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Irons takes the win as
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Slater, Burrow loom

[BB] HOSSEGOR, France – Andy Irons won his fourth event of the year to firm as favourite for the world surfing title while Australia’s Taj Burrow stayed in contention on the final day of the Quiksilver Pro France. In excellent 2m waves Irons easily downed unheralded Australian Phil MacDonald in the final – 18.06 to 13.73 – to extend his lead atop the ratings.

But his two nearest rivals – six time world champion Kelly Slater and current No.3 Burrow – are still in contention with third placings yesterday and four events still remaining on the World Championship Tour.

Irons ousted Burrow in the first semi by just over a point, while Slater also picked up a third placing, losing to MacDonald in the closing minutes by just 0.13 of a point.

Belgian duo clash for

world No. 1 ranking

FILDERSTADT, Germany – Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin- Hardenne will battle not only for the Filderstadt Grand Prix title but also for the world No.1 ranking after both earned semi-final victories yesterday.

Defending champion and world No.1 Clijsters overcame stiff resistance before breezing past unseeded Mary Pierce of France 7-6 6-0.

She will face second seed Henin- Hardenne after her fellow Belgian beat unseeded Russian Elena Bovina 6-2 6-4.

Henin-Hardenne, who beat Clijsters in both the French and US Open finals, will take over from her compatriot as the world No.1 if she wins the final. Clijsters will remain at No.1 if she retains her title.

Federer faces Moya

in Spanish final

VIENNA – Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will meet Carlos Moya in the final of the CA Trophy tennis tournament after the Spanish second seed overcame Britain’s Tim Henman 7-6 7-5 yesterday.

Top seed Federer sidestepped Max Mirnyi 6-2 7-6 in the day’s first semi-final to leave himself just one match away from his sixth title of the year and second in a row in Vienna.

Moya, who has been beaten by Federer in both their previous encounters, is looking to boost his chances of qualifying for next month’s prestigious Masters Cup in Houston.

The Swiss, who is the most prolific winner on the ATP Tour this year with 66 match wins, charged through the first set and surrendered just one point on his serve to Mirnyi.

Baseball rivalry takes

toll on Yankee coach

BOSTON – The emotionally charged baseball rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox has taken a heavy toll on someone who has been on both sides of the feud.

A benches-clearing incident in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game Three of baseball’s American League Championship Series resulted in Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer being taken to a hospital.

Zimmer was involved in the wild melee, which had its roots in the top of the fourth.

Boston ace Pedro Martinez, struggling on the mound, hit Karim Garcia in the head with a pitch.

Making gestures toward the New York dugout and sparking the already frenzied Fenway Park crowd, Martinez drew the ire of Yankees starter Roger Clemens and catcher Jorge Posada.

Even though both teams were warned, there were no ejections.

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GOING STRONG:The tightly packed field of 2515 runners head out to try to beat Darren Wilson’s record run in 1997 of 28 min. 11 sec.(1/2)In near-perfect conditions, before a crowd of about 7500 people, the 23-year-old Melbourne-based athlete won the race in 28 minutes and 26 seconds, just 15 seconds shy of Darren Wilson’s 1997 race record.
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Runner up in 29 min. 15 sec. was another Victorian, Ballarat-based, Olympic marathon runner Lee Troop.

Despite arriving back in Australia only on Tuesday after having endured a 30-hour plane trip from the UK following an easy win in a 10km road race in Dublin, Mottram showed no signs of vulnerability yesterday.

Furthermore the convincing win of 700m to 800m proved yesterday why he has been acclaimed as one of Australia’s best distance runners.

Victoria’s Haley McGregor, 25, was yesterday’s fastest female, scoring a personal best for 10km with a time of 32 min. 43 sec.

Although yesterday’s turnout was not the largest field, it was certainly one of the strongest, with 2515 competitors – just 50 short of the record – enjoying the sunny conditions.

While conditions were almost ideal runners did encounter a slight headwind on the return leg of the race, which might have accounted for both records being untouched.

In a gracious post-race speech Troop said he was beaten by an exceptional, world-class athlete in Mottram.

Troop, who led the race for the first 3km, said although his race plan was to challenge Mottram for the entire race once he had got into lead there was no stopping him.

Once Mottram had established a 70m-80m buffer between himself and Troop at about th 4km mark for the rest of the race the lithe 190cm tall runner simply extended his lead.

“I thought he’d be vulnerable after travelling back from Ireland so I thought the best way for me to win today would be to go in hard and run him ragged and the opposite happened,” Troop said.

“We got to 3km and he got in front then he just absolutely thumped me.”

Mottram said his race strategy had gone exactly to plan.

“My strategy was to go out hard – really quick and strong and I attempted to go for the record but just fell short of it,” Mottram said.

“The plan was just to relax for the first 3km, and work solid for the next 3km to 6km and hopefully get a gap and be able to cruise the last 4km.

“Once Troopy was gone … I knew it would be hard for him, if you lose contact before halfway it’s hard to get back on.

“The plan was to use a little bit of intimidation and to make it hard early and that’s what I did and they dropped off and it worked for me.”

Mottram said yesterday’s win would set him up nicely for this summer’s track season.

And even after gaining an Olympic A qualifier for the 5km in Europe earlier this year there will be no rest for him, with the Australian Championships and Zatopek in December, and commitments with Australian athletics, including a possible appearance at the Devonport Carnival during the summer.

“I’ll definitely be back (in Burnie) next year and the year after, I’ve got to get Mona’s record (Steve Moneghetti, two-time winner and five-time entrant) and Darren Wilson’s race record, so I’ll be back,” he said.

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Learner driver twice tries to ram police car

A LEARNER driver who tried to ram a police car during a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Sebastopol was on parole at the time, a court heard yesterday.Ballarat Magistrates Court heard Bradley Steven Gibson reached speeds of up to 100kmh in Albert St on November 27 last year before losing control of his vehicle and entering a roundabout the wrong way.The 24-year-old, who held a learner’s permit at the time, also drove his car straight at police, who were forced to abandon the dangerous chase.However, officers found Gibson 10 minutes later slumped behind the wheel of his car in Edwards St, the court was told.Gibson sped off when he became aware of the police and avoided immediate capture after again trying to ram their vehicle.Police prosecutor Senior Constable Clint Prebble said the defendant’s car was later discovered abandoned with its number plates removed.Yesterday Gibson, of Ballarat, was sentenced to six months’ jail suspended for two years, fined $3000 and banned from the roads for one year after pleading guilty to four charges including reckless conduct endangering serious injury and dangerous driving.He was also facing one count each of theft and wilfully damaging property after breaking into a car in Victoria St on September 23 last year.The court heard Gibson was on parole at the time of the offences after receiving an 18-month minimum sentence for dishonesty matters in April 2004.Defence lawyer Mike Wardell said, since Gibson’s arrest, his client had avoided further offending, undergone drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and enrolled in a Certificate IIII Information Technology course.”It’s never too late to change,” Mr Wardell said.In sentencing, Magistrate Terry Wilson said his first reaction when hearing Gibson’s offences was to send him to jail.But, “for the first time in your life you are starting to get back into the groove or doing what the average person in society does”, he said.”I am going to give you the opportunity to prove yourself.”
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Brad proves a demon with the small ball

Swing time: Mowbray batsman Clinton Reid goes for a cover drive in yesterday’s match against Westbury. Picture: Will Swan.Green, a former George Town cricketer, snared two wickets from two deliveries, helping the Lions to a one-run victory over the Saints at George Town.
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Green also scored 14 runs.

The Lions needed one run off the last ball to pass the Saints’ total of 7-93 and 14-year-old Jeremy Smith did not disappoint in his first A grade game.

Smith kept his composure when he was bowled on a no-ball and hit the winning single, taking the Lions to 9-94.

The Saints regrouped for their second match to record a four- wicket win over South Launceston.

George Town opener Rohan Pooley made 61 not out as the home side marched to 6-105 and kept South to 102.

The new-look Westbury Shamrocks got their NTCA season off to the best possible start yesterday with two wins at Westbury.

Playing for the first time since merging with St Pat’s, Westbury beat Mowbray and Riverside to progress through to today’s final of the 25-over round robin competition.

The Shamrocks held Mowbray to 6-91 off 25 overs, with Nick Spencer, John Keddy and Adam Groves taking two wickets each.

Clinton Reid was the Eagles’ top scorer with 23.

Led by Keddy (24) and Trent Swain (22), the Shamrocks passed the required score with seven deliveries to spare, finishing with 5-92.

A handy 29 off 33 deliveries from Jason Shelton helped the Shamrocks to 9-115 against Riverside, who were well-served by Adam Ferguson (3-18) and Patrick Doherty (2-28).

The Blues responded with 7-94.

Competition continues today when the Lions play South at NTCA No. 2 and Riverside tackles Mowbray at Riverside between 11am and 2pm.

If Launceston beats South, the Lions will play Westbury in the final at the NTCA No. 2 Ground starting at 3pm today.


Pool 1: Westbury 5-92 bt Mowbray 6-91, Westbury 9-115 bt Riverside 7-94; Westbury wins through to final.

Pool 2: Launceston 9-94 bt George Town 7-93, George Town 6-105 bt South Launceston 102; final spot to be decided today.

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Home is home, burnt or not

STAYING PUT: Pat wonders what she’s do if she lived in a unit.(1/2)NEIGHBOURS have rallied around a 92-year-old grandmother who is determined to stay in her fire-damaged house.
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Pat Tatlow was cooking in her kitchen last Sunday when she was disturbed by a knock at the door.

She opened it to find a concerned passerby telling her that smoke was pouring out of her rooftop.

Caused by faulty wiring, the subsequent fire caused $80,000 worth of damage to the uninsured Balfour St house.

But Pat refuses to leave the home she has lived in for 22 years – and especially not the garden she has carefully tended.

“I’m independent and I don’t want to be a nuisance to anyone,” she said.

“I’ve got so many friends around here.”

A council inspector has declared the back two rooms safe for Pat to stay in as she waits for quotes to see how much it will cost to get her house re-roofed.

She said that after 40 years of paying house insurance she didn’t write out the cheque this year because she was too sick.

“It wouldn’t hurt them to put something into it after 40 years,” she said.

“I’ve never ever had a claim of any sort.”

But she is hopeful that she can scrape together the money to make her house habitable again.

“It’s doing me good to have it on my mind that I might still have a future here,” she said.

She does not have much time for the idea that she should sell the house and move into a unit.

“You know what those places are like they shift old women into,” she said.

“What would I do? I’d be sitting down all day watching television.

“Here I can pull out my beans and water my plants.

“I want open spaces.”

She said that moving would also be a “hell of a shock to the system”.

“It would be a real upheaval to move away at my age,” she said.

“Even if I only live another 12 months I still feel this is home.”

Neighbours have inundated Pat with flasks of tea, hot meals and even a soothing bath ready for her to slip into.

“I’ve got very good neighbours,” she said.

“They’re all trying to help. They’ve been amazing.”

Pat is a common sight around the Balfour St area with her little dog Charlie, who follows her everywhere she goes.

And as a former member of the local bowls club and Launceston General Hospital auxiliary she has been an active member of the community.

Since the fire she has had more visits than ever before.

“I’ve had four people around here today already,” she said.

“Things are getting better every day. I’ve got nothing to growl about.”

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