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Queensland is juggling its on-field options after injured Billy Slater pulls out of Origin I

Staff writers, June 5, 2018 8:09AM News Corp Australia Network

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Billy Slater, who has played 29 times for the Maroons, will be missing in Game 1 due to a hamstring injury. Picture: AAP media_cameraBilly Slater, who has played 29 times for the Maroons, will be missing in Game 1 due to a hamstring injury. Picture: AAP

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NRL: Queensland’s State of Origin hopes have been rocked* after champion fullback Billy Slater pulled out of Game I with a hamstring injury.

It is believed Michael Morgan will move to fullback to replace Slater and Newcastle Knights young gun Kalyn Ponga, who has only played 22 games, could make his debut. Broncos ace Anthony Milford has also travelled to Melbourne with the Maroons as they leave their on-field options open.

The series opener tomorrow night will mark the first time since Game II in 2003 that Queensland will be without one of their famous four of Slater, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.

Serena Williams announces her withdrawal from the French Open. Picture: AFP media_cameraSerena Williams announces her withdrawal from the French Open. Picture: AFP

​TENNIS: Serena Williams has been left devastated* after abruptly* pulling out of the French Open with injury.

Williams withdrew from the fourth-round clash with Maria Sharapova with upper chest muscle soreness, saying she is unable to serve.

Scans on the area will determine when, and if, the American can return. The injury may also prevent her playing at Wimbledon.

Nat Fyfe of the Dockers will fight his one-match ban for a high hit. media_cameraNat Fyfe of the Dockers will fight his one-match ban for a high hit.

AFL: Fremantle is heading to the AFL Tribunal tonight (Tuesday) to fight the one-match ban handed to superstar Nat Fyfe, which threatens to rule him out of winning this year’s Brownlow Medal.

Fyfe caught the eye of AFL Match Review Officer Michael Christian after a high elbow on Collingwood’s Levi Greenwood during Sunday’s clash at the MCG.

Meanwhile, Tigers star defender Alex Rance was fined $1000 for staging again, while young Kangaroo Jy Simpkin has been offered a two-match suspension for a bump that knocked a Lion out.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was on fire in Game 2. Picture: AFP media_cameraStephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was on fire in Game 2. Picture: AFP

BASKETBALL: Defending champions Golden State Warriors have taken a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

Despite another top performance from LeBron James, who dropped 29 points and finished one rebound short of a triple double, the Cleveland Cavaliers simply had no answer to the limitless offensive powers of the Warriors, going down 122-103.

Every time the Cavaliers dragged themselves back into the contest, the Warriors responded with a barrage of threes – whether it be from Steph Curry (a game-high 33 points, seven rebounds, eight assists), Klay Thompson (20 points) or Kevin Durant (26 points, nine rebounds, seven assists).

Daniel Arzani of Australia (left) is chased by teammate Massimo Luongo at training. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraDaniel Arzani of Australia (left) is chased by teammate Massimo Luongo at training. Picture: Getty Images

SOCCER: It’s official — Socceroos winger Daniel Arzani is the youngest player at the World Cup. The 19-year-old Australian is the only man born in 1999 to be heading to Russia after FIFA released the final squad lists of each of the 32 nations this morning.

Arzani’s run to the Socceroos squad has been spectacular and unexpected since making a first start for Melbourne City last August in the FFA Cup. The raw* talent has just 16 starts in his professional career.

GLOSSARY

rocked: shocked or distressed

devastated: overwhelming shock or sadness

abruptly: suddenly and unexpectedly

raw: new to something or a skill

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which young gun is tipped to make his Origin debut for the Maroons?

2. Who was Serena Williams meant to play before she pulled out of the French Open?

3. How much was AFL Tiger star Alex Rance fined for staging?

4. Steph Curry scored a game high score in Game 1. What was it?

5. Daniel Arzani is the youngest player at the World Cup. How old is he?

VCOP ACTIVITY

After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many pieces of punctuation as you can find in green. Discuss how these are being used, where and how often. What level of the punctuation pyramid is the journalist using in this article?

QUESTION: Can Queensland still win Origin Game I without its big four — Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston or Cooper Cronk?

No one-word answers. Explain your answer and use lots of adjectives.

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