Monthly Archives: June 2019

Hamilton edges Raikkonen in China practice 

Hamilton, who edged out team mate Nico Rosberg in the opening session, lapped the 5.

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451-km Shanghai International Circuit in one minute, 37.219 seconds in latter 90-minute run to shade Raikkonen by just four-tenths of a second.

“Generally the car was feeling good and it was nice to get the running and the preparations. Hopefully that will stand me in good stead,” Hamilton told the BBC.

“The Ferraris look like they were as quick as they were in Malaysia, but hopefully we’re quicker.”

Daniel Ricciardo was a surprise third fastest in his Red Bull, the Australian leaping up the order late in the session after sitting out the opening 45 minutes as the team struggled to cool their brakes.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who won the Malaysian Grand Prix a fortnight ago, was fourth after surviving an early spin, edging out compatriot Rosberg, who made a mistake at the end of his fastest flying lap and could only manage fifth.

“On one lap, I think we’ll be quickest and race pace we need to review now if we are looking okay or not,” said Rosberg, who almost collided with Raikkonen late in the session as both cars jockeyed for position.

“That was definitely quite a tight one. He didn’t leave much space in Turn Two, but okay, fair play, then I got him out in the next couple of corners. It was good racing and on Sunday, we might see some similar action.”

In the morning session, Mercedes had appeared to have regained their dominant stride in the cooler Chinese weather after being dealt a shock defeat by Ferrari in the sweltering heat of Malaysia.

Hamilton was then more than a second faster than Vettel and Raikkonen but the Finn closed the gap in the second session when he fitted the quicker soft-compound tyres, finding more time than the Briton on the grippier rubber.

BRAKE FAILURE

Daniil Kvyat ended the day sixth-fastest but it was a far from smooth session for the Russian. Like Red Bull team mate Ricciardo, he sat out much of the afternoon and only managed 10 laps before being sidelined by a brake failure.  

Both were driving with different brakes after struggling in Malaysia and had reverted many of the car’s specifications to 2014 standards after a poor start to the season.

Valtteri Bottas ended a low-key day for Williams in seventh while Felipe Massa ended up down in 17th after finishing his session in spectacular fashion.

The Brazilian lost control under braking for the Turn 14 hairpin, lightly brushing the barrier before coming to a halt and prompting a brief red flag interruption.

McLaren built on an encouraging morning session with Jenson Button ending the day in the top 10. Fernando Alonso was 12th, with the team appearing to have made genuine progress after their early-season struggles.

There was a moment of drama early in the afternoon when a man believed to be a spectator darted across the start-finish straight as cars were speeding down it, crossing over safely into the pitlane before being apprehended by track officials.

(Editing by John O’Brien)

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Hundreds protest against WA community closures in Sydney, Melbourne 

A large protest opposing the closure of remote indigenous communities in WA has shut down streets in central Melbourne.

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Several thousand people gathered outside the city’s main railway station Flinders Street at 4pm.

“Enough is enough – where is the justice for Aboriginal people?” a speaker shouted to the crowd before the walk through CBD streets, flanked by police.

The rally forced the closure of Flinders and Elizabeth streets, where surrounding streets soon became clogged with cars and trams forced to stop.

Rally goers gathered again outside Flinders Street station, blocking the intersection, just on 5pm.

Police, on foot and on riot horses, followed the marchers all the way. Jason Maxwell, 31 of South East Dandenong Ranges, was among the protesters.

“I disagree, strongly disagree, in selling out on the aboriginal communities just for money,” Mr Maxwell told AAP.

He said the WA and Federal governments should recognise the importance of the link between indigenous people and their lands, and it was wrong to describe this as a lifestyle choice.

“It is the worst thing that a modern government could ever say,” Mr Maxwell said.

“It’s a political tool to separate us, and I think it is wrong.” The protesters did not enjoy universal support, with a heckler heard to shout “move over to WA”. 

A similar rally is also underway in Sydney at Belmore Park.

Shutting #Melbourne down – stop the forced closures. #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA pic.twitter广西桑拿,/VR0gTPDMVr

— AYCC (@AYCC) April 10, 2015

Beautiful work Melbourne. Thousands protesting against forced closure of #Aboriginal communities. #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA pic.twitter广西桑拿,/jzqBzEVRvA

— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) April 10, 2015

Flinders St’s packed listening to Indigneous speaker talk about history genocide in Aust. #auspol#SOSBLAKAUSTRALIApic.twitter广西桑拿,/hUqF5iTvhg

— Ahmed Yussuf (@ahmedyussuf10) April 10, 2015

The beautiful people of Melbourne have shut down the city. #StopAusGenocide #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA #auspol #treaty pic.twitter广西桑拿,/NJITmEnWSN

— WACA (@akaWACA) April 10, 2015

Flinders St in Melbourne is beautiful right now. 5000 ppl against the closure of Aboriginal communities. Get there! pic.twitter广西桑拿,/sDvc90hwdd

— Nazeem Hussain (@nazeem_hussain) April 10, 2015

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Aussie Simmons dazzles NBA scouts 

Australia’s Ben Simmons is dazzling NBA general managers and scouts in the United States.

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The world’s elite young basketball players have converged on the annual showcase, the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon, and the 18-year-old from Melbourne has been the star.

Along the sidelines and in the stands NBA general managers from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers and other clubs have been salivating over what the 208cm tall, forward has been doing in workouts before Saturday’s (Sunday AEST) World Team versus Team USA game.

It was in Portland two years ago where a skinny 18-year-old Canberra high school kid named Dante Exum catapulted his way to become the top five pick in the last NBA draft.

The scouting report on Simmons, who just led Florida’s Montverde Academy to a third consecutive US national high school championship, is simple.

“He can play on any NBA team right now,” one NBA scout told Yahoo Sports.

“He’s big and sees the game like a point guard. He can guard shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards.

“That’s real talent. He looks 7-footers in the eye. Just skip him and go on to evaluate the next guy.”

Another scout described Simmons, who shoots left-handed but finishes layups with his right, as “reverse ambidextrous”.

“You don’t know if he is left-handed or right-handed,” another scout said.

Joining Simmons in the World Team is another potential Australian top five NBA pick, Thon Maker, an athletic, 18-year-old, 216cm centre.

New Zealand’s 208cm centre Ty Wynyard is also on the World Team.

Maker is yet to announce if he will spend a final year in high school or take up an offer from Duke, Indiana, Kentucky or any of the other elite colleges while Simmons, who won all of the major US high school player of the year awards, is a star recruit for Louisiana State University.

He is expected to play one year at LSU and then declare for next year’s NBA Draft.

Many draft forecasters have Simmons as the projected number one pick.

“That would be awesome,” Simmons said.

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Blues pip Brumbies in Super Rugby 

The Auckland Blues have ended their seven-game winless streak to start the Super Rugby season by humbling the Brumbies 16-14 at Eden Park.

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The contest was as close as the scoreline indicated, replacement five-eighth Ihaia West landing the decisive sideline penalty with three minutes to go.

The Brumbies had the chance to steal victory after the hooter from a scrum penalty, but halfback Nic White put his long-range attempt wide.

The Blues headed into the match on Friday night with a 0-7 record and sitting bottom of the table.

But with skipper Jerome Kaino leading from the front, they were able snap their losing run despite a jittery second half.

The Brumbies remain the Australian conference leaders despite a defeat in which they fell 13-0 behind at halftime, before producing a strong comeback.

The Brumbies’ lack of discipline cost them early as they conceded the first five penalties, allowing Dan Bowden to kick the Blues to a 6-0 lead.

The Brumbies also had to reshuffle their backline when No.10 Matt Toomua went off midway through the half with an ankle injury.

The Blues continued to have the better of the contest, midfielder George Moala causing problems with his direct running.

But a six-point margin didn’t seem enough reward until Bowden’s converted try from a dab off a ruck put them further ahead.

The Brumbies, for whom flanker David Pocock was huge at the break-down, came out with greater intensity in the second spell.

Christian Leali’ifano, who had moved into first receiver with Toomua’s departure, landed a penalty to put his side on the board.

The visitors further cut the deficit in the 57th minute after showing great patience in attack.

They strung together 25 phases, their forwards punching at the line, before White found unmarked winger Lausii Taliauli out wide to score.

The penalty count swung around against the Blues in the second period and two more Leali’ifano goals pushed the Brumbies in front with six minutes to go.

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Scott in three-year Eels NRL deal: report 

Australian and NSW State of Origin back-rower Beau Scott is reportedly set to sign a three-year NRL deal from next season with Parramatta.

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The 30-year-old Newcastle forward is poised to trigger a get-out clause in his Knights contract to return to Sydney in 2016 for family reasons.

Fairfax Media is reporting Scott has requested to leave the Knights on compassionate grounds because his son requires treatment at the Children’s Hospital in Westmead.

While the Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra had expressed interest, the Eels look set to lure Scott to Parramatta.

According to the report, it is understood the Tigers and Dragons had offered more money, but Scott is believed to have decided to link with Parramatta because of the proximity to the Children’s Hospital and a view the club is entering a ‘premiership window’.

Having already landed Manly playmaker Kieran Foran for 2016, on top of the earlier signing of former Sea Eagles Anthony Watmough, the Eels will add strength and experience to their forward pack for next season.

Meanwhile, Dane Gagai has signed a two-year contract extension with Newcastle that will keep him at the club until the end of 2017.

The talented centre has been one the Knights’ most consistent players since joining from Brisbane following his release by the Broncos due to disciplinary reasons midway through the 2012 season.

With Wayne Bennett leaving the Knights at the end of last year, there had been speculation the 24-year-old Queenslander might rejoin his old club.

However, Gagai said he owed the Knights for the loyalty they had showed to him since his arrival and that was the key factor in his why he opted to stay.

“This was a really big decision for me and my family,” Gagai said.

“I owe the Knights a lot because they gave me a chance when Anthony Griffin let me go in 2012.

“But I still had a number of factors to consider in making this decision with my family living in Queensland.

“I am really happy the decision has been made because I am enjoying my football and I love it here.”

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