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FRIDAY 15TH JULY 2011
Contador slips in Schleck attack
JUSTIN DAVIS: AAP
Alberto Contador lost more
time to his key yellow
jersey rivals on Thursday
as Olympic champion
Samuel Sanchez claimed
his maiden win in the Tour
Cadel Evans remained well
placed but the Australian
dropped from second
overall to third, swapping
places with Luxemburg rider Frank Schleck.
Spaniard Sanchez won the 211km 12th stage ahead of Belgian Jelle
Vanendert after attacking the Omega-Pharma rider inside the final 400
metres of the 13.3km climb to Luz Ardiden.
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, of Europcar, upset the form book to
retain the race leader’s yellow jersey after the first of three consecutive
days in the Pyrenees.
But on the first high mountain stage of the race, several big names
dropped out of contention, with Dutchman Robert Gesink... Read more
Harper’s bags ICC
RETIRED umpire Daryl
Harper has accused the
International Cricket Council
of “selective management”
for failing to discipline India
captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni for criticising his
Harper says he felt targeted
by India in last month’s first
Test against West Indies,
leading to his withdrawal
from the third test and early
Mick muses on future
COLLINGWOOD coach Mick
Malthouse says he can’t
guarantee that he’ll take
on a new role as director of
coaching at the AFL club
next year unless the role is
defined to his satisfaction.
THIS time last year Adelaide belted
Essendon by 84 points at AAMI Stadium;
tonight the Bombers start favourites
and have former Crows captain Simon
Goodwin as their assistant coach.
But Jobe Watson is out of the Essendon
side and Neil Craig isn’t too fussed about
Goodwin’s inside knowledge.
“I think that is a bit mythical, that stuff,”
Craig said on Thursday.
“There is an element of information
you can get ... (but) how much do
they contribute in terms of actual
performance? It’s a very small
The two sides kick off round 17 tonight
while Port travel to Darwin to revisit
their win there last year.
And a crowd of 90,000 is expected for
the blockbuster between Carlton and
Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday
Here are the teams, tips and times;
Adelaide v Essendon at AAMI Stadium
8.10pm Read more
Simon Goodwin on July 16 last year after Adelaide beat Geelong; a lot’s changed since then
McIlroy steadies after
RORY McIlroy believes he has added a
new-found maturity to his arsenal after
recovering from a shaky start to remain
in touch at the British Open on Thursday.
Australians Kurt Barnes (68), Adam Scott
(69), Robert Allenby (69) and Jason Day
(71) remain in contention.
Amateur Tom Lewis and Thomas Bjorn
hold first day honours on 65.
But all eyes were on the 22-year-old
Northern Irishman who has been hailed
as the future of golf since winning the US
Open last month, where he shattered a
slew of long-standing records to claim his
McIlroy found the going harder at Royal St
George’s last night in his first... Read more
A tired Australia’s Cadel Evans after he crossed
the finish line at the end of the 211km stage
Joint leader Tom Lewis
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<h1>Harper’s bags ICC</h1>
<p>RETIRED umpire Daryl Harper has accused the International Cricket Council of "selective management" for failing to discipline India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for criticising his decisions. </p>
<p>Harper says he felt targeted by India in last month's first Test against West Indies, leading to his withdrawal from the third test and early retirement. </p>
<p>Mick muses on future</p>
<p>COLLINGWOOD coach Mick Malthouse says he can't guarantee that he'll take on a new role as director of coaching at the AFL club next year unless the role is defined to his satisfaction. </p>
<p>The 57-year-old Malthouse, who is on track for successive premierships, is due to hand over to Nathan Buckley next year. </p>
<h1>Goodwin back in town</h1>
<p>THIS time last year Adelaide belted Essendon by 84 points at AAMI Stadium; tonight the Bombers start favourites and have former Crows captain Simon Goodwin as their assistant coach. </p>
<p>But Jobe Watson is out of the Essendon side and Neil Craig isn’t too fussed about Goodwin’s inside knowledge. </p>
<p>"I think that is a bit mythical, that stuff," Craig said on Thursday. </p>
<p>"There is an element of information you can get ... (but) how much do they contribute in terms of actual performance? It's a very small percentage. </p>
<p>The two sides kick off round 17 tonight while Port travel to Darwin to revisit their win there last year. </p>
<p>And a crowd of 90,000 is expected for the blockbuster between Carlton and Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. </p>
<p>Here are the teams, tips and times; </p>
<p>Adelaide v Essendon at AAMI Stadium 8.10pm</p>
<p>Head to Head: Crows 14 Bombers 15</p>
<p>Last clash: Round 14 2010 - Crows 19.10 (124) bt Bombers 5.10 (40) at AAMI Stadium</p>
<p>Tab Sportsbet: Crows $2.25 Bombers $1.60</p>
<p>Sportingbet: Crows $2.35 Bombers $1.60</p>
<p>Rousing wins over Geelong and Richmond have lifted the Bombers out of a form slump and back into the top eight, despite a heavy injury toll - with captain Jobe Watson among those still on the sidelines. But Adelaide will be hoping to build some momentum of their own, after breaking a run of six straight losses with a fighting win over Sydney in their most recent match. One thing in the Crows' favour will be the venue, with Essendon having lost their past five games at AAMI Stadium, including a belting from the Crows last season. </p>
<p>Key: Michael Hurley was superb in stopping Richmond star forward Jack Riewoldt last weekend and, along with Tayte Pears and Dustin Fletcher, the Bombers have excellent cover for the Crows' danger man Kurt Tippett. </p>
<p>Tip: Bombers by 25 points </p>
<p>Richmond v Gold Coast Suns at Cazaly's Stadium 1.40pm</p>
<p>Head to Head: Tigers 0 Suns 0</p>
<p>Last clash: N/A</p>
<p>Tab Sportsbet: Tigers $1.11 Suns $6.00</p>
<p>Sportingbet: Tigers $1.11 Suns $6.75</p>
<p>This match hardly shapes as one for the ages, with both clubs' seasons having headed sharply downhill in recent weeks. The Tigers followed a pounding from Carlton with a terrible fade-out against Essendon, and have won just once in their past six games. But things are even worse for the Suns, as the physical toll on their many first-year players means constant team rotations. Captain Gary Ablett has been named despite doubts over a knee injury, helping the Suns' chances of posting their first victory since round six. Tigers midfielders such as Trent Cotchin and Nathan Foley need to ensure Richmond at least match the Suns in the middle of the ground, the fledgling side's area of greatest strength. </p>
<p>Key: This Cairns clash is the second "home" game Richmond have played at an interstate venue this season. Their first was a costly loss to Port Adelaide in Darwin and it would be disastrous if they let this badly-needed chance for a win slip. </p>
<p>Tip: Tigers by 28 points </p>
<p>Carlton v Collingwood at MCG 1.40pm</p>
<p>Head to Head: Blues 123 Magpies 115 drawn 4</p>
<p>Last clash: Round 3 2011 - Magpies 15.12 (102) bt Blues 11.8 (74) at MCG</p>
<p>Tab Sportsbet: Blues $6.00 Magpies $1.11</p>
<p>Sportingbet: Blues $6.00 Magpies $1.13</p>
<p>It's a long time since these two traditional rivals have faced off with both in the top four. That will ensure an enormous crowd and plenty of passion, but the question is whether the contest will match the hype. A few weeks ago, the Blues looked one of Collingwood's strongest challengers. But losses to West Coast and the Western Bulldogs in the past three rounds, coupled with injuries to numerous tall players, notably key forward Jarrad Waite and fullback Michael Jamison have raised doubts over whether they are ready to match or beat the AFL pacesetters. </p>
<p>Key: The Magpies are in stunning form and midfield guns Dane Swan, Scott Pendlebury and Dale Thomas are at their best. Blues midfield stars Chris Judd and Marc Murphy will need huge performances, because if Collingwood hold sway in the centre they look too strong elsewhere. </p>
<p>Tip: Magpies by 18 points </p>
<p>St Kilda v West Coast at Etihad Stadium 6.40pm</p>
<p>Head to Head: Saints 16 Eagles 20 drawn 1</p>
<p>Last clash: Round 9 2010 - Saints 13.13 (91) bt Eagles 8.8 (56) at Subiaco</p>
<p>Tab Sportsbet: Saints $1.70 Eagles $2.08</p>
<p>Sportingbet: Saints $1.75 Eagles $2.08</p>
<p>The Saints' only two losses in their past seven games were to Geelong and Collingwood, leaving them pushing hard for a top eight berth despite their slow season start. But as heartening as that form is, it does not match that of the Eagles, who have claimed the huge scalps of Carlton and Geelong in their past two outings. The impressive form of West Coast's ruck duo Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui and the Eagles' enormous potency in attack will be particularly worrying for the Saints. Their midfield has taken a blow though, with Daniel Kerr out injured. </p>
<p>Key: West Coast shrugged aside doubts over their ability to win big games in Melbourne when they emphatically downed the Blues at Etihad Stadium in round 14. The Saints need to win to stay in finals touch, but the stakes are also high for the Eagles, who could claim a top four berth with a win. </p>
<p>Tip: Eagles by 15 points </p>
<p>Melbourne v Port Adelaide at TIO Stadium 8.10pm</p>
<p>Head to Head: Demons 10 Power 12</p>
<p>Last clash: Round 21 2010 - Power 17.10 (112) bt Demons 11.17 (83) at AAMI Stadium</p>
<p>Tab Sportsbet: Demons $1.22 Power $4.00</p>
<p>Sportingbet: Demons $1.26 Power $3.90</p>
<p>Port Adelaide return to the scene of their most recent win, a 15-point victory over Richmond in round 10. The Power's familiarity with the humid conditions at the Darwin venue probably provide their best chance of an upset. The Demons also have to cope with coming off a bye after their bad loss to the Western Bulldogs. It could be an issue given their wildy varying levels of intensity have caused major inconsistency this season. If they bring their best, the Demons appear to have too much ability in all areas of the ground for Port. </p>
<p>Key: Key forward Jay Schulz has kicked a total of 12 goals over the past three rounds and was also crucial to the Power's win over the Tigers in Darwin earlier this season. At the other end, Jack Watts has been in solid form for Melbourne, and the respective performances of the two attacking targets will be important. </p>
<p>Tip: Demons by 11 points </p>
<p>Sydney v Fremantle at SCG 12.10pm</p>
<p>Head to Head: Swans 13 Dockers 10</p>
<p>Last clash: Round 20 2010 - Swans 14.12 (96) bt Dockers 13.9 (87) at Subiaco</p>
<p>Tab Sportsbet: Swans $1.25 Dockers $3.75</p>
<p>Sportingbet: Swans $1.29 Dockers $3.65</p>
<p>Unremarkable recent form has both the sixth-placed Swans and seventh-placed Dockers looking vulnerable in the top eight, with both sides propping themselves up with wins over bottom-placed Gold Coast in their most recent matches. Fremantle have changed their training venue to the WACA this week to try to replicate the small SCG. But they can look back on a win there last season and the Swans have won just two of their five SCG games so far this year. The Dockers will be bolstered by the return of midfielder Michael Barlow, for just his second game this season after recovering from a badly broken leg. </p>
<p>Key: Sydney ruckman Shane Mumford returned from injury last round as the Swans returned to the winners' list and his presence will be crucial against a Dockers side missing powerful big man Aaron Sandilands. </p>
<p>Tip: Swans by 15 points </p>
<p>Brisbane v Geelong at Gabba 1.40pm</p>
<p>Head to Head: Lions 17 Cats 19 drawn 1</p>
<p>Last clash: Round 17 2010 - Cats 19.13 (127) bt Lions 9.10 (64) at Skilled Stadium</p>
<p>Tab Sportsbet: Lions $7.00 Cats $1.08</p>
<p>Sportingbet: Lions $7.00 Cats $1.10</p>
<p>Geelong's 13-game winning streak has given way to consecutive defeats, to Essendon and West Coast. Theoretically that should have the Cats desperate to ensure a mid-season blip does not turn into a sustained slump, firing them up for this clash. But working against that is a pre-planned decision to give the players a mid-season break on the Gold Coast, with players visiting golf courses, beaches and theme parks this week. The Lions have been fiercely competitive in most matches, despite rarely winning and the sight of their better-credentialled opponents in holiday mode might add some incentive to try to cause what would be a massive upset. </p>
<p>Key: The return from suspension of courageous midfielder Joel Selwood adds further talent to a Cats side that, while having suffered a couple of losses, is still clearly one of the AFL's best teams and should be far too good for the battling Lions. </p>
<p>Tip: Cats by 45 points </p>
<p>North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium 4.10pm</p>
<p>Head to Head: Kangaroos 71 Bulldogs 74 drawn 3</p>
<p>Last clash: Round 18 2010 - Bulldogs 22.11 (143) bt Kangaroos 10.12 (72) at Etihad Stadium</p>
<p>Tab Sportsbet: Kangaroos $2.80 Bulldogs $1.40</p>
<p>Sportingbet: Kangaroos $3.20 Bulldogs $1.35</p>
<p>After a disastrous start to the season, the Bulldogs are making ground on the top eight with four straight wins. The return to form and fitness of midfield star Adam Cooney and key forward Barry Hall have been a big help, as have some lively performances by young small forward Luke Dahlhaus in the first few games of his career. While the Bulldogs had two big wins over the Kangaroos last year, this could be a tough contest, with North sure to be in a ferocious mood on the rebound from a 117-point belting from Collingwood. Kangaroos key forward Drew Petrie was quiet against the Magpies, largely because of the poor delivery provided to him, but he will provide a huge challenge for Dogs' tall defender Tom Williams. </p>
<p>Key: With Cooney having hit form and Ryan Griffen and Matthew Boyd having strong seasons, the Dogs are starting to look very potent in the midfield, which could give them the edge. </p>
<p>Tip: Bulldogs by 10 points </p>
after shaky start</h1>
<p>RORY McIlroy believes he has added a new-found maturity to his arsenal after recovering from a shaky start to remain in touch at the British Open on Thursday. </p>
<p>Australians Kurt Barnes (68), Adam Scott (69), Robert Allenby (69) and Jason Day (71) remain in contention. </p>
<p>Amateur Tom Lewis and Thomas Bjorn hold first day honours on 65. </p>
<p>But all eyes were on the 22-year-old Northern Irishman who has been hailed as the future of golf since winning the US Open last month, where he shattered a slew of long-standing records to claim his first Major. </p>
<p>McIlroy found the going harder at Royal St George's last night in his first round of competitive golf since his win at Congressional, bogeying twice in the first three holes before steadying the ship. </p>
<p>He eventually carded a one-over-par 71, an unspectacular but respectable score in difficult conditions at the windswept links course. </p>
<p>Afterwards McIlroy was satisfied at the way he had held his game together after a nightmare start, saying he had learned from last year's Open where he posted 63 in the first round only to follow it with an 80 in the second. </p>
<p>"It was a great experience last year at St. Andrews shooting 80 in the second round. I learned a lot from it. And yeah, it's building that experience up and learning from your mistakes," McIlroy said. </p>
<p>"That's been the biggest improvement for me this year." </p>
<p>Although McIlroy finished the day six shots off the lead, he was confident that his 71 would keep him firmly in the hunt heading into the weekend. </p>
<p>"Anywhere around even par was a good start. On a day like this, I know better than most people, you can shoot a high number and put yourself out of the golf tournament. So it was nice to go out and shoot a decent score." </p>
<p>McIlroy, playing alongside South African veteran Ernie Els and rising American star Rickie Fowler, was given a rousing reception on the first tee by an expectant gallery but was rapidly in trouble. </p>
<p>A solid enough tee shot on the 444-yard, par-four first left him on the edge of the fairway but his second went sailing 40 feet past the pin. </p>
<p>Fowler then piled the pressure on the Northern Irishman by draining a monster putt from a near-identical lie at the back of the green. </p>
<p>McIlroy was unable to match the Californian youngster's effort however, misreading the line and nervously over-hitting his putt by 10 feet. He subsequently missed his putt to save par. </p>
<p>McIlroy's radar was askew again on the 417-yard par-four second, his tee shot landing in the rough on the right of the fairway. Again he misjudged his second, sending it skidding 30 feet past the pin. </p>
<p>He calmed his nerves with a putt which left him with a simple par, but the respite was only fleeting as the awkward 240-yard par-three third loomed. </p>
<p>Yet another overhit shot, this time off the tee, landed McIlroy in the thick sloping rough off the back of the green. A poor chip left him well short of the hole, and he duly missed an eight-footer to bogey. </p>
<p>Fears of a Masters-style meltdown were allayed over the next three holes however as he steadied the ship with a trio of pars. </p>
<p>An eight-foot birdie putt on the eighth brought welcome relief however before a par left him one over at the turn. </p>
<p>Yet hopes of a sustained charge through the back nine foundered, and another costly bogey on the 13th saw him drop back to two over before he recovered with a birdie on the 17th. </p>
<p>McIlroy could have finished the day level par had he not missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the last, only for his effort to drift wide. </p>
<p>Big-hitting Kurt Barnes has emerged as the surprise leader of the Australian pack. </p>
<p>The world No.303 made the most of the calm afternoon conditions at Royal St George's to post a two-under 68, just three shots behind the leading pair of Tom Lewis and Thomas Bjorn. </p>
<p>If Barnes keeps up his form, fans at the Kent venue surely must stop confusing the larrikin from country NSW for two-time major champion John Daly. </p>
<p>"I have been called John Daly a few times this week and I have certainly signed his picture quite a few times in the book but you get that," he said with a smile. </p>
<p>"You just take it and you just cop it and explain I am not him. </p>
<p>"But happy to sign his picture." </p>
<p>The 30-year-old, who has a penchant for loud trousers, said capturing a win on the OneAsia tour in South Korea last month had boosted his confidence before his second attempt at The Open. </p>
<p>The Australian tilt was looking a little grim at stages on the opening day before a late rally with Adam Scott (69) and Robert Allenby (69) keeping in contention. </p>
<p>European tour veteran Robert Green (70), who finished fourth at The Open in 2007, put in a solid round while Jason Day, amateur Bryden Macpherson and Matthew Millar had 71s. </p>
<p>Geoff Ogilvy (74) has plenty of work to do to make the cut for the first time in five years while Aaron Baddeley's (77) weekend doesn't look like it will include action at The Open. </p>
<p>Scott felt he was well placed after the opening round.
<p>"I think it is a possibility (to win the title)," he said. </p>
<p>"I mean it is a good start. </p>
<p>"I would love to be in the hunt Sunday. </p>
<p>"I enjoyed being in that position at the Masters so much." </p>
<p>Day, who entered the tournament as Australia's best hope, said he felt like a "beginner" on links courses. </p>
<p>"There are three days left and I am only six shots behind the lead, it is not that much of a distance," he said. </p>
<p>"I have heard the weather is going to be nice tomorrow morning and get worse during the afternoon and if I can get up the leader board, little by little." </p>
<p>Meanwhile Macpherson, 20, could not wipe the smile off his face after trumping his playing partners in two-time British Open champion Padraig Harrington (73) and American world No.7 Matt Kuchar (74). </p>
<p>"To come out better than them today I would never have expected it at the start of the day so it was a great surprise," Macpherson said. </p>
<p>Macpherson is a student at the University of Georgia and became the first Australian in 57 years last month to win the British Open amateur title. </p>
<p>He said he intended spending one more year at university. </p>
<p>"Unless I do something crazy like win this week, I am staying in school," he said with a laugh. </p>
<h1>Contador slips in
<h2>JUSTIN DAVIS: AAP</h2>
<p>EMBATTLED champion Alberto Contador lost more time to his key yellow jersey rivals on Thursday as Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez claimed his maiden win in the Tour de France.
<p>Cadel Evans remained well placed but the Australian dropped from second overall to third, swapping places with Luxemburg rider Frank Schleck.
<p>Spaniard Sanchez won the 211km 12th stage ahead of Belgian Jelle Vanendert after attacking the Omega-Pharma rider inside the final 400 metres of the 13.3km climb to Luz Ardiden.
<p>Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, of Europcar, upset the form book to retain the race leader's yellow jersey after the first of three consecutive days in the Pyrenees.
<p>But on the first high mountain stage of the race, several big names dropped out of contention, with Dutchman Robert Gesink, Andreas Kloden of Germany and American Christian Vandevelde all losing time.
<p>Arguably the biggest loser was Contador, who for the first time in the race fell victim to tactics that the Schleck brothers Andy and Frank had threatened to employ in a bid to outfox him.
<p>Contador ultimately lost over 10sec to his key rivals when he dropped off the pace late on the final climb to the Pyrenean ski station.
<p>Frank Schleck, who had escaped from Voeckler's chase group in the final 3km, finished third, just ahead of Voeckler and fellow yellow jersey rivals Evans, Ivan Basso and his younger brother Andy.
<p>In the overall standings Voeckler now leads Frank Schleck by 1min 49sec, with Evans third at 2:06 and Andy Schleck fourth at 2:17.
<p>Contador, who lost over a minute to his rivals in a crash on the first stage, is now seventh overall at 4:00 behind.
<p>The Spaniard, who has been suffering from a knee injury, later tried to play down his deficit.
<p>"I was trying just to be vigilant throughout the final climb. I saw the two brothers speaking between themselves so I knew one of them was going to attack," said Contador.
<p>"Finally it was Frank who went, he must have been the stronger of the two.
<p>"But I'm still satisfied with the first high mountain stage."
<p>Andy Schleck, who has finished runner-up the past two years to Contador, looked a happy man at the end of the stage.
<p>"It was a perfect day for us. It was a first test, and not the last," said the Luxemburger.
<p>"Obviously today wasn't decisive but we showed our strengths. Contador isn't unbeatable, he lost more time today."
<p>Sanchez, who finished fourth overall last year, had been aiming for a podium place this year.
<p>But after losing over a minute on the opening stage, the man from Oviedo decided his first priority would be a first stage win.
<p>After counter-attacking an earlier breakaway on the descent of the Col du Tourmalet, the second of three climbs on the stage, he went on to build a lead with Vanendert before leaving the Belgian behind in the finale.
<p>"I really wanted this stage, I was determined," said Sanchez, who gestured wildly as he crossed the finish line.
<p>"I lost a lot of time in the first week, so this has helped me make amends." </p>
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