Former Australian Test cricketer and SANFL footballer Eric ‘Fritzy’ Freeman dies aged 76

Tributes are pouring in for former test cricketer and champion SANFL forward Eric Freeman, who has died aged 76.

He had a heart attack last weekend and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but died on Monday night.

Freeman was born in Semaphore, Adelaide, and went on to play 11 Tests for Australia and 83 for South Australia from 1964-1974.

In the winter, he turned his attention to football, playing 116 games for Port Adelaide, kicking 390 goals.

Ken “KG” Cunningham umpired him in many SANFL games and was also one of his cricket teammates in the Australia and South Australia teams.

He said Freeman should have played more Tests for Australia and vividly recalled his role in bowling South Australia to the Sheffield Shield title in the last match of the 1970-71 season against a strong NSW side.

Cunningham recalled Freeman taking five wickets in the first innings before disaster struck.

“I was fielding at mid-on in the second innings, going for the outright, and he said, ‘KG, I’ve just tweaked the hammy,'” he said.

“I said, ‘Well, you certainly can’t go off now, Fritzy, we need you badly.’ And he did that and knocked them over.”

In fact, Freeman captured an amazing 8/64 as the Blues were bowled out for 193.

Freeman an all-rounder with a lasting legacy

Cricket Australia (CA) also paid tribute to Freeman, who made his debut against India at the Gabba in 1968, removing both opening batsmen with his right arm, fast-medium bowling.

He went on to take 13 wickets at an average of 30.07 and scored two half-centuries with the bat at an average of 30.50.

Former Test cricketer Eric Freeman also played football for Port Adelaide and toured England during the 1968 Ashes.(ABC News)

CA chairman Earl Eddings said Freeman’s legacy would long be remembered.

“He was an all-rounder in every sense of the word — powerful with both bat and ball in cricket and a prodigious goalkicker with the Magpies in the winter months.”

“Fritzy” played with Port Adelaide from 1964 to 1971, led the goalkicking for five years, and played in the 1965 premiership.

His honours included winning the Ken Farmer Medal in 1966 after kicking 81 goals and playing for South Australia as well.

A clubman who contributed after his sporting career

Magpies champion Russell Ebert, who played alongside him for four years, described Freeman as the ultimate clubman.


“He played mostly at full-forward and he would say, ‘Just get the ball to me,’ and he invariably did something with it,” Ebert said.

“He was a beautiful kicker and such a strong competitor who never, ever wanted to be beaten.”

Cunningham had a close view of Freeman’s football career, which included him once kicking 14 goals against Woodville in 1970.

“I umpired him many times and, goodness gracious me, some of those uncanny marks that he took and the long goals he kicked, I could go on and on,” he said.

The paceman was also something of a larrikin, with a particular liking for parts of sandwiches served up at lunchtime cricket breaks.

“In the change rooms, the room stewards would bring a big plate of sandwiches for the players,” Cunningham reminisced.

Freeman also endured personal heartache during his life.

“We lost our son to suicide and we had to pick up the strings from there,” he once told ABC News.

His son David was 29 and one of Adelaide’s top greenkeepers when he took his life in 1999.

Further tragedy followed five years later when Freeman’s 19-year-old grandson, Matthew Kakoschke, a promising cricketer, died from illness.

But Freeman always fought back and spent many years training junior cricketers at West Torrens.

When he retired, Freeman went on to establish a long and successful career as a sports commentator with ABC Radio.

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RIP Eric Freeman, dead at 76: Cricket news 2020

Former Australian Test cricketer Eric Freeman has passed away aged 76.

Freeman was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after he suffered a heart attack last weekend, before passing away on Monday evening.

He played 11 Test matches for Australia after making his international debut in 1968, scoring 345 runs and claiming 34 wickets.

The talented all-rounder was the first cricketer in history to bring up his maiden Test runs with a six.

Freeman also played 83 first-class matches, representing South Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

He boasted career-best figures of 8/47, achieved against the touring New Zealanders at Adelaide Oval in 1967.

The right-armer also claimed 8/64 during South Australia’s clash against New South Wales in 1971 while battling a hamstring injury.

Freeman played Australian rules football during the winter months, and represented Port Adelaide in 116 matches in the SANFL.

He won an SANFL premiership in 1965, was awarded the Ken Farmer Medal in 1966 and was the leading goal-kicker during the 1967 season with 81 goals.

Following his retirement, Freeman served as a commentator for ABC Radio, and received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002 for “services to sport, particularly cricket as a player, administrator and commentator.”

Cricket Australia chair Earl Eddings called Freeman “one of the greatest athletes South Australia has ever produced.”

“(Freeman) was an all-rounder in every sense of the word – powerful with both bat and ball in cricket and a prodigious goal-kicker with the Magpies in the winter months,” Eddings said.

“He remained a popular member of the cricket family after his retirement as a player with commentary roles on the ABC and junior development positions with West Torrens.

“On behalf of everyone within Australian cricket, we pass on our sincere condolences to Eric’s family.”

Port Adelaide chief executive Matthew Richardson said Freeman’s passing was a sad day for the club.

“The Port Adelaide Football Club passes on its heartfelt condolences to Eric’s wife Dianne, daughter Michelle and the entire Freeman family during this time,” Richardson said in a statement.

“Eric was everything that Port Adelaide stood for. Born in Semaphore, he was always part of the Port Adelaide community, and across his playing career represented everything our club stands for – humility, fairness and brilliance.

“Eric was a key component of the Port Adelaide side throughout the 1960s that created a legacy for our club on the national stage today. He always enjoyed staying connected with his club, a regular at events when he could attend and was terrific company. It is a very sad day for the Port Adelaide family.”

Speaking to Wide World of Sports, Australian cricket great Ian Chappell paid tribute to his former teammate.

“He was great all-round athlete, very strong,” Chappell said.

“As a fast bowler he had a really strong shoulder action, which took advantage of his build.”

“His biggest problem in cricket, especially when he was batting, was at the Adelaide Oval. There was this bloke who’d come to every Shield match and as soon as ‘Fritz’ walked out to bat this guy would yell out, ‘Carn the Pies’ and suddenly ‘Fritz’ would imagine he was playing in the football grand final with 60,000 people roaring.

“He couldn’t help himself. He could bat but he was a big hitter and tended to get carried away a bit.”

Freeman’s granddaughter Tayler posted to Twitter: “RIP poppa I’m so proud of what you accomplished in life with your sporting career — you’re a true legend.”

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Tells Residents to ‘Cancel Everything’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered residents to stay in their homes Wednesday as the city experiences a spike in coronavirus cases.

Garcetti addressed the city’s 4 million residents on Wednesday in a press conference, suggesting that the situation had reached a crisis.

“My message couldn’t be simpler,” Garcetti said. “It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it isn’t essential, don’t do it.”

Prior to addressing the public, Garcetti signed a “Targeted Stay at Home Order,” which seemingly mirrors the “Temporary Targeted Safer At Home Order,” which the county issued late last week.

“Our City is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our hospital system, in turn risking needless suffering and death,” the order stated. “These unfortunate facts about the spread of COVID-19 in our City mean that we must resume some of the more restrictive measures we instituted in the Spring.”

Acording to KTLA 5 Morning News anchor Frank Buckley, a spokesperson for the mayor said the order is “identical” to the county order that took effect Monday.

The new order from Garcetti differs from the county order in the number of exceptions provided, The opening line of text in the order stated, “all persons living within the City of Los Angeles are hereby ordered to remain in their homes.”

Some of the businesses that are exempt from that language include liquor stores, cannabis dispensaries, indoor swap meets, tanning salons, and massage venues, grocery stores, gas stations, banks. The order also exempts “essential” workers.

Restaurants will be forced to forego in-person dining and can only operate through pick-up or delivery under Garcetti’s new order.

While there are certain exemptions, Garcetti is urging people to stay inside and not travel.

“Don’t meet up with others outside your household. Don’t host a gathering. Don’t attend a gathering,” he added. “And following our targeted Safer at Home order, if you’re able to stay home, stay home.”

Garcetti’s order also limits almost all social gatherings of people from more than a single household but exempts religious services and protests, which are protected by the constitution.

In his address, Garcetti pleaded with residents of the city to “just stay home.”

According to Deadline, “health officials confirmed 7,593 new infections in the county, blowing past the previous high of 6,124 seen last week. The daily test positivity rate on Wednesday was 12 percent, up from 7 percent just over one week ago.” Los Angeles County Health Director Barbara Ferrer also reported 5,987 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 414,185.

“If cases continue on this pathway, if they continue to increase at the pace that we’ve seen, the county expects we will run out of hospital beds here in Los Angeles by Christmastime,” Garcetti said.

A fear over the potential shortage of hospital beds has floated throughout the county for some time over the last week. Christina Ghaly, the Los Angles Director of Health and Human Services, echoed those fears, saying “We will have a shortage of ICU beds over the next 2-4 weeks.”

“We’re now beginning to see a sharp increase in daily deaths,” Ghaly said. “Because we know these deaths reflect case counts from a month ago, as cases continue to increase, we should all be extremely distressed about what this means for daily deaths.”

A total of 40 new coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in the county on Wednesday, bringing the total to date to 7,740. According to Los Angeles Public Health, 2,439 people are currently hospitalized.

“We know that this number is a lagging indicator, and we expect it to go up,” Garcetti said of the newly reported coronavirus deaths.

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Stan’s Eric Edgar Cooke true crime series After the Night falls just short of being an Australian Making a Murderer

Compelling as it is, there’s not a lot new in After The Night, a four-part documentary series about Australia’s most notorious serial killer. But given it is more than 60 years since Eric Edgar Cooke embarked on his campaign of terror in Perth, and 57 since his arrest, it would be a shock if there were.

The facts are settled, but they’re also so far back that – for some of us – this will be their first airing. And for many who were there at the time, it’s likely their last chance to bear witness.

Those facts weren’t always so established, though. One of the key throughlines of the series is that two men were wrongly convicted of Cooke’s crimes, and police knew that was so and covered it up. As Oscar Wilde might have said, to bang up one wrong chap may be regarded as a misfortune; to do it twice looks like carelessness – or something far worse.

Writer-director Thomas Meadmore has built the vehicle in which we take this tour of a distant past in which people didn’t lock the door and often slept on the porch, or even in the garden, if it was hot enough. That was until the night in 1963 when Cooke shot five people, three of them fatally. But it is journalist Estelle Blackburn who steers the story, retracing the route taken in her 1998 book Broken Lives.

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Former Wingello resident Eric Bruggeman has discovered transferable skills from professional chef to pyrotechnic supervisor | Goulburn Post

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Former Wingello resident Eric Bruggeman has discovered transferable skills from professional chef to pyrotechnic supervisor for a film at Ballarat’s iconic medieval themepark, Kryal Castle. The project is called “Fond” and was produced by the Valiant Film Company as an entry in the worlds largest short film competition, My Rode Reel 2020. It involved a fiery swordfight between two actors, including medieval weapons specialist and world champion jouster, Phillip Leitch. “I used my pyrotechnic knowledge to control the fire effects on set while making sure that everyone involved was safe,” said Eric. The practical effects included a campfire, two flaming swords and a flaming shield. READ ALSO: Berejiklian flags eased restrictions as NSW records five new cases This wasn’t Eric’s first time on a film set. The son of Wingello Village Store owner and local identity David Bruggeman had employed his extensive culinary skills to cater a previous Valiant Film Company production called “Corgi”. “After I had finished my catering duties, I was given the opportunity to jump in as an extra,” said Eric. The Rode Reel competition invites filmmakers’ entries from around the world and boasts over $1 million in prize money across several categories: drama, comedy, animation, documentary and behind the scenes. Readers are invited to watch and vote on their favourite entries on the myrodereel website and to follow Valiant Film Company on Facebook for more information.

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Judge says Eric Trump must testify in New York probe prior to election

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Trump must testify in a New York investigation into his family’s business practices before the November presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting his lawyers’ claims that his “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a delay.

State Judge Arthur Engoron said President Donald Trump’s middle son, a Trump Organization executive, must comply with a subpoena to give a deposition under oath no later than Oct. 7, adding that the court is not “bound by the timelines of the national election.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James went to court to enforce Eric Trump’s subpoena after his lawyers abruptly canceled a July interview with investigators in her office’s probe, which is focused on whether the Trump Organization lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits.

Eric Trump, the company’s executive vice president of development and acquisitions, was first served with the subpoena in May. James, a Democrat, said in a statement after the ruling that “justice and the rule of law prevailed today.”

“To be clear, no entity or individual is allowed to dictate how or when our investigation will proceed or set the parameters of a lawful investigation,” James said. “The court’s order today makes clear that no one is above the law, not even an organization or an individual with the name Trump.”

A message seeking comment on the ruling was left with Eric Trump’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas.

In a court filing last week, his lawyers said he was willing to comply with the subpoena, but that he could do so only after the Nov. 3 election. Beside scheduling conflicts related to his father’s reelection campaign, they said they wanted “to avoid the use of his deposition attendance for political purposes.”

At Wednesday’s hearing, Futerfas said they were “happy for him to sit down and be deposed,” but that they needed more time before he testified to review with him thousands of pages of documents that James’ office is seeking as part of the civil probe.

“As the world knows, there’s an election going on in about four weeks in this country, maybe five weeks,” Futerfas argued. “Eric Trump is a vital and integral part of that, and he’s traveling just about seven days a week.”

Matthew Colangelo, a lawyer for the attorney general’s office, countered that Eric Trump’s lawyers didn’t have a legal basis to seek a delay and were doing so “simply on the grounds of personal inconvenience to the witness.” He argued that the typical compliance deadline courts have found is reasonable is five days.

Eric Trump’s lawyers had proposed four dates for him to testify, the earliest being Nov. 19, which they contended was just after James’ office is scheduled to interview other witnesses in the investigation. Eric Trump switched lawyers in mid-July, Futerfas said, contributing to the need for a delay.

Eric Trump did not participate in Wednesday’s hearing, which was held via Skype. Eric, the third of Trump’s five children, was scheduled to appear Wednesday at a campaign event in Glendale, Arizona, called “Evangelicals for Trump: Praise, Prayer, and Patriotism.”

James went to court to compel Eric Trump and other business associates to testify and turn over documents as part of a civil investigation into whether the family’s company, the Trump Organization, lied about the value of assets including a suburban New York City estate.

Investigators have yet to determine whether any law was broken, James’ office has said.

James launched the investigation in March 2019 after President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress that the president had repeatedly inflated the value of his assets to obtain more favorable terms for loans and insurance coverage.

James’ investigators are looking into how the Trump Organization and its agents assessed the value of Seven Springs, a 212-acre (86-hectare) estate north of Manhattan that President Trump purchased in 1995 with the intent of turning it into a golf club.

After that project failed to progress, the elder Trump granted an easement over 158 acres (60 hectares) to a conservation land trust in 2016 to qualify for an income tax deduction. James’ office said a professional appraisal at the time determined Seven Springs was worth $56.5 million prior to the donation and that the land being conserved in exchange for the tax deduction was worth $21.1 million, it said.

Cohen said during his congressional testimony that when Trump was trying to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills in 2014, he provided financial statements to Deutsche Bank saying Seven Springs was worth $291 million as of 2012.

The attorney general’s office is also looking at a conservation easement donated over part of the Trump National Golf Club property near Los Angeles in exchange for a tax deduction in 2014, and the handling of tax issues related to more than $100 million of debt from the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago that was forgiven between 2010 and 2012.

Investigators said they have not been able to confirm whether any of that forgiven debt was recognized as taxable income, according to the court filings.

President Trump last year dismissed various probes into his pre-White House dealings, accusing James and New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of “harassing all of my New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible.”

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Eric Hipwood calls for greater accuracy from Brisbane Lions

Lions forward Eric Hipwood admits Brisbane’s goal-kicking skills remain a work in progress but is confident the worst is over.

Brisbane’s poor conversion rate has been a problem for most of the season and probably cost them the minor premiership considering they finished on the same points as first-placed Port Adelaide only to be nudged into second spot on percentage.

In 17 regular season matches, the Lions kicked 165 goals and 194 behinds.

It’s the most behinds kicked by any team this season.

“I looked at it as a positive thing that we were getting so many shots – we just weren’t converting them,” Hipwood said.

But signs of accuracy improvement have been evident in the Lions’ past three games, in which they have kicked 35 goals compared to 29 behinds.

“We knew it was going to take a while and we’re starting to reap the benefits, but yet again it can change pretty quickly so we’ve got to keep honing down on our skill and continue our improvement,” Hipwood said.

“It’s been a marginal gain for us, and we seem to be improving a little bit but we can’t stop now. We’ve got to be improving on our goalkicking.”

Hipwood, who regular season goal accuracy of 45.1 per cent was below AFL average, was adamant the constant focus on Brisbane’s goal-kicking problems this season had not played on the Lions’ minds.

“It doesn’t affect us at all. We’ve just got to listen to the people within our four walls,” he said.

“There’s obviously going to be some sort of scrutiny on us no matter how well we’re going.

“I was always very optimistic and it didn’t faze me too much.

“It just takes a while for things to come.”

A lack of accuracy also cost the Lions dearly in their qualifying final loss to Richmond last season.

The Tigers won 18.4 (112) to 8.17 (65) at the Gabba to send the Lions into a sudden-death semi-final a week later that they lost to the GWS Giants.

Brisbane again host Richmond in a qualifying final on Friday week, with Hipwood confident of a different outcome despite the Lions have not beaten the Tigers since 2009.

“We’ll look at teams that have beaten them and we’ve analysed them a fair bit,” he said.

“They’re a quality side and we’re going to have to be at our best to match it with them.

“I treat every game like it’s our last. That’s my mental approach to it and I don’t think too much will change.”

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AFL 2020: St Kilda club song, finals, Saints, Brett Ratten, Nick Riewoldt, Shane Warne, Eric Bana, Saints Giants

It was a club song nine years in the making and, on Friday night, St Kilda brought as many as they could into the winning circle to celebrate their first finals berth in nearly a decade.

St Kilda’s win over GWS was comprehensive and secured their spot in the final eight, which comes in Brett Ratten’s first year as full-time coach, a heartwarming comeback story of its own.

Club legend Nick Riewoldt was happy for the players and the staff at the club, but asked how he felt in the immediate aftermath on Fox Footy, the six-time best and fairest winner was most excited for his side’s success-starved fans.

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Ex-Google boss Eric Schmidt: US ‘dropped the ball’ on innovation

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In the battle for tech supremacy between the US and China, America has “dropped the ball” in funding for basic research, according to former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt.

And that’s one of the key reasons why China has been able to catch up.

Dr Schmidt, who is currently the Chair of the US Department of Defense’s innovation board, said he thinks the US is still ahead of China in tech innovation, for now.

But that the gap is narrowing fast.

“There’s a real focus in China around invention and new AI techniques,” he told the BBC’s Talking Business Asia programme. “In the race for publishing papers China has now caught up.”

China displaced the US as the world’s top research publisher in science and engineering in 2018, according to data from the World Economic Forum.

That’s significant because it shows how much China is focusing on research and development in comparison to the US.

For example, Chinese telecoms infrastructure giant Huawei spends as much as $20bn (£15.6bn) on research and development – one of the highest budgets in the world.

This R&D is helping Chinese tech firms get ahead in key areas like artificial intelligence and 5G.

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Dr Schmidt blames the narrowing of the innovation gap between the US and China on the lack of funding in the US.

“For my whole life, the US has been the unquestioned leader of R&D,” the former Google boss said. “Funding was the equivalent of 2% or so of GDP of the country. Recently R&D has fallen to a lower percentage number than was there before Sputnik.”

According to Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a US lobby group for technology, the US government now invests less in R&D compared to the size of the economy than it has in more than 60 years.

This has resulted in “stagnant productivity growth, lagging competitiveness and reduced innovation”.

Dr Schmidt also said the US’s tech supremacy has been built on the back of the international talent that’s been allowed to work and study in the US – and warns the US risks falling further behind if this kind of talent isn’t allowed into the country.

Tech war

“This high skills immigration is crucial to American competitiveness, global competitiveness, building these new companies and so forth,” he said. “America does not have enough people with those skills.”

The US has been embroiled in a tech cold war with China and in recent months has stepped up its anti-China rhetoric.

This week it revoked the visas of 1,000 Chinese students it claims have military links and accused Chinese tech firms of acting as agents for the Chinese Communist Party – claims Beijing and these companies reject.

The Trump administration has also taken steps to block Chinese tech firms like Huawei and Chinese apps including TikTok and WeChat, saying they pose threats to national security.

Beijing has said this is “naked bullying”, and Dr Schmidt says the bans will mean China will be even more likely to invest in its own domestic manufacturing.

Dr Schmidt says the right strategy for a US-China relationship is what is called a ‘rivalry partnership’ where the US needs to be able to “collaborate with China, while also competing with them”.

“When we’re rivals, we are rough, we are pursuing things. We’re competing hard, we’re trying to get advantage – real competition – which the US can do well, and which China can do well. But there’s also plenty of areas where we need to be partners.”

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