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Brisbane Broncos in secret $5m deal to swap coach Wayne Bennett for Storm’s Craig Bellamy

Staff writers, May 23, 2018 12:17AM News Corp Australia Network

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The Brisbane Broncos have made a shock move to sign current Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy (left) which leaves the future of current coach Wayne Bennett in limbo. media_cameraThe Brisbane Broncos have made a shock move to sign current Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy (left) which leaves the future of current coach Wayne Bennett in limbo.

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NRL: The Broncos have secretly approached Storm premiership-winning coach Craig Bellamy about returning to Brisbane to take over from Wayne Bennett on a deal worth more than $5 million.

The move casts doubt on the future of seven-time premiership-winning coach Bennett, who is contracted* to the Broncos until the end of next season.

Storm boss Dave Donaghy last night confirmed the club was confident of keeping Bellamy at Melbourne and it is believed they have offered him $4 million to stay.

“There is a significant three-year offer on the table, in front of Craig Bellamy, from Melbourne Storm and has been for several weeks,” Donaghy said.

Australian champion Lleyton Hewitt will come out of retirement to partner Nick Kyrgios in the doubles at Queen’s. Picture: AAP media_cameraAustralian champion Lleyton Hewitt will come out of retirement to partner Nick Kyrgios in the doubles at Queen’s. Picture: AAP

TENNIS: Australian champion Lleyton Hewitt will partner fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the doubles at the Queen’s tournament in England in June.

Hewitt, who officially retired after the 2016 Australian Open, said he wants to return to the court to help Kyrgios improve his grass court game ahead of Wimbledon*.

Kyrgios has been battling an elbow injury for weeks.

Star Sydney Kings recruit Andrew Bogut. Picture: AAP media_cameraStar Sydney Kings recruit Andrew Bogut. Picture: AAP

BASKETBALL: Andrew Bogut wants to dominate* the NBL but the Australian superstar yesterday admitted he might need to reduce his body contact.

The talented Sydney Kings recruit* also called on the league’s referees to allow big men to play to their strengths without fear of being fouled out of games.

“I probably have to be less physical because I know the referees like to blow the whistle,” Bogut said.

“If you want world class big men coming to the NBL you can’t have them sitting on the bench with four fouls and playing 12 minutes.”

LeBron James on his way to scoring 44 points. Picture: AFP media_cameraLeBron James on his way to scoring 44 points. Picture: AFP

NBA: LeBron James put up another impressive playoff performance and made history as the Cleveland Cavaliers evened up the eastern conference basketball finals.

The four-time MVP* finished with 44 points, five rebounds, and three assists as the Cavaliers picked up the 111-102 win over the Boston Celtics, tying their series at 2-2.

James’ 44 points was also his sixth 40-point game of this post season; a career-high for the 33-year-old, and the most 40-point playoff efforts in a single year since Allen Iverson in 2001.

“I’ve just put a lot of work in,” said James of his scoring heroics* at age 33.

The best-of-seven showdown continues on Thursday in Boston.

GLOSSARY

contracted: a signed agreement of employment

Wimbledon: famous grasscourt tennis tournament in London. England

dominate: rule

recruit: a player who is new to the team

MVP: Most Valuable Player

heroics: bold or dramatic behaviour

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