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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, February 25, 2012. NT NEWS. 51 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:25-FGE:51 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul 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 l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SPORT Three leaders in Singapore KATIE Futcher of the United States and South Koreas Jenny Shin each shot five-under 67s to join a threeway tie for the lead afteryesterdays second round of the $1.4 millionWomens Champions golf event in Singapore. Futcher and Shin both shot six birdies and one bogey to reach eight-under 136 alongwith firstround leader Angela Stanford, who had a 70. My putting has been great the last two days, so Im happy to bewhere Im at, Shin said. Durant fires Thunder in NBA KEVIN Durant scored 33 points to lead Oklahoma City to a 100-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers as the ThundermatchedMiami for the best record in the NBA. Russell Westbrook added 19 points, James Harden had 16 and Serge Ibaka chipped in 11 points with 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who improved to 27-7. Durant, selected as aWestern Conference starter for the All-Star exhibition on Sunday, also had six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Pike solid at halfway mark TERRITORY golf export Aaron Pike followed up a solid opening round with a good second day at the Queensland PGA Championship in Toowoomba yesterday. The Palmerston product carded his second consecutive round of 69 at City Golf Club to be two-under par 138 at the halfway stage of the $115,000 PGA Tour of Australasia event. Starting from the 10th hole, Pike opened with a bogey and made another on 16 before closing his first nine in style thanks to birdies on 17 and 18. Pike made it three on the trot with a three on the parfour first, then traded one more birdie and bogey in his round to sign for a 69 (37-32), leaving him seven shots off the pace set by Andrew Martin. Martin followed up his 65 from Thursday with a solid 67 yesterday to be at eight under par, one stroke clear of a three-way tie in second featuring Ashley Hall, Brody Ninyette and Ryan Haller. n MEANWHILE, Unho Park missed the cut of the US$300,000 SAIL-SBI Open in New Delhi. Park put himself in a strong position with a 71 on the opening day, but hit the wall in Thursdays second round, carding a disappointing 78. That left the Darwin export on five-over 149 at the halfway mark of the Asian Tour event, four shots from the cut mark of one over. It is the third time this year Park has failed to make the weekend of a tournament. GREGORMACTAGGART Surgerywont stopHewitt LLEYTONHewitt is confident his dream of playing in the London Olympics remains alive despite being ruled out for the next four months after undergoing foot surgery. Hewitt, who turned 31 yesterday, had the big toe of his left foot operated on in a bid to finally end the problemswhich have plagued him for five years. He said he had barely had one pain-free day in the past 12months andwas in considerable discomfort during the Australian Open. Allenby in sight of lead MEXICO: Australias Robert Allenby was three shots off the lead on a log-jammed leaderboard after the first round of the US PGA Tours Mayakoba Golf Classic at Playa del Carmen. Allenby fired a first round of 69 in windy conditions, while Greg Norman posted a 79 on the El Camaleon course which he designed. American Will Claxton shot a five-under-par 66 to top the leaderboard, completing his round without a bogey. He teed off on 10 and four of his five birdies came in a burst from the second through the fifth holes. The 30-year-old had a oneshot lead over a group of seven players Mark Anderson, Spains Alejandro Canizares, Matt Every, Charles Howell, John Huh, Englands Greg Owen and Marc Turnesa. Senden comes out on top of Day in Aussie match-up TUCSON: John Senden woke up knowing he was in for a tough match, but resolved he just needed to play solid consistent golf and wait for fellow Queenslander Jason Day to put pressure on himself. The tactic turned out to be pure genius as Senden hammered Day in the allAustralian second-round match at the WGC Match Play Championship in the Arizona desert. Senden, ranked 39th in the tournament, pummelled the seventh-ranked Day six and five to be the only Australian left in the final 16. Hell play Korean SangMoon Bae, who provided another upset by beating Mas ters champion Charl Schwartzel one-up. American Nick Watney bounced out former world No. 1 and countryman Tiger Woods with a one-up victory. Woods almost clawed back from two down with three to play but, despite sticking his approach on the last to just five and a half feet, he couldnt make the putt to force extra holes and was sent packing. Top seeds Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer all advanced. While Senden played consistent, impressive golf, Day was clearly out of sorts. I had the pressure on him early, Senden said. Then basically from there, I wanted to keep focused and keep the quality of shots going on, and I did that. Senden, not known as one of the best putters in golf, was also steely on the greens and just choked Day out of the match. He made four birdies, one bogey and didnt lose a hole. Sizzling Sri Lanka Nuwan Kulasekara and Thissara Perera celebrate Sri Lankas win over Australia last night Forrest stars, but all honours to tourists SCORECARD Australia v Sri Lanka One-day International at Bellerive Oval Australia Innings MWADE c Jayawardene b Kulasekera 5 DWARNER c Sangakkara bMaharoof 7 P FORREST c Maharoof bMathews 104 MCLARKE c Perera bMathews . . . . 72 MHUSSEY bMalinga . . . . . . . . 21 DHUSSEY not out . . . . . . 40 DCHRISTIAN st Sangakkara b Herath 6 B LEE not out . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Sundries (1b 1lb 3w) . . . . . . . . 5 SIXwickets for . . . . . . . . 280 Fall: 5 (Wade), 27 (Warner), 181 (Clarke), 201 (Forrest), 243 (MHussey), 250 (Christian). Bowling: LMalinga 10-0-56-1 (2w), N Kulasekera 10-0-59-1, F Maharoof 10-0-40-1, R Herath 9-0-45-1, AMathews 7-0-43-2, T Perera 4-0-35-0 (1w). Batting time: 221min.Overs: 50 Sri Lanka Innings M JAYAWARDENE stWade b Doherty 85 TDILSHAN c Forrest b Hilfenhaus . . 3 KSANGAKKARA cWarner b Christian 22 DCHANDIMAL lbw b Harris . . 80 L THIRIMANNE c Hilfenhaus b Christian 24 AMATHEWS cWarner b Christian . . 24 FMAHAROOF c Harris b Hilfenhaus 5 TPERERA not out . . . . . . . . 21 NKULASEKERA not out . . . . . . 4 Sundries (1b 6lb 8w) . . . . . . . . 15 SEVENwickets for . . . . . . 283 Fall: 55 (Dilshan), 90 (Sangakkara), 153 (Jayawardene), 202 (Thirimanne), 243 (Chandimal), 250 (Maharoof), 267 (Mathews). Bowling: B Lee 9.2-0-63-0, B Hilfenhaus 10-0-51-2 (2w/6), R Harris 6-0-43-1 (1w), D Christian 8-0-53-3 (1w), X Doherty 10-1-35-1, M Clarke 5-0-27-0, D Hussey 1-0-4-0. Batting time: 202min.Overs: 49.2 Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ), Bruce Oxenford (AUS).MatchReferee: Chris Broad (ENG).Third Umpire: Simon Fry (AUS). Sri Lankawonby 3wickets. Man of theMatch:Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka). Points: Sri Lanka 4, Australia 0. CRICKET A MAIDEN century from surprise packet Peter Forrest wasnt enough as Sri Lanka completed the biggest oneday international run chase at Bellerive Oval to down Australia by three wickets last night. Forrest made 104 off 138 balls to set the platform for Australias testing 6-280 but, on a belter of a pitch, Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene (85 off 81 balls) and Dinesh Chandimal (80 off 119) led the way as the visitors made 7-283 with four balls to spare. In chasing down the imposing target, they bettered Australias successful pursuit of 279 against Zimbabwe in Hobart in 2001. The in-form Sri Lankans go top of the tri-series table on 15 points, ahead of Australia (14) and World Cup holders India (10), who are now desperately in need of a win against the hosts in Sydney tomorrow. Sri Lanka had been cruising, at one stage 4-243, before quick wickets to Ryan Harris and Ben Hilfenhaus had the tourists needing 18 off the last two overs. They needed 14 off nine balls when Dan Christian claimed Angelo Mathews for 24 but a four and six in consecutive balls from hardhitting left-hander Thisara Perera had them back in range and Nuwan Kulasekaras first-ball boundary sealed the deal. Forrest, captain Michael Clarke (72 off 79) and the inform David Hussey (40no off 28) took full advantage of the conditions but only local spinner Xavier Doherty demanded respect from the Sri Lanka batsmen, finishing with the superb figures of 1-34, including the wicket of Jayawardene. Forrest is now averaging close to 60 after stepping into Ricky Pontings shoes at No. 3 and helping the home side recover from 2-27. Virtually unknown two weeks ago, the Queensland recruit capped a dream start to his international career, becoming the first Australian to score half-centuries in three of his first four ODI innings when he passed that mark off 78 balls in the 20th over. Forrest hit 10 fours and two sixes in a partnership of 154 for the third wicket with Clarke, in his return from a hamstring injury. Jayawardene got Sri Lanka off to a flyer, racing to 44 off 39 balls before his opening partner Dilshan Tillakaratne was caught by Forrest, making just three in an opening stand of 55.