Sports Wrap 5th June 2014

Sports Wrap 5th June 2014

AFL

The AFL has announced new equalisation measures which will allow clubs to bank some of their salary cap money to lure players in future seasons.

The changes to funding and player allowances are an effort to make the game fairer for some of the more cash-strapped clubs.

They are expected to leave 10 of the richest clubs worse off but the AFL says the changes are needed as the gap between big and small clubs is making it difficult for many clubs to invest in their football departments.

Six retired players have been inducted in to the AFL Hall of Fame at a black-tie event in Melbourne last night.

Matthew Richardson, Anthony Koutoufides, Andrew McKeod, Warren Tredrea and Brad Johnson were the recently retired players to be awarded the honour.

Former Carlton and Perth captain            Ern Henfey, who played in the 1930s and 40s was also inducted.

Hawthorn coach Alastaire Clarkson says he isn’t sure when he will return to coaching but is confident he will recover.

Clarkson has now left hospital after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease and says he’s unsure how long his recovery will take.

NRL

Ben T’eo has admitted he has no idea what his future holds after informing South Sydney he will leave the club at the end of this NRL season.

T’eo has turned down the option of a third year with the Rabbitohs, but has not ruled out a switch to European Rugby.

Wests Tigers Chief Executive Grant Mayer has praised James Tedesco for putting heart before his wallet and going back on a deal to join Canberra next NRL season.

The 21 year signed a lucrative contract with the Raiders last month but yesterday announced he wished to remain with the cash-strapped Tigers.

Tennis

World number 1 Rafael Nadal has fought back from a set down to defeat 5th seed David Ferrer in the quarter finals 4-6, 6-4,         6-0, 6-1.

Nadal has set up a semi final clash with 7th seed Andy Murray who downed Frenchman Gael Monfils in five sets 6-4,  6-1, 4-6, 1-6,  6-0.                            

Simona Halep has reached her first ever grand slam semi-final after an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova, she will take on 28th seed Andrea Petkoviv.

Football

Football Federation Australia has announced the chief executive of Primo Group Paul Lederer will take up the role of Chairman at the Western Sydney Wanderers.

As part of the license transfer from FFA current chairman Lyall Gorman will step down as executive chairman of the Wanderer.

In international news, Lionel Messi has again been named the world’s most valuable player, with a market study placing his value at $324 million dollars this year.

Spain’s all-time leading goal scorer David Villa has announced he will retire from International football after the World Cupin Brazil.

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