AFL news: Fremantle Dockers player Max Duffy sells dummy in American college football game


Kentucky won’t soon forget Max Duffy.

The former Fremantle Dockers player had already put together perhaps the best career by a punter in Wildcats’ history – and he produced one final piece of magic in his farewell game.

At a key moment in Kentucky’s 23-21 Gator Bowl win against North Carolina State, Duffy sold the dummy to turn what looked like being a blocked punt into a fair catch inside the 20.

“That play by Max Duffy is one of the coolest things I have ever seen a punter do,” Kentucky sports radio host Matt Jones tweeted.

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Duffy, who played three games across the 2014 and 2015 AFL seasons with Fremantle, said his instincts shone through after some awful blocking by Kentucky’s special teams.





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Fremantle Dockers player Max Duffy sells dummy in American college football game


Kentucky won’t soon forget Max Duffy.

The former Fremantle Dockers player had already put together perhaps the best career by a punter in Wildcats’ history – and he produced one final piece of magic in his farewell game.

At a key moment in Kentucky’s 23-21 Gator Bowl win against North Carolina State, Duffy sold the dummy to turn what looked like being a blocked punt into a fair catch inside the 20.

“That play by Max Duffy is one of the coolest things I have ever seen a punter do,” Kentucky sports radio host Matt Jones tweeted.

Duffy, who played three games across the 2014 and 2015 AFL seasons with Fremantle, said his instincts shone through after some awful blocking by Kentucky’s special teams.

“We’d done a bit of homework in the week leading up on one of the guys that came after it. He blocked a fair few punts during the year. The plan was to block him. Apparently we didn’t want to do that,” told RSN Breakfast.

“I knew he was going to be coming after it pretty hard and it was just a spur of the moment (decision) to go back to the AFL days.

“When I went off to the sideline I was pretty p***ed off to be honest because we didn’t do the job that we wanted. But then I got to the sideline and all the guys were going crazy and telling me ‘You’re going to be on ESPN’ and ‘That’s definitely top 10 (on SportsCenter)’.

“I was caught off guard because I was more worried about the bad job we’d done with the punt. Since then I’ve got a fair few messages, which is funny because it’s something we seen every weekend in Australia in the AFL.”

Duffy won the Ray Guy Award as the top punter in college football in 2019 and was one of two punters selected to this year’s Senior Bowl along with another Australian, James Smith who played for Cincinnati and also had a highlight play last week when he ran for a first down on a fake punt play.

He is only one class away from completing a master degree in sports psychology but that profession will likely have to wait.

The 27-year-old from Western Australia is signing with an agent today and is sure to hear his name called in the NFL Draft – even if his latest highlight isn’t exactly what they’re looking for.

“That was my last game so it was good to go out on a good note and get a highlight in,” he said. “Unfortunately in the NFL they don’t let the (punters) run around like they do in college, so they’ll probably see it and they’ll laugh but it doesn’t really correlate to (what NFL scouts are looking for).”



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Cricket news: New Zealand vs Pakistan T20 series, Jacob Duffy boundary rope catch


Jacob Duffy took four wickets in a man of the match debut for New Zealand but it was a catch that didn’t count in the Kiwis’ five-wicket win that left fans in disbelief.

After being presented with his black cap and told by bowling coach Shane Jurgensen to “stay calm and play savage”, the 26-year-old quick made a sensational start, dismissing opener Abdullah Shafique for a duck in his first over.

He then claimed the scalps of Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hafeez in his second as Pakistan lost three wickets in three balls to slump to 4/20.

The visitors were 5/44 in the 10th over when Shadab Khan sent an uppercut sailing toward deep third man. The shot looked a six for all money, but Duffy tracked it back toward the rope and stretched high to pluck it from the sky.

He only had about a metre of space to stop his momentum and acrobatically contorted his body in a valiant attempt to avoid touching the boundary rope.

But replays showed the finger tips of his left hand had just grazed the triangular advertising wedge, meaning it was a four for Khan.

Khan tried to rescue his side’s innings, smashing 42 from 32 balls before Duffy coaxed a top edge to Sodhi and New Zealand cruised to a win in the first T20 international at Auckland’s Eden Park on Friday.

The Black Caps ended on 5/156 with seven balls to spare after losing the toss and being set a target of 154.

Tim Seifert topscored for the hosts with 57, while Duffy finished with 4/33.

Haris Rauf was the tourists’ best bowler, taking 3/29. Pakistan had a rocky preparation for the match when 10 of their touring party tested positive for COVID-19 during quarantine after arriving in New Zealand.

Players also received a rebuke from local health authorities for flouting social distancing rules, and were unable to train until they were allowed out of their hotel on December 8.

In contrast, New Zealand were coming off a 2-0 series win over the West Indies and playing in home conditions.

“We looked a little bit rusty out there,” Khan admitted, saying the variable pace of the pitch made it tough for Pakistan’s batsmen.

“We’ve had an international game now so definitely in the next game we’ll do better.”

Pakistan’s attack made early inroads as two quick wickets from Rauf restricted New Zealand to 3/72 at the 10-over mark.

Seifert brought up his half century off 35 balls but was out on 57 after a sharp catch from Ashraf, who then dropped an easy chance sitter to give Mark Chapman a life.

Mitchell Santner steered his team to victory with a six to seal the win. The second and third T20s will be played in Hamilton and Napier on Sunday and Tuesday, with the first of two Tests starting in Mount Maunganui on December 26.

– with AFP



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Jarrod Turner’s killer Shannon Duffy sentenced to life in prison for ‘execution-style’ murder


On a dark country road, after a night of drinking, Jarrod Leigh Turner was shot dead — murdered— by his friend, in what the sentencing judge called “cold-blooded”, “callous” and “in the worst category of the crime”.

Mr Turner’s killer, Shannon Duffy, has been sentenced to imprisonment for the term of his natural life, with a non-parole period of 18 years.

Duffy previously pleaded guilty to murdering his friend Mr Turner, whose body was found on Colebrook Road, near the southern Tasmanian town of Richmond on April 14, 2019.

Sentencing Duffy in the Supreme Court in Hobart on Friday, Justice Michael Brett said it was a “cold-blooded and callous killing carried out in the style of an execution”.

Justice Brett said Duffy shot Mr Turner with a 12-gauge shotgun at close range and left him to bleed to death on the side of the rural road.

Jarrod Turner’s body was found in April last year.(Facebook: Jarrod Turner)

Justice Brett said Duffy had agreed to another person’s suggestion to shoot Mr Turner, but not kill him, as punishment for a perceived grievance.

But he said that was not the motive for the murder.

Justice Brett said Duffy formed a plan to murder Mr Turner, when a 14-girl told him that Mr Turner had sexually assaulted her.

“You decided you would kill Mr Turner in retribution for what you believed he had done,” Justice Brett said.

“You arrogantly took it upon yourself to end the life of this man who was only 22 years of age … you committed this act to ingratiate yourself with her [the girl].”

Justice Brett said Duffy sent Mr Turner a text message on April 13, arranging to pick him up later that night to drink alcohol together.

“I infer that you arranged this as a ruse,” Justice Brett said.

“You betrayed your friendship with Mr Turner by using it to deceive him.”

At 2:31am on April 14, they were at Five Mile Beach where Mr Turner uploaded a social media video which showed the men drinking and acting in a friendly manner towards each other.

“On the return journey, after 3:36am on Colebrook Road near Richmond you asked the female driver to stop … so you and Mr Turner could urinate,” Justice Brett said.

He said while Mr Turner was urinating on the side of the semi-rural road, Duffy retrieved the shotgun from where he had hidden it in the car and shot Mr Turner very close to head under his right ear.

Attempts to resuscitate Mr Turner when paramedics and police arrived about two and a half hours after the shooting were unsuccessful.

‘It doesn’t bring my son back’

Justice Brett said the murder had profoundly affected Mr Turner’s family, and deprived his young children of a father.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Turner’s mother Michelle Bradley said Mr Turner meant everything to his family.

“The sentence Shannon Duffy received today doesn’t bring my son Jarrod home to us or his two boys,” Mr Bradley said.

“He [has] never done what he was accused of with that young girl.”

She said she wanted harsher sentences for murderers.

“Change murderers to life, no parole — they’ve taken a life so they don’t deserve a life either,” she said.

Mr Turner’s sister Lakeisha Pearce said her brother was her best friend.

Jarrod Turner's family speaking to the media.
Mr Turner’s mother Michelle Bradley said Mr Turner meant everything to his family.(ABC News)

In his sentencing remarks, Justice Brett said Duffy’s crime was in the worst category of murder, and he described Duffy’s criminal record as “appalling”.

He said Duffy had a dysfunctional childhood, had been diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and a mild intellectual disability.

“Those aspects of your life deserve sympathy but they also suggest that there is little probability or home [for rehabilitation],” he said.

He warned that while he had given Duffy the chance to apply for parole, it did not mean it would be granted.



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Sen. Mike Duffy loses appeal over lawsuit seeking damages from Senate


An attempt by Sen. Mike Duffy to overturn a decision blocking him from suing the Senate for millions of dollars over his suspension without pay has been rejected. 

The Ontario Court of Appeal is upholding a 2018 lower court ruling that said the Senate’s decision to suspend Duffy is protected by parliamentary privilege. 

In a unanimous ruling today, the judges say the courts do not have jurisdiction to rule on matters decided by the Senate, which can only be adjudicated by the Senate itself. 

The appeal was part of the Prince Edward Island senator’s efforts to receive $7.8 million in reimbursement and damages from the Senate, RCMP and the federal government. 

Duffy was suspended without pay for nearly two years over the Senate expenses scandal, for which he was ultimately acquitted of 31 criminal charges in 2016. 

His lawyer Lawrence Greenspon had argued the decision to suspend Duffy in November 2013 came at the direction of then-prime minister Stephen Harper’s office, making it a politically motivated decision that forfeited the Senate’s immunity.



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