COMMENT: Why a grand final rematch should never happen Bad Call: The white line shows the Melbourne Victory players [in white] were in an offside position during the free kick that led to the Victory’s goal. Picture: Fox Sports
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TweetFacebookPundits suggested the video assistant referee could have left his control room near the halfway line and ducked into a corporate box to look at a Fox Sports broadcastto check the offside decision.Under the rules, there’s no formal scope for this to occur. There is a risk thatsuch a move could be seen tobreach the integrity of the process. VAR documents show seriousconcern about decisions being unduly influenced or interfered with. This is why VAR officials sit in a secure room.

Nevertheless,many would say a call could easily have beenmadeon theoffside decision in an adjacent corporate box. Pretty much everyone in the stadiumcould tell it was offside with one look at the paused footage on the big screen.The A-Leaguesaid on Tuesday thatVAR officials conceded that inhindsight, they“could have left our room and gone to Fox”.

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As well as the video assistant referee,the referee on the field can also review footage. If hedecides to do so, the rules say heshould“go immediately to thereferee review area”, which isnext to the field of play.Again, in this instance, some will say the rulesshould be changed to allow the emergency use ofthe big screen at the stadium.

But I’d imagine that formal or informal use of Fox Sports broadcasts in the event of VAR failures would be quite difficult for referees in some instances. In their securecontrol rooms, VARs have the authority to take their timeto watch replays at normal speed, in freeze framesand slow motion, with different camera angles. Having to examine a TV broadcast quickly,without adequate controls and with distractions could pose problems for decisions that require more focus than blatant offsides. However, the A-League said a back-up broadcast could be put in control rooms.

As for the calls for a rematch, this would go against the laws and spirit of the game. The lawsstate that thedecisions of the referee,including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final.

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In the Jets’ semi-final,Melbourne City were 1-0 up when they should have had a penalty. Pundits agree the referee and the VARgot that decision wrong. The Jets went on to win the match 2-1. Should that match have beenreplayed?As Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna saidon Sunday, if arematch of the grand final occurred,rematches would be needed regularly becausereferees often make mistakes.That’s the thing: players make mistakes, coaches make mistakes,fans make mistakes, journalists make mistakes, even technology makes mistakes. You could say that Jets star Jason Hoffman made a mistake by committing the foul that led to the offside goal.Mistakes are part of the game andmistakes are part of life. Some mistakes are understandably harder to accept thanothers. The whole idea ofthe VAR is to avoid mistakes. But can it ever be perfect?

The VAR experiment is still in its infancy. It isa complexsystem that will take timeto master.Hopefully, the mistakes being made now will lead to adjustments andfewerincidents,like the one that robbed the Jetsand their fans in the grand final.

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Injury-plagued attacker Corey Gameiro has been thrown an A-League lifeline by the Central Coast Mariners.
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Released last week by Brisbane Roar, the 25-year-old has signed on with the Mariners for next season.

It gives the one-time Fulham prospect another chance to get his promising career back on track.

Gameiro has shown flashes of absolute quality over the years but his progress has been repeatedly hampered by a seemingly endless run of fitness issues, including three knee reconstructions.

“As an individual, I’ve been through adversity – I think the club has gone through that as well in recent years,” Gameiro said of the Mariners.

“It’s time for the club to come out of that and it’s something I really want to be a part of.

“I know a handful of the boys from when I was captain of the n under 23’s, they know what sort of person I am and how hungry I am to succeed, so I will be there from day one of pre-season to drive that as much as I can.”

Roar coach John Aloisi signed him on a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season but the Port Kembla product was unable to score in 18 appearances – all but two of them coming off the bench.

Brisbane subsequently cut him and have elected for state-league goal machine Dylan Wenzel-Halls as their preferred back-up for high-profile recruit Adam Taggart.

Gameiro, however, can now look forward to his first injury-free pre-season in four years, under the Mariners new coach Mike Mulvey.

He joins former Wanderers defender Jack Clisby as Mulvey’s first two signings as part of an overhaul of the squad that finished bottom of the A-League.

“We are working hard to add more attacking weapons to our front third this season and Corey is the first, of several new players, we will bring in to the strengthen that area of our game,” Mulvey said.

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Three men who bashed a deaf Uber driver in a Melbourne road rage attack were driving a stolen vehicle when they deliberately crashed into his car.
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Ron Chapman, 64, was attacked by the trio when he stopped to get their black Holden Captiva’s registration details after the smash at Frankston North on April 29.

Mr Chapman followed the car for a short time, before it pulled into a side street, possibly Locator or Alba Street or Monterey Boulevard.

As he grabbed his service manual and a pen, a man pulled open the car door and snatched the book out of his hands.

“All I was thinking at that point is that I needed to get the book back … and that’s what I said and he refused,” Mr Chapman told reporters through an Auslan interpreter on Tuesday.

“And he then decided to punch me.”

Two other men then got out of the car and attacked Mr Chapman from behind.

“They hit me quite hard and squashed me to the ground and kicked and punched me until (a passer by) intervened,” he said.

Police on Tuesday appealed to the good Samaritan – described as an older man with a female – to come forward.

They also revealed the Holden was stolen from an address at Mount Waverley on April 15 and had been involved in a series of crimes before it was found at Keysborough on Saturday.

“It’s been involved in various offences between Mount Waverley and Rosebud,” Detective Senior Constable Nick Jung said.

“Those offences include petrol theft and theft from motor vehicles.”

Police released CCTV footage of a woman seen with the Captiva at a service station prior to the assault.

Constable Jung said it was important to find the men as they pose a risk to the whole community.

“If they’re willing to assault Ron … they’d be willing to do this sort of thing to anyone,” Const Jung said.

Mr Chapman said while he was frightened after the assault, he wouldn’t stop working as an Uber driver.

“I’m just trying to be positive,” he said.

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THIS WEEK: Wed (6.30): Weston v Jets. Saturday: Jaffas v Hamilton (2.30), Lakes v Maitland (7.30). Sunday: Eagles v Adamstown, C’town v Valentine, Magic v Jets. Wallsend bowed out at the hands of Broadmeadow but not before putting in a strong contender for fastest goal in FFA Cup history.
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Ben Hamilton shocked the NPL heavyweights last Wednesday night at The Gardens with a goal inside the first few seconds, literally from the kick-off.

Magic goalkeeper Brad Mackenzie was caught off his line and off guard with the audacious shot, but Broadmeadow bounced back to win 4-1 in the round four clash against the second-tier club.

Sam Webb, free-kick specialist Cody Carroll, Kale Bradbery and Liam McDonald scored for Magic.

** Charlestown midfielder Riley McNaughton had his knee injury quickly put in to perspective on Sunday.

McNaughton limped off early in the 3-2 loss to Adamstown with a torn medial ligament only to find out his sister, Darcy, ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament and damaged hermedial the same day playing football.

Riley’s injury has further tested the Blues’ midfield depth, after the loss of Daniel Minors for four to six weeks with a torn calf. They host Valentine on Sunday.

** Valentine will not get off-season attacking recruit Daniel Ott back this year.

Ott, a former Manly striker, hurt his Achilles in pre-season and coach Darren Sills brought in Matt Paul as an injury replacement.

Sills had hoped to move Ott back into his squad but said the forwardhas since indicated he may retire.

** Maitland coach Michael Bolch hopes to have attacking weapon Matt Comerford back from injury against Lake Macquarie on Saturday at Macquarie Field after two weeks on the sidelines.

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NSW detectives are yet to formally speak with the former lover of murdered Brazilian woman Cecilia Haddad, whose body was found floating in a Sydney river, despite him making contact from his home town of Rio de Janeiro.
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Mario Marcelo Santoro flew home to Brazil the same weekend the 38-year-old executive’s fully-clothed body was found floating in the Lane Cove River near Woolwich.

While the outcome of last week’s post-mortem examination has been closely guarded by investigators, the results led police to confirm the case was a homicide.

On Tuesday, The n newspaper reported that the kayakers who discovered Ms Haddad’s body on the morning of April 29, say they found weights stuffed into the pockets of her cargo pants.

Police say Mr Santoro remains a “person of interest”, along with others.

Mr Santoro, 40, has told News Corp that he has placed himself at the disposal of NSW Police, it was reported on Tuesday.

But a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP that no arrest warrants had been issued and no formal statements have been made.

Mr Santoro and Ms Haddad had lived together in the past, but Ms Haddad had asked him to leave her home in Ryde – some six kilometres from where her body was found – in the weeks leading up to her death.

Homicide detectives are working under Strike Force Bronwyn to investigate the murder.

“Strike Force Bronwyn are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of Cecilia Haddad both here and abroad,” police said in a statement.

“NSW Police Force has engaged with international partners, and given the sensitive nature of these inquiries, it is not appropriate to comment further.”

The dive squad may return to the area on Tuesday to search for evidence beneath Gladesville Bridge, a police spokeswoman told AAP.

Divers spent Friday searching for what is understood to be a set of keys, although it’s not clear who they belong to or what they may unlock.

Ms Haddad arrived in Western more than a decade ago before moving to Sydney in 2016 where she worked in mining and logistics.

At the weekend, her mother, brother and friends carried white roses as they gathered at a Rio church to remember the popular and successful woman.

“What happened to Cecilia is not normal; in the name of her family and friends we want justice,” Olivia Furst, the family’s lawyer, told the Seven Network, speaking in Portuguese on Saturday.

Detectives are yet to establish how Ms Haddad’s distinctive red Fiat came to be parked at West Ryde train station, where it was discovered the day after her body was found.

Ms Haddad’s ex-husband, Felipe Torres, who detectives believe was in Perth at the time of her death, flew from Western to formally identify her body.

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Hugh HaxtonTeenager Hugh Haxton remainedin a critical condition in Royal North Shore Hospital on Wednesday morning after a fire pit exploded at his Corlette home on Sunday.
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Five people, including 16-year-old Hugh and his father, Alex, 46, suffered burns during the explosion at their house onSandy Point Road just after 5pm.

Nine News reported that a flammable liquid, believed to be methylated spirits, had been thrown on the fire.

The teenager, his father and another man, aged 44,were taken to Royal North Shore while a man and woman in their 40swere transported to John Hunter Hospital.

Fairfax Media reported that Hugh had suffered severe burns to his face, arms and torso.

A spokeswoman for Royal North Shore said Alex Haxton and the other man were in a stable condition.

Police said theman and woman who remained in Newcastle hadbeen released from hospital.

Nine News reported Hugh’s mother and sister were returning from a holiday in America.

Detectives are investigating how the explosion occurred.

Former Newcastle Knights youth coach Garth Brennan, now Gold Coast head coach,echoed the thoughts of many when asked about the Haxtons at a Titans press conference.

“They live next door to my mum and dad. He’s a wonderful young man. Hughie, mate, stay strong. Fight hard, mate. I know you will,” an emotional Brennan said.

The Haxtons were long-time sponsors of Maitland Rugby Club through their family business, HaxtonHaulage.

Alex played for the Blacks for about 10 years and Hugh plays for the Nelson Bay Gropers.

Maitland Rugby Club issued a statement calling for the community to support the family.

“The time is now when we need positive thoughts and prayers for one of our own,” the statement on Facebook read.

“The Haxtons have been the one of the most supportive and generous families ever to call MRC home.

“In years gone past when the chips were down we could always call on the Haco’s in times of need … it is now we need to rally together and return the favour.

“We will endeavor to keep you informed of progress but in the meantime say a prayer, muster your positive energy and send it on.”

Messages of support have rolled in on social media, with people calling for a speedy recovery.

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Tim Paine will shepherd through their first assignment since the ball-tampering crisis but it appears likely to be a temporary posting, with national selectors yet to settle on a permanent one-day international skipper.
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Paine, who took over as ‘s Test captain during the tour of South Africa, will lead a 15-man squad for five ODIs in June.

Aaron Finch has been named as vice-captain for the first assignment under new coach Justin Langer while offspinner Nathan Lyon has earned a long-awaited ODI recall, having last represented in white-ball cricket in August 2016.

Paine’s steady leadership is likely to prove crucial with the English press certain to drill down on the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town which led to heavy suspensions for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

But the 33-year-old’s future is uncertain beyond that tour.

He will take no part in ‘s upcoming Twenty20 matches and is no certainty to retain the ODI captaincy for the 2019 World Cup.

“Tim is a strong leader and will captain the (ODI) side for this series, supported by Aaron,” chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said on Tuesday.

“A decision on a permanent one-day captain will be made in due course.”

will play one T20 game in England followed by a T20 tri-series in July in Zimbabwe, which also involves Pakistan.

Finch will captain the T20 side with Alex Carey named as his deputy in a major endorsement for the young wicketkeeper.

“I wasn’t really expecting it to be honest,” Carey told reporters in Adelaide.

“As a wicketkeeper in T20s, you’ve probably got the best eyes to see what’s going on. Hopefully I can learn and keep growing as a leader.”

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have been ruled out for both tours in the hope they will be available for the Test series against Pakistan later this year.

Both quicks sustained injuries in South Africa.

“Mitchell is going to undertake a prolonged rehabilitation period for his tibial bone stress injury and we are aiming for a return to play for the Pakistan Test series in the UAE,” team physiotherapist David Beakley said.

“Pat is still recovering from a lumbar bone stress injury; the good news is that it has not progressed to a fracture but he still requires a period of rehabilitation with an aim for him to return to play for the Pakistan Test series along with Starc.”

Adam Zampa’s stocks have taken another fall with the legspinner dropped from both the ODI and T20 squads. Queensland tweaker Mitchell Swepson has been called up for the T20s while Ashton Agar has been named in both squads.

D’Arcy Short is in the frame for an ODI debut after an impressive T20 campaign in New Zealand.

AUSTRALIAN ODI SQUAD TO FACE ENGLAND: Tim Paine (capt), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.

T20 SQUAD TO FACE ENGLAND, ZIMBABWE AND PAKISTAN: Aaron Finch (capt), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth.

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Football Federation is set to make contact with Andres Iniesta’s management to see if the Spanish legend’s interest in an A-League stint is for real.
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It comes after four clubs flagged their intention to use a new $3 million war chest announced last week to bring big-name players to the competition next season.

It may be too late to snare Iniesta, with reports out of Japan suggesting the Barcelona great is to sign a three-year deal with J-League club Vissel Kobe worth 25 million euros per season.

But it’s understood Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers are the clubs who will be in the market for recognised name players next season.

The CEOs of the four clubs are due to meet on Thursday to discuss their budgets and how the funds, provided by Fox Sports, will be used.

The views of coaches, who have previously been reticent to take on marquee players, will also be taken into account.

However, A-League chief Greg O’Rourke told AAP the view across the game was “overwhelming” that the competition needs to revisit the marquee concept.

“We will determine with (the CEOs) how this is going to work – do we go out and use $3 million to go and hook one big fish, or three small ones?” O’Rourke said.

“There’s some history that would say that (Alessandro) Del Piero, when he was here with (Emile) Heskey and Shinji Ono was actually quite amplifying.”

Spanish outlet Sport claimed Iniesta, 33, had named has the “preferred destination” to end his glittering career.

O’Rourke confirmed FFA would reach out to the 2010 World Cup winner, but if they miss out as expected, he said approaches have already been made to other potential A-League recruits in recent days.

O’Rourke said a list of targets would be drawn up using publicly available information, as well as help from their PFA and their networks – including the world players’ union FIFPro – and input from clubs.

The A-League had a centralised ‘guest marquee’ fund in 2016 but it garnered only one player, Tim Cahill, whose stint at Melbourne City did not have the desired impact on crowds and TV ratings.

Western Sydney (Eduardo da Silva) and Melbourne Victory (Alessandro Diamanti) had attempts to sign players under the same rule knocked back because they did not meet strict marketability criteria.

O’Rourke said while similar criteria will apply, FFA’s approach will be more “holistic” this time around.

“I think you’ll see a lot more of a collaborative approach rather than (the clubs) bringing players to us, which was the previous approach,” O’Rourke said.

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Cher is returning to . Photo: Machado Cicala MorassutOscar-winning actor, singer and global superstarCher will kick off her firstn tourin 13 years in Newcastle.
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She will perform at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on September 26.

Cher, born Cheryl Sarkisian,has not toured since 2005. Her three-yearFarewellTour played to more than 3 million fans worldwide.

While a teenager, the American studio backing singer found fame in the 1960s as one half of duoSonny and Cher. Sonny Bono was an up-and-comingproducer and they quickly became household names with the worldwide smash hit I Got You Babe.They also married and starred onThe Sonny and Cher Comedy Hourhowever the show ended when the marriage dissolved.

As a solo artist Cher again topped the charts with songs likeGypsies, Tramps and Thieves,Half-Breedand Dark Lady before turning her attention to acting. She starred in moviesSilkwood,The Witches Of EastwickandMask and won an Academy Award in 1988 for her performance in Moonstruck.

“I don’t think that this award means that I’m somebody,” Cher said during herOscar acceptance speech, “but maybe I’m on my way.”

ON THE ROAD: Cher today announced an n tour – her first in 13 years. She will start the tour at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on September 26. Tickets are on sale on May 18.

More films followed, including Mermaids,Tea With Mussolini andStuck On You. She has received a Grammy, an Emmy, three Golden Globes, a Cannes Film FestivalAward and aPeople’s Choice Award. In July she will return to the big screeninMamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Cher starts n tour in Newcastle Singer Cher made a surprise appearance at the Sydney Mardi Gras, delighting her fans in the crowd.

2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Photograph shows American singer Cher. Picture: James Brickwood.

2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Photograph shows American singer Cher. Picture: James Brickwood.

2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Photograph shows American singer Cher. Picture: James Brickwood.

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HitsJust Like Jesse JamesandIFound Someone followed, butit wouldbe herventure into dance music at the age of 52 with the Grammy-winning, 20 million-selling singleBelieve that eclipsed them all. Follow-up hits included Strong Enough and All or Nothing.

If I Could Turn Back Time – CherPut it this way – Cher has topped the Billboard charts every decade for the past six decades.

From 2008 to 2011 Cher came out of retirement andperformed a concert series at the Colosseumat Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In 2013 she releasedCloser to the Truth, her first studio album in 12 years.

Believe – CherCher’s n tour willcelebrate one of music’s most phenomenal and enduringcareers.Fans can expect to bedazzled by the typically flamboyant style ofCher’scostumes and elaboratestage production.

After the tour starts in Newcastle on Wednesday, September 26, there will be shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Her final show – at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena –is set down for Thursday, October 18.

TelstraThanks has a 48-hour pre-sale just for Telstra customers (1pm May 11until1pm May 15). For more information visittelstra苏州夜总会招聘/music.For complete tour,ticket and VIP Experience information visitlivenation苏州夜总会招聘.au. Tickets go on general sale at 11am on Friday,May 18.

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