India turn down day-night Test in Adelaide

India have been accused of running scared from a day-night Test in Adelaide after rejecting ‘s requests to play the opening match of this summer’s tour under lights.
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Cricket (CA) confirmed on Tuesday the December 6-10 clash at Adelaide Oval will be a day match after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declined the invitation for a pink-ball clash.

It stops a run of three day-night Tests at the ground over the past three summers against New Zealand, South Africa and England.

The decision is expected to impact the overall attendance and comes as a major blow to the South n Cricket Association, who are bracing for a financial loss.

have won all four Tests under lights with the Gabba – against Pakistan in 2016 – the other venue to host a match. India and Bangladesh are the only Test-playing nations to have not played a day-night Test match.

SACA chief Keith Bradshaw suggested India’s batsmen would have been reluctant to face ‘s bowlers with the pink ball swinging under lights.

“Perhaps there is some hesitation around the twilight period, some feeling that the bowlers will be offered some extra assistance,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“I think that’s disappointing … Test cricket is about challenging the skills of the Test players. It’s the pinnacle of our game.

“To have the ball moving around a little more in that twilight period, I think that adds extra excitement for the fans and the viewers so I think it would have added an extra component to the Test which would have been really exciting.”

Bradshaw said the benefits of hosting the world’s most popular Test team would outweigh the loss of the day-night fixture.

“It will be ‘s first home Test of the season – against the world No.1-ranked Test side India – and there will be enormous interest both here and abroad,” he said.

“The last time India played a Test at Adelaide Oval, in 2014, 113,009 fans attended across the five days – a venue record for Tests against India.

“With a Thursday start and then a full weekend of cricket, we are confident we will set another record next summer.”

After Adelaide, ‘s four-match series against India moves to Perth Stadium – for the venue’s maiden Test – before Melbourne and Sydney host the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Test matches.

“Whilst we appreciate some Adelaide fans may be disappointed, we know how popular the Adelaide Test is and look forward to hosting India there in December,” said a CA spokesman.

“We are committed to hosting at least one day-night Test each home summer as part of our continued focus to grow Test cricket, and we are excited about the day-night Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in January.”

Lockheed resumes F-35 jet deliveries

The US is again receiving Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets after a production error was detected.The US Department of Defense has resumed accepting F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin after agreement was reached on covering the costs to fix a production error, the Pentagon says.
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Terms of the agreement were not disclosed but people familiar with the situation have previously told Reuters the cost of the fix was $US119 million.

The Pentagon stopped accepting the jets on March 29, the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program office told Reuters in a statement on Monday. The dispute was over responsibility for paying to fix corrosion related to an error discovered in the second half of 2017.

Foreign customers, including and Norway, were also affected and had their jets caught up in the acceptance pause.

The Pentagon says the US military, US allies that own F-35s and Lockheed Martin are now making the necessary repairs to all aircraft.

The majority of aircraft will be repaired within two years, the statement said.

Lockheed shares added to gains after the news and closed up 2 per cent at $US317.71.

Last year, the Pentagon stopped accepting F-35s for 30 days after discovering corrosion where panels were fastened to the airframe, an issue that affected more than 200 of the stealth jets.

During routine maintenance at Hill Air Force Base in Utah last year, the Air Force detected “corrosion exceeding technical limits” where the carbon fibre exterior panel is fastened to the aluminium airframe.

Once a fix had been devised, the deliveries resumed and Lockheed hit its target aircraft delivery numbers for 2017.

A lack of protective coating at the fastening point that would have prevented corrosion was identified as the primary problem, the Pentagon said at the time.

The fastening issue on the F-35 fleet did not affect flights, nor was it a safety concern, the Pentagon said last year.

On Monday, Lockheed said an agreement had been reached with the Pentagon, adding that it expected to hit its F-35 delivery target of 91 aircraft for 2018.

Christensen enters other kind of ministry

Outspoken Nationals MP George Christensen is set to be ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church.Outspoken Nationals MP George Christensen is set to be ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church.
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However, Mr Christensen has re-nominated to run for his Queensland seat of Dawson at the next federal election and won’t be throwing the Turnbull government’s numbers into a spin.

If he was to quit early, it could put the government’s one-seat majority in jeopardy.

When he was 21, the conservative MP was accepted into a Catholic seminary in Melbourne, but left after a few weeks.

In 2014, he joined the Antiochian Orthodox Church.

More recently he became an Anglican, but retained his conservative Christian position by attaching himself to one of the few Anglican dioceses in that does not ordain women priests, The Murray, in South .

In July he will be ordained a deacon by Bishop John Ford.

Mr Christensen told AAP on Tuesday he intended to stay on in parliament, as his unpaid deacon role would allow him to carry on with his day job.

He won’t be moving to South , but rather is expected to be attached to a parish in Mackay, in his home diocese of north Queensland, where he will assist with services and other activities.

“I am humbled to have my vocation to ordination in the church discerned,” he said.

Mr Christensen said he had explored a number of Christian traditions over his life, but slipped out of church-going in his 20s.

However since then he had been “outed as a strong Christian”.

“It’s no real surprise, but it’s another step on my faith journey that I’ve been thinking about for a long time.”

Mr Christensen has been studying theology through the Sydney College of Divinity and says he could be ordained a priest in the future, but only once he leaves parliament.

Asked whether he planned to be a chaplain to fellow MPs, he said, “We have a chaplain in Parliament House. I don’t intend to usurp his role.”

“The role of a deacon and a member of parliament – there is some synergy element to it,” he said.

Mr Christensen has had a controversial career in parliament, calling for a burqa ban and cuts to immigration, and speaking out against action on climate change and same-sex marriage.

A grand final rematch would go against the laws and spirit of football

COMMENT: Why a grand final rematch should never happen Bad Call: The white line shows the Melbourne Victory players [in white] were in an offside position during the free kick that led to the Victory’s goal. Picture: Fox Sports
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TweetFacebookPundits suggested the video assistant referee could have left his control room near the halfway line and ducked into a corporate box to look at a Fox Sports broadcastto check the offside decision.Under the rules, there’s no formal scope for this to occur. There is a risk thatsuch a move could be seen tobreach the integrity of the process. VAR documents show seriousconcern about decisions being unduly influenced or interfered with. This is why VAR officials sit in a secure room.

Nevertheless,many would say a call could easily have beenmadeon theoffside decision in an adjacent corporate box. Pretty much everyone in the stadiumcould tell it was offside with one look at the paused footage on the big screen.The A-Leaguesaid on Tuesday thatVAR officials conceded that inhindsight, they“could have left our room and gone to Fox”.

Read more: Grand final heartache after the Jets were downed in the A-League grand final

As well as the video assistant referee,the referee on the field can also review footage. If hedecides to do so, the rules say heshould“go immediately to thereferee review area”, which isnext to the field of play.Again, in this instance, some will say the rulesshould be changed to allow the emergency use ofthe big screen at the stadium.

But I’d imagine that formal or informal use of Fox Sports broadcasts in the event of VAR failures would be quite difficult for referees in some instances. In their securecontrol rooms, VARs have the authority to take their timeto watch replays at normal speed, in freeze framesand slow motion, with different camera angles. Having to examine a TV broadcast quickly,without adequate controls and with distractions could pose problems for decisions that require more focus than blatant offsides. However, the A-League said a back-up broadcast could be put in control rooms.

As for the calls for a rematch, this would go against the laws and spirit of the game. The lawsstate that thedecisions of the referee,including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final.

Read more: A-League says Newcastle deserves to host more grand finals

In the Jets’ semi-final,Melbourne City were 1-0 up when they should have had a penalty. Pundits agree the referee and the VARgot that decision wrong. The Jets went on to win the match 2-1. Should that match have beenreplayed?As Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna saidon Sunday, if arematch of the grand final occurred,rematches would be needed regularly becausereferees often make mistakes.That’s the thing: players make mistakes, coaches make mistakes,fans make mistakes, journalists make mistakes, even technology makes mistakes. You could say that Jets star Jason Hoffman made a mistake by committing the foul that led to the offside goal.Mistakes are part of the game andmistakes are part of life. Some mistakes are understandably harder to accept thanothers. The whole idea ofthe VAR is to avoid mistakes. But can it ever be perfect?

The VAR experiment is still in its infancy. It isa complexsystem that will take timeto master.Hopefully, the mistakes being made now will lead to adjustments andfewerincidents,like the one that robbed the Jetsand their fans in the grand final.

Leota injury adds to Panthers NRL crisis

Prop Moses Leota is the latest Penrith player to join the NRL club’s growing injury list.Penrith’s NRL injury crisis has reached breaking point after forward Moses Leota was on Tuesday ruled out for at least eight weeks with a pectoral tear.
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The Panthers revealed Leota suffered the injury in the first half of Friday’s loss to North Queensland, but played out the match and finished with a courageous 49 metres carried and 28 tackles.

Leota is the third player the Panthers have lost since their defeat to the Cowboys, after veteran forward Trent Merrin (finger) and Jack Hetherington (suspension).

It means 19 of their 30-man squad are now unavailable for Friday’s clash against Newcastle, however, youngster Tyrone May is expected to return from his ACL injury this week.

The Leota injury is the latest blow for coach Anthony Griffin, who is tipped to blood his fifth debutant this year in prop Nick Lui-Toso for Friday’s clash against Newcastle.

Griffin must name a squad of 21 on Tuesday afternoon.

Lui-Toso was part of Penrith’s reserve grade side that won the NSW Intrust Super Premiership last year, which also included fellow rookies Christian Crichton, Kaide Ellis, and Hetherington.

Second-rower Viliame Kikau was also part of the squad, as were NRL-contracted players Jarome Luai and Corey Waddell.

PENRITH’S UNAVAILABLE PLAYERS IN THE NRL

Tyrone May (knee, round 10)

Nathan Cleary (knee, round 11)

Jack Hetherington (suspension, round 11)

Trent Merrin (finger, round 13)

Waqa Blake (ankle, round 14)

Moses Leota (pectoral, round 17)

Josh Mansour (cheekbone, indefinite)

Corey Waddell (pectoral, indefinite)

Dylan Edwards (shoulder, season)

Sam McKendry (knee, season)

Tim Browne (bowel, retired)

Deaf Uber driver bashed by trio in Vic

Three men who bashed a deaf Uber driver in a Melbourne road rage attack were driving a stolen vehicle when they deliberately crashed into his car.
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Ron Chapman, 64, was attacked by the trio when he stopped to get their black Holden Captiva’s registration details after the smash at Frankston North on April 29.

Mr Chapman followed the car for a short time, before it pulled into a side street, possibly Locator or Alba Street or Monterey Boulevard.

As he grabbed his service manual and a pen, a man pulled open the car door and snatched the book out of his hands.

“All I was thinking at that point is that I needed to get the book back … and that’s what I said and he refused,” Mr Chapman told reporters through an Auslan interpreter on Tuesday.

“And he then decided to punch me.”

Two other men then got out of the car and attacked Mr Chapman from behind.

“They hit me quite hard and squashed me to the ground and kicked and punched me until (a passer by) intervened,” he said.

Police on Tuesday appealed to the good Samaritan – described as an older man with a female – to come forward.

They also revealed the Holden was stolen from an address at Mount Waverley on April 15 and had been involved in a series of crimes before it was found at Keysborough on Saturday.

“It’s been involved in various offences between Mount Waverley and Rosebud,” Detective Senior Constable Nick Jung said.

“Those offences include petrol theft and theft from motor vehicles.”

Police released CCTV footage of a woman seen with the Captiva at a service station prior to the assault.

Constable Jung said it was important to find the men as they pose a risk to the whole community.

“If they’re willing to assault Ron … they’d be willing to do this sort of thing to anyone,” Const Jung said.

Mr Chapman said while he was frightened after the assault, he wouldn’t stop working as an Uber driver.

“I’m just trying to be positive,” he said.

Gameiro handed A-League lifeline by CCM

Injury-plagued attacker Corey Gameiro has been thrown an A-League lifeline by the Central Coast Mariners.
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Released last week by Brisbane Roar, the 25-year-old has signed on with the Mariners for next season.

It gives the one-time Fulham prospect another chance to get his promising career back on track.

Gameiro has shown flashes of absolute quality over the years but his progress has been repeatedly hampered by a seemingly endless run of fitness issues, including three knee reconstructions.

“As an individual, I’ve been through adversity – I think the club has gone through that as well in recent years,” Gameiro said of the Mariners.

“It’s time for the club to come out of that and it’s something I really want to be a part of.

“I know a handful of the boys from when I was captain of the n under 23’s, they know what sort of person I am and how hungry I am to succeed, so I will be there from day one of pre-season to drive that as much as I can.”

Roar coach John Aloisi signed him on a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season but the Port Kembla product was unable to score in 18 appearances – all but two of them coming off the bench.

Brisbane subsequently cut him and have elected for state-league goal machine Dylan Wenzel-Halls as their preferred back-up for high-profile recruit Adam Taggart.

Gameiro, however, can now look forward to his first injury-free pre-season in four years, under the Mariners new coach Mike Mulvey.

He joins former Wanderers defender Jack Clisby as Mulvey’s first two signings as part of an overhaul of the squad that finished bottom of the A-League.

“We are working hard to add more attacking weapons to our front third this season and Corey is the first, of several new players, we will bring in to the strengthen that area of our game,” Mulvey said.

Wallsend get in early for slice of FFA Cup history

THIS WEEK: Wed (6.30): Weston v Jets. Saturday: Jaffas v Hamilton (2.30), Lakes v Maitland (7.30). Sunday: Eagles v Adamstown, C’town v Valentine, Magic v Jets. Wallsend bowed out at the hands of Broadmeadow but not before putting in a strong contender for fastest goal in FFA Cup history.
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Ben Hamilton shocked the NPL heavyweights last Wednesday night at The Gardens with a goal inside the first few seconds, literally from the kick-off.

Magic goalkeeper Brad Mackenzie was caught off his line and off guard with the audacious shot, but Broadmeadow bounced back to win 4-1 in the round four clash against the second-tier club.

Sam Webb, free-kick specialist Cody Carroll, Kale Bradbery and Liam McDonald scored for Magic.

** Charlestown midfielder Riley McNaughton had his knee injury quickly put in to perspective on Sunday.

McNaughton limped off early in the 3-2 loss to Adamstown with a torn medial ligament only to find out his sister, Darcy, ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament and damaged hermedial the same day playing football.

Riley’s injury has further tested the Blues’ midfield depth, after the loss of Daniel Minors for four to six weeks with a torn calf. They host Valentine on Sunday.

** Valentine will not get off-season attacking recruit Daniel Ott back this year.

Ott, a former Manly striker, hurt his Achilles in pre-season and coach Darren Sills brought in Matt Paul as an injury replacement.

Sills had hoped to move Ott back into his squad but said the forwardhas since indicated he may retire.

** Maitland coach Michael Bolch hopes to have attacking weapon Matt Comerford back from injury against Lake Macquarie on Saturday at Macquarie Field after two weeks on the sidelines.

Police yet to speak with Haddad’s ex-lover

NSW detectives are yet to formally speak with the former lover of murdered Brazilian woman Cecilia Haddad, whose body was found floating in a Sydney river, despite him making contact from his home town of Rio de Janeiro.
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Mario Marcelo Santoro flew home to Brazil the same weekend the 38-year-old executive’s fully-clothed body was found floating in the Lane Cove River near Woolwich.

While the outcome of last week’s post-mortem examination has been closely guarded by investigators, the results led police to confirm the case was a homicide.

On Tuesday, The n newspaper reported that the kayakers who discovered Ms Haddad’s body on the morning of April 29, say they found weights stuffed into the pockets of her cargo pants.

Police say Mr Santoro remains a “person of interest”, along with others.

Mr Santoro, 40, has told News Corp that he has placed himself at the disposal of NSW Police, it was reported on Tuesday.

But a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP that no arrest warrants had been issued and no formal statements have been made.

Mr Santoro and Ms Haddad had lived together in the past, but Ms Haddad had asked him to leave her home in Ryde – some six kilometres from where her body was found – in the weeks leading up to her death.

Homicide detectives are working under Strike Force Bronwyn to investigate the murder.

“Strike Force Bronwyn are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of Cecilia Haddad both here and abroad,” police said in a statement.

“NSW Police Force has engaged with international partners, and given the sensitive nature of these inquiries, it is not appropriate to comment further.”

The dive squad may return to the area on Tuesday to search for evidence beneath Gladesville Bridge, a police spokeswoman told AAP.

Divers spent Friday searching for what is understood to be a set of keys, although it’s not clear who they belong to or what they may unlock.

Ms Haddad arrived in Western more than a decade ago before moving to Sydney in 2016 where she worked in mining and logistics.

At the weekend, her mother, brother and friends carried white roses as they gathered at a Rio church to remember the popular and successful woman.

“What happened to Cecilia is not normal; in the name of her family and friends we want justice,” Olivia Furst, the family’s lawyer, told the Seven Network, speaking in Portuguese on Saturday.

Detectives are yet to establish how Ms Haddad’s distinctive red Fiat came to be parked at West Ryde train station, where it was discovered the day after her body was found.

Ms Haddad’s ex-husband, Felipe Torres, who detectives believe was in Perth at the time of her death, flew from Western to formally identify her body.