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  • Donald Trump inauguration: Supporters pay for Trump skywriting over Sydney

    "Trump" appears in skywriting over Sydney. Photo: Samundra ShresthaA group of Donald Trump supporters emblazoned their delight at his inauguration across the Sydney skyline on Saturday, paying a skywriting company to write the new President's name among the clouds.
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    The letters T-R-U-M-P appeared in the sky just as thousands of women took to the CBD streets to protest against the Trump presidency.

    Pilot Rob Vance etched out the new President's name twice from 12.30pm. He said those who commissioned the stunt wished to remain anonymous as they feared a backlash.

    "They were Trump supporters," Mr Vance, of Skywriting , said. "I can tell you that.

    "It was OK with me. He did win the election, so half of the people must have voted for him."

    Mr Vance said the skywriting piece set his clients back $3,990.

    The letters were written at an altitude of 4500 metres, using smoke emitted by Mr Vance's Cessna. Each letter was 500 metres tall.

    People from Redfern to Kogarah shared pictures of the giant text on social media. The best bit about this Trump skywriting is some rich rent seeker tax dodger will have paid 10% gst on this Sydney sky vandalism. pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/ItxUuEVNfH— Nathan Lee (@NathanLee) January 21, 2017It's going to be a long 4 years... #trump written in the sky over sydney pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/JdmG2IxFsx— Damien Suplina (@DamienSuplina) January 21, 2017

    Mr Vance said the period of time the letters remain readable is dependant on the weather. "They usually can be seen for 10-20 minutes, but when it's hotter it's shorter. And It was really hot up there today."

    A small consolation, perhaps, for those in Sydney who are not celebrating the US presidency.

  • James Cummings’ early double not popular with punters

    Winning start: Brenton Avdulla rides Exceeds to take out the opening race at Randwick. Photo: bradleyphotos苏州夜总会招聘.auWizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
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    James Cummings was at the forefront to start the Randwick meeting on Saturday – but he was far from the punters' pal.

    Exceeds took down heavily supported odds-on favourite Eden Roc, leaving the colt's jockey Tommy Berry gutted, before Tactical Advantage made light of a betting drift from $4 to $7 to win the Wilkes Quality.

    "Just a good start to the day with a couple of nice horses," Cummings said. "They both have futures and are getting better all the time. I have a few ideas where I would like to go with them but I'm keeping it to myself."

    Cummings will weigh up his options with the three-year-old but Exceeds' path seems destined on the Golden Slipper after she showed the benefit of race experience to win the opener in the famous chess board and yellow sleeves of Dato Tan Chin Nam.

    In the rush to make the Magic Millions, Cummings tried the blinkers on Exceeds on debut when fourth behind From Within and Chauffeur but there was no sign of the gear as she sat sixth and accelerated off the back of Eden Roc to win by three-quarters of a length, with Kristensen and leader Pandemonium deadheating for third

    "She is just a lovely style of a filly and I really liked the way she went away in the last 100m," Cummings said. "There are [a] few options for her now."

    Eden Roc, which is three-quarter brother to Star Turn, should be followed as Berry had to work overtime to get him to find top gear, which didn't happen until the race was over.

    "I thought he was a good thing. I'm gutted. It took him 300m to work out [what] he had to do," Berry said. "He only got going in the last 50 metres. I wouldn't sack him, he is [a] bit like Star Turn, which took a bit of time to work it out."

    Waterhouse was happy with the way Pandemonium stuck on after leading and will send her to Melbourne for the Blue Diamond series.

    It has been a while since Chin Nam has been associated with winning a two-year-old race but that was what Exceeds was bought to do.

    Chin Nam's bloodstock agent Duncan Ramage was given the brief at the Magic Millions last year to buy a speedy two-year-old type and $250,000 later the filly out of Exceedingly Happy was heading to Cummings' yard.

    "We haven't gone out to buy a two-year-old for a long time. We can still do it," Ramage said. "The idea was to get a horse that could run in these sort of races early.

    "The first horse I bought for Dato was Capablanca, which won three races before Christmas and ran in the Slipper. He hasn't had a runner in it since.

    "He said to me we want to buy a two-year-old with some friends and this is the horse. We tried to get to the Magic Millions but the Slipper is there for her."

    Ramage suggested that a Slipper trial against her own sex and the biggest two-year-old prize are on the agenda.

    "She has raced the colts twice, so she is going to be well placed against the fillies and when you buy a horse like her and she wins a race early you are thinking about the Slipper," he said.

    A race later Tactical Advantage showed the benefit of time and patience.

    "He has had bone chips removed and we have had to wait for him," Gooree racing manager and Cummings' wife Monica said. "It is good to see him showing what he can do because he has always had talent."

    Tactical Advantage sat on the speed and burst through late to run down leader Spending To Win and score by a half neck to make it three from three this preparation.

    "He is still learning what to do, so there is more to come," jockey Glyn Schofield said.

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  • Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque heaps pressure on Melbourne Victory in lead-up to A-League blockbuster

    Sydney FC are heaping the pressure on Melbourne Victory ahead of Thursday's grudge match, suggesting the Sky Blues don't need to win the Big Blue so commanding is their grip on the A-League's top spot.
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    Sky Blues captain Alex Brosque says Victory must win at Etihad Stadium if they are to have any chance of beating Sydney to the premiers plate.

    Speaking after Sydney's dominant 2-0 win over Adelaide United on Friday night, where Brosque scored the opener with a volley, the 33-year-old believes his club will run away with the premiership if they topple their oldest rivals after extending their undefeated start to the season to 16 games on Friday night.

    Sydney opened up an eight-point gap on second-placed Victory with their win over Adelaide at Allianz Stadium. Victory were to play Perth Glory overnight.

    That breathing space gave Sydney FC a sense of assurance and comfort heading into the Big Blue in Melbourne with the knowledge that even a draw will be sufficient to maintain their comfortable lead over the second-placed Victory.

    "We've got a big game this week and it's a must win for them, not for us," Brosque said. "We just need to stay unbeaten and keep rolling on and keep pushing away. We definitely will be going down there for a win because we know that if we beat Melbourne Victory then there's a big gap between us and second and that's what we want."

    The veteran forward described Friday night's win as a crucial three points in the context of the race for the premiership after Victory slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Wellington Phoenix in Tuesday night's catch-up game. Sydney's mantra since the start of pre-season has been one that focuses solely on themselves rather than rivals or the ladder, however Brosque admitted his team's attention has drifted to the struggles of Melbourne this week.

    Their shock loss has been compounded by a hefty travel schedule, which took them to Wellington, Perth and then back to Melbourne in nine days in the lead-up to Thursday's clash against Sydney.

    Despite their performance against Adelaide, capitalising on Victory's problematic week meant the result was far more important for the Sky Blues, Brosque says.

    "It was very important." he said. "[Coach Graham Arnold] has been telling us to worry about ourselves and not worry about anyone else because if we keep doing what we're doing then nobody is going to catch us and nothing else matters. But it is good every now and then to keep an eye on what they're doing. The fact they dropped points midweek and they've got a tough road trip to Perth is good, it takes a lot more pressure off us."

    Sydney FC had to overcome a controversial first-half decision that denied them a goal, Filip Holosko's celebrations cut short when he was ruled offside. Replays showed the Slovakian international was narrowly onside when Milos Ninkovic split Adelaide's defence with a clever pass that should have broken the deadlock.

    It was another contentious call in a season marred by officiating errors, however Arnold refused to criticise the referee. Instead, he revealed his team has been instructed not to let decisions by officials effect it and praised his players' ability to continue on and seal a comfortable win in spite of the call.

    "It's hard, it's hard for the linesman," Arnold said. "A great ball from Ninkovic, the timing was perfect and Filip's run was good. You get some and you don't get some and that's the way it was.

    "We showed great character to forget that and move on. We spoke about it at the start of the year to remove referee decisions from the result. We want to be in control of the result itself and that's about winning the game and winning it well."

  • Andrew Nabbout could win Johnny Warren Medal after being rejected by Central Coast Mariners

    Andrew Nabbout may be a genuine chance to win the Johnny Warren Medal as the A-League's best this season, but the high-flying Jets winger revealed he questioned whether he would get back into the A-League after being deemed not good enough for the worst performing n side in the competition's history.
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    As the 24-year-old winger was languishing at the problematic Malaysian Premier League club Negeri Sembilan, he watched on as the club that rejected him slumped to a disastrous season. Nabbout had spent weeks on trial at Central Coast Mariners hoping to land a deal, but was deemed surplus to requirements in a team that finished with less points than any other n club in the 10 seasons prior.

    As the Gosford club struggled to compete in games last year, it was only natural that Nabbout doubted whether he was good enough to return to the top tier of n football while languishing at a Malaysian club.

    "I began to doubt myself, not because of my own performances, but the people around me [in Malaysia]," Nabbout said. "I was grateful to be on trial with the Mariners last year, but for whatever reason they didn't want to sign me.

    "I did look at it from Malaysia and I wish I could have been there to do something. I could have changed it or maybe had some input to make it better. But everything happens for a reason and I'm happy here at Newcastle."

    The Mariners' loss was Newcastle's gain.

    While all the player of the year talk has been about Sydney's Milos Ninkovic and Melbourne Victory's Marco Rojas, Nabbout is a strong candidate, given his scintillating performances in a team thin on star power.

    Some pundits have already begun calling for his selection in the n team based on his recent form and while those are premature, there's always the chance his ancestral home of Lebanon may beat them to the player. Nabbout's desire remains to play for the Socceroos if a chance ever presented itself, however he admitted it would be similarly hard to knock back Lebanon, who have been keeping tabs on his progress since 2013.

    "They've contacted me a few times, but I'm concentrating on the league now, playing as many goals as possible and getting as much game time," Nabbout said. "They said they wanted to bring me in; it was a real honour."

    The Lebanon Football Association embarked on a program to bring in all talented players from their diaspora into the fold for their national team. Players from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Mexico have recently been part of the Cedars set-up. n-born defender Buddy Farah became a regular for Lebanon, which has also sought to cap Tarek and Ahmad Elrich in the past. Nabbout said he was open to the idea of representing his parents' country of birth, though he had not had any direct talks with current coach Miodrag Radulovic.

    "To be recognised at the national stage is massive," he said. "I'm born here, I appreciate that and I'm proud of where my parents came from. It's an honour, but I'll work as hard as I can to put on that green and gold."

  • Wells waits on official tick for 46-year hurdles record

    Canberra athlete Lauren Wells. Photo: Matt KingTwo-time Olympian Lauren Wells has barely been over a hurdle in almost five months but she showed no signs of rust to break what is believed to be a 46-year n record.
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    Wells wasshocked after her 200 metre hurdles race at the AIS on Saturday, clocking a time of 25.79 seconds in her first hurdles event since the Rio Olympic Games.

    Her time sent officials scrambling to check record books for the event and they found Pam Kilborn-Ryan - a two-time Olympic medallist - set the previous record of 25.7 seconds in 1971.

    However, because Kilborn-Ryan's 25.7 seconds was timed by hand, officials usually add 0.14 seconds to the recorded time.

    If Wells' electronically-timed mark is ratified, she will have just beaten Kilborn-Ryan's adjusted time of 25.84 seconds.

    "It's a bit unexpected ... I haven't even been going over any hurdles, we've been concentrating on my flat speed," Wells said.

    "I honestly didn't think I would run under 26 seconds so to have done that and hopefully set an n record is pretty exciting.

    "It's not an event I usually do so there was that novelty factor to it a bit, but it's still relevant and it's nice to be able to come out and run a [personal-best time]."

    Wells has been working with coach Matt Beckenham to improve her technique and reset her goals after making it to the Olympic semi-finals in August.

    She has limited her hurdles training sessions since the Rio Games to focus on flat speed before ramping up hurdle practice.

    "I wanted to have a break and come back when I was feeling refreshed and mentally," Wells said.

    "So I thought running the 200 metre hurdles was a good way to ease back into it. I'll run another 200 metre [flat race] on Sunday and right up until the nationals, I want to run as many PBs as I can this season."

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