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Novak Djokovic leaves Australia after losing court appeal

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The Federal Court hearing Novak Djokovic’s case has upheld the government’s decision to deport the tennis ace

An Emirates flight carrying Djokovic departed Melbourne Airport just before 11pm AEDT, bound for Dubai.

Chief Justice James Allsop made it clear the decision was not being made by the Australian government, but by the courts.

“These grounds focused on whether the decision was irrational or legally unreasonable,” Justice Allsop said.

It means the tennis star will be deported before he was due to play at the Australian Open opening round on Monday night.

Novak Djokovic is challenging the Australian government’s decision to cancel his visa on public health grounds.

He must now pay costs of his expensive legal bid to remain in Australia.

The tennis star has not been vaccinated against Covid-19, which is a requirement for foreigners entering the country.

Lawyers from both sides have now made their cases to judges at the Federal Court of Australia.

The emergency hearing has adjourned so the judges can consider the arguments, with a verdict expected within hours.

Djokovic faces deportation and a three-year ban on obtaining a new visa if he loses the appeal. But if he is successful, he will be free to defend his Australian Open title on Monday night.

Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelled Djokovic’s visa on Friday, saying his presence in the country risked fanning anti-vaccine sentiment. The Serbian player’s lawyers argue that deporting him would stoke anti-vaccine views and protests

It follows a turbulent 10-days in which Djokovic has been detained by immigration authorities, released and then detained again

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Cody Simpson eyes off Commonwealth Games spot

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Australian pop star Cody Simpson closing in on spot at Commonwealth Games

Cody Simpson was most well known for being a pop singer, and he’s on the verge is turning into a professional swimmer.

The 25-year old beat three-time Olympian Kyle Chalmers in the 100 metre butterfly heat at the Australian Swimming Championships.

If he places in the top three spots in the final he will book a place in the team for the Commonwealth Games.

He’s on track to achieve the feat given only dual-Olympic bronze medallist Matthew Temple recorded a faster time in the heats.

Simpson shaved nearly one second off his personal best time, and if he finishes in the top two in the final he’ll also be eligible to swim at the world titles in Budapest next month.

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How Biniam Grimay’s historic victory celebration took an unpleasant turn

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Biniam Grimay finished stage 10 with a blazing sprint in a historic victory at Giro d’Italia

The 22- year old cyclist became the first Black African rider to win a grand tour stage

However, the celebration turned rather bitter as champagne cork struck his eye on the winner’s podium.

Grimay was treated in the Ambulance after the celebrations.

He later missed the post-race interviews and was taken to the hospital for further care.

Grimay is now out of the Giro d’italia because of the eye injury.

 

Shreya Vats Contributed to the report

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Police probe assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp

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Police have launched a probe into an assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp

Police are investigating an assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp.

Authorities say he was assaulted by a fan at the end of the Championship play-off final second leg at Nottingham Forest.

Television footage showed a member of the crowd charge at Sharp during a pitch invasion while the player stood on the sidelines.

According to his manager the sports star required stitches for his injuries.

Police say they are conducting enquiries as they continue their investigation.

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