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The Northern Territory news Wed 15 May 2019



The Northern Territory news Wed 15 May 2019

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WEDNESDAY MAY 15 2019 SPORT 49 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Smith faces huge test CAMERON Smith is bracing himself for a fierce examination at this weeks US PGA Championship on New Yorks Bethpage Black golf course. The 25-year-old Queenslander has never played the famously-difficult layout on Long Island and was unable to tee up in practice as heavy rain washed out the course. Smith was restricted to short-game practice only, while fellow Australian stars Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Adam Scott were not at the venue. World No.29 Smith was not in the field when the 6766m Bethpage Black hosted the 2012 and 2016 Barclays tournament during the US PGA Tours playoffs series. Basically, all Ive heard is how hard it is, and how long it plays, and its going to play long this week, Smith said.Kasper Asgreen Dane surges to win DENMARKS Kasper Asgreen won the second stage of the Tour of California, edging American Tejay van Garderen who seized the overall leaders yellow jersey. Asgreen, 24, notched his first World Tour victory with his triumph in the 214.5km stage that took riders over first and third category climbs from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider rode aggressively in the second half of the stage, joining what would be the winning break along with van Garderen Gianni Moscon and Tadej Pogacar. He surged with 100m left to overtake van Garderen, with Moscon settling for third. The stage win comes after Asgreen he finished second in the Tour of Flanders in April . Cameron Smith ond round at the Miami Open in March before withdrawing with a knee injury. The 23-time Grand Slam winner now ranked 11th also withdrew from Indian Wells in March with illness. Watched by husband Alexis Ohanian, Williams sealed victory on her second match point against her 64th-ranked opponent after 76 minutes on court. I felt good, I wasnt sure how it was going to feel, Williams said. Its been a while, I havent played a ton of matches this year, not by choice, just by force. I really, really, actually des despite 22 unforced errors by the American in the first set. I havent been able to train or practise a lot, I was out much longer than I expected, she explained. I did everything I could to stay fit and keep my cardio up. I love the clay season and wanted to do everything to be a part of it and Im here. Ive just been on this diet basically. Its been awful. When youre sedentary, it becomes hard to manage your body. So its just basically you have to eat grass. It was a nightmare. But it worked and it paid off. It will be another family af fair on the courts of the Foro Italico when she plays Venus, with the sisters last meeting in 1998, 21 years ago. Thats crazy, Serena said. I mean, it was like the semi-finals or the finals. No, the quarter-finals? I vaguely remember. We play each other a lot. It seems like every tournament nowadays we meet early. Yeah, it is what it is. Well see. She has a tough first round. Venus, meanwhile, came out on top of a tight contest that went all the way to a thirdset tie-break despite letting the Belgian back in by missing six match points on her serve. perately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing, but it hasnt been able to work out. It felt good to finally be back out. Hopefully, Ill be able to keep it up. Despite her lack of practice, 10th-seeded Williams was never threatened by Peterson, It felt good to finally be back out S E R E N A W I L L I A M S Serena Williams will tackle sister Venus in the second round of the Italian Open Picture: GETTY TIME DOES FLY SERENA Williams will take on sister Venus in the second round of the Italian Open more than two decades after they last met on the red clay of Rome after both advanced in different styles yesterday. Four-time Rome winner Serena, 37, returned after two months out injured, easing through 6-4, 6-2 against Swedish qualifier Rebecca Petersen. But 38-year-old Venus, whose only Rome title came in 1999, needed more than three hours to battle past Belgian Elise Mertens 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4). Serena has not played since a hard-fought, three-set win, also over Petersen, in the sec Coutures heroics cant stop the Blues DEFENCEMEN Vince Dunn and Robert Bortuzzo scored second-period goals that helped the St. Louis Blues overcome another big game from San Joses Logan Couture with a 4-2 win yesterday that tied the Western Conference final at one game apiece. Dunns second goal of the postseason gave the Blues a 2-0 lead and Bortuzzo then added his first career playoff goal late in the period after Couture had tied the score. Jaden Schwartz and Oskar Sundqvist also scored and Jordan Binnington made 23 saves to send the Blues home for Game 3 on Thursday tied in the series. Couture scored his goals in a span of 1:59, giving him an NHL-leading 13 this postseason but the Sharks couldnt get anything else and lost their third straight Game 2 after winning the series opener. Martin Jones made 21 saves. Couture tried to take over the game for the sluggish Sharks after they fell behind 2-0 in the second period on Dunns point shot that beat Jones through a screen. The Blues were in position to add onto that lead after a questionable interference call against Marcus Sorensen when Couture single-handedly turned things around. He took the puck from Alex Pietrangelo at the blue line and skated in on Binnington for the short-handed goal just 16 seconds into St. Louis man advantage, waking up the crowd. Couture struck again shortly after the penalty was killed, taking a stretch pass from Timo Meier and firing a shot between the pads for the equaliser, giving him 100 career postseason points. The Blues then answered late in the period with a pretty goal from an unlikely source. Bortuzzo passed the puck from the point to Tyler Bozak and skated in behind Joe Thornton. He then took a pass from Joel Edmundson and beat Jones with a backhander into the top corner for his first career playoff goal. Bortuzzo added a big blocked shot in the third when Kevin Labanc got a pass in the slot with time to shoot. The Blues then killed off a power play later in the period before getting the insurance goal with 3:08 remaining.

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