AFL: Hawthorn has been dealt a major injury blow* as it aims to avoid a finals exit.
Star midfielder Jaeger O’Meara is out of tonight’s semi-final clash with Melbourne with a knee injury.
The Hawks revealed O’Meara received a knock during the qualifying final loss to Richmond and despite playing out the game, pulled up sore this week.
Hawthorn had already lost star defender Ben Stratton to a hamstring injury and dropped ruckman Jon Ceglar, recalling David Mirra, Taylor Duryea and Ryan Schoenmakers.
Melbourne is unchanged for the match on the back of a strong elimination final win over Geelong.
Collingwood is also unchanged as it prepares to host GWS in tomorrow’s semi-final, but the Giants confirmed Josh Kelly would miss the MCG clash as Harry Perryman was dropped.
Ryan Griffen replaces Kelly while Lachie Keeffe comes in to face his former club.
NRL: Josh Dugan will miss Cronulla’s semi-final with Penrith with a shoulder injury — just days after baring* his soul to the world.
Jesse Ramien replaces Dugan in the Cronulla backline.
Just hours earlier coach Shane Flanagan said the club had no concerns about Dugan’s mental health following his emotional outburst to a packed media group this week.
The former NSW and Australian centre fought back tears as he detailed how he had worked to repair his battered reputation but felt he was always shown in a negative light* after being sacked by Canberra in 2013.
BASKETBALL: Australia has opened the second round of FIBA World Cup qualifiers with a strong 95-43 victory over Qatar in Doha.
Returning to action for the first time since their controversial* clash in the Philippines, the Boomers dominated from the start to join Iran at the top of Asian Zone group F with six wins from seven matches.
Ranked 10th in the world, the Boomers cruised* to a 16-point lead at half-time before outscoring the 61st-ranked Qatar 30-3 in a devastating* third-quarter run.
The Boomers didn’t miss a beat without suspended trio Thon Maker, Chris Goulding and Daniel Kickert and the match finished without incident.
baring: showing or exposing
negative light: bad way
cruised: did it easily
devastating: extremely impressive
1. Which AFL teams are unchanged for the semi-finals?
2. What injury has forced Josh Dugan on to the sidelines for the NRL final?
3. What is the Boomers’ world ranking?
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