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The Northern Territory news Mon 1 Jan 2018



The Northern Territory news Mon 1 Jan 2018

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MONDAY JANUARY 1 2018 SPORT 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Monday, January 1, 2018 13 MONDAY ntnews.com.au/sport TENNIS SIMON Gerrans isnt planning to ease into his 14th edition of the Tour Down Under with new team BMC Racing he has visions of getting Richie Porte on the podium for the second time in 12 months. The four-time titleholder of the coveted race claimed Porte approaching him in July when the Tasmanian was recovering from shocking injuries incurred at the Tour de France had recharged his love for the bike. Although he discounted his chances of claiming an incredible fifth Tour Down Under after wins in 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2016, Gerrans says he is in tiptop condition. Gerrans said ensuring Porte would be protected and in a position to win another title at the Tour Down Under in his first stage race comeback race since France was the main goal of BMC Racing. Gerrans to push for Porte Its the second time in three years Hunt has been charged for drug-related offences, having been fined $2500 after pleading guilty to four counts of drug possession in March 2015. Hunts lawyer Adam Magill said his client was devastated. He is very upset, as anyone would expect, and pretty much inconsolable, Magill said. He is sticking with his family. Hes got concerns and his manager is taking care of him. circumstances of the recent allegations before any next steps or return to rugby activities will be contemplated, the statement said. Karmichael Hunt is co-operating fully with the Rugby Australia Integrity Unit and Queensland Rugby Union investigation and, given that this is an ongoing police matter, there will be no further comment. quently charged with two counts of drug possession and is set to face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 29. A statement from Rugby Australia says it would like more detail on exactly what Hunt is alleged to have done. The parties are awaiting information from the Queensland police pertaining to the RUGBY Australia has stood star Karmichael Hunt down from all playing and training activities after he was arrested and charged with drug possession in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police allegedly discovered a white powder after searching the 31-year-old Wallabies representative in a car park in Brisbanes Fortitude Valley at about 12.40am. Hunt (pictured) was subse Hunt stood down after drug possession charge No pain, all to gain Australias Daria Gavrilova celebrates a winner against Canadian Eugenie Bouchard yesterday in Perth Picture: PAUL KANE/GETTY IMAGES INJURY-PLAGUED rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis has made a successful return to the court to help power Australia to victory against Canada in their Hopman Cup tie in Perth. Daria Gavrilova gave Australia the perfect start yesterday with a 6-1 6-4 demolition of former world No.5 Eugenie Bouchard in 78 minutes. Kokkinakis secured the tie win with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory against world No.108 Vasek Pospisil. Kokkinakis has been dogged by injuries over the past two years, with shoulder, groin, elbow, and abdominal problems threatening to cut short his promising career. The 21-year-old hadnt played since losing in the first round of the US Open in August. But he displayed little rust in his solid win against Pospisil. The world No.209 said it had been shattering to miss the past two Australian Opens. But he hopes he can enjoy a clean bill of health in 2018. I feel good. Its the best Ive felt in a while, Kokkinakis said yesterday. Its a good start and hopefully I can stay healthy this year its my only goal. It marks Kokkinakiss first official appearance at the Hopman Cup. He was given a taste of it as a 16-year-old in 2013 when he was an injury reserve. He teamed with Venus Williams for a mixed doubles clash, and also filled in for other injured players. It was pretty crazy. She (Williams) gave me an American Olympic team hat to wear, but it was like 10 sizes too big, Kokkinakis recalled. Kokkinakis made a strong start against Pospisil, with the crucial moment coming in the sixth game of the third set. Pospisil saved three break points from 0-40 down, before Kokkinakis set up another break point and converted. Kokkinakis held serve from that point on to secure the win in one hour and 53 minutes. Australias next tie is against Belgian duo David Goffin and Elise Mertens on Wednesday night. Boon for Federer as injuries hit top rivals THE Australian Open is shaping as a battle between the walking wounded, and that spells very good news for world No.2 Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal (knee), Andy Murray (hip), Novak Djokovic (elbow), Milos Raonic (wrist), Kei Nishikori (wrist), and Stan Wawrinka (knee) are all under injury clouds approaching the first major of the year. It remains to be seen which of the injured stars will even make it to the Australian Open. Federer has avoided the carnage so far, with the 36-year-old opening his Hopman Cup campaign with a 6-4 6-3 win over Japans Yuichi Sugita on Saturday night. Although rusty at times, Federer was happy with his first hitout of the season, and said his body was feeling great. With a host of his main rivals battling injuries, Federers chances of defending his Australian Open crown are increasing by the day. But, Federer isnt getting carried away. Look, they pulled out (of warm-up tournaments) maybe because theyre not quite ready yet, or maybe because they need a couple more weeks, Federer said. Well only really know in a week or 10 days time who is really actually going to pull out. I hope they all get back. But something tells me that two guys out of the five, six probably wont make it. Federer said even if a bunch of top contenders were forced to pull out, it would still be difficult to win the Australian Open. Maybe its going to open the door for me, and others too, Federer said. Regardless of whos going to be playing, and who is not, to win the Australian Open doesnt come around easily. Switzerland beat Japan and faces Russia tomorrow. JUSTIN CHADWICK D.Gavrilova (Aus) d E.Bouchard 6-1 6-4 T.Kokkinakis (Aus) d V.Pospisil (Can) 6-4 3-6 6-3 V.Pospisil/E.Bouchard d D.Gavrilova/T.Kokkinakis 4-3 (4-1) 4-3 (5-4) AUSTRALIA d CANADA 2-1 Kokkinakis over injuries

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