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Djokovic cruised into
the second round of the
US Open today while
Japanese fourth seed Kei
Nishikori crashed out
after his runner-up effort
Serena Williams, the
world No 1 trying to
complete a calendar
grand slam, saw three top
rivals fall as she prepared
for her opener later at
Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Djokovic needed only
one hour and 11 minutes
to capture a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
victory over Brazil’s Joao
“There’s something I
love about No 1 for sure.
Hopefully I can keep it
up,” Djokovic said.
“I’m just hoping I can
continue to play this
have a really good chance
semi-final foe had been
Nishikori, but last year’s
US Open runner-up
exited the US Open at
the first match for the
third time in five years
as France’s 41st-ranked
Benoit Paire saved
two match points and
defeated the Japanese
star 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 .
“ To beat Nishikori, for me, it was
impossible to imagine this,” Paire said.
“I’m really happy.”
Top-10 women’s seeds Ana Ivanovic,
Karolina Pliskova and Carla Suarez
Navarro exited with opening-match
losses, leaving 12th seed Belinda Bencic
as the top-rated foe in Williams’ half of
Williams, who lost to Bencic in the
Toronto semi-finals, could face the Swiss
teen again in the quarter-finals as she
chases the first calendar grand slam since
Steffi Graf in 1988 and a 22nd career
major title to match Graf ’s open era
record. Williams opens at night against
Russia’s 86th-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko
followed by Spanish eighth seed Rafael
Nadal, a possible quarter-final foe for
Djokovic, facing Croatia’s Borna Coric,
who won their first meeting last year at
Paire, who had never before beaten a
top-five foe, fired 21 aces to only three
for Nishikori and blasted 64 winners, 30
more than Nishikori, with 67 unforced
errors, 31 more than the Asian No 1.
“He was very aggressive, so there were
many rallies and it was tough to get
rhythm,” Nishikori said.
Nishikori enjoyed his highest seed
for any grand slam event all-too briefly,
walking off Louis Armstrong Stadium
with his head down.
Nishikori led the tie-breaker 6-4 but
swatted a forehand long, watched Paire
smack two ser vice winners and then
Nishikori netted a forehand to force a
Paire, who won his first ATP title last
month at Bastad, broke for a 3-2 lead
and held to the finish to win after three
hours and 14 minutes.
“ To be honest, I think I’m lucky,” Paire
said. “ Today, for me, it ’s a good day. I’m
really happy to win.”
Nishikori had won three titles this year,
including a US Open warm-up win at
Washington that saw him avenge last
year’s US Open final loss to Croatian
“It’s very sad always to lose first round,”
Nishikori said. “I think it was more
because of him I wasn’t playing 100%.”
Cilic won his opener 6-3, 7-6 (7/3),
7-6 (7/3) over Argentine qualifier Guido
“Defending a grand slam title for the
first time for sure is something I will
learn from,” Cilic said.
On the women’s side, Slovakia’s 50th-
ranked Dominika Cibulkova ousted
seventh-seeded Ivanovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3,
delivering the Serb star’s earliest US
Open exit since 2009.
“It’s definitely very disappointing with
the loss because I felt like I had great
“I felt like I’ve been improving. That ’s
why it ’s so disappointing. I just have to
keep working,” Ivanovic said.
After the injury-forced withdrawal of
Russian third seed Maria Sharapova,
Ivanovic had been Williams’ top-ranked
That status fell to Czech eighth seed
Pliskova, who promptly lost to American
Anna Tatishvili 6-2, 6-1, and then to
10th seed Suarez Navarro, who fell to
Czech Denisa Allertova 6-1, 7-6 (7/5).
One Williams rival who advanced
was her older sister Venus, a seven-time
grand slam champion.
The US 23rd seed outlasted Puerto
Rico’s Monica Puig 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3.
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A final week loss could not deny
Greymouth the West Coast hockey
m e n’s fi nal round trophy, as close rivals
Cobden failed to score enough to
snatch the trophy on goal difference.
Karoro took a well deser ved 6-2
victory off Greymouth, as first-half
goals to Chris Read, Michael Cook and
Levi Maskill took the Karoro team to
an early lead.
Greymouth’s Greg Field replied with
a goal before the break, however three
further goals to Read, Ryan O’Connor
and Reid Winter kept them out in front
despite a well struck shot by Cameron
Birchfield at the other end.
A scoring spree by Cobden was not
enough to snatch the final round trophy
Mickey Sweeney rushed them to an
early lead with four goals, and Sean
Brown, Harvey Rubbo and Baylee
Kersten provided some good support
in the forwards. Midway through the
second half, Brown scored the 800th
goal for the 2015 West Coast club
Hokitika kept battling throughout
the game and were rewarded with a
penalty stroke five minutes before the
final whistle, converted by Don Neale.
Kowhai cleaned up the women’s
handicap round trophy when they drew
their match with Greymouth. Upper
Grey Valley and Cobden also drew
their match, and with no handicap
awarded to either team, the result was
all tied up.
In the collegiate grade, eight goals to
Greymouth Allstars helped them beat
Karoro Vortex, and finish the season
unbeaten. Matt Gardner came out of
the match with a hat-trick, while Jenna
Stenhouse struck two good shots past
the Karoro keeper.
The competition prizegiving also
capped off one of the most successful
seasons to date for West Coast hockey.
Women’s handicap: Kowhai 3,
Greymouth 3, Kowhai won on goal
difference. Cobden 4, UGV 4.
Men: NBS Karoro 6, Greymouth 2;
Cobden 10, Hokitika 1.
Collegiate handicap: Greymouth
Allstars 8, NBS Karoro 0; Greymouth
Greymouth win by default.
Primary: Karoro Sharks: First round,
last round and overall winner. Runner-
up: Greymouth Vikings.
Collegiate: Greymouth Allstars,
first round, last round, five-a -side and
overall winner. Handicap winner:
Women: Upper Grey Valley, first
round and overall winner. Handicap
winner: Cobden, Kowhai.
Men: Greymouth, first round, five-
a-side and overall winner. Last round
Most improved men’s player: Luke
Sturkenboom. Most improved women’s
player: Amber Pattinson. Sportsman
of the year: Michael Cook and Peter
Henderson. Sportswoman of the year:
Amanda Curry and Andrea Forrest.
Most outstanding men’s player:
Sean Gibson and Sean Brown. Most
outstanding women’s player: Leisa
Williams. Secondary schoolgirls hockey
leadership in sport: Alex McCann.
Ser vices to umpiring: Jack O’Connor
and Wout van Plateringen. Voluntary
ser vice to West Coast hockey : Alana
The West Coast junior basketball draw
for this week is. —
Greymouth High School gym. D uty
officials: Grey Main, Paroa Storm.
4pm: Semi-final 1, Karoro Mixed v
Cobden (M Wilkins, A Stenhouse).
Duty officials: Karoro, Cobden.
4.45pm: Semi-final 2, Grey Main v
Paroa Storm (A Stenhouse, L Pascoe).
Duty: Paroa Year 8 girls.
5.30pm: Awahono v Runanga B (H
Wilson, C Brown). Duty: Awahono,
6.15pm: Paroa Year 8 girls v Paroa
Tsunami (A Fahey, A Newcombe).
Duty: Paroa Tsunami.
7pm: St Pats v Runanga A (T
Brownlee, D Dey).
Four duty personnel will be required
for games three and five.
He grew up thinking about playing
rugby union or rugby league for New
Zealand, but towering Wallabies
lock Will Skelton is is happy to be
representing his adopted country
Australia at this year’s Rugby World
The strapping second rower, who
combines aggression with deft ball skills,
moved to Australia when he was 10. But
unlike many New Zealand-born boys,
representing the mighty All Blacks was
not his primary ambition.
“I grew up playing league, so it was
probably a Kiwi league jersey, but I’m
very blessed to be in this position and
really relishing the opportunity to play
for my country,” Skelton said.
Asked if he had also ever thought about
pulling on an All Backs jersey Skelton
said “I was brought up in New Zealand,
so I think that was every kid’s dream.
But specifically when I moved over here
I made a choice to give back to Australia
and really take this opportunity with
both hands and I’m really happy to be
here and fly over to the US. ”
Skelton and the rest of the Wallabies
squad on Saturday travelled to the
United States, where they will play a
test against that nation in Chicago next
With his massive physique Skelton
might be the type of player who could
prove attractive to the NFL scouts, who
are current being wowed by former
NRL star Jarryd Hayne as he attempts
to earn a contract with San Francisco.
Skelton said Australians should be
proud of Hayne for having accomplished
so much in such a short space of time in
playing an unfamiliar code.
He laughed off the idea he could play
in the NFL and suggested their scouts
would be better ser ved by looking at his
code-hopping team-mate,and fullback
Israel Folau, who won a second straight
John Eales Medal last Thursday.
Skelton has made eight of his 12 test
appearances as a reser ve, but believes he
can be more than just an impact player
off the bench.
“ I trust our coaches in how they want
to play the game and if that ’s (me)
starting fair enough. I’ll try and pull out
the impact from the start of the game,”
“But if it’s on the bench, I’ll try and
bring a different intensity when I get on
A virtually unknown South African
political party has made an urgent court
bid to try to block the Springboks from
flying to England for the Rugby World
Cup, arguing the squad has too many
The Agency for a New Agenda (ANA),
which says it broke away from the
ruling ANC party in 2013, lodged the
application last Friday, a few hours before
coach Heyneke Meyer named a record
nine black players in the 31-man World
The team was “built on racially-
exclusionary and racially-biased criteria”,
which was unconstitutional, party leader
Edward Mokhoanatse said.
“So we are asking the court to stop
them from going (to England) and
order them to surrender their passports,”
Mokhoanatse told AFP.
The case, which cites Sports Minister
Fikile Mbalula and the country’s rugby
union SARU as respondents, is due to
be heard in the High Court in Pretoria
Traditionally a white Afrikaner sport,
rugby became a symbol of national
reconciliation when the country’s first
black president Nelson Mandela famously
donned a Springbok jersey when
presenting captain Francois Pieenar with
the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South
Africa. But the racial composition of the
Springboks has remained an emotive
public issue, with calls for racial quotas
raising fears among some white fans that
the selection of players on anything other
than merit would weaken the national
Today, the mainly-Afrikaner Freedom
Front Plus said it planned to petition the
British High Commission in Pretoria to
protest against “political interference in
sport in South Africa” — an apparent
reference to what it sees as the inclusion
of black players on a racial basis.
“It is unacceptable that South Africa
is denied the opportunity to send its
best team to the Rugby World Cup” the
party said in a statement. “ This type of
interference on a racial basis led to an
international sport boycott against South
Africa under the previous regime.”
Britain, the former colonial power, was
a leading force in an international boycott
of South African teams over racism in
sport during the apartheid years.
The two opposing views of the latest
team selection appear to reflect the
extremes on both sides, however, with
some commentators apparently satisfied
with the latest team selection and efforts
at racial transformation.
While the Freedom Front Plus is
represented in parliament, the ANA is
not, and has never contested an election.
Party leader Mokhoanatse refused to
state the size of its membership.
He said the party has also written to
the international rugby union asking it to
suspend the membership of South Africa,
a major contender in the global showpiece
from September 18 to October 31 in
Coach Meyer has saturated the squad
with experience saying it “has a great
balance between youth and experience,
keeping together the core of the team
that did the country proud in the last few
years.” — AFP
Wanaka Open winner Nathan Coll
won a tight contest against Waimate
Open winner Jimmy Campbell, also of
Greymouth, to claim the Greymouth
Squash Club Championships open title
at the weekend.
In a match that featured plenty of
huge rallies, Coll outlasted Campbell to
win in three close games.
In the men’s grade one final, Vaughan
Kingi’s superior skills and fitness was
too much for John Thomas, while
Richard Roberts beat Christine D unn
in three straight sets to win the division
In the junior final, Aimee Boote
played well to beat the improving Wil
Open: Nathan Coll, 1, Jimmy
Campbell, 2, Ben Coll, 3. Plate, Phil
Donaldson; Consolation plate, Tony
Division one: Vaughan Kingi, 1, John
Thomas, 2, Brett Kokshoorn, 3. Plate,
Ryan Mead. Consolation plate, Zac
Division two: Richard Roberts, 1,
Christine D unn, 2, Dean Greaney 3.
Plate Nigel Shirley. Consolation plate,
Junior: Aimee Boote, 1, Wil Pattinson,
2. Emily Spiers, 3. Plate, Zac Pattinson.
Consolation plate Emma Williams.
Women’s open cup: Erin Ellery. Cup
for most improved player: Brogan
Watt. Most improved woman: Sam
Greymouth claims hockey trophy
Junior basketball draw
Coll wins Greymouth
club champs title
RUGBY WORLD CUP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Wallabies Will Skelton runs the ball against the All Blacks at Eden Park last
NZ-born Skelton happy to be Wallaby
Court bid to bar
Boks from cup
Former Los Angeles
and one-time bitter
rivals Shaquille O’Neal
and Kobe Bryant have
buried the hatchet in an
on-line podcast where
both men addressed
O’Neal and Bryant ’s
was a staple of NBA
debate for years during
the Lakers successful
period of dominance in
the early 2000s, when the team won
three championships and lost a fourth.
O’Neal eventually moved to the
Miami Heat in 2004 while Bryant
remained at the Lakers, where he
continues to play as his career draws to
In a lengthy discussion on O’Neal’s
The Big Podcast with Shaq, released
today, both men expressed regret at the
way their bickering often spilled into
“I just want people to know that I
don’t hate you, I know you don’t hate
me,” O’Neal, 43, told Bryant on the
“I call it today a ‘work beef,’ is what
we had. I was young, you was young.
But then as I look at it, we won three
(championships) out of four so I don’t
really think a lot was done wrong.
“ We had a lot of disagreements, we
had a lot of arguments. But I think it
fuelled us both.”
Bryant, 37, meanwhile said he wished
the frequent rows with O’Neal could
have been kept private.
“ To me, the most important thing
is you keep your mouth shut. There’s
no need to go to the press. You keep it
internal,” Bryant said.
“Having our debates within the press
was something I wished would been
Bryant also recalled an exchange
where he almost came to blows as
a 21-year-old with the older, bigger
“I realised that I probably had a
couple of screws loose because I nearly
got into a fistfight and I actually was
willing to get into a fight with this
man,” Bryant said.
“I went home and I was like, ‘D ude,
I’ve either got to be the dumbest or the
most courageous kid on the face of the
O’Neal said he had actually been
left impressed by Bryant ’s ner ve in
standing up to him.
“That just showed me ‘You know
what, this kid ain’t going to back down
to nobody,” O’Neal said. — AFP
Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Shaq, Kobe bury
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