23.09.2022
Shattered Brisbane Broncos star Payne Haas breaks his silence on his mum being jailed for assault

Shattered Broncos prop Payne Haas has broken his silence after his mother was jailed for assaulting casino security guards on the Gold Coast.

Haas, 22 – who this week told Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga he won’t be playing in the World Cup for personal reasons – also revealed he hasn’t recently spoken to his mother Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua, who will be released on October 1.

‘I haven’t really been able to speak to her the last couple of weeks,’ Haas said.

‘All I know is my dad has been able to talk to her and apparently she is in high spirits at the moment.

‘Like anyone, if it was their own mother [that went to jail], you would be pretty shattered.

‘It has been pretty tough, but I have my partner and my little brothers and they have been a good support system for me. I am pretty close to my mum and it sucks to see what has happened.

‘It has been a tough couple of weeks (since the court decision) but it’s happened now and I have to move on with things.

‘You love your family more than anything and you do anything for them. My family is tight knit, we do everything together and we have each other’s back all the time … hopefully I will get to see her soon.’

Taufua was sentenced on September 1 to nine months imprisonment after assaulting security staff at the Star Casino on the Gold Coast.

The term was suspended, with Taufua to be released on October 1.

It was not her first brush with the law after being handed a suspended sentence in May 2019 over a violent road rage attack in which she verbally and physically attacked delivery driver Keith Tyler.

On that occasion, Taufua had two of her children in the car when she attacked Tyler, who suffered severe facial injuries including a fractured cheekbone, a hole in his lip and a deviated septum.

Her son – who was recently Brisbane’s Player of the Year for a fourth consecutive season – declared family is more important than footy when it comes to the World Cup in the United Kingdom.

‘I just thought that at this time, especially with my body and with all the stuff going on in my family, I needed to be home as the older sibling,’ he added.

‘I need to be there for my little brothers and give them a bit of guidance. I felt that was more important than going over to England and playing the World Cup.’

Meninga was certain to pick Haas, and with Origin front-rowers Junior Paulo and Josh Papali’i confirming their allegiance to Samoa, Australia appear light in the engine room.

The likes of Matt Lodge, Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Jake Trbojevic are tipped to fill the void.

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    Floyd Mayweather scored another knockout win at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan as he dropped and stopped Mikuru Asakura.

    Four years after his dominant KO victory over Tenshin Nasukawa in the same arena, the 45-year-old produced another stoppage in front of a packed-out Japanese crowd. Expectations of Mayweather’s fourth exhibition bout was a three-round schooling, however, with Asakura keen to impress, the contest quickly developed into a firefight.

    Asakura (16-3 pro MMA) came out of the gate looking to land punishing blows and even tagged TBE a couple of times. But Mayweather responded in kind with perfectly timed counters that snapped back the Japanese MMA star’s head.

    At the end of the second round, the American delivered a looping right to Asakura’s chin that sent him tumbling to the canvas. Asakura tried to get to his feet but the southpaw wasn’t able to beat referee Kenny Bayless’ count and the contest was waved off.

    Mayweather reportedly netted an eye-watering £18.2million ($20million) for just six minutes of work and will now face KSI’s brother Deji Olatunji on November 13 at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. Speaking after his victory over Asakura, the retired professional boxer gave his adversary credit for his heart and determination.

    “I’d like to thank the whole country of Japan, unbelievable country, unbelievable people, an exciting, crazy turn out. Round of applause for this tough competitor,” said Mayweather.

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    Rafael Nadal sends Novak Djokovic Serbian message from afar after leaving Laver Cup

    Rafael Nadal may not be present at the Laver Cup anymore having withdrawn due to personal reasons, but he’s still supporting from afar and sent Novak Djokovic a simple message in Serbian after his win over Frances Tiafoe.

    It wasn’t to be the fairytale ending for Federer as ‘Fedal’ lost to Jack Sock and Tiafoe with Team Europe and Team World all square heading into Saturday’s session. There was some indication earlier in the week that Nadal may not play more than one match when Cameron Norrie was unveiled as another alternate for Team Europe.

    And it was confirmed on Saturday morning that the Spaniard had flown back to Mallorca for personal reasons, meaning Norrie stepped in to take his place. But while Nadal wasn’t there in person, he still wanted to show he was supporting from afar.

    He tweeted earlier in celebration of Matteo Berrettini’s win over Felix Auger-Aliassime: “Grande! Forza!” And the 22-time Grand Slam champion did the same thing following Djokovic’s win over Tiafoe.

    “I started with double fault (smiling). I was shaking a little bit. Have been a difficult day to handle every single thing, and at the end everything become super emotional.

    “For me, have been huge honour to be a part of this amazing moment of the history of our sport, and at the same time a lot of years sharing a lot of things together. When Roger leaves the tour, yeah, an important part of my life is leaving too because all the moments that he have been next or in front me in important moments of my life.

    “So have been emotional see the family, see all the people. Yeah, difficult to describe. But, yeah, amazing moment.”

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  • 1 час, 32 минуты назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Sam Newman slams Sydney Swans for their ‘disgraceful’ AFL grand final effort against Geelong Cats

    AFL legend and media personality Sam Newman has blasted the Sydney Swans for a grand final performance he called ‘disgraceful’ and criticised the AFL for its tribute to Indigenous icon Uncle Jack Charles.

    Interviewed on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise on Sunday, the 76-year-old who played a tremendous 300 games for the Cats, was scathing of the Sydneysiders.

    ‘The Swans were disgraceful. Not because they lost, but because ostensibly the game was over at quarter time and they played the most ridiculous football I’ve ever seen,’ Newman said on Channel 7’s Sunrise program.

    ‘It was almost insulting to the fans, the 100,000, that came down.

    ‘The people who went there, most of them would be tremendously disappointed with the standard of our game that was played yesterday.’

    Newman seemed confused about why the AFL decided to honour Indigenous icon Uncle Jack Charles during the Welcome To Country ceremony.

    ‘We gave a eulogy to a man named Jack, who I have no idea why we did that. He does not play football to my knowledge,’ Newman said.

    Uncle Jack Charles was a prominent figure on NITV’s Yokayi Footy and had featured as the voice of the 2022 AFL finals advertising campaign.

    Before his death earlier this month, Uncle Jack Charles performed a monologue on Yokayi footy celebrating the contribution of Indigenous people as our modern day warriors.

    Newman was very happy for his Cats, however.

    ‘The quality of football that Geelong played wasn’t fantastic, but they were fantastic because they did what they had to do. Honestly, they treated it like a training run,’ he said.

    ‘When you have a side that is eight goals or 12 goals down, chipping the ball around and hand passing down the back line for whatever reason, I don’t know — whoever designed the game plan and decided the Swans would come down and play like that, they should have and play like that, they should have a good, hard look at themselves because it was a disgrace.

    ‘Good on Geelong, a fantastic club led by a great man and some fantastic players. It was really enjoyable to see them win. But as a spectacle of our great Australia game, it was pretty ordinary,’ said Newman.

    The Cats presented the Premiership cup to their fans down in Geelong on Sunday morning, after a wild night of partying.

    Jeremy Cameron posted a number of videos showing him partying in a barn on his farm with friends.

    He then gave his medal to one of his cows, who brandished it around its neck, in one of the most bizarre grand final celebrations in history.

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  • 1 час, 32 минуты назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Pep Guardiola backed Graham Potter to thrive in the Premier League

    Pep Guardiola’s early interest in his work gave Graham Potter the belief he would one day manage at the top table.

    Potter, whose first Premier League game in charge of Chelsea takes place at Crystal Palace next weekend, had a modest playing career and even early success at Swedish club Ostersunds initially failed to convince British clubs he could make the grade here.

    When he applied for the manager’s job at his former club Stoke City, they opted for Gary Rowett instead.

    Eventually, Swansea City took the plunge and Guardiola became one of the first converts to Potter’s meticulous and intelligent coaching – quickly followed by another managerial titan, Jurgen Klopp.

    The Manchester City boss was amazed by the way Potter’s Swans played against his team in the 2019 FA Cup quarter-final – the Premier League team scraping through 3-2 after falling 2-0 behind.

    Guardiola sought Potter out afterwards and spent 45 minutes talking to him in the manager’s office at The Liberty Stadium.

    For much of that time, the rookie manager was taken aback that he was being grilled on tactics and philosophy by the most famous coach in the world – rather than him asking all the questions.

    It was a pattern that was followed every time Potter’s next club Brighton faced City.

    Even though Guardiola won five of the six matches they played against each other, he was thirsty for Potter’s views – believing England had finally found a manager with the tactical nous to compare favourably for the world’s best.

    Publicly, he wasn’t shy about praising Potter: ‘I am a big fan of Graham Potter. From the first time at Swansea, it was a joy to analyse his teams but also a concern when you play them,’ said Guardiola.

    ‘His players have the courage to play, they all know what to do. The first thing I would tell my players is: ‘We have to be at a high level against them.’

    ‘They have runners high and wide, it does not matter if they are wing-backs, full-backs or wingers.

    ‘And after that, they create spaces for people in the middle. They press aggressive, all the things I would like as a spectator. I identify with his teams.’

    Those one-on-ones with the Spanish legend convinced Potter that he was worthy of competing among the best company. If Guardiola thought he was worth being inquisitive about, he had to take it on board.

    When Brighton called Swansea, Potter said Yes in the belief he could do a job in the Premier League. When Chelsea called Brighton earlier this month, it was another resounding Yes.

    No English manager has won a major trophy since Harry Redknapp in 2008, no English manager has won a league championship since Howard Wilkinson in 1992 and no English manager has won a European trophy since Sir Bobby Robson in 1997.

    With the backing of new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, Potter can smash through the ceiling.

    Guardiola and Klopp are usually polite about their rivals but it’s unprecedented for both of them to be so clearly enthusiastic about another manager.

    Klopp faced Potter’s Brighton six times and all the games were close; three Liverpool wins, two draws and a victory for Brighton.

    ‘He’s definitely one of the best. I respect what he did at Brighton and how he set the team up. Between football people, he’s highly regarded,’ said Klopp.

    ‘I liked watching his Brighton team but didn’t like playing them – he is a really good manager and his teams mirror his ability. I hope they appreciate what they have.’

    Like Arsene Wenger making an instant judgement on 16-year-old Wayne Rooney – ‘the best young English talent I’ve seen since I came here,’ he said – Guardiola and Klopp identified Potter as a stand-out pretty fast.

    How he adapts to life at Chelsea will be fascinating. It’s likely he will prefer to play with three central defenders and wing-backs; Reece James on one side, Ben Chilwell or Marc Cucurella on the other.

    The quality and versatility of individuals at Chelsea like Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling means he will enjoy being tactically flexible. He did at Brighton and now he has better quality to work with.

    His former striker at Brighton Neal Maupay thinks Chelsea have to move on from the Roman Abramovich era and give the new man a proper chance.

    ‘He did a pretty good job at Brighton, especially with the budget they had compared to the other clubs in the Premier League,’ said Maupay, who spent three years working under Potter before moving to Everton.

    ‘Brighton don’t really spend money and when they’ve got good players, they sell them so I think he did well.

    ‘He’s a very good manager but won’t be able to change everything at Chelsea just like that.

    ‘He’ll need time but will he get it? At these clubs, you’ve got to win, be successful straight away.

    ‘Chelsea have good players and if he can work with them over a few months, he’ll be successful.’

    Potter was a journeyman full-back for clubs like Birmingham and Macclesfield who had to go to the north of Sweden where winter temperatures dipped to minus 25 degrees Celsius to get a chance in management.

    Yet here he is, now at one of the most famous clubs in England. He might have to pinch himself when his Chelsea walk out at Selhurst Park on Saturday but you fancy neither Guardiola nor Klopp are surprised he’s made it.

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  • 2 часа, 46 минут назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will never be able to match master of grace Roger Federer

    Roger Federer exited the tennis stage in London in the early hours on Saturday to waves of heartfelt emotion and rightful acclaim. Professional sport is about winning of course. The Swiss great did plenty of that during his fabulous career but it is also about how the game is played and Federer played it with an elegance that bordered on the hypnotic.

    Has there ever been a sportsman who has made his world look more graceful? The numbers say Rafael Nadal, his doubles partner in the final act on Friday night, and Novak Djokovic both won more Grand Slams. They also say that both his great rivals won a greater percentage of their head-to-head battles with Federer.

    But there was always something intrinsically satisfying about watching Federer at the peak of his powers which the other two could never match. To sit at Centre Court and behold Federer in full dreamy flow was to watch the brushwork of a master artist.

    It was killer tennis delivered in carpet slippers. The highlights reel of the eight-time Wimbledon winner has been truly global. He stunned Paris in 2009 to interrupt Nadal’s French Open dominance and complete his career Grand Slam.

    He was magnificent in Melbourne in defying the odds to deliver his comeback win after a six-month absence at the Australian Open eight years later. But it was at Wimbledon where the purity of his tennis shone brightest.

    Djokovic is only one title away from matching Federer at the grass-court Grand Slam but the tournament may always be the Swiss’. Certainly he is the event’s favourite son.

    It was a shame the farewell could not have come at SW19 but even the greatest cannot write their own scripts. No matter. The memories he leaves will last a lifetime – and his tearful farewell alongside Nadal and Djokovic at the O2 was just one more of them.

    Federer said: “I enjoyed tying my shoes one more time … the match was great. I couldn’t be happier. It’s been wonderful. And of course, playing with Rafa on the same team and having the guys – everybody here, all the legends – thank you.

    “The last two days have been tough to say the least. Thankfully in moments I totally forgot about it, slept great, everything was wonderful, I could enjoy it, I feel. And because of that I think I will be able to have a better recollection of how it went.

    “Because if it’s all just stress throughout and I want it to be only perfect, I know I will remember half of it. Because I felt the way I felt, I feel like I have dealt with my retirement strongly for the last month.”

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  • 2 часа, 46 минут назад 25.09.2022Sport
    England at risk of freefall if Gareth Southgate doesn’t scrap back three for World Cup

    Even Gareth Southgate’s fondest admirers would never claim England have been the greatest showmen during his reign but with under eight weeks to go to Qatar they have slipped into full-on corpse mode. The adrenaline that should be surging through the players’ veins with a World Cup coming fast into view has been replaced by embalming fluid.

    The goal drought which has afflicted the side in the Nations League and twinned them with San Marino as the only other team in the competition not to have scored in open play in the five matches so far speaks of a creative void of England’s own making. After reaching the semi-final of the World Cup in Russia and the final of the Euros, Qatar was supposed to be this team’s moment.

    But England are sleepwalking their way towards the date with their supposed destiny. Monday night’s game against Germany at Wembley – their last one before the tournament itself – has suddenly become critical. Southgate’s slumbering side needs a huge jolt of electricity sending through it to get it moving again before Qatar.

    For that to have a chance of happening the team needs to cast off its tactical reserve. The three-man central defensive set-up has to go. It has served Southgate well in specific situations – England used it against the Germans at the Euros to good effect – but now is not the time for caution.

    Dispensing with the system carries a risk given the fragile condition of England’s central defensive options but Southgate’s side, so insipid as a goal threat of late, have to switch the emphasis to attack. The wing-backs were deployed so deep in the San Siro on Friday night that they offered virtually nothing going forward – even Bukayo Saka.

    England need the creativity of players like him much further up the field. There is a balance to be struck but the numbers show how far away England are from striking the correct one at present. In trying to seal up the back door, they have gummed up the front one completely.

    The valid excuses of a summer of experimentation have gone. They have lost their way and have 90 minutes left to rediscover it. For Southgate, the impossible job he had made seem not only possible, but even enjoyable, is starting to weigh heavily.

    After the chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ in Wolverhampton as England slumped to a 4-0 home defeat by Hungary in June, he was forced to endure being booed by a section of England’s travelling support in Milan. It will be interesting to test the temperature at Wembley on Monday night.

    His default setting is measured, the watchword of his team’s caution but this is dogs off the leash time. After the emotion of a full house belting out ‘God Save The King’ England have to come out firing. To hear Italy manager Roberto Mancino hold court in the San Siro after Friday night’s match you might have thought England’s situation is being overblown.

    As he pointed out with a rueful grin, England are going to the World Cup after all – unlike his Italy team who failed to qualify. His view was that the Nations League defeat would have no impact on England’s World Cup chances which he continues to rate as good. Mancini still believes England are one of the sides that can win it.

    If it had been just one narrow loss on the road against a side England have not beaten away since the black and white era, the former Manchester City manager might have a point but five games without a win is starting to look serious. If the tide cannot be turned against the Germans, it will be hard to offer any sort of coherent argument that they will be at the sharp end punching in Qatar.

    England have a forgiving World Cup group but there is no switch marked belief which a side can simply flick on demand. Confidence has to be built up, not magically created. Omniously, the nature of the winter scheduling lays the supposed big guns open to ambush more than in a traditional World Cup.

    England will go into their opening game against Iran on November 21 straight off a Premier League weekend. They need to feel the ground beneath their feet again versus Germany because at the moment they are in danger of slipping into an irretrievable freefall.

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