BOXING: For much of his life Jeff Horn has been the underdog* — the schoolkid who took up boxing to escape bullying.
This time, ahead of tonight’s fight with Anthony Mundine in Brisbane, it’s the schoolteacher with the weight of the world on his shoulders. After being stopped by Terence Crawford in June, former WBO welterweight champion Horn knows he’s got to beat Mundine — and beat him well — to put himself back on the world stage.
“There is that extra pressure of I’ve got to win and I’ve got to win convincingly,” Horn said.
Both men yesterday weighed in under the 71kg limit for the bout*.
CRICKET: Lessons learned from good friend Cathy Freeman have steeled* Marcus Harris as he sweats on a baggy green debut in next week’s first Test against India.
The Victorian opener has credited* his chats with the Sydney Olympics champion 400m runner in her kitchen with helping him make Australia’s 14-man first Test squad. And her words of wisdom* will no doubt come in handy as Harris prepares for the nerve-wracking* wait to see if he makes the cut for the series opener in Adelaide.
“We have spent time just talking about the mental things,” Harris said. “I spoke to her about how she dealt with the spotlight of the Olympics with a whole nation expecting and wanting her to win.
“It was amazing to be able to sit in her kitchen with her and just chew the fat for an hour with her. She is a legend of a lady. She sent me a nice text last week so that was really good — I can’t thank her enough.”
RUGBY: The Australian women’s sevens team face a difficult quarter-final clash with undefeated England later today after a disappointing first day of the Dubai Sevens.
The reigning Olympic and World Series champions got off to a sluggish start in warm conditions in the desert going down 26-12 to England in their opening match yesterday.
They bounced back to defeat China in their second game 33-5 before losing a thrilling final clash with USA 22-17, the Eagles scoring on the last play in front of a loud crowd of 17,861.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence out of that (USA) game even though we lost and we’re really looking forward to bouncing back against England. I’m confident that as we’ve improved throughout the day we have done things better. We’re still learning with a young side,” said coach John Manenti.
underdog: competitor thought to have little chance of winning
steeled: mentally prepared for something
credited: publicly acknowledge
wisdom: being wise
nerve-wracking: causing nervousness
LISTEN TO TODAY’S STORIES
1. Which Australian boxer was a former schoolteacher?
2. Who is helping cricketer Marcus Harris mentally prepare ahead of Test selection?
3. What team will Australia play in the Rugby Sevens quarterfinal?
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 sense in the context it was taken from.
Try to 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 Jeff Horn can defeat Anthony Mundine in their fight tonight?
No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking.