Cats hold Eagles goalless for 3 quarters

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Coach Chris Scott says his unbeaten Geelong team will have a much better idea of where they stand after squaring off against great modern-day rivals Hawthorn.

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The Cats and the Hawks head into yet another Easter Monday blockbuster as the AFL’s only undefeated teams after recording huge victories on Saturday night.

Geelong held West Coast goalless after quarter-time in a 75-point triumph at Simonds Stadium, while Hawthorn thumped Gold Coast by 99 points at Metricon Stadium.

“Hopefully it continues forever – but we know that’s not the way it works,” said Scott.

“When I say ‘we’ I mean mainly the Geelong and Hawthorn supporters should really embrace this era.

“I was a Hawthorn supporter myself as a kid and the rivalry with the Cats goes back that far.

“We look forward to it.

“Our guys love playing the best on the big stage. They won by (99) up on the Gold Coast tonight, they’re a pretty good team.

“it will be a good test for our guys.

“We don’t feel like we’re completely on top of our game but we’ll soon find out.”

Scott lauded the efforts on inspirational skipper Joel Selwood, who overcame heavy knocks to his head and ribs to play a pivotal role in the 16.11 (107) to 4.8 (32) shellacking of undermanned West Coast.

“If you’re asking my opinion of who you should put in the votes, I don’t need to say any more do I?” said Scott.

“We thought he was outstanding.”

Selwood, key forward Tom Hawkins and the improving George Horlin-Smith kicked three goals apiece against West Coast, who were held to their lowest-ever score against Geelong.

New Eagles coach Adam Simpson could find little to enthuse about after his team was blown away following a competitive first quarter.

“The harder we tried to win the ball on the inside the more they got outside balance on us,” said Simpson.

“It was a difficult night but we learned so much.

“They’re a top-four side – we had a young crew.

“It’s no excuse but they will learn a lot from tonight.”

Geelong defender Andrew Mackie is in doubt for the clash with the Hawks after being subbed off with a tight hamstring.

Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui also departed the game in the third term complaining of soreness.

Simpson expects to welcome back several key players from injury for Saturday’s home clash against impressive Port Adelaide, including skipper Darren Glass and midfielder Chris Masten.

Luke Shuey will be available after serving a one-match suspension.

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Dead toddler’s mum appeals to Domaszewicz

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The mother of murdered toddler Jaidyn Leskie has appealed to the man acquitted of his murder to come clean about her boy’s death.

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Bilynda Williams has written to Greg Domaszewicz, urging him to tell the truth.

“Please, before you die, write down (what happened) and store it somewhere,” she said in the letter published by News Corp Australia’s Herald Sun on Sunday.

“Please, if anything, for Jaidyn, let the truth be known to all.”

Mr Domaszewicz was charged with Jaidyn’s murder but acquitted by a Supreme Court jury.

He said he left the 14-month-old boy sleeping at Moe in June 1997 to pick up his then-girlfriend Bilynda Williams from a pub in nearby Traralgon.

He said he should never have left the child alone.

“It’s upsetting, still, because ultimately there’s a kid that died because of my stupidity,” he told the Herald Sun.

“Ultimately, it was my fault. I was the one who got in the car and went to pick her up.”

When he returned, the child had gone, his windows were smashed and a bloodied pig’s head was lying on the front lawn.

Jaidyn’s body was discovered at the nearby Blue Rock Dam on New Year’s Day 1998.

A coronial inquest in 2005 found Mr Domaszewicz had contributed to Jaidyn’s death because he failed to adequately look after the toddler while he was in his care, and that he dumped the boy’s body in the dam.

Mr Domaszewicz said he was not concerned about being charged again, following changes to the state’s double jeopardy laws.

Ms Williams said nothing will bring Jaidyn back, but the family deserved to know what happened.

“So please, before your own life ends, please just tell the truth. Jaidyn deserves that much,” she wrote to Mr Domaszewicz.

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Watson drops into Masters tie with young Spieth

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Spieth, playing with patience and discipline belying his years, posted a solid round of two-under-par 70 to match Watson at five-under-par 211 on a sunny day at Augusta National that baked the famed greens to lightning speeds.

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Watson, the 2012 champion, needed to curl in a four-foot par-saving putt at the last to retain a share of the lead on a day in which he struggled around Augusta’s notoriously contoured greens.

One stroke back were Matt Kuchar, who fired a 68, and Masters first-timer Jonas Blixt of Sweden (71).

Another shot adrift at 213 were American Rickie Fowler (67) and 50-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, who had seven birdies and one bogey in a tournament low score of 66.

An eagle at the par-five second hole helped Watson improve his overnight lead to a five-shot cushion, but that disappeared under a spell of bogeys that turned the year’s first major into a taut battle on a crowded leaderboard.

Three bogeys in four holes from the fourth dropped Watson into a tie with Blixt and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark at five under par with nine holes to play.

Ten players were bunched within two shots of the lead at that point, with Spieth emerging as co-leader after a round that included four birdies and two bogeys over the treacherously fast putting surfaces.

“Just patience,” Spieth said about the key to his round. “We could tell early on that the greens were ridiculous. You had to put the ball on the right spots and can’t let your focus stray for one moment.”

Spieth, who began the day four shots behind midway leader Watson, would eclipse Tiger Woods as the Masters youngest winner should be prevail. Woods was 21 when he won in 1997.

At the other end of the spectrum, Jimenez could surpass Jack Nicklaus as the oldest Masters champion, after vaulting in contention by matching the lowest Masters score by a player over 50 years old held by Ben Hogan (1967) and Fred Couples (2010).

Three shots behind the co-leaders were England’s Lee Westwood (70), Denmark’s Bjorn (73) and Jim Furyk (72).

The 54-year-old Couples, U.S. Open champion Justin Rose of England, Australian John Senden and Kevin Stadler were grouped at one under par heading into what could be a wild shootout for the year’s first major.

(Editing by Gene Cherry)

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Loss now out of system: Roar coach

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Call it the loss the A-League minor premiers Brisbane Roar had to have.

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In what appeared to be a disastrous finals dress rehearsal, the Roar had their six-game unbeaten run snapped in Saturday night’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of defending champions Central Coast at Suncorp Stadium.

However, Roar coach Mike Mulvey sounded like a content man post-match claiming his runaway minor premiers were finally ready for a title tilt after getting the Mariners result “out of our system”.

Mulvey revealed the Roar now felt alive after enduring dead rubbers since clinching the Premiers Plate three weeks ago.

“The difficulty is we won the league by a street,” Mulvey said.

“We won it with three games to go and we have had three dead rubbers.

“I talked the talk saying we were going to go for wins – and we did – but it is very difficult to keep aggressive intensity when you know there is no real reward at the end of the night.

“But that’s out of our system now. We won’t lose two on the trot at home (in the finals).”

Two-time premiers Brisbane will host a semi-final on April 27 after finishing 10 points clear on top of the A-League ladder and earning a week off.

And at first Mulvey appeared to have plenty to reflect on in that time after the Mariners provided rivals a timely blueprint on how to dissect Brisbane.

The Roar dominated with 74 per cent possession and hit the woodwork twice but were caught on the counter-attack with goals to ex-Brisbane player Nick Fitzgerald (22nd) and Anthony Caceres (28th) proving the difference.

Still, Mulvey liked what he saw.

“I was quite impressed with our football,” he said.

“It was a frustrating night but we kept at it, and I love that about us.

“That’s what we are about. We are not going to alter how we play just to chase a result in a game where basically it is practice for us for the semi-finals.

“We were just a few degrees off at times. That won’t take much fixing.

“But we have two weeks of hard work, meticulous planning and preparation and we will come out firing against whoever we are playing in the semi-finals.”

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Jimenez seeks Masters win at 50

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Miguel Angel Jimenez has equalled the best round in Masters history by an over-50 player and put himself in position to become the oldest major winner in golf history.

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The 50-year-old Spaniard, known for his ponytail and penchant for smoking cigars even while practicing for his round, fired a six-under par 66 – the best round of the week at Augusta National – to stand in equal fifth place on three-under 213 after the third round.

He is just two shots behind leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth.

Jimenez matched the over-50 mark of 66 established by Ben Hogan at age 54 in the third round of the 1967 Masters and equalled by Fred Couples in the first round in 2010 when he was 50.

Jimenez, among a record six 50-and-over players to make the Masters cut, says 50 is no death sentence to major title dreams, even though the oldest champion in major history is Julius Boros at age 48 from the 1968 PGA Championship.

“If you are 50, doesn’t mean that you cannot play well,” Jimenez said. “I’m still moving. I’m still flexible. I still hit the ball. I hit the ball longer than ever.

“I’m not a long hitter necessarily, just a medium hitter. but I still play my irons. When I want to play fade or draw, high or low, it still happens. I’m competitive, you know.”

After his third tour around the Georgia pines, everyone knows that all too well.

“He’s got some mojo going,” said his playing partner, 56-year-old Scotsman Sandy Lyle. “He played very well. He started off solidly and he drove the ball extremely well.”

Jimenez was a caddie who watched Lyle and the late Masters champion Seve Ballesteros at the 1979 Spanish Open and decided to give golf a try.

“The main thing through the years, when you reach the 50s, it’s not about how you feel now, because people take more care of themselves and you are more healthier this age,” Jimenez said.

“Probably the main thing is that I’m doing what I like to do in my life and I’m enjoying it completely. It’s my 26th year on tour. I love what I’m doing and I hope I’m still in the same conditions for another 25. I’m not going to get bored of myself.”

Known for his love of fine wine, Cuban cigars and expensive cars, Jimenez has 20 career victories and a glaring hole in his career achievement list that a Masters green jacket would fill nicely.

“That would mean a lot,” Jimenez said. “I have plenty of victories in my career and having a major in my career would be amazing. That would be the flower on top.”

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EU-sceptic UKIP support hits 20%: UK poll

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Support for the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) has spiked to 20 per cent while Britain’s ruling Conservatives have hit their lowest rating this year, according to a poll.

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The ComRes survey for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror newspapers showed Nigel Farage’s UKIP up four points since last month to achieve its highest ever result in a poll by the consultancy.

Support for the Conservatives was down 3 per cent at 29 per cent, the poll said.

Farage’s personal approval rating increased seven points since last month to 27 per cent, level with Prime Minister David Cameron, according to the survey.

The poll provided good news for the opposition Labour party, which secured 35 per cent support, unchanged from last month but a lead of six points over the Tories.

The pro-European Liberal Democrats received their worst ever result in a ComRes poll at just 7 per cent overall support, down 2 per cent.

The poll comes around two weeks after the UKIP leader was widely judged to have performed well in two live televised debates with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, over Britain’s future in European Union.

In the debates both leaders drew battle lines ahead of European Parliament elections being held on May 22.

Cameron’s personal rating was down 4 points since last month, Labour leader Ed Miliband slipped 2 points to 20 per cent while Clegg’s rating was down one point to 12 per cent.

Cameron’s rating may have suffered due to his handling of the parliamentary expenses row involving his culture minister Maria Miller, who was forced to quit on Wednesday following the furore.

The survey showed 62 per cent of voters believe the prime minister displayed a serious lack of leadership in the way he dealt with the case.

The poll was based on interviews with 2003 British adults conducted online between April 9 and 10, and the data was weighted to be representative of all Britons aged 18 and over, ComRes said.

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Old hands hail youthful leader Spieth as an amazing talent

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Spieth belied his tender age by shrugging off what he described as “crazy fast greens” to shoot a two-under-par 70 in Saturday’s penultimate round at Augusta National to join fellow American Bubba Watson in a share of the lead on 211, five under.

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Watson, former winner Fred Couples and world number seven Matt Kuchar all believe the debutant has what it takes to land the coveted green jacket and surpass Woods, who was 21 when he picked up the first of his four Masters crowns in 1997.

“He’s young, nerves are no big deal to him,” 2012 champion Watson told reporters. “He’s a great player and a guy like that, he obviously has no fear.

“He’s like a veteran, he started out at 15, I think, at tournaments like the Byron Nelson Classic and stuff. He’s special…and he’s such a great putter,” said left-hander Watson.

“Tomorrow is going to be a really, really hard day to try to win this but he’s well qualified to do it.”

Watson’s Ryder Cup team mate Matt Kuchar, who registered a third-round 68 to lie one stroke off the pace on 212, referred to Spieth as “pretty amazing”.

“You see the likes of Fred Couples doing well and you chalk it up to a guy with a lot of experience playing this golf course,” said Kuchar.

“So it’s even more amazing to see what a guy like Jordan Spieth is doing. It’s pretty amazing for a first timer.”

At the other end of the scale, veteran Couples retains outside hopes of becoming the oldest major winner of all time at the age of 54.

The 1992 Masters champion also believes Spieth is an outstanding young talent.

PRETTY SAVVY

“He’s a qualified player at the age of 20,” said Couples after carding a third-round 73 for a one-under aggregate of 215.

“When you’re that kind of a player you can play well anywhere. He hits the ball long and high but for a 20-year-old he’s pretty savvy.”

Spieth, who qualified for the Masters by winning his maiden PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic in Illinois in July, was thankful for some advice he had received from 18-times major winner Jack Nicklaus and double Masters champion Ben Crenshaw.

“Mr Crenshaw was very helpful at a dinner here on Wednesday,” said the youngster. “I had a little talk with Mr Nicklaus and he helped me out too.

“Those guys are pretty good guys to learn something about the golf course from. I don’t really want to get into specifics about what they said but yeah, they helped with certain things.”

Speith explained the lightning-quick greens and tricky pin placements made conditions particularly tough on Saturday.

“We realised early on how difficult this golf course was going to play today,” he said after mixing four birdies with two bogeys. “There were front pins that you really couldn’t stay below.

“It was almost like putting on rolling gravel. It was almost like it was picking up speed even as it went by the hole.

“It was crazy, crazy fast out there. I’ve never putted on greens like this before.”

Spieth will tee off at 2.40 p.m. local (1840 GMT) in the final round on Sunday and plans to offer due deference to his 35-year-old playing partner by referring to him as Mr Watson.

“That’ll be fine when I’m hitting the ball past him,” laughed the big-hitting Watson.

“I’ve played with him a couple of times before and I love the kid. He’s a good guy.”

(Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)

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NZ Mana party leader upbeat on Dotcom link

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Mana party leader Hone Harawira says a New Zealand election campaign deal with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party is still a goer, despite senior member Sue Bradford’s claims it would damage the party.

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Mana has decided to proceed with talks with the fledgling Internet Party following its AGM in Rotorua on Saturday and Dotcom – the internet piracy-accused who is fighting extradition to the US – says a deal is more likely than not.

German-born Dotcom cannot run for office but can be president of a political party.

It is possible the two parties – considered unlikely bedfellows – could run a joint candidates list for the party vote and bring more MPs into parliament on the coat tails rule – provided Mr Harawira retains his seat in the electorate of Te Tai Tokerau.

There was a unanimous decision following Mana’s AGM to continue talks and a final decision is expected within a month.

However, Ms Bradford posted on social media that members were not unanimous in support and there was strong resistance from some.

Some believed a venture “would damage the movement’s credibility beyond repair”, she said.

Ms Bradford has previously threatened to quit if the deal goes ahead.

But Mr Harawira told TVNZ’s Q+A program Ms Bradford had left the meeting before the decision was made to keep talking to the Internet Party.

Mana was still waiting to see who the Internet Party’s candidates were and what its policies would be.

There was still no guarantee it would go ahead, Mr Harawira said.

Mana was about “feeding the kids, housing the homeless and jobs for everybody” while the weeks-old Internet Party was about internet security and “keeping spooks out of the lives of New Zealand citizens”.

Mana also supported that and the two could find common ground, Mr Harawira said.

Dotcom hadn’t offered Mana any money and Mana hadn’t asked for any, he said.

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MGP world champ Marquez takes pole in US

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World champion Marc Marquez has set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession at the Grand Prix of the Americas.

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The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season.

Marquez’s Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a Honda lockout of the front row. German rider Bradl was 0.423sec off the top.

“I’m very happy with the pole position,” Marquez said. “All weekend it has been going so well, but Sunday is the most important. We will have to push very hard the whole race.

“It will be an important start to the race when the tyres are new, we can make a difference there before they start to slide.

“I’m happy with the base we have and we’ll try to fight for the victory. I’m sure we’ll be fighting with Pedrosa, he is our strongest rival.”

For Marquez, who broke his leg in February in a dirt-bike accident in his native Spain, it was an 11th premier class pole position and it was achieved with a 0.289sec advantage over Pedrosa.

“We made an improvement with the setting today and I am happy with how I’m riding,” Pedrosa said. “I’m looking forward to improving a little more.

“We’re focused on getting a good start and having a good race. I came second last year so I will look to take one step further tomorrow.”

It will be an all-Yamaha second row for Sunday’s race, with Aleix Espargaro edging the star factory pair of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

Heading the third row is Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow in front of Bradley Smith and Italian Andrea Iannone. Smith and Iannone were both also just over a second behind Marquez.

Row four consists of Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso, Pol Espargaro and Alvaro Baustista.

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Kuchar makes Masters move on ‘frightening’ greens

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Georgia resident and world number seven Kuchar, who has recorded top-10 finishes in his last two Masters starts, fired a four-under-par 68 in sun-baked conditions to end the third round of the year’s opening major one stroke off the lead.

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Though he ran up an unfortunate bogey at the par-four last after he overshot the green with his approach and faced a near-impossible putt coming back, he was excited with his position heading into Sunday’s final round.

“I had a good, steady round of golf, not many mistakes out there,” Kuchar, who is still seeking his first major title, told reporters after mixing six birdies with two bogeys for a four-under total of 212.

“It was kind of a continuation of my last couple weeks. I’ve been playing some nice golf now for three weeks. Felt like I drove the ball really well around here. People don’t put that much of a premium, but it’s important.

“People put more of a premium on approach shots, and you’ve got to be pretty precise coming into these greens, and I felt like I was really striking it clean, really in pretty good control.”

TITLE PUSH

Kuchar birdied three of the first nine holes on Saturday before maintaining his push up the leaderboard as he came home in one-under 35.

“I had a number of good birdie opportunities and had a few putts go in, which was fun today,” said the 35-year-old, a six-times winner on the PGA Tour.

“The greens are as fast as I ever remember seeing Masters greens, a bit on the frightening side. But it’s fun. It’s what we come here for.”

Asked to pinpoint the reason for his comfort factor at Augusta National, Kuchar replied: “I really enjoy the golf course. Not sure. I’ve come on some pretty good form these couple of weeks.

“I’m really excited for tomorrow. This is a position all of us hope to be in when we show up on Monday or Tuesday. You hope that your game is ready. It’s one of those special places and awfully exciting to be in this situation.”

Kuchar, who won two big events on the PGA Tour last year, including his first World Golf Championships (WGC) crown, was unlucky to bogey the 18th on Saturday when his seven-iron approach ended up over the back of the green.

From there, he decided to putt and looked on in horror as his ball barely crested the lightning-fast green before it then gained momentum and kept on rolling some 35 feet beyond the cup.

“There’s just next to no grass on the 18th green, and I watched my putt just continue rolling out forever,” he said.

“And then I hit my par putt and had it not hit the back of the hole (before finishing two feet away), it would have been going 10 or 12 feet by.”

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Gene Cherry)

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