AFL: Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt has passed on his famous No.12 jumper to top AFL draft pick Max King.
Riewoldt personally presented the guernsey* to King, a lifelong Saints fan who grew up idolising* the Saints captain who played 336 games before retiring at the end of 2017.
The Saints recruited King with their first pick at No.4 in the national draft and like Riewoldt, he is a key position player.
They had never met until Monday and Riewoldt said it was important to him that he hand over the guernsey in person.
“Presenting him with his first No. 12 guernsey was a really special moment, and I hope he enjoys playing in it as much as I did and makes it his own,” Riewoldt said.
CRICKET: Australia looks set to win the second Test with Tim Paine’s men five wickets away from a series-levelling victory against India today.
The high hopes India had of chasing down a target of 287 on a failing Perth surface were crushed when Nathan Lyon, Australia’s best player right now, sent Kohli back to the changerooms for 17.
The Australians will need to perform well in the field today, however, to guarantee victory, with Hanuma Vihari (24*) and Rishabh Pant (9*) still at the crease after taking India to stumps at 5-112.
SOCCER: The Matildas will host a blockbuster* four-way tournament on home soil as they step up their preparations for next year’s World Cup.
The “Cup of Nations” will be held across February and early March and will see coach Alen Stajcic’s side take on the likes of World Cup bound trio Argentina (World No.36), Korea Republic (No.14) and New Zealand (No.19).
The six-match tournament is expected to kick-off at Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah on February 28 as Argentina take on Korea followed by the Matildas battling New Zealand in an exciting double header*.
BASKETBALL: Six-and-a-half minutes of frantic* basketball from Melbourne United last night will send shockwaves* through the rest of the NBL.
With the scores locked at 41 with 6min 38sec to go in the third quarter, Melbourne United reminded everyone why they are reigning* champions with a stunning 20-2 run that made ladder leader Perth Wildcats look weak.
It was one of the most powerful quarters of basketball seen on Melbourne Arena, United turning up the defence to hold the weary Wildcats to just six points, while shooting in 23 of their own thanks to Mitch McCarron, Casper Ware, Chris Goulding and David Barlow.
- guernsey: sports jumper
- idolising: admire greatly
- blockbuster: a big event
- double header: two sporting events played in a row at the same venue
- frantic: fast and exciting
- shockwaves: widespread feeling of shock
- reigning champions: current champions
- What number was Max King taken at in the national draft?
- How many runs did Virat Kohli make in India’s second innings?
- Which tournament are the Matildas using the Cup of Nation to prepare for?
- Name four of United’s top scorers against the Wildcats.
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