the record as the youngest player ever to play in, and score in, a World Cup final. He also holds the Guinness World Record for goals scored in a career with 1,283.
He played for Brazil’s World Cup winning teams of 1958 and 1970, scoring in both finals, and was in the squad which won in 1962.
With club side Santos he twice won the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup. Later in his career he went on to become the face of “soccer” in the US, as the NASL looked for a sporting breakthrough in the mid-1970s.
Pele auction highlights
His personal Jules Rimet World Cup replica trophy – Estimate: $400,000-$600,000
1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cup medals – Estimates: $100,000-$200,000 each
1,000th goal ball – Estimate: $40,000-$60,000
1977 NY Cosmos NASL Championship ring – Estimate: $30,000-$40,000
L’Equipe Athlete of the Century award – Estimate: $20,000-$30,000
1958 Brazil World Champion sash – Estimate: $10,000-$20,000
Santos FC game-worn jersey – Estimate: $8,000-$10,000
Santos World Club Champions sash – Estimate: $5,000-$7,000
Game-worn New York Cosmos jersey – Estimate: $8,000-$10,000
Pele is many people’s choice as the best player of all time. He remains probably the world’s most recognisable player, with a Hollywood biopic Birth of A Legend recently premiering in New York.
Now the enduring proof of that legendary status has been laid out over more than 1,500 lots, with the auctioneers saying there should be “something for everyone”.
• France 3-2 Cameroon • West Ham midfielder snatches win in injury time
France snatched victory against Cameroon with a last-gasp Dimitri Payet free-kick but it was Kingsley Coman who caught the eye in Nantes as the 19-year-old Bayern Munich winger set up a goal and made his presence felt all over the pitch until he came off in the 77th minute.
• Roy Hodgson will name 23-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday • John Stones in strong contention for starting place against Russia
Daniel Sturridge will learn on Tuesday afternoon whether he is in Roy Hodgson’s final England squad for the European Championship after a timely return to training at the team’s base in London Colney.
The Liverpool forward, who missed England’s friendly win against Australia with a calf injury last Friday, completed the full session at Watford’s training ground as he attempted to convince Hodgson he should make the cut.
• Striker pulled up in training with calf injury and will miss Belarus friendly • Harry Arter a further worry after limping out of practice match clutching thigh
Robbie Keane, the Republic of Ireland captain, has been forced out of the pre‑Euro 2016 friendly against Belarus on Tuesdaynight with a calf injury and his manager, Martin O’Neill, has admitted that the veteran striker is now a serious concern for the tournament.
Keane pulled up during a training session in Dublin on Saturday morning and watched from the stands as the team prepared in Cork on Monday evening. He has received an injection but, with O’Neill to submit his final 23-man squad immediately after the game against Alyaksandr Khatskevich’s team, his inclusion is no longer certain.
• Gillespie has held talks over becoming Australia’s bowling coach • Former bowler also has offers from IPL and South Australia
Yorkshire are braced for the departure of their title-winning head coach, Jason Gillespie, at the end of this season whether he agrees to become Australia’s new bowling coach or not.
Gillespie is understood to have met the Australia head coach, Darren Lehmann, in Leeds on Sunday night to discuss the opportunity and is now set to give an answer in the next 24 hours to his former state and international team-mate, who is in the country for a meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee at Lord’s this week.
• Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald seal one-wicket win over Surrey • Hampshire face fourth defeat of season as they trail Middlesex by 274 runs
Somerset maintained their pursuit of leaders the Lancashire by sealing a one‑wicket victory against Surrey at Taunton, reaching their target of 301 in the 84th over after bowling out the visitors for 138 in their second innings.
Marcus Trescothick and Jim Allenby (both 56) led Somerset’s run chase before Jack Leach (24no) and Tim Groenewald (18no) saw the hosts home with a match-winning unbeaten last‑wicket stand of 31.
More than 240 pairs of competitors dive into the water and run through a forest – all while linked with a tether. Competitors have to run in their wetsuits, which makes the race tougher. Sunday’s race opened this year’s swimrun season in Sweden. The Uto race is a qualifier for the swimrun world championship
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• Midfielder informed he is part of new manager’s plans for next season • Mourinho meets Sir Bobby Charlton at United’s training ground
Michael Carrick has been offered a year extension to his Manchester United contract by new manager José Mourinho, with the veteran midfielder considering whether to extend his stay at Old Trafford into a second decade.
Carrick, who moved to United in 2006 from Tottenham for an initial £14m, is out of contract at the end of June and had been linked with a move away from Old Trafford. However Mourinho’s arrival to replace Louis van Gaal earlier this month has seen the 34-year-old given assurances that he does figure in the Portuguese’s plans for next season and Carrick is now mulling over whether to remain.
• Captain admits run landmark had played on his mind recently • ‘I’m glad I’ve hung around long enough not to get dropped’
Alastair Cook, speaking after his England side completed a series win against Sri Lanka with a nine-wicket victory at Chester-le-Street, admitted that becoming the youngest cricketer to score 10,000 Test runs had been playing on his mind and his passing of the milestone brought with it a sense of satisfaction.
• Four supplementary entries took the field to 18 for Saturday’s race • ‘It would be really quite something,’ said Epsom’s Andrew Cooper
The biggest Derby field for a decade is in prospect after 18 horses were left in Saturday’s race at the latest entry stage. An unprecedented four supplementary entries were made on Monday, with the £75,000 paid by each owner helping to boost the prize fund to £1,545,000 – making the 2016 Derby the richest race ever run in Britain.
Connections of those that remain will be seeking weather updates through , when the amount of rain that falls on Epsom will have a major impact on going conditions for the Classic. Andrew Cooper, the clerk of the course, expects around 5mm but has seen varying forecasts and reports that three times that amount is perfectly possible.