Mind Games

HOW do you explain a team losing a match by 50 points and then 7 days later winning a match by 40 points? How does a team of average players defeat a team of established champions? How come some athletes can raise and/or sustain their performance when the contest in which they compete asks them to go beyond their comfort zone in order to succeed?

The Most Wanted, Unwanted?

THERE?S a lot to be admired about the Jamie Lyon fiasco, but here?s the part I just love above all else. Through all the tears, heartache and soul searching: absolutely no one cared where he ended up going. In fact, this was right up there with Jana Pittman, Mark Philippoussis and David Beckham on the ?sports stars that continually made the papers out of pity? list. Again, I must emphasize that I love the way they work, as they've always managed to make me chuckle every time I read their sad tales.

The Prodigal Son Returns?

THERE was once a young kid who could just about destroy a team by himself. This kid never really needed the help of his other young team-mates to beat the opposition, it was just a great run, or a classy pass that belied his tender age that set up the win. This kid was destined to captain the team he worshipped as a youngster, and if not for forces outside of his control he may well have got his wish.

NRL 2004 SEASON REVIEWS - South Sydney Rabbitohs

THEY may have collected their second consecutive wooden spoon, but 2004 could be the year that the red and green of South Sydney laid the foundations for a brighter future.

Ten NRL Players in Dragons Premier League Starting Line-up

DRAGONS Premier League coach Mick Potter has named 10 players with 2004 NRL experience in his starting line-up to play the defending premiers, the Canberra Raiders, in their preliminary final elimination at Aussie Stadium this Saturday (5.35pm kick-off).

3 Kiwis make ESL Dream Team

THREE Kiwis have been named in the English Super League's dream team.

ESL Playoff news

WAKEFIELD - in the play-offs for the first time in club history - are the 150-1 outsiders to reach the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Vagana commits to Bulls until 2006

THE UK?s most successful Rugby club, Bradford Bulls, have received a major boost ahead of the Play Off?s with the news that Kiwi Prop Forward Joe Vagana has signed a new two year contract and will remain at Odsal until the end of the 2006 Super League season.

Anasta considers chest brace

A chance meeting with Andrew Johns has Bulldogs five-eighth Braith Anasta ready to wear a special brace if and when he returns from a sternum injury.

Michael Crocker - " I'm sweet "

SYDNEY Roosters forward Michael Crocker says there's no way he'd miss the NRL club's preliminary final date with North Queensland on Sunday.

Roosters name team to meet the Cowboys

SYDNEY City Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his team to take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Telstra Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Coach Stuarts team is; Anthony Minichiello Chris Walker Justin Hodges Ryan Cross Shannon Hegarty Brad Fittler Brett Finch Jason Cayless Craig Wing Adrian Morley Michael Crocker Craig Fitzgibbon Luke Ricketson Chad Robinson Chris Flannery Ned Catic Anthony Tupou Stuart Webb, Extra Player Named

Slater pulls out of Australian train-on squad

AN ongoing groin injury has forced Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater to withdraw from the Australian Test train-on squad today.

Bulldogs v Panthers Match Preview

THE first NRL Grand Final qualifier for 2004 kicks-off at Aussie Stadium on Saturday night in what should be a real test of credibility for both teams.

Player Profile - Ryan Girdler

RYAN Girdler was telling his Penrith teammates this week how good it would be to sit out most of the NRL season and come back fresh for the finals.

Cowboys ready to face the Roosters

NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his side to travel down to Sydney to take on the Roosters on Sunday afternoon at Telstra Stadium in the second of the competition's preliminary finals.

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