Kyrgios cruises into Miami third round

Nick Kyrgios advanced to the third round at the Miami Open on a day where multiple grand slam champions Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal fell by the wayside.

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Kyrgios made short work of Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, defeating the one-time Australian Open finalist 6-2 6-1 in just under an hour, the Aussie firing down 14 aces in the impressive victory.

Kyrgios was seeded to face big-serving American John Isner but the world No.13 became yet another surprise casualty, going down to countryman and world No.132 Tim Smyczek 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-5).

Kyrgios’ quarter of the draw is now wide open and, if he beats Smyczek, he is certain to face a player ranked below him for a spot in the quarter-finals.

While Kyrgios made it through, there was no such luck for fellow Australian John Millman, who fell 7-5 6-4 in his second-round match to Uruguayan 23rd seed Pablo Cuevas.

On a mixed day for the Aussies, it was a shocker for two of tennis’ biggest names, Wawrinka humbled and Nadal unwell in the Florida heat.

Nadal faded and retired after falling behind in the third set of his match against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

The fifth seed trailed 2-6 6-4 3-0 when he called it quits after losing a point to fall behind 30-15.

He had earlier consulted with a trainer at his chair between games three times, and had his blood pressure checked.

The match lasted less than two hours, but the weather was sunny and humid, with a temperature approaching 90 degrees and even higher on the stadium hardcourt.

Nadal said he started feeling ill at the end of the first set.

“It was getting worse and worse and worse,” Nadal said.

“I get a little bit scared – too dizzy. I felt I was not safe, so I decided to go. I wanted to finish the match, but I seriously couldn’t.”

The 14-time grand slam champion hasn’t won a tournament since August, but it had been 443 matches since he retired – in the 2010 Australian Open quarter-finals against Andy Murray.

The heat also appeared to bother Dzumhur, who consulted with a trainer following the first set.

Nadal’s departure left the draw without three of the five highest-seeded men.

Wawrinka earlier suffered a shock 6-4 6-3 loss to world No.51 Russian Andrey Kuznetsov and world No.3 Roger Federer withdrew on Friday because of a stomach virus.

Kei Nishikori defeated qualifier Pierre-Hughes Herbert 6-2 7-6 (7-4) while Milos Raonic, the runner-up at Indian Wells, beat Denis Kudla 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to also advance and he will play Jack Sock in the third round.

In-form Frenchman Gael Monfils is also through to the third round after a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Japanese qualifier Tatsuma Ito.

Second seed Murray progressed 6-3 7-5 over Denis Istomin in the night match and will play Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the third round.

Dimitrov earlier squeaked past Argentine Federico Delbonis 7-6 (10-8) 4-6 6-4.

Doubts at bombers’ Nigerian kidnap claims

Nigeria’s government doubts that two girls who were arrested while attempting to carry out a suicide bombing in Cameroon were among the 219 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Islamic insurgents in 2014.

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The doubts arose after it emerged that the girls, captured by a civilian security group in the town of Mora in Far North region late on Friday, were about 10 years old, spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu said in a statement late on Saturday.

“One of the two is also believed to be heavily drugged and therefore not in full control of her senses,” Shehu said.

Nigeria’s Minister of Women’s Affairs Aisha Alhassan and the Nigerian high commissioner in Cameroon are working with Cameroonian authorities to determine the girls’ identities, he said.

The arrested girls are due to be brought to Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, on Monday.

“The Nigerian High Commission will receive the two and will facilitate their access to the two girls once permission to meet and verify their identity is obtained from the Cameroonian authorities,” Shehu said.

The girls were apprehended while they were walking towards a crowded area with explosive devices around their waists late on Friday.

“The vigilance committee members forced the bombers to switch off their devices,” senior divisional officer for the Mayo-Sava Division, Babila Akao, told dpa.

“One of them escaped and the two others were transported on motorbikes to Mora where they were grilled by security forces.” During the questioning the girls told security officials that they were among the group kidnapped in 2014.

Some 276 girls were kidnapped from Chibok Secondary School by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014. A group of 57 of them escaped shortly after the attack. The rest, 219 of them, have not been seen since.

Thousands of young women and girls have been captured by Boko Haram since it launched its insurgency in 2009.

In some cases they have been raped, forcibly married, trained to fight and made to participate in armed attacks, sometimes on their own towns and villages, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

Cameroon and Morocco closer to Nations Cup qualification

Youssef El Arabi converted a 26th-minute penalty as Morocco won 1-0 at Cape Verde Islands, the leading African team in the world rankings, to go three points clear in Group F as they kept up a 100 percent record.

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Renard, who has won two of the last three Nations Cup titles, was appointed Badou Ezaki’s successor last month.

Leaders Cameroon maintained a five-point advantage over third-placed South Africa in Group M after the two former champions slugged it out for a 2-2 draw in Limbe.

Nicolas N’koulou scored the second for Cameroon, playing their first game under new coach Hugo Broos, after Hlompho Kekana had put South Africa 2-1 up early in the second period with a remarkable effort from inside his own half.

Saturday’s ties, marking the halfway point of qualifying for the 2017 finals in Gabon, also yielded victories for Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Senegal and small Indian Ocean island nations Mauritius and Seychelles.

Jonathan Pitroipa’s penalty handed Burkina Faso a 1-0 win over Uganda and a share of top spot in Group D alongside their opponents.

Democratic Republic of Congo are first in Group B after beating Angola 2-1 in front of 90,000 fans in Kinshasa thanks to a first-half penalty by Cedric Bakambu and a second-half scorcher from substitute Elia Meschack.

Angola replied with a late penalty.

Senegal have a 100 percent record after overcoming Niger 2-0 in Dakar with goals from Mohamed Diame and Oumar Niasse while Group K rivals Namibia triumphed 3-1 in Burundi.

Mauritius beat Rwanda 1-0 and Seychelles also had a rare victory, 2-0 at home to Lesotho.

Qualifiers continue on Sunday through until Tuesday by which time four of the six rounds of preliminaries will have been completed.

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Shock over SA nurse’s murder

A man has been charged with the murder of popular outback nurse Gayle Woodford, prompting calls for improved welfare for remote healthcare workers.

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Ms Woodford’s body was found in a shallow, roadside grave a short distance from the remote South Australian community Fregon on Saturday, four days after she was last seen about 9.40pm on Wednesday.

A Mimili man, 36, who was arrested and charged with vehicle theft on Thursday after police stopped a local ambulance normally driven by Ms Woodford near Coober Pedy, was then charged with murder on Sunday.

Another man and a woman who were also in the ambulance have not been charged.

Forensic investigators spent Sunday making their way to the site where Ms Woodford’s body was found.

The death of the 56-year-old nurse has shocked the tight-knit remote healthcare community.

She had worked for the Nganampa Health Council for more than five years.

The council’s medical director Paul Torzillo told ABC Ms Woodford was held in high regard and his organisation was focusing on supporting her husband, family and colleagues.

“Gayle was a loved, incredibly popular and extremely competent nurse with our organisation for a long period of time,” he said.

Remote healthcare association CRANAplus executive officer Christopher Cliffe told AAP many people in the industry were “very angry and upset” over Ms Woodford’s disappearance and death.

“Even if you didn’t know Gayle herself, you know people who know her, it’s a very small group of highly skilled health professionals and it’s tightly knit, it’s such a horrific tragedy to occur,” he said.

Mr Cliffe said while it was too early to know the exact circumstances surrounding Ms Woodford’s death, there had been safety concerns for remote healthcare workers for some time.

He said the vulnerability of clinicians needed to be recognised and workers should not be allowed to work at posts alone to ease the stress of isolation and workload.

A change长沙楼凤, petition has also been started calling for the abolition of single nurse posts, with more than 12,000 supporters by Sunday evening.

Following the discovery of the body on Saturday afternoon, Superintendent Des Bray told reporters the “worst fears were realised”.

“Gayle, I’m told, was a much loved person here, so this is devastating news not just for Fregon but for the whole APY community,” he said.

Day back to No.1, hunts more victories

Jason Day is assured of being world No.

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1 again but he won’t be satisfied unless he cements it by taking out the World Golf Championships Match Play.

With 3&2 wins over Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka Day surged into a mouth-watering and highly anticipated semi-final showdown with world No.3 Rory McIlroy on Sunday, ensuring he will overtake Jordan Spieth at golf’s summit.

But getting the ranking is not enough for the 28-year-old who wants to solidify it into the Masters and dominate it as long as possible.

“To be able to get back to No.1 in the world is fantastic. But I wasn’t really focusing on it because I know that winning takes care of everything,” Day said.

“I’ve got two more matches to try and win and I’m really trying to focus on that because I really want to win this tournament.

“If I want to stay on top I have to win. It would be really fantastic to be able to go into Augusta as No. 1 in the world. That would be really exciting for me.”

If Day finishes fourth in Austin his third stint at the top could be short-lived as he will move just fractions ahead of Spieth and the American is playing the Houston Open next week.

If Day is second or third he will have a better chance of retaining it but if he wins he will assure himself of driving down Magnolia Lane as the game’s top dog.

“You’ve got to embrace it. You’ve got to enjoy that,” Day said.

“I enjoy those moments because it can only make me better. To be able to get that feeling walking around there as No.1 would be a pretty cool feeling.”

To win the event he first must get through McIlroy, the defending champion who has now gone 12 matches without a loss over two years.

Day, won the event in 2014, which adds to the magnitude of the semi-final shootout.

“I know Rory is going to be a tough opponent. He always hits it the great. It’s definitely going to be a difficult match,” Day said.

“But I’m excited about the challenge of trying to beat Rory.”

On Wednesday a bulging disk in his back almost took Day out of the tournament so the fact he has played 19 holes less than McIlroy over the five matches should come in handy.

“Any sort of advantage I can take, I need against him,” Day said.

“He’s obviously a fit looking bloke, so I don’t think he’s going to have any trouble with that.

“I’ve got to make sure I’m sharp and I’ve got to come out on top and make sure I don’t miss any information out there and focus on just giving every shot a hundred per cent.”

The Northern Irishman, who took out Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk to advance, was also happy with the big time match-up.

“I relish it,” McIlroy said.

“He’s playing really well at the minute, coming off a win last week. I’ll be really up for it. It’s a big match.”

Day originally went to No.1 by winning the BMW Championship last year before losing it a week later when Spieth won the Tour Championship.

He reclaimed it for three weeks in the offseason, losing it again on November 8, but will officially take it back on Monday.

Should he hoist the trophy on Sunday it would be a ninth US tour win and an incredible sixth win in his last 13 starts.

It would also be the second time this season an Australian has won in back-to-back weeks after he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week.

Adam Scott won the Honda Classic and WGC Cadillac Championship in successive weeks.

The other semi-final will be between Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello and South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Donation reform must be a priority: Greens

Forget the restoration of the construction watchdog, the Greens want a political donation reform package endorsed as a top priority when parliament next sits.

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Greens senator Lee Rhiannon wants both the Coalition and Labor to commit to political donation reform before the federal election.

She doubts that the latest political donation scandal that has engulfed the NSW state and federal Liberal Party, and cabinet secretary Arthur Sinodinos, will be the last.

“The long overdue political donation reform package should be a top priority at the next sitting of parliament,” Senator Rhiannon said in a statement on Sunday.

The NSW Electoral Commission is refusing to pay the Liberals more than $4.4 million until it reveals the identities of secret donors who poured about $700,000 into the party’s coffers ahead of the 2011 state election, when Senator Sinodinos was its treasurer and finance director.

Senator Sinodinos has denied any wrongdoing and has enlisted lawyers in an effort to retract references to himself in the commission’s report, which he says could convey erroneous impressions over the NSW political donations scandal.

Labor MP Terri Butler told reporters in Brisbane that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull cannot continue to have Senator Sinodinos in his inner circle while these clouds are hanging over his head.

Senator Rhiannon said Mr Turnbull has the power to stop these abuses in political donations.

“Does he have the courage to stop illegal activities that are not just damaging his own party but our whole democratic system?” she said.

Mr Turnbull has recalled parliament early from April 18, specifically aimed at trying to get legislation to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission passed by the Senate.

If this fails for a second time, which seems likely at this stage, it will be a trigger for a double dissolution election on July 2.

Mathews exits World T20 as Sri Lanka’s tragic hero

At 15-4, after England had set them a 172-run victory target in the World Twenty20 match, Sri Lanka’s title defence looked all but over inside three overs.

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Their skipper then engineered a stunning recovery in the tournament’s most portentous contest that was key to the semi-final hopes of three teams, including South Africa.

But the lion-hearted effort took its toll on his hamstring and Mathews was clearly struggling when he took guard for the final over from Ben Stokes — 15 runs separating him from Twenty20 greatness and his team from a place in the last four.

As a mild drizzle fell on the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Stokes charged in with a ball in hand and ice in veins to thwart Mathews’ audacious bid to pull off a heist.

Mathews bashed the first delivery to cover and declined a single. Stokes replied with a yorker which Mathews dug out for two runs and two more came in the next delivery when Adil Rashid nearly grabbed his scoop shot at short fine leg.

Stokes sealed the contest with three successive dot balls. A dejected Mathews hurled his bat on the turf, his unbeaten 73 doing little more than burnishing his personal reputations.

“We were just short of a batter in the last couple of overs,” the all-rounder rued, confessing they did not deserve to be in the semi-finals.

Outside their ardent fans, not many expected them to reach the last four either.

Sri Lanka suffered a jolt even before kicking off their title defence with Lasith Malinga handing over the captaincy to Mathews following a slow recovery from a knee injury, which would subsequently rule him out of the tournament.

“It was a big blow for us,” Mathews said of the paceman, who has been instrumental in Sri Lanka’s progress to three World Twenty20 finals over the last four editions.

“He has won us so many games but he had to pull out at the last moment. It was a big blow for the whole team.”

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A depleted pace attack put the pressure on their spinners and Rangana Herath was not the force that many expected him to be in a spin-dominated tournament.

A misfiring batting order added to the problems for Sri Lanka, who conclude their campaign with Monday’s inconsequential group match against South Africa.

Their early exit, on the back of a poor Asia Cup, suggests Sri Lanka still remain in the throes of a tricky transition since the retirements of stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene two years ago.

Mathews knows the reality and urged for patience.

“It has been a disappointing few months for all of us. We let down the fans, we let down the whole country,” he said.

“All we can do is stick to one combination, not try and change the team too much.

“Quick decisions won’t solve this matter, we got to try and be patient.”

(Editing by Patrick Johnston)

North finally open AFL season with a win

Brad Scott would much rather North Melbourne win their last game of the AFL season than the first.

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But as much as he wanted to play down the significance of Saturday night’s 10-point success against Adelaide, he admitted to satisfaction that the monkey is off their back.

It was the first time North have won a season opener since 2009 – a year before Scott took over.

There had been a lot of talk out of Arden St over summer about wanting to start the season on the right foot and their pre-season was overhauled accordingly.

Adelaide nearly broke clear, leading by four goals early in the third term, but North ground out an impressive win.

Initially, Scott was flippant about the mini-milestone.

“I thought at one stage it was worth 12 points and not four, the importance placed on it,” he said.

But Scott then admitted it meant they are not chasing their tails after round one.

“So it’s far better winning it than losing it, but at the end of the finals series we’ve finished in the top four the last two years and haven’t won round one,” he noted.

“This isn’t going to give us any right to finish higher up on the ladder.

“Games at the end of the year are more important than at the start, when it comes to September.

“But there’s no doubt we changed our preparation significantly this year, because we couldn’t keep doing the same thing and getting the same result early on.”

Scott added that North have never been so well prepared going into the start of the season.

One player who certainly looks set for another big year is Todd Goldstein, last year’s All-Australian ruckman.

He was mighty in the last quarter, kicking the goal that put North in front for the first time since the opening term and playing a huge role as they then held off the Crows.

“Goldy dug deep when it really mattered and that’s the mark of a really good player,” Scott said.

“Two years ago, Goldy really set himself to become one of the genuinely-elite ruckmen in the competition and he’s certainly up in the best few going around.”

North won despite Hawthorn recruit Jed Anderson hurting his hamstring in the second term, meaning they only had three on the bench.

But Scott said the scenario showed the benefit of scrapping the sub rule and lowering the interchange cap.

“We were down one in numbers, but it meant we could rotate others more frequently,” Scott said.

“It’s a pretty good example of why I think the players prefer the sub rule going.

“If you have four on the bench and you lose one, the limited rotations mean the opposition can’t exploit that.

“It worked pretty well for both teams tonight.”

Scans will determined how many games that Anderson misses because of his injury.

IS must be ‘crushed’ by military: Blair

Military intervention is needed to ensure Islamic State is “crushed”, Tony Blair has said.

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The former UK prime minister described the attacks in Brussels as “shocking”, but said the attacks would keep on coming unless extremism was tackled.

Writing in the Sunday Times, he said that the roots of Islamism, including the immaturity of political systems and the exploitation over a genuine sense of injustice over the Palestinian issue, needed to be understood in order to counter it.

Mr Blair argued that a new strategy was needed to defeat extremism that included greater co-operation between intelligence agencies.

An effective system of processing refugees was also needed to stop the security risk of uncontrolled flows of people across Europe, he said.

But he also argued that IS, also known as Isis, needed to be eliminated more quickly.

Mr Blair said: “We can use local allies in the fight, but they need equipment and where they need active, on-the-ground, military support from us, we should give it.

“The Americans are doing this now – at least to a degree and with effect.

“But to have allowed Isis to become the largest militia in Libya right on Europe’s doorstep is extraordinary. It has to be crushed.”

Mr Blair founded the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which provides practical support to counter religious conflict and extremism. He previously served as peace envoy to the Middle East and works in eight African countries advising presidents.

He was prime minister during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and is expected to come in for criticism in the official inquiry report into the Iraq war – the Chilcot report – when it is finally published.

In the article he called for Western ground forces to take action wherever a terrorist group emerges, as they are necessary to win the fight against extremism.

He said that in the long term, education promoting religious tolerance and effective aid and development policy needed to be prioritised.

Spieth loses his swing and heads home

Jordan Spieth felt it on the practice range, and he said it on the golf course.

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Behind in a match for the first time all week, Spieth went from a fairway bunker on the right to the gallery on the left at the par-5 sixth hole.

He hit wedge 12-feet left of the hole and then turned to caddie Michael Greller and said, “I just have no control right now.”

And he had no chance against Louis Oosthuizen on Saturday at the Dell Match Play.

Spieth managed to keep it close until he hit 8-iron into the water on the par-3 11th and slammed his club into the bag.

Oosthuizen followed him into the water, but his next shot from the drop area stopped a foot from the cup to win the hole with a bogey. The South African won the next two holes and was on his way to a 3-and-2 victory.

“I got to the range this morning and I was hitting slices with my irons, which is bizarre,” Spieth said.

“I tried to fix it on the range, didn’t know what was up. … I just tried to compensate some on the golf course, got away with it the first couple of holes and then it got the best of me.

“I’m not really sure what happened. Just really an off day. I’d like my off days to be a little more consistent.”

Spieth gets credit for a tie for ninth, his first top 10 since he was runner-up in the Singapore Open two months ago.

Along with losing a chance to advance before a gallery that remembers when he led Texas to a national title in 2012, Spieth lost his No. 1 ranking when Jason Day reached the semifinals.

That didn’t seem to bother him as much as his play.

“I figured he probably already was going to No. 1, finishing ahead of me,” Spieth said.

“To be honest, it could be a good thing for me going into the Masters.”

Spieth still has the Shell Houston Open next week before defending his title at Augusta National.

He started the year with an eight-shot victory at Kapalua and raised his own expectations too high, believing golf would always feel that easy. That hasn’t been the case lately, though even in defeat Spieth felt his game was rounding into form for the Masters.

He was making putts again, many for birdies.

Equally disappointing in his departure was the place he was leaving.

Spieth had the largest crowds of the week, many of them in the burnt orange of Texas.

Austin Country Club is where Longhorn golfers would qualify for tournaments. Spieth smiled when asked if it was his first loss in Austin.

“I’ve played a lot here in junior golf and certainly didn’t win each time,” he said. “No, it’s not the first time I’ve lost here. But I did not deserve to win today.”