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Newcastle Herald

Sport briefs

Date: 14/03/2000
Words: 374
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: Sport
Page: 56
Waiting for waves THE world's top surfers were granted a lay day yesterday in the Billabong Pro on the Gold Coast. A new groundswell is predicted to further increase and officials are confident of restarting this morning. Dokic bombs outINDIAN WELLS: Australian teenager Jelena Dokic crashed out of the third round of the WTA Masters Series yesterday after a hard-fought 6-2 7-6 (7-4) loss to former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez. Race fans in darkRACEGOERS at Flemington yesterday were left in the dark when the power cut out midway through the running of the fourth race, the Marriott Hotels Australia Welter. Susie in a new seatATLANTA Games swimming gold medallist Susie O'Neill has been chosen as the Australian Olympic Committee's nomination for a seat on the IOC Athletes' Commission. Hayley sets paceHAYLEY Lewis showed yesterday she was on track for Olympic selection with an easy win in the Australian open-water 5km swimming championship in Sydney. Lewis won the event in 58min 19sec. Medal for ZekeZEKE Steggall is on track to take Australia's first World Cup snowboarding title after finishing second yesterday in a competition in San Candido, Italy. Best getting betterLONDON: Soccer legend George Best, battling a liver condition in a leading private hospital, completed another lap on the road to recovery yesterday as he watched television highlights of the Australian Grand Prix. The 53-year-old hopes to be able to leave on Thursday. Rossi's big debutLONDON: Young Italian Valentino Rossi is set to be the centre of attention when the 500cc motorcycle racing season starts at South Africa's Phakisa Freeway outside Welkom at the weekend. Rossi, 21, became the youngest 250cc world champion last season. Reds in the warsTHE Queensland Reds have four players in doubt with injury and two others already ruled out of their Super 12 match against Canterbury at Ballymore on Saturday night. Legend Bax diesLEGENDARY former Brisbane rugby league coach Bob Bax has died after a long illness. Bax, 74, coached the Brisbane Brothers and Norths teams between 1956 and 1970, making 14 grand finals and taking nine premierships.
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