Pennetta beats injured Radwanska in Indian Wells final

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Better known as a doubles player, Pennetta had contemplated retiring last year after tumbling down the world rankings, but the veteran Italian has rediscovered the fountain of youth.


She reached the semi-finals of last year’s U.S. Open and has now won one of the biggest events outside the four grand slams.

“Today was my day and I really enjoyed this moment,” Pennetta said at the trophy presentation.

“After so many years of working hard, this is the best moment.”

Radwanska went into the match as a slight favourite but was unable to play near her best because of a knee injury that severely restricted her movement.

She called for a medical timeout early in the second set and struggled to control her emotions at the ceremony.

“I’m sorry I could run as much as I could,” she sobbed.

“But I had a great week, it was my first final here.

“It’s disappointing to lose but Flavia was just playing too good today.”

Pennetta beat rising American Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals and Australian Open champion Li Na in the semis and was never in trouble against Radwanska.

She chalked up 20 winners and saved both break points she faced as she claimed the 10th singles title of her career and her first in four years.

“After so many years and so much work and everything, this is the moment I’ve always waited for,” said Pennetta.

“And it’s coming when you don’t expect it, because in the beginning of the week I never expected to be the champion or to be in the final or semi-final.

“I was here and tried to play my best tennis…so for me it was something I was waiting a long time, and finally I have a good trophy in my hands.”

For Radwanska, it was a forgetful day. The 25-year-old was chasing her 15th career title and her first in Indian Wells but never got into the match and was clearly limping at stages.

“The disappointing feeling always comes first, especially when you really, really have ambition to win the tournament,” she said.

“Of course, still good two weeks. First final here. Big event. And still good result. But it’s always disappointing that I really couldn’t play my 100 percent today.”

(Reporting by Julian Linden in New York, editing by Ed Osmond and Gene Cherry)

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman tops US box office

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Street racers couldn’t catch a time-travelling dog and his son at the multiplex this weekend.


Though Disney’s Need for Speed was expected to take the No. 1 position at the box office, DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman took the lead, with the action film in third place.

The animated movie, about the adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted, earned $US21.2 million ($A23.71 million), according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Debuting last weekend at No. 2, the 3D kiddie-jaunt features voices from Modern Family stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter.

“Our midweek numbers were very strong, indicating good and positive word of mouth,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Twentieth Century Fox.

“If anything, this is exceeding (expectations). It’s a combination of likable characters and it’s a nostalgia play for those who are familiar with the show,” Aronson said.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman first appeared in the 1950s and early 1960s on Peabody’s Improbable History, a segment within the animated television series Rocky and His Friends and later The Bullwinkle Show.

“The family marketplace is giving every other genre a run for its money,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

“But the St. Patrick’s Day effect could be at play here, where families had to exercise their options at the theatre rather than the pub. That may have paid off for Mr. Peabody.”

Meanwhile, analysts predicted that Need for Speed, based on the popular EA Entertainment video game and starring Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul, would come in at No. 1 this weekend. But with $US17.8 million, it arrived at No. 3 in the US. But the movie raced to the top of the international box office, bringing in $US45.6 million.

Warner Bros.’ warrior drama 300: Rise of an Empire, the 3D sequel to 2007’s 300, dropped to second place, with $US19.1 million, after debuting at No. 1 last weekend. Though its opening haul of $US45.1 million pales in comparison to the original, which debuted with $US70.9 million, Rise of an Empire has earned more than $US78 million since its debut.

Tyler Perry’s The Single Mums Club, starring Nia Long and Amy Smart, opened with $US8.3 million at No.5.

“This is one of Tyler Perry’s lowest debuts ever, but he cranks out hits every year for almost decade,” Dergarabedian said.

“He’s allowed a couple of missteps every once in a while.”

Leading the year’s early trend of films about religion, Fox’s Son of God grossed $US5.4 million in its third weekend. After opening at No.2 with $US26.5 million, it dropped to No.5 in its second week, earning $US10 million. Its performance may indicate that religious stories aren’t holding up at the box office. Plus Son of God, starring Diogo Morgado, lacks star power.

However, other upcoming films with a biblical thread feature leading men who are more likely to get viewers to theatres. Noah, out March 28, stars Russell Crowe. And later this year, in the Ridley Scott-directed Exodus, we’ll see Christian Bale as Moses.

Playing in only 66 theatres, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel landed at No.8 with $US3.6 million. When it opened last weekend, the stylish comedy showed on just four screens in New York and Los Angeles. Still, it impressed with $US200,000.

Rounding out the top 10 is the Kristen Bell-starring cult-TV-show-turned-feature Veronica Mars. Its $US2 million debut was impressive considering the film’s funding came from a crowd sourcing campaign, the first high-profile project to do so.

Also opening this weekend was Jason Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words. Showing in only New York and Los Angeles, the comedy earned $US120,000, one of the biggest per theatre averages of the weekend, with $US20,000 per movie house.

Sci-fi action movie Divergent, based on the Veronica Roth’s young adult novel and starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, stands to knock every other film a place or two down when it debuts next weekend.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, $US21.2 million ($US15.3 million international).

2. 300: Rise of an Empire, $US19.1 million ($US41.3 million international).

3. Need for Speed, $US17.8 million ($US45.6 million international).

4. Non-Stop, $US10.6 million ($US12.5 million international).

5. The Single Moms Club, $US8.3 million.

6. The Lego Movie, $US7.7 million ($US4.7 million international).

7. Son of God, $US5.4 million.

8. The Grand Budapest Hotel, $US3.6 million ($US6.7 million international).

9. Frozen, $US2.1 million ($US10.4 million international).

10. Veronica Mars, $US2 million.

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Parma put the boot into 10-man Milan

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Antonio Cassano scored a brace as Parma stunned ten-man AC Milan 4-2 to drop the Serie A giants to 12th and virtually out of contention for European football on Sunday.


After two consecutive defeats the pressure was on Milan coach Clarence Seedorf, who in midweek was forced to deny he had harsh words for misfiring striker Mario Balotelli.

But despite the misfortune of seeing ‘keeper Christian Abbiati sent off inside 10 minutes for a foul on Ezequiel Schelotto, the burden on the 37-year-old Dutchman is now likely to weigh heavier.

Milan’s third defeat in succession, following reverses to Juventus and Udinese, left the ailing Italian giants 37 points behind leaders Juventus and now 11 behind Parma, who occupy the first Europa League spot in fifth.

While Juve continue their charge towards a third consecutive scudetto – they hold a 14-point lead on Roma, who have a game in hand, before their respective games later – the battle for European places is well and truly on.

Parma now have a one-point lead on Fiorentina as well as a game in hand, although Fiorentina can reclaim fifth spot with a win at home to Chievo later on Sunday.

The visitors were well on their way to an upset when Abbiati was shown a straight red card for a blatant foul on Schelotto and former Real Madrid, Milan and Inter striker Cassano stepped up to beat Marco Amelia from the spot in the ninth minute.

Seedorf reshuffled and Milan did well to soak up the pressure for the remainder of the half.

But only six minutes after the restart Cassano, unmarked on the edge of the Milan box, controlled Afriyie Acquah’s angled ball to beat Amelia for Parma’s second.

Seedorf replaced left-back Urby Emanuelson with Adil Rami and five minutes later the big France defender rose above the Parma defence to head Kaka’s corner past Antonio Mirante.

When Joel Obi was adjudged to have fouled Riccardo Montolivo, somewhat harshly, with just over 15 minutes remaining and Balotelli scored with a stop-start spot-kick, the fightback looked on.

But only two minutes later Milan’s defence was left despondent after former Inter man Schelotto got the ball across to Amauri to flick with his heel past Amelia.

Amelia did well to block Schelotto’s effort with his legs but the ‘keeper could not keep out Jonathan Biabiany’s diving header in the fifth minute of added-on time as the ball ricocheted in the area.

Elsewhere, Lazio maintained their hopes of Europa League football with a 2-0 away win at Cagliari which kept the capital side five points behind Parma in seventh.

Relegation-threatened Livorno had two men sent off but survived to beat Bologna 2-1 at home and move one point clear of the relegation zone.

In another bottom-of-the-table clash Sassuolo beat Catania 3-1 to send the Sicilians back to the bottom.

Fiorentina host Chievo and Juve travel to Genoa in Sunday’s late games while Napoli, in third, are away to Torino on Monday, when Roma host Udinese.

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Hijack theory gives brother hope and fear

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The brother of an Australian man aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight says talk of a hijacking has left him with some hope.


But David Lawton says the theory has also brought torment and he’s desperate to learn the truth about his brother’s fate.

Bob Lawton and his wife Cathy were among six Australians on the Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished from radar screens on March 8.

The Boeing 777 had taken off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing but never arrived, sparking a massive international search operation.

Authorities say it is now clear the flight was deliberately diverted by someone on board, with attention focused on the flight crew and the hijacking theory.

David Lawton, who lives just south of Brisbane, says the lack of surety about his brother’s fate is agonising.

“Maybe it’s been hijacked. That gives me hope but in this day and age, with the technology we have, you’d think they’d be able to find it, but apparently no,” he told the ABC on Monday.

He says the prospect of a hijacking is also frightening.

“While you’ve got hope, you’ve got worries too. Because if they’re alive, are they being treated well, or what’s happening?” Mr Lawton has told Fairfax Media.

He said the family was getting daily briefings from Australian officials.

David Lawton said the constantly changing picture about what had happened to the plane was like being on a roller coaster ride, with no way to get off.

“It’s been a blur really, one story after another, you don’t know what to believe,” he told the ABC.

“There’s so many different thoughts going through my head all the time. One moment it might be that they’re alive, the next I’m thinking they’re gone.”

He said the mystery was taking a heavy toll on his parents, who were both in their 80s.

“They’re just trying to get through one day at a time.”

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Identities leak sparks new asylum applications

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(Transcript from World News Radio)

Last month, the names, birth dates, arrival dates and locations of around 10,000 asylum-seekers were published on the department’s website.


Asylum advocates say despite the privacy breach, the government is attempting to continue the deportation of some asylum-seekers to their countries of origin.

And they say with their identities revealed, they could face further persecution.

The Refugee Action Coalition says several governments including those of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China and Malaysia take a particular interest in their citizens claiming asylum in Australia.

And with the inadvertent publishing of the details of 10,000 asylum-seekers, the Coalition’s Ian Rintoul says the Australian government has served them up on a platter.

Mr Rintoul says steps must be taken now to prevent the asylum-seekers being sent home to face further persecution.

“We’re seeking an order from the court to prevent the government attempting to remove anyone who has made this application to the court. There have been attempts by the government in spite of individuals having been exposed via the data base there have been attempts by the government to remove some individuals who fall into that category.”

The Immigration Department admitted to the security blunder, but says despite the information being made public for several days it was hard to access.

John Southalan from Australian Lawyers for Human Rights says the disclosure of an asylum seeker’s identity leaves them in a vulnerable position.

“The exposure of their details leaves the potential that if they’re sent back they are more vulnerable to persecution because their details have been revealed. I think that is obviously the issue that is being ventilated in these proceedings and that is something that we would be very keen for the court to take notice of and then depending on the court’s decision for the government to be aware of that in any action they take in regards to these individuals.”

Mr Southalan says the case goes beyond Australian law.

“Under international law there are obligations on Australia that they can’t send people back if there is that well founded fear, and so the exposure of identities and more details about the claims that they made that could well have increased the risk that individuals could face.”

The Immigration Department says it’s putting in place arrangements to notify those who may have been affected by the data breach.

But Mr Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition says so far the onus has been on refugee supporters to spread the word.

“The government hasn’t made people aware obviously, they’re trying in so many ways to cover up their responsibilities and their actions. So they (asylum-seekers) are not being informed that this has happened. We’re doing the best that we can and other individuals and refugee advocates and some individual lawyers are trying to make their clients aware that they have exposed.”

The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, which is assisting dozens of asylum-seekers in their court applications, says the publication of identifying details of asylum-seekers is breach of human rights.

The Centre’s John Sweeney says he knows of a case in which an asylum-seeker stopped their deportation at the airport, by telling the authorities that his privacy has been breached.

Mr Sweeney says another asylum-seeker, who was happy to return to his country of origin, later changed his mind after being asked to sign an Immigration Department waiver relating to the breach of privacy.

He claims the waiver excused the federal government of any responsibility to the asylum-seeker if he faced persecution on returning home.

“The department was in the process of organising that person’s return. They asked that person to sign a waiver so that if anything happened to them, on preturn to their home country, as a result of the breach of privacy the department would not be held responsible. Seeing that piece of paper that person got very anxious, was worried now that their name would be known as someone who had sought asylum in Australia and would suffer imprisonment and not sure what else on return as a result so the person rejected signing that piece of paper.”

Mr Sweeney says he has not seen the document, as the asylum-seeker was not permitted to retain a copy.

He says Australia’s obligations in this matter are clear.

“Australia has a duty to respect their right to *non-refoulement. It’s a very clear human right not to be refouled. The duty of care to maintain confidentiality is part of that right, and human rights are inalienable. You can’t sell your human rights, you can’t sign it away, you can write all the waivers you like but they have no effect where it is concerning a human right. So I am very surprised that the Department of Immigration may have effectively asked someone to sign away their human right.”

*Non-refoulement is a principle of international law which forbids the rendering of a victim of persecution to their persecutor.”

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Monaco edge out Lyon 3-2

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Monaco has beaten Lyon 3-2 in a game marked by a series of dubious calls from the referee notably with all Monaco’s goals resulting from off-side situations.


This win at Lyon’s Stade Gerland lifted Claudio Ranierie’s side to within five points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain, who take on Saint Etienne in Sunday’s late game.

For Lyon this result ended a five-match unbeaten run in the league and the former multiple French champions remain in fifth place.

Lyon, for the third match in a row, conceded a goal in the opening 10 minutes, this time Valere Garmain inflicting the damage after four minutes.

This was the first of referee Freddy Fautrel’s mistakes as Garmain was set up by Dimitar Berbatov’s back pass, with the Bulgarian striker clearly offside.

James Rodriguez doubled up for Monaco who once again was sent on his way by Berbatov in an off-side position after a cross from the right from Mounir Obbadi.

A dozen minutes after the restart Berbatov, clearly offside when he picked up a cross, scored from close range.

Lyon had pulled one back after the half hour when Miguel Lopes on the right flank found Jimmy Briand, who gave Lyon hope of salvaging a point with 12 minutes left on the clock with his second.

Earlier Montpellier held Bordeaux to a 1-1 draw.

Having sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in midweek, Paris Saint-Germain will hope to get the better of bogey team Saint-Etienne in Sunday’s late action.

On Saturday Lille let slip a chance to cement their claims on Champions League football next season when held to a goalless draw at home by Nantes.

And on Friday Reims and Marseille drew 1-1 in a result that did neither side’s European qualification aspirations any good.

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The Block wins ratings and Ten grabs third

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Beleaguered Network Ten had a podium finish with its Formula One Championship coverage while The Block: Fan v Faves was the clear winner on Sunday.


The Block: Fans V Faves won the ratings with 1.571 million viewers while the 60 Minutes interview with Daniel Morcombe’s resilient family was second with 1.477 million.

The two shows delivered the Nine Network the top two spots on OzTAM’s overnight while Ten’s coverage of the Formula One in Melbourne attracted 1.347 million viewers to be third overall.

It was a major success for Ten and its best ratings result this year outside their Sochi Games coverage.

Ten even had some success with its Sunday night movie Thor which was a repeat.

Thor replaced the struggling reality show So You Think You Can Dance, which has been moved to Thursday night.

Thor was 16th with 521,000 viewers which was about 200,000 more people than the previous Sunday who watched So You Think You Can Dance.

My Kitchen Rules (MKR) was fourth with 1.316 million viewers, which was its lowest figures for the season, but that was because it didn’t air in Adelaide due to Seven’s AFL commitments.

A double episode of MKR will screen in Adelaide in Monday.

Seven investigative show Sunday Night was a couple of hundred thousand viewers down on last week despite pushing a different exclusive angle to the Daniel Morcombe murder case.

Sunday Night was eighth with 1.055 million viewers while Seven’s imported drama Downton Abbey was ninth with 957,000

Most watched shows on Sunday

1. The Block: Fans V Faves (Nine) – 1.571 million

2. 60 Minutes (Nine) – 1.477 million

3. Aust. Formula One World Championship (Ten) – 1.347 million

4. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.316 million

5. Seven News (Seven) – 1.182 million

6. Nine News (Nine)- 1.176 million

7. Fat Tony & Co (Nine) – 1.118 million

8. Sunday Night (Seven) – 1.055 million

9. Downton Abbey (Seven) – 957,000

10. ABC News (ABC1) – 941,000


16. Thor rpt (Ten) – 521,000

* Source OzTAM

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State election losers who didn’t lose

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An eight per cent swing against you is a bad election result, in anybody’s language.


Except if you’re Christine Milne.

Because the leader of the Australian Greens reckons it’s a positive turnaround for her minor party.

And if others viewed it as a rebuff, well, it was all Labor’s fault anyway.

On the Monday after Saturday’s twin state elections, the losers are doing their best to find something positive out of losing as everyone else analyses what happened in Tasmania and South Australia.

In Tasmania, the result was about as clear cut as you can get in an election: The Liberals recorded their best result in 60 years; Labor one of its worst and; the Greens were punished.

Not so, Milne argues. In fact, losing voter support and maybe three of its five seats in the assembly was a positive.

Why? Because the party improved its position from the September federal election when there was a near 10 per cent swing against the Greens in Tasmania.

So winning 13.5 per cent of the state primary vote in 2014, as opposed to 21.5 per cent in 2010 is a positive “turnaround”, says Milne.

Who cares if others saw it is a negative anyway, she says.

Tasmanian voters wanted to be rid of a Labor government and the Greens were just collateral political damage.

Conveniently forgotten was the fact that the Greens were in the government as well, holding two seats in the Giddings cabinet.

Milne also argues the new Liberal government, having won 51.4 per cent of the primary vote, didn’t have a mandate to tear up the regional forestry agreement even though premier-elect Will Hodgman told voters that’s what he would do before the election.

Why? Because an opinion poll last week showed the vast majority of Tasmanians wanted the agreement retained.

Over in South Australia, there were no winners.

But federal Labor claimed voters had endorsed its industry assistance and jobs policies, while rejecting Tony Abbott’s approach of telling business to get its house in order before asking for government handouts.

Trouble is, about two in three voters supported a party other than Labor.

The Liberals though could end up with nearly 53 per cent of the two-party preferred vote and still be in opposition.

Alexander Downer, the party’s state president, was doing his best to explain away the disappointment when asked about the most likely wash-up from Saturday.

It was possible the Liberals could form a majority government after pre-poll and postal votes were counted, he said.

But not probable, he admitted. Truthfully.

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End of era for one-legged ski stars

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One-legged skier Toby Kane can squat 120 kilograms.


Given his right leg is amputated below the knee, he needs a prosthetic to complete the task.

But Kane carries 80 per cent of the load on his good limb.

It may be nearly double his own weight, but it’s standard training for the 27-year-old who’s just wrapped up his third and final winter Paralympic Games with a bronze medal.

Kane is one of only four mono-skiers and the sole male to get a podium result in Sochi, such is the difficulty of careering down a mountain at 120km/h on one limb.

He specialises in speed, favouring the longer but faster downhill and Super-G events.

Heavy-duty strength in his leg, glutes and core are crucial if Kane wants to stay competitive against his more stable two-skied counterparts who are also allowed in his standing class.

To have a chance at winning he needs enough stamina to maintain acceleration over a two-kilometre course while negotiating turns, bumps and compressions.

Every second turn puts his good leg on the inside, forcing him to balance on his outside edge – an anomaly among skiers all over the world.

In readiness for Sochi, Kane squeezed four 90-minute strength and endurance sessions a week into his study schedule as a fourth-year medicine student.

His latest, most gruelling exercise was designed to gain power towards the end of races and involves tying therabands around his waist with 50kg suspended on each side.

On one leg he’d drop down to simulate a skiing tuck, holding for a minute while moving gently in and out.

“It was the worst exercise I have done by a long way,” says Kane.

“I did three one-minute reps, and after that my leg wouldn’t function how it should for about 20 minutes. I struggled to walk.”

The result is an efficiency and ease on the slopes so remarkable that two-skied rivals are quick to praise.

Former able-bodied junior world champion Matthias Lanzinger switched to disabled sport after a horror crash during the 2008 World Cup left doctors with no choice but to amputate his left leg below the knee.

The Austrian, who won silver in the men’s Super-G and super-combined in Sochi, chose to race on two skis with a prosthetic after finding one too arduous.

“If I had to do it on one ski, I would not have had the chance to get that medal,” Lanzinger said.

“I have really big respect for Toby and the other mono-skiers. They are the craziest guys here, and the best athletes – they have to be.

“All of us on two skis have that power in our legs to finish. On one leg you need four times as much power.”

Kane’s right leg was amputated below the knee after he was hit by a car on the sidewalk as a two-year-old.

His disability classification allows him to choose whether he prefers to use one ski or two, but the decision was taken out of his hands by his instructor when he was five.

“I used to have competitions with my instructor who would ski on one ski even though he had two legs. If he put down his other leg that would be a fall,” Kane said.

“It took quite a few trips to the snow each year to get to the point where I had good balance and could move down the hill.”

“But I didn’t realise when I was younger that having two good legs on skis is a fair advantage.

“Those guys have a level of consistency that’s hard for us to achieve.

“The harder we go the more likely we are to crash.”

Kane tried two skis once as a teenager, but once was enough to put him off.

“I’m not sure why, but I decided to go night skiing on two skis one night in Canada,” he said.

“I wore a bad-quality prosthetic, had a crash and my leg came off, and I went `well, that’s that’.”

The length of an athlete’s stump also matters – any longer than Kane’s and it’s a hazard.

“Sometimes I catch it on the snow when my ski is a long way away and I’m angled.

“Whereas you look at someone like Cam (Rahles-Rahbula), the shortness of his stump actually allows him to really open up his hips without catching it or hitting a gate.”

Rahles-Rahbula is also a mono-skier, having lost his left leg above the knee to bone cancer when he was 14.

The Vancouver dual bronze medallist, who was forced to withdraw from his fourth Games in Sochi after fracturing his tibia, says the discipline is a challenging one worldwide.

“It’s a little bit unique compared to other disabilities, and we don’t fit into the same local programs.

“We’ve been very lucky that Australia’s been very supportive of one-legged skiing.”

And it’s showed.

Before Torino 2006 the category system changed, reducing the number of alpine skiing medals available by around two-thirds, as those with upper- and lower-limb disabilities were thrown into the same event and separated by time handicaps.

In the three Games since then, the only male athletes in the world to have won a Paralympic medal on a single ski are Australian – Kane, Rahles-Rahbula and Paralympic legend Michael Milton, who tallied five between them.

With both Kane and Rahles-Rahbula retiring it’s an end of an era for Australian one-legged skiers.

“In one sense I’m kind of dreading leaving,” Kane said.

“But there’s another part of me that’s really looking forward to living a bit more of a normal lifestyle.

“I’m pretty happy with what I’ve achieved, so I think it’s probably a good time to step away.”

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Dodgers bring secret weapon to Sydney

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Light bulbs, not $US215 million pitcher Clayton Kershaw, may be the key to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ success in Australia.


The Dodgers have turned to “light therapy” to help prevent its squad of millionaire baseballers from being derailed by jet lag on the 15-hour flight to Sydney.

When the team’s charter plane takes off from the US on Monday AEDT it will be fitted with “Awake and Alert” LED lightbulbs with high blue spectrum light to keep players awake for the first four hours of the flight.

The lights will then be switched off, and the dark cabin will allow the players’ bodies to naturally prepare for sleep.

When the team arrives in Sydney on Tuesday morning AEDT and they check into their hotel rooms, the light therapy will continue.

“We had somebody who went down to Australia yesterday and they are changing out the lights within the hotel rooms the players are staying in,” Sean Tegart, vice president of Florida-based Lighting Science, hired by the Dodgers, told AAP.

Lighting Science has worked with NASA and Harvard University to refine its technology which, through manipulating LED light, has been found to create certain biological effects.

The Dodgers will play Team Australia in an exhibition game on March 20 and then take on the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22 and 23 at the Sydney Cricket Ground to start the Major League Baseball season.

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke raised eyebrows when he admitted he had “absolutely zero excitement” about flying to Australia, citing the disruption to preparations.

Injury ended up forcing Greinke out of the trip, but Kershaw, who recently signed a $US215 million, seven-year contract, will lead the Dodgers.

Lighting Science began its program with Dodger players three days ago as they played Spring Training games in Arizona.

They analysed each players’ sleeping patterns, finding out if they were “night owls, early risers or humming birds”.

A humming bird is a person who gives their peak performance around midday.

“If we can start to help individual players who may be early risers and peaking at 10am or 11am and instead help them peak at 7pm or 8pm when the game is on, can you imagine what a three or five per cent rise in batting average could do for these players?” Mr Tegart said.

The program will also be used when the Dodgers return to the US.

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Australian John Senden wins at Tampa Bay with late birdies

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He parred the last to shoot a 70 and finish at seven-under-par 277, one ahead of American Kevin Na at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Florida.


“This is the biggest win over here I’ve ever had,” Senden told Golf Channel.

“My first PGA Tour win (at the 2006 John Deere Classic) was special but this you’ve got stronger players in the field and it’s a real feather in the cap to know you’ve beaten a quality field.”

Six players were within one stroke of the lead late in the final round before Senden emerged for his second PGA Tour victory and his first anywhere since the 2006 Australian Open.

The 42-year-old earned $1.026 million and a Masters invitation.

Senden, twice a runner-up at Innisbrook, looked destined for another near-miss when he made three bogeys in four holes from the 12th as a combination of nerves and demanding conditions conspired to cause a series of uncharacteristic poor shots.

But he gave himself a pep talk as he approached his ball in the rough short of the 16th green.

“I said something special’s got to happen here if you’re going to get it done,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard on that particular shot out of the long grass and (it was) lucky enough to go in the hole.

“Then I made a couple of really solid swings the last two holes. I’m just so happy to come out on top.”

Na birdied the par-three 17th after almost making a hole-in-one but could only par the last in gusty winds.

The American plunged off the leaderboard after dropping four shots in three holes before the turn, but showed resilience to battle all the way back to finish runner-up with a 72.

“It was a bad string of holes but I settled down, got back right in it,” Na said. “It was playing tough and I made two great birdies coming in but it wasn’t good enough.”

Left-handed Scott Langley, who held a share of the lead with three holes left, had a 70 to finish third, two shots behind.

Overnight leader Robert Garrigus was another shot back, equal fourth. He dropped five shots in the first six holes before steadying.

(Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Gene Cherry)

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