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Clipsal 500 – 1 Million Dollar Smash up in 7 Seconds

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While the rest of us simply struggle to pay for fuel this year’s Clipsal 500 racked up a million dollar repair bill in seven seconds.

The Clipsal 500 pits some of the most expensive road vehicles in the world against each other. And while the drivers are professionals things can go wrong. And when they do it’s going to cost someone dearly.

The third and final race of the Australian GT Championship was the backdrop for this year’s carnage.

Only moments after the rolling start, Paul Kelly, in third position, lost control of his Ferrari 458 GT3. He speared across the chicane and into the barrier.

Unfortunately, for the rest of the field, his badly smashed car then flipped back into the packed racing line. The line of oncoming cars were closely packed together, their accelerators to the floor as each jockeyed attempted to enter the chicane ahead of the other.

The high speed and narrow chicane meant there was nowhere for drivers to go.

The Butcher’s Bill included a McLaren 650S GT3, a Porsche GT3 Cup Car, two Audi R8 Ultras, a Porsche 997 GT3-R and a Ginetta G55 GT3 – altogether costing an unimaginable amount.

The twisted metal bodies of high-performance cars littered the raceway, the scene reminiscent of some nightmare from a sports car graveyard.

Emergency crews worked frantically to clear the bitumen. Even so, it wasn’t until lap five the rest of the field were again able to race unimpeded.

Those who fared best were those able to take advantage of the interruption.

Tony Quinn, driving a McLaren MP412-C was in second position when Kelly hit the wall. He was, therefore, able to avoid catastrophe engulfing all those behind.

In what turned out to be a nine-lap race Quinn was able to reel in Theo Koundouris, driving a Porsche 996 GT3-S, and fend off Nathan Antunes’, in his Audi R8 Ultra, and win.

Dan Kelly Wins Majority Decision, But Unhappy with Performance

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Judo Olympian turned MMA fighter Australian Dan Kelly has won his second UFC fight. He was delighted with his unanimous decision victory over American Patrick Walsh, but critical of his performance.

So too were the fans at the 1stBankCentre at Broomfield, Colorado. After the UFC Fight Night many of them took to social media to vent their disappointment, describing the three rounds as ‘boring’.

The crowd jeered and booed as the fight progressed. Neither fighter willing to take a risk against the other. In the end the Melburnian Kelly was scored the victor by all three judges: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.

In the post-match interview a clearly relieved, but disappointed Kelly said, “I’m happy with a win, but I’m not happy about my performance. Fans that know me, know that’s not typically my style of fight. Patrick was a tough one and I knew I had to avoid the clinch. I was trying to move and hit hm, move and hit him.

“This is only my second decision,: he continued. “I heard the boos and I want all the fans to be happy. I learned a lot from this by having extended time in the Octagon and gaining some experience there. My next performance will definitely be better.”

Kelly has been slowly improving. Kelly entered the UFC with a 5-0 record in the Australian Fighting Championship. He was twice scheduled to fight Steven Kennedy for the vacant AFC middleweight belt, but had to withdraw due to The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia show. His performances in the TUF house were clearly disappointing. The Australians were overmatched against a clearly superior Canadian team. Kelly lost his opening fight to Sheldon Westcott by arm-triangle choke.

Now in the UFC Kelly has strung together two victories; the first against Luke Zachrich at UFC Fight Night 55, in Sydney, he won due to a kimura; the second against the much hyped Patrick Walsh, at UFC Fight Night 60, by unanimous decision.

Jon Jones Enters Drug Rehab’.

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In the wake of Jon Jones failed drug-test, and UFC 182 win over bitter rival Daniel Cormier, the fighter has gone into rehab.

Jones’ pre-fight drug test, given Thursday, returned a positive result for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite used in cocaine. But Jones’ eighth consecutive title defense was not overturned.

Because benzoylecgonine is not banned in out-of-competition testing it cannot be used to strip Jones of his win. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission out-of-competition testing refers to anytime outside of 48 hours prior to and following a competition (in this case a fight). So even though Jones returned a positive result and even though benzoylecgonine is banned by the NSAC, Jones retains his win.

The UFC went into damage control upon the release of the finding. The UFC issued a statement saying: “We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue.

“”While we are disappointed in the failed test, we applaud him for making this decision to enter a drug treatment facility. Jon is a strong, courageous fighter inside the Octagon, and we expect him to fight this issue with the same poise and diligence. We commend him on his decision, and look forward to him emerging from this program a better man as a result.”

UFC president Dana White paraphrased: “I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility. I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”

A post-fight drug test returned a negative result. Cocaine, however, has a short half-life, passing quickly through the body. It can usually only be detected in urine samples within two to four days of ingestion.

Jones issued the expected apology saying, “I want to apologize to my fiancee, my children, as well as my mother, father, and brothers for the mistake I made. I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important to fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time my family and I would appreciate privacy.”

 

 

 

The Difference Between Gold and Cycling – Lance Armstrong

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Confessed drug cheat Lance Armstrong has opened up about his thoughts on integrity in a piece for Golf Digest.

Since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from competitive cycling Lance has devoted himself to playing golf. A lot of golf.

“My handicap is 10,” he told Golf Digest, “And it’s taken me serious effort to get there.

“Last year I played 250 rounds (of golf). I’ll get there again this year.”

But Armstrong isn’t just a monomaniacal overachiever, he’s a gambler. He doesn’t play for fun, he plays for money.

“Once you get used to playing for big money (as he did a as competitive cyclist), a $10 nassau seems boring, and playing for nothing seems pointless. Whatever you’re playing for, it’s got to be enough that it hurts a little when you lose.”

Consdering Armstrong was worth around $125 million in 2012 one can only wonder how much ‘hurts’ when he loses. But you can be sure he’s not playing for a $5 Scratchie.

But when he is asked about cheating on the course Armstrong’s answer speaks volumes:

“You might consider me the last guy to have anything to say about cheating, but golf is different. I love adhereing to a code of honor that we in cycling just didn’t have. If I moved my ball in the rough and got caught, I wouldn’t just regret it, I’d be heartbroken forever. When I think about reform in cycling, I think about golf.”

First: The “… and got caught” is pretty significant in this sentence.

Second: Anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of cycling history will tell you cheating and doping have been an integral part of the culture since it began. Armstrong was not the only cyclist to have tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs, he was just the one who got the most attention.

Third: Armstrong’s comments are interesting in understanding how codes of behaviour develop within groups. They beg the question of whether these codes can be directed or whether they arise spontaneously.

Tug-Of-War Making a Resurgence

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You might think tug-of-war is a past time suited to country fairs and youth programs, but you’d be wrong.

Tug-of-war, once an Olympic sport, is seeing a resurgence in popularity around the nation.

With eight team members on each end of the rope you might think this is the ultimate test in brute strength, but again you’d be wrong.

Graham Egan, coach of the Brisbane Bulldogs admitted there was a lot of gamesmanship in each contest: Signs of failing strength, a slight slack in the rope, the height of the rope and timing all play crucial parts in determining the outcome. And the coach is part of the team.

“The coach is watching not only his team, but also the opposition as well; he is trying to see if the other team is getting tired, to put in a good heave,” said Egan to Weekend Warrior Chris McMahon.

“When that happens, he is concentrating on making sure the team isn’t lifting the rope up, the rope needs to stay at a low height and keep body weight on the rope.

“Once you start raising the rope it will stop and you will start going the other way.

“If we think they are getting tired what we will do is give in the knees a little bit and the might take a couple of inches.

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“They will start moving their feet and then we will answer with a big heave and hopefully take a meter or so.

“You just need to take little increments all the time.”

In the health conscious and socially fragmented society of today tug-of-war offers a great deal: Exercise, camaraderie, and the development of skills both as an individual and within a team.

Cadel Evans Reflects Ahead of Final Three Races

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Tour de France great Cadel Evans has only three races left in his illustrious career: the Australian road championships, the Tour Down Under, and the inaugural Great Ocean Road race. The last will take him through to February and a long anticipated retirement from competitive cycling.

Evans, now 37, admits age has taken its toll.

He will finish the year ranked number 28 in the world – a far cry from his number two ranking in his standout year of 2011.

But he is still the man to beat in his final three outings. As younger and more ambitious riders seek to make a name for themselves and hopefully get picked up by a team.

“I thik back,” Evans said to reporters, “and consider I was the youngest rider to win a mountain bike world cup. And I won the Tour de France.

“I came into road cycling at a tie when it was changing and because I’d come from mountain biking I was ready to adapt.

“I’m happy to have done what I did.

Cadel Evans. Image: en.wikipedia.org

Cadel Evans. Image: en.wikipedia.org

Evans finished second to Simon Gerrans at last year’s Australian road championship and Tour Down Under; a placing Gerrans is hoping to repeat.

“It will be three (BMC riders – Evans team) versus 15 GreenEDGE (Gerrans’ team) and I’ll be one of their major targets,” said Evans.

The cycling legend is tipped to move into a consulting role with BMC upon the the once he has cycled his last race.

Soccer player dies in bizarre post-goal celebration

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Backflip image: www.newspunch.org

In a bizarre incident a young footballer has been killed after injuring his spine in a post-goal celebration.

Peter Biaksangzuala, 23 was performing a series of somersaults after kicking home an important equaliser. The local crowd of Khawzawl (a town near to India’s eastern border with Myanmar) went into raptures at the goal.

But Biaksangzuala missed a flip and landed on his head. As he lay on the ground his team mates jumped on top of him.

It soon became apparent the prostrate Biaksangzuala wasn’t moving and something untoward had happened. The players were peeled off him and a stretcher was called.

Biaksangzula was rushed to hospital. Doctors attempted to repair the damage done to his spine. But the young soccer star’s condition deteriorated and he died on Sunday.

While there is a long history of soccer players injuring themselves in post-goal celebrations, this is the first recorded death.

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The Expenses of Being an F1 Driver

Poor Daniel Riccardo.

Daniel Riccardo doing it tough. Photo: www.sportsbet.com.au

Daniel Riccardo doing it tough. Photo: www.sportsbet.com.au

The Australian Formula 1 driver has taken part in a recent video about the Red Bull racing team. Part of the video shows team principal poring over the accounts received from Riccardo. And Horner is, to say the least, bemused.

“he’s a tight bugger, Daniel, isn’t he,” Horner says to the cameras. “Water at Nice Airport – seven pounds,” he laughs. “Lunch at Nice airport – five pounds. Snakcs at Heathrow … all he does is eat!”

But really that’s fair enough.

Poor Daniel Riccardo only gets paid $1.1 million a year. How can he be expected to pay for his food as well?

This figure is especially demeaning when you consider teammate Sebastian Vettel is making $32 million a year – despite not performing as well as the underpaid Riccardo.

So the next time you’re wondering whther to sneak another biscuit from the bickie-tin at work think about poor Daniel Riccardo – scrimping every dollar out of his team just to survive.

Mick Gatto Wants to be Part of Mundine’s Next Fight

Underworld figure Mick Gatto has said he would be ‘a little bit involved’ when asked about his part in Anthony Mundine’s upcoming fight in Melbourne.

39 year-old Mundine is set to fight Belarussian Sergey Rabchenko, the undefeated European light-middleweight champion, at Hisense Arena on November 12. Rabchenko is now based in the UK, he is 11 years younger than Mundine, and has knocked out 18 of his last 25 opponents.

It’s a tall order for Mundine, who hasn’t fought since April of this year when he was pummelled by Ghana’s Joshua Clottely. In the bout Mundine was knocked to the canvas 5 times, but managed to clinch his way to the final bell for a points loss.

Mick Gatto. Photo: www.heraldsun.com.au

Mick Gatto. Photo: www.heraldsun.com.au

Mick Gatto, who once fought as a heavy-weight himself, believes this fight will either make or break Mundine. Should the controversial Australian lose, it may be the last fight of his career. But if he manages to overpower his opponent it would put him another step up the ladder to fight world champion Floyd Mayweather.

Not that Mundine would actually want to fight Mayweather. The champion, 37, is undefeated in 46 consecutive fights, winner of 10 world titles, and arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer on earth.

Mundine, on the other hand, has had a chequered fight record, alternating wins and losses. His three world titles are described as at best ‘dubious’.

But Mick Gatto is a true believer. He says he loves the sport and believes Mundine shouldn’t hang up the gloves just yet.

Nearly 12 months ago Mr Gatto was awarded a promoter’s licence by the Victorian Boxing and Combat Sports Board, only to have it overruled by then Premier Denis Napthine. Premier Napthine bowed to pressure within the boxing fraternity wishing to disassociate the sport from its underworld connections.

Hacky Sacking To The Top: A Sporting Event With A Twist!

We take our Sack seriously, dude!

I know it sounds crazy, but I’m the President of the State Association for Competitive Hacky Sack. The game doesn’t appeal to all types, but most fans are usually fans for life. The matches are hard fought and won through sheer will and physical prowess. Like most sports, the serious level of this competition demands that competitors be in top shape. To take out the coveted ‘Golden Sack’, you need to be one tough hacky sacker!

In reality, we’re a bunch of close friends who grew up playing the game at university. It was the mid nineties, so we figured we’d embrace the trend and become involved with the University Team. To tell you the truth, the obsession would last longer than our tie dyed shirts and camouflage pants. We had no idea it would blossom into a lifelong romance and one that keep us coming back.

Each year, a select group of competitors (or, mates) get together and head out to an exotic locale to stage our annual tournament. The winner takes all in a round robin tournament designed to test the limits of endurance. It’s hotly contested and no competitor has ever triumphed more than twice. Usually, we finish it up in a day and spend the rest of the weekend having a riot of a time!

This time, we drew Broome out of hat packed with the names of Australian cities. We were looking forward to the sun and a bit of an escape from the crushing winter which was smothering the south of the country. The only problem was that we were a rather large group of us and finding accommodation was always tough. Most times, people would just flatly refuse to host the tournament and a bunch of middle aged idiots in shorts and beanies. We’d always been on our best behaviour, but there was something about an adult hacky sack tournament that seemed to turn people off.

After a bit of research online through Trip Advisor, I happened upon the Kimberley Klub in Broome. They had a ton of positive reviews and all the feedback seemed to indicate that it was a cool place to holiday. The dorms and individual rooms looked ideal for our purposes and pretty plush. I picked up the phone and placed an awkward call explaining our hacky sack traditions. To my surprise, they didn’t seem to mind at all. Not wanting to push my luck, I quickly made the booking for twelve of us.

In the end, it was a blessing. This year’s hacky sack tournament was the most fun ever and it turned out that the Kimberley Klub was an awesome place to chill out and enjoy the matches! At certain points, we even had a crowd of bemused onlookers egging us on. It was fun time for everybody and it was all made easier by the professional, friendly and never judgemental team over at the Kimberley Klub. It’ll be tough to top this year’s tournament next year… but we’ll give it a go!