Perth dump 36ers to reclaim second spot

Posted on 12/17/2018

Wildcats and 36ers players confront each other in an ugly brawl during the match at Perth Arena.The NBL finals must be getting close.

The Perth Wildcats rediscovered their best form to demolish the Adelaide 36ers 111-90 in a fiery contest at the Perth Arena on Friday night that ended in a brawl, including both benches.

Some shoddy treatment by 36ers Brendan Teys on Wildcats development player Lochlan Cummings, when he made his first NBL basket with less than a second left on the clock, was not well received.

When the smoke cleared, Cats Lucas Walker and Dexter Kernich-Drew, plus Teys and his teammate Shannon Shorter, were ejected from the game.

After trailing by one point in a high-scoring opening half, the Cats dominated the second to run away with an incredible 21-point win.

They kept Adelaide to just nine points in the third term to go into the last with a 17-point lead.

Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said he knew his side was in with a chance when they were so close at half-time.

“To come in one points down at the half was pretty darn good considering how many points we gave them,” he said.

“We knew if we stayed together we’d be in with a good show.

“That third quarter was some of the best defence I think we’ve played. To hold a team like that nine points, it certainly changed the game, especially being down 12 points early.”

Concerns that the reigning champions had dropped away are now gone after consecutive victories over top four teams.They beat New Zealand last weekend.

A win in the return bout against the 36ers in Adelaide on Sunday would go a long way to them earning the home-court advantage in the first round of the finals.

After climbing to second on the ladder on the back of seven straight wins, the 36ers now drop to third after consecutive losses.

Despite leading 61-60 at half-time, 36ers coach Joey Wright said he knew they were in trouble giving up that many points to the home side.

“You can’t give up 60 points on the road and expect to win – that’s not going to happen,” he said.

“Perth is notorious for third term scores. It’s about 1130pm at home for us in the third quarter and we fell asleep.

“I have been coaching down here for 15 years. If you’re not ready for the third quarter, you’re in trouble.”

Despite a slow start Adelaide had gained full momentum by quarter-time and with Mitch Creek dropping nine points, led by eight.

If not for some sharp shooting by Perth’s Jesse Wagstaff in the second, Adelaide would have led by more than one point at the main break.

He dropped 11 points for the quarter and finished with a game-high 25, equalled by Bryce Cotton.

What worked for the 36ers in the opening half didn’t in the second. They had eight assists in the first quarter and finished the game with 10.

Nathan Sobey top-scored for Adelaide with 18 points. While Shorter, who has averaged 16.75 points over the past eight games, was kept to just nine, as was Daniel Johnson.

Perth also dominated the boards, 40-33, with Jean-Pierre Tokoto pulling in 10 rebounds in a double-double performance.

Costa gets more time in the garden

Posted on 12/17/2018

Gardening host Costa Georgiadis has returned with a longer show in a new timeslot.Costa Georgiadis is returning to screens across the country in a new, hour-long version of Gardening .

Expanded from its previous half-hour format, Georgiadis is excited by what the longer show allows him to do.

“It gives us that chance to dive a little bit deeper into the storytelling but it also gives us a chance to have a regular segment like ‘what to do in your part of the country’,” he said.

“That’s a big thing for everyone gardening because someone in Brisbane isn’t planting or operating the same method that someone in Hobart is operating.”

There’s a new timeslot too, from a Saturday evening to Friday at 7.30pm.

Georgiadis hopes this will bring new viewers, although he’s already starting to see a younger crowd become hooked.

“It has traditionally had an older demographic but where we’re really working hard and getting headway is through social media, through the internet and through our website,” he said.

“The Gardening website is the most visited website in the ABC and over the last five years we’ve been building Facebook, Instagram and hooking in this younger audience.

“This year we plan to continue to cut our stories and put them out into social media and on YouTube and iView and that way this younger audience who probably don’t even own a television are getting into succulents and bonsai and natives and growing their own food.”

A huge part of the fresh engagement, Georgiadis says, has been the different food and lifestyle movements people are embracing.

“They have access to more information and they’re concerned about where their food is coming from and what’s in it.

“Our real mission is to say, ‘You don’t need a massive garden, you can do it on a rooftop or a balcony or a courtyard or go to a community garden’.”

*Gardening airs on Friday at 7.30pm (AEDT) on ABC

Robot makes coffee at new cafe in Tokyo

Posted on 12/17/2018

Robot barista “Sawyer” will make you a coffee and entertain you as well in Henn-na Cafe in Tokyo.Japan has a new robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista.

The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henn-na Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The shop’s name in Japanese means “strange cafe”.

The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a vending machine and greets the customer.

“Would you care for a delicious coffee?” the barista, with a screen showing a pair of cartoon eyes, asks in a flat tone. “I can make one better than human beings around here.”

It grinds the coffee beans, fills a filter and pours hot water over a paper cup for up to five people at once. A cup of brewed coffee costs 320 yen ($A3.65) and takes a few minutes.

Sawyer can also operate an automated machine for six other hot drinks including cappuccino, hot chocolate and green tea latte.

Customers, many of them young men, took photos with their smartphones while they waited in line.

The cafe operator, travel agency H.I.S. Co, says robots can increase productivity while also entertaining customers.

“An essential point is to increase productivity,” said Masataka Tamaki, general manager of corporate planning at H.I.S. He said only one person needs to oversee the robot cafe, compared to several people needed at a regular coffee shop, so it can serve better quality coffee at a reasonable price.

Tamaki says it’s not just about efficiency. “We want the robot to entertain customers so it’s not like buying coffee at a vending machine,” he said.

Takeshi Yamamoto, a 68-year-old restaurant employee who works in the neighbourhood, said his first experience with the robot cafe was very enjoyable and his robot-made coffee was delicious.

“It’s quite rich, and tastes very good,” Yamamoto said, as he took a sip. “You can get machine-made coffee at convenience stores, too, and it’s actually good. But here, I had great fun.”

Syrian rebels down Russian jet, kill pilot

Posted on 08/18/2019

Rebels say they shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet over Syria and killed the pilot.Syrian rebels shot down a Russian warplane and killed its pilot on the ground after he ejected from the plane, Russia’s defence ministry and Syrian rebels say.
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The SU-25 came down on Saturday in an area of Syria’s northern Idlib province that has seen heavy air strikes and fighting on the ground between government forces backed by Russia and Iran, and rebels who oppose President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrians opposed to Assad see Russia as an invading force they blame for the deaths of thousands of civilians since Moscow joined the war on the side of the Syrian government in 2015.

The Russian plane was shot down over the town of Khan al-Subl near the city of Saraqeb, close to a major highway where the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias are trying to advance, a rebel source said.

Although the Russian pilot escaped the crash, he was killed by rebels who had tried to capture him, the source said.

Tharir al-Sham, a jihadist group spearheaded by the former Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for shooting down the plane, saying one of its fighters had scored a direct hit with a shoulder launched anti-aircraft missile.

“This work is the least we can do to revenge our people. Let the criminal invaders know that our skies are not a picnic and they will not pass through without paying a price God willing,” senior commander Mahmoud Turkomani said in a statement released by the group.

Russia’s defence ministry also said the aircraft was downed by a portable surface-to-air missile. The pilot reported that he had ejected by parachute, and he was later killed on the ground.

“The pilot died in a fight with terrorists,” it said.

Tass news agency quoted the ministry as saying Moscow retaliated with a strike from an undisclosed high-precision weapon that killed more than 30 militants in an area of Idlib province where the plane was downed.

The Syrian opposition released footage on social media that purported to show the wreckage of the plane and the body of the pilot surrounded by fighters.

Rebels said the downed warplane had taken part in strikes that targeted civilian convoys fleeing along a major Syrian highway from villages that the army and foreign militias had overrun.

Syria’s civil war, which is now entering its eighth year, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven more than 11 million from their homes.

A Russian plane was blamed for the death of seven civilians and scores of injuries after cars were targeted on the highway, according to a witness and two rebels sources.

Syrian soldiers and Iranian-backed militiamen were now around 12 kilometres from Saraqeb, advancing towards the Damascus-Aleppo highway under cover of heavy Russian air strikes, two opposition sources said.

At least five civilians were killed in Saraqeb city on Saturday, which residents blamed on Russian planes.

Syrians in rebel-held areas say they can distinguish between Russian warplanes and those of the Syrian air force, because the Russian planes fly at higher altitude.

Finals-bound United seeking improvement

Posted on 08/18/2019

Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman gets his message across during the win over the Bullets.Melbourne United coach Dean Vickerman believes his side have plenty of room for improvement despite registering a third straight win to move two games clear atop the NBL ladder.
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Having secured a playoff spot, United set about maintaining their top ranking but were forced to do it the hard way in Saturday’s 69-61 victory over a dogged Bullets outfit in front of 10,300 fans at Hisense Arena.

“Obviously, it’s a good grind-out win but there’s lots to work on and that’s the thing for us right now – did we get better today,” Vickerman queried after the win against a Brisbane side missing key import Travis Trice.

“We did some things defensively to say we got better but did we get better offensively…no, plenty to work on.”

Disrupted by Brisbane’s defence early and indecisive in attack during a low-scoring first half, United turned to point guard Casper Ware who combined with low-post scorers Josh Boone and Tai Wesley to build a match-winning lead in the third quarter.

High-flying United have won 11 of 13 matches since suffering a 32-point blowout loss to defending champions Perth on November 19 but Vickerman feels his side has yet to reach peak form.

I know we’ve been better…we’ve played solid basketball to get these wins recently but we haven’t played great,” he said after United failed to reach 70 points for just the fourth time this season and only connected on 3-of-18 three-pointers.

“When you don’t perform to your identity about the things you have done all year, you’ve got to check that and ask why – was it us, was it them…tonight it was a bit of both.”

Vickerman also threw down the challenge to some of his bench players as he handed significant playing time to Craig Moller over import Carrick Felix and played reserve guards Kyle Adnam and Peter Hooley for key minutes early in the fourth quarter.

“We are just trying to find out and get as much information as we can about our own group and who can handle the pressure situations,” Vickerman said.

Brisbane coach Andrej Lemanis said he believes Melbourne possess the talent and defensive steel to make a run at the title.

“At the end of the day, defence is what gets it done particularly when you are talking about a five-game series,” Lemanis said.

“With the talent they have, their willingness to defend and their ability to make plays, I definitely think they have a great opportunity to win it.”

Lodge wants to repay Brisbane’s faith

Posted on 08/18/2019

Matt Lodge says he is determined to make up for lost time with the Brisbane Broncos.Controversial Brisbane signing Matt Lodge says he wants to repay the NRL club’s faith by helping the Broncos win a premiership in 2018.
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Brisbane raised eyebrows when they signed Lodge on a one year deal when the ex-Wests Tigers prop was cleared by the NRL integrity unit two years after being deregistered over an alcohol-fuelled rampage in New York.

Lodge avoided jail in the United States after pleading guilty to reckless assault for the October 2015 incident but was hit with a $1.6 million damages bill.

Test coach Mal Meninga was among Brisbane’s critics for signing Lodge, saying the prop should serve a 12-month ban first.

But Lodge, 22, said he had learned his lesson and wanted to make up for lost time by claiming a Brisbane premiership ring this year.

“In 2018 I want to repay the favour to the club,” Lodge told Broncos website.

“I am committed to winning a comp and playing my best footy I can for the Broncos and help achieve that for the group.”

Lodge avoided a year in jail over the New York incident in which he punched a man before forcing his way into his apartment and trying to kick down the door to a bathroom where the man’s wife and child were hiding.

He was allowed by the NRL to train with the Broncos in 2017 season and impressed for Redcliffe, helping them finish second on the Queensland Cup ladder and being nominated for 2017 player of the year.

“I had a fair stint out. It taught me a lot of lessons so I am pretty grateful for the experience and think I can come back from that a lot better as a player and person,” Lodge said.

Lodge initially planned to retire from rugby league after being hit with the huge damages bill.

At one stage he worked as a landscaper in hometown Sydney before Wayne Bennett convinced him to give the NRL another shot.

“I sat down with Wayne in Sydney and I pretty much knew from that point that I wanted to come up here…and prove myself,” Lodge said.

“It was one of the best one-on-one chats I have had.

“So I just put all my eggs in one basket and came up.

“There were a lot of bumps in the road and it took a while to get here but that just made it better getting here.”

Brisbane signed Lodge to bolster their pack after the off-season departures of Adam Blair, Herman Ese’ese and Jai Arrow.

“I have got a lot of things to prove but I am ready to go,” Lodge said.

Trump says memo `totally vindicates’ him

Posted on 08/18/2019

US President Donald Trump has tweeted the released Republican memo ‘totally vindicates’ him.US President Donald Trump says a controversial memo attacking federal law enforcement written by congressional Republicans vindicates him in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
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Trump’s fervent embrace of the memo raised again the prospect that he may use it as justification to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting the investigation, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller.

Tweeting from his resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said the memo “totally vindicates” him but added “the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their (sic) was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction.” He called the investigation “an American disgrace”.

The White House told Reuters on Friday there would be no changes at the Justice Department as a result of the memo’s conclusions.

The memo, written by Republicans on the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee chaired by Devin Nunes, argues the federal investigation of potential collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia was a product of political bias against Trump at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department.

Trump approved the release of the formerly classified memo without redactions despite objections from the FBI.

Democrats contend the four-page memo mischaracterises highly sensitive classified information and was intended to undermine the Mueller criminal probe that was launched in May 2017 as an outgrowth an earlier FBI investigation.

Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that Trump’s decision to allow the release of the memo was “part of a co-ordinated propaganda effort to discredit, disable and defeat the Russia investigation”.

Some Republicans also were critical of the memo’s release. John Kasich, the governor of Ohio and a former rival of Trump’s for the presidential nomination, released a statement on Saturday calling it “a disservice to our country”.

The memo alleges the FBI concealed the Democratic ties of a source the agency used to justify surveillance on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser with links to Russia. The memo revealed the names of senior FBI and Justice Department officials, including Rosenstein, who it said had signed off on the surveillance.

The Republican memo focused on court-approved surveillance of Page and said the FBI used a source who was strongly biased against Trump, former British spy Christopher Steele, to justify the action.

It alleged that a dossier of alleged Trump-Russia contacts compiled by Steele, and funded in part by Democrats, formed an “essential part” of requests to a special court to be allowed to conduct electronic surveillance on Page that began in October 2016.

Despite the memo’s charges, neither the focus on Page nor the FBI’s investigation of Trump-Russia ties began with the Steele dossier.

Extreme-right gunman shoots 6 in Italy

Posted on 08/18/2019

Six African migrants have been wounded in drive-by shootings in Italy in an apparent revenge attack.An Italian gunman with extreme right-wing sympathies has wounded six African immigrants in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree, authorities say.
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The gunman terrorised a small central Italian city of Macerata, where a Nigerian man had been arrested days earlier in a teenager’s gruesome killing.

Police photos showed the shooting suspect on Saturday with a neo-Nazi tattoo prominently on his forehead as he sat in custody and an Italian flag tied around his neck as he was arrested,. Authorities identified him as Luca Traini, a 28-year-old Italian with no previous record.

Traini had run for town council on the anti-migrant Northern League’s list in a local election last year in Corridonia, the party confirmed, but its mayoral candidate lost the race. The news agency ANSA quoted friends of his as saying that Traini had previously been affiliated with Italian extremist parties like the neo-fascist Forza Nuova and CasaPound.

The shooting spree came days after the slaying of 18-year-old Pamela Mastropietro and amid a heated electoral campaign in Italy where anti-foreigner sentiment has become a key theme. Italy has struggled with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants in the last few years coming across the Mediterranean Sea in smugglers’ boats.

After the attack, Premier Paolo Gentiloni warned in Rome that “the state will be particularly severe against whoever thinks of feeding the spiral of violence.”

In Macerata, Interior Minister Marco Minniti said the gunman had been motivated “by racial hatred,” and had “a background of right-wing extremism with clear references to fascism and Nazism.”

Authorities said the six wounded – five men and one woman – appeared to be random targets. Italian news reports indicated that the gunman’s trajectory included the area where the Italian murder victim was found and where the prime suspect in her slaying lived.

Thousands rally in London over NHS crisis

Posted on 07/18/2019

Thousands of people have marched in London to demand an end to the “crisis” in the NHS.Thousands of people have braved rain in central London to demonstrate in support of fixing what they say is a “crisis” in the NHS.
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Warren Street was teeming with demonstrators brandishing placards who turned out to line up in large numbers in the wintry conditions.

The demonstration began at Gower Street in Central London at midday and the crowds began their march to Downing Street at 1pm.

They were there to draw attention to the NHS funding shortage, with signs urging “kick the Tories out”, and “more staff, more beds, more funds”.

“Keep your hands off our NHS,” they chanted as they began marching at 1pm on Saturday.

The demonstration, called “NHS in crisis: Fix it now”, was organised by the People’s Assembly and Health Campaigns Together.

Among the demonstrators was Jamie, a disability rights advocate who attended the march in his wheelchair.

He was injured in a serious car crash 21 years ago. “I owe my life to the NHS,” he said.

“There is a tragedy unfolding and the fact is that so many desperate people are traumatised, stigmatised and stressed by work capability testing.”

Save Lewisham Hospital campaigner Tamsyn Bacchus, who carried a life-size vulture prop hovering over a bloody-painted NHS placard, said she feared the UK could morph the NHS into a US-style, user-pays health service.

“I have faith, and so do all these folk here, that it’s so important to have the principle of service that is great the point of use so that when you are ill, when your child is running a high fever, when you need the hospital or a doctor you can get them without worrying about having to pay for it”

In rallying Britons to attend the demonstration organisers, the People’s Assembly said stories of patients dying in hospital corridors and overcrowded waiting rooms revealed a crisis.

“It is time this government stops blaming patients, nurses, doctors, immigrants, flu and the elderly for their shortcomings.”

Actor Ralf Little, who is expected to speak at the march this afternoon, has previously told how his mother was saved by NHS treatment for free when she suffered a stroke.

He said: “My mother was rushed to hospital in an ambulance, received expert emergency care, stayed in hospital for two weeks to recover, was treated daily by consultants, physical therapists, occupational therapists and nursing staff, was escorted home in a taxi and checked on three times a day for a further five weeks.”

Following a Twitter row with the Health Secretary, Little penned an open letter to Jeremy Hunt inviting him to attend the demonstration.

Adelaide down Perth in A-League

Posted on 07/18/2019

Ersan Gulum of Adelaide United and Andrew Keogh of Perth Glory contest the ball in the A-League.Adelaide United have outclassed Perth Glory 2-1 to rise to fourth on the A-League ladder.
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United’s Nikola Mileusnic netted the decider on Saturday night at Coopers Stadium as the Reds took fourth on the ladder from Melbourne Victory.

Perth’s Andy Keogh opened the scoring in the fourth minute but his teammate Dino Djulbic’s own goal eight minutes later gifted Adelaide momentum.

The Reds then turned the screws, controlling possession and territory against the Glory who remain in eighth spot.

But Adelaide’s win came at a cost – centre-backs Jordan Elsey (concussion) and Ersan Gulum (ankle) were both forced from the field.

The Glory took an early lead when Keogh scored his ninth goal of the season – the Irishman was pinpointed by a Scott Neville cross five metres out and calmly slotted a header.

Perth defender Djulbic also scored with a header – but for Adelaide, in the 12th minute.

Djulbic, sensing Reds spearhead George Blackwood approaching from behind, launched at a cross into the box from Adelaide’s Ryan Strain and inexplicably headed into his own net.

Adelaide pounced after the mishap and were rewarded for a period of sustained dominance when Mileusnic scored in the 38th minute.

The goal was crafted by Reds captain Isaias, who expertly arrowed a 30m pass downfield and into the speedy winger’s path.

With only goalkeeper Liam Reddy to beat, Mileusnic took aim from 10 metres and converted a low right-footer.

Adelaide continued its command in a second half until a late attacking flurry from Perth.

The visitor’s best chances of equalising came In injury time: a close-range Jacob Italiano header was narrowly wide and a Diego Castro shot in the last minute went straight to ‘keeper Paul Izzo.

“We pushed to get something out of it,” Perth coach Kenny Lowe said.

“But maybe a little of bit of (lack of) finishing our opportunities, that is the way it is going for us at present.”

Adelaide’s only downers were the injuries to Elsey and Gulum.

Elsey was substituted with concussion with about 35 minutes remaining after falling heavily when leaping in an attempt to volley.

And his central defensive partner Gulum hobbled off with 10 minutes to go with an apparent left ankle injury.

Reds coach Marco Kurz said Elsey appeared to have avoided serious injury.

“He is okay (but) the doctor asked him … and he didn’t know the result,” Kurz said.

“I’m not sure with Gulum’s ankle, but we will see.”

Lions dominant in AFLW grand final rematch

Posted on 07/18/2019

The Brisbane Lions have dominated in an AFLW grand final rematch against Adelaide.The late scratching of reigning AFLW best and fairest Erin Phillips has proved costly for the Adelaide Crows in a much-anticipated grand-final rematch.
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The Lions looked dominant on Saturday night against the defending premiers, sealing a 4.7 (31)-3.1 (19) win before a crowd of 11,120 at Norwood Oval in Adelaide.

The Crows ruled Phillips out an hour before the first bounce after she strained her quad on Friday night at training.

After the match, coach Bec Goddard conceded Phillips was a very important player but said her withdrawal was an opportunity for other players.

“One on one across the ground, I reckon we had one winner tonight and that was Chelsea Randall,” she told reporters.

“So there’s a lot of work for the other girls to sort of lift up.”

After a goalless first quarter, Randall starred in the second, converting a 50m penalty to put the Crows 10 points ahead at halftime.

Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich called the penalty dodgy and said the club would be flagging it on Monday morning in an umpiring review.

He said the decision and conservative kicking on the Lions’ part had put the side down at halftime.

“At that point, I thought we were right in the game but the scoreboard didn’t reflect it at that point.”

Brisbane forward Jess Wuetschner booted two goals in the third quarter to put the visitors in front, and their lead grew to 12 by the final siren.

Forward Sabrina Frederick-Taub took 10 marks in a performance described by Starcevich as enormous.

“Put the ball in her area and she looked like marking everything,” he said.

Kate Lutkins, Emma Zielke and Alexandra Anderson also impressed.

In a promising sign for the Crows, debutantes Eloise Jones and Ruth Wallace kicked two of their three goals.

Adelaide will travel to Melbourne next week to take on the Demons, while Brisbane will play their first home game against the Western Bulldogs.

Sydney spoil Cairns NBL home finale

Posted on 07/18/2019

Sydney’s Jerome Randle has spoiled Cairns’ final home game of the NBL season in a 93-86 Kings win.Sydney have spoiled Cairns’ final home game of the NBL season, beating the Taipans 93-86.
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Local fans might not have cared the clash was between two teams with no finals hopes, but the sold-out Cairns Convention Centre didn’t get the farewell they would have wanted.

Out to avoid the wooden spoon, Sydney point guard Jerome Randle was un-guardable as he took on the Taipans off the dribble at every chance.

The pint-sized point had 17 points from seven out of 11 shooting at halftime, taking Sydney out to a nine-point buffer.

The visitors’ lead blew out to 18 points in the third quarter after Jason Cadee (14 points) and Kevin Lisch (16 points) joined Randle’s party.

Sydney’s superstar sent shivers through the Kings’ camp when he appeared to slip on his ankle in the fourth quarter, but was able to finish the match with 24 points.

Kings coach Andrew Gaze praised all three of his guards as they escaped from a notoriously hard court to win at with a victory.

“There are no gimmes, Cairns are a remarkable team they are coached very well, we had to earn it and we made some shots,” Gaze said.

For Cairns, veteran forward Alex Loughton increased his odds to take out the club’s MVP award with 19 points, while point guard Jarrad Weeks went home with 18.

Weeks was nothing but despondent after another disjointed effort from the men in orange.

“The way we played, we go through patches were we just play terribly and it’s not enough in this league,” he said.

The Taipans will play Perth on Friday, while Sydney are set to host Brisbane on Sunday week.

Stanlake makes himself known in Aussie win

Posted on 07/18/2019

Billy Stanlake has taken 3-15 off four overs to rip through NZ in the T20 tri-series opener.Billy Stanlake announced himself on the international stage before cruised to a seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in a rain-affected opener to the Twenty20 tri-series.
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After Stanlake’s electrifying 3-15 helped keep New Zealand to 9-117 at the SCG, Chris Lynn (44) and Glenn Maxwell (40no) powered to a revised target of 95 with 3.3 overs of the allotted 15 to spare.

Following an hour-long rain delay in the innings break, the pair came to the wicket when David Warner (6) and D’Arcy Short (4) fell early but rarely looked troubled until Lynn was caught on the boundary eight runs shy of the target.

Renowned for being two of the best T20 batsmen in the country, Lynn’s 33-ball knock included six fours and one six, while Maxwell also whacked five fours and one six.

But the star of the show was Stanlake, after he’d earlier ripped through the Black Caps’ top order with wickets with his first two balls and another in the second over of his opening spell.

In just his fourth international match, 23-year-old Stanlake nudged 150km/h throughout his four overs as he dismissed Colin Munro and Tom Bruce when both were on three.

His inswinging delivery to remove Martin Guptill was his best, beating the Kiwi star all ends up and taking the top of off stump.

“He’s getting quicker, he’s getting taller and he’s swinging the ball,” said Lynn, who has seen Stanlake develop in Queensland.

“It’s great for him to hit the ground running, because he’s a guy who can get nervous early on so it was great for him to get early wickets.

“We’re going to see him go from strength to strength with that confidence, especially in T20. We’re going to see some pretty special things and we’re going to see some pretty quick spells.”

Such was the early dominance of Stanlake and fellow opening quick Kane Richardson (0-28), they sent down 18 dot balls in the first four overs and held New Zealand to 3-29 in the six-over powerplay.

They also helped to limit Black Caps captain Kane Williamson to the slowest innings of his 47-match international T20 career, before Andrew Tye had him caught off a leading edge at cover for eight off 20 balls.

Tye finished with 4-23, as he returned to clean up the tail and kept world No.2-ranked New Zealand to less than a run a ball in an innings for the first time since 2012.

Only Colin de Grandhomme provided any real counterattack for New Zealand, with his unbeaten 38 from 24 balls featuring three massive sixes square off Tye and Adam Zampa.

“Two wickets in (Stanlake)’s first two balls set the tone,” New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said.

“It wasn’t a quick wicket but he bowled well with some good pace and he’s going to be someone to watch out for in the future that’s for sure.”