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Renovation Plans For Anfield Stadium

By Brad Eveleigh

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English Premier League club, Liverpool FC have revealed renovation plans to increase the capacity of their home ground, Anfield.

The majority of the proposed amendments would occur to The Main Stand, expanding to three tiers and the Anfield Road Stand. 

At completion of the proposed redevelopment, the stadium’s capacity would rise from 45,500 to approximately 59,000. 

In October 2012, the club stated in a press release that the priority was redevelopment rather than relocation to the adjacent Stanley Park. 

The main concern raised by local residents during the 2012 proposal discussions was the demolition of some houses in close proximity of the ground.  

Club officials have stated that discussions with property owners effected were “progressing well and all parties are close to agreement, but there are still details to be finalised.”(BBC)

Further modifications to the redevelopment would see the Hillsborough Memorial relocated to The Main Stand, paying tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who died attending an FA Cup match in 1989. 

The club must continue with current consultation processes before presenting and submitting the final plan application to the Liverpool City Council in the coming weeks. 

Liverpool Managing Director, Ian Ayre has said: “Good progress has been made so far and we are proud to be able to unveil our plans.”

If the application is successful, construction would commence early in 2015 and is predicted to be completed by the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

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IRB World Rugby 7s Results – Round 6 – Tokyo

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GROUP STANDINGS

POOL A
9 – New Zealand
6 – Canada
6 – Wales
3 – Portugal

POOL B
9 – South Africa
7 – Kenya
4 – Argentina
4 – Japan

POOL C
8 – Fiji
6 – United States
5 – Samoa
5 – France

POOL D
9 – England
7 – Australia
5 – Scotland
3 – Spain

SHIELD FINAL
Argentina 28 def. Samoa 0

BOWL FINAL
Wales 28 def. Scotland 21

PLATE FINAL
Australia 17 def. United States 12

THIRD PLACE
England 21 def. New Zealand 12

FINAL
Fiji 33 def. South Africa 26

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Marquez opens his 2014 Campaign with Qatar GP Victory

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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Reigning World MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez has opened his 2014 account with a first place finish on the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season in Qatar.

The 21-year-old started from Pole Position and claimed the top spot of the podium after a thrilling battle with his Italian rival, Valentino Rossi, who had to settle for second spot.

Marquez had his work cut out for him on the penultimate lap as he was forced to strangle his Repsol Honda to the limits, regaining the lead on two occasions from Rossi and done so with a fractured right Fibula.

At the conclusion of the race Marquez stated: “I enjoyed it. I did not think about the injury,”

“Last year he won, this year I won. I’m happy.”

“On the lap before the last we overtook each other two or three times, which was so nice.”

His Repsol Honda team mate and fellow Spaniard, Dani Pedrosa, claimed the third step on the podium after a battle with Alvaro Bautista who crashes out with only two laps to go.

Championship contended and 2012 World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, crashed out in the very early stages after briefly leading the race.

Moto2: 1 – Esteve Rabat (ESP). 2 – Mika Kallio (FIN) 3 – Thomas Luthi (SWI).
*Takaaki Nakagami finished second but was disqualified due to a breach of Technical Regulations. Team appeal was rejected.

Moto3: 1 – Jack Miller (AUS). 2 – Alex Marques (ESP). 3 – Efren Vazquez (ESP)

Qatar MotoGP Results
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 42:40.561
2. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 42:40.820
3. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 42:43.931
4. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 42:52.184
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 42:52.720
6. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Ducati 43:09.087
7. Scott Redding (Britain) Honda 43:13.154
8. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Honda 43:13.189
9. Colin Edwards (U.S.) Yamaha 43:20.108
10. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 43:23.921
11. Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 43:27.156
12. Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 43:27.249
13. Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Honda 43:31.142
14. Danilo Petrucci (Italy) ART 43:43.688

MotoGP Championship Standings
25 – Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda (Spain)
20 – Valentino Rossi – Yamaha (Italy)
16 – Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda (Spain)
13 – Aleix Espargaro – Forward Yamaha (Spain)
11 – Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati (Italy)
10 – Cal Crutchlow – Ducati (Britain)
9 – Scott Redding – Honda (Britain)
8 – Nicky Hayden – Honda (U.S)
7 – Colin Edwards – Forward Yamaha (U.S)
6 – Andrea Iannone – Ducati (Italy)
5 – Hiroshi Aoyama – Honda (Japan)
4 – Yonny Hernandez – Ducati (Colombia)
3 – Karel Abraham – Honda (Czech Republic)
2 – Danilo Pertrucci – ART (Italy)
1 – Broc PARKES – PBM (Australia)

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Rules for the NRL Auckland 9s

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With the 3rd game underway of the Rugby League 9s being played in Auckalnd at the moment I have noticed some major confusion amongst fans on social networks regarding the rules.

Obviously there are some major changes and additives to this weekends competition so I shall explain below.

Rule Changes:

• Introduction of the Bonus Zone – a five point try for tries scored in the in-goal area between the goal posts at each end. All tries scored outside the bonus zone will remain four pointers

• Introduction of ‘GoldenTry’ – where if teams are drawn at fulltime – in extra time the first team to score a try wins – with the ‘Golden try’

• Goal-kicks will not feature in the tournament with dropkicks taken in line from where the try was scored worth two points. Penalty dropkicks will be worth two points with a field goal in general play remaining at one point.

• Scrums will consist of five players from each team and will only be used in the event of a double knock-on or a mutual infringement.

• In the event of a successful 40/20 kick, play will recommence with a tap re-start to the kicking team 20 metres in from where the ball crossed the touch line.

• Matches will be re-started by the scoring team through a drop kick off

• Referees will have the power to send players to the sin-bin for five minutes for foul play.

Rules provided by NRL .com

FIFA World Football Rankings

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RANK TEAM POS + / – POINTS
1 Spain <> 0 1506
2 Germany <> 0 1314
3 Argentina <> 0 1255
4 Portugal 1 1219
5 Columbia -1 1211
6 Switzerland 2 1159
7 Uruguay -1 1157
8 Italy -1 1135
9 Brazil 1 1125
10 Netherlands -1 1122
11 Belgium <> 0 1117
12 Greece <> 0 1084
13 USA 1 1044
14 Chile 1 1038
15 England -2 1032
16 Croatia <> 0 966
17 Boznia-Herzegovina 2 919
18 Ukraine <> 0 917
18 France 2 917
20 Denmark 5 907
21 Mexico <> 0 887
22 Russia <> 0 862
23 Côte d’Ivoir -6 841
24 Ecuador -1 831
25 Sweden 1 821
26 Aigeria 1 819
27 Slovenia 2 799
27 Cape Verde Islands 8 799
29 Serbia 1 775
30 Armenia 8 711

Daniel Geale v Garth Wood

By Hayden Hooper ( @Hoopaman18 )

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Two of Australia’s top Middleweights will go head to head at Sydney’s Horden Pavilion on Wednesday night. Daniel Geale (29-2, 15KOs) and Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8KOs) will fight Live on MainEvent PPV over 12 rounds for the WBA Pan African and IBF Pan Pacific titles.

Geale, a former world champion, is coming off just his second career defeat, a narrow loss in the United States at the hands of Englishman Darren Barker in which he lost his title. Although Geale’s last six fights have been world title bouts against some of the worlds best, this is a danger fight and a must win if the Tasmanian is to put himself back in the world title picture.

Wood, a former NRL first grader and winner of The Contender reality series suffered disappointment of his own late last year when his world title bout with Martin Murray was cancelled just weeks prior. He is determined and feels this is his big chance to push himself into the world title frame.

This MainEvent PPV undercard will also feature the much anticipated professional debut of NRL star Paul Gallen. Gallen has participated in the charity event Fight for Life the previous two years, winning both bouts and impressing people along the way.

The Cronulla and New South Wales captain and a man who is considered one of the fittest and toughest in the NRL will take on Queensland’s Herman Ene-Purcell, a 20 year old who resides in Toowoomba under the tutelage of Brendon Smith. The ‘Hermanator’, as they call him, has had two professional fights, a win and a loss.

In a rematch, highly regarded New Zealander Robert Berridge (22-1-1, 18KOs) and Sydneysider Kerry Foley (14-1-1, 12KOs) meet in a 12 round battle for the PABA Light Heavyweight title.

In 2011, the pair fought to a 6 round decision draw. Foley has since not fought, while Berridge has had 13 bouts in that time, only suffering defeat once at the hands of undefeated Blake Capparello.

Australia’s number one Cruiserweight Brad Pitt (14-0, 11KOs) will also make an appearance after a lengthy period absent from the ring. The 2008 Olympian and former Australian and regional title holder has not fought since November 2012. He will fight Emosi Solitua (4-0, 3KOs) over 6 rounds.

Another international encounter takes place between New Zealand’s Jake Revill (7-0, 3KOs) and Sydney’s Shane Quinn (7-1-1, 5KOs) when the Cruiserweights fight over 6 rounds.

Current Australian Super Feather champion Kye MacKenzie (6-0, 4KOs) and former Australian Light Welterweight champion Addisu Tebebu (5-3-3, 1KO) meet in the middle at an agreed catchweight of 61kg.

Also on the card is Lauryn Eagle (8-3-1, 3KOs) taking on Shari Ranger (0-1).

You can read more of Hayden’s work at http://www.haydenhooper.wordpress.com

NRL Auckland 9’s Tournament Guide

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GROUPS

BLUE
– Cronulla Sharks
– Newcastle Knights
– Wests Tigers
– Gold Coast Titans

GREEN
– Sydney Roosters
– Parramatta Eels
– Brisbane Broncos
– Canterbury Bulldogs

YELLOW
– New Zealand Warriors
– Canberra Raiders
– Manly Sea Eagles
– North Queensland Cowboys

RED
– Melbourne Storm
– Penrith Panthers
– South Sydney Rabbitohs
– St George / Illawarra Dragons

Day 1 – Saturday – February 15

1. Cronulla Sharks v Newcastle Knights – 12:35pm
2. Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans – 1:00pm
3. Sydney Roosters v Parramatta Eels – 1:25pm
4. Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury Bulldogs – 1:50pm
5. New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders – 2:25pm
6. Manly Sea Eagles v North Queensland Cowboys – 2:50pm
7. Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers – 3:15pm
8. South Sydney Rabbitohs v St George / Illawarra Dragons – 3:40pm
9. Cronulla Sharks v Wests Tigers – 4:20pm
10. Newcastle Knights v Gold Coast Titans – 4:45pm
11. Sydney Roosters v Brisbane Broncos – 5:10pm
12. Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs – 5:35pm
13. New Zealand Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles – 6:10pm
14. Canberra Raiders v North Queensland Cowboys – 6:35pm
15. Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs – 7:00pm
16. Penrith Panthers v St George / Illawarra Dragons – 7:25pm

Day 2 – Sunday – February 16

17. Cronulla Sharks v Gold Coast Titans – 12:00pm
18. Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers – 12:25pm
19. Sydney Roosters v Canterbury Bulldogs – 12:50pm
20. Parramatta Eels v Brisbane Broncos – 1:15pm
21. New Zealand Warriors v North Queensland Cowboys – 1:45pm
22. Canberra Raiders v Manly Sea Eagles – 2:10pm
23. Melbourne Storm v St George / Illawarra Dragons – 2:35pm
24. Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs – 3:00pm

The Finals

1st Quarter-Final – 3:30pm
1st Blue v 2nd Green

2nd Quarter-Final – 3:55pm
1st Green v 2nd Blue

3rd Quarter-Final – 4:20pm
1st Yellow v 2nd Red

4th Quarter-Final – 4:45pm
1st Red v 2nd Yellow

1st Semi-Final – 5:45pm
Winner of 1st QF v Winner of 2nd QF

2nd Semi-Final – 6:10pm
Winner of 3rd QF v Winner of 4th QF

Grand Final – 7:30pm
Winner of 1st SF v Winner of 2nd SF

Venue: Edan Park

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Boxing – Aussies Abroad

By Hayden Hooper ( @hoopaman18 )

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The following week will see three Australian boxers take to the ring across three different countries. Blake Capparello, Jarrod Fletcher and Jason Cooper will all fight abroad in bouts that could define their respective careers.

Capparello’s US Debut

Undefeated Light Heavyweight Blake Capparello (18-0-1, 6KOs) will make his debut on American soil on the massive Super Bowl weekend. He faces veteran Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24KOs) as the main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

Capparello is coming off the most impressive performance of his career, easily outpointing veteran American Allan Green, to claim the IBO title.

In order to chase the dream of big fights under the bright lights in America and more globally recognised titles, Capparello was forced to relinquish the IBO belt.

Capparello has been in the States preparing and said, “Elvir is a strong, solid fighter. We’ve had a good look at him. He’s the type, if we want to make an impression, we have to beat him good. That’s our plan.”

The fight card is to be held at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey. It will be broadcast Live on ESPN2 in Australia from 1p.m, Saturday the 1st.

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Fletcher’s WBA bout in Monte Carlo

Queensland Middleweight Jarrod ‘Left Jab’ Fletcher (17-1, 10KOs) travels to Monaco to challenge the Ukraine’s Max Bursak (29-1-1, 12KOs) for his WBA Continental title on the Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza tournament.

Originally scheduled to face Brittan’s Martin Murray for his Interim WBA world title, Murray withdrew from the bout, claiming injury as reason, when it’s rumoured he is only chasing a bigger fight with IBF champion Felix Sturm.

With Bursak stepping in, Fletcher was fortunately able to stay on the blockbuster event. Bursak is an extremely dangerous replacement but Fletcher took everything as a true professional, saying, “It doesn’t matter who I fight, I’m focused and ready for this.”

Fletcher, who has been finishing up training camp with his team in France says, “This is the biggest fight of my career, I’ve worked for 20 years and I’m finally at that world level. If I can win this fight it’s going to open up doors and get bigger fights for world titles.”

This fight can be seen on MainEvent PPV from 4p.m Sunday the 2nd, on the undercard of undefeated WBA and IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin when he defends his titles against Osumanu Adama.

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Nugget’s WBC Title fight in China

Deception Bay boxer Jason ‘Nugget’ Cooper (8-1-1, 4KOs) heads to China with hopes of taking Qiu Xiao Jun’s (10-2, 4KOs) WBC Asia Council Continental and WBC Youth World titles.

The 22 year old Super Bantamweight prospect is riding a six fight win streak. This will be the former Australian champion’s first chance to showcase his talent internationally and a victory could open more opportunities on the world stage for the rising star.

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Cahill Scores Fastest Goal In MLS History (Video)

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Australian Tim Cahill has scored the fastest goal in Major League Soccer history for the New York Red Bulls against the Huston Dynamo in just 7 seconds Sunday evening.

Cahill took one touch to to control a Dax McCarty’s them blasted a half-volley into the top right corner past goalkeeper Tally Hall for the new record.

Click the link below to witness the Cahill magic thanks to mlssoccer.com

Fastest Goal in MSL History – Tim Cahill

Deutsche Bank Championship 2013 Preview

By Michael McGill ( @MickSportsNews )

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Week two of the FedEx Cup playoffs sees the Top 100 qualifiers teeing it up in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston for a share of US$8 million in prize money.

The Deutsche Bank Championship has been played at TPC Boston since its debut in 2003. It is a Par 71 course measuring 7216 yards. There are 53 sand bunkers and 2 water hazards. The greens are Bentgrass.

Starting on Friday and finishing on Labor Day it is the only PGA Tour event to conclude on a Monday.

The Top 5 in betting are 7/1 Tiger Woods, 12/1 Phil Mickelson, 12/1 Adam Scott, 14/1 Rory McIlroy and 18/1 Justin Rose.

To play well at TPC Boston you need to rank well in a few different categories.

  • Length- If you look at the past winners and runners up of this tournament many of them have been long off the tee. There are several dogleg holes on the course and these can be carried by the big hitters. This will be a distinct advantage.
  • Putting- The greens at TPC Boston are large and many have several tiers so putting could be challenging this week. Many past winners have ranked highly in putting stats on their way to victory.
  • Scrambling & GIR- Past winners have all ranked highly in both of these areas.
  • Par 5’s- If you want to finish high up the leader board you need to take advantage of the three Par 5 holes. Looking at past winners they have all played them well.

Two players come to mind this week.

Phil Mickelson 12/1

Phil has really turned back the clock this season. He is playing out of his skin. Starting the year ranked No.22 in the World he now finds himself No.3 and his rise looks like continuing.

He has only missed three cuts from 18 starts this season. Those 15 made cuts have resulted in 2 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds! Those results were 1st Phoenix Open (-28), 1st The Open Championship, 2nd St Jude Classic, 2nd US Open, 3rd WGC Cadillac Championship and 3rd Wells Fargo Championship. Pretty impressive results.

Last week at The Barclays he finished with a round of 65 to be T6th. He finished the week ranked T4th in Greens in Regulation and 6th in Strokes Gained Putting. If he keeps those stats going this week he will go a long way to winning.

This season he is ranked 1st in birdie average, 5th in strokes gained putting and 7th in scoring average. He also won this event in 2007 (-16) and was T10th in 2011 and T4th in 2012.

His current form and closing round of 65 last week have him in great shape. He can go low as scene in the Phoenix Open and has a great record on the course. At 12/1 he is a great bet and can not be overlooked.

Jordon Spieth 45/1

Another player having a huge year is young Jordon. His 20 starts have resulted in half of those being Top 25 finishes! Seven of those ended up being Top 10’s. Then there was his break through win at the John Deere Classic (-19) where he won in a play off beating Zach Johnson and David Hearn.  He also went low in the Puerto Rico Open (-19) when finishing second.

Two weeks ago at the Wyndham Championship he continued his great run where he lost in a play off to another young gun Patrick Reed. Last week it was a T19th at The Barclays. This kid can play. Many pundits are tipping to have a very successful career,

He now finds himself ranked No.33 in the World after starting the year ranked No.810. His stats also fair well for this course with numbers like 14th in driving accuracy, 14th in scoring average, 2nd in all round ranking and 5th in Par 4 birdie or better.

You can expect to see this confident young man up near the leader board again this week and at 45/1 could be a great each way selection.

Good Luck and Good Punting.