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The Northern Territory news Fri 30 Aug 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 30 Aug 2013

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28 NT NEWS. Friday, August 30, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 0 -A U G -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 2 8 C O L O R : C M Y K EARL CHARGED YEAR TO FORGET RAIDERS SEASONOFHELL The litany of off-field issues that have dogged the Canberra Raiders in the last ninemonths 2012 November: BLAKE Ferguson is removed from ForeshoreMusic Festival after reportedly spitting on patrons. December: REPORTS police investigated incident outside Joel Thompsons apartment after a cyclist was struck by a bottle during a party. Thompson cleared of anywrong-doing. 2013 January: FERGUSONwalks out of emerging Blues camp due to personal issues, later apologises to NSW coach Laurie Daley. February: ENFORCER Josh Papalii signswith Parramatta, creating a huge distraction, before the star reneges on the deal and re-signswith the Raiders. March: FOLLOWING several off-field indiscretions, star fullback Josh Dugan is sacked after going on a drinking sessionwith Fergusonwhen the duo weremeant to attend a recovery session. Ferguson fined $10,000. June: FERGUSON and Dugan reunite for State of Origin II camp. Ferguson is chargedwith one count of indecent assault over an alleged incident at a Cronulla nightspot during celebration drinks. WINGER Sandor Earl is named by the Nine Network as being a player under investigation by ASADA. He denies it and threatens legal action. July: FERGUSON pleads not guilty to indecent assault charge in court, is suspended by the NRL. TEST prop David Shillington steps down from leadership team. Believed to be triggered by clubs leniency towards Ferguson. MORE distractions as reports emerge that young star AnthonyMilfordwants to leave the club to be closer to his family in Brisbane. August 14: REPORTS that Ferguson wants out of the Raiders to be closer to family and friends in Sydney. August 20: RAIDERS coach David Furner is sacked after the club loses three straight and drops out of the top eight. Sacking triggers release clause in Fergusons contract. August 24: FERGUSON is issuedwith a court notice for drivingwhile suspended on his way to Sydney. He is also given a fine for driving 18km/h over the speed limit. Spotted at a pub later that night. August 25: FERGUSON chooses to be in Sydney instead of cheering on teammates for second game straight. August 28: FERGUSON is stood down from all playing and training duties with the Raiders after becoming uncontactable. August 29: EARL charged by the NRL with using and trafficking banned peptides. The club understands the charges relate to a time before his arrival at the Raiders inmid-2012. Sandor Earl has been charged by the NRL and ASADA for use and trafficking of a peptide Star admits to use, trafficking peptides SPORT IN CRISIS THE anti-doping probe into rugby league could be about to claim more scalps, with Canberra winger Sandor Earl agreeing to assist the investigation after being charged with using and trafficking banned peptides. Earl, 23, is the first NRL player charged in the sevenmonth probe by ASADA and he is facing a possible four years to life ban on the trafficking count. NRL chief executive Dave Smith said Earl had agreed to continue to assist the ASADA investigation and was seeking the benefit of substantial assistance provisions for doing so. That means he could get a much-reduced ban if he supplies information which implicates others. Former ASADA chief Richard Ings said the news could potentially leave a lot of athletes feeling nervous, but Earl would have to give the anti-doping authority some quality information if he was be treated leniently. If he was to offer more information coming forward as to where he bought the performance enhancing drugs and particularly who he trafficked them to, it would work in his favour, Ings said. Smith called a media conference yesterday afternoon to deliver the shock news that Earl had admitted using and trafficking banned substances when interviewed by ASADA recently. Earl, who has signed to play rugby union in France next year, joined the Raiders in mid-2012 after stints with the Roosters and Penrith. Smith said he was unable to say what club Earl was playing for when the alleged offences took place. However, Canberra released a statement saying it understood the charges related to before he arrived at the club. The banned peptide Smith said Earl was charged over CJC-1295 was reportedly also mentioned in the internal report commissioned by the Cronulla club, which is being investigated over its 2011 supplements program, when sport scientist Steve Dank was an advisor at the club. Dank has denied any wrongdoing. Smith said Earl had volunteered to stand down while the charges were dealt with and that he had 10 days to decide whether to go to a tribunal or accept a penalty handed down by the NRL. Todays development reinforces the position we have taken from the outset and highlights our resolve in dealing with what are serious issues, Smith said. We continue to work with ASADA ... to get to the bottom of all allegations. Ive said right from the start the allegations were serious and we werent going to presume guilt and we wanted to get it done pretty quickly. This is the first example whereby we have been given facts, we have evidence and the code is stepping forward and issued a notice. I cant go into specifics as it will unfold over time. CJC-1295 is an injectable synthetic peptide hormone that is similar in structure to human growth hormone and can increase lean muscle growth. Ings said its a substance thats banned by WADA and hasnt been cleared for human use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Frompin-up to peptides winger finds fame forwrong reasons FROMunashamed pin-up boy to the first offender named in the ASADA probe into performance-enhancing drugs in the NRL Sandor Earl has found fame for all of the wrong reasons. Earl became the first player to be issuedwith an infraction notice by theNRL yesterday, after admitting to taking and trafficking peptides. Born in NewZealand from Maori andHungarian stock, the flamboyant Earl was raised in Sydney andmade his NRL debut for the Roosters in 2009. But, his feats on the field failed to raise toomany eyebrows in a struggling Roosters side. Earl thenmoved to Penrith where hemade a bitmore of an impression both on and off the field scoring six tries in 16matches, then securing a contract as an underwearmodel. But it was after hismid seasonmove to Canberra in 2012, that he started tomake the news for the right reasons as a free-scoringwinger who crossed the line eight time in 12 games. He continued his good form this year but his name has been linkedwith the ASADA probe ever since it was alleged in a report on theNine Network earlier this year that hed been injectedwith peptides at a private clinic. Earl responded at the time that hewas shocked and vowed to clear his name. I absolutely deny any wrongdoing my solicitors have already begun investigating defamation procedures, he said. Interestwas also raised by a possible switch to AFLwith Essendonwhen it was reported he had a try outwith the Bombers, organised by StephenDank, who he knew from the controversial sports scientists brief employment with the Panthers. His future looked to lie away from rugby leaguewhen he secured a switch to French rugby union club Pau for next season something thats now in extreme jeopardy.

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