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Today, police investigating a fiery crash

which claimed the lives of

four people in new Swalets. Powerful scenes in New

Zealand as three soldiers

killed in Afghanistan are

farewelled. Both major party

leaders cast their votes in

what is expected to be a tightly contested Northern Territory election. It's 4

o'clock in Melbourne, 6

o'clock in Wellington. This

is News Now for Saturday, 25

August. I am Jacinta Tynan.

Also this hour 7 time Tour de

France champ Lance Armstrong

stripped of cycling glory but

it may not be the end for the

American. In sport the Saints

do it easy against GWS. The

weather, windy with showers?

The south-east. Mostly sunny elsewhere.

A community in south-west

NSW is in mourning after an

early morning crash that has

claimed four lives. Coot mund

rah police are still

investigating the cause of

the fiery incident. A Friday

night in the small country

town turns to tragedy. Four

young lives lost in an

instant. Around 1 a.m. a

Holden Commodore lost control

as it attempted to take a

corner in Cootamundra. They

appeared to have lost control, collided with a

tree. It appears that the

vehicle burst into flames and

obviously four fatalities as

a result. Those killed,

three men and one woman. The

crash so violent the victims

remain unidentified. It's

believed however they were

from the local region. A

devastating blow for the

community. Police say the road would have been greasy

but believe there are other

factors that contributed to

the crash. It would appear

at this point to be speed

and/or alcohol may be a factor. It's prompted a

warning to young inexperienced drivers

throughout the country. You

need to be aware that driving

to the condition is critical.

When it's wet and greasy,

make sure that you reduce the

speed, obviously it's very

easy to lose control. Then

fatalities like this can happen. Police are urging

any witnesses to the crash to

come forward. For the second

time in as many weeks there

were powerful scenes at

military camp near

Christchurch today as three

New Zealand soldiers were

farewelled. They were

remembered as brave young

soldiers who served with the

highest level of courage,

commitment and integrity. Three coffins containing

three fallen soldiers. They made the ultimate sacrifice

in the service of New Zealand and for the mission to

Afghanistan. Corporal taouck

Tamatea, Jacinta Baker and

private Harris were all

mourned today. It is a place

where safety can never be

guaranteed and it has a

tortured history of conflict

that reaches back many

centuryings. They also knew

of the positive contribution

the provincial reconstruction

team is making to the lives

of the people of the

province. The first female

lost in Afghanistan,

gentleman scinda Baker's

white coven lay between the

wooden caskets of Tamatea and

Harris. I just want to say

how incredibly proud I am of

the person that Jacinta

became. She was strong,

fiercely independent. She was

fearless, funny, very sincere. She was an amazing daughter. The three were

killed by a roadside bomb in

the province last Sunday

evening, New Zealand time.

The deaths came almost two

weeks to the day after the

killing of Lance corporals

Darra and ma lone in the same

region of Afghanistan. As

many of you know I can talk

all day about my soldiers'

virtues and it is impossible

to do justice to three such

vibrant people in such a

short speech. 10 New Zealand soldiers have now lost their

lives in Afghanistan. Our

troops will be leaving Afghanistan early next year

after what the Prime Minister

maintains was a necessary

deployment. In so many ways

we live in a sophisticated

age. Yet it still remains

true that sometimes and in

some places you have to fight

for what you believe in.

Afghanistan is one of those

times and places. (GUNFIRE)

. At the conclusion of the military funeral the bodies

are released to their

families for private

funerals. It's election day in the Northern Territory and

it's tipped to be a close result. Both major party

leaders have now cast their

votes with about 120,000

voters expected to have cast

their ballots by the time the

polls close. Territorians

are voting to decide who will

form Government. Polling

booths from Darwin to Alice

Springs and everywhere in

between have been flooded

with eager electors. Chief

Minister Paul Henderson was

joined by his wife Stacey

voting in the electorate of Wanguri. He campaigned hard

on plans to ease the high

cost of living, measures to

ease the housing crisis and tackling alcohol fuelled

violence. It's been a three

week campaign of highs and

lows for the Chief Minister

which included sacking his

deputy chief of staff to stop

a story being published by

the NT News. Today Mr Hen heb

said he had a good feeling.

I'm hopeful, this is my home

patch and it's a really nice

feel. Got nigh fingers

crossed. We'll wait and see

what happens tonight. Terry

Mills also hit the campaign

early, was joined by his wife

Ross voting in his

electorate. The country

Liberals took a hard on crime

approach to the campaign,

promising 120 new police, new

measures to tackle recidivous

crime. But Mr Mills has come

under fire for comments that

any public servant earning

more than $110,000 who isn't

a front line member could

lose their jobs. During the

Sky News form um he said no

jobs would go. Today he said

the country Liberals would

offer a stable Government.

I am concerned about the

rising levels of cynicism and

that's why our campaign is

fixed very much on the issue of it is actually your

decision. I mean we'll tell you what we believe is the

way forward and we'll put

that chase #230r change, have

a strong plan that makes

sense, it's coherent but it's

your decision. And there

have been plenty of surprises

as well, including a polling

day biglet. -- piglet. This

is tipped to be the closest election in Northern

Territory history that will

be felt nowhere more so than

here in fanny Bay where at

the last election in 2008 it

was won by just 78 votes.

Both the leader and the

Opposition Chief Minister

will be hoping their work

will help them to win this

seat which could ultimately

win them Government. A love

that every time. He's of the

caing his vote. We saws it

there live. Joining us for

more analysis live from

Darwin is Sky News political

report er Ashleigh Gillon.

We're expecting that vote to

come right down to the wire.

It certainly will. Everyone

I've spoken to here seems

willing to confidently make a prediction about how tonight

might pan out. The political

landscape here in the

Northern Territory has been

on a knife edge for some time

now. The CLP has 12 seats,

Labor also has 12 seats,

they've only managed to hold

on to power with the help of

an Independent. When the it

comes to the polls the terlet

isn't big on opinion polls, one last week suggested the

CLP is in front, only very

slightly. The bookies are

suggesting we will see a

change of Government here in

the are Territory with a win

for the CLP. But it isn't

that clear-cut. Both sides

need to pick up one crucial

seat to earn government in

their own right. We could end

up with another hung

parliament situation. Paul

Henderson is a popular leader

here, but he is up against it

on a number of levels. For

example we know that the

Labor brand is suffering

right across Australia and he'll no doubt feel some of

that in the voting today.

Plus of course he's been

there for so long. Labor's

been in Government for 11

years. He's going to voters

today asking them to give

Labor a fourth term. I've got

to say it does n't seem like

there's a huge mood for

change leer. The territory's

doing very well when it comes

to economic growth and growth

in personal incomes as well.

I think it's going to come down to whether or not voters

here decide that the CLP's

Terry Mills is really a

credible alternative to what

Paul Henderson has on offer.

Thanks you. We'll check in with you throughout the

evening. Sky News will have

complete coverage of the vote

count tonight in the Northern

Territory. Join David Speers

and Ashleigh Gillon as well

as reporterings with the ALP

and CLP leaders. That's this

evening from #c6 eastern,

5.30 in the terlet here on

Sky News. The US anti-doping

agency may have stripped

Lance Armstrong of his record 7 Tour de France titles

butted the cases might not be

over. USADA says it expect

cycling to take similar

action but the international cycling community could well

take a dissenting view.

Lance Armstrong a man

renowned for his fighting

qualities decided he'd had

enough. In a statement on his web site he said

Still, the back down was

pounced on as an admission of

guilt. The boss of the US

doping agency called it a sad

day for the sport, saying.

The world doping agency chief

is taking a similar line.

There's no other

interpretation. He had an

opportunity to rebut the very

serious charges that were

laid by the United States

anti-doping agency. He has

chotionen not to rebut those

charges. Although USADA

believes it has the last word

on Lance Armstrong there

might be a few twists and

turns to come. The UCI which

has been fighting with USADA

over jurisdiction in the

Armstrong matter asked US ADA

to put its case. It says.

And then there's the body

that runs the Tour de France,

the ASO. It says

Armstrong's lawyers have threatened legal action if

the titles are stripped.

Unless the UCI or another

body takes an opposing case

to the court of arbitration

for sport the disciplinary action looks set to go

through. It is 12 and a half

minutes past 4 eastern. This

is News Now here on Sky News.

The top stories just ahead.

And then in sport with Jim

the latest on today's rugby

league. And look who's making

his mark in the AFL .

The top stories, police

are investigating if speeding

or alcohol were factors in a

fiery crash that killed four

people in south-western NSW.

Three New Zealand soldiers

have been farewelled. An

emotional military funeral

near Christchurch. The trio

was killed about I a roadside

bomb while on patrol in

Afghanistan. It's set to be a

close result in today's nefrt

election. Both major party

leaders have cast their

ballots. About 120,000 people

are expected to vote. Sport

now with Jim Callinan. All

too easy for the Saints

today? They took it pretty

easy after half-time, it was

still a thrashing. GWS is one

step closer to the AFL's

wooden spoon after St Kilda

thumped them this afternoon.

Port Adelaide lead the lions

at three quarter time. While the Saints lead by more than

100 as they approach the

final siren at Etihad

Stadium. No Riewoldt, no

worries for the Saints. Mil

booted three and St Kilda 7

goals in the opening term and

it remained one-way traffic

in the second. The Giants

goal-less for the term as St

Kilda stormed to a 93 point

lead at half-time. Riewoldt

was happy to keep his feet up

while man Tanya was quick to

stick the boot in. After a

slow start the Power launched

a blitz against the lions.

They led by just 5 at the

first change but returned

with plenty of energy.

Skipper Jonathan Brown fought

Brisbane back into the

contest and they headed into

the long break with a appoint

buffer. -- 5 point buffer.

Last flight the Bombers were completely out of classed yet

again. They went down to

Richmond by 45 points. Jack

Riewoldt kept himself in the

hunt for the Coleman Medal

care of three goals. Both

Richmond and Essendon though

are out of finals

contention. We didn't take

the game on, you know, and

that's probably the most dis

appointing part from my point

of view. Every season esa

fail when you don't make finals, that's the reality of

it. That's what we and the

media certainly gauge. We're

dis appointed . It was

Essendon's sixth straight

loss. Gold Coast's NRL finals

hopes are on the line against

Penrith. The Titans made a

bright start at Penrith with David Mead crossing out wide.

Out towards the wing, it's

Mead celebrating first points. But Gold Coast

couldn't go on with the good

start. They now trail the

Panthers 18-12 at half-time.

Last night the Broncos's

finals hopes took another hit

as they went down to Manly.

While the Raiders stunned in

Canberra. Canberra sure

didn't see it that way. The

Raiders rattling Canterbury.

Sandor Earl creating all

sorts of trouble out wide.

He's there again Sandor. The

kick across field was working

so well Canberra tried again.

No try on that occasion but

Earl wouldn't be denied a

hat-trick after the break.

It's a magnificent try! The

Raiders wlitsing the dogs to

win their 12 match winning

streak. Moving Canberra a

step closer to the finals.

Takes on Barba and gets him.

They played well Canberra, so

you can't take that from

them. They probably set it up

in the first half. Had a

mountain of possession, isn't

they Kearnsy and the staff

asked us for a big game

against the best team in the

comp. We showed up and if we

can turn up week in, week out

as a team we can do some

damage in the comp.

Brisbane's season teetering

on the brink but when Jamie

lion crossed for Manly it was

spinning out of control. Foran unlocked Brett

security. He scored that

try. The Broncos had no

answer as Stewart made it

16-0 at the break. Here's

another two, there's No.2.

It was a long road back for

Brisbane. The gap proved too

big in the end. A try after

the siren, the Broncos' only

points for the match. Six straight defeats now, while

for Manly the victory all but

securing the premiers a top 4 finish. The doftion has been

a lot better, that's been a

big thing for us. And I

suppose it keeps us in games

for longer periods. So I

think our defence has been

pretty strong. The problem

now is I think they tell me

it's out of our hands a bit

now. So - but all's we can do

is beat Penrith next Friday

night and if we get in there,

as strange as it seems last

three weeks we've been in

pretty good form. The All

Blacks say they were rusty

last weekend in Sydney and

have sharpened their game as

they look to close out the

Bledisloe Cup series in Auckland later tonight.

Injuries and form have seen

Cooper Quade recalled to the

starting line-up in the hope

Australia can spring a

massive upset. If we do that

then space opens up close or

wide through the middle.

That's something we've been working hard Tupouto'a Lavaka

Ata training this week. --

hard at, at training this

week. Week two of the

English Premier League kicks off this week.

City manager Roberto

Mancini has praised Liverpool

despite their dis appointing

lost to West Brom 3-0. We

fight for a title this year

because they play well, they

bought in good players, they

have a new manager, they

change their style to play,

and I'm sure that they will

fight. He also says Sergio

Aguerro should return to

training about two weeks

after being stretchered off

last weekend with a knee

injury. The cycling world is

eagerly awaiting how the UCI cycling's international body

and the company which runs

the Tour de France, the ASO

will react to the Lance

Armstrong case. It says it

has stripped Armstrong of his

7 Tour de France titles and

I'm posed a lifetime ban

after the 40-year-old refused

to fight the doping charges

imposed by the agency. It's

a refrain we've heard from others who have been caught

using dangerous performance

enhancing drugs to cheat

sport. It's one we're

familiar with. There's

absolutely no basis to it. We

make our decision solely on

the evidence to bring or not

bring a case. The UCI

released a statement overnight saying it is yet to

receive details of the US anti-doping agency's decision

and will wait until that

happens before commenting.

The UCI has long opposed the

agency's to hand down such charges. While Casey Stoner

rurnings to Australia for

surgery his teammate Danny

pedestrian Rosa and fired up

a warning shot to his

opposition. The Spaniard

clocked the fastest time in

practice. Yeah, today we

were trying a little bit

tyres and the bike, we work

on the setting of the bike.

Trying to get more timing in

the drag because tomorrow the

weather we don't know exactly

it will be, it was important

to try the tyres on dry and

the feelings were improving,

but sure we have some work to

do with electronics and with

the suspension. Person Ben

Spies was 7th fastest despite

falling off his Yamaha. Pin

whaoele has made it

back-to-back winnings in the

Warwick stakes this

afternoon. Secret admirer and

pin whaoeles were the

favourite but it was Kieran

McRoy's mount that were too good. RACE CALLER: Rolling pin on

the inside. Secret admirer

getting through later. And

Dan lee Bert, pin wheel wins

it back to back. Mean while

Australia's ortensa won the

York overnight. The 7 year

old made up the ground to

take it in a photo finish.

And he was an amazing

cricketer but even the man

himself admits he would have

loved to have starred in AFL

and today Shane Warne got

that chance in his beloved St

Kilda colours as well. The

spin king suited up for a

legends match which was

played before today's AFL

game. He didn't look out of

place. His number one fan

wasn't too far away with

fiancie Liz Hurley watching

on. Nice to live out boyhood

dreams, isn't it, but I'm

pretty happy he stuck to

cricket. Is it too late?

It's not too late? I think

so. Those legend games might

be as far as he gets. Let's

have a look at the weather

now for tomorrow. This is

News Now, the stop stories

are just ahead. Also Lance

Armstrong's future up in the

air after being stripped of his cycling titles.

The top stories this hour,

it's tipped to be a close

result in today's Northern

Territory election as both

major party leaders cast

their votes. A community in

south-west NSW is in mourning

after a fiery car crash that

claimed four lives. Three New

Zealand soldiers have been

farewelled at an emotional

ceremony after being killed

by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. The weather,

windy with showers in the south-east. Mostly sunny

elsewhere. It is election day

in the Northern Territory and

it's tipped to be a close

result. Both major party

leaders have cast their votes

with about 120,000 voters

expected to have cast their

ball olets by the time the

polls close. Joining us

Ashleigh Gillon, we are

expecting this vote to come

right down to the wire. Yes,

it's going to be a tight

race, Labor's Paul Henderson

has essentially been arguing

that the Northern Territory

economy is doing well and

he's a safe pair of hands but

the CLP's Terry Mills says

it's time for a change here

in the Territory after 11

years of Labor Government. It

is a big ask asking for a

fourth term for Labor, plus Paul Henderson also up

against it when it comes to

Labor's brand federally which

as we all know is extremely

unpopular. The CLP has had

its own issues, Treasury said

the costs don't add up and

Terry Mills has been under

pressure about one of his

ambitious colleagues who the

Labor Party has been keen to

say is going to try and take

over if Terry Mills wins the

top job. You've got to

remember that Labor's going

in with 12 seats and so is

the CLP. Labor's only been

able to hold a minority

Government through the help

of an Independent. So it

really is that close going

in. The polls show that the

CLP is slightly in front. The

bookies agree with that.

There doesn't seem to be an overwhelming mood for change

here. It's going to be a

fascinating night. Let's

check in on how each of the leaders have been travelling

today. Joining me Dan

Buscher. Dan, what was Paul

Henderson last pitch to

voters today? Paul

Henderson's last pitch was to

keep his Government in power.

As you said, there are stable

hands who have guided the

territory through the global financial crisis to an

economic boom and then say

they are in a unique position

to look at the future.

Henderson has spent the day

at some of the more marginal

seats across Darwin and

Palmerston. Leer's a little

of what he had to say earlier today. I've been at Wanguri

here today, this is my home

patch. It's a really nice

feel. Got my fingers crossed

Dan. Ash, I have to say this

has been run as a

presidential campaign, about

Paul Henderson and indeed the

Hendo teem and all of the

policy and other Scodgeds

issues that we've seen seem

to ebb away as you just heard

with the Chief Minister this

afternoon just before he

voted with his wife Stacey in

the primary school in Wanguri

in the heart of his

electorate. Thank you, we'll

touch base wus throughout the

evening. Let's go to Tom

conly, Terry Mills today

trying to meet every last

voter as you would expected

on election day. Yes, this

is one of those elections

where every vote could count.

Terry Mills is in the rather

strange position in that is

there have been murmurs about his leadership yet he stands

on the cusp of an election

victory. Way know it's going

to be tight but the Country

Liberal Party is slightly

ahead according to most

pundits. Terry Mills is not

taking anything for granted.

The way we've one the

campaign is to remind people

that it is their decision and

that we've built a strong

case for the change. But it

is their call and they can

have that if they want it.

Now the CLP function is going

to be here at the northern

RSL just in the north of

Darwin. The seat here is not

going to be a concern, we

don't believe for the CLP. Whether or not it's going to

be a party or a commiseration

or not will depend on a few

other key seats around, in

particular around Darwin.

Jacinta, apparently a

crocodile who is known for

picking election results has

given this one to the CLP.

The Crock has to choose

between a couple of chickens

with names on both of them

and went for Terry Mills.

Apparently that's a good sign

for the CLP. I think it would

be a brave person putting a

bet on this evening, it

really is that close. We've

heard about that crocodile,

we've featured it on Sky

News, it's all decided.

Police say speed and alcohol

may be factors in a car crash

that killed four young people

in south-western NSW.

Emergency services were

called to the seen in --

scene in Cootamundra early

this morning. Three males

Heymans female aged between

17 and 24 were inside. All

four were I will canned.

Police are now trying to

establish the circumstances

surrounding the incident.

Very early in the

investigation as you can see

but it would appear to this

point in time that speed

and/or alcohol may be a

factor. Police say bad

weather may also have

contributed to the accident.

Three New Zealand soldiers

killed by a roadside bomb in

Afghanistan last Sunday have been farewelled this

afternoon. The military

funeral for Corporal Luke

Tamatea, Lance Corporal

Jacinda Baker and private

Richard Harris was held in Christchurch. New Zealand's Governor-General and Prime

Minister were in attendance.

The bodies will be returned

to their families for private

funeral services. A sky

caoifr has plunged to his

death after a journey went

wrong in Queensland's

Sunshine Coast. Authorities

are not sure how the accident

occurred. Police will prepare

a report for the Coroner. The

future of cyclist Lance

Armstrong now depends on the

sport's governing body after

the US anti-doping agency

stripped him of his 7 Tour de

France titles and banned him

for life. This follows

Armstrong's decision not to

contest charges that he used

performance enhancing drugs throughout his remarkable

career. At his peak Lance

Armstrong conquered mountains and vanquished the

competition. Yet Armstrong

was never quite able to outdistance allegations and

investigations that his wins

were powered by illegal

performance enhancing drugs,

despite his denials. We've

proven time in and time out

they were clean. And his

repeated insist tense that

he's never failed a drug test. Now he's given up the

fight. Enough is enough Armstrong said in his

statement released last

night. I know who won those 7

tours, nobody can ever change

that. In June the agency

accused Armstrong and several

of his team mates of being

part of a systematic doping

program dating back to 1998

including the use of the

including EPO. The case was

headed to arbitration, a process Armstrong has blasted

as one-sided and unfair. In

May 2011 ex Armstrong

teammate Tyler Hamilton told

60 minutes he repeatedly saw

Armstrong use EPO. I saw him

inject it more than one

time. You saws Lance

Armstrong inject EPO? Yeah,

like we all did. Like I did,

many, many times. Today in a

big race in Colorado there

was little public comment

from the riders, including

former lieutenant George

Himkampi who was expected to

attest against Armstrong. As

for Armstrong, a cancer

survivor, his focus he says

was his family and foundation

that has helped raise more

than $470 million in the

fight against the disease

since 1997. Peter flakes says

essentially the final wheel

in this larger than life

story is still spinning.

There are a lot of people who

hate Lance and afeel

vindictive and people who are

always support him. Norway's

mass killer Anders Behring

Breivik says he's only sorry

he didn't kill more people.

He was cut off mid sentence

as his microphone was

silenced by the court which

found him sane and sentenced

him to 21 years in prison.

The sentence is the maximum

allowed in Norway and can

only be reviewed and extended indefinitely. His trip to

the dock was low key. The 33

year old self-described ultra

nationalist wore a half smile

as he entered court 250.

Anders Behring Breivik, born

13 February 1979 are is

sentenced for violation of

the code s.147 A

sub-s.letters (a) and (b).

The stark language perhaps

masking their decision but

Breivik was sane when he

killed 77 people and wounded

242. He smirked, it was what

he wanted, to be viewed as a

warrior against

multiculturalism, not a

madman. This is the

battlefield he created that

day. A bomb detonate ed

outside the Prime Minister's

office which left 8 dead. And

then the carnage on Utoya as

he targeted young people

attending a Labour party

summer camp. 69 died here.

Those that survived gave

their reaction in the morning

break. I'm relieved that we

now have a verdict and I'm

satisfied with the verdict,

that he will go to jail. I

think it's easier now for a

lot of the people that has been affected to move on.

The lawyer representing many

of the families satisfied

with the decision. This is

justice and he has to take

responsibility for what he

did and I think that's - and

also in the other countries

in the world we have sort of

respect. If he had been insane I don't believe that

nobody could understand

actually. Now the killer

disappears from view to a

suite of jail cells away from

other inmates. He's unlikely

ever to be free. Carefully

monitored letters now the

only way of communicating his

ideology of hate. It is 17

and a half minutes to 5 eastern. This is News Now

here on Sky News. The top

stories just ahead. And then

all the latest sport with Jim including today's rugby

league action. And a west and

wild day for Port and Brisbane in the AFL.

Police are investigating

if speeding or alcohol were

factors in a fiery crash that

killed four young people in

south-western NSW. Three New

Zealand soldiers have been

farewelled in an emotional

military funeral near

Christchurch. The trio was

killed by a roadside bomb in

Afghanistan. It's tipped to

be a close result. In

Northern Territory's election

both major party leaders of

cast their ballots. About

120,000 people are expected

to vote. Tomorrow windy with

showers in the south-east.

Mostly sunny elsewhere. Sport

now with Jim. Mixed results

in the AFL so far. Yeah, an

afternoon of contrast that's

for sure, particularly in the

score lines. GWS is one step

closer to the AFL's wooden

spoon after a 128 point

thumping from St Kilda.

Meanwhile it's going down to the wire between Port

Adelaide and Brisbane. While

the Saints produced their third biggest victory of all

time. No Riewoldt for the

Saints. Milne booted three in

St Kilda's 7 goals in the

opening term and it remained one-way traffic in the

second. The jaoirchts

goal-less for the term as St

Kilda stormed to a 93 point

lead at half-time. Riewoldt

was happy to keep his feet up

while man Tanya was quick to

stick the boot in. The final

margin still a mammoth 128

points. After a slow start

the Power launched a first term blitz against the Lions.

That's five big ones in

five minutes! They led by

just five at the first change

but returned with plenty of

energy. Skipper Jonathan

Brown fought Brisbane back

into the contest and they

headed into the long break

with a 5 point buffer.

Zorko, right man, right time,

goal! But the Power were

taking risks. Sometimes they

proved costly, but they

surged again in the third

term booting 6-2. Ebert, how

about that! Last night the Bombers were completely outclassed yet again, going

down to Richmond by 45

points. Jack Riewoldt kept

himself in the race for the

Coleman Medal with three

goals. Both Richmond and

Essendon are out of finals

contention. We didn't take

the game on, you know, and

that's probably the most dis

appointing part from my point

of view. Every season's a

fail when you don't make finals. That's the reality of

it. That's what we and the

media certainly gauge by the

importance of the season. It

was Essendon's seconds

straight loss. The Gold

Coast's finals hoptss are on

the line in Penrith this afternoon. It's midway

through the second half, and

it's the home side who are

just ahead in a tight

struggle. The Gold Coast had

to win to keep their finals

hopes alive and they got the

start they wanted. Out

towards the wing, it's Mead

sell greating first points.

All the good work was undone

when Luke Walsh exposed the

Titans out wide. The

Panthers have it inside.

Scott Prince was still the

Titans advantage with a try

but the Panthers were able to

cross twice in 7 minutes just

before the break. Brad

Tighe, it's calling Brad try

today. Making it 18-12 at

half time. Walsh into the

end goal. Plenty of Panthers

coming through. Last night

the Broncos' finals hopes

took yet another hit and they

went down to Manly. While the Raiders stunned the

competition leaders in

Canberra. Dogs skipper

Michael Ennis rested for a

match that loomed as the

minor premiership. The

Raiders rattling Canterbury.

Sander Earl creating all

sorts of trouble out wide.

He's there again Sandor. He

got it down. What a try! The

kick across field was working

so well Canberra tried again.

No try on that occasion but

Earl wouldn't be denied a

hat-trick after the break.

They're coming through again,

plucked it out of the air,

it's a magnificent try. The

Raiders blitzing the dogs to

win their 12 match winning

streak. Moving Canberra a

step closer to the finals.

Robertson takes on Barba and

gets him. They played well

Canberra, you can't take that

from them. They probably set

it up in the first half, had

a mountain of possession.

Kearnsy and the staff asked

us for a big game against the

best team in the comp. We

showed up and show if we can

turn up week in, week out as

a team then we can do some

damage in this comp. It was

great to see at home us put

in that kinds of effort. Brisbane's season teetering

on the brink, when Jamie lion

crossed for Manly it was

spinning out of control. Foran unlocked Brett stew

artd. He stores that try.

The Broncos had no answer s

as Stewart made it 16-0 at

the break. It was the long

road back for Brisbane and

the gap proved too big in the

end. A try after the siren.

The Broncos the only points

for the match. Six straight

defeats now, while for Manly

the 16-6 victory all but

securing the premier's top 4

finish. The defence has been

a lot better, that's been a

big thing for us. And I

suppose it keeps us in games

for longer periods. So I

think our defence has been

pretty strong. The problem

now is I think they tell me

it's out of our hands a bit

now. So - but all's we can do

is beat Penrith next Friday

night. If we get in there, as

strange as it seems, the last

three weeks we've been in

pretty good form. The

Wallabies must beat a 25 long

hoodoo tonight just to stay alive in the Bledisloe Cup

series. Down 1-0 in the best

of three matches, Australia

has recalled Quade Cooper for

the must win game. It's

great having Quady back. I

love playing with Quady, a very instinctive partnership. Australia has

not beaten New Zealand in

Auckland since 1986. More on

one of our lead stories today

and cycling's international

body the UCI says it wants

the US anti-doping agency to

explain why Lance Armstrong

should lose his titles before

they take any action. After

he gave up his fight against

the charges. The UCI says

USADA must submit details of its decision to them before

it comments on whether it

will pass on. The Peter

Snowden trained pin wheel has

made it back-to-back wins in the Warwick stakes this

afternoon. Secret admirer and

pin wheelings were the

favourites but it was Kieran

McEvoy's mount which proved

too good over the closing stages. RACE CALLER: Pin wheel

straight to the front, secret

admirer getting through

later. Pin wheel win it is

back to back and beat secret

admirer, got third. The mare

was some 10 lintsss off the

pace at the halfway stage of

the none Thorpe stakes but the 7 year old made up the

ground to take it in a photo

finish. P Danny Pedrosa has

set the pace for the MotoGP.

While Casey Stoner prepares

for Surk on a broken ankle.

Pedrosa gave them a bit of

good news, the Spaniard was

quick eftd. American Ben

Spies had another fall but

still managed to clock the

7th fast est time. No

doubting he was an amazing

cricketer but even the man

himself would love to have

starred in AFL. Today Shane

Warne got that chance in his beloved St Kilda colours as

well. The spin king suited up

for a legends match. He

didn't look out of place. His

number one fan wasn't too far

away either with fiancie Liz

Hurley watching on. From all

accounts Warny still held his

own. Still looking pretty

fit. Missed his quauleg. An

Australian amp utee in London

is turning prosthetic limbs

into works of art in an exhibition coinciding with

the Olympics. Spare parts

will run throughout the games

removing the at a boo about

prosthesis they theics.

Wanting to still keep my leg

but not keep them in the

cupboard and I thought oh, I

can get ply really creative

friends to do something with

them and I can hang them on

the wall. Floral and punk

designs are among the

highlights of the show which

opens its doors to the public

this weekend. Let's have a

look at Sky weather for

tomorrow. Mostly sunny for

Carwyn Cairns and Brisbane.

Mostly sunny in Newcastle tomorrow.

Sky National News is coming

up with the top stories of

the day, including a sky

diver plunge to his death

after a jump went wrong on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

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