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WBBL: All-rounder Coyte and big-hitting Devine lead Strikers to big win over Stars

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Adelaide’s Sarah Coyte helped spearhead an emphatic 50-run victory over the Stars. Photo: brendan espositoWhile the Women’s Big Bash League has made great strides this season, it would have been given a greater boost on Sunday had the feats of Sarah Coyte and Sophie Devine been seen beyond those at Junction Oval on Sunday.
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The bottom-of-the-table position of Adelaide Strikers was made to look inexplicable as the all-round effort of Coyte and brutal hitting of Devine led them to a 50-run thumping of Melbourne Stars.

Coyte has made her name at international level as an accurate medium-pacer. Against the Stars she gave a reminder of why she is nevertheless reputed to be an all-rounder by first making a career-best 71 off 54 deliveries, and then taking 3-12 from four overs.

The 24-year-old took the lead in helping the Strikers overcome the loss of their key batter, England’s Sarah Taylor, in the second over.

Losing Coyte in the second-last over could have been a hindrance. The most it was not was the form of Devine, who in 14 deliveries clouted an unbeaten 47.

The latter, a New Zealand international, struck 26 runs from the final over. This included three sixes off England international Nat Sciver. It was the kind of innings that demonstrated that some female players can clear the boundaries as regularly as big-hitting men do.

“Not much goes through my mind when I’m [batting] like that,” Devine later explained. “I had a few big scores back home in New Zealand which were a bit similar. Once you get in that zone things just come naturally. The more I think about it the worse I get.

“It was nice just to go out and hit a few balls, and get hold of a couple.”

Chasing the Strikers’ 4-169 was always going to be heavily reliant on the performance of Meg Lanning. The Stars and captain fell in the seventh over, bowled around her legs by one of the finds of the tournament, leg-spinner Amanda Wellington.

The scalp of Lanning, for 16, was deserved by the 18-year-old, who should have had her stumped first ball. That chance was spurned by Tegan McPharlin, as champion wicketkeeper Taylor was instead used as an outfielder.

England all-rounder Sciver has been underwhelming with bat and ball for the Stars, so when Lanning became the third casualty of the innings – Katie Mack and Mignon du Preez both fell cheaply – there was significant pressure on her to lead the chase.

When Sciver fell immediately, bowled by Coyte, to leave the home team at 4-35 then were as good as beaten.

One of the few things the Stars could take solace from was the contributions of wicketkeeper Emma Inglis (36) and all-rounder Anna Lanning (24), who shared a 50-run partnership to lessen the damage for the Stars.

Coyte felt her innings, her second half-century of the tournament, showed the benefit of having left NSW in the winter and having to assume more responsibility in South .

“It’s been a bit of a challenge but I’m glad I’ve taken the opportunities when I’ve been able to get out into the middle,” she said. “Hopefully I’ve been able to add a bit more stability to the line-up, for the Strikers and for the Scorpions. I’m glad I made the move.”

Coyte’s performance was hailed by Inglis as “pretty clinical … what you’d expect from an n player”.

“It’s good that she’s turning up and doing that. I’d just prefer if it wasn’t against us,” Inglis said.

The Stars lost leg-spinner Kristen Beams midway through the innings after injuring her finger while fielding in her follow-through. Scans showed the incumbent national-team spinner avoided a fracture.

“The good news is it’s not broken, just a dislocation. She’ll have to get a couple of stitches in it … she’ll be back in no time, hopefully,” Inglis said.

Brisbane International 2016: Raonic avenges 2015 finals loss to Federer, wins eighth career title

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Milos Raonic of Canada holds the Roy Emerson trophy after winning the Brisbane International. Photo: Matt Roberts Milos Raonic celebrates winning the men’s final against Roger Federer at the Brisbane International. Photo: Matt Roberts
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A new year, the same finalists, a different result. Milos Raonic has reversed last year’s Brisbane International result by upstaging top seed and defending champion Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 to win his eighth career title and first Roy Emerson Trophy.

Raonic was the support act in a 2015 finals show that was all about Federer, of whom a grand fuss was made when he registered his 1000th career match victory to prevail in three sets. But this year’s lower-key yet still hugely satisfying celebration was the Canadian’s, after what was just his second defeat of the 17-time major winner in 11 attempts.

While Federer was not as sharp as expected, it was a fine performance from the big-serving Raonic, whose ranking dipped 10 places to 14th due to foot and back injuries from May last year. He has long been spoken of among the next generation expected to challenge for major titles, but a semi-final appearance at 2014 Wimbledon has been his best grand slam result so far.

Raonic said the result does “great things” for him heading into the n Open, where he reached the quarter-finals last year. “For myself it signifies within the team how concrete and good the work we’re doing is. At the same time, with the difficulties I’ve had last year, it’s maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face going in Melbourne (that)I’ve got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again.”

Asked if he felt ready to win the Open or at least be a serious grand slam contender in 2016, he said: “Yeah, definitely. Sort of two steps: Being able to step up and play great for two weeks, which I believe I can definitely do.Then there is the aspect of if you want to compete to be the best player in the world, that’s about playing a good about 30 weeks. That’s maybe another step away, but I definitely feel I have it within myself to step up with play great tennis for two weeks.”

Federer admitted he struggled with his serve and defensive game, having felt “one step too slow” on legs wearied by the illness that compromised his preparation. “Considering the week I’ve had, I’m actually quite happy,” said the world No.3. “That’s why I’m not down or anything or disappointed. If I would’ve known I would’ve made the finals five days ago I would’ve been unbelievably happy.

“I’ve still got a cough and the throat is a bit weird. Definitely got to make sure I get over it as quickly as possible. As long as I keep on playing and doing all that stuff it’s not going to go away faster. So I am going to rest up tomorrow. Also have to see, but then probably hit the practice courts again. Practice you can manage how hard you’re going to do it. Obviously health is No. 1.

“The good thing is the off-season was great. I have a base there, so I think within three, four days I should be back at 100 per cent, if things progress normally, which I think they are now, because 90 per cent is passed now, which is a good thing.”

What will be the only n Open lead-up event for both players was Federer’s first with Raonic’s former coach Ivan Ljubicic in his entourage, the Swiss star’s long-time mentor Severin Luthi due to join the team in Melbourne on Tuesday.

“I think it was very comfortable, very natural first week for us. Severin is going to arrive on Tuesday to join the team now,” Federer said. “So I’m very happy how the first week went.. We were both thrilled that I got to play as many matches as I did here this week, because we saw how bad I was doing on Tuesday. So still been a good first week.”

In a 41-minute first set, Raonic’s improved execution at the net was quickly apparent, with his off-forehand also proving particularly damaging from the back of the court. With a first-serve percentage of less than 50 per cent, Federer was struggling to stay with his younger opponent when Raonic left the court for a medical time-out at the end of the third game.

The Canadian returned to serve four double-faults in the next game, Federer could not convert what would be his sole break point of the match. Down 30-40 at 3-3, Federer pushed a forehand wide to give his opponent the advantage he would not relinquish. The errors were mounting for the Swiss champion, whose last was a backhand return that sailed long. All over in 89 minutes. Raonic’s victory party this time.

“I’d like to congratulate Milos on a great start to the year here in Brisbane,” Federer, who is yet to commit to return for the opening week of 2017, said at the presentation graced by Emerson’s proxy Rod Laver. “You played great already here last year, I thought that final was epic on many levels for us both, and now this year you got it. You deserve it, well played, and good luck at the n Open.”

Olympic Games hopeful Abby Bishop vows to rise up for Chinan Opals comeback

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Canberra Capitals player Abby Bishop hopes to step up on the n Opals tour of Brazil this week. Photo: Jeffrey ChanOlympic Games hopeful Abby Bishop admits she’ll have to take her game to a new level to slot back into international basketball when she suits up for the n Opals for the first time in two years.
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Bishop and Canberra Capitals teammate Stephanie Talbot left on Sunday to fly to Brazil for an Olympic test event in Rio as they push their claims for Opals selection.

It’s a chance for the Opals to show there’s light at the end of the tunnel if ‘s greatest female basketballer, Lauren Jackson, fails to recover from injury in time to play at a fifth Olympics.

But the journey is equally as tough for Bishop as she prepares to play her first game for the Opals since withdrawing from ‘s world championship campaign over a controversial childcare policy.

Bishop will leave daughter Zala in Canberra with a nanny as she attempts to reignite her international career.

“I’ve played in the WNBA [in the United States] which is a level up from the WNBL, so hopefully that helps me a bit,” Bishop said.

“But being away from that international standard for a couple of years means I’m definitely going to have to take it up a notch a little bit.

“I probably won’t realise how much that is until we get over there and start playing. [Coach] Brendan [Joyce] plays a very different style to what I was used to in the Opals.

“I’ve been working on my fitness to hopefully get back in there and fit in again.”

Jackson and her management are expected to make a statement this week about the four-time Olympian’s latest injury setback and her hopes of playing at Rio.

Joyce is giving players a chance to step up at the test event, with the Opals to play against Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela over two days.

“Everyone in the post has a chance to show what they can do and Brendan will be looking at what we can do without Loz, just in case she’s not there,” Bishop said.

The trip to Brazil is also a chance for Bishop and Talbot to breakthrough for their first win of what has turned out to be a WNBL disaster with the Capitals.

The Capitals have lost all 17 games this season so far and are languishing at the bottom of the ladder in the worst season in the club’s history.

They don’t play again until Bishop and Talbot return, and the pair hopes Opals victories spark a winning feeling.

“It’s nice to be back in the national program … hopefully it’s good for [Bishop and Talbot’s] confidence if we can get a win,” Bishop said.

“Everyone has said a win for us is a win for them. With all the losses we’ve had in Canberra, you can get down so we want to bring back some wins.”

Sydney International: Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska forced to withdraw

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The Sydney International has been dealt a huge blow with two of the tournament’s top drawcards withdrawing from the event on Sunday.
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Reigning tournament champion and world No.6 Petra Kvitova was the first to pull the pin, heading to Melbourne earlier than anticipated with a gastrointestinal illness.

The tournament No.3 seed’s withdrawal was shortly followed by No.2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who has a leg injury heading into the opening grand slam of the year.

“I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw from the Apia International Sydney but unfortunately I am still not feeling well,” Kvitova said.

“Being defending champion, this tournament obviously means a lot to me and I’ve always had a wonderful time playing this event. I look forward to coming back in future years to play for my fantastic fans.”

The injuries keep piling up on the women’s side of the draw heading into the n Open with Radwanska and Kvitova joining Serena Williams (back), Maria Sharapova (forearm), Garbine Muguruza (leg), Simona Halep (Achilles) and Sam Stosur (wrist) as the walking wounded.

Stosur will open her Sydney International campaign against Italian Roberta Vinci on Monday afternoon, albeit with the discomfort of a right wrist injury.

Halep believes the n has the game to leave an impact on the summer despite a terrible record on home soil.

“I think she has the game to do everything in Melbourne,” Halep said.

“She’s already grand slam champion, so she knows how to play the grand slams. But still, when you are at home it’s difficult with the fans. You don’t want to lose because you don’t want to disappoint the people from your home.

“So it’s tough. I know, I’ve played in my country as well. That was a big difference because the tournament was very small. It’s not easy to handle the pressure and it’s not easy to handle the attention that you are home and you have to win.”

On the opening day of the tournament, n Tammi Patterson was no match for Svetlana Kuznetsova, going down 6-2, 6-0 on Ken Rosewall Arena.

The 2014 champion Tsvetana Pironkova was too strong for Ukranian Lesia Tsurenko, while American Coco Vandeweghe was bundled out by Serbian Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-4.

The opening round of the men’s draw begins on Monday, with n Jordan Thompson taking on Martin Klizan, while John Millman takes on veteran Tommy Robredo in the twilight session.

Hopman Cup hero Daria Gavrilova will make her first appearance against qualifier Monica Puig.

​Angelique Kerber has touched down in Sydney fresh off her Brisbane International final loss against Victoria Azarenka and will look to continue her good run of form when she squares off against Elina Svitolina on Ken Rosewall Arena.

Swiss teen sensation Belinda Bencic will also begin her campaign against Croatian qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Chinan road championships: Orica-GreenEDGE lament set-back in men’s elite race

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Main man: Jack Bobridge celebrates after the win. Photo: SuppliedThe worst ever performance by Orica-GreenEDGE in the men’s elite road race of n road championships at Buninyong was due to the unexpected but “incredible” ride of winner and former teammate Jack Bobridge, according to their head sports director Matt White.
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Bobridge, 26, won the 183.6km by 2 minutes 52 seconds from another former Orica-GreenEDGE rider in West n Cameron Meyer (Dimension Data), and 3m 53s on Victorian Pat Lane (Avanti-Isowhey).

Orica-GreenEDGE only had one of their nine riders finish – Simon Gerrans in sixth from the 15 survivors of the 127 starters that battled scorching 33C temperatures.

Bobridge was in every move but eventually spent more than 90km on his own in front and was clearly underestimated by the fancied bigger teams like Orica-GreenEDGE that came in to the race with Gerrans and NSW’s Caleb Ewan as ace cards to deal.

However, Orica-GreenEDGE left with its poorest result since its inception in 2012 after Gerrans won the title in 2012 and 2014, teammate Luke Durbridge won in 2013 and Ewan placed second last year.

“It was an incredible ride from Jack Bobridge – we’ve never seen a ride like that in national championships history,” said White on Sunday.

“It’s certainly a very unpredictable ride from a very unpredictable man.

“We were there riding for the win – whether we finished with a medal or not, we came here to win and it wasn’t possible with the way that Jack rode.”

While Orica-GreenEDGE did put five riders at the front of the peloton late in the race, with Bobridge having a nine minute lead the response was too late.

“We were the ones who took responsibility for the race, to try to bring him back, but to no avail,” White said. “He was just too strong.”

Orica-GreenEDGE had two riders in the initial 21 rider break that included Bobridge who the set off with Bernie Sulzberger (Drapac) set off on a two-man breakaway.

When Bobridge dropped Sulzberger, White expected that the South n would not stay away.

“I actually thought when Jack went … when he left Bernie Sulzberger [on lap 10 of 18], well that’s great because it’s too far to go on your own,” White said.

“I thought he was setting himself up for a shorter day in the office than what eventuated. He was just too strong.

“We tried to bring [back … we got very little help from the other teams.”

White also questioned the tactics of BMC for which Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis who did not finish.

“A couple of teams did some pretty interesting rides,” White said.

“The BMC guys were doing intervals on the climb today to try to disturb the pace of the peloton. What it did was implode the race.

“Richie was doing some five-minute efforts up the climb today and you saw after a couple of times, there was no-one left.

“Then we had to take responsibility from there. We weren’t just good enough to bring Jack back from nine minutes.”

However, White played down the significance of Orica-GreenEDGE’s poor result, saying: “It’s the first of 228 race days for the team.

“So it’s disappointing we didn’t win the national title, but it’s one day of a very long season and we just look ahead now to Tour Down Under.”

WBBL: Ellyse Perry fires again as Sydney Sixers extend shock winning streak

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The breadth of Ellyse Perry’s sporting talent has been well established, but she gave an insight into her knowledge of sporting history being similarly impressive as her Sydney Sixers stormed to their fifth consecutive Women’s Big Bash League victory.
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The Sixers’ abysmal start of the competition saw them lose their first six matches. What initially seemed a token victory just before Christmas, when they beat Perth Scorchers at home, has been shown up as the start of an unlikely finals qualification bid.

Their commanding victory over Melbourne Renegades on Sunday at Junction Oval entrenched their return to form, which saw them win all four of their matches over three days in Melbourne.

It is hard to upstage Perry, and even though she was deservedly player of the match for what was her third half-century in four days she was relegated to second fiddle behind Ashleigh Gardner. The 18-year-old clubbed 42 from 29 before falling on the cusp of the Sixers reaching their target of 129 with eight wickets and 32 balls to spare.

While Perry was rapt with the result she was quick to put it in context when asked if reaching the semi-finals would qualify as the great escape, given they lost their first six matches.

“I think there was an America’s Cup race that was probably more of an escape than us,” said Perry, referring to 2013 when the United States trailed New Zealand 1:8 in the first-to-nine yacht race but nevertheless won.

Irrespective of the implications for the semi-finals, Perry hailed the Sixers for turning around what was on track to be a wretched season, for a team that was saddled with high expectations given its line-up.

“Certainly it is a big turnaround . . . and it is obviously a lot nicer winning than it is losing. I think sometimes you really search for answers when things aren’t going well and sometimes it is simple as you are just not playing well and it is sort of against you and I think it showed a lot of character in the group to turn it around the way we have. And winning is certainly a habit, so now that we’re in doing that, hopefully we can keep that going.”

The Sixers bowlers limited the Renegades to 2-24 in their powerplay, allowing them to score from only eight deliveries in those first six overs with the field up. Even though the Renegades lost only one more wicket until the 18th over, that of top-scorer Dane van Niekerk for 38, they did not score fast enough to make amends for their sluggish start. Their 6-128, which was helped by Molly Strano’s 33 from 26, needed to be complemented by early wickets to challenge the Sixers. Kris Britt (32) was also handy, but ultimately the Renegades were punished for none of their batters going on to make a big score.

South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp excelled. The right-arm seamer claimed 2-7 from her three powerplay overs and was on a hat-trick on her way to finishing with 2-13.

In the Sixers’ reply Alyssa Healy’s departure in the fourth over brought Gardner to the crease. By the end of the eighth over she was only nine when Perry was on 38, but by the 12th over she was just one run away from matching her partner, thanks to her six fours and a six.

Perry, whose unbeaten 67 came from 42 balls, had no problem with Gardner taking the limelight and helping ensure the Sixers gain a significant run-rate boost.

“It was really exciting I think – and she’s kind of done that for us all weekend. Coming in at three . . . her role is to blow the game apart a bit and she’s been really good at doing that,” Perry said of the right-hander. “She’s got a phenomenal eye and hits the ball really cleanly, so when it is in her spot more often than not she finds the boundary . . . in Twenty20, especially early overs, if you can do that a couple of times it really gives you the momentum coming in after the first six. She was outstanding.”

W-League: Canberra United beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-0 without Matildas stars

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Canberra United defender Rebecca Kiting celebrates her first W-League goal in Sunday’s 3-0 win against the Western Sydney Wanderers at McKellar Park. Photo: Stefan PostlesNo Williams. No Heyman. No worries for Canberra United as the defending W-League champions cruised to a seventh-straight victory to keep their title ambitions on track.
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With Matildas representatives Lydia Williams and Michelle Heyman watching from the grandstand, Canberra easily disposed of the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-0 at McKellar Park on Sunday.

Two goals in the first 11 minutes stamped Canberra’s dominance from the outset before electric striker Ashleigh Sykes continued her stellar campaign to seal all three points early in the second half.

Canberra has confirmed second place on the ladder and will host Sydney FC in a semi-final on the weekend of January 23-24.

Williams and Heyman will both likely return for Friday night’s game away to Adelaide United after they were instructed by Matildas team management to be rested after a camp in Sydney last week.

Canberra coach Rae Dower said it was a credit to her team’s depth they were able to get the result regardless and their fifth-straight clean sheet.

“There were a few late disruptions with the team changing but as I reminded the girls, it was pretty much the same team that played the Wanderers in round seven (when Canberra won 4-1),” Dower said.

“Lydia had a fairly solid challenge in their game, (Matildas coach Alen Stajcic) gave some words to the fella who did it, and it gave her a pretty nasty cork. Michelle was a bit tight from the long trip back from Perth, so she basically did rehab running for the week.”

Filling in for Heyman in the No.9 role, Caitlin Munoz opened the scoring after just six minutes, finishing off a nice assist from Kendall Fletcher.

The American midfielder was again in the action five minutes later, delivering a pinpoint cross into the box to the head of defender Rebecca Kiting, who found the back of the net for her debut W-League goal.

United killed the game off in the 58th minute through the boot of Sykes after a great pass from Mexican international Veronica Perez.

Fletcher is aiming for her first grand final appearance after missing out last season when she was a guest player.

“It’s kind of a running joke. This is my sixth season here and every single season I’ve played every semi-final and never made it to a final,” Fletcher said.

“That included last year, because even though the team made it, I didn’t get to play in it. So I was a little gutted, but at the same time it was a decision we had talked about and I felt really comfortable with.”

Fletcher said the squad was determined to avoid being complacent during their great run of form.

“When you’re on a seven-game winning streak, you can go one of two ways — you can go stale or you can build momentum,” Fletcher said.

“I think that’s been a big focus of ours from the coaching staff and for the players to keep building each week. While we’re getting really good results, none of us feel that we are where we need to be. Today, we came out hungry and when you get goals early it can change games.”

CANBERRA UNITED 3 (Munoz 6, Kiting 11, Sykes 58) bt WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 0 at McKellar Park on Sunday.

Powerball jackpot: United States lotto prize rises to US$1.3 billion

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Zaida Cobangbang, of Union City, California, shows her Powerball tickets shortly after buying them on Saturday. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez Customers wait in line to buy Powerball lottery tickets in Hawthorne, California. Photo: Nick Ut
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The lotto frenzy that has swept through the United States is set to continue, with a world record jackpot of US$1.3 billion ($1.87 billion) to be drawn on Wednesday.

The multi-state Powerball lottery was $500 million last week and climbed to $900 million on Saturday (Sunday AEDT). But despite frenzied interest, there was no winner with the unprecedented prize ballooning over the billion-dollar mark.

Leading up to the draw, the New York state’s gaming commission recorded ticket sales of up to US$3.3 million per hour.

The full amount is only paid if the winner chooses to take an annual payout over 29 years, otherwise the lump sum is considerably less.

State and federal government tax offices stand to collect a tidy sum from the eventual winner. The federal tax rate is 25 per cent while state government tax rates vary according to state.

Experts estimated the odds were one in 292 million.

Put into perspective, the odds are equivalent to tossing a coin 28 times and getting heads every time, according to associate professor of biostatistics at the University at Buffalo, Jeffrey Miecznikowski.

“It doesn’t sound so bad … but you would be at it for an eternity,” he said.

The lucky numbers drawn on Saturday were 32, 16, 19, 57 and 34, while the Powerball number was 13. To win, punters must guess all six numbers correctly, including the Powerball as the sixth number.

Powerball is played right across the US in 44 states, Washington and two US territories.

Coles under pressure over egg safety, salmonella risk

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Woolworths is moving all eggs into cold storage, prompting shoppers to urge Coles to do the same. Photo: Quinn Rooney Grocery stores are being urged to keep eggs in cold storage to reduce the risk of a salmonella outbreak. Photo: Pat Scala
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Eggs are not being kept cool in some stores, as seen in this Box Hill store in Melbourne. Photo: Daniel Pockett

Supermarket giant Coles is under pressure to move eggs off its warm shelves in a bid to protect shoppers from salmonella, matching the practice being rolled out by its main competitor.

Woolworths has pledged to keep eggs in refrigerated cabinets as it continues a nation-wide revamp of its stores.

It is understood dozens of Woolies outlets have had new cabinets installed in the past year, allowing stores to keep fresh eggs chilled below seven degrees, which helps prevent the spread of the harmful salmonella bacteria.

The rollout comes as experts have warned about egg-related salmonella cases, which are on the rise around the country, leading to serious illness and hundreds of hospital admissions each year.

Coles, however, would not disclose if any of its stores would keep eggs refrigerated in response to these calls, prompting shoppers to criticise the company across its social media platforms.

“I will be buying my eggs in Woolworths until you return to displaying them in a chilled area,” one shopper wrote on the company’s Facebook page.

A NSW personal trainer wrote how he had stopped buying eggs from Coles while another shopper pointed out: “It even says on the carton: keep refrigerated.”

The shopper revolt came as another expert joined calls urging stores from large supermarkets to small grocers to be part of an unbroken chain of cold storage for eggs.

Professor Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases expert at n National University’s medical school, said eggs must be treated just like raw meat and kept in a refrigerator at all times.

“I’m always surprised by the lack of anxiety about this,” he said. “We ought to make the product safer, and we do that by refrigerating it, even at the supermarket.”

Coles declined to comment on Sunday.

It had previously released a one-line statement – “Coles adheres to all health and safety regulations regarding egg storage” – and responded to complaints on social media by denying it was an issue. @robbineal we understand Robbi. Refrigerating eggs doesn’t significantly reduce the risk of salmonella.— Coles Supermarkets (@Coles) January 8, 2016

The company, however, did not reply to one customer who asked why Woolworths would then choose to upgrade its stores with refrigerated cabinets. @Coles yes but @Woolworths do and eggs have to be refrigerated in transit so why not complete circuit? #salmonella?— Elizabeth Taylor (@eatay3) January 8, 2016

The salmonella bacteria is spread by birds, usually through faeces, with food safety laws requiring eggs to be washed, inspected for cracks, graded and then kept at cool temperatures at farms and during transport.

But there is no legal requirement to keep eggs in a cool environment at the retail level, and there is no scientific consensus about the need to do so.

Peter Scott, an associate professor at the University of Melbourne’s veterinary school, said keeping eggs chilled in all retail stores would not make a big difference to rising salmonella infection rates.

“For the limited time the eggs are stored at the supermarket unrefrigerated it is, black and white, not significant,” he said.

Dr Scott, who also works as a consultant for the poultry industry, stressed that poor practices at farms, where “dirty eggs” are graded and used when they shouldn’t be, combined with poor food-handling practices, particularly in catering or at restaurants, have been the main culprits behind large outbreaks of the food-borne illness.

“You need two consecutive events: an egg contaminated with salmonella and then the [growth] in a raw egg dish,” he said.

“When [eggs] are made into one of these raw egg products, the replication of salmonella is very dramatic, and that’s where all the food poisoning is coming from.”

Victorian Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett warned shoppers to be careful with egg products in the hot summer months, calling salmonella a “hideous” illness.

“Don’t use food after its use-by date, do refrigerate where the recommendation is to [do so],” she said.

Canberra ATP Challenger: Nick Kyrgios earns respect from Croatian veteran Ivan Dodig

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Ivan Dodig from Croatia is the No.5 seed for the Canberra ATP Challenger tennis tournament. Photo: Jamila ToderasCroatian veteran Ivan Dodig believes Canberra talent Nick Kyrgios will be “very dangerous” at the n Open, insisting he can channel his emotions to bring the best out of his game.
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Dodig will put the finishing touches on his n Open preparations as the No.5 seed at the $75,000 Canberra ATP Challenger at the Canberra Tennis Centre starting on Monday.

The 31-year-old will be hoping to build on what has been a solid start to the summer having taken a set off former world No.4 Milos Raonic in the second round at the Brisbane International last week.

Dodig also showed his class in defeating Kyrgios 27-20 over the shortened format when they faced off at the International Premier Tennis League last year.

“I told him that I’ll play here, he said ‘That’s my city’,” Dodig said.

“I watched him a couple of matches at the Hopman Cup, he played amazing tennis.

“He’ll be very dangerous in Melbourne and he’ll be playing his best tennis.”

Kyrgios has made a splendid start to the summer, leading to victory at the Hopman Cup to heighten expectations he can launch a deep run into the first major of the year.

It is a world away from the immense criticism that plagued the 20-year-old after his infamous sledge to Swiss star Stan Wawrinka.

But Dodig – who is about to begin his 13th year on the professional tour – said those differences had been patched up from what he had seen at the IPTL.

“It was very nice to see him and Stan at the IPTL together and that means there was no big problems,” Dodig said.

“Sometimes comes emotion that you can’t control. These things happen to everyone.

“We all from time to time can react under the stress. Happened to me also many times, the thing is later on you realise you made a mistake and you apologise.

“It’s important we’re all together in locker rooms and know each other very well.”

Dodig is ranked 87th in the world, but has been as high as 29th.

He pushed world No.1 Novak Djokovic to four sets at the 2011 n Open and last year won the doubles at the French Open alongside Marcelo Melo.

“I played very good in the first week in Brisbane and I was happy with my performance there,” Dodig said.

“Won two matches in qualifying and one in the main draw so had four great matches there.

“I’m feeling good and hoping to bring my form here and especially in Melbourne.”

Dodig takes on n Dayne Kelly in the opening round at the Canberra Challenger on Tuesday.

In Monday’s action, No.3 seed Daniel Munoz De La Nava faces qualifier Sergey Betov, while fellow Spainard, No.4 seed Marcel Granollers, is up against ‘s Blake Mott.

Russia’s No.7 seed Evgeny Donskoy kicks off the day’s play at 10am on centre court against n qualifier Daniel Nolan.

Entry to the Canberra ATP Challenger is free.

MONDAY: Canberra ATP Challenger: Centre Court: 10am: Daniel Nolan v 7-Evgeny Donskoy (RUS). Not before 11.30am: Sergey Betov (BLR) v 3-Daniel Munoz De La Nava (ESP). Followed by: 1-Mariusz Frystenberg (POL)/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) v Dayne Kelly/Stefano Napolitano (ITA). Not before 4pm: 4-Marcel Granollers (ESP) v Blake Mott. Court Five: 10am: Yoshihito Nishoka (JPN) v Jarryd Chaplin. Not before 11.30am: Frank Moser (GER) v Steven De Waard. Not before 2pm: Noah Rubin (USA) v Alex De Minaur. Followed by: Maverick Banes/Jarryd Chaplin v 2-Philipp Oswald (AUT)/Adil Shamasdin (CAN). Court 7: 10am: Maverick Banes v Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE). Not before 11.30am: Xin Gao (CHN) v Hiroyasu Ehara (JPN). Followed by: James Cerretani (USA)/Max Schnur (USA) v Kody Pearson/Alexei Popyrin. Followed by: Jake Delaney/Max Purcell v Enrico Becuzzi (ITA)/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA).