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West Coast coach Adam Simpson is hopeful midfield star Luke Shuey’s ankle injury isn’t serious in the wake of the Eagles’ 53-point AFL thumping of Brisbane.

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However, there were plenty of groans from Lions’ fans as last-placed Brisbane remained win-less with no end to their suffering in sight.

Simpson’s only anxious moment at the Gabba on Sunday came when Shuey hobbled off the field midway through the third term.

It was the last thing the already injury-hit Eagles needed.

But Simpson sounded upbeat after West Coast bounced back from last round’s derby drubbing by Fremantle to move to a 2-2 record with the 17.16 (118) to 9.11 (65) win.

“He (Shuey) rolled his ankle. We don’t know too much more but we think it is on the better side,” he said.

Otherwise Simpson liked what he saw from a West Coast side that punished an inexperienced Brisbane for a string of early turnovers.

“We are still a work in progress with players to come back but if we turn up with that intent we will give ourselves every chance,” he said.

Lions coach Justin Leppitsch urged supporters to be patient, saying Tom Cutler’s day summed up their club right now.

Cutler’s clangers gifted early Eagles goals in his first game of the year but the youngster refused to drop his head and finished with a career-high 32 touches.

“That sums up our football club at the moment,” Leppitsch said.

“You see good things then bad. Each week we have to keep eradicating the bad.

“We had all these second-year players out there, you just have to give them some time.

“We would all like it to happen tomorrow. Don’t worry I do too more than anyone, but we have to keep persisting. It will get better.”

The Eagles appeared vulnerable ahead of the clash after their defence was ravaged by the unavailability of Mitch Brown, Eric Mackenzie and Jeremy McGovern.

However, the Lions showed why they are ranked last in the league in defence, and offense too for that matter, by failing to apply any pressure.

Even the return of captain Tom Rockliff (16 touches) three weeks early from broken ribs could not inspire Brisbane.

Brisbane will get their best chance to finally break their season drought next round away to the only other win-less side – derby rivals Gold Coast.

For West Coast, Josh Kennedy and Josh Hill kicked three goals while Sam Butler notched 28 touches and two majors.

For Brisbane, Daniel Rich had two majors and 20 disposals.

West Coast Fever will aim to lock down top spot in the trans-Tasman netball league this week after extending their unbeaten start to nine games.

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So long ANZ Championship also-rans, the Fever completed a sweep of the five New Zealand teams when they defeated Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic 54-49 in Perth on Sunday.

The hosts scored the first six goals of the game and held on to win despite a late charge from the Magic, with Diamonds star Caitlin Bassett unusually missing 15 shots but still nailing 39 in her 100th consecutive appearance, having never missed a game with West Coast.

Fever coach Stacey Rosman now turns her attention to Friday night’s blockbuster at Perth Arena against the Queensland Firebirds, when a win will take her team further clear on top but a loss would leave the door open for the Firebirds heading to the finals.

“Obviously it’s a top-of-the-table clash and it’s good to be able to say that,” Rosman said.

“We’ve never been in that predicament before and certainly the result would give us a bit of a buffer, and then also it gives us time to absorb everything going into our bye.

“They are certainly not going to give it to us easy, but at least we have a short turnaround and so do they, and they have to come to us and play in front of our crowd.”

The Fever beat the Firebirds by seven goals in Brisbane to start the season.

Bassett’s national team shooting partner Nat Medhurst scored 15 from 20 against the Magic.

At the other end, Jo Harten had 34 from 39 with Malisa Paseka scoring a perfect 13 from 13 for the Magic.

The Magic lifted in the second quarter with Paseka providing good energy as she replaced Ellen Halpenny at goal attack and the visitors trailed by six at the main break.

The Fever remained in control through the second half despite losing defender April Letton to an ankle injury.

Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald was critical of her team’s poor start.

“I’m just bitterly disappointed in our attacking connections. I thought the number of errors we made that were unforced was terribly disappointing,” Fitzgerald said.

“It was very unusual for us to be that unsettled at the start of a game and we’ll have to try and work out what was going on in that first 10 minutes.”

Officials have confirmed 150 New Zealanders in Nepal are safe but families are still reporting people missing in the wake of the magnitude 7.

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8 earthquake.

Five Nepali staff working for Wanaka-based Adventure Consultants are among the dead, now approaching 2000.

Sir Edmund Hillary’s son Peter was trekking in Nepal with friends and his family say he’s safe.

Two groups of students from St Margaret’s College in Christchurch, who were working on humanitarian projects, are also safe.

Among the dead are 17 who were struck by a quake-triggered avalanche on Everest that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers, Associated Press reports.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it’ll take time to account for all the New Zealanders in the affected areas but the well-being of 150 has been confirmed.

It’s urging families who have posted people missing on the family Links ICRC website to get in touch.

Adventure Consultants had contact with Everest base camp, camp one and camp two on Sunday.

“It’s with heavy hearts that we can now confirm that five of Adventure Consultants’ Nepali staff have been killed in yesterday’s avalanche,” the company said.

Clear weather has allowed for eight Nepali staff working for the company to be evacuated by helicopter on Sunday, along with casualties from other teams.

Remaining staff at the base camp, a climbing team and staff at camp one and 12 Sherpas working for the company at camp two are all accounted for.

New Zealand has pledged an initial $NZ1 million ($A976,610) of aid to Nepal and says it stands ready to provide more.

New Zealand has close ties with Nepal built by Sir Edmund, who conquered Mt Everest in 1953 with Nepali Tenzing Norgay.

His daughter Sarah Hillary says her father’s first concern would be for the people.

“I think he’d be really horrified and very saddened by the situation,” she told One News.

The quake destroyed the historic part of Kathmandu and has impacted as far away as neighbouring northern India, Bangladesh, China’s region of Tibet and Pakistan where there are deaths.

“It was absolutely awful,” said New Zealander Prue Smith, general manager of the Himalayan Trust NZ.

Ms Smith was sitting in the garden of a hotel with about 30 people in Thamel, a part of Kathmandu popular with tourists, when the earthquake struck.

The Himalayan Trust NZ was founded by Sir Edmund, who died in 2008.

“At the moment Prue is trying to determine how the communities we support in the mountains have fared and we will post updates as soon as we know more,” the trust said on Sunday.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson feared for his safety when he pushed a fan forcefully after Saturday night’s AFL match in Adelaide.

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The ugly incident was caught on video and quickly found its way to the media.

While Clarkson has a long history of trouble because of his temper, he appeared to act this time only after some strong provocation.

Senior Hawthorn and Port Adelaide also vigorously supported him.

The AFL is investigating, but appears unlikely to take action at this stage.

Rather than ride back to their hotel in the team bus after Saturday night’s loss to Port Adelaide, Clarkson and Hawks football manager Chris Fagan decided to walk.

The Hawks coach said about 40m from a side entrance to the hotel, a small group of men recognised them and asked three or four times for a photo.

The video footage, which is 29 seconds long, shows one of the men moving close to Clarkson and shouting “Go the Power” before the coach forcefully pushes him away.

A voice is then heard: “I got that on film, brother” before the footage ends.

Clarkson told Channel Seven he had done nothing wrong and added the men appeared to have been drinking.

“Hindsight is a great thing – ‘let’s just keep walking’ – well for 40m I did do that,” he said.

“On three separate occasions (I) asked the three gentlemen to refrain.

“But when he actually stepped in front of me and made body contact with me, then I just didn’t know where it was going to go unless I actually put a bit of space between me and him with a push that allowed me to get in the door.”

Clarkson added it was clear that the men were determined not to let himself and Fagan enter the hotel.

“We just didn’t know where it was going to go,” he said.

“We were deeply concerned, particularly as we neared the entrance to the building, that they were going to do everything they possibly could to make sure we were stopped.

“These guys, they’d been drinking, we didn’t know what they were going to do.

“It was a very, very forceful push – ‘just get away from me’.”

Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas promised the club would act “pretty aggressively” if it turned out the man was a Power fan.

“You can see he (Clarkson) is being really heavily provoked,” Thomas told Fox Sports.

“I am more concerned about the incident and I don’t think there was adequate protection in place for Clarko.

“I think that is something the industry will need to look at.”

Fagan said on Twitter that Clarkson is innocent and added the coach politely declined a photo with three rowdy drunks who would not take no for an answer.

“They were out of control and unpredictable young men,” Fagan said.

Hawks chief executive Stuart Fox likewise backed his coach.

“We’ve spoken to the AFL and one of the issues is obviously getting back to the hotel safely,” he said.

“I think this one is extreme provocation.

“He’s been provoked, they were heavily intoxicated and these guys had altercations with a number of guests at the hotel.”

As he contemplated the death penalty four years ago, Andrew Chan remarked that it wasn’t right that his mother would bury him.

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The executions of Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 34, are now imminent, and may come as early as Tuesday.

In interviews recorded in August 2011, most of which have not previously been published, the two condemned men spoke about facing the death penalty, but also of hope and their genuine efforts at rehabilitation.

“It’s obviously affected our families the most,” Chan told AAP during a visit to Kerobokan jail.

“Imagine your mother, or you know, your father picking up that telephone call.

“It’s heartbreaking. It’s obviously harder on them than it is on yourself.”

“You obviously look at yourself and you say to yourself, `I’ve really screwed up big time’.

“It’s not right you know.

“A mother’s not supposed to bury their kid. Obviously a kid is supposed to bury their mother.”

At the time, Chan and Sukumaran were about to lodge their bids for clemency.

They spoke about making mistakes – and paying for them.

“Everyone makes mistakes in life,” Chan said.

“No one’s perfect. Yeah, we screwed up big time, and you know, we’re obviously paying the price for it right now.

“The death penalty. You can think about it, you can let it lay within your mind but we choose to continue doing what we’re doing.”

Sukumaran said that in prison “you have a lot of time to reflect on all the stupid things you’ve done”.

“You don’t see what you’re doing is really that bad.

“Working with all these people, like inside here teaching … you get something out of it. I think that makes you a stronger person as well.”

Despite testimonials to their rehabilitation behind bars from prison governors to politicians, academics and Australian artist Ben Quilty, repeated legal appeals and calls for a reprieve have failed.

Chan and Sukumaran, convicted in 2005 for their role in a plot to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin from Bali to Australia, were given the official 72 hours notice on Saturday that means they could face the firing squad on Tuesday.