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Canterbury Bulldogs win puts dent in Broncos’ chances for top four finish

Staff writers, August 3, 2018 7:45AM News Corp Australia Network

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William Hopoate of the Bulldogs runs in to score a try. Picture: AAP media_cameraWilliam Hopoate of the Bulldogs runs in to score a try. Picture: AAP

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NRL: Canterbury have put a massive dent* in Brisbane’s top-four hopes, shocking the finals-bound Broncos 36-22 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney last night.

After they leapt to a 14-0 lead early, the Bulldogs withstood a late first-half fightback from Brisbane before scoring three second-half tries in seven minutes to wrap up the win.

It completed their first back-to-back wins of the year and put them one step further away from the wooden spoon*.

And it also left Brisbane with the possibility they could be two wins outside the top four at the end of the round. “I’m extremely disappointed by it,” coach Wayne Bennett said. “They had all the enthusiasm and all the energy and we’re just lacking in those areas.”

Tom Lynch has been stripped of the co-captaincy of the Suns. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraTom Lynch has been stripped of the co-captaincy of the Suns. Picture: Getty Images

AFL: Gold Coast star Tom Lynch has been stripped of the AFL club’s captaincy after telling the Suns he wants to return to Melbourne.

The 25-year-old has told club officials and teammates he will exercise his rights as a restricted free agent at the end of the season, with Richmond, Collingwood and Hawthorn all keen to sign him.

Lynch arrived back on the Gold Coast yesterday after having knee surgery in Melbourne, where he met with other clubs. The key forward is set to join a long list of players who have left the struggling expansion club.

Kobe Bryant’s wife says he is not coming out of retirement to play again. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraKobe Bryant’s wife says he is not coming out of retirement to play again. Picture: Getty Images

BASKETBALL: Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, has squashed rumours that her superstar husband was considering coming out of retirement* to play alongside LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The talk, fuelled by Lakers fans’ long-lasting love for Bryant, was boosted with teammate Shaquille O’Neal’s podcast* prediction* that Bryant would return to team with James.

“Kobe will not be coming out of retirement to play again,” Mrs Bryant said. “He doesn’t want to play again.”
Bryant, 39, won five NBA titles with the Lakers before retiring in 2016. He was named NBA Most Valuable Player four times.

GLOSSARY

dent: weaken the hopes of

wooden spoon: last place on a ladder

retirement: stopping play at the end of your career

podcast: a digital audio program

predication: guessing or knowing something with happen

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1. How many second-half tries did Canterbury score?

2. What has Tom Lynch been stripped of?

3. How many years is it since Kobe Bryant has played NBA?

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