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Mitchell Hughes is head sports reporter and presenter with NBN News in Newcastle. Mitch started his career as an editor with NBN, before graduating from Newcastle University and taking his first reporting job in the Tweed Heads/Gold Coast region.

SIMMONS STUNS AGAIN IN NBA SEASON OPENER

Ben Simmons has proved he’s no one-hit wonder, going close to a triple double in the opening game of the new NBA season. The Australian finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. Unfortunately, it was fellow Aussie Aron Baynes who had the last laugh, as Philadelphia lost to Boston by 18. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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JETS DEFENDER KOUTROUMBIS’ CANCER SCARE

There’s been a nasty scare for the Newcastle Jets on the eve of the new season, with defender Johnny Koutroumbis diagnosed with stage one thyroid cancer. The 20-year-old had surgery on Monday. “Fortunately it was slow growing and contained around the neck area. The only symptom Johnny had was a lump so that’s been removed now. The operation was very successful. I spoke to Johnny yesterday and he’s walking around, he’s fine, so he’s well on the road to recovery.” says Jets coach, Ernie Merrick. Koutroumbis will now undergo further treatment. “He’s holding up really well and he’s keen to get back again. I think he’ll be back playing this year. We won’t put a time line on it but I think he’ll be back playing this year and we’ll re-sign him.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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PRICE CLAIMS FIRST CROSS COUNTRY WORLD TITLE

Australia’s Toby Price has won the Rally of Morocco, claiming his first cross-country world title in the process. After going into the final event of the season in second spot, Price took out two of the five stages, as well as the opening prologue, to win by more than seven minutes. It caps off a remarkable return to form, with the 31-year-old spending most of 2017 recovering from a broken leg, suffered at the Dakar rally.

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FIFTH PLACE FINISH FOR HUNTER BRED MICHAEL BOOTH

Hunter-bred athlete Michael Booth, has finished fifth in the Pro Mens distance race at the 2018 Pacific Paddle Games in California. Fresh from a win at the Battle of the Bay in San Francisco, he was pushing for the lead early on. But by the end of the 40 minute race, it was fellow Aussie Connor Baxter who claimed the win, with Booth just missing out on the podium. He stills leads the Paddle League world rankings. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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