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Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer and Mike Myers as Mini-Me and Dr Evil in the 1999 film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Picture: AP Photo/New Line CinemaVerne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini Me in the Austin Powersfranchise, has died at 49.
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The sombreannouncement of his passing came via the American actor and stuntman’s official Facebook page on Sunday morning.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the post read.

“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyonesmile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to anyextent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.

Verne Troyer signs autographs at Supanova in Melbourne in 2014. Picture: The Age

“He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, andattitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s& personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there toshow everyone what he was capable of doing.”

While best known for his role as Dr Evil’s protege Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, Troyer has a long list of appearances in film and television, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,Boston Legal andMen In Black.

READ MORE:Mike Myers leads tributes to Verne TroyerHis short stature –Troyer stood just 2 foot 8 inches, or 81 centimetres–was a result of achondroplasia dwarfism.

I’m 27 donuts tall. #NationalDonutDaypic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/EGNatbiHKH

— Verne Troyer (@VerneTroyer) June 2, 2017

“Even though his staturewas small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach upand open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He alsotouched more peoples hearts than he will ever know,” the official statement said.

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over theyears he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and foughtsome more, but unfortunately this time was too much.

“During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surroundedby his family. The family appreciates that they have this time togrieve privately.”

Verne Troyer with Mike Myers and other Austin Powers in Goldmember principals Quincy Jones, Robert Wagner, Beyonce, Michael Caine, director Jay Roach and producer John Lyons at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles in 2002. Picture: AP

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Cowboys find NRL form to beat Gold Coast

Jason Taumalolo has scored one of four North Queensland tries in a 26-14 NRL win over Gold Coast.Last year’s grand finalists North Queensland have snapped a five-game losing streak with a convincing 26-14 victory over Gold Coast in Townsville.
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Ben Hampton, Kyle Feldt, Jason Taumalolo and Coen Hess scored tries for the Cowboys, giving coach Paul Green exactly the boost he wanted after signing a new three-year contract.

Johnathan Thurston, helped by better play from his forwards, returned to form and was involved in each try, as well as being on hand to help deny Titans’ scoring chances on several of occasions.

After an opening half-hour, littered by penalties and handling errors from both sides, Hampton scored his third try of the season five minutes before the interval after a neat combination between Hess and John Asiata.

With five seconds remaining in the half, Feldt added to the score, this time Hampton providing the last pass before the winger dived over in the right corner for a 16-2 halftime lead.

The Titans started the second half brightly but could not apply scoreboard pressure. Taumalolo made them pay, taking an inside pass from Thurston 25 metres out and jinking inside a tackle before racing between the uprights.

Hess powered through three attempted tackles to extend the lead. The Titans’ scoreline was flattered by late tries to Ashley Taylor and Jarrod Wallace.

The only downside for the Cowboys, who move to just two wins out of the top eight, is a shoulder injury to Asiata.

The defeat is the Titans’ fourth of the season and their defence stands as the worst in the NRL, having conceded 197 points.

Thurston believed an improvement in discipline was key to the Cowboys ending their losing run.

“We had our backs against the wall but we’ll take a win any way we can get it,” Thurston told Fox Sports.

“I thought we started with a lot of energy. We were probably a bit over enthusiastic early with our ball control. It was scrappy – we had to fight for everything tonight.

“Our discipline’s put us under the pump (during the bad run). It was a lot better. It’s a step in the right direction.”

Titans coach Garth Brennan was angry his team did not play their best football until the game was lost.

“There’s some positives the way we came together at the end,” Brennan said.

“When we started to do things we’ve worked on, we looked like a football team. At other times, we looked rudderless.

“We’re better than that. We will be better than that. We need to learn from that, feel the hurt we’re hurting at the moment and turn up at home next week and put on a good performance for our fans.”

The Titans host Cronulla next Saturday, while the Cowboys are at home later that evening to Canberra.

Queen marks 92 years at star-studded show

The Queen and the royal family have attended a star-studded concert to mark her 92nd birthday.n singer Kylie Minogue has performed at a star-studded special concert before Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, as the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch celebrated her 92nd birthday.
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Welsh singer Tom Jones kicked off the show on Saturday with his hit It’s Not Unusual shortly before Elizabeth appeared in the royal box of London’s Albert Hall, flanked by her family.

Minogue, Sting, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Shaggy were among those on the bill, along with stars of the stage and screen.

At the end of the night Elizabeth joined the stage with her son, Prince Charles.

He joked that she could not have predicted in 1948, when Charles was born, decades later a 92-year-old queen would be sharing a stage with her 70-year-old son.

Charles then led a round of cheers from members of the audience. The queen acknowledged them with a smile and her trademark royal wave.

The event is a break in tradition for the queen who usually spends her birthday privately with little public celebration, although there were nationwide events to mark her 90th.

The concert comes at the end of a week in which leaders and dignitaries from 53 countries came to London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and featured performers from the network of mostly former British colonies.

The queen is head of the Commonwealth. The major beneficiary of Saturday’s event, televised live on BBC TV and radio, will be the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust youth charity, of which her grandson Prince Harry was appointed president this week.

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, and became queen in 1952 at the age of 25, meaning she has now reigned for more than 66 years.

She still carries out official engagements but her husband Prince Philip, who spent 10 days in hospital this month for a hip replacement, retired from public life last year.

As is customary with monarch’s birthdays, soldiers from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company fired gun salutes in London’s Hyde Park and the Tower of London earlier on Saturday.

Elizabeth also has an “official” birthday in June, which is marked with a large parade of soldiers through central London, known as Trooping the Colour.

Govt should say it got banks wrong: Joyce

Minister for Revenue Kelly O’Dwyer has defended the government over the banks royal commission.Federal government MPs should admit they got it wrong when they argued against a royal commission into the banking sector, Barnaby Joyce thinks.
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Mr Joyce says the revelations in the royal commission have been “beyond the pale” and he concedes a probe should have been held sooner.

And the former deputy prime minister thinks other politicians should do the same when asked about it.

“Right at the front and the end of the interview, just say, look mate, no one ever predicted this,” he told ABC television on Sunday.

“This is completely beyond the pale. I apologise. I shouldn’t have argued against it.”

His comments came after Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer refused to accept the Liberal government should have agreed to a royal commission earlier.

Ms O’Dwyer deflected the question eight times and instead talked up the coalition’s efforts to boost the standards for financial advisers and increase penalties for misconduct.

“We have done it, we have established (the commission),” she told ABC TV on Sunday.

“Not only with very broad terms of reference rather than the narrow focus that some might have actually had instead, but we have also put in place a very good royal commissioner.”

Mr Joyce said Ms O’Dwyer would have been following “speaking notes” but should have spoken more honestly.

“I know where Kelly is. I understand. She’s got the talking points. These are your speaking notes,” he said.

“Well, screw them up, throw them away and say … This is wrong. We’re going to deal with it. I take responsibility for it.”

For 18 months, the federal government opposed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s proposal to investigate the banks.

Ms O’Dwyer described the idea of a royal commission as a talkfest five months ago, claiming it would “kick the can down the road” for a number of years.

Now, she admits to be being appalled by a number of the issues that have been aired.

Labor hit back, saying anyone watching Ms O’Dwyer’s performance would conclude the government is from another planet.

“They’ve learnt absolutely nothing from all of the scandalous revelations that we’ve heard over the last little while at the royal commission,” the party’s finance spokesman Jim Chalmers told the ABC.

“They still can’t bring themselves to say that they were wrong to run a protection racket against that royal commission for so long.”

Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch tweeted his reaction to the minister’s refusal to accept the government should have acted sooner.

“The words ‘we were wrong’ obviously not in O’Dwyer lexicon. (Barry) Cassidy 100, Minister nil,” he wrote.

The commission has heard one Commonwealth Bank of unit had been extracting fees from dead people, in one case for more than a decade.

The inquiry has also heard earlier wealth manager AMP had charged clients for advice they never received and repeatedly lied to the corporate watchdog.

Adelaide on track in A-League: Kurz

Adelaide coach Marco Kurz is upbeat after finishing the A-league season in fifth place.Adelaide United will chase evolution not revolution in the A-League off-season after seeing their finals flame snuffed by Melbourne Victory.
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Besart Berisha’s 89th minute wondergoal ended Marco Kurz’s first campaign in as the Reds lost 2-1 at AAMI Park on Sunday night.

The German coach appeared deflated after the match but could only express pride in his side’s performance.

“We saw a really good quarter final from two strong teams,” he said.

“I’m very proud about my team. It was very close.

“We are disappointed in the moment … but I am not disappointed with the playing style from our team the whole season. Everybody in Adelaide can be proud of these boys.”

United grabbed the lead against Victory, which came after having the better of the opening hour.

Nikola Miluesnic got the jump on the Victory defence to poke home past Lawrence Thomas.

After Leroy George’s equaliser six minute later, Victory found a way through Berisha as extra-time loomed.

The off-season will bring change at United, which is under new ownership.

A group of European businessmen, who haven’t made their identities public, bought the club last March.

The biggest question is whether they’ll back Kurz – who has another year on his coaching deal – to bring international-quality players to replace any that might leave.

“We are on a good way,” Kurz said.

“It’s up to us to find maybe good players and we will see which players will leave us.

“I think the (new owners will) do the next step but it’s a question for him.

“We have enough time. We will train the next two weeks and we will see with the squad in the break, what we can do to sign new players for Adelaide.”

Sicily and Thomas sent to AFL tribunal

The AFL’s match review officer will assess a high elbow by Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell against the Roos.Hawthorn star Tom Mitchell can still win the Brownlow Medal, but Port Adelaide’s Lindsay Thomas and Hawthorn defender James Sicily are off to the AFL tribunal.
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AFL match review officer Michael Christian laid 12 charges on Monday, with Mitchell escaping with a fine and Thomas and Sicily referred directly to the tribunal.

In addition to Thomas’ tribunal charge, he was offered a one-game ban for striking Joel Selwood, with the Geelong skipper offered a one-match ban for striking Thomas.

The Port forward will answer a charge of rough conduct at a hearing on Tuesday night for his heavy and high hit on Scott Selwood during the Power’s 34-point loss to the Cats at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

Sicily will answer a charge of serious misconduct after he was deemed to have intentionally trodden on Shaun Atley’s lower leg during the Roos’ upset win.

Geelong premiership skipper Cameron Ling labelled Thomas’ bump a dog act, with Christian classifying it as careless conduct with severe impact to the head.

“I should take the opportunity to emphasise that this wasn’t graded as intentional,” Christian explained.

Hawthorn’s James Sicily has been referred to the AFL tribunal for an incident on the weekend

“I think it’s really important to understand that you’re permitted under the rules of the game run past the ball, if it’s within five metres, and execute a bump.

“It’s part of the game, but when you elect to do that you must execute the bump fairly.

“(But) to say that someone intentionally set out to commit a reportable offence when you’re allowed to bump is a bridge way too far, so that’s why it was graded careless.

“Ordinarily it would have been high impact but with the potential to cause more serious injury we decided to upgrade it to severe.”

Christian based that classification on the speed Thomas was travelling, the front-on position that he came from and also the vulnerability of Selwood.

Mitchell, one of the favourites to win the Brownlow after four rounds, will still be eligible if he accepts a $1500 fine for misconduct.

Christian explained the force of Mitchell’s elbow to Todd Goldstein’s neck wasn’t enough to warrant a suspension.

North veteran Shaun Higgins spent a night in hospital with concussion and underwent cosmetic surgery on his lip after a collision with Ryan Burton.

The young Hawk was cleared of any wrongdoing over the clash.

“Contact was made from Burton’s shoulder to the chest of Higgins,” Christian said.

“I think it’s really important to understand that he took reasonable care to execute the bump fairly.

“He couldn’t reasonably foresee that there was going to be an accidental clash of heads.

“It was unfortunate for Higgins, but I just want to emphasise that when we’re assessing incidents we look at the conduct first and foremost.”

Greater Western Sydney ruckman Dawson Simpson was found to have no case to answer for his part in a collision that left St Kilda’s Jack Newnes concussed.

Players to receive fines included Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, North Melbourne pair Cameron Zurhaar and Majak Daw, Gold Coast’s Touk Miller and Jesse Lonergan, and Hawthorn’s James Cousins.

Morrison promises responsible budget

Chris Richardson says improving global and local economies are “raining revenue” on the budget.The Turnbull government is providing a $260 million GST top-up for the Northern Territory after it lost out in the latest revenue carve-up and $550 million for remote housing.
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With the May 8 federal budget fast approaching, it is also beefing up staff at the Centrelink call centre by 1000 over the next few years to reduce the time people are put on hold.

“We can do all this because we are running a strong economy and a responsible budget,” Treasurer Scott Morrison told reporters in Alice Springs on Monday.

But a potential centrepiece of the budget – personal tax cuts – has been questioned by one economist.

Deloitte Access Economics partner Chris Richardson says improving global and local economies were “raining revenue” on the federal budget, giving the government the potential for a surplus earlier than 2020/21 as presently forecast.

Asked on ABC television whether personal tax cuts would be a good thing, Mr Richardson said: “No, I don’t think personal tax cuts are needed from the viewpoint of the economy. The economy is going absolutely fine.”

“They are needed, if you like, from the viewpoint of politics,” he added.

In his latest quarter business outlook, Mr Richardson argues the economic gains made from the mining boom were promised away by both the coalition and Labor.

“That was a mistake of historic proportion – that boom fizzled, leaving huge deficits in its wake,” he said.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said before the government starts making unfunded promises about income tax cuts it should rule out the tax hike it’s inflicting on people who earn less than $87,000 a year through an increase in the Medicare Levy.

“Labor is always one income tax cut ahead of the Liberals,” Mr Shorten told reporters Melbourne. .

A survey of medium-sized business by consultants KPMG also found almost half saying personal income tax cuts should be on hold until the budget is back in surplus, while 38 per cent said they should come into effect next year.

Over half said efforts should be prioritised to get the government’s business tax cuts passed, particularly for businesses with a turnover of up to $100 million.

For this financial year, a deficit of $23.6 billion has been forecast, although the government’s most recent monthly financial statement suggests the budget is running around $8 billion better off than forecast.

Human Services Minister Michael Keenan says tens of thousands of people are now off welfare because the government has been so successful helping to create jobs.

“If you are running a good economy, if you’re creating employment, then what will happen is that less people will need to access the social security system and that is what is happening,” he said.

Chinese to join Perth Anzac Day march

Perth’s Anzac Day march will be joined by descendants of Chinese WWII veterans.Descendants of Chinese veterans who fought in WWII against the Japanese will march in Perth’s Anzac Day Parade for the first time.
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Labor upper house MP Pierre Yang appealed to the Returned & Services League WA to include the group after being approached by some of the relatives who live in his electorate and knew he had served in the n Army Reserves.

Descendents of Chinese veterans marched in Melbourne for the first time in 2016 and in Sydney in 2015.

It’s now Perth’s turn to demonstrate recognition of their fight alongside the Allies against a common enemy.

“The Japanese Imperial Army was unstoppable,” Mr Yang told AAP.

“It was a formidable opponent.

“I’m very heart-warmed and appreciative of the RSL for looking at it and making a decision based on the facts.”

About 19 descendants are expected to march on Wednesday.

RSL WA chief executive John McCourt said the branch strongly welcomed their participation.

“Another group that will have many people marching for the first time behind their own banner are servicemen and women who have served in the n Defence Force anytime since 1990,” Mr McCourt said.

“This will allow anyone who has served in the ADF, regardless if their service, who have been overseas on operational deployments or here in .

“They can also be a former or current serving ADF member; either a Reservist or permanent member.”

About 180 groups will take part in total including bands.

RSL WA-hosted commemorative events within the city are expected to attract more than 100,000 people.

This year holds special significance as it is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Ex-NT police chief faces criminal charges

Former NT police commissioner John McRoberts is accused of derailing a major criminal investigation.The former NT police commissioner John McRoberts ordered his detectives not to raid a travel agency because it was owned by a woman he was having an affair with, a court has heard.
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Monday was the first day of the jury trial for McRoberts, who sat in the dock and pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

McRoberts, the Territory’s police chief from 2010 to 2015, was having an affair with Alexandra “Xana” Kamitsis at the time, a travel agent and Crime Stoppers NT boss.

Prosecutor Michael McHugh SC told the court McRoberts was undermining his own police force’s investigation out of self-interest because he knew the seizure of Ms Kamitsis’ phone would have revealed intimate messages between the pair.

One of those messages was read out in court, in which Ms Kamitsis says “good night sweet dreams … I will always love you”.

Ms Kamitsis was one of a number of travel agents being investigated, and was later charged for defrauding a government pensioner travel concession scheme.

That included dishonestly invoicing the NT government for flight discounts for pensioners and pocketing the cash.

Current police commissioner and then deputy Reece Kershaw declared the defrauding of the travel scheme a “major crime” and the Director of Public Prosecutions encouraged police to lay charges.

However McRoberts met with then Chief Minister Adam Giles and other senior figures, telling them there was not enough evidence to charge and non-criminal civil financial penalties should be pursued to avoid damaging the NT’s reputation, the court heard.

Mr Roberts should never have been involved in an investigation involving Ms Kamitsis, which breached various police rules around associations, and also improperly spoke out against investigator Jason Blake’s abilities, the court heard.

“The accused did a number of different things, that is engaged in conduct intended to frustrate and deflect a criminal investigation,” Mr McHugh said.

“In so doing (he) was perverting the course of justice.”

Defence lawyer Tony Elliott denied McRoberts was even involved in the investigation and said just because a witness made allegations or had recollections from several years ago didn’t make it true or prove it.

The six-week trial will be a who’s who of Territory politics and power, with former chief minister Adam Giles, current police commissioner Reece Kershaw and former health department CEO Prof Len Notaras to give evidence.

Army apprentices to lead Anzac march

More than 600 former army apprentices will march in one of the biggest Anzac contingents this year.Nine years is a long commitment for a 15-year-old to make to the Army, but for thousands of apprentices it was one they made to serve their country.
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This year marks 70 years since the n Army Apprentices School was formed and to mark the event they’re leading this year’s Anzac Day march from the n War Memorial in Canberra.

More than 600 former apprentices, retired and still serving army members, will march in one of the biggest leading contingents in recent years.

Tim Wilde was one of those who made the lengthy commitment.

For 15, 16 and 17-year-olds, the apprenticeship scheme was their way into the army while they were still officially too young to join.

He signed up as a gas fitter and turner and after two to three years learning the trade he and other apprentices went into the regular army to learn the practical side of things.

“It was a way to build a trade base for the army and also for the building of the nation, so to speak,” he told AAP.

“Once we were qualified if we decided to leave and go out into the workforce we were well trained, well disciplined, young ex-soldiers that were good tradesmen.”

The scheme began in 1948 and, beginning with Vietnam, apprentices have served in every conflict since.

More than 1000 served in Vietnam, 678 in East Timor, 288 in Afghanistan and 227 in Iraq.

With an air of disappointment, Mr Wilde revealed he continued beyond the nine-year commitment, moving through the ranks, but left the army the year before Timor.

“You train for that sort of thing and not being able to put it into use is a bit of a downside but the era I was in there wasn’t that deployment, there wasn’t that activity in the world at that stage,” he said.

Those who did deploy overseas weren’t out of harm’s way. While in Canberra for Anzac Day, members will gather for a Last Post Ceremony to remember their fallen colleagues.

Mr Wilde now works as a senior project manager.

Other apprentices are spread far and wide across the globe in a range of industries, but still share a lot in common.

“When we get together with apprentice mates we joke about who still polishes their shoes, irons their own clothes,” he said.

The training college closed in 1995 but more than 400 former apprentices remain in the army.

NAB advisers ‘impersonated customers’

The banking royal commission will continue to hear more evidence about poor financial advice.NAB financial planners have impersonated customers, forged their signatures and withdrawn money from their accounts, the banking royal commission has heard.
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The inquiry has started dealing with cases of NAB advisers incorrectly witnessing binding beneficiary nomination forms for superannuation funds, which potentially affected the validity of the forms for about 2500 customers.

In a statement to the commission, senior National Bank executive Andrew Hagger said NAB financial advisers have engaged in improper or dishonest conduct.

It included forging customers signatures, impersonating customers and making unauthorised withdrawals from customer accounts.

Mr Hagger, the chief customer officer for NAB’s consumer and wealth management division, will continue giving evidence on Tuesday.

The commission earlier on Monday heard evidence about inappropriate advice given by ANZ and AMP advisers.

ANZ admitted the growth of its financial planning business was put ahead of customers’ best interests before changes to financial advice laws.

ANZ changed the bonus system for its directly-employed financial planners following the Future of Financial Advice reforms that banned commissions for advisers.

ANZ executive Kylie Rixon said before the introduction of FOFA in July 2013, ANZ Financial Planning had a culture of emphasising the growth of business more than the best interests of the client.

“Prior to 1 July 2013, when ANZ determined the financial rewards to advisers it placed greater emphasis on how the financial adviser had grown business as opposed to the quality of services provided to clients,” Ms Rixon told the banking royal commission.

“Incentives could be achieved on an adviser’s financial performance, even if that adviser did not meet basic requirements in respect of matters such as training.”

Ms Rixon, the chief risk officer for ANZ’s n wealth division, said that was no longer the case with incentives now assessed against new factors such as client satisfaction and service delivery.

“It has taken, and continues to take, time to change this culture,” she said in a statement to the commission.

“This is especially so where this focus has existed within the financial planning industry for a long period.”

ANZ employs almost 280 financial planners through ANZFP and has another 600 who are authorised representatives through its aligned dealer group.

Ms Rixon on Monday said ANZ had changed its standards for financial planners, in part due to the increasingly onerous regulatory requirements.

She said it also reflected the bank’s desire to create a culture that had the client at its centre, which she admitted had not always been the case in the past.

Bogut heading home to NBL with Kings

Andrew Bogut’s NBA career is over after signing an NBL deal with the Sydney Kings.The NBL has received a massive boost with Boomers veteran Andrew Bogut returning to to play with the Sydney Kings.
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The Kings revealed the news on social media on Sunday night, adding that they will send a press release on Monday morning with details of the NBA championship-winning centre’s recruitment.

Bogut later retweeted the Sydney Kings’ post with the message “Bingo!”.

He became the first n to be the NBA’s first overall No.1 draft pick when he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005.

His signature is just what the Andrew Gaze-coached Kings need after finishing seventh last season with 11 wins from 28 games.

Their roster is shaping up nicely with their two guards – Kevin Lisch and Jerome Randle – who are both recent NBL MVPs, to run their backcourt.

Bogut’s long-time Boomers teammate and fellow 33-year-old Brad Newley is also one of the Kings’ key men.

Only last week, Bogut told Fox Footy’s On the Mark program that he wanted to help to spark more interest in n basketball.

“I think to come back and maybe play a season or two would be the icing on the cake for my career,” he said.

It’s been a long 13 years since the Kings won the NBL championship following three straight titles between 2003-2005 and they’ve missed the finals for the last five years.

It’s also been 13 years since Bogut debuted with Milwaukee as a 21-year-old.

After seven seasons with the Bucks, he was traded to Golden State where he won a championship with the Steph Curry-led Warriors in 2015.

The 2.13m Melbourne-born Bogut was then traded to the Dallas Mavericks the following year and after one season moved on the Cleveland, where he broke his left leg 56 seconds into his Cavaliers debut.

Late last year, Bogut signed with the LA Lakers but was waived by the club in January this year.

Last month, Bogut announced he wouldn’t return to the NBA for the ongoing 2017-18 season because he wanted to stay in with his pregnant wife.

Bogut was close to pulling on a Sydney Kings singlet in 2011 during the NBA lockout.

He was keen to play in the n league but the insurance required to cover his lucrative Bucks contract became a roadblock to the short-term stint.

ANDREW BOGUT’S NBA CAREER:

2005-2012: Milwaukee Bucks (NBA blocks leader 2011)

2012-2016: Golden State Warriors (NBA champion 2015)

2016-2017: Dallas Mavericks

2017: Cleveland Cavaliers

2017-2018: Los Angeles Lakers

Career average statistics: 9.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks over 13 seasons

Total games: 695

Details of Wagga boy’s ghost friend verified in city archives

Beyond imagining: Lloyd and Ruth Slinn were surprised to discover their son Nicholas’s imaginary friend Bailey was the ghost of a 14-year-old Wagga boy, who died in 1944. What would you do if you found out your four-year-old was communicating with a ghost?
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That is the reality Wagga mother Ruth Slinn facedlast year, when her son Nicholas started talking about hisnew friendBailey.

Ms Slinn shared her family’s hair-raising reveal with The Daily Advertiseras part of anexclusive ghost tour, investigatingthe paranormal mysteries of the city.

Following last week’s campaign launch, the haunts of Wagga started surfacing, with residents revealing their own supernatural experiences.

Ms Slinn said Bailey had first appeared for her son after a hospital visit in August.

“My husband had a heart attack and we were visiting him,” Ms Slinn said. “I didn’t think much of it at the time, but Nicholas was saying, ‘Mum this is amazing’.”

Afterwards, the four-year-old began talking about a Bailey –a “boy who was naughty and got hurt and had died in the hospital”.

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“They said: ‘We know exactly what you’re talking about’,” she said. “They didn’t think I was a weirdo at all.”

According to an archived DA article, the four-year-old’s friend, Frederick Bailey, had died at Wagga hospital in 1944, after an accident involving gelignite.

Chilling reveal: ‘My four-year-old son has a ghost friend’ TweetFacebook Daily Advertiser articles from September 1944Frederick and his friend,Colin Moiler, had been playing with the explosive material before the unexpected blast killed both 14-year-olds.

While Frederick had died in hospital, Colin was “blown to pieces”.

The resting place of 14-year-old Frederick Bailey and his mother.

“Naughty Bailey is not just an imaginary friend,” Ms Slinn said. “There are so many specific details …like the picture he drew with odd-looking hands.”

The Wagga womansaid they weren’t scared of Nicholas’ ghost friend, but she had contacted a ghost busting group for ideas on how to get rid of Bailey.

“We took him to his parents and thought we got rid of him,” Ms Slinn said. “But Nicholas says Bailey ‘hates’ his parents …that’s not a word he’sused before.”

According to Nicholas, the 14-year-old ghost now lives next door and comes to visit,for sleepovers.

Ms Slinn said she hoped to locate a living relative of the 14-year-old ghost to help him find his family.

“Hopefully naughty Bailey will want to stay with them,” she said.

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