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The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010

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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 37 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:18-JGE:37 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K m g 3 0 0 1 0 3 SPORT NT teenagers gold medal ride FromBackPage And Standish could hardly have scripted it any better, taking the lead in a breakaway of four riders on lap one. The next four laps were just a matter of who could keep up. Nothing went wrong for me, Standish said. Everything went the way I could have wanted and better. It was just a super-strong ride. After three laps I wasnt hurting as much as I thought I should have been so half way through that lap I had a dig. At the bottom of the hill I turned around to see where my rival was and he wasnt there any more. The tactic was significantly different in the short course event yesterday. Eventually his no-guts, no-glory dash for his second Aussie crown finished just short. The race only lasts 15 minutes so the plan was to go as hard as I could the whole race, he said. Saints too quick for Cardinals LOS ANGELES: Ben Graham is 196cm tall and carries 106kg of muscle, but the former AFL star-turned NFL punter was no match for New Orleans Saints speedster Reggie Bush yesterday. Grahams (pictured) Arizona Cardinals faced the Saints in New Orleans for a place in next weeks NFC championship game and a chance at the Super Bowl. With the Cardinals trailing 38-14 in the third quarter, Graham booted the ball deep into Saints territory, Bush caught it, cut through the Cardinals special teams unit and had just Graham to beat. Graham had no chance, with the slick Bush slicing past him and on to a s p e c t a c u l a r 8 3 - y a r d p u n t return touchdown. The play ended Graham and the Cardinals season. The Saints won 45-14 and will play the winner of the match-up between Australian punter M a t M c B r i a r s Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings. Bush was dominant, scoring two touchdowns and amassing 216 yards for the game. Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes. The Saints title quest has inspired a city still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina. These fans, they deserve a championship. Were going to try to give it to them, said Brees, who completed 23-of-32 passes for 247 yards. No club in NFL history has ever reached the Super Bowl after losing the final three regular-season games, but with the NFLs most prolific offence, the Saints have become a formidable gridiron force. Early peek at Open for charity ByKELLYRYAN inMelbourne EVERYONE was a winner when the Australian Open kicked off a day early for a charity match organised by world champion Roger Federer to raise money for the victims of the Haitian earthquake. Fans desperate for a tennis fix flooded Rod Laver Arena early, packing it to the rafters before spilling out on to Garden Square to watch stars of the grand slam stage their exhibition match. Stars of the sport, multimillionaires in their own right, won a legion of new fans and plenty of respect when they gave up a lazy Sunday for a good cause instead. Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, Andy Roddick, Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt joined Federer to team up to get the Open off to its most fabulous start ever. Spectators thrilled to pay just $10 to watch the top seed antics on centre court helped raise more than $160,000. Tin rattlers gathered another $20,000 with Maria Sharapova generously kicking in $10,000 from her own wallet to take the appeal to more than $200,000. Federer said he was moved to do something for the tens of thousands of victims on the other side of the world after following the tragedy on television in Melbourne. He was delighted with yesterdays success organised against the odds at extremely short notice in just 24 short hours. But on the Australian Open front Federer, not content with 15 grand slam trophies, says hes starting 2010 from scratch, ominously warning his challengers he has no immediate plans of relinquishing his kingpin status. I definitely do get very excited for many big events, many tournaments, trying to prove myself over and over again, and see if the hard work paid off, the Swiss top seed said ahead of his first-round clash tomorrow against Russian Igor Andreev. Playing in front of a nice crowd is always something special because in the off-season theres maybe two people hanging at the fence just walking by and seeing you practice. But this is where its special and you can get some momentum during the match because of the spectators. A new start to the season is in a way is always refreshing and exciting. Everything sort of starts at zero. I feel great. Sharapova, Clijsters, Nadal, Roddick and Andy Murray are the headline acts on day one. But Aussie hopes hang on comeback queen Jelena Dokic against Russian Alisa Kleybanova on RLA tonight after the match between Australian Peter Luczak and world No. 2 Nadal. Cool conditions forecast for the first half of the week at least will please players who have jetted in from colder conditions around the world. TEARY EYED: An emotional Jelena Dokic with boyfriend Tin Bikic yesterday. Picture: GEORGE SALPIGTIDIS Teary Dokic loses cool ahead of bigmatch ByMARKSTEVENS and LEO SCHLINK inMelbourne JELENA Dokic was close to tears in practice yesterday as her troubled Australian Open preparation plunged deeper into crisis. The Cinderella story at Melbourne Park a year ago, Dokic has had the worst possible lead-up to tonights match with Russian 27th seed Alisa Kleybanova on Rod Laver Arena. After a week of embarrassment capped by an Australian Federal Police investigation into the behaviour of her coach Borna Bikic and her boyfriend Tin Bikic, Dokic cracked during her final tune-up for the tournament. Working with revered Australian coach Tony Roche, Dokic became emotional, eventually fighting tears and burying her face in a towel. Dokic appeared disgruntled during the time the media was allowed to view the session and appeared unsure of her game, cursing as several shots hit the net. She barely acknowledged Roche in scenes similar to her first training session last week at Melbourne Park, which ended in similar fashion as she tearily bickered with her coach. But as the spotlight on Dokic intensified, her manager Brian Cooney of IMG, mounted a strong defence of his client, claiming she should be given a break. My personal view is, if she was left alone her mindset would be a lot better, Cooney said. She is just a terrific kid carrying a fairly large millstone. I really like Jelena and I get a bit cranky when this happens ... she is under the microscope and things tend to be blown out of proportion. Dokic is a $2.30 outsider with TAB Sportsbet tonight and would need a massive psychological turnaround to match last years heroics. Roche recently began working with Dokic. Now top seed in Territory sights ByPETERTIFFEN TERRITORY tennis player Brooke Milner has won through to the semifinals of the Seaside Junior Series No. 1 event in Adelaide. The third seed in the under-12 event was set to meet top seed Nicol Kramer in the semis. Milner has been in top form winning two events in South Australia so far this summer. And her run continued at the Seaside Tennis Club at Henley Beach. After a first-round bye, Milner downed Claudia May 6-3, 6-0 before sweeping past Sacha Rankin 6-2, 6-0 in the quarters. Brookes younger sister Nikki lost in the second round of the same tournament to Jeanette Lin 6-1, 6-0. But the siblings were seeded second in the doubles and were due to play Petra Hule and Georgia Minuzzo.