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Usain Bolt rejects Malta offer to continue his trial at Central Coast Mariners

Staff writers, October 18, 2018 9:08AM News Corp Australia Network

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Usain Bolt celebrates scoring a goal for A-League football club Central Coast Mariners. Picture: AFP media_cameraUsain Bolt celebrates scoring a goal for A-League football club Central Coast Mariners. Picture: AFP

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SOCCER: Usain Bolt will continue his A-League trial with the Central Coast Mariners after rejecting a Maltese side’s two-year offer. The Jamaican sprint champion told chief executive Shaun Mielekamp he had ruled out signing with Valletta FC after Mariners training yesterday.

It is believed the 32-year-old remains anxious for his future with the Mariners to be formalised, with a development expected within the next week.

Former Suns captain Steven May (centre). media_cameraFormer Suns captain Steven May (centre).

AFL: Steven May says he had to make the “selfish” decision to leave the Gold Coast Suns because he was too old to make the club’s next premiership window.

May, 26, became the second co-captain to depart the club this month, following Tom Lynch out the Metricon door in a deal that landed him at Melbourne.

The key defender said he did not want to be part of the club’s rebuild*.

“They are in a rebuild and will go to the draft and they have a lot of the right people at the club now,” May said on Channel 9.

“I just felt like, at 26 – I’m going to be 27 next year – I’m probably going to miss their window.

Brisbane Broncos player Corey Oates is staying with the club. Picture: AAP media_cameraBrisbane Broncos player Corey Oates is staying with the club. Picture: AAP

NRL: Corey Oates will sign a new long-term deal with the Broncos in the next fortnight, according to The Courier-Mail.

The announcement puts an end to months of rumours over whether Oates would follow Wayne Bennett out the door, with Oates last month saying he wouldn’t stay in Brisbane without Bennett.

Oates will give up more than $200,000 to remain loyal to the club which picked him up as a teen, turning down $600,000 offers from Sydney sides as his manager revealed he hadn’t entered negotiations with anyone other than the Broncos.

Jon Holland of Australia reacts while bowling. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraJon Holland of Australia reacts while bowling. Picture: Getty Images

CRICKET: Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas registered a five-wicket haul* to steer Pakistan into a dominating position in the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi overnight.

Abbas finished with 5-33 to bowl out Australia for just 145 to give Pakistan a 137-run lead in the first innings on the second day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Pakistan stretched that lead to 281 as they were 144 for two at close, with Azhar Ali not out on 54 for his first half century in the series and Haris Sohail was 17 not out.

Aussie spinner Jon Holland thought he had Azhar Ali out leg before wicket (lbs) only to be let down by a strange rule.

Despite the ball-tracking technology showing that Holland’s delivery would have hit the middle stump, umpire Sundaram Ravi’s not out decision stood because the Pakistani No. 3 batsman was ruled to be more than 3m down the wicket.

The rule is in place in part to cover limitations in the ball tracking technology but also to protect the umpire’s interpretation* of a batsman charging out of his crease. Australian opener Aaron Finch believe the law needs to be looked at.

GLOSSARY

rebuild: build something again after its gone to ruin

haul: a number of things

interpretation: explaining the meaning of something

QUICK QUIZ

1. Usain Bolt has refused an offer from which overseas club?

2. Why did Steven May decide to leave the Gold Coast Suns?

3. Which club will Corey Oates remain loyal to?

4. How many runs are Pakistan leading Australia by?

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 sense in the context it was taken from.

Try to replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP

HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you happy that Usain Bolt decided to stay and trial with the Central Coast Mariners in Australia? Why?

No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking.

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