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Phillip Hughes would be chuckling
with embarrassment at all these tears
and tributes, his great mate David
Warner and Australian cricket
continued with and without Hughes
yesterday, a fortnight after he was
struck by a fatal bouncer.
Warner’s sparkling 145 from 163 balls
brought joy after a sombre opening
at Adelaide O val, where the fallen
batsman was remembered at his final
home ground with poignant tributes.
“I just had a gut feeling that my little
mate was down the other end with me
the whole time from ball one,” Warner
said after belting a century against
India in the first test in Adelaide.
“He was at the other end laughing
at me about all the support and all the
people that sent their messages. I don’t
think he would have himself believed
the amount of support that he has had
from not just around Australia but
around the world.
“He would probably be quite
Warner dedicated his cracking 145 in
memoriam to Hughes, whose life and
death hung in Australian air
In Sydney, Hughes’ unwitting bowling
assailant, Sean Abbott, was sending
down bouncers — one on his fifth ball
of a Sheffield Shield match against
Queensland — and taking two wickets.
In Tasmania and Perth, Shield
cricketers obser ved a minute’s silence.
In Adelaide, players and spectators
stood in unison before play and clapped
for 63 seconds — the number denoting
Hughes’ final score.
“Before the game started, my
emotions took over and it was quite
challenging, I found it quite
hard,” Warner said.
But not as hard as when his
score ticked over to 63.
“Even though a spinner
was bowling, being on that
number wasn’t right, I just
wanted to get past that and
move on,” Warner said.
“In this generation, it (63)
is going to be with us the rest
of our lives and the rest of
Warner, constantly by
Hughes’ side after he was
struck, reckoned the toughest
time was yet to come.
“The hardest thing is going
to be the New Year’s test,”
Warner said. “ Walking out
on to the SCG where it all
unfolded — that is going to
be the toughest task for me
and probably the other guys
that were there as well.”
Warner took solace from
seeing Hughes’ smiling face
everywhere at Adelaide O val.
Hughes grinned in a tribute on the
big video screen; on a souvenir edition
of the local paper; at his makeshift
memorial outside the southern entrance
to the ground. And surely he would
have smiled at how his beloved game
got on with it.
“It ’s one of those things where you
have to keep soldiering on and do your
best. We know he’s always going to be
with us,” Warner said.
At stumps Australia were 354 for the
loss of six wickets.
Yesterday Warner was up to the task,
holding sway as Chris Rogers and
Shane Watson were dismissed edging
and Clarke limped off the ground
retired hurt on 60.
Clarke was sent for urgent medical
assessment after another flare-up of his
long-term back injury.
He overcame a torn hamstring
suffered on November 14 to be declared
fit for the test.
He appeared untroubled by that injury
throughout a stylish innings, making 60
from 84 balls before his back failed him.
Clarke instantly grimaced after
ducking inside an Sharma bouncer
which sailed down the leg side.
The 33-year-old then sank to his
knees as team medicos raced on to the
Clarke attempted to loosen his back
with some stretches but, after signalling
he was having trouble turning his upper
body, retired hurt.
The flare-up is the latest for Clarke
who was diagnosed with a degenerative
back condition as a teenager.
Warner was cursing himself for
picking out Sharma in the deep,
handing debutant legspinner Karn
Sharma his first test scalp. But the
28-year-old walked off to a standing
ovation from the Adelaide O val crowd.
It was as much about Warner’s mental
strength as it was his runs.
Warner closed his eyes and looked to
the sky when he passed 50, 63 and 100
— mo m e nts of remembrance wedged
between the bouncers and boundaries.
The Black Caps will be able to
utilise Kane Williamson’s off-spin
again in Saturday ’s second one-
dayer against Pakistan in Sharjah.
After a five-month ban from the
bowling crease, the stand-in captain
has been cleared to bowl again by
the ICC after tests last month
showed he had corrected his action
Williamson is relieved to be able
to put the saga behind him.
“ It’s a good feeling. There’s been a
lot of work put into correcting the
action, so it ’s nice to pass the test.
“In saying that, I guess there’s still
a lot of work to be done to improve
my bowling so I can be an option. ”
— Newstalk ZB
Mayweather, who is the world’s
highest paid athlete, is reported
to have witnessed the apparent
murder-suicide of his close friend
and rapper Earl Hayes and his wife
Stephanie Moseley over a Facetime
call on Monday.
According to United States’ news
outlet TMZ, Mayweather is said
to have been called by Hayes on
Monday morning, with the rapper
claiming that his wife had been
unfaithful to him.
Moseley, 30, was a star on VH1’s
drama series Hit The Floor, but
Los Angeles police confirmed
yesterday that she had been shot by
her husband Hayes, 36. Hayes was
the son of singer-songwriter and
actor Isaac Hayes.
TMZ sources claim that Hayes
rang WBC and WBA welter weight
world champion Mayweather and
told him he was going to kill his
wife. The pound-for-pound king
of boxing apparently pleaded with
Hayes not to do it, but Hayes
carried out the murder before
turning the gun on himself, police
Mayweather has not divulged
how much he saw, but reportedly
acknowledges that he was a
witness and heard everything that
transpired between the couple. It is
also claimed that Mayweather is in
a state of shock and is struggling to
come to terms with what he saw.
An LAPD statement said: “Los
Angeles Police Department West
Bureau Homicide Detectives are
investigating an apparent murder-
suicide that occurred earlier today
in Park La Brea.
“On Monday, December 8, 2014,
around 7.30am, Wilshire Division
patrol officers responded to a radio
call of a shooting in the 300 block
of Hauser Avenue. When officers
arrived at the apartment complex
they heard additional shots being
fired. LAPD’s SWAT officers
responded to the location and
discovered two victims inside the
apartment suffering from gunshot
“The initial investigation revealed
that 34-year-old Earl Warren
Hayes shot his wife, 30-year-old
Stephanie Elyse Moseley to death
and then took his own life.
“The Los Angeles Fire
Department paramedics responded
to the scene and pronounced both
Mr Hayes and Ms Moseley dead at
the scene. ”
Moseley had small roles in films
such as Sparkle, Mirror Mirror,
Idlewild and Twilight: Breaking
Dawn - Part 1. She also carried out
stunt work for Halle Berry’s 2003
Basel, Juventus and Monaco
became the three latest teams to
qualify for the Champions League
last 16 after today ’s matches.
Swiss champions Basel got the
point they needed at Liverpool
with a 1-1 draw after the English
side were reduced to 10 men, while
Juventus also got the draw they
required with 0-0 at home to last
season’s beaten finalists Atletico
Madrid. Monaco beat Zenit
St Petersburg 2-0 to progress to the
knockout stages for the first time
since the season they reached the
final in 2003-04.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
scored in vain as Basel consigned the
Reds to the Europa League with the
draw at Anfield.
Gerrard’s exquisite free-kick on
81 minutes cancelled out Fabian
Frei ’s 25th-minute opener, but with
Liverpool reduced to 10 men by
the dismissal of substitute Lazar
Markovic, Paulo Sousa’s Basel
held on for a point that took them
into the last 16 alongside group B
winners Real Madrid.
“I don’t think we deser ved better,”
Gerrard told ITV Sport. “ We
have not gone out because of this
performance. We weren’t good
enough away to Basel (losing 1-0)
and we let in a silly goal away to
“ You qualify over six games and we
have not been good enough.”
Brendan Rodgers must now rouse
his side for a trip to old enemies
Manchester United on Sunday, but
the disappointment of a campaign
in which his side’s only win came
Ludogorets Razgrad will take some
time to digest.
Meanwhile Aaron Ramsey got
Arsenal back on track with a
brilliant double in the Gunners’ 4-1
win at Galatasaray, but there was
still frustration for under-fire boss
Arsene Wenger as the Gunners
were unable to clinch top spot in
Champions League group D.
Although Wenger’s side travelled
to Istanbul already assured of their
place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite
club competition, they were sorely
in need of a morale-boosting victory
following the vicious backlash from
Saturday ’s 3-2 defeat at Stoke.
“There’s a little bit of frustration
that we have finished runners-
up, but we knew at half time we
needed to score six goals without
conceding,” Wenger said.
“Unfortunately it wasn’t enough,
but we finished with 13 points and
did the job tonight. We came out
strong and that ’s what I wanted
from these players.” —AAP
Williamson cleared to bowl again
Liverpool bows out of Champions League
Mayweather ‘witnessed’ murder-suicide
PICTURE: Getty Images
Australia’s David Warner celebrates making his century in yesterday’s test match against
India at Adelaide Oval.
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