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WA 5-237 against NZ in tour game

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The colour of the ball changed and the quality of opposition dropped off yet New Zealand still struggled with the bowling blues on Saturday.

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An inexperienced Western Australia XI were 5-237 at the dinner break on day one of the two-day fixture at the WACA.

Sam Whiteman and Will Bosisto shared a 99-run stand for WA, seeing off a five-over spell from NZ spearhead Tim Southee during the second session.

Southee and Trent Boult, who bowled a combined 99 overs in the second Test, were rested in the first session when the temperature hit 36C in Perth.

Southee came on after 40 overs but was largely ineffectual with the pink pill.

Whiteman slapped five boundaries off the right-armer, including a magnificent cover drive that brought up his half-century off 61 balls.

Whiteman was 71 not out at dinner, while Bosisto was stumped on 78 after charging down the wicket.

Mitchell Santner dismissed both Bosisto and Tom Beaton, who attempted a wild slog on 24 after being dropped on four by Ross Taylor at first slip.

However, the left-arm tweaker struggled for control and is unlikely to be called up to the Test side after going at 4.36 runs an over.

Much-maligned offspinner Mark Craig fared little better, logging figures of 0-43 from 11 overs.

NZ are expected to name an unchanged attack of Southee, Boult, Craig, Doug Bracewell and Matt Henry for the inaugural day-night Test that starts on Friday.

However, Neil Wagner added three wickets to his case for a Test recall.

Wagner, called into NZ’s squad as cover after the first Test, removed Marcus Harris and Jon Wells in his first spell.

Wagner then delivered a ball on an awkward length after tea to dismiss WA captain Ashton Turner, with Taylor snaring the resultant edge at first slip.

Bracewell and Henry were handed the new ball but failed to create an early breakthrough.

Henry was particularly costly, his opening five-over spell going for 30 runs as Harris went on the attack.

Gun batsman Kane Williamson is captaining the tourists instead of Brendon McCullum.

Williamson lost the toss, however it mattered little as the two sides were already in agreement on how the two-day fixture will play out.

NZ will bowl during Saturday’s three sessions, then bat for three sessions on Sunday.

The Blackcaps will use all 15 members of their touring party in what is essentially a centre-wicket session, with Luke Ronchi and BJ Watling sharing wicketkeeping duties.

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McIlroy moves within a stroke of Dubai lead

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The British pair will play together in Sunday’s concluding round after Sullivan’s 68 gave the 28-year-old an aggregate score of 200 to McIlroy’s 201 at the European Tour’s season finale.

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American Patrick Reed (68) is on 203, while Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (71) and Korea’s Byeong-hun An (66) are both a further stroke behind.

“I’m very satisfied. I hit the ball fantastically well from tee to green,” McIlroy, 26, told reporters.

“Everything was just firing today and that’s why I’m walking off the course a little bit disappointed because that 65 could have easily been a 62 or a 61. But it’s still a great position going into tomorrow.”

Sullivan had begun the day on 12-under, one stroke ahead of Grillo and four clear of the world number three McIlroy.

That meant Sullivan was last to tee off. McIlroy started two groups ahead of him and the Northern Irishman exerted some immediate pressure, making a 10-foot birdie on the first and picking up further shots at holes two and four.

Sullivan, famed for playing with a smile, looked serious on the first tee as he waited to start.

Course conditions were tough and the only respite from the sweltering heat was a sporadic, swirling, blustery wind.

Sullivan sunk a three-foot birdie on the second hole, but fluffed the chance to pick up another stroke at the third, missing from 10 feet.

LIPPED OUT

Worse was to follow on four when a simple putt lipped out for a bogey as McIlroy’s charge seemed to inhibit the usually ebullient Englishman.

Yet an eight-foot birdie at five and another on seven put Sullivan ahead again.

“I just didn’t feel like I was hitting it as close as I was yesterday,” Sullivan told reporters. “It was windy. I found it quite tough to actually get the ball the right distance.”

McIlroy was often sublime, picking up further shots at seven and 10, while the four-time major winner followed a bogey on 12 with three successive birdies.

Sullivan was unbowed, however, also birdying 15. He picked up another shot on 17 with a 20-footer that had him cupping his ears to acknowledge the roar of his boisterous fans, the self-proclaimed Sully Army.

McIlroy erred on the 18th, rolling a simple birdie chance wide, while Sullivan puffed out his cheeks in relief after later making a tricky par putt on the same green.

“If I keep putting the way I am and hitting the ball well, I can still do it,” added Sullivan.

“Rory will have his own fans out there, probably 90 percent of them, but my boys make a lot of noise. I felt like the putter really saved me the last few holes.”

As well as seeking a third tour win of the season, McIlroy is eyeing a third Race to Dubai title in four years, the prize awarded to Europe’s biggest money earner.

McIlroy led going into the season climax and of the six other golfers who could potentially usurp him, only Danny Willett still stands a chance with 18 holes to play.

The Englishman’s third-round 67 puts him on 205, four adrift of McIlroy.

“I’d love to finish the year on a high and win the Race to Dubai and more importantly win this tournament,” McIlroy said.

(Reporting by Matt Smith; editing by Toby Davis)

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Athens derby called off after violent clashes

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Scuffles between riot police and fans outside the Apostolos Nikolaidis ground made for a hostile atmosphere and, after a flare exploded at the feet of Alfred Finnbogason, the striker and his Olympiakos’ team mates fled to the dressing rooms.

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The incident took place shortly after the visiting players came out to walk on the pitch.

Finnbogason was unharmed but Olympiakos then decided not to bring the players out for the warm-up and asked officials for the match to be called off.

Panathinaikos said the flare did not cause injury to anyone and asked for the match to go ahead but promised to abandon it if there were any further such incidents during the game.

But after an hour-long delay the match was officially called off by referee Andreas Pappas with the announcement sparking a mass pitch invasion by the home fans who then fought ugly running battles with riot police on the pitch.

Supporters tossed flares, ripped up seats and threw other missiles at police who responded by firing tear gas at the swathes of fans to disperse them.

The violent scenes were reminiscent of the same fixture last season, which Panathinaikos won 2-1 but were later handed a three-point deduction, a two-match supporters ban and were fined for an unsavoury pitch invasion after the final whistle.

It was hoped Saturday’s match would be an entertaining affair, with Olympiakos arriving on the back of a perfect 10-match winning streak since the start of the season.

They are eight points clear of the Greens, who hoped for a win to inject some excitement into the Super League title race with coach Andrea Stramaccioni in the dugout for the first time.

A decision had yet to be made on the outcome of the match, with a stadium announcement by officials stating that the game would not go ahead and “the appropriate bodies and organisations will decide on the next steps”.

It is highly likely that Olympiakos will be awarded a 3-0 victory, with local media speculating that the authorities could decide by Sunday also to temporarily suspend the league.

(Editing by Ken Ferris)

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Boult will be fit for third Test: NZ

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New Zealand insist Trent Boult is on track to play the inaugural day-night Test.

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Boult failed to bowl in the ongoing day-night clash at the WACA, where both sides agreed pre-match they would each have one full day of batting.

NZ assistant coach Craig McMillan indicated earlier this week that all 15 members of the touring party would take some part in the two-day clash with Western Australia.

Boult was expected to be on restricted duties, as was the case with Tim Southee who only bowled two short spells on Saturday.

Boult had the whites on but didn’t roll the arm over once.

The 26-year-old suffered a stress-related injury to his back earlier this year and was underdone when the squad arrived in Australia.

The left-armer has been down on pace and struggled for control for much of the first two Tests.

“We’ll assess him over the next couple of days and he’s on track to be fit for the third Test,” NZ bowling coach Dimitri Mascarenhas said on Saturday.

Mascarenhas gave little away when asked whether Boult’s back was still causing him grief.

“He’s going ok as far as I know,” he said.

Boult would be a major loss for NZ at Adelaide Oval.

When on song his late swing is as potent as Mitchell Starc’s, the pair having both claimed 22 wickets in this year’s World Cup.

If Boult is ruled out of the three-Test series finale, fellow left-armer Neil Wagner is almost certainly guaranteed a recall.

Wagner grabbed 5-62 from 19 overs as Western Australia built a total of 13-345 in the centre-wicket session.

“He’s a good bowler,” Sam Whiteman said, having scored 117.

“I’d class him as pretty skiddy. He’s on to you a bit quicker than you think, sort of hustle and bustle and gets in your face a little bit.

“He’s quite aggressive.”

The combative quick also earned the praise of Mascarenhas.

“He didn’t try any more or less than he usually does. That’s exactly how we expect him to bowl,” he said.

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Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for war crimes

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Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw an angry reaction from supporters.

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“Both of them were hanged simultaneously on two separate platforms,” the police official said.

Islamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals late on Saturday for clemency.

Mujahid, 67, of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, and Chowdhury, 66, were hanged at Dhaka Central Jail. The Supreme Court had previously rejected their appeals against a death sentence imposed by a special tribunal for genocide and torture of civilians during the conflict.

The Border Guard Bangladesh paramilitary force has been deployed across the country to tighten security.

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Muslim-majority Bangladesh, until 1971 East Pakistan, has seen a rise in Islamist violence in recent months, with two foreigners and four secular writers and a publisher killed this year.

Mujahid was found guilty on five charges including torture and the murders of intellectuals and minority Hindus while he commanded Al Badr, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani army, during the war to break away from Pakistan.

Chowdhury, former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was convicted in October 2013 on charges of genocide, religious persecution, abduction and torture during the war.

“While we are saddened that we have lost our father by way of a motivated and predetermined trial and where the country is gagged from speaking out, we find hope in the fact that the international community recognises the injustice and that fairness and truth shall be restored in Bangladesh,” Humam Quader Chowdhury, a son of Chowdhury, told Reuters.

“We fought for them under the law and we have been defeated in the legal fight,” defence councillor Khandker Mahbub Hossain told Reuters.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened an inquiry into crimes committed during the war in 2010, paving the way for prosecutions by a war crimes tribunal that Islamists have denounced as part of a politically motivated campaign aimed at weakening Jamaat-e-Islami’s leadership.

Two Jamaat leaders have been executed, one in December 2013 and another in April. They declined to seek clemency from the president.

BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon said: “Salauddin has fallen victim to persecution because of his political identity, and he has been denied justice.”

Moqbul Ahmed, acting Amir of Jamaat, said in a statement that Mujahid was a victim of government conspiracy. He called a day long general strike on Monday across the country.

The government denies accusations of interference in the judiciary.

East Pakistan broke away to become independent Bangladesh after a war between India and Pakistan. About three million people were killed.

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Three new ebola cases in Liberia

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Three new cases of Ebola emerged in Liberia on Friday, a setback for a country that had been declared free of the disease on September 3 and also a blow for the wider region as it struggles to end an epidemic that has killed around 11,300 people.

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The first of the new patients was a 10-year-old boy who lived with his parents and three siblings in Paynesville, a suburb east of the capital Monrovia, said Minister of Health Minister Bernice Dahn. Two direct family members have also since tested positive, officials said.

All six family members, as well as other high risk contacts, are in care at an Ebola Treatment Unit in Paynesville, she said.

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“The hospital is currently decontaminating the unit. All of the healthcare workers who came into contact with the patient have been notified,” she told a news conference.

“We know how Ebola spreads and we know how to stop Ebola but we must remain vigilant and work together,” she said.

Bruce Aylward, who leads the Ebola response for the U.N. World Health Organisation, said the patient had no history of contact with an Ebola survivor or victim.

“The family obviously is at particular risk and is being investigated right now,” he told a news conference in Geneva, speaking before confirmation that two of the first patient’s siblings had also tested positive.

Liberia has seen more than 10,600 cases of the disease and 4,808 Ebola deaths since it was first announced in March, 2014, WHO figures show.

The virus has killed a total of about 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Sierra Leone was declared free of the virus on Nov. 7 and Guinea has begun its countdown to the end of the virus.

The 42-day countdown to be declared Ebola-free starts when the last patient tests negative a second time, normally after a 48-hour gap following their first negative test.

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Djokovic unbeatable? Federer eyes two wins in a week

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The 34-year-old ended Djokovic’s 23-match winning streak on Tuesday with a classy straight-sets victory in the group stage of the ATP World Tour Finals but knows he will need to be at least as good to repeat that feat in the final.

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Federer dispatched fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-3 to keep alive his hopes of a seventh title at the year-ender, while Djokovic outplayed Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3.

It sets up the perfect climax to the season between two players with 27 grand slam titles between them.

But Federer says Tuesday’s victory over world number one Djokovic will have no bearing on Sunday’s showdown.

“For me it’s an advantage because I guess it gives me a bit of confidence,” Federer, who has accounted for half of Djokovic’s meagre six defeats this year, told reporters.

“For him it’s an advantage because he gets a second chance, and he’s in another final. He’s played some great tennis since we’ve played.

“So, yeah, I still believe his confidence is slightly higher than mine with the amount of success he’s had this year.”

INCREDIBLE YEAR

Djokovic, who won three of the year’s grand slams and has a career-best 81-6 record this season, is looking to crown an incredible year with an 11th title and fourth in succession at the O2 Arena.

Nadal described him as “almost unbeatable” on Saturday but the Serb still trails Federer 22-21 overall and says the Swiss plays a game he finds uncomfortable, especially over three sets rather than in grand slam play when Djokovic has the edge.

“I’ve lost against Roger three times this year. When he’s on, it’s hard to play him,” said the world number one.

“I think he also likes playing me because he has a variety in his game with the slice, he comes to the net, he takes away the time from me. We always play matches with a lot of tension.

“There is a lot at stake. I know I have to be on top in order to win against him.”

Federer was supposed to play Djokovic in last year’s final but pulled out with a back injury sustained while beating Wawrinka in a tempestuous three-setter.

That match ended with Wawrinka and Federer’s wife Mirka embroiled in a row after she called him a “cry baby” on court.

This time there was no drama as Federer hit back from 2-4 down in the first set to claim a quick victory.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, Editing by Ian Chadband and Ken Ferris)

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Clarkson laments sloppy Australian effort

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Australian coach Alastair Clarkson has lamented a sloppy display from his AFL ‘Dream Team’ in their 56-52 loss to Ireland in the one-off International Rules Test.

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The Australians started slowly in Dublin on Saturday night and were inaccurate in front of goal as they were humbled by the Irish amateurs in front of 33,386 fans at Croke Park.

Clarkson admitted his elite squad had been outclassed after making “simple hand-balling” errors which gifted Ireland possession in dangerous areas.

Ireland led from the fourth minute but had to withstand a furious Australian fourth-quarter fightback, the tourists getting within three points with four minutes remaining before the home side grimly clung on for victory.

Ireland captain Bernard Brogan was named man of the match having led from the front before lifting the Cormac Macanallen Trophy, though teammate Aidan O’Shea was equally damaging and finished with two six-point goals.

While Ireland landed three of the six-point majors, Australia nabbed just the one goal – focusing more on building their score through the three-point overs.

In chilly four-degree weather and playing with the unfamiliar Gaelic football, Australia were cruelled by wayward kicking – finishing with 13 one-point shots at goal compared to Ireland’s five.

“We had significant opportunity but we just could not convert the opportunities,” Clarkson said.

“We didn’t handle the ball anywhere near as well as we usually do during the first part of the game.

“Some of our turnovers gave the Irish side some very, very open opportunities and they capitalised on those chances.

“In the second half we were a little bit cleaner with the ball and took our chances a bit better.”

Australia roared back into the contest when a scrappy six-pointer, punched in by Eddie Betts, was followed up by an over to Robbie Gray – his third of the night – to reduce Ireland’s lead to three points with four minutes remaining.

Betts, with a goal and two overs, was an ever-present threat while St Kilda star Nick Riewoldt and Gray each kicked three overs, but it was Geelong defender Harry Taylor who was awarded the Jim Stynes Medal as Australia’s best player.

Ireland’s free-flowing style proved hard to stop in the opening half, and their ability to convert territory into six-point goals proved decisive as they kicked three majors to take a 43-23 lead into the big break.

Retiring Essendon champion Dustin Fletcher was at fault for the opening goal of the match, the Aussie goalkeeper failing to clear a well-placed cross which was soccered into the net by O’Shea.

Fletcher could do nothing about O’Shea’s second however – having rushed out to make a crucial save, he was out of position as the Ireland star shot low and hard into an open net at the start of the second quarter.

Australian captain Luke Hodge was warned over foul play late in the half, and gave away a penalty, which was converted by Conor McManus, for body-checking an Irish player into the goalpost.

Ireland coach Joe Kernan said the level of competition was as strong as ever.

“The competition has now gone to a different level because of the team Australia is sending over,” Kernan said.

“It is a great win but that is going to make it harder next year.”

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No fast victory against IS: French army chief

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France’s army chief of staff says he sees no short term military victory in the fight against IS as Paris intensifies its strikes on targets in Syria following the deadly attacks in the French capital.

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President Francois Hollande has called for a grand coalition, including the United States and Russia, to eradicate Islamic State in Syria, and is due to meet with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin next week.

IS, also known as Daesh, claimed responsibility for the worst violence in France since World War Two, in which 130 people were killed in bombings and shootings. The group said the assaults were in retaliation for Paris’ involvement in US-backed air strikes in Iraq and Syria.

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“There will be no military victory against Daesh in the short term,” Pierre de Villiers, chief of staff of armed forces, told French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche in an interview published on Sunday.

“In the military, we are used to the long term but people … want fast results. In Syria and Iraq, we are in the heart of that paradox. Everybody knows that in the end this conflict will be resolved through diplomatic and political channels.”

Hollande will travel to Washington to speak with Obama on Tuesday and then head to Moscow to meet with Putin to discuss how their countries’ militaries might work together.

Russia and Western countries are divided over Syria. Moscow is supporting President Bashar al-Assad while the West says he should leave power to end Syria’s civil war.

Since the November 13 Paris bombings and shootings, French war planes have launched their biggest raids in Syria to date.

In the space of three days, some 60 bombs were dropped as training camps or command centres were targeted last week, de Villiers said.

“I honestly think that we seriously hurt them,” he said.

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No fast victory against IS: army chief

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France’s army chief of staff says he sees no short term military victory in the fight against Islamic State as Paris intensifies its strikes on targets in Syria following the deadly attacks in the French capital.

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President Francois Hollande has called for a grand coalition, including the United States and Russia, to eradicate Islamic State in Syria, and is due to meet with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin next week.

Islamic State, also known as Daesh, claimed responsibility for the worst violence in France since World War Two, in which 130 people were killed in bombings and shootings. The group said the assaults were in retaliation for Paris’ involvement in US-backed air strikes in Iraq and Syria.

“There will be no military victory against Daesh in the short term,” Pierre de Villiers, chief of staff of armed forces, told French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche in an interview published on Sunday.

“In the military, we are used to the long term but people … want fast results. In Syria and Iraq, we are in the heart of that paradox. Everybody knows that in the end this conflict will be resolved through diplomatic and political channels.”

Hollande will travel to Washington to speak with Obama on Tuesday and then head to Moscow to meet with Putin to discuss how their countries’ militaries might work together.

Russia and Western countries are divided over Syria. Moscow is supporting President Bashar al-Assad while the West says he should leave power to end Syria’s civil war.

Since the November 13 Paris bombings and shootings, French war planes have launched their biggest raids in Syria to date.

In the space of three days, some 60 bombs were dropped as training camps or command centres were targeted last week, de Villiers said.

“I honestly think that we seriously hurt them,” he said.

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