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Socceroos star Tim Cahill retires as Aussie Liz Cambage sets WNBA record

Staff writers, July 18, 2018 7:44AM News Corp Australia Network

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Tim Cahill of Australia has announced his retirement from international soccer. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraTim Cahill of Australia has announced his retirement from international soccer. Picture: Getty Images

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SOCCER: One of Australia’s greatest footballers, Tim Cahill, has announced his retirement from the international game.

The Socceroos legend, 38, confirmed via Twitter that the World Cup group fixture against Peru was his last game for the national side.

“Today’s the day that I’m officially hanging up my boots on my international career with the Socceroos,” Cahill tweeted yesterday.

“No words can describe what it has meant to represent my country. Massive thank you to everyone for the support throughout all my years wearing the Australian badge.”

Cahill made history at the recent World Cup in Russia, joining the likes of Brazil legend Pele to play in four consecutive* tournaments.

Cahill played 107 games for the Socceroos — just missing out on Mark Schwarzer’s record (109 matches) — but finished as Australia’s most high-scoring goal-scorer, netting 50 international goals.

Australian Liz Cambage has rewritten the WNBA record books. media_cameraAustralian Liz Cambage has rewritten the WNBA record books.

BASKETBALL: Dallas Wings’ Australian star Liz Cambage has rewritten the WNBA record books to beat the New York Liberty 104-87.

The towering* centre scored 53 points, shooting 17-from-22 from the floor and 15-from-16 from the free throw line, while adding 10 boards and five blocks.

Cambage outscored the entire Liberty team in the fourth quarter (20-14), sinking a late three-pointer to clinch* the record.

Cambage, 26, broke the previous mark of 51 set in 2013 by Riquna Williams.

Incredibly, the last NBA player with 50 points, 10 rebounds and 75 per cent shooting from the field was superstar Michael Jordan against the Pistons in 1996.

Luke Lewis of the Sharks is stepping away from the game at the end of the season. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraLuke Lewis of the Sharks is stepping away from the game at the end of the season. Picture: Getty Images

NRL: Cronulla Sharks veteran Luke Lewis, who has played NRL for an extraordinary 18 seasons, has declared he will retire at the end of this season.

Only 13 players have lasted 18 years since rugby league began 110 years ago.

When Lewis unties his last boot lace, which he’s planning to do on grand final day, he’ll be 35. He has played 315 games and is currently sitting 13th overall for most-ever games played.

Along the way he has collected two premierships, first with Penrith in 2003 and then the Sharks in 2016, the Clive Churchill Medal that year, his 17 State of Origin appearances for NSW and 16 Tests for Australia.

Ryan Nyhuis of the Dockers tackles Robbie Gray. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraRyan Nyhuis of the Dockers tackles Robbie Gray. Picture: Getty Images

AFL: Fremantle’s Ryan Nyhuis will miss three matches for the slam-tackle which concussed* Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray.

Nyhuis, 21, pleaded guilty at the AFL tribunal last night after his dangerous tackle on Gray was ruled as careless conduct and severe impact. Gray was knocked out in the incident and played no further part in the match as the Dockers upset the Power by nine points in Perth on Sunday.

GLOSSARY

consecutive: following each other continuously

towering: very tall

clinch: grab

concussed: knocked out

QUICK QUIZ

1. How many international goals did Tim Cahill score in his career?

2. How many points did Liz Cambage score to rewrite the WNBA record.

3. Cronulla’s Luke Lewis will retire this year after how many seasons of NRL?

4. What charge did Fremantle’s Ryan Nyhuis plead guilty to?

VCOP ACTIVITY

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.

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP

QUESTION: What message would you like to send to Australian soccer star Tim Cahill as he retires from international game?
No one-word answers. Use full sentences in your message.

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