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Former NRL great Billy Slater signs with AFL club St Kilda in a leadership role

Staff writers, October 11, 2018 8:10AM News Corp Australia Network

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Billy Slater farewells Melbourne Storm fans. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraBilly Slater farewells Melbourne Storm fans. Picture: Getty Images

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AFL: St Kilda has signed former rugby league and Melbourne Storm great Billy Slater in a leadership role for next season.

After retiring from the NRL following Melbourne’s Grand Final defeat, Slater took on a coaching role with the Storm, but will now also work part-time with Saints players, coaches and high-performance staff.

The Storm culture is highly regarded* in Australian sport and the Saints hope Slater can develop those values at St Kilda.

“Billy’s sporting resume* is second to none, and he will add great value to our club,” Saints football manager Simon Lethlean said.

Usman Khawaja bats during day four of the First Test match. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraUsman Khawaja bats during day four of the First Test match. Picture: Getty Images

CRICKET: Usman Khawaja is all that stands between Australia and first Test defeat in Dubai after a pair of Marsh brother ducks.

Australia are in a desperate situation after losing 3-0 in another mini-collapse* and must now survive a full fifth day if they’re to pull off what would be a miraculous* draw.

So far, Khawaja and debutant Travis Head are showing courage under fire.

Khawaja stood tall to silence his critics with a gutsy unbeaten half century, but Australia will resume with virtually no margin for error after going to stumps 3-136 having already navigated their way through 50 overs. Australia are still 326 runs away from pulling off a world record run chase.

Usain Bolt trains with the Central Coast Mariners. Picture: Brett Costello media_cameraUsain Bolt trains with the Central Coast Mariners. Picture: Brett Costello

SOCCER: Usain Bolt knows he is reaching a tipping point*.

The sprinter-turned-would-be-footballer will take the field for the second time tomorrow night (Friday) in Mariners colours — aware the clock could be ticking on his dreams of professional football.

Though Bolt and coach Mike Mulvey have cautioned against rushing to judgment, Bolt said he realised the friendly against a South West Sydney XI could be a vital moment.

The 32-year-old is likely to start at Campbelltown Stadium, determined to prove he is a different player to the one whose 20-minute performance on August 31 failed to impress.

“This is going to be a big game,” Bolt said.

“It could determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career. So it’s very important for me — I’ll push myself and hopefully everything will work out.”

Stephanie Wood of the Diamonds passes the ball during the Constellation Cup match between the Australian Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns. Picture: AAP media_cameraStephanie Wood of the Diamonds passes the ball during the Constellation Cup match between the Australian Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns. Picture: AAP

NETBALL: Australia is just a game away from winning its eighth Constellation Cup netball tournament after a physical and thrilling 56-47 win against a feisty New Zealand in Townsville last night.

The Diamonds held firm in the face of several fightbacks from a rapidly improving New Zealand side to take their second win of the annual series in a memorable battle.

It was the Diamonds ninth consecutive win over their trans-Tasman rivals with New Zealand last beating Australia in the Quad Series in September last year.

The Diamonds beat New Zealand 57-42 in the opener of the series in Brisbane and another win will secure them the trophy.

GLOSSARY

highly regarded: well thought of

resume: history of achievements

mini-collapse: loss of several quick wickets

miraculous: remarkable, like a miracle

tipping point: point where a big change happens

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which AFL club is Billy Slater joining?

2. How many runs does Australia need to win the First Test?

3. Which team will Usain Bolt play against tomorrow night?

4. How many points did the Diamonds win by?

VCOP ACTIVITY

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

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