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Burgess hopes NRL will finalise probe soon

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George Burgess. Photo: AAPAn emotional Sam Burgess thanked his wife, family and club for their support during the NRL’s investigation into a sexting scandal, suggesting the truth will come out before South Sydney’s preliminary final on Saturday.
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Burgess addressed reporters on Tuesday, speaking publicly for the first time about allegations lewd images were sent to a young woman from one of his social media accounts earlier this year.

The Englishman refused to discuss specifics, reiterating throughout the 12-minute press conference he is “happy for the truth to come out” but unable to comment publicly because the league’s integrity unit is still probing the matter.

Burgess expects the NRL will finalise its investigation within 24-48 hours.

The 29-year-old possess some of the broadest shoulders in the league but it was clear on Tuesday the allegations, made public on the eve of the Rabbitohs’ semi-final against St George Illawarra, have taken some toll.

Burgess struggled to speak at the start of Tuesday’s interview then became deeply emotional when discussing his heavily-pregnant wife Phoebe.

“I just want to protect my family in this whole thing,” Burgess said.

“I just want them to be safe and happy and with my current situation at home (photographers and TV cameras camped outside), there’s no chance of that.

“I’m not angry. What hurts me the most is seeing my wife upset about what’s out there.

“I’ve been in situations before, dealt with much harder things in my life … and football has always been great for me.

“My poor family, they don’t have the distraction I do. I will be fine come game time.”

The league is in the final stages of its investigation.

Burgess could yet be suspended but Souths’ talismanic forward, who won the Clive Churchill medal in their 2014 grand-final victory, is very much preparing to play the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

“There’s a lot of important things going on at the moment. I’ve got some serious football games in front of me, this process we’re going through,” he said.

“It’s been a tough process to go through … as someone said earlier, a bit of a circus.

“Fortunately I’ve got a strong wife.

“My teammates have been fantastic. We all have challenges at times. We get through them, we grow. It’s brought us together.

“I’m grateful that two of my brothers are in the team … I’ve got plenty of support around me.”

Asked about the timing of the story about the incident in May, Burgess replied “you can make your own assumptions”.

Burgess insisted he wasn’t “running away and hiding from what’s out there” but had to respect the integrity unit’s process.

“I’m not going to put myself into a position that’s going to get me into trouble,” he said.


Good A-League return for second City stint

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Melbourne City’s squad is complete with the signing of defender Curtis Good, after a two-week trial.The return of defender Curtis Good to the A-League signals an end to Melbourne City’s off-season shopping, and the start of their title challenge.
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Good returns to the club six years after his form for Melbourne Heart won him a long-term deal with Premier League powerhouse Newcastle United.

The sky was seemingly the limit for the Socceroos prospect but a procession of injuries have derailed the centre-back’s career.

“I learnt a lot over in the UK but unfortunately my opportunities were curbed,” he said.

“I’m motivated to work hard in training and remind everybody what I can do.”

Good returns to a club transformed.

Gone are the recycling bin ice baths, replaced by a league-leading training facility at Bundoora where the 25-year-old has been trailing.

Despite just 18 senior starts since 2012, he’s shown enough to convince Warren Joyce to hand him a one-year-deal.

“Curtis is a quality defender who still has a lot of potential,” the City coach said.

“With the support of our coaching staff and the rest of the players, Curtis has the chance to push and challenge for a place in the team and set himself back on the right track.”

Good made one Socceroos appearance in 2014, debuting for in the same match as Alex Wilkinson and Massimo Luongo.

A hip injury suffered on that occasion, a 4-3 loss to Ecuador in London, was one of his many injury ailments.

Joyce said Good’s arrival was the end of the club’s work in the transfer market, headlined by the capture of Ritchie De Laet and fringe Socceroos Riley McGree and Mark Birighitti.

“I’m looking forward to competing for my place and helping the side push for success this year,” Good said.

“This is a club with big ambitions and has grown a lot since I was last here – we have to aim high this year.”


Ponting defends Chinan cricket culture

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Ricky Ponting has gone into bat for the national cricket team and its culture over the years.Former Test captain Ricky Ponting has launched a spirited defence of ‘s under-siege cricket culture while predicting a “vastly different” environment under the leadership of Justin Langer and Tim Paine.
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Still reeling from the South Africa ball-tampering scandal, Cricket is investigating claims from England allrounder Moeen Ali that he was sledged on the basis of his religion and appearance during his Ashes debut in 2015.

‘s cricketing culture has been scrutinised in two independent reviews following the suspensions handed to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. A player behaviour charter arising from one of those probes is expected to be signed off before the home summer.

But Ponting believes the Cape Town saga has fuelled unwarranted criticism of the national team’s culture which he described as “very strong”.

“We know the reason that a lot of that stuff started, don’t we?,” he told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday.

“A lot of stuff’s been made about the culture around the team on the back of the one issue in South Africa. There wasn’t anything spoken about the culture of the team before that, really.

“I’ve been around the team a fair bit since the n summer last year with the T20 triangular series (in New Zealand) and the five one-dayers in England.

“The culture of the n cricket team has always been very, very good and very strong.”

Moeen has claimed that an unnamed n player called him ‘Osama’ – a reference to dead Muslim terrorist Osama bin Laden – during the 2015 Ashes series-opener in Cardiff.

Writing in his autobiography, Moeen said: “It was a great first Ashes Test in terms of my personal performance, however there was one incident which had distracted me.

“An n player turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama’. I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field.”

The player involved denied making the slur when confronted about it.

Cricket has promised to seek further clarification from the England and Wales Cricket Board “as a matter of urgency”.

“Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and have no place in our sport, or in society … we take this matter very seriously,” a CA spokesman said.

Ponting did not specifically address Moeen’s allegation but conceded there had been incidents involving the national team where “things got a little bit out of hand” and there was an appetite for change among the general public.

“The thing you have to remember about n cricket is you can do everything right for 10 years and have one little incident, and all of a sudden it’s back to the ugly Aussies again,” he said.

“n cricket’s been fighting that trend and that label for 30 or 40 years.

“But I can guarantee you with Justin being in control now and the people he’ll have around him and Tim Paine as captain, things will be vastly different going forward.”


Penthouses sell fast in One14 Tudor development in Hamilton.

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Penthouses have proven popular in Stevens Group development One14Tudor in Hamilton.A new price high is believed to have been set for a Hamilton apartment with the $1.175 million sale off the plan of a three-bedroom penthouse in Stevens Group development One14 Tudor in Hamilton.
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Rick Gittins, of Gittins Property, is marketing the developmenton the site of the former taxi co-op headquarters at 114 Tudor Street.

It will comprise 31 apartments over four levelsand Mr Gittins said eight had sold since the development was released to marketlast weekend. That included the sale of three three-bedroom penthouses.

Penthouses have proven popular in Stevens Group development One14Tudor in Hamilton.

“There’s definitely a market formature aged/semi-retiredbuyers who don’t need to be in the heart of Newcastle but want to be in a location with easy access to the city,” Mr Gittins said.

“They are also looking for a larger apartmentand prefer to be in a smaller boutique complexas opposed to a large high density development.”

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1880s Cooks Hill terrace hits marketA terrace built circa 1880 and overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill has been described as “one of our finest” by agent Graeme Brownlow, of Walkom Real Estate.

Dragonwyk, as it is known, is on the market for the first time in 25 years and is positioned in the middle of a row of five tightly held terraces.

The residence has its first inspection scheduled for 1.30pm today and has been listed with a price guide of $1.35 million.

Penthouses snapped up in new development for Hamilton CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

CHARACTER: This three-bedroom terrace overlooking Centennial Park in Cooks Hill is on the market for the first time in 25 years.

TweetFacebook‘ENTRY LEVEL’ IN HAMILTON HOMEA “versatile” four-bedroom weatherboard house within walking distance of Beaumont Street listed with a guide of $650,000 to $700,000 is “good buying”, according to agent George Rafty.

First National Newcastle City are marketing the home at 6 Cleary Street, which has its first inspection Saturday at 3pm and is set for auction on October 20.

‘GOOD BUY’: This renovated cottage in Hamilton’s Cleary Street has a separate teenage retreat out the back.

It has three bedrooms plus a separate “teen sleepout”

“It’sa cute, renovated home and presents really well.It has a tenant there who is happy to stay on and that price range puts it at entry level for Hamilton,” Mr Rafty said.

The median sale price for a home in Hamilton rose from $620,000 in 2016 to $740,000 last year, according to n Property Monitors and is $796,000 so far this year.

AUCTION ACTIONA Victorian terrace in Newcastle East’s Alfred Street that has been owned by members of the same family since it was built circa 1885 is set for auction on site on Saturday.

Adeline, at 4 Alfred Street, has been marketed by First National Newcastle City and goesunder the hammer at 12.45pm with aguide of $850,000 to $930,000.

Its renovation to restore and modernise the home in 1991 wasdesigned byBrian Suters and it was further updated in 2011. It has been usedas short-term accommodation since 2002.

Adeline, at 4 Alfred Street, has been marketed by First National Newcastle City and goes under the hammer at 12.45pm with a guide of $850,000 to $930,000.

First National Newcastle City’s George Rafty said there had been “good interest from all over the country” for an apartment block overlooking Empire Park in Bar Beach set for auction at 10.30am on Saturday.

The complex, on the corner of Bar Beach Avenue and Brooks Street, is on themarket for the first time since it was built in 1935 and hasa guide of $3.2 million to $3.5 million.

It comprises four two-bedroom units and has an R3 zoning, which means another level could be added to the two-storey building, subject to council approval.

First National also has 4 Corona Street inHamilton Eastheaded for auction at 2.15pm with a guide of $1.2 million to $1.3 million.

Bidding is expected to start around $600,000 for a totally renovated two-bedroom residence in Mayfield’s Kerr Street on Saturday.

Kathie Bowtell, of Walkom Real Estate, has marketed No.26 which has been transformed by owner Victoria Carroll, of Vault Design.

Interest has come from Sydneysiders and first home buyers ahead of the on-siteauction at11.15am.

Features include exposed brick, recycled timber and covered entertaining deck.

Bidding is expected to start around $600,000 for a totally renovated two-bedroom residence in Mayfield’s Kerr Street on Saturday.

FIRST TIME OFFERED IN DUDLEYHomes in Dudley’s tightly held The Cove rarely come to market and there has been “solid inquiry” since athree-bedroom home with ocean views there on a block over 1000 square metres in size was listed for sale.

Creer Property’s Gary Jones is marketing No.5 in the quiet cul-de-sac and said interest had come locally and from Sydney.

“Not much sells up there, which is why we’re putting expressions of interest on it,” Mr Jones said.

It is open for inspection at 11am on Saturday.

This home in tightly held The Cove in Dudley is on the market for the first time since it was built in the 1980s.

SITE WITH DA APPROVAL IN NEW LAMBTONA 696 square metre property in New Lambton with a four-bedroom house and Development Application approval to build an additional two townhouses is being sold for $1.2 million and has its first inspection scheduled for 10.30am on Saturday.

David Podmore, of Real Estate Newcastle, is marketing 117 Regent Street.Two three-bedroom townhouses, designed by EJE Architecture,have been approved to be built at the rear of the property which has access off Lambton Lane.

A 696 square metre property in New Lambton with a four-bedroom house and Development Application approval to build an additional two townhouses is being sold for $1.2 million

Mr Podmore is also marketing a property with “good exposure” at 656 Glebe Road in Adamstown which he said presented a range of opportunities for developers.

It has a “knock-down” home is on 436 square metres of land, which has a B1 zoning.

It is set for auction on September 29.

GWH BUILD PICK UP AWARD FOR AEROHunter developers GWH Build’s Aero in Newcastle West was named Apartment Development of the Year at theMaster Builders Excellence in Building Awards 2018 Newcastle on September 7.

The 14-storey Aero on Hunter Street was believed to be Newcastle’s tallest residential building when it was completed in December. It featured a rooftop terrace.

GWH Build unveiled their latest development this month in 121 Elder on the former Snake Gully Hotel site in Lambton.

INFO SESSION FOR MAYFIELD PROJECTA one-hour information session will be held on site for Mayfield development The Corio from midday to 1pm Saturday.

The eight-townhouse complex at 327 to 329 Maitland Road is being sold off the plan with seven homes remaining.

All have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and one garage space and are being soldfor $560,000 to $585,000.

The development is being marketed by Ray White Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Townhouses in The Corio at Mayfield are being sold off the plan.

ON THE MARKET FOR UNDER $500K

A one-bedroom apartment in the Eclipse development on Union Street in Cooks Hill is being marketed with a guide of $495,000 to $525,000 while inNesca Parade on The Hill,a one-bedroom apartment is being soldfor $375,000 to $400,000.

A terrace at 19 Catherine Street in Maitland is on the market for $400,000 to $430,000. It has one bedroom, living, kitchen and bathroom on both levels.

Golf: Moses makes most of flying start to win Merewether pro-amphotos

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IN CONTENTION: Nathan Green carded a two-under 68 to finish tied for eighth place at the Merewether pro-am on Tuesday. The circuit moves to Muree today. Picture: Jonathan CarrollPENRITH second-year professionalTroy Moses made a blistering start only to“butcher” his chances in thepast three pro-am events.
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The 25-year-old didn’t make the same mistake on Tuesday, opening with an eagle on the way to afive-under 65 to win the Greater Bank Merewether Pro-am.

Moses finished a stroke clear ofCharlestown’sJake Higginbottom, rookie Brad Doherty and Queenslander Ben Wedmaier.

Defending champion Darren Beck was in a group of three alongside Matt Stieger and Newcastle’sLeigh McKechnie at three under.

A stroke back was Marco Zirov,Ruben Lal andToronto duo Nathan Green andCal O’Reilly.

Starting at the par-five fourth hole, Moses hithis second shot, a six iron, tosix metres and drained the putt.

Golf: Moses makes most of flying start to win Merewether pro-am Darren Beck

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TweetFacebook Merwether pro-amPictures: Jonathan CarrollHe followed that with birdies at thethe 9th, 14th, 17thand the 1st. The only blemish was a bogey at the tight, par-three 18th.

“I have been playing well but haven’t been able to put a score together,” Moses said.

“I butchered the last three pro-ams at Kew, Port Macquarie and Hawks Nest. I started well in all of them, was three under early, and haven’t shot a score. It was nice to get the job done today. I made all the putts I had to make.”

The circuit moves to Muree on Wednesday before two-day events at Nelson Bay (Thursday-Friday) and Belmont (Monday-Tuesday).

Meanwhile,American Brandt Snedeker has his sights on the Stonehaven Cup after locking in a berth at the n Open in Sydney later this year.

A perennial majors contender and nine-time PGA Tour winner, Snedeker will tee it up at The Lakes Golf Club for the November 15-18 event.It will be his second crack at the national crown after finishing a joint runner-up in 2007.