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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
swaying: leading you in one direction
disrupting: causing a distraction for the team
co-coach: when two people coach one side
no-brainer: easy decision
successor: person who took over the role
capped: play for your country
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