Federer advances to Australian Open semifinal against Chung

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 36-year-old Swiss star overcame a shaky start, dropping his opening service game and uncharacteristically challenging the chair umpire because of a technological fault, before winning 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday night.“I had to get a bit lucky. A bit angry. A bit frustrating maybe at the umpire,” Federer said. “Anyway, glad to get out of that first set. It was key to the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkChung became the first Korean to make a Grand Slam tennis semifinal when he beat No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the afternoon match on Rod Laver Arena.The 21-year-old Chung hadn’t let up when upsetting No. 4 Alexander Zverev or six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic en route to the quarterfinals, but he let his guard down in the last game and needed six match points and to fend off two break points to hold off Sandgren. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Switzerland’s Roger Federer reaches for a backhand return to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer beat long-time rival Tomas Berdych to set up an Australian Open semifinal against Hyeon Chung, a champion of the so-called Next Generation.Defending champion Federer extended his winning streak to 14 in Australian Open quarterfinals and to nine in a personal duel with Berdych that dates to the 2004 Olympics. The 19-time major winner wins that head-to-head contest 20-6, including all five meetings at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Back to dominant ways as Zark’s-Lyceum sticks to system “In last game, I think at 40-love … if I win one more point, I make history in Korea. I have to think about the ceremony, something,” he said, explaining how he got slightly ahead of himself. “After deuce, break point. I was like, no, nothing to do with ceremony. But just keep playing — keep focused.”Then he fully embraced the moment, joking in an on-court TV interview, introducing the audience to his parents and his coach, and taking the microphone to speak in Korean to millions of new tennis fans back home.“I think all the people is watching Australian Open now because we make history in Korea,” he said.The No. 58-ranked Chung is the lowest-ranked man to reach the Australian Open semifinals since Marat Safin in 2004. He’s also the youngest to reach the last four at a major since Marin Cilic did it here in 2010.With Chung already through, and Kyle Edmund playing No. 6 Cilic in the other half of the draw, it’s the first time since 1999 that multiple unseeded players have reached the Australian Open semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Two women who’ve been to this stage at a Grand Slam before will meet in the last four. One has two major titles, the other still seeks a breakthrough. Top-ranked Simona Halep recovered from an early break to win nine straight games in a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 6 Karolina Pliskova and set up a semifinal match against 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, who routed U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2.Kerber has been the only Grand Slam singles champion in the women’s draw since her third-round win over Maria Sharapova. Two-time French Open finalist Halep has had a tougher road — having to save match points in a third-round win over Lauren Davis that finished 15-13 in the third — to reach the semifinals at Melbourne Park for the first time.Not that Chung’s run has been routine. His big wins of Zverev and Djokovic have drawn extra attention to a player who last November won the inaugural Next Generation title.He was too consistent for Sandgren, a 26-year-old American who had never won a match at a Grand Slam tournament or beaten a top 10 player until last week.Sandgren’s unexpected surge to the quarterfinals — he beat 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 5 Dominic Thiem en route to the quarterfinals — was overshadowed by heavy scrutiny of his Twitter account and his follows and retweets of far-right activists.Kerber has had no serious distractions on a 14-match winning streak, and is hoping to emulate her breakout year in 2016.She won the Australian and U.S. Open titles two years ago and reached the No. 1 ranking, but slipped into the 20s last year. She didn’t win a title between the 2016 U.S. Open and the Sydney International earlier this month.Seeded 21st, her first three wins were in straight sets but a fourth-round struggle against No. 88 Hsieh Su-wei had commentators wondering if Kerber was in 2016, or 2017 form.She responded with six service breaks against the No. 17-seeded Keys, finishing off the match in 51 minutes and improving her record to seven wins in eight matches against the American.“I am just trying to find the feeling back that I had, like 2016, and just enjoying my time,” Kerber said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Looking for production at second base, Athletics call up hot-hitting Corban Joseph

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — He goes by CoJo, mostly because people he meets often switches Corben Joseph with Joseph Corban.“Just a little reminder, Corban goes first,” Joseph said. For now, Joseph will play second for the A’s. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter will bat seventh against Giants right-hander Tyler Beede on Wednesday afternoon, and this could be routine against right-handers in these final weeks of the season.“We’re just trying to do the best we can from the position, with a guy who’s …last_img read more

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Kamte: a new chapter in SA golf

first_img2 January 2008It has taken more than three decades for South Africa to produce a young black international campaigner; 32 years for someone to follow in the footsteps of 1976 French Open winner Vincent Tshabalala and make it onto the European Tour circuit.For South Africans, the long wait is over. On 20 November, a humble young player from the Eastern Cape wrote a new chapter in South African golf history when he earned his passage to Europe with the 23rd card at the Final Stage Qualifier.On hearing the news that James Kamte had earned his card for the 2008 European Tour season, nine-time Major winner Gary Player was elated.“When I met James, I told him he had the ability to go all the way,” Player said. “James has the temperament, the personality and determination of a champion. He will be a wonderful ambassador for South Africa. His achievements will open a floodgate of talent among the next generation.”Vincent Tshabalala, who was ranked the number one long-iron player on the Sunshine Tour in 1976, agreed with his former sponsor, adding that Kamte has the game, the talent and the ability to listen and learn, which will see him count among the world’s best in years to come.“James came to me a couple of years ago at Gillooleys Driving Range in Johannesburg, looking for advice on a particular chip-shot,” Tshabala said. “I guided him, he listened and he has since executed that shot to great affect.“I also told him that a champion in the making has the ability to use all 14 clubs in the bag,” Tshabalala added. “Everyone can hit a driver, but only champions know when to settle for an iron.“Two years ago, he was hammering his driver around every course. Now we see him using a 3-wood, 1- and 2-irons, chipping with confidence and giving himself chances when the putter runs cold. That is the sign of a champion in the making.”Humble beginningsKamte’s road to Europe has been eventful, paved both with hardships and good fortune.From the obscurity of a Queenstown township, this former caddie has risen into the big time and with it, the glitz, glamour, sponsorships and pressure that come with being South Africa’s rising black star.But for “The Cobra”, everything is about right now . owning a title on the Sunshine Tour, owning a European Tour card, getting married to his long-time fiance Nicky – the wedding took place in December – and being a father to six-month old Tumi.Kamte travels with a signature smile that almost touches the corners of his eyes, and the unwavering faith that this journey is all part of his destiny.“I have kept my trust in God and I allow him to guide this journey,” says Kamte. “I have always maintained that, as long as you put in the hard work, God will do the rest.“The biggest lesson I’ve learnt this past year is that God picks the time,” says Kamte. “No matter how hard I work, how much I trust, I needed to learn that He decides the where and when.”Going proA protege of St Francis Golf Club and, later, the Ernie Els Golf Foundation, Kamte arrived on the pro scene in 2003 under the watchful eye of coach Gavan Levenson.“I was so out of my depth when I turned pro,” says Kamte, who ranked 138th after eight starts at the end of his rookie season.“You think because you’re hot on the amateur scene, you know what you’re doing, but it’s a wake-up call when you are suddenly thrown in the deep end with guys that can really play.“Gavan guided me along and the guys on the Sunshine Tour took me in, you know, they supported me and showed me the way. I got to 32nd on the money list in 2004. I think that was when I really knew I could go all the way.”In February 2006, Kamte rose to prominence when he challenged at the Telkom PGA Championship, but his lack of experience under pressure showed in the final round. He tied for third, then capped the season with a tie for eighth at the season-ending Vodacom Tour Championship at CCJ.Ranked a career-high 25th on the final Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, Kamte was also the highest-ranked black player for the season, a feat he would repeat at the end of 2006 when he climbed to a final ranking of 21st.“Vincent Tshabalala was 34 when he ranked 15th in 1976, and that is still the record. But I am edging closer all the time. Besides, I still have 10 years to catch up,” jokes Kamte, who ranks 16th on the current Sunshine Tour money list.That same year, Kamte became the first black South African to qualify for the Challenge Tour’s Peugeot Challenge in Barcelona.“It was fantastic to qualify,” he says. “I wasn’t thinking about winning or being the first black player, I just wanted a good finish among the stiff competition. That’s when you learn, when you can gain from the experience of playing with some of the finest golfers in Europe.”Aiming for EuropeAt the start of the 2007 season, Kamte was clear about his goals.“I’ve learnt a lot on the Sunshine Tour and I intend to keep on learning and improving so that I can campaign overseas on a regular basis,” he said at the time. “Mr Player told me last year that all I lacked was the belief that I could win.“My goal is to win on the Sunshine Tour this year and get my Challenge Tour card for 2008. Then it’s straight to the European Tour.”Little did Kamte know that not only would he achieve both goals, he would also pass GO.Having qualified for the 2007 French Open, Kamte faced a sea of media as the first round leader in Toulouse.“I had the flu and was struggling with my back, so I never expected to lead. I thought I was just playing well,” he said afterwards. “Then the putter went cold, my focus shifted and I let myself down. I lost my self-belief when things started going wrong.”It was back to the drawing board. Kamte came back strong, with a top-20 and back-to-back top-10 finishes in Europe and a victory at home.Kamte finished the 2007 Challenge Tour season ranked 38th after 14 starts and qualified for the Final Stage of the gruelling Qualifying School. Despite a busy season, he remained upbeat about his chances at San Rogue, emphasising that a card for the 2008 European Tour was not his main goal of the season.“I am still knocking and I probably need another season on the Challenge Tour, but I have proven to myself that I have what’s needed to compete after winning at Dainfern.“If things go my way, I might be coming home with a Tour card in my wallet. If they don’t, that’s the way things have to be.”Kamte shot rounds of 71-70-73-73-70-72, proving his growing confidence and consistency under pressure, in the face of adverse weather conditions and under attack from a balky, frozen putter.Card tucked safely in the back of his wallet, Kamte came home to prepare for his wedding.“I know I can shoot low rounds, I’ve learned when to hold back and not get ahead of myself, and I am learning how to handle the pressure when I get into contention,” he said.“And I believe I have what it takes to spring a surprise on the guys dominating the local and international scene – maybe in the not-too-distant future.”Source: Sunshine Tourlast_img read more

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Brics turns its attention to space

first_img14 July 2015There is a fear that new scientific exploration into space might lead to “unhealthy forms of new competition”, the South African Brics Think Tank (SABTT) said yesterday.With an increasing interest in space research, it was important to “start working co- operatively rather than competitively”, said Professor Ari Sitas, the newly appointed head of SABTT’s council.“There is a fear that space is becoming a new area of intellectual property and trademark and [with countries] moving out there for resources, this might lead to unhealthy forms of new competition.“All [Brics countries] are involved in space research and all are using satellite technology. South Africa is one of the primary stargazers with the MeerKAT and the SKA projects,” he said.The South African MeerKAT radio telescope is currently being built in Northern Cape. It will be a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project in which South Africa, along with Australia, will host the world’s largest radio telescope.The SABTT released a statement yesterday on some of the key outcomes of the seventh Brics summit held in Ufa, Russia, on 8 and 9 July.In the original declaration following the summit, the heads of state said they recognised the benefit that the Brics countries could obtain from “opportunities for outer space co-operation in order to promote the application of relevant technologies for peaceful purposes”.“Outer space shall be free for peaceful exploration and use by all States on a basis of equality in accordance with international law,” it read.Furthermore, read the declaration: “The exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development.”ICT securityThe summit also established a working group of experts to tackle security issues arising out of the use of information and communication technology networks.Sitas said the Brics countries had raised three main concerns around this. The first was the use of this technology by criminal syndicates.“Everyone, through Interpol and other means, [is] trying to get something going [in terms of transnational] organised crime.”The second issue was that the use of ICT technology for terrorism was “becoming very sensitive”.“There is a consensus that acts of terror are not on,” said Sitas. The summit had also affirmed the commitment of its members to create protocols regarding finances moving around the countries through ICT networks.In the original declaration, the heads of state also reiterated “condemnation of mass electronic surveillance and data collection of individuals all over the world, as well as violation of the sovereignty of States and of human rights, in particular, the right to privacy”.At the next Brics summit, to be held in 2016 in India, the countries’ New Development Bank is expected to be launched.Meanwhile, over the weekend, President Jacob Zuma said the summit had helped “deepen co-operation between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa”.“There is no doubt in our minds that almost seven years after we joined Brics, the world’s geopolitics is changing and the Brics bloc of countries is having a significant impact, particularly on the developing economies,” he said.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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MFLN “Network News” – January 2018

first_imgBetsy Graham with MFLN Community Capacity Building PI Keith TidballAs with each new year, it is a time of new beginnings. Longtime DoD project lead Betsy Graham is embarking on a new chapter having announced her retirement from the Department of Defense after an extensive career in public service at the end of 2017. Betsy has been with the MFLN since its inception and has been instrumental in identifying needs for military family service providers. As many can attest, Betsy constantly advocated to increase awareness of the network across branch services and the broad range of military family service providers. In 2014, Betsy was honored as an eXtension Champion for her role as a champion for Cooperative Extension’s eXtension initiative and the Military Families Learning Network. Above all, Betsy leaves a legacy as a catalyst for collective impact. Her vision, innovation, and passion have been instrumental in growing community capacity among organizations and individuals serving military families. We thank her sincerely for her lasting contributions to the Military Families Learning Network and wish her the best in her new adventures!It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Vickie LaFollette as the new DoD project lead for the Military Families Learning Network beginning in January 2018. Since joining the MFLN in 2014, Vickie has provided valuable insight and leadership as the Subject Matter Expert for the Family Transitions concentration area. She is well-rounded in her familiarity with the network and we look forward to collaborating on growing the network to continue meeting the needs of service providers at the highest level.Don’t forget to join us in January for webinars on the Blended Retirement System, work-life balance, and plant-based nutrition! You can find a full listing of MFLN webinars and subscribe to programming updates here.last_img read more

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Music Showcase: The Best Acoustic Royalty Free Music

first_imgWe’ve rounded up the very best royalty free acoustic tracks for your media projects- from feel good Americana to laid back folk.Happy and uplifting, the following tracks represent the very best acoustic royalty free music for video and media projects!Created by some of the world’s leading production music composers, these upbeat tracks span acoustic subgenres of folk, Americana and indie rock.  Need a cheerful ukelele based acoustic track for a youth oriented video?  We’ve got that.  How about heartfelt acoustic guitar for a wedding themed project? We’ve got that too.Aside from the full length versions that you hear below, each of these acoustic royalty free tracks is conveniently available in :15, :30 and :60 second versions – precut for standard television and radio advertising lengths.  Premiumbeat.com’s simple pricing and licensing model allows for most usage with our Standard License – pay once and use the track in multiple projects in the future without additional fees.Give your video or media project bright, confident vibes! Check our showcase of the best acoustic royalty free music:last_img read more

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Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a Barbie doll in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK — The maker of Barbie says it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics while wearing a hijab.Mattel Inc. says the doll will be available online next fall. The doll is part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Muhammad said on Twitter that she was “proud” that young people will be able to play with “a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab!”Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

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Euro Champ Olympiakos Falls Again

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Olympiakos may be the king of the hill in European basketball but it’s still struggling in the Greek league, this time tumbling to lightly-regarded KAO Dramas, 75-69, effectively ending the champion’s hopes of winning the regular season title.Olympiakos’ bitter rival, Panathinaikos is still first. Against KAOD, the Reds looked lost, especially playing without captain and shooting star Vassilis Spanoulis.KAOD was led by J’Kovan Brown, who scored 25, and Bosnian Edin Bavcic, with 19, who led the victory that put their team in fourth place, tied with PAOK, which was beaten 81-61 by Panathinaikos, led by James Gist’s 15 points.Panionios jumped into second over Olympiakos with its 74-66 defeat of AGO Rethymnou at Nea Smyrni. The low-budget but spirited Panionios bunch is only one point behind Panathinaikos and has also qualified to play in the European tourney.Ilisiakos moved out of last place with its 74-62 win at home overstruggling Kolossos Rhodes. Trikala beat Pdanelefsiniakos, 70-59 while Nea Kifissia whipped Apollon Patras, 72-54.Aris avoided relegation in beating Ikaros Halkidas 84-67 in Thessaloniki, one week after clinching a spot in the cup final. This was its first game without coach Vangelis Angelou, who left to manage Efes Anadolu in Turkey. Paraskevas Mouratidis took his place.last_img read more

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Govindan Lakshmanan rewarded with Rs 10 lakh after winning hearts at Asian Games

first_imgSports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, on Thursday, felicitated long-distance runner Govindan Lakshmanan for his excellent showing in the recently-concluded Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta.On Tuesday, the Indian government had felicitated the Asian Games 2018 medal winners with cash awards after India registered its best-ever medal haul in the history of the Asian Games.Cash rewards of Rs 40 lakh were given to gold medallists while silver and bronze winners got Rs 20 and Rs 10 lakh each.India returned home with 69 medals from the Jakarta and Palembang games. Out of the 69 medals, 15 were gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze.Lakshmanan was unfortunate to have missed a medal in the 10,000 metre race. He was stripped of his bronze medal after the race as he was disqualified for lane infringement.WATCH THE FELICITATION OF ASIAN GAMES MEDALLISTSThe decision to disqualify Lakshmanan under IAAF 163.3b (lane infringement), came from the referees after video footage found his foot touched the inside the track. Lakshmanan had stepped off the track momentarily, as he was hit by the spike of another athlete.Lakshmanan had finshed the race in third with an impressive time of 29:44.91 behind Chani Hassan of Bahrain, who won gold with a time 28:35.54, and Bahrain’s Cheroben Abraham, who clocked in at 29:00.29.Also read – Government felicitates Asian Games 2018 medal winners with cash awardsThe Indian team protested against the disqualification at two levels but their appeal was turned down.However, the Sports Ministry have rewarded Lakshmanan for his feat with Rs 10,00,000.Govindan Lakshmanan gave a medal-winning performance in Men’s 10,000 m in #AsianGames2018, but a minor technicality led to his disqualification.Regardless, he is our champ & we stand by our champions.A moment of pride for me to have met and felicitated him today. #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/VG5iEMr4HoadvertisementRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 6, 2018If he had not been disqualified, Lakshmanan would have been the first Indian to have won a medal in 10,000m since Gulab Chand, who won bronze in 1998 in Bangkok Asian Games.At the Asian Gams 2018, India returned with a total of 19 medals in athletics — seven gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals.The seven gold medallists for India in the sport of athletics were Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Neeraj Chopra, Manjit Singh, Jinson Johnson, Arpinder Singh, Swapna Barman and a women’s relay quartet of MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gaikwad, Hima Das and Vismaya.last_img read more

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Sky is the limit for Powyer

first_imgJonathan Powyer is a high achieving referee with a difference.Jonathan is deaf but this hasn’t stopped him from achieving incredible things in Touch Football. At last weekend’s New South Wales Touch Association Referees Awards night, Jonathan was recognised with an elevation to a state referee, Level 4, currently the highest level a deaf referee has achieved in New South Wales, his next goal will be his Level 5 at the National Touch League.Jonathan is a committee member and one of the driving forces behind Deaf Touch Football, also managing to officiate and play at the Deaf National Championships. The Deaf National Championships is now an annual event with third event being held in Brisbane late last year.Jonathan’s passion for Touch Football has seen him travel around the country, refereeing the sport he loves. With an innate ability to read the game Jonathan’s rise in the refereeing stakes shows no sign of slowing. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Jonathan on his achievement and thank him for his contribution to the game.Related LinksNSW Referee Awardslast_img read more

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