NRL: Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans has warned that coach Trent Barrett’s looming* departure could result in a player exodus* from Brookvale, but club chairman Scott Penn has strongly denied those concerns.
Last night, Cherry-Evans told Fox Sports’ League Life that he was committed to staying put at Manly, but he “wouldn’t begrudge*” his teammates for listening to outside offers to move clubs.
Penn reacted this morning saying, “The fact is the players obviously play for the coach and that’s what we want them to do”, but he added he wasn’t concerned that players were so dedicated to Barrett that they would follow him out the door.
Penn admitted Manly had a poor season, but said the club has a “very strong roster*” and a “bright future���.
GOLF: Adam Scott and Queenslander Cameron Smith are battling for a spot on Australia’s golf World Cup team. A subplot* has emerged among the four Australians contesting the US PGA Tour’s $US67 million play-offs series, with the two-man Australian team to contest the World Cup in Melbourne in November still to be locked in.
The World Cup will be held at Metropolitan Golf Club from November 22-25, featuring two players from the top-28 nations in the world rankings. Each nation’s top-ranked golfer has between September 3 and 13 to accept or defer their selection.
World No.10 Jason Day currently tops the Australian list but is uncertain on returning to play given wife Ellie is due to give birth to the couple’s third child days before the Cup.
If Day was to defer, world No.18 Leishman would be the frontrunner with Scott (44th) the next best, followed by Smith (49th).
BASKETBALL: Liz Cambage will spearhead Australia’s challenge for the World Cup next month, capping a jam-packed year of club and country duties.
Coach Sandy Brondello named six overseas-based stars in her 12-woman squad for next month’s tournament in Spain, including Cambage. The 27-year-old began the year in the WNBL, played in the Commonwealth Games, headed to America for an WNBA spot with Dallas Wings and will now return to action for the Opals*.
Cambage posted the WNBA’s highest scoring numbers this season before losing in the playoffs on Wednesday to the Brondello-coached Mercury, who also have Cup-bound Opals Stephanie Talbot and Leilani Mitchell on their team.
Australia has reached the semi-final at four of the past five events, winning the world championship in 2006.
looming: coming soon
exodus: huge number of people exiting
begrudge: feel bitter about
roster: list of players
sub-plot: second story within a story
Opals: national women’s basketball team
1. Is Daly Cherry-Evans thinking about staying or leaving Manly at the end of the season?
2. If Jason Day plays the World Cup, which Aussie golfer is likely to miss out?
3. When did the Opals last win a World Championship?
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.
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HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think there will be an exodus of Manly players when exiting coach Trent Barrett leaves?
No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking.