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Despite last week's off-field controversy, midfielder Charlie Curnow could be a first-round selection in the revamped AFL draft.Charlie Curnow remains a likely first-round AFL draft pick despite last week's moment of panic and terrible timing.The 18-year-old midfielder found himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons when arrested by police in Geelong early Friday morning.He was allegedly drunk in a public place and also charged with refusing to take a breath test.Clubs and the AFL are tight-lipped about draft selections, especially those in the first round.But Curnow quickly apologised and his management put it down to a moment of panic.It is understood the younger brother of Carlton's Ed Curnow will still be selected somewhere between picks eight and 14."Young people make some silly errors at times - that's what this is," said AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan."Individual clubs will look at that - there's no doubt he'd be considered as a first-round draft choiceFor rewards for your AFL team choose the Trophy Superstore for all of your AFL awards
It must be unimaginably exhilarating to win the UFC title, but Holly Holm isn’t letting it affect her modesty.Speaking to TMZ Sports on Tuesday, Holm said that she may be coming from a more “humble spot” than Rousey, but that doesn’t give other people the right to criticize her following her first loss:“Ronda’s been a very dominant champ and she’s taken the sport to new levels," Holm said."This fight wouldn’t’ve happened if she hadn’t accomplished what she’s accomplished, so I have a lot of respect for her. "Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to give away any bit of my victory, so I’ll take it. I’ll take the win and I’ll take that I took it dominantly. "That doesn’t mean that I wish any harm on her. That doesn’t mean that I wish any hate on her. I think people can be pretty brutal, and when you’re in the spot that she’s in, there are people who are just going to jump ship and I don’t ever wish for that," she said.
Steve O'Keefe is the surprise inclusion in Australia's squad for the inaugural day-night Test, while Shaun Marsh and James Pattinson have also been recalled.Marsh will play at Adelaide Oval in place of hamstrung batsman Usman Khawaja, with Pattinson the frontrunner to take retired paceman Mitchell Johnson's place in the XI.There were no other changes to the squad that drew with New Zealand in Perth, with 12th man Peter Siddle retained.National selectors are mulling the prospect of unleashing dual spinners for the three-Test series finale, which starts on November 27.O'Keefe made his Test debut against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last year and has remained on the radar of Rod Marsh's panel since."Stephen was included in our squad that was to go to Bangladesh and if he should get an opportunity we think he will make the most of it," chairman of selectors Marsh said.
Wallabies greats Tim Horan and George Gregan have paid tribute to All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu who died aged 40 on Wednesday.NZ Rugby chief executive Steve Tew confirmed the news which shocked and saddened the rugby community worldwide.The prototype for the giant wingers of modern day, Lomu was forced to quit the sport in 2002 after 63 Tests for the All Blacks because of Nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease.He underwent dialysis treatment for more than a decade and suffered occasional setbacks to his health.Horan, who played a couple of games with the giant winger for the Barbarians, described Lomu as a global superstar and was a kind and gentle person off the field.
Aaron Woods says he would love to succeed Robbie Farah as Wests Tigers skipper.Farah stood down from his post last month amidst continuing speculation over his future at the NRL club.Woods is the leading contender to take over from Farah under embattled coach Jason Taylor, and the NSW prop said on Tuesday it would be a dream come true to lead his junior club at the elite level.For all your Rugby League Trophies and Awards - go to the Trophy Superstore.
Stop the search, we’ve officially found the worst excuse for Ronda Rousey’s shock loss at UFC 193.American blowhard Colin Cowherd has offered his unsolicited view – and it’s an absolute belter.It’s seems the commentator and radio host is placing some of the blame for Rousey’s fall from grace on – of all things – Australia.In a video podcast on his radio show, Cowherd said the trip overseas and away from her natural surroundings contributed to the defeat.“Everybody listening to this show: you try to eat healthy on the road, but you can’t control the food in the restaurants,” he claimed.“I’m watching Ronda Rousey and here’s what happens…promoters and networks and leagues see the dollar signs.“And they saw it with Foreman, they saw it with Tyson and they saw it with Rousey.“They see the dollar signs and they think 'let’s make her international' and I saw it this weekend.For all your MMA and Boxing Awards - check out the Trophy Superstore Trophies.
Second-placed David Reynolds is in attack mode mindset as he tries to chase down V8 Supercars leader Mark Winterbottom over the last two rounds.Bottle-O Racing Team Ford driver Reynolds trails Pepsi Max Crew Ford racer Mark Winterbottom by 239 points, with third-placed Red Bull Racing Australia Holden representative Craig Lowndes one point further back.There's a maximum of 600 points up for grabs over the remaining races at Phillip Island this weekend and Sydney in the first week of December."It is achievable for me to win the championship, but it's going to be real tough," Reynolds told AAP on Tuesday."It's going to come down to a lot of car speed and a lot of good strategy down there."I'm going in with the mentality of attack mode - I have to win every race."Reynolds recognises Winterbottom can afford to race conservatively and is unlikely to lose the championship unless he makes mistakes.For all of your Motorsport Trophies - go to the Trophy Superstore - Motorsport section.
The second Test between Australia and New Zealand ended in a draw on Tuesday with the tourists 217 runs short of their victory target of 321 on a rain-disrupted fifth and final day at the WACA. The tourists had made 104 for two when bad light brought an end to the game, leaving Australia 1-0 up in the series going into the third Test in Adelaide courtesy of their 208-run win in Brisbane last week.Australia skipper Steve Smith had declared for the fourth time in four innings in the series an hour before tea after the hosts had made 385 for seven. New Zealand's 624 had given them a 65-run first-innings lead over Australia's 559-9 declared. Paceman Mitchell Johnson took two for 20 on his final day as an international cricketer after announcing his retirement earlier on Tuesday.For all of your cricketing awards - go to the Trophy Superstore.
Nico Rosberg made it back-to-back race wins over Lewis Hamilton in the Brazilian GP to secure second place in the Drivers' Championship and continue his recent momentum surge. Hamilton's wait for a first victory at the home of his hero Ayrton Senna will stretch into a 10th season after Rosberg withstood several periods of concerted pressure from his Mercedes team-mate to convert pole into victory for the second successive race since the Briton was crowned 2015's champion.In one of Mercedes' most dominant displays of their second title-winning year, as they secured their 11th one-two finish, Ferrari finished in distant third and fourth places with Sebastian Vettel again beating Kimi Raikkonen.Rosberg's win, his fifth of the season, and Vettel's latest third place means it is Mercedes' German driver who will finish second to Hamilton in the standings when the campaign concludes in Abu Dhabi in two weeks' time.Get all of your Motorsport Trophies here.
As the dust settled after Ronda Rousey’s shock defeat to Holly Holm, voices from around UFC had their say on the fight – and many of them were jubilant.While most of the world saw the previously undefeated Rousey as a force of nature, Holm’s coach viewed her victory in more academic terms. “It was pretty much what we thought would happen,” said Greg Jackson, one of Holm’s head coaches. “Obviously, [Rousey is] an amazing athlete and we have nothing but respect for her, but she’s been very successful doing the same things for a long time, and we were able to capitalize on that.“The other coaches and I got together, and we’re not fans. We’re not like, ‘Oh God, Rousey is the greatest ever.’ It’s just a math problem to us. So it’s hard to understand the perspective just because this is what we do for a living. This is my job to figure it out.”Rousey has come under criticism for being over-aggressive in the bantamweight title fight, and perhaps not giving her opponent enough respect after a string of quick victories. But another of Holm’s coaches, Mike Winkeljohn, said that his fighter was simply too versatile for Rousey. “[Rousey] tried to box, and that wasn’t successful,” Winkeljohn said. “She tried to clinch and found out how hard that was. She tried to armbar. There was a lot of things that happened in that short amount of time, as a matter of fact, Holly took her down. So people are seeing a lot of what Holly can do.“We knew we were fighting Ronda Rousey one day, so Holly never wanted to show all her cards. She still hasn’t shown all of her cards after tonight.”
Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey finally broke her silence and issued a brief statement following her first-ever loss, which took place last night (Sat., Nov. 14, 2015) at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia."I just wanted to thank everyone for the love and support," Rousey wrote on Instagram. "I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I'm fine. As I had mentioned before, I'm going to take a little bit of time, but I'll be back."Rousey's loss sent shockwaves throughout the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, as many expected her to blitz right through Holly Holm."The Preacher's Daughter," however, flipped the script by outclassing the former bantamweight queenpin from the opening bell. After it was all said and done, "Rowdy" had no answer for Holm's striking, which ultimately proved to be the moneymaker.As she stated prior to the bout, she will now be taking some much-needed time off from her MMA duties to focus on her Hollywood endeavors. Which could be good news for the rest of the division, as it is now blown completely wide open.Question is: Who's up first?
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is expected to announce his retirement this week, according to New Zealand media reports, a move that would confirm one of the worst-kept secrets in rugby.New Zealand rugby chief executive Steve Tew has told journalists the record-breaking skipper and three-times world player of the year will be making a statement on his playing future "shortly". Both the New Zealand Herald and Stuff websites speculated on Sunday that the retirement announcement would be made on Thurday.McCaw, who led New Zealand to victory at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, had indicated earlier this year he would likely retire after the latest World Cup in England. Tew, however, gave no indication whether the 34-year-old McCaw would decide to stay or go. "He wanted to go into 2015 and enjoy playing the year without really worrying about whether everything he did was the last time he did it. He didn't want the team distracted by that and now he has asked for a little bit more time before finally making a decision and announcement," the New Zealand rugby boss said."He won't be too far away from getting to that point and if we give him a little more space and have a little more patience we'll all be rewarded with the ultimate answer shortly."McCaw has played a world record 148 Tests, captained the All Blacks 111 times and has been on the winning side for a remarkable 88 percent of his internationals.Of the 61 Tests he has played in New Zealand, McCaw has only lost twice.
Sydney FC's unbeaten run in the A-League came to a crashing halt against their oldest rivals after Melbourne Victory, who staged a commanding comeback in the grand final rematch.A game that carried so much promise for Sydney FC ended in disappointment after the Sky Blues were emphatically beaten on the scoreboard in a match they dominated.At times it was cruel, other moments were simply painful but most importantly it was a harsh lesson that for all Sydney FC's style and improvements, they are still one rung below Melbourne Victory.If there was any solace for Sydney, it was in quashing suggestions of being the bores of the A-League, dishing a response to their detractors with their most dynamic and entertaining performance of the season.Six goals and countless heated clashes made this the game the A-League desperately needed. A competition enduring a stale start was given a shot of life with a rivalry felt the most by the players. Busy as ever: Besart Berisha. Photo: Getty Images It appeared to be a night to saviour for Sydney FC immediately after kick-off when the hosts struck instantly.In just his first start of the season, 18-year-old Alex Gersbach darted between two Melbourne Victory players, dribbling through fullback Daniel Giorgievski before making a perfectly weighted pass to Filip Holosko. The Slovak international applied a simple finish.Fifteen goals marked the four fixtures of the Big Blue last season and another goal glut was on the cards again when Besart Berisha drew Melbourne Victory level with a powerful long-range strike minutes later. A deflection helped deceive Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic and despite confusion following the linesman flagging for a possible infringement, Sydney's lead was suddenly dashed.However, less than a minute later Sydney FC had their lead back. Skipper Alex Brosque played a superb ball through to Shane Smeltz for a one-on-one with Danny Vukovic, who thwarted the shot only as far as the oncoming Brosque. Much like their first, a tap-in inflicted a painful blow upon the A-League champions.Again though, Melbourne hit-back immediately. Victory's fullback Daniel Giorgievski appeared to have committed a possible handball before sliding a clever ball through to Gui Finkler but without significant complaint from Sydney FC, Chris Beath waved play-on.The hosts were to rue that when the Brazilian midfielder unleashed an early contender for goal of the season. From a position more warranting of a cross, Finkler fired a spectacular shot from an acute range to beat Janjetovic at his near post.With Smeltz constantly taunting his markers, the Sky Blues threatened but were frustrated with a number of fouls. Ninkovic was more aggrieved after being bundled inside the box by Daniel Giorgievski, only for play to continue.Need Trophies go to the Trophy Superstore for all your Awards.
The value of the next A-League broadcast deal in the wake of Optus snaring the coveted Premier League rights could be enhanced rather than diminished, especially if the telecommunications company decides to add the local game to its war chest. By David Lewis It’s been mooted that the uncoupling of Fox Sports' A-League/Premier League package would tarnish the domestic competition's lustre amidst negotiations over what the FFA anticipates will be a far richer broadcast deal from 2017.But Colin J Smith, the principal of communications group Global Media and Sports, believes Optus’s $50 million dollar raid on the Premier League from under the noses of Fox Sports has created a new "competitive tension" which may soothe concerns the A-League could tailspin in value."For the A-League, the positives outweigh the negatives," he said. "There's no longer the exclusivity there was in Fox Sports having both the Premier and A-Leagues but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.“Whereas before there was maybe only one bidder for the A-League - that being Fox Sports - with maybe a free-to-air game on Channel 7, 9 or 10, now you could have the entry of another player."But even if Optus isn’t temped to double up and A-League remains the primary domain of Fox Sports, the network could well beef up thier interest in the local game.“You could mount the argument that too differentiates the network in terms of content and that could force whoever is the successful bidder to take a more direct role to making the league a success, as imposed to saying 'well we have all football and the A-League is just a part of that".In a major shake-up of the media rights landscape, Fox Sports has taken a beating from subscribers over being blindsided by Optus."There's been a hugely negative reaction from public to Optus seizing the rights to the Premier League from next season ... in essence that means that established viewers will need a Foxtel box, a Netflix box for their movies, and now also Optus or Fetch TV (live streaming0 box to be fully covered," Smith said. Optus, though, is to reveal how the game's will delivered into households, and whether they also undertake the costly move of also producing the content complete with commentators and promotional shows. It is likely to also screen matches through mobile phones and tablets.Another option, said Smith, is for Optus to on-sell the rights to an existing pay-TV provider or through a free-to-air channel."Paying double what Fox Sports had previously paid is a milestone in itself and the question is if they were to on-sell matches, at what price?"From Optus's standpoint, they don't yet have enough content and will want to acquire more, whether that's the A-League or the four NRL games that are up for grabs, though that's a long shot because it could cost the best part of a billion dollars."
Hawthorn's three-time AFL premiership captain Luke Hodge will lead the Australian team in the international rules Test against Ireland.Hodge was confirmed as national captain for the first time at New York on Friday when the 22 Australian players were presented with their jerseys at an official function.He will lead the team for the one-off Test on November 21 at Dublin's Croke Park."It's a great honour and I'm lost for words as I thought either Bob Murphy or Nick Riewoldt would be leading us, as great players that I admire," Hodge said."Ireland will be a tough proposition but we are absolutely heading to Dublin with victory as our goal."Earlier this week, Hodge was named in a leadership group that also features his teammate Sam Mitchell, Riewoldt, Murphy and Geelong's Harry Taylor.Riewoldt is St Kilda's long-time captain, while Murphy was named the All-Australian captain this year after his outstanding season leading the Western Bulldogs.Australian coach Alastair Clarkson, who also coaches Hodge at Hawthorn, and assistants Ross Lyon and Chris Scott decided on the captaincy.Hodge, a four-time Hawthorn premiership star and two-time Norm Smith Medallist, won the Jim Stynes Medal last year as Australia's best player as they beat Ireland in Perth.
The UFC returns to pay-per-view after a six-week hiatus as UFC 193 takes place on Sunday from the 70,000-seat Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.The card features two title fights. In the main event, Ronda Rousey (12-0) defends the UFC women's bantamweight championship against 19-time world boxing champion Holly Holm (9-0). The co-feature has Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0) defending the strawweight championship against Valerie Letourneau (8-3).Also on the card, Mark Hunt (10-10-1) battles Antonio Silva (19-7-1) in a rematch of their epic battle that ended in a draw back in December 2013.Here are the five biggest reasons to watch UFC 193:1. The Ronda Rousey show: Whether people like it or not, this card is about Ronda Rousey. Everything she does makes news. If it is talking about sex advice, endorsing Bernie Sanders for president or hating Justin Bieber for disrespecting her sister. Her media events are attended by well over 100 members of the media, which is unheard of in MMA. Rousey is the biggest star in the MMA and the biggest star of all-time. Anytime she fights is now an event and the fight comes second.
What was billed as a glamour friendly between France and world champions Germany was played to a finish on Friday, with France winning 2-0, despite two loud explosions being heard from outside the stadium during the first half.It later became apparent that the explosions were connected to events unfolding elsewhere in the French capital on Friday evening, with police saying at least 18 people had been killed following "multiple shootings".Two unsettlingly loud explosions appeared to emanate from outside the national stadium in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis and French president Francois Hollande, who was in attendance, left the stadium early amid the reports of shootings in central Paris and of an ongoing hostage crisis in the Bataclan concert venue.Despite that, very few, if any, of the crowd of close to 80,000 at the Stade de France appeared to be aware of any drama as they celebrated goals by Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac late in either half of the match.However, with tight security building up around the stadium, confusion took hold after the final whistle. With exit points being limited, large numbers of fans invaded the pitch, although there was no visible sense of panic.All this followed events earlier in the day as the German team were evacuated from their hotel in the west of Paris following a bomb scare.Despite that, the game started as planned and France claimed the victory in the first meeting of the nations since Germany won 1-0 in a World Cup quarter-final in Rio de Janeiro in July 2014.Little of note happened on the field in the first half hour and the atmosphere became somewhat surreal when the explosions were heard.However, the game began to liven up and France opened the scoring right on the stroke of half-time when Anthony Martial set up Giroud for the opener.Thomas Mueller struck the post in the second half for Germany before substitute Gignac headed in a late second on his return to the national set-up.
Opener David Warner was dismissed for 253 and Australia were 486 for four at lunch as New Zealand's bowlers finally slowed the flood of runs on day two of the second test on Saturday.After wreaking carnage at the WACA on the opening day of the test, Warner had added just nine runs to his monumental tally when he was caught in the slips off the bowling of Trent Boult early in the session.His captain Steve Smith followed him back to dressing after scoring 27 runs from 91 balls, leaving Western Australians Adam Voges (32 not out) and Mitchell Marsh (seven not out) at the crease at the break.Australia won the first test by 208 runs in Brisbane on Monday and will wrap up the three-match series with victory in Perth.New Zealand's bowlers had managed just one maiden between them as Australia racked up 416 for two on Friday and the nine they notched up in the opening session of day two were indicative of a far more disciplined effort.Their first reward was the key wicket of Warner, who had savaged the tourists with two centuries in the first test at the Gabba and his maiden double century on Friday.Despite looking fatigued after nearly seven hours batting in the fierce Perth heat, the 29-year-old became the 12th Australian to score 250 in a test with an edge that raced wide of the cordon for his 24th four.There were to be no more boundaries before Boult got his man, however, the paceman squaringWarner up and eliciting another edge that flew to Mark Craig at second slip.Warner had faced 286 balls over 409 minutes in the 11th highest innings scored on Australian soil, taking his tally for the series to 532 runs at an average of 177.33.Smith, who will be expected to declare at some stage during the day, departed 40 minutes before lunch when he tried to heave young paceman Matt Henry out of the ground but only managed to edge the ball to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.
Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo have both received grid penalties for the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos on Sunday.Williams driver Bottas was given a three-place penalty for overtaking under red flag conditions during the second free practice session on Friday.The 26-year-old Finn was deemed to have not done enough to avoid passing Felipe Nasr of Sauber between turns five and six, the session having been halted due to the McLaren of Fernando Alonso suffering an engine failure.Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will lose 10 places on the grid for the race on Sunday after his team opted to use an upgraded Renault engine in the Australian's car. Nico Rosberg was fastest in FP2 ahead of Mercedes team-mate and drivers' champion Lewis Hamilton.
Stade de France was evacuated after an explosion was heard nearby a Germany-France game Friday. France Football Federation President Noel Le Graet confirmed three people died outside the stadium.Athletes from around the sports world have reacted to the attacks in France.The AP reports at least 35 people are dead in Paris after a shooting and a reported suicide attack.
Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in and around Paris, in a series of explosions and shootings on Friday night. Witnesses to the attacks have written on social media and spoken to various media outlets to describe what they have seen.Inside the BataclanJulian Peace, a journalist for Europe 1, was inside the Bataclan in the 10th arrondissement, a popular and renowned concert venue, when the attack happened. He told France Inter that two to three people – not wearing face masks – opened fire on the crowd with automatic weapons, possibly, kalashnikovs. He said the shootings lasted 10 to 15 minutes – long enough for the assailants to re-load their weapons two or three times. Peace told CNN that he heard nothing from the shooters, just the screams of the crowd. However, another witness, who was at the Bataclan with his mother, told France Inter that he heard the assailants screaming “Allahu Akbar” while shooting inside the crowd.“It was carnage,” Marc Coupris, 57, told the Guardian, still shaking after being freed from being held hostage at the Bataclan, a popular concert venue. “It looked like a battlefield, there was blood everywhere, there were bodies everywhere. I was at the far side of the hall when shooting began. There seemed to be at least two gunmen. They shot from the balcony.”“Everyone scrabbled to the ground. I was on the ground with a man on top of me and another one beside me up against a wall. We just stayed still like that. At first we kept quiet. I don’t know how long we stayed like that, it seemed like an eternity.
At least 158 people have died in Paris in a seemingly coordinated wave of gun and suicide bomb attacks, prompting the French president, François Hollande, to declare a state of emergency and bring in controls on the country’s borders.What seems likely to be the most deadly terrorist attack in Europe since the 2004 train bombings in Madrid saw attacks at six venues across Paris, including gun attacks at a rock concert and two restaurants, and a series of blasts near the Stade de France, where the national side were playing Germany in an international friendly football match.By far the bloodiest of the incidents resulted in up to 120 people being killed at a concert by a US rock group, Eagles of Death Metal, when gunmen opened fire inside the Bataclan concert venue in the 11th arrondissement. Many people in the crowd were reportedly held hostage before armed police stormed the venue, killing two attackers.Police officials told AP two of the incidents near the stadium involved suicide attacks, with three people reported to be killed.
From an elite American Basketballer......I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I'm not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best...cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better...not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy.We disagree with this statement - participation trophies recongise the efforts that are made by every player regardless of abilitiy and should be enjoyed by all as recognition of their efforts over the course of the season.The Trophy Superstore.
Triple world champion Niki Lauda agrees with Lewis Hamilton's comments about 'ugly' Formula One trophies but says they were so bad in his day that he swapped them for a lifetime of free car washes."I binned them all, you're absolutely right, because in my time they were most of them ugly and for me useless," said the Austrian, now non-executive chairman of Hamilton's Mercedes team."On this point of view Lewis is right because the trophy should have a certain value when you look at them, that you like them," Lauda told BBC radio at the British Grand Prix on Saturday.Lauda, who took his titles with McLaren and Ferrari and won 25 grands prix from 1974, said he had given trophies to his local garageman."I said 'If you give me a free car wash for the rest of my life you can have all of them', and that is what I did," said the 66-year-old."The guy died unfortunately and his son was running the petrol station but they were so demolished and terribly kept there, that a friend of mine took them away, polished them and then my kids took them and put them on eBay."Now I have to pay for it (the car wash)."Hamilton told reporters earlier in the week that he wanted to get his hands on a proper trophy if he won his home race on Sunday."Last year they gave me this plastic thing and I'm like, 'This is not the trophy, it's like a GP2 trophy not the Formula One trophy'," said the double world champion."The last one in Austria was wooden, the whole thing was wooden. The base was like lead. I mean, what? It's supposed to be silver.We know you will love the Trophies that you recieve from the largest Trophy store in Australia - the Trophy Superstore.
Australian Joe Burns nearly added another highlight to his impressive return to the Test team after the centurion just missed out on a brilliant catch on day four of the First Test.Burns, who has starred with two classy knocks of 71 and 129, almost pulled off the first 'Classic Catch' of the summer when he was picked out by New Zealand opener Martin Guptill in the second over of the day. Fielding at short leg, Burns was in the firing line when Guptill tried to clip Mitchell Johnson through the on side. The ball initially appeared to lodge in his midriff but bounced out, with the stumbling opener unable to cling onto another three or four opportunities. The missed opportunity was the first life for the New Zealand opener who survived another scare when Nathan Lyon fumbled a more routine catch in the 19th over. Once again off the bowling of Johnson, Guptill tried to force a shot off the back only to loft the ball straight to Lyon at point. But the Australian spinner let the chance to break visitor's opening partnership slip through his fingers, with Guptill heading into lunch unbeaten on 16.