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He was one of the smallest men in the competition but Ukraine’s Oleksii Novikov is the winner of the World’s Strongest Man Competition for 2020. You can read about it and all today’s sports headlines in Tuesday’s edition of Morning Serve. Updates Jai Bednall Oleksii Novikov broke the partial deadlift world record. Picture: Worlds Strongest…

He was one of the smallest men in the competition but Ukraine’s Oleksii Novikov is the winner of the World’s Strongest Man Competition for 2020.

You can read about it and all today’s sports headlines in Tuesday’s edition of Morning Serve.

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Oleksii Novikov broke the partial deadlift world record. Picture: Worlds Strongest Man

He was one of the smallest men in the competition but Ukraine’s Oleksii Novikov is the winner of the World’s Strongest Man Competition for 2020.

Novikov, 24, is the youngest ever winner of the competition, which has been held since the late 1970s.

His triumph in Florida, which came after the event was delayed for six months, was secured with a world record-breaking partial deadlift of 537.5kg.

Novikov, who stands 185cm talls and weighs 135kg, told USA Today he’d only dedicated one training session to the partial deadlift – where competitors must lift the bar 18 inches off the ground – in the lead-up to the competition.

But despite the comically large size of the bar he quickly realised history was within reach.

“When I walk in, I think, ‘Hmm, it’s not heavy. It’s no problem’,” Novikov said.

Scotland’s Tom Stoltman was runner-up, while Canada’s Jean-Francois-Caron took third.


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The New Orleans Saints will be without veteran quarterback Drew Brees for at least a couple of weeks after he was squashed midway through a game against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

Saints’ QB Drew Brees has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side, per @WerderEdESPN.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2020

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Michael Clarke has slammed the rule changes being implemented for this summer’s Big Bash League.

It was revealed yesterday Cricket Australia was introducing changes to its domestic T20 competition, which you can read about here.

Clarke’s reaction couldn’t have been more emphatic.

.@MClarke23: “It’s not broken. You actually need to go backwards when it was the most successful competition on the planet.” Safe to say Clarkey isn’t a fan of the Big Bash rule changes. What do you think? Do you agree? Have a listen 👂 pic.twitter.com/cjm0CCQie2

— The Big Sports Breakfast (@BigSportsBrekky) November 16, 2020

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Remember the name Jimmy Crute.

The Australian UFC fighter enjoyed a breakout 2020, winning two fights with spectacular finishes – and now he’s been earmarked as a star of the future.

ESPN released its list of the top 25 UFC fighters aged under 25 on Tuesday and Crute, who is emerging as a contender in the light heavyweight division, was number one.


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Brisbane’s David Noble and Collingwood’s Robert Harvey are reportedly interested in the North Melbourne job, while West Coast’s Jaymie Graham has ruled himself out. Picture: Getty

Now that the trade period has been and gone, the race for the vacant North Melbourne coaching position is the biggest AFL question that needs answering in 2020.

The Roos are on the hunt after Rhyce Shaw stepped away to deal with personal issues and have sounded out a number of current assistant coaches.

That list included West Coast’s Jaymie Graham, who has chosen not to pursue the role. “I did have a conversation with North Melbourne,” Graham told the Eagles’ website. “While I was flattered by the call to sound me out about going through the interview process, I am committed to the club and the playing group at the Eagles. We have some work to do and I’m keen to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in as we strive to close the gap on Richmond and others who finished above us.”

Foxsports.com.au reports St Kilda champion and longtime Collingwood assistant Robert Harvey and Brisbane football boss David Noble, who was an assistant with the Bulldogs about 20 years ago, are among the leading candidates.


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We’re one sleep away from the Origin decider and Queensland is a serious underdog despite hosting game three.

Phil Gould has offered a bit of friendly advice to Maroons coach Wayne Bennett, saying it’s in his interest to shift Valentine Holmes to the wing and play Corey Allan at fullback.

“Corey Allan has the miles in the legs,” Gould said. “He’s the genuine fullback and he’s done it with South Sydney up until the preliminary finals. He’s well versed in what Wayne wants and he’s also got the fitness edge.

“Valentine Holmes is a great athlete, but he hasn’t played a lot of football and I still don’t think he’s suited to playing fullback. I think he’s one of the world’s best wingers and that’s where I would be playing him.”


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Australian swimmer Shayna Jack, a member of our world record-breaking 4x100m freestyle relay team, has had her doping ban reduced to two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport with the suspension ending days before the Tokyo Olympics.
Jack was banned by Swimming Australia for four years after testing positive for the muscle growth agent ligandrol in an out-of-competition test in June 2019.
The freestyle specialist claimed it entered her system by contamination and has fought to clear her name.
Lausanne-based CAS, sport’s highest court, concluded that “on the balance of probabilities” Jack “did not intentionally ingest ligandrol” and reduced her ban to two years dating from July 12, 2019.
That means that she could, in theory, compete in the postponed Olympics that start on July 23, 2021. She would however be ineligible during the qualification process in the preceding months.
Jack said on Instagram that “I will walk a little taller tonight with the fact that this ordeal is finally over”.


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— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) November 16, 2020

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Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds’ proposed takeover of lowly Welsh football team Wrexham has been approved by the club’s supporters trust.
Wrexham play in the fifth-tier of English football – far removed from the glamour and worldwide reach of the elite Premier League.
But that did not stop Deadpool star Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney saying they wanted to turn the team into a “global force”.
Now, after a week-long vote, Wrexham Supporters Trust members have given the Hollywood duo their overwhelming backing, with 1809 out of more than 2000 eligible voters lining up behind them at a special general meeting.
Wrexham have been in fan ownership since 2011 and the planned takeover could see an investment of up to $3.5 million in the north Wales club, with the possibility of a documentary film on life at the Racecourse Ground as well.
Reynolds and McElhenney presented their vision to trust members during a virtual meeting on November 8 where they said they wanted to attend as many games as possible and “have a pint with the fans”.


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The All Blacks, beaten for the first time in their history by Argentina at the weekend, have slipped to third in the new World Rugby rankings. Reigning world champions South Africa stay top ahead of England. France remains fourth.
This is only the second time that New Zealand, which was world number one for 507 weeks between 2009 and 2019, has tumbled so low.
The All Blacks dropped to third in the world after their defeat by England in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup in Japan but were quickly back to second place after beating Wales and winning the bronze medal.
The defeat at the weekend, which followed a narrow loss to the Wallabies, was met with shock at home and has raised the pressure on under-fire coach Ian Foster.
Wales, hammered by Ireland on Friday for a sixth successive defeat, has slipped to ninth, its worst ranking since 2012. Australia remains in sixth place.

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