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Whincup wastes another chance

Misfortune has already struck four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Jamie Whincup at Mount Panorama.
Jamie Whincup only has himself to blame after blowing yet another chance at Bathurst glory.
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Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar)
Playing in his first A-League game in 18 months after a number of injury setbacks, Brisbane Roar defender Luke DeVere showed he had lost nothing in his time away from the game. He was one of Brisbane's best defenders in the clash, but he saved his best for the very last action of the game when he scored an injury time goal to rescue a point for his side against Melbourne Victory. It was his first goal in six years as he fought to keep the ball alive and eventually got his boot to ball to find the back of the net.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
He might have only been playing against mighty Andorra, but Cristiano Ronaldo was simply superb as he bagged four goals in his side's 6-0 belting of the minnows in a World Cup qualifier on the weekend. In his first international since being stretchered off in tears three months ago in the Euro 2016 final, the Portuguese superstar almost outdid even himself, putting two in the back of the net in under four minutes, at the beginning of the second half drilling a wonderful volley for his hat-trick and his country's fourth, and then repeating the dose with the other foot fifteen minutes later as Portugal ran wild while the visitors struggled to assemble any sort of coherent defence.

David Miller (South Africa)
Australia would have been feeling pretty confident after racking up 371 in Wednesday's third ODI against South Africa, and probably thinking they were a big chance to get back into the series when they had the hosts 5-217 in the 32nd over with a mountain of work ahead of them. But David Miller had other ideas. He combined firstly in a 48-run partnership with Dwaine Pretorius before guiding his side home through an unbeaten century stand for the seventh wicket with bowler Adile Phehlukwayo (42 off 39), as he spanked the B-grade Australian attack to all parts of the ground, belting 118 off only 79 balls, including 10 fours and six sixes.

Dane Swan (Collingwood)
We loved the no-nonsense, honest and completely reasonable revelations by the retired Dane Swan, who, during the week admitted to having used recreational – but not performance-enhancing – drugs during his playing career. "You show me someone who doesn't know someone who has experimented or tried social drugs, and I will show you a liar," Swan said. He added: "I am not promoting it, or encouraging it, or glorifying it ... of course I have tried drugs, but it doesn't mean that I have a habit or a problem, it doesn't mean that I do it every single weekend or to the extent that people have speculated about it." Hopefully statements by figures such as Swan can help contribute to much more sensible debate on the issue, which is all too often lacking on this topic.

Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing)
Despite having the fastest car around Mount Panorama for almost the entire day, a disturbing lack of patience cost Jamie Whincup any chance of victory. During the dying stages of the race, Whincup attempted a diabolical passing move on Scott McLaughlin, nudging Volvo's Scott McLaughlin off the track at The Chase. Knowing that he had done the wrong thing, he attempted to redress the situation by allowing McLaughlin back in front of him, rather than suffering a pitlane penalty for the move. Unfortunately HRT's Garth Tander was following closely behind him and wasn't expecting the Red Bull driver to slam on his brakes. He couldn't help but collect Whincup and then also take out McLaughlin who was attempting to return to the track. Whincup was the only driver of the trio that was able to continue racing, but while he crossed the line in first, he was slugged with a 15 second time penalty that saw him finish outside the top 10.

Enner Valencia (Ecuador)
We give full points for inventiveness to Enner Valencia, who currently plays in the EPL, as he tried to escape Ecuadorian police during Ecuador's recent match against Chile. The local constabulary had turned up to the game to nab the forward over his unpaid child maintenance, but they didn't bank on, or perhaps care too much about, Valencia's brainwave when he decided to fake an injury and substitute himself off, hop onto a golf buggy and get ferried to an ambulance, with the cops pursuing only half-heartedly, before he was driven out of the ground.

Kevin Pagan
Blue Jays fan Kevin Pagan lost it big-time and hurled a can, quite forcefully, at Baltimore's Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning of their AL wildcard game against Toronto during the week. If the can had hit Kim he could have been badly injured, and you have to think Pagan would have been sitting near a large pile of empty ones, as there seems no other explanation for such dangerous and moronic behaviour. Pagan gave himself in after police released a photo of him post-game, and has since been charged with mischief. He should get the book thrown at him in return.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Lewis Hamilton earns squillions of dollars a year yet only seems to be able to crack a smile when he wins and regularly seems to resent having to answer questions from the people who help promote his sport. Ahead of the Japanese GP, Hamilton walked out of a press conference after refusing to answer questions and indulging in a rant at those who he felt didn't 'support' him, after he was criticised for uploading videos on his phone during the official drivers conference. Hamilton also 'threatened' to never answer journos' questions again. If only.

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