TENNIS: Australian tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic is out of the French Open after Argentina’s Marco Trungelliti beat him — despite having just five hours’ sleep and not hitting a ball for three days.
Trungelliti’s unusual win came after he drove 10 hours from Barcelona in Spain to replace the injured Nick Kyrgios, who pulled out at the last minute.
“Slept five hours, maximum. But it was good, no? It’s beautiful,” Trungelliti said after defeating Tomic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4.
NRL — ORIGIN #1: Blues coach Brad Fittler insists his record group of NSW first-time players will hold no fear in their State of Origin matches, despite naming the most inexperienced* side in more than 30 years.
Fittler confirmed last night he would take 11 new faces with him to the MCG for next Wednesday night’s series opener.
NRL — ORIGIN #2: Greg Inglis is the new captain of Queensland’s Origin side while veterans Darius Boyd and Matt Scott have been overlooked* for the first game.
Inglis will lead a new-look team, with Ben Hunt handed his first start in the No.7 jersey and Andrew McCullough taking over at hooker.
McCullough is one of three first-time players picked, along with second-rower Felise Kaufusi and bench forward Jai Arrow.
BASKETBALL: LeBron James yesterday reached his eighth straight NBA Finals after the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Boston Celtics 87-79 in game seven to claim the Eastern Conference finals 4-3.
It was another epic performance from James, who has carried the inexperienced, undermanned* Cavaliers to victory throughout the playoffs. He played all 48 minutes and ended the game with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.
“I’m trying to squeeze this orange until there is no juice left,” said an emotional and exhausted James after the game.
AFL: St Kilda’s Jake Carlisle has until 11am today to launch a challenge in the hope of reducing his two-match striking ban to one match.
Richmond premiership forward Jack Riewoldt was concussed after Carlisle’s clumsy* and late attempted spoil during Saturday’s clash at the MCG. AFL match review officer Michael Christian assessed the incident as careless conduct with high impact to the head.
Meanwhile, Eagles player Willy Rioli was fined $1000 for careless contact with an umpire. He was also fined $1500 for kneeing Hawthorn’s Blake Hardwick.
RUGBY UNION: Wallabies legend* John Eales will become the first athlete from outside of rugby league to be honoured with a statue at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
The 86-cap* lock will be immortalised* in bronze in recognition of his 11-year career in rugby, during which he captained both Queensland and Australia and won two World Cups.
inexperienced: having little knowledge or experience of something
overlooked: failed to notice or include
undermanned: not enough workers or players
cap: Having played for your state or country
immortalised: gain long-lasting fame
1. Which city did tennis player Marco Trungelliti drive 10 hours from to play the French Open?
2. How many debutants have the Blues named in their Origin side?
3. Which Maroons player will become the new hooker for Origin I?
4. LeBron James has not missed an NBA Finals series for how many years?
5. AFL player Willy Rioli was fined how much for careless contact with an umpire?
6. What material will rugby legend John Eales’ statue be made of?
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