SOCCER: Socceroos boss Graham Arnold has been given bad news less than a month before the start of the Asian Cup, with Aussie midfielder Aaron Mooy almost certain to miss at least some of the tournament and playmaker Tom Rogic also struggling to be fit.
Mooy damaged knee ligaments* in Huddersfield’s loss to Arsenal early yesterday in the UK and is believed to be facing four to six weeks on the sidelines.
Rogic, meanwhile, has had a persistent knee injury which may require rest, though he played more than an hour overnight for Celtic against Kilmarnock.
If the damage to Mooy’s medial* ligaments is assessed as not too serious, it remains possible he could still be selected but miss at least the first two group games. Arnold has already lost winger Daniel Arzani to an ACL injury that will keep him out for up to a year.
BASKETBALL: Andrew Bogut is on track for a record-breaking NBL debut season, guiding his Sydney Kings to third place with seven wins over the first 11 rounds.
If Bogut continues his current form, he could become the first NBL player to average 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks a game.
Now the Kings have said they’ll happily extend Bogut’s two-year contract if the 34-year-old wants to play on.
“If Andrew wants to play longer at the Sydney Kings, he can play for as long as he felt he was able to play at the level he wants to play at,” said Kings’ acting CEO Paul Kind.
SAILING: Wild Oats XI won the annual* Big Boat Challenge in style in Sydney yesterday but skipper Mark Richards immediately said rival supermaxi* Comanche (which didn’t compete) was the line honours* favourite for this year’s Sydney to Hobart.
The eight-time Sydney to Hobart line honours winner made a flying start with Black Jack the only starter in the seven-boat fleet to stay in contact in 7-11km/h south-south easterly winds. Wild Oats XI completed the course on Sydney Harbour in 1hr 14min 16sec, 1min 15sec ahead of Black Jack, last year’s winner. But Richards said yesterday’s success would not guarantee a Sydney to Hobart win.
“There’s no question that Comanche is the favourite for this year’s Hobart race,” Richards said. “The thing’s an absolute weapon. It’s an extreme boat and if its conditions are on, the thing is going to be a 100 miles* in front of us, that’s just the way it is.”
- ligaments: connective tissue holding joints together
- medial: in the middle
- annual: every year
- supermaxi: large sailing yacht
- line honours: first boat to cross the line in a race
- miles: measurement similar to metres
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