The Northern Territory news Tue 6 May 2014
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38 SPORT TUESDAY MAY 6 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Great signs for BMX PALMERSTONS Satellite City BMX Club is holding a sign-on day as part of a nationwide promotion on Saturday, May 24. The club is opening the track at Elrundie Ave, Marlow Lagoon, for people to come and give the popular sport of BMX riding a try. The event will be held from 9am to noon with a sausage sizzle on offer. Boys and girls from two years old to adults are welcome to join. A limited number of club bikes and full-face helmets will be available for use. Jingili BMX will hold its sign-on the following day, May 25, from 1pm to 5pm. A $1.8 million, 4000sq/m roof is nearing completion, making Jingili the first allweather complex. The club hopes it will help secure a national BMX round in 2015 or 16. Holmes and hosed at end of long road to recovery JB Holmes survived two late bogeys to win the US PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday, his first title since he underwent brain surgery in 2011. Holmes fired a final-round 71 on the par-72 Quail Hollow course for a 14-under total of 274 and a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Furyk stormed into contention with a seven-under 65, but overnight leader Holmess effort was good enough for a third career title. His previous two came at Phoenix in 2006 and 2008, but since then he had been slowed by health troubles. Holmes had surgery late in 2011 to correct structural de fects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. He was diagnosed after experiencing vertigo-like symptoms. Complications required a second surgery and while he made a successful return to the PGA Tour in 2012 Holmes was sidelined again after breaking an ankle rollerblading in March of 2013. He also had elbow surgery last year, missing much of 2013 before returning at Torrey Pines in January. He began 2014 playing on a medical exemption, but had won enough money by April to secure his spot on tour for the remainder of the year. It feels great, Holmes said. Its been a long journey for me. Ive had some ups and downs, so its a great feeling to be out here and get one done. American Martin Flores carded a final-round 72 for sole possession of third place on 276. Jason Bohn carded a 70 for 277. US Open champion Justin Rose of England carded a 71 for fifth place on 278. Phil Mickelson, who won the most recent of his five major titles at the British Open last year, had charged into contention on Sunday with a nine-under par 63. But the US star slumped to a four-over 76 that included three bogeys and one doublebogey to fall into a tie for 11th on 281. Getting jump on juniors TERRITORY golf has jumped to the front of the queue by quickly embracing Golf Australia and the PGA of Australias historic joint-venture agreement aimed at boosting the landscape of junior golf development in Australia. Under the agreement, the PGA and Golf Australia will endorse and promote a single junior development program called MyGolf. It will be the nationally recognised junior golf program that will act as the main driver of junior participation in Australia in the same vein as Auskick in Australian football and In2Cricket. GolfNTs operations manager Brett Rankin hopes to have the program in place at clubs across the NT from midJuly, almost two months before our southern counterparts. Representatives from Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia will be in Darwin on May 27 to present the new format to GolfNTs administration and its clubs. In the past both the PGA and Golf Australia promoted and delivered separate junior development programs. The joint venture was created in an effort to both unite the Australian golfing industry under one brand and reduce duplication when introducing young people to golf. THIS years Emirates Australian Open will be played at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney from November 27-30. The first Open at the old course since 2007 when Craig Popeye Parry lifted the Stonehaven Cup, the championship will be the penultimate event on the 2014 PGA Tour of Australasia. Did you know the first Open championship was held at The Australian 110 years ago and the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus won three of his six titles there? The list of Open champions whove tamed the course includes Greg Norman, David Graham, Kel Nagle and Parry. DARWIN Golf Club has a busy month of May ahead of it with the women contesting the senior and junior NT titles from May 16-18 and the men and junior boys in action from May 29 to June 1. Humpty Doo Golf Club will have its days in the sun when the 36-hole Allied Pickfords Humpty Doo Open is contested on May 24-25. There is a 112-player limit on the Open, with entries closing on May 21. Late entries may be accepted depending on the numbers. Teen golfing talent Alizza Heatherington, 13, with Jason Jun, 11, and Max Miraglia, 9, will be able to enjoy a new junior development program called MyGolf, which starts in July Picture: HELEN ORR Nets edge Raptors in cliffhanger PAUL Pierce blocked Kyle Lowrys shot from the lane on the final play of the game as the Brooklyn Nets held off the Toronto Raptors 104-103 in Game 7 yesterday to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The Nets will begin the conference semi-finals at Miami tomorrow night to play the two-time defending NBA champion Heat. At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 32 points as the San Antonio Spurs led by as many as 31 on their way to rout of the Dallas Mavericks, closing out a tense first-round series in seven games. Leading by one point, Brooklyn used their final timeout after failing to inbound the ball. On the second opportunity, Shaun Livingston tried a lob pass to Pierce but Terrence Ross got a hand on the ball, then knocked it off Pierce and out of bounds to secure the turnover. Toronto used a time-out and gave the ball to Lowry, whose driving shot was blocked by Pierce as time expired. Lowry lay prone on the floor as the Nets surged onto the court in celebration. Joe Johnson scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nets. Marcus Thornton scored 17, Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his first doubledouble of the series and Deron Williams scored 13 points. Dallas played San Antonio in Game 7 of their series later yesterday. San Antonios Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, Danny Green added 16 points and Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 15 points each. The Spurs advance to face the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers, who beat the Houston Rockets in six games. Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Dallas.
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