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56 SPORT FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Shocker trivial in wake of tragedy ADAM Scott didnt play well on day one of the Australian Open but after a minute in the scorers hut, he didnt care. Having discussed the injury to Phillip Hughes during his round yesterday with Nick Cullen, Scott was told while signing his card that the Aussie cricketer had sadly died. I just heard. It is sad, it is tragic. It is such an unlucky thing to happen, Scott said. Instantly, a scratchy threeover par 75 that left Scott seven shots adrift of American leader Jordan Spieth was put starkly into perspective. I have had tons of tough days on the course. Nothing on the course matters when things like that happen, the world No.3 said. Its just the way life is, unfortunately. Its not fair. I guess theyre the dangers of sport as well, not that you can ever think of an outcome like that. You have to just think of his family and all of his teammates, they must be hurting right now. Players are set to wear ribbons to pay tribute to Hughes in todays second round at the Australian golf course, which despite unofficial figures of holding the biggest day one crowd yesterday, fell hushed late in the afternoon. It was a somewhat muted day from the outset, in any case, with Scott attracting applause of the polite variety due to a poor day at the office. The star attraction finished the night in 84th spot (tied) after double-bogeying the first, and barely improving from there. In huge contrast to his 10-under opening round of 62 at Royal Sydney last year, Scott drifted out at one point to 5-over as shots misfired. What was possible was abundantly clear, too, with playing partner Spieth crafting a 67 in windy conditions. It was just a bad start. I made the worst of my worst shots and didnt convert any of my good ones early, and then played okay. Im on the back foot again from the start of this week, Scott said. I have to play three really great days now. It seems thats what Im doing week after week. Scott wasnt alone in his struggles, with wind and the golf courses tough new layout particularly undulating green structures seeing only 31 of the 156 players finish under par last night. By IAIN PAYTEN Fresh pair to tackle English challenge WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika has made just two changes to the team that went down narrowly to Ireland last weekend as his team looks to avoid a third straight tour loss. Waratahs winger Rob Horne has been brought into a reshuffled backline for the Test against England at Twickenham on Sunday, to cover for injured centre Tevita Kuridrani and Sean McMahon returns to the back row at the expense of Luke Jones who failed to impress last week. Cheika has moved Adam Ashley-Cooper from wing to outside centre to fill the role in which Kuridrani has been outstanding throughout the season. He chose Horne ahead of Joe Tomane who was one of Australias best against France two weeks ago. Joe has done nothing wrong, but it was an opportunity to give Rob a chance, he said. Hes played well all season and Im sure hell do a good job. Cheika said Horne, a former centre, offers more options in defence than Tomane and Sunday mornings other starting winger Henry Speight. Hes totally different to Joe and Henry, he said. In him, Adam and Tom English, weve got wingers who play almost like third centres. Hes got a different type of finishing. As opposed to straight line finishing, hes more cut in, bump a guy off. He can also play inside in defence which gives us versatility to change things around. McMahon, just 20, returns after being given a week off to recover from the rigours of playing the first two Tests. Sean did well in the first couple of games and learned some valuable lessons, Cheika said. He needed a breather, so I decided to give him a rest. The game will also be Rob Simmons 50th Test. Brown relishing chance to make mark on Melbourne summer STEPHEN Brown only has to glance around his team of 28 at Flemington to know hes made good progress since he landed there two years ago from Darwin. At that stage Brown was Darwins leading trainer and only had a handful of horses in Melbourne. Brown has been able to build his Melbourne team up with ongoing success through the likes of Sea Lord, Eight Bills, Canali and Kievann. Brown is hoping to make a big impact over summer, beginning tomorrow at Moonee Valley, where he has four runners which all have chances. Brown has The Thief and Canali in the Tony Beddison Cup (1000m), Kerthos in the Wedrive.com.au Handicap (1600m) and Bishops Castle in the McMahons Dairy Handicap (1200m). Brown still has his Darwin stables, looked after by his daughter Alana and her boyfriend Chris Nash, with a team of 15 horses. But his emphasis is on making Melbourne a success. Brown had spring carnival success when nine-year-old gelding Eight Bills won over 1000m at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day. I was proud of that as he had struggled for a little bit, Brown said. Its a big effort for a nineyear-old to win first-up, Brown recently purchased a three-year-old colt called Yen haab for $250,000 at the Tried Racehorse Sale at Newmarket late last month. Brown said the colt had form around horses which had been placed behind the Cox Plate winner Adelaide. He said that Yenhaab would arrive into quarantine in Australia on December 3 and would be coming out on December 20. He said the first thing he would be doing with him would be gelding him. Brown is setting The Thief for The Standish Handicap at Flemington, New Years Day. He is also happy with Bishops Castle. Bishops Castle has had three starts for him for two wins and a second first-up at Moonee Valley last start. By MICHAEL MANLEY Adam Scott downcast after a bogey during a bad day in the office in Round 1 of the Australian Open yesterday at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney Picture: GREGG PORTEOUD Revenge as James leads Cavs blitz LEBRON James had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as the Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards 113-87 on Wednesday night. James made a season-high 14 free throws on a night the Cavs were never really threatened. Forward Kevin Love had 21 points and five rebounds, guard Kyrie Irving had 18 points and five assists and forward Anderson Varejao had 10 points and seven rebounds as the Cavs won their second straight after a four-game losing streak. Forward Paul Pierce had 15 points for the Wizards, who lost for the second time in as many nights. The game was a rematch of last weeks 91-78 Wizards victory, which Cavs players conceded before Wednesdays game was probably the low point of their early season. Aussie trio primed for title tangle SURFERS Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons have all made the quarter-finals of the Maui Pro as the all-Australian battle for the championship title heats up. All three remain in the running for the 2014 crown, which will be decided in Hawaii. World No.1 Gilmore posted the highest heat score of the third-round match-ups on Wednesday with a 16.86 effort, defeating American Courtney Conlogue and Frances Johanne Defay. But Fitzgibbons, 23, wasnt far behind, posting 16.00 to edge out countrywoman Laura Enever and South African Bianca Buitendag. She is chasing an elusive first title. Meanwhile, Gilmore is out to close in on Layne Beachleys record seven titles by adding to her existing five. By MIKE COLMAN For all the latest news, scores and highlights, visit