AFL: Reigning premiers Richmond last night defeated Hawthorn by 31 points to move within one win of the AFL grand final.
The Hawks lost early opportunities as the Tigers kicked clear in the third quarter and won 13.17 (95) to 9.10 (64) in front of a huge crowd of 91,446.
Richmond thrived in the wet conditions and eventually broke the Hawks.
“It felt like a Richmond game … it certainly looked like a Richmond game,” said Tigers coach Damien Hardwick. “The thing we’ve probably found this year is we can respond when we need to. They all stand up and respond.”
Richmond star Dustin Martin celebrated his 200th match with a best-afield performance that featured an outstanding snapped goal in the second term from deep in a pocket. Teammate Daniel Rioli also snapped a freakish goal early in the match.
After finishing top, the Tigers have the week off, while Hawks go into a sudden-death semi-final against the winners of tonight’s Melbourne-Geelong elimination final.
TENNIS: Novak Djokovic has given glowing praise to Australian John Millman after defeating him in their quarter-final match at the US Open yesterday.
Djokovic took almost three hours to end the Australian’s dream run at Flushing Meadows 6-3 6-4 6-4.
Djokovic said the 29-year-old’s ability to challenge him just two nights after the match of his life against Roger Federer was impressive.
“Credit to John for putting up a great battle, he’s a truly great fighter,” Djokovic said.
“He’s had an amazing tournament. He won his first quarter-final against Roger (Federer) a couple of nights ago. To come out after that win and to fight for three hours, he deserves a round of applause, definitely.”
In addition to a rankings rise from 55th to a projected 37th in the world, Millman will bank $660,000 for his US Open efforts.
CRICKET: It’s been nearly two years since Peter Siddle wore the baggy green, but a masterful season in county cricket has raised the prospect* of a shock recall to the Australian Test team.
Now 33, Siddle has taken 34 wickets in 11 innings for Essex, at an average of 15.32 to give his hopes of representing Australia in next year’s Ashes series on English soil a huge boost.
However, Siddle’s team-first attitude and workrate could push him into selection contention for the upcoming two Test series against Pakistan in the UAE next month.
masterful: clever or impressive
1. How many points did Richmond win by?
2. Name the prize money John Millman is taking home from the US Open.
3. What is Peter Siddle’s bowling average for this county cricket season?
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HAVE YOUR SAY: Looking at current form, can any team stop Richmond going back to back as AFL premiers?
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