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Gliders win London Paralympic silver

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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London, England — The Australian women’s national wheelchair basketball team — also known as the Gliders — ended their 2012 Summer Paralympic campaign on Friday night with a silver medal. The Australians lost to Germany, 44–58 in front of a capacity crowd of 12,985 at the North Greenwich Arena. There was ample support from a noisy crowd yelling “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!” When the commentator asked what team fans were supporting, it was Australia that got the loudest cheer.

Australia beat Germany twice in Sydney before coming to London. The Gliders’ quest for Paralympic gold medals began last week with a narrow 52–50 defeat of Brazil. The Aussies then crushed Great Britain 51–24. Australia had a loss to Canada 50–57, but bounced back to win against the Netherlands, 58–49. This advanced Australia to the quarter final, where the Gliders met and defeated Mexico 62–37. Finally, they defeated the USA on Thursday in a 40–39 thriller.

Sarah Stewart once again took the tap for Australia, and once again lost. The Germans took the first shot at goal and missed. They took an offensive rebound but missed again. Cobi Crispin then racked up the first score, assisted by Kylie Gauchi. She was also fouled by Germany’s Gesche Schünemann, and received a free throw, but missed, and the Germans got the rebound. However, a German team turnover and a personal foul brought the ball back to the Australian paint, but Crispin again missed, and the Germans again took the rebound. Bridie Kean took a defensive rebound and Kylie Gauchi, unaccountably left by herself, easily scored. Over the next few minutes, Gauchi would take another unsuccessful, shot herself, and assist Katie Hill with a scoring shot. She was completely undisturbed at having to take on bigger opponents. A goal by Clare Nott brought the score to 10–4, but there followed a bad series of plays that saw Germany score ten unanswered points, and the quarter time score was 12–16.

The second quarter started with the Australians drawing a foul. Clare Nott took the shot, but missed. However Cobi Crispin took the rebound and made the shot, In the process, she drew another foul She also missed, passing up the opportunity put the Gliders only one point down. The German team seemed to be shooting no better; they also missed their next shot, and Amber Merritt took the rebound. This too came to nothing, as she turned the ball over, allowing Germany to score.

Amber Merritt took the next shot for the Gliders. She not only missed, she overbalanced and fell backwards onto the floor, fortunately without hitting her head too hartd. Soon after, she was subbed off. The Germans scored, bringing the score to 12–18, but the Gliders were unable to respond. Clare Nott took a shot from the paint that missed, and the Germans took the rebound. They too missed, and Cobi Crispin took the rebound, but then turned the ball over. Sarah Vinci stole it back, and scored. A German miss and a foul saw the ball in Kylie Gauchi’s hands again. She missed but Cobi Crispin took the rebound and scored.Then followed a dismal sequence of play in which a series of turnovers saw German score eight unanswered points, taking their lead to 10. This was ended when Bridie Kean received a couple of free throws, but she only scored one point. Intense Australian defensive pressure continued to harry the Germans, causing a series of turnovers and missed opportunities, but only with seconds left to go in the quarter did a steal by Bridie Kean lead to Cobi Crispin making a basket, giving a half time score of 19–26.

The third quarter started with Germany scoring twice, while Kylie Gauchi and Clare Nott missed shots. Sarah Stewart stole the ball and scored. A shot by Shelley Chaplin brought the score to 23–30. A series of turnovers and missed shots followed before Germany finally scored with 4:39 left on the clock. Kylie Gauchi then made a spectacular three point shot. Despite Gauchi being a two point player, this was her second three pointer of the 2012 Paralympic Games, No other member of the Gliders successful scored even one. Relentless defence and poor shooting by both sides kept the score at 26–30 until Clare Nott scored inside the paint in the last minute; but in the final seconds Germany scored again. At the final change, the score was 28–34.

In the final quarter, the Gliders attempted to fight back. While there appeared to be enough time, the clock was now against them. Missed shots caused the deficit to increase to eight points . For a time, it see-sawed between six and eight points. Then, with the score at 40–48, the Gliders defence started to crumble, while their shooting, especially from the free throw line, remained problematic. With little over a minute to go, the difference reached 14 points, and people started talking about Rio. The final score was 44–58.

Leading scorers for the Gliders for the series were Amber Merrit with 40 field goals and 3 points from free throws; Cobi Crispin with 33 field goals and 6 points from free throws; and Kylie Gauchi, with 24 two-point field goals, and two three-point field goals. The Gliders consistently outscored their opponents, with 24.3 points per game compared with 19.4.

The Gliders flew out from London on Monday.



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On the afternoon of Saturday April 14, 2012 an Austin, Texas man’s dog was fatally shot by an Austin police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call on East 5th Street. The dog’s owner, 40-year-old Michael Paxton, claimed that Officer Thomas Griffin unnecessarily fired his weapon at the blue heeler named Cisco. The officer claimed the dog charged at him and that he was forced to act in self-defense.

Within days of the shooting, friends of Cisco’s owner created a Facebook page about the dog’s death, garnering a great deal of attention and support from social networking audiences. Local media also gave the story and Facebook page a lot of coverage, including several interviews with Michael Paxton. Controversy arose, however, when Paxton appeared to contradict himself and offer more than one account of events on the day of the shooting during news interviews.

In a television interview dated April 17, 2012, Michael Paxton acknowledged that Cisco was left unattended in his unsecured yard. He also admitted that Cisco ran up to the officer and challenged him, saying this is the behavior he would have exhibited toward anyone who came onto the property. Paxton later changed the part of his statement regarding Cisco running up to Officer Griffin.

In the same television interview, Paxton stated that his dog had never been aggressive toward or bitten anyone. However, Cisco had two prior complaints filed against him with Animal Control, one of which was for biting a woman who tried to pet him in 2007. The second complaint filed March 21, 2012, just three weeks before the shooting, states that a man reported Cisco acting aggressively toward him as he passed Paxton’s home. In a recorded phone call to authorities the man stated that he was almost bitten by the dog while walking down the sidewalk in front of the Paxton residence. The caller had requested that “someone come talk to this homeowner.” The man also stated that Paxton was present on the property at the time of the incident. Paxton failed to disclose any this information during media interviews when asked about Cisco’s behavior history.

As a result of the prior complaints against Cisco, Travis County Animal Control Services sent Paxton a letter notifying him of the city ordinance regarding the proper containment of dogs. The day Cisco was shot, Paxton was in violation of said city ordinance as the back gate to his property was left open, allowing Cisco unhindered access to passersby.

Questions about Paxton’s credibility were raised when the public learned of two DWI hit-and-run cases in which Paxton is the primary suspect. The first incident occurred November 15, 2009 and the second on November 30, 2011. The number of injured victims from the two hit-and-run incidents totals four. The second case against Paxton is still pending as of September 2012.

The credibility and character of Michael Paxton became an issue as the Facebook page created in honor of his deceased dog began accepting donations from sympathetic supporters of Paxton in an effort to attain “justice for Cisco.” Some in the community expressed concern that the funds given to Paxton are overseen by no one other than Paxton himself. There is also no explanation to donors on the Facebook page as to what exactly the donations are funding. With two unrelated legal cases pending against him, the question has been raised of whether or not he is funding his personal legal matters with this money.

After an investigation by the Austin Police Department, Officer Griffin was cleared of any wrongdoing and his actions during the incident ruled justifiable. Although Officer Griffin’s shooting of the dog was in accordance with the Austin Police Department’s policies regarding deadly force with animals at the time of the incident, APD did make changes to its policy regarding dogs as a result.



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Northern Ireland police arrest man over 38kg cocaine seizure

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An unidentified 28-year-old man has been taken into custody after police in Northern Ireland seized a large amount of cannabis upon the planned police raid of a house in the town of Magherafelt yesterday. The seizure, which contained 38 kilograms (83.8 pounds) of cannabis resin, reportedly had an estimated street value of £380,000 (US$612,095 or 474,460).

“This is another brilliant success in the fight against drugs for the Magherafelt area,” said Chief Inspector Sam Donaldson. “This seizure was as a result of information received from the public and I am extremely grateful to the community for their assistance in this investigation.”



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Gliders win silver

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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The Australian Gliders pose for a picture.
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London, England — Monday, the Australian women’s national wheelchair basketball team — also known as the Gliders — flew out from London. Their 2012 Summer Paralympic campaign ended on Friday night with a silver medal. The Australians lost to Germany, 44-58 in front of a capacity crowd of 12,985 at the North Greenwich Arena.

Australia beat Germany twice in Sydney before coming to London, but their record against the German side was not good. The Gliders’ quest for Paralympic gold medals began last week with a narrow 52–50 defeat of Brazil. The Aussies then crushed Great Britain 51–24. Australia had a loss to Canada 50–57, but bounced back to win against the Netherlands, 58–49. This advanced Australia to the quarter final, where the Gliders met and defeated Mexico 62–37. Finally, they defeated the USA on Thursday in a 40–39 thriller. There there was ample support from a noisy crowd yelling “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!” When the commentator asked what team fans were supporting, it was Australia that got the loudest cheer.

Sarah Stewart once again took the tap for Australia, and once again lost. The Germans took the first shot at goal and missed. They took an offensive rebound but missed again. Cobi Crispin then racked up the first score, assisted by Kylie Gauchi. She was also fouled by Germany’s Gesche Schünemann, and received a free throw, but missed, and the Germans got the rebound. However, a German team turnover and a personal foul brought the ball back to the Australian paint, but Crispin again missed, and the Germans again took the rebound. {{w|Bridie Kean]] took a defensive rebound and Kylie Gauchi, unaccountably left by herself, easily scored. Over the next few minutes, Gauchi would take another unsuccessful, shot herself, and assist Katie Hill with a scoring shot. She was completely undisturbed at having to take on bigger opponents. A goal by {{w|Clare Nott]} brought the score to 10-4, but there followed a bad series of plays that saw Germany score ten unanswered points, and the quarter time score was 12-16.

The second quarter started with the Australians drawing a foul. Clare Nott took the shot, but missed. However Cobi Crispin took the rebound and made the shot, In the process, she drew another foul She also missed, passing up the opportunity put the Gliders only one point down. The German team seemed to be shooting no better; they also missed their next shot, and Amber Merritt took the rebound. This too came to nothing, as she turned the ball over, allowing Germany to score.

Amber Merritt took the next shot for the Gliders. She not only missed, she overbalanced and fell backwards onto the floor, fortunately without hitting her head too hartd. Soon after, she was subbed off. The Germans scored, bringing the score to 12-18, but the Gliders were unable to respond. Clare Nott took a shot from the paint that missed, and the Germans took the rebound. They too missed, and Cobi Crispin took the rebound, but then turned the ball over. Sarah Vinci stole it back, and scored. A German miss and a foul saw the ball in Kylie Gauchi’s hands again. She missed but Cobi Crispin took the rebound and scored.Then followed a dismal sequence of play in which a series of turnovers saw German score eight unanswered points, taking their lead to 10. This was ended when Bridie Kean received a couple of free throws, but she only scored one point. Intense Australian defensive pressure continued to harry the Germans, causing a series of turnovers and missed opportunities, but only with seconds left to go in the quarter did a steal by Bridie Kean lead to Cobi Crispin making a basket, giving a half time score of 19-26.

The third quarter started with Germany scoring twice, while Kylie Gauchi and Clare Nott missed shots. Sarah Stewart stole the ball and scored. A shot by Shelley Chaplin brought the score to 23-30. A series of turnovers and missed shots followed before Germany finally scored with 4:39 left on the clock. Kylie Gauchi then made a spectacular three point shot. Despite Gauchi being a two point player, this was her second three pointer of the 2012 Paralympic Games, No other member of the Gliders successful scored even one. Relentless defence and poor shooting by both sides kept the score at 26-30 until Clare Nott scored inside the paint in the last minute; but in the final seconds Germany scored again. At the final change, the score was 28-34.

In the final quarter, the Gliders attempted to fight back. While there appeared to be enough time, the clock was now against them. Missed shots caused the deficit to increase to eight points . For a time, it see-sawed between six and eight points. Then, with the score at 40-48, the Gliders defence started to crumble, while their shooting, especially from the free throw line, remained problematic. With little over a minute to go, the difference reached 14 points, and people started talking about Rio. The final score was 44-58.

Leading scorers for the Gliders for the series were Amber Merrit with 40 field goals and 3 points from free throws; Cobi Crispin with 33 field goals and 6 points from free throws; and Kylie Gauchi, with 24 two-point field goals, and two three-point field goals. The Gliders consistently outscored their opponents, with 24.3 points per game compared with 19.4. In the end their efforts merited the silver medal.



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