Archive for November, 2018

  • Caroline Buchanan finishes second in Argentina World Cup round

    Date: 2018.11.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Caroline Buchanan finished second in the time trial at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. Photo: Rohan ThomsonCanberra BMX racer Caroline Buchanan has made a statement of intent after finishing second in the time trial at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
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    Under perfect weather conditions, it came down to the riders themselves to perform at their best in front of a raucous crowd, all while coming to grips with a track that has seen changes to the second and third straight.

    It was a return to form for Buchanan after a disappointing result at the previous round in Sweden, with the result setting up a clash with crowd favourite and reigning Olympic champion Mariana Pajon, after the Columbian got the better of Buchanan by .43 seconds.

    “I love this new remodelled track, they have built up the turns and really beefed up a lot of the straights which has made it more technical so it’s fun,” Buchanan said.

    “The fans here are wild, so it makes it one of the most enjoyable stops for us riders.

    “I’m excited to get out and race tomorrow and hopefully I can put myself in a strong position to succeed.”

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  • NRL: Canberra Raiders score golden-point try in 28-24 victory against Parramatta Eels

    Date: 2018.11.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Raiders centre Brenko Lee (No.4) celebrates his try with teammates Jordan Rapana and Jarrad Kennedy. Photo: Renee McKayAs it happened
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    Down to 12 players, having given up the lead with five minutes on the clock, this was a scenario the Canberra Raiders had seen too often this year.

    Close games have been their killer. They had lost five by two points or less. It’s why the Raiders can lie on a beach on a Bali this weekend rather than prepare for finals football.

    But Edrick Lee had other ideas. So did Jarrod Croker. And then it was English international Josh Hodgson, ignoring a field goal attempt to go himself and score the match-winning try in extra-time.

    “He cheats in cards a bit, but other than that, he goes good,” Croker said.

    “We’ve hung in all year, it hasn’t come our way sometimes. It’s just good to get one back.”

    In the grand scheme of things, Sunday’s golden-point 28-24 victory against the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium will quickly be forgotten in the rugby league stratosphere.

    Both teams had nothing to play for — the Raiders finished just outside the top eight with a 10-14 record, the Eels just behind on 9-15.

    But the Raiders can take heart from the fact they showed plenty of it.

    With Sisa Waqa in the sin-bin and Blake Austin (shoulder), Jack Wighton and Joey Leilua (both suspended) watching on, it was left to Lee to hold off two defenders and plant the ball in the corner with 30 seconds on the clock.

    Croker then slotted the conversion from the sideline to send the game into extra-time, adding two more points to his NRL-best 236 points this season.

    “That wasn’t too bad, I was pretty relaxed,” Croker said.

    “I spoke to the boys after we got behind with about five minutes to go and spoke about enjoying the moment. We have big Shillo (prop David Shillington) and Mitch Cornish leaving the club, let’s just enjoy it for them.”

    Shillington is joining the Gold Coast Titans, while Cornish is expected to join the Eels next year.

    At only 24 years of age, Croker has points-scoring records at his mercy.

    He scored two tries to go with his four conversions, while Eels winger Semi Radradra also crossed for a double — albeit with doubt over the grounding of both — to set a Parramatta record with 24 tries for the season.

    It’s been a strange season for the Raiders. They finished with seven wins on the road and only three at home.

    “That character displayed in the last eight minutes of that game with 12 men is through probably those hardships of this year,” Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.

    “You build character through adversity and you either come out without it or you come out the other end with a good culture. That’s what we’re starting to build here through tough times.

    “There’s been so much adversity for the boys when we’ve lost the real tight ones. When Sisa was sin-binned, I thought, ‘these poor buggers have copped it again’.”

    Waqa was given his marching orders for knocking the ball out of Ryan Morgan’s hands when attempting to play the ball.

    The Eels scored through Daniel Alvaro from the next set to retake the lead.

    Eels coach Brad Arthur was filthy the Raiders weren’t penalised for knocking on the ball from a short kick-off late in the game, which led to Lee’s try.

    “A minute to go, and they kick-off, and they touch the ball and there’s no knock-on there, it’s the wrong decision,” Arthur said.

    “Ryan Morgan dived on the ball, there’s no knock-on. That game typifies our season, too many lost opportunities.”

    CANBERRA RAIDERS 28 (Jarrod Croker 2, Brenko Lee, Edrick Lee, Josh Hodgson tries; Croker 4 goals) bt PARRAMATTA EELS 24 (Semi Radradra 2, Junior Paulo, Daniel Alvaro tries, Luke Kelly 4 goals) bt at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday. Referees: Chris James, Adam Devcich. Crowd: 10,515.

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  • NRL: The five key talking points from Canberra Raiders’ win against Parramatta Eels

    Date: 2018.11.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Raiders win golden point thriller against Eels
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    Croker top of point-scoring charts

    Needing seven points to become the NRL’s leading point-scorer for the season, Raiders captain Jarrod Croker had a couple of near misses early on. He looked to have crossed for a try in the first half, but was ruled to have knocked on by the video referee. Croker then missed a penalty goal attempt from 20m out close to the left sideline. He then grabbed an intercept on his own 20m line, sprinting 60m before being caught by Eels fullback Reece Robinson. Croker crossed for a try in the 55th minute and converted to pass Roosters playmaker James Maloney on the charts. Croker then scored his second try off a Sam Williams grubber kick. It was his second time as the NRL’s leading point-scorer after finishing on top in 2012. Croker then nailed a conversion from the sideline to send the game into extra-time.

    Shot clock proves to be a success

    With both teams out of finals contention, the NRL used the game to trial a shot clock for scrums and line drop-outs to speed up the play. Players didn’t take long to adjust to the change, keeping an eye on the shot clock on the video scoreboard. Players had 35 seconds to pack scrums and 30 seconds to take a line drop-out. There could be potential to reduce those times further to keep the ball in play for longer. With time winding down in the first half, the Eels took just six seconds to pack a scrum to show how quick it can be done.

    Shillington sprints away in Raiders finale

    Playing his 131st and final game for the Raiders before he joins the Gold Coast Titans on a two-year contract, representative prop David Shillington was in open space when he picked up a loose ball on the 20m line. Shillington showed a clean pair of heels before he was wrapped up by the Eels defence at halfway. It was another strong game for Shillington, who played for the Kangaroos and Queensland during his seven seasons at the Raiders. It was also the final game for Raiders five-eighth Mitch Cornish, who is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Eels for next year.

    Raiders missing impact of key playmakers

    They were reduced to the role of spectators, but the Raiders would have loved to have Blake Austin, Jack Wighton and Joey Leilua available. Austin missed the final game of the season with a should injury, while Wighton and Leilua were both serving suspensions. Raiders fans can’t wait to see the halves combination of Austin and Titans recruit Aiden Sezer next season. Wighton will also play a key role at fullback, while the Raiders likely to extend Leilua’s contract. The Raiders have also missed veteran second-rower Sia Soliola in recent weeks.

    Radradra’s dubious double secures club record

    There were serious doubts over both of Semi Radradra’s tries which gave the Fijian flyer the try-scoring record in a single season for Parramatta. Radradra appeared to have dropped the greasy ball when he attempted to touch down in the first half, but after several looks, the video referee gave the green light. It was a similar story in the second half, Radradra looking to have spilled the ball when he placed it over the line. But again, the video referee decided he had enough downward pressure. Chants of “Semi, Semi” went around Parramatta Stadium after his 24th try of the season.

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  • Trainer Tony McEvoy unhappy that Damien Oliver has left

    Date: 2018.11.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Tony McEvoy said he was disappointed to lose the booking of premiership-winning jockey Damien Oliver on his Cox Plate hopeful Alpine Eagle.
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    The trainer, who said he was convinced that Oliver would be with the four-year-old all spring, will start Alpine Eagle in Saturday’s group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes, the horse’s second start this campaign.

    McEvoy said he was under the impression he had a Cox Plate agreement for Oliver to ride his classy four-year-old but the jockey has chosen to ride Fawkner in Saturday’s race. “I’m disappointed. I thought I had a long-term agreement with him but he’s decided to go elsewhere,” the trainer said.

    “I’ve booked Mark Zahra to ride the horse. He will do a good job and I’m particularly happy with the way the horse is going.”

    Alpine Eagle put in some astonishing performances last autumn and is now very much in contention for this year’s Cox Plate, with his trainer recommending not to condemn the horse on his defeat in Adelaide two weeks ago.

    “He’s done very well since but absolutely nothing went right with him the other day in Adelaide. You just have to forget it,” he said. “He went back in the early stages and from there on had no luck at all. He made a quick run off the turn into the straight and then ran his last 400m in 23 seconds, which is a super time considering what he did.”

    Saturday’s Makybe Diva will give another invaluable insight into the upcoming major races, with Chris Waller, known for his raceday numbers in Sydney, also entering six runners. It appears likely, though, that Memsie Stakes winner Boban and Weary will be his two starters in the race.

    With Kerrin McEvoy taking the ride on Hi World in Saturday’s weight-for-age encounter at Flemington, it appears certain his brother-in-law, Brett Prebble, will fly into Sydney to ride last-start winner Speak Fondly in the group 1 Golden Rose.

    New Zealand trainer Murray Baker will start Mongolian Khan in the Makybe Diva, however Robert Smerdon, who prepares international mare Noble Protector, has elected to have her spring preparation begin in the Let’s Elope Stakes, a race worth $200,000 and run at set weights and penalties.

    Smerdon said Craig Williams would ride Royal Protector, who performed gamely during the autumn and last spring, including a minor placing behind Contributer in the Coongy Stakes at Caulfield.

    “We kept her to mares races right through the autumn and while the Cox Plate is our main target there are some nice races on the way through to the group 1 event,” he said. “She trialled recently and we’re happy with what she did.”

    He also announced that smart sprinting three-year-old Fontiton would have her first start for the spring on grand final eve in the Moir Stakes, worth $450,000 at group 1 level. Fontiton worked impressively at Ballarat on Saturday in a special trial and will only have to carry 51.5kg under the weight-for-age scale in the Moir.

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  • San Francisco 49ers rookie Jarryd Hayne not fussed by step up to NFL regular season: Mate, I’ve played professional football for nine years

    Date: 2018.11.21 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Confidence, baby: Jarryd Hayne is not fazed by the hype. Photo: Ezra Shaw’Welcome aboard mate’How Hayne found out the newsThe night league lost a superstarA stunning transformation
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    It is going to be tougher – a step up from the pre-season, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula made sure he reiterated this point to Jarryd Hayne before his likely NFL debut next week.

    The 27-year-old’s response was: “Mate, I’ve played professional football for nine years.”

    It’s the type of confidence the 49ers will be relying on, but it isn’t a foregone conclusion that Hayne will actually take to Levi’s Stadium on Monday night (Tuesday 12.20pm AEST).

    Australia, and even Hayne for that matter, will have to wait until 90 minutes before kick-off against the Minnesota Vikings before learning if he will get his maiden opportunity in the NFL regular season.

    While Hayne is part of the Niners’ 53-man roster, Tomsula has to name just 46 active players on game day, with Hayne a possibility of being one of the seven players to miss out.

    Not that Tomsula was keen to give much away, despite a barrage of questions from the Australian media pressing him on the likelihood of being included in the 46. “Once again, I’m not going to refer to who is on the 46,” Tomsula said.

    “That doesn’t have to be determined until right before the game so I wait until then. I want you to be excited and you should be excited and you should be fired up, we’re fired up too. It should be a celebration in Australia. I do understand it’s huge in its magnitude and all those things

    “I do feel a little bit bad I’m not sharing more information with you but again I’ve got to stay away from things when we’re going in against an opponent.”

    Hayne knows there will be a noticeable difference from the pre-season to the regular season, but he insists he’s ready for it. “That’s probably the funniest thing,” Hayne said.

    “That’s what cracks me up when coach Tomsula is always telling me the season is like this. I’m like, ‘Mate, I’ve played professional football for nine years’. It’s the same principles. There’s no difference. In pre-season blokes are coming out, the blokes on the bubble are working the hardest. I haven’t been on the bubble for a long time. I know exactly what it’s going to be like. Well, not exactly what it’s going to be like, but I know it’s going to go to another level.

    “The pre-season, for the pros, is nothing to them. They were just warming up. You know what I mean? They’re just warming up. The blokes on the bubble are wanted to be seen and noticed. We all know the regular season will be a different kettle of fish … It feels like it’s a new beginning again. Training camp was a new beginning. The first trial was a new beginning. And now I’m on the roster, there’s another mountain to climb. I enjoy climbing mountains.”

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