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The Northern Territory news Tue 14 Dec 2010



The Northern Territory news Tue 14 Dec 2010

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36 NT NEWS. Tuesday, December 14, 2010. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -D E C -2 0 1 0 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 Johnson, Poulterwin Shootout AMERICAN Dustin Johnson and Englands Ian Poulter combined for a 13-under 59 in the final scramble to beat Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell by two strokes in the Shark Shootout in Florida yesterday. Johnson and Poulter took the lead with birdies on their first four holes and cruised the rest of the way, finishing with a 30-under total of 186. Northern Irelands Clarke and McDowell (59) never got closer than two shots, though Poulter felt the pressure. Six charged in Spanish scandal Six people, including the coach of former world 3000m steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez, were charged with public health offences and trafficking in illegal substances yesterday as a major doping probe continued. The six were Cesar Perez, the coach of Dominguez, athlete Alberto Garcia, former cyclist Alberto Leon, fitness trainer Manuel Pascua Piqueras and Jose Alonso Valero, a former athlete and agent and Eufeminao Fuentes. Spaniard goes back to back SPANIARD Pablo Martin, 24, survived a late scare yesterday to become the first golfer in two years to successfully defend a European Tour event. He is also the first to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship twice at Leopard Creek, finishing two-under 70 for a total of 277 and a two-stroke win. Irelands Padraig Harrington was the last golfer to win the same European Tour event in consecutive seasons, lifting the British Open in 2007 and the following year. Peter Senior drills the putt to seal a victory against Geoff Ogilvy at the Australian PGA Championship on Queenslands Sunshine Coast Picture: BRADLEY KANARIS Peter flies Senior flag LEADERBOARD Australian PGA Championship Coolum Final Round - 276: Peter Senior (Aus) 70 67 68 71 (won on second play-off hole), Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 70 69 71 66. 277: Peter Fowler (Aus) 66 70 70 71, Andre Stolz (Aus) 67 69 70 71, Nick OHern (Aus) 70 70 68 69. 278: Robert Gates (US) 64 69 71 74, Matthew Griffin (Aus) 68 70 72 68, Aaron Townsend (Aus) 68 67 70 73, Richard Green (Aus) 72 68 70 68. 279: Akio Sadakata (Jpn) 67 72 67 73, John Senden (Aus) 69 65 74 71. 280: Wen-Chong Liang (Chn) 66 68 75 71, Robert Allenby (Aus) 70 68 72 70. 281: Marc Leishman (Aus) 72 71 72 66, Brad Kennedy (Aus) 68 72 73 68. 282: Andrew Buckle (Aus) 64 75 72 71, David McKenzie (Aus) 73 68 72 69. GOLF By JIM TUCKER at Coolum SNAPSHOT Score of the Day: A six-under closing round of 66 by Geoff Ogilvy secured him a play-off berth, but unfortunately his putting touch deserted him when it counted. Stat of the Day: Five. Thats how many days it took to find a winner of the PGA after heavy rain on Sunday forced it to become the first tournament since the Australian Open in 1987 to finish on a Monday. Key Moment: Andre Stolz slamming his drive into the water at the 18th when all he needed was a par to get into a play-off or a birdie to win. Quote of the Day: Age is nothing Tom Watson showed that when he nearly won the British Open (at age 59 last year), Peter Senior said after collecting his third PGA title, 21 years after the first. Summary: The old dogs Peter Senior and Peter Fowler took the honours from the young guns, but Geoff Ogilvy believes he is ready for a big 2011. NERVELESS golden oldie Peter Senior has ridden his age is nothing mantra and a priceless putting tip into the record books as one of golfs rare breed to claim tournament triumphs across five different decades. The tee-totaller yesterday toppled Australian Open champion Geoff Ogilvy at the second play-off hole on Hyatt Coolums glory-or-bust closing hole. It was a champagne shootout to win his third PGA title, 21 years after his first in 1989, and the firm 51-year-old grip, which had guided his broomstick putter so truly on five days of short putts, reached only for a stiff diet Coke to celebrate.Im feeling no older than I look 60, the grey nomad said with a chuckle as the oldest winner of the PGA after Ogilvys threeputt bogey lost it to Seniors steady par. Age is nothing. Tom Watson proved that when he nearly won the British Open (at 59), so we are really lucky that we play a long-life sport. The older you get the more you treasure victories because they are not going to come along all that often. Kel Nagle won a NZ PGA event at 55 in 1975 but neither he, Kiwi Bob Charles or the great Gary Player could stretch their winning ways in pro events into five different decades as Senior has remarkably done. The immortal Sam Snead won in five decades from his 1930s youth to the 1970s and made it six if you count his Seniors Tour victories in the early 1980s. The restless Senior had been up at 2.30am watching a junk movie and re-runs of Knight Rider and The Rockford Files over a coffee because he was fidgeting and thinking about the chip out from among tree roots that he had to start with on the 10th at 6am. The overnight leader slipped back with a bogey, missed a short birdie putt on the par-3 11th and pulled his drive into trees on the 12th so all his composure was called on to steady the ship. Seniors $270,000 cheque pushed him above $1 million in earnings for 2010, handy superannuation after his cool 3m putt for birdie on the last hole of regulation play caught the surging Ogilvy at 12-under-par to force the play-off. Hes a class act and always has been, Ogilvy said of Senior. Eels unlikely to land Inglis PARAMATTA is prepared to splash cash to boost its diminishing stocks in the outside backs, but the NRL club isnt hopeful of luring Greg Inglis. Star centre Timana Tahu is expected to leave any day now, while experienced winger Eric Grothe shocked teammates yesterday when he retired immediately. That added to speculation the Eels could make a play for Inglis should the NRL not approve his South Sydney deal. Salary cap auditor Ian Schubert is understood to be concerned about thirdparty deals at South. New Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney had worked with Inglis for the star centres career to date, as assistant coach of Melbourne. While the Eels doubt theyll get Inglis, Kearney confirmed former Manly and Penrith winger Chris Hicks was a target. Good bet NRL will cash in MANLY chairman Scott Penn predicts sports betting will be the NRLs new cash cow. After the Federal Court recently ruled Racing NSW would receive 1.5 per cent of every dollar bet on the sport, NRL teams may feel buoyed to push their case. This ruling would see a return of between $50 million to $60 million a year put back into racing and, while TAB Sportsbet and Betfair can seek leave to appeal to the High Court, the ruling is not likely to be overturned. The decision has given NRL teams hope that their sport may follow suit. Penn voiced his predictions when announcing the Sea Eagles new deal with sports betting agency Centrebet worth almost $1 million. The companys name will be on the back of the maroon and white jersey for the next two seasons. Winter Olympic hero named AIS award winner Lydia Lassila AERIAL skier Lydia Lassila has scooped another award off the back of her gold medal win at Februarys Winter Olympics, being named the 2010 Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Athlete of the Year last night. Lassila, who soared among the mist to claim Australias second gold medal of the Vancouver Games, had al ready won the Don award at the Sports Australia Hall Of Fame. Lassila trumped the likes of Alicia Coutts (swimming), Matthew Cowdrey (Paralympic swimming), Jamie Dwyer (hockey), Anna Meares (cycling) and Laser sailor Tom Slingsby to claim the award. Lassila became the 27th winner of the Institutes top award. Other winners included 19-year-old gymnast Lauren Mitchell for AIS Junior Athlete of the Year, while Coach of the Year was won by Australian mens hockey coach Ric Charlesworth his team taking out the AIS Team of the Year. Vic still fighting to overturn points decision Vic Darchinyan AUSTRALIAS threedivision boxing world champion Vic Darchinyan is set to meet stablemate Yonnhy Perez next March, though his camp still holds out some hope his contentious loss to Mexican Abner Mares will be overturned. Darchinyan suffered a split points defeat by the unbeaten Mares in the US on Sunday. Mares advanced to the final of the four-man bantamweight tournament at Tacoma and will fight Ghanas Joseph Agbeko, who scored a unanimous points win over IBF world champion Perez in the other semi-final. Darchinyan will now fight Colombian Perez who, like the Australian, is managed by American promoter Gary Shaw. However, the Darchinyan camp was upset by the scoring of judge Tom McDonough, who had Mares winning 115-111 and gave the Mexican each of the last seven rounds.

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