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December 20, 2023

A Salomon Gore-Tex Hiking Boot That Is ‘Lightweight and Stable’ Is Now Up to 30% Off at REI

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REI has been flush with fantastic holiday deals on gear this month, featuring anything from puffer jackets to car roof racks and some of the best Merino wool base layers from Smartwool. But one of the best things to score at REI this month has been men’s hiking boots, with one of the top styles now 30% off in multiple colorways.

The Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex men’s hiking boots are on sale for as low as $133—30% off the original price of $190 and nearly $60 in savings. It currently ranks No. 16 among all men’s hiking boots on the site and has earned a 4.1-star rating after more than 130 reviews at REI. 

Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex Men’s Hiking Boots in Black/Magnet, $133 (was $190) at REI

The Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex Men’s Hiking Boots in Black/Magnet.

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These men’s Salomon hiking boots are waterproof, grippy, and much more sleek than the average boot. They also have a unique lacing system that tightens (and stays tight) with one pull. They’re made with a durable, 30% recycled synthetic upper and have Gore-Tex waterproof membranes that keep water out while remaining breathable to keep your feet dry. The brand’s thick Contagrip rubber sole features deep, Y-shaped lugs that help maintain footing on loose gravel, slippery earth, and other uneven terrain. And, in the true French manner, they’re far more fashion-forward than most (if not all) other styles.

Salomon has been in the spotlight in the last few years, coinciding with the explosion of the gorpcore trend that borrows outerwear and adventure styles and adopts them as streetwear—think Merrell, Arc’Teryx, and Columbia. And though the brand has leaned into it, designing some new, trend-first styles, much of its core offerings remain top-caliber picks for outdoorsmen.

Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex Men’s Hiking Boots in Olive Night, $133 (was $190) at REI

Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex Men’s Hiking Boots in Olive Night.

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This hiking boot is well-known and loved among Salomon loyalists. “The Solomon Cross Hike 2 Mid boots were comfortable to wear for hours on varied terrain, waterproof in wet and snowy conditions, and provided good traction,” one shopper said. “I currently own two other Solomon hiking boots—one 5 years old and the other 15 years old. Each remains comfortable and waterproof, with worn but very intact soles (this after about 200 miles/year of use for each). I am enjoying and highly recommend the Solomon Cross Hike 2 Mid hiking boot.”

But even newer Salomon fans have found something to love about this particular style. “I’ve been wearing the Solomon Cross Hike 2 for about two weeks now on various types of terrain under different conditions,” a Salomon shopper said. “They are extremely comfortable, lightweight, and stable feeling boots with excellent grip. This is my second pair of Solomons and will not be my last…I have no doubt that my new Cross Hikes will hold up just as well [as the first]!”

Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex Men’s Hiking Boots in Bitter Chocolate/Red, $133 (was $190) at REI

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If you’re been searching for a sleek and sporty but durable hiking boot to wear from the trail to the table, the Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex boot is one of the best options you could find. But now that multiple colorways are discounted at REI, sizes are at risk of selling out—some already have. Hop on this deal soon to take advantage of the sale and ensure you get the size you need. 


April 28, 2022

Best Dog Gear for Camping, Hiking, and Outdoor Adventures

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Bringing your pet along on excursions is a great way to bond with your adventure pup, but you need to ensure you’ve got the right dog gear for camping, hiking, fishing, and more. Just like the right essentials keep you comfortable, well-fed, and prepared for the unexpected, so does specialized dog gear for camping and outdoor adventures.

From sleeping bags and life vests to multi-function leashes and protective goggles, there’s a whole assortment of cool gear designed specifically to help your dog get the most out of any outdoor experience. We selected some of the newest products to chase any adventure.

Best Dog Gear for Camping, Hiking, and Outdoor Adventures

The Wilderdog Sleeping Bag is a great choice for keeping your pup warm on overnight adventures.
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1. Wilderdog Sleeping Bag

Durable and water-repelling on the outside, soft and micro-fleecy on the inside, Wilderdog’s canine-specific sleeping bag will help you get a good night’s sleep by giving your dog a dedicated space that’s cozy and warm without being confining. The sleeping bag unzips flat and zips three-quarters of the way around so your pup can snuggle inside. Loops hang the bag for drying and airing out. And when it’s not in use, the extra short sleeping bag packs into a stuff sack.


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The Whyld River dog sleeping system rolls three cozy pieces into one.
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2. Whyld River DoggyBag

This three-in-one travel bed, quilt, and sleeping bag will keep your canine comfy on cold nights. The baffled quilt is stuffed with synthetic insulation and attaches to a durable base with plenty of options to stick a head or paw out. Size it to fit your curled-up pup, and slip a pad into the base for extra insulation.

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Keep your dog close and safe in the outdoors with the Kurgo Dog County Harness.
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3. Kurgo RSG Dog County Harness

Kurgo’s backcountry-ready dog harness’ molle and Velcro attachment system lets you attach panniers, a hydration pouch, a dog treat dispenser, a first aid kit, and more. The base harness has a padded back and a broad chest to disperse weight and minimize strain. Dual haul handles give you options for grabbing your pup in case you need to give a boost.

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Your dog will never stray far when using the Garmin Alpha dog tracker system in the wild.
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4. Garmin Alpha 10 Tracker and TT15X Collar

Losing a dog on the trail is stressful. Garmin’s compact Alpha 10 tracker and TT15X collar keep tabs on your pup if it takes off. The nine-mile-range Alpha is a phone-compatible GPS that also shows your dog’s precise location and can recall it remotely. The TT15X collar has 80 hours of battery and easy-to-spot LEDs.

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5. Ruffwear Hitch Hiker Leash

The most innovative dog leash on the market, Ruffwear’s Hitch Hiker is a 12-foot-long line for your pup that stores in a mini-hip pack. When you want to give your dog room to roam, squeeze the belay device-like camming mechanism to let the lead out. And when you need to bring Rover back to base, pull the cord, which locks like a climbing rope in an auto-belay device.


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6. Fable Magic Link Leash

Designed to offer a bunch of options for hooking your dog up to you to keep them safe and secure, the Magic Link can be worn as a belt or shoulder bandolier, used as a wrist-strap and it simply convert to a slip-on collar with leash, or just be set up as conventional leash that you attach to a collar or harness. It’s made from an industrial strength cord that’s waterproof, mold-proof, and strong—it’s rated up to 350 pounds of pull force. High quality, matte black aluminum hardware handsomely sets off the nine available colors.


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The Ruffwear Float Coat will keep your dog swimming high and having fun in the water.
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7. Ruffwear Float Coat

Ruffwear’s Float Coat, a buoyant harness/life jacket, helps your dog feel safe and confident in the water, and it gives you total control. The foam-filled PFD has an adjustable neck, and easy-to-operate buckles that won’t irritate your pup and a sturdy haul handle for lifting your dog out of the water. The well-padded jacket will easily keep a 75-pound dog afloat—attach a light to the loop on the back to make your pup visible in low light.


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8. Rex Specs V2

Rex Specs’s curved lens goggles will protect your canine’s corneas from snow blindness and irritants like bugs, dust, sand, and wind so they can comfortably accompany you on adventures. The goggles come with easily changeable clear and smoke lenses, and have better fit, greater stability, a wider field of view, more streamlined design, and better range of motion than previous versions. There’s a learning curve, and your dog will look like an astronaut wearing them, but they work.


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Hydrate your dog no matter how far flung the location with the Vapor EZ Lick Bottle.
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9. Vapur EZ Lick Bottle

Conserve the water you’re carrying with Vapur’s 0.7 oz. BPA-free, wide-mouth “anti-bottle.” Flip open the three-layer flask’s dust cap and an oversized roller reminiscent of a gerbil water bottle lets your dog get a drink without drips or spills. An integrated clip keeps it convenient, and the roller clicks off for cleaning. And as the dishwasher-safe flask drains, it folds to take up less room in your pack. Also available as a pet and owner two-pack.


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Keep close tabs on your dog in the dark with the Nite Ice LED Dog Collar.
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10. Nite Ize LED Collar

Make your dog visible for six hours on a charge with this Nite Ize ultrabright collar. Push a button for glow or flash, and two ultra-bright LEDs illuminate an integrated optical fiber that’s consistently bright all around the dog’s neck and easy to spot. The rest of the time the highly water-resistant, metal belt buckle-close collar is low chafe, secure and an all-around great collar. The collar recharges in 1.25 hours via micro-USB.


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All your doggy supplies will be close at hand with the Orvis Chuckwagon Dog Tote.
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11. Orvis Tough Trail Chuckwagon Dog Tote

Keep your pup organized on their next play date, car trip, or visit to the grandparents with Orvis’ Chuckwagon. With everything your dog needs in one spot, you can grab the bag and go for impromptu adventures without forgetting a thing. The Cordura Eco tote comes stocked with dog-on-the-go essentials—collapsible food and water bowls, a zippered food carrier held in place with removable internal dividers, and stretchy pockets for toys, meds, and more. Poop pickup bags live on a dispenser cord in an outside pocket, while treats are easy access when stored in the outside pocket on the other side. The tote has a reinforced bottom that’s also water-repelling and zippered opening makes everything inside easy to reach.


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March 8, 2022

Muscat’s Marinos await Sydney FC SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 08: Adam Le Fondre of Sydney FC celebrates scoring a goal during the AFC Champions League match between Sydney FC and Kaya FC-Iloilo at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on March 08, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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Kevin Muscat’s Yokohama F. Marinos will be among Sydney FC’s AFC Champions League opponents after the Sky Blues’ playoff success.

Kevin Muscat’s Yokohama F. Marinos await Sydney FC after the Sky Blues thrashed Filipino outfit Kaya FC 5-0 to reach the group stage of the AFC Champions League.

In wet and windy conditions that at one stage led to doubt whether the playoff would go ahead at Netsrata Jubilee Stadium, the Sky Blues were rarely threatened by the underdone visitors, whose domestic campaign is yet to start.

Second-half braces from Bobo and substitute Adam Le Fondre, and a first-half goal from Trent Buhagiar secured the Sydneysiders qualification in Group H of the Champions League.

Sydney’s group matches will take place during a two-week period next month in Vietnam, where they will meet Japan’s Marinos, who are coached by former Melbourne Victory mentor Muscat, South Korean outfit Jeonbuk Hyundai and Vietnamese side Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

The Sky Blues dominated early but it took them until the half-hour mark to grab the lead.

Buhagiar, who had earlier hit the crossbar, was the scorer following an impressive build-up involving right back Connor O’Toole and New Zealand international attacker Kosta Barbarouses.

A hesitant Bobo then wasted an opportunity on the stroke of half-time to double Sydney’s lead.

However, the Brazilian veteran made amends in the first five minutes of the second half which all but ended the match.

His first was a simple tap-in after Kaya goalkeeper Zach Banzon – who kept his side in the match in the first half – had parried a Max Burgess shot into the South American’s path.

Bobo’s second and Sydney’s third came from the penalty spot after a foul from Fitch Arboleda on Sky Blues right back Rhyan Grant.

English marksman Le Fondre then came off the bench to provide the icing on the cake with goals in the 71st and 81st minutes.

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March 7, 2022

Aussie Olympian Jack Rayner obliterates national men’s 10,000m record CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 27: Jack Rayner of Victoria finishes second in the Mens Open 10km Run during the Australian World Cross Country Trials at Stromlo Forest Park on January 27, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

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Australian long-distance runner Jack Rayner has obliterated the national men’s 10,000m record, registering a blistering time in California.

Australian long-distance runner Jack Rayner has obliterated the national men’s 10,000m record, registering a time of 27:15.35 in California on Monday AEDT.

The 26-year-old bettered the previous record time of 27:22.55, set by Patrick Tiernan in December 2020, by more than seven seconds at Sound Running’s “The Ten” meet in San Juan Capistrano.

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Rayner improved his personal best by 44 seconds and set a new Oceania 10,000m record — it was also enough for the Victorian to meet the standard for the World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Rayner finished third while Tiernan placed 14th; American Grant Fisher won the race with a stunning time of 26:33.84.

“I knew I hadn’t run anywhere near what I should be running on the track until today, so I’m super stoked to get something good on the board,” Rayner said.

“For years I feel like I was thrown to the marathon because I wasn’t quite good enough on the track, but now I’m stronger and know that I can do it.

“I don’t think I would call myself a marathon runner. I’ve done one good marathon where I hit the Olympic standard of 2:11, but that’s not very good anymore. It’s still a good time but I think I’m better than that, I haven’t run the right race or put in the proper training – that’s definitely something I will do in the future.”

Earlier this year, Rayner won his first national 10,000m title at the Zatopek Classic in Melbourne.

At last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, he failed to finish the marathon event after a femoral stress fracture.

“Coming off Tokyo was pretty dismal,” Rayner said.

“I was not conditioned for running at all so I had that motivation coming off an Olympics where I didn’t finish, I wanted to get back into training and find some form again.”

Rayner is expected to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, but will next race in Sydney Track Classic’s 3000m event on Saturday.


March 6, 2022

‘Come on Shane’: Harrowing details emerge of cricket legend’s final moments (FILES) In this file photograph taken on January 5, 2007, retiring Australian spin bowler Shane Warne raises his hat to members of the crowd after winning the final Ashes cricket match against England at The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney. – Australia cricket great Shane Warne, widely regarded as one of the greatest Test players of all time, has died of a suspected heart attack aged 52, according to a statement from his management company on March 4, 2022, Warne’s management said the retired leg-spinner died in Koh Samui, Thailand. (Photo by David HANCOCK / AFP)

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Paramedics have revealed how they battled in vain to revive Shane Warne after friends found him unresponsive in his Thai villa.

Paramedics have revealed how they battled in vain to revive cricket legend Shane Warne after his friends found the 52-year-old unresponsive in his Thai villa.

The Australian sporting hero died soon after ordering a new suit and calling two Thai masseuses to his holiday villa, police said yesterday.

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A television was showing the Australia vs Pakistan Test match as pals tried desperately to resuscitate him after a suspected heart attack.

Warne had suffered chest pains before leaving his homeland for the Thai island of Ko Samui for a week’s holiday with friends.

His manager also revealed the cricket great had just started a three-month break from his hectic schedule.

Paramedic Anuch Han-iam told The Sun that Warne was unresponsive by the time he and a colleague arrived at the two-storey villa at the Samujan resort at 5pm local time on Friday.

“Shane’s friends were already trying to bring him back to life,” he said.

“I took over doing CPR while we waited for an ambulance.

“They were desperate. I think one was crying. They were really stressed and panicked.

“They kept trying to wake him and I heard someone saying, ‘Come on, Shane. Come on, Shane’.

“I could see they were all shocked and I just tried to concentrate and do my best.

“There were about four or five other people in the room. All men, there were no women.

“The villa was clean and I didn’t see any beer or cigarettes inside.

“There was nothing unusual that made me think they’d been partying. I didn’t know when I arrived that it was Shane Warne. But I know who he is, he’s a star.

“I did my best for him and gave all my energy. I’m so sorry that I couldn’t help him.”

Thai cops yesterday released pictures of the room — as forensics teams continued their work at the AU$3500-a-night villa.

Fox Cricket pundit and dad-of-three Warne had earlier visited a tailor to have a suit cut, said Police chief Yuttana Sirisombat.

“He called the girl to massage. It was just massage,” he said,

“He didn’t die because of the massage. He wasn’t well.”

Colonel Sirisombat said Warne’s family had told police the star was suffering health problems before jetting off.

He explained: “He had asthma and had seen a doctor about his heart. We learned from his family that he had experienced chest pains when he was back home.”

Police confirmed no alcohol or drugs were found in the room.

Officers yesterday interviewed Warne’s friends for two hours.

They are treating the death as non-suspicious and have ruled out foul play.

There were no signs of a break-in or violent argument in the villa room. Warne’s body is due to be transferred to Surat Thani on the Thai mainland.

Authorities said it would have to test negative for Covid-19 before the autopsy which is due today.

Colonel Sirisombat said investigators were examining whether blood stains in the room were caused by attempts to revive him, or another medical issue.

He went on: “So far, no suspicious issue found from the investigations.

“However, the blood stain was seen on the floor which the friends told police was the consequence of CPR practices.

“Therefore, the investigators have to scrutinise it clearly before concluding the case and all assumptions still remain.”

Warne’s family — including his former wife Simone Callahan and their children Brooke, Summer and Jackson — were said to be in shock last night.

Warne, regarded as Test cricket’s greatest bowler with 708 wickets, had flown to Thailand on Thursday with friends including Andrew Neophitou, Gareth Edwards and John Dopere.

Mr Neophitou, executive producer on the recently-released Amazon Prime film Shane about the star, had found Warne unresponsive late on Friday afternoon.

Warne’s pal and long-time ­manager James Erskine told Fox Sports in Australia: “Neo knocked on his door because Warnie is always on time.

“He said, ‘Come on you’re going to be late’ and then realised something was wrong.

“He turned him over and gave him CPR and mouth to mouth, which lasted about 20 minutes and then the ambulance came.

“They took him to the hospital, which was about a 20-minute drive and I got a phone call about 45 minutes later saying he had been pronounced dead.”

Mr Neophitou, thought to have been staying in the next-door room, said yesterday: “We just really want to get Shane home.”

Mr Erskine said that Warne had asked for time off before working as a commentator in England this summer. He was also due to coach London Spirit his team in The Hundred competition.

Mr Erskine said: “Shane had sort of decided he was going to have three months off.

“He wanted a year off, and I said ‘There’s no way you can (do that) they would have forgotten you by a year’. So he decided to have three months off.

“And this was just the start of it, and they’d only arrived the day or night before.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission


March 5, 2022

‘I loved him’: Tears flow in emotional tribute after Shane Warne’s death Isa Guha and Michael Vaughan broke down while talking about Shane Warne. Photo: Getty Images and Fox Sports

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Cricket stars past and present have broken down in emotional scenes as his friends and colleagues remembered Shane Warne’s life.

As the world continues to struggle to come to grips with the death of Shane Warne, the cricket legend’s former teammates, commentary colleagues and cricketing luminaries have paid tribute to the man affectionately known as “The King”.

The cricketing world was left in disbelief after the news broke that the 52-year-old had died of a heart attack in Thailand overnight.

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Warne was found unresponsive in a villa on Koh Samui on Friday afternoon when one friend reportedly tried to wake him to no avail.

Warne had gone away with mates as he took three months off from work.

Tributes have come thick and fast for the cricket legend, from current and former players, to admirers of his cricketing exploits and everything in between.

It has also been revealed Warne will be honoured at a State Funeral and the Great Southern Stand at his beloved MCG will be renamed the S.K. Warne Stand.

Gone too soon, there was an outpouring of grief from across the world, while Fox Cricket held a special tribute to the shiekh of tweak turned commentator.

Former England star Isa Guha left no dry eyes in the place as she paid tribute to Warne.

“Just stunned. I loved him, and he just did so much for so many people and he was magic,” Guha said.

“He was magic, watching him on the screen as a cricketer.

“So many incredible stories of him playing cricket.

“But post that, he just made people feel that much taller, ten foot taller, which is a tremendous help to me, specifically.

“Coming into the commentary box, I could have felt quite intimated being around someone like Shane Warne.

“But he showed tremendous respect, and when he respected and liked someone, he always had that loyalty and generosity, and that just gave me tremendous confidence in the commentary box.”

She said Warne supported her as a broadcaster but also radiated gratitude for his life and his family.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan struggled to get through his interview on Fox Cricket, saying he was “like everybody else, absolutely gutted” and that he was “distraught”.

Vaughan, who commentated alongside Warne during the Ashes, said he went from rivals on the field to mates off it.

The former English captain said he shared Warne’s last Christmas with Shane and his family and said it was “very special to me”.

Vaughan said that while he may have passed at the young age of 52, that he had fit as much life has he could, saying “he’s probably lived the age of an 85-year-old. One thing the King has done is that every minute he’s been on this planet earth, he’s made the most of it.”

But asked about what Warne means to the UK, Vaughan was overcome with emotions, saying he had spoken to many of them yesterday.

“They’re gutted, he’s going to be hugely missed over here,” Vaughan said as he couldn’t hold his emotions in any longer.

Vaughan also took to Instagram, sharing a picture of he and Warne together over Christmas.

“It just doesn’t feel real to be talking about someone who once was an enemy on the pitch to one who became a great friend off it,” he wrote. “Shane was the greatest ever cricketer but more than that his character lit up every dressing room, comm box, bar, golf club & friendship group.

“I will never ever forget the warmth he & his family gave me this winter when I was down under for Xmas alone. To say I spent Warneys last Xmas with him & his family is so sad but one I will cherish. All of us eating Turkey, beef, the usual Xmas trimmings & the King to stick to his Lasagne sandwich’s with bread rolls plastered with butter … that’s Warney.”

Former Australian captain Allan Border said he had shed plenty of tears after the death of Rod Marsh on Friday and Warne in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“I’ve shed some tears over the last couple of days with Rod Marsh. It’s going to be hard getting through the next couple of days finally realising I’m not going to see Shane again,” Border said.

“It’s just so sad.”

Border also said Warne well in the argument for the greatest bowler Australia has ever produced.

“Sir Donald Bradman was a batsman, he’s our best batsman,” Border said.

“But who’s our best bowler? That starts an interesting debate: Lillee and McGrath, but Warne’s got to be our best bowler ever.

“When Shane Warne was in the Australian cricket team, Australia wins Test matches. It was the same with Bradman.”

Wicketkeeping legend Adam Gilchrist said he was “stunned, numb” over the news.

“I’ve said so many times to so many people, the highlight of my cricketing career was to wicketkeep to Shane Warne,” Gilchrist said.

“I feel like we (he and Ian Healy) were thieves in the night being pretty much the only two to have the best seat in the house to watch a maestro at work. I feel like we’ve done the wrong thing by society to steal those seats for so long. But gee, it was a highlight, it was the best part of the game.”

Brett Lee said it was a “horrible day” and said he was in disbelief when he first heard the news.

The tributes continue to flow in thick and fast, going to show what a great man Shane Warne was and the lives he will continue to touch for many years to come.


March 4, 2022

‘Horrific’: 30 worshippers killed in Pakistan suicide attack Security personnel inspect a mosque after a bomb blast in Peshawar on March 4, 2022. – At least 30 people were killed and 56 wounded in a huge blast at a mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, a hospital official said on March 4. (Photo by Abdul MAJEED / AFP)

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At least 30 worshippers have been killed in a “horrific” blast at a Shiite mosque in northwest Pakistan, with a further 56 wounded.

At least 30 worshippers have been killed in a blast at a Shiite mosque in northwest Pakistan, with a further 56 wounded.

On Friday evening AEDT, local reports emerged of the blast that occurred moments before Friday prayers in the Kocha Risaldar area of Peshawar, around 190 kilometres west of Pakistan capital Islamabad.

Peshawar is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Rawalpindi, where Australia’s cricket team was playing the first day of a historic Test match against Pakistan.

According to reports, children and the elderly are among the injured.

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“We are in a state of emergency and the injured are being shifted to the hospital,” police officer Mohammad Sajjad Khan told Reuters.

“We are investigating the nature of the blast, but it seemed to a suicide attack.”

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the attack, which is reportedly an incident between rival Muslim factions.

The explosion blew out the windows of nearby buildings, and frantic rescuers were seen ferrying the dead and wounded from the scene.

“I saw a man firing at two policemen before he entered the mosque,” a witness told AFP. “Seconds later I heard a big bang.”

Another witness told AP: “I opened my eyes and there was dust and bodies everywhere.”

Graphic videos of the blast’s aftermath circulated social media channels.

Muhammad Asim Khan, a spokesman for Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, confirmed the death toll of 30 and said hospitals have declared an emergency.

The Australian men’s cricket team has not toured the Asian nation since 1998 due to security concerns.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Australian Test captain Pat Cummins said he was reassured by the touring party’s high-level security, the sort normally reserved for visiting heads of state.

Over 4000 security personnel are providing support for the first Test in Rawalpindi.

“It’s comforting. We are really lucky to be surrounded by so many professionals,” Cummins said.

“Absolutely feel incredibly safe. Lots of security, straight off the plane and straight to the hotel.”

Last week, Cricket Australia investigated a death threat that was sent to the partner of spin bowler Ashton Agar.

— with AFP


March 3, 2022

Nikita Tszyu vs Aaron Stahl live updates: Aussie star’s brutal KO victory Australian boxer Liam Wilson has secured a thrilling TKO victory over Filipino star Joe Noynay to claim the WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight title.

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Australian boxer Liam Wilson has secured a thrilling TKO victory over Filipino star Joe Noynay with a “left hook from hell”.

Nikita Tszyu will finally step out of the shadow of his superstar brother and father tonight, making his professional debut against Aaron Stahl in Brisbane.

Thirty years after father Kostya Tszyu made his boxing debut in Australia, the 24-year-old Nikita will get his professional boxing journey underway with a super-welterweight clash at Nissan Arena.

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“It’s just so exciting. It’s also a privilege. It was 30 years ago (when) Kostya made his pro debut here in Australia, and here we are sitting with his youngest boy Nikita,” manager Glen Jennings said this week.

“It’s a bit of history here and everyone should embrace that. It’s very fortunate for the Australian boxing community to have that luxury three times over – to watch the Tszyu family perform.

Brother Tim, who earlier today revealed the official details of his US debut, told “Nikita’s got really heavy hands, He’s got dad’s power – maybe even more in all honesty.

“I’ve been hit by a few people, but when I felt Nikita’s shots, I was like, ‘f*** man, he’s not even trying to punch hard, but it’s just heavy’.”

Meanwhile, Tim Tszyu’s US debut is finally locked in for a week later than first planned as he looks to show the boxing world what he’s got.

Tszyu will face US Olympian Terrell Gausha on March 27 Australian time (March 26 US time) in Minneapolis as he looks to make a big statement on the world stage.

“He’s definitely the best fighter I (will) have fought … No risk no reward,” Tszyu said in a statement.

“I am not here to sit on my a***. I love challenges and I love tests.”

‘Decimated’: Aussie’s brutal ‘left hook from hell’

Australian boxer Liam Wilson has secured a thrilling TKO victory over world No. 6 Joe Noynay to claim the WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight title.

Wilson and Noynay faced off in August last year, with the latter clinching a fifth-round TKO win.

And on Thursday evening, Wilson finally got his redemption.

After knocking down Noynay early in the second round, the 25-year-old delivered the telling blow with a vicious left hook that sent his rival to the canvas.

Noynay lay motionless for a couple of seconds before desperately returning to his feet, but the Filipino’s trainers waved off the fight before he had a chance to protest.

“Liam Wilson has decimated Joe Noynay in Brisbane with the left hook from hell,” Fox Sports commentator Ben Damon cried.

“That is something else.

“We have seen one of the best knockouts in recent Australian boxing history.

“We cannot quite believe what we’ve seen.”

Noynay tipped the scales at 62.92kg on Wednesday, nearly four kilograms over the super-featherweight limit of 59kg, and not far off the super-lightweight maximum.

Despite some conjecture as to whether the fight should go ahead, Wilson was adamant he wanted the rematch.

“For eight months I’ve been thinking about this guy, more than my kids, and it was very draining,” Wilson said after the triumph.

“I couldn’t wait to get in here tonight and get rid of him out of my life.”

How to watch the fight

The full fight card will be available to watch on Fox Sports channel 505 or to stream on Kayo. A pay-per-view purchase is not required to watch this fight card.

Full fight card

Nikita Tszyu vs Aaron Stahl

Wade Ryan vs Dennis Hogan

Liam Wilson defeated Joe Noynay via TKO (R2)

Stevie Spark defeated River Diaz via (R6)

Danilo Creati defeated Cameron Hammond via unanimous decision (78-73, 79-71 x2)

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March 2, 2022

‘Disappointing’: Australian cricketers furious at physiotherapist’s shock axing LEEDS, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Steve Smith of Australia speaks to Australian Team Physiotherapist David Beakley during the Australia Nets session at Headingley on August 20, 2019 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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Australia’s cricketers are reportedly fuming at the axing of a team physio, who was stood down in mysterious circumstances.

Australia’s cricketers are reportedly fuming at the shock axing of popular team physiotherapist David Beakley, who was stood down on the eve of Australia’s historic tour of Pakistan.

As first revealed by The Daily Telegraph, team performance boss Ben Oliver informed players and staff of Beakley’s sacking three days before the physio was due to fly to Pakistan on Saturday.

Beakley, who had served in the role since 2015, joins former head coach Justin Langer and team manager Gavin Dovey in the dramatic post-Ashes shuffle of Australia’s hierarchy.

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But according to the News Corp report, Beakley had the full support of the playing group, who were bewildered at the lack of explanation they received for the decision.

Speaking to reporters from his Islamabad hotel on Wednesday, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon confessed the players were disappointed to see Beakley go.

“Obviously it was pretty disappointing news from a player point of view, but in saying that it’s out of our control,” he said.

“We don’t make the big decisions on that, so we’ll leave it up to CA and everyone else involved.

“But it was disappointing to hear, obviously we’ve got a very close relationship with Beats. He was a very professional physio and someone who I personally loved working with.

“It is disappointing, but we’ve just got to move on.”

News Corp reporter David Riccio lamented the “terrible timing” of Beakley’s departure on SEN Breakfast.

“Don’t underestimate the role of the high-performance staff,” he said on Wednesday morning. “They are absolutely critical, particularly on tour.

“And on the eve of this tour, Cricket Australia have gone and punted the head physio, David Beakley.

“There is a suggestion that his exit is a shot somehow back from Cricket Australia to the players, given it was considered that player power was blamed for the demise of Justin Langer.

“It won’t read as shocking as a head coach to cricket fans, but I argue it is just as influential.”

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, former Australian paceman James Pattinson described Beakley as one of the best physios he had worked with.

“He is a great guy and a good physio. It’s surprising to see him get moved on,” he said.

“I know a lot of the fast bowlers were pretty close with him and that’s usually what you want. Fast bowlers spend the most time in the physio room. I was pretty shocked by it but I don’t really know anything else apart from that.

“I’m out of the loop a bit now, so I’m not sure what’s happened, but all the experiences I’ve had with him have been fantastic. He’s been up there with one of the best physios I’ve had.”

The first Test between Pakistan and Australia gets underway on Friday, with the first ball scheduled for 4pm AEDT.

Australia’s tour of Pakistan

March 4-8 — First Test, Rawalpindi

March 12-16 — Second Test, Karachi

March 21-25 — Third Test, Lahore

March 29 — First ODI, Rawalpindi

March 31 — Second ODI, Rawalpindi

April 2 — Third ODI, Rawalpindi

April 5 — Only T20I, Rawalpindi


March 1, 2022

Rookie half happy to have O’Connor by his side SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 25: Spencer Jeans of the Reds passes the ball during the round two Super Rugby Pacific match between the NSW Waratahs and the Queensland Reds at Leichhardt Oval on February 25, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jeremy Ng/Getty Images)

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An ankle injury to Reds co-captain Tate McDermott has given rookie Spencer Jeans an opportunity he’s keen to make the most of.

Rookie Queensland halfback Spencer Jeans feels blessed to have a player of James O’Connor’s class alongside him as he prepares for a likely Reds starting debut against Western Force in Perth on Friday night.

Jeans, 21, came off the bench as a replacement for injured co-captain Tate McDermott in the Reds’ gritty 20-16 Super Rugby Pacific win over the NSW Waratahs last Friday night at Leichhardt Oval.

With McDermott set to be sidelined for least four weeks with an ankle injury, Jeans has a chance to play an extended run of games, and is sure to seek advice from experienced Reds and Wallabies flyhalf O’Connor.

“I probably annoy him a bit too much asking him questions all the time about what I need to be doing, or how I want to do it, or what we’re doing,” Jeans said.

“He’s always straight back with a really solid answer and he’s been really supportive.

“Growing up as a kid and watching him play and be the player he was, to play with him last week was pretty special.

“I’m very fortunate in the position I’m in to have a (flyhalf) outside me. He’s very knowledgeable of the game.”

The Reds trained at Brothers on Tuesday as Ballymore continues to recover from the south-east Queensland floods.

“For us here as a squad, we’ve just got to look at not feeling sorry for ourselves,” Jeans said.

“We’ve got a job to do on the weekend … and we don’t have it as bad as some of the other Queenslanders out there.”

The impact of the flooding at Suncorp Stadium has led to Fijian Drua moving their match on Friday night against the Melbourne Rebels from the Milton venue to Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Fijian Drua CEO Brian Thorburn said: “We’ve really had no choice but to move the game given the flooding and water levels in and around Suncorp Stadium.

“We’ve had to make an early call due to the significant logistics associated with moving a match only three days before kick-off.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the adverse weather conditions in parts of Queensland and northern New South Wales.”

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