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DIAMOND SHOOTS HOME

Trap shooter, Michael Diamond, will return home from China tonight without a medal, after missing bronze in a shoot off late yesterday. Diamond has already pencilled in the next two Olympics, after some wild Chinese weather had him shooting in the worst conditions he’s encountered.

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JADE TALKING TURKEY

There’s growing speculation that Newcastle Jets captain, Jade North, has played his last game for the A-League club. Currently with the Olyroos in Beijing, North has been linked to more than one overseas club including Turkish giant Galatasaray, the new home of Australian teammate Harry Kewell.

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CESSNOCK ROLL CENTRAL

Cessnock has set up a major semi-final showdown with minor premiers Western Suburbs in Newcastle Rugby League this Sunday at Harker oval. It follows a tough but impressive win against Central Charlestown where the Goannas put the foot down after half-time to hold out the Butcher Boys. Here are some highlights captured by NBN, look out for Vern Moana-Mason’s bomb and follow up while Shaun Skuthorpe’s second half double. Former Knight and NSW Waratah Milton Thaiday was also a handful in attack but his Charlestown boys will meet Macquarie in Saturday’s do-or-die minor semi-final at Passmore oval.

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NBN FOOTBALL FINALS DECIDED

It took a nail biting last round has settled the top four in the NBN Football league. Broadmeadow was always assured of top spot while Hamilton held onto second spot despite losing its last match of the regualr season. Weston secured fourth spot however Phoenix missed the finals by just a point after a late goal saved Azzurri’s finals hopes.

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HEALTH CONCERNS FOR HAGAN

Parramatta coach Michael Hagan has been admitted to a Sydney hospital, after waking up this morning feeling dizzy. Tests are being carried out and it’s believed he’s suffering from vertigo. A Parramatta official says the club expects the 43 year old will be released from hospital tomorrow, his overnight stay a precaution, and will be back on deck for the Roosters’ game on Sunday.

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HUNTER OLYMPIANS

Jade North was the first of our Hunter Olympians to see action in China during the Olyroos 1-all draw with Serbia. The opening ceremony is next on the itinerary for most while Merewether water polo player, Richie Campbell, has already enjoyed a royal experience.

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TAUFUA MAKING HIS MARK

There was bad news for lock Zeb Taia out of last night’s game (Monday) with the in-form back rower expected to miss between four to six weeks with a medial ligament tear in his knee. Mark Taufua though continues to impress. A country rugby convert, he’s working towards earning both a new deal and a World Cup start with Samoa.

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