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NEWCASTLE REMAINS UNDEFEATED AT BRADMAN CUP

Newcastle has finished the Bradman Cup, with a comfortable win over Central Northern. Nathan Hillier did plenty of damage, dismissing both openers, before returning to claim the scalps of Barry and Smith. Aiden Galvin was also effective, he removed Sindel and Bills to restrict Central Northern to 133. Newcastle easily chased the total, but Riverina was handed the trophy thanks to a superior run rate.

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WINNERS CROWNED AT THE NEWCASTLE OPEN

Thomas Fancutt has won the men’s singles at the Newcastle Open, after Ben Mitchell forfeited the final due to illness. It was more of a battle in the women’s decider, taking almost two hours for Gunnedah prodigy Gabrielle O’Gorman to claim the crown. She beat Sydney’s Natalie Barbir 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, and also won the doubles.

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EARLY TEST FOR NEW NJC COURSE PROPER

It’s not set to host its first meeting until March 17, but today the $11-million redevelopment of the NJC’s course proper was tested for the first time. The Kris Lees stable posted this video on social media, showing a handful of horses having a gallop. Official trials are set down for January 25.

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KNIGHT JARROD MULLEN PROVISIONALLY SUSPENDED FROM NRL

The Newcastle Knights have confirmed that playmaker Jarrod Mullen has been provisionally suspended by the NRL under its Anti-Doping Policy. It comes after Mullen returned a positive A-sample for an anabolic steroid, Drostanolone, which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Mullen was tested on November 29 last year, and now has the opportunity to have a B-sample analysed. Knights CEO Matt Gidley says the club is extremely disappointed. “The Club has a strict governance program, the players are regularly educated and fully aware of the consequences of going outside our governance guidelines. “From here, there is a formal process we need to follow under the guidelines. “We need to respect the process and in the interim the Club will continue to monitor Jarrod’s welfare,” he said.

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BEN SIMMONS EDGES CLOSER TO NBA DEBUT

Anticipation continues to grow for basketball fans, as former Hunters junior Ben Simmons edges closer to his NBA debut for Philadelphia. The 20-year-old, who suffered a foot injury in pre season, has been travelling with the 76ers to away games, performing light duties in the warm up. Over the weekend he was spotted draining three pointers at training.

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