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The Shoalhaven City Turf Club will honour the memory of the late Bede Murray when it offers a training bonus for the most successful conditioner on its showcase race day.

Murray, the legendary South Coast trainer, died two years ago after a battle with cancer. He was 80.

Honour: Legendary trainer Bede Murray at Kembla Grange in 2015.

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The Nowra club will offer a trophy and $500 cash for the most successful trainer through the eight races on Sunday, which will be headlined by the $45,000 Nowra Cup.

The race club has been inundated with interest from Sydney and Canberra trainers with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott to have a rare Nowra runner, Grand Finalist.

One training team outside Sydney trying to ensure the Nowra Cup stays in the possession of the locals is the father-and-son partnership of Robert and Luke Price, who will saddle up Curata Princess.

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The mare scored a decisive win over subsequent city winner Live And Free three starts back and will have the services of one of the country's best travelled jockeys, Jeff Penza.

"I just looked at the prices and I think she's great overs," Luke said. "She's a horse that has come back so much better this preparation. She's been very unlucky this prep. A little bit of it has probably been her own fault, lacking a turn of foot in certain places.

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NHL analyst Jeff Marek recently claimed that there is a top-draft pick so addicted to video games that the guy will never make the league.

Marek said the following on the Sportsnet podcast 31 Thoughts, according to Deadspin:

On video games – and Im not going to say the players name. I really doubt hes going to make it to the NHL, and its because of a video game addiction, to the point where his junior general manager told me that theyve had him go to counseling over it, because hell play until all hours of the night and into the morning and then hell have no energy the next day. Like, hell be a write-off. And it is that bad. He has this compulsion for playing video games until all hours. I swore that I wouldnt say the players name, but its unfortunate. Hes a recent first-round draft pick for a very, very prominent NHL team, [but] will probably never play in the NHL because of a video game addiction.

This is crazy to me that there is a young man who is willing to piss away a future in the NHL for video games.

I play video games from time to time. I enjoy them. College football is a particular favorite of mine. But I would never ever pick up a PS4 controller if it meant that I was risking millions of dollars playing a professional sport.

His addiction is so bad that he has to go to counseling? Are you kidding me? Is this real life? This is insanity to me. Put down the damn controller and get on the ice. Kids are just so strange these days. Imagine liking video games more than liking being a superstar athlete. I guess its just a sad indictment of our society and the youth.

Hopefully, a coach finds this kid and gets him some serious help before he loses his NHL future.

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Fernanda Marquez is going viral for her football “skills,” and its sort of laughable.

There are plenty of videos of her playing flag football on Instagram that you can scroll through. I dont think youll be impressed either.

The one below is the one that really proves what a joke this whole viral woman is when it comes to playing football. She evades some pressure in the pocket and then throws a pass a mile behind the receiver. A mile behind her! She would have looked awful if the receiver hadnt bailed her out for making a terrible throw. (SLIDESHOW: These Sexy Women Love Football)

Outstanding pass! Just beautiful! Thank goodness she had Randy Moss out there on the field to make her look good.

I used to work with a woman who was unreal during flag football games. She put people on ice in the open field. She was actually impressive. I wouldnt even put Marquez on my quarterback depth chart. It might sound mean, but were all about the truth here. Her accuracy is pathetic and I see no evidence that she has an NFL arm like I do.

Im going to go ahead and say hard pass on this one. Props to use for being honest enough to admit when somebody is vastly overrated.

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ACC coaches apparently want to expand the March Madness field to 72 teams, according to Brett McMurphy.

McMurphy recently tweeted, “ACC basketball coaches recommend NCAA tourney to expand from 68 to 72 teams, widen the lane [and] move [the] 3-point line back. They do not favor changing from halves to four quarters.”

ACC basketball coaches recommend NCAA tourney to expand from 68 to 72 teams, widen the lane & move 3-point line back. They do not favor changing from halves to four quarters

— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 17, 2018

I cant even begin to tell you how bad of an idea this is. We should not be expanding the field for any reason. I could even argue right now that we should go back to the format a few years ago before we had 68 teams.

What we certainly shouldnt do is make the field bigger. The whole point is that you should make it difficult to make the tournament. How does widening the field make the tournament better? (SLIDESHOW: BALLER BABES: THESE GORGEOUS WOMEN LOVE BASKETBALL)

Sure, you get some more games, but will the quality be better? I doubt it. I seriously doubt it. Im going to go ahead and take a very hard pass on this awful suggestion.

Leave it at 68 and dont touch it. Anybody who disagrees shouldnt be allowed anywhere near college basketball. Dont mess with what we have. Just let us enjoy it.

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Disgraced former UEFA President Michel Platini has astonishingly claimed the 1998 World Cup was fixed to increase the chances of host nation France meeting holders Brazil in the final.

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Platini, currently serving a four-year ban from involvement in football after being found guilty of taking bribes from then-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, said France v Brazil was the “dream” final, which was achieved through “trickery,” the Associated Press reports.

Former France playmaker Platini, who won the European Championships in 1984 with Les Bleus, revealed that Frances route to the final required some chicanery. He admitted the group allocations for seeded teams were made with France meeting the South Americans in the final.

Brazil were placed in Group A, which was standard practice at the time. France were the placed in Group C, which meant if both teams – who were big favourites to claim the competition outright – won their respective groups they would not meet until the World Cup final.

France and Brazil topped their respective groups before meeting in the final at Stade de France, where two goals from Zinedine Zidane and one from Emmanuel Petit sunk the Brazilians and handed France their first-ever World Cup trophy on a 3-0 scoreline.

“France-Brazil in the final, it was the dream of everyone,” Platini told radio station France Bleu Sport, in an interview to be broadcast in full on Sunday.

The 62 year old was laughing as he added: “There was a little trickery. We did not spend six years organising the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans. Do you think other World Cup hosts did not?”

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Polish rider Pawel Bernas was center of attention at the ongoing Tour of Norway, after he imitated falling during the race to claim he was a crash victim and improve his finishing time.

A video taken during the competition shows the rider dismounting his bicycle, sitting on the ground and pretending to be hurt in a crash that occurred at the last stage of the race.

With 2.2km to go several riders in the middle of the peloton rammed into a traffic island causing a mass fall on the road. While the cyclists who fell during the incident tried to get back on their bicycles, the quick-witted Bernas jumped off his bike, pretending he was affected by it.

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The rider who represents CCC Sprandi Polkowice team apologized for his behavior after learning that the episode was caught on cameras. He said he was enormously tired and wanted to be credited with the same time as the leading group. Riders who fall within the last three kilometers of the stage are given the same finishing time as the group they were part of before the crash.

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Zinedine Zidanes issues Cristiano Ronaldo fitness update ahead of Champions League final
Ronaldo has 15 goals in the Champions League this season (Picture: Getty)

Zinedine Zidane has insisted Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is 120 percent fit ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.

The La Liga side are bidding to retain the Champions League for the third season in a row when they face the Reds on May 26 in Kiev.

Liverpool were hopeful opposing star striker Ronaldo may have been injured and not ready to play in the final after the Portuguese suffered a minor ankle injury in recent weeks.

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But much to the disappointment of the Premier League clubs fans, it looks like that is not to be the case with Zidane insisting hes fine.

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Right now he is 120 percent, said Zidane. He is fine. If Cristiano is 120 percent thats fine with me.

The most important thing is to see everyone in good physical shape. Thats what I care about.

Before the final, Los Blancos wrap up their La Liga campaign against Villarreal on May 19.

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Josh Warrington: It's my destiny to strip champion Lee Selby at Elland Road
Josh Warrington challenges for a world title this weekend (Picture: Action Images)

Josh Warrington believes it is his destiny to beat Lee Selby at Elland Road and become a world champion.

The local Leeds hero takes on his bitter rival on Saturday night with Selbys IBF featherweight title on the line.

Both men made weight in the Leeds sunshine on Friday in front of a partisan crowd.

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Warrington will have the backing of his beloved Leeds support, but also insisted destiny was driving him on.

This will be a fairytale ending, slash the start of a new chapter, he said.

When I was working as a dental technician and they announced Leeds would have an arena I used to picture myself fighting there.

Lee Selby (left) and Josh Warrington during the weigh-in at Leeds Civic Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2018. See PA story BOXING Leeds. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
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A few years later I was headlining it. Anytime Ive gone to Elland Road people have said imagine fighting here, for a split second I have pictured it and I kind of feel like I have been there already.

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I massively believe this is destined to be.

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Pep Guardiola receive response from Barcelona over interest in signing Sergio Busquets
Busquets has scored 13 goals in his Barcelona career so far (Picture: Getty)

Barcelonas Sergio Busquets will not be joining Manchester City this summer, according to Marca.

Pep Guardiola is a known admirer of the Spanish midfielder and is looking to bolster his squad options, with the 29-year-old high on his wish-list following on from Yaya Toures recent departure from the Etihad.

However, the Premier League champions are not expected to be launch a bid for Busquets after finding out his release clause is €200m [£174.83m].

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The Spaniards played an integral part in the La Liga clubs success over the last decade and was also part of Guardiolas own triumphant Barcelona sides when he was manager.

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But the Spanish giants are not keen to let such an important player leave, especially with fellow star attraction Andres Iniesta also departing the Nou Camp at the seasons end.

Guardiola is looking to strengthen in the centre of midfield due to Toures departure from the club following the title-winning 2017/18 season. The 35-year-old played 316 times for City over eight seasons.

Busquets has played 474 games from the La Liga side since making his first-team debut in the 2008/09 season. Hes also played 102 times for Spain.

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Former world-title contender Troy Waters has been remembered as a great fighter who was just one punch away from boxing glory.

Labelled "The Glamour With the Hammer" because of his good looks and punching power, Waters died on Friday aged 53 following a long battle with leukaemia.

So close: Troy Waters in his WBC super welterweight title fight with Simon Brown in 1994.

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One of three boxing brothers, all who won a national title and fought internationally, Waters was one of Australia's most stylish, accomplished and successful fighters of the 1980s and '90s.

He unsuccessfully challenged for a super welterweight world title on three occasions and finished with a record of 28-5 with 20 KOs.

Waters was outpointed by Italy's IBF world champion Gianfranco Rosi in 1989 and had title shots in the 1990s against two of the most feared and respected fighters of the era.

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He was stopped in the third round of a brief but memorable contest by American superstar and WBC champion Terry Norris.

His last attempt was in 1994, when he lost a decision to Jamaica's WBC title-holder Simon Brown.