The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020
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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4 2020 SPORT 49 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Josh Hope celebrates after scoring for Melbourne Victory. Picture: Getty Images FORMER Melbourne Victory midfielder Josh Hope has quit professional soccer at the age of 22 due to anxiety caused by online abuse. The Australian under-17 and under-20 international wasnt offered a new contract by Victory at the end of the 2019-20 season. Despite receiving an offer to continue his ALeague career elsewhere, Hope has walked away from professional soccer as he struggles to cope with the relentless s**t aimed at him and other players. Some four years its been, the life of a professional sportsman. Geez its been good, the people you meet and the memories Ive made, I wont ever forget, Tasmanian product Hope posted on Instagram. But its time for me to call it in, for now it isnt all smooth sailing and I just (want to) put my experiences out there so that if anyone ever feels like they are the only one! Ya not! MARCO MONTEVERDE NO HOPE THANKS TO ABUSE Maradona in hospital FORMER Argentine football great Diego Maradona was admitted to hospital on Monday for medical checks, Argentine media reported. His hospitalisation was not related to COVID-19 which is ravaging the South American country, according to reports. Maradona, who has a history of drug abuse and poor health, is considered at high risk of coronavirus complications should he be infected. He has suffered two heart attacks in the past and contracted hepatitis. CHICAGO Bears wide receiver Javon Wims has been hit with a two-game ban after attacking New Orleans Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, the NFL announced on Monday. Wims triggered a brawl during Sundays clash between the Bears and Saints at Soldier Field when he aimed two punches at Gardner-Johnsons helmet. Wims (pictured) was ejected immediately after the flashpoint, which occurred in the third quarter of a game won in overtime by the Saints. It was not immediately clear what triggered the bustup, but one report on the NFL Network said Wims had told Chicago officials GardnerJohnson had spat at him during a previous play. Gardner-Johnson denied that allegation on Monday, insisting he bore no responsibility for the brawl. It aint got nothing to do with me. If hes acting out, thats on him, Gardner-Johnson was quoted as saying by ESPN. It wasnt no incident. Punches mean ban for Wims AFP CRICKET could still face a logistical nightmare to conduct the Boxing Day Test if borders into Victoria are not reopened. Staging the marquee Test at the MCG is no longer an issue now that Melbourne has come out the other side of its COVID hell, but crickets travelling circus must then be able to secure safe passage north into NSW and Queensland for the rest of the Indian series to be completed as scheduled. Cricket Australia has received positive indications that make it hopeful borders to Victoria will start reopening leading into Christmas. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has suggested the gates may be thrown open to Melbourne in a fortnight. In the event of a virus outbreak and borders stay shut, CA is confident of receiving government exemptions to cross borders after visiting Melbourne and keeping the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. But while there is little doubt about the Australian and Indian teams being granted access north as they will be in a biosecurity bubble, complications would arise if the broadcast teams at Fox Sports and Channel 7 which wont be in a bubble failed to gain exemptions. Cricket is one of the few sports in which a specialised crew is essential because filming a 150km/h delivery which is hit in any direction is a lot more difficult than shooting a game of NRL or AFL. Not only is the quality of the multimillion-dollar broadcast hugely reliant on who is behind the camera, but crickets Decision Review System relies on expert operators. Cricket Australia has contingencies in place to play the Boxing Day Test in Adelaide if border hopping out of Victoria is not possible. The prospect of cutting out Brisbane altogether by playing the third and fourth Tests in Sydney could also be a consideration in an emergency if Queensland decided to play hardball at the last minute. In the event exemptions to cross borders were needed, CA would work with broadcasters to lobby governments and would not leave it to networks to sort it out themselves. The positive and logical attitude to COVID-19 displayed by the NSW government throughout the pandemic suggests its likely it would be generous by granting exemptions to broadcast crews as it did for the two football codes during the winter. Testing times if borders still shut BEN HORNE The MCG. RUGBY BOSS LAMENTS PANDEMIC THE financial fallout for rugby from COVID-19 has been devastating with World Rugby effectively operating like a central bank, the governing bodys CEO Brett Gosper said on Monday. European unions have been particularly affected due to the ban on spectators at matches since the season resumed in mid-Au gust after it was originally halted by the outbreak in March. Fans did however attend the recent Bledisloe Cup games hosted by New Zealand and will also be permitted when Australia hosts the Rugby Championship. It has been devastating from a revenue point of view, Gosper said in a conference call. The more reliant you are on game hospitality and ticketing particularly, the more devastating it will be. In the near future we are going to be getting some good broadcast revenues but the rest of the picture is pretty weak. Englands Rugby Football Union is traditionally the wealthiest in the northern hemisphere. But CEO Bill Sweeney predicted they are looking at a potential short-term impact of about 145m ($266m) in lost revenues. AFP Brett Gosper. US SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY WORLD Rugby would welcome a bid by the United States to host the 2027 or 2031 World Cups as there is no commercial market like the United States, the governing bodys CEO Brett Gosper has said. China and the USA have as markets thus far remained largely immune from the charms of rugby though Asia as a continent has react ed favourably in terms of numbers taking up the game since the successful hosting of the World Cup in Japan last year. USA Rugby, however, has been through the wringer this year, only emerging out of bankruptcy on September 1. Both the 2027 and 2031 editions will be decided at the same time, with bids facing a January 2022 deadline.