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Blaketown's Shane Pascoe
quali ed for post section
play at Bowls New Zealand's
national singles championship
at Dunedin yesterday but fellow
West Coasters' Lance Pascoe and
Ethan Kelleher dipped out.
Shane Pascoe was beaten 21-12
by Elliot Mason of Forbury, but
won his next three games beating
Joko Susilo (Anderson's Bay)
1-14, Andy McLean (North East
Valley) 21-13 and Regan Larkin
Lance Pascoe beat Nathan Yates
(Wakari) 21-20, lost to John
Bisset (Kaka Point) 14-21, then
beat Lance Tasker (Birkenhead)
21-15. Needing victory in his
fouth and nal game, Pascoe lost
a nailbiter with Warren Tisdale
Kelleher lost to Glenn Milne
(Waikiwai) 3-21 and Andrew
Kelly (Redcli s) 14-21, but beat
Dave Hodges (Taieri) 21-14.
Former Coaster Lloyd Bellis
(Stoke) also quali ed for the
Today the Coasters were all
involved in post section play in
the pairs. Lance Pascoe and Shane
McIlroy had won four qualifying
games straight while Shane
Pascoe and Roger Glendening
won ve out of six.
Kelleher and Sean Ingham won
four of their rst ve games and
were not required to play the
Shane Pascoe qualifies for post section play at nationals
Michael Schumacher, the retired
seven-time Formula One champion
who often braved death on the tracks,
is ghting for his life after an o -piste
skiing accident in the French Alps.
e German racing legend, who
turns 45 at the end of the week, was
helicoptered o a mountain in the
upmarket Meribel resort yesterday after
falling and hitting his head on a rock
while skiing o -piste with his 14-year-
News of the accident stunned the
Formula One community and racing
stars joined German Chancellor Angela
Merkel and legions of fans in wishing
him a speedy recovery.
Initially described as non-life-
threatening, his condition gradually
deteriorated and the hospital where he
was being treated eventually announced
late yesterday that Schumacher was
critical, had serious brain trauma and
had undergone an emergency operation.
In an update to reporters overnight,
doctors at the hospital in the south-
eastern city of Grenoble said that while
it was too early to make a prognosis on
the famous patient, he was ghting for
"He is in critical condition, his
condition can be described as life
threatening," Jean-Francois Payen, head
of the intensive care unit, told reporters.
Stephan Chabardes, the professor
who operated on
Schumacher, said the
former racer arrived
in hospital in an
agitated state --- his
arms and legs jerking
and was not able to
and he fell into
a coma, he told
Payen said he was immediately
operated on and still su ered from
"serious and di use brain lesions", which
indicates his injuries are not localised
but more widespread.
He added that Schumacher would not
be alive if he had not been wearing a
"Given the violence of the impact,
his helmet partially protected him. If
someone had had this type of accident
without a helmet, they would de nitely
not be here," he said.
In a statement released later,
Schumacher's wife Corinna and the rest
of his family thanked well-wishers and
gave a special nod to the doctors treating
"We would like to thank the medical
team who, we know, do everything
possible to help Michael," Corinna said
in a statement. --- AFP
for life' say doctors
It was not exactly vintage Venus
Williams at the ASB Classic in
Auckland last night but, crucially,
e 33-year-old has not been
doing a lot of that in 2013.
Between April and September
she won just two matches and
dropped games against players
she would have once devoured in
Andrea Hlavackova, the Czech
player who is one of the best
doubles exponents in the world
but ranked a lowly 134 in singles,
is just the sort of player Williams
has struggled against but
navigated her way to the second
round courtesy of a 6-3 7-6 (1)
win in one hour 38 minutes.
Williams opened the contest in
ne style, racing out to a 4-1 lead
on the back of her powerful rst
ser ve. It is still one of the most
revered in the women's game ---
she holds the world record for
the fastest serve at 207.6kph at
the 2007 United States Open
--- and she sent down one which
At that stage, it seemed to be
an indication she could be ready
for another assault on the world's
top 10. e world No 47 could yet
still make it, and showed glimpses
of the sort of form that made her
the most dominant player in the
women's game, but also made too
many unforced errors and had
trouble with her serve to be totally
Hlavackova served for the
second set at 5-3 but could not
make it stick and Williams played
her best tennis of the match in
the second set tiebreaker, which
she won 7-1.
Williams acknowledges she
needs to be more active on the
tour at this stage in her career.
Interestingly, this is the rst
time since 2002 she has played
a tournament prior to the
"It blows my mind that back in
the day I could play majors and
not play matches," she said. "I
need to play. I have been o a few
months and I need the matches
like everybody else."
Her next one will be against
Austrian Yvonne Meusburger,
who downed seventh seed Mona
Barthel, tomorrow's second round.
Meusburger ended the season
in the world's top 50 for the rst
time and also won her rst WTA
tournament in 2013.
Williams can still be a threat
this week but needs to be more
like the player who has won 44
career titles, including seven grand
slams, rather than the one who
last won a grand slam singles title
in 2008 and only one WTA title
in the last three years.
She was increasingly more
vulnerable in the second set as
the errors mounted and against
a better player might have
"First match (of the year), you
don't know exactly what is going
to happen," she said. "You just
know you have to ght and try
hard and that's what I did. I'm
looking forward to putting better
points together with each game. I
think it was a great rst match to
be able to play so many balls and
play a tough opponent."
Marina Erakovic, who will play
her rst round singles match
against American Lauren Davis
today, and partner Cara Black
were ousted from the doubles
late last night. e second seeds
seemed to be cruising before
going down to wildcards Sacha
Jones and Abigail Guthrie 6-3
4-6 11-13. --- APNZ
PICTURE: Getty Images
Venus Williams of the United States celebrates plays a forehand against Andrea Hlavackova of the
Czech Republic during day one of the ASB Classic.
Williams sur vives
South Africa won retiring
allrounder Jacques Kallis' last test
today to take the series against India
with a 10-wicket victory on the nal
day at Kingsmead.
South African openers Alviro
Petersen and Graeme Smith
comfortably chased down their
victory target of 58 soon after tea to
claim the short two-game contest
between test cricket's top two teams
Smith ended the game by
hammering a six and a four o
successive deliveries and the South
African captain turned and raised
his arms to the dressing room where
Kallis was sitting.
"I think all of us, including Jakes
(Kallis), always wanted to win it for
him," Smith said.
e 38-year-old Kallis was then
carried across the eld on the
shoulders of teammates holding
a South African ag for a lap of
honour around the same ground in
Durban where he made his debut as
a 20-year-old prodigy in 1995.
Smiling, he was handed a beer by a
corner of the ground.
Kallis surprised many by
announcing on Christmas Day that
he would retire following one last
test. He nished with 13,289 test
runs and 292 wickets in his 18-
year career on South Africa's team
to go down as one of cricket's great
batsmen and possibly its greatest
" at rst test I played here I
remember being a ner vous little
kid," Kallis said, adding not in his
"wildest dreams" did he think he
would be so successful. "To play 166
test matches, I don't think anyone
ever dreams of that. I'm just thankful
for every game I've played. I always
gave whatever I had."
Kallis also nished with one last
He made an emotional farewell
115 yesterday --- the 45th century
of his test career to move to third in
the all-time run-scorers list --- and
top-ranked South Africa powered
toward its victory over No 2 India
early on the nal day after fast
bowler Dale Steyn struck o the
rst ball of the morning. e Proteas
took eight Indian second-innings
wickets for 155 in a session-and-a-
Steyn and fellow quick Vernon
Philander nished with three
wickets each and left-arm spinner
Robin Peterson had 4-74 as South
Africa seized the win the team
badly wanted to mark Kallis' last
Only Ajinkya Rahane resisted
among India's batsmen on the
last day to make a gritty 96 before
falling four short of a maiden test
century, and he was congratulated
for his impressive ghting e ort
by many of South Africa's elders,
including Kallis. Rahane also made
an unbeaten half-century in the rst
" e ingredients are there,"
captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
said of his India team, which came
close to winning the rst test in
Johannesburg and started strongly
in Durban. "Maybe in this series we
didn't cook the food well, but we've
got all the ingredients."
After Kallis anchored South
Africa's rst-innings score of 500
on the fourth day alongside a
valuable 74 from AB de Villiers,
South Africa's fast bowlers set up
the success on the nal day of a test
which lost a lot of time to weather
Steyn removed Virat Kohli o
the rst ball of the day and had
Cheteshwar Pujara (32) in his
second over on the way to his 3-47
and nine wickets in the test. South
Africa's bowling spearhead also
reached 350 test wickets.
Recalled left-arm slow bowler
Peterson took four in the innings
and Philander grabbed his third
when he bowled Rahane right at
the end of India's second-innings
223. e youngster hit 11 fours and
two sixes and had at times taken the
attack to South Africa's bowlers.
At the start of the day, Steyn struck
straight away and had Kohli --- to
a questionable decision by umpire
Rod Tucker --- and bowled Pujara
o a superb delivery in the third
over as India's two key batsmen
departed early and the tourists
never recovered. Steyn's rst delivery
appeared to come o Kohli's upper
arm but he was given out caught
behind by wicketkeeper De Villiers.
Philander dismissed Rohit Sharma
lbw for 25 and Peterson sent Dhoni
(15), Ravindra Jadeja (8) and Zaheer
Khan (3) back for his three wickets
on the last day.
Rahane hit Philander for a four
and then a square cut for six over the
point boundary in the same over to
move toward his rst century before
he was bowled by a fuller one to end
India's second innings with a slim
South Africa closed out victory
with Smith unbeaten on 27 and
Petersen 31 not out, extending the
No. 1 team's unbeaten run to 14 test
"We don't have a Jacques
Kallis," Dhoni said after being
questioned over his team makeup.
" ere's no point sulking about it."
--- New Zealand Herald
Kallis gets winning farewell as
South Africa beat India
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
South Africa's bowler Jacques Kallis is carried by team-mates after he retired from test cricket.
Luke Ronchi is taking care not to get
ahead of himself in his bid to become
New Zealand's long term one-day
With his Australian days --- three
T20 and four ODI internationals in
2008-09 --- well behind him, Ronchi
has rst dibs on the job.
So far it has been a battle. In 11 ODIs,
the hard-hitting Wellington keeper has
averaged 15, his best e ort a brisk 49
to help New Zealand beat Sri Lanka at
Hambantota last month.
But his glovework is slick and he is
con dent he can deliver. However the
32-year-old Ronchi is not about to look
too far down the line, with the World
Cup 14 months away.
"I haven't played enough international
cricket to think if I look a year in
advance where I could be," he said.
"I want to make the most of every
opportunity and if I think too far ahead
it's all going to go horrendously wrong."
Ronchi, who has hit 13 hundreds and
averages 38 in 79 rst-class games,
works in the here and now, and comes
rmly from the one step at a time
school. Focus on the next game, the
next innings and go from there.
" at's the way I've always played
cricket. I'm more worried about now
than the future. If I do that, my head's
in the wrong space."
Ronchi, born in Dannevirke but raised
in Western Australia, is acknowledged
as the country's best pure wicketkeeper.
However B J Watling is making a
good st of the test job, which narrows
Ronchi's international options by one.
His rst opportunity, against England
and at the Champions Trophy in
England in May-June did not go well.
But he made progress on the trip to Sri
Lanka early in November.
Ronchi does not have a speci c
keeping mentor. It used to be Australian
great Adam Gilchrist, Ronchi's state
and club mate. ere are others to make
the odd suggestion, but he feels he has a
good handle on his glovework.
"Now I feel when things are not quite
right, when my feet aren't moving well,
when I'm not catching the ball things
"So I know when to make adjustments
goober I know my feet aren't moving
right and I'm not watching the ball."
Ronchi has been moved about the
order for New Zealand but believes
where he is now, around No six or
seven, is his best role. He naturally
scores rapidly, although he knows
there are times he may be better o
dialling the speed back for a better
e word from coach Mike Hesson
and captain McCullum is play his own
game, keep doing what he is doing, not
worry if things are not going right and
trust in his talent.
And as for the World Cup, that is for
contemplating closer to the time.
"All sorts of thing would be going
through my brain I don't need to
think about," Ronchi said. "If I keep it
really simple, then everything's sweet."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Ronchi not getting
ahead of himself
PICTURE: Getty Images
Luke Ronchi in action with the gloves against England earlier this year.
Ireland anker Sean O'Brien is likely to
miss the Six Nations due to a dislocated
shoulder that will keep him sidelined for
at least six weeks, his club Leinster said
O'Brien, who was part of the British
and Irish Lions' team that beat Australia
earlier this year, will have surgery on
his shoulder after picking up the injury
during a club game against Irish rivals
Ulster at the weekend.
"Sean is to have surgery this week to
repair a dislocated shoulder, which will
unfortunately keep him on the sidelines
for several months," Leinster said in a
Asked if he would miss the whole
of the Six Nations, which runs from
February 1 to March 15, Leinster
for wards coach Jono Gibbes told
journalists: "It looks like that," but
said no nal decision had been made.
likely to miss
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