Girl, 1, killed in Sydney driveway


A one-year-old girl has died after being struck by a car in a driveway in western Sydney.

Emergency services rushed to a townhouse complex in Kent Street, Blacktown after reports a car had struck a child just before 7.30pm on Tuesday.

NSW Police said officers from the Blacktown Local Area Command found the girl in a critical condition.

She was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead Children's Hospital where she died.

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The driver of the car, a 40-year-old man, was treated at the scene by paramedics for shock.

He was taken to Blacktown Hospital for mandatory testing, police said.

A crime scene has been set up and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner, police said.





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Peter Madsen, Who Killed Kim Wall on Submarine, Briefly Escapes Prison


ODENSE, Denmark — A Danish inventor convicted of killing a journalist aboard his homemade submarine in Copenhagen in 2017 briefly escaped from prison on Tuesday, according to the Danish state broadcaster.

The inventor, Peter Madsen, reportedly fled the Herstedvester Prison near Copenhagen after using a staff member as a human shield, but was arrested a short time later in Albertslund, near the facility on the western outskirts of the city. Photos and videos posted by Ekstra Bladet, a local news outlet, appeared to show Mr. Madsen seated on the side of the road surrounded by armed police officers with the area cordoned off. Media reports said he may have had a “belt-like” object around his waist.

The police said in a statement posted to Twitter that they had responded to an incident in Albertslund in which “a man has been arrested after attempted escape” but did not name Mr. Madsen. A short time later, the police said that the person had been removed from the scene. The state broadcaster, DR, said the police had confirmed the escaped prisoner was Mr. Madsen.

The police also said that investigators were on site and that the area had been cordoned off.

Mr. Madsen was able to escape by taking a female prison psychologist hostage, the chairman of the prison workers’ union, Bo Yde Sorensen, told Ekstra Bladet, adding that he had been brandishing what appeared to be a gun.

“The weapon was so lifelike that prison guards at the gate didn’t take any chances in relation to the hostage,” Mr. Sorensen told the newspaper. Mr. Madsen’s actions were deemed a danger to the prison worker’s life, prompting a decision to let him out of the gate, he said.

“It’s a decision I support,” he said. “We don’t want to risk anybody getting killed — we have to find people afterward.”

Guards followed Mr. Madsen as he fled, but stepped back when he threatened them, the news outlet reported, before eventually taking him into custody.

Kirsten Schlichting, 78, who lives and works near the prison, spoke with TV 2, a national news network, and described a heavy police presence as officers tried to apprehend Mr. Madsen.

“The only thing I’m worried about is the school which is also close by, but I don’t know if there are students there,” Ms. Schlichting said. “But I’m not afraid. There’s lots of police watching out.”

Mr. Madsen was found guilty of the premeditated killing — equivalent to a murder conviction — of the journalist Kim Wall in 2018 and sentenced to life in prison. A life sentence is rare in Denmark, even in murder cases, but Ms. Wall’s grisly death horrified the nation, and the brutality of the crime made Mr. Madsen’s trial one of the most closely watched in Scandinavian history.

Ms. Wall, 30, disappeared after meeting Mr. Madsen for an interview aboard his homemade submarine in August 2017. Her body was later discovered dismembered, and Mr. Madsen was soon arrested and charged with her killing.

Mr. Madsen initially offered a series of shifting explanations about Ms. Wall’s whereabouts, before admitting to dismembering her body and tossing body parts overboard. But he denied killing her.

Ms. Wall, a freelance journalist who had written for international outlets including The New York Times, graduated from the London School of Economics and received two master’s degrees from Columbia University. She reported from Uganda, Sri Lanka and Cuba, and died only miles from Trelleborg, Sweden, where she grew up.

“Kim wanted to give a voice to people who didn’t have one,” Joachim Wall, her father, said in a recent interview with The New York Times. “She was always looking for the story behind the story.”

A television drama based on the police investigation of her killing premiered in Denmark last month.



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Peter Madsen: Police surround Danish inventor who killed journalist after prison escape attempt | World News


A convicted murderer, who killed a journalist on board his submarine, has been has been surrounded by police after trying to escape prison.

Peter Madsen, 49, reportedly tried to flee Herstedvester Prison, where he is serving a life sentence for the murder of Kim Wall in 2017.

Danish police have said a man has been arrested after an attempted escape and the area has been cordoned off.

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The situation appears to be ongoing

Photos from the scene in Albertslund, Copenhagen, show Madsen sitting against a fence surrounded by armed police.

Two officers lie on their stomachs on the ground in front of him and it looks like he is wearing a belt-like object around his stomach.

Madsen had threatened prison guards with a “pistol-like object” and also claimed to have a bomb, according to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

It appears the situation is ongoing and police and bomb experts are at the scene.

The latest pictures from the scene, which is a few hundred metres from the prison, show vehicles attempting to block the situation from view.



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‘Stressed’ driver made wrong decision during street race that killed Bor Mabil, court told


A young Adelaide woman charged over a street race that killed the sister of Socceroos player Awer Mabil has suffered a physical attack and been ostracised by her community and church, the District Court has heard.

Bor Mabil was killed when the car in which she was a passenger crashed into a fence at Andrew’s Farm, in Adelaide’s north, in January 2019.

Alakiir Kelei Deng, who was driving the other car, faced the District Court today after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and breaching the conditions of her learner’s licence.

The 20-year-old was driving at speed with three passengers inside the car and did not have a qualified supervising driver.

She also had a small amount of alcohol in her system, for which she was not charged.

Prosecutor Leah O’Donnell said Deng would have been driving about 100kph to keep ahead of the other car, driven by Akol Agui Akol, who was jailed over the fatal crash.

“Her vehicle is known to have collided with the curb in almost the same location that Mr Akol’s did … it was a result of that collision that Ms Mabil suffered traumatic head injuries and died at the scene,” she said.

Deng ‘remorseful’ for fatal street race

Ms O’Donnell said a psychological report gave little insight into the offending and the only explanation for the impromptu street race was youth, inexperience and poor decision-making.

The court heard that Deng was remorseful and not at high risk of reoffending.

Six victim impact statements were read in court, including from the victim’s mother.

The white Audi sedan in which Bor Mabil, sister of Socceroos player Awer Mabil, was killed.(ABC News)

“Every day since my child died, I cannot afford to spend 30 minutes without thinking and crying about the death.”

She also outlined the costs she had incurred since her daughter’s death, including for the funeral and to accommodate family and friends who had arrived to pay their respects.

Deng’s lawyer said he accepted the facts laid out by the prosecutor.

He said the accused encouraged Akol, but would not have known he was impaired by alcohol and MDMA.

“It was a poor decision based on the driving conditions at the time.

“She was under circumstances of some heightened stress. Noises in the car, flashing high beams, rapid approach of Mr Akol from behind.”

“She made the poor decision to try to remain in front rather than pull-over … as a result of her youth and inexperience and excitement in the moment.”

Accused abused over Facebook

Deng’s lawyer also outlined how Ms Deng had been outcast from her community and church since the incident.

“She received abuse on Facebook and people stopped visiting her home,” he said.

Judge Michael Boylan said he might order a home detention report but Deng should not “get her hopes up about that”.

She will be sentenced at a later date.



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Azerbaijan says 12 civilians killed, 40 wounded in Ganja by Armenia shelling


October 17, 2020

BAKU (Reuters) – Azerbaijan said on Saturday 12 civilians were killed and more than 40 were wounded in the city of Ganja due to shelling by Armenia.

The Azeri Prosecutor General’s office said that two shells hit apartment buildings in the country’s second largest city.

There has been no official reaction from Armenia as yet.

(Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; writing by Margarita Antidze; editing by Edwina Gibbs)





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Eastern Freeway Porsche driver Richard Pusey vows to fight charges over crash that killed four police officers


Richard Pusey, the man accused of filming a police officer as she lay dying on a Melbourne freeway, has revealed he will be fighting the most serious charges levelled against him.

But Mr Pusey’s day in court may not come for up to three years, with Victoria’s justice straining at the seams because of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Pusey now faces 11 criminal charges over the crash on the Eastern Freeway which killed four police officers, the most serious of which are reckless conduct endangering serious injury, possessing a drug of dependence, reckless conduct endangering life and outraging public decency.

He was today committed to stand trial in Victoria’s County Court.

Mr Pusey, 42, appeared by videolink today from the Melbourne Remand Centre at Ravenhall and when asked how he pleaded, said: “Not guilty, your Honour.”

His plea comes after the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court found there was not enough evidence to pursue four other serious charges against him, and prosecutors withdrew another charge.

The ruling today by Magistrate Donna Bakos comes after months of negotiations between prosecutors and Mr Pusey’s legal team, who argue their client has been “seriously overcharged”.

Police opposed bail calling accused ‘manipulative, controlling’

On April 22, Mr Pusey was pulled over by Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and First Constable Glen Humphris for allegedly driving his Porsche at 149 kilometres per hour on the Eastern Freeway.

Two other officers — Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Joshua Prestney — arrived on the scene and were standing in the emergency lane.

Moments later a refrigerated truck veered into and killed all four officers.

The truck’s driver, Mohinder Singh, has since been charged over their deaths.

Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Constable Joshua Prestney were killed in the crash on April 22.(Supplied: Victoria Police)

Mr Pusey has been in custody since April and today applied for bail.

But police opposed his application, raising fears that Mr Pusey would endanger the safety and welfare of the public.

Detective Senior Constable Aaron Price, of the Homicide Squad, told the court that Mr Pusey had an “absolute disregard for the emotion of other people”.

“He’s a manipulative, controlling man,” Senior Constable Price said.

“The accused picks and chooses which laws he wishes to follow.

“When he clashes with people … he resorts to all sorts of tactics, mainly harassment, verbal abuse, intimidation.

“He’s threatened to kill people in relation to unpaid water bills.”

Trial won’t happen until 2022, Pusey’s lawyer says

Senior Constable Price also raised concerns about Mr Pusey’s alleged penchant to speed, telling the court that he paid thousands for anti-speed devices to be installed in his car.

“My concerns are that the accused does have a tendency to enjoy driving fast in what I would describe as flashy cars,” Senior Constable Price said.

But Mr Pusey’s barrister, Dermot Dann QC, said his client could be facing a delay of up to three years before he is able to go to trial.

He said Mr Pusey would be willing to effectively subject himself to home detention if he was granted bail.

“The fact is … the best that this man is looking at is … 2022,” Mr Dann said.

But Crown Prosecutor Robyn Harper told the court that while she accepted there were “substantial delays”, any sentence Mr Pusey was facing would still be longer than his time in custody.

Magistrate Bakos will make a decision on his bail application on Friday.



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Pakistan LeT commander, aide killed in Srinagar encounter


Saifullah had infiltrated into J&K earlier this year and had during the past two months shifted his base from north to south Kashmir

A Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) commander from Pakistan and his local associate were gunned down by the security forces in a fire fight that broke out early Monday in Srinagar’s Barzulla area. A private house where the duo had been holed up following the security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area was destroyed as it caught fire in the latter’s final assault.

J&K’s Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh, claimed at a hurriedly called press conference that the slain Pakistan militant commander Saifullah was involved in a series of attacks on security forces including the ambushes that took place in and outside Srinagar past fortnight, leaving several security forces personnel dead and injured. The other militant killed in the encounter has been identified as Irshad Ahmed Dar alias Abu Usama, a resident of southern Pulwama district, “who was active since May 2019 and involved in several civilian killings and attacks on the J&K police and central security forces.”

 

The police chief said that, so far, this year the security forces have conducted 75 counterinsurgency operations across J&K during which as many as 180 militants including several top commanders of various outfits were killed.

Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range), Vijay Kumar, said that after evacuating the civilians living in the neighbourhood the LeT militants trapped inside a residential house in Mir Mohalla (locality) of old Barzulla were offered to lay down their arms and surrender before the security forces as part of the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) followed during the actions. But they refused and opened fire on the joint party of J&K police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), triggering the encounter, he said and added the operation was launched shortly after midnight on receiving input about the presence of militants in the area.  

 

Mr. Singh said that Saifullah had infiltrated into J&K earlier this year and had during the past two months shifted his base from north to south Kashmir.

He said that all the operations against militants carried out by the security forces, so far, this year were “clean and conducted in a professional manner.” He asserted, “Barring one operation at Batamaloo, Srinagar, in which one woman got killed in a crossfire, all operations were cleanly conducted by the security forces”. He said that eight encounters took place in the Srinagar city alone in which 18 militants including a top Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Junaid Ashraf Khan were killed. “Whenever any terrorist outfit tries to establish its base in Srinagar, we successfully corner the militants with the help of our intelligence and other sources,” the DGP said.

 

Asked how many militants were active in Srinagar at present, the police chief said, “Only one who is involved in a couple of attacks. We will bring him to justice very soon.”

He said that the J&K police lost its 19 men and the CRPF 21 during these operations and attacks of militants whereas 15 Army soldiers were also killed, majority of them along the Line of Control (LoC) during this period.

He also said that the police and other security forces succeeded in bringing back as many as 26 Kashmiri youth who had joined the militants’ ranks and reunited them with their families, so far, this year.



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One killed at Perth campus


Witnesses heard screams and a sound “like an avalanche” as a building site collapsed, killing a young apprentice and seriously injuring two others at Perth’s Curtin University.

The accident happened at a construction site at the Bentley campus about 12.30pm local time (3.30pm AEDT) on Tuesday.

WA Police Commander Mike Bell confirmed two workers, including the 23-year-old who was killed, were on a fifth-floor roof while another man was on a scaffold structure beneath them when it collapsed.
One person was killed when a building collapsed in Perth. (9News)
At least one other person was taken to hospital. (9News)

“Just the noise of all that giving way, it just started cracking and then it just went … It just sounded like an avalanche, it was horrible,” one witness told 9News

He and a colleague were sealing glass panels five storeys up. They plummetted 20 metres and were trapped by cascading glass, the 23-year-old apprentice dying immediately.

“I saw one man on the ground, but he was moving, he was also screaming,” worker Damian Clancey told 9News.

“If it had happened five minutes earlier there would have been probably 15 to 20 people working in that area.”

A difficult recovery mission remains for the man killed in the accident.

Cranes may need to be brought in to retrieve his body, which was last night still trapped under the rubble.

The building was under construction. (9News)

“The deceased’s family have been notified and a report will be prepared for the coroner,” Commander Bell said.

The other men, both aged in their 20s, suffered serious injuries and are being treated in Royal Perth Hospital.

One man is fighting for his life in a critical condition after surgery, and the other man is in a stable condition.

Aerial images showed glass panels from a roof section of the building collapsed onto the site below.

Multiple emergency crews, including ambulance and DFES personnel, were called to the scene.

The site is likely to be closed down at least all day Wednesday.

WorkSafe were called in to investigate, but there is no suggestion of suspicious circumstances.

The CMFEU is also demanding answers.

The accident took place at the university’s Bentley campus. (9News)

“When you hear of a young worker that’s died on the job, just starting his career in construction, what message does that send,” Senior OHS Officer Mick Buchan said.

Mr Buchan said the union had been told there were “some issues in the deflection of the structural steel”.

The building in question is the under-construction $110 million School of Design and the Built Environment.

Curtin University construction collapse
WA Police Commander Mike Bell confirmed the 23-year-old apprentice’s family have been notified of the tragedy. (9News)

The contract for constructing the five-storey building was awarded last April.

It was announced as the first part of the university’s $500 million exchange initiative, which would establish research and teaching facilities alongside commercial spaces.

Curtin University said in a statement no staff or students had been affected by the accident.



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How coronavirus killed the golden goose of sport and how each code is placed to pick up the pieces


The coronavirus pandemic has shaken Australian professional sport to the core.

In the space of a few months as lockdowns forced changes, hundreds of people lost their jobs and as much as a billion dollars was wiped from the Australian elite sporting landscape.

The big three codes — AFL, NRL and cricket — basked for decades in lucrative television rights that allowed expansion, high salaries, and other bells and whistles, but the pandemic has shown it was all built on shifting sands.

No sport proved immune.

So, as we approach the business end of the football season, we do a stocktake of the major Australian sports and how they’ve fared in season COVID.

The Australian Football League

The AFL is the behemoth of Australian sport.

Port Adelaide finished top of the AFL ladder after a much-changed season.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

In 2015, it signed a six-year TV rights deal worth $2.5 billion dollars — a package that continued a trend of increasing rights deals that began in the early ’70s.

But those days appear over.

The AFLW competition was the first casualty, with the competition abandoned just prior to the finals.

Soon afterwards, the AFL slashed costs, ordering all 18 clubs to stand down 80 per cent of their workforce.

Players were forced to take a 50 per cent pay cut, leaving some individuals hundreds of thousands out of pocket, while many assistant coaches left clubs never to return.

The AFL arranged a $600 million line of credit secured by the Docklands stadium, which allowed the season to continue while the 18 teams retreated first from Victoria, then New South Wales, to hubs in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

The AFL has spent $60 million on relocating and accommodating the teams, coaches and their families in the Queensland.

The AFL expects its revenue this year to fall by up to $400 million — around a third of its projected revenue — while 20 per cent of its staff have been cut.

In June, the AFL announced a two-year extension of its six-year deal with broadcast partners Seven West Media, taking it until 2024, but with a cost reduction of $87 million.

Gillon McLachlan speaks at a press conferences
Gillon McLachlan said the AFL needed to change its business model.(ABC News)

The AFL also negotiated a new deal with Foxtel, but without the extension until 2024.

And finally, it lost hundreds of millions in gate takings thanks to socially reduced crowds and fewer games in this COVID season.

The financial pain is expected to continue next year.

“We need to significantly change our business model for not only the AFL but the wider football community,” said the AFL’s chief executive, Gillon McLachlan.

Meanwhile, the clubs are expecting they will have to reduce their spending on coaches and other support staff by about 36 per cent and reduce player list sizes.

The full extent of club losses will become clear when they release their annual financial statements later this year.

The AFLW is set to go ahead next year with its 14-team competition, although the full details of the competition are yet to be released.

But clubs have already sacked coaches and are cutting hard around support staff.

Of all the Australian sports, the AFL is best placed to ride out the storm, thanks to its ownership of Docklands stadium, the TV deal, albeit on reduced terms, and the enormous supporter based and passion for the game — the clubs merely lost a combined 67,000 members this year despite none of the Melbourne-based supporters being able to attend a single game.

But with so much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, there is no indication what next year’s season will look like and a myriad of questions yet to be answered

The AFL intends to pay off the debts of 2020 as quickly as possible, but will have to spend millions to prop up many clubs that have suffered huge losses this season.

The National Rugby League

NRL Chairman Peter V’Landys stunned the Australian sporting world with his bullish attitude to restarting the competition in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

He had good reason.

The Australian Rugby League chairman speaks at an NRL media conference.
Peter V’landys was forceful in ensuring the NRL season got back underway.(AAP: Joel Carrett)

The lack of TV money flowing into the NRL coffers meant the game was in real danger of going under as it haemorrhaged money at a rate of almost half a million dollars a day to run the competition.

A spiteful row with free-to-air broadcaster Channel Nine, which accused the NRL of mismanagement, didn’t help.

The NRL did eventually agree to a new deal with Nine that cost the league upwards of $80 million over the course of this season and the remaining two years of the contract.

The NRL’s other broadcast partner, Fox Sports, also cut a new deal without releasing figures, but it’s safe to assume the savings were considerable given it has a greater portion of rugby league’s broadcast rights.

Todd Greenberg paid the price, replaced as NRL chief executive by Andrew Abdo.

The loss of TV money as well as sponsorships, gate takings and emergency payments to clubs add up to as much as $150 million, with players agreeing to a 20 per cent pay cut to play out the season.

Meanwhile, the four-team NRLW season will go ahead in October.

Looking ahead, the NRL recently announced it was reducing staff numbers by 25 per cent and aiming to cut spending by $50 million per year.

“Our business, like so many others, has been hit by a hurricane called COVID, which caused substantial damage,” said Abdo.

To counter that, the NRL is reportedly toying with bringing in silent investment partners.

But as ABC columnist Richard Hinds wrote this week, the devil of what those private partners might require for their money will be in the detail.

Cricket

Of all the sporting organisations that stood to lose from COVID, Cricket Australia should have been best placed.

Steve Smith stands with his arms outstretched with David Warner and Tim Paine as Joe Root lies on his back
Cricket should have been in a good place pre-COVID, but has been hit hard by the pandemic.(AP: Rui Vieira)

The Australian women’s cricket team ended the home season with a glorious win in front of a packed MCG in March just as the first COVID-19 cases began to appear in Australia.

But with months until the next games were due, CA blinked.

In April, CA announced it was standing down 200 staff (around 80 per cent of the workforce), cut funding to states amounting to around 150 job losses, and brought on a bitter pay dispute with players.

In June, CA said it expected revenue to be cut by half, resulting in losses of $320 over the next two seasons.

Chief executive Kevin Roberts, who announced the cuts and the board’s rational, was subsequently forced from his job.

Since then, interim CEO Nick Hockley has announced that 40 jobs had to go, and the organisation had cut $40 million from its annual budget.

In the meantime, CA’s free-to-air broadcast partner Seven West Media launched a blistering attack on the organisation, labelling it incompetent as it sought to either cut or exit its existing contract, worth $450 million.

Seven has accused CA of breaching its contract over the lack of certainty around this summer’s schedule and the lack of big names for the Big Bash tournament.

CA and the broadcaster, along with Pay-TV partner Foxtel, have been renegotiating a new contract for weeks without a breakthrough and some interim instalments have been held back.

In the meantime, doubts remain over the summer schedule, featuring the Big Bash and all-important four-test series against India — it will take place, but where and when is yet to be nailed down.

Late on Friday, Cricket Australia announced that a one-off Test against Afghanistan and a series of one-day internationals against New Zealand have been postponed until next season.

But a series of women’s T20 and one-day matches between Australia and New Zealand is starting today, and CA announced the WBBL will go ahead with all teams staying and playing games at Sydney’s Olympic Park precinct.

Cricket Australia’s reputation has taken a hammering this year and while the elite level of the game will survive, the damage to the grass-roots game has been enormous.

Rugby Union

Rugby Australia has suffered two years of terrible publicity, and it only got worse when the pandemic hit.

Embattled CEO Raelene Castle resigned in April after being told she no longer had the support of the board and was eventually replaced by interim CEO Rob Clarke.

That was after Castle rejected a new five-year TV rights offer from long-term partner Fox Sports, understood to be far less than the existing $57 million annual deal.

Instead, the sport went out to tender and is still yet to pick up a broadcast partner for beyond this season.

A Wallabies player holds in his head in his hands as he reflects on the loss to England at the Rugby World Cup.
Rugby Australia has endured two difficult years, only for COVID to make things even worse.(AP: Christophe Ena)

The pandemic effectively dismantled the struggling Super Rugby competition, which eventually resumed as separate competitions in Australia and New Zealand, while South Africa abandoned competition altogether.

With the future of Super Rugby still a matter of conjecture, broadcasters are wondering what they are bidding for.

While the Rugby Championship will go ahead later this year, Foxtel boss Patrick Delany indicated earlier this month’s that the broadcaster wouldn’t be losing sleep if it missed out on Rugby Union.

He nailed the problem with the ruthless Australian sporting market when he said: “to be frank, there are too many sports in Australia with too big an expectation and too small a population.”

To make matters worse for rugby, this week it lost its most loyal sponsor, Qantas, and with it $5 million annually.

Earlier in the year, the players agreed to an average 60 per cent pay cut, while RA slashed 47 of its 142 full time and also cut another 30 contractors and casuals.

Football

A footballer with her back to camera celebrates a goal with teammates in Olympic football qualifier.
Football did have one win this year, being awarded the women’s World Cup hosting rights.(AAP: Darren Pateman)

The W-League managed to squeak in the grand final just before the COVID shutdown, but not so the A-League.

The season was put on hold between March and July and like all other sports, cuts followed.

Football Federation Australia stood down 70 per cent of its staff, although half have since resumed work.

With TV ratings already plummeting, Foxtel negotiated a fresh TV deal, worth just over half what it had previously been paying and only for one more season.

Meanwhile, the male and female players have been embroiled in a bitter pay fight with the clubs over a new collective bargain agreement.

Melbourne City’s Rostyn Griffiths this week said the A-League would face “mass desertions” if the club owners didn’t agree to the new CBA.

There was some good news for soccer with Australia and New Zealand winning a joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.



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Pedestrian killed and two others injured in crash at Morphett Vale, in Adelaide’s south



A woman has died after being hit by a car in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Westmoreland Road at Morphett Vale yesterday afternoon.

A 37-year-old Christie Downs woman died at the scene.

Two other pedestrians were injured in the crash.

They were taken to Flinders Medical Centre with minor injuries.

The driver of the car, a 79-year-old Morphett Vale man, was unhurt but was taken to the same hospital as a precaution.

He was reported today for causing death by dangerous driving.

Neighbours described the crash scene as confronting.

“I heard this bang and this scream and they just opened the passenger door and screamed — it was chaos,” neighbour John Dutton said.

The woman’s death was the 68th life lost on South Australia’s roads this year, compared with 84 for the same time last year.



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