An early morning text message from a friend in Australia is believed to have sparked the Twitter tirade from David Warner that has resulted in the opener being reported by Cricket Australia for an alleged breach of the body's code of behaviour.
Cooper was out of the 25. The process that led to that point has been a few years in the making.
Robbie Deans has asked five-eighth Quade Cooper to be more "assertive" in attack as well as defence before he selects him to play against the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane next month.
Newcastle ended a two-game losing streak and reclaimed fourth rung.
It used to be a given that Cronulla would struggle without Paul Gallen.
Josh Kennedy believes Sydney belong in the top four but acknowledges the reigning premiers need to start collecting some decent scalps 2013; starting Friday night against a resurgent Collingwood.
Canberra have been the NRL's comeback kids this year, but their slow starts finally came back to bite them in a 30-20 loss to Cronulla at Sharks Stadium on Sunday.
Quade Cooper was a surprising omission from the first Wallabies squad to be named for the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour.
BARDONECCHIA: Cadel Evans was met with his first significant blow in the Giro d'Italia, losing precious time to the race leader, Vincenzo Nibali, in Saturday's 14th stage in the Alps, despite a valiant effort to match the Italian's impressive late attack.
Brisbane's Brent Staker kicks the winning goal in his first AFL match for more than a year to seal an upset 10-point victory over Essendon.