The Weekend Post : 2019-01-12

Sport : 49 : 49

Sport

SPORT 49 CAIRNSPOST.COM.AU SATURDAY JANUARY 12 2019 Briefs Smith off to flyer CAMERON Smith has picked up where he left off in 2018 but Adam Scott is in danger of missing the cut after a rusty start to the US PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii. Smith fired a fourunder-par 66 opening round at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu to leave the Australian tied for seventh but five shots behind surprise leader Adam Svensson of Canada. Smith was the leading Australian with countrymen Marc Leishman and Matt Jones also right in the mix after 67s. But it was a forgettable day for former world No.1 Scott who struggled to a two-over 72 and was tied 112th. Tour contingency plans for 40C-plus temps Netting the changes NETBALL Australia will follow the lead of the nation’s two biggest competitions, handing day-to-day control of the fledgling Super Netball league to a new independent commission. Entering the domestic competition’s third season, the sport’s national body will set up the commission to head the league in a model similar to the AFL and NRL. NA CEO Marne Fechner will sit on the commission along with six independent members to be appointed by the board. “We need to put the necessary structures and resources in place,” she said. TOP 10 GENERAL CLASSIFICATION Price up to third AUSTRALIAN Toby Price’s perseverance during an exhausting sector of the Dakar Rally has been rewarded with a rise to third in the motorcycle race standings. Price is riding through the pain barrier in Peru with a pre-race wrist injury but still managed to improve from fifth. The 2016 champion was 4min22sec adrift of the leader, American Ricky Brabec, with six stages remaining. In the car race, Qatar’s two-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah extended his lead to 8min55sec over Stephane Peterhansel by claiming the trawl south from Arequipa to Tacna. Big blow for Hawks HAWTHORN’S AFL premiership hopes have taken a massive hit, with reigning Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell likely to miss the entire season with a broken leg. The Hawks superstar suffered the injury during a drill as the club returned to training at Waverley Park for their first session of the new year. Mitchell will undergo surgery and isn’t expected to return this season, indicating the severity of the injury. 6. 1. Alison Jackson Letizia Paternoster (Team TibcoSilicon Valley Bank) (Trek- +10secs Segafredo) 3hrs 10mins 8secs 7. 2. Rachele Barbieri Sarah Roy (Bepink) (Mitchelton-Scott) same time +2secs 8. 3. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Chloe Hosking (CCC- (Ale-Cipollini) Liv) st st st +5secs 9. 10. 4. Matilda Reynolds Rebecca Wiasak Gracie Elvin (Specialized) (UniSA) (Mitchelton-Scott) same time +6secs 5. Arlenis Sierra (Astana) Simmons trailing BEN Simmons’ pursuit of an AllStar invite remains shaky, with the Australian still sitting in fourth among Eastern Conference guards after the NBA’s latest release of fan voting figures. The Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving is the East’s top guard with 2,381,901 votes followed by Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (1,199,789) and Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (858,798). Simmons’ All-Star fate, if he can’t finish as a top-two guard in the Eastern Conference and a starter for the game, will rest with NBA coaches, who will select the reserves. The coaches snubbed him last year. V1 - CCPE01Z01MA

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