Heat beat Strikers to win Women’s Big Bash League title for second straight season

Brisbane’s innings was sparked by an eventful fifth over when Sammy-Jo Johnson justified her promotion to number three as a pinch hitter. Johnson belted four sixes, including three in three deliveries, off Strikers’ allrounder Sophie Devine’s second over. While Johnson fell on the last ball of the over to give some relief to Devine, her 11-ball 27 had given the Heat the breathing space they needed to cruise to victory. Mooney and Jess Jonassen (33) then showed their experience to steer the Heat within sight of the target with a…

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Scandalous trio partied at royal bash

The astonishing image, obtained exclusively by The Sun on Sunday, shows how the trio were invited into the seat of royal power by Prince Andrew. In the photo, Weinstein is wearing a black tux and white shirt, white bow tie and white vest; billionaire paedophile Epstein is wearing a white US Navy Seals outfit; and Maxwell rounds out the trio of misfits in a gold mask and red headdress. The notorious trio who attended Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday party: Guest 1, Harvey Weinstein. Picture: AFPSource:AFP Guest 2, Ghislaine Maxwell. Picture:…

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Morrison government urged to increase foreign affairs and diplomacy budget in Asia-Pacific region

Since 2013, Australia’s total diplomatic and development budgets have fallen from 1.5 per cent of the federal budget to 1.3 per cent. Other developed countries with comparable economies are spending significantly more, including Canada, which spends 1.9 per cent of its budget on diplomacy and aid, and the Netherlands, which spends 4.3 per cent. Foreign policy analyst Allan Gyngell, former head of Australia’s top intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments, said the problem was both the amount and direction of Australia’s aid and development budget. Mr Gyngell, national president…

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Besart Berisha torments Victory with double as Western snap losing streak

Victory marquee man Robbie Kruse is finding form after his enforced layoff and went close to scoring his second goal in two games in the fifth minute, driving forward and making space well for himself before delivering a shot which Western keeper Filip Kurto pushed to safety. Loading Victory skipper Ola Toivonen, whose future has been the subject of debate over the past few days, then had a shot beaten away before Josh Risdon went close at the other end with a header over the bar. A goal seemed inevitable,…

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Mark Taylor says MCG curator faces dilemma after Shield match abandoned

The MCG pitch received a poor rating two years ago after the Ashes Test, and was judged to have been average last year by the International Cricket Council. The Sheffield Shield game between Victoria and Western Australia at the MCG was abandoned due to safety concerns over the pitch.Credit:AAP Taylor said Adelaide Oval curator Damien Hough had struck the perfect balance, though the South Australian venue has more modern pitch technology at its disposal. “He’s able to produce grassy surfaces which are even,” Taylor said on Nine’s Sports Sunday program.…

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Aaron Pike credits good friend Jason Day for helping seal one of three The Open spots

“I’ve spent a lot of time with him, this year especially and I probably wouldn’t be in the position I’ve been in lately without him. He’s given me a lot of help and assistance so I’ll definitely be bouncing more off him.” Day withdrew from the Australian Open a week before the tournament citing a back complaint, which will also keep him out of next week’s Presidents Cup against the Tiger Woods-led Americans. Pike (-9) posted a steady 69 at The Australian Golf Club on Sunday to finish six shots…

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Sean McMahon launches Olympic Australian sevens bid

Loading Australian coach Tim Walsh believes McMahon’s athletic prowess, combative style and grounding in sevens – he won bronze with Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – make him the ideal candidate to help boost Australia’s chances in 2020. The 26-Test Wallaby will keep his base in Japan, where he plays with Top League side Suntory, but link up with the squad for a handful of World Series tournaments over the next five months. If he makes the Olympics squad, the end of the Top League season in May will…

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Beat The Clock upsets fellow Aussie-bred Aethero in Hong Kong Sprint

Hot King Prawn, who along with Beat The Clock and Aethero was also bred and sold out of Australia, finished second for Size. Loading It was Joao Moreira’s second group 1 win in as many races after the Brazilian-born champion rode Japanese entire Glory Vase to victory in the Hong Kong Vase. Chasing down odds on favourite Exultant, who also finished third under Purton, the five-year-old son of Deep Impact flew late to win the $2 million first prize in comprehensive fashion, which will no doubt grab the attention of…

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Man shot dead after firing at ex, kids

Officers were advised of a domestic dispute at a home in Tiaro, south of Maryborough, late on Saturday night. It was there that a 40-year-old man known to police had been in a dispute with his former partner. A rural property on the outskirts of Tiaro. Picture: 10 News FirstSource:Channel 10 Police say he then shot at the woman, her children and her car. Further reports were made to police alleging the same man had fired shots at a neighbour. He fired further shots at another vehicle and police cars.…

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