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NRL Straight Six: NSW bloods some new Blues for Origin

NRL Straight Six: NSW bloods some new Blues for Origin

26/05/2019, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 28952524

Cleary survives, as new Blues blooded

Nathan Cleary has retained his NSW State of Origin No.7 jumper with coach Brad Fittler naming the 21-year-old and five debutants in his side for State of Origin I.

Cleary had been under pressure to keep his spot after his club side Penrith’s lacklustre start to the season, the Panthers sitting second last on the NRL ladder.

With Mitchell Pearce (groin) and Luke Keary (concussion) ruled out, Cleary was named to partner South Sydney’s Cody Walker in the halves.

Cleary was picked ahead of the Rabbitohs’ Adam Reynolds, who picked up a leg injury in his side’s match against Wests Tigers on Saturday night, but was understood to be available for selection.

Walker is one of five debutants along with Rabbitohs teammate Cameron Murray, Canberra pair Nick Cotric and Jack Wighton and Brisbane young gun Payne Haas.

The Roosters’ Angus Crichton edged out St George Illawarra’s Tariq Sims for a spot on the bench.

There’s expected to be question marks over the fitness of Tyson Frizell, the Dragon under an injury cloud after being knocked out in a sickening head clash with Josh Dugan during his side’s match against Cronulla on Sunday.

The team will be captained by Boyd Cordner and includes 11 players from the squad that won last year’s series, while Josh Morris returns to the Origin arena after a three-year absence.

State of Origin I will played at Suncorp Stadium on June 5. Queensland names its side on Monday.

NSW: James Tedesco, Nick Cotric, Latrell Mitchell, Josh Morris, Josh Addo-Carr, Cody Walker, Nathan Cleary, David Klemmer, Damien Cook, Paul Vaughan, Boyd Cordner, Tyson Frizell, Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: Jack Wighton, Payne Haas, Cameron Murray, Angus Crichton.


Titans turnaround

Gold Coast’s come-from-behind win against Manly may have just saved the job of coach Garth Brennan, at least for now.

Pressure has been mounting on Brennan after a terrible start to the season. But the Titans stunned the competition when they rallied from 12-0 down at Brookvale to sink the Sea Eagles 36-18.

Brennan may still get the chop later in the year, with a review to be undertaken by Mal Meninga. But for now he can sit a little easier.


Big night in Brisbane the spur for Inglis seeking help

The sad and alarming tale of Greg Inglis going off the rails in Brisbane was apparently the catalyst for the recently retired star to seek help.

According to The Sunday Mail, Inglis “vanished” for three days as he went partying in the Queensland capital.

The ex-Souths star, who recently retired, had his girlfriend and Souths officials searching for him for days to no avail.

After being located, Inglis has now checked into a Sydney rehab clinic to deal with mental health and alcohol issues. We wish GI the best.

Knights on fire

Newcastle Knights are back in a big way after upsetting Sydney Roosters 36-12, for their fifth win in a row.

Mitchell Pearce is having a great year for the Knights. Photo: Getty 

The Knights had been inconsistent early this year, but they have caught fire of late with the scalps of the Dragons, Bulldogs, Warriors, Eels and the chooks.

Again it was the classy pair of Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga leading the way. If their form holds it could well be the year of the Knight.

Segey situation

The NRL gaffed last weekend after it was revealed that James Segeyaro debuted for Brisbane even though he was unregistered.

Segeyaro made a big impact on debut, scoring the match-winning try against the Roosters, but he shouldn’t have played.

Under NRL rules, a player’s existing club must sign a clearance form in order to have a contract registered with a rival club.

According to News Limited, this wasn’t actually done until after the hooker debuted. Talk about a brain explosion.

Smith the GOAT

Cameron Smith walked out on Belmore Oval for his 500th first-class professional match as Melbourne Storm took on the Dogs.

Smith has played 395 NRL games and has 105 representative caps, for Queensland and Australia – an unbelievable record.

At 35 years old, he turns 36 next month, the hooker is still running rings around opponents almost half his age.

Enjoy Smith while you can because he is one of a kind, one of the greatest rugby league players ever. We may not ever see another player, as smart, durable and successful again.

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Nathan Burke: Let’s return to mutual respect between players and umpires

Nathan Burke: Let’s return to mutual respect between players and umpires

26/05/2019, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 28952362

“This is borderline cheating”. The year was 1996 and this was my rather pathetic attempt at denigrating an umpire.

I knew that calling him an outright cheat would be going too far, so my aim was to plant the seed instead.

Fortunately they were different times back then and, as such, I escaped without a sanction. Certainly I wasn’t slugged with a $7500 fine like Dale Thomas was last week for calling a boundary umpire a cheat.

And with Dane Rampe receiving a $10,000 fine for saying an umpire talks like “a little girl”, I consider myself very lucky indeed.

Of all the conversations I had with umpires, it is the ‘cheating’ one that sticks out in my mind.

Maybe because it wasn’t purely a spur-of-the-moment comment and there was a bit of premeditation about it.

In those days the umpires followed a process when faced with abuse.

The mandated response was ‘What did you say?’ The rule basically gave you a free shot, as long as you weren’t personal or overly demonstrative.

The smart players said “Nothing or I wasn’t talking to you”. Only the dumb ones repeated it and suffered the consequences.

On this particular day my frustration boiled to the point where I wanted to verbally wound the umpire.

No one likes to be linked with cheating, so my plan was infer it rather than say it.

I got my point across without giving away a 50-metre penalty. However the ump had the last laugh because I didn’t receive a free for the remainder of the match.

Umpires used to have more empathy for players, and understanding it was an emotional game they let the players vent … to a degree.

It worked because most players knew exactly where the line was.

Then some bright spark in the AFL changed the rules and in 2001 rescinded the “What did you say?” concession.

Umpires were instructed not to talk to players and simply blow a whistle for 50 metres whenever they heard something they didn’t like. No correspondence would henceforth be entered into.

I discovered this the hard way in the first game of 2001. I backchatted and immediately gave away a 50-metre penalty.

St Kilda coach Malcolm Blight dragged me from the ground and then each time the opposition kicked a goal the phone would ring on the bench with a message: “That’s another goal you’ve caused”.

The phone kept ringing and after a while the boys on the bench would simply say “Burkey, that’s for you”.

We can now see that 2001 was the beginning of the end in the previous umpire-player relationship and it has been poor ever since.

Certainly it is a long way from great umpires like Peter Carey, who on more than one occasion told me to shut up and get a kick. He was often right, as when you are playing poorly you tend to whinge a lot more than when you are playing well.

On other occasions he would run past and tell you how clear you were from your opponent. They would even find you at a break and apologise when they missed a free kick.

The key word in the relationship was respect – not for merely being an umpire but because of the way they conducted themselves on the field.

They understood what we were going through and accommodated our outbursts. We also understood they were human and reciprocated the empathy.

We need to get rid of the live umpire microphones. If they ever say anything interesting then replay it.

Let the umpires and the players have an open and honest relationship without everything being dissected.

Do this and I guarantee you the mutual respect will return.

Nathan Burke is a former St Kilda captain who played 323 AFL games for the Saints, winning three Trevor Barker Awards as best-and-fairest player.  

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Wilander: Why the French Open will miss Nick Kyrgios

Wilander: Why the French Open will miss Nick Kyrgios

26/05/2019, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 28952323

At least two high-profile tennis watchers say they’ll be missing petulant Australian Nick Kyrgios at this year’s French Open.

One is former champion Mats Wilander. The other is Cameron Norrie, the Briton that Kyrgios was meant to play in the first round.

Australian Kyrgios’s one-man circus act will be missing from Roland Garros for the second year running, sparing umpires, fans and even courtside chairs from the 24-year-old’s outbursts.

He recently forfeited his match at the Italian Open after launching a chair across the court in frustration – just the latest entry on his lengthy crime sheet.

For all his antics, however, Kyrgios remains one of the biggest draws in men’s tennis and seven-time grand slam champion Wilander believes he will be missed by fans and fellow players.

“Listen, as long as he is throwing chairs and breaks racquets because he has lost the first set 7-6 and dropped serve to go down in the second, as long as he’s pissed that he’s losing then he’s great for the game,” Wilander, 54, told Reuters.

“It’s like John McEnroe. At the time we didn’t know if it was good or bad but obviously he was one of the most important players that ever played the game.

“I just can’t handle it when it looks like he’s not trying or wants to be somewhere else.”

In Miami this year Kyrgios picked an argument with a fan and last week in a live social media post said the French Open “sucked” and that he hated clay.

He has also recently launched verbal volleys at the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal but Wilander says despite ruffling some feathers, Kyrgios is popular among his peers.

“The locker room loves him, but they hate losing to him,” Wilander said.

“The problem is that the more antics he does, the more trick shots, the more he irritates his opponent. He is going to have to fight through so many players because they will refuse to lose to someone doing that.

“When he gets angry with himself players then realise ‘Hey, this guy does care’. OK Nadal said a few things in Acapulco about him not respecting the game.

But the handshake with Nick is generally pretty like ‘I know what you’re going through but you are a good guy’. I think he’s a good guy deep down.”

For his part, Norrie knows he has a better chance of progress at the French Open but there is a part of him that is disappointed he will not be playing Kyrgios.

British No.2 Norrie will instead take on unknown French qualifier Elliot Benchetrit.

“I think it would have been pretty entertaining, for sure, but it would have been tough to focus,” said Norrie of taking on Kyrgios.

Casper Ruud, Kyrgios’s opponent in Rome, claimed the Australian should be banned for six months, but Norrie is broadly supportive of Kyrgios.

“I don’t agree with that at all. I think that was pretty harsh of him to celebrate how he did after getting a default when Nick could have easily turned up on the day and chopped him probably in straight sets,” Norrie said.

“I think he’s great. There’s endless things on Twitter about the way he’s acting and stuff. I’m not saying it’s correct, but I like that he’s his own person. I think he does attract a lot of fans and he is good for tennis in a way.”

Norrie arrived in Paris at a career high of 41 in the world rankings after some encouraging results on clay, including qualifying and reaching the second round in Rome.

The 23-year-old has been hitting milestones at a seriously impressive rate ever since turning professional two years ago and is now within touching distance of becoming the top-ranked British man.

-with AAP

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Super Netball: Swifts race to the top with win over Vixens

Super Netball: Swifts race to the top with win over Vixens

26/05/2019, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 28952206

The NSW Swifts have relegated the Melbourne Vixens to third and taken top spot on the Super Netball ladder for themselves after a convincing round five win.

The victory was their first in three years of the Super Netball competition over the Vixens, and they did it in style with a 60-50 scoreline.

The Swifts took maximum points in front of a packed Margaret Court Arena, overpowering the Vixens at every turn to collect a valuable eight points.

Without collecting even a bonus point, the former ladder leaders slipped down to third.

Vixens coach Simone McKinnis said she didn’t see their below-par performance coming.

“It was probably one of our better training weeks and I thought they were looking good and feeling good and well prepared but the Swifts are playing very good netball and we just didn’t match that,” McKinnis said.

Defending champions Sunshine Coast Lightning claimed second spot on the back of a commanding 72-61 win over Giants in their clash at USC Stadium, which was their fourth successive victory.

The Lightning trailed the Giants at halftime but set up the win with a stunning 25 goals in the third quarter with Peace Proscovia (43 goals from 48 attempts) helping herself to 20.

In other matches, West Coast Fever claimed their first win of the season with a 63-61 scoreline against Collingwood in Bendigo.

Adelaide cracked their first win since round one when they held off the Queensland Firebirds for a 54-51 victory at Priceline Stadium.

Already missing star shooter Romelda Aiken with an ankle problem, the winless Firebirds lost centre Mahalia Cassidy early in the match with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

-AAP

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Super Netball: NSW Swifts race to top with win over Vixens

Super Netball: NSW Swifts race to top with win over Vixens

26/05/2019, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 28952264

NSW Swifts have relegated the Melbourne Vixens to third and taken top spot on the Super Netball ladder for themselves after a convincing Round 5 win.

The victory was their first in three years of the Super Netball competition against the Vixens, and they did it in style with a 60-50 scoreline.

The Swifts took maximum points in front of a packed Margaret Court Arena, overpowering the Vixens at every turn to collect a valuable eight points.

Without collecting even a bonus point, the former ladder leaders slipped down to third.

Vixens coach Simone McKinnis said she didn’t see their below-par performance coming.

“It was probably one of our better training weeks and I thought they were looking good and feeling good and well prepared, but the Swifts are playing very good netball and we just didn’t match that,” McKinnis said.

Defending champions Sunshine Coast Lightning claimed second spot on the back of a commanding 72-61 win over Giants in their clash at USC Stadium, which was their fourth successive victory.

Lightning trailed the Giants at half-time but set up the win with a stunning 25 goals in the third quarter with Peace Proscovia (43 goals from 48 attempts) helping herself to 20.

In other matches, West Coast Fever claimed its first win of the season with a 63-61 scoreline against Collingwood in Bendigo.

Adelaide cracked its first win since Round 1 when the Thunderbirds held off Queensland Firebirds for a 54-51 victory at Priceline Stadium.

Already missing star shooter Romelda Aiken with an ankle problem, the winless Firebirds lost centre Mahalia Cassidy early in the match with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

-AAP

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The big sticks from AFL Round 10

The big sticks from AFL Round 10

26/05/2019, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 28951852

Calling all coaches – it’s the danger zone

It’s never an easy time to be the coach of a struggling AFL team, but it’s probably even worse when a mentor the calibre of Brad Scott comes on to the market mid-season.

Despite lacking the firepower of the AFL’s heavyweights, Scott ended his decade-long tenure at North Melbourne with a positive record – just!

Saturday night’s 25-point win over Western Bulldogs was Scott’s 211th match in charge, leaving him with a record of 106 wins and 105 losses.

None of that is good news for the likes of Carlton’s Brendon Bolton and St Kilda’s Alan Richardson, who continue to be the men most likely to face the unceasing pressure of coaching speculation.

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton is in the spotlight. Photo: Getty 

Their teams battled out an error-riddled match at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, with the Saints winning by 13 points. Football was not the winner.

It was the Blues’ ninth loss from 10 games, with Bolton leading Carlton to just four wins from the past 42 games.

The Saints snapped their four-game losing streak to climb to 10th on the ladder.

“Given some of the circumstances to personnel earlier in the year, our guys have shown enormous resilience,” Richardson said.

Bolton was also looking to keep teaching his charges.

“There was lots of things but (especially) the composure of the guy with the ball, just being a little calmer particularly centre of forward,” Bolton said.

Our guys have to learn to make the right decisions at the right times.”

At North, chairman Ben Buckley said money would be no issue when attracting a new coach, but said there would be a solid process to find their new man.

“We’re in a very, very strong financial position,” Buckley said. “We’ve got the resources to go out and look for the best and we will do that. We will leave no stone unturned.”

Hawthorn’s Alastair Clarkson, Sydney’s John Longmire and West Coast’s Adam Simpson – all premiership coaches – have links with the club from their playing days.

AFL legend Leigh Matthews urged North not to go down the path of headhunting a current coach and instead go for an assistant like Michael Voss, Brenton Sanderson, Justin Leppitsch or Matthew Knights who have held a top job previously.

In his first season with the club, Rhyce Shaw will take over as Kangaroos caretaker coach and will be given the opportunity to audition for the job on a permanent basis.

“Certainly Rhyce will be in contention,” Buckley said. “He’s a fantastic individual and he’s made a great impact already on our team and our footy club.”

Demons slip even further against GWS

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin is also a man in the spotlight as the Demons slipped to a 26-point loss to Greater Western Sydney on Sunday in a lacklustre affair.

The Dees managed seven goals in the final quarter to flatter the scoreboard, with the Giants winning their first game at the MCG since the Round 2 effort against Collingwood last season.

Yours mate: Demons Bayley Fritsch (L) and Marty Hore compete for the ball. Photo: Getty

At 3-7 for a season in which the Demons were expected to make the finals they have been one of the year’s great disappointments.

“We got smashed around the footy early. They were outstanding around the footy and showed up our midfield group early in the game,” Goodwin said.

“To our players’ credit they stayed connected and to fight back was really pleasing.

“We have got some things to work on, but we’ll keep progressing and there’s a group of guys to come back this week.”

Tigers getting the band back together

And while the cellar dwellers are plugging away, it’s worth noting that Richmond continues to find ways to win ugly despite a long injury list – a factor that should be eased as early as next week when veteran Trent Cotchin returns.

The skipper could return against North Melbourne having not played for two months with a hamstring injury.

The Tigers face North next weekend.

Trent Cotchin cleared by MRP
He’s back: Trent Cotchin is set to return. Photo: Getty 

Coach Damien Hardwick told reporters Cotchin was “pencilled in to return”.

“He’s training well. He’s missed a fair amount of footy, so we’ll work our way through it. If he walks into my office and says ‘I’m right to go’ and the doc gives him the all clear, I know where his magnet will be going.”

The Tigers have lost Alex Rance, Jack Riewoldt and Toby Nankervis to injury this year, yet still sit in fourth with a 7-3 record.

-with AAP

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‘Wake up to rain’: Ricciardo’s wish for the Monaco Grand Prix

‘Wake up to rain’: Ricciardo’s wish for the Monaco Grand Prix

26/05/2019, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 28950813

Daniel Ricciardo is at home at Monaco, literally, and on race eve he is watching the weather and hoping for rain.

The Australia keeps an apartment – along with his eclectic collection of trophies and racing helmets – in the principality and each May he gets to take to his ‘local’ track.

The storied 3.3-kilometre street track suits his hard braking, close to the edge driving style – and he’s again punched above his weight by getting his problematic Renault into a solid position for Sunday night’s (AEST) race.

Daniel Ricciardo’s trophies in his Monaco apartment. Photo: Twitter/Daniel Ricciardo

His one race win at Monaco with Red Bull in 2017 came only after enduring the heartbreak of a 13.6 second pitstop snafu in 2016, when his team did not have tyres ready after he was called in while leading the race.

This year Ricciardo will start sixth on the grid after qualifying seventh and gaining a bump from a Pierre Gasly grid penalty.

After this year’s horror start to his tenure at Renault, Ricciardo says the team took some risks in setting up the car and it paid off in qualifying – the ultimate determiner in Monaco of how likely you are to have a good race day.

“I’m happy with the end result, especially with where we started on Thursday,” Ricciardo said in a team statement.

“We made some brave changes to the car even after FP3, but that worked and going that extra mile has paid off,”

“Some variables tomorrow could make it interesting and I wouldn’t be disappointed if I wake up to rain! But, wet or dry, I’ll be ready.”

Ricciardo said he always through the Renault had the ability to compete in the top 10 and the recent changes would ensure that could happen.

“A bit like Barcelona – like all year – I believed that if we nailed it with this car, we are a Q3 car – but it’s not always easy to nail,” he told the Formula1.com official website.

“On Thursday, I knew with the package we had it was not really possible, but I knew there were some improvements to make with the balance – and still with myself.”

Highlighting how well Ricciardo handles the street circuit was the fact his his teammate Nico Hulkenberg could only manage 11th place, with the pair evenly matched in the races so far this year.

Renault was also gifted extra placings up the grid because of Ferrari’s strategy failure that saw another Monaco local Charles Leclerc only qualify 16th fastest.

Lewis Hamilton will start on pole in his Mercedes with teammate Valtteri Bottas also on the front row.

With that pair likely to scoot ahead it leaves Ricciardo’s former teammate Max Verstappen in third and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on the second row.

Local boy: Daniel Ricciardo at Monaco this week. Photo: Getty

Kevin Magnussen will start fifth for Haas alongside Ricciardo.

With overtaking difficult, if not impossible with evenly matched cars, Ricciardo will have to rely on good pitstop strategy and failures further up the order – although Verstappen, for one, has found himself in the wall at Monaco in recent years.

So, given wet weather will help Ricciardo to mount a challenge, what will the Australian see when he looks out his window on race day?

The forecast for Monaco is an 80% chance of showers.

Game on!

 

 

Game on.

 

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AFL: Rhyce Shaw to coach Roos for rest of 2019

AFL: Rhyce Shaw to coach Roos for rest of 2019

26/05/2019, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 28950197

Brad Scott has officially left the North Melbourne coaching job, with Rhyce Shaw to guide the Kangaroos for the rest of the AFL season.

Scott fronted a press conference with North chairman Ben Buckley at Arden Street on Sunday where they confirmed his mutually agreed departure.

“The strategic direction that Ben Buckley alluded to was built on my theory of doing what is best for the club,” Scott said.

“I said that in my view, the club needs fresh air to do what it needs to do. In order to do that, I made the offer to step aside.”

Saturday’s 25-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium was Scott’s 211th match in charge of the Roos since 2010, the result leaving him with a record of 106 wins and 105 losses.

Shaw played 237 games for Sydney and Collingwood and was a member of the Swans 2012 premiership team.

Scott said he would always want the best for the Kangaroos.

“The day I set foot into North Melbourne, I realised that this is a really unique football club,” he said.

“I’ve been fortunate to be a part of four AFL clubs, and there is something special here.

“As for my future, I can categorically say that my future involves being the best husband and golfer I can be, and I’ll be cheering North Melbourne on.”

North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley said the club would have a strong process to find a new permanent coach.

“We’re in a very strong financial position, I don’t think it’s ever been stronger,” Buckley said.

“We are in a position to find the best coach, and we will leave no stone unturned in doing that. We’ve got the resources to attract the very best.”

 

 

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Confident and fit Ashleigh Barty is rarin’ to go for the crown at French Open

Confident and fit Ashleigh Barty is rarin’ to go for the crown at French Open

26/05/2019, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 28950083

Ashleigh Barty has declared she’s “as good as gold” ahead of her French Open tilt, waving away any fears a lingering arm injury will impact her on the Paris clay.

Queensland’s world No.8 opted to withdraw from the Strasbourg International ahead of the year’s second major with the injury she says she’s managed since she was 16.

But the 23-year-old said she was back to full fitness ahead of a Monday or Tuesday start, against American Jessica Pegula at Roland Garros.

“It needed a couple of days of treatment, a bit of structure in my practice and to monitor my load,” she said.

“You can’t do that during matches; it was important for me to get those couple of days to really knock it on the head early, but it’s good as gold now.”

It’s a niggle Barty is prepared to manage for the duration of her career, saying surgery or any alternative treatment method wasn’t in her long-term plans.

Barty arrives in Paris as one of the tour’s best performers in 2019, boasting a title in Miami, quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open and a faultless Fed Cup record en route to the final later this year.

Beaten by defending French Open champion Simona Halep in the Madrid quarters, where she teamed with Victoria Azarenka to win the doubles, Barty feels ready to contend on clay.

“I feel like I’m playing some of the best tennis I have in a long time, hopefully I can put it together this week,” she said.

World No.71 Pegula is a relative unknown to Barty, who could do worse than ask compatriot Samantha Stosur for some insight.

Stosur was impressive in her 6-3 6-1 defeat of the American in Strasbourg last Monday.

“She’s probably in career-best form, hits it hard and flat, but I’m sure Ash will do her research,” Stosur said of Pegula.

“Clay probably isn’t her (Barty’s) favourite surface … but I think deep down she knows that it doesn’t matter what surface it is, she’s a top 10 player.”

-AAP

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