TENNIS: Australia’s Ashleigh Barty has won her second WTA tournament, defeating local Brit Johanna Konta in the Nature Valley Open final in Nottingham.
The 6-3 3-6 6-4 victory will see Barty rise to a career-high ranking of world no. 16.
Meanwhile, Aussie Alex Di Minaur also raised the trophy at the Nottingham Challenger event, beating another local Dan Evans 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.
It follows Di Minaur’s runner-up result at last week’s Surbiton, the remarkable rise seeing him leap from outside the top 100 to reach No. 78.
SOCCER: Another day, another World Cup upset. This time, defending champions Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico in a superb match which commentators placed alongside Spain vs Portugal as ‘the best of the tournament so far’.
Mexico were excellent in the first half, playing with intensity* with Hirving Lozano scoring the lone goal from one of many quick counter-attacks*.
Australia plays Denmark on Thursday after losing its opening match against France 2-1.
NETBALL: The introduction of bonus points to Super Netball has been overwhelmingly* welcomed in netball — just not at the NSW Swifts.
The shake-up, in which bonus points are awarded for winning each quarter while four competition points are earned for a win, is bringing added interest for fans and keeping once-dead games alive.
But for Swifts coach Briony Akle it’s a distraction* from the bigger picture. “Our focus is not on those bonus points — it’s actually to play well for 15 minutes at a time and whatever that result is … if we play badly we’re not going to win,” Akle said.
NRL: NSW pair James Maloney and Latrell Mitchell will start in State of Origin Game 2 after being cleared of injuries by Blues medical staff on day one of camp yesterday.
Sydney Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary was named in the 20-man squad as cover for Maloney, who picked up a back injury in Penrith’s loss to the Roosters on Friday but is expected to recover.
Meanwhile, Michael Morgan will miss the rest of the State of Origin series after scans confirmed he had suffered a torn biceps injury.
Newcastle’s Kalyn Ponga is firming for an Origin debut in Sunday’s must win game in Sydney. Queensland will name its squad today.
AFL: Exactly a year since their last MCG loss, Richmond remain unbeatable at the grand final venue and are back on top of the AFL ladder.
Their 18-point win over Geelong yesterday in windy, wet conditions extended their MCG winning streak to 16, one short of the venue record set by Melbourne in the 1950s.
The final score was 12.11 (83) to 9.11 (65).
intensity: strength and power
counter-attacks: attack in response
overwhelmingly: very great or difficult
distraction: something that distracts your attention
1. Which tennis tournament did Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur both win at the weekend?
2. How many goals were scored in the Mexico v Germany World Cup match?
3. Explain the new bonus points system in Super Netball.
4. What position does NSW’s James Maloney play?
5. What is the venue record of winning games at the MCG?
After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many pieces of punctuation as you can find in green. Discuss how these are being used, where and how often. What level of the punctuation pyramid is the journalist using in this article?
QUESTION: Which AFL team is most likely to win this year’s premiership?
No one-word answers please. Explain your answer and use lots of adjectives.