Lewis Holland staves off disaster to seal Australia’s sevens spot

Holland, however, stepped up when it mattered most, charging down a kick and winning the race for the ball to score the match-winning try. ‘‘It’s a bit of a relief, I guess,’’ Holland said. ‘‘The last three months have been building towards this moment because we didn’t get there through the World Series. This was the second hurdle … to get that game out of the way is a really big relief. The last three months, everyone has pushed themselves.’’ Australia dominated the opening rounds of the tournament, conceding one…

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Sydney Roosters will let Latrell Mitchell walk away, but not to South Sydney Rabbitohs

Loading The Tigers have $1.5 million  to play with in 2020 after clearing Ryan Matterson and Ben Matulino from their books, but that increases to more than $5 million in 2021. That will allow them to pay Mitchell close to his asking price of $1 million in 2021 and 2022 should he sign on the dotted line. The Tigers are proceeding with caution, however, as some within the club are yet to be convinced Mitchell’s obvious talent is worth the circus which has followed him for the past 12 months.…

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Full list of road closures affected by fires in Queensland, New South Wales

Motorists are strongly advised to avoid any areas affected by fires, with conditions changing rapidly. If you are already in northern NSW and must travel, light vehicles are able to go via The Bucketts Way through Taree and Krambach before rejoining the Pacific Highway. Heavy vehicles are advised to take the New England Highway as an alternative. Check the latest traffic information for NSW here and for Queensland here. Follow news.com.au’s live updates here. NEW SOUTH WALES *The Pacific Highway between Nabiac and Cundletown *The Bucketts Way is closed between…

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How our missing fallen soldiers are being found

Helen Kirton was 92 years old when she travelled to Papua New Guinea for the funeral of her younger brother Lance Sergeant Jim Wheeler — 57 years after he died. Mrs Kirton was a sprightly centenarian when I met her for lunch in July 2018 at her home in Bunyip near Melbourne. Over homemade soup and dainty sandwiches she told me the story of her beloved Jim who was killed in action at Sanananda on the north coast of New Guinea in December 1942 at the age of 23. Helen…

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Hampton ejected as Phoenix claim big win

The teenager clashed with Phoenix veteran Ben Madgen in the first quarter, then appeared to stand over Madgen and say something. Phoenix import John Roberson pushed Hampton with one hand to the chest and Hampton lost his footing. He then jumped up and needed to be restrained by teammates although he appeared to reach through and make contact with Roberson’s head. RJ Hampton, right, was at the centre of controversy on Saturday. Credit:Getty Images After reviewing the play, the referees called Hampton for a pushing foul, a technical foul for…

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South Sydney and Kangaroos star Damien Cook vows to stick with suspended manager Mario Tartak

Kangaroos star Damien Cook has vowed to stick solid with Mario Tartak as the player agent insisted he had resolved the issue that led to his suspension. The NRL suspended Tartak on Friday over a bankruptcy claim stemming from a personal dispute with American Express. Agent accreditation operations manager Paul Massey wrote to all 16 clubs instructing them not to deal with Tartak until while he is suspended. Loyal: Blues star Damien Cook has vowed to stick solid with suspended agent Mario Tartak.Credit:AAP Tartak’s stable includes Cook, Moses Suli, Corey…

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Australians Ingles, Dellavedova enjoy wins

Nikola Jokic hit an off-balance 20-foot shot with 1.2 seconds remaining, helping Denver (6-2) rally from a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to stun Philadelphia 100-97. Jokic finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds in the largest fourth-quarter comeback in Nuggets history. Joel Embiid had with 19 points, 15 rebounds and two assists for the 76ers (5-3), who were missing Australia’s Ben Simmons with a shoulder injury. Anthony Davis had 26 points and nine rebounds and LeBron James 25 points as Los Angeles (7-1) beat Miami 95-80 for their seventh consecutive victory. LeBron…

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’What will I do?’ New mum’s bushfire hell

Zoe Colligan, 20, was lucky to walk away alive with her one week old son Archer after a firestorm burned down her home in Koorainghat, just outside Taree. Two people are dead, five are unaccounted and at least 30 are injured as fires roared through the NSW mid north coast. Parts of Queensland’s south east have also been affected by the blazes. A man was discovered inside a burnt out car this morning at the Kangawalla fire, near Glen Innes in NSW, while Vivian Chaplain died in hospital after being…

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Melbourne United coach calls for defensive boost for Adelaide 36ers clash

Coach wants more: Melbourne United teammates celebrate following a win over the Breakers. Credit:Getty Images “We haven’t been at the consistent defensive level we want yet,” Vickerman said. “The offence is flowing well, we consistently find a way to pass 100 points. Now I’d like us to hold someone under 90 point some time soon. “I thought we had an opportunity to do that against New Zealand then we gave up 34 points in the last quarter. “If we can grind out some of those quarters, keep teams under 20,…

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Ashleigh Barty strikes back with 6-0, 6-0 victory over Caroline Garcia

Perth: World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has obliterated Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 to even the ledger between Australia and France in the Fed Cup final. Barty’s clinical victory in just 56 minutes has made it 1-1 in the best-of-five format, ahead of Sunday’s reverse singles and potentially a doubles decider at RAC Arena. Earlier on Saturday, Fed Cup debutant Ajla Tomljanovic was outclassed by France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-1 in the opening singles rubber. AAP, more to come Supreme: Ashleigh Barty.Credit:Getty Images Sports

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