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Melbourne United surge to win and spoil Bogut’s homecoming party

Staff writers, November 6, 2018 7:59AM News Corp Australia Network

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Josh Boone of United guards Andrew Bogut of the Kings at Melbourne Arena. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraJosh Boone of United guards Andrew Bogut of the Kings at Melbourne Arena. Picture: Getty Images

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BASKETBALL: Andrew Bogut’s first competitive NBL match in his Melbourne hometown ended in disappointment last night when his Sydney Kings were beaten 77-70 by Melbourne United.

The home side led the Melbourne Cup eve clash between the fierce* interstate rivals* from start to finish but needed a fourth-quarter surge* to pull away from Sydney for good.

United import DJ Kennedy was the top performer, finishing with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Bogut played a strong defensive game with 15 rebounds and three monster blocks but the Kings could not hold off United.

The Kings will face Melbourne three more times in the regular season.

Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones had a frightening head collision. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAustralian goalkeeper Brad Jones had a frightening head collision. Picture: Getty Images

SOCCER: Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones has left hospital with a concussion and some bruising after a frightening head collision yesterday.

Jones, playing for Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr, was left unconscious* for several minutes after accidentally colliding with the knee of a teammate while attempting to block a low cross.

Jones was stretchered* off the field nearly 10 minutes later and taken to hospital.

Jones is expected to be ruled out for up to six weeks, meaning he’ll miss the Socceroos’ upcoming friendlies against Lebanon and Kuwait.

Mitch Marsh of Western Australia celebrates his century. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraMitch Marsh of Western Australia celebrates his century. Picture: Getty Images

CRICKET: Test all-rounder Mitch Marsh has answered his critics* with a fighting Sheffield Shield century to launch a remarkable fightback by Western Australia against Queensland.

Warriors captain Marsh was finally dismissed for 151, the visitors 7-450 in their first innings at stumps on day three at Allan Border Field, grabbing an unlikely two-run overall lead.

Marsh — who was dropped on 41 on Sunday — shared a 185-run, sixth wicket stand with William Bosisto, who is unbeaten on 132, his highest first-class score and only his second century.

Marsh showed no sign of the poor form that rocked his Test series against Pakistan, bringing up his 10th first-class century with a classic cover drive to the boundary.

GLOSSARY

fierce: aggressive or intense

rivals: opponents

surge: to move suddenly forward

unconscious: not awake

stretchered: carried on a stretcher

critics: people who expresses that they don’t like something

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2. Who was top scorer in the Kings-United clash?

3. Brad Jones will miss friendlies against which countries?

4. How many first-class centuries his Mitch Marsh scored?

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