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44 SPORT Friday June 10 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 feated and will enter the world rankings with victory. My focus is still on the fight next week and it will stay there. It is what it is, its happened and I have to keep moving, Justis said. Guns hit Huni home JUSTIS Hunis father fears his son could be the victim of a hate campaign after the Australian heavyweight boxing star was rocked by a driveby shooting that saw five bullets sprayed into their Brisbane home. Police were called to the scene of the Huni family home in the Logan region after the boxing sensation was woken by the sound of gunshots at 4am on Thursday. About 6.55am, police were again called back to the street to attend Mr Hunis home, which had been fired upon at least five times. Hunis street in Sunnybank Hills was declared a crime scene, with police ordering the family not to touch the bullets. There were 10 people in the Huni home at the time, including a six-month-old baby and eight-year-old child, but no-one was injured. Huni was due to train on Thursday morning in the lead-up to the biggest fight of his career against Joe Goodall at Brisbanes Nissan Arena on Wednesday night. Hunis father Rocki said he thought the shooting was a deliberate attack, possibly motivated by someone who wants to bring down Australias best heavyweight boxer. We are still in shock, Rocki said. There could be someone out there that doesnt want to see Justis succeed, so I am really worried about that. We heard the shots. I looked at the clock and it was 3.58am. My daughter screamed and jumped out of bed. We heard car tyres screeching and I looked at the windows. We have five bullet holes and it must have been a powerful gun because the bullets went through the lounge room and into the kitchen wall. The investigation is ongoing and police want any witnesses to come forward. The 23-year-old Huni is rated a world-title prospect and is unbeaten in five professional fights since his debut in October 2020. The Brisbane-born fighter faces the biggest test of his career against fellow Australian Goodall this Wednesday night and is determined not to let the incident derail his quest for glory. Both fighters are unde Peter Badel, Elise Williams, Jacobbe McBride Australian boxer Justis Huni. say never when it came to offering him a position somewhere at the franchise. What Id like to achieve with the Hurricanes would be to bring as many great Tasma nian people back around the franchise as possible, said Ponting, who played for the Hurricanes in BBL|01 and BBL|02. I think Tim Paine fits perfectly into that mould. So if FORMER Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has signed a three-year deal to become head of strategy at the Hobart Hurricanes and believes Tim Paine would fit perfectly with his vision for the BBL franchise. Ponting has already started searching for Adam Griffiths replacement as head coach, and while former Australian coach Justin Langer is at the top of his mind, Ponting says there are pages and pages of candidates hell consider. While Ponting did not explicitly say he was considering Paine for the head coaching role, he said he would never Jasper Bruce hes ever ready to walk back with the purple shirt on, Im sure lots of Tasmanians would like to see him involved. The head coach will be someone with whom Ponting has a good relationship, given hell work with the coach on match and list strategy for BBL|12 and beyond. Ponting and Langer are close, and Ponting also confirmed Langer had told him of his desire to coach again but said he was unsure whether his friend would need more time away from the limelight. (Langer) is probably the one thats Ive spoken to the most about it so far, Ponting said. He definitely wants to coach again. Solo Olympian drives Boomers campaign Hurricane Punter will tear into BBL MATTHEW Dellavedova will be the only Olympic bronzemedal winning Boomer to suit up in the World Cup qualifiers against China and Japan this month, with Australias NBA stars skipping the series. Despite being in their offseason, players including inspirational captain Patty Mills have deferred duties to Dellavedova and fellow former NBA player Thon Maker for the six matches that begin on June 30 as the Boomers return to the court for the first time since Tokyo. Dellavedova and Maker also played together at Milwaukee Bucks in 2016-17. Im excited to be able to pull on the green and gold on home soil for three home games in Melbourne, said Dellavedova, who has been working out in the US during the NBL off-season after Melbourne Uniteds season was ended in the semi-finals. Australian Boomers squad: Matthew Dellavedova (Melbourne United), Mitch McCarron (Adelaide 36ers), Will McDowellWhite (NZ Breakers), Sam McDaniel (Tasmania JackJumpers), Wani Swaka Lo Buluk (Illawarra Hawks), Todd Blanchfield (Perth Wildcats), Clint Steindl (Tasmania JackJumpers), Jack White (Melbourne United), Jack McVeigh (Tasmania JackJumpers), Keanu Pinder (Cairns Taipans), Thon Maker (G League), Sam Froling (Illawarra Hawks). WALLABIES coach Dave Rennie has confirmed that Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete will be his three Giteau Law selections for the upcoming series with England, among a 35-man squad set to be finalised on Sunday. As it was confirmed the Wallabies would host South Africa in the first international event at Sydneys new Allianz Stadium, Rennie revealed a further 30 players would be active for Australia A in a bid to build the strongest possible playing group for the upcoming suite of international matches. Coopers international resurrection will continue, with the 34-year-old getting medical checks in Sydney after his season in Japan where Kerevi and former John Eales medallist Koroibete also played. Its probably not that secret anyway, but weve certainly got Quade, Samu and Marika all coming back, Rennie said. Quade and Samu are actually here in Sydney today for their medical checks, Marikas headed straight to Fiji to spend a bit of time with his family and hell be back on the weekend. Rennie is limited to picking three overseas-based players per series and said the trio were standout picks based on their Wallabies performances last year and output in Japan. Its exciting, if you saw the (Japan League One) final with Panasonic, Marika was phenomenal and he certainly hasnt lost any of his physicality or his work ethic, so were excited to have him back, he said. You look at Quade having a massive impact and just a really calming influence, and he was so impressive within the group. I thought he was great with Noah (Lolesio), and even when Noah was playing and Quade wasnt, his contribution at meetings was great. He sat down on the computer next to Noah and talked through a lot of things, so his contribution was excellent. Star trio locked in to boost Wallabies Australia's Matthew Wade and Jhye Richardson after the second Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Picture: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP AS Mitchell Starc ran drinks with six stitches in the index finger on his bowling hand, Australias next-in-line quicks stepped up in Sri Lanka before Matthew Wade avoided the panic of his teammates to secure a T20 series triumph. Kane Richardson (4-30) and Jhye Richardson (3-26) snared seven wickets between them to limit the home team to 9-124 before a calm knock of 26 runs from 26 balls from World Cup winner Wade ensured a three-wicket win in the second match in Colombo. There was a bit going (on), and we know Sri Lanka are a difficult team to face at home, Wade said after his player-of-the-match knock. We just knew we needed to get through their two main spinners and tick off the runs. It certainly helped that guys got off to a flyer at the start, so the run rate wasnt really an issue. Starc is likely to be unavailable until the ODIs begin on June 14 after slicing open the finger on his left hand in a freak accident when it made contact with the spikes on his shoes during his follow through. He had six stitches and his finger was heavily bandaged as he handed drinks to his teammates. His absence, however, allowed the fringe bowlers to step up and they helped keep Sri Lanka under 130 for the second night in a row. While captain Aaron Finch and David Warner started well in the chase, putting on 33 inside the opening three overs, the Aussies lost regular wickets to heap pressure on the lower order. Russell Gould its a case of WADE TO ORDER