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Price emerges well ahead of Dakar pack

DARK TERRITORY: Toby Price left his Dakar Rally rivals in his wake heading into stage 10. Picture: Getty ImagesTOBY Price thrived in the heat on the Fiambala sand dunesto extend his lead in the Dakar Rally to almost half an hour afterstage nineas main bikes rival Paulo Goncalves dropped off the pace.

The Hunter rider was seven minutes and 10 seconds faster than the next-best, Honda’s Kevin Benavides, on provisional times at check point twointhe loop circuit at Belen in Argentina when thestage was called off early because of extreme heat. Price won his fifth stage of the rally andhad an overall lead of 24:47.

However, Price’s lead later extended to 28:59from second-placedKTM teammate Stefan Svitko on adjusted timesand his stage advantage pushed to 12:29. American Ricky Brabec was moved up to second on the stage standings.

Pricestarted the day 2:05 ahead of Goncalvesand had extended that lead by three minutes at check point one. His Portuguese rival’s hopeswerethen crippled when abranch put a hole in his radiator. He slowed down before stopping at check point twoto attempt stop-gap repairs.

Price finished the stage andincreasedhis lead before the race was halted.Goncalves’ position was uncertain until later given a group time and13th place on the stage,31:56behind Price, to be third overall and34:01off the pace. Although still in the race, Goncalves will have to fix his bike without assistance from mechanics because stage nine is the first in a two-day marathon section where competitors receive no outside support in between races.

Price, 28,was initially disappointed not to extend his lead further after powering through the tough section.

“I get to the finishing line and then they cancel the rest of it,that’s a bit of a shame, but that’s the way it is,” Price said.“We’ll just have to wait and see and see what call they come up with. It’s a bit of a bummer for me.I have to get to the finishing line and I’ve done that, but they’ve called it. I guess that’s just the way it is.

“It’s job done today, but everyone’s got lucky since we’ve stopped at CP1 and CP2. We’ll see if it will be all good.”

Price, though, was more than pleased with his own performance.

“We’ve got through pretty good,” he said.

“We made a couple of little mistakes around the 100km mark. We got a little bit lost but luckily we found the way point and got ourselves back on track and going again. Other than that, we’ve had a fairly decent day, a fairly solid day. It was just good that we didn’t get lost. It was definitely tricky navigation today.

“I still feel solid, I still feel really good. It’s definitely hot right now, but we’ll suit up again, get going, get some air flowing and it shouldn’t be too bad.

“The bike seems really good, really strong and still going really well. The mechanics have done a really good job over the lead-up to the race and during the event. I think we’re cruising along all right.”

Stage 10 is a278km special with a total distance of561km fromBelen to La Rioja. Ithas the longest dune section in Dakar history.

Starting fresh

A career as a professional musician is the life Lanie Lane once craved.

But after signing with Ivy League Music,releasing two acclaimed albums andtouring with thelikes of Jack White, Lane discovered that it was not the life for her.

In a blog on her website in February last year, Lane, 28, announced her sudden departure from the music industry.

Overwhelmed by thepressureof touringand recording, Lane feltanxious and depressed.

The desire to write and create still remained butthe ambition to chasefame had left her as had the desire to live the “rock’n’roll lifestyle”on the road.

“I felt really supported,” Lane says of her step away from the limelight.

“I felt everyone was cool with it and a lot of people in the industry and other musicians realised how full-on it is as a job and how much it really takes out of you if you’re not totally made for that kind of lifestyle.

“There is a lot of pressure to keep success running but it’s not realistic because that’s not how life works.

“We all go through our peaks and troughs and that’snatural.

“It’s like expecting to havesummertime all of the time – you can’t have summertime all of the time. You have to go into your winter sometimes.”

After living in country Victoria for three years,Lane packed herself up in a van with her beloved dog to explore the Northern Territory.

Six months ago, she moved to the central Queensland coast outside of Rockhampton to live on a property in the bush after finding love with her partner, Tom.

She has written a handful of new songs but hasfocused much of the creative energy on visual art, learning to screen print and creating works that she will sell at shows on her Summer Gatherings tour.

Yes, she’s back on the road again but this time it is on herown terms.

She returned to the stage after an offer came through to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival.

Lanethenadded a handful of shows, playing small towns such as Bellingen, Milton and Barham.

“That [Woodford]sparked this whole thing, so it has beenreally nice to just go with the flow,” Lane says.

“I’m learning a lot about myself through this because I didn’t really expect to be doing it and it feels almost like going back and rewriting how I used to do it, how I dealt with everythingand it’s nice because it’s a low pressure environment.

“I am keeping it really real – which is hard to do when you’re trying to support a band and trying to sell records and do heaps of interviews and going all over the place.

“It’s just nice and grounded which is what I really wanted. It has given me a chance to refresh how I do stuff but, at the same time, it’s also reminding me that long-term touring all the time isn’t sustainable for me because I can burn out quite quickly being away from home.

“I’ve realised how important routine is and having that sense of belonging to a place.”

She has a new trackto unveil which is “three songs in one” (“It’s under 10 minutes long, I promise,” she laughs) but will focus onperforming music from her 2011rockabilly and blues themed album,To The Horses, and the moodier pop follow up, 2014’s Night Shade.

“That song is anew thing that I’m happy to share but I’ll be mostly playing the other albums,” Lane says.

“I’m not planning on making another record any time soon.”

Refreshed: Singer-songwriter Lanie Lane is returning to Newcastle to perform at Lizotte’s on January 22. Bookings at lizottes老域名备案老域名

Regan up for lead role again

LEADING AGAIN: Dudley-Redhead product Taylor Regan during his 68-game A-League career for the Newcastle Jets. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.FORMER Jets skipper Taylor Regan is glad to be be back in football andexcited about the challenge in Malaysia after being named captain ofNegeri Sembilan FA.

The 27-year-old and fellow former A-League players Alex Smith, Andrew Nabbout and Joel Chianese are spearheading the Malaysian second-tier club’s push for promotion under ex-Jets W-League coach Gary Phillips.

Reganispreparing for his return to competitive football on February 12after last playing for Newcastle in the A-League in April 2015 before not being offered a new deal at his hometown club.

“We’ve played some trials as well asfour pre-season games and we’re undefeated, so we’re going well,” Regan said.

“It’s good to be back doing what I love doing.Obviously I wanted to keep living and playing at home in Newcastle, but unfortunately that didn’t work out, and I’m excited for this next challenge.”

He said part of the challenge was leading a mostly inexperienced squad.

“It’s a young squad and the local players are not very vocal out on the pitch, which is something I alwaysdo,” he said.“Some will need some mentoring as well,it’s virtually a new team, so it’s exciting times.”

As for the Jets, Regan hoped they could “freshen up their squad” in the transfer window and turnaround their fortunes after a 10-game winless streak.

“I spoke with a few of the boys and they said their focus in preseason was about being hard to breakdown, and for the most part they’ve done quite well there,” he said.“But I think that focus has affected their attacking formation and play.”

Australian Open 2016: Nick Kyrgios hurts ankle at Kooyong

Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios retired hurt from the Kooyong Classic, just days out from the start of the Australian Open.

But he said he would be fit to play the grand slam.

The big-hitting 20-year-old won the first set in a tie-breaker against Belgian David Goffin, before retiring during the second while trailing 3-2.

Conditions could have hardly been worse at the historic tennis club – as the temperature crept towards 39 degrees celsius, the wind picked up.

Ballkids struggled to hold onto their umbrellas, which were meant to shade the players while they took their drinks breaks.

Both players wore ice vests and before starting the match Kyrgios joked with the crowd that they could play instead if they liked.

The exact nature of Kyrgios’ injury is unclear.

During a medical time out early in the match, staff appeared to be examining one of his feet,

Tournament head Brian Cooney said Kyrgios had received medical advice not to play on after injuring his ankle, possibly his achilles tendon, in the first set.

“It’s disappointing that he’s not going to be able to play on Friday, but that’s tennis, that’s sport,” Cooney said.

Kyrgios also took to Twitter to apologise for leaving the event.

Hate withdrawing, so sorry to everyone @KooyongClassic I just have to make sure I’m right for next week & I will be. #DontWorry#SeeYouIn17— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 13, 2016Also @David__Goffin sorry bro, good luck in the next one. Thanks to Brian & the team @KooyongClassic such a great event. #NextYear— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 13, 2016This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 老域名.

ACT cricket twins set to tear up under-18 girls carnival in Canberra

Twins Grace and Naomi McDonald are playing for the ACT under-18 girls team national cricket championships in Canberra. Photo: Jay Cronan Grace and Naomi McDonald have been playing cricket together since they were 10 years old. Photo: Jay Cronan

Their coaches and teammates struggle to tell them apart and identical twins Naomi and Grace McDonald have a joint goal to make their way through cricket’s junior ranks into the WNCL and hopefully Australian colours.

But just don’t ask Grace about the time her sister caused a runout that evoked memories of Steve and Mark Waugh’s woes when they were batting together.

“I swear I was going to get a 50 that day, I know it. Instead she was the one that made 50,” Grace grins.

Then Naomi chimes in: “Yeah, I ran Grace out during the selection process a few months ago in the final, she hasn’t forgiven me for that yet.

“[It wasn’t payback] for anything, she was just too slow.”

The McDonald sisters will lead the ACT-Country NSW charge at the under-18s girls national championships in Canberra this week.

The pair, who are based in Grafton, have been playing for ACT junior sides since they were 15 as part of an agreement with Cricket NSW.

They will continue their push for future careers in the senior national women’s league with a dream of one day playing for Australia.

And they are emerging on the selection stage at the perfect timing as the women’s Big Bash League booms, shocking officials with its television ratings and popularity.

“We got into cricket because our neighbour across the road played cricket and then our brothers, one older and one younger, got involved after us,” Naomi said.

“They were always fierce battles in the backyard … let’s just say we always won those.

“This is our third time playing in the under-18s national titles and we’ve played in the under-15s as well. I guess we’d like to [play for Australia] if it works out. I don’t know how realistic it is, but it’s a goal. But we’d love to play WNCL as well.”

The under-18s titles helped launched the careers of dual international Ellyse Perry and Australian captain Meg Lanning.

Grace will open the batting for ACT-Country NSW throughout the tournament while Naomi is an all-rounder.

They were split up in the competition last year, with Naomi playing for NSW Metro and Grace lining up for the ACT-Country NSW side.

“It didn’t worry me, but it was very different. I kind of enjoyed being separated in that I was focused on my game,” Grace said.

“I find when we play together I focus on my game and Naomi’s and I want her to do well. I did want to get the win over her though, that was a big factor.”

The ACT-Country NSW side will play seven round games before the finals on January 19.

Three players with WBBL experience will line up and ACT-Country NSW coach Andrew Dawson says that will reinforce a pathway for junior girls.

“It’s only starting to dawn on them now that they are involved in a very, very strong pathway, and that’s credit to Cricket Australia,” Dawson said.

“You’ve got to tell them to be bold and have a go – don’t have a fear of failure. We’re stressing to the girls to enjoy this week and we have high expectations this week.”

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