TENNIS: Rising tennis stars Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur have made history after sharing the first tie* in the Newcombe Medal.
The medal selection panel could not separate the duo, leaving Barty, 22, to collect her second medal and 19-year-old de Minaur his first.
Judged by his peers* as the ATP Tour’s newcomer of the year, de Minaur cut his ranking by 170 places to finish the season at No.31. He was also runner-up in the Next Gen Finals.
Barty achieved career-high rankings in both singles and doubles. The Queenslander is currently one of only two women ranked inside the world’s top 20 in both disciplines. Barty won her first grand slam at the US Open in doubles and finished the year on a high, winning the WTA Elite Trophy Final in Milan.
The tie is the first in the nine-year history of the medal.
CRICKET: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has helped restrict* New Zealand to only 90 runs with career-best figures of 8-41 on the third day of the second Test overnight.
And Shah then took the first two wickets of New Zealand’s second innings, meaning he took 10 wickets in the day in a very rare achievement.
Six New Zealand batsmen were dismissed for ducks* while captain Kane Williamson was unbeaten with 28.
Pakistan, trailing the three-match series 1-0, forced a follow-on after getting a massive 328-run first innings lead.
New Zealand were 1-61 before losing nine wickets for 29 runs against Shah to be bowled out in only 35.3 overs after the lunch break.
NRL: David Klemmer will be at Newcastle in 2019 after signing a monster five-year deal with the Knights until the end of 2023.
Klemmer, 24, was released by Canterbury yesterday in order to make the $4.3 million move, while the Bulldogs have moved quickly to secure a replacement in Queensland Origin star Dylan Napa.
Klemmer’s signing is a big win for the Knights, who have been searching for an experienced front-rower.
“He’ll definitely help (the push for finals), he’s a massive part of it,” captain Mitchell Pearce said.
MOTORSPORT: David Reynolds has been named the winner of the Barry Sheene Medal for the second year in s row.
The Erebus Motorsport driver was awarded the sport’s best and fairest prize, which is named after former motorcycle world champion and Supercars commentator Barry Sheene, who passed away in 2003.
Reynolds was selected after an impressive year on track, where he won three races, five pole positions and nine podium finishes, and included an impressive final weekend in Newcastle where he finished second and first.
AFL: Sydney recruit* Daniel Menzel is determined to address the forward pressure criticism of his game, but can’t help but smile at the thought of playing alongside superstar Lance “Buddy” Franklin.
Menzel, who kicked 136 goals in 73 games with Geelong — in between having four knee reconstructions* — was delisted* by the Cats and snapped up by Sydney.
No one questions Menzel’s’ ability to kick goals but the defensive side of his game has drawn criticism, with some thinking his weakness is not applying enough forward pressure, a big factor in the modern game.
But Menzel said he would work on that and was excited to join a forward line with Franklin.
“It’s something that when I think about, it makes you smile because it’s just a great opportunity,” he said.
tie: when there are two winners
peers: fellow tennis players
restrict: keep under control
ducks: zero score
recruit: new player
knee reconstruction: surgery to rebuild an injured knee
delisted: taken off a club’s playing list
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1. Name the joint winners of the 2018 Newcombe Medal.
2. How many NZ batsmen were dismissed for ducks?
3. What is David Klemmer’s new deal at Newcastle worth in money?
4. Who won the 2017 Barry Sheene Medal?
5. Which AFL team was Daniel Menzel delisted by?
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