Short and Sweet: highway to success

Perth Lynx take no prisoners in a WNBL.

IT was impact asperse for one, a call of success for another and hopefully a highway to Rio for another.

Some of Australia’s heading athletes and teams have been creation a symbol on a waves, on a road, a basketball justice and in a Olympic sporting locus over a weekend.

In this week’s Short and Sweet we take a demeanour during some of a highlights, from Tiffany Cromwell’s fighting third in a vital European competition to Sally Fitzgibbons’s feat over Steph Gilmore in home waters.

Australian Tiffany Cromwell being interviewed during a universe championships.

Australian Tiffany Cromwell being interviewed during a universe championships.Source:Supplied

ROAD TO RIO?

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad wins a esteem for a many scarcely named eventuality and while it was where British star Lizzie Armitstead won a European women’s highway cycling opener there were some good performances by Aussies.

The universe champion claimed feat in a obvious Belgian Classic as Chantal Blaak only pipped Aussie Tiffany Cromwell in a scurry for a teenager placings.

Cromwell is chasing preference in her initial Olympic group in Rio with a 27-year-old winning a Omloop Het behind in 2003.

Fellow Australian Chloe Hoskins also burst a tip 10 in a tough 123km Belgium competition with her seventh place finish.

PERTH LYNX INTO DECIDER

Back in Australia Perth Lynx have roughly finished one of a many conspicuous comebacks in Australian competition this year.

The side, now using within a Perth Wildcat organisation, are into a grand final of a Women’s National Basketball League.

Lynx trounced Townsville Fire 91-72 on Saturday to book their symbol in a deteriorate decide.

Perth Lynxs Betnijah Laney in a compare opposite Fire. Pic: Zak Simmonds

Perth Lynx’s Betnijah Laney in a compare opposite Fire. Pic: Zak SimmondsSource:News Corp Australia

The win has warranted Perth a right to horde a opening and final diversion of a three-match grand-final of a grand final if required.

Fire will now horde a rough final opposite South East Queensland Stars during Townsville RSL Stadium on Sunday.

The leader of this 4pm diversion will accommodate Perth for a title.

TABLING SUCCESS

In Kuala Lumpur a Australian women’s list tennis group started their universe championship debate in excellent style.

The Aussies won both of their initial encounters of a contest but dropping a singular game.

In their initial tour a Australian women, who enclosed Olympic hopefuls Vivian Dederko and Melissa Tapper, kick Congo Brazzaville 3-1 before posting a identical scoreline opposite Nepal.

The Australian men’s group mislaid 3-0 to Spain in their opener.

Melissa Tapper in action.

Melissa Tapper in action.Source:Supplied

OLYMPIC DREAMING

There was good news for taekwondo with Australia earning 4 spots in a competition during a Rio Olympics.

2012 Olympians Carmen Marton, a 2013 universe champion chasing preference during her third Olympics, and Safwan Khalil, Carmen’s sister Caroline and Hayder Shkara are approaching to be nominated to a Australian Olympic Committee for preference consideration.

2013 World Champion Carmen Marton degraded New Zealand’s Rhiannon O’Neill and is now in a position to swell to her third Olympic Games in a -67kg division.

The appetite here for women’s surfing was only incredible

RIDING HIGH

Back in home waters Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore constructed what many trust could be a preview of a conflict for a universe climax when they met during Surfest in their initial contest of a year.

Stephanie Gilmore during Surfest. Pic Brett Costello

Stephanie Gilmore during Surfest. Pic Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia

While Fitzgibbons edged Gilmore, both pronounced a biggest advantage from a eventuality was gaining certainty forward of a World Surf joining opener in March.

Fitzgibbons has nonetheless to win a universe climax in surfing notwithstanding entrance tighten on mixed occasions.

Gilmore in contrariety has won 6 and needs only one some-more to compare a good Layne Beachley’s record of seven.

“The appetite here for women’s surfing was only incredible,’’ Fitzgibbons pronounced after her win.

“I’m still buzzing.’’

An ecstatic Sally Fitzgibbons after winning her initial eventuality of a year.

An ecstatic Sally Fitzgibbons after winning her initial eventuality of a year.Source:News Corp Australia

TRANS TASMAN RIVALRY

The news wasn’t utterly a good from opposite a Tasman with a Southern Stars beaten in their opening T20 strife with a White Ferns by 4 wickets.

In a initial of 3 Twenty20 clashes in Wellington Australia done only 7-113 with New Zealand off-spinner Leigh Kasperek starring with her overwhelming transport of 4-7.

New Zealand mislaid 6 wickets before chasing down a aim with 9 balls remaining.

Australian Beth Mooney takes a locate to boot Suzie Bates during compare one of a trans-Tasman Twenty20 Series.

Australian Beth Mooney takes a locate to boot Suzie Bates during compare one of a trans-Tasman Twenty20 Series.Source:Getty Images

Australian skipper Meg Lanning, who strike dual centuries as she guided a tourists to a 2-1 win in a Rose Bowl one-day array final week, topscored for a Southern Stars with 30 from 28 balls.

MARK LOWERED

Back to cycling and Australia’s Bridie O’Donnell ‘s universe hour record has been lowered.

Over a weekend American Evelyn Stevens set a new symbol of 47.98km. times during a 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs

O’Donnell set her symbol of 46.882km final month. times during a 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs

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Lleyton bullish on Aussie Cup duo

John Peers is staid to play doubles. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

AUSTRALIAN Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt is austere that he will have a full fortuitous come Friday’s opening singles rubbers.

Star twin Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios are battling wrist and behind complaints respectively, with Tomic currently divulgence that his “wrist is bothering him a lot”.

TOMIC: I’M STRUGGLING

Hewitt, who is scheming to lead his initial Davis Cup tie opposite a USA during Kooyong from Friday, has no doubt in a pair’s chances and pronounced it’s simply about “managing” them by to a weekend.

“Yeah we am (confident they’ll play),” he said.

“Both Nick and Bernie are personification intensely good during a moment. The biggest thing for them is to get their bodies as tighten to 100 per cent physically (as they can). They’ve had a matches, they’re confident, they feel good out on a justice during a impulse and they behind themselves on a large points.

“That’s since it’s critical for them now to some-more mentally ready than anything. They’ve beaten peculiarity players over a final integrate of weeks.”

Nick Kyrgios withdrew in Dubai final week with behind pain. Picture: AFP

Nick Kyrgios withdrew in Dubai final week with behind pain. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Both Tomic — who fell to Austrian Dominic Thiem in a final of a Acapulco Open on Sunday — and Kyrgios are in movement and will arrive during Kooyong tomorrow, yet Hewitt has no doubt in their ability to fast adjust to a drop-in weed deck.

“It’s some-more about only handling those dual now since they’ve had such a bustling effort … and only about removing a bit of a feel for a grass,” he said.

“I’m gentle for both those guys that their games naturally fit grass, as well, so it’s not going to take unequivocally long.”

Kooyong internal John Peers has been called adult to a group for a initial time and will fit adult with big-serving New South Welshman Sam Groth to take on a Bryan brothers in a doubles.

The span had their initial demeanour during centre justice today, with Peers observant meaningful any other behind to front will come in handy.

“We’ve famous any other for years and years,” he pronounced of Groth.

“Having that believe and knowledge in carrying famous any other for so long, it’s unequivocally easy and gentle to trip true into it and play some good tennis together.”

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F-bomb greeting goes viral

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Golf: Adam Scott has won his initial US PGA debate pretension in scarcely dual years during a Honda Classic.

We’ve all been there.

GOLF still doesn’t know how to understanding with tainted denunciation — though Shane Lowry doesn’t seem to care.

The Irishman shanked a tee shot on a 15th hole during a final turn of a Honda Classic during Palm Beach Gardens on Monday (AEDT) — and his knee jerk greeting was priceless.

The 28-year-old let himself have it with some charming irreverence as he watched his turn whirl into a H2O hazard.

The problem was his whole self pep speak was clean picked adult by a radio promote microphones.

“Ahhh we f***ing idiot. F***,” Lowry pronounced as shortly as his bar had done hit with a ball.

The NBA golf explanation group immediately apologised for Lowry’s choice difference as a turn sunk good brief of a green.

Naturally, Lowry was shortly trending on amicable media with churned greeting to his choice of phrase.

The male himself wasn’t too fussed by a whole situation.

Let’s be honest. If you’ve played so most as a diversion of putt-putt, we can know Lowry’s trip of a tongue.

Meanwhile, FOXSports.com has reported Gary Woodland nude down to his underwear during a final turn of a Honda Classic.

Big Daddy ‘treated like a film star’

Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne.

BOXER Lucas Browne is enjoying “movie star” treatment, including an armed fact of 3 confidence officers heading into his universe heavyweight pretension plea in Chechnya.

The Sydneysider has a whole 25th building of a five-star hotel in a collateral Grozny limited only for use of his celebration and he comforts on vast road-side billboards.

Browne (23-0, 20 KOs) will try to turn a initial Australian to reason a apportionment of a heavyweight climax when he takes on Uzbekistan’s unchanging WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday.

Browne certified before drifting in that he was shaken about travelling to a city tough strike in dual new wars and once rated a most-destroyed city on earth.

“I came over and wasn’t certain what to expect,” Browne told AAP from Grozny.

“I was a bit apprehensive, though we can overtly contend that we have been treated with a pinnacle respect.

“The people here are intensely common and intensely open. I’ve been treated like a film star, it’s been positively sensational.

“After a initial day of being here and experiencing what’s going on, I’m 100 per cent loose and prepared to get on and concentration on what we need to do.”

Lucas Browne is not accustomed to this arrange of attention.

Lucas Browne is not accustomed to this arrange of attention.Source:Supplied

At 196cm and about 115kg, Browne can demeanour after himself, though he had no qualms about carrying a additional confidence of 3 group armed with revolvers.

“It’s small bit strange, I’m generally utterly a private chairman and being a bigger kid myself, no one tends to worry me anyway,” Browne said.

“At a same time it is intensely calming to know that there are people here to demeanour after us and to uncover us around. They are really good fellows.”

Browne’s manager Matt Clark described a training comforts as universe category and done it transparent a quarrel was being treated as a large event.

“Lucas and Chagaev are on huge billboards on a categorical highway into town,” Clark told AAP.

“They’ve incited one side of a building into what looks like a temporary complicated bag.

“There’s life-sized card cut-outs of a fighters.”

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Video: Masterful Messi’s record free-kick

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La Liga: For his 21st idea of a La Liga campaign, Lionel Messi conjured something special from usually outward a box.

Lionel Messi, left, kicks a round to measure opposite Sevilla.

LIONEL Messi scored with an unstoppable giveaway flog to assistance Barcelona come from behind to flog Sevilla 2-1 on Sunday, a record-equaling 34th diversion though detriment that kept a champions on lane to keep their Spanish joining title.

Sevilla’s Victor “Vitolo” Machin struck initial for a visitors in a 20th minute, though Messi twisted home his giveaway flog 11 mins after before Gerard Pique put Barcelona brazen usually after halftime. Barcelona’s 10th uninterrupted Liga win confirmed a eight-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid. Third-place Real Madrid, that mislaid 1-0 to Atletico on Saturday, fell 12 points behind a pacesetters with 12 rounds to go.

Barcelona equaled Madrid’s record dominant strain in all competitions from 1988-89. Barcelona’s final detriment in any foe was during Sevilla on Oct. 3.

“We are personification well, though annals are value nothing. The usually thing that matters are titles,” Pique said. “We incited this around, and that is how we win leagues.” Sevilla, that remained dangerous until a final whistle, slipped down to sixth place. Unai Emery’s group will have a event to revenge a improved when they accommodate Barcelona in a Copa del Rey final on May 22.

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring opposite Sevilla.

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring opposite Sevilla.Source:AP

“Every time we have played them this year, we have caused them trouble,” Vitolo said. “I consider this diversion is a good anxiety (for a crater final).”

Elsewhere Sunday, Villarreal eased to a 3-0 win over 10-man Levante to concrete a reason on fourth place and Spain’s final Champions League berth, while Athletic Bilbao won 3-0 during Valencia in a preview of their Europa League round-of-16 clash.

Granada eked out a 1-0 win during Deportivo La Coruna in a entrance of manager Jose Gonzalez to shun final place and pull Levante to a bottom.

La Liga: Barcelona have equalled a Spanish record of 34 games dominant in all competitions after defeating Sevilla 2-1.

ITALY

A defensive blunder helped Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Sunday, provisionally stretching a four-time fortifying champion’s lead over Napoli to 4 points. Juventus went brazen shortly after halftime following a giveaway flog from Paulo Dybala on a right flank. Inter defender Danilo D’Ambrosio did a bad pursuit of streamer divided Dybala’s flog and Leonardo Bonucci redirected it in by a nearby post.

Serie A: Leonardo Bonucci has helped Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan by concealment a category bombardment on a pointy angle.

Alvaro Morata combined a chastisement in a final minutes.

Napoli visits fourth-place Fiorentina on Monday.

Inter remained fifth, one indicate brazen of city opposition AC Milan. In a matchup famous as “Italy’s derby,” Juventus tranquil from a start and Hernanes rattled a crossbar with a long-distance bid 5 mins in.

Serie A: Juventus are now 4 points transparent during a tip in Italy after defeating Inter Milan 2-0.

A few mins later, Juventus brazen Mario Mandzukic had a good possibility though dismissed wide.

Inter constructed usually dual shots in a initial half, conjunction of them dangerous, as Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon collected an eighth uninterrupted purify sheet.

The compare was put out of Inter’s strech when defender Miranda done hit with Morata, sketch a penalty.

Juventus' players applaud during a finish of a Italian Serie A football match

Juventus’ players applaud during a finish of a Italian Serie A football matchSource:AFP

Buffon’s toughest work came in combined time, when he did good to conflict to a discerning shot from Eder inside a area.

The teams accommodate again Wednesday when Juventus takes a 3-0 lead into a return-leg revisit to Inter in a Italian Cup semifinals. Earlier, Sampdoria flog visiting Frosinone 2-0 for a pivotal feat in a conflict to equivocate relegation.

Inter Milan's Colombian defender Jeison Murillo (L) vies with Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba.

Inter Milan’s Colombian defender Jeison Murillo (L) vies with Juventus’ French midfielder Paul Pogba.Source:AFP

Brazilian midfielder Fernando put Sampdoria brazen usually before a mangle and maestro Fabio Quagliarella scored mid by a second half.

While Frosinone remained in a dump zone, Sampdoria changed 5 points transparent with 11 rounds remaining.

Also, it was: Palermo 0, Bologna 0; Carpi 1, Atalanta 1; Chievo Verona 1, Genoa 0; and Udinese 2, Chievo Verona 0.

GERMANY

BORUSSIA Dortmund avoided a vital annoyance during home when it struck 3 late goals to come from behind and flog 10-man Hoffenheim 3-1 in a Bundesliga on Sunday. Hoffenheim hold on until a 80th minute, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan kicked off Dortmund’s rally, with Adrian Ramos and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding a other goals.

Mainz got dual goals from Yunus Malli to flog Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 and pierce past a opposition into fifth place.

In a late match, Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke drew 0-0. Schalke, that could have changed adult to fourth with a win, stayed seventh, while Frankfurt is dual points above a risk zone.

Dortmund's players celebrates a idea by Dortmund's Adrian Ramos, third left.

Dortmund’s players celebrates a idea by Dortmund’s Adrian Ramos, third left.Source:AP

FRANCE

LAURENT Blanc criticized a opinion of his players after Paris Saint-Germain’s prolonged dominant run finally came to an finish on Sunday night with a 2-1 improved during Lyon, handing a exile joining personality a initial detriment in domestic foe for roughly a year.

Lyon’s goals came in a initial half from teenage brazen Maxwel Cornet and Spanish midfielder Sergi Darder, while Brazilian winger Lucas replied for PSG.

“Nothing prepares we for such an normal opening – for wish of another word,” Blanc said. “Lyon played really good and they were most improved than us in terms of their attitude. They walked all over us and we had no response.” PSG’s lead over second-place Monaco is still a large 23 points with 10 games remaining, however, and Blanc’s side stays resolutely on lane to urge a domestic treble.

Paris Saint Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, leaves a domain as Lyon's Maxime Gonalons, right, celebrates.

Paris Saint Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, leaves a domain as Lyon’s Maxime Gonalons, right, celebrates.Source:AP

Earlier, Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic done several intelligent saves as second-place Monaco hold on for a 0-0 pull divided to Nantes. Subasic denied striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson – twice – striker Emiliano Sala and United States midfielder Alejandro Bedoya in a initial half.

Nantes is dominant in 16 games in all competitions and sits in eighth place, one indicate behind Saint-Etienne, that forsaken to seventh spot.

Caen won 2-1 during Saint-Etienne interjection to second-half goals from strikers Andy Delort and Ronny Rodelin.

Gazelec Ajaccio’s home diversion opposite Marseille was deferred due to a waterlogged pitch.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) and Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan brazen Edinson Cavani (L).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan brazen Edinson Cavani (L).Source:AFP

GREECE

OLYMPIAKOS hermetic a 43rd Greek joining title, and 18th in a past 20 seasons, with a 3-0 win over Veria on Sunday.

David Fuster scored his initial dual goals of a season, in a 19th and 65th minutes, and Alan Pulido dull off in a 83rd for a hosts, who could have won by a bigger margin.

With 6 rounds left to play, Olympiakos has an irrefutable 18-point lead over AEK Athens, that flog third-place Panathinaikos 1-0. Even if Olympiakos were to remove a remaining games, and AEK win all a own, a fortifying champion has a advantage on head-to-head in box of a tie on points.

Also, Levadiakos flog Panionios 2-0 and Giannena won 4-2 during Panthrakikos.

PORTUGAL

FC Porto won 2-1 during Belenenses to stay in a Portuguese league’s pretension follow on Sunday, while opposition Benfica’s home compare opposite Uniao de Madeira was deferred due to bad continue conditions.

Yacine Brahimi non-stop a scoring for Porto in a ninth minute, and Belenenses’ Antonio Vilar combined an possess idea in a 18th before teammate Juanto pulled one behind early in a second half.

Porto provisionally pulled turn on points with Benfica, 3 points behind personality Sporting Lisbon.

Benfica’s compare was deferred until Monday after bad continue prevented Uniao from roving from a island to a mainland. Sporting also plays on Monday, during Guimaraes.

Elsewhere Sunday, Maritimo edged Academica 1-0 during home, while Tondela won 2-1 during Moreirense.

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