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Rising Aussie teen tennis star Alex De Minaur shoots into world top 50 rankings

Staff writers, August 6, 2018 7:59AM News Corp Australia Network

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Alex de Minaur, of Australia, has risen into the world's top 50 list of tennis players. Picture: AP media_cameraAlex de Minaur, of Australia, has risen into the world's top 50 list of tennis players. Picture: AP

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TENNIS: Rising Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur has leapt into the world’s top 50 rankings despite losing in the final at the Citi Open in Washington.

De Minaur swept into his first ATP Tour 500 final for a clash with German star Alexander Zverev after a gritty semi-final win.

However, Zverev overpowered Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in the hard-court tournament final overnight.

“You really deserved it,” de Minaur told Zverev during the trophy ceremony. “Played too good today.” The teenage Aussie will now jump to a career-best 45th in the new rankings.

“It has been a really special week for me,” de Minaur said.

Andrew Brayshaw of the Dockers is left bloodied by the punch. Picture: Getty Images) media_cameraAndrew Brayshaw of the Dockers is left bloodied by the punch. Picture: Getty Images)
A sorry Andrew Gaff of the Eagles thinks about what he’s done after the punch. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraA sorry Andrew Gaff of the Eagles thinks about what he’s done after the punch. Picture: Getty Images

AFL: WEST Coast star Andrew Gaff has apologised for his ugly punch to the face of Docker Andrew Brayshaw.

Gaff connected with Brayshaw’s face in the third term of the local derby in Perth.

Brayshaw was taken to hospital and is being treated for a broken jaw.

“I just want to apologise to Andy. I feel sick. I feel sick about it,” Gaff said.

“I did the wrong thing and I’d like to think it doesn’t indicate my character, although my main thought is how he is. I’m very remorseful* and I feel sick about it.”

Gaff is expected to be sent straight to the tribunal, where he will likely receive a long ban from playing.

Melbourne Victory will announce the signing of Keisuke Honda today. Picture: AFP media_cameraMelbourne Victory will announce the signing of Keisuke Honda today. Picture: AFP

SOCCER: Melbourne Victory are set to announce the signing of their new superstar today, with Japanese legend Keisuke Honda signing a one-year, $2.9 million deal.

Honda scored 37 goals in 98 appearances for Japan, including hitting the back of the net in the World Cup in Russia last month.

Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans celebrates after kicking the winning field goal. Picture: Brett Costello media_cameraManly’s Daly Cherry-Evans celebrates after kicking the winning field goal. Picture: Brett Costello

NRL: Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans described his match-winning golden-point* field goal as “lucky.”

But Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett was quick to correct him at the post-match media conference of yesterday’s 33-32 win over Cronulla.

“Chez says it’s lucky but he does practice his field goals off both feet everyday,” Barrett said. “It’s no fluke.”

Cherry-Evans missed a 78th-minute field-goal attempt to win the match before bouncing back to nail* the important one-pointer four minutes later.

GLOSSARY

remorseful: sorry

golden-point: a kick for goal in overtime

nail: secure or grab

QUICK QUIZ

1. What world ranking has tennis player Alex de Minaur now achieved?

2. Which player suffered a broken jaw in the Perth derby?

3. Name the Japanese soccer star set to sign with Melbourne Victory.

4. Which foot did Daly Cherry-Evans kick the winning field goal with?

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?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Daly Cherry-Evans can kick field goals with both feet. Are you able to throw or kick a ball with both feet?
No one-word answers. Explain your answer in full sentences.

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