World’s best: Lionel Messi. Source: AP THE disconcerting thing is, Lionel Messi has conquered the world at the age of just 23
Source: The Daily Telegraph HOW often have we read in the past month about the new culture Ricky Stuart is installing in the Blues.
Source: The Daily Telegraph FURIOUS Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens last night described a scurrilous attempt to derail his side's premiership campaign on social media networks as “disgraceful”. Sheens had just watched his side lose 24-18 to St George Illawarra at WIN Jubilee – the Tigers’ fifth loss in their past eight games.They have now lost more matches this season than they have won – a deeply concerning scenario for a team many tipped to play in this year’s grand final
Storm stars: Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk . Picture: Colleen Petch Source: The Daily Telegraph THE Melbourne Storm take on the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Stadium from 2pm Sunday.
He’s out: Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam has withdrawn from the contest against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. Source: AP WOULD-BE FIFA boss Mohamed bin Hammam has dramatically quit the race to be the next president, hours before fronting an inquiry into allegations he offered bribes to voters. Bin Hammam issued a statement just hours after the Champions League final in which he insisted his withdrawal had nothing to do with the ethics committee hearing later on Sunday European time.
Swans v Kangaroos: Todd Goldstein beats Mark Seaby to the ball. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: The Daily Telegraph SYDNEY have shown all their outstanding fight for a one-point win over North Melbourne in their AFL match at Etihad Stadium. Small forward Ben McGlynn put them ahead with a goal and they held on for the last 10 minutes of the match on Saturday, winning 10.12 (72) to 9.17 (71) The ball was in North’s attacking 50 for the last minute of the game, but the Kangaroos could not generate a scoring chance.
Quade Cooper (left), Sonny Bill Williams (top) and Andrew Johns Source: The Daily Telegraph SONNY Bill Williams last night strode into Brisbane on high alert for the Queensland Reds schemer he thinks has a deeper bag of tricks than league legend Andrew Johns. The dynamic Crusaders weapon fired a cross-code debate when he rated Quade Cooper a more hypnotic playmaker than league’s near immortal. Williams is well aware he will be a midfield target of Cooper’s subtle skills tomorrow at Suncorp Stadium, where 45,000-plus will assess his every twitch
Origin blow: Maroons centre Willie Tonga will miss the rest of the series after dislocating his shoulder in game one. Source: The Courier-Mail WILLIE Tonga's 2011 Origin campaign is over with the injured Maroons centre facing six to eight weeks on the sidelines. In a blow to Queensland’s preparations for Origin II, Tonga has no hope of playing in the return bout on June 15 and the Cowboys ace will also miss the third match at Suncorp Stadium on July 6.
Leader . . . Darren Lockyer leads his team on to the field during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Suncorp Stadium.
Crowd puller: Tim Horan says Sonny Bill Williams could attract an extra 10,000 fans to the Reds-Crusaders clash.