Bulldogs win first championship
THE Western Bulldogs won their first Australian Football League premiership in 62 years with a committed 22-point victory over the Sydney Swans in Melbourne on October 1.
Playing in their first grand final since 1961, the Bulldogs finished strongly in the final quarter to beat the Swans 13.11 (89) to 10.7 (67) in front of nearly 100,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
It was a fairytale victory for the Bulldogs, to come from seventh place and win successive sudden-death finals against West Coast, Hawthorn and Greater Western Sydney before toppling the Swans in the season decider.
The club – based in Melbourne’s West – went into receivership in 1989 and were days away from being wound up before supporters’ fundraising kept the financially crippled team afloat and avoided a looming merger with the Fitzroy Lions.
The Bulldogs trailed Sydney by two points at half-time but dominated the last two quarters, pulling away in the final stages to win convincingly.
The Bulldogs’ Jason Johannisen won the Norm Smith Medal as the best player in the Grand Final.
Liam Picken, Tom Boyd and Tory Dickson all kicked three goals for the winners.
The Swans, who were chasing their sixth AFL title after last winning in 2012, were favourites after finishing on top of the regular season standings.
But the club, playing in their fifth premiership decider in 11 years, had no answer to the swarming Bulldogs, who dominated possession and territory in the final quarter to clinch an emotional triumph. – EMBATTLED world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury appeared to make light of reports he has tested positive for cocaine in a Twitter post on October 1.
Fury’s camp are yet to comment on the report by ESPN, but the Briton tweeted a picture of Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino in the film Scarface, sitting at a table with a pile of cocaine in front of him.
Fury imposed his own face onto the picture, which he captioned “#Tysonmontana”, and changed his Twitter name to “TONYMONTANA”.
American media outlet ESPN reported that Fury tested positive after providing a urine sample to Las Vegasbased Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) in Lancaster, England, on September 22.
Fury had been preparing for a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, which has now been cancelled.
Cocaine, while an illegal drug, is not banned in boxing if taken out of competition.
Fury was due to fight Klitschko in Manchester on October 29, almost a year after winning the WBA and WBO belts against the Ukrainian last November.
Fury, the self-styled “Gypsy King”, also won the IBF belt in that fight, but had to forfeit it after failing to fulfil a mandatory bout.
American media outlet ESPN reported that Fury tested positive after providing a urine sample ... on September 22.
A previously scheduled rematch, set for July 9, was scrapped after Fury sustained an ankle injury.
Reports suggest Fury could be stripped of his belts due to his lack of activity.
Following the cancellation of the July 9 fight, it emerged that UK AntiDoping (UKAD) had charged Fury and his cousin, Hughie, with a doping offence. They deny wrongdoing.
The sample, taken nine months prior to Fury’s sensational victory over Klitschko, contained traces of the banned substance nandrolone.
Fury was provisionally suspended, but his ban has since been lifted and his legal team have threatened legal action against UKAD. He is due to face a hearing in November. –
Luke Dahlhaus (left) and Bulldogs players react after winning the Australia Football League (AFL) Grand Final between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on October 1.
Boxer Tyson Fury tweeted this meme over the weekend in an apparent response to allegations of cocaine use.