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Small town at standstill for Hughes funeral MACKSVILLE: Cricket bats stood silent sentry outside schools and homes, many adorned with messages for their favourite son, as the small Australian town of Macksville came to a standstill Wednesday for the funeral of Phillip Hughes.Green and gold ribbons marked the streets and shop fronts were taken over by moving tributes to the cricketer who died last week after being hit by a bouncer while playing at the Sydney Cricket Ground. "It's devastated," said local resident Tanieka Stewart when asked to describe the northern New South Wales town with a population of 2,500 where Hughes grew up.They had watched Hughes rise from a junior player to the national team and now were playing host to a funeral to be televised live and attended by Prime Minister Tony Abbott."The whole town stopped," Stewart added of the moment that news came through last Thursday that Hughes had died, two days after being ...

Monk thrilled by 'most complete' Swansea win SWANSEA: Swansea City manager Garry Monk hailed his side's 2-0 Premier League victory at home to Queens Park Rangers as their "most complete performance" of the season.The struggling Londoners held the Welsh club for 78 minutes of Tuesday's game, only for late strikes from Ki Sung-Yueng and Wayne Routledge to send Monk's side back into the top six.Monk had previously seen his team emerge victorious against Manchester United -- at Old Trafford -- and Arsenal ...

United set for Blind boost after Stoke win MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hopes to welcome Daley Blind back to full fitness before the end of the month, in what promises to be further good news for the Dutch manager following a 2-1 win over Stoke that kept his side fourth in the Premier League.Van Gaal's compatriot Blind has been absent since injuring his knee playing for the Netherlands against Latvia in mid-November, although recent tests have been encouraging."It's not so ...

Rodgers revels in Gerrard influence LEICESTER: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Steven Gerrard's goal-scoring display in a 3-1 win away to Leicester was proof he could still be a key player for the Merseysiders, albeit in a changed role.Gerrard scored the crucial second goal to help the visitors come back from 1-0 down against the Premier League strugglers at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.Gerrard was dropped from the starting side for Saturday's 1-0 win over Stoke, a match that ...

Luminaries and fans gather for Hughes' funeral MACKSVILLE: Cricket luminaries and fans Wednesday gathered for the emotional funeral of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, whose death from a freak on-field injury brought his grieving hometown to a standstill.Hughes, 25, and on the cusp of a recall to the Test team, died from bleeding on the brain last Thursday after being hit on the base of the skull by a rising ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground.His tragic death stunned Australia, where cricket is ...

Australia bars China's Sun after doping ban: report SYDNEY: Chinese swimming sensation Sun Yang has been barred from training in Australia and his coach plans to sever ties with the Olympic champion after he was banned for doping, it was reported Wednesday.The double Olympic champion and 1,500 metres world record-holder served a three-month penalty after testing positive for the banned stimulant trimetazidine in May.He completed his ban on August 17, but it was only revealed by Chinese authorities last week.Swimming Australia high performance ...

Cavaliers edge Bucks, stretch win streak to four CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and Kevin Love added 27 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their fourth consecutive NBA victory, a 111-108 triumph Tuesday over Milwaukee.Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James joined his "Big Three" partners with 26 points and a game-high 10 assists while Love grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as the Cavaliers improved to 9-7.Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 27 points while Jabari Parker added 22 as Milwaukee fell ...


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