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Cricket world mourns the loss of Australian icon, Andrew Symonds

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The cricket world is mourning the loss of another icon, Andrew Symonds, just months after the passing of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh

Former Australian Cricketer Andrew Symonds died in a single-car accident, at the age of 46.

He was involved in a crash in Townsville Queensland, on Saturday night after 11 pm local time. Symonds suffered fatal injuries, despite Emergency services’ efforts to revive him, with his two dogs surviving the accident. 

Tributes are flowing in for the beloved cricketer who leaves behind his wife Laura and two young children, Billie and Chloe.

Andrew Symonds with wife Laura and children Chloe and Billie.

“We are still in shock – I’m just thinking of the two kids.”

“He was such a big person and there is just so much of him in his kids,” she added.

“He was the most laid back person. Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely chilled operator. So practical.

“He was never good with his phone but he always had time for everyone.”

laura symonds, andrew’s wife

Police say the cause of the crash remains unknown, with a formal investigation now underway.

“That’s still being investigated at this stage. Forensic Crash Unit officers have attended the scene and are conducting the investigation and they will prepare a report for the coroner,” he said.

“The accident was actually heard by neighbours who are people who live nearby that were the first people on scene and alerted emergency services.

“They provided the assistance they could at the time.”

Townsville Acting Inspector Gavin Oates
Andrew Symonds and Shane Warne

Symonds was a cricketing icon playing 26 test matches for Australia, 198 one-day Internationals, and 14 Twenty20 Internationals.

Symonds retired in 2012 but stayed on Television screens as a prominent commentator for Fox Sports.

He was reportedly a lively and loveable larrikin and a well-respected person on and off the pitch.

This is the third Australian cricketer to die this year, following the tragic passings of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.

“Andrew was a much-loved and admired cricketer in Australia and around the world,” Hockley said in a press release.

“He was a prodigious talent from an early age in Queensland with his clean ball-striking ability, shrewd spin bowling and brilliant fielding.

“He will be sadly missed by the Australian cricket community and particularly his very close friends at the Queensland Bulls where he was a popular and much-admired team-mate and friend.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this devastatingly sad time.”

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley

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Emergency World Cup departure by England’s Raheem Sterling

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In a nightmare situation for the English national football team, Raheem Sterling has returned home after intruder broke into his family residence

Football superstar Raheem Sterling has returned home on an emergency flight, after intruders broke into his family residence.

Police are investigating the burglary at Sterling’s home in a town called Leatherhead, just south of Central London.

Reports suggest a number of expensive items were stolen, including watches and other jewellery.

Sources close to Sterling say he is “shaken” and “concerned” about the wellbeing of his loved ones and wants to be home to “support his family.”

There have been nothing be best wishes and support from fellow team mates and staff. 

“For the moment the priority is clearly for him to be with his family…

We are going to support that and make sure he has as much time as he needs…

At the moment it’s a situation where he needs time with his family and I don’t want to put him under any pressure with that…

Sometimes football isn’t the most important thing and family should come first.

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – International Friendly – England v Ivory Coast – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – March 29, 2022 England manager Gareth Southgate before the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

It comes as England get set for a big semi-finals match against France.

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China hides maskless crowd by editing World Cup broadcast

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China has made an effort to hide the rest of the world from its citizens by editing out crowd scenes from World Cup coverage

A China coverup has come to light as the country attempts to censor its World Cup broadcast.

Protests against China’s strict zero-covid strategy are engulfing its major cities, as Chinese TV feeds are edited to steer clear of crowd scenes.

State television removed camera shots of maskless crowd goers and instead shows closeups of coaches and players.

This has its citizens questioning why the rest of the world is getting on with normality, while they remain under strict lockdown.

The World Cup comes at a turbulent time for China, as millions remain shut away from the rest of the world.

It also comes just weeks after Xi Jinping secured a third term, with many are now demanding an end to his rein.

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Tech giant could bid for Man Utd

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Apple could be the next owner of English football giant Manchester United.

Reports suggest the American tech giant is considering a billion-dollar bid to take over the club.

It was confirmed earlier this week that the American Glazer family’s ownership of the football club is set to end.

The family sent a note to the New York Stock Exchange saying they’re exploring “strategic alternatives” for the English football club.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently keen to explore opportunities that owning Manchester United could provide, and is weighing up an official bid for the club in the region of $7 billion.

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