Last-gasp Roos break Bulldog hearts in AFL

North Melbourne skipper Jack Ziebell has kicked a last-minute winning goal to break Western Bulldogs hearts in a two-point AFL thriller at Etihad Stadium.
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The brave Dogs fell behind in the final term after leading most of the night.

They retook the lead through Billy Gowers with about two minutes left only to see Ziebell slot through a goal with 20 seconds remaining to seal a 12.5 (77) to 11.9 (75) win in front of 26,301 fans on Saturday night.

“We were on the wrong end of quite a few of those (results) last year,” North coach Brad Scott said.

“They’re really painful at the time but you then train it and it’s great for the players to be on the right side of one of those really close games when it looked like it had slipped away from us.”

Ben Brown, who booted a game-high five goals, found Ziebell on the edge of the goal square with a neat soccered pass in the frantic dying seconds for the last goal of the contest.

Ziebell finished with three goals, while Shaun Higgins (32 possessions and two goals), Ben Cunnington (30 touches) and Todd Goldstein (20 possessions and 42 hitouts) were also influential.

Hayden Crozier had a career-best 30 disposals in his best game for the Dogs, with Lachie Hunter (30) and Toby McLean (26) prominent.

It was a cruel end for the Bulldogs who have disappointed for much of the season but rediscovered the high-intensity game that propelled them to the 2016 premiership.

The fired-up Dogs led the listless Roos by a goal at quarter-time and 18 points at halftime.

But as they have too often in a frustrating season they were unable to maintain the same intensity.

The Roos lifted as well, Brown adding two more and Higgins booting the last two goals on the third quarter to slash the margin to two points.

North looked set to overpower the Dogs after they booted the first two goals of the final term.

Ed Richards and Gowers had Bulldogs fans on their feet only for Ziebell to get on the end of a pivotal coast-to-coast play.

“We fell apart structurally in the last two minutes,” coach Luke Beveridge lamented.

“It’s frustrating (actually) it’s more than frustrating … it’s extremely disappointing.

“We got ourselves into a position to win it, that’s a positive sign, but we couldn’t sustain what we’d done in the first half.”

The Kangaroos improved to an 8-5 record with the result, while the Dogs (4-9) slipped to their fifth loss in a row.

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One killed in Ethiopia rally explosion

An explosion has struck a huge rally for Ethiopia’s reformist new prime minister shortly after he spoke and was waving to the cheering crowd that turned out to support sweeping changes in Africa’s second-most populous nation.
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Addressing the country minutes after he was rushed to safety, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called the blast a “well-orchestrated attack” but one that failed. He did not lay blame but said police were investigating.

Health Minister Amir Aman confirmed one death while Abiy’s chief of staff said 83 people were hurt, six critically.

“The prime minster was the target,” a rally organiser, Seyoum Teshome, told The Associated Press. “An individual tried to hurl the grenade toward a stage where the prime minister was sitting but was held back by the crowd.”

The man with the grenade was wearing a police uniform, witness Abraham Tilahun told the AP. Police officers nearby quickly restrained him, he said. “Then we heard the explosion.”

AP video from the scene showed bloodstained ground and abandoned shoes while people chanting the prime minister’s name fled, some clutching their heads in shock and despair.

The attack was “cheap and unacceptable,” Ethiopia’s prime minister said, and added: “Love always wins. Killing others is a defeat. To those who tried to divide us, I want to tell you that you have not succeeded.”

The explosion in packed Meskel Square in the capital, Addis Ababa, came after weeks of reforms that had shocked many in the East African nation after years of anti-government tensions, states of emergency, thousands of arrests and long internet shutdowns.

The 42-year-old Abiy took office in April and quickly announced the release of tens of thousands of prisoners, the opening of state-owned companies to private investment and the unconditional embrace of a peace deal with rival Eritrea. Websites were unblocked and opposition figures were invited to dinner. Ethiopians said they could hardly keep up with the pace of change.

Saturday’s rally began as a show of exuberance, with supporters wearing clothes displaying Abiy’s image and carrying signs saying “One Love, One Ethiopia.”

Informal in a neon green T-shirt, Abiy told the tens of thousands of supporters that change was coming and there was no turning back.

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No need for red cards in AFL, says Fagan

The AFL doesn’t need to introduce red cards, Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan says.Brisbane might have been cruelled by the loss of Harris Andrews but coach Chris Fagan doesn’t believe Jeremy Cameron’s ugly hit on him should spark calls for the AFL to introduce red cards.
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The Lions had to play out most of Saturday’s clash against GWS without Andrews, their vice-captain and key defender, after he was knocked out cold by an elbow from star forward Cameron.

The incident is likely to lead to a lengthy suspension for Cameron, who already had a poor tribunal record – but unlike Andrews, he was able to play out the match.

Cameron proved crucial to the Giants’ cause in the end, kicking three goals as they prevailed by 27 points.

The Lions, meanwhile, were left with only three players on the bench and Fagan said he was forced to move Josh Walker from the forward line into defence to compensate.

That, in turn, allowed GWS to take a number of key marks in Brisbane’s forward 50 during the second quarter, when the visitors eked out what proved a winning edge.

Social media lit up with calls for the AFL to introduce red cards to punish players like Cameron for such occurrences of foul play.

And while Fagan admits there is an injustice about what happened, he isn’t about to petition for change.

“It comes up, doesn’t it? It’s so hard for the AFL though to decide on that,” he said.

“If an umpire makes a mistake and a big final’s lost because of it and the player goes to the match review panel and (finds) there’s nothing much in it, it’s a real tough issue.

“I know it hurt us tonight, and if Cameron is rubbed out, the teams (GWS) plays down the track will be the beneficiary of the fact that he’s not playing and we weren’t tonight.

“I reckon you could argue for and against that over a beer for 10 hours … (but) I don’t think we need a red card system.”

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GoT stars to tie the knot, dad ‘thrilled’

Game Of Thrones actress Rose Leslie’s father says he is “thrilled” for his daughter as she prepares to wed former co-star Kit Harington.
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The couple, who played on-screen lovers in the epic TV drama, are tying the knot at Leslie’s 12th Century family castle in Scotland.

Fans of Game Of Thrones have been gathering outside Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple.

Speaking outside the castle, where the pair, both 31, will exchange vows, Sebastian Leslie said: “We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today.”

“It’s an absolutely lovely day for us,” he added.

The couple met while filming the fantasy saga in 2012 and played on-screen lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte.

Two years after they met, Leslie left Game Of Thrones, while Harington has become one of the show’s most popular stars and has appeared in every episode.

Two students from China, currently studying in Glasgow and clutching floral bouquets for the stars, were among the fans who gathered at the venue.

Yunyao Li, 23, and Qiong dan Xu, 23, said they are fans of Harington’s alter-ego in Game Of Thrones.

“We would like to see him if possible,” they said.

A wedding date of June 23 was previously posted at Aberdeenshire’s Huntly registration office.

The stars announced their engagement in the Times newspaper last year.

And speaking to L’Uomo Vogue, Harington said it was “easy” to fall in love with Leslie and his best memory of the show was meeting his future partner while filming in Iceland in 2012.

“The country is beautiful … the Northern Lights are magical … it was there that I fell in love,” he said.

“If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”

The Good Fight actress Leslie said she had been too busy to plan the wedding, telling Town And Country magazine: “I haven’t tackled it. There’s just too much to do.”

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Cameron elbow overshadows Giants AFL win

Jeremy Cameron faces a long spell on the sidelines after a sickening hit on Brisbane defender Harris Andrews which has blighted Greater Western Sydney’s 27-point AFL victory at the Gabba.
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The star Giants’ forward caught the Lions’ vice-captain flush in the jaw with a raised elbow as he attempted to spoil 11 minutes into Saturday’s first quarter.

Andrews appeared to be out cold before he hit the ground and was taken off on a medicab with a bleeding chin after a lengthy stoppage.

Cameron, who came in from behind and appeared to be no chance of winning the ball, stressed after the match he did not mean to hurt Andrews.

“It was unfortunate, the way it panned out. I just played the ball on its merits – I like hitting it nice and hard,” he said.

Both coaches were reluctant to discuss the incident in detail.

“He’s a bit sick and sorry. It was a big knock … (but) the judicial system will deal with that,” Lions coach Chris Fagan said.

Andrews, 21, was fortunate to escape serious injury, needing only four stitches to repair the damage and was apparently cracking jokes in the Brisbane rooms after regaining consciousness.

But his absence meant the Lions lost one of their most-important players for almost the entire match.

They were ahead on the scoreboard when he was felled but were outscored four goals to one for the rest of the quarter.

Two of them came from Cameron, who went on to kick his third goal after the halftime siren to give GWS a 24-point lead.

They were never in doubt from there despite a brave attempt at a comeback by a Luke Hodge-led Brisbane, who closed to within 15 points in the last quarter.

The Lions eventually fell 16.13 (109) to 12.10 (82) as the Giants recorded their seventh win of the season and third in a row.

Cameron was reported and looked set to be sent straight to the tribunal and hit with a lengthy ban.

He was roundly condemned on social media by AFL identities, including ex-Lions captain Tom Rockliff and former umpires boss Peter Schwab.

He was also vigorously booed by the 11,267-strong crowd every time he touched the ball.

Cameron’s poor disciplinary record won’t help his cause.

He has already been charged 10 times in his seven-year AFL career and suspended twice for a total of five weeks.

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