Dylan Walker pizza shop assault case to hear from up to 20 witnesses


Walker is still training with Manly ahead of making a call as to whether he will be allowed to play this year.

Police claim Walker left the restaurant after ordering a pepperoni pizza and attempted to enter the vehicle of a woman, who was unknown to him, parked outside the restaurant.

The NRL star’s case was back in court on Wednesday where lawyer Jessica Kavvalos was granted a request for two days in Sydney Downing Centre.Credit:NRL Photos

It is alleged Walker then became aggressive and assaulted after two men from the pizza shop confronted the player before he punched one of them in the face.

Walker was arrested nearby a short time later and was taken to Manly Police Station.

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According to court documents, Walker is not allowed to contact the witnesses as part of his bail conditions. He is also not allowed to be intoxicated while in a public place, and is not able to go within 50 metres of the Little Italy pizzeria.

“Police have been told that a man left the restaurant and attempted to enter the vehicle of a woman unknown to him parked outside the restaurant,” police said in a statement.

“When confronted the man allegedly became aggressive and was allegedly involved in a physical altercation, assaulting two men before fleeing.”

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Saints defender Dylan Roberton steps away to consider his AFL future


Roberton has played just one senior game since he collapsed at GMHBA Stadium with a heart condition in round four, 2018. He missed the 2019 season after having a defribillator surgically installed as a protective measure but returned in 2020 and played the opening game before losing his spot.

The father of three remained with the team in the hub on the Sunshine Coast but was unable to force his way into the side that made finals.

The respected defender had been part of the club’s leadership group and was considered one of the best intercept defenders in the game before the collapsed and was taken to hospital in Geelong.

He had played 37 games for Fremantle and 92 games for the Saints leading into this season and was part of the All-Australian squad in 2017 when he also finished runner-up in St Kilda’s best and fairest.

St Kilda released a statement asking for Roberton’s privacy to be respected while he contemplates his future.

The Saints resumed training last week and invited ex-Roo Mason Wood to join the squad this pre-season to trial for a list spot.

Billings said former Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch would add some real class around the ball once he gelled with his new teammates, while the addition of former Richmond livewire Jack Higgins created options for the Saints.

Billings said Higgins was obviously a noted goalkicker who could play the high half forward role but he also had the engine to push further up the ground.

“He could potentially give us a different look at times through the midfield,” Billings said.

It wasn’t just the new arrivals impressing Billings. Premiership Swan Dan Hannebery is on track for a strong year after he returned for the final three games of 2020 having suffered a hamstring injury in round five.

Billings said the club would need to hold the noted trainer back to ensure he was a contributor throughout the season.

“‘Hanners’ is flying … he is someone we are going to look after with his history,” Billings said.

St Kilda were big improvers in 2020, defeating the Western Bulldogs in an elimination final before succumbing to eventual premiers Richmond in a competitive semi-final.

However the 25-year-old Billings – who has missed just one game in the past four seasons – said while the experience was invaluable, all teams started the year without a win.

“Every year is different, there are no guarantees for us this year,” Billings said.

Meanwhile Port Adelaide have locked in senior coach Ken Hinkley until the end of 2023, extending his contract by two years after he led the club to the preliminary final in 2020. The 54-year-old has been Port’s coach since 2013 and has reached two preliminary finals in his 178-game stint.

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Dylan Alcott finishes 2020 as the world’s best quad tennis player


Australia’s wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott has capped a memorable 2020 by finishing the year as the International Tennis Federation’s world number one for quad singles.

It is the fifth time Alcott has claimed the year-end top spot, repeating his achievements from 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

In January, Alcott became the first quad player to claim 10 Grand Slam singles titles with his sixth Australian Open triumph.

He added another major title in October, when he defended his French Open crown with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over his doubles partner Andy Lapthorne at Roland Garros.

The 30-year-old finished the year with an 18-1 singles win-loss record, his only defeat coming in the US Open final, where he finished runner-up to Sam Schroder of the Netherlands.

“In such a strange year, it is a massive honour to finish the year as world number one,” Alcott said.

“A big thanks to my team and everyone who supports me. I also want to send my love to everyone who has done it tough in 2020.

“Let’s hope we can all keep working together and get ready for a — hopefully — brighter 2021.”

Dylan Alcott has won more grand slam singles titles than any other quad tennis player in history.(AAP: Michael Dodge)

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) also held their annual awards ceremony.

Novak Djokovic was the year-end number one for a record-equalling sixth time after winning four titles including a record eighth Australian Open.

US Open champions Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares are the top ranked doubles team.

Roger Federer, who played only six singles all year, was the singles fans’ favourite for a record-extending 18th straight year, and Rafael Nadal received the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the third year in a row and fourth time overall after winning a 13th Roland Garros crown.

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Dylan Grimes’ online abuser slammed by magistrate for vile threats


A magistrate has slammed a “keyboard warrior” who sent abuse on social media to Richmond player Dylan Grimes, causing the Tigers’ defender to fear for his family’s safety.

Andrew Alexander was let off without conviction in the Ringwood Magistrates Court on Wednesday as long as he remains of good behaviour for six months, donates $1000 to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, and writes a “genuine” letter of apology.

He had been charged with stalking and using a carriage service to harass.

Police said the “passionate Essendon Football Club supporter” sent the messages after the August 22 Dreamtime game in Darwin between the Bombers and the Tigers.

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“During the game, the accused drank alcohol heavily and became disgruntled at the umpiring of the game and the eventual result,” police said.



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Bob Dylan sells rights to all his songs to Universal Music Group for reported $400 million


Bob Dylan has sold publishing rights to his catalogue of more than 600 songs, one of the greatest treasures in popular music, for hundreds of millions of dollars.

The catalogue, sold to Universal Music Group’s publishing arm, includes such modern standards as Blowin’ In The Wind, Tangled Up in Blue, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, and Like a Rolling Stone, a body of work that may only be matched for its breadth and influence by the Beatles.

“The deal is the most significant music publishing agreement this century and one of the most important of all time,” UMG said in a press release.

The 79-year-old songwriting legend, one of the defining figures of 20th Century popular music, earned an estimated $400 million from the sale, according to The New York Times, which first reported it.

Why these catalogues are so valuable

Announcing the deal overnight, Sir Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group, said:

In cultural terms, Dylan’s catalogue is “quite literally priceless,” said Anthony DeCurtis, a veteran music writer and contributing editor at Rolling Stone.

“It has been 60 years and it’s still going strong,” DeCurtis said. “There’s no reason to believe there’s going to be any diminishment in its significance.”

To give some indication of its value, Stevie Nicks recently sold an 80 per cent stake in her music to the publisher and talent management company Primary Wave for a reported $135 million.

The deal includes 600 songs dating back to his earlier releases.(Flickr: Jeremy Chan)

With streaming having propped up an industry that was faltering from piracy in the 2000s, artists’ back catalogues have become more valuable.

Companies like Universal compete with newer outfits like Primary Wave and British company Hipgnosis Song Fund to control the use of songs for advertising and placement in movies, television shows or video games.

While songwriters like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young all have valuable catalogues, their work can’t match Dylan for its volume and significance, said Alan Light, a veteran music writer who hosts his own SiriusXM show.

Controlling that catalogue gives a company enormous potential to profit for many years off the cultural significance of Dylan’s work.

This might not be the last deal for a music veteran

The deal does not include rights to Dylan’s own recordings of his material. So, if Universal is approached to use Dylan’s recording of Lay Lady Lay, for example, it would have to be cleared by the artist.

Instead, it hands over control of the copyrighted lyrics and melody. From now on, whenever these 600 songs are streamed or played on the radio, those royalties will go to UMG.

Dylan’s songs have been recorded more than 6,000 times, by various artists from dozens of countries, cultures and music genres.

Notable releases include the Byrds’ chart-topping version of Mr Tambourine Man, Jimi Hendrix’s reworking of All Along the Watchtower and Adele’s cover of Make You Feel My Love.

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Dylan continues to record, with his 2020 album Rough and Rowdy Ways a critics’ favourite.(Flickr: Jean-Luc Ourlin)

Dylan has never been a purist when it comes to commercial possibilities, having recorded advertisements for Victoria’s Secret and Cadillac.

And judging from a tweet by David Crosby on Monday, other veteran musicians may be looking for their own deals.

Crosby said he was selling his catalogue too, noting that he can’t work because of the pandemic and that streaming has cut off record sales as a source of income.

“I’m sure the others feel the same.”

Dylan has performed regularly even as he’s aged, so much so that fans have joked he’s been on the “Never-Ending Tour” since the late 1980s. Only the pandemic has grounded him.

He continues to record, with this year’s album Rough and Rowdy Ways landing on best-of-2020 lists at many publications, and the deal does not include any future songs he releases.

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Dylan Alcott sex life, wheelchair, girlfriend’s revelation, Chantelle Otten, sexologist, tennis news 2020


Dylan Alcott and his girlfriend have opened up about their sex life to encourage more people to talk candidly about disability and sexuality.

Speaking in today’s issue of Stellar Magazine, available in the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun, the Aussie wheelchair tennis champion says dating is a tough subject to navigate for people with a disability, but it doesn’t have to be.

His partner of two years, sexologist Chantelle Otten, says it’s important for the pair to share their story so others in similar situations can realise the opportunities and options available to them.

“A lot of people think people with a disability don’t have sex but I’m having the best sex of my life and it’s important for me to say that,” she says.

“There are people out there who might have a crush on someone with a disability but aren’t confident to ask questions about it. They need to know that these sex lives are important and erotic and achievable, and they can build a life together.

“Dylan and I are quite private but it’s important to get the word out. For me, working with people and having them know I’m in a relationship with someone with a disability is great.”

Growing up, Alcott dealt with his own insecurities about what relationships would look like, and is intent on pulling back the curtain on his own journey so others can learn from him.

“So many of the 4.4 million people in Australia with a disability struggle with dating and sex,” Alcott tells Stellar.

“I know that when I was a teenager I wondered, ‘Can I do it?’ and ‘How do I do it?’ I questioned whether anyone would love me because I’m in a wheelchair.

“I want to change the misconception that (disabled) people can’t have sex or be in relationships or fall in love. The only way to destigmatise it is to talk about it.”

Alcott recently turned 30 and Otten published a glowing Instagram post paying tribute to her man.

“Happy dirty 30 to the love of my life!!! You are the best human. You make everyday the best day. How lucky I am to have found you,” she wrote.

“Never ending laughs and happiness and strength. You deserve it all.”

Alcott and Otten, who connected via social media after she visited one of his book readings, made their romance public last year. The 29-year-old has been on hand to witness some of the tennis star’s recent triumphs, including this year’s Australian Open title and his maiden Wimbledon crown in 2019.

Alcott has long been an advocate for people with disabilities, and this year sparked a backflip from US Open organisers after they initially decided the tournament would go ahead without any wheelchair tennis.

The Aussie icon called it “disgusting discrimination” and gained a groundswell of support, prompting the US Open to change its decision and let Alcott and Co. play in New York.

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Dylan Walker pleads not guilty to pizza shop assault charges


Two restaurant workers confronted Mr Walker.

It is alleged Mr Walker then became aggressive and assaulted the two men, including punching one in the face, before fleeing.

Mr Walker was arrested nearby a short time later and taken to Manly Police Station.

Nine News obtained CCTV footage from a nearby shop, which appears to show Mr Walker in a red shirt raising his arms as he appears to speak with someone.

He begins to walk away, before turning around and continues talking in what appears to be an aggressive manner. After a few exchanges, Mr Walker walks back in the direction of the person he is speaking to.

Manly have no plans to stand down Mr Walker before more details about the alleged incident become publicly available. Mr Walker has one year left on his contract with the Sea Eagles.

Mr Walker has not been stood down under the NRL’s no fault rule, which is automatically applied for cases with a maximum 11-year sentence, but the NRL integrity unit is investigating the matter.

Mr Walker will next appear in court on January 13.



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Dylan Vardai avoids jail time after one-punch attack in Canberra city | The Canberra Times


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A chef who broke a man’s jaw after some “smart-arse” comments were apparently made about his tattoo has avoided time in jail. Dylan Vardai was summonsed to court to answer for the one-punch attack in mid-2019, more than two-and-a-half years after he committed it while on a night out in Canberra city. Last week, the ACT Supreme Court heard from the 27-year-old’s mate, who he was out with in the early hours of November 26, 2016. Vardai’s mate claimed they were approached by a man on London Circuit who “started being a smart-arse” to Vardai and made comments about his family name, which he has a tattoo of. The mate said Vardai initially politely asked for the man to stop, but after the man “kept pushing it and getting closer to him”, Vardai retaliated – punching him once in the head. The man fell to the ground, causing panic as strangers came to his aid, and Vardai and his mate fled. The 27-year-old attacker told prosecutor Rebecca Christensen that, despite several police and media reports, he wasn’t aware officers were after him until a search warrant was executed in 2018. Vardai said he didn’t turn himself into authorities before then because he was worried at the time and: “I just don’t like police, I just didn’t want to talk to them.” He told the court he was sorry for having ever attacked the man, and that he “should have just pushed him off” when they had the confrontation. Vardai said the man called his tattoo “stupid” and he replied “piss off, you wanker”, before the man grabbed him by the shirt, lifted him up, and Vardai punched him in response. The victim gave evidence he had no recollection of the assault, and said he only remembered putting his ex-girlfriend in a taxi beforehand and waking up in hospital afterwards with a broken jaw. READ MORE: ‘I don’t like police’: One-punch attacker on why he left victim on pavement On Friday, Acting Justice David Robinson noted there had been some dispute about whether the one-punch attack was actually a “coward punch”, but he said there was not enough evidence to support that conclusion. He said Vardai had no criminal record, and there was evidence of his “diligent work commitment for many years and assistance to others”. “It can accurately be said that the assault was out of character and a one-off incident,” Acting Justice Robinson said. The judge sentenced Vardai to a total 13 months and 15 days in prison for recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm. He ordered that Vardai complete the prison term by way of an intensive correction order, which is a jail sentence served in the community rather than behind bars. As part of the order, Vardai will have to do 100 hours of community service.

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NRL 2020: Dylan Walker arrested, assault charges, Manly Sea Eagles


Manly Sea Eagles star Dylan Walker has been charged by NSW Police over an alleged assault that occurred on Sunday night.

7 News and the Daily Telegraph report police were called to an Italian restaurant in Narraweena on Sydney’s northern beaches around 9pm on Sunday night after reports of a fight.

It is alleged Walker had picked up takeaway when he attempted to enter a parked car belonging to a woman he did not know.

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According to a police statement, a physical altercation took place when a man confronted walker before another man, associated with the restaurant attempted to intervene.



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Dylan Grimes almost left Richmond Tigers hub because of business troubles


“I haven’t told anyone this but I packed that light coming up here because Elisha, my wife, was in Melbourne … we were copping a lot of heat, Richmond players maybe thinking about not coming into the hub,” Grimes told The Sunday Footy Show.

“I thought ‘I don’t wanna add to that so I will come up for two weeks, I’ll do the two weeks and then I am going to have to come back’.

“The business, the farm, there was so much going on for us personally given COVID and everything.

“We had staff we were trying to pay throughout this time, it was really tough.

“I thought in my mind ‘I am going to be here for two weeks and then I am going to be coming straight back.'”

Grimes stayed because “a couple of weeks in, the mateship and the bond that just grew [helped], it was really tough the first couple of weeks”.

Grimes at his winery in 2017.Credit:Chris Hopkins

Given star defender Alex Rance retired before the season and David Astubry missed most of the season through injury, Grimes was absolutely crucial to the Tigers’ top-four finish with his sublime defensive efforts alongside Noah Balta and Nick Vlastuin.

Had he missed a chunk of games because of going back to Victoria, it is conceivable Richmond may not have finished in the top four.

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Grimes also spoke about how controversies that dogged the Tigers this season – including the Coleman-Jones and Stack hub breach, Tom Lynch’s ill-discipline, the team’s 50-metre penalty problem, the hub breach by Trent Cotchin’s wife and Damien Hardwick’s comments about former Melbourne player David Schwarz – made him question the club’s culture.

“We had mistakes up here and that really cut you because we are a proud club,” he said.

“We felt like we built a really strong culture but I can see from the outside it didn’t look like that.

“You think ‘oh man, do we have it right? Is this right? Are we doing the right thing as leaders, as older players?’

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“We had faith that maybe these are a couple of isolated incidents, maybe we are as strong as we think we are.

“I think every challenge we had we kept coming closer and closer and we felt like we had grown through everything.

“In the days after the incident where the guys [Stack and Coleman-Jones] left the hub, a lot of us were at rock bottom there.

“We felt as a playing group and as a club we’d been challenged.

“It was a moment for us where we had to galvanise.”

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