NRL: Sam Burgess has re-signed with South Sydney in a huge deal until the end of 2023.
The four-year deal, which begins at the end of next season when his current contract expires, is worth more than $1 million a season.
Burgess, however, said he wouldn’t hesitate to cut short the deal with the Rabbitohs if he was no longer playing well.
“At any stage throughout this contract if I’m not up to it, the last thing I want to do is put myself out there and not do a job,” Burgess said. “When the time is right we’ll make the right call. The goal is to get to the end of 2023. The game is getting faster and harder. I want to be healthy post-career. I want to leave on my terms. I’m confident I’ll do that. It gives me great security.”
AFL: Tom Lynch’s likely decision to pick Richmond as his next home is likely to raise debate* about the fairness of free agency.
The Tigers last night refused to comment on rumours they had secured Lynch from the Gold Coast, however, it has been widely believed for some time that Lynch sees his future at Punt Rd, where he would unite with Jack Riewoldt and a fleet of smalls inside coach Damien Hardwick’s forward 50m.
Lynch is recovering from knee surgery on the Gold Coast while the Tigers, Pies and the Hawks fight for his signature.
CRICKET: Left-arm spinner Jon Holland has made an impressive push for a return to the Aussie Test team with a nine-wicket performance in the A side’s 98-run win over India A in Bengalaru.
Victorian Holland, who played two Tests against Sri Lanka in 2016, took 6-81 from 24.3 overs in the home side’s second innings to go alongside his first innings figures of 3-89.
His player-of-the-match display is expected to see him seriously considered for Australia’s Test series against Pakistan in the UAE next month.
TENNIS: Defending champion Rafael Nadal failed to win a single game in the opening set of his US Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem but fought back to beat the Austrian 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) in a match that ended after 2am.
Nadal won 40 per cent of his first serves in the opener as he struggled with the high humidity on Arthur Ashe Stadium court, with Thiem becoming the first player to ‘bagel’* the Spaniard at Flushing Meadows since Andy Roddick 14 years ago.
“It’s been a great battle,” an exhausted Nadal said of the four hour 49 minute epic. “The conditions were tough, very humid for me.”
Australian John Millman takes on Novak Djokovic in their quarter final this morning.
debate: discussion with opposing sides
bagel: keep a player to zero games in a set
1. In which year does Sam Burgess’s NRL contract end?
2. Which club is rumoured to have secured AFL free agent Tom Lynch?
3. How many wickets did Jon Holland take against India A?
4. How long did it take Rafael Nadal to win his epic quarter final match?
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