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Cooper optimistic over Rugby World Cup

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Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper believes his latest injury setback will not damage his bid for World Cup selection.


Cooper will have surgery on Tuesday to repair the collarbone he fractured last week in a freak training accident, which looks set to sideline him for the first half of the Super Rugby season.

The 26-year-old had troubles with the same shoulder last year, after an AC joint injury kept him out of action for four months and opened the door for Bernard Foley to cement himself as Australia’s first-choice No.10.

But as much as he needs a solid Super Rugby campaign to mount a challenge to Foley, the Queensland fly-half is adamant time is still on his side.

“For it to happen right now, I’d rather that than two months before the World Cup or a month before,” Cooper said.

“That’s something where you’re racing the clock. Something like a collarbone … I can live with.

“If it was a knee injury, a reconstruction or another shoulder injury, that’s when you get a bit down.

“A collarbone is sort of like if you have a car incident, a dent in the door, rather than popping all four tyres.”

Cooper will be out for 12 weeks, with his return likely to be the Reds’ home game against the Hurricanes on April 26 – but he said he will do everything in his power to bring that date forward.

“My last shoulder injury was something I learned a lot about how to look after myself and how you come back from it,” he said.

“Having a broken collarbone is probably the most easy thing to come back from.

“They’re going to put a plate in there, it’s going to be nice and strong.

“I’ve just got to make sure I keep myself in good condition so that soon as it’s healed, physically and mentally I’ll be able to contribute to the team.”

Reds coach Richard Graham slammed reports that suggested Cooper’s injury was the result of an attempted “revenge tackle” on under-20s backrower Lolo Fakaosilea in a training game on Thursday, and said it was nothing more than an innocuous collision.

“It sheds light on a 19-year-old kid that certainly isn’t warranted,” Graham said.

“That’s the disappointing thing, it happens a thousand times every training session.”

The show business satire “Birdman” picked up another important award in its march toward the best picture Oscar by winning the top honor from Hollywood’s actors.


The actors from “Birdman” won the best ensemble cast in a motion picture from the Screen Actors Guild the day after the film from Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu prevailed at the Producers Guild awards.

While the SAG award for the best ensemble cast does not always translate to a best picture win at the Academy Awards, it does indicate that actors, the largest voting bloc for the Oscars, favor it over another strong contender, the coming of age tale “Boyhood.”

“This is very, very exciting – the ultimate team sport,” said “Birdman” star Michael Keaton, who plays a washed up superhero actor trying to make a comeback on Broadway in a biting commentary on fame and film.

The top individual SAG acting awards also went to the four artists who won Golden Globes two weeks ago – Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons – making them virtually unstoppable in their quest for Oscars on Feb. 22.

Moore won best actress for her role as a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice,” while British actor Redmayne took the SAG best actor for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”

Arquette won the best supporting actress trophy for her role as the loving yet struggling mother in “Boyhood,” a small movie filmed over 12 years with the same actors.

“I can’t tell you what this means to me,” an emotional Arquette said upon accepting her first SAG award. “I’m a fourth generation actor.

My family has been committed to acting through feast or famine.” Simmons, an actor with a long resume in television and film, was honored for his portrayal as the intense music teacher of a young jazz drummer in the independent film, “Whiplash.”

“I would like to thank the 49 actors who appear on screen in ‘Whiplash’ for realizing Damien Chazelle’s vision so beautifully,” Simmons said, referring to the movie’s young director. In the television awards, it was a particularly strong night for streaming company Netflix Inc. Its women’s prison comedy, “Orange is the New Black,” won best comedy ensemble and best actress for Uzo Aduba. Kevin Spacey won best actor in a drama series for his conniving congressman Frank Underwood in the political thriller “House of Cards.”

But it was also a big night for recognizing diversity in Hollywood, a much debated topic this awards season, with black actresses taking two of the top acting honors. In addition to Aduba, Viola Davis won best actress in a drama series as the lawyer in “How to Get Away with Murder.”

“I love you guys so desperately, so much,” Aduba told her fellow cast members as she accepted her first SAG award from her first nomination.

“This is not done without you at all.” “Downton Abbey,” the British period series that airs on PBS, won best drama series.

Australian boys looking up to Kyrgios

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Marc Polmans is both inspired and a little daunted by the quarter-final charge of fellow Australian teen Nick Kyrgios.


At 17, Polmans is only two years younger than Kyrgios, but playing in the Australian Open junior boys tournament rather than the men’s draw, feels worlds apart.

He’s hoping that will change before too long.

The young Victorian led the local brigade on Monday at Melbourne Park, booking a third-round berth with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.

He was joined there by his good mate and doubles partner Jake Delaney, who beat South Korean 15th seed Oh Chan-yeong 6-0 6-2.

Polmans, who made it through to the second round of Australian Open men’s qualifying, said he was happy with his form.

“I got a bit of confidence from a good first-round win (over French 10th seed Corentin Denolly),” Polmans said.

He said he seeing the success of Kyrgios, as well as another Australian teenager Omar Jasika, who won the US Open boys title, made him work harder.

“That’s good inspiration to see those guys doing so well so I’ll keep training hard and maybe one day I’ll be where they are.

“It’s incredible how they’re winning matches in slams when they’re only a bit older than me.”

If Polmans and Delaney make it through their round three matches they will play each other in the quarter-finals.

“It will be a bit weird playing against each other but at least one of us is guaranteed to make it through to the semis,” Polmans said.”

The Australian girls had a day to forget with the three in action all eliminated.

Seventh seed Naiktha Bainees, who has been troubled by an ankle injury, lost to Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova 6-0 3-6 6-1 while Olivia Tjandramulia was beaten by Japan’s Chihiro Muramatsu 6-4 6-4 and 14-year-old Violet Apisah went down to Anastasia Gasanova 7-5 7-5.

Aus family violence probe merited: Shorten

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Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten says a nationwide Royal Commission into family violence should be considered.


It comes a day after Victorian mother Rosie Batty was named 2015 Australian of the Year, in recognition of her advocacy against domestic violence in the face of a personal tragedy.

Ms Batty’s 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his father while training at a Melbourne cricket ground almost a year ago.

The Victorian government has responded by holding a state-based Royal Commission into family violence, and Mr Shorten told reporters on Monday there was merit in expanding this Australia-wide.

“I certainly would be prepared to consider that,” Mr Shorten said.

He said it was appropriate for Federal parliament to address the issue, noting that Australia could not arrest its way out of the problem.

“There is a great Australian silence about family violence in this country,” Mr Shorten said.

“Rosie Batty’s award is not just for her, I think it’s on behalf of all of those victims of family violence which have never been able to speak up.”

Ms Batty began speaking out about domestic violence in the wake of her son’s death, and later established the Luke Batty Foundation to help others.

She has dedicated her award to Luke.

“He is the reason I have found my voice, and I am able to be heard,” Ms Batty said, after receiving the honour from Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the lawns in front of Parliament House on Sunday.

“Family violence may happen behind closed doors but it needs to be brought out from these shadows and into broad daylight.”

Ms Batty, 52, will use her profile to further expose domestic violence, encouraging people to take ownership of their actions.

“We need to look at cultural change, where does violence come from?” she asked.

“You need to look in you own backyard.”

Luke was killed by his father who, at the time, was the subject to two intervention orders.

Greg Anderson was shot dead by police.

Victoria’s Royal Commission into family violence will get underway in February.

Premier Daniel Andrews pledged the inquiry before the November state election.

Comment is being sought from Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the prospect of a national royal commission into family violence.

Atlanta Hawks clinch 16th straight NBA win

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Paul Millsap scored 20 points and Al Horford added 19 as Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-100, extending the Hawks’ club record with their 16th straight NBA win.


Jeff Teague finished with 15 points and seven of Atlanta’s 30 assists on Sunday as the Hawks won for the 30th time in 32 games.

Thaddeus Young had 26 points and Mo Williams added 20 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves, who are last in the Western Conference, have lost four straight and 20 of 22.

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, as the Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 for their sixth straight win.

James made a pair of three-pointers and a nasty fade-away jumper to give the Cavs a 91-80 lead.

Later, the four-time MVP fed Kevin Love for a three-pointer with 3:38 left that put the Thunder away.

The Cavs are 6-1 since James returned after missing eight games with a strained back and knee.

Kevin Durant scored 32 and Russell Westbrook had 22 for the Thunder, who went 3-2 on their longest road trip this season.

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside had an unconventional triple-double with a team-record and career-high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 96-84.

Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Chris Bosh finished with 20 and Luol Deng scored 15 in his return to Chicago.

Pau Gasol had 13 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, giving him 50 over the past three games. Derrick Rose scored 19 for Chicago, but missed all six 3-pointers.

The Indiana Pacers defeated the Orlando Magic 106-99 to end a seven-game losing streak after David West scored 20 points and reserve Damjan Rudez added a career-high 18.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 23 points each to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Phoenix Suns 120-100.

In other games, the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-106, Andrew Bogut contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors downed the Boston Celtics 114-111, the Washington Wizards edged the Denver Nuggets 117-115 in overtime and the Houston Rockets were 99-87 winners over the Los Angeles Lakers.