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Broncos have ‘responsibility’ to make up for men’s flop: Brigginshaw

Broncos skipper Ali Brigginshaw has told of the "responsibility" on the women's team to help the club recover from the disapppointment of the men's wooden spoon as her side targets an NRLW three-peat.

Brigginshaw said the squad had a visit from Sam Thaiday ahead of the NRLW grand final this weekend, who told the women's side they were "raising the bar" for the men's side next year.

Brigginshaw was crowned the Dally M female player of the year on Monday.Credit:Getty

Brigginshaw said she received a flurry of messages from the likes of Kevin Walters, Maroons great Scott Prince and ex-Broncos skipper Corey Parker to congratulate her on winning the Dally M on Monday night.

"They were the first couple of messages, apart from my partner Kate, that came through," she said. "During the pre-season, there are times there where you think I just cannot go on, this is hard, when you get an award like that you realise that's why you put in all the hard work."

Brigginshaw was on crutches for three months earlier in the year after suffering from a syndesmosis injury in early March, with the COVID-19 delay coming as a blessing in disguise for her.

Originally, doctors cleared Brigginshaw of injury before she got a second opinion from a surgeon, who said he would need to operate.

"I've had major injuries but now I feel like I can deal with them a lot better than I used to," she said. "I watched a lot of inspiring movies, but I was still able to do upper body … just to keep active."

The Broncos will be gunning for their third consecutive title against the Roosters on Sunday during the match, which will be a curtain-raiser to the men's decider.

Brigginshaw said the players have been sharing quotes from the Netflix documentary The Last Dance which follows the 1998 Chicago Bulls' journey to their sixth NBA title in eight years.

"I said to the girls this week before training, 'You will never regret working hard to win a premiership'. It's the best feeling you will have," she said.

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Gareth Bale may not have it all his own way this time around

Gareth Bale was used to having it all his own way at Tottenham… but his brief cameo may have been football’s way of telling him it’ll be different this time around as chance to hit winner goes begging with West Ham netting three AFTER he came on

  • Tottenham let a three-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 with West Ham on Sunday
  • Gareth Bale made his return in the 72nd minute with his side leading 3-0 
  • It was his first piece of action since rejoining the club during the summer 
  • The Welshman’s involvement was scarce as his side threw away their lead

It was the last thing West Ham’s beleaguered players wanted. They’d just spent 72 minutes suffering at the hands of Harry Kane only to see Gareth Bale emerge from his seat on the bench, stripped and ready to come on for his second Tottenham debut.

His hair in bun and wearing the No 9 – 30 days after re-signing – Bale was back home, seven years after departing for Real Madrid.

As is it turns out, West Ham players and David Moyes didn’t need to worry.

Gareth Bale’s first game since rejoining Tottenham did not go according to plan

Bale was straight into the thick of the action immediately pulling rank to take the free-kick that allowed his introduction in place of Steven Bergwijn.

His strike from fully 35 yard was easily dealt with Lukasz Fabianski – even by Bale’s sky-high standards scoring with your first touch from a free kick is beyond realism.

Yet, there was a slight tinge of disappointment when Bale’s effort didn’t rocket past Fabianski.

It’s how Tottenham supporters remember Bale. Goals, assists – their very own Superman.

The 31-year-old forward came on in the 72nd minute with his side leading by three goals

He was super-human when he left to become a Galactico in 2013 – everything he touched turned to gold.

Things change, though. Indeed, it may be wise for Tottenham fans to temper their expectations of Bale.

At 31, it remains to be seen whether the Wales international can replicate those barnstorming performances that saw him become the hottest property in European football.

The Premier League certainly hasn’t got any easier as Bale found discovered first hand on his return to the English football.

Bale showed some glimpses of his former self but his involvement in the game was scarce

Spurs were 3-0 up when he came on, they were clinging on for dear life by the end as West Ham scored twice in in quick succession to set up what would turn out to be a phenomenal finish to the game.

Bale’s involvement was scarce as he came on, the majority of his time spent trying to thwart West Ham’s increasingly dangerous forays forward.

Yet, we were still treated to glimpse of his utter brilliance in injury time, Bale searing through the Hammers defence to see the whites of Fabianski’s eyes – only to fire wide when it appeared easier to score.

It was exactly what we remember of Bale. Power, pace and trickery – only the precision that was missing.

The Welshman and his side threw away their lead as West Ham pulled off a stunning comeback

But then Bale was served a cold reminder of exactly how unforgiving England’s top-flight can be.

Agonisingly close to 4-2; moments later Spurs had thrown it all away as Manuel Lanzini thundered home an audacious equaliser to leave Bale’s homecoming in tatters.

When Bale left for Spain, he was used to having all his own way. His 18 minute cameo maybe football’s way of telling him it’ll be different this time around.


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Titans have zero positive COVID-19 tests for first time in week

Finally, some good NFL news out of Tennessee.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that the Tennessee Titans had zero positive COVID-19 results from Sunday’s round of testing, per a source informed of the situation.

The news is a big step toward the Titans opening their facility and getting back to playing football.

Tennessee needs two consecutive days of no positive tests to reopen its building, so Tuesday is a big hurdle for Mike Vrabel’s team.

Monday’s news marks the first time since multiple positive tests popped up last Tuesday from both players and team personnel that the Titans haven’t had at least one positive in a day. The team had 18 total positive tests over six days.

The outbreak in Tennessee led to postponing the Titans-Pittsburgh Steelers Week 4 match and reshuffling the schedule later in the year. 

NFL and NFLPA officials descended upon Nashville to review the Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak, which put the team in a position to potentially face discipline for how it followed the jointly negotiated protocols, Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.

The Titans are scheduled to host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Oct. 11, for their Week 5 matchup.

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