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canberra cyclist nathan hart gunning for gold at gold coast commonwealth games

 he may be an olympian and a commonwealth games medallist, but canberra cyclist nathan hart has never raced in a major championships in australia.as a result, some of his closest family and friends have never seen him race, and hart wants to channel that added pressure into commonwealth games glory on the gold coast in april. canberra cyclist nathan hart is gunning for gold at gold coast commonwealth games. hart was just 21 when he won bronze in the team sprint at the glasgow games four years ago and fell an agonising .015 seconds short of a medal at the 2016 rio olympics.the 24-year-old trained in act development programs alongside reigning tour de france green jersey winner michael matthews, and now hart wants to make his own ann...




bring the heat if you want to play for richmond says hardwick

any richmond player wanting to force their way into the tigers' line-up will need to display the manic pressure that has become the defending premiers' trademark.with nathan broad's spot up for grabs and daniel rioli unlikely to be available in round one, tigers' coach damien hardwick reinforced the message that certain criteria needed to be on show for a player to earn selection after the tigers' thumping win over essendon. reigning brownlow medallist dustin martin prepares to fire off a handball. photo: mark jesserhe said second year tiger shai bolton was aware what he needed to do to have first crack at rioli's spot."our boys know if they want a game in our side they have to chase and tackle," hardwick said."shai bolton is...




man dies after being restrained by police in sydney's south-west

a man has died shortly after he was placed in handcuffs on saturday afternoon in sydney's south-west.emergency services were called to a petrol station on the cumberland highway at canley vale at 3pm, after reports of concern about the man's behaviour.police allege the man assaulted the attending paramedics, and police were called.officers from fairfield city police area command restrained the man using handcuffs, before paramedics took him in an ambulan...




jarryd hayne makes return for parramatta eels for the first time in four years

jarryd hayne, from all reports, has been flying at training. even if his coach – and his 12-year-old son – have been flying past him during endurance runs.but it's game day where hayne shines and saturday night was his first appearance for parramatta in four years. the prodigal son returns, but he is literally no longer the club's no.1. nor are the blue and golds a one-man team. welcome back: jarryd hayne returns for parramatta.  photo: marina neilin hayne's absence the eels have been forced to find another fullback and, in bevan french, believe they have found the "next jarryd hayne". which is why the original one started last night's game against the knights at right centre. hayne had to wait until the second half to get a crack ...




cleaners sacked without redundancy shown jobs on offer in new zealand

lynne davies is among four female cleaners aged in their 50s who will be sacked this week without any redundancy pay and offered job opportunities as far away as new zealand.the closest job vacancy listed by cleaning company spotless, which will sack the women on wednesday, is a casual position in nowra, an hour's drive away from where they live in wollongong. the women who have full-time jobs said the nowra job offered too few hours, negating the travel time and cost. helen hammond, svetlana vicoroska, lynne davies and panayota tzolakidis, who were not offered redundancy after their cleaning jobs were terminated photo: sylvia libermost of the job vacancies spotless listed are in new zealand and in fields unrelated to cleaning.ms da...




sydney roosters recruits cooper cronk and james tedesco have different starts to life with roosters

roosters 28 sea eagles 26life as a new rooster for cooper cronk included watching his side concede three tries before they'd even touched the ball as fellow big-name arrival james tedesco belatedly burst into life to help the premiership favourites to a thrill-a-minute trial win over manly.thurston back to his bestvideo duration01:30previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:46plays of the weekplays of the weekaussies set t20 record in run chase, kiwi punter pockets 50k for one-handed wonder, gf hero jess fishlock in a w-league of her own, andrew nabbout brilliance earns jets a point and erin phillips is one-woman show in aflw. thurston back to his bestvideo duration01:30video duration01:30thurston back to his bestthurston back to his bestno...




first group 1 win gives jordan childs something to write home about

jordan childs came out of his famous jockey father greg's shadow on saturday to win the $1.5 million blue diamond stakes on written by, his first group 1 success.twenty six years ago childs snr won the blue diamond on top two-year-old riva diva and his son was moved by the stunning win of written by who sat three wide from barrier 15 but still managed to win as he liked. written by ridden by jordan childs with trainer grahame begg, returns to the mounting yard after winning the blue diamond stakes at caulfield on saturday. photo: aap“it's just great to be a part of such a great young horse who has amazing talent. and to win my first group 1 is a special moment. he is a horse of great ability,” childs said.the two-year-old, trained by...




jarryd hayne holds secret meeting with nrl integrity unit

without any fanfare, jarryd hayne fronted the nrl's integrity unit to give his response to the rape allegations brought against him in a civil suit in the us.hayne has had a testy relationship with integrity unit investigators in the past, particularly when quizzed about his association with dubious characters on the gold coast during his time with the titans. but it was, by all accounts, a co-operative hayne who responded openly to claims that he raped a californian woman during his time playing nfl with the san francisco 49ers in 2015. feeling the pressure: jarryd hayne faces questions on and off the field in 2018. photo: wolter peetershayne again vehemently denied the claims and explained why he didn't feel he needed to advise the ti...




newcastle knights land laurie daley as latest big-name recruit

newcastle have added laurie daley to their already impressive list of recruits, enlisting the long-time nsw coach as a halves mentor in a move that will reunite him with blues no.7 mitchell pearce.knights coach nathan brown and daley have been in discussions about a consultancy role with the club, which will lead to the champion pivot overseeing selected training sessions in the coming weeks. it marks daley's first football role since parting ways with the nsw state of origin team last year. tough finish: laurie daley and the blues come to terms with another origin series defeat last year. photo: nrl imagerydaley's role and commitments aren't clearly defined, but his main focus will be tutoring second receivers connor watson and ...




the 131-year-old church hall reincarnated into a cricket ground

for most weeks in winter and summer, thousands of fervent pilgrims make their way to the mcg, this city's version of mecca, varanasi, or the holy see.but a church in hawthorn has taken the concept of sport as melbourne's official religion to another level, reincarnating an unused 131-year-old church hall as an indoor cricket venue. a church hall in hawthorn has been converted into a cricket venue. photo: paul jefferswith its strainglass windows and pew seating grandstands, the centre, run by st columb's anglican church in hawthorn, certainly has all the trimmings of a place of worship. even the umpire sits in an old archbishop's chair.but the facility has been well and truly converted for cricket, with a synthetic pitch running th...




greg inglis returns, alex johnston injured as south sydney defeat st george illawarra in charity shield

south sydney skipper greg inglis has made a successful return, however an injury to alex johnston has given the rabbitohs headaches after their 22-18 nrl trial win over st george illawarra.inglis enjoyed a 19-minute cameo in the charity shield match on saturday night at mudgee. it was his first game after almost a year out with a knee injury. greg inglis returned to the field on saturday night after a year on the sidelines.  photo: nrl imagery/ grant trouvillewhile the sight of inglis stretching out would have heartened new coach anthony seibold, it was offset after fullback johnston left the field with what appeared to be a rib injury.after being crunched by dragons recruit james graham in the first half, johnston failed to return to th...




newcastle knights fail to fire in trial against parramatta eels

the new-look knights were given a reminder of the improvement they will need to match the nrl's heavyweights in a 26-6 trial loss to parramatta at maitland sports ground on saturday.newcastle's revamped squad, which featured nine imports, was overrun in the second half by a parramatta team bolstered by the inclusion of prodigal son jarryd hayne, in his first game since returning from stints with san francisco 49ers and gold coast titans. newcastle's kalyn ponga is stopped in his tracks on saturday night. photo: marina neilnewcastle, wooden spooners for the past three seasons, drew first blood but the eels had gained the ascendancy by half-time to lead 12-6.the final scoreline would have been even larger had eels halfback mitchell moses ...




weir delivers futurity one-two as brave smash gets his group one

anyone who imports a well-bred and expensive foreign colt or entire to australia has one major aim:  to win a group 1 race.not so much for the prizemoney - although that always comes in handy - but for the prestige. brave smash , ridden by craig williams, wins the futurity stakes at caulfield today. photo: aapany blueblooded european or japanese galloper who can win at the highest level on the australian turf, preferably at 1600 metres or less, is guaranteed to have a future here as a stallion.and that is where the big money really lies. anyone wondering where all the well bred and well performed three year old colts have disappeared to so early in their careers over the last few decades needs only to grasp that fact to understand why th...




western bulldogs put through a 'combative' pre-season

western bulldogs coach luke beveridge has revealed his team has had its most "combative" pre-season in his short reign and that he is on edge heading into the new campaign.the bulldogs' season lifted a gear on saturday when they held an intra-club clash in humid and blustery conditions at the whitten oval, ahead of next saturday's jlt community series opener against hawthorn in ballarat. bulldogs coach luke beveridge photo: aap/tracey nearmymidfielder tom liberatore, after a sub-par 2017 campaign, fellow onballer jack macrae, jason johannisen, in a new role across half-forward, and a lean marcus bontempelli were among those to impress. big men tom boyd and josh schache, the former lion, struggled in attack but found more of a groove ...




the war against post-roo blues

not for the first time in its long and not-so-distinguished history, st kilda football club is about to confront the reality of covering for the loss of a superstar forward.in this case, it is nick riewoldt, captain for a decade and six-time trevor barker award winner although at least, the big roo has not defected to an enemy like barry hall (2001) and tony lockett (1994) did. riewoldt was physically cooked and about to turn 35, and did remain for his full 17-year career to assume iconic st kilda status before retiring at the end of 2017. nick riewoldt in his final match for the saints. photo: aaphistory sends mixed messages on this. after lockett's shock departure to sydney in the 1990s, the saints rebuilt and made a grand final as ...




royal canberra show draws large crowd for day two

the woodchopping may have been absent, but the crowds definitely were not on the second day of the royal canberra show.as the first day of the weekend brought many families out to exhibition park, shade was a highly sought after commodity, with the temperature climbing into the 30s throughout the afternoon. baz jennings and bianca bleich enjoying one of the rides. photo: dion georgopouloswhile popular fan favourite event the woodchopping was axed from this year's event, there was still plenty on offer for the thousands streaming through the gates.the sounds of v8 engines could be heard across the showground, with the holden vs ford ute challenge bringing one of motor racing's greatest rivalries to epic, while the ultimate stron...




zinchenko escapes from 'exile' to be a ukrainian trailblazer

oleksandr zinchenko has been given a small but important role in manchester city’s formidable season, although the ukraine international, who is set to play in the league cup final against arsenal, notes that he is often mistaken for someone much more famous.it is that distinctive fair hair that causes some to confuse him with the side’s leading player kevin de bruyne, and there has been more than one misunderstanding, he says, since he became a member of pep guardiola’s first-team squad this season. ‘‘i’ve heard it all the time, trust me,’’ says zinchenko. ‘‘everyone calls me ‘kev’. when i’m getting the bus, the fans are shouting, ‘kev, can i have a picture?’ then i turn and they’re like, ‘oh, it’s not ...




texas governor spares inmate from execution after a father's pleas

thomas "bart" whitaker had already eaten his last meal.it was about 5.30pm on thursday, roughly a half-hour before his scheduled execution in a texas prison. he was supposed to be strapped to a gurney soon.donald trump and malcolm turnbull on gun lawsvideo duration01:45previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:37texas overturns convicted murderer's ...texas overturns convicted murderer's death sentencetexas governor greg abbott commutes the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed. donald trump and malcolm turnbull on gun lawsvideo duration01:45video duration01:45donald trump and malcolm turnbull on gun ...donald trump and malcolm turnbull on gun lawskeen to point out how australia and amer...




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canberra mare single gaze second again on caulfield return in peter young stakes

single gaze replicated her caulfield cup runner-up heroics on return to the melbourne track on saturday, but trainer nick olive wasn't celebrating second this time. the canberra-based olive wanted the win at the $200,000 peter young stakes (1800 metres), but single gaze couldn't stay with gailo chop early before darren weir's gelding kicked clear at the turn. single gaze ran second on her caulfield return after placing behind gailo chop in the peter young stakes. photo: julian smitholive was left frustrated they couldn't execute a the race plan on the day but was still "rapt" with the run."i'm disappointed she didn't win, just the way the race was run, she couldn't win. had to get going earlier, was in a pocket and had to wait to...