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Matildas ace Sam Kerr on shortlist for soccer’s first women’s Ballon d’Or

Staff writers, October 9, 2018 7:49AM News Corp Australia Network

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Sam Kerr of the Matildas in action against China. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraSam Kerr of the Matildas in action against China. Picture: Getty Images

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SOCCER: Matildas striker Sam Kerr has been short-listed* for the first women’s Ballon d’Or award.

The famous prize, which has been awarded to the best male player in the world by France Football magazine since 1956, is recognising women players for the first time this year.

The award will be presented in Paris on December 3 with Kerr one of 15 players in the running for the prize.

Kerr was controversially snubbed for the FIFA’s world Player of the Year award last year despite inspiring Australia to success in the Tournament of Nations, where she scored four times as the Matildas won all three of their games — including victory over the top-ranked USA in the final.

Will Setterfield is heading from the Giants to the Blues. media_cameraWill Setterfield is heading from the Giants to the Blues.

AFL: Carlton completed a successful opening trade day after securing the AFL’s best fitness boss and beating arch rival Essendon to midfielder Will Setterfield.

The Blues are also likely to beat Gold Coast in the battle for Sturt goalsneak Shane McAdam and trade him back to Adelaide as part of the Mitch McGovern deal.

Carlton announced the signing of fitness boss Andrew Russell, securing the director of high performance after 14 years under Alastair Clarkson at the Hawks.

Marnus Labuschagne of Australia bowls during day two of the First Test match. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraMarnus Labuschagne of Australia bowls during day two of the First Test match. Picture: Getty Images

CRICKET: Described by captain Tim Paine as a “triple-threat”, debutant* Marnus Labuschagne has confirmed he will bring plenty to the table in Australia’s new-look Test side.

The South Africa-born Labuschagne was selected primarily for his ability as a middle-order batsman but it was in the other parts of the game where he impressed on an otherwise tough day for Australia in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

Thrown into the attack by Paine minutes before tea on day two, the part-time legspinner struck gold in just his third over in Test cricket by removing Asad Shafiq (80) with a ripping* delivery which caught the right-hander’s edge. Labuschagne then had Babar Azam (four) run out shortly after tea with an accurate throw from mid-wicket which left Babar well short of his crease. Pakistan remained in a strong position at stumps with Australia 0-30 in response to the hosts’ big first-innings total of 482.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia after being defeated by Bradley Klahn. Picture: AFP media_cameraNick Kyrgios of Australia after being defeated by Bradley Klahn. Picture: AFP

TENNIS: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has exited the Shanghai Masters with questions marks over his performance, appearing not to try his best at moments of his first-round defeat.

The 23-year-old was on the end of a surprise loss to the American Bradley Klahn, with the world number 104 winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The talented but highly emotional Kyrgios, who is ranked 38th in the world, appeared tired and disinterested at times in the second set.

Meanwhile, Australian US Open quarter-finalist John Millman is considering ending his magnificent 2018 season early to ensure he’s fully fit for the Australian season of tennis.

GLOSSARY

short-listed: added to a short list of contenders

debutant: first-time player

ripping: excellent

QUICK QUIZ

1. How many players are short-listed with Sam Kerr for the Ballon d’Or?

2. Which midfielder has Carlton secured on the opening trade day?

3. What was Australia’s score at the close of play on day two of the Test?

4. Who defeated Nick Kyrgios?

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