Roos laments late lapse against Saints

Paul Roos lamented Melbourne’s inability to defend a lead with extra players behind the ball after Melbourne suffered a last-gasp loss to St Kilda on Sunday.

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The Demons looked set to end their 10-game losing streak against the Saints when Jeremy Howe gave his side a two-point lead with his goal with 41 seconds left to play, but they couldn’t stop Leigh Montagna kicking the match-winner with just 19 seconds on the clock.

A week after Roos was criticised for pointing the finger of blame at his players for aspects of their loss to Collingwood, the coach took responsibility for the heart-breaking defeat.

“We couldn’t get it done by putting a number behind the ball or two numbers or three numbers behind the ball,” Roos said.

“So obviously as a coach you take responsibility – if you can’t get it done you can’t get it done.

“Normally in those situations that’s what would happen.”

Melbourne now haven’t won a game at Etihad Stadium since round 19 of the 2007 season – a sequence of 21 matches.

“I don’t even think about the venue – it’s more about the game itself,” Roos said.

“In terms of the venue – that was brought up during the week – but I don’t think there’s ever a coach that says, ‘We haven’t won here for ‘x’amount of times’ or ‘We haven’t beaten this team’.

“It’s not like it’s an issue.” The loss leaves the Demons 15th on the ladder with a 3-8 record.

Despite the disappointment of the narrow defeat, Roos is still confident that his side is improving.

“Obviously it’s really disappointing to lose the game but there are certainly a lot of positives to come out of it,” he said.

“You’ve just got to be careful on the back of a disappointing loss. I think if you strip away the result – which is hard to do – ‘yes’ (we’ve improved) but having said that you lose the game.”

10 die in Tbilisi floods as lions roam

Lions, tigers, bears and other animals have escaped from a zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, adding to chaos caused by flooding that killed at least 10 people.

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Police and soldiers were hunting down the animals, recapturing some and shooting others dead, while rescuers airlifted scores of people trapped by the floods.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili called on Tbilisi residents to stay indoors while the animals were still on the loose.

He said the damage to the city’s infrastructure was “substantial” after the River Vere burst its banks after hours of torrential rain.

A spokesman at the State Security and Crisis Management Council said 10 people, including rescuers, had been killed in the flood.

He said the number of missing people was still being established, and at least 36 people had been hospitalised, including 16 with multiple fractures.

The floods turned the streets and squares into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and flooding houses.

Tbilisi Zoo spokeswoman Mzia Sharashidze told the InterPressNews agency that three dead bodies had been found on the grounds of the zoo, including two employees.

“Search for animals continues, but a large part of the zoo is simply non-existent,” she said. “It was turned into a hellish whirlpool.

“Some 20 wolves, eight lions, white tigers, tigers, jackals, jaguars have either been shot dead by special forces or are missing. Only three out of our 17 penguins were saved.”

Rustavi 2 television broadcast footage showing a hippo swimming in the flooded Heroes’ Square in downtown Tbilisi as rescuers struggled to capture the animal.

Pictures circulating on social media showed a huge alligator wading past parked cars and a bear perched on an air-conditioning unit on the side of a building.

President Giorgi Margvelashvili sent his condolences to the victims’ families as he visited the affected area to observe the clean-up operation.

“The human losses that we have suffered are very hard to tolerate,” he told local TV. “I express my condolences to all the people who lost their relatives.”

Several main thoroughfares in the city of 1.2 million were covered with thick layer of mud and hundreds of fallen trees.

The main damage was done when the Vere river – which flows through the park containing the zoo in the centre of the city – burst its banks.

Mayor David Narmania called on Tbilisi residents to help take part in the clean-up operations that are underway throughout the city.

Qld man charged over shoe throwing protest

A Queensland protester who threw his shoes at Immigration Minister Peter Dutton during a refugee welcoming festival says he has no regrets after being charged by police.

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Mr Dutton was in Annerley on Sunday to attend Welcomefest – an event designed to acknowledge Australia’s newest citizens from countries including Somalia, Myanmar and Congo.

The minister was just about to deliver a speech when David Sprigg, 33, stood up and yelled at Mr Dutton before throwing his shoes to protest the government’s refugee policies.

Mr Dutton reportedly caught one of the shoes and brushed off the incident.

Mr Sprigg was charged with public nuisance and taken to the Brisbane watch-house.

“I think he should be ashamed for what his government is doing and how asylum seekers are being treated in detention centres,” Mr Sprigg told AAP after walking free on Sunday afternoon.

“When they use language like `queue jumpers’ and `illegal arrivals’, I think they’re really just turning the public against refugees.”

Mr Sprigg accused Mr Dutton of hypocrisy over the government’s policy of turning back asylum seeker boats.

“Here he is welcoming refugees, but his government isn’t welcoming refugees at all – they’re doing the absolute opposite,” Mr Sprigg said.

He said he didn’t regret his spur of the moment protest.

“The people in detention are just suffering so much and to be publicly shamed by having shoes thrown at you seems insignificant compared to how many refugees are locked up and mistreated every day.”

Mr Sprigg will face court on June 30.

Mr Dutton’s office has been contacted for comment.

Hulkenberg wins Le Mans in Porsche one-two

The German, driving the number 19 works Porsche he shared with New Zealand’s Earl Bamber and Briton Nick Tandy, took the chequered flag for the marque’s first win at the Sarthe circuit since 1998.

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It was Porsche’s 17th Le Mans triumph, extending their own record.

The number 17 Porsche of Australian Mark Webber, New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley and Germany’s Timo Bernhard finished second.

Audi’s defending champions Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Faessler completed the podium places in the 83rd edition of the endurance race.

“I’m speechless right now, to be honest,” said Hulkenberg before lifting the heavy trophy with the help of his team mates.

“It’s amazing to come here, first attempt. Super happy…we wrote history today,” added the 27-year-old, the first active F1 driver to win since Britain’s Johnny Herbert in 1991.

“We couldn’t expect such a thing,” said the German, who arrived in Le Mans straight from the Canadian Grand Prix and will be heading to Austria for next weekend’s race after a few days off.

The winning trio were the least experienced of the three Porsche works crews, with Hulkenberg completely unfamiliar with Le Mans until testing two weeks ago.

Tandy, the only one of the three with prior Le Mans experience, became the 30th British winner of the event.

“I couldn’t think of two guys I’d rather share the car with,” said the Englishman. “I could retire from racing tomorrow and look back on today and I am sure I would be happy for the rest of my life.”

Bamber was only the third New Zealander, following in the footsteps of Formula One drivers Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in 1966, to win Le Mans.

Audi had won 13 of the last 15 editions but Porsche, who returned with a full factory effort last year, had looked dangerous from the moment they swept the top three grid places in qualifying.

There had been little to separate the two Volkswagen stable mates going into the night but things started to unwind for Audi after daybreak.

Fassler had to pit when a large part of bodywork flew off without warning, costing seven minutes for repairs. The number nine and eight Audis also suffered mechanical problems.

Webber led at the quarter distance but fell back when Hartley collected a one minute ‘stop and go’ penalty for overtaking through a slow zone imposed around the Mulsanne corner during the third safety car interlude.

The safety cars came out for a fourth time around the 17 hour mark when an Aston Martin crashed heavily.

The safety cars, three of them to cope with the long Le Mans lap, made their first appearance after the first hour when a three car collision dumped oil on the track at the first chicane.

There was a much longer safety car period at the end of the third hour, when Frenchman Loic Duval spun and hit the barriers in the number eight Audi at the Indianapolis corner.

Denmark’s retired nine times winner Tom Kristensen had waved the 83rd edition of the race away in bright sunshine on Saturday, watched by a crowd of around 250,000 spectators enjoying a festival atmosphere.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Sudipto Ganguly and Pritha Sarkar)

Great Britain scoop sailing golds

Great Britain have secured three gold medals at the Sail for Gold Regatta ISAF World Cup in Weymouth and Portland.

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There were also three silver and four bronze finishes for the host nation in topping the medals table, with New Zealand second ahead of Australia.

Giles Scott, Nick Dempsey and 470 pair Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark delivered victory on Sunday, adding to the British successes of the Paralympic classes on Saturday in the fourth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series.

Tom Squires and Bryony Shaw took silver in the men’s and women’s RS:X windsurfing competition and bronze went to 49er duo of John Pink and Stuart Bithell.

World champion Scott was Britain’s first gold medal of the day, recovering from a yellow flag penalty to hold a six-point lead over New Zealand’s Josh Junior going into the final Finn race.

Scott has not lost for some 18 months but will remain focused on the run in towards the Rio 2016 Olympics.

He said: “Everyone’s getting better all the time, and there’s still a long time to go to the Games so I certainly can’t rest on my laurels at all.

“I really just have to try and concentrate on getting better myself. That’s exactly what everyone else is doing.”

Mills and Saskia Clark, meanwhile, defeated London 2012 gold medallists Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie.

“We have been close several times over the last few years but we’ve always just lost out. To finally nail it, in what was a great race as well, is just awesome,” said Clark.

Mills says the pair are also focused on Rio, where they will bid to add Olympic gold to their silver from three years ago.