CRICKET: Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali thinks his young sons will never let him hear the end of his crazy run out during the second Test against Australia.
Azhar’s glittering innings came to an undignified* end in Abu Dhabi as Pakistan marched towards a crushing victory in the series decider.
In bizarre* scenes early on day three, Azhar stood and chatted mid-pitch with Asad Shafiq after his edge to Peter Siddle flew towards the boundary. But the ball stopped short of the rope and Mitchell Starc retrieved the ball to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who removed the bails with an unaware* Azhar stranded well short of his crease.
It mattered little in the end with Babar Azam (99) and Sarfraz Ahmed (81) adding to Australia’s pain as Pakistan set a huge target of 538.
“They’re going to speak about it for years,” Azhar said with a grin about his sons.
BASKETBALL: Dallas sharpshooter Ryan Broekhoff has become the fastest Australian ever to score an NBA goal as he made his debut for the Mavericks.
The 28-year-old rookie played just four minutes in the Dallas Mavericks’ 121-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns last night, launching three long range bombs and sinking one in that time.
A corner three-pointer nailed 47 seconds after he stepped on the floor, puts him at the top of high-quality company, ahead of the likes of Aussies Dave Andersen (1.01min), Ben Simmons (3.32min), Dante Exum (4.57min) and Andrew Bogut 6.04min).
NETBALL: Australia will retain* the Constellation Cup for the sixth year running after overpowering New Zealand’s Silver Ferns 58-47 yesterday.
The Aussies responded strongly after going down by 11 goals on Sunday in match 3, with young wing attack Kelsey Brown inspiring a dazzling offensive display and earning player of the match honours.
The win wraps up the four-match series at 3-1 in Australia’s favour, another promising sign as Australia builds towards next year’s World Cup, to be held in the UK in July.
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1. Where was Azhar Ali standing when he was runout?
2. How many seconds was Ryan Broekhoff on court before scoring his first NBA goal?
3. How many matches did the Aussies win to secure the Constellation Cup?
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