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The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, February 22, 2012. NT NEWS. 51 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:22-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 Reed out of Supercross series SUPERCROSS star Chad Reed has been ruled out of the rest of this years series after sufferingmultiple injuries in a horrific crash. One of Australias highestpaid sportsmen, Reedwas badly hurt at last weekends Dallas round of the AMA Supercross while challenging for the race lead. Initial scans have revealed Reed has torn his anterior cruciate ligament, broken his tibia and fibula, sustained two broken ribs and has a broken vertebra. Olympic chance for DArcy NICK DArcy has been cleared for a shot at his first Olympics after officials declared the controversial swimmer eligible for selection. The Australian Olympic Committee announced yesterday that DArcy would be allowed on the team should he qualify at next months trials. It came after Swimming Australia told Olympic officials it had decided not to remove DArcy from a shadow selection squad, picked prior to the swimmer filing for bankruptcy in December. Raiders choose Campese TERRY Campese has been named captain of Canberra for the upcoming NRL season. Five-eighth Campese takes over fromAlan Tongue, who retired at the end of last year. I love the Raiders and Im extremely honoured to be named captain of the club I have been a part of sincemy youth, Campese said. Theres been somemagnificent leaders in the past, including themost recent in Alan Tongue, and I hope I can continue on fromwhere he left off. Veteran back for the Roos SQUAD Mark Bresciano, Alex Brosque, Nick Carle, David Carney, Brett Emerton, Harry Kewell, Michael Marrone, Mark Milligan, Lucas Neill (capt), Jade North, Sasa Ognenovski, Erik Paartalu, Mathew Ryan, Adam Sarota, Mark Schwarzer, Matthew Spiranovic, Michael Thwaite, Archie Thompson, James Troisi. SOCCEROOS coach Holger Osieck says World Cup veteran Mark Bresciano is mentally refreshed and ready to help the team reach the sports showpiece event for a third straight time. Bresciano, 32, who has represented Australia 57 times, including at the past two World Cups, ruled himself out of national representation after the 2010 Cup in South Africa. After an 18-month absence, he has been welcomed back by Osieck for next weeks qualifier against Saudi Arabia. The Socceroos will top their group and reach the final qualifying stage regardless of the result of the February 29 AAMI Park clash. Osieck still named a strong 19-man squad, including captain Lucas Neill, first-choice goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, and A-League stars Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton. Schwarzer was one of just three European-based players. There were nine from the A-League, including potential debutants Michael Marrone, Erik Paartalu and Mat Ryan. Osieck said he met with Bresciano, who plays for United Arab Emirates club Al Nasr, when the Socceroos were in Saudi Arabia for their qualifier, in November. Although I was quite pleased with the progress we have made as a team, we still need additional experience, additional quality, Osieck said. Jets butt heads with FFA SOCCER ByTOMSMITHIES THE toxic fallout from Clive Palmers disintegrating relationship with Football Federation Australia spread further last night after Newcastle Jets announced they would seek legal advice over his revelation they paid several times what Palmer did for an A-League licence. During Palmers TV ap pearance on Monday night in which he fired a broadside of allegations at the FFA he claimed that Hunter billionaire Nathan Tinkler had paid a multi-million-dollar fee to take the Jets over from Con Constantine. That compared, he said, with the $500,000 he had paid. Poor old Nathan Tinkler had to fork out $7million for his licence, Palmer said. That sparked the Jets into claiming they have been charged the most of all the A-League clubs by FFA for a licence The Jets can confirm the FFA charged a substantial fee for its club licence, the club said in a statement. This money was paid in good faith as the Jets were advised from the FFA it was a standard fee. It has since become apparent at the time of acquisition the Jets were the only owners to be charged a multi-milliondollar fee. The Jets are currently reviewing this transaction and considering its legal options. The statement emphasised that Tinklers Hunter Sports Group remained 100 per cent committed to the Newcastle Jets. Though Jets officials declined to comment further, its believed the dispute has been brewing for several weeks and A-League boss Lyall Gorman fired back last night. There is a difference between a licence fee and an acquisition fee, and the distinction is important, said Gorman. Nonetheless, it is another major headache for the FFA, still deciding whether it has the stomach for an expensive legal fight to take back Palmers Gold Coast licence. Tinklers takeover of Newcastle in September 2010 happened at high speed, with Constantine becoming unable to fund the club. There is already one substantial dispute between head office and the Jets, with Jason Culina and the club having jointly filed a grievance claim potentially worth $2 million against FFA over the fact Culina was not insured to play in the A-League. Favourite Samaready drew barrier eight for Saturdays Blue Diamond but will likely come in to barrier seven for the $1million Group 1 event Seven may just be that lucky number HORSE RACING BLUE Diamond favourite Samaready may have to overcome a 32-year drought for her barrier but Mick Price cant fault the filly. Samaready drew gate eight but if the emergencies dont gain a start, she will come in to barrier seven, last successful when Aare won the 1980 renewal of the 1200m Group 1 race at Caulfield . Price has run second, third, fourth and fifth in the Diamond, as well as losing the 2003 Diamond with Rodean on a positive swab. I think Ive got the right horse, right gate and right jockey, Price said. There looks like there is good speed . . . youve got 16 two-year-olds trying to win a Blue Diamond theyre not going to stack up. I reckon well be on the third line Froggy (Craig Newitt) just gets the chance to ride a race. You cant be too scientific about it, he (Newitt) knows whats going on. He knows hes riding a real live chance. Price said hes tried to allow Samaready dominant winner of the fillies Diamond Prelude in faster time than General Rippa, winner of the colts and geldings Prelude to progress on an upward plane. Price said Newitt was effusive about Samaready after working her yesterday at the course proper over 800 metres with stablemate Al Aneed, who is fourth emergency for the Diamond. They didnt blaze away. Craig sat quietly on her, she worked with plenty in hand and he got off and said, This thing has improved so much, Price said. Dwayne Dunn, searching to break free of the joint ownership of most Diamond wins, which he shares with Roy Higgins, yesterday drove to Euroa to partner Mamas Choice in a gallop. Dunn left suitably impressed that the filly can certainly make her presence felt. Craig Williams, searching for his first Diamond win after a second on Miss Finland and Hallowell Belle, described his ride Armed For Action as the X-factor. He said: Theres a bit of the unknown factor about her but shes won at both her runs.