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The Northern Territory news Mon 8 Nov 2021



The Northern Territory news Mon 8 Nov 2021

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MONDAY NOVEMBER 8 2021 SPORT 29 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Wallabies star retires WALLABIES utility back Dane Haylett-Petty has retired after failing to overcome an almost year-long battle against the effects of concussion. As recently as June, when his career with the Melbourne Rebels came to an end and he was not offered another deal by Rugby Australia, the 32year-old was adamant he would play again professionally, with a rumoured stint in Japan on the cards. But on Sunday, the 38-Test veteran announced his retirement on social media, saying it was not the way I wanted to finish. Haylett-Petty suffered a head knock in a Bledisloe Cup match in October last year. City's goalkeeper Ederson (left) vies for the ball with United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford. Picture: AFP HEATS RISING ON MAN UTD OLE Gunnar Solskjaer is under renewed pressure after Manchester United was outclassed 2-0 by Manchester City on Sunday. Two weeks after their embarrassing 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, United were again palpably second best in a limp display at Old Trafford. Eric Baillys own goal and Bernardo Silvas strike on the stroke of halftime proved the difference but goalkeeper David de Gea made a string of saves to prevent another drubbing. Solskjaer admitted his men, who finished second behind City in the Premier League table last season, were well below par. But despite the string of poor results, he said he did not feel he was on borrowed time at the club, trophyless since 2017. I have good communication all the time with the club, Solskjaer said. City deservedly took the lead in the seventh minute when Bailly sliced Joao Cancelos cross into his own net. De Gea kept the marauding City attackers at bay but was at fault for their second when Silva stretched a leg to meet Cancelos cross and the United stopper allowed the ball to squirm into his own net. City boss Pep Guardiola praised his team after the win. Supercar leader unfazed in defeat Anton De Pasquale. RUSSIAN TENNIS STARS DOWN SWITZERLAND DARIA Kasatkina and Liudmila Samsonova led Russia to victory in the maiden Billie Jean King Cup after winning their singles matches against Switzerland in Prague on Sunday. Kasatkina beat Jil Teichmann 6-2 6-4, while Samsonova overpowered Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 3-6 6-3 6-4 to bring Russia its fifth title overall in the team competition previously known as the Fed Cup. Teichmann, the world No.39, demolished Storm Sanders as Switzerland beat Australia in the semi-final, but the 28th-ranked Kasatkina, who sat out Russias previous two ties, proved a different level. Im happy that I bring this very important point to my team, Kasatkina said. I think mentality was the key; I was tough from the beginning till the end of the match and Im happy with the level. World No.40 Samsonova had a lions share in Russias semi-final win over the US, as she won her singles game and then helped Russia take the doubles. Russia captain Igor Andreev described the wins as historical. Im very proud and very happy for the girls; the way they played, the way they did everything, they are amazing, they are heroes Andreev said. NOVAK Djokovic gained some consolation for missing out on a grand slam sweep this year when crowned seasonending world No.1 for a record seventh time. The 34-year-old Serbian had jointly held the record of six with Pete Sampras but took sole possession when he beat Polands Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 6-0 7-6 (7-5) to reach the Paris Masters final. Djokovic had taken a seven week break after his dreams of a Grand Slam were dashed by Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final in September. However, the 20-time grand slam champion said the main reason for his return was to seal the No.1 spot and break the record. It is a dream for me as Pete was my idol when I was a young boy, Djokovic said. To arrive at this moment is not just my achievement but my teams. It is wonderful to be in this position. I am very proud to finish No.1 and what a match to do it in. It was so tight right to the last point but I am a very happy man now. I am overwhelmed with all the beautiful and positive emotions. Djokovic, who earlier this year broke Roger Federers record of weeks at No.1, said it was hard to rank his records. Djokovic aces his idol Sampras ANTON De Pasquale held off Shane van Gisbergen to deliver the Supercars series leader a rare defeat at the Sydney Super Night at Eastern Creek on Sunday. Hitting back after the Holden star flogged the field on Saturday night, De Pasquale put Ford to the fore and led from start to finish to claim the Sydney Motorsport Park win. We were blessed with the rain holding back, De Pasquale said, and the car was a gem. It was good to get one back after last night. We are lucky that the car was fast. De Pasquale had won his eighth pole of the year when he clocked a 1.41.59 on a wet track to deliver van Gisbergen a one-lap defeat. Showing the Mustangs might when it comes to all-out speed, the DJR driver went more than half a second quicker than the series leader to rack up another Sydney pole. But van Gisbergen got one back by claiming his sixth season pole when he went quicker than Chaz Mostert and De Pasquale in the next session. With the rain easing but conditions still tough, van Gisbergen edged Waters to book a front-row start for race 25. It was tough (in those conditions), van Gisbergen said. I had a huge moment at turn one and Waters followed me off there. It was tough but I managed to get some grip out there after a couple tweaks. We werent as quick as Anton in the first one but it ended up working out. Van Gisbergen had a stunning start on a rain drenched track as race 24 went green with the leader blasting past De Pasquale. Making turn one a no-contest, van Gisbergen found grip on a wet track to rocket his way to the front. Choosing to race on the hard tyre compound, van Gisbergens start was so good that he had managed to gap De Pasquale by more than a second as he hit the second turn. But the gap was short lived and with the soft tyre wearing De Pasquale was soon on his tail. Knowing he was not in the fight after choosing to start with a hard tyre rather than finish with it, van Gisbergen surrendered the lead without a battle on the second lap. He then battled away on the hard but had fallen seven seconds behind after 13 laps. The second-placed series leader soon came under attack with a posse of soft tyre cars led by Andre Heimgartner grabbing his tail. Van Gisbergen avoided another fight by opting to pit in a move that released him into clean air after a tyre change. De Pasquale had a 13second lead at his compulsory tyre change on lap 24, before the hunter became the hunted when De Pasquale resumed the race on the slower tyre. De Pasquale had a two second lead with eight laps to race and van Gisbergen, who extended his championship lead to more than 400 points, played it safe for second. JAMES PHELPS Alvarez in brutal win CANELO Alvarez produced a brutal late-fight flurry to defeat a plucky Caleb Plant in Las Vegas and become boxings first undisputed super-middleweight champion. The Mexican champ won by knockout in the 11th round of an epic fight on Sunday. Alvarez won just about every round leading up to the 11th but still Plant proved to be an awkward opponent. Alvarez needed a spectacular KO to put a stamp on what up until then had been a mediocre performance. He knocked Plant down twice in the 11th. The win added the Americans IBF belt to his WBA, WBC and WBO titles. KAMARU Usman defended his UFC welterweight title after a five-round war with the most divisive man in the sport, Colby Covington, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Despite a heated build-up, Covington showed surprising self-restraint and gave Usman the respect he deserved after falling for a second time to the 77kg champion, who has 15 straight wins after his UFC 268 triumph. Usman dropped Covington twice in the second round, and looked in total control, before Covington found a way back to give the champion a scare. In the end, the judges scored the fight 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 in Usmans favour. Covington silenced