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Stosur promoted to centre court at US Open

No longer flying under the radar, Samantha Stosur has been promoted from US Open outcast to a centre-court attraction as she steps up her quest for a second title in New York.

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Stosur’s battle with Italian Flavia Pennetta for a coveted quarter-final spot has been scheduled as the feature afternoon match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday.

The 2011 champion’s star billing comes after she was snubbed by Open officials who denied her a courtesy car to a Flushing Meadows practice session last week and named “Samantha Stodosova” due to a scoreboard glitch in her first-round match.

Stosur insisted she was happy to fly under the radar, but doubles great and Tennis Australia’s former director of player performance Todd Woodbridge welcomed the recognition for the unsung champion.

Woodbridge considers Australia’s 22nd seed a sneaky title contender and is growing ever frustrated that Stosur doesn’t receive more credit.

The 31-year-old is all but guaranteed a return to the world’s top 20 after her charge to the fourth round.

Stosur is also Australia’s last player standing for the 14th time at a grand slam and her unbroken stint as the country’s top-ranked tennis player – man or woman – has stretched to almost six-and-a-half years.

For all the fuss and hype for Nick Kyrgios, who in January became the first teenager since Roger Federer to reach two different grand slam quarter-finals, Stosur has held Australia’s top ranking ever since reaching the 2009 French Open semi-finals.

Not even Lleyton Hewitt, who held the men’s world No.1 ranking for a total of 80 weeks at the start of the millenium, ever enjoyed as long a reign without being knocked from his perch as Australia’s premier player.

“I think it’s time we acknowledged we have an incredibly accomplished player that by virtue of her quiet nature doesn’t get the respect she deserves,” Woodbridge said.

Woodbridge says Stosur is “without doubt one of the most accomplished female athletes in Australian sport, not just tennis”.

“Again at this event she has outdone the men by far and yet the focus has been on others,” Woodbridge told AAP.

“The focus has been on Lleyton’s retirement and Nick and Bernard (Tomic’s) behaviour.

“The best part about Sam is she keeps letting her racquet do the talking.”

Stosur is also the last player to beat Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows and is three wins away from another potential final showdown with the Grand-Slam chasing defending champion and world No.1.

“The first step is getting to Serena and then she is one of few players left in the draw that can trouble her,” Woodbridge said.

Stosur said she was happy enough quietly progressing through the draw without the fanfare.

“It doesn’t really bother me. I’m happy to keep things low key,” she said after making the final 16 for the first time since her title defence three years ago.

A first-time win over Pennetta would advance Stosur to a quarter-final on Wednesday against either Czech fifth seed Petra Kvitova or Sydney-born Brit Johanna Konta.

Beale, McMahon stake bench claims

Will Genia may have pushed for the Wallabies No.

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9 jersey going forward but Kurtley Beale and Sean McMahon were the other big winners from the victory over the USA.

Genia lifted the tempo for the Wallabies when he came on in the second half and had the forwards playing more direct but McMahon was one starter who couldn’t be accused of early indifference.

The 21-year-old excelled at openside flanker in the absence of regular starters David Pocock and Michael Hooper, showing the tenacity that made him a breakout star on the spring tour last year.

Having not been used in the Rugby Championship a bench spot in the World Cup opening side against Fiji may have seemed a big climb until now.

“He played well. He’s still very fresh but his energy is outstanding. It is infectious to the other players,” coach Michael Cheika said of the youngster.

“That energy he brings to the team and that raw edge is the reason he got selected.”

But the man himself was a hard taskmaster on his own performance, vowing to improve further as he tries to prove his worth.

“I was happy with my performance but in every game you come off thinking you could have done better. That’s where I am at the moment and I’m going to go back and try to fix a few little things,” McMahon said.

“I am out there being an energiser just trying to do what I do at 110 per cent all the time. With that though discipline and technique has to come also.”

Cheika has the Melbourne Rebel training across all backrow positions, a pointer to his bench value for the World Cup.

“At the moment I am kind of floating, running around playing every position, learning all the roles so if I get an opportunity I am going to be able to play the role with knowledge,” McMahon added.

Beale also proved his value while filling in at fullback for the rested two-time reigning John Eales Medallist Israel Folau.

While Folau has a mortgage on the 15 jersey Beale wore at the 2011 World Cup, his ability to keep up his stellar play when moving to inside centre against the Eagles showcased his supreme utility value and likely cemented his place for the Cup.

He’s no slouch anywhere from 10 to 15 in the backline.

“Those positions are pretty stocked with some pretty special talent so hopefully I’ve impressed and hopefully I get another chance,” Beale said.

“I’m very pleased with the opportunity to start and with how I went.

“Individually it’s about focusing on your role within the team to achieve the outcome. All the hard work during the week – it’s tough – there’s always someone knocking on the door, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.

“Hopefully I’ve showcased my ability to be able to play the game, and I feel like I’m back to where I was a couple of years ago.”

New stone monument near Stonehenge

Hidden remains of an extraordinary neolithic monument that could be unique in the world have been found buried beneath the ground, about one and a half kilometres from Stonehenge.

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More than 4,500 years ago, at least 90 huge stone monoliths lined an impressive “arena” that may have been used for religious rites or solstice rituals.

Now lying on their sides covered by three feet of earth, they remained undiscovered until archaeologists equipped with ground-penetrating radar probed the area around the famous stone circle on Salisbury Plain.

They are the most important find to emerge so far from the Hidden Landscapes project which is using state-of-the-art technology to map “invisible” archaeological features embedded in the Wiltshire countryside.

The stones, some measuring nearly four and a half metres, were placed along the south-eastern edge of what later became the Durrington Walls “superhenge” – a circular enclosure ringed by a ditch and bank that at nearly 1.5 kilometres across is the largest earthwork of its kind in the UK.

Experts believe the stones, which may have been imbued with magical properties, were not originally part of the henge but were deliberately toppled before being incorporated into it.

Professor Vince Gaffney, from the University of Bradford, one of the archaeologists leading the project, said: “We’re looking at one of the largest stone monuments in Europe and it has been under our noses for something like 4,000 years.

“It’s truly remarkable.

“We don’t think there’s anything quite like this anywhere else in the world.

“This is completely new and the scale is extraordinary.”

He added: “We presume it to be a ritual arena of some sort.

“These things are theatrical.

“They’re designed to impress and impose; to give the idea of authority to the living and the dead.

“It really does create a massive impression and was clearly important enough to have been drawn into the developing landscape.”

Ninety stones have been discovered so far and there may be more.

What kind of material they are made of is unknown but they could be similar to the giant sandstone “sarsens” of Stonehenge.

Prof Gaffney believes the stones may have been planted by the same people who built Stonehenge, but is sceptical about a direct link between the two monuments.

They were placed along a steep slope, or scarp, cut into a natural dry valley to form a C-shaped feature.

Precisely why the stones were put there remains a mystery.

Part of Durrington Walls is aligned with the rising sun on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, which may be significant.

The archaeologists believe that at some stage the stones were pushed over and incorporated into the emerging henge.

This was not an act of vandalism but a deliberate attempt to preserve whatever it was about the stones that seemed so important.

“There was a transformation in the landscape that we do not understand,” Prof Gaffney said.

“The stones had significance.

“These are special places.

“Societies are mobilised, as with the great cathedrals, to create these things.”

Grand Slam-seeking Serena versus Venus in quarters

Williams beat the 20-year-old Keys 6-3 6-3 in 68 minutes to book a 27th professional career showdown with her older sister, who advanced with a 6-2 6-1, 50-minute fourth-round victory over qualifier Anett Kontaveit, 19, of Estonia.

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Three-time defending champion Serena holds a 15-11 advantage in the sisterly head-to-head series against Venus, splitting their four previous clashes at the U.S. Open.

“She’s playing great,” 33-year-old Serena said about seven-times grand slam winner Venus, who is two years her elder. “I have to really be ready for that.

“At least one of us, a Williams, will be in the semis.”

Top-seeded world number one Serena has won six of the last seven matches against Venus, who beat her younger sister last year in the semi-finals in Montreal.

Venus was quick to identify her biggest challenge in facing Serena in Tuesday’s quarter-final.

“Well, obviously, that she’s so good. What else can you do except try to win the point and hope she doesn’t hit an ace,”

Venus said.

Serena said it was always tough facing her sister.

“I’m playing, for me, the best player in the tournament, and that’s never easy,” she said. “She’s beaten me so many times … more than anybody.

“She’s a player that knows how to win, knows how to beat me, and knows my weaknesses better than anyone.

“So it’s not an easy match at all. Hopefully things will go right.”

Venus, whose last slam triumph came at the 2008 Wimbledon, said she thought she was playing well enough to win her third U.S. Open title. “Of course. I’d love to,” she said. “But it’s easier said than done.”

Serena brought her ‘A’ game against Keys, dropping just six points on serve in the first set.

Serena cracked six aces and never faced a break point in beating the power-hitting Keys, who put up a strong fight in their only previous meeting, in this year’s Australian Open semi-finals.

Keys lost 7-6(5) 6-2 in Melbourne, saving seven match points in the second set before succumbing.

This time, Serena played her strongest match of the tournament so far and Keys contributed to her loss.

Keys double faulted on the last two points of the eighth game for the lone break of the first set, and double faulted again on match point.

Serena, winner of 21 grand slam singles titles including the 2015 Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon championships, currently holds all four grand slam titles, a “Serena Slam” she has now twice accomplished.

Winning this time at Flushing Meadows for her seventh U.S. Open crown would give her the rare calendar-year Grand Slam that would match Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988).

(Editing by Andrew Both)

Kosovo and Syria: then and now

Sixteen years ago Australia was dealing with the same question – how to help refugees from a war-torn nation.

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It was 1999 and hundreds of thousands of Albanians were fleeing Kosovo which was being torn apart by conflict.

The then Howard government created ‘safe haven’ visas for about 4000 refugees.

Groups of between 50 and 450 arrived in Australia from May that year.

By July all had been settled temporarily at centres across the country, after undergoing health checks at a reception facility in Sydney.

More than 60 were younger than one year-old, with 40 per cent aged between one and 15.

After the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees declared Kosovo safe many chose to go home.

But to entice others to return to a European winter, the federal government offered a ‘Winter Reconstruction Allowance’ in late August.

Adults were given $3000 and children $500.

Nearly all of the temporary refugees had returned home by April 2000.

The 12-month policy came at a cost of $100 million.

Liberal frontbencher Josh Frydenberg on Monday suggested the government adopt a similar approach to the crisis in Syria.

“He did provide a humanitarian response and shelter for people,” he told Sky News.

When asked what he thought of the idea, Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted “that is exactly what we are doing”.

“We are prepared to respond and we will take from camps family groups of persecuted minorities,” he told reporters in Canberra.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop thinks the Kosovo policy is something the government should consider.

“That’s something that I will be raising with other foreign ministers, whether that’s an international response that would work in these circumstances,” she said.

Australia’s refugee intake is due to rise from 13,750 places a year to more than 18,000 by 2018-19.

WHAT AUSTRALIA OFFERED IN 1999:

* 4000 refugees from Kosovo were accepted in 1999 by the Howard government under ‘safe haven’ visas.

* 62 were aged less than one year-old.

* 1342 were between one and 15 years of age.

* 45 were older than 65.

* Nearly all returned after the UNHCR declared Kosovo safe.

* To entice others, the federal government gave them a ‘Winter Reconstruction Allowance’ – $3000 for adults and $500 for children.

* The policy cost the federal government $100 million over 12 months.

(Source: Parliamentary Library, Department of Health)

South Korea to pursue football diplomacy with North

Relations between the states, who have remained technically at war since the 1950s, reached crisis point at the end of last month before a deal was struck to end a tense military standoff.

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While teams of both genders have met when drawn against each other at various tournaments and in qualifying campaigns, the last friendly football internationals took place in 2005 to commemorate the anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan.

KFA president Chung will visit the North Korean capital from Sept. 18-20 for a meeting of the executive committee of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) and will take the opportunity to press for more meetings between the neighbours.

“We expect this trip will go a long way toward revitalising inter-Korean football exchanges,” a KFA official told the Yonhap News Agency.

The two states last played in the North in Pyongyang in 1990, when the North Korean men’s team secured their only victory in 15 attempts against their southern rivals.

The women’s national teams have never played in the North with China and South Korea hosting most of their meetings. North Korea have lost just once against the South.

The KFA official said the focus of Chung’s mission would initially be on women’s football.

“Given North Korea’s prowess in women’s football, it will help our women’s team to play them,” he said.

“There will also be discussions on holding matches between our women’s youth teams.”

The KFA also said on Monday that the South Korea men’s team would host a friendly with Gold Cup runners up Jamaica in Seoul on Oct 13, Yonhap said.

(Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, editing by Greg Stutchbury)

Aust rower Crow reclaims world crown

Kim Crow has ensured she’ll be the face and spearhead of Australia’s 2016 Rio Olympics rowing campaign by reclaiming her status as the world’s top female rower.

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The 30-year-old Victorian won the women’s single scull title on the final day of the world championships in Aiguebelette, France, providing the only gold medal in an Olympic event of Australia’s campaign.

The Australian team also won two gold medals in Paralympic events as well as silver medals in the men’s four and men’s quadruple scull to finish fourth overall on the medal tally, won by Great Britain from New Zealand and Germany.

It was a fall of one place on last year’s results but they still managed to edge the United Stated and France.

The win by Crow, the 2013 champion, came after she was relegated into second place last year by New Zealand’s Emma Twigg, who didn’t compete this time.

Crow still faced off against a strong field including 2012 Olympic champion Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic.

But she dominated to lead from start to finish in blustery conditions, crossing in seven minutes 38 seconds and followed home by Knapkova and China’s Jingli Duan.

“This feels really special,” Crow said. “It’s been a really fun year.

“I’ve just got engaged (to 2008 Olympic rowing gold medallist Scott Brennan), I’m getting married later in the year and to round it off with a world championship title is just fantastic.”

With the world championships doubling as qualification for the Rio Olympics, Crow’s was one of seven Australian boats to secure Rio spots while two Paralympic boats also booked places.

In other results on the finals day of competition, the Australian men’s double scull of Alexander Belonogoff and James McRae came in fifth in the A-final, won by defending world champions the Sinkovic brothers of Croatia.

In the B-final of the women’s double scull Sally Kehoe and Olympia Aldersey needed a top-five finish to book a place for Rio, which they did, coming in fourth.

In the B-final of the women’s eight, Sarah Banting’s crew took second behind the Romanians and are now ranked eighth in the world.

The Australian crew in the men’s eights B-final took third behind the US and Poland to conclude the regatta ranked ninth overall.

Inglis ‘100 per cent’ fit to play Sharks

Greg Inglis has declared himself a certain starter for South Sydney’s NRL elimination final against Cronulla on Sunday.

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Inglis has missed the last two matches for the struggling Rabbitohs after undergoing knee surgery.

The superstar fullback was sporting stitches on his troublesome right knee at the NRL final series launch at the SCG on Monday but said it was simply to help ward off infection.

“I’m definitely 100 per cent fit and ready to play,” Inglis said.

“I will be training all week. I have been building up to it. There is no question I will be out there.”

Inglis’ return is a huge boost to the Rabbitohs’ finals prospects. Souths have lost their past two games without him 47-12 to Brisbane and 30-0 to Sydney Roosters.

The Rabbitohs have won just one of their last five matches and Inglis said defence would be a focus for his side ahead of the sudden death match with the Sharks.

“We just have to turn up with the right attitude, that is what these games are all about,” the Rabbitohs skipper said.

“Finals footy is another step up and we haven’t had a great run but I believe we can turn that around.”

“Teams have been putting us on the back foot from the start and we need to change.

“We have played some quality sides but we really need to fix our defence up.

“There are no more second chances from here on in and it all starts on Sunday afternoon.”

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen said Andrew Fifita was likely to be fit for his return from a club-imposed suspension after picking up a leg injury at training.

“He will train with us this week and he should be right,” Gallen said.

NSW miner killed in Father’s Day tragedy

A young dad has been killed on Father’s Day in an underground accident at a gold mine in regional NSW.

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Emergency services were called to Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Ridgeway mine south of Orange on Sunday night, following reports a mine technician had been struck by a piece of machinery while working approximately one kilometre underground, police said.

The 28-year-old man suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

“It is a tragic circumstance on its own but to have it on Father’s Day is a double tragedy as he is a father of two young children,” Acting Inspector Mick White told AAP on Monday.

“Our condolences and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and work colleagues who were involved as well.”

Production at Cadia has been suspended and Newcrest is liaising with both police and the NSW Mine Safety Inspectorate inquiries.

“The circumstances of the fatality are under investigation and no further details are available at this time,” Newcrest said in a statement on Monday.

NSW Resources Minister Anthony Roberts said the man had been working as a machine operator for the past four years.

He has offered his sympathies to the man’s family, friends and workmates.

Local police are working with the Mine Safety Investigators in preparing a report for the coroner.

In another mining incident, a worker has died in Western Australia after a truck rolled over in an open pit.

Police were called on Sunday afternoon to China Hanking Holdings Ltd’s Southern Cross project, about 360km east of Perth, where they found the mine worker unresponsive.

Give ATO metadata powers: committee

The tax office should be given phone interception powers under controversial data retention laws, a parliamentary committee has recommended.

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In a report into financial-related crime released on Monday, the law enforcement committee argued the ATO must be able to access information from intercepted phone calls to protect the public purse from major tax fraud.

It wants the ATO listed as a criminal law-enforcement agency under the metadata retention laws passed earlier this year.

The report looked into the growing threat of technology-based financial crime, such as money transfers and identity theft.

More than one million Australians and New Zealanders have their identities stolen each year, but less than six per cent of thieves are arrested or prosecuted.

The committee said it was difficult for victims to prove they’ve had their identity stolen for the purpose of getting a proof certificate to back up their claims.

It has called for a review into proof criteria after hearing evidence that not one person had succeeded in getting a certificate because of the onerous process.

The committee also wants banks to give customers the option of opting-in or out from “pay-wave” or contactless technology to buy goods under $100.

Victoria Police has blamed the technology for 100 extra credit card deceptions it’s receiving each week.

The committee also noted inefficiencies on multi-agency work – especially the central bank and federal police tackling counterfeit bank notes.

It’s called for the Reserve Bank to focus on the paper work, and for the federal police to catch the counterfeiters.