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  • 15 April 2019
    Matt Gillett has been named to make a shock return for Brisbane in round 21 of the NRL, but Johnathan Thurston is sidelined with a hamstring injury and Robbie Farah remains in reserve grade.Gillett was expected to be sidelined for another fortnight due to a shoulder injury suffered in State of Origin II. But he has been rushed back into Wayne Bennetts side for Thursday nights clash with the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.It is a timely return for Gillett, given Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire are missing through suspension. Gillett takes Thaidays place in the back row and Herman Eseese comes into the Broncos 17 for McGuire.For the Roosters, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (leg) is replaced in the home sides 17 by Dale Copley. Blake Ferguson has been retained at fullback despite another underwhelming effort at the back in the loss to Melbourne.Thurston injured his hamstring in North Queenslands thrashing of Canterbury last week and coach Paul Green is remaining coy on how long his superstar playmaker will be out. Ray Thompson was named at halfback in place of Thurston for Saturday nights clash with Melbourne in Townsville.According to everyone else, it is two games (he is sidelined) ... but he will be back sooner rather than later, Green said.Farah hasnt been named by coach Jason Taylor for the Tigers match with Parramatta on Saturday at ANZ Stadium. Instead, young rake Manaia Cherrington has been named on an extended bench. Dene Halatau has been named at No.9.Farah will play NSW Cup for the second successive week.Beau Scott returns for the Eels.Canterbury coach Des Hasler has named the same 17, despite the 36-0 loss to the Cowboys, for Friday nights ANZ Stadium fixture against St George Illawarra. Jacob Host and Will Matthews are on an extended bench for the Dragons for the suspended Leeson Ah Mau.After spending plenty of time on the bench in recent weeks, young star Tuimoala Lolohea will play at fullback for the Warriors on Saturday against Penrith in Auckland. David Fusitua moves to the wing.Winger Joe Burgess has been dumped by South Sydney after his butter-fingered effort in the loss to Manly. Michael Oldfield replaces him for Sundays match against Canberra at ANZ Stadium.Jack Cogger replaces Jarrod Mullen (hamstring) at five-eighth for Newcastles trip to Brookvale Oval on Sunday to meet Manly. Jake Mamo returns from suspension at fullback for the Knights. Dane Gagai moves to centre.James Maloney is back from a leg injury for Cronullas visit on Monday night to the Gold Coast. Greg Bird returns from suspension for the home side. Brock Boeser Jersey . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Todd Bertuzzi Jersey . -- Ken Appleby made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Oshawa Generals to a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bulls on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action. . -- Hunter Smith scored the winner with just 12 seconds remaining in the third period as the Oshawa Generals edged the host Sarnia Sting 5-4 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Markus Granlund Jersey . R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings. Kirk Mclean Jersey . According to a report from the Vancouver Province, the Lions are expected to replace former DC Rich Stubler with defensive backs coach Mark Washington. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Alba Torrens scored 20 points and helped Spain finish second in Group B by beating Canada 73-60 and ensuring they avoid playing the Americans until at least the gold medal game in womens basketball.Now Spain (4-1) will play Turkey in the quarterfinals Tuesday, while Canada (3-2) plays France with a potential matchup against the U.S. in the semifinals Thursday. Neither Spain nor Canada has finished better than fourth at the Olympics.Spain scored the first five points and never trailed. Spain opened the third quarter wiith a 14-6 run only to see the Canadians came scrapping back with their own 12-2 run to pull within 49-47 at the end of the quarter.ddddddddddddMarta Xargay opened the fourth with a 3. By the time Kia Nurse, a guard who will be a junior at UConn this fall, hit a free throw with 4:34 for Canada, Spain led 60-48.Nirra Fields led Canada with 13 points.---Online:AP Summer Games website: ' ' '