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POSSIBILITY: NSW squad member Jason Sangha at home in Newcastle in August. The Blues play in Adelaide from Tuesday. Picture: Marina NeilJason Sangha’s long-awaited Sheffield Shield debut for NSW will be determined by conditions at theAdelaide Oval on Tuesday, but regardless the Newcastle cricketer has been put in a strong position to earn his maidenstate cap before Christmas.

Following the conclusion of the JLT Cup last week, the Blues are now setting for the first of six longer-form matches in the space of the next two months and Sangha was named in the 12-man squad that travelled to South on Monday morning.

However, the 19-year-old’s inclusion in the NSWfirst XI for the opening round of the four-day domestic competition will come down to the nature of the pitch in South .

Blues captain and former n wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will weigh up whether to play untriedright-handed batsman Sangha, who also provides a leg-spin option, or fellow potential debutantDaniel Sams, a 25-year-oldseam-bowlingall-rounder.

Jack Edwards, 18, is also in contention for a NSW spot and could make his Shield debut for the Blues soon after top scoring with 273 runs at an average of 54.6 during his maiden JLT Cup outings.

Sams also shone recently for NSW in the JLT Cup with nine wickets at 22.4 apiece and 152 runs at just under 40.

Sangha was named in the Blues’ initial 14 for Perth, but didn’t play any one-day games and has since lined-up for ACT-NSW Country in Futures League and Randwick-Petersham in the Sydney first grade competition.

Nevill said final selections would come down to the state of the wicket.

“We’ll have to go and have a look at what the wicket is likeover there,” Nevill told the Big Sports Breakfast in a radio interview on Monday morning.“We should get over there this afternoon and have a look at the pitch.

“But if he [Edwards] does get his opportunity I’m sure he is going to be up to the task.

“I’m very excited to see, not only him but Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams [as well]. Twoof those guys will get their opportunity to debut, so it’s going to bepretty exciting to see what they can do.”

If n under-19 captain Sangha was given the nod, the former Wallsend and Southern Lakes player would become the first from Newcastleto make aShield debut for NSW since Burt Cockley in 2007-08 and the first to don aBlues uniform since Mark Cameron in 2010-11.

He would be the first batsman in the state side since Greg Geise in 1984-85.

NSW have another five Shield fixtures this side of New Year, finishing with South at the SCGfrom December 7.

The Blues travel to the MCG next to meet Victoria from October 25.

They then host Tasmania, most likely in Wollongong (November 3) after initial venue Wagga Wagga was boycotted last week, and Queenslandin Canberra (November 16) before heading to Perth Stadium to clash with Western (November 27).

Play on Tuesday is scheduled to start at 11am (AEST).

Meanwhile, Sangha received the “Spirit of Sport” trophy at the India Business and Community Awards in Brisbane on the weekend.

NSW BLUES: Peter Nevill (c), Sean Abbott, Trent Copeland, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Stephen O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha.

DELICIOUS: A diet rich in fresh plant-based produce and marine omega-3s can help reduce inflammation. The results of the international 2017 Cantos study, which looked at the link between inflammation and cardiovascular disease, has had cardiologists around the world talking.

Conducted in over 40 countries, the study tested whether decreasing inflammation would reduce risk of cardiovascular-related death in patients with a heart attack history.

Over 10,000 men and women participated in the study, the mean patient age being 61. Every participant had elevatedCRP, an inflammatory marker determined by a blood test.

The Cantos study found that Canakinumab – an anti-inflammatory medicationcurrently approvedonly for use in the US and Europe for certain rare inflammatorydisorders-was more effective than a placebo for preventing future cardiovascular events, including cardiovascular death from a heart attack or stroke.

“This really proved the inflammation hypothesis,”SydneyCardiologist Associate Professor Edward Barin said.“For the first timeresearchersdid something [to address] inflammationdirectlyand [in turn] reduced heart disease.” The effect was unrelated to changes inserum cholesterol levels.

“Thistreatmentconcept [is currently] just based on one trial, but the datalinking heart disease risk to inflammation has been there forsome time,” he said. Barin referred to a number of statin trialsincluding the Jupiter, Prove-it, and Reversal trials,which linkedreduced risk of cardiovascular eventsto reduced levels of theinflammatory markerCRP.

“We are beginning to think of heart disease as being an inflamed condition.But inflammation is not asnovel anideaas it would seem. Type 2 diabetes for example is a classic inflamed condition. If you measure inflammatory parameters, you pick up a lot of clues that the body is inflamed,” he said. Forty per cent of Cantos study participants had diabetes.

“Inflammatory autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasisalsoincreasetherisk of cardiovascular disease, that’s now well recognised.”

What is inflammation?Inflammation can be the result of unnecessary oxidation in the body, Barin said. “Inflammation damages the endothelium (cells lining the interior surface of blood vessels and lymphatic vessels), which can result in particular damage by cells such as oxidised macrophages,” white blood cells that form part of the immune system. “All this misbehaviourcanbe detected and measured in the blood,” he said.

“The final result of inflammation is that it activates the immune response inappropriately, and the body becomes ill and difficult to repair. So [it might be that] the inflammationcascadethat causes disease is an out-of-control mechanism.”

What can be done to reduce inflammation?“People who have a lot of body fat have been shown to have a lot of raised inflammatory markers, but inflammation is not [only due to] weight,”Barin said.

“Dietis more than justreducing cholesterol and calories. This hasn’t been proven yet, a host of nutritional studiessuggest thatwe need to start thinking about implementing Mediterranean-style anti-inflammatory diets.”

A diet high in meat, alcohol and sugar, and omega-6 rich seed-based diets willpromoteinflammation, whereas a diet rich in freshplant-basedproduce and marine omega-3s can have the opposite effect, Barin said.

“Poor sleep hygiene is linked with increased inflammation markers, so is mental stress,” he said.

“Talk to your doctor about inflammation becauseit can be a strong pointer toheart diseaseand stroke.Treating ithas now been provenbeneficialand we shoulddirect effort to reducing inflammation in a more holistic way.”

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US President Donald Trump says he’s learned on the job as president of the United States.President Donald Trump says he is “comfortable” in the White House after almost two years in office, despite political storms over immigration, tariffs and his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“It was a little surreal to say I’m the president of the United States, but I think that’s true with everybody,” Trump told the CBS television news program 60 Minutes in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

“Even my friends, they don’t call me Donald, they call me Mr. President. And I say: ‘Will you please loosen up?’ I’ve learned on the job. I have.”

“Now I very much feel like POTUS,” Trump added, using the acronym for president of the United States.

The interview, in which Trump proved as eager as ever for verbal jousting on a range of issues, showed no sign he had any intention of abandoning his freewheeling, in-your-face persona as president.

After a political brawl in the Senate over sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh, Trump said his remarks at a Mississippi rally in which critics said he mocked accuser Christine Blasey Ford were necessary to win the confirmation fight.

“Had I not made that speech, we would not have won. I was just saying she didn’t seem to know anything,” Trump said. “And you’re trying to destroy a life of a man who has been extraordinary.”

He denied making fun of her, saying instead that he had treated her with respect.

“I’m not going to get into it because we won. It doesn’t matter. We won,” Trump said.

Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 vote in the US Senate earlier this month.

A New York businessman whose upset 2016 victory against Democrat Hillary Clinton sent shock waves across the political world, Trump said he had discovered that the Washington political scene was even tougher than the business world.

“Washington, DC is a vicious, vicious place: the attacks, the bad-mouthing, the speaking behind your back. But you know, and in my way, I feel very comfortable here,” the president told CBS.

“I always used to say the toughest people are Manhattan real estate guys and blah, blah. Now I say they’re babies.”

FOCUSED: Blake Windred and Charlestown professional and co-coach Ryan Smith work on the 21-year-old’s stroke at the SAM Putting Lab in the club’s pro-shop. Picture: Jonathan CarrollBLAKE Windred will take on some of ’s leading professionals at three state opens during the next month.

His n amateur team roommate Dylan Perry will be among those hoping to earn a cheque after the 23-year-old turned professional last week.

However, Windred has resisted the temptation to join Perry and will stay an amateur for the next 12 months.

The 21-year-old talled the topic over with his co-coach Gary Barter during the US Amateur in August, atwhich he was knocked out in the round of 32 in matchplay. The US Amateur followed a string of solid performances, highlighted by runner-up at the Porter Cup and seventh in the European Amateur.

“I was playing really good golf and my coach rang and asked whether I had thought about turning pro at the end of the year,” Windred said. “He then asked if I was sick of turning up to amateur events and playing for no money. I replied, ‘no, I’m not sick of it. I haven’t won anything major yet. I haven’t achieved all my goals in amateur golf’. He said ‘there is your answer’.”

Windred, who is No. 58 in the world amateur rankings, finished a tie for 24th at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship last week in Singapore. Perry, who along with Windred was in a six-man n team, also finished even par for the tournament.

“I wasn’t aware he was turning pro until that tournament,” Windred said. “He has a good team around him and is a hard worker. He will make it.”

Windred will get a gauge on where his game is at compared to the professionals over the next month after receiving exemptions for the Western n Open (October 25-28), Queensland Open (November 1-4) and NSW Open (November 8-11).

Before heading to Perth, the right-hander will tee up in the HunterLand Rover Charlestown Big Hole Pro-am on Tuesday.

NEW PATH: Dylan Perry. Picture: David Tease (Golf NSW)

“It is such a fun day,” said Windred, a Charlestown junior. “All the tour pros come back and it is always a good vibe. It helps me out a lot talking to the likes of Nathan Green and James Nitties. They have so much knowledge.”

* Pacific Dunes club pro Jamie Hook will take plenty of confidence into the Charlestown event, which features eight-inch holes, after taking outthe $30,000 Castle Hill pro-am last Tuesday. Hook, who only plays part-time, carded rounds of 65,67 to win by a stroke.

Hewill be joined by some of the region’s leading professionals including Nathan Green, Jake Higginbottom, Cal O’Reilly and Leigh McKechnie.

As well as the overall prize, there will be $1000 Forty Winks Shoot-out on the par-three 18thhole. Each pro will get one shot, with the closest pocketing the money.

* Cal O’Reilly will also tee up at Charelstown in good form after storming home to finish 11th at the Victorian PGA. O’Reilly only just made the cut after opening with rounds of 74,71. However, he found form with the putter to go 66,65 and shoot the lowest score for the weekend. His final round featured a triple bogey at the par-three14th and eagle at the par-four last.

“The 14th was my only bad shot of the day,” O’Reilly said. “I turned one right-to-left and the wind got it and it kept on going into the bush. It was that deep, I was hoping we wouldn’t find it.But we spotted it straight away. I had to play it and took a few to get out.”

At the 280m-18th,he knocked a drive down wind onto the green and sunk a six-metre putt.

“I played really good on the weekend,” he said. “I didn’t think I was going to make the cut and when I did, I just played with a bit of freedom. If my putter gets hot, I’m always a chance to go low because I usually hit a lot of greens.”

O’Reilly has one goal for Charlestown: “I just want to beat Jake Higginbottom.That’s all that matters.”

IN-FORM: Harry Atkinson won the 12 years division at the Fayde State Matchplay Championships.

* Harry Atkinson (Kurri Kurri) led a strong effort by Hunter juniors at the Fayde State Matchplay Championships at Mount Broughton. Atkinson won the 12 years boys final 5 and 5after taking the preliminary matches 7 and 6, 9 and 8 and 2-up. Toronto’s Jake Riley lost the 13 years final at the 19thhole and Harry Cleare (Nelson Bay) went down 3 and 1 in the 15 years final.

It took Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri’s teammates – at the height of their A-League championship celebrations – to convince their skipper to go around one more time.

Valeri, 34, signed a one-year deal to stay on at the helm of the A-League superpower weeks after their fourth title in May.

The midfielder was unsigned as Victory’s season reached a stunning crescendo in the finals series with away defeats of Sydney FC and Newcastle to seal the championship.

Throughout, Victory wanted their captain to stay, but the veteran delayed putting pen to paper as he chased another trophy.

As he returned to Melbourne after the grand final, he was still unclear on whether it would be his last game.

“I went away and the boys kind of talked me into it in the end,” he said.

“I was able to take that time, I was very lucky and very fortunate and not many players have that luxury.

“(Coach) Kevin (Muscat) supported me through the whole thing. He said there’s something there for you. Let me know your decision. The club supported me.”

Valeri said the central question was “Am I going to be as committed as much as I am?”.

“If I’m not 100 per cent then I didn’t want to be baggage,” he said.

“I’ve seen it happen to players in the past. They become baggage and you become toxic.

“It was the right decision and I was really glad I signed.

“Who knows if I will go on again but I’m 100 per cent focused on this year.”

Ahead of his fifth domestic season, Valeri reported his body was in tip-top shape.

But the reality is he might not be required for the full 27-round campaign after a busy off-season of recruitment from Muscat.

Spaniard Raul Baena joins the midfield ranks, where both Valeri, Leigh Broxham, Terry Antonis and Josh Hope can operate.

Further forward, new signings Ola Toivonen and Keisuke Honda are expected to shake up Victory’s attacking style this season – which begins on Saturday night with the Melbourne derby.

“We are going to be playing a different style. Kevin has alluded to that in his interviews,” Valeri said.

“An exciting style, but the core principles of the way we played in the last four years that I’ve been involved are the same.

“The DNA will be the same. We will be an aggressive team, not by tackles but by pressure.

“We are going to take it step by step and what a first big step to take in the derby.”