Shah Test debut at 16 ‘crazy’: Cummins

Pat Cummins did it as an 18-year-old but Pakistan rival Naseem Shah might take fast-bowling Test debuts to crazy new heights. The visiting 16-year-old quick has roared into the selection frame after an express spell in Perth against Australia A last weekend, which had left Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja ducking and weaving. Cummins and the Australians are preparing for Shah to get the nod, even if it’s hard to believe. Young paceman Naseem Shah has commanded plenty of interest.Credit:Getty Images ‘‘It’s crazy, isn’t it? I debuted when I was…

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Marquez wins in Valencia, Australian Miller third

World champion Marc Marquez has taken the Valencia GP with a superb performance for his 12th victory of the season to ensure Repsol Honda win the teams’ world title. The 26-year-old, who began the day behind Petronas Yamaha’s pole-sitter Fabio Quartararo, overtook the French rookie with a skillful move in the eighth lap and never looked back to finish the race in 41 minutes, 21.469 seconds. Quartararo finished second, 1.026 seconds behind Spaniard Marquez, while Australia’s Jack Miller was third for the non-works Pramac Ducati team. Marc Marquez celebrates race…

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Verstappen wins Brazilian GP as Ferraris collide

Max Verstappen won a thrilling Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull on Sunday after the Ferraris collided and Mercedes’ six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton was demoted from third to seventh. Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when fighting for fourth position. Both failed to finish. Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of Hamilton. Max Verstappen in Brazil. Credit:Getty Images However, Hamilton was relegated to seventh position…

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Colin Kaepernick auditions for NFL comeback

“Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people. “We are ready to play. We are ready to go anywhere.” The NFL had arranged the tryout at the Atlanta Falcons training facility, but at the last minute the quarterback’s representatives moved the workout to a high school stadium. Kaepernick said it was done so media could be present. Live stream video showed Kaepernick making a variety of throws to a group of receivers to applause from onlookers. His arm talent remains “elite” and is the same as when he…

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Jai Opetaia sets sights on world title shot within three or four fights

Opetaia was ranked 12th in the world in the WBA rankings leading into his bout with Flanagan, behind super champion Frenchman Arsen Goulamirian, regular champion Kazakh Beibut Shumanov, and interim title-holder Belgian Ryad Merhy. He was 10th in the IBF (led by cruiserweight Cuban Yunier Dorticos) and 13th in the WBO (where Latvia’s Mairis Briedis reigns supreme). Rising star: Jai Opetaia celebrates winning the National Boxing Series cruiserweight bout against Mark Flanagan at the Hordern Pavilion.Credit:Getty Now a decisive victory has him convinced a title shot is on the horizon…

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Brisbane Heat make easy work of Perth Scorchers at Drummoyne Oval

Brisbane Heat’s WBBL title defence has shifted into overdrive as Jess Jonassen and Beth Mooney inspired them to a clinical eight-wicket defeat of Perth Scorchers at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney. Jonassen starred with bat (32no) and ball (4-23) while Mooney (60no) continued her magical run at the top of the order to steer the ladder-leading Heat past the Scorchers’ modest 8-112 with 23 deliveries to spare on Sunday. Job done: Beth Mooney and Jessica Jonassen celebrate victory at Drummoyne Oval.Credit:Getty Mooney, the tournament’s top run-scorer (523 at 87.17), held firm…

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Harden shoot-athon helped Rockets to win over Timberwolves

Ben McLemore scored 20 points while undrafted rookie Chris Clemons and Austin Rivers both chalked up 19. Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota (7-6). Elsewhere, league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in Milwaukee’s 102-83 rout of the Indiana Pacers, who were forced into their worst shooting performance of the season. Brook Lopez added 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots for the 9-3 Bucks as the Pacers shot a season-low 32 per cent from the field against the Kendrick…

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‘Level’ Starc at peace for Test recall

Loading That left Starc on the outer for all but one of the five Tests and his stocks didn’t improve when he managed just one wicket in NSW’s Sheffield Shield opener at the Gabba this year. Rather than kick stones, the 29-year-old made some tweaks and will return to Brisbane with 17 Shield wickets at an average of 17 to go with his great T20 form for Australia. “Everything was happening slowly, I didn’t feel the good stuff and positive stuff but I’ve got rid of the cloudiness of that…

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I Wanna Be A Jeep chases third win from nine starts at Grafton

Meanwhile, the recent successful raids by Gold Coast stables on the greater North Coast region is set to continue starting with four-year-old stallion Invincore second-up in a Class 1 Handicap over 1206m for the Edmonds team. Then trainer Michael Costa saddles up the shortest-priced favourite anywhere in Australia, promising three-year-old filly Miss Gem who looks ready to break through at her fifth start coming back a long way in quality to a modest Maiden Plate over 1710m jumping from the inside barrier, and ideally suited under the set weights scale.…

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Welcome to the international ladies of tennis

“Suddenly the head of Fred Perry, the English and world champion, appeared over the side…”Credit:Beau Leonard Suddenly the head of Fred Perry, the English and world champion, appeared over the side, and seeing his Australian friends once more he called a cheerful welcome, and went in search of Miss Dorothy Round, Miss Evelyn Dearman, and Miss Nancy Lyle, who eventually appeared at the rail to wave cheerily to the group of officials. Those ashore were eventually allowed on board, and once the introductions were over the visitors and officials made…

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