Daley tipped to remain in coaching

Laurie Daley won’t be lost to coaching and hasn’t ruled out a move to an NRL club somewhere down the track, according to his manager.

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Daley was on Friday dumped as NSW State of Origin coach by the NSWRL board following their State of Origin series loss to Queensland this year.

Despite Daley having more wins on his resume than any NSW Origin coach other than Phil Gould, the NSWRL decided they needed a fresh start after four series defeats over the last five years.

Over the last decade Daley has also coached NSW Country, the Prime Minister’s XIII and Indigenous All Stars.

Daley’s manager Steve Gillis said while his client hadn’t had time to cast his thoughts to his next challenge, he expected him to remain in coaching.

“He hasn’t given any great thought to it,” Gillis told AAP.

“Personally, I think coaching is on the menu somewhere for him. It’s something he will consider down the track.

“He enjoys it, he’s good at it and he’s had some success at it. It’s certainly hasn’t been ruled out going forward but it’s still early days.

“The time would need to be right, the opportunity would need to be right, the club would need to be right.”

Daley coached NSW to six wins and nine losses and was responsible for guiding them to their drought-breaking 2014 series victory.

After taking game one in Brisbane this year, the Blues appeared to have the ageing Queensland side on the rack before Kevin Walters’ Maroons staged a stirring series fightback.

The NSWRL board considered extending Daley’s contract however opted not to renew his deal and to restructure the Blues coaching set up.

Gillis said club football remained an option for the former Canberra, NSW and Australian great once the dust settles on the fallout.

“He’s a great competitor so I think he feels there’s probably something to prove to some people,” Gillis said.

“It’s something he’ll probably explore further as times goes on.”

‘Not OK’: Meghan Trainor blasts use of image in anti same-sex marriage campaign

The image, posted on Facebook but since deleted by the Vote NO Australia group, featured Trainor alongside the caption: “My vote is no, you need to let it go.

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A fan took to Twitter to inform the entertainer of the campaign.

Trainor responded with a series of tweets, saying her image was being used “illegally” while also stating her support for marriage equality.

@Meghan_Trainor did you realise that your face was being used in Australian anti gay marriage propaganda?? pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/OBG3daQH0E

— melanie morgan (@melanie_mogs) August 23, 2017            I SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY!Someone in Australia is illegally using my picture for a campaign against marriage equality. So wrong. Not okay

— Meghan Trainor (@Meghan_Trainor) August 23, 2017I’ve said it before, Everyone should be able to love who they want. I support equality, period. 💖👬👭💖

— Meghan Trainor (@Meghan_Trainor) August 23, 2017Celebrity chorus

Trainor’s support was the latest in a string of celebrity endorsement for the ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming Australia postal survey around marriage equality, which asks the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

Kylie Minogue has joined Hollywood stars Chris Hemsworth and Russell Crowe in backing a vote to allow gay marriage in Australia.

Aussies! #loveislove & it’s for everyone. Today is the final day to make sure you’re enrolled. Don’t wait! ❣️长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/6FNRm0uNXJ

— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) August 23, 2017

The three celebrities have urged their countrymen and women to ensure they are signed up for the postal survey. 

Hemsworth posted on Instagram: “Dear open minded, free speaking, laid back, life loving aussies. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone! Vote now for marriage equality.”

Crowe tweeted: “Hey Australia , I love you. Thanks for being you. Please send a clear message with your vote and your voice … love is love.”

Hey Australia , I love you . Thanks for being you . Please send a clear message with your vote and your voice … love is love. #SSM2017

— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 24, 2017

Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin and Ellen DeGeneres were other famous faces who urged voters to register and back the call for marriage equality.

DeGeneres posted: “Australia, I love you. It’s time for marriage equality. Make sure you’re enrolled to vote right now,” while Fry called on people to support their LGBTIQ friends, family and community.

Australia, I love you. It’s time for marriage equality. Make sure you’re enrolled to vote right now. 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/O9XeCFljVq

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 23, 2017’Muddy waters’

Australia’s Defence Minister Christopher Pyne used an appearance on the ABC’s 7.30 program on Thursday to expound a perspective on same-sex marriage seemingly at odds with the conservatives within his own party.

“It’s got nothing to do with freedom of speech, nothing to do with religious freedom,” Minister Pyne said. 

“What the people who are advocating a ‘no’ vote are doing with that red herring, of course, is trying to make the question about anything other than the simple question of: do you think people of the same sex should have the same rights as people of opposite sex?”

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The result of the vote will be revealed on November 15.

-With AAP

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Agar can fill O’Keefe’s Test shoes: Lyon

Nathan Lyon has endorsed a vastly-improved Ashton Agar to fill the shoes of Steve O’Keefe and help spin Australia to success in Bangladesh.

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Left-arm spinner Agar is the hot favourite to partner Lyon in the first Test in Dhaka starting on Sunday, with selectors unlikely to gamble on uncapped legspinner Mitchell Swepson.

With spin likely to play a big role throughout the two-Test series, it was a bold decision to dump O’Keefe after his match-winning heroics in the first Test against India in Pune.

But Lyon, whose 15 Tests in Asia are the most of any player in the Australian squad, says Agar has refined his craft since debuting as a teenager in the 2013 Ashes in England.

“I’ve seen him improve out of sight, really,” Lyon said on Friday.

“I think he’s bowling really well at the moment.

“I think he’s confident in his own game and he’s expressing himself, which is what you have to do. You have to believe in yourself and go out there and express yourself.

“He’s in the right mindset, so if Ash gets the nod, I’ve got no doubt he’ll perform well for us.”

The partnership between O’Keefe and Lyon on a crumbling dustbowl in Pune that Lyon described as the worst pitch he’d ever seen was one of the highlights of Australia’s 2-1 series loss to India.

Lyon claimed five wickets, while O’Keefe took 12 to claim man-of-the-match honours.

But 32-year-old O’Keefe was overlooked for the Bangladesh tour, a series of off field incidents not helping his cause as selectors said they were looking to the future.

Steve Smith’s men held their main training session on Friday morning ahead of the first Test, taking to the main ground at the Sher-E-Bangla stadium for the first time.

The Australians remain largely in the dark about the pitch, with curators apparently preparing several options.

Lyon, who needs just two more wickets to surpass Richie Benaud as the second-best spinner in Australian Test history behind Shane Warne, believes Agar can play a comparable role to O’Keefe.

“I think we can work in a pretty similar partnership,” Lyon said.

“We bowled together up in Darwin at similar times, and no doubt Smithy has a plan on how he’ll use his spinners.

“No doubt we can have a similar partnership as what SOK (O’Keefe) and I did and how it worked in Pune.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get over the line in India, but I’m confident enough that we’ve got the right squad to get the job done here in Bangladesh.”

New Diamonds look to shine in Quad Series

They may have a new look team but world No.

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1 Australia have demanded the same old result in the Netball Quad Series starting in Brisbane on Saturday — victory.

And recently appointed Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett wouldn’t have it any other way.

Australia will have the most inexperienced Quad Series squad when they line up for their opener against world No.3 England, with one eye on the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

However, Bassett said the aim was still claiming a third-straight Quad Series trophy.

“While we are trying to blood some young players and got a fairly inexperienced team, for us, it is all about the win,” Bassett said of the tournament which also features world No.2 New Zealand and South Africa.

“To be chased is something we are kind of used to at the Diamonds and being world No.1 is very important to us.

“We know we have a target on our back but that pressure is a privilege.

“We are working hard to embrace that pressure.”

The Diamonds have a squad featuring a total of 240 Test caps, at an average of 20 games each.

In contrast England have a total of 825 caps, at an average of 55 games per player.

England are daring to dream of notching their first win in Australia since 1981 before lining up against a developing Diamonds outfit.

Their squad features eight players who played in Australia’s inaugural Super Netball tournament this year.

But Bassett is looking to add to an already stellar year by starting her captaincy with a bang.

She will lead Australia for the first time on Saturday after taking over from Laura Geitz, who took time out to start a family.

Bassett became the 24th Diamonds captain after leading the Lightning to the 2017 Super Netball title on debut.

Queensland Firebirds’ Gabi Simpson and Collingwood’s Madi Robinson are her deputies.

“I think it is fantastic we can take some young girls away with us here because it is about creating experience for them ahead of the Commonwealth Games,” Bassett said.

“But regardless of how many Test caps we have in this team everyone is keen to get out there and have a run at these next three games.

“England and South Africa have improved massively over the last couple of years and I can’t wait to see what New Zealand brings out after having their own competition this year.”

New Zealand are expected to notch their 30th win in 31 Tests against South Africa in the other match of the Quad Series doubleheader.

The series then moves to Canberra where the Diamonds will play South Africa on August 30.

AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND

* Head to head overall: Played 71 – Australia 66, England 5

* Head to head in Australia: Played 23 – Australia 22, England 1

* Australia have an average winning margin of 15 goals against England

* England have an average winning margin of four goals against Australia

Man arrested after baseball bat attack at Australian National University

Three women and one man were assaulted and sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries at the Australian National University in Canberra on Friday morning, ACT Police’s detective superintendent Ben Cartwright said at an afternoon press conference.

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An 18-year-old Caucasian man has been taken into custody and is yet to be charged, Det Supt Cartwright said, adding there was no ongoing threat. 

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— Jolene Laverty (@Jolene_Laverty) August 25, 2017

The alleged attacker was in a statistics class when he stood up at the back of the room and approached the female lecturer with a baseball bat, detective superintendent Cartwright said during the press conference.

Other students intervened, with one wrestling the bat from the alleged attacker, and restrained him with the help of campus security.

‘Incredible bravery on their behalf. I believe one of the students has actually taken the baseball bat from the other student [who had the bat] and ran away. They then returned later to give it to the police,’ detective superintendent Cartwright said.

Three students and a female lecturer were “seriously” hurt and all four are in Canberra hospital with one believed to have a broken arm.

‘They appear to be defensive injuries, we believe to have a couple of broken bones, a broken arm, but I’m not sure who has got what injuries,” Det Supt Cartwright said.

Police were unable to provide a reason for the attack was but are “not ruling out” any motive, including a racial motive. At least “some” of the hurt students were Asian, detective superintendent Cartwright said.

Police also said in a statement that the alleged attacker was not known to police or intelligence agencies. 

ACT Policing has responded to an incident at the ANU this morning (25 August 2017). For more info visit 长沙桑拿,长沙SPA,/BjTLiMsLA5

— ACT Policing (@ACTPolicing) August 25, 2017

The university’s deputy vice-chancellor, Marnie Hughes Warrington, paid tribute to ANU’s students, saying they displayed “remarkable bravery”.  

Support was thrown behind the university by Education Minister Simon Birmingham on Twitter.

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— Simon Birmingham (@Birmo) August 25, 2017Having spoken with the acting VC I am confident that all is being done to support those affected & that all is now safe on the campus. 2/2

— Simon Birmingham (@Birmo) August 25, 2017

ANU say they will step up security for Open Day but stress it was an “isolated” incident. 

First priority of ANU is wellbeing of affected staff and students who have been provided with counselling and support.

— ANU Media (@ANUmedia) August 25, 2017

Students took to social media to express dismay at the attack. 

“Holy crap that’s so messed up,” Jack Kennedy wrote on Facebook.

“Didn’t think this type of stuff would happen at ANU let alone in Australia.”

Alexander Vuong arrived on the scene shortly after the assaults. 

A friend of his saw students and a lecturer attacked by a man wearing a hooded jumper.

“He saw a man attack a few other students with a baseball bat,” Mr Vuong told Jolene Laverty in a video on Twitter.

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