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Aussie John Millman hits a career high as he charges into US Open fourth round

Staff writers, September 2, 2018 9:27PM News Corp Australia Network

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John Millman, of Australia, returns a shot on his way to winning his third-round match at the US Open. Picture: AP media_cameraJohn Millman, of Australia, returns a shot on his way to winning his third-round match at the US Open. Picture: AP

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TENNIS: Unseeded* Australian John Millman has charged into the US Open fourth round in a major career breakthrough.

Millman wore down Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3 to enter the last 16 of a grand slam for the first time. The 29-year-old’s reward — in addition to taking home at least $370,000 — is a clash with 20-time major winner Roger Federer, who defeated Aussie Nick Kyrgios.

“I’ve had three surgeries in my career, two shoulders and the last one a groin, and every time I’ve had extreme doubts if would get back,” Millman said of his rollercoaster* career.

“But I have a great team around me that pick me up when I feel sorry for myself. Without them, I wouldn’t have this opportunity.”

Meanwhile, rising Aussie star Alex de Minaur been defeated in a thrilling five-set battle that produced one of the latest finishes in US Open history. The unseeded Aussie surrendered a 2-0 lead to go down to Croatian No. 7 Marin Cilic 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7. The match finished at 2am.

Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys farewells fans as he celebrates his last NRL match. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraJohnathan Thurston of the Cowboys farewells fans as he celebrates his last NRL match. Picture: Getty Images

NRL: Retiring North Queensland great Johnathan Thurston has signed off on his 16-year NRL career in a fairytale finish*, leading his side to a comeback 30-26 victory on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

The Titans led 18-6 at the break but were dominated in the second half to ensure a winning farewell for the champion No.7. Thurston terrorised the Titans with his short kicking game in the second half and it was ideal, after doing it so many times before, that he assisted in the winning play in his final appearance.

“It’s been a pleasure hey; I’m happy it happened and enjoyed every moment of it,” he told Fox Sports after the game. “I can’t thank the game of rugby league enough for the life that it’s given me.”

Obum Gwacham #57 of the New York Jets rushes into Jordan Mailata #68 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraObum Gwacham #57 of the New York Jets rushes into Jordan Mailata #68 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field. Picture: Getty Images

NFL: Former Souths youth star Jordan Mailata has completed a quick journey to the NFL, finding his way onto the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-man roster for the 2018/19 season.

It marks a spectacular few months for the 21-year-old, who had never played competitive football when he was drafted in the seventh round by Philly in April.

Executive vice president of football operations for Philadelphia, Howie Roseman, explained Mailata’s inclusion*.

“The strides that he’s taken are incredible,” Roseman said. “He just gets better and better.”

Usain Bolt is a hit with A-League fans but he needs to improve his fitness levels for soccer . Picture: AFP media_cameraUsain Bolt is a hit with A-League fans but he needs to improve his fitness levels for soccer . Picture: AFP

SOCCER: Both Usain Bolt and his coach Mike Mulvey agree on one thing — he isn’t fit enough to play in the A-League.

But that’s not to say he can’t get there, with two months before the season kick-off.

Central Coast gave Bolt 20 minutes of action in a much-watched pre-season run on Friday night in Gosford.

The 32-year-old eight-time Olympic champion played on the left wing. He didn’t look out of place but didn’t impress.

“In all seriousness he’s not fit,” Mulvey said. “No athletics coach will actually get you to accelerate*, decelerate* and with multi-directional movement like there is in football.

“He struggles with that right now.”

NBL boss Jeremy Loeliger. Picture: Colleen Petch media_cameraNBL boss Jeremy Loeliger. Picture: Colleen Petch

BASKETBALL: The NBL has confirmed that the ninth team in the competition will be based in south-east Melbourne.

The yet to be named franchise* will play games at Melbourne Arena starting in the 2019/20 season. “This is an exciting moment for the NBL as we announce a second team in Melbourne,” NBL chief executive Jeremy Loeliger said yesterday.

GLOSSARY

unseeded: not ranked in the top 16 players

rollercoaster: up and down

fairytale finish: perfect end

inclusion: entry on to the roster

accelerate: speed up

decelerate: slow down

franchise: a professional sports team

QUICK QUIZ

1. Who will John Millman play in the US Open fourth round?

2. How many NRL games did Johnathan Thurston play?

3. Which NFL team is Jordan Mailata on the roster for?

4. How many minutes did Usain Bolt play on Friday night?

5. Where will the 9th NBL team be based?

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HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think Johnathan Thurston is one of the greatest NRL players of all time? Why?

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