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‘Dogs face AFL betting probe

The Western Bulldogs are under an AFL betting investigation involving one senior and one VFL-listed player.

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The probe is particularly serious because the alleged plunge apparently involved bets on the Bulldogs to lose.

If found guilty, any players caught laying bets appear certain to face massive suspensions.

The Bulldogs have confirmed that they contacted the AFL on Saturday after becoming aware of bets placed on the pre-season match against Melbourne that day in Ballarat.

The Demons won by seven points.

According to the Herald Sun, up to 10 people, including Bulldogs players, were involved in the plunge.

“The players who self-reported, have co-operated fully in the AFL investigation,” the club said in a statement.

It is unclear whether any other Bulldogs players are involved.

“Western Bulldogs general manager, Football Graham Lowe contacted Brett Clothier of the AFL integrity unit on Saturday afternoon, immediately upon being notified of some betting activities by an AFL listed player and a VFL listed player of the club, to report that information,” the Bulldogs said.

“The AFL integrity unit is currently undertaking an investigation into the subject matter of that report and has asked the club to defer its own investigation until an outcome in the AFL investigation is reached.”

They added their own ethics and integrity sub-committee would hold off on a review until the league’s investigation is over.

In 2011, Essendon assistant coach Dean Wallis was banned for 14 weeks over three bets he made on AFL games – one of them involving the Bombers.

Earlier that year, Collingwood defender Heath Shaw fell foul of the league’s strict anti-gambling rules and was banned for eight games.

His captain Nick Maxwell was also fined after it emerged Shaw had bet on him kicking the first goal in a match.

Maxwell was fined after his family also placed bets on him.

Last month, it emerged that AFL commentator and former North Melbourne star David King was under police investigation for bets placed on last year’s AFL Rising Star award.

Metadata laws head to Senate

READ MORE: Should the average Australian be worried about metadata laws?

Controversial data retention laws have passed federal parliament’s lower house but only after the government agreed to a last-minute concession protecting journalists.

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MPs on Thursday approved legislation, which requires telecommunications firms to retain customer data for two years, after government amendments negotiated with Labor to secure its passage were finally detailed.

The laws will require spy agencies and police to obtain a warrant to access the metadata of journalists to identify their sources.

As well, a public interest advocate appointed by the prime minister will be able to argue why agencies should not get access.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that was an important safeguard providing substantial protections for journalists.

But he labelled as misguided concerns that access to their data would have a chilling effect on a free press, saying that the work of journalists was just as important to democracy as that of legislators.

“It’s the journalist’s job to protect his or her sources. And they should take every care to do so,” Mr Turnbull told parliament.

The union representing journalists says it has zero confidence in the proposed public interest advocate because proceedings would be conducted in secret behind closed doors.

Media outlets would not be told about applications for data or when authorities have access to the data of journalists.

“If the warrant system is going to have any credibility at all it’s got to be contestable in court,” Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance chief Paul Murphy said.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament that 90 per cent of counter-terrorism and child abuse investigations involved the use of metadata.

The government hopes to get its legislation through the Senate by the end of next week.

Several Labor MPs voiced concerns about the scope and breadth of the planned powers, even as their party backed the draft laws.

Melissa Parke criticised their “sweeping scope” while Ed Husic expressed doubt it would prevent terrorist attacks.

Mr Husic made a last-minute plea on behalf of smaller telcos forced to bear the costs of retention.

Other backbenchers voiced concerns the data could be stored overseas, potentially undermining confidence in the laws.

Senior Labor figures moved to quell fears that new powers were being mandated.

“Data retention is not new,” shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus said.

Only Greens MP Adam Bandt and independents Cathy McGowan and Andrew Wilkie voted against the legislation when it was put to a vote just before question time.

Mr Bandt said it was appalling significant powers were being rushed through parliament, criticising the short length of time MPs were given to consider amendments.

“Labor may be prepared to roll over as long as Tony Abbott tickles their tummy, but the Greens aren’t,” he told reporters.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon will seek to change the legislation in a bid to lessen its “chilling effect” on free speech.

He’s especially concerned there’s no right to contest warrants, that journalists and media might not know about data requests and “public interest” is vaguely defined.

“While the government and opposition are busy patting themselves on the back … they’ve in fact stabbed investigative journalism and a free press in the heart,” he told AAP.

India beat Bangladesh to reach World Cup semi-finals

The defending world champions made light work of their clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, outclassing their Asian neighbours to stretch their unbeaten run at the tournament to seven games.

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India will now play either Australia or Pakistan in the semi-finals in Sydney next week and on current form, they will be hard to beat.

Batting first, India compiled a daunting total of 302 for six, built on the back of a magnificent century from Rohit Sharma, who completed his first World Cup hundred with a slice of luck.

One of the most dangerous batsmen in the world, his return to form could not have come at a better time for an Indian team that struggled in the lead-up to the World Cup but is rapidly gaining momentum.

Rohit was caught in the deep when he was on 90 but was given a second life when the umpires ruled that Rubel Hossain’s delivery was above waist-height and therefore a no-ball, although television replays suggested otherwise.

Rohit went on to make 137 off 126 balls, highlighted by 14 boundaries and three sixes, while the left-handed Suresh Raina chipped in a with a quickfire 65 after India had waddled along to 115-3 and needed a lift.

Bangladesh, appearing in their first World Cup quarter-final, kept the Indian batsmen in check through the first 35 overs, stalling their run-rate with their spin bowlers.

But they dropped their heads after Rohit was given his reprieve and gave up 147 runs off the last 15 overs, leaving themselves a near impossible run-chase at one of cricket’s biggest and most intimidating cauldrons.

Bangladesh are one of the most improved sides in cricket. They beat England to make the quarter-finals but found India too hot.

Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes came out all guns blazing, smacking 31 off the first six overs but when they fell in successive balls in the next over the run-chase was doomed.

Their frustrations were compounded by India’s excellent fielding, once one of their weakest points but now one of their strongest.

India have bowled out their opponents in all seven matches they have played at the World Cup, another ominous warning for their remaining challengers.

Shikhar Dhawan took a juggled catch on the fine leg boundary rope to send Mahmudullah, who had scored two consecutive hundreds in the Pool stage, on his way for 21.

Then the Indian captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a diving catch to remove Soumya Sarkar for 29 to effectively end any hopes of a Bangladesh upset.

(Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

First win for Cook, Hirscher poised for title

Kjetil Jansrud was second, 0.

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05 seconds adrift, but recognised his hopes of beating Hirscher to the big crystal globe were effectively over after the Austrian finished fourth in one of his rare appearances in the discipline.

“Out of respect for Marcel, I’m not going to say it’s over. But it is, even if I’m still theoretically in the race,” said the Norwegian, winner of the downhill and Super-G World Cups this winter.

With two races left at the finals, both in his favourite technical disciplines, Hirscher leads Jansrud by 34 points.

No male skier has ever won four overall World Cups in succession.

Everything will be decided in Saturday’s giant slalom since Jansrud has already said he will not take part in Sunday’s slalom as he has no chance of finishing in the top 15 and scoring points.

“It’s a better result than I ever expected. It takes a lot of pressure away from my shoulders,” said Hirscher, who had only once before obtained such a good result in Super-G.

“There are two more races to go but I’m very confident. Am I going to ski 100 percent in the next two races? I don’t know what to answer. But with the World Cup in mind I might be tempted to play it safe.”

While the best two skiers of the season focused on the overall honours, Cook seized his chance on the soft snow of Meribel. “I don’t know if it was a perfect run but it was good enough to win today. Last year I finished the season without a point. This year I win a race,” he said.

“I’ve finally realised what I was capable of doing,” added the Canadian, an unexpected silver-medallist in the discipline at the world championships in Beaver Creek last month.

(Reporting by Manuele Lang. Writing by Francois Thomazeau, editing by Alan Baldwin)

Britain to soften Olympic medal-based funding policy

The UK Sport report, produced after widespread consultation, revealed strong backing for the policy of focusing on potential medal success.

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However, in a concession that will give some hope to sports which have had their funding cut in recent years, UK Sport will, after the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics, also explore a wider range of measurements of “success”.

The key addition is participation, as well as consideration of longer-term investment alongside an established “eight year pathway.”

Britain’s Olympic performances have improved significantly since UK Sport was formed in 1997, helped hugely by money from the National Lottery.

Britain went from 36th on the Olympic medal table at the 1996 Atlanta Games to third in London in 2012 while at Sochi last year the country equalled its best performance in a Winter Games.

However, while sports such as cycling and rowing have flourished, others have had funding cut after failing to meet Olympic targets.

Basketball was particularly hard-hit, with critics suggesting it was exactly the sort of sport that appealed to urban youngsters who were otherwise failing to engage with the idea of a sporting legacy that was a pillar of Britain’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics.

“I welcome UK Sport continuing to focus on medals and medallists…but I am also pleased that it is open to taking the broader value of its investment into account in its funding decisions,” said Sports Minister Helen Grant in a statement.

UK Sport chairman CEO Liz Nicholl said it was essential Britain continued “to refine our investment policy to ensure we remain competitive on the world stage…

“We will always have to operate within finite resources, but we understand the desire from sports and partners in the sector, as well as the public, for us to be able to extend the impact of our investment into more sports.”

(Editing by Mitch Phillips/Alan Baldwin)

Hawks torch Saints in AFL pre-season game

Hawthorn at near full-strength are tough opposition for any AFL team, let alone a young St Kilda team missing several key players.

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The two-time defending premiers capped their pre-season with a 106-point demolition of the Saints on Thursday night at Etihad Stadium.

Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis were best afield with 33 disposals apiece as the Hawks won 0.22.13 (145) to 1.4.6 (39).

By three-quarter time, the Hawks had kicked 20.10 – the highest score of this year’s NAB Challenge.

The Saints took it up to Hawthorn early, but were no match for a team missing only four players from last year’s premiership 22.

Hawthorn led by 32 points at quarter-time and the Saints did not kick their first goal until Mav Weller booted accurately in the 13th minute of the second term.

Adding to a tough night, St Kilda defender Nathan Wright was forced off with a corked thigh after a heavy collision with Hawks ruckman Ben McEvoy.

Mitchell, acting captain Isaac Smith, usual skipper Luke Hodge and Lewis shone as the Hawks dismantled a team widely tipped to finish bottom again.

Forwards Jarryd Roughead, Luke Breust and Jack Gunston kicked three goals apiece.

Saints midfielder Jack Steven had 33 disposals and young gun Luke Dunstan had an invaluable education as he went head-to-head with Hodge.

St Kilda were missing first-choice players such as captain Nick Riewoldt, Jarryn Geary, Jack Billings and David Armitage.

It later emerged Wright has a thigh strain, putting him in serious doubt for their round-one game against GWS.

Veteran utility Leigh Montagna also had to leave the ground in the second half with a knee injury, but the Saints are hopeful he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Hawks senior assistant coach Brendon Bolton, who was in charge for Thursday’s game, said there was much to like about their performance.

“We were really pleased, particularly with our tackling and the amount of turnovers we scored (from) in our half,” he said.

“Defensively, we were ‘on’ and we needed an increase in that area of the game.”

Saints coach Alan Richardson said he expected better from his team.

“We need to learn from it,” he said of the loss.

“We got beaten really, really convincingly in the contest.

“They made us look like kids at times, the way they brushed us off when we tried to tackle.”

Jansrud closes on Hirscher in ski Cup

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud cut Austrian Marcel Hirscher’s lead atop the overall World Cup standings to 34 points after finishing second in Thursday’s super-G behind Canadian winner Dustin Cook.

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With Jansrud having already netted the crystal globe for the speed discipline, this race at the season-ending finals in the French Alps was all about netting points in the race for the overall title.

Hirscher, who is targeting a fourth straight overall World Cup crown, went into the super-G with a 64-point advantage over Jansrud.

But the 29-year-old Norwegian, winner of Wednesday’s downhill and the discipline’s globe, knew that if he were to stand any chance of upsetting Hirscher, he had to score.

Pushing himself to the limit, Jansrud netted 80 valuable points for finishing 0.05sec behind Cook, who clocked 1min 06.04sec down the 1.7km-long roc de Fer piste in brilliant sunshine.

“It’s special coming into the race and knowing you’ve won the (super-G) globe,” said Jansrud.

“I had a lot of motivation for the race and wanted to go for the win, but I’m still pretty pleased with second place – the sun is shining and I can’t complain.”

Earlier, Hirscher had pulled out all the stops in the bottom third of the course after falling 0.40sec behind at the second intermediary time-check to finish an impressive fourth, at 0.09sec.

The Austrian technical specialist gained 50 points to push his total up to 1,298pts, with Jansrud creeping up to 1,264.

All in all, the race was a very useful day’s work for Hirscher ahead of the giant slalom on Saturday and Sunday’s potentially title-deciding slalom, two events in which the Austrian will expect to come to the fore.

“Marcel is grabbing a lot of points right now and he could already wrap it up on Saturday, but I’ll just ski as fast as I can in the giant slalom and we’ll see how it goes,” Jansrud said of the hunt for the overall title.

The podium headed by Cook, in his first World Cup victory, was rounded out by France’s Brice Roger in third, 0.08sec off the Canadian’s pace, as the top 16 skiers finished within one second.

“This was the goal for sure, I really wanted to win,” said Cook. “I’m definitely not used to this, maybe someone like Kjetil who wins a lot, but this is all new and all exciting for me and I couldn’t be happier. It’s unbelievable.”

North Queensland warned on Cyclone Nathan

Far north Queenslanders in Cyclone Nathan’s firing line have been told to brace for a more frightening and destructive storm than the one they endured a year ago.

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The Bureau of Meteorology expects Nathan to cross the coast just north of Cape Flattery, near the towns of Hope Vale and Cooktown, around 4am on Friday as a category four system that will deliver winds of up to 260km/h.

But the bureau hasn’t ruled out Nathan, which first threatened the coastline last week, intensifying into a maximum-strength category five before it made landfall.

“Tonight will be a frightening event for many families,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. “I express on behalf of all Queenslanders that our thoughts and prayers are with all those families.

Cooktown residents have been advised Nathan will pack a bigger punch than Cyclone Ita, which they weathered last April when it unleashed 200km/h winds.

Large trees were toppled, roofs were ripped from homes and a nearby banana plantation at Hope Vale was destroyed by Ita.

Cyclone Nathan’s arrival will also herald a unnerving sense of deja vu for north Queensland, given it will hit on the ninth anniversary of Cyclone Larry which brought widespread destruction as a category five system.

At 5pm AEST on Thursday, Nathan was a category three with wind gusts of up to 195km/h, situated about 165km east of Cape Flattery.

Bureau spokesman Neil Bennett says Nathan’s wrath would be felt in the region for hours, given its likely to still be a category two cyclone by 2pm on Friday – about 10 hours after first making landfall.

“It’s a reasonably small cyclone in terms of its actual size, but the impact it’s going to have is over a fairly large area,” he told AAP.

Mr Bennett said there was also a risk that Cyclone Nathan, despite weakening over land, could reform once it crossed Queensland and reached open water in the Gulf of Carpenteria.

The bureau’s regional director, Rob Webb, summed Nathan’s impact up succinctly: “This is a small system, but it does pack a punch.”

Ms Palaszczuk on Thursday urged affected communities to make preparations before nightfall and said government agencies, which had recently dealt with category five Cyclone Marcia, would be on hand to assist.

She said 72 police, more than 50 SES personnel and more than 400 Ergon Energy workers were on guard.

“We are preparing for the worst, but we are prepared,” she said.

Cooktown’s cyclone shelter was this month downgraded to a place of refuge while an assessment of its structural integrity is carried out, although mayor Peter Scott was confident of its strength as it opened on Thursday afternoon.

But he stressed the best place for residents to be was at home if their house was built after 1985.

Vonn equals Stenmark with 19th World Cup title

The American, who won her seventh downhill title on Wednesday, took her 67th World Cup victory and her fifth Super-G globe.

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Vonn beat Austria’s Anna Fenninger by 0.49 seconds with Slovenia’s Tina Maze third and a further 0.31 adrift.

The title, coming in a season that has seen her return from a year out and two knee operations, put her on par with Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark as the most successful skier of all time.

Stenmark, who holds the record of 86 World Cup wins, achieved his 19th title on the men’s circuit in 1984.

“Today it was win or lose. But my victory yesterday and the downhill globe boosted my confidence. My record in Cortina was also a liberation,” said Vonn.

The American was referring to her 63rd World Cup win in the Italian resort in January which beat Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 1970s record for a female skier.

“It was a great season but not perfect because I had ups and downs. I only started training in October and I can see that things are improving and that I’ll be ready to claim back the overall World Cup next season. That’s my goal,” said Vonn.

Despite her nine victories this winter, Vonn is not in contention for the overall crown which remains open with only the giant slalom and slalom to come this weekend.

Reigning World Cup champion Fenninger leads 2013 overall winner Maze by 32 points.

The Austrian may have to take part in Sunday’s slalom to stay in contention even if she rarely races in the discipline.

“I haven’t made my decision yet. We will have a team meeting to discuss it,” she said.

As for Maze, the only skier to take part in all five disciplines, she said she had recovered from recent fatigue and was ready to fight to the finish: “I don’t look at the points, I concentrate on my skiing,” she said.

(Reporting by Manuele Lang. Writing by Francois Thomazeau, editing by Alan Baldwin.)

Vonn equals most ski World Cup titles

American speed queen Lindsey Vonn equalled Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 19 crystal globes when she scorched to victory in Thursday’s super-G at the season-ending World Cup finals.

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Fresh from claiming the 18th globe of her glittering career in Wednesday’s downhill, Vonn went into the super-G with just an eight-point advantage over Austrian starlet Anna Fenninger.

Fenninger started with bib number 15, timing a leading 1min 08.19sec down the 1.7km-long Roc de Fer course to pile the pressure on.

Vonn had it all to do, four runners later, in softening snow conditions in brilliant sunshine.

And the 30-year-old American made no mistake for her fifth super-G globe (after also winning 2009-12), clocking 1:07.70 for an emphatic victory, a record 67th for women on the World Cup circuit.

It was a remarkable achievement considering Vonn’s chequered 18-month comeback from a serious knee injury sustained in the 2013 world championships which required a second operation.

Winning the two speed globes, she said (having also clinched the downhill on Wednesday), was “incredibly special”.

“It’s exciting to have 19 globes,” said the 30-year-old American after her eighth speed victory (and 10th podium) this season – her record 67th on the World Cup circuit. “To be tied with Ingemar Stenmark is an amazing honour.

“Even though I have 19, these two are the most special for me. I’ve missed pretty much two seasons with two major knee injuries, and pretty much everyone didn’t think I’d be back.

“For those who doubted me, this is a pretty good answer,” she said, adding that she thrived on “high pressure and having to come through”.

“I love these situations! It obviously makes the choice very easy. When I knew Anna was in the lead, I had no other option to go as fast as I could!” said Vonn, who this season had only five days of downhill training and 20 in total.

It was also Vonn’s fifth downhill-super-G double in World Cup standings, and the first time since the 2011/12 season. No other woman has achieved this feat more than three times.

Slovenian Tina Maze completed the podium, third at 0.80sec, her 60 points taking her to 1,421pts in the race against Fenninger for the overall title.

Fenninger stretched her lead over Maze to 32pts, with the slalom and giant slalom scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.