A major reason for its repaired image over the past year was the launch of its Australia-based agent Tristan Hay into his inner circle.
You won’t find much about Hay on Instagram or Twitter, which is part of his appeal in a world where likes and shares often mean more than wins and losses.
He’s the Kangaroos’ team manager, the NBA man on the ground in Australia, and most importantly, a calm voice of reason and honesty for countless athletes, from footballers to fighters.
He was front and center in Kyrgios’ box at Wimbledon and is sure to feature in the Netflix series. breakpointif it falls on Friday.
However, it is known in sports circles that Hay is no longer involved in the Kyrgios team.
When I called him to discuss this week’s madness, he chose not to say anything other than to say he won’t be at Melbourne Park this year. “But I’m always there for him,” he said.
Teddy’s future on the field is not so certain
It was all smiles and air kisses from the Roosters captain James Tedesco‘s wedding in the Hunter Valley last weekend with several players and officials in attendance – but a stalemate looms over his next contract.
Tedesco’s management have asked for a one-year extension to his current contract, which ends in 2024, but the Roosters aren’t thrilled to be asked for a call anytime soon.
Despite being the Roosters’ most important player — at $1.1 million a season — the club is facing a fullback deadlock Joseph Suaali’i19 and Joe Manu26, also in her books.
Tedesco turned 30 last Sunday and you can bet the club would want him to sign year-on-year deals like other players have done in their last few years.
The Roosters remain hopeful of securing Suaali’i for the long-term, despite rugby union interest, while Manu is touted as a future five-eighth wannabe Luke Keary goes into retirement.
Super League Doco on the way
The Super League War, what was it good for? It turns out it’s good for a long overdue documentary.
Amazon-owned MGM is secretly working on a series about the most tumultuous period in rugby league history. Interviews with key figures including Super League architect John Ribotare already secured.
An Amazon spokesperson had absolutely no idea what I was talking about when contacted – nothing new – but I know influential people have been approached by ARL and News Ltd.
It is certainly the age of sports documentation. There are so many sports documentaries out there that it won’t be long before the only sports documentaries that can still be made will be a sports documentaries about sports documentaries.
season two of The exam featuring the Australian cricket team is released on Friday and the real winners are the players.
Last August, news broke in the field that each player who played in the first season received a whopping $81,000 from Amazon, much to the disappointment of the then-coach Justin Langerwho received $40,000.
This season, each player earns more than $100,000. To be filmed for it. do your job. They are already well paid for this.
Where to buy tickets for this sauce train?
The declaration decision was the right step
Australian captain Pat Cummins was hurled from post to post this summer, unfairly branded as ‘Captain Woke’ under false assumptions he told Cricket Australia to give up his sponsorship of Alinta Energy.
Cummins did a great job leading the Aussie team in their collapse of the West Indies and South Africa but people continue to hype him up.
On the fourth day of the rain-affected SCG test, he co-declared Usman Khawaja unbeaten to 195 and has been roundly accused of thinking like a bowler who doesn’t care about beating records.
Cummins wasn’t thinking about Khawaja reaching 200—he was thinking like a captain hoping to win.
I asked two men who are experts on this sort of thing – former captains and top-flight batsmen Mark Taylor and Michael Clarke – if it was a selfish call.
As Taylor said: “I applaud him. Imagine if he didn’t declare and Australia missed an over or two and needed a few last wickets? As Clarke said: “Team first. That’s all that counts.”
Put this in your strawberry vape and smoke it, haters.
Will the league get its lasso moment?
It would hardly be one Teddy Lasso Moment when a rugby league club snapped rugby union coaches Eddie Jones or Michael Cheika – but the day will surely come when an NRL club is brave enough to appoint her.
Jones has said before he wants to coach South Sydney amid rumors of a Sydney club reaching Cheika in the summer.
He denied that was the case when contacted in Paris, where he works with Argentina, but his work with Lebanon at the Rugby League World Cup has shown he is more than capable of it.
Maybe an NRL club should do that Yes, really Think outside the square and appoint Graham Arnoldwho Wayne Bennett often says is a “rugby league coach who coaches football”.
Arnold has finally returned to Australia following the Socceroos’ exploits at the World Cup but has yet to make a decision on his future.
Luai also in Cobbo’s bad books
Young Broncos winger Selywn Cobbo was singed for his podcast comments Kevin Walters is “a good guy, but not the best coach”, but if you listen to the entire hour-and-a-half interview, Penrith’s most inflammatory words are five-eighths reserved Jarome Luai.
When Cobbo was eliminated in the opening minutes of last year’s country of origin playoff while playing for Queensland, Luai stood over him and hurled abuse, which infuriated the Maroons. The Blues No.6 later insisted he was unaware Cobbo had a concussion.
“He’s just food,” said Cobbo back of the 135 podcast. “Nah, yeah, I was pretty disappointed, wasn’t I? Nah, yeah, Luai’s a goof, yeah.”
Cobbo also made some interesting comments about how the wing is his least preferred position and that he would rather play at full-back while also providing coverage Reece Walsh want to play in halves.
As for his statement about being “taken out of context,” he and the interviewer discussed NFL before being asked directly about Walters. There was no indication Tyson Gamblewho criticized the manager after signing for Newcastle.
“What made him do it?!” – Former NBA coach Stan van Gundy on ESPN after Miami Heat veteran Dwayne Dedmon threw a Theragun onto the field in his team’s dramatic victory Josh Giddeyis OKC Thunder. Why throw your crib toys when you can throw a massage gun?
From Gippsland in the country of Victoria to SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, where Australian players play Brett Thorson helped the Georgia Bulldogs to their second straight American College Football Championship, defeating Texas Christian University, whose punter is Jordy Sandy, who hails from Traralgon. The game was watched by 20 million people. Go to Australia.
If there was ever a reason to deduct points from a team because of the behavior of their fans, Melbourne Victory certainly deserved it after their active supporters took the field last month. Instead, Football Australia issued a $550,000 fine and a 10-point suspended sentence.
It’s a big weekend for… attendees at this Saturday’s Magic Millions meeting on the Gold Coast as they roll onto the track around noon, drop off some cash at the races and then stumble over to the yearling sales from 6pm and bet a few more millions on some horses. Now that sounds like fun!
It’s an even bigger weekend for…David Warnerwho makes his first Big Bash League appearance since December 2011 when he plays for the Sydney Thunder against the Perth Scorchers at the Sydney Showground on Friday night. Kaboom!
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https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/nick-kyrgios-has-lost-a-key-member-of-his-team-and-it-s-starting-to-show-20230112-p5cbz0.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Nick Kyrgios loses key team member Tristan Hay for a Grand Slam event