The Newsroom recaps the top stories from the week in sport.
Taupau signs with Manly
Wests Tigers’ forward Martin Taupau has been released from his current contract and signed a four-year-deal with Manly. The news was broken after official documents of Taupau’s contract were accidentally emailed to Canadian theatre critic James Kelly Nestruck instead of Manly CEO Joe Kelly. Nestruck broke the news on Twitter much to dismay of Tiger fans and Manly officials. ‘Breaking: Martin Taupau signs three-year deal with Manly–Warringah Sea Eagles, 2016 – 2019’ the tweet read. .Nestruck was contacted by Fairfax Media but refused to comment.
Hayne sidelined again
NFL transplant Jarryd Hayne has been left out of the San Francisco 49ers squad for the second consecutive week after special team’s coach Thomas McGaughey backed Reggie Bush as the punt returner. “I feel very comfortable,” McGaughey said. “As long as Reggie feels comfortable, then I feel comfortable.”
Cahill stays with Shanghai Shenhua
Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill has signed for one more year with Chinese Super League Football Club Shanghai Shenhua. Cahill signed the dotted line last night and will remain in China until 2016 after a strong season with the club, scoring 11 goals. He will be 37 years old at the close of his contract and could potentially finish his professional career overseas.
Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano admits to tax fraud
Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has admitted to two counts of tax fraud in a local court in Barcelona yesterday. The Argentinian failed to declare 1.5 million euros in earnings in 2011 and 2012. He is alleged to have attempted to conceal earnings through his image rights by using companies he purchased in Portugal and the United States. A court filing has revealed that Mascherano has repaid the 1.5 million euros with a further 250 thousand euros interest and may end up avoiding trial and will instead pay a hefty fine. His teammate Lionel Messi has also been charged with tax fraud and will face trial with his father for tax fraud, totalling 4.16 million euros. – Compiled from news sources by Jackson Barron, Jesse Mullens and Anthony Johnston.
Top photo of Martin Tapau grappling new team-mate Jason King, from Manly Warringah Sea Eagles’ Facebook page.