Campbell seeks perfection at nationals

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Records may be on the horizon for Cate Campbell but the champion swimmer claimed she was pursuing something much more special after clinching 50m freestyle gold at the national titles in Brisbane on Thursday night.

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Campbell (24.18 seconds) edged out her younger sister Bronte (24.58) in a time that not only booked a Glasgow Commonwealth Games berth along with her sibling but also would have claimed London Olympic silver.

World 100m freestyle champion Cate Campbell had looked in sight of Libby Trickett’s national record (23.97) and perhaps even German Britta Steffen’s 23.73 world mark in a supersuit after scorching semi-final form in Brisbane.

However, a botched start derailed any hopes of her adding an entry in the record books.

Good thing she has a new life mantra.

“Everyone asks me, `are you chasing the world record?'” Cate Campbell said.

“And the answer is no. I am chasing perfection.

“And I think that is a great thing to chase because you can never achieve it. And that means you never stop trying to achieve it.

“There is always something to aim for.”

The Campbells also dared to dream of sharing a Glasgow podium after extending their sister act 50m quinella to a third straight national titles.

But it may cause more trouble than its worth on the home front.

“That would be great but for the sake of our parents I think they would rig it so we tied for first and don’t have to pick a favourite daughter,” Bronte Campbell laughed.

Bronte Campbell famously drew up a “contract” last year to stop her father Ron from talking to the media after hijacking a TV press conference when his daughters earned London Games selection, becoming swimming’s first Australian Olympian siblings in 40 years.

The contract sits in Bronte Campbell’s sock drawer, and she insists, is still binding.

“They are here and allowed to watch – they are just not allowed to talk about it,” Bronte Campbell laughed.

Cate Campbell also breathed a sigh of relief after clinching a team berth with the 100m still to come after being forced to withdraw from the Delhi 2010 Games due to illness.

Meanwhile, teenager Taylor McKeown (two minutes, 22.10 seconds) turned heads by clinching 200m breaststroke gold in a time that would have claimed 2013 world titles bronze.

The only Australian to have swum faster in the distance is the great Leisel Jones (2:20.54).

Meanwhile, Grant Irvine (1:56.23) defended his men’s 200m butterfly title by holding out Mitchell Pratt (1:57.00).

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Perez hopes Bahrain can make up for Sepang snooze

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The Mexican did not start at Sepang due to a gearbox problem and spent the afternoon watching as a spectator instead.

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It was not an experience the 24-year-old is in any hurry to repeat.

“Malaysia for me was quite a boring race, with Mercedes dominating and actually nothing happening in the midfield,” he told reporters at a gusty and cloudy Sakhir circuit. “I think it was a boring race.

“Here hopefully we can see good racing. Hopefully for the fans and for the good of Formula One we can have a good show here,” he added.

Perez has just one point to his credit from two races in his first season with Force India, and that was thanks to Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo being disqualified in Melbourne and remains subject to appeal.

The former Sauber and McLaren driver’s German team mate Nico Hulkenberg meanwhile has 18 points after finishing fifth in Malaysia and sixth in Australia.

Perez, whose Australian Grand Prix was ruined by a collision with the Sauber of compatriot Esteban Gutierrez on the first lap, said he had just had bad luck.

“The first two weekends have been really unfortunate for me with too many issues. Hopefully now that the car has the pace, Nico has shown it has good pace, we can have a clear weekend without the issues,” he said.

“He has had two very strong races and a lot of points, so I am quite behind…Basically this is my start of the season so hopefully we can have a great result.

“I think there is good potential on the car, every weekend we are learning a lot. Once we have no issues and problems we should be really competitive,” he added.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Justin Palmer)

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Second man charged on NSW double shooting

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A man has been charged with attempted murder and several robbery offences for his part in a western Sydney double shooting that left a teenager and an innocent bystander in serious conditions in hospital.

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Police had been looking for the man after he and three others ambushed three teenagers in their car last week, shooting one before running away and firing on an innocent bystander who confronted the group in the front yard of his Merrylands home.

They arrested the 23-year-old on a street corner at Guildford early on Thursday afternoon and charged him with shooting at with intent to murder, robbery armed with offensive weapon causing wounding or grievous bodily harm, assault with intent to rob while armed with an offensive weapon causing wounding and or grievous bodily harm and robbery while armed with dangerous weapon.

He was refused bail and is due before Parramatta Local Court on Friday.

After the bungled armed robbery, a 19-year-old man was rushed to hospital with chest, stomach and arm wounds and a 62-year-old man was left in a critical but stable condition from a gunshot to the chest.

Both shooting victims remain in hospital.

Police say the 19-year-old had gone to Merrylands with two mates, 17 and 18, late on the night of March 26 to buy a mobile phone advertised on a social networking site.

But they were stopped in their car on a residential street by two men.

Two more men appeared and a fight broke out.

The 19-year-old was shot after a man jumped into the teen’s car allegedly demanding cash and property.

The two other suspects remain at large.

Yousiff Chami was last week also charged over the Merrylands shootings.

The 27-year-old, who’s facing firearm and robbery charges, was remanded in custody until his matter appears before Parramatta Local Court on May 22.

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PSG discover there is a life without Zlatan

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The Sweden striker was a pale shadow of his usual brilliant self as he failed to score or create chances for his team mates, going off midway through the second half with a thigh injury that looks like keeping him out of the return in London.

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On the surface his absence would appear a bitter blow for PSG, especially as the talismanic striker has 10 Champions League goals this season, but in Ezequiel Lavezzi they have a player hitting top form at just the right time.

“He’s reached a level of fitness that allows him to make forays into the defence,” coach Laurent Blanc told reporters.

“He brings depth and speed. And now he scores goals. He was our best man.”

Lavezzi, who joined from Napoli in 2012, the same year Ibrahimovic left Milan for Paris, struggled initially but he is now repaying his coach’s faith, having scored seven goals from his last eight appearances in all competitions.

After Ibrahimovic was substituted by Lucas, the Brazil forward showed great pace to rattle Chelsea and late sub Javier Pastore scored a stunning solo goal as PSG coped superbly without the Swede to establish a two-goal cushion.

Almost halfway through the Qatari owners’ five-year plan to win Europe’s premium club competition, PSG are now beginning to look like a side capable of delivering ahead of time.

“Our players are getting to know each other more and more, and we’ve had more time to work together,” said man of the match Lavezzi.

“The results have improved because of that, which is normal.”

Before the game, Ibrahimovic said PSG were in the same position now that Chelsea were in two years after Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the London club in 2003.

Almost.

Chelsea reached the last four in 2003-04 and the following season, being knocked out by Monaco and Liverpool respectively, and they had to wait until 2012 to lift the trophy.

PSG reached the quarter-finals last season and were eliminated by Barcelona on away goals after drawing 1-1 following a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes.

“We beat a great European team but we’re just at halftime,” said PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi, who has splashed out over 200 million euros on transfers since 2012.

Lavezzi is well placed to know that the tie is far from over having been in the Napoli side that were beaten 4-1 at Stamford Bridge in the last 16 in 2012, having won the first leg 3-1.

But then Argentine is confident PSG have what it takes to weather the storm.

“I’m not worried about a repeat of that comeback because it’s a totally different team,” he told reporters.

Two years ago, Chelsea started with Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge up front, firepower they no longer boast.

On Wednesday, they started with Andre Schuerrle as a lone forward with Fernando Torres left on the bench.

“I’m not happy with my strikers’ performance,” Mourinho admitted.

“We have trouble scoring, especially when the games are tight.”

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Martyn Herman)

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‘500 dolphins caught in WA nets’ in decade

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About 500 dolphins have been caught in the Pilbara trawl fishery in the past 10 years, West Australian scientists say.

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Murdoch University PhD candidate Simon Allen and colleagues from the Cetacean Research Unit have made the claims based on independent observer data, which shows methods to reduce dolphin bycatch are not working.

“Independent observers reported bycatch rates of about 50 dolphins per year, which is double the number reported by the skippers of these vessels,” Mr Allen said.

Under-reporting was not unusual around the world, especially where marine mammal capture was illegal, he said.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean that skippers are deliberately under-reporting,” Mr Allen said.

“Fishers are concentrating on the job at hand and may not see a dead dolphin fall out of the net on winch up.”

A report by the WA Fisheries Department detailed similar findings, but instead suggested self-reporting mechanisms in place were accurate and the impact posed negligible risk, Mr Allen said.

But researchers said modified bycatch reduction devices with top-opening escape hatches could be more effective.

The scientists have also called for a reinstatement of independent observers and in-net video collection to accurately measure bycatch.

“The next step is to calculate the acceptable levels of human-caused dolphin mortality, which requires an estimate of the dolphin population size in the region,” Mr Allen said.

“If the ongoing bycatch exceeds that threshold, switching to alternative, less destructive fishing methods, like trap or line fishing, should be considered.”

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Hong Kong stocks end 0.18% higher

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Hong Kong shares have gained 0.

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18 per cent, a fifth consecutive rise, following a record close on Wall Street and after China unveiled a mini stimulus to kickstart the world’s No.2 economy.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index on Thursday added 41.14 points to 22,565.08 on turnover of $HK71.67 billion ($A10.03 billion).

Beijing on Wednesday unveiled a mini stimulus program to boost the Chinese economy, which has shown signs of slowing in recent months. Among the measures are extra spending on railways, improving low-income housing and tax relief for small businesses.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 closed up 0.29 per cent at a second straight record high after payrolls firm ADP said US businesses added 191,000 jobs in March, returning to the level of growth seen in December before severe winter weather hit the country.

The Dow added 0.24 per cent and the Nasdaq finished 0.20 per cent higher.

In Hong Kong shares, energy giant CNOOC rose 1.03 per cent to $HK11.82, HSBC was 0.13 per cent higher at $HK79.05 and Henderson Land Development eased 0.53 per cent to $HK46.70.

Rail stocks rallied sharply after Beijing’s pledge to increase railway spending with China Railway Construction rising 7.2 per cent to $HK7.43 and China Railway Group gaining 5.1 per cent to $HK3.92.

However, analysts warned that rail was a long-planned target for Chinese stimulus and the new measures will not necessarily have a lasting impact on company earnings.

China “has always been inclined to use the railway as a measure to boost economic growth”, Jefferies financial group said in a note to clients. “It only creates peak earnings for the rail builders and train makers that are difficult to sustain.”

On the mainland, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.74 per cent, or 15.29 points, to 2,043.70 on turnover of 79.5 billion yuan ($A13.88 billion).

Investors were disappointed at the fact there was no mention of monetary policy, such as a reduction in the amount of cash banks must keep in reserve, or an interest rate cut.

The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, edged up 0.04 per cent, or 0.46 points, to 1,055.58 on turnover of 85.5 billion yuan.

“The stimulus program is largely in line with expectations. It’s clear that the central authorities have refrained from aggressive investment,” Zhang Gang, an analyst at Central China Securities, told Dow Jones Newswires.

“Without large-scale spending, cyclic stocks will remain sluggish.”

Property developers fell despite the pledge to upgrade old urban housing. Beijing Vantone Real Estate tumbled 9.18 per cent to 3.66 yuan and Poly Real Estate fell 1.58 per cent to 8.11 yuan.

And steel and coal makers fell on concerns about the economy. Baoshan Iron & Steel dropped 2.3 per cent to 3.88 yuan and Hebei Iron and Steel lost 4.0 per cent to 1.90 yuan.

However railway-related stocks rose on the promise for more rail construction, as in Hong Kong.

Jinxi Axle gained 2.78 per cent to 13.69 yuan and China Railway Construction rose 0.69 per cent to 4.37 yuan.

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Wiggins, Cancellara in Tour of Flanders

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Britain’s former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins will race the Tour of Flanders on Sunday for the first time since 2005, his Sky team confirmed on Thursday.

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The 33-year-old, who became the first British rider to win the fabled Tour de France in 2012 will also use the race to prepare for the Paris-Roubaix, the following weekend, one of his principle early season objectives.

In his only participation to date, he finished 81st nine years ago.

Compatriot Geraint Thomas, who finished third in the GP E3 last Friday, before a crash two days later in the Gent-Wevelgem, is also included although current Tour de France champion Chris Froome will miss the event.

British team Sky, will also line up with Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen, who came home third in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad behind Sky’s triumphant Ian Stannard, at the beginning of March.

Stannard is not included in Sky’s eight man team.

Elsewhere, American team BMC announced former world champion Philippe Gilbert will not, as expected, race the one-day classic on Sunday.

The Belgian rider, who won the world title in 2012 and finished third in the Belgian race in 2009 and 2010, has opened the way for compatriot and teammate Greg Van Avermaet to lead the team in his absence.

Van Avermaet finished 4th in 2012 on the race, which starts in Bruges on April 6 and runs over 259.2km to Audenarde, as well as coming home seventh in last year’s rendition.

BMC will also look to Norwegian veteran Thor Hushovd, Italian Manuel Quinziato and Swiss youngster Silvain Dillier, 23, to challenge for honours.

Defending champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland will also be on the start line as part of a strong Trek team that also includes double winner Stijn Devolder of Belgium.

Cancellara, 33, won the race by a comfortable 1min 27secs last year, and also crossed the line first in 2010 while Devolder picked up his victories in 2008 and 2009.

The Berne native also won the Paris-Roubaix in 2006, 2010 and 2013, a title he is set to defend the following weekend.

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Don’t brace yourself: Magnussen

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Don’t brace yourselves.

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That was the message to rivals from dual world champion James Magnussen after his 100m freestyle semi-final display at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games trials in Brisbane on Thursday night.

But his words may have come too late.

Magnussen is so wary of making bold calls after being burnt at the 2012 Olympics that he took the mickey out of his now infamous “brace yourselves” pre-London Games warning when he emerged from the semis pool in Brisbane.

“Don’t brace yourselves. Stay relaxed,” he smiled.

However, Magnussen’s blistering form said otherwise ahead of Friday night’s 100m final.

Magnussen cruised through his semi-final but still clocked 47.83 seconds – just shy of the time that won him the 2013 world title (47.71).

And he hoped to go at least half a second faster on Friday night – putting him well in sight of Brazilian Cesar Cielo’s world mark of 46.91.

“My start was fairly ordinary but I will fix that tomorrow night,” said Magnussen, whose personal best is 47.10.

“That was pretty controlled. I will open a bit more tomorrow night.”

Magnussen showed he meant business when he arrived at the pool without the beard he had lovingly groomed.

“Mum saw it on TV. She said it didn’t suit me,” Magnussen laughed.

“I felt naked (without it).”

But any fears of his beloved beard having Samson-like powers were shelved after the Olympic silver medallist blew away the semi-final field.

His fifth sub-48 second time this year only added to pre-meet speculation from head coach Jacco Verhaeren that his charge may break the world record in Friday’s 100m final.

But Magnussen still remained tightlipped when asked for a prediction ahead of the final after his infamous warning backfired at London where he was relegated to 100m silver and bombed in the 4×100 relay.

Yet national 200m champion Cameron McEvoy – who qualified second fastest in 48.14 – knew exactly what to expect.

“You just know he is going to go psycho, just go insane,” said McEvoy, Magnussen’s London Olympic and 2013 world titles relay teammate.

“It’s more expected that he will come out and just smash it.

“The more I focus on myself the better.”

The only downer was London Olympian James Roberts failing to overcome a back injury and missing out on the 100m final (equal 10th fastest in semis in 49.92).

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Rate rises may be limited: IMF

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As consumers and businesses worry about an interest rate rise from the Reserve Bank before long, a new analysis suggests any increases are likely to be limited.

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The International Monetary Fund says worldwide interest rates are expected to increase in the medium term with global economic conditions normalising, reversing the decline into negative territory due to the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.

But in the analytical chapters of its forthcoming world economic outlook, the IMF does not believe real, or inflation adjusted, interest rates will return to high levels.

“The increase from current levels is expected to be modest, because the factors that have mostly contributed to low real rates in the past recent years are unlikely to reverse substantially,” the report released in Washington on Thursday said.

It says the “scars” from the GFC have resulted in a sharp and persistent decline in investment in advanced economies, while there will be only a modest impact from lower savings in emerging market economies as a result of slower economic growth.

There has also been an investment shift to safer interest-rate yielding bonds away from riskier equities, which has kept rates low.

Using data from a number of countries, including Australia, it found that 10-year real interest rates declined from an average of 5.5 per cent in the 1980s, to 3.5 per cent in the 1990s, to two per cent between 2001 and 2008 and to slightly negative territory of 2012.

While continued low real rates will help borrowers to lower debt ratios, they also raise new policy challenges.

“The envisioned low real rate environment … may re-emerge as a constraint to monetary policy should risks of very low growth in advanced economies materialise,” it said.

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Malaysia urged to rescue kidnapped tourist

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China is pressing Malaysia to rescue a Chinese tourist who was abducted along with a Filipina from a diving resort by gunmen, further straining relations already tested by the crisis over missing Flight MH370.

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The two women were abducted in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah, which is known for its natural attractions such as world-class scuba diving, but is also notorious for lawlessness and recurring kidnappings blamed on bandits from the Muslim southern Philippines.

Gao Huayuan, 29, a tourist from Shanghai, was taken along with Filipina hotel employee Marcy Dayawan, 40, in a raid by about six gunmen around 10.30pm on Wednesday (0130 AEDT Thursday), Malaysian media reports said.

The raid occurred at the Singamata Reef Resort near the town of Semporna on Borneo island.

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said the attack could be an attempt to stir up more trouble between China and Malaysia.

“The government does not rule out the possibility that the kidnappings in Semporna were done by certain parties to muddy Malaysia-China relations,” Najib was quoted saying by a Malaysian news agency.

He spoke while on a visit to the Australian staging base for the massive search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the majority of whose passengers were Chinese.

It was not known who the kidnappers were or where the victims were taken. Bandits have in the past abducted tourists and fisherman in the area and taken them to nearby Philippine islands.

But China urged Malaysian police to rescue its citizen and ensure safety.

“We sent relevant staff to the site and ask the local police to make an all-out rescue effort while ensuring the security of Chinese citizens and taking effective measures to safeguard the security of Chinese tourists,” foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

It said China would “follow this incident closely”.

Malaysian police have declined comment, and resort staff could not immediately be reached.

The incident is another blow for the image of Sabah, and for Malaysian tourism, already blackened by the MH370 tragedy.

More than 200 armed Islamic guerillas from the Philippines staged a bizarre invasion of eastern Sabah last year, and were crushed by Malaysian armed forces after a month-long siege. Dozens of people were killed.

Malaysia ratcheted up security in the area afterwards and has repeatedly pledged it is safe for visitors. But abductions and other incidents have continued.

Malaysian security forces patrolled nearby seas Thursday in search of the gunmen, reports said, and a military official in the adjacent southern Philippines said his country’s forces were standing by to help.

China’s consulate on Borneo island on Thursday advised its nationals to “pay attention to personal safety” when travelling to eastern Sabah state’s world-renowned dive sites, which include the island of Sipadan, and avoid “remote islands”.

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