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Cooper Cronk reckons he's too old to be fazed by critics of his early season form for the Sydney Roosters.

Cronk said on Monday those criticising didn't really know what was going on, though he accepted scrutiny came with the territory following his high-profile move from Melbourne.

Cooper Cronk has been subject to criticism since his move to the Roosters.

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While the Roosters appeared to turn a corner with their 32-0 away win over the high-flying Warriors at the weekend, 34-year-old Cronk's contribution was increasingly questioned as the pre-season favourites turned in patchy efforts over the opening nine rounds.

Some asked whether he was justifying his reported $1 million-a-season salary and whether he was scrutinised at the same level as the man he replaced, Mitchell Pearce.

Cronk said he didn't have a problem with anyone criticising him – but he didn't necessarily agree with them.

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"It's fair and reasonable," Cronk said. "In the 24-7 news cycle we live in these days you open yourself up. I'm too old to worry about things like that but I take criticism and compliments in the same breath.

"At the end of the day those opinions don't know what's truly going on."

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Cooper Cronk reckons he's too old to be fazed by critics of his early season form for the Sydney Roosters.

Cronk said on Monday those criticising didn't really know what was going on, though he accepted scrutiny came with the territory following his high-profile move from Melbourne.

Cooper Cronk has been subject to criticism since his move to the Roosters.

Photo: AAP

While the Roosters appeared to turn a corner with their 32-0 away win over the high-flying Warriors at the weekend, 34-year-old Cronk's contribution was increasingly questioned as the pre-season favourites turned in patchy efforts over the opening nine rounds.

Some asked whether he was justifying his reported $1 million-a-season salary and whether he was scrutinised at the same level as the man he replaced, Mitchell Pearce.

Cronk said he didn't have a problem with anyone criticising him – but he didn't necessarily agree with them.

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"It's fair and reasonable," Cronk said. "In the 24-7 news cycle we live in these days you open yourself up. I'm too old to worry about things like that but I take criticism and compliments in the same breath.

"At the end of the day those opinions don't know what's truly going on."

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Is the highest scoring overseas-based Australian about to have his World Cup dreams dashed?

And could a mainstay of Ange Postecoglou's qualification run and the brightest Socceroos defensive talent also be heading for the scrap heap?

Bert van Marwijk will cull six players from his 32-man Socceroos squad on Tuesday to produce a group of 26 to take to Turkey for a pre-World Cup training camp.

The signs are that free-scoring striker Jamie Maclaren, defensive stalwart Bailey Wright and left-back Alex Gersbach will miss the plane.

Should the Dutchman omit Maclaren, he'll be leaving Australia's most in-form forward behind.

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The 24-year-old scored a hat-trick for Scottish club Hibernian in a 5-5 draw with Rangers on Sunday night (AEST).

With eight goals in 11 matches, he's found the net more times than first-choice striker Tomi Juric has all season.

Hibernian's Jamie Maclaren (left) celebrates one of his goals.

With Tim Cahill barely within cooee of competitive minutes – let alone goals – this season, the Socceroos are crying out for goals.

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Is the highest scoring overseas-based Australian about to have his World Cup dreams dashed?

And could a mainstay of Ange Postecoglou's qualification run and the brightest Socceroos defensive talent also be heading for the scrap heap?

Bert van Marwijk will cull six players from his 32-man Socceroos squad on Tuesday to produce a group of 26 to take to Turkey for a pre-World Cup training camp.

The signs are that free-scoring striker Jamie Maclaren, defensive stalwart Bailey Wright and left-back Alex Gersbach will miss the plane.

Should the Dutchman omit Maclaren, he'll be leaving Australia's most in-form forward behind.

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The 24-year-old scored a hat-trick for Scottish club Hibernian in a 5-5 draw with Rangers on Sunday night (AEST).

With eight goals in 11 matches, he's found the net more times than first-choice striker Tomi Juric has all season.

Hibernian's Jamie Maclaren (left) celebrates one of his goals.

With Tim Cahill barely within cooee of competitive minutes – let alone goals – this season, the Socceroos are crying out for goals.

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Southampton – Pep Guardiola saluted his "incredible" Manchester City as the champions became the first Premier League side to reach 100 points thanks to a 1-0 win at Southampton on Sunday.

Guardiola's team have been focused on rewriting the record books since clinching the English title almost a month ago and they added one last landmark achievement on the final day of the season.

Gabriel Jesus struck with virtually the last kick at St Mary's to take City to the century mark in suitably dramatic fashion.

Guardiola's wild celebration with his backroom staff showed what it meant to the Spaniard for City to achieve yet another astonishing feat.

"It's incredible, I don't have words, 100 points!" Guardiola said.

"When you win for 100 points it's something special for the club. I think it's a record that will stay for a long time.

"All season we didn't surrender, we never gave up and tried until the end. It was an amazing finish from Gabriel."

City's 100-point haul comes after they set a new Premier League points record by beating Brighton in midweek, taking them past the total set by Chelsea in 2004-05.

They have also scored the most goals in a single Premier League campaign (106), won the most games (32) and amassed the most consecutive victories (18) in a season that has seen them ranked along with the best teams in the history of English football.

City finished 19 points clear of second placed Manchester United – the biggest title-winning margin in the Premier League era – to emphasis the gap between the runaway champions and the chasing pack.

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Southampton – Pep Guardiola saluted his "incredible" Manchester City as the champions became the first Premier League side to reach 100 points thanks to a 1-0 win at Southampton on Sunday.

Guardiola's team have been focused on rewriting the record books since clinching the English title almost a month ago and they added one last landmark achievement on the final day of the season.

Gabriel Jesus struck with virtually the last kick at St Mary's to take City to the century mark in suitably dramatic fashion.

Guardiola's wild celebration with his backroom staff showed what it meant to the Spaniard for City to achieve yet another astonishing feat.

"It's incredible, I don't have words, 100 points!" Guardiola said.

"When you win for 100 points it's something special for the club. I think it's a record that will stay for a long time.

"All season we didn't surrender, we never gave up and tried until the end. It was an amazing finish from Gabriel."

City's 100-point haul comes after they set a new Premier League points record by beating Brighton in midweek, taking them past the total set by Chelsea in 2004-05.

They have also scored the most goals in a single Premier League campaign (106), won the most games (32) and amassed the most consecutive victories (18) in a season that has seen them ranked along with the best teams in the history of English football.

City finished 19 points clear of second placed Manchester United – the biggest title-winning margin in the Premier League era – to emphasis the gap between the runaway champions and the chasing pack.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Joey Rickard had his first big league multihomer game and drove in four runs following his recall from the minor leagues, and the Baltimore Orioles scored their most runs in three years in a 17-1 rout over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Danny Valencia and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who have scored 58 runs in their last seven games. Valencia tied career highs with four hits and four RBIs.

Baltimore, last in the AL East at 13-28, has five victories in six games and won consecutive series for the first time this season. The Orioles had their best scoring day since an 18-2 win over Oakland on Aug. 16, 2015.

Rays rookie right fielder Johnny Field pitched a hitless eighth, getting three flyouts around a walk.

The 26-year-old Rickard played a pair of games for the Orioles in late April, then was sent to Triple-A Norfolk. Brought back, he hit a solo homer in the second off Blake Snell (4-3) and a three-run drive in the fourth against Andrew Kittredge. Rickards only prior multihomer game in pro ball was for Class A Bowling Green on May 29, 2013.

Dylan Bundy (2-5) allowed two hits and four walks in seven scoreless innings, dropping his ERA from 5.31 to 4.53. He was coming off a 7-0 loss to Kansas City in which he gave up four home runs and failed to get an out.

Snell gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Adam Jones extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a fourth-inning single.

Valencia and Rickard hit consecutive homers in the second, Mancini homered later in the inning, and Valencia made it 4-0 when he hit into a run-scoring forceout in the third.

Bundy did not allow a hit until Matt Duffy doubled with two outs in the fourth. Baltimore boosted the lead with a seven-run bottom half that included Manny Machados RBI double and run-scoring singles by Jonathan Schoop and Valencia.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Joey Rickard had his first big league multihomer game and drove in four runs following his recall from the minor leagues, and the Baltimore Orioles scored their most runs in three years in a 17-1 rout over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Danny Valencia and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who have scored 58 runs in their last seven games. Valencia tied career highs with four hits and four RBIs.

Baltimore, last in the AL East at 13-28, has five victories in six games and won consecutive series for the first time this season. The Orioles had their best scoring day since an 18-2 win over Oakland on Aug. 16, 2015.

Rays rookie right fielder Johnny Field pitched a hitless eighth, getting three flyouts around a walk.

The 26-year-old Rickard played a pair of games for the Orioles in late April, then was sent to Triple-A Norfolk. Brought back, he hit a solo homer in the second off Blake Snell (4-3) and a three-run drive in the fourth against Andrew Kittredge. Rickards only prior multihomer game in pro ball was for Class A Bowling Green on May 29, 2013.

Dylan Bundy (2-5) allowed two hits and four walks in seven scoreless innings, dropping his ERA from 5.31 to 4.53. He was coming off a 7-0 loss to Kansas City in which he gave up four home runs and failed to get an out.

Snell gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Adam Jones extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a fourth-inning single.

Valencia and Rickard hit consecutive homers in the second, Mancini homered later in the inning, and Valencia made it 4-0 when he hit into a run-scoring forceout in the third.

Bundy did not allow a hit until Matt Duffy doubled with two outs in the fourth. Baltimore boosted the lead with a seven-run bottom half that included Manny Machados RBI double and run-scoring singles by Jonathan Schoop and Valencia.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber became the American Leagues first six-game winner and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 11-2 on Sunday.

The reigning Cy Young Award winner gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits. Kluber (6-2) was backed by four hits from Yan Gomes, including a three-run homer. Jose Ramirez also hit a three-run shot and Michael Brantley had a two-run homer as the Indians had 15 hits.

Gomes hit a fourth-inning home run off Danny Duffy (1-5), doubled in the second and singled in the third and sixth to match his career high for hits.

Ramirezs homer capped a five-run second inning while Brantley homered in the seventh.

Francisco Lindor extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with three hits, including an RBI single in the third. Lindor had two homers and two doubles Saturday. He got off to an inauspicious start Sunday, walking to home plate in the first inning wearing the wrong batting helmet.

A switch-hitter, Lindor had on the helmet he usually uses when he hits left-handed — with a protective flap on the right side. But he was facing the left-hander Duffy and was going to hit right-handed.

Lindor quickly realized the mistake, exchanged helmets with a bat boy and smiled when he returned to the batters box. Lindor flied out. Helmets with flaps on the side facing the pitcher have been mandatory for all players making their major league debuts since 1983.

Cleveland strung together a single, a double, two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and RBI ground balls by Greg Allen and Brantley in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Ramirezs 12th homer of the season pushed the lead to five.

After striking out Brandon Guyer to finally end the inning, a frustrated Duffy tossed a cooler in the dugout but his day would only get worse. Lindor drove in another run in the following inning before Gomes hit his fifth homer of the season.

Duffy allowed nine runs in 3 1-3 innings. His fortunes were much different than his previous outing when the Royals scored 10 runs in the top of the first. Duffy allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings for his first win of the season.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber became the American Leagues first six-game winner and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 11-2 on Sunday.

The reigning Cy Young Award winner gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits. Kluber (6-2) was backed by four hits from Yan Gomes, including a three-run homer. Jose Ramirez also hit a three-run shot and Michael Brantley had a two-run homer as the Indians had 15 hits.

Gomes hit a fourth-inning home run off Danny Duffy (1-5), doubled in the second and singled in the third and sixth to match his career high for hits.

Ramirezs homer capped a five-run second inning while Brantley homered in the seventh.

Francisco Lindor extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with three hits, including an RBI single in the third. Lindor had two homers and two doubles Saturday. He got off to an inauspicious start Sunday, walking to home plate in the first inning wearing the wrong batting helmet.

A switch-hitter, Lindor had on the helmet he usually uses when he hits left-handed — with a protective flap on the right side. But he was facing the left-hander Duffy and was going to hit right-handed.

Lindor quickly realized the mistake, exchanged helmets with a bat boy and smiled when he returned to the batters box. Lindor flied out. Helmets with flaps on the side facing the pitcher have been mandatory for all players making their major league debuts since 1983.

Cleveland strung together a single, a double, two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and RBI ground balls by Greg Allen and Brantley in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Ramirezs 12th homer of the season pushed the lead to five.

After striking out Brandon Guyer to finally end the inning, a frustrated Duffy tossed a cooler in the dugout but his day would only get worse. Lindor drove in another run in the following inning before Gomes hit his fifth homer of the season.

Duffy allowed nine runs in 3 1-3 innings. His fortunes were much different than his previous outing when the Royals scored 10 runs in the top of the first. Duffy allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings for his first win of the season.