- India 248-6 in reply to Australia’s 300 after day two of the fourth Test
- Nathan Lyon bags four wickets as Australian bowlers tighten the screws
Australia remain in the hunt for an elusive Test series win in India thanks to Nathan Lyon, who spun a web around India late on day two of the Dharamsala decider. The top-ranked Test side were 248-6 at stumps on Sunday, trailing the visitors by 52 runs. Lyon grabbed a haul of 4-21 during the final session, delivering the latest twist in what has been an absorbing four-Test series.
The series, locked at 1-1, remains in the balance. Australia would be in a far better position if not for two dropped catches from Matt Renshaw, the latter a dolly that popped out of his hands in the fourth last over of the day. Wriddhiman Saha, reprieved by Renshaw on nine, was unbeaten on 10 at stumps alongside Ravindra Jadeja (16 not out).
Related: India v Australia: fourth Test, day two – as it happened
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- Sydney FC 3-0 Perth Glory at nib Stadium
- Wellington Phoenix 5-0 Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium
Sydney FC have celebrated winning the A-League Premiers’ Plate in style with a decisive 3-0 victory over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday. An own goal on 38 minutes from Glory debutant Lucian Goian, Brandon O’Neill’s sweet strike three minutes later and a Bobo goal in the 63rd minute sealed an 18th win of the campaign for Sydney.
Having secured the first-past-the-post title after Brisbane Roar defeated Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, the Sky Blues are now an astonishing 14 points clear at the top of the table. Their total of 59 points is a record for a 27-round A-League season. With three rounds remaining before the finals, Sydney could break Roar’s record for a 30-round campaign of 65 points.
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Melbourne Storm 22-14 Wests Tigers at Leichhardt OvalTigers streak to 14-0 lead before crumbling to undefeated NRL leadersThe post-Jason Taylor era has gotten off to a losing start for the Wests Tigers after they blew a 14-0 lead in a eight-point defea…
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- West Coast Eagles defeat North Melbourne 21.10 (136) to 13.15 (93)
- Jarrad Waite’s 1.7 typifies Brad Scott’s side’s failure to convert chances
Dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy has booted seven goals to guide West Coast to a commanding 43-point season-opening AFL win over North Melbourne. Three of Kennedy’s majors came during a dominant third quarter as the Eagles shook off a slow start and surged to a 21.10 (136) to 13.15 (93) victory at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
It was the new-look North Melbourne who looked the more dangerous side in the early stages, especially when former Kangaroos star Drew Petrie went to the Eagles rooms with a hand injury. Former Geelong big man Nathan Vardy also suffered from a niggle, forcing West Coast to improvise with Jack Darling and Jeremy McGovern in the ruck against the imposing Todd Goldstein.
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- Brumbies 13-18 Highlanders
- Blues 38-14 Bulls
The Brumbies suffered another narrow Super Rugby defeat after succumbing late to the Highlanders at GIO Stadium. The 18-13 loss continued the Brumbies’ drought against New Zealand sides and reopened the wounds from last year’s six-point quarter-final defeat to the Highlanders at the same venue.
With the Brumbies attempting to grind out the win, Aki Seiuli charged over from close range to put the Highlanders in front for the first time with seven minutes remaining. While the home side piled the pressure on the Highlanders in the dying minutes, the visitors stood firm and repelled the Brumbies from their own try line. Desperate defence fended off a Brumbies rolling maul after the siren in front of a crowd of 11,125.
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- Australia 300 all out, India 0-0 at stumps on day one at Dharamsala
- Tourists collapse after lunch from 144-1
Steve Smith posted yet another captain’s century but Australia wasted a strong start to be all out for 300 late on day one of their Test series decider against India. The hosts were 0-0 in response at stumps on Saturday, having survived one over delivered by Josh Hazlewood.
Smith and David Warner blitzed the opening session of the fourth Test in Dharamsala, powering the visitors to 1-144 shortly after lunch. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, on debut in the absence of injured captain Virat Kohli, then turned the match on its head by kickstarting a collapse of 5-64. Yadav, mentored by Kolkata teammate Brad Hogg during the Indian Premier League, shed a tear when he claimed his first Test wicket and finished with figures of 4-68.
Related: Virat Kohli falls down ICC batting rankings with Steve Smith still top
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- Brisbane Roar 1-0 Melbourne Victory
- Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Adelaide United
- Sky Blues now uncatchable at top of ladder
Brisbane sharpshooter Jamie Maclaren delivered a timely reminder of his quality to Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou with an A-League wonder-goal to sink Melbourne Victory and deliver the Premiers Plate to Sydney FC. Brisbane’s 1-0 win confirms the Sky Blues’ first silverware in seven years as the runaway leaders enter Sunday’s clash with Perth 11 points ahead of second-placed Victory with three rounds to play.
Related: A-League: Santalab sets club record as Wanderers beat Melbourne City
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- St Kilda 13.12 (90) lost to Melbourne Demons 18.12 (120)
- Sydney Swans 12.10 (82) lost to Port Adelaide 17.8 (110)
Port Adelaide scored a drought-breaking 28-point AFL round one upset win over Sydney at the SCG on Saturday. The 17.8 (110) to 12.10 (82) victory was Port’s first in eight matches and 11 years at the SCG, and their first anywhere over the Swans in their past six contests, going back to 2013.
Related: AFL: Bulldogs hold off determined Collingwood to kick off flag defence
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Manly Sea Eagles 36-0 Canterbury BulldogsAn attacking blitzkrieg from Daly Cherry-Evans propelled Manly to a 36-0 hammering of Canterbury, breaking their drought at Lottoland. The whipping boy for Sea Eagles critics after a difficult period for the clu…
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Waratahs 32-25 Melbourne Rebels at AAMI ParkSecond-half fightback saves Waratahs from fourth straight lossThe Waratahs got out of jail with a second-half fightback to secure a desperate 32-25 Super Rugby win over the Melbourne Rebels. After trailing by…
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- Western Bulldogs defeat Collingwood 15.10 (100) to 12.14 (86)
- Dogs launch AFL premiership defence with hard-fought win
The Western Bulldogs have launched their AFL premiership defence with a hard-fought 14-point win over a determined Collingwood at the MCG. Magpies skipper Scott Pendlebury booted two fourth-quarter goals to give his side hope of snatching victory but the Bulldogs clung on to seal a 15.10 (100) to 12.14 (86) victory on Friday night.
There was plenty to like for the Magpies faithful, with Nathan Buckley’s men smashing their opponents in contested possessions and clearances – two areas which the Bulldogs dominated last season. But the Bulldogs made the better of their opportunities and stood up when it mattered in front of 66,254 fans.
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- Brisbane Broncos 13-12 Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium
- Jordan Kahu slots last-gasp field goal in the 74th minute
Unlikely hero Jordan Kahu has stepped up to slot a last-gasp field goal and help Brisbane defeat Canberra 13-12 in their NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium.
The stage was set for usual suspect Anthony Milford to put a horror week behind him and pot the potential matchwinner for the Broncos in the dying minutes of Friday night’s NRL clash.
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- Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 Melbourne City at Spotless Stadium
- Brendon Santalab hat-trick lifts him to record 14-goal season
Evergreen Western Sydney Wanderers striker Brendon Santalab has set a new club goalscoring record as his hat-trick helped shore up the club’s A-League finals hopes with a 3-1 home victory over Melbourne City. The 34-year-old poacher swelled his tally for the season to 14, eclipsing the previous record of 11 he had shared with Mark Bridge.
Sanatalab equalised midway through the first half at Spotless Stadium on Friday, after City took a fortuitous lead in the third minute when a Neil Kilkenny shot deflected off Wanderers’ defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis. He then added two more in four minutes in the second half.
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- NSW rugby league chairman George Peponis calls for increased powers
- Three clubs were fined a total of $350,000 last week over concussions
NSW Rugby League chairman and practising doctor George Peponis has called for NRL referees to have the power to order concussion tests for players.
Three clubs were handed fines totalling $350,000 following last weekend’s matches, after the league claimed they failed to remove potentially-dazed players for head checks.
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- Richmond defeat Carlton 20.12 (132) to 14.5 (89) at the MCG
- Dustin Martin kicks four goals in dominant midfield display for Tigers
Dustin Martin’s brilliance spearheaded Richmond to a 43-point win over Carlton in the AFL season opener at the MCG. Carlton’s pre-game banner mocked Martin, but the Tigers star had the last laugh on Thursday night as his side held off the Blues’ third-term challenge and won 20.12 (132) to 14.5 (89).
Martin surely polled three Brownlow Medal votes at the start of a massive season for himself and the Tigers. He and Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe are big ongoing stories because they become free agents later this year, while Richmond and coach Damien Hardwick are under the pump after dropping out of the finals last season.
Related: Richmond defeat Carlton by 43 points in AFL season opener – as it happened
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- Reigning Dally M medallist commits future to North Queensland
- Forward turns back on NFL option to sign deal reportedly worth $10m
Jason Taumalolo has signed one of the longest contract deals in NRL history, keeping him at North Queensland until the end of the 2027 season. The reigning Dally M medallist’s 10-year contract is believed to be worth $10m, putting the 23-year-old lock forward among the game’s highest-paid players.
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