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Australian Liz Cambage has been hailed the best female basketballer in the world

Staff writers, August 20, 2018 8:25AM Kids News

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Liz Cambage has been praised as the best female player in the world at the moment. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraLiz Cambage has been praised as the best female player in the world at the moment. Picture: Getty Images

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BASKETBALL: Liz Cambage will head into her first WNBA play-offs* campaign this week as the league’s leading scorer after another strong performance secured her battling Dallas Wings the last playoffs spot.

Praised by her star teammate Skylar Diggins-Smith as the best female player in the world, Australian centre Cambage scored 43 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the win over the Las Vegas Aces. The 203cm-tall Cambage tops the league in scoring with an average 23.4 points per game, and is second in rebounds, with 9.8 per game.

Alex Neal-Bullen of the Demons celebrates with the fans. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAlex Neal-Bullen of the Demons celebrates with the fans. Picture: Getty Images

AFL: After 12 years, eight coaches and many rebuilds, Melbourne has secured a finals place — but they did it the hard way yesterday.

Having thrown away a 27-point lead to trail West Coast by one point entering time-on of the final quarter, the Demons fired their way home with three late goals to win by 17 points. It is the first time since 2006 that they’ve seen finals action.

Meanwhile, Adelaide survived a late scare in a tense* nine-point win against North Melbourne which leaves the Kangaroos needing a miracle to reach the AFL finals. Midfielder Matt Crouch was outstanding with 46 disposals as the Crows triumphed* 12.14 (86) to 11.11 (77) yesterday at Adelaide Oval.

James Tedesco of the Roosters and Blake Austin of the Raiders contest a high ball. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraJames Tedesco of the Roosters and Blake Austin of the Raiders contest a high ball. Picture: Getty Images

NRL: Canberra has put a dent in* the Sydney Roosters’ NRL minor premiership hopes with a 14-12 upset victory.

The Roosters could have gone a game clear on top of the ladder with a win at GIO Stadium yesterday but their poor record in the nation’s capital continued, where they haven’t won since 2010. The Roosters are locked in a three-way battle at the top of the table for the minor premiership with Melbourne and South Sydney.

GLOSSARY

play-offs: finals

tense: not relaxed or easy

triumphed: succeeded

put a dent in: made something weaker

QUICK QUIZ

1. What position does Liz Cambage play?

2. How many goals did Melbourne kick in time-on?

3. Name the three NRL clubs fighting it out for the minor premiership.

VCOP ACTIVITY

With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text? Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb- make sure it still makes the context it was taken from.

Try and see if you can replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think Aussie basketballer Liz Cambage the best female basketballer in the world?

No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking.

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