NRL: Cowboys champion Johnathan Thurston has declared Melbourne will become the first team in the NRL’s 20-year era* to win back-to-back* premierships.
Since the start of the NRL in 1998, no team has won consecutive* titles, with the Storm having previously failed to defend their crown four times in two decades.
But as Melbourne prepare for Friday night’s grudge match against the Cronulla Sharks, Thurston said not even the loss of star Roosters recruit Cooper Cronk could halt the Storm’s run to the premiership.
“Melbourne are the team to beat, they can go all the way,” Thurston said. “When they get into the trenches*, there is no better team.”
AFL: Some Giants players are already resigned* to losing Dylan Shiel, with the gun midfielder reportedly set to request a trade to a Melbourne-based club within days.
Shiel is contracted to the Giants until the end of 2019, but speculation continues to increase that he’ll be moving clubs during the upcoming AFL exchange period.
Hawthorn, Essendon, St Kilda and Carlton are the four clubs that have been constantly linked to Shiel.
TENNIS: The umpire who left his chair to offer Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios a bizarre mid-match pep-talk at the US Open has been punished for his actions with a two-week suspension without pay.
Kyrgios was a set and a break behind in his second-round match against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert when the Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani pleaded with Kyrgios to improve his on-court attitude, saying, “I want to help you.”
ATP Executive Vice President of Rules and Competition Gayle David Bradshaw said in a statement: “Mohamed is a world-class and highly respected official. However, his actions during the match crossed a line that compromised his own impartiality as a chair umpire.”
SOCCER: Lionel Messi has lit up the first matchday of the Champions League with a brilliant hat-trick* against Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, whose two Australians Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich were left on the bench.
Messi started with a free-kick into the top corner, before his hat-trick added to four La Liga goals for the Argentine so far this season.
Liverpool sped to a 2-0 lead at home to PSG by the 36th minute, before the French side fought back to level at 2-2 with a handful of minutes to go.
Then Firmino — who has hardly trained this week due to a scratched eye — came off the bench to score the matchwinner in extra time.
era: period of time
back-to-back: one after the other
consecutive: one after the other
in the trenches: a difficult situation
resigned: having accepted something unpleasant
hat-trick: three in a row
1. How many NRL teams have won back-to-back premierships?
2. What position does Giants player Dylan Shiels play?
3. What suspension did the tennis umpire receive?
4. How many goals did Lionel Messi score against PSV Eindhoven?
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