Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat; Dan Christian pulls off thrilling win


A four-wicket haul from West Indian quick Carlos Brathwaite and stunning hitting from Dan Christian has led the Sydney Sixers back to the top of the Big Bash League ladder with a thrilling three-wicket victory over the Brisbane Heat.

With scores tied ahead of the final ball of the match, Christian (61 off 38) smashed a four to end the Heat’s three-match winning streak.

After bowling the Heat out for 148 from the final ball of the innings at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, the Sixers slumped to 4-54 before Christian joined captain Dan Hughes (51 off 35) at the crease.

The pair made a measured chase until exploding in the power surge, making 37 from the 15th and 16th overs, with Christian belting three sixes and a four to seemingly take the game away from the Heat.

But Brisbane hit back, taking 3-7 in 13 balls, with the Sixers needing 11 from the final over to win.

Christian belted a six from the first ball of the over before being dropped in the deep by Jack Wildermuth and narrowly avoiding a run out as he pushed for two to level the scores before hitting the winning runs from the final ball.

Earlier, the Heat lost two wickets in the opening power play and slumped to 3-43 when Joe Burns (7 from 12) became the first of Carlos Brathwaite’s four victims.

Chris Lynn (56 from 44) and Jimmy Peirson (16 off 18) steadied the ship with a 51-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Peirson fell to a juggling catch from Jackson Bird.

Lynn made the slowest half-century of his BBL career after being given two early lives but it was not enough to ignite the Heat, with Brisbane eventually bowled out for 148.

BRATHWAITE BACK IN BUSINESS

West Indian quick Carlos Brathwaite equalled his career-best T20 bowling, taking four wickets in a match-turning spell.

Brathwaite had three two-wicket spells for the Sixers earlier this season but had managed just one scalp in his past three games before Sunday’s revival.

While Mark Steketee got a poor decision to be given caught behind, his efforts to pick up Joe Burns, James Bazley and Chris Lynn put the Sixers in the box seat.

VETERAN PERFORMANCE FROM BIRD

Former Test quick Jackson Bird turned back the clock to notch his best showing of the Big Bash, taking 2-22 from his four overs in a tone-setting spell.

While Carlos Brathwaite (four) and Jake Ball Bird (three) took more wickets, Bird’s ability to get the new ball to move, was pivotal, with the wickets of Max Bryant (10 off 8) and Joe Denly (7 off 7) key to restricting the Heat.

His figures could have been even better had Dan Christian not dropped Chris Lynn with the opener on just six in the fourth over but given he too dropped Lynn — off the bowling of Christian — he could not bear a grudge and he redeemed himself when he took a juggled chance between his legs to dismiss Jimmy Peirson (16 off 18).

MUJEEB A MASSIVE LOSS

Spin magician Mujeeb Ur Rahman may have played his final game for the Heat given his selection in the Afghanistan team to play a three-game ODI series against Ireland in the UAE.

Mujeeb took 2-16 from his four overs, picking up James Vince (15 from 10) from the second ball of his spell before bowling the dangerous Jordan Silk for three as Heat captain Chris Lynn decided to bowl him through in a bid to lock down the Sixers.

The wickets took Mujeeb’s tally for the BBL to 12 and while the Heat may get another game out of the prodigious teen before he departs for the UAE, his loss will be a massive blow to their campaign — as will those of fellow Afghanistan players Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) and Mohammad Nabi (Melbourne Renegades) for their teams.



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Andy Murray pulls out of ATP event in Delray Beach


Murray beat both British number one Dan Evans and number three Cameron Norrie in straight sets during December’s Battle of the Brits event

Britain’s former world number one Andy Murray has pulled out of next week’s ATP event in Delray Beach – but not because of injury concerns.

Murray had accepted a wildcard to start his 2021 season at the Florida event.

“Given the increase in Covid rates and the transatlantic flights involved, I want to minimize the risks ahead of the Australian Open,” said the Scot.

Players will have to pass a series of Covid tests during a 14-day quarantine in Melbourne before the Grand Slam.

The tournament starts on 8 February after being pushed back three weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Murray’s appearance at Melbourne Park will come two years after he played there in what he feared would be his final match as a professional.

At 122 in the world, Murray is ranked too low to gain direct entry into the tournament so the 33-year-old, a five-time runner-up in Melbourne, has been given a wildcard.

The three-time Grand Slam singles champion was able to play only seven official matches in 2020 because of a lingering pelvic injury, and the five-month suspension of the tours.

Murray looked sharp in December’s Battle of the Brits exhibition event, beating both British number one Dan Evans and number three Cameron Norrie in straight sets.



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Sony pulls buggy ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ game from PlayStation store


Sony Corp. is pulling “Cyberpunk 2077” from its PlayStation store, and is offering full refunds for the videogame that has been plagued by bugs.

“[Sony
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The news is the latest blow to Polish videogame maker CD Projekt SA. The long-delayed “Cyberpunk 2077” was one of the most anticipated videogame releases in recent years, and reportedly one of the most expensive videogames ever made. But a little over a week after it was released, it has become apparent that the game was not ready for prime time, with complaints of crashes and videos of major gameplay bugs on Sony PlayStation and Microsoft
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City Tatts tome pulls back curtain on a history worthy of Hollywood


City Tatts provided 49 safety deposit boxes for bookmakers, the target of a scam regarded as the biggest robbery in Sydney at the time. No charges were laid, however, because officially no money was stolen.

Safety deposit boxes were loaded with black cash, gained outside taxation, and salted away for another day in the era when colourful racing personalities lived off their wits, tuned by the Depression and World War II.

Monday at City Tatts was play day: be it cards or anything on a billiard table as well as any game of chance. And the rattle of the poker machines could be picked up at Railway Square. I’ve been a member for more than 50 years and now I miss them.

Alas now they have been replaced more by “young professionals” with a 49-storey residential tower en route overshadowing the Lower or Grocery Bar, where “Hollywood George” Edser and Joe (“The Boss”) Taylor held court.

Runyon’s Sky (sky’s the limit) Masterson was a penny ante player compared to Hollywood George and Taylor dwarfed Nathan Detroit’s “New York’s oldest, reliable, floating crap game” with Thommo’s Two-Up School in Sydney.

Folklore has always given Hollywood George, dapper to the point of changing his shirt at the races, credit for being the major player in looting the deposit boxes, but clarified in On A Winner.

Two keys were required to breach the security of the pelf, one a club key kept in the Lower Bar and the other with bookmakers.

“It was suspected that over a period someone had gone to the Grocery Bar and pressed them into a bar of soap used to make an outline,” Donnelly wrote, and then quoted Rob Waterhouse, going there since he was 14, on how the other key was manufactured according to his father, Bill.

“He said after the settling the men used to swim down at Redleaf Pool (Double Bay),” Waterhouse explained when a “man from Newcastle” waited in a toilet cubicle at the change-rooms for when the scene was right to again to get impressions from keys left in bookmaker’s clothes.

The following year Hollywood George, so called because a bookmaker once said the dashing punter from Newcastle should go to the cinema capital and leave him alone, was shot near his Elizabeth Bay garage.

At his peak Hollywood George would outlay $50,000 on a race, according to Donnelly, and was probably a big giver to the City Tatts charities, including church organisations, orphans, sending athletes to the Olympics, Legacy, Sacred Heart Hospice and even to Premier Bob Askin, for the “poor”, reckoned to be 15,000 pounds every Monday from the whip around, that came into play with Hollywood George.

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Following the On A Winner revelation I put to Dean Edser, son of Hollywood George, the question of his father’s involvement.

Yes, he was a regular at the Redleaf Pool, and if he wasn’t the mastermind plenty thought so.

“On the night he was shot he was driving home and boxes were placed at the open entrance to the garage. Whoever was waiting figured he would get out of the car to move them. He didn’t and was shot. My mother (Anne), pregnant with my sister Debbie, was also in the car.“

Hollywood George was the only casualty of what Dean Edser described as the result of a “whip around” by bookmakers.

“They imported a hitman from Melbourne,” he revealed.

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson pulls out guitar to address 2020 season


Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson brought out the guitar at the club’s Annual General Meeting overnight when addressing the club’s 15th placed 2020 finish.

His address lasted only one minute and featured Bruce Springsteen song: ‘Should I Fall Behind, Wait For Me’.

The Hawks’ bottom four finish in 2020 saw them win only five games, despite starting the season 3-1 with wins over Brisbane, Richmond and North Melbourne.

“2020 presented us with some challenges like our generation have never seen before,” Clarkson said in his address.

“After a promising start, and starting the season at 3-1, we then entered hub life where we confronted some obstacles that proved to be significant challenges throughout the course of the season.

“In a team sport you still require everyone to play their role, unfortunately for us we had far too many that have fallen beneath their best throughout the course of 2020, right across the board.

“To best depict this past season, I’m going to pull out another old Bruce Springsteen song, this time it’s called ‘Should I Fall Behind, Wait For Me’.

“I’d love you to watch this song, think about our players, think about our club and think of how we are ready to bounce in 2021.”

Hawthorn will have to start the 2021 season without 2020 best and fairest winner Jack Gunston, who will miss up to five months following back surgery.

David Wanless and Richard Garvey were awarded life membership at the event.









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Bulldog Sam Lloyd pulls pin on AFL career


A player best known for his after-the-siren heroics for Richmond in 2016, Western Bulldogs forward Sam Lloyd has retired from the AFL.

Drafted as a mature-age recruit from the VFL in 2013, Lloyd booted 69 goals in 57 games for Richmond and kicked another 45 in 32 appearances for the Bulldogs.

His crowning moment came when he kicked a superb goal after the siren from 45m out to deliver Richmond a one-point victory over Sydney at the MCG in 2016.

“Playing AFL has been an amazing experience, and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved on the field,” Lloyd, 30, said.

“My journey wasn’t conventional, but I’m just honoured to have played at the highest level.

“I’m extremely grateful to have represented two great clubs, who have given me the chance to live out a boyhood dream.”

Lloyd booted 35 goals in 22 games for the Tigers in 2016 but fell out of favour the next year – missing out on the club’s breakthrough AFL premiership, though he was best-on-ground in their VFL triumph.

He was traded to the Western Bulldogs at the end of 2018 and led their 2019 goal-kicking with a career-high 38 goals – but was limited to just nine games this year.

Lloyd’s immediate retirement to pursue business opportunities outside of football, gives the Bulldogs an extra list spot for the 2021 season.

They can either fill it in the pre-season supplemental selection period, or save it for next year’s mid-season rookie draft.





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Signature Care pulls out of Goulburn aged care proposal | Goulburn Post


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The developer of an aged care facility at South Goulburn has pulled out of the project, citing high council infrastructure charges. It has prompted the council to look elsewhere for another provider to fill the void. General manager Warwick Bennett told Tuesday night’s meeting that Signature Care had withdrawn a planning proposal, that would have paved the way for a 144-bed complex at 134 Lillkar Road, off Ducks Lane. Councillors in July decided to progress the planning proposal which would have allowed a development application to be lodged for the estimated $30 million facility. But now it is off the table all together. READ MORE: Signature Care objects to Goulburn infrastructure fees for aged care facility Goulburn aged care project ‘in abeyance’ over infrastructure charges Signature Care takes next step toward Goulburn aged care complex The new centre will provide 144 beds and create about 170 jobs Mr Bennett told The Post that Signature Care had stated in a recent letter that it was withdrawing the planning proposal due to the infrastructure charges. “We have sent three emails and made a couple phone calls about meeting with them and discussing a compromise deal,” he said. “They won’t even answer and seem to have tossed the toys out of the cot. That’s fine and they’re entitled to do that.” However the GM said the council would now work with federal aged care minister, Richard Colbert, and Hume MP Angus Taylor to secure another provider for the beds and prevent the developer moving them elsewhere. The government announced the allocation under the 2018/19 Aged Care Approvals Round in April, 2019. It attracted $10.4 million in annual subsidy. “We’re very confident there are ample service providers available and we have a series of meetings between now and Christmas to explain our current position, Mr Bennett said. He did not believe the beds could be easily transferred to another region. The council had proposed to charge $1,831,362 for water, sewer, stormwater and roads and traffic infrastructure. Following a submission from Signature Care to reduce this, councillors proposed a compromise whereby $626,964 of this amount could be paid over two years. ALSO READ: SES crews ‘flat out’ as storm unleashes destruction CEO Graeme Croft had argued that $1,072,063 in infrastructure charges was more comparable to other councils where he had also developed aged care facilities. The Goulburn complex was expected to employ 170 people, and generate an additional $6.4m into the local economy. On Wednesday, Mr Croft rejected suggestions he wouldn’t consider a compromise deal. He told The Post he had put forward a comprehensive submission to the July meeting, outlining his arguments and comparing Goulburn Mulwaree’s charges with other councils. “They said a flat out ‘no.’ The money would still have to be paid over two years,” he said. “We haven’t heard anything from them since…On Wednesday, my CEO took a phone call from their economic development officer saying they wouldn’t be moving on the charges.” He maintained they were far higher than other councils, including Wagga Wagga, where Signature Care had started on earthworks for a 144-bed aged care facility. Here it was paying $1.4m in infrastructure fees. In addition, the company had started a 144-bed project at Grafton where Mr Croft said charges were also less. ALSO READ: Officers from the Hume Police District investigate ATO scam He argued Victoria did not levy infrastructure fees and in Queensland, where Signature Care was building more aged care, the state government had introduced incentives to stimulate the economy. For its 180-bed Maryborough facility it meant $700,000 in charges. There was also fee relief at its 144-bed complex at Jimboomba, 40km south of Brisbane. “Right across the economy there are changes and incentives to stimulate economic activity but not in Goulburn,” Mr Croft said. “We look at where we will get the best result so we put our dollars into places that have the best incentives. Mr Croft said he understood the council’s argument that had to be consistent but argued it should compare its charges with other local government areas. ALSO READ: Goulburn Mulwaree Council advises caution after herbicide spill “At the end of the day it affects everyone,” he said. “…(The fees) would be a disappointment in normal times but it’s sheer bloody mindedness that it’s happened during a retraction in the economy and when there are so many efforts to stimulate activity. It’s pretty short-sighted.” The CEO said his company had not decided whether it would try to transfer the bed allocation to another region. He maintained it was possible under the Aged Care Act and that his company had previously shifted a bed allocation from near Maryborough 900km to south of Brisbane. The Goulburn facility had to be started within four years of the federal decision and be completed by six years. Asked why he hadn’t investigated the fees before starting the process, Mr Croft said councils applied charges differently and he hoped for a good outcome. His company has advised the Lillkar Road landowner it did not wish to exercise its option to buy the two-hectare parcel. Mr Bennett said on Tuesday that while the council’s infrastructure fees were high, they were “nowhere near the highest.” ALSO READ: Extra service for mobile phone towers during natural disasters “(They are at this level) because we put so much emphasis on a quality product in terms of water and wastewater and new development,” he said. “We have just spent $35m on a new wastewater treatment plant to meet high environmental standards. It is not fair that the community pays for that and that developers come in and don’t pay the same as existing ones.” Mr Bennett said every other Goulburn developers had paid the full fees except Tribe Brewery. In 2018, councillors agreed to defer water and sewer charges in the first year and grant a 50 per cent discount on these. It equated to $3,285,000 in forgone income but the company had to meet job targets. 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State of Origin 2020, Felise Kaufusi pulls Nathan Cleary leg, Maroons beat NSW Blues, score, video, sin bin


In the Fox League pre-game show on Wednesday, former New South Wales player Michael Ennis warned Queensland “will cheat” to secure victory in the State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium.

Turned out he was bang on the money.

The Maroons finished the game with one player in the sin bin and they can consider themselves very lucky they didn’t have more sent from the field.

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