Carlton Blues co-captain Sam Docherty undergoes surgery for testicular cancer


“Obviously Sam’s health remains the club’s number one priority and we will continue to support him throughout this time.”

Speaking after his ordeal, Docherty implored men to learn from his experience and get health checks regularly.

“Obviously hearing the initial diagnosis was a shock, however I feel grateful to have got onto it straight away,” Docherty said.

“Having now had the surgery, I’m grateful to hear that I’m expected to make a full recovery and will be able to resume training in four to six weeks time.

“Talking about our health and wellbeing and ensuring we get regular checks is so important, and I hope to use this as a reminder for others to look after themselves and also to support others who may be going through similar experiences.”

The Blues asked for Docherty and his family to be afforded privacy.



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Carlton co-captain undergoes surgery for cancerous lump


Carlton defender Sam Docherty recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous lump, the club confirmed on Wednesday.

The Blues co-captain is expected to make a full recovery.

Docherty said the initial diagnosis was a “shock”, but said he was grateful to hear a positive prognosis following surgery.

“Obviously hearing the initial diagnosis was a shock, however I feel grateful to have got onto it straight away,” Docherty said in the statement.

“Having now had the surgery, I’m grateful to hear that I’m expected to make a full recovery and will be able to resume training in four to six weeks’ time.

Carlton Head of Football Brad Lloyd said the club will continue to support him through the recovery phase.

“The surgery went well and we’re incredibly pleased that it’s expected Sam will recover fully,” he said.

“Obviously Sam’s health remains the Club’s number one priority and we will continue to support him throughout this time.”







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Treloar undergoes medical with Western Bulldogs


Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar underwent a medical when he met with prospective suitor the Western Bulldogs on Tuesday, according to The Age.

According to the report, the Bulldogs were keen to test out his hamstrings, considering his soft-tissue injury history.

Multiple reports surfaced on Tuesday afternoon about the upcoming meeting between the on-baller and the Bulldogs, who have signalled their interest as Collingwood look to find him another club.

Treloar’s future has been the subject of intense media scrutiny in recent weeks, with the Bulldogs seemingly now the frontrunner to secure his services if he does leave the Magpies.

According to Sam McClure, the club and player met at an undisclosed location, where the medical was completed.

Treloar is contracted to the Pies until the end of 2025.







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Married at First Sight’s Sam Ball undergoes dramatic makeover


Married at First Sight villain Sam Ball has undergone quite the transformation.

It seems the 27-year-old has made some big changes to his appearance since deactivating his Instagram account back in May.

Gone is the trademark facial hair and deep tan.

Instead, Sam is now sporting a smooth scalp and a much paler complexion.

He posted his new look on his now reactivated Instagram account with the caption: “If you see me less, I’m doing more.”

And from the looks of the photo, it would seem he is “doing more” inside… or at the very least, out of the sun.

Sam looks completely different from his last post – which shows him with his trademark beard and styled hair.

The fitness enthusiast found fame on Married At First Sight in 2018 as Elizabeth Sobinoff’s on-screen husband.

He is best known for causing waves after starting an affair with co-star Ines Basic while the show was filming.

Sam’s new look follows the reality star jumping off social media — and into focussing on his fitness and relationships.

‘I’ve had some amazing life opportunities fall into the palms of my hands, literally, so I’m going to put 110 per cent of my efforts into these opportunities and delete or deactivate Instagram,’ he said in an Instagram video on May 13.

“I don’t need or want Instagram. I don’t make money from it and I certainly at the moment I do not have a business using Instagram for so there’s no need for it currently.

“I’ve got some beautiful relationships at hand and want to put all of my energy into these relationships – I don’t want any distractions so I wish you guys all the best.”



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Liberty G Ionescu undergoes ‘minor’ procedure on ankle



FILE PHOTO: Apr 5, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) reacts while leaving the court after the semifinals of the women’s Final Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament against the Baylor Lady Bears at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

November 3, 2020

New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu underwent an ankle procedure the team called “minor.”

The procedure was done to remove calcified scar tissue.

The No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA draft, Ionescu sustained a Grade 3 left ankle sprain in New York’s 84-78 setback to the Atlanta Dream on July 31 — her third game in the league.

“She had a minor ankle procedure to remove a loose bone chip that was irritating a tendon behind her ankle,” said Dr. Martin O’Malley, who performed the procedure on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “This chip that occurred during her sprain in July, did not involve the ankle joint cartilage surface and we expect a complete recovery. The ligaments she tore during her injury have all completely healed and there was no need for an ankle ligament stabilization procedure.”

Ionescu, 22, said she expects to return at full strength when the league resumes play next year.

“With the long offseason, I am committed to returning in 2021 fully prepared to rejoin my team and jumpstart my WNBA career,” she said. “My rehab has been going very well and I look forward to getting back on the court.”

A 5-foot-11 guard, Ionescu averaged 18.3 points in 26.6 minutes per game for the Liberty before the injury.

A product of Oregon, Ionescu capped a storied collegiate career as the only athlete in NCAA men’s or women’s basketball history to surpass 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. In addition, she notched an NCAA-record 26 career triple-doubles.

(Field Level Media)





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Magpies’ Mayne undergoes cheekbone surgery


Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says Chris Mayne will do everything he can to play again this AFL season despite the Magpies utility undergoing surgery on a broken cheekbone.

Mayne was flattened by Carlton’s Patrick Cripps in the final quarter of Collingwood’s 24-point win at the Gabba on Sunday, with the big-haired veteran bravely standing firm as the Blues powerhouse flew forward to gather the ball.

Dazed following the incident, the 31-year-old underwent surgery on Monday and is expected to miss up to four weeks.

The Magpies have three home-and-way games left before a likely finals campaign.

“I wouldn’t be counting Mayney out of anything,” Buckley told Fox Footy on Monday night.

“When you put a path in front of him and give him all the facts and the realities, he’s very good at analysing it and charting a path to contribute.

“We don’t know exactly where that’s going to lead him.”

Now sitting sixth, Buckley rated Sunday’s win over Collingwood’s arch-rival as their best performance of the season and said Mayne had given his side plenty of inspiration.

‘The bloke continues to put his body on the line; his teammates love him and he’s not in a good way, he’s a sore boy,” he said on Sunday.

“He’s done it in every one of his actions since he’s come to the club.

“We need to fill that void now, but there’s no doubt that examples like that have his teammates walking taller around him and probably being asked to commit just as he does.”

The Magpies face Brisbane at the Gabba on Friday night, and Buckley is confident they can topple the premiership contenders on their home deck.





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Former prime minister John Howard undergoes operation in Sydney hospital


9News understands the 81-year-old was taken into Sydney’s Royal North Shore Private Hospital earlier today and has since been operated on after suffering appendicitis.

A spokesperson for Mr Howard’s office also told 9News there is no concern for his health and that he is “recovering well” after the procedure.

Mr Howard served as Australia’s 25th prime minister between 1996 and 2007 — the second-longest term in office held by a national leader.

He was leader of the Liberal Party from 1985 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 2007.

Governments led by Mr Howard went on to win four consecutive elections before being defeated by Kevin Rudd’s Labor Party in 2007.

The former prime minister is renowned for his actions while in office on enforcing Australia’s historic gun laws following the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre and the implementation of the GST.



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Collins Street’s famous falcon nest undergoes renovation in time for breeding season


It took more than two years of planning and hours of paperwork, but in mid-August a Birdlife Australia volunteer finally found themselves at the top of 367 Collins Street in a crane.

Victor Hurley was so determined to undertake a renovation of the peregrine falcons’ nesting boxes, that a 1,000-kilometre round trip from his home in Mildura and a global pandemic could not stop him.

“It’s like a public service,” Dr Hurley said.

Dr Hurley has been researching peregrine falcons for three decades and runs a volunteer group to help conserve the species — the Victorian Peregrine Project.

They monitor over 120 breeding sites across Victoria — however since the live webcam was installed at 367 Collins Street four years ago, it has become by far the most popular.

“People go really dotty about it,” Dr Hurley said.

Dr Victor Hurley looks out across Melbourne from the top of 367 Collins Street.(Supplied: Victor Hurley)

Nesting site for 30 years

The building owners at 367 Collins Street first became aware of nesting falcons in 1991.

“The birds laid eggs in the gutter, and they failed to hatch — surprise, surprise,” Dr Hurley said.

The next year Dr Hurley installed a nesting box, and since then nearly all the eggs have hatched.

Rather than building a nest, peregrine falcons lay their eggs in the recesses of cliff faces, tree hollows or in abandoned nests.

When the birds lay their eggs in urban locations drainage can be an issue, so the Victorian Peregrine Project has been installing nesting boxes filled with sand at these sites.

After 28-years the nests at 367 Collins Street were a bit worse for wear — it was time for a renovation.

A composite image of an old wooden box filled with dirt in a gutter next to a new metal box.
The old wooden nesting boxes have been replaced with metal boxes.(Supplied: Victor Hurley)

The renovation

On his arrival at the top of the 34-storey building, Dr Hurley found the wooden nesting boxes were falling apart.

“That’s why they hadn’t laid yet, it was too wet.”

Peregrine falcons usually lay their eggs in late winter or early spring, with chicks hatching about a month later.

Dr Hurley tries to replace nesting boxes in summer, to avoid disturbing the birds close to their breeding seasons.

However, the crane at 367 Collins Street was undergoing maintenance which needed to be finished before he could come and do the job.

When Dr Hurley arrived, they were still checking things on the crane before he went over the edge.

The view of the street straight down from the top of 367 Collins St, where peregrine falcons nest.
The view straight down from the top of 367 Collins St, where the peregrine falcons nest.(Supplied: Victor Hurley)

Working 150 metres above the street you have to be careful.

“At that height everything has to be tethered, even your pencil,” Dr Hurley said.

“There was string everywhere, connected to all my different tools.”

The whole job took four hours, but now you can see the new nesting boxes on the falcon’s livestream.



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Penguins’ Malkin undergoes elbow surgery



FILE PHOTO: Aug 7, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (71) skates against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of Eastern Conference qualifications at Scotiabank Arena. Montreal eliminated Pittsburgh with a win. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

August 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin had surgery on his left elbow Monday and will need three to four weeks of recovery time, the team announced Monday.

The 34-year-old forward should return in time for training camp before the 2020-21 season, which is scheduled to begin in December.

The surgery was performed at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital by the team physician, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, and Dr. John Fowler of UPMC Shoulder and Elbow Orthopedic Surgery.

A three-time Stanley Cup winner, Malkin has scored 1,076 points (416 goals, 660 assists) in 907 games over 14 seasons with the Penguins. He won the Hart Trophy in 2011-12 and the Art Ross Trophy in 2008-09 and 2011-12.

In 2019-20, he scored 74 points (25 goals, 49 assists) in 55 games. He had one assist in four games in Pittsburgh’s 3-1 series loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the qualification round earlier this month in Toronto.

–Field Level Media





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Wanderers midfielder accepts pay cut, undergoes quarantine to finish the season


Swiss international Pirmin Schwegler is set to return for Western Sydney Wanderers despite being off contract and back in his homeland as his teammates return to training. Doubts lingered whether Western Sydney’s key midfielder would return for the remainder of the A-League season have been quashed on Thursday after the club confirmed Schwegler is set to arrive in a fortnight, despite his contract expiring on May 31.

The former Bundesliga player will return to Australia and undergo 14-days of quarantine in isolation to finish the A-League season on a severely reduced salary, despite having no obligation to do so. Wanderers’ coach Jean-Paul de Marigny says Pirmin indicated his plan to return to Sydney in early July, giving him just enough time to complete his quarantine before the Wanderers’ first game back.

Due back: Wanderers midfielder Pirmin Schwegler is set to return to Australia.

Due back: Wanderers midfielder Pirmin Schwegler is set to return to Australia. Credit:James Alcock

While his return is a huge boost for the Wanderers’ hopes of reaching the finals, the timing of Schwegler’s arrival casts doubt over his condition for the club’s final five games. Due to the mandatory 14-day isolation period, Schwegler will have little preparation with his teammates before games resume.

“Pirmin will probably arrive a little bit later, early July. He has to solve a couple of personal situations. Once that is done, he will be on the plane,” de Marigny said. “He is committed, he wants to finish the season with his teammates, the staff and the club and it’s a credit to him. He is a top pro and a great person.



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