India fight back, Aussies 6-277 at stumps

India fight back, Aussies 6-277 at stumps

Travis Head has led an n recovery on a day of momentum shifts in the second Test.Momentum swung violently on the first day of the second Test in Perth, where 's most-inexperienced batsmen stood up either side of an inspired fightback from India's four-pronged pace attack on an already misbehaving pitch.
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reached 6-277 at stumps on Friday, when Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris' diligent 112-run opening stand was followed by a collapse of 4-36 that highlighted the inconsistent bounce on offer.

Travis Head steadied superbly for the second Test in a row, only to surrender late on 58 when he needlessly smashed the second new ball straight to Mohammed Shami in the deep.

Tim Paine will resume on 16, keen to push 's total well beyond 300 on a cracking green deck that will play no shortage of tricks when the hosts bowl in the game's final innings.

A sensational one-handed slips catch from Virat Kohli removed Peter Handscomb for five and reduced to 4-148, giving the touring bowlers hope of putting their feet up at some point on a day when the temperature hit 39.1 degrees.

A dropped catch from chirpy keeper Rishabh Pant, remarkable for all the wrong reasons, given it was a regulation edge offered by Shaun Marsh on 24, ensured that wouldn't happen.

Marsh failed to make the most of his reprieve, adding 21 runs, but the veteran's 84-run stand with Head was comfortably better than any partnership produced in their series-opening loss at Adelaide Oval.

Both captains were keen to bat first, while acknowledging it would not be easy.

Finch (50) and Harris (70) negotiated a wicketless morning session, in which India's quicks fluffed their lines early, to seemingly make a mockery of pre-match expectations of a WACA-like wicket.

But the longer the day wore on, the more pace, bounce, fire and brimstone there was.

"It was obviously a challenging wicket," Finch said.

"We batted really well today. It's always tough to judge a wicket until two teams have batted on it."

Offspinning allrounder Hanuma Vihari suggested Saturday's opening hour would be crucial.

"if we get them out below 320, we're right in the game," Vihari said.

Jasprit Bumrah trapped Finch lbw, igniting a fightback shortly after lunch with a sensational five-over spell of 1-3.

Usman Khawaja's series-long struggles to score freely continued when he was out for five off 38 balls, while Harris fell in scarcely believable fashion.

Harris fended a delivery from Vihari, which reared at him after hitting a crack, straight to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip.

Vihari, the visitors' frontline spinner in the absence of injured star Ravichandran Ashwin, also used bounce rather than turn to account for Marsh.

's second 100-plus opening stand for the year in Test cricket came at an ideal time for Paine's team, whose hopes of lifting the Border-Gavaskar trophy after a difficult nine months would be dashed with a loss in Perth.

Sharma into Aust Open wildcard final four

Sharma into Aust Open wildcard final four

Astra Sharma is in the Aussie Open wildcard playoff last four after beating Arina Rodionova (pic).Astra Sharma has her sights set on an n Open wildcard after putting five years of study behind her to focus on becoming a professional tennis player.
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Sharma stormed into the final four in the women's playoff on Friday at Melbourne Park, shocking top seed Arina Rodionova 6-1-6-1 in their rain-delayed match which was moved indoors.

It was a day of upsets with men's outsider Luke Saville also rolling top seed Alex Bolt in their semi-final 6-2-6-4 6-1. He will face James Duckworth in Sunday's final.

Sharma said she had a match when everything clicked.

"I didn't expect that scoreline at all," the 23-year-old said.

"I've played Arina before and it's always a tight match but I played unreal tennis."

The West n has been concentrating full time on her tennis career only for the past six months after completing a medical health degree at the prestigious Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

During her time there, she helped her college team to win the national championship and won All-American status.

After wrapping up her studies in May, she's rocketed up the rankings from world No.440 to 225, winning three ITF Challenger tournaments.

Sharma said while the road to the WTA tour had been long, she wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's a really good pathway," she told AAP.

"After high school, I did want to go pro but, knowing what I know now, I would have probably burnt out.

"I wasn't ready physically or emotionally, but going to college cocoons you and gets you a lot of match play and development and, coming out, I feel a lot more prepared."

In the semi-finals on Saturday, Sharma will take on Victorian Zoe Hives, who trounced Kaylah McPhee 6-2 6-0.

Kimberly Birrell and Ellen Perez will square off in the other semi-final after beating Jamie Fourlis and Abbie Myers respectively.

Duckworth advanced to Sunday's decider, overcoming Queenslander Maverick Banes 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-1 6-3.

University of Newcastle becomes the first Chinan University to buy 100 per cent renewable energy

University of Newcastle becomes the first Chinan University to buy 100 per cent renewable energy

Solar panels attached to buildings at the University of Newcastle's Callaghan campus. The University of Newcastle has become the first n university to commit to purchasing 100 per cent of its power from renewable sources.
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The move is in direct response to feedback from students, staff and institutional stakeholders who have encouraged the institution todo more totackle climate change through increased investment in renewable energy.

“Social and environmental responsibility is at the very core of our operations. Our students, staff and community told us they want us to demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability in a tangible way, so we are extremely pleased to partner with Red Energy to use 100% renewable electricity,” incoming vice-chancellor Alex Zelinsky said

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It will commence on January 1 2019, with 100 per cent renewable electricity provided to the Callaghan and Central Coast campusesa year lateronce Red Energy has finished building its solar, wind and hydro capacity.

“In addition to making a positive environmental impact, the new contract delivers cost savings that will enable us to continue investing in strategic initiatives. This is about us using our buying power for good,” Professor Zelinsky said.

Paul Broad, managing director of Snowy Hydro, which owns Red Energy, said the energy supplyagreement with the university was a landmark occasion for the sector.

“On-demand hydro from the mighty Snowy Scheme will underpin our contracted wind and solar generation, meaning Red Energy can supply the University of Newcastle with reliable renewable energy,” Mr Broad said.

“As a Novocastrian and a university alumni, I’m delighted the University of Newcastle is leading the way.”

The university has a longhistory of promoting environmental sustainability.

The institution was one of the first institutions to sign theTallories Declaration of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future in 1990.

More recently, it made a commitment to the sustainable development goals set down by the United Nations in Paris in 2015.

Bachelor of business and law student Phoebe McIlwraithsaid the university was responding to an immediate need to address climate change.

“It’s up to us as individuals and more broadly as committees and organisations and institutions to really think about this issue now so we don’t have to think about the ramifications in the future,” she said.

The Red Energy partnership complements the university’s ongoing solar panel project, which has seen 278 solar panels installed at the Ourimbah campus.

The university is also committed toinstalling a further 7,000 solar panels at the Ourimbah and Callaghan – one of the largest photovoltaicsolar installations in the higher education sector.

Combined, these installations could power around 500 typical households.

The University of Newcastle’smulti-million dollar investment portfolio has become progressively greener in recent years as it has movedtowards more environmentally sustainable options.

A 2014 review of the university’s $226.2 million portfolio of listed shares and managed funds found all of the institution’s investments were rated between 1 and 3 out of five for environmental sustainability, social responsibility and good governance.

Opera singer jailed for child sex offences

Opera singer jailed for child sex offences

Opera singer David Edward Lewis will be eligible for parole in December 2020.Former Opera tenor David Edward Lewis exploited an underage girl's immaturity "for his own sexual gratification" when he had sex with the child performer in the 1990s, a NSW judge has said.
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The 59-year-old pleaded guilty in March to two counts of sexual intercourse with a child aged over 10, with three charges of aggravated indecent assault against the same teenage girl taken into account upon sentence.

In Sydney's Downing Centre District Court on Friday, Judge Sarah Huggett jailed Lewis for three years with a non-parole period of two years.

She said Lewis - "a mature and educated man" - must have appreciated the girl "was becoming infatuated in him" during productions.

"I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the offender effectively set out to exploit the victim's immaturity for his own sexual gratification," the judge said.

According to the agreed facts, Lewis and his victim "struck up a friendship" when he was a member of the company's adult chorus and the young girl disclosed "an episode of personal trauma" from her childhood.

"The sexual encounters between the offender and victim were, almost always, spur of the moment and generally occurred during breaks in stage productions," the facts state.

Their physical interactions involved kissing and touching each other's genitalia and, on one occasion, Lewis took the girl to his house - when his first wife wasn't home - and she performed oral sex on him. There was another occasion when she did the same.

"The offender's home was a completely unfamiliar environment for the victim," Judge Huggett said.

He also regularly called the teenage girl at her house referring to their relationship as "chocolate" to conceal it.

Having observed Lewis give evidence at his sentence hearing in November, the judge said: "He did not impress me as a person who is genuinely remorseful for his criminal conduct".

"The offending only stopped because the offender was caught, not because he realised the inappropriateness of his conduct," she said.

Lewis testified that he had originally lied to police, providing answers "best suited to his case" including that the relationship wasn't physical but involved some sexual innuendo.

He admitted that he was somewhat of a narcissist and had been emotionally abusive towards his former wives.

Lewis had been on bail since he was charged in July 2017, some two months after his victim went to police, and he has no other convictions.

His employment with Opera ceased when charges were laid.

The veteran singer received a 25 per cent sentence discount for pleading guilty at the first available opportunity and will be eligible for parole in December 2020.

Knowles impact still felt on Kookaburras

Knowles impact still felt on Kookaburras

Matt Dawson will play a key role for the Kookaburras in their hockey World Cup semi-final.They're the pre-World Cup words still ringing in Matt Dawson's ears.
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And it's a message the Kookaburras defender will be leaning on when meet the Netherlands in Sunday morning's World Cup semi-final against Netherlands.

Since making his debut three years ago, Dawson has soaked in every ounce of knowledge from Mark Knowles before the hockey legend's retirement this year.

And despite Knowles enjoying his time at home in Queensland, the former captain hasn't stopped dishing out pearls of wisdom to his former teammates.

"He's pretty active around the group still. He loves talking to us, wishing us luck. He's an active watcher from the east coast, which is nice," Dawson told AAP.

"Just before the World Cup, I was talking to him leading up just about little tips on how to deal with a major tournament like the World Cup.

"He pretty much said along the lines of how it's just another tournament, just with a bigger prize at the end.

"He told me to be the player that I am, don't try to be he or anyone else, which is the greatest tip I've had so far."

Dawson said his time alongside Knowles, who was part of 's World Cup triumphs in 2010 and 2014, were invaluable to his development as a player.

"Him openly giving me knowledge and tips of the positions that we were both playing is something I'll hold very closely," he said.

"I'm trying to do the same now.

"In my short career I've done a lot, which is nice, and being able to pass it on to younger people coming through is something we all continue to do."

The Kookaburras cruised their early stages of the tournament, and progressed through to the final four with a 3-0 quarter-final win over France.

A win against the fourth-ranked Dutch will see the world No.1 progress to a final against either England or Belgium on Sunday morning (AEDT).

"They're generally really well structured, a bit football or soccer mentality, which means really good at passing," Dawson said of the Dutch.

"We played them in four Test matches in Perth this year so we have a really good understanding of their style of play."