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The Northern Territory news Tue 12 Mar 2013



The Northern Territory news Tue 12 Mar 2013

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38 NT NEWS. Tuesday, March 12, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -M A R -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 3 8 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v7FOOTROT FLATS SPORT l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Four sacked, tour in chaos FromBackPage have done something unbelievably wrong and obviously everyone knows what those rules are it is very harsh. The 16-man touring party was asked to complete a personal review of the teams culture and expectations and the improvements needed to be made for the third Test starting Thursday. Watson, Pattinson, Khawaja and Johnson failed to submit a personal analysis prompting team hierarchy, with the support of skipper Michael Clarke, to immediately rule the group out for the Test in Mohali. Arthur said it was the toughest day of his coaching career, but that the decision was a line in the sand for Australian cricket. Tasmanian Richie Porte pumps his fist at the finish of the Paris-Nice race. Porte now leads the world rankings Picture: AP Skys the limit for Porte now in big Tours CYCLING THE cycling tour known as the race to the sun has left Tasmanian Richie Porte seeing plenty of blue sky. Porte is the first Australian to win Paris-Nice and this put him into the lead of the World Tour rankings. His No.1 ranking could be brief, given TirrenoAdriatico in Italy ends tomorrow, but the achievement underscores his domination of the French race. It also highlights the quality of firepower available to Team Sky ahead of the Giro dItalia and Tour de France. The British super team have Brad Wiggins as their main rider at the Giro and Chris Froome is likely to lead the assault on the Tour. In January, rival Andy Schleck suggested Porte could be Skys dark horse at the Giro or Tour. Porte and compatriot Michael Rogers were outstanding in last years Tour as they supported Wiggins and Froome, who finished first and second overall. He climbs as well as Froome or Bradley. Hes the guy they dont announce, Schleck said of Porte. But after coming relatively late into professional cycling, Porte ruled out any likelihood of becoming a main contender on the Tour later this year. Im still doing my apprenticeship, Im still learning from Bradley and Chris Froome, so I dont expect to go to the Tour and ride for general classification, he said. Im in a good place at the moment and dont really want to change anything. Whatever happens, were going to have a hell of a team for the Tour de France. Porte rode away from his rivals to win stage five in a summit finish, and take the overall lead. He won the 9.6km time trial up Col dEze near his Monaco home. Thursto aims to lead NQ to glory RUGBY LEAGUE ByTODDBALYM JOHNATHAN Thurston wants to be remembered as a North Queensland premiership captain with the Test star adamant the title window at the Cowboys will be open for the next few seasons. Thurston yesterday became the best-paid rugby league player of all time when he signed a four-year, $5 million contract that will keep him in Townsville until the end of 2017. Thurston said he knew he was committing himself to the best possible chance of a second NRL premiership by staying up north. Test props Matt Scott (to the end of 2017) and James Tamou (2016), plus centre Kane Linnett (2016), Gavin Cooper (2014), Antonio Winterstein (2016), Tariq Sims (2015) and Jason Taumalolo (2015) are among the key personnel tied up for the coming seasons. Its part of the reason that I stayed that we probably have got a small window of opportunity to win a premiership over the next few years, Thurston said.. I think its great that the club has been able to retain players that they have and certainly its good for us moving forward and hopefully we can do some good things over the next few years. While Thurston, 29, now enters the stratosphere as one of the richest sportsmen living in Australia, he insisted money was not the be all and end all behind his decision. His partner Samantha Lynch is expecting their first child in June and he admitted it was a desire to raise a family in Townsville that helped him reject enormous offers from the likes of Penrith and Canterbury. There was also the handy sweetener from co-captain Scott that hed babysit Thurston junior if he stayed in Townsville. He is certainly going to regret that, Thurston said. Im over the moon to get to stay in Townsville and play for North Queensland for another four years. There was a lot of factors but certainly the lifestyle, the friends weve made up here was a big factor and were expecting a child soon and that was part of the reason why I wanted to stay. Home final looms for United ADELAIDE United has all but locked in a home A-League final and left Melbourne Hearts top-six chances creaking with a 2-0 win at AAMI Park last night. Dario Vidosics first-half penalty and a second-half goal to winger Iain Ramsay snapped the Reds indifferent form and Hearts good home run. The victory lifts Adelaide nine points clear of fifth place with three matches remaining, with the third and fourth-placed sides at the end of the regular season guaranteed home finals. But Heart now slide to second-bottom after other weekend results went against them, though they are just a win out of the top six in the battle to make the playoffs. ADELAIDE UNITED 2 (Dario Vidosic 40m pen, Iain Ramsay 53m) d MELBOURNE HEART 0 at AAMI Park. Crowd: 5393. Referee: Chris Beath.

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