TENNIS: Serena Williams has been fined $24,000 by the US Tennis Association for her poor behaviour during her controversial* US Open final loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.
The American star was fined for coaching, racquet abuse* and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being “a thief” during Saturday’s stormy final.
Williams was angry at the coaching penalty, although coach Patrick Mouratoglou, sitting in her box, admitting that he was coaching when he moved his hands.
After the 6-2, 6-4 loss, Williams claimed she did not know her coach was giving her instructions and had “never cheated in her life”.
On court, an unsettled Williams protested her innocence*, telling Ramos: “I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose. I’m just letting you know.”
Williams continued protesting to Ramos during a changeover and after Osaka broke back the American smashed her racquet in frustration, earning a second code violation* and having one-point taken off her score.
Osaka’s win made history as she is the first Japanese person to win a grand slam event and is still undefeated in 2018. But the incredible achievement was overshadowed* by Williams’ behaviour.
Osaka even apologised for winning the match, telling a booing New York crowd: “I know everyone was cheering for her, I’m sorry it had to end like this.”
Williams comforted the young champion, who was in tears, and begged the crowd to stop booing.
NRL: A first-half hat-trick* by Tariq Sims propelled St George Illawarra to a stunning 48-18 NRL elimination final win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium yesterday.
The Dragons notched their first finals win since 2010 and first playoff victory at Suncorp Stadium in nine years to book a semi-final showdown with South Sydney on Saturday.
The Dragons set up the win with four tries in 18 minutes — including three to back-rower Sims — to grab a 28-10 halftime lead and held on despite losing Gareth Widdop (shoulder) and James Graham (concussion).
ATHLETICS: In-form Australian high jumper Brandon Starc and discus thrower Matthew Denny have both finished second representing the Asia-Pacific team at the Continental Cup in Ostrava.
Starc entered the two-day meet in terrific form, having equalled the long-time Australian record and won the Diamond League title in recent weeks. The 24-year-old couldn’t quite match that in Ostrava, although his best clearance of 2.30m was still good enough for second spot on countback* behind winner Donald Thomas, representing the Americas.
Denny’s second-placed finish in the men’s discus was more unexpected, with his best throw of 63.99m coming in the opening round.
controversial: causes public disagreement
abuse: violent behaviour or insulting language
innocence: being innocent or not guilty
violation: penalty for breaking rules
overshadowed: spoiled by
hat-trick: three in a row
countback: a system of deciding the winner of a tied competition by comparing earlier points or scores
1. Why was Serena Williams accused of cheating?
2. How much was Williams fined in total for her behaviour during the match?
3. Which player scored a hat-trick for St George Illawarra?
4. What height did Brandon Starc jump to win the silver medal?
With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text? Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb- make sure it still makes the context it was taken from.
Try and see if you can replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.
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