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FORMER Australian cricket captain Ricky
Ponting has Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
to thank for taking some of the spotlight away
from what could be his last visit home as a Test
The question of whether Ponting is about to
play his final Test at Bellerive is certain to
be raised as the Australian side prepares for
the second match of the series against New
Zealand beginning on Friday.
The 36-year-old, who has made 39 Test
hundreds, jetted into Hobart with the young
Australian side on Tuesday evening.
Considered Tasmanian royalty himself,
Ponting was beaten home by Princess Mary,
who flew in for a private family visit less than
an hour before him.
Ponting has returned to form after a lean run,
backing up a half century in the second Test
win over South Africa in Johannesburg with a
first innings 78 in the win over the Black Caps
in Brisbane earlier this week.
But with Bellerive not a permanent fixture
on the Australian Test circuit, there is no
guarantee Tasmania’s favourite son will be
Injury-depleted Australia crushed NZ by
nine wickets at the Gabba and will be looking
for a whitewash of the two-match series as
they build towards four games against India
beginning with the Boxing Day Test.
Another grateful for the princess’ arrival will be
Australian opener Phil Hughes, who is under
immense pressure to hold his... Read more
LEON Davis will not be selected by Port Adelaide,
despite the reported demands of potential sponsors.
Last night Port confirmed that it will “not be selecting
Leon Davis in next week’s pre-season or rookie drafts”.
Port Adelaide general manager of football, Peter
Rohde, said the club had explored the opportunity of
picking up the 30-year-old, but after considering all
factors had decided against this path.
“ We’ve had a lot of discussion about Leon as we have
worked through all the options,” Rohde said.
“Leon has been a great footballer, but on balance we
have decided that he’s not the best fit for the direction
we are taking as a football club.
“With our decision now made and speculation arising
from Leon’s confirmed nomination for the pre-season
draft, it’s the right time to declare our intention not to
go with him.
“Leon wants to continue playing football at some level,
and we wish him every success.”
The Advertiser reported this morning that potential
sponsor VIP Home Services said it would sign a deal
worth about $1 million if the financially crippled club
agreed to take troubled forward Brendan Fevola or Leon
Davis in Tuesday’s pre-season and rookie drafts.
“The Adelaide-based company, an existing sponsor, had
been in private talks with Port officials to become a joint
major partner, but went public... Read more
Beckham wants Olympics spot
DAVID Beckham says a return to playing in the English Premier
League is unlikely, but he is excited by the prospect of taking part
in next year’s London Olympics.
Beckham played what is likely to be the last match of his American
adventure in the LA Galaxy’s penalty shootout win over Melbourne
Victory in their exhibition match in Melbourne on Tuesday night.
He is considering a return to Europe to take up a... Read more
Ponting ducks the Hobart spotlight
Port rules out Leon Davis
The former Collingwood star is now out of options for a
return to the AFL
Redbacks rain reprieve
SOUTH Australia received
a temporary reprieve to
their nightmare start in
their Sheffield Shield match
against Western Australia at
the WACA Ground, with the
entire second day washed
out. The Redbacks trailed by
90 after a disastrous first day,
but persistent thunderstorms
throughout Tuesday meant
play ended without a ball
being bowled; the Warriors
remain at 1-183 in reply to
SA’s miserable first innings
total of 93.
Andrew Symonds was last
night unveiled as the latest
contestant in the Indian
television version of the hit
reality show “Big Brother”.
The 36-year-old, who was
in and out of the national
David Beckham after last night’s match in Melbourne
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