Why a clucky Kyle Sandilands will have to wait for a baby

When it comes to Kyle Sandilands, no topic is ever off-limits, even his plans to have a baby with his girlfriend of six years, Imogen Anthony.
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“I’m going to give Imogen a baby soon,” he said on-air two weeks ago. And, last month, during a discussion with his KIIS 1065 radio co-host Jackie “O” Henderson about his relaxed approach to birth control, he added: “I don’t care, if a baby comes it comes.”

Earlier this year, a sometimes gruff Sandilands showed off his more sensitive side when he opened up about his anguish at not being able to give his late father, Peter, grandchildren.

“I was thinking in the shower this morning … I was regretting not being able to give him a grandchild,” Sandilands said.

But while the shock jock, 45, is feeling clucky, the model and social media influencer, 26, has other ideas.

“He’s got to let me ripen a little bit more. I’m still in my prime,” she laughed, when speaking to Fairfax Media.

“Give me a couple of more years. I’m only 26, you know?

“We’ve been together for a long time, so it is due. But we are just taking our time. We are not really into rushing things. We’re chilled.”

When it comes to marriage for the pair, who live together on a seven acre farm in Ingleside in Northern Sydney, Anthony has the same laid-back attitude.

“Babe, when it happens, it’ll happen. We talk about it, absolutely but we are just waiting. We don’t need all of the titles,” she said.

Asked if she has the rock already picked out just in case he gets on bended knee, she laughed, “we talk, he suggests, and that’s about it”. Kyle nurses @KylyClarke’s youngest Kelsey Lee #CUTE #KJshow #KIIS1065A post shared by Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo) on Apr 5, 2016 at 4:10pm PDT

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STD tests, critique a stranger: The Bachelor’s casting process

Excitement is building over season five of The Bachelor with Matty Johnson landing the starring role after he was left heartbroken by Georgia Love last year, but how are his potential suitors chosen?
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To become one of 22 women battling it out on national television for the affection of a man you have never met before, there are a few hoops producers will have you jump through first.

During a casting call for last season’s show with Richie Strahan, bachelorettes on their quest for true love took part in certain games, such as standing in a circle and critiquing each other; debating contentious topics, such as religion; and battling it out for a rose left in the centre of a room.

Those who made it through to the reality show then have to undertake a mandatory medical test, including one for sexually transmitted diseases. A spokesperson for the producers, Warner Bros, described the checks to Fairfax Media as a “duty of care”.

Last year’s “villain” Keira Maguire, 30, who was such a hit for Network Ten that she was asked back to star on this year’s I’m a Celebrity ??? Get Me Out of Here, also told Fairfax Media about the “shoe game”.

“We all had to take our shoes off and you had to guess whose shoes belonged to who and you had to describe their personality when you picked up the shoes,” Maguire explained.

She denied that it sounded a bit Mean Girls, explaining: “At the end of the day it is up to you what you do and say.”

However, Maguire was “mortified” about some parts of the casting process, particularly the chase for the single red rose.

“I stood back and was like, ‘what the hell? This is absolutely ridiculous.’ I literally wasn’t participating,” she laughed.

It was that non-compliance that she says landed her a spot in the final line-up.

“I just stood there with a look across my face as the other women ran to the rose ??? The producers have positions marked out and they thought, ‘We got our villain,'” Maguire laughed.

But she was surprised by some who were turned away.

“You are looking at all of these beautiful girls coming through and you think, ‘they will have to make it,’ and they don’t get through. It’s more about personality and what you will be like on TV,” she said.

Thousands of applications are submitted each year and its the producers’ job to ensure they have the right mixture of romance as well as entertainment Warner Bros explained the techniques used helped highlight someone’s character.

“Casting for The Bachelor aims to see how people express themselves and if they have the ability to describe how they feel, something that is instrumental to finding love with the Bachelor,” a spokesperson added to Fairfax Media.

“Auditions are voluntary and participants are encouraged to speak up if they are interested in the reasoning behind an activity.”

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US and China agree tensions on Korean Peninsula are at a ‘rather dangerous level’

Beijing: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has appeared with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to say the two countries share the view that tensions on the Korean Peninsula have reached “a rather dangerous level”.
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Speaking to the media after a meeting in Beijing on Saturday, Mr Tillerson said the US and China would work together to bring North Korea to “make a course correction and move away from the development of nuclear weapons”.

“We share a common view and a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now and that things have reached a rather dangerous level, and we’ve committed ourselves to doing everything we can to prevent any type of conflict from breaking out,” Mr Tillerson said.

Mr Wang agreed, but also had some advice for his American counterpart.

“No matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek peaceful settlement,” he said.

“We hope all parties, including our friends from the United States, could size up the situation in a cool-headed and comprehensive fashion, and arrive at a wise decision.”

Mr Tillerson and Mr Wang both tried to strike a positive tone, repeating the mantra that US-China relations were founded on the principles of avoiding conflict and confrontation, and promoting mutual respect and “win-win cooperation.”

That’s a far cry from the sort of language US President Donald Trump employed on the campaign trail.

Mr Wang called their talks “candid, pragmatic and productive,” while Mr Tillerson talked about a “constructive and results-oriented relationship.”

The Secretary of State also talked of a trading relationship that is “fair and pays dividends both ways,” made a glancing reference to their maritime disputes and said his country would continue to “advocate for universal human rights and religious freedom.”

The two men also said they were working toward a face-to-face meeting between Mr Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping to build on a cordial telephone conversation between the pair in February.

“We do look forward to this future opportunity for the two leaders to meet,” Mr Tillerson said at the beginning of a meeting with State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks Mr Wang as China’s top diplomat.

“The better they know one another the stronger will be our bilateral relations as well, because they can provide direction and guidance to both of our governments on how we can work more closely together to strengthen this very important relationship,” Mr Tillerson said.

The comments from Mr Tillerson were more moderate than his warning a day earlier in South Korea that “all options are on the table” to deal with North Korea, and that the US would take military action if needed.

Mr Wang had last week likened the US and North Korea to two accelerating trains heading for a collision with neither willing to give way. Mr Tillerson meets China’s President Xi Jinping on Sunday.

China has said a return to negotiations with North Korea could occur if the US and South Korea agreed to abandon military drills in the region, and North Korea agreed to halt its rogue missile development.

But the proposal had been swiftly rejected by the White House, which is said to be considering secondary sanctions against Chinese companies that trade with North Korea.

US President Donald Trump tweeted before Mr Tillerson’s arrival in Asia that China did nothing to help to stop North Korea. North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been “playing” the United States for years. China has done little to help!??? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 17 March 2017

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Same-sex marriage ‘resolved’: Turnbull government minister

Senator Matt Canavan departs after the joint party room meeting at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 18 July 2016. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Photo: Alex EllinghausenAs the Turnbull government prepares for the final two sitting weeks of Parliament before the May budget, two cabinet ministers – with different personal views on marriage equality – have repeated the Coalition’s position that a plebiscite is the only way the issue will be dealt with.
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Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the government should be concentrating on its efforts to reduce company tax and on getting its childcare changes through the Senate.

“The Coalition’s policy is very clear. We think the n people deserve a say… it’s resolved as far as the Coalition is concerned,” Senator Canavan said on ABC television on Sunday.

“We’ve got a lot of other things to get on with. A notion that we’d distract ourselves and go into other areas would be a massive distraction.”

A letter from 20 of the country’s chief executives calling on the Turnbull government to legislate for same-sex marriage has reignited debate about the issue, and moderate Liberal MPs have suggested it was an unhelpful intervention into the debate.

On Saturday Immigration Minister Peter Dutton delivered a blunt and public warning to Malcolm Turnbull not to waver on same-sex marriage, insisting the government “won’t be bullied” and telling the country’s business leaders to “stick to their knitting”.

Health Minister Greg Hunt defended Mr Dutton’s comments: “What I do see is Peter making the same point as I’m making. This should be a debate not just for the elite but for every n to have their say.”

Mr Hunt repeated his support both for same-sex marriage and a plebiscite as the best way to achieve a change to marriage laws.

“It’s a positive for the n democracy that every n can have a say,” Mr Hunt told Sky News on Sunday.

Senator Canavan, who does not support same-sex marriage, said he wanted to see “a lot more respect” in the debate.

“What I found uncomfortable this week is contempt for those who might have a different view,” Senator Canavan said.

He echoed Mr Dutton’s criticisms of the companies that were signatories to the letter saying “customers of Qantas and Telstra shareholders deserve to have a say, too”.

He suggested changing ‘s marriage laws might damage relationships with regional trading partners that were more socially conservative.

“There’s no chance that any of these countries will legislate any time soon,” Senator Canavan said, and mentioned countries such as Indonesia and Japan.

“How can we go to our region and respect their views as well? There can be different views on this subject. If we just had a little bit more respect and common sense we could probably deal with the matter.”

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Frontrunner for East Timor presidency offers China hope on oil

Fretilin the country’s largest political party, staged its closing campaign rally in Dili on the 17th March. Photo:Wayne Lovell/Timor Photography Photo: Wayne Lovell Dili: The front-runner in East Timor’s presidential elections on Monday has offered new hope for a breakthrough in a bitter stand-off with over $40 billion in oil and gas fields.
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Francisco Guterres, known as Lu-Olo, told Fairfax Media there are now “better prospects” for an agreement on sea borders which could lead to an agreement to develop the Greater Sunrise fields in the Timor Sea.

An n parliamentary committee has been told that without billions of dollars in revenue from the fields, ‘s neighbour is likely to become an aid-dependent, failed state.

Mr Guterres, a leading figure in the power-sharing Fretilin Party, left open the possibility of the gas being piped to an existing plant in Darwin or for a floating platform to extract it above the fields.

Xanana Gusmao, East Timor’s independence hero, has for years demanded that the gas be piped to a proposed $1.4 billion industrial complex on the country’s remote southern coast, despite a consortium led by Woodside Petroleum saying that this approach was unviable and shelving the project.

“I can’t guess what the outcome will be. Each side has a position. That is what we will take to the table,” Mr Guterres said, referring to negotiations on a new sea border by a September deadline.

The comments are the most positive yet by an East Timorese leader on the stand-off, which has stirred strong nationalistic sentiments in a country famous for its long struggle for independence.

In January, East Timor dropped a spying case against in the international court and issued a joint statement with Canberra pledging to negotiate the sea borders “in good faith”.

Rebecca Strating, an expert on East Timor from Victoria’s La Trobe University, told a parliamentary committee last week it is “very possible” East Timor could be the “architect of its own demise” as revenues from its existing oil and gas resources and a sovereign wealth fund are exhausted.

“There are elections this year. A change in government or a change in personalities might produce a government that is willing to think a little more laterally or flexibly around the interests in the Timor Sea,” Dr Strating said.

“But since 2012 it seems to me that this pursuit of independence may actually create a failed state in Timor-Leste [East Timor],” she said.

East Timor, which has failed to diversify its income to manufacturing or agriculture, relies on oil and gas revenues for more than 90 per cent of its $2 billion-a-year budget.

“The next five years with new leadership is a critical time because revenue from currently used oil fields is mostly depleted,” said Charles Scheiner of Lao Hamutuk, a Dili-based think-tank.

Presidential elections will be followed by general elections in July.

Mr Guterres, a former guerrilla fighter, said he cannot see any of seven other candidates beating him for the presidency, predicting he will win enough votes to avoid a run-off election in April.

Mr Gusmao, the country’s behind-the-scenes powerbroker, swung his support behind Mr Guterres and rejected a push for younger leaders to replace former resistance fighters who have dominated the country’s politics since independence in 2002.

“Yes, there is some opinion that younger leaders should be elected. But no way,” Mr Gusmao told reporters.

“We are not a perfect state ??? it is very early. That is why you have to trust Lu-Olo to keep the country united,” he said.

Antonio da Conceicao, education minister from the Democratic Party, appears to be Mr Guterres’ closest rival, but analysts say his best chance would be in a run-off.

Jose Ramos Horta, the country’s respected former president, prime minister and Nobel laureate, decided in January not to contest the election, saying it is time for generational renewal.

Electioneering in Asia’s youngest democracy has been largely violence-free but intense amid persistent poverty and claims of entrenched corruption.

Twenty-six observers have travelled from for the election, the country’s first without United Nations support.

Damien Kingsbury from Melbourne’s Deakin University, who is leading the delegation, said despite some technical issues he expects the voting will proceed without any major hiccups.

East Timor has been ruled since 2015 by a power-sharing executive made up of leaders of Mr Gusmao’s National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) and Fretilin. The two groups had been bitter rivals for years.

Clinton Fernandes, a Timorese expert from the University of New South Wales, said whoever Mr Gusmao endorses will win the elections.

“Voters see the cash liquidity flowing through the economy and – crucially – they trust Xanana,” Professor Fernandes said.

“He’s lost weight and appears to be looking after his health – which to me means he’s probably intending to be a player well into his 80s.”

Professor Fernandes said the person Mr Gusmao endorses for prime minister later in the year will have to have three qualities – connection to the public, ruthlessness and magic.

“Xanana is very much an animist and appears to believe his destiny and that of his country are in the hands of the ancestors whose spirits influence the land,” he said.

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Benefit for injured Knight Troy Miles raises thousands as former footballer vows to keep fighting

League fraternity throw support behind former Knight Troy Miles at Belmont 16 Footers with his family; wife Nicole and sons Toby, Bailey, Zac. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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The host of the night Tony Squires, left, and friend of Troy Miles Gordon Richardson, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Alex McKinnon at the benefit for Troy Miles. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Benefit night for former Newcastle Knight reserve grader Troy Miles, who is a quadriplegic after a motorbike crash in SA last year. Alex McKinnon, left, and Damien Jobson, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Troy Miles at the benefit night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Friends and well wishers getting pictures with Troy Miles, his wife Nicole on the left. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Damien Jobson and his wife Brooke, meeting Troy Miles. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Troy Miles, left, and wife Nicole, meeting Damien Jobson and his wife Brooke. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Troy Miles his wife Nicole and son Zac. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Host Tony Squires, Troy Miles his wife Nicole and son Zac. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldhe cherished being out of hospital and home for a day.

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— Brodie Owen (@Brodie_Owen) March 18, 2017Don’t forget: McKinnonALEX McKinnon says the best thing people can do to help those with permanent injuries is to not forget them.

McKinnon, who became a quadriplegic in 2014 after an illegal tackle on him while playing for the Knights, admitted to saying “why me, why me, why me” numerous times after being paralysed, but said he eventually learnt to accept it and move on.

“Just because I’m in a wheelchair doesn’t mean I can’t do things,” he told an audience at the Running for Miles benefit night on Saturday. “You just need to change your mindset a bit.”

McKinnon earlier this month quit his off-field role with the Knights and is set to turn his attention to public speaking. He has also reportedly launched legal proceedings against the National Rugby League.

McKinnon said his transition to a new lifewas made better by the support of others.

“The best thing is not the support now, but the support in five years’ time, 10 years’ time, 20 years’ time,” he said.

“It needs to be ongoing.”

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Doves may cry as nine US Fed members take stage

Local shares are poised to start the week lower, with thoughts of rising trade protectionism potentially at the forefront of investors’ minds and ahead of a raft of speeches from central bankers.
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ASX futures closed down 13 points over the weekend as financials, including Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, slumped in New York. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 0.1 per cent to 2378, limiting its weekly gain to 0.2 per cent.

But, while momentum faded on Friday, global stocks recorded the best week since January after the US Federal Reserve raised its benchmark lending rate without accelerating the timetable for future hikes.

As the week progresses, a litany of speeches by central bankers – specifically in the United States – may add to the market’s comfort with a global trend towards tighter monetary policy, or threaten to puncture it.

The Reserve Bank of ‘s Luci Ellis is first off the mark in Canberra on Monday. The RBA’s latest meeting minutes are to be released Tuesday with Guy Debelle speaking at a conference in Singapore on Wednesday. On Thursday there is a policy meeting across the Tasman at the RBNZ. Not so dovish

There are also nine Fed speeches on the schedule this week, which will “provide an opportunity for the Fed to re-calibrate market expectations after what the market interpreted to be a somewhat dovish hike,” NAB economist David de Garis said. All bar three of the nine are voting members of the Fed’s monetary policy setting committee, Mr de Garis noted.

RBC Capital Markets chief US economist Tom Porcelli said it was “puzzling” that the market took last week’s US Fed meeting so calmly.

“There are now only three [board members’] forecasts calling for less than three hikes this year, compared to six in the last go-around,” Mr Porcelli said. “In other words, you now have 82 per cent of the [Federal Open Market Committee members] in the three-hike camp or higher.”

“Yet the market closed that day at a 50-50 chance of two or three hikes this year. Why the market views what is a higher probability that we get three hikes as something that should equate to lower odds of three hikes this year is puzzling to say the least.” Protectionism risk

Turning to the weekend’s G20 meeting, and it’s unclear how investors will interpret the finance ministers’ joint statement. The world’s top finance ministers, including ‘s Treasurer Scott Morrison, along with the world’s top central bankers met in Germany for two days.

They acquiesced to the US in dropping a long-standing reference to free and open global trade, a result of rising protectionist sentiment around the world. Thus far, markets have remained sanguine around the potentially damaging effect of a possible global trade war.

Over the next few weeks, there will be a keen focus on the setting of contract prices for both thermal and metallurgical coal. In a March 15 report, Macquarie Wealth Management said its current forecast for thermal coal is $US87.5 a tonne, or roughly $US26 a tonne higher than current levels. “Producers will be keen to get this settled before Chinese coal demand seasonally weakens in April,” the analysts said.

As for met coal, used in steel making, Macquarie sees $US175 a tonne, “although we expect achieved prices for producers to come in well below this, even after adjusting for quality”.

“One potential factor to watch is the Chinese domestic hard coking coal price, which after a period of stability (when international quotes were falling) is now dropping quickly, with expectations from our China trip earlier this month of a further 10-15 per cent decline over the coming couple of months.” Corporate earnings prospect

The good news, and a key reason why markets have been rallying, is that the global economy is performing relatively better than expected, bolstering the prospect for corporate earnings.

Optimism remains that the global equities rally has room to run with Bank of America seeing the S&P 500 reaching as high as 2500 before the end of the year, and to push towards 2600 before correcting. That puts BofA’s upside for the benchmark US sharemarket index at 4.9 per cent.

Brent crude, the global benchmark, found support around $US50 a barrel, which appears to have triggered some profit taking, OANDA senior market analyst Craig Erlam said. As for US oil, it “appears to be having similar trouble with the psychological $US50 level but from below”.

“The price action over the last few days doesn’t look particularly bullish for oil and I do wonder whether the $US50 level in Brent is on borrowed time,” Mr Erlam said.

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Hot Dub Wine Machine concert goers taken to hospital for “drug and alcohol associated illnesses”

AMBULANCE officerstook 12 people attending the Hot Dub Wine Machine music event in the HunterValley to hospital with “drug and alcohol associated illnesses”, capping off a night that also included police charging four people for drug possessionand 61 ejections from the venue.
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Central Hunter duty officer Inspector Peter Vromans said ambulance officers took12 affected patrons from the Saturday night event attended by more than 10,000 people at Hope Estateto Cessnock Hospital.

Police joined by two drug detection dogs charged four men with possessing prohibited drugs, issued four criminal infringement notices and three infringement notices.

“People should not expect to escape detection,” Inspector Vromans said.

“People will be dealtwith according to the law if they have prohibited drugs, which pose a significant risk topeople’s health as can be seen from the number of people taken to hospital. Every single incident of drug use carries a risk.”

He said police had received no reports –and were not making any investigations –related to allegations of drink spiking.

Inspector Vromans said a 27-year-old was foundwith a small quantity of suspected cocaine, a 22-year-old and 19-year-old were each found with a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine anda 23-year-old was found with four tablets suspected to be ecstasy.

All were given field court attendance notices to attend Cessnock Local Court on April 19.

Hope Estate owner and registered pharmacist Michael Hope said neither police or ambulance officers had spoken to him about anyconfirmed “overdoses”.

He described himselfas an “avid anti-drug campaigner” and said hehad“zero tolerance” for drugs and anti social behaviour.

“I embrace the police coming here and bringing the [drug detection] dogs,” he said. “I realise a lot of kids will pop a pill because they reckon it makes them feel good, but they have no idea what’s in it.

“We don’t want people coming in who are under the influence of drugs or have drugs, it adds a level of complexity that we can’t control.

“The event had a lot of wilder, younger patrons who were a lot more boisterous and it took a lot more work from us, the police and security to keep it to safe standards.We agreed to shut the bars at 6.30pm for half an hour and then it was one drink each [at a time] from 7pm.”

Mr Hope said he was “dead against” drug testing at events.

“I don’t want to be encouraging use. If someone sees three pills are ‘safe’ and then dies, then I’m complicit. It will never happen at Hope Estate.”

A spokesperson for event promoter Falconasaid it worked with the venueand authorities“before, during and after the event, to implement as many harm-minimising measures as possible”.

“We believe we provided a safe environment for our ticketholders – their experience was our first priority – and the very low numbers of drug-related arrests attest to the quality of the crowd at Hot Dub Wine Machine events,” the spokesperson said in a written statement.

“There’s always going to be unavoidable outliers that occur at an event of this magnitude – when there’s upwards of 10,000 people together – but we were fully prepared in the event that an incident out of our control should happen to take place.

“We believe we implemented all measures possible that were required, and beyond, and that’s all that can be reasonably asked of us as event organisers.”

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She Will Reign scoops Golden SlipperPhotos

She Will Reign scoops Golden Slipper | Photos Ben Melham riding She Will Reign celebrates winning Race 7 in the Longines Golden Slipper.
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Ben Melham, riding She Will Reign, celebrates after winning Race 7, Longines Golden Slipper.

Ben Melham, riding She Will Reign, celebrates with his partner Karlie Dales after winning Race 7.

Ben Melham, riding She Will Reign, celebrates with his partner Karlie Dales and the winning connections after winning Race 7, Longines Golden Slipper.

Scott Darby and the winning connections lift the Golden Slipper after She Will Reign wins Race 7, Longines Golden Slipper.

Hugh Bowman, riding Winx, celebrates after winning Race 5.

Hugh Bowman, riding Winx, celebrates after winning Race 5.

Connections of the winning Golden Slipper horse She Will Reign celebrate at Rosehill Gardens.

Connections of Group 1 China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes winner Winx on Golden Slipper Day.

Connections of the winning Golden Slipper horse She Will Reign celebrate.

Spectators watch the start of Race 7 in the Longines Golden Slipper.

Hugh Bowman, riding Winx, celebrates with the winning connection after winning Race 5, China Horse Club George Ryder during 2017 Golden Slipper Day.

Connections to the winning horse of the Golden Slipper, She Will Reign, celebrate trackside.

Connections to the winning horse of the Golden Slipper, She Will Reign, celebrate trackside.

Kerrin McEvoy riding Russian Revolution (#12) celebrates winning Race 8 in the Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy.

Kerrin McEvoy riding Russian Revolution wins Race 8 in the Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy.

Hugh Bowman riding Winx wins Race 5 in the China Horse Club George Ryder.

Opie Bosson, riding Gingernuts, wins Race 6.

Opie Bosson, riding Gingernuts, wins Race 6.

Ben Melham, riding She Will Reign, celebrates winning Race 7 in the Longines Golden Slipper.

A woman wearing a fascinator veil during Golden Slipper Day.

A woman wearing a fascinator veil during Golden Slipper Day.

Elizabeth Debicki speaks during Golden Slipper Day.

Paulini sings the National Anthem during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens.

Elizabeth Debicki presents the Golden Slipper trophy during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens.

TweetFacebook Trackside at Golden Slipper DayHighlights of the 2017 Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on March 18, in Sydney. Photos: Getty ImagesJockey Ben Melhambelieved he had a Golden Slipperwinner from the first time he rodeShe Will Reign.

Syndicator Scott Darby believed in She Will Reignafter her first win at Kembla.

It took trainer Gary Portelliuntil some time in the straight at Rosehill on Saturday to know his dream was coming true.

As his flying filly dashed clear Portellijust shook his head as he had waited 27 years for this result.

“I remember watching her win her first start in Hong Kong when I was there with Rebel Dane and I thought you’re a handy filly. We are going to have fun,” Portelli said. “I wasn’t thinking Golden Slipper, Benny was.

“He came back after that first barrier trial and said to me don’t book anyone else for her.”

This was a win for the battlers, the mum-and-dad owners of a $20,000 filly, and it capped the career of her trainer.

For Melham, whohad backed the filly from that first day, the Golden Slipper win confirmed She Will Reign as the best horse he has ridden only behind Black Caviar. His memories were clear of that first day.

“I told the boys that she was mine, I knew she was this good,” Melham said. “I come to ride Rebel Dane before Hong Kong and Gary put me on a couple of others and this was the gold.

“I had to get it right today because I went against what Gary wanted to do but I knew that she was that good.”

Darby was at Kembla that day he knew he had something special.

“I thought here we go againdriving home from Kembla,” Darby said. “She has gone one better than Yankee and won – I have won the Golden Slipper.”

Melham and Portelli haven’t always agreed about this filly.

“That was unbelievable. I spoke to the jockey before the race and said to him ‘I think we have got to go forward’. He went quiet and said ‘I think I’m going back to last. I am cutting the corner, I’m on the best horse and I’m going to ride her like I did in the Silver Slipper,” Portelli said.

“I would have got hang up by my balls if I had got beaten because Gary wanted to ride her completely different,” Melham said.

It was daring but brilliant and went justas Melhamdescribed. She Will Reign went across to the fence atback ofthe field and then tracked behind the inside runners and by the turn he was on the back of leader Houtzen, which couldn’t handle the conditions.

“I got up inside and hit the front and she still hadn’t come off the bridle. When I cut the ribbonsit was all over, she is just a very good filly,” Melham said.

Portellihas been one of the good guys of racing and has had his good horses but there have been the tough times.

“I started training back in 1990, have been in the game since 1986. This is the race that defines a trainer I believe,” Portelli said

“This game has taken me a long way. I struggled to get through year ten, I was a battler working a night shift in a bakery but my dream was to become a city trainer.

“I’ve been able to train horses and go to Royal Ascot. This game has taken me a long way. It goes to show to anyone out there who is not sure what they’re doing in life that if you like something and want to do something, stick at it, work hard and days like this might come.”

She Will Reign scored by 2-1/4 lengths from Frolic, which also tracked the fence, while Tulip got third place after a protest was upheld against Menari

The large syndicate or owners crowded in the the mounting yard and as the presentation ended chanted “She Will Reign, She Will Reign”.

She did and will for much longer.

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Sydney wants to host 2022 Commonwealth Games: report

Sydney is readying a bid to host the plagued 2022 Commonwealth Games after the event was officially stripped from Durban earlier this week.
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Since August 2016, Sydney has been preparing a bid for the event after problems with Durban’s capacity to host has come into question, according to News Corp.

Commonwealth Games Association president Sam Coffa said a back-up plan for a city in to host had been in the works for almost 12 months.

“As early as August [last year] I put my hand up to say [to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)] ‘should there be a problem with a host city for 2022, then would consider hosting the Games in ‘,” he said.

will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Hosting two consecutive Commonwealth Games is unprecedented in the history of the Games.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian would welcome the event coming to Sydney, which would be the first major sporting competition since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Sydney last hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1938.

“Sydney hosted the Olympic Games and we are always keen to show off our great city and sporting facilities to the world,” Berejiklian said.

Coffa agreed that Sydney is in prime position should get the nod.

“The proposal of a city like Sydney is appetising because if was tapped on the shoulder we’re not stupid, we would be looking where the infrastructure is on the ground.”

Adelaide and Melbourne have also signalled their intent to host the Games. The join a crowded group of cities that have shown interest in holding the event, including Edmonton in Canada, Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester in England, New Delhi in India and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

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Super Netball: Lightning v Magpies

Super Netball: Lightning v Magpies Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning and April Brandley of the Magpies compete for the ball during the round five Super Netball match between the Lightning and the Magpies.
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Laura Langman of the Lightning passes the ball.

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Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning wins the challenge for the ball over Sharni Layton of the Magpies.

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Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning and Sharni Layton of the Magpies compete for the ball.

Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning and April Brandley of the Magpies compete for the ball.

Cody Lange of the Magpies looks to pass.

Stephanie Wood of the Lightning shoots.

Cody Lange of the Magpies passes the ball.

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Caitlin Bassett of the Lightning and April Brandley of the Magpies challenge for the ball.

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Lightning players embrace as they celebrate their victory after the round five Super Netball match between the Lightning and the Magpies.

The Magpies embrace during the round five Super Netball match between the Lightning and the Magpies.

TweetFacebook Super Netball: Lightning v MagpiesHighlights of the round five Super Netball match between the Lightning and the Magpies at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 18. Photos: Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesSunshine Coast Lightning recorded a thrilling51-50win over the Collingwood Magpies on Saturday night.

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Newcastle District Cricket Association: Hamilton-Wickham and Belmont to meet in 2016-2017 first grade grand final

DECIDER: Hamilton-Wickham v Belmont – the clubs, who went head-to-head in the T20 decider earlier this month, will meet again in this weekend’s Newcastle District Cricket Association two-day grand final at No.1 Sportsground. Picture: Max Mason-HubersHamilton-Wickham will get ashot at redemption while Belmont will look to seal a minor-major premiership doubleafter the top two sides automatically progressed to this weekend’s first grade grand final.
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Newcastle District Cricket Association semi-finals in all four grades were called off Saturday and Sunday with not a single ball bowled following constant rainfall during the week.

The blanket wash out means first-placed Belmont and second-placed Hamwicks, who were due to play at No.1 Sportsground and Passmore Oval respectively, move through to the maindecider ahead of third-placed Toronto and fourth-placed University.

The Pumas, who lost the title to Merewether 12 months ago, are chasing the club’s first two-day crown since 2003-2004 despite appearing in four grand finals since.

“It’s a funny way to get there, and we would have ratherget the win [in the semi-final], but we’re there,” Hamwicks captain Josh Trappel said.

“We’ve only lost one game this year and there’s not many competitions where you do that and onlyfinish second. But I suppose that[grand final spot] is the rewardfor finishing higher.”

It will be Belmont’s first grand final appearance since they last won it in 2008-2009, which broke a 15-year premiership drought, and follows losses in Tom Locker Cup and Twenty20 deciders earlier this season.

“It’s not ideal to have a semi decided by the weather, but that’s just sport and it shows how difficult it can be to win one,”Belmont skipper Mark Littlewood said.

“It [going through] is a reward for our hard work during the year.”

Belmont and Hamwickshaven’t met during the two-day play-offs in at least 12seasons, but crossed paths last Sundayin the T20 final and the Pumas secured a second straight trophy. Alast round encounterbetween themwas washed out while Belmont beat the visitors in a virtual one-day semi-final at Cahill Oval in November.

However, the wash out means the dream is over for both Toronto and University.

“It was a good year for us, but it was a frustrating way to end it,” Toronto captain Paul Toole said.“It’s just one of those things and cricket is funny like that –you play all season andfinish with a wash out.”

University skipper Matt Gawthrop said he was pleased withhis team’s performance in 2016-2017, which included a maiden Tom Locker Cup.

“I’m really proud of the boys for their efforts this season,” Gawthrop said.

“We achieved some pretty special things which will give us a lot of confidence going into next season.”

In the lower grade decidersMerewether will feature in both seconds and thirdsagainst Toronto and University respectively while Hamwicks and Charlestown meet in fourths. Venues have yet to be determined.

GRAND FINALS

First Grade: Belmont v Hamilton-Wickham at No.1 Sportsground

Second Grade: Toronto v Merewether

Third Grade: University v Merewether

Fourth Grade: Hamilton-Wickham v Charlestown

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