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January 19, 2017

Milestone for Gabe

BASKETBALL: Seymour basketball export Gabe Richards will play her 250th WNBL game tomorrow night.

The Bendigo star’s big milestone will come against the Spirit’s biggest rival, Townsville Fire.

Richards was a valuable member of Bendigo’s championship wins against the North Queensland team in 2013 and 2014, while the Fire turned the tables on the Spirit in the 2015 decider.

Richards, 32, has played with Bendigo during nine of the club’s 10 seasons, while she has been named a WNBL all-star twice.

Nevins vice-captain

NETBALL: Echuca export Caitlyn Nevins has been appointed Queensland Firebirds’ vice-captain.

Nevins, 29, joined the Brisbane-based outfit in 2015 after moving from Melbourne Vixens and she will lead her team with skipper Gabi Simpson.

Wing attack Nevins enjoyed an outstanding season last year, winning her third consecutive ANZ Championship.

Cosgrove king

BOWLS: Numurkah Golf Bowls Club coach Barry Cosgrove is enjoying a fine season.

After winning the club championship in a thrilling final against Joe Luci last month, Cosgrove backed it up winning the Murray Bowls Division champion of champions.

Cosgrove defeated Strathmerton’s Mick Ryan, Cobram’s Greg Dunn and Finley’s Ash Haines to progress to the decider against Tocumwal Golf’s Chris Philpot.

Philpot led early, but Cosgrove stormed home to take out the title with a 25-18 victory.

Masters downed

CRICKET: Cricket Shepparton’s team is making a go of it at the annual Barooga Masters tournament.

The 35-and-over side went down to Beaconsfield in its opening game on Monday.

Shepparton recovered from 7-70 to make 175, with Peter Schnorrenberg (71) proving to be the star at No.9.

Beaconsfield comfortably got to the target, making 180 from 38 overs.

Shepparton was locked in a battle with Narre Warren North yesterday and will finish off the carnival with a game against Gippsland today.

Lynn out of series

CRICKET: Chris Lynn has been ruled out for the rest of the series against Pakistan and the upcoming one-day tour of New Zealand because of a neck injury.

The star batsman made his ODI debut in the series-opening win over Pakistan on January 13, but the pain from a bulging disc in his neck has increased and he has been ordered to rest.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann was hopeful Lynn would return for the home T20 series against Sri Lanka, starting on February 17.

‘‘He’s been playing in a lot of pain, even in the BBL,’’ Lehmann said yesterday.

‘‘It’s just got to the stage where he can’t function anymore.

‘‘He’s got a couple of weeks of no cricket now — light duties if you like.

‘‘A little bit of physical stuff, but nothing weight bearing. He’s got to calm down the neck. It’s quite aggravated.’’

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