SOCCER: Craig Goodwin’s stunning form is expected to be rewarded with selection in the Socceroos squad today.
Australia coach Graham Arnold will announce a 23-man squad for friendlies against South Korea on November 17 and Lebanon three days later in Sydney. Goodwin, who hasn’t played for the Socceroos since 2013, has starred for Adelaide United, scoring seven goals in his past seven games in FFA Cup and A-League.
The winger is expected to be named along with a Scotland-born speedster* who is yet to set foot in Australia, Hibernian winger Martin Boyle.
AFLW: Ten new rules and interpretations* will be introduced for the 2019 AFL Women’s competition as the league looks to free up ball movement and promote higher scoring.
The women’s competition will adopt eight of the nine rule tweaks* made for the men’s league from next season, with runners and water carriers still allowed due to matches being played in warmer conditions.
Rule changes specific to the AFLW will see the last touch out of bounds rule adjusted to take effect only between the 50m arcs and throw-ins now to take place 10m in from the boundary.
CRICKET: Lloyd Pope is looking forward to calling a spin-friendly SCG home during the Big Bash League.
Pope, the latest leg spinner attempting to follow in the footsteps of icon Shane Warne, has opted to move away from South Australia and join the Sydney Sixers.
The 18-year-old is likely to be given a chance to shine in the Twenty20 competition, especially when Nathan Lyon is on national duty*. Pope made headlines with a haul of 8-35 against England in this year’s under-19 World Cup then last month bagged 7-87 in one Sheffield Shield innings against Queensland.
“To play on the SCG would be fantastic, I’ve heard it’s a spinner’s wicket,” Pope said.
CRICKET: Fast bowler Trent Boult has become the third New Zealander to record a hat-trick* in a one-day international as the Black Caps beat Pakistan by 47 runs.
Boult (3-54) nailed Pakistan’s top order with the wickets of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez off successive* deliveries after New Zealand posted a decent 9-266.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) shared a century-stand and gave their team a chance before New Zealand bowled them out for 219 in 47.2 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
speedster: something that performs well at high speed
interpretations: an explanation or way of explaining something
tweaks: small changes
national duty: playing for Australia
hat-trick: three wickets in three balls
successive: one after the other
1. How many goals has Craig Goodwin kicked in his past seven games?
2. The AFLW will introduce how many rule changes?
3. What is Lloyd Pope’s home state?
4. What was special about Trent Boult’s bowling performance?
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