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MON­DAY

Brad New­ley’s NBA stocks soared to an­other level when he led Townsville to a thump­ing 26-point vic­tory over a hap­less Cairns.

Townsville Fire coach David Her­bert says his play­ers are some­times ‘too nice’ for their own good.

Wayne Arthurs, at 35 the old­est player on the ATP Tour, may be de­nied an Aus­tralian Open swan­song. TUES­DAY

Aus­tralia won back the Ashes and Shane Warne was one wicket off an his­toric 700 Test scalps af­ter the third Test in Perth. ❏ Cow­boys coach Gra­ham Murray be­lieves vet­eran Ja­son Smith will ease the pres­sure on full­back Matt Bowen.

Ali­cia Mo­lik de­clared her­self 110 per cent fit af­ter win­ning the Aus­tralian Open wild­card tour­na­ment. WED­NES­DAY

Un­der-siege Eng­land coach Dun­can Fletcher has de­fended his side’s Ashes prepa­ra­tion and team se­lec­tions.

The Queens­land Reds are try­ing to sal­vage the sig­na­ture of NZ ut­l­ity back Ryan Ni­cholas.

The NBA banned seven play­ers for a to­tal of 47 games and dished out $1.28 mil­lion in fines over the NY Knicks-Den­ver Nuggets brawl.

The Croc­o­diles were braced for a New Zealand team try­ing to keep its NBL sea­son alive. ❏ Souths-Dragons player-coach Shane Heal was ac­cused of de­lib­er­ately el­bow­ing Bris­bane Bul­lets guard Stephen Black in the groin.

Rafael Nadal has backed Lleyton He­witt to re­turn to ten­nis’s top ech­e­lon — pro­vided he still harbours the de­sire. FRI­DAY

The Townsville Croc­o­diles posted their sixth con­sec­u­tive win, smash­ing the NZ Break­ers.

Spin bowler Shane Warne pulled the plug on one of Test cricket’s great­est ca­reers.

Wild Oats XI is widely tipped to be the first yacht in 42 years to claim back-to­back line hon­ours in the Syd­ney to Ho­bart.

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