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KY WILLOTT THIRD GENERATION TO PLAY HOCKEY FOR NSW

Lake Macquarie’s Ky Willott will continue a long-standing family tradition, when he plays for New South Wales in the Australian Hockey League this Sunday. His grandfather, father and brothers have all represented their state. Ky’s first assignment will be against Tasmania. “They’re a very handy team. I’ve played in Tasmania 3-4 times now, they’ve got a few Kookaburras as well, which will be a good match up.” The 17-year-old will make his debut alongside Maitland’s own former Kookaburra, Simon Orchard. “He’s a great mentor, brings experience and knowledge to the game and helps us young debutants out.” (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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JETS PLAY DOWN FINANCIAL CONCERNS

The Newcastle Jets have played down concerns that Donald Trump’s actions could threaten their new-found financial stability. The US President’s trade war with China has hit owner Martin Lee’s business hard, the share price of his company Ledman has more than halved since May. Mr Lee reportedly considered cutting the club’s player wage bill but ultimately decided otherwise.

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FINAL GALLOPS FOR KRIS LEES’ EVEREST RUNNERS

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees almost had a fourth runner in the world’s richest turf race, when Home of the Brave was scratched this afternoon. But Lees’ horse Clearly Innocent was eventually overlooked in place of Osbourne Bulls. His three hopes all had their final gallops in Newcastle this morning. In Her Time is shaping up as his strongest chance of claiming the $13-million race. (VISION ONLY)

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KATIE STENGEL REJOINS JETS W-LEAGUE SIDE

With only weeks remaining till the start of the W-League season, the Newcastle Jets have confirmed the signing of another key player. Katie Stengel rejoining the squad, after a strong season in the NWSL, scoring six goals in 23 matches for the Utah Royals. The 26-year-old led the Jets attack last year, her 13 goals in 10 games helping the side to a spot in the semi-finals. It will be the American attacker’s third season down-under. NBN News will have more details in tonight’s news.

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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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