Dodgy shoulders leave Lynn on ODI outer

Chris Lynn has scored 277 runs in 10 innings for Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s IPL.Chris Lynn’s troublesome shoulders continue to hurt his international prospects with the Queensland master blaster overlooked for ‘s next two series of white-ball fixtures.
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Lynn was a notable omission as Cricket (CA) on Tuesday named squads for the first one-day international (ODI) and Twenty20 assignments under new coach Justin Langer.

The 28-year-old Lynn has returned to playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League after dislocating his shoulder while diving in the field during the T20 tri-series in New Zealand in February.

But it’s understood his fielding capacity remains a concern with national selectors not convinced he has recovered to the level required for international cricket.

Lynn is set to undergo a review with a specialist upon returning from the IPL with the aim of him returning to national duties next summer.

will play five ODIs against England in June, followed by T20 fixtures in England and Zimbabwe.

The ODI series looms as a key warm-up for next year’s World Cup with selectors keen to assess performance on the lively English pitches.

Lynn did not require surgery after dislocating his right shoulder in New Zealand but it was the latest in a long list of injuries for one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.

He also had his left shoulder reconstructed last year, prompting him to pass up a state contract with Queensland, while a calf injury forced him to pull out of last summer’s home ODI series against England.

With suspended duo Steve Smith and David Warner’s $2.4 million IPL contracts torn up in the wake of the ball-tampering saga, Lynn’s $1.86 million Kolkata deal is the biggest among all n players.

Live export has let farmers down: govt

The live export industry has let down farmers and animals and Agriculture Minister David Littleproud doesn’t intend to let those in the business to dictate their future.
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Mr Littleproud insists he’ll be the one giving the industry directions to change its culture.

But that doesn’t mean he will rush a decision on the future of live exports, saying Labor had “panicked” by announcing it would phase out the trade following the release of footage showing the horrific treatment of animals on board a Middle East-bound ship in 2016.

“You can’t lead a nation through tough times if you don’t have the ticker, if you don’t have the temperament to wait for the facts, to wait for the science,” Mr Littleproud told parliament on Tuesday, reaffirming his intention to wait for a report due later this month.

“Two weeks is all (Labor) had to wait but instead they put the uncertainty of the livelihoods of those people in Western , those people who have done no wrong, on the chopping block.”

WA is by far the biggest exporter, accounting for 85 per cent of ‘s live sheep exports.

Labor’s agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon said the debate extended beyond animal welfare to the rights of workers on export ships and the economics of the trade.

The opposition wants to transition to a red meat industry.

“We can’t transition sheep meat producers out of the live export trade in a hurry but we can do it and we’re best placed to do it if we’re working together,” Mr Fitzgibbon said appealing for a bipartisan approach.

But farmers are digging in, arguing the under-fire trade can be cleaned up despite horrific revelations of animal cruelty.

WAFarmers president and sheep farmer Tony York said ending the $250 million industry would hurt farmers.

“Clean up the trade. If the trade is stopped it will have very significant consequences, particularly in Western ,” Mr York told AAP.

Mr York is adamant Labor’s pledged transition to processed meat is no solution.

“The customers want live animals, they don’t just want boxed and processed meat,” he said.

Mr York suggested improving standards on ships, greater oversight, reducing sheep density and targeting voyages to visit less humid ports first to help clean up the industry.

Senior federal Nationals MPs rejected growing calls to ban the trade from Liberal backbenchers, the Greens and independent senator Derryn Hinch.

Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce said mums and dads would be hurt by ending live exports, similar to the Gillard government’s ban on cattle exports in 2011.

NSW Nationals senator John Williams conceded the industry was going through a tough time, but said it could be fixed.

Hezbollah and allies gain in Lebanon vote

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has blamed new voting rules on why his party lost 12 seats.Hezbollah and its political allies have made significant gains in Lebanon’s parliamentary election, official results show, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Tehran’s growing regional clout.
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The leader of Shi’ite Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, called the result “a very big political, parliamentary and moral victory for the choice of resistance”.

The number of Hezbollah MPs was the same or little changed, but candidates supported by the group or allied to it gained in major cities. Hezbollah and its political allies won just over half the seats in parliament, according to final results late on Monday from all but one of Lebanon’s 15 electoral districts.

Branded a terrorist group by the US, heavily armed Shi’ite Hezbollah has grown in strength since joining the war in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad in 2012.

The strong showing by parties and politicians who support Hezbollah’s possession of weapons risk complicating Western policy in Lebanon, which is banking on foreign aid and loans to revive its stagnant economy and receives US military support.

An Israeli minister said the outcome showed the Lebanese state was indistinguishable from Hezbollah, signalling the risk of Israel hitting Lebanon’s government in a future war.

Western-backed Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri lost over a third of his seats, the results showed. He blamed a complex new voting law and gaps in his party’s performance.

But with 21 MPs, down from 33 in the last parliament, he still emerged as the Sunni Muslim leader with the biggest bloc in the 128-seat house, making him the frontrunner to form the next government.

The staunchly anti-Hezbollah Lebanese Forces, a Christian party, emerged as a big winner, nearly doubling its lawmakers to around 15, according to initial indications.

Lebanon’s prime minister must be a Sunni under its sectarian power-sharing system. The new government, like the outgoing one, is expected to include all the main parties. Talks over cabinet posts are expected to take time.

“Hariri is going to be further weakened in any kind of government going forward,” said Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute. “His ability to substantially tame or restrain Hezbollah… in Lebanon is going to be very limited.”

Official results showed that Hezbollah, along with allied groups and individuals, secured at least 65 seats. The final results for Akkar district have yet to be announced.

Ball control key for Storm in NRL: Hoffman

Ryan Hoffman says the stats tell the story of their loss to NRL leaders St George Illawarra.It’s back to the drawing board for the Melbourne Storm after their poor completion wrecked their game plan to topple NRL front-runners St George Illawarra.
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The reigning premiers headed to Jubilee Oval with high hopes after three big wins but couldn’t match the Dragons.

An obvious statistic was their poor set completion rate of 65 per cent, with the figures telling the story in each of the Storm’s defeats this season.

Each time they have completed sets at more than 70 per cent they’ve won but failure to reach that mark has resulted in defeat.

Veteran forward Ryan Hoffman said the team had worked hard to get on top of their ball control and it was frustrating to take a step backwards.

“We turned over way too much ball and that’s been a common thread after a loss,” the second-rower said on Tuesday.

“If you look at the stats we had to make a hell of a lot more tackles than them but that was all our own doing.

“It’s disappointing but we need to see it as a bit of a blip so we need to refocus ourselves.”

Melbourne’s next task is stopping Gold Coast at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday afternoon after selling their home game.

While it may have paid off financially when they did the same last year it didn’t on the scoreboard, when the Titans caused a 38-36 boilover.

Gold Coast are struggling with injuries and form but Hoffman said the Storm wouldn’t be taking them lightly.

“It’s an interesting fixture with us taking our home game up there,” he said.

“We’re not going to take their form into account, just as I’m sure they won’t either.

“It’s a matter of focusing on our own performances and tidying up the things we didn’t do well last week.”

The 34-year-old has been in impressive form after returning to his first NRL club after three seasons with the Warriors.

Hoffman said he was yet to make a call on 2019 but was relishing playing alongside young guns Cameron Munster, Josh Addo-Carr, and Curtis Scott.

“I’m really enjoying my football and being a part of an edge with them; some real young, exciting players who love the ball” he said.

“I think I’m older than them by about 10 years but you can’t help but feel young around them.”

Chinan Water Polo League: Hunter Hurricanes pair Gordon Marshall, Rachel Fattal earn All Stars selection

FORM: Hunter Hurricanes captain Gordon Marshall. Picture: Josh CallinanHunter Hurricanes captain Gordon Marshall has put himself in the sights of national selectors after capping off an excellent comeback campaign by making the All Stars team.
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The 23-year-old was named in the seven-player merit side following the completion of the n Water Polo League season on the weekend.

Hurricanes men’s squad manager Mark Robinson said thisannouncement will only re-spark the interest already shown in Marshall.

“He [Marshall] was approached prior to the recent New Zealand tour, getting a call the week before, but couldn’t organise the time off work, otherwise he would have gone,” Robinson said.

“So he’s already in the sights ofnational selectors and this will only help his cause. It’s great for him.”

The n Sharks, which features Novocastrian pair Richie Campbell and Nathan Power, have three major tournaments coming up in as many years –the World Cup in Berlin in September, World Championships in Korea next July and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Marshall, after returningfrom US college UCLA in 2018,was instrumental during the Hurricanes’ best-ever second-placefinish despite being knocked out of the Sydney-basedfinals series in straight sets.

“He helped out to no end,” Robinson said.“Plus the three quality players he brought back with him from UCLA.”

IN: Rachel Fattal (centre). Picture: Josh Callinan

Marshall wasn’t the only Hurricanes player recognised for their efforts this season.His girlfriend, Olympic gold medalist and US representative Rachel Fattal, made the women’s All Stars team.

“She’s just on a different level to everyone else in the pool,”Robinson said.

MEN’S ALL STARS:Tyler Martin (Drummoyne),Goran Tomasevic (Sydney University), Gordon Marshall (Hunter), Jared Gilchrist (UNSW), Joe Kayes (Cronulla), Nick Elphick (Melville), Nick Porter (Queensland).

WOMEN’S ALL STARS:Elle Armit (Drummoyne),Bronwen Knox (Queensland),Keesja Gofers (Sydney University),Ash Southern (UNSW),Erin Redbond (Melville) andKiara Holden (Cronulla), Rachel Fattal (Hunter).

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