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Alex de Minaur wins Antalya Open in Turkey, Bernard Tomic qualifies for Australian Open


CAlex de Minaur has opened his 2021 season in style, claiming the first ATP title on offer for the year and his fourth overall, with success at the Antalya Open in Turkey.

The Australian number one was leading Alexander Bublik 2-0 in Wednesday’s final when the Kazakh retired injured just seven minutes into the match.

The 21-year-old world number 23 dropped only one set for the week in a promising build-up to next month’s rescheduled Australian Open in Melbourne.

“I mean, it’s massive. At the start of the year that’s what you need,” de Minaur said after following up his semi-final win over second-seeded world number 16 David Goffin in a somewhat anticlimactic title decider.

“I just think I gave myself the best possible chance to go deep into this tournament and I’m happy how it finished.

“I got four matches — and today — so very happy with my level and I had some quality wins.”

Nick Kyrgios lifts up Alex De Minaur in celebration.
Alex De Minaur and Nick Kyrgios were quite the tandem early in 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.(AAP: Mark Evans)

De Minaur missed his home grand slam last year in shattering fashion, an abdominal strain forcing him out of the tournament following a heroic ATP Cup campaign for Australia.

“It was a bittersweet moment last year so hopefully a year later I can come back stronger and hopefully have a great Aussie summer,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to going back home and playing in front of a home crowd, that’s for sure.”

His stomach injury aside, the COVID-19 pandemic further stalled his progression last year, following a breakout three-title season in 2019.

But the fleet-footed baseliner, now the youngest player in the world’s top 25, came back with a vengeance when the tour resumed.

De Minaur made a career-best charge to the US Open quarter-finals in 2020, upstaging a succession of heavy hitters en route to the last eight, then reached the final in Antwerp to finish ahead of Nick Kyrgios as Australia’s top-ranked player in 2020.

Kyrgios himself barely played any matches once the world was plunged into a pandemic, preferring to stay in Canberra and train.

Tomic qualifies for Australian Open after he ‘risked his life’

One year after reaching a career low point when he failed to qualify for the Australian Open, former world number 17 Bernard Tomic has punched his ticket to the delayed first grand slam of the year.

Tomic, who still appeared to be nowhere near the level of play fans saw early on in his career, battled past Australian veteran John-Patrick Smith 6-4 5-7 7-6 (10-7) to become the only Australian to make it through qualifying.

While Tomic won the match, it was an uphill battle as Smith frequently attacked the net and kept Tomic moving around the court, employing drop shots and low balls, showing Tomic’s much maligned movement had not improved.

What had improved was the 28-year-old’s resolve to win.

He admitted post match that he was “physically pretty bad”, but he was dogged on the court.

Tomic fought back from 4-1 down in the opening set to reel off six straight games and take it.

He also fought back from 3-0 down in the second set before Smith steadied and broke Tomic to take it 7-5 and send the match into a decider.

That set was extremely tight with neither player breaking serve, and it was Smith who cracked ever so slightly as two tight line calls went against him late in the third set to send it into a match tiebreak.

“No, that was not wide … two times in two games,” he complained to the umpire to no avail.

Tomic raced out to an early 3-0 lead in the match tiebreak and despite Smith getting it back to 4-4, Tomic was never headed and a couple of aces were punctuated by a searing forehand winner to take the match.

Tomic also showed he had plenty of fight left in him off the court as he took aim at his critics.

“I am in Doha, I risked my life flying here, my health, COVID’s around, many sick, with many things that can go wrong. I’m risking my life, and I’m playing and competing. Of course, I want to get there,” he said, when asked if his tennis ambitions still burned.

He followed that up by demanding favourable media coverage.

“You’re the people who write the bad stuff about me,” Tomic said.

“I don’t think you guys have been fair towards me in the last half-decade, [or] decade. You can spin it whatever way you want, but don’t escape the fact I’ve qualified for a slam.”

“If you like me and you’re a fan of me, write nice.”

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Alex de Minaur wins Antalya Open in Turkey in lead-up to Australian Open


Alex de Minaur has opened his 2021 season in style, claiming the first ATP title on offer for the year and his fourth overall, with success at the Antalya Open in Turkey.

The Australian number one was leading Alexander Bublik 2-0 in Wednesday’s final when the Kazakh retired injured just seven minutes into the match.

The 21-year-old world number 23 dropped only one set for the week in a promising build-up to next month’s rescheduled Australian Open in Melbourne.

“I mean, it’s massive. At the start of the year that’s what you need,” de Minaur said after following up his semi-final win over second-seeded world number 16 David Goffin in a somewhat anticlimactic title decider.

“I just think I gave myself the best possible chance to go deep into this tournament and I’m happy how it finished.

“I got four matches — and today — so very happy with my level and I had some quality wins.”

Nick Kyrgios lifts up Alex De Minaur in celebration.
Alex De Minaur and Nick Kyrgios were quite the tandem early in 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.(AAP: Mark Evans)

De Minaur missed his home grand slam last year in shattering fashion, an abdominal strain forcing him out of the tournament following a heroic ATP Cup campaign for Australia.

“It was a bittersweet moment last year so hopefully a year later I can come back stronger and hopefully have a great Aussie summer,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to going back home and playing in front of a home crowd, that’s for sure.”

His stomach injury aside, the COVID-19 pandemic further stalled his progression last year, following a breakout three-title season in 2019.

But the fleet-footed baseliner, now the youngest player in the world’s top 25, came back with a vengeance when the tour resumed.

De Minaur made a career-best charge to the US Open quarter-finals in 2020, upstaging a succession of heavy hitters en route to the last eight, then reached the final in Antwerp to finish ahead of Nick Kyrgios as Australia’s top-ranked player in 2020.

Kyrgios himself barely played any matches once the world was plunged into a pandemic, preferring to stay in Canberra and train.

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India wins admirers after gritty draw as Australia’s unedifying histrionics let them down at SCG


When television broadcasters first started using the statistics generated by cricket analysts CricViz, there was a widely-held suspicion that some of their offerings were what Mitchell and Webb would term numberwang. That scepticism soon passed.

On day one of the Sydney Test, the data seemed plainly unbelievable: statistically speaking, India’s Rishabh Pant was only the second-worst wicketkeeper in Test cricket, and the man in pole position was twice as bad.

You imagined Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim making Ravichandran Ashwin’s facial expressions distort even further.

Of course, like Mushfiqur, Pant is picked for what he can do with the bat.

To focus solely on his keeping is like critiquing Tony Soprano’s bookkeeping work at the Bada Bing.

Two summers ago at the SCG, Pant made an undefeated 159 that hinted at superstardom. In the intervening time, his fortunes have waxed and waned but not his relish for staring down Australia.

Matthew Wade, holding a bat and stumbling, looks up in the air next to Rishabh Pant.
One does not simply judge Rishabh Pant on his keeping.(AP: Rick Rycroft)

Not much went India’s way in this game, but Pant’s involvement was an exception.

A horror blow from Pat Cummins seemed to have broken his arm in the first innings. It meant the tidier gloveman Wriddhiman Saha could be subbed in for Australia’s second innings before making way for Pant’s return as a second innings batsman — as remote as the chances seemed.

What a return it was. The cause was hopeless: survive 90 overs or chase down 407.

Not only did Pant declare himself fit to bat, he leapfrogged Hanuma Vihari and wandered out at number five, no padding on his arm.

Only 10 deliveries had been bowled at that point. Nathan Lyon had just dispatched Ajinkya Rahane and Australia seemed set to pounce.

Before play, Lyon eyed the fifth-day pitch like a gourmand appraising a buffet. With the first ball of his next over, he duly tempted Pant into an edge.

Nathan Lyon looks frustrated while kneeling down on the pitch. Matt Wade has his hands on his head
Nathan Lyon toiled through 46 overs in India’s second innings.(AP: Rick Rycroft)

Unfortunately, Tim Paine grassed it behind the wicket — a tough chance, but a bread and butter fifth-day dismissal.

Pant’s intent from there was immediately obvious and transformed the contest.

After a few sighters he started clubbing Lyon around the ground with impunity. A pair of sixes helped him to 50 from 64 deliveries and Cheteshwar Pujara dug in at the other end.

In the hours following, they were like bouncers guarding a steel door, Pujara stern, arms folded in front of his chest, Pant repelling the would-be intruders by repeatedly jabbing a finger into their chests.

When Pant was on 53, Paine dropped him again, then on 76 too.

India batsman Rishabh Pant slogs on day five of the third Test at the SCG.
Rishabh Pant started slowly and rapidly went through the gears.(AP: Rick Rycroft)

The chances were getting tougher, but thoughts started turning to the horror of Ben Stokes at Headingley two English summers ago.

Inevitably, Pant eventually took one risk too many. With the new ball one over away and the counter-attack raising the prospect of an upset, he tried to bring up his century with another lusty blow off Lyon and sent a leading edge to backward point.

The analysis: 12 boundaries, three sixes, 97 runs from 118 deliveries in a partnership of 148.

It will go in the record books as a half-century. But the way Pant took on the game elevated what should have been a regulation Australian victory into a bare-knuckle brawl.

It also inspired those who followed, which ensured a grandstand finish in which India brilliantly saved the game.

The heroes in the end were Ashwin and Vihari.

With Ravindra Jadeja and his broken hand waiting in the pavilion and Vihari labouring with a hamstring injury, Ashwin came out and was struck all over the body.

India batsman Ravichandran Ashwin hits the cricket ball away with a cross-batted shot during a Test at the SCG.
Ravi Ashwin played one of the most important innings of his Test career.(AP: Rick Rycroft)

For 10 minutes, he looked a walking wicket. But he was also at his most determined, and the partnership that ensued was more epic still than the one which had dominated the first half of the day.

The 62 runs were neither here nor there. The 256 deliveries the pair absorbed denied Australia certain victory.

The effect on the Australians was wholly unedifying.

The longer Ashwin and Vahari withstood what the home side threw at them, the more the ring of close fielders resembled a pack of hyenas, yapping away witlessly and with little more impact than the bowlers.

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Matthew Wade played the tough guy character he didn’t quite pull off with his bat. Paine offered an excruciating running commentary.

Simultaneous to that, a piece of footage from earlier in the day went viral: a stump camera showed Steve Smith petulantly scuffing the batting crease to remove the indentation where Pant had marked his guard, forcing the batsman to mark it again.

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For reasons that will surely come under close examination after this match, the broadcaster was allowed to run live and uncut a one-way argument between Ashwin and Paine, the latter already fined 15 per cent of his match fee for misbehaviour on day three.

Paine suggested the Australians had more friends in India than Ashwin. It is hard to envisage that being true after this game.

It was also self-defeating. In the Mitchell Starc over following that quip, Paine dropped a regulation chance provided by Vihari and the contest was done.

The only thing worse than the banter on Monday was the glovework.

Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine smiles as he puts his hand on the back of India batsman Ravi Ashwin after the SCG Test.
Tim Paine, left, and Ravichandran Ashwin were friends after the match had ended.(AP: Rick Rycroft)

Perhaps it can be argued that players don’t decide what goes to air. But knowing that anything might, and knowing how unwelcome this Indian team has been made to feel by the SCG crowd, Paine’s team provided an ungracious conclusion to a contest that would have been just as absorbing without the histrionics.

India will depart Sydney battered and bruised, but it has also won itself many admirers.

Towards the end of this match, news filtered through of the death of Colin McDonald, Australian opening batsman in the magical summer of 1960-61.

Frank Worrell’s West Indians were farewelled at the conclusion of that tour with a hero’s motorcade past half a million grateful Melburnians.

You’d hope Brisbane can give India a warmer send-off than what they received here.



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Lamborghini driving cryptocurrency trader accused of drug crimes wins bail change


A Lamborghini-driving cryptocurrency trader from Melbourne who is facing high level drug trafficking charges has been granted permission to attend a two-day long buck’s party and a wedding.

Sam Karagiozis, a 29-year-old entrepreneur who has the words “self made” tattooed on his knuckles, was granted a variation to his bail conditions in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

He is charged with 13 offences including importing, possessing and trafficking drugs such as cocaine, MDMA, ketamine and methamphetamine between March 2016 and October 2017.

Mr Karagiozis found fame after he started his own cryptocurrency, Auscoin, in 2017 before he launched a series of “bitcoin” ATMs and a souvlaki business.

Mr Karagiozis wanted to visit his ten souvlaki restaurants and attend his brother’s wedding and two-day long buck’s party with one of his alleged co-offenders, his lawyer Dermot Dann QC told the court on Tuesday.

His bail conditions — including a curfew and non-association provisions — prohibited him from attending.

Magistrate Andrew McKenna questioned what Mr Karagiozis would be doing at the restaurants.

“I doubt he’d be rolling up any souvlakis,” Mr McKenna said.

But Mr Dann argued his client would be working there and not just driving past.

“What he wants to be able to do is be on site at any one of those restaurants as the need arises,” the lawyer said.

Mr Karagiozis had no prior convictions, had complied with his current bail conditions for 17 months and still had a surety in place for $600,000, the court heard.

Current coronavirus travel restrictions meant he could not leave the country and he had surrendered his passport, Mr Dann said.

The cryptotrader requested permission to be part of his brother’s wedding later this month and also attend a two-day long buck’s party in advance of the wedding.

Mr McKenna said a family member “implored the court to have a heart” in relation to the wedding in a letter tendered on Mr Karagiozis’s behalf.

Prosecutor Rosalind Avis opposed the application, arguing the case against Mr Karagiozis was strong and police allege he was the “boss” of the drug network.

“He was effectively the head of the operation,” Ms Avis told the court.

But Mr McKenna decided to cancel the curfew and vary the conditions so Mr Karagiozis could attend the stag event and the wedding.

He was barred from discussing the allegations, court case or any proceedings with his alleged co-offender at the events, the magistrate ordered.

“They can discuss how wonderfully well the wedding is going, the weather, the progress of the pandemic but nothing related to these proceedings or these charges,” Mr McKenna said.

He also cancelled Mr Karagiozis’s curfew because of his businesses and labelled it “undesirable and unnecessary”.

Mr Karagiozis must still abide by other conditions including twice-weekly reporting to police, not to contact prosecution witnesses, not to contact his co-accused and not to leave Victoria.

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Australia’s Toby Price wins stage three of the Dakar Rally, moving up to fourth in the bike category



Australian Toby Price has won the third stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia as American Skyler Howes took the overall lead in the motorbike category.

Two times champion Price, who also won Sunday’s opening stage but started the day 29th after struggling on Monday, beat Argentine rider Kevin Benavides by a minute and 16 seconds after the 403km loop around Wadi Ad-Dawasir.

Price said navigating the course had been a challenge, but so far his Red Bull KTM bike had been holding up in the off-road, endurance race.

“The difficulty of the navigation means it’s hard to open the road,” he said.

“But it’s been a good day for me. The bike’s working well, I didn’t fall and I didn’t have any fuel problems like yesterday.

“[A] hard finish for all of us.”

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Riders and drivers in the Dakar Rally navigate sand dunes, rocks and rough terrain in Saudi Arabia, sometimes travelling more than 700km in a day.

The second stage had seen a clear-out of the standings, with Price finishing 32 minutes behind stage winner Joan Barreda.

The Australian’s strong stage moved Price back up to fourth, one minute 52 seconds off the lead, with Britain’s 2017 winner Sam Sunderland fifth.

Howes, who had been eighth overall overnight, finished fourth on his non-factory KTM to take the lead 33 seconds clear of Benavides.

Barreda dropped to eighth overall, the Spaniard now more than nine minutes behind Howes, after having to open the stage through the desert dunes.

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Thunder’s Alex Hales blitzes Stars in Big Bash League, Jason Holder wins it for Sixers against Renegades


Jason Holder has given the Sydney Sixers the perfect parting gift with a 16-run final over to help them to a two-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades.

In his final game in the Big Bash before heading home to the Caribbean, Holder saved what appeared to be a lost cause chasing down 6-168 on the Gold Coast.

Needing 16 from the final Will Sutherland over, the West Indian captain saw the first delivery go past as a dot and scored two off the next to leave the equation at 14 from four balls.

He then drove Sutherland back down the ground for back-to-back fours, before hitting him long into the grandstand to wrap up the victory with a ball to spare.

“I wasn’t timing it as well as I would like up front, but the positive thing was I kept my wicket intact,” Holder told reporters.

“I knew if I was there at the start of the last over I could give us a chance.

“I just tried to stay calm.”

Holder played just three games for the Sixers but his stint could prove crucial given his 33 not out now has them at the top of the ladder.

“For me it was good to finish off on this note, headed back to the Caribbean tomorrow,” he said.

It came after Rilee Rossouw completed a bizarre catch to put the Renegades on top, removing Jordan Silk for 31 with a ball that bounced off his hands, arms and onto his stomach.

The result compounded the Renegades’ woes as they have now lost four in a row but were at least far more competitive than in their previous outings.

And yet, they still only often had themselves to blame.

Josh Philippe taught the Renegades for a second time this month he should not be given a second chance.

After he turned a life on 44 into his highest score of 95 in a big win just two weeks ago, he threatened to do likewise on Tuesday night.

Dropped on four in the first over of the chase by Imad Wasim, he later hit five straight boundaries off one Sutherland over.

He eventually fell on 48, before the Renegades mounted a fightback.

Earlier, Shaun Marsh gave the Melbourne side a chance to turn their season around with 67 from 48 balls at the top of the order.

But while he formed part of a 75-run opening stand with captain Aaron Finch (39 from 32), the Melbourne team failed to take full advantage of the platform.

They took double figures off just one of the last nine overs, with Daniel Christian finishing with 2-19 from his three overs.

Hales smashes Stars with record-breaking half-ton

Meanwhile, Alex Hales blitzed the fastest half-century in Sydney Thunder’s Big Bash history as they thumped the Melbourne Stars by 75 runs in Canberra.

Alex Hales looks skywards as he smashes a pull shot in the Big Bash
Alex Hales scorched to 71 from 29 deliveries to lay waste to the Melbourne Stars’ bowling attack.(AAP: Lukas Coch)

In one of the most devastating knocks in the franchise’s history, Hales reached 50 off just 21 balls to help the Thunder to 7-219.

The Sydneysiders then defended their own highest team total with ease, as Chris Green took 4-34 to dismiss the Stars for 144 and condemn them to the club’s worst-ever loss.

Hales eventually finished with 71 from 29 deliveries in an incredible innings that included five sixes and eight fours.

The highlights included a slog sweep off Adam Zampa that went onto the roof of the Manuka Oval grandstand to bring up his 50.

The Englishman also hit Nic Maddinson out of the park with a similar shot, before being caught and bowled by him the following ball.

“That was one of those days where you get in the zone and just want to keep batting,” Hales said.

“That can be the way sometimes in T20 cricket. As an opening bat you get the occasional low score.

“So to finally get that match-winning contribution which you want from your international players, it was nice.”

The Thunder were 1-109 at the end of the 10th over with Usman Khawaja (37 off 30) playing second fiddle in the 89-run opening stand with Hales.

Callum Ferguson then finished with 51 from 32 for his third half-century of the season, while Ben Cutting and Chris Green provided late big hitting.

Such was the Thunder’s dominance, there were just 29 dot balls in the entire innings, with just as many fours and sixes hit.

No Stars bowler was spared, with each going at more than eight an over and Zampa claiming 3-49 from his four overs.

“I was actually quite happy with the way we bowled, but when you have a world-class guy like Hales get going there’s not a whole lot you can do ,” Stars captain Glenn Maxwell said.

“We saw that the other night when [Nicholas] Pooran batted [for the Stars against the Sydney Sixers].

“I was proud of our guys for sticking in there, it could have got a lot worse.”

Green did the early damage when he broke the back of the Stars chase by getting Marcus Stoinis for 27 in the fourth over.

He also claimed the scalps of Andre Fletcher, Maddinson and the hard-hitting Ben Dunk for 21 off just nine balls.

Teenage spinner Tanveer Sangha impressed again, taking 2-17 from his four overs.

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Tyler Wright wins historic first women’s event at Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline



Australia’s Tyler Wright has claimed a historic victory by taking out the first women’s World Surfing League (WSL) tour event to be held at Hawaii’s iconic Banzai Pipeline.

The two-time world champion, who eliminated compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons in the semi-finals, won a tactical battle against local favourite Carissa Moore to make a perfect start to her 2021 championship campaign.

Four-time world champion Moore had threatened to steal the title when she scored a 5.40 with less than two minutes to go in the heat to snatch the lead.

That was before Wright found the ride she needed to move back in front.

Wright scored a 3.17 in the dying seconds of the low-scoring final to win the title with a two-wave score of 8.34.

This was Wright’s 12th tour event win, and it was the ninth time the Australian had faced Moore in a tour event final.

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The victory is Wright’s first since 2016 after a long battle with injury and illness wrecked her 2018 and 2019 seasons.

It is her second Maui Pro crown after she defeated Moore in the 2016 final.

Organisers made the decision to move the final heats of the Maui Pro to Pipeline after a shark attack near Honolua Bay earlier this month.

As well as the event win, Wright will head in to the second stop of the tour in Oahu, Hawaii on January 19 as the world’s number-one ranked surfer.

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Kim A Lim wins US Women’s Open after starting final round five shots behind



South Korean debutant Kim A Lim has won the US Women’s Open in historic fashion, closing with three straight birdies to tie the record for the largest comeback and win the biggest event in women’s golf.

Starting the final round five shots behind at Champions Golf Club in Texas, the 25-year-old wore a heavy down jacket and a mask between shots as she delivered a round of 4-under 67 for a one-shot victory over Amy Olson and world number one Ko Jin-young.

Kim became the seventh player to rally from five shots behind in the final round of the US Women’s Open, and the first since Annika Sorenstam in 1995.

Olson held her own amid the grief of learning her father-in-law died unexpectedly in North Dakota on Saturday night.

She was in tears Sunday morning on the range, before rain pushed the final round to Monday.

Olson, winless in seven years on the LPGA Tour, had a two-shot lead on the back nine after 54-hole leader Hinako Shibuno faltered, but she couldn’t do anything about Kim’s late charge and fell back when her hybrid on the par-3 16th bounded over the green and into thick, brown rough, leading to bogey.

She birdied the final hole for a 72 after 94th-ranked Kim had already secured the title.

Ko, who only recently returned to the tour from South Korea, also birdied the 18th when it was too late to catch Kim.

Ko closed with a 68, one of only six players to break par in the final round. Shibuno closed with a 74 and finished two shots off the lead.

Kim finished at 3-under 281 and won $US1 million ($1.3 million). She added to South Korean dominance of the US Open, the ninth winner in the last 13 years.

Tennis player-turned-golfer Gabriela Ruffels was the best-placed Australian, finishing in a tie for 13th on 5-over.

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Max Verstappen wins Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo signs off with Renault in style



Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has offered a sign of things to come next year by winning the last race of the Formula 1 season in dominant style at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

His victory was only his second this season, such has been the dominance of Mercedes.

But he drove flawlessly from pole position to hand Mercedes a rare defeat, finishing a whopping 16 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas and 18.4 clear of world champion Lewis Hamilton.

It was the first time Mercedes has not won at the Yas Marina circuit since Sebastian Vettel’s 13th win of the season cemented his fourth world title with Red Bull back in 2013.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo signed off his Renault tenure in style, making his final lap the fastest of the race as he finished in seventh.

“At the end, I really risked it all to get the fastest lap,” Ricciardo said after the race. “So, I get a point, which doesn’t change anything.

It meant Verstappen missed out on a ‘grand slam’ of taking pole, leading for every lap, taking the win and registering the fastest lap.

Ricciardo is moving to Mclaren next season.

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Red Bull will take momentum going into the next campaign.

“We will definitely go into the winter with a good feeling,” Verstappen said after his 10th career win.

“It’s always nice to win the last race, especially after a year like this when it’s been very tough.”

But he knows there is still a considerable gap to close, especially in qualifying. Verstappen’s pole on Saturday was his first of the 17-race campaign, compared to 15 for Mercedes.

Red Bull needs to get him to the front of the grid more regularly to exploit his outstanding race pace.

“You can’t just rely on this result. We know we still have to improve a lot and we know some areas where we have to really work on,” he said.

“That’s not only on the car, but power-wise we need more. I hope we learn from the last few years, it’s not like we do it on purpose.”

He has earned plaudits during a season when he was the only driver to ever trouble Mercedes, even with a slower car.

“Absolutely clinical,” team principal Christian Horner told Verstappen on the team radio.

Hamilton praised Verstappen and expects him to challenge more strongly in 2021.

“We’ve obviously got a fight on our hands next year, no doubt,” said Hamilton, who was driving after recovering from the coronavirus.

“It was a really hard race for me physically. All year physically I have been fine, but today I definitely wasn’t. I am just glad it is over.”

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Young flautist from Nhill in country Victoria wins coveted music award


“I’m very excited,” said Eliza. “When I heard the news I actually started crying because I was just so happy.”

For the audition – which was a video submission – she played her favourite piece, Mozart’s Andante in C. The judging panel was led by Melbourne Recital Centre director of programming Marshall McGuire.

Eliza’s prize is an all-expenses-paid, week-long trip to Melbourne with her parents next year. They will attend concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Eliza will meet professional musicians, have lessons with top flute teachers and visit a range of Melbourne musical institutions.

Newsboys Foundation CEO Sandy Shaw said the award could be a step on the path to a musical career.

“It opens doors and introduces them to highly accomplished professional musicians and organisations,” she said. “It expands their horizons.”

Two previous recipients are now studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, including the inaugural winner in 2015, cellist Charlotte Kube, who is from a farm at Jeparit, near Nhill.

Ms Kube, 20, said she was “living in a pretty isolated location” and doing lessons via Skype with a teacher in Melbourne when she won the award. It helped her “get inspired musically and stay motivated”.

The Newsboys Foundation, founded in 1893 to support child newspaper sellers, funds grants for disadvantaged young people in Victoria in fields such as the arts, sport, social enterprise, education and vocational training. Its regional music award is open to musicians aged 12 to 17 living in rural and regional Victoria who have passed a music (AMEB) grade 5 exam.

Eliza, who is in year 11 and is the only flautist in her school band, likes the idea of becoming a flute teacher, “to inspire more people to take up this instrument”.

This month she and her family will travel to Brisbane to meet her flute teacher, Queensland Symphony Orchestra player Kate Lawson, in person for the first time.

Eliza said most of the time, online lessons were “pretty good”, although “there’s some days when sound quality can be not good and sometimes the internet connection can drop out. Sometimes I miss out on the lesson because the internet’s not good.”



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