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Wildfires Mar First Day of Play at Australian Open Qualifiers – The New York Times

Smoke from the wildfires shrouded the courts and caused one player to double over in coughing fits.

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Doggone it: Montoya try should’ve been given, says Annesley – NRL.COM

NRL Head of Football Graham Annesley has conceded the Bulldogs were denied a possible try to Marcelo Montoya in the first half of the side’s narrow two-point loss to the Eels on Sunday.

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NRL head of football Graham Annesley has conceded the Bulldogs were denied a possible try to Marcelo Montoya in the first half of the side’s two-point loss to the Eels on Sunday.
Montoya was in a position to finish off a set move on the left edge but on-field referee Chris Sutton penalised Raymond Faitala-Mariner for impeding Mitchell Moses in the lead-up.
Rather than allow the try-scoring opportunity to continue, Sutton made the decision without the assistance of the NRL Bunker.
However, Ann…

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Casualty Ward: Sea Eagles confirm Walker fracture; young gun wingers out for a month – Fox Sports

Manly five-eighth Dylan Walker is expected to miss six weeks after he suffered a foot fracture in his return against the Panthers.

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The 25-year-old was a late inclusion to play his first game since Round 6 after overcoming an ankle injury.
The Sea Eagles confirmed on Monday that Walker will be sidelined until at least Round 18 with a foot fracture.
Mixed news on Sea Eagles injury front:- Dylan Walker suffered a foot fracture (different location to previous fractures), expected to miss 6 weeks- Curtis Sironen thankfully avoided any new damage to knee; flared up pre-existing issues (scar tissue/meniscus?). Chance for Rd 13

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Israel Folau stood while his team took a knee – and that’s OK – Sydney Morning Herald

Israel Folau doesn’t have a track record of inclusiveness but he shouldn’t be shamed for standing while his teammates knelt for Black Lives Matter.

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When asked for his reasons, Popovich said he would prefer to keep that to himself. Given his track record of activism, nobody could accuse him of not having been on the right side of history when it came to race relations in America.
That was precisely how his players interpreted things. DeMar DeRozan was among those who defended Popovich’s (along with his assistant Becky Hammon) right not to take a knee, just as Popovich had insisted on the players’ right to do precisely that.
“You know Pop s…

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