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The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011



The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011

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38 NT NEWS. Tuesday, May 3, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 8 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v1FOOTROT 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 Evans claimsRomandiewin CADEL Evans preparations for this years Tour de France seem on track after he claimed victory in the Tour de Romandie yesterday. In his secondwin in the Switzerland-based six-day event, he finished in themain group at the end of a 164.6km stage from Champagne to Geneva to retain his 18-second overall lead. Despite the victory, Evans said hewould not change his mind on not competing in the upcoming Giro dItalia as he focuses on the Tour de France. Wildcards for Dellacqua, Tomic CASEY Dellacqua and Bernard Tomic have been given Tennis Australias two covetedwildcards into the main draw at the French Open, starting onMay 22. Dellacqua, whomade her tournament comeback in February after about a year out with injuries, will join compatriots Samantha Stosur, Jarmila Gajdosova, Anastasia Rodionova and Jelena Dokic in thewomens field. Tomics wildcard follows an Australian Open campaign in which he reached the third round. Race fire survivor back home V8 SUPERCAR driver Karl Reindler is out of hospital and resting at home in Perth after his incredible escape from a burning Holden Commodore at Barbagallo Raceway. Reindler has second-degree burns to his hands andminor burns to his face after his car stalled on the grid, was rear-ended, and exploded in flames on Sunday. Somehow he clawed his way out of the inferno as his $600,000 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing car was all but incinerated. OBryan nears Ivy dream BASKETBALL By IANBUTTERWORTH Claire OBryan DARWIN basketball scoring machine Claire-Maree OBryan is about to step towards her dream of gaining a US Ivy League college basketball scholarship. The Lightning point-guard leaves Australia on June 5 to take up a postgraduate scholarship at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Ive thought about this since I was 13 years old, said OBryan, who turns 18 at the end of May. My dream is to get into one of the Ivy League colleges and major in behavioural neuroscience, but I was too late for admissions this year. The Hill School is good academically but, importantly, it has an excellent basketball reputation, and playing sport at a high level is an advantage for Ivy League scholarships. OBryan will be a boarder at The Hill School but has only a half-financial aid scholarship and is looking for sponsorship of any kind to help bridge the gap. I will have to find around $25,000 to fully fund the scholarship and would be grateful for any kind of assistance, she said. OBryans last representative duties will be with the NT womens team at the Arafura Games next week. And, sadly for her, the playing days with Lightning in the Darwin Basketball Association may be over after the final minor round again st Eagles on May 31. Ill miss the Lightning crew and they will always remain in my heart, she said. Any form of scholarship bridging assistance will be gratefully received and can be directed to Lightning club coach Jason Ivinson, through the Darwin Basketball Association. United blames referee Manchester Uniteds Wayne Rooney and opponent Alex Song getting acquainted after the Arsenal player produced a crunching tackle on Rooneys teammate Patrice Evra at the Emirates Stadium yesterday SIR Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United paid the price for a refereeing error in the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal yesterday as the Premier League title race was blown wide open. Ferguson believes referee Chris Foy got it wrong when he failed to award an 88th minute penalty following Gael Clichys clumsy challenge on Michael Owen. The United manager acknowledged Arsenal itself had a good claim for a spotkick turned down when Nemanja Vidic handled Theo Walcotts cross in the first half. But having seen Chelsea close the gap at the top to three points 24 hours earlier, after benefiting from two dubious decisions in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham, Ferguson attempted to set the agenda ahead of the Blues decisive trip to Old Trafford on Sunday. The title race swung Chelseas way eleven months ago when Didier Drogba scored the winning goal despite being in an offside position in the corresponding fixture and Ferguson is anxious to avoid a repeat. Its too big a game not to get the decisions right, Ferguson said. Arsenal is now six points off top with three games left and manager Arsene Wenger refuses to call time on championship ambitions. Jess shoots her way into national side NETBALL By JESSWEBSTER Jess Johannsen TERRITORIAN Jess Johannsen continues her meteoric rise up the national netball ranks after her selection in the Australian U19 side following the National Championships last week. The Centralian, who moved to South Australia this year after accepting an AIS scholarship, had an outstanding tournament as a shooter for the Croweaters. SA finished fourth in the under-19 competition with Johannsen shooting 100 per cent in two matches, which got her noticed by national selectors. It is the first year I got selected by my own right and not just invited (to the training camp) and its great, Johannsen said. I played a good competition so I thought I would hopefully get in. When they said my name I just said, Phew I can breathe now. The Australian squad, led by former NT U19 coach Stacey West, will hold a development camp at the Australian Institute of Sport before taking on the Samoan national team preparing for the 2011 World Netball Championships campaign. The NT U19s finished sixth and the U17s last. U17 duo Deni Taulelei and Joanne Morrison were picked as invitees to the training camp, in Canberra next month. RWC ticket sales slump EXPENSIVE tickets and accommodation and disasters are deterring Australians from snapping up tickets for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand later this year, travel agents say. While sales started well, they slowed dramatically over summer. Total Sports Travel, an official tournament agent, says sales have been less than ideal. General manager Mike Jones said the Queensland floods were a deterrent and the Christchurch earthquake on February 22 certainly didnt help. Costly ticket prices and expensive accommodation were also factors, he said. There were cases of hotels charging up to 500 per cent more than their normal rates.