Adelaide teenager Jaydyn Coggins wins world championship title in speed stacking


It may well be the fastest sport you’ve never heard of, but speed stacking is serious business.

Simply put, speed stacking is the art of stacking cups up and down in varying sequences in the fastest time possible.

Jaydyn Coggins is one of Australia’s best stackers and holds multiple national and world records.

His love for the sport came from humble beginnings.

“I was around six years old, I saw it in kindergarten and saw some plastic cups lying around and thought, ‘Why not have a stack with them,'” he said.

He put his skills to the test last weekend at the World Speed Stacking Association’s World Championships, which were held virtually.

After months of training and preparation, the 18-year-old’s confidence was sky high leading into the event.

“I was expecting myself to be up there in the top three for sure,” he said.

“I was in amazing form. I thought no-one could stop me except two people.”

But things did not go to plan for the teenager in the opening rounds of two events.

“It was a roller-coaster ride. I had two of my stacks unfortunately get scratched, which means they don’t count, so I couldn’t compete in the finals in those two events,” he said.

“It was really disappointing because I thought all the work I put in over the past three or four months had just gone to waste.”

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Those scratchings came in the 3-3-3 and the 3-6-3 events, but it was to his favourite event — the cycle — that he brought his A-game.

Making his way to the cycle final, his fastest time of 5.307 seconds was quick enough to crown him world champion in the 17 to 18-year-old male category.

Coggins’s mother, Rachel Flierl, was watching on during the competition and said she was impressed with her son’s performance.

“I’m super proud of Jaydyn. He just constantly amazes me actually,” she said.

“With this tournament, having the big disappointment of getting scratched for his 3-3-3 and 3-6-3, I was most proud of how he came back from that and focused on his cycle event.

“[Him] recovering from the disappointment is one of my proudest moments.”

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Because this year’s event was held virtually, Coggins spent long periods of time waiting while other competitors stacked on the other side of the world.

It was this element that he said came with pros and cons.

“It was better for my nerves, but it was worse because not being able to hang out with friends often is just boring,” he said.

While he was not competing, Coggins was able to keep a close eye on the rest of the field through a live stream of the event.

It was a nervous wait for him, having competed nearly 24 hours before finally being crowned the best in the world.

The cups used for competition appear to be just like any other disposable plastic cup, but the secret to their speed lies within their special design.

“They’re not any ordinary cup, and sorry people, you cannot drink out of them,” Coggins said.

“The newer cups have medium-sized holes in them … which is supposed to allow for quicker times to be possible.”

Coggins starred in the documentary Stackorama! which recently aired on the ABC.

It followed his preparation and competition at the 2018 World Championships in Orlando, Florida, where he was also crowned world champion for his age group for the 3-6-3 stack.

He has been thrust into the spotlight more times since, making a number of appearances on TV and being blown away by the support he has received.

“It’s been amazing,” he said. The feedback that I’ve got from the people watching it was incredible.”

Coggins’s next international competition is in a week’s time.

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Sydney Roosters beat Cronulla as Melbourne Storm, Gold Coast post massive NRL wins


Teenage halfback Sam Walker has put on a performance for the ages to lead the Sydney Roosters to a sensational 26-18 comeback win over Cronulla.

After the Roosters trailed 18-4 with just 19 minutes to play at the SCG, Walker set up two tries and scored one of his own in the space of just seven minutes to leave the Sharks stunned.

In Saturday’s earlier matches, the Melbourne Storm thrashed Canterbury 52-18 and Gold Coast outclassed Newcastle 42-16.

Playing in just his second NRL match at age 18, Walker showed composure well beyond his years.

The result also came with the Roosters forced to play without third-string hooker Freddy Lussick, leaving rookie Benjamin Marschke to deputise for 63 minutes at dummy half.

The Sharks also had their own issues, with Wade Graham suffering his second concussion in the space of 15 days and Josh Dugan also failing a HIA.

The Roosters’ comeback started through Walker’s halves partner Drew Hutchison, who dummied and sliced his way past Chad Townsend with 19 minutes to play.

But even then, a fightback looked unlikely.

Enter Walker.

A perfectly executed cut-out ball from the halfback allowed Daniel Tupou to cross in the corner with 10 minutes to play.

Fittingly the number seven then levelled the scores himself when he dummied and stepped his way back inside Townsend to cross.

And by the 76th minute the match was wrapped up with a perfect two-man cut-out ball for Brett Morris to score his 11th try of the season.

It came after Walker had also set up the winger with another cut-out ball earlier in the match, helping equal Michael Cleary’s record from 1962 for the most tries inside the first five rounds.

Walker’s brilliance came as a cruel blow to the Sharks and under-pressure coach John Morris, who looked poised to claim their biggest scalp in more than 20 months.

After not beating a top-eight side all last year, they were dominant from the opening set when Toby Rudolf broke down field.

The Sharks looked as if they had made a point to target Walker in defence, scoring their first try when they ran it down the last on his edge and their second when Will Kennedy pushed through him.

But even after Townsend and Jesse Ramien combined to help Jack Williams score and give them a 14-point lead just after the break, it was Walker and the Roosters who had the last laugh.

The Melbourne Storm ran in an astonishing nine tries to beat Canterbury 52-18 and consign the winless Bulldogs to a fifth straight loss to start the season.

A Luke Thompson try in the 22nd minute against the Storm at Stadium Australia finally ended a painful 265-minute wait for Bulldogs fans to have something to cheer about in what has been a harrowing start to the year.

Should North Queensland upset the Wests Tigers and join first-time winners Manly on Sunday, the Bulldogs will be the only side yet to win so far this season.

Their 0-5 win-loss start is the club’s worst since 1964.

Canterbury’s sorry defence in front of a crowd of 5,104 spectators overshadowed the ruthlessness of the Storm, who produced their biggest score of the season.

Craig Bellamy’s men were racing the clock inside the opening 18 minutes, with Felise Kaufusi, Jahrome Hughes and Christian Welch all scoring in easy fashion.

Thompson’s four-pointer for the Bulldogs was a mere blip, as Tui Kamikamica and George Jennings ensured the Storm led by four tries at half-time.

A cricket score loomed when Ryan Papenhuyzen remarkably chased down a Jennings kick early in the season period, only for Bulldogs youngster Jake Averillo to showcase a glimpse of his future.

The 20-year-old scored a try, laid on another, and nailed a 40-20 in the space of an eye-catching 11-minutes.

But it only served to wake up the visitors, who cracked the half-century through tries to Justin Olam, Josh Addo-Carr and Nicho Hynes.

The return of Kalyn Ponga was not enough to stop a David Fifita-inspired Gold Coast romping to a 42-16 win over a depleted Newcastle in Robina.

To be fair to Ponga, it is unlikely anyone would have made much of a difference against a rampant Titans outfit who ran in eight tries to three, including a first career hat-trick for Fifita.

Plenty of eyes may have been on Knights star Ponga in his first match of 2021 after the ex-Queensland fullback was welcomed back from off-season shoulder surgery.

But it was Fifita who stole the show as the Titans claimed their third win in five matches to pile on more misery for the injury-hit Knights.

Ponga’s return had been welcome good news for Newcastle, who had lost 10 of their top-29 squad to injury or suspension in the first four rounds.

But there was more pain to come for the visitors, who lost try-scoring lock Chris Randall (shoulder) in the 19th minute.

For the Titans, pivot Ash Taylor (broken hand) returned to combine with number seven Jamal Fogarty who showed no signs of a corked thigh suffered last round as the hosts ran amok, with Corey Thompson and Patrick Herbert both bagging doubles.

But the hosts did not emerge unscathed, losing winger Phillip Sami (concussion) in a seventh-minute tackle that resulted in Tyson Frizell being placed on report.

Fifita crossed for his first try in the 22nd minute when he left Frizell in his wake.

He again broke through the Knights defence to crash over in the 32nd and 52nd minutes.

It marked Gold Coast’s sixth straight win over Newcastle, who has not tasted victory on the tourist strip since 2015.

Not much went right for the Knights, with Enari Tuala appearing to cross in the 47th minute after a Ponga bust to potentially cut the deficit to 26-18, only for it to be disallowed when replays showed he had been held up by Brian Kelly.

The signs were ominous from the outset for the visitors, after Ponga started the match by kicking the ball out on the full.

Little else went to plan for the Knights as Gold Coast made them pay, jumping to a 12-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes and leading 26-6 by the 32nd minute.

Gold Coast flyer Herbert was sin-binned shortly before half-time for a professional foul before Newcastle’s Starford Toa crashed over moments later, cutting the deficit at the break to 26-12.

But the Titans piled on another three tries in the second half, including a remarkable length-of-the-field effort scored by Herbert after an AJ Brimson bust off a kick re-start.

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NRL to review Melbourne Storm HIA calls as Ryan Papenhuyzen wins battle of the fullbacks


NRL boss Andrew Abdo said the game’s chief medical officer would examine the decisions.

“Our CMO will check all the angles and footage and see if there were any markers requiring a mandatory HIA,” Abdo told the Herald.

The Radley binning came as Ryan Papenhuyzen was undergoing a HIA after suffering a head knock just five minutes into the game.

Colliding with Josh Morris’ forearm, the 22-year-old was dazed and only regained his feet after a long pause lying on the ground.

He was taken off for a HIA as his game looked to be over, but passed and return to the field.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he lost count of the head knocks but said all players pulled up well post-match.

“I wasn’t quite sure how many replacements we had there at stages, so it was a little bit hard to keep up with but I haven’t heard anything serious,” he said.

Papenhuyzen ended up winning the battle of the fullbacks at AAMI Park.

The flying no.1 sprung up from injuring his knee to score Melbourne’s second try off the back of Jahrome Hughes’s opener to safely put the game in the hands of the Storm.

Grant scored their third to put the game to bed.

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Tedesco came into the spotlight too late, putting in a perfect kick to Matt Ikuvalu in the dying seconds of the game to score their only try.

The pressure of the game also led to a litany of errors in the first half with the Storm finishing with 14 errors to the Roosters’ 15.

The already-depleted Roosters will now be sweating on the fitness of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Siosiua Taukeiaho, who both failed to return to the field after injuries.

Waerea-Hargreaves could be seen clutching his arm as he went up the tunnel in the 45th minute while Taukeiaho broke a rib in the physical game.

Before kick-off, the Roosters also received a huge blow with Brett Morris a late omission due to calf tightness.

He was replaced by Ikuvalu and will likely return in time for round seven.

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Horse racing news, Nature Strip wins TJ Smith Stakes, Randwick, Group 1, results, tips,


Nature Strip ($3.20) put paid to a class TJ Smith Stakes field at Randwick on Saturday, making it back-to-back wins in the premier sprint of the Sydney autumn.

It was another dominant showing from the Chris Waller-trained sprinter, who stalked the in-form Eduardo and turned the tables on him from their meeting in the Challenge Stakes in March.

Heading into the TJ, the pair shared top billing as the equal-highest rated sprinting performances of 2021, but Nature Strip might be climbing a rung or two above Eduardo after easily accounting for Joe Pride’s 7YO speedster.

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Fremantle beats Hawthorn by 15 points to end round four of the AFL as Melbourne, Adelaide celebrate wins


Fremantle overcame an early Tom Mitchell master-class and a wayward afternoon by two-time Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe to post a 15-point win over Hawthorn in Perth.

Earlier on Sunday, Melbourne enjoyed a 25-point triumph over Geelong, while Adelaide beat the Kangaroos by 41 points.

The Dockers looked set for a comfortable win after opening up a 36-2 lead at quarter-time, but Mitchell’s 18-disposal, one-goal second term flipped momentum Hawthorn’s way.

The margin was whittled down to five points during the third term, but two clutch goals to Sean Darcy settled Fremantle’s nerves and guided them to the 13.18 (96) to 12.9 (81) win.

Fyfe was a crucial cog in the win, tallying 31 disposals and six clearances.

But his kicking for goal left a lot to be desired, with the Fremantle skipper booting six behinds for the match.

Some were easy, such as his set shot from 30 metres out in the first term.

Others were tougher snaps that sailed just wide of the target.

Fremantle veteran David Mundy was best afield with 25 disposals, seven clearances, one goal and four score assists.

Mitchell finished with 37 disposals and five clearances in a losing cause, while Dylan Moore kicked three goals.

The Dockers loaded up on tall forwards going into the match, and the tactic paid dividends in the opening quarter as Matt Taberner and Darcy combined for three goals to set up the 34-point lead.

Debutant Josh Treacy had the chance to join in on the fun, but he pushed his 35-metre set shot wide after the quarter-time siren.

Fremantle won the inside 50s count 19-6 in the opening term and the free-kick count 11-1 as the Hawks were made to pay dearly for their ill-discipline.

Mitchell’s second-quarter heroics brought Hawthorn back into the match.

Fremantle managed just 1.5 for the term, with Fyfe going to the half-time break with 0.4 to his name, and Andrew Brayshaw restricted to just two disposals under the close attention of James Worpel.

Brayshaw was sent to tag Mitchell in the second half in a bid to break the shackles.

The Fremantle youngster’s frustrations boiled over in the third quarter when he collected Mitchell high off the ball, costing the Dockers a goal.

But Brayshaw ended up restricting Mitchell to just 12 disposals in the second half in what proved to be a winning tactical manoeuvre.

Brayshaw tallied nine disposals in the final quarter to finish the match with 15 possessions.

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A star turn from Christian Petracca has helped Melbourne see off Geelong by 25 points and record its best start to a season in 27 years.

The Demons overcame a wasteful start — and the loss of Steven May to injury in the second quarter — to beat the Cats 12.13 (85) to 9.6 (60) in front of 33,728 spectators at the MCG and go 4-0 for the first time since 1994.

Petracca dominated with 36 disposals, nine clearances and two goals, while Bayley Fritsch (four goals), Max Gawn (41 hit-outs and 23 disposals), Ed Langdon and Jake Lever were excellent.

Cats skipper Joel Selwood (30 disposals) did a mountain of work at the stoppages, while Tom Stewart and Cam Guthrie were also influential.

Geelong lost Brandan Parfitt (hip) before the game, with Quinton Narkle a late inclusion.

As expected, Cats tagger Mark O’Connor gravitated towards Clayton Oliver, who fought through the game to finish with 34 touches but it was Petracca who proved the main event.

The 25-year-old drew first blood when he burst forward to crumb Luke Jackson’s marking effort but from there the Demons were largely wasteful throughout the first and second terms, despite dominating possession.

May was substituted off in the second quarter for Tom Sparrow after he was left bleeding profusely above his right eye when Geelong’s Tom Hawkins threw his elbow back in a bid to break a tackle.

The defender was later taken to hospital for further assessment, with concerns over a potential eye socket injury.

Fritsch booted three goals in the second quarter alone, while Petracca snapped his second with the last kick of the first half to nudge Melbourne’s lead out to 23 points.

The Demons got out to a 30-point advantage in the third term before consecutive goals from Hawkins, Jack Henry and Isaac Smith ate away at Melbourne’s lead.

Smith’s second snap late in the quarter cut the deficit to 12 points at the final change to set up a blockbuster finish.

But Langdon and Fritsch both quickly snared goals from tough angles to give the Demons some breathing room, before Jake Melksham sealed the result late.

Crows run away from winless Roos

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Adelaide has broken North Melbourne hearts by powering away for a 41-point victory at Docklands to extend the Kangaroos’ AFL losing streak to 12 matches.

After being embarrassed by 128 points in their marquee Good Friday match last week, the Kangaroos responded in fierce fashion to give the Crows some nervous moments on Sunday afternoon.

But Adelaide weathered the Kangaroos’ gallant charge to slam through eight final-quarter goals to one and win 16.13 (109) to 10.8 (68).

After winning just three matches last year to collect the club’s first wooden spoon, the Crows find themselves inside the top-eight with a 3-1 record.

The Kangaroos took a four-point lead into the last term after dominating the second and third quarters, but the Crows ran out the match far stronger as their opponents faded badly.

The home side was left reeling when Cam Zurhaar (concussion) and Luke McDonald (pectoral muscle) were ruled out of the match after hurting themselves within seconds of each other.

The pair went straight to the bench, with medical sub Lachie Young activated into the match in the first term.

Winless through four matches this season, the Kangaroos’ last win was back in round nine of the 2020 season when they smashed Adelaide by 69 points.

Rejuvenated Adelaide veteran Taylor Walker extended his lead in the Coleman Medal race with three goals, including the opening two of the match in what seemed to be an ominous sign for the Kangaroos.

Walker enjoyed terrific support up forward and Darcy Fogarty made the most of his opportunities with three goals from just five kicks.

Crows young gun Lachlan Sholl had a career-best game with 31disposals, while Rory Laird and Ben Keays were influential.

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Ma Rainey wins two prizes in BAFTAs opener


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a jazz drama set in 1920s Chicago, has won two awards at the opening of the BAFTAs, but the race for the main prizes remains open with a list of contenders that shines a spotlight on diversity.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts ceremony is being held virtually over two nights as the COVID-19 pandemic prevents the usual celebrity-packed show with a live audience.

Saturday’s opening focused mainly on the crafts side of filmmaking and handed out nine awards. Ma Rainey, starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, won for costume design and make-up and hair. Hollywood throwback Mank won for production design.

Other prizes went to coming-of-age story Rocks, thriller Tenet and Sound of Metal, about a drummer going deaf. Actor Noel Clarke received the outstanding British contribution to cinema award.

The main prizes will be announced on Sunday, when director Ang Lee will receive the BAFTA Fellowship. American recession drama Nomadland and Rocks had led the nominations with seven nods each.

After an outcry last year when BAFTA presented an all-white acting contenders list, more than half of this year’s 24 nominees are actors of colour.

Nomadland, about a community of van-dwellers, is in the running for best film, leading actress for its star Frances McDormand and best director for Chinese-born Chloe Zhao, one of the four women out of six nominees in that category.

The other best film contenders are 1960s Vietnam War protest drama The Trial of the Chicago 7, #Metoo revenge black comedy Promising Young Woman, dementia drama The Father and Guantanamo Bay movie The Mauritanian.

So far Nomadland and The Trial of the Chicago 7 have won top prizes at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards respectively.

McDormand and Vanessa Kirby, who plays a grieving mother in Pieces of a Woman are the only two leading actress contenders also nominated for an Oscar for those same roles.

BAFTA surprised many when it named Bukky Bakray for Rocks, Radha Blank for The Forty-Year-Old Version, Wunmi Mosaku for His House and Alfre Woodard for Clemency as their competition.

Leading actor nominees include Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, and Boseman, who has won numerous prizes for portraying an ambitious trumpet player in Ma Rainey.

The others are Adarsh Gourav for The White Tiger, Anthony Hopkins for The Father, Mads Mikkelsen for Another Round and Tahar Rahim for The Mauritanian.



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Baylor ends Gonzaga’s perfect run, wins NCAA title



Apr 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears guard Jared Butler (12) celebrates with a piece of the net after the Baylor Bears beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the national championship game during the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Baylor star Jared Butler claims he wasn’t aware of the score as the Bears opened Monday night’s NCAA Tournament championship game in ferocious fashion.

However, he didn’t really need to take a glance to know that things were going exceedingly well against undefeated Gonzaga.

“I knew at some point we were up big because we were scoring and they weren’t scoring,” Butler said. “It was electrifying. Everybody stepped up. We were clicking on all cylinders.”

Butler made four 3-pointers and recorded 22 points and seven assists as Baylor turned Gonzaga’s perfect-season dream into a nightmare with a wire-to-wire, 86-70 victory at Indianapolis.

MaCio Teague added 19 points as the Bears (28-2) won their first national title by prevailing in the battle of No. 1 seeds. Davion Mitchell contributed 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Adam Flagler scored 13 points for Baylor.

Jalen Suggs scored 22 points for Gonzaga (31-1), which had its 35-game winning streak halted. The Bulldogs were attempting to become the first undefeated national champions since Indiana in 1975-76.

Drew Timme and Corey Kispert added 12 points apiece for Gonzaga, which trailed by as many as 20 points while losing for the first time since a 91-78 defeat at BYU on Feb. 22, 2020.

“You really do forget what it is like to lose,” Kispert said. “But when you go up against a team like that who is just firing on all cylinders for 40 minutes, it’s really hard to compete with.

“So you kind of forget and it doesn’t feel good. I’m going to remember this for a long time.”

Butler, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, and his teammates have led Baylor to unprecedented heights.

Bears coach Scott Drew pledged the program could win a national title when he was hired 18 years ago. This despite Drew arriving in the midst of an ugly scandal in which player Patrick Dennehy was shot to death by teammate Carlton Dotson and then-coach Dave Bliss attempted to cover it up before it was exposed and he was fired.

Major violations were uncovered and the Bears were hit with heavy sanctions and went 21-53 in Drew’s first three years before things started to turn around. But he sees the path to Monday’s title as something that began when he had to fill out rosters with multiple walk-ons.

“Going into every game, being 30- or 40-point underdogs and half your team is walk-ons, you know as a coach if we can just keep it within 20 in the first half, or 10 …,” Drew said of the early years of his tenure.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs lost in the title game for the second time in the past four NCAA Tournaments.

Gonzaga had trimmed its deficit to nine with 14:29 to play before the Bears reasserted control with a 9-2 push.

Mark Vital scored in the interior and Butler added two free throws. Timme scored on the inside for the Bulldogs, but Teague followed with a layup and Flagler drained a 3-pointer to make it 67-51 with 12:55 remaining.

More than two minutes later, Mitchell made two free throws to give Baylor the game-high, 20-point lead at 73-53.

The Bulldogs didn’t get closer than 13 the rest of the way while joining Ohio State (1961) and Indiana State (1979) as teams that lost in the championship game after entering with an unblemished record.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said he reminded his players of what an outstanding season they put together.

“I said, you can’t go 31-0 and get to the last night and get beat and feel bad about it,” Few told CBS. “It was just an unbelievable run we’ve been on. We’ve led college basketball from start to finish …

“I said, this will pass and you have to give Baylor a ton of credit and just remember what an amazing, amazing year and what an amazing accomplishment even getting to this point is.”

Baylor made 10 of 23 from 3-point range and shot 44.8 percent overall while beating Gonzaga for the first time in six all-time meetings. The Bears held a dominating 38-22 rebounding advantage and collected 16 on the offensive boards to the Bulldogs’ five.

Vital had 11 rebounds — eight on the offensive end — for Baylor.

The Bulldogs shot 51 percent and were 5 of 17 from behind the arc.

Baylor made its only previous NCAA title-game appearance in 1948, when it lost 58-42 to Kentucky.

Teague scored 14 points and Butler added 10 as the Bears held a 47-37 halftime lead.

Over the first 6 1/2 minutes, Gonzaga looked to be stuck in a celebratory hangover from Suggs’ miraculous game-winning shot against UCLA on Saturday. The Bears scored the first nine points and sped out to a 21-6 lead.

Butler and Teague buried back-to-back 3-pointers — making Baylor 5 of 5 from long range — to increase the advantage to 29-10 just before the midway point of the half.

The Bulldogs finished the half with a 9-2 run as Anton Watson’s layup with 2.5 seconds left cut Baylor’s lead to 10.

Butler made two 3-pointers in the first 61 seconds of the second half as the Bears took a 53-39 lead.

A short time later, Andrew Nembhard drove for a layup to cut Gonzaga’s deficit to 58-49 — marking the first time the Zags trailed by single digits since it was 13-4.

Gonzaga’s Suggs and Timme joined Baylor’s Butler and Mitchell on the all-NCAA Tournament team. The other member was UCLA’s Johnny Juzang.

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MotoGP 2021, Doha Grand Prix in Qatar, result: Fabio Quartararo wins in closest finish ever


Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha won an epic Doha MotoGP on Sunday that saw the closest top 15 finish in history.

Just 8.928 seconds separated Quartararo and the 15th-placed Miguel Oliveira, beating the previous record of 15.093.

Quartararo’s French compatriot Johann Zarco of Ducati-Pramac finishing second.

Spanish rookie Jorge Martin, the teammate of Zarco, was third after starting the race on pole position.

It was the first time two French riders had been on the podium in the sport’s elite class since 1954 when Pierre Monneret won and Jacques Collot was third on home soil in Reims.

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Kia Tancred Stakes: Sir Dragonet wins, race order, result, video


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Sir Dragonet ran out a dominant winner on Saturday in the Group 1 $1.5 million Kia Tancred Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.

She’s Ideel finished in the second, while Miami Bound rounded out the top three.

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“I just want to thank both Ciaron and David, we just trusted this process, Sir Dragonet’s jockey Glen Boss said post-race.

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Fremantle defeats Greater Western Sydney by 31 points, Western Bulldogs and Richmond post AFL wins


Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe was subbed out after he was heavily concussed during the Dockers’ convincing 31-point win over Greater Western Sydney in Perth.

In other round-three results on Sunday, the Western Bulldogs scored a thrilling seven-point win over West Coast and Richmond remained unbeaten with a 29-point victory over Hawthorn.

The Dockers’ 11.21 (87) to 7.14 (56) win came at a significant cost, with Fyfe left dazed and confused after copping a high bump from the Giants’ Sam Reid late in the third quarter.

Fyfe was watching the ball after his teammate dropped a mark when Reid came in to collect him.

The two-time Brownlow medallist, who had tallied 1.2 from 15 disposals, was helped off the field by trainers before being subbed out of the match.

The incident is sure to be looked at by match review officer Michael Christian given the serious and high impact of the bump when not in possession of the ball.

Dockers defender Brennan Cox also suffered an injury scare following a heavy collision with teammate Reece Conca, but he was able to return.

David Mundy wound back the clock with a best afield display for the Dockers.

Mundy, in his 334th AFL match, posted 35 disposals, six clearances, and 15 score involvements.

Fellow midfielder Andrew Brayshaw (32 disposals, two goals) was also crucial in the home side’s victory.

Sunday’s result saw the Giants slump to a 0-2 record and on current form they appear destined for a second straight season without finals action.

The Giants posted a wayward 1.9 (15) in the first half, with their sloppy execution in front of goal costing them dearly.

They were also error-riddled all across the park, and they will need to improve drastically if they are to beat in-form Melbourne next Sunday.

Bontempelli stars in Bulldogs’ thrilling win

Marcus Bontempelli (left) and Bailey Smith had reason to celebrate with the win over the Eagles.(

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The Western Bulldogs have overturned a 13-point deficit midway through the final term to pip West Coast by seven points in a gripping encounter at Docklands.

In a topsy-turvy match that included 14 lead changes, Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli iced the match with less than a minute remaining by calmly kicking his third goal in a heroic performance.

Bontempelli was the difference, stepping up early and late to finish with 30 disposals as the Bulldogs won 14.16 (100) to 14.9 (93).

Jermaine Jones put the Eagles back in front at the 27-minute mark with a roving goal in the square, but the Bulldogs hit back immediately through Aaron Naughton to reclaim the lead.

After West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui powered the visitors out of the middle for most of the match, the Bulldogs’ midfielders responded in the final term.

Bontempelli and the prolific Jack Macrae (40 disposals) were outstanding all match, but ex-Collingwood on-baller Adam Treloar lifted late.

The Eagles appeared to be streaming away to a rousing victory when they piled on three quick goals just before three-quarter time to turn a seven-point deficit into a 12-point lead at the final change.

Josh Bruce was the Bulldogs’ most potent forward, with the former St Kilda tall capturing form to kick three majors in one of his better performances since joining the club ahead of last season.

West Coast’s forwards, led by the evergreen Josh Kennedy, took hold of the Bulldogs’ defence in an exciting display.

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West Coat’s Liam Ryan (right) attempts to get a kick away against the Bulldogs.(

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Kennedy, who has kicked more goals against the Bulldogs than any other club, was on fire with four goals, while the electric Liam Ryan slotted two and almost brought down multiple mark-of-the-year contenders.

Jack Darling (three), Oscar Allen and Jamaine Jones (two each) also caused havoc for the Bulldogs’ defenders.

The Bulldogs have five days to back up for a Good Friday clash with North Melbourne, while West Coast host ladder-leaders Port Adelaide in Perth on Saturday night.

Tigers do it easy over Hawks

A Richmond AFL player hand balls with his left fist against Hawthorn at the MCG.
Dustin Martin played a pivotal role in the Tigers’ victory over the Hawks.(

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Richmond star Dustin Martin continued his strong start to the season as the reigning premiers ground out a 29-point win over Hawthorn at the MCG.

The competition’s best player was under the direct watch of Hawks veteran Shaun Burgoyne for long periods but still had 28 disposals and kicked a superb running goal out of the centre square.

Martin was unselfish in attack, finishing with five score assists, as key forwards Jack Riewoldt and Tom Lynch combined for six majors in the 11.12 (78) to 7.7 (49) win.

Tigers captain Trent Cotchin returned after missing round one through illness and did not miss a beat, gathering 27 disposals in a strong display.

Dion Prestia, Shai Bolton and Noah Balta were all influential contributors for Richmond.

Hawthorn ball magnet Tom Mitchell (37 disposals) racked up touches at will but it did not appear to overly concern the Tigers, who held sway from the outset.

In their only meeting last year, the Hawks stunned Richmond with five unanswered first-quarter goals to lay the platform for a huge upset.

But any hopes of a repeat this time were snuffed out in the opening term as the efficient Tigers kicked the first three majors to create a buffer.

They did enough to keep Hawthorn at arm’s length in what was a fairly even contest by the numbers as the teams went goal for goal through the middle period of the match.

The Tigers were never seriously challenged and led at every change before pulling clear in the final term.

Luke Breust and Tyler Brockman kicked two goals each for the Hawks, whose loss was further soured by an ankle injury to Will Day.

The young gun was substituted out of the match during the third quarter and replaced by Jack Scrimshaw.

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