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Rashneel Kumar
Monday, April 30, 2012

AFL

MELBOURNE - Unheralded, unsung and unbeaten, Sydney stepped forward as legitimate AFL premiership contenders with a second half dismantling of Hawthorn in Launceston on Sunday.

LAUNCESTON - Sydney superstar Adam Goodes says the Swans' gutsy comeback win over AFL heavyweights Hawthorn in unfamiliar territory made an emotional, record-breaking day truly special.

MELBOURNE - Richmond almost pulled off a massive upset before going down by 10 points to the unbeaten West Coast in their AFL round-five clash at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

ADELAIDE - Enigmatic forward Taylor Walker kicked six goals to inspire Adelaide to a 19-point win against arch rival Port Adelaide in Sunday's AFL twilight match.

MELBOURNE - The AFL's superstar versus tagger debate is set to ignite further when the match review panel examines Geelong skipper Joel Selwood's weekend running battle with Brisbane's Andrew Raines. (AFL Tribunal)

RUGBY LEAGUE

SYDNEY - Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens labelled his team's 31-30 NRL victory over Parramatta on Sunday as rubbish after the Tigers conceded 30 unanswered points in the final 13 minutes of the match.

CANBERRA - Cronulla claimed their sixth NRL victory in a row with a 44-22 thumping of a hapless Canberra on Sunday to match their best winning streak since 2002.

RUGBY UNION

SYDNEY - Giant centre Robbie Fruean went on a rampage against NSW on Sunday, as the Crusaders recorded their 10th straight Super Rugby win over the Waratahs with an enthralling 37-33 victory at Allianz Stadium. (Super Waratahs Fulltime Update) Wrap to come

SYDNEY - Australia have thrashed trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand 35-19 in their one-off Sevens Rugby international at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

WELLINGTON, April 29 NZN - The Highlanders are celebrating one of the great comeback victories in Super Rugby after their never-say-die attitude earned them a 36-33 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

DUBLIN, April 28 AFP - South African halfback Ruan Pienaar led 1999 champions Ulster into their first European Cup final in 13 years on Saturday as the Irish downed plucky Edinburgh 22-19 in the semi-finals.

NETBALL

MELBOURNE - For the second week in a row, the Melbourne Vixens have staged an extraordinary comeback to defeat the Queensland Firebirds 52-51, the winning goal coming from Karyn Howarth with just three seconds to play.

PERTH - Adelaide Thunderbirds maintained their imposing form in the trans-Tasman netball competition with a 48-36 victory over the West Coast Fever on Sunday.

WELLINGTON - Northern Mystics started and finished strongly to secure a 51-47 win over Central Pulse in their trans-Tasman netball league match at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North on Sunday.

MELBOURNE - Netball Australia will establish a new permanent base in Melbourne after the Federal Government announced a $2.6 million grant to the sporting organisation for its new home.

GOLF

SEOUL - Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shot a four-under-par 68 to secure his maiden European Tour golf victory with a five-stroke win at the co-sanctioned Ballantine's Championship in the South Korean capital on Sunday.

MOBILE, Alabama, April 28 AFP - Australia's Hall of Famer Karrie Webb tied the tournament record with an eight-under-par 64 to climb into contention at the LPGA Tour's Mobile Bay Classic in Alabama.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, April 28 AFP - American Jason Dufner, who is chasing his first US PGA title, extended his lead to two shots after firing a five-under 67 in the third round of the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

OLYMPICS

SYDNEY - Beijing equestrian silver medallist Shane Rose has the London Olympics within grasp and a gold medal in his sights after winning the Sydney International three-day event.

SYDNEY - Australia's Daniel Kelly looks set to compete at his fourth Olympics after taking out the 100kg class at the Oceania Judo Championships in Cairns on Sunday.

BOXING

ATLANTIC CITY - Chad Dawson defeated Bernard Hopkins in a 12-round majority points decision on Saturday to win the WBC light heavyweight title.

BASKETBALL

CHICAGO, April 28 AFP - Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose suffered a left knee injury in the final seconds of Chicago's 103-91 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday in the league playoff opener.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK - Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs, and Drew Smyly pitched into the seventh inning for his first Major League Baseball win to help the Detroit Tigers snap a five-game losing streak by beating the New York Yankees 7-5 on Saturday.

RACING

MELBOURNE - Veteran steeplechaser Al Garhood will carry 69kg in his attempt at a history making third win in the $250,000 Grand Annual Steeplechase at Warrnambool on Thursday.

SYDNEY - Nash Rawiller's amazing autumn carnival run has propelled the jockey back into contention for another Sydney premiership.

SYDNEY - It was the end of an era at Randwick on Saturday when former jockey and long-time trainer Bob Thomsen saddled up his last runners.

TENNIS

BARCELONA - Rafael Nadal crushed compatriot Fernando Verdasco for the 13th time in his career on Saturday to set up a fourth Barcelona Open final with long-time rival David Ferrer. (Ten Spain Wrap)

STUTTGART, Germany - Maria Sharapova hopes to claim her first title of the season in Sunday's Stuttgart claycourt final against top seed Victoria Azarenka following her semi-final win over Petra Kvitova. (Ten Germany Update)

SOCCER

PARIS, April 28 AFP - Lyon saw off feisty third-tier outsiders Quevilly 1-0 to win the French Cup final at the Stade de France on Saturday, Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez's goal saving the French giants' blushes.

ROME, April 28 AFP - Napoli moved into third place in Serie A on Saturday after a 2-2 draw at Roma, but their hopes of making the Champions League next season were left on a knife-edge.

LONDON, April 28 AAP - Tim Cahill compounded a miserable day for long-time Socceroos teammate Mark Schwarzer by poking a low volley past him as Everton crushed Fulham 4-0 in the English Premier League.

SNOOKER

SHEFFIELD, England, April 28 AFP - Stephen Hendry believes he can be king of snooker once more after completing a 13-4 rout of defending champion John Higgins at the world championship.





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