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Tiger turmoil prompts list overhaul for 2017Richmond have bitten the bullet and made a decision about the fate of up to a dozen of their players as they forensically review their playing list following a disastrous 2016. Authentic 49ers Jerseys .ESPN understands forward Ben Griffiths, defender David Astbury and big man Shaun Hampson will be offered new deals by the end of the home-and-away season.But VFL regular Liam McBean, maligned ruckman Tyrone Vickery, injury-prone midfielder Reece Conca, journeyman Shaun Grigg and Jake Batchelor are likely to be offered up as Tigers trade bait.Sources at Tigerland told ESPN the club would be a very active player during the three-week trade period in October.The bold list strategy is designed to rejuvenate a tired squad that has failed to enjoy in any finals success since 2001.Superstars Jack Riewoldt, Alex Rance, Dustin Martin and Shane Edwards will form the centrepiece of the new-look Tigers for the 2017 season, with extensions to be offered to Kane Lambert, Sam Lloyd and Nick Vlastuin.Some 20 players are coming out of contract -- 10 of whom been regulars in the Tigers best 22.But ESPN believes the bulk of those players will be offered new deals.There will be five that get one-year deals, while four will get two-year deals, said a high-profile player manager.ESPNs AFL expert Jude Bolton says the Tigers lack star quality and need to drastically rejuvenate its side by luring A-grade potential.The bulk of any list and its consistency, though, is underpinned by the middle group and emerging leaders. [Richmond have] too many underperforming players who fluctuate in both form and effort, Bolton said.ESPN expects Vickery, who was selected at pick No. 8 in 2008, to find a new home for the 2017 season.No blues here: Hawks offer up man-hugs to CarltonFact no. 1: Launceston isnt the biggest place in the world. Fact no. 2: AFL players enjoy lounging in cafes, often on game days and even more so, to help pass the time away on the road.So there it was on Saturday morning as a bunch of Hawthorn players found themselves in a café in Launceston, just off the main drag, enjoying their pre-match lattes ahead of that afternoons clash with Carlton at Aurora Stadium.The Hawks know all the local haunts; they spend plenty of time there over the course of the year.So what should happen on this particular Saturday morning when a bunch of Carlton players also looking for their coffee fix should stumble into the same café? Perhaps some verbal in anticipation of the afternoons hostilities? Or a collective cold shoulder and a few cold stares from one team to the other?In fact, it was the opposite. Our spy in the café tells is that the two groups of players warmly greeted each other with backslaps, handshakes, a couple of man-hugs and plenty of friendly conversation.Thats how it is in the modern AFL, where all that distinguishes players is colour of their footy jumpers. Perhaps it was the mutual respect and affection for Blues coach Brendon Bolton and Hawk assistant coach Brett Ratten, whose ties run deep to both clubs.Still, we cant imagine this being the case 30 years ago, when the Hawks and the Blues, two powerhouses who shared Princes Park together, absolutely loathed each other both on and off the ground.Robert Dipper DiPierdomenico and Wayne Dominator Johnson sharing a friendly coffee on the morning of a match? Not a hope in hell.ABCs AFL team in Rio lockdownIt is the eve of the Olympics which means once again that TV, radio and newspaper sports departments around the country are depleted as erstwhile AFL journalists and broadcasters travel to Rio where they pretend to be experts on events such as diving, canoeing, handball and the like.Channel Seven has had to call some reserves off the bench over the next few weeks for its footy coverage while Bruce McAvaney, Basil Zempilas and Hamish McLachlan are at the Games.But the interesting case is at the ABC, where ESPN understands that only three of the Grandstand team -- Gerard Whateley, Alister Nicholson and Quentin Hull -- will be commentating the action live from Rio. The rest will be calling games and events off the TV in Sydney.Among them are several more of their AFL commentators, which means that even though theyre perfectly capable of getting to the footy over the duration of the games, the pretence of them being in Rio means they have been relieved of their commentary duties for now.It looks like a strange decision, but in fairness to the Sydney-based broadcasters the time difference between Rio and here means that theyll be working through the night and catching up on much-needed sleep during the afternoons and early evenings when the footy is on.Roosters one day, featherdusters the nextThe 134-year-old Victorian club that launched the careers of AFL legends Tony Lockett and Mick Malthouse is under such financial pressure that its future is uncertain.ESPN understands the financial situation at the once-dominant North Ballarat Roosters is so dire that members of the board have unsuccessfully pushed for an exit from the VFL.The Roosters descended into ruin when their eight-year affiliation with North Melbourne ended last season -- after the AFL gave preference to Western Bulldogs establishing a presence in the regional stronghold.Now operating as a standalone club, the Roosters have mustered just two wins this year and languish in last place on the VFL ladder.However, their on-field performance is a mere reflection of the chaos behind the scenes.The club, which won three consecutive premierships from 2008-10, has battled to make ends meet and has even forfeited player payments. The players are paid monthly and were last remunerated at the end of June.Roosters chairman Jen Bromley denied that breakaway board members sought to separate from the state league.I can absolutely categorically deny that that is not true, Bromley told ESPN.When asked if the board was harmonious, Bromley said: Absolutely.AFL Victoria met with the embattled club last week and said it was working with it to balance the accounts.As a board they told us they remain fully committed to having a presence in the VFL and whilst theyre working through some cash-flow issues, they want to remain a state league club, AFL Victoria chief executive Steven Reaper told ESPN.The club sensationally decided to not to reappoint legendary premiership coach Gerard FitzGerald last year, following a controversial review of the football department.Construction works at the clubs home base, Eureka Stadium, is on track to transform it into an AFL-ready boutique stadium by 2017.The $31.5 million project will cater up to 20,000 spectators.The Bulldogs are scheduled to host two matches there from next season.Controversial rules leave umps carrying the canIts all well and good for the AFL Umpires department to come out each Monday and defend some of the contentious calls theyve made over the weekend.But, jeepers, some of their explanations defy belief -- and commonsense.It was cringeworthy watching acting umpires director Luke Ball -- one of the toughest ballwinners of his era -- trying to defend a free kick paid against Essendons Courtenay Dempsey last month for a crunching tackle.Speaking on Whistleblowers, Ball said the umpire made the right call in penalising Dempsey for a dangerous tackle on Andrew Gaff, despite the Eagle appearing to jump into the Bombers arms.We think that this is a correct call under the current interpretations of the rule thats obviously been tightened the last couple of years due to the impacts of concussion, he said.Then, three weeks ago, the justification from umpires boss Hayden Kennedy for the free paid against Michael Firrito for the Roos deliberate rushed behind at Etihad Stadium - because of the distance Firrito was able to handball while being tackled - was simply mind-boggling.Last week, the umpires pronounced themselves more than comfortably satisfied with two line-ball deliberate out-of-bounds decisions paid against Melbourne - at, surprise, surprise, a West Coast home game.Were more than comfortable that there was enough there to say that they were [both] deliberate out of bounds, Kennedy told Whistleblowers, in hardly a ringing endorsement of the decisions.We have some sympathy for the umps: these new AFL rules have added yet another layer of complexity to an already tough job.But, 19 rounds into the season, the deliberate out of bounds, deliberate rushed behind and ten-metre exclusion zone rules must all be rated as fails, because few fans understand them and are bewildered by their varying interpretations.Random stats of the week34 -- The amount of game time (in percentage terms) that Rising Star nominee Darcy Moore spent on the ground last week. Since 2003, Rising Star nominees who have played smallest percentage of their winning game: 34 - D.Moore (Collingwood, 2016); 45 - R.Hadley (Brisbane, 2004); 58 - C.Oliver (Melbourne, 2016).300 -- Father-son combined games: Melbournes Todd Viney (233) and Jack Viney (67) to reach the milestone this week. As will Essendons Anthony Daniher and Joe Daniher, with exactly the same division of matches, 233 and 67.29 -- Its a fairly nondescript number but it happens to be the one worn by some of the games greatest, and longest-serving, players. Brent Harvey broke the games record (427) last week with the No. 29 on his back. Other notable members of the club are Matthew Pavlich (350 games last week) and former Richmond champ, Kevin Bartlett (403). 49ers Official Jerseys . Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. "They are a very good defensive team," Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. Wholesale 49ers Jerseys .05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal. The designation was released Monday after the deadline passed for NFL teams to use franchise or transition tags on players becoming free agents. . The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. Dwyane Wades focus is on more than basketball as he returns to Chicago to play for his hometown?Bulls.In an interview with ABCs Good Morning America that aired Friday morning, Wade said he hopes to help bring change to a city that has been hit hard by violence this year.My purpose for being back in the city is bigger than basketball. Basketball is a big part of it, of course; its what I do for a living, said Wade, who signed last month with the Bulls. But I think my purpose at the end of the day hopefully is to come to Chicago and be a part, be a voice that can help bring people together.The violence has hit close to home for Wade. His cousin Nykea Aldridge, 32, was killed when two men walked up and fired shots at a third man on Chicagos South Side at about 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. Police say Aldridge, who was pushing a baby in a stroller, was not the intended target.Wade and his mother were part of a series of panel discussions on gun violence hosted a day earlier by The Undefeated on ESPN. Wade grew up in a South Side Chicago house headed by his mother, who was then a drug dealer. Jolinda Wade gave up drugs and turned her life around after being released from prison in 2003.Were coming off doing the town hall meeting, literally the night before. My mothers on the panel, were using our voice, using our platform to shed some light on the city of Chicago for others to look in and see how we can all help and all come together, and hours later one of my family members is killed, Wade said. For me its tough. I want my family to grieve in private, but my name is attached to it.More than 2,700 people have been shot in Chicago this year, mainly on the South and West sides. With 449 killings in 2016 as of the end of August, Chicago is on pace to record its largest number of homicides since 1997, when 761 people were killed in the city. Its homicide rate is higher than that of New York and Los Angeles -- combined.Chicago Police have charged brothers Darwin and Derren Sorrells with first-degree murder in Aldridges death.Derren Sorrells, 22, is a documented member of the Gangster Disciples and currently is on parole, according to Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Darwin Sorrells, 26, also is on parole for a gun charge, according to Guglielmi.Wade said tougher ggun laws will actually help the police, and he continues to have partnerships with law enforcement. 49ers Jerseys Store. On Sept. 17, Wade will hold an event in Miami to promote cycling safety and unity in the community -- and City of Miami Police officers plan to join Wade on the 6-mile bike ride to support the initiative.They are fighting a war, Wade said of Chicago police. And they can do a lot better, but they can get more help, as well, to do better. Theres other cities that have way tougher gun laws. We have weak gun laws.The Chicago Police Department released a statement in response to Wades call for tougher gun laws, saying officers are waging an unwavering fight against criminals but need help.The statement from Guglielmi says making the city safer will depend on strong partnerships with the community. He said the fight against violent offenders who torment neighborhoods with gun violence is unwavering and added that police need help to ensure these individuals stay off our streets after repeated arrests for guns.Wade also talked about how nationwide violence, which has included police-related shootings of African-Americans, has affected his sons, ages 14, 9 and 2.You try to tell them right from wrong, but then they come back to you and say, But Dad, kids are being killed by police officers. I thought you said police officers are safe. Thats where we should feel comfortable, Wade said.My boys are afraid of police the same way I was growing up, and not all police, obviously, but you know my boys hear everything thats going on in the world and all the harassment, all the murders thats going on and they pose the question back to me. And what answer do I have for them?While Wade said he doesnt have all the answers on how to solve Chicagos issues, he is willing to do what he can to help spark change.Now Im back in the city of Chicago -- Im back for a reason, Wade said. I played 13 years in Miami. Now Im back in the city, let me see what I can do as one person to help lend my voice and help shed light on the tragedy thats going on and find a solution to start the process of making change.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '