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The Northern Territory news Thu 27 Oct 2011



The Northern Territory news Thu 27 Oct 2011

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36 NT NEWS. Thursday, October 27, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 7 -O C T -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 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 Muster calls it quits after loss AUSTRIAN tennis legend ThomasMuster wrapped up his tennis career at the age of 44 on Tuesday, losing in straight sets to teenage compatriot Dominic Thiem in an emotional exit at the Austrian Open. The 1995 Roland Garros French Open champion and former No. 1 who ruled the clay surface in the 1990s and was known for his ironman training regime, was unable towork amiracle in Vienna against Thiem as hewent down 6-2 6-3. No-play costs fourweeks pay MANCHESTER City star Carlos Tevez has been hit with a 1million ($A1.54million) fine following the angry bust-up during the Champions League clash with BayernMunich, the Premier League club announced. A statement from City said Tevez widely reported to be earning 250,000 ($385,600) per week had been fined four weeks wages following his refusal to play during the clubs 2-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena. NBA stars head toAustralia THEworlds best basketballers are heading to Australia for a two-game supershow in a fortnight. NBA all-stars Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and DwyaneWade have all reportedly confirmed their availability for the super tour to take place in the next fortnight while the NBA lockout drags on, according to a report from ESPN. Melbournes Rod Laver Arenawill host the two exhibitionmatches on November 8 and 9. Ansetts Lauren Flanegan (right) looks for a way through the Warriors defence at Marrara Stadium on Tuesday night Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Ansett takes a dive By IAN BUTTERWORTH IN a battle of the giants, Uni Rebels put Ansett on notice after demoralising the Blues 66-46 in their Darwin Airport Resort League mens basketball top-two clash on Tuesday night. Ansett lost in round one of the Championship Season, but has ruled the mens division since then, and the loss will serve as a reminder that it is the hunted. Rebels led 20-16 after one quarter of play and then built up the cushion with a strong 15-7 second term for a 35-23 lead at half-time. With Uni on top defensively, holding Blues high-scoring forward Daniel Florance to just eight points, the buffer was never breached. Livewire guard Marcus Chng, who has been controlling the Rebels game plan, hit a season and game high 20 points. Rashad Chase (18 points) top-scored for the Blues, while Matt Hunt added 15. Tracy Village Jets hit the ton for the first time this season, rambling past the Warriors 110-77. Travis Ellis hit a season high 43 points for Jets and Warrior recruit, Phil Collins, lit up the scoreboard with 26 on debut. Eagles got the better of Lightning, winning 93-74, which consolidates their place in the top four. In womens action, Ansett blasted off in the first quarter against Warriors for a 20-8 lead, that they extended to a 72-31 win. Lauren Flanegan shot a game high 21 points for the Blues, supported by competition leading scorer Sam Drescher (19). Competition leaders Uni Rebels ran roughshod over the Eagles early in their game and thumped the Birds 90-58, to stay one game in front of the pack after 15 rounds of play. The Tracy Village Jets women dumped Lightning 82-41 and continue to fly high as finals approach. Stosur in breakthrough win over Sharapova Sam Stosur COACH Dave Taylor rates Samantha Stosurs breakthrough victory over Maria Sharapova in the top five wins of her tennis career. But equally exciting for Taylor was the way US Open champion Stosur went about the 6-1 7-5 triumph at the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul. The result in their opening round-robin match ended Stosurs careerlong, nine-match losing streak against world No. 2 Sharapova and also showed another side to her game. The Australian has long been criticised as too onedimensional and overly reliant on her kick serve and thumping forehand to get her out of trouble. Her speed on the court and backhand have been considered liabilities, and even her serve and forehand strengths tended to play into the hands of taller players such as Sharapova and Venus Williams. Her tactical nous has rare ly come in for praise, but it was different on Tuesday night at Sinan Erdem Arena as she banished some of her few remaining demons. Stosurs improved court speed, scrambling plus court smarts contributed to another landmark victory less than seven weeks after her career-defining US Open success. The result put Stosur on track to reach Saturdays semi-finals of the top eightwoman competition with the top two players from each group advancing. United hit back after big loss SIR Alex Ferguson says his second-string players are giving him a selection headache after Manchester Uniteds League Cup win at Aldershot. Goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia earned a 3-0 win at the Recreation Ground and a place in the quarter-finals of the competition. It came two days after Fergusons first team was humbled 6-1 by Manchester City at Old Trafford in the Premier League. We have a fantastic squad and that is why I had to play these players, they needed games, Ferguson said. They have not had many firstteam games because the consistency of the team is very good and we have not had to make changes. But Michael Owen, every time he plays he scores. Its a fantastic record he has got. You cannot ignore that. o England and Chelsea captain John Terry is to face an investigation by the English Football Association over claims he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. An FA statement said that the organisation had received a complaint of alleged racist abuse stemming from an incident in Sundays stormy west London derby won 1-0 by QPR. The FA will now begin to make enquiries into this matter. The FA takes seriously any allegations of discrimination and abuse of this type, the statement said. Start in world cycling tour seems inevitable AUSTRALIAS first Pro Tour cycling team on the UCI World Tour appears a formality with GreenEDGE officials confident of approval within a week. GreenEDGE Cyclings team has been ranked by the UCI in the top 15 teams based on the racing deeds of its riders, the major step in meeting criteria to join the World Tour. Officials of the Australian franchise are now awaiting UCI evaluation of their ethical, financial and administrative set-up before being accepted into the prestigious tour. Im very confident but dont want to get too carried away, GreenEDGE Cycling director Andrew Ryan said on Wednesday. Hollywood has Olympic stars in her eyes KATE Hollywoods determination not to be written off has been rewarded with a chance to press Olympic selection claims for the Hockeyroos in the six-Test series against China starting on Wednesday. Hollywood, a veteran of 139 Tests, was dropped from the national squad in January. But she resolved to fight her way back into London Olympics contention, in recent months travelling to play in the New Zealand league and the Dutch club competition to work on her game while also switching from midfielder to defender. The series will be played in Western Australia before an initial Olympic squad is named on November 7.