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Smith and Slater bond may sway Storm coach Bellamy to reject Broncos’ $5.4m offer

Staff writers, May 24, 2018 7:50AM News Corp Australia Network

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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy and captain Cameron Smith celebrate the 2017 premiership. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraMelbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy and captain Cameron Smith celebrate the 2017 premiership. Picture: Getty Images

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NRL: The almost unbreakable bond between Craig Bellamy and his champion hooker Cameron Smith is all that is swaying* the Storm super coach from signing with the Brisbane Broncos in a $5.4 million deal.

“The futures of both Cameron (Smith) and Billy (Slater) are a really important part of my decision,” Bellamy said. Both are off contract at the end of the season with Slater undecided whether to play on and Smith likely to sign for two more seasons.

Bellamy has said he will take time out next week with the Storm having a bye to try to make a decision to stop it dragging on and potentially disrupting* Storm’s season.

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett, 68, yesterday said he would never co-coach* with Bellamy and insisted he would finish his contract with Brisbane at the end of 2019.

AB de Villiers. Picture: AP media_cameraAB de Villiers. Picture: AP

CRICKET: South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers yesterday announced his surprise retirement from all international cricket after a glittering* 14-year career with the Proteas.

De Villiers, 34, holds the world record for the fastest half-century (16 balls), hundred (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) in One Day Internationals, and is one of the few batsmen to top the Test and 50-over rankings at the same time.

“After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired,” he said.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors controls the ball against Gerald Green of the Houston Rockets during Game Four. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraStephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors controls the ball against Gerald Green of the Houston Rockets during Game Four. Picture: Getty Images

BASKETBALL: The Houston Rockets have bounced back to beat the Golden State Warriors 95-92 yesterday to even the Western Conference NBA playoff finals at 2-2.

James Harden scored 30 points for Houston while Golden State’s Stephen Curry had 28. Game 5 is tomorrow morning in Houston.

Jordan de Goey of the Magpies. Picture: AAP media_cameraJordan de Goey of the Magpies. Picture: AAP

AFL: Carlton, North Melbourne and St Kilda are among seven clubs chasing Jordan de Goey if he decides to leave Collingwood.

The Magpies are favoured to retain the emerging star. It is estimated de Goey, who is just 22 and has played 56 games, could be offered anywhere between $650,000 a year to stay at Collingwood and up to $800,000 a year to leave.

The Magpies and de Goey’s manager Ben Niall agreed to postpone talks until mid-season.

Socceroos player Daniel Arzani during a team training session. Picture: AAP media_cameraSocceroos player Daniel Arzani during a team training session. Picture: AAP

SOCCER: Former Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou says it’s a no-brainer* for his successor* Bert van Marwijk to take both the youngest Socceroo, Daniel Arzani, and the oldest, Tim Cahill, to the World Cup.

Arzani, 19, is yet to be capped* and is untested outside of the A-League. Cahill, 38, is short on match practice but in a squad lacking in goal threat, Postecoglou said both must be a part of the Australians squad to take on France, Denmark and Peru.

“There shouldn’t be a debate about Arzani … we have very few players like Daniel Arzani,” Postecoglou said. “Timmy is always the one that I had (as a) kind of ‘break the glass if needed’ and I don’t think that’s changed.”

GLOSSARY

swaying: leading you in one direction

disrupting: causing a distraction for the team

co-coach: when two people coach one side

glittering: impressive

no-brainer: easy decision

successor: person who took over the role

capped: play for your country

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