Magpies to run Pendlebury right to line

Daniel Wells will play his first AFL match since August on Sunday against Geelong but whether he runs out with Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury is yet to be seen.

Pendlebury suffered and ankle injury in the Magpies’ defeat of Brisbane Lions last week.

While the 30-year-old has been cleared of a serious setback, he could yet sit out the high-profile MCG clash after missing training on Friday.

“We’ll name him and give him every chance but he has to be under some doubt given that he didn’t train,” coach Nathan Buckley said.

“We’ll run him all the way to the line.”

Buckley said Pendlebury’s demonstrated ability to push through the pain barrier would give him every chance of lining up.

“Some guys have a threshold to be able to play with pain and injury … Pendles is a guy that has played through quite a bit,” he said.

“Not all of it people on the other side of the fence would know. He’s extremely courageous in that sense and just finds a way.”

Wells, 33, has overcome hamstring and achilles problems to finally crack into Collingwood’s side.

Buckley suggested a return might have come sooner if not for his high-performing side, at 4-3 in the win-loss, like Sunday’s opponents.

“When your side is performing at the top it gives you a few more options,” he said.

“We’ve been able to be a little bit more patient with some guys coming back and that’s not a bad position to be in.”

Wells played 10 matches for the Magpies last season, losing just two.

“He was a very important player for us playing our best footy last year. We’re still exploring what our best footy looks like this year (and) he’ll get his chance,” he said.

Geelong are likely to field their much-vaunted midfield trio – Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett – for just the third time together.

Buckley said a decision on who, if anyone, to tag and when to do it would come down to matchday.

“We can’t tag all of those players or cover them all … but we can enforce a game style that we think suits us and take it away from the opposition,” he said.

Redhead aged care home Whiddon transports 96-year-old Doris Jones back in time with special visit

Decades on, Lucy the pony helps Doris, 96, revisit special time Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

Doris Jones in her late teens with her beloved horse Johnny.

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

Doris Jones, 96, with Lucy the pony at Redhead. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebook Pony visit for Doris, 96Pony visit for Doris Jones, 96-year-old Redhead resident. Pictures: Marina Neil For Doris Jones, time with her beloved horse Johnnywas one of the most memorable periods of her life.

Decades later, at 96 years old, the Redhead resident was given thechance to go back in time as part of a relationship-based care program at Whiddon–the aged care home where shenow lives.

Lucy the 12-year-old pony was brought into the Redhead Road home on Friday to spend the morning with Ms Jones, who enjoyed feeding her carrots and brushing her mane while surrounded by family.

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Her daughter Lynne Burns said Ms Jones’ memory had begun to fade in recent years, but talk of Johnny had become more frequent recently.

Ms Burns said pony club was a big part of Ms Jones’ life when she was in her late teens and early 20s and was the place young Dorismet her husband.

“She’s sort of forgotten a bit of her more recent life,” Ms Burnssaid.

“At times, when you talk about the last few years before she came into the home she doesn’t really remember it.

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“She’s been talking about [Johnny]more and more lately.”

Tara Carmen, who coordinates the relationship-based care program at Whiddon known asBest Week,said the initiative involved staff members putting their heads together to come up with something special they could do for each resident.

“Basicallywe work with the families and work with the residents, get to know who they were a little bit before they came here,” Ms Carmensaid.

“As Doris’ family will tell you, she’s got a long history with horses.

“It’s great, these types of opportunities –all the residents get to get involved.”

BasketballNSW junior representative Ryan Beisty is back to boost the Newcastle Hunters.

NEWCASTLE Hunters will welcome back former NSW junior representative Ryan Beisty for their Waratah Basketball League men’s game against Manly-Warringah at Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday.

The return of the 22-year-old swingman, who is back home in between US college seasons with Regis University, will help offset the loss of skipper Josh Morgan to a calf injury.

BACK ON DECK: Ryan Beisty has returned from America to boost the Hunters. Picture: Peter Stoop

The third-placed Hunters (7-2) will be without Morgan and fellow veterans Steve Davis (neck) and Jon Howe (knee) for the game against second-placed Manly, whose 72-64 loss to Sydney Comets at Alexandria last Saturday snapped their season-opening seven-game winning streak.

“We won’t have Morgo this week, and we’re still missing Howey and Steve, but Ryan Beisty got back from college earlier this week and we’re looking forward to having him back with us,” Newcastle coach Darren Nichols said.

“Ryan can play anywhere we need him to, he’s long (201cm tall), so his versatility will be a great attribute for us. We can play him as a two, three or four, and having him on the floor should attract some attention and create more opportunities for Jacob Foy, Sharif Watson and Austin Thornton.”

A former Whitebridge High School student, Beisty has played 88 games and averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in his first three seasons at Regis, a Division Two college based in Denver, Colorado.

Aged 19, he last played for Newcastle in 2015, when he averaged a team-high 14.3 points and 8.4 rebounds a game and was named Waratah Basketball League Youth Player of the Year.

Manly, led by former Sydney Kings playmaker Luke Cooper, have accounted for Norths, Penrith, Bankstown, Maitland, Hornsby and Central Coast this season, and are the only team to have defeated ladder leaders Hills Hornets (8-1). Newcastle have won their past two and three of their past four, and Nichols expects Manly to play an up-tempo style of game ontheir home court.

“Manly are travelling pretty well, and they’re always tough down there,” he said.

“They play a similar style to us, so it should be a pretty free-flowing game offensively. They like to get up in your face on ‘D’, so it’s important for us to execute well and handle that pressure.”

Newcastle’s women’s team, who have won four straight to be sitting fourth with a 5-3 record, have a bye this weekend.

AAP reports: Aron Baynes produced one of his finest games as the Boston Celtics slayed Ben Simmons’ Philadelphia 76ers.

Now the burly n centre gets to battle it out with LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers for a place in the NBA Finals series.

The Celtics will play game one of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Sunday in Boston.

James averaged 36 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the 4-0 sweep ofToronto Raptors.

The Houston Rockets will host the Golden State Warriors in game one of the Western Conference Finals on Monday.

Seven seal Ponting as commentator

Ricky Ponting has signed a multi-million deal with Seven to be the face of their cricket coverage.Ricky Ponting has signed a deal with the Seven Network to be the face of their new cricket coverage.

The former Test captain is set to again lead the way in the commentary booth over n summers, with Channel 7 head of cricket Dave Barham saying on Friday night that “we will be building a formidable team around him”.

n cricket underwent its biggest media shake-up in 40 years in April when Fox Sports and Seven signed a joint $1.182 billion broadcast deal to win the broadcasting rights from the Nine Network.

The new deal could signal the end for long-time Nine commentators such as Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor.

Seven and Fox Sports will broadcast all domestic cricket for the next six summers.

Seven will show all Test matches and 43 of 59 Big Bash League games, while Fox Sports will televise every game.

It’s understood that Ponting will still be able to fit coaching in around his commentary commitments.

Ponting, who is currently coaching the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, had been talked about as a potential coach of ‘s Twenty20 side after the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.

Former Test vice-captain Adam Gilchrist signed with Fox Sports’ cricket team two weeks ago.

Gilchrist and Ponting, along with Damien Fleming and Mark Waugh, were popular members of Network Ten’s BBL commentary.

Meanwhile, cricket’s new media landscape continues to evolve, with News Corp reporting on Friday afternoon that radio network Triple M is dropping its broadcast of Test matches.

The network says the broadcasts are no longer commercially viable.