Ouch! Greyhound hit by low flying duck during race in Australia

A greyhound has been taken out by a duck mid-race in Australia, blowing any chances it had of taking out the top prize.

The quackers moment happened during the Dinky Di Web Designs 400m Stake at Gawler, South Australia on Saturday, reported 9 NEWS. 

Greyhound Loceryl was the unfortunate recipient of the duck shaped missile, taking a tumble as the two animals collided in-front of shocked punter.

Happily, the dog picked itself up and managed to finish the race.

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex 'couldn't think of better place' than Australia to announce baby news

Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, mentioned his impending fatherhood for the first time today, at a reception at Admiralty House, the Australian Governor-General's official residence.

The news of the pregnancy was announced after Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan arrived in Sydney on Monday.

Thousands of people turned out in the city to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex today. Source: 1 NEWS

"Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life," the Duke of Sussex said.

"And we also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby – be it boy or a girl, so thank you very, very much."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were welcomed to Sydney's Admiralty House for the first official engagement of their Australian tour. Source: Associated Press

The couple are on 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

News that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby came on October 15. Source: Associated Press

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First baby gift: Meghan & Harry given baby ugg boots, toy 'roo as Royal tour kicks off in Sydney

Baby Sussex has already received his or her first presents thanks to Australia - baby ugg boots and a stuffed kangaroo with a joey in the pouch.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held the first engagement of their first Australian tour at Admiralty House in Sydney on Tuesday morning.

The event was to focus on the upcoming Invictus Games, an event started by Prince Harry to help war veterans.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Australia's Governor General Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne Cosgrove stand in the grounds of Admiralty House in Sydney, with a view of the Sydney Opera House, on the first day of the royal couple's visit to Australia Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Harry and Meghan will take part in 76 engagements in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand over their 16-day trip to the Pacific region. (Phil Noble/PA via AP)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pose in front of the Sydney Opera House. Source: Associated Press

But the real interest was in the news - announced on Monday night - that the royal couple were expecting their first baby next year.

The Sydney sun shone on their first public appearance 15 hours after the news broke of her pregnancy.

Australia's Governor General Peter Cosgrove gives the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a toy kangaroo - with a baby - at Admiralty House in Sydney on the first day of the royal couple's visit to Australia Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Harry and Meghan will take part in 76 engagements in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand over their 16-day trip to the Pacific region. (Phil Noble/PA via AP)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Australia's Governor General Peter Cosgrove. Source: Associated Press

Meghan wore a tight fitting, sleeveless cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee that barely revealed a royal bump at all.

Harry, dressed in navy blue suit, smiled proudly as the couple held hands on their tour through Admiralty House.

The announcement took many by surprise including Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove, who dispatched a staff member to hastily purchase the toy kangaroo for their pregnant guest.

The visit coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney, which kick off on Saturday and run for a week.

Prince Harry who served with the British Army for a decade, including two tours of duty in Afghanistan, set up the Invictus Games after visiting the US Warrior Games in 2013, when he saw the positive impact sport was having on the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women.

The royal couple met with representatives of the 18 countries competing in the games at Admiralty House.

They then met invictus Games officials including ambassador and former swimmer Ian Thorpe and his partner Ryan Channing, as well as Peter Leahy and Patrick Kidd.

They then posed for the standard shot with the Opera House in the background.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, was the first government official to meet the pair, after they greeted Invictus Games flag bearers.

"It's my fault if the weather is bad," she told the smiling couple in the sunshine.

After their meeting with the Invictus Games representatives, Sir Peter presented the couple with the baby gifts and the Akubra hats Australia had made as a wedding gift.

"The Morrisons have asked us to pass on a gift for your trip to Dubbo," the Governor-General said handing over the two grey akubra hats.

They then headed for Taronga zoo where they met two joey koalas named in their honour and officially opened the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning.

Harry ditched the tie for the zoo visit, while Megan donned a beige trench coat.

They'll then hop on a boat to cross the harbour to the Opera House to watch a rehearsal by the Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Afterwards, they'll do a walkabout on the forecourt to meet eager royal fans, including 98-year-old war widow Daphne Dunne who has met Harry during his previous visits.

Hundreds of royal fans are already in place, including Megan Jones from the Central Coast.

"I love them ... I think Meghan is great for royalty," she told AAP whole waiting.

Tuesday is the first opportunity for the public to interact with the couple - and to be the first to congratulate the royal couple.

In a jam-packed schedule of 76 engagements across 16 days, the royal duo will visit Sydney, Dubbo, Melbourne and Queensland's Fraser Island as well as Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were welcomed to Sydney's Admiralty House for the first official engagement of their Australian tour. Source: Associated Press

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Sydney’s Admiralty House on first day of Australia tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were welcomed to Sydney's Admiralty House by Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove on Tuesday for the first official engagement of their Australian tour.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney today, and their visit coincides with the Invictus games, which start in the city on Sunday.

The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.

Representatives of the games were at Admiralty House, the Governor General's official residence, to meet the Royal couple.

Harry and Meghan are due to attend the games' opening and closing ceremonies.

After talking and posing for photographs the couple went inside where they first signed the visitor's book and were then presented with gifts by Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne Cosgrove.

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Among the gifts was a cuddly toy kangaroo, following the news that the couple are expecting their first child.

The Royal couple are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

They have 76 engagements across 16 days in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. Source: Associated Press


Ronnie O'Sullivan labels English Open snooker venue a 'hellhole' that smells of urine

Ronnie O'Sullivan has branded the venue for snooker's English Open a "hellhole" and claimed he could smell urine in the player interview area.

The five-time world champion says event organiser World Snooker is "cutting corners" because he feels the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley is not of a good enough standard for this week's tournament.

O'Sullivan was speaking after winning his opening match against Kurt Maflin 4-1 on Monday.

The 42-year-old said on the BBC: "It's such a bad venue, it demotivates you to want to play.

"This is about as bad as I've ever seen. It's a bit of a hellhole."

He added: "I don't know what this gaff is, but I've just done an interview and all I can smell is urine.

"It's just got no atmosphere in there. I'm practising and I've got wires all around the table. There's no security, you've got people running at you left, right and centre.

"It's not the fans' fault. They (World Snooker) obviously haven't got the budget to run it properly.

"I don't know where their budget is but they're cutting corners. I think they should invest in good venues. Players deserve better."

World Snooker claimed O'Sullivan's comments bore no resemblance to feedback from other players about the venue.

A statement from K2 Crawley added: "We are sorry and disappointed to hear that Ronnie has voiced some concerns over the venue, especially after feedback from everybody else has been so positive.

18th January 2018, Alexandra Palace, London, England; 2018 Dafabet Masters, quarter-finals; Ronnie O’Sullivan reacting disappointingly after missing a chance to pocket the black ball
Ronnie O'Sullivan. Source: Photosport


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