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FRIDAY AUGUST 13 2021 SPORT 37 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Bathurst cancellation unthinkable MARK Skaife has urged the owner of the Bathurst 1000 blocking event to put his personal interests aside and allow the Supercars showpiece to go ahead for the good of the nation. In an impassioned plea to save Australias greatest car race which is in doubt because of a contractual dispute the V8 legend called on Bathurst Challenge owner Greg Evans to sign off on the Covid-revised Bathurst 1000 date. Evans, a car enthusiast who runs a V8 ride company, could force the Bathurst 1000 to be cancelled for the first time in its 61year history after booking the famous track for two consecutive weekends, even though his event runs over one weekend. The anti-siphoning, free-to-air regulation lists the events of national significance and Bathurst is firmly on that list, Skaife said. It is a stop the nation day in Austra lian sport. For an individual to put that in doubt is unthinkable. I would like to think he would be doing everything in his power to find an amicable resolution. With a contract that gives him exclusive rights to Mount Panorama for not only the weekend of his event but also the one before, Evans has so far refused to allow Supercars and Bathurst Regional Council to do a deal for the Bathurst 1000 to be held, beginning November 4. JAMES PHELPS CURVEBALL FOR PAC-MAN PHILIPPINES star Manny Pacquiao says the only danger in switching foes for next weeks world welterweight boxing title bout will be going from a southpaw foe to a righthanded opponent. The 42-year-old Filipino Senator puts on his gloves on August 21 in Las Vegas to face Cuban Yordenis Ugas after American Errol Spence Jr was forced out of the fight due to a left eye injury. Instead of facing unbeaten southpaw Spence for the WBC and IBF titles he holds, Pacquiao will fight for the WBA crown he once held against Ugas, a right-hander who had planned to defend the crown on the undercard. The only danger for this fight is the change in stance, Pacquiao said. Both Spence and Ugas are aggressive fighters, which I like. Manny Pacquiao. Englands twin blow ENGLAND could be without both Stuart Broad and James Anderson in a home Test for the first time in nearly a decade following a double injury setback at Lords. Broad, 35, has been ruled out of the rest of the fivematch series against India after pulling up with a calf problem ahead of the second Test at Lords that started Thursday night (NT time), which would have marked his 150th appearance in the format. Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Anderson is struggling with a thigh problem sustained on Wednesday. Broad suffered his injury warming up on Tuesday. TOP Territory sprintcar racer Chace Kaprenko is in form and on the hunt to reclaim the MMS Civil Northern Territory Sprintcar Title. Kaprenko, alongside 34 other racers, are in contention when they take on the prestigious race at Northline Speedway on August 14. Kaprenko has been the in-form driver at Northline Speedway this season with multiple fea t u r e wins to h i s name. H i s eyes are n o w f i r m l y on the title that has eluded him for the past five seasons. But he is far from alone in the chase with Lachlan McHugh coming in fresh from a stint in America where he recorded his careerbest season racking up 20 wins. And with Ben Atkinson, Ryan Farrel and Callum Williamson in the Monte Motorsport car also taking part it is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested titles in history. The Wingless Sprints will also have a great fields as they compete for the Duel in the North competition on August 13-14. Also on August 13 will be the Alan Spooner Memorial for the karts which is expected to have a huge field. Tickets can be purchased online at northlinespeedway.com.au Chace bid to reclaim his title NATHANIEL CHAMBERS Golden State is divided on Ben GOLDEN State Warriors are reportedly divided on whether trading for Ben Simmons and teaming him up with Draymond Green is a good idea or not. Simmons is desperate to get out of Philadelphia after a torrid post-season saw him vilified for refusing to take shots, including an open dunk in the Game 7 loss to Atlanta, with even teammate Joel Embiid drawing attention to it after the loss. According to multiple reports, Simmons wants to have a say in where he is traded and is particularly keen on heading to one of the California-based teams. Golden State is near the top of his list and has had contact with the 76ers over the Australian, albeit it so far to flatly refuse their audacious asking price of Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman, the No.7 and 14 picks in the recent NBA Draft, and two future firstround picks. However, the Warriors are still the current favourites to land Simmons, with a trade frenzy expected to erupt now that free agency is settling down a bit. But according to ESPNs Zach Lowe and Stephen A. Smith, the Warriors are split on whether Simmons would be able to fit in alongside Green, another player who is reluctant to shoot when the option to pass to Steph Curry or Klay Thompson is available. I think the Warriors in ternally are divided on the potential fit of Simmons with Draymond Green, Lowe said on his podcast The Lowe Post. Do you agree? Ive been told they are, Smith said in response. They are divided. And I get why, right, Lowe went on. Draymond doesnt really shoot anymore. Ben doesnt shoot I mean, Ben doesnt even dunk in Game 7 when hes got an open dunk but I wonder if were all overfretting a little bit. Because if you put those two with Steph (Curry), Klay (Thompson) and just, like, pick a shooter, so youre playing Draymond at the five and Simmons at the (four), the level of playmaking and shooting is I dont think the Warriors will do it. I dont quite know how I feel about it, but Im a little more positive about it than most people Ive talked to I think. The Golden State Warriors are reportedly divided on whether Australian Ben Simmons will be a good fit at their NBA team. Picture: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP SIMMONS WANTS TO MOVE TO CALIFORNIA Superstar Draymond Green.