Horse racing, runabout horse Oski blows certain win, video, reaction


Spare a thought for the punters.

A well-backed horse at Taunton race course in the UK completely lost the plot with the finish line in sight, blowing a certain win.

Oski, with strong odds at 9-2, led with just fresh grass in front of him approaching the line in the 2m7f chase at Taunton.

But inexplicably the horse gave up the ghost and went WAY off course, veering left towards the far barrier and blowing what looked a certain victory.



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Tiger Woods, Charlie, son blows minds, Greg Norman


Tiger Woods’ son is better than you at golf.

That may not be altogether surprising given his bloodlines, but when you realise Charlie Woods is only 11-years-old, then it’s pretty damn wild.

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Charlie was all over the internet during the week when footage of him practising on the driving range alongside his famous father made it clear the youngster is a clone of the golf legend, and possesses eerily similar traits with club in hand.

The Woods are competing together at the PNC Championship in Orlando, which features father-son pairings. They shot a 10-under 62 in their first round, putting them equal sixth alongside the likes of Team Daly, Team Furyk and Team Thomas.

Some of Charlie’s shots were out of this world for someone his age. A five-wood off the fairway from 170 yards that bent around to the left and settled a few feet from the hole was one of his best, resulting in an eagle.

He hunted the pin again soon after with his iron on the 16th, showing his dad’s trademark killer instinct, then closed it with a classy putt for birdie.

Tiger’s mental strength is what’s driven him to 15 majors and Charlie showed his trash talking is as impressive as his golf game. The 11-year-old left a note in the bunker for Justin Thomas and his dad Mike when they found themselves beached on the 13th hole.

It simply read “DRAW HOLE!”

Mike had reportedly left that note for Charlie earlier in the tournament, and he kept it, knowing his time for revenge would come.

“In typical Woods fashion, he kept the piece of paper, and when my dad hit it in the bunker he took that same exact piece of paper and put it behind his ball,” Justin said. “Little bit of karma.”

Aussie champion Greg Norman and son Greg Norman Jr are also competing in the PNC Championship, and are locked in third place after shooting 11-under.

Team Singh (12-under) and Team Kuchar (14-under) sit atop the leaderboard.



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Australia Vs India, one short, Virat Kohli blows up, Bruce Oxenford, umpires


Day one of the first Test between Australia and India was all about patience with runs at a premium as India compiled 6/233 by the end of the day.

But umpire Bruce Oxenford has come under fire after a one short call during Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s partnership during the night session.

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The MCC laws state “A run is short if a batsman fails to make good his/her ground in turning for a further run.”

The pair had been running well between wickets when off the final ball of the 71st over Oxenford, who was at square leg, called one short, taking another run off the Indians.

While it hardly seems like a big deal, the call was incorrect upon replay with the umpire getting slammed for the decision.

Virat Kohli blew up on the field when he saw the replay as he was the one called short despite just sliding over the line.

It comes as the match is officiated by two Australian umpires — Oxenford and Paul Reiffel — due to COVID-19 making it difficult for independent umpires to travel around the world.

On Fox Cricket, Shane Warne was furious over the call.

“Can India say we want to review that because that’s wrong?” Warne asked. “Bruce Oxenford has got that wrong. Bruce Oxenford has got that wrong I mean c’mon mate, it wasn’t that close, Jesus Ox. C’mon mate, you should review that umpire. Robbed. Virat, India, that’s not good enough Bruce Oxenford.”

Michael Hussey said: “Even the position he was standing wasn’t right on the line to get the best view either. He was sort of behind square a couple of metres.”

Adam Gilchrist said it was likely because the umpires didn’t want to be in front of the camera at square leg.

Another replay saw Warne fire up again.

“That is over the line, so what is he doing? Ridiculous,” Warne said.

“That sort of pettiness from an umpire drives me crazy. They’re the sort of things that …”

At the same time, Pat Cummins was bowling and was called for back-to-back no balls, stopping Warne in his tracks.

“If this is behind the line, then he should be dragged,” Warne said. “Get another umpire and drag this bloke.”

Luckily for Oxenford, Cummins was only just over the line or Warne sounded like he was prepared to run down himself to remove the umpire.

Adam Gilchrist said of a replay of Kohli blowing up that he was “slightly less animated than Shane Warne”.

“That’s fair enough too,” Warne added. “He’s right to react like that, it’s just silly. It’s just over officious that you just don’t need to be.”

Mike Hussey said that Kohli had “had to work hard for every run and have one taken away”.

Legendary ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell also blew up over the call, demanding any line calls to be judged by the third umpire.



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Young pups trade blows and KO Origin niceties


“I knew deep down there was probably going to be a blue tonight between the pair of them.

“If that’s not a headline today I don’t believe that happens tonight.

“They would have read the paper today and it stirs the emotion in them.

“But you’re talking about 20-year-olds. You’re talking about headlines about something that happened a few years ago … the dislike for each other. That fight didn’t come out of nowhere, it would have been brewing.

“It’s the type of headlines young men don’t handle. They didn’t handle it well tonight.”

Tensions finally boiled over in the 57th minute when genuine heavyweights Haas and Fa’asuamaleaui took matters into their own hands.

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Queensland had been awarded a penalty before the ball was thrown away in back play and tensions flared.

Nathan Brown, the Blues debutant who has never minded a bit of niggle, was front and centre with the push and shove.

Then Haas and Fa’asuamaleaui, both 20, launched a few haymakers.

Every single player got involved as referee Gerard Sutton tried to work out how many other players would be joining Haas and Fa’asuamaleaui in the bin. Sutton was overheard yelling ”at the very minimum Payne and Tino will be in the bin”.

As Haas was given his marching orders, he turned to the Queenslanders and Fa’asuamaleaui and subtly signalled for his giant mate to come at him again.

It was fantastic theatre. Not quite Mark Geyer and Wally Lewis exchanging pleasantries as they came from a rain-soaked field. Nor was it anything like the Paul Gallen whack on Nate Myles in 2013, which was the beginning of the end for fighting in rugby league.

The stink will no doubt set up an explosive finish at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday, especially when the two young front-rowers aim up against each other again.

They will be sweating on avoiding striking charges, which carry a base penalty of 200 points, or two matches.

It is debateable if the hatred still exists between them off the field.

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They hugged after the game. And they were inseparable, along with David Fifita, while in Fiji with the Prime Minister’s XIII last year. Haas’ little brother is also about to join Fa’asuamaleaui on the Gold Coast next year.

Haas was enormous in his starting role and finished with 150m. Fa’asuamaleaui ran with plenty of purpose for the visitors, just as he did all year for the premiers Melbourne.

The first sign of some bad blood started early in the second half when Jake Friend stood over the top of Junior Paulo. Paulo did not like the gesture and made it known.

The Maroons continued hitting Nathan Cleary after he had kicked, but with a bit more venom.

The Blues were also happy to start shoving a few of the Maroons, including rookie winger Xavier Coates.

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Labor’s democratic experiment blows up


The state ALP’s new rank and file preselection ballot process has exploded in controversy, with the process under a legal cloud after party officials determined to downplay the influence of ordinary party members – and leader Peter Malinauskas conceding he is powerless to intervene.

InDaily reported last week that Labor was undergoing the first internal party ballot under new rules that came into play from 2018, intended to diminish the hegemony of the unions and sub-branch delegates in picking candidates.

Under rule changes driven by Malinauskas when he was party president and state secretary of the powerful shopworkers’ union, contested upper house and Senate ballots for SA Labor will be determined by a vote giving equal weight to the union blocs, sub-branch delegates and ordinary rank and file party members.

The same rule also now applies to contested lower house preselections, where ordinary sub-branch members previously accounted for 25 per cent of the total count.

The rule change was likely to give some hope to candidates Ben Browne, a regional councillor standing for the Legislative Council ticket against four factionally-backed candidates, and Brett Rankine, contesting the northern suburbs seat of King against the endorsed Left candidate Rhiannon Pearce.

However, InDaily understands party returning officer Jennifer Allison informed candidates’ scrutineers last night that while the union and sub-branch delegate votes would each account for one-third of the total, the rank and file component would be weighted as a proportion of the total number eligible to vote.

InDaily has been told it’s likely the ruling will be challenged, with one source saying their camp was “seeking some more clarification before the ballot’s counted” from tomorrow.

Adding to the confusion, Malinauskas told InDaily the interpretation was at odds with his intention when introducing the rule change.

“I can see what the PRO’s done, but it’s certainly not what the intent was,” he said.

“If the rules need to be amended so as to achieve the intended outcome, that’s something I’d support in the future.”

However, he said he could not intervene in the current process because party rules were subject to a majority vote at the state convention.

“If it’s been interpreted that way, then the rule needs to be re-written so as to be clear on how it should be applied – consistent with what most people in the party would understand the intent to be,” he said.

He denied the debacle was an embarrassment for the party after its much-lauded foray into a genuinely democratic ballot process, saying: “This is the first time individual branch members of the party have been able to vote for upper house candidates, and that’s something I’m proud to have led.”

InDaily has been told most of the eligible rank-and-file members in King cast their vote, which would limit the degree to which the PRO’s interpretation impacts the result – but it’s likely to see the outcome in both elections sent for a review.

Browne backer Ralph Clarke said there was “ambiguity in the rule as it’s written”.

“It was either badly drafted or drafted to achieve an objective,” he said.

“I know there’s strongly contested views as to the actual legality of it.”

He noted the new interpretation could actually see the rank and file component go backwards for lower house ballots – given fewer than the previous 25 per cent could end up being counted if enough members failed to vote.

“It’s pretty against the spirit and the intent of what Peter put forward at the state convention,” he said.

“Whether it was just dumb drafting or someone’s a bit too cheeky by half, only time will tell.”

Queries to Labor’s head office were ignored, with state secretary Reggie Martin unable to comment as he is one of the five candidates vying for four places on the Upper House ticket. The others are incumbents Kyam Maher, Ian Hunter and Tung Ngo.

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US election 2020: Final Trump vs Biden debate was more civil than the first – but both landed firm blows | US News


Phew! We actually got to hear some substance.

After their first debate was dominated by rancour and interruptions, this time Joe Biden and Donald Trump were far more focused and restrained.

They were deftly assisted by a moderator who asked considered but thoughtful questions, who was firm without being rude and who respectfully followed up with fact checks when they were needed.

But the debate wasn’t short on attack lines and we saw two candidates deliver starkly different closing arguments on reshaping the immigration system, two divergent prognoses on coronavirus and polar opposite views on climate change.

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Biden clashes with Trump over COVID-19 shutdowns

On COVID-19, Trump promised it was “going away”. Biden by contrast, called for much more stringent federal action to prepare for a “dark winter”.

Predictable takes, but there was one surprise – the president for the first time saying “I take full responsibility” for the impact of the virus. He did also blame China immediately after.

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Trump, Biden…and Abraham Lincoln

On immigration and race, Mr Trump appeared to land some blows, reminding the audience that it was the Obama administration that built cages to house immigrant children and Joe Biden himself who voted for the controversial Crime Bill in 1994 that saw many black men imprisoned for unduly lengthy sentences.

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That could well resonate with black male voters who have long felt alienated by the political class and have haunting memories of that period in US history.

Trump’s opponent was able to return fire, if not quite as overtly, highlighting “institutional racism” and making clear children separated from their parents were not, as the president argued, “well taken care of”. They were in fact effectively made orphans with many still waiting to be reunited.

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What was most memorable and perhaps most effective, was Mr Trump casting Biden as a creature of “the swamp”, brandishing the unproven allegations about Mr Biden’s son, Hunter, to accuse his rival of personally taking money from foreign interests.

An investigation by Senate Republicans found no evidence that Mr Biden, the former vice president, engaged in wrongdoing over his son’s business dealings. But Trump clearly believes the story is his best chance of undermining Biden in these final days.

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The president put in a strong performance, at times appearing to have the upper hand. That may help to win over some in the wildly small group of undecided voters.

But the polls would suggest he needed a knock-out blow and it didn’t quite feel like that.

He has closed the margins in key states in recent days and he won in 2016 without ‘winning’ the debates.

But the battle lines are more fixed than they were then and reshaping them with just one debate alone seems unlikely.



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Tesla blows away estimates as deliveries ramp up, targeting 500K by year’s end amid coronavirus


Tesla (TSLA) reported third-quarter sales and profit that topped expectations, as the company doubled down on its guidance to achieve a record 500,000 vehicle deliveries in 2020 in the face of a global economy still weighed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Shares soared by over 4% in after-hours trading, adding to a stock run-up of more than 400% for the year to date through Wednesday’s close.

Here were the main results from Tesla’s earnings report, compared to consensus estimates compiled by Bloomberg:

Ahead of its third-quarter earnings results, Tesla reported earlier this month that it had handed over a record 139,300 vehicles during the three months to September, for an increase of more than 40% over last year. Investors had been homing in to see whether the company still planned to hit a half-million deliveries for the full year.

Still, in order to meet that goal, the company would need to deliver more than 180,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter in an economy still stricken by the virus. On Wednesday, Tesla reiterated ithat it has the capacity installed to produce and deliver 500,000 vehicles this year.

“While achieving this goal has become more difficult, delivering half a million vehicles in 2020 remains our target,” the company said. “Achieving this target depends primarily on quarter over quarter increases in Model Y and Shanghai production, as well as further improvements in logistics and delivery efficiency at higher volume levels.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk gets back into his Tesla after talking to media before visiting the construction site of the future US electric car giant Tesla, on September 03, 2020 in Gruenheide near Berlin. – Tesla builds a compound at the site in Gruenheide in Brandenburg for its first European “Gigafactory” near Berlin. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The more affordable Model 3, and newer Model Y, comprised the bulk of the deliveries and all of the growth during the third quarter, while higher-priced Model S and X deliveries declined by more than 12% over last year.

Tesla, however, has been steadily slashing prices especially on its higher-end models in a move that may serve to stoke demand. Last week, it cut the starting price of the Model S twice to $69,420.

The car maker has also been ramping up production and deliveries out of its Shanghai Gigafactory, which has given the company a valuable hub in the world’s largest market for electric vehicles. And auto sales overall in China have rebounded strongly off the lows of its coronavirus lockdown, with sales climbing nearly 13% for a sixth straight monthly gain in September.

Tesla doesn’t break out vehicle deliveries by region, but analyst Dan Ives of WedBush pointed to Model 3 demand out of China as a “linchpin to the global Tesla demand picture,” according to a note this week. Tesla said Wednesday that its Model 3 production capacity had increased to 250,000 units per year, from the 150,000 annual run-rate it targeted initially after the factory first came online in December last year.

The California-based company also broke ground at its second overseas factory in Berlin earlier this year. There, construction “continues to progress rapidly,” the company said in its earnings report, and production is expected to start in 2021.

Tesla’s third-quarter results also come just weeks following the company’s inaugural “Battery Day” in late September. There, CEO Elon Musk laid out a path for the company to begin manufacturing its own “tabless” batteries to improve the cars’ range and power, and eventually help the company launch a $25,000 vehicle.

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AFL Finals 2020 | Gary Ablett delivers the biggest blows when it matters most


It was the sublime intervention of Ablett – two goals in several minutes in the third quarter – that propelled the Cats on the path to their first grand final since 2011 and a date with the AFL’s benchmark club, Richmond, at this same venue in seven days.

The Cats led by 10 points, early in the third quarter when Sam Simpson booted the ball untidily forward to a contest within 15 metres of goal, where Patrick Dangerfield was stationed.

The footy went to ground. Dangerfield burrowed in and grabbed it, but was wrapped up in a tackle.
Ablett lurked in front of him. Dangerfield shovelled the ball out to him, in what the replay showed – much to the outrage of the Gabba throng – to be a disposal more befitting Cameron Smith than an AFL player.

It happened so rapidly that the umpire wouldn’t have seen Dangerfield’s throw. But it was overshadowed by the genius that followed: Ablett, sizing up the goal from an angle, dribbled a low trajectory right foot snap, in which he never lost his balance.

You could feel the deflation in the Brisbane crowd, and the elation among the Cats.

The Lions replied with a long bomb to Cameron Rayner. They were still threatening.

Then, at the next bounce, a clean clearance saw Mitch Duncan hand ball deftly to Ablett in space inside the centre square.

Ablett might have slowed, but his spatial awareness and nous have not dimmed. As soon as he had this ball, one could sense what was coming, since he’s done it before so many times.

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He sprinted clear, past the centre square and to about 52 metres, unloading with a long drop punt. It sailed towards goal, where Tom Hawkins shepherded and then his celebration confirmed the goal.
Ablett had struck, twice.

He wasn’t Geelong’s best, or most influential. Others, such as Duncan, Sam Menegola and Dangerfield had more disposals, others performed crucial defensive roles – Tom Stewart and Jake Kolodjashnij for instance (the latter subduing Charlie Cameron after conceding two electric goals).

Hawkins was structurally crucial, as ever, even though his opponent Harris Andrews was very effective, too and among the better Lions. Rhys Stanley was excellent in the ruck.

Ablett’s main match-up was Daniel Rich, in what was, in retrospect, a risque move – Rich is an offensive defender, rather than a close-checking type small backman. He gave Gaz too much latitude.

Collectively, the Cats were superior defensively, offensively and in the contest, where they doubled the Lions (36-18) in the first quarter. They were stronger and more composed with the ball.

But, in a final that was tight and up for grabs until late in the third quarter or early in the last, a preliminary final in which the Cats took a long time to turn ownership of general play into scoreboard advantage, Ablett took his chances.

He wasn’t the best or biggest player in Geelong’s triumph. Undoubtedly, he was the best story.

He’s not done with yet.

And, in a season like no other, his first and last AFL club, the Cats, will give him and their coach Chris Scott, an opportunity to create history.

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