SWIMMING: A need for speed has driven Ariarne Titmus to Australia’s first gold medal of the world short-course swimming titles in China with a record-breaking 200m freestyle win.
Known for her achievements over longer distances, the 18-year-old said her new focus on sprint work helped her chase down American Mallory Comerford and the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk to claim gold in 1min:51.38sec — a Commonwealth, Oceania and national record.
Titmus’ stirring* effort on the opening night of the six-day event in Hangzhou shattered* Emma McKeon’s 2015 record of 1:51.66 and moved her to fourth on the all-time rankings.
Titmus became Australia’s long course distance queen after becoming the first woman in 36 years to win the Commonwealth 400m-800m freestyle double on the Gold Coast in April.
Australian Dolphins Alex Graham and Minna Atherton took home bronze medals on night two.
HOCKEY: The Kookaburras are now just two wins away from claiming a third straight World Cup after comfortably defeating France 3-0 in their quarter-final in India.
Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers both finished penalty corners to give the Australian men’s team a two-goal lead at halftime in Bhubaneswar. The Kookaburras then showed why they are world No. 1 with a dominant* third quarter, ending in a third goal for captain Aran Zalewski early this morning.
Australia will next play the winner of the final-eight clash between host nation India and Netherlands on Sunday, with the victor to advance to the final on Monday.
SOCCER: Western Melbourne has emerged as the likely winning Victorian bid in the A-League expansion* race, and could join the competition next season.
The Macarthur South-west Sydney bid looked set to win the Sydney expansion licence, but their competition entry is likely to be delayed until 2020-21.
Tense talks went late into Wednesday night after the FFA board meeting. Football Federation Australia is due to announce the two winning bids at noon today.
SOCCER: The Socceroos’ worst fears for the Asian Cup hopes have been confirmed with star midfielder Aaron Mooy ruled out for three months with a knee injury.
The Huddersfield Town player suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the Terriers’ 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the English Premier League last Saturday.
“I’m gutted to be missing an important time for club and country,” Mooy told Huddersfield’s official website.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold will name his squad for the tournament later this month, with the team beginning their defence of the title they won in 2015 against Jordan on January 5 in Abu Dhabi.
- stirring: exciting
- shattered: broke
- dominant: very strong or overpowering
- expansion: make something bigger
- Which event did Ariarne Titmus win gold in at the world short-course titles?
- How many goals did the Kookaburras win by?
- Name the two teams most likely to be added to the expanded A-league today?
- The Socceroos are defending Asian Cup champions. When did they last win it?
With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text. Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb. Make sure it still makes sense in the context it was taken from.
Try to replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.
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HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you happy the A-League looks likely to add another Melbourne and Sydney team?
No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking.