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Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan is confident
his team can make more NRL history by
defending their NRL crown from outside the
top four when the finals begin next week.
The Sharks will face North Queensland
in an elimination final at Allianz Stadium
next week after toppling Newcastle by eight
points, 26-18, in a meaningless final-round
No side has claimed back-to-back titles in
a unified competition since Brisbane in
1992-93, while no team has lifted the trophy
from fifth or lower in the NRL’s history.
After watching his team famously break the
club’s premiership drought last year, Flanagan
has reason to believe the Sharks can etch
their name in the record books again.
“It was different last year. It was a different
feel. We’ve known for a couple of weeks so
you get used it (that) we’re probably going to
come fifth,” F lanagan said.
“ We’ve got our best footy in front of us as a
team and a club. We’re confident we can win
three-four games, whatever it needs to be to
get to a grand final. We’ve got to challenge
ourselves to get that done now. Semi-finals is
different. I feel I’ve got a semi-final team in
there that ’ll step up next week. ”
Speaking before Canterbury denied St
George Illawarra a finals spot that allowed
the Cowboys to hold eighth position,
Flanagan said he had no preference over his
A Dragons win would have meant the
Sharks faced an out-of-sorts Penrith side
instead of the Cowboys, who will
be without Johnathan Thurston and
“I don’t believe anything in that
Cowboys gutted, Cowboys have
got injuries, or poor Penrith, poor
Cowboys. It’s a semi-final,” he said.
“They ’ll come down ready to go.
We don’t take any notice of that, to
Flanagan also said he was
unconcerned by poor patches in
defence over the past ten weeks that
resulted in their slide from second
on the ladder to fifth.
The Knights game was the fifth
straight week their tryline was
breached three times.
“I know what sort of team I’ve
got in that dressing room. We’ve
got some senior players in there
that know what ’s around the corner
and they’ll step up physically and
mentally,” he said.
Other results. —
Brisbane 20, North
Queensland 10; Parramatta 22, South
Sydney 16; Sydney Roosters 20, Gold Coast
16; Manly 28, Penrith 12; Melbourne 32,
Canberra 6; Canterbury 26, St George
Illawarra 20. — AAP
Venus Williams struggles to explain her
extraordinary longevity as she closes in on
an eighth grand slam crown at 37.
Williams thrilled fans at Arthur Ashe
Stadium with a dazzling comeback to
advance to her 39th major quarter-final
with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 fourth-round US
Open win over Carla Suarez Navarro.
Sixteen years after winning her
second title in New York, Williams was
unstoppable in the third set as she booked
a possible Wimbledon final rematch with
Spanish title favourite Garbine Muguruza.
Muguruza will play two-time
Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova in
the night match at Flushing Meadows,
but Williams says she is only focused on
“No one ever gives you a slam. You’ve got
to take it. So I know that and so I’m going
to try and take it,” the American said.
In a stunning renaissance, Williams has
already reached the Australian Open and
Wimbledon title matches in 2017 and
admits she’s even surprising herself with
her level at a time most stars are long
“I don’t know. If I could do it, I’d put in a
box and maybe I’d sell it,” the veteran said
of the secret to her longevity.
“But I love the game and you’ve got to
have health, you’ve got to have fitness,
you’ve got to have skill, desire, the love. All
that stuff. And my sister motivates me a
lot, my family too. A lot.”
With Serena Williams absent and
celebrating the birth of her first child,
a daughter two days ago, and the other
big names dropping like flies at Flushing
Meadows, Venus has emerged as one of
the Open favourites.
The former world No 1 is embracing the
challenge of ending her nine-year grand
slam title drought in what would be the
longest wait between drinks at tennis’s
“Billie Jean King put it best: pressure’s a
privilege,” Williams said.
“I need a challenge, I love pressure and
especially because this is the last major
and it’s at home. There’s no better than
the energy here in Ashe when you guys go
wild. I love it here.”
Maria Sharapova was the latest
heavyweight to bow out. The five-time
major winner suffered a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
fourth-round loss to Latvian Anastasija
Playing her first grand slam since
returning from a 15-month doping ban,
Sharapova grabbed the spotlight with
an opening-round upset of second seed
Simona Halep and commanded centre
stage right until the end, walking off
Arthur Ashe Stadium court with a demure
wave to the capacity crowd.
“ It’s been a really great ride in the last
week,” Sharapova said.
“O bviously coming off a loss it’s a quick
turnaround in order to reflect all the
positives that happened in the last eight or
nine days. But ultimately I can take a lot
from this week. It’s great to get that major
out of the way. I’m very thankful for the
opportunity. I did my best. I can be proud
After being denied direct entry into the
French Open and then forced to pull out
of Wimbledon qualifying due to injury,
Sharapova was granted a wildcard for the
US Open, adding fuel to the debate about
rewarding players returning from doping
The debate escalated when all the
Russian’s matches were scheduled on
Arthur Ashe Stadium’s centre court.
The former world No 1, however, refused
to be distracted from focusing on the job
at hand but could not find a route past the
The match offered up an intriguing
contrast of styles, the crafty Latvian
against Sharapova’s brute power and
Sharapova had not produced extended
stretches of brilliant tennis but her
reputation as one of tennis’s great battlers
remained a constant.
“ I think there are a lot of positives,
playing four matches, playing in front of a
big crowd and fans,” Sharapova said.
“ Just competing, you know, being in that
competitive environment. That ’s what I
missed. You can’t replicate that anywhere,
especially at a grand slam. I think the
competitiveness and the desire and the
love for what I have, I mean, I think there
are a lot of things that can be taught in
tennis, but maybe those things just have to
come from within.”
Sevastova, who retired in 2013 due to
injuries and illness before returning two
years later and resurrecting her career on
the Challengers circuit, will play resurgent
American Sloane Stephens for a semi-
Enjoying her own magical comeback
from injury, Stephens continued her hot
summer run with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory
over Germany ’s 30th seed Julia Goerges.
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New Zealand’s Luuka Jones has suffered a
disappointing exit from her favoured K1 class
at the canoe slalom World Cup regatta in Ivrea,
Rio Olympic silver medallist Jones failed to
advance to the final yesterday after finished
26th among a field of 30 in the semi-finals.
The result came a day after the 28-year-old
placed seventh in the final of the C1 event,
having branched into that class with an aim to
compete in both at the 2020 Olympics.
Germany ’s Ricarda Funk won the K1 final,
with second place claimed by Australian
Jessica Fox, who won the C1 gold medal on
Jones and fellow-New Zealand Olympian
Mike Dawson will contest the World Cup final
regatta in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain next week.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Tigers’ Tuimoala Lolohea makes a break and heads to the tryline in last night ’s clash with his former club the Warriors last night at
Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.
Future Ferns netballers
who played in the
West Coast netball
their chance to shine
on Saturday with a
tournament at the
Star United Gold,
Cobden, CSC, Reefton
Lions, Grey Valley, Star
United Blue and Karoro
teams took part.
In the semi-finals, Star
Gold beat Karoro 6-0
and in the second semi-
final between Grey Valley
and Reefton Lions, the
game ended in a draw.
The teams went into two
minutes of extra time and
was still tied.
The team to score the
next goal was deemed
the winner, with Reefton
Lions taking the honours
In the final, Star Gold
and Reefton Lions did
battle. At half-time the
scores were level at 0-0.
Two late goals scored
by Star Gold’s Piper
Mahuika gave her team
the win 2-0.
Section one: Star
United Gold 7, CSC
1; Reefton Tigers 9,
Cobden 2; Star United
Gold 3, Cobden 0;
Reefton Tigers 4, CSC 2;
CSC 3, Cobden 0; Star
United Gold 5, Reefton
Section two: Grey
Valley 4, Star United 0;
Grey Valley 8, Karoro 0;
Karoro 3, Star United
Play-off: CSC 5, Star
United Blue 0.
Semi-finals: Star Gold
6, Karoro 0; Reefton
Lions 3, Grey Valley 2.
Final: Star Gold 2,
Reefton Lions 0.
The Wests Tigers have sent Aaron
Woods and James Tedesco out as
winners and given the club a glimmer of
hope following their 28-16 win over the
In the final game of the NRL regular
season yesterday, Woods spearheaded a
12-point victory over the listless Warriors
in front of 10,231 at Leichhardt Oval.
His last outing in the black, white
and orange saw the Tigers skipper run
for 212m and making 39 tackles in a
73-minute effort ahead of his move to
Canterbury next season.
The loss of Woods and Tedesco, to the
Roosters, will leave a gaping hole in their
roster however coach Ivan Cleary has
seemingly pointed the side in the right
direction with three wins in their final
“O ver the last couple of months
it’s given us some hope and a bit of
momentum and understanding for a lot
of the guys who haven’t played a lot of
first-grade football, just what it’s about,”
Cleary said. “ We close the door on that
one and get on with it.”
The win allowed the joint-venture
to end their tumultuous season, which
included the sacking of coach Jason
Taylor and the departure of half Mitchell
Moses mid-year, on a high. They also
jumped the Gold Coast into 14th spot
on the ladder.
The match never really reached any
great heights. However the Tigers
produced a late contender for try of the
year when they went the length of the
field through Tui Lolohea in the 33rd
The movement started in their own in-
goal when Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
split the Warriors’ defensive line before
finding Sydney Roosters-bound Tedesco,
who sent Lolohea under the posts.
The Warriors were without star halves
Kieran Foran and Shaun Johnson,
however questions will be asked of coach
Stephen Kearney after his side notched
just seven wins despite having a squad
loaded with international talent.
“It’s been a challenging one, there’s no
doubt about that,” Kearney said of their
2017 season which ended with nine
“It’s a disappointing finish to the back
end of the year. Every club wants to be
part of the finals. At certain parts of the
year we just weren’t good enough. It ’s
pretty well documented we got hit with
an injury stick a month ago.”
Warriors centre Blake Ayshford
suffered a broken wrist just four minutes
into the game and did not return.
The Tigers blooded Jeremy Marshall-
King, the half brother of Benji Marshall,
who was in the Leichhardt crowd and is
set to return to his former club in 2018.
Stacy Lewis came
through for her
hometown — and ended
a long winless streak.
player won the LPGA’s
Classic today, with
winnings going to the
relief efforts. Her sponsor,
KMPG, also pledged to
match the donation.
The 32-year-old Lewis
won her 12th LPGA
Tour title and first time
since June 2014, ending
a frustrating stretch that
included 12 runner-up
finishes. She closed with
a 3-under 69 to hold off
In Gee Chun by a stroke
at tree-lined Columbia
Su Oh was the best-
placed Australia having
finished in a tie for 29th
following a fourth-round
Katherine Kirk finished
in a tie for 46th and
Sarah Jane Smith was
Lewis embraced and
kissed husband Gerrod
Chadwell, the University
of Houston women’s golf
coach, on the 18th green.
She did not know he had
made the trip to Oregon
until he appeared on the
green — after hiding
out in the Golf Channel
tower during the round.
Lewis parred the final
11 holes. She got up-
and-down from off the
green on the par-4 17th
and reached the green
on the par-4 18th from
a fairway bunker to set
up her winning two-putt.
Chun also parred the
final two holes in a 66.
Lewis finished at
20-under 268. She
opened with rounds of
three-stroke lead into the
final round. — AP
the heavy track at
Ashburton on Friday
to take out the Rating
65 Handicap 1600m in
gelding is trained by
who races the horse
with her father Roger.
It was ridden by leading
rider Lisa Allpress.
The Ashburton track
was rated a heavy 11
which suited Redesdale,
“He likes it heavy and
loose and that what he
got on Friday,” she said.
“I didn’t go down but
dad (Roger) took him
Redesdale has been a
frustrating horse but the
loose track really suited
him. He’s a funny horse
and very lazy but Lisa
(Allpress) is a strong
rider and kept him
up to his work. Very
Depending on the
track, Redesdale may
go to Riccarton on
“He may go to
Riccarton as long as
the track is loose, he
has a swollen eye at
the moment and may
have got a clod at
Departing Warriors for ward Ryan
Hoffman has defended the club’s culture,
denying a lazy work ethic had set in.
The Warriors will once again have
to wear criticism after yet another
NRL season marked by major
Their season ended with a 28-16 loss to
the Wests Tigers last night, their ninth
loss in a row.
Despite boasting an all-Kiwi test spine
and going into the year as title fancies,
they finished 2017 in 13th to miss the
top eight for a sixth straight year. Not
even the presence of ex-New Zealand
national coach Stephen Kearney and
superstars Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Kieran
Foran, Shaun Johnson and Issac Luke
has had an impact.
Hoffman hit back at rumours of
lackadaisical attitudes to training and a
lack of professionalism that have dogged
the franchise in recent years.
“ Trust me, we train hard enough,” he
said. “It ’s just at the moment we don’t
have blokes that are first-grade ready.
That comes through the development
and that sort of stuff. You can’t be training
players to be first-graders in first-grade.
I think Steve’s identified that, that there
needs to be some improvement in the
development of the juniors. They’ve won
three 20s grand finals but we’ve got to
make sure they ’re turning into first-
He said he did not regret any of his
time at the Warriors, which included
one season as captain.
“ It ’s a season of unfulfilled potential,
I could argue we’ve had three years of
that,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman’s future is uncertain and said
he expected to make an announcement
He is being courted by his former club
Melbourne and has offers from several
NRL and Super League clubs on the
table, with the 33-year-old saying he
would definitely play on in 2018. “ I’m
pulling the boots on next year, don’t you
worry,” he said. — NZN
New Zealand’s hopes of a men’s doubles
winner at the US Open have ended after
Marcus Daniell was eliminated in the second
Daniell and Brazilian partner Marcelo
Demoliner went down 7-6, 6-3 to the fourth-
seeded combination of Jamie Murray (Great
Britain) and Bruno Soares (Brazil).
New Zealanders Michael Venus and Artem
Sitak were both eliminated in the first round at
Venus is still alive in the mixed doubles,
having reached the second round with
Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei.
Hoffman hits back at critics
Venus rolls on, Sharapova out
Sharks can make history: coach
Star United Gold
wins Future Ferns
Daniell bows out of US Open
Jones misses K1 final
Ikamatua galloper wins
in style in Ashburton
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