Bookies write off Knights

AUSTRALIA'S leading bookmakers today rushed to virtually dismiss Newcastle as a premiership no-hoper upon confirmation Andrew Johns would miss the rest of the National Rugby League season. Most bookies suspended betting on all things involving the Knights when news began to filter through this afternoon that something was amiss with the champion halfback and Test captain.

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Dymock remains at Griffin Park

ON Tuesday London Broncos announced that the club would remain at Griffin Park for another five seasons, and today, captain Jim Dymock has agreed to a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at the Broncos until the end of the 2004 season.

Knights silence critics

THE Newcastle Knights silenced their critics with an inspiring 36-20 win over the New Zealand Warriors.

Johns verdict - out for the season

AUSTRALIAN and Newcastle captain Andrew Johns will miss the remainder of the National Rugby League season and the Kangaroo tour because of a bulging disc in his neck.

Storm rookie tipping epic encounter

MELBOURNE Storm rookie Billy Slater is adamant this Sunday?s crucial clash with Parramatta will be a fight to the final bell as both teams look to keep their finals hopes alive.

Newcastle call press conference for Johns

THE Newcastle Knights will make an announcement later this afternoon on the immediate playing future of captain Andrew Johns. The Knights have called a press conference for 4pm this afternoon.

Gasnier still no certainty to play Sharks

DRAGONS centre Mark Gasnier will have a medical before he is given clearance to make a comeback from a quad tear to play against the Sharks at Toyota Park tomorrow night.

Lockyer To The Rescue

MATCHWINNER Darren Lockyer's return from injury has become a delicate timing issue for the Brisbane Broncos.

Warriors Sympathetic To Joey Johns' Plight

WARRIORS Coach Daniel Anderson said he would rather face Newcastle on Friday night with Andrew Johns.

Warriors Not Interested In Feeder Clubs

CALLS for a new feeder competition for NRL league are falling on deaf ears at the Warriors.

Schifcofske and Drew out of Cowboys clash

THE Raiders will need to rely on all their depth this weekend with Brad Drew and Clinton Schifcofske ruled out through injury.

Utai's Treble Tries

CHUNKY Kiwis and Bulldogs wing Matt Utai recorded the first successive hat-tricks in the National Rugby League (NRL) for almost a decade when he scored three tries against Melbourne last weekend.

The Voice of Rugby League

AT Parra Leagues, Saturday 16th August, 11am-1pm a meeting will be held for Rugby League Fans to form an Association.

Round 23 preview

A week is a long time in football. I know I've heard that somewhere before and for the Knights, never has a statement rung true with such clarity. Last weekend the Knights thumped the hapless Cowboys and Knights fans had reason to be cautiously optimistic about their chances leading up to the finals then they have the collective rug pulled out from under them when it was revealed yesterday the games premier player Andrew Johns has a bulging disc in his neck that will prevent him from taking the field again this year, including the Kangaroo tour.

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