The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Apr 2022
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66 SPORT Saturday, April 16, 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Tributes flow for iconic Australian Newton AUSTRALIAN golf legend Jack Newton OAM died overnight on Friday from health complications at age 72, his family announced. He is being remembered as a fearless competitor and much-loved dad. Newton had an outstanding golfing career between 1971 and 1983. He won the PGA Tours Buick-Goodwrench Open in 1978, securing 13 professional wins during his stellar career. There is no doubt Newton would have gone on to win many more titles had his career not been cut short by a tragic accident, where he walk ed into a planes propeller in 1983, losing his right arm, an eye and part of his abdomen. Newtons family released a touching statement on Friday, confirming the much-loved dad, grandfather and husband had passed away. On behalf of our family, it is with great sadness I announce that our courageous and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and mate, Jack Newton OAM, has passed away overnight due to health complications, the statement read. Dad was a fearless competitor and iconic Australian, blazing a formidable trail during his professional golfing career between 1971 and 1983 before his career tragically ended following an accident involving an aeroplane propeller at the age of 33. He fought back from tremendous adversity as only he could, and chose to selflessly invest his time, energy, and effort towards giving back to the community through his Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation, sports commentary, golf course design, and raising significant funds for several charities. In true Jack Newton style, we will celebrate his incredible life; however, for now, our family asks for privacy and we appreciate everyones love, support, and friendship throughout his life. Aussie golf legend Jack Newton has died age 72. Erin Smith Barca sent packing from europe by frankfurters FAVOURITE Barcelona was dumped out of the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt in the quarter-finals, while West Ham United joined RB Leipzig in qualifying for the last four. Serbian international Filip Kostic (inset) scored twice either side of a Rafael Santos Borre strike at the Camp Nou for Frankfurt, which survived a late fightback from the host to win 32 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate. Sergio Busquets scored a late consolation before Memphis Depays even later penalty for Barcelona but Eintracht held on, to the delight of the estimated 30,000 German supporters who travelled to Catalonia for the game. Eintracht will face West Ham in the semi-finals. The Premier League side outclassed Lyon in France. Having drawn 1-1 at home in last weeks first leg, the Hammers took the lead in the 38th minute of the return when Craig Dawson headed in. Captain Declan Rice slotted in the second before Jarrod Bowen scored his sides third goal. Filip Kostic. swimming bends tough rule SWIMMING Australia is planning to bend one of its oldest and most sacrosanct traditions by picking a handful of elite performers to represent the country without having to earn their place the old-fashioned way. Two of Australias best swimmers Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers are understood to have taken up the once-in-a-lifetime offer so will be given automatic spots in the Dolphins team for this years Commonwealth Games in Birmingham without having to compete at next months trials. It is believed the same unprecedented deal was offered to each of the nine Australian swimmers who won individual medals at last years Tokyo Olympics after the majority notified national selectors they were pulling the plug on this years world championships, taking place in Budapest in June. No official announcement has yet been made but it can be revealed that only three Aussie swimmers who won individual medals in Tokyo are con sidering attending this years world titles: Kaylee McKeown, Zac Stubblety-Cook and Brendon Smith. Of the other six, Cate Campbell, Emily Seebohm and Jack McLoughlin are all taking a sabbatical to recharge their batteries before the 2024 Paris Olympics while McKeon, Chalmers and Ariarne Titmus are skipping the worlds to focus all their energy on the less competitive Commonwealth Games, starting in Birmingham in July. Although she wont be defending her 400m world title, Titmus will still race at the national trials, taking place in Adelaide next month, but McKeon and Chalmers will both be absent. Swimming Australia has always prided itself on its ruthless selection policy, which has been applied to Australian swimmings greatest legends without fear or favour, including Ian Thorpe and Dawn Fraser. But the disruptions caused by the global pandemic have convinced selectors to make an exception for this year only. While the world championships are normally held in odd-numbered years, the 12-month postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has thrown everything out of order, with this years Budapest world championships only added to the international calendar two months ago. Most of Australias top swimmers had already timed their training to peak in July so Australias head coach Rohan Taylor agreed to make an exception and award a handful automatic places for the Commonwealth Games only, but with strict conditions and a pledge that the offer would not be repeated. Julian Linden Fellow Aussie Robson rings the bell on Fannings fairytale comeback MICK Fanning has been brought crashing back to earth by fellow Aussie Callum Robson, who slammed the door on the veterans hopes of claiming a fifth title at Bells Beach. Fanning, 40, retired from the World Surf League tour in 2018 but earned a wildcard entry into the marquee event at Bells Beach. The Aussie fan favourite claimed a massive scalp on Thursday by eliminating Japanese world No.1 Kanoa Igarashi to advance to the round of 16. But Robson closed the book on Fannings fairytale on Friday, eliminating him on the final wave and handing him a ninth-placed finish overall. Robson saved his best for last, recording a 7.77 on the seventh wave to go with the score from his second-best wave (6.73). With his total of 14.50, Robson did enough to shut the gate on Fanning, who finished with 14.27 (6.77 and 7.50), just below the average heat score of 14.39. Fanning was all smiles after his elimination, which came in his 100th career heat at Bells, and wished Robson all the best. It was great fun. I had a great time. You want to go out just surfing, Fanning said. Callums a great kid, it was awesome to have a heat with him. Big prospects for Australia riding on Cal, so thats great. Fanning said he was grateful for the chance to surf at Bells for the first time since 2018. Its been a really different Bells from me. Ive really enjoyed it. The support from everyone has been great. Great memories, he said. I just wanted to go out and have fun and thats what Ive done at this event. Three-time world champion Mick Fanning bombed out at Bells Beach. Picture: Ed Sloane/World Surf League Jasper Bruce
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