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DODT SETTLES FOR SIXTH AT THE BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Overnight leader Andrew Dodt shot a final round 73 to finish in a tie for sixth at the $9-million BMW PGA Championship in England. A double bogey on the par-three 14th cruelled the Newcastle golfer’s chances… but this birdie on 17 restored some confidence. “Crowd murmer. Hello. Hello. Ayyy. Beautifully done from the Aussie.” The 31-year-old missed an eagle putt on 18, but a birdie still helped him earn more than $280,000.

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ANDERSON DENIED BY JAPANESE LOCAL KUROKAWA

Merewether surfer Philippa Anderson has climbed to fifth on the World Qualifying Series rankings, following a controversial semi-final exit in Japan. Anderson was in control for most of the heat – and even the commentators thought she’d done enough in the final seconds. But the judges saw otherwise, handing local surfer Hinako Kurokawa the score she needed to advance to the decider.

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SAGE HOPES DASHED IN DRAMATIC CRASH

Disappointment for Sage Murdoch in the Australian Formula Four series, with the Newcastle driver involved in a dramatic crash at Phillip Island. Murdoch had worked his way into eighth in the early stages of race three when he was taken out by rival, Aaron Love. The 15-year-old was shaken up, but thankfully walked away. It ruined what had been Murdoch’s best round of the series.

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POOLMAN AND THE GIANTS FALL JUST SHORT IN FRONT OF 12,000 FANS

The Giants will host the Magpies in Super Netball’s minor semi final next Saturday, after the New South Wales side suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Sunshine Coast in the final round. Playing in front of a league record crowd of almost 12,000, the Giants’ Sam Poolman drew the toughest assignment, marking shooter Caitlin Bassett. Poolman didn’t play the gracious host, but the visitors still managed to edge in front. The Giants missed a shot in the dying seconds that would’ve tied the game. The Lightning’s win means it will travel to Melbourne to face the Vixens in the major semi.

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