Mike Hytner

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Nov 10

Chris Gayle wants to sell the story of his defamation case for $400,000

West Indies cricketer promises tell-all interview, saying what went on behind the scenes of Fairfax trial was ‘like a movie’ Chris Gayle is hoping to cash in on his defamation case with Fairfax Media after the West Indies cricketer announced bidding fo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/10/chris-gayle-wants-to-sell-the-story-of-his-defamation-case-for-400000

Nov 03

Australia beat France at Rugby League World Cup – as it happened

Kangaroos overcome spirited France 52-6 at GIO Stadium in CanberraWade Graham scores four tries and debutant Cameron Munster two 11.05am GMT Well, there might not be too much surprise over the scoreline – and the 46-point margin probably reflects the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/nov/03/australia-v-france-rugby-league-world-cup-2017-live

Oct 27

Australia beat England 18-4 in Rugby League World Cup opener – as it happened

Kangaroos recover from early setback to get title defence off to winning startEngland open scoring but are reeled in as tournament kicks off 12.08pm BST Well, no surprise about the result, but possibly about the margin of Australia’s victory, and certa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/oct/27/australia-v-england-rugby-league-world-cup-opener-live

Sep 07

AFL boss says game ‘leader in the country on racism’ after Heritier Lumumba criticism

Gillon McLachlan hits back at former Collingwood player’s claim the league failed to address racism but is yet to speak to him following the revelations

The AFL has defended its record after former player Heritier Lumumba said the league was “incompetent” at dealing with racism in the game, with the chief executive, Gillon McLachlan, claiming it is “a leader in the country” on the issue.

McLachlan spoke out after Guardian Australia published an interview with the former Collingwood and Melbourne player in which he said the AFL had failed to effectively address what he perceived was institutional racism.

Related: AFL vows to work harder to eradicate racism after Adelaide incidents

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/07/afl-boss-says-game-leader-in-the-country-on-racism-after-heritier-lumumba-criticism

Sep 02

Manly and Panthers secure finals berths and Winx wins again: sportwatch – as it happened

1.06pm BST

And that just about wraps things up for today. The Sea Eagles are safely into the NRL finals after their convincing win over the Panthers, who were made to sweat over their place in the eight for much of this afternoon. The Roosters secured second spot with a comeback victory over the Titans, while the ladder-leading Melbourne Storm signed off on their home-and-away season with a comfortable win over the Raiders. Winx, the superhorse, was again magnificent in winning a 19th straight race at Randwick Racecourse and it was a good day for Victorians, after their women’s rep side won the inaugural AFLW State of Origin game with ease. There you have it, Saturday in a nutshell. Come back again tomorrow to see if the Dragons can beat the Bulldogs and make the NRL finals, and to follow the Diamonds’ Quad Series match against the Silver Ferns. Kate O’Halloran will be at the controls from 1:30pm on Sunday, please do join her then. From me, though, thanks for joining us today and until next time.

12.59pm BST

AFLW State of Origin: It’s Victoria’s night – convincingly so – as the siren sounds at Etihad and the scoreboard shows the Vics beat the Allies 17.11 (113) to 2.4 (16). Jasmin Garner booted five majors and Daisey Pearace had 37 possessions in standout performances. It might have been utterly one-sided, but that may have served to whet the appetite ahead of season two.

12.52pm BST

Football: “Liverpool put a price of €200m and that was why we decided to step back,” Barcelona director Albert Soler said. “This club and this president will not put this club’s assets at risk like that. Going into the market place with so much money, the financial demands made of us were exorbitant.”

Related: Barcelona say Liverpool wanted €200m for Philippe Coutinho on deadline day

12.38pm BST

Formula One: The final practice session before the Italian Grand Prix has been mostly washed out, with just seven drivers able to complete a timed lap. Felipe Massa topped the timesheets amid heavy rain at Monza, where Daniel Ricciardo will start Sunday’s race near the back of the grid after receiving a penalty for engine changes.

12.31pm BST

AFLW State of Origin: We’re just about to start the final quarter across town at Etihad Stadium, where the Victorians have extended their lead to blowout proportions – they’re ahead 11.8 (74) to 2.2 (14). Jasmine Garner has kicked three goals for the Vics whil;e Daisy Pearce has a game-high 29 possessions.

12.25pm BST

Storm 26-6 Raiders – 80 mins: There it is! The minor premiers wrap up a convincing win and will head into next weekend’s match against the Eels in fine form. Joey Leilua finishes the game on the pitch, which is possibly the most remarkable aspect of this encounter. He can now look forward to Mad Monday.

“Really pleasing to get that result,” says Cameron Smith. “The Raiders were brave tonight. They had nothing to lose and they really tested us. Nice to get the win for a few of the boys who are playing their last home and away game for the Storm.”

12.20pm BST

Try! Tohu Harris scores!

Storm 32-6 Raiders – 78 mins: The Storm do have their try in the end though, as Harris takes the ball and three Raiders players over the line soon after to score his second of the night! Cameron Smith…. etc.

12.18pm BST

Storm 26-6 Raiders – 77 mins: Controversy! Needless to say, it involves Leilua, who tries to take out Addo-Carr, only to miss him. Still, the Storm player is forced out of play before he steps back in and grabs the ball in the in-goal. A penalty try? Nope, says the referee.

12.15pm BST

Storm 26-6 Raiders – 75 mins: It takes just one more minute before Joey blows up. He gets in Scott’s face, gets his shirt ripped in the process and then makes baby noises at his adversary.

12.12pm BST

Storm 26-6 Raiders – 74 mins: Joey Leilua at it again. He’s got about six minutes to keep his head. But that’s not guaranteed.

12.08pm BST

Storm 26-6 Raiders – 70 mins: Rapana touches down right the corner – or does he? No, he doesn’t, as the replays show. He did his best, but he couldn’t quite bend his wrist around the ball. He does, however, take the cameraman down with him – caught spectacularly on TV after the director decides to switch cameras just at the right moment!

NO TRY! He put down the cameraman… But not the ball. #NRLStormRaiders #9WWOS pic.twitter.com/TtPNsY74Zm

12.04pm BST

Storm 26-6 Raiders – 68 mins: Slater’s through here, in that dashing, scampering way of his, but he’s still got Wighton to beat – and he can’t.

12.00pm BST

Storm 26-6 Raiders – 65 mins: The biggest cheer of the night is reserved for Cronk, who appears to have scored but is called back for offside! The crowd don’t like it, naturally, but it’s a fair call by referee, and backed up by the Bunker.

11.58am BST

Try! Suliasi Vunivalu scores!

Storm 26-6 Raiders – 62 mins: Vunivalu hits back immediately with his 23rd of the season! The NRL’s leading tryscorer latches onto a little grubber kick by Chambers before powering over the line. So he’s still two ahead of Rapana, with Alex Johnstone now one behind on 22. Smith kicks the extras, of course.

11.54am BST

Try! Jordan Rapana scores!

Storm 20-6 Raiders – 58 mins: Canberra are on the board! And it’s quite some try, as Rapana pulls of a superb diving catch in the in-goal! That’s his 21st try of the season.

Classic catch!

Rapana adds another highlight to the reel! #NRLStormRaiders #NRL pic.twitter.com/ncQiuoIXFI

11.49am BST

AFLW State of Origin: In scenes reminiscent of rugby league’s State of Origin, Victoria are playing the Queensland role and the Allies that of NSW. It’s half-time and Victoria are leading 8.5 (53) to 2.2 (14). The start of an are of domination? Could well be.

11.48am BST

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 53 mins: Chambers gets absolutely hammered! He’s propelled backwards and put on his backside by a huge Junior Paulo hit!

Stopped in his tracks!#NRLStormRaiders #NRL pic.twitter.com/xJMjlJxJB4

11.42am BST

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 49 mins: Harris now appears to throw an elbow on Sezar, and he’s promptly put on report.

I’m only watching this second half because I’m expecting a Joey Leulia brain snap #NRLStormRaiders

11.40am BST

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 44 mins: Leilua continues to flirt with disciplinary action, this time in a, ahem, robust tackle in which his forearm flies close to Edwards’ head three times. (Each one misses.)

11.36am BST

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 42 mins: Austin launches a bomb which Slater does well to keep take under the posts in the Storm’s in-goal. And the pair repeat the sequence soon after.

11.33am BST

Second half underway at AAMI Park

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 41 mins: OK, here we go, just 40 minutes left of this NRL home-and-away season. And it looks like the Storm will be signing off with another win.

Hear from @storm coach, Craig Bellamy in the lead up to the 2nd Half of #NRLStormRaiders.#NRL pic.twitter.com/I1oT43eDW3

11.29am BST

Football: Uh-oh, bad news for the Socceroos ahead of their crunch World Cup qualifier against Thailand on Tuesday: Japan’s captain, Makoto Hasebe, has withdrawn from the Japan team that will travel to Saudi Arabia for their own final match. Remember, the Socceroos will hope already-qualified Japan don’t ease off the gas and go on to get something out of their trip to the Middle East to boost Australian hopes. Shinji Kagawa is already missing from the Japanese squad, who play in Jeddah in a later kick-off, meaning the Saudis will know exactly what they have to do to edge out the Socceroos from the second automatic Asian qualification spot.

11.25am BST

AFLW State of Origin: Over to Etihad, where Victoria are leading the Allies 5.3 (33) to 2.1 (13) midway through the second quarter.

11.19am BST

HT: Storm lead by 20 points

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 40 mins: There goes the siren and the hosts head in at the break well in control. Still, Billy Slater’s not overly delighted. “We started well let them in with some easy field position and a few penalties. We want to fix that up,” says the Storm man on his way off the pitch.

11.17am BST

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 37 mins: It’s pretty frantic at AAMI Park. Joey Leilua looks like he’s going to bust a gasket, Blake Austin is goose-stepping about the place and the premiers are looking very much the part.

11.13am BST

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 33 mins: Jack Wighton looks like he’s about to break away and enter a foot race with Slater to the line, but he’s ankle-tapped at the last, and the break comes to nothing.

11.08am BST

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 29 mins: Well that was strange. The commentary on Fox Sports went a bit funky for a moment there – all echoey and psychedelic. Not unenjoyable but a bit incongruous given what we’re watching.

Felt like I was at Burning Man after 5 cid tabs there for a minute #NRLStormRaiders

11.03am BST

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 26 mins: The Raiders go close to getting themselves on the scoresheet, but the young winger Cotric is deemed to have put his foot out of touch. And you know what, they’re right.

10.57am BST

TRY! Tohu Harris scores!

Storm 20-0 Raiders – 19 mins: It’s one-way traffic here as the Storm go over again, thanks to a jinking run through the final line of Canberran defence. Smith lines up the kick and… you know the deal. And he gets another pop to make it an eight-point try after a penalty goes against Tapane, who went at the ball in Harris’s hands with his feet first.

10.51am BST

Storm 12-0 Raiders – 15 mins: There are more milestones to be reached tonight: Nelson Asofa-Solomona is playing his 50th NRL match while should Slater score, he will match ex-Sea Eagles forward Steve Menzies for the second most tries scored.

10.47am BST

NRL: Roosters coach Trent Robinson has been talking about that earlier comeback win in Sydney. “So we had to catch up to some of the teams that have been circling at the top last year and this year. And I felt like we’ve accelerated throughout the year in where we’ve got to,” he said. “We’re finishing games like a team that’s been around for a long, long time. Teams, they can see us finishing well. That puts a memory in their mind at the back end of games as well against us.” The less said about what happened before the fast finish, the better.

10.45am BST

Storm 12-0 Raiders – 10 mins: Billy Slater get monstered by a posse of four green hulks in an indication that the Raiders aren’t going to lie down and be steamrollered tonight.

10.41am BST

TRY! Jesse Bromwich scores!

Storm 12-0 Raiders – 7 mins: And another! Smith pings the ball to Bromwich who simply uses his bulk to carry himself across the line. Well, not actually across the line – he puts the ball down right on the line, but that’s enough and the Storm are electrifying! No problems for Smith with the kick.

10.37am BST

TRY! Felise Kaufusi scores!

Storm 6-0 Raiders – 3 mins: Well that didn’t take long. Billy Slater taps a cross-field punt back towards Kaufusi, who turns on his heel, picks the ball up off the ground, turns around again and runs it in unchallenged. There’s some confusion and the decision goes upstairs, but that was just shockingly lax defensive work from the Raiders. The try stands and Smith adds the extras without fuss.

10.33am BST

Underway at AAMI Park!

Storm 0-0 Raiders – 1 min: Canberra kick things off, but not before attention is drawn to veteran halfback Cooper Cronk – playing his final home and away game – and Storm captain Cameron Smith, who is drawing level with Darren Lockyer for the most NRL games played at 355.

10.19am BST

AFLW: Across town, at Etihad Stadium, we’re about to be treated to something new and exciting: the AFLW’s first State of Origin match. Victoria take on the Allies, with a host of top-flight players on show, including the likes of Daisey Pearce and Brianna Davey for Victoria and Chelsea Randall and Katie Brennan for the Allies.

10.19am BST

NRL: So, just one more game to go tonight – the Storm against the Raiders. That’s coming right up at AAMI Park, with kick-off in about 10 minutes. Nothing is riding on the outcome, the Storm having wrapped up the minor premiership, and the Raiders having failed to trouble the eight. Still, with Cooper Cronk signing off on the home-and-away season there’s still interest.

10.16am BST

Sea Eagles 28-12 Panthers – 80 mins: And there it is! All over at Brookie, and both teams will play finals, despite Penrith having sweated on the unthinkable happening for much of the game. Manly utterly dominated; Penrith struggled badly for about 75 minutes of the 80.

But in many respects, North Queensland are the biggest losers tonight, and their place in the eight is now at risk – their immediate future will be determined tomorrow when the Dragons play the Bulldogs. Victory for the Dragons will send them into finals, and North Queensland will be able to go on holiday.

10.12am BST

TRY! Reagan Campbell-Gillard scores!

Sea Eagles 28-12 Panthers – 80 mins: And another! Blake jinks this way and that before offloading to Campbell-Gillard, who touches down to give the score some kind of respectability. The kick is good too.

10.09am BST

TRY! Tyrone May scores!

Sea Eagles 28-6 Panthers – 76 mins: Phew! Panthers fans can relax – they’re going to play finals football! This try – and the conversion by Cleary – seals the deal, and the collective sigh of relief around the foot of the mountains can almost be heard at Brookie!

A late but very important Try for the @PenrithPanthers!#NRLManlyPanthers#NRL pic.twitter.com/7gB5nPZgCM

10.02am BST

Sea Eagles 28-0 Panthers – 70 mins: Into the final 10 minutes and there’s been a bit of a letup in the intense Manly pressure these past few minutes. That’s understandable, given their efforts for much of the night.

10.00am BST

Sea Eagles 28-0 Panthers – 69 mins: Oh dear, Koroisau lifts up Watene-Zelezniak beyond the horizontal and is called on it. Not a good look at all, although he realises his error straight away and holds his hands up.

9.59am BST

Sea Eagles 28-0 Panthers – 64 mins: Dylan Walker’s got some beef here – he’s been on a mission all night long, to be honest, and has had plenty to say.

9.56am BST

Sea Eagles 28-0 Panthers – 64 mins: Isaah Yeo motors through the Manly defence now as Penrith show some fight. Tommy Turbo grabs him though and any momentum gained by that move is soon lost as the Sea Eagles’ defence presents a wall – an imposing, muscly, burgundy wall – to the Panthers on their next attack. Immense defence.

9.52am BST

Sea Eagles 28-0 Panthers – 61 mins: Just under 20 minutes remaining and it’s still on a knife edge for the Panthers. Surely they’re not going to mess this up, are they?

A Guardian sibling, Niall Connolly, has been in touch on the email: “I have my (your fellow correspondent Paul) brother’s glass half empty attitude to our teams. And it looks like 1996 again for us next week. Matt Ridge was not tackled, Paul.”

9.48am BST

Sea Eagles 28-0 Panthers – 56 mins: Penrith are rocking. And not in the good way. Their defence is getting opened up every time Manly have the ball. The Sea Eagles get another repeat set of six as DCE dinks the ball into the in-goal and Watene-Zelezniak picks it up and runs out. No let up in pressure.

9.45am BST

TRY! Curtis Sironen scores!

Sea Eagles 28-0 Panthers – 53 mins: More good stuff by Manly as Sironen bursts through and Wright adds the extras but this is fast becoming all about Penrith’s chances of reaching the eight. They’re in real danger now of dropping to eighth, and having to sweat on tomorrow’s Dragons’ result. Just another 10 unanswered Manly points and their season will lie in the lap of the gods.

9.40am BST

Sea Eagles 22-0 Panthers – 50 mins: Here come Manly again, this time with Trbojevic handing off to Wright. Penrith’s backline looks vulnerable every time Manly go forward.

9.39am BST

Sea Eagles 22-0 Panthers – 48 mins: There’s another “coming together” after Kelly forces Cleary into knocking on, and everyone piles in. A few hands are thrown (not punches, there’s a difference), and eventually tempers cool and play can continue.

9.36am BST

Sea Eagles 22-0 Panthers – 45 mins: So, if Penrith lose by more than 37 points, they drop to eighth with the Cowboys moving up to seventh, giving St George Illawarra the chance to knock them out of the eight tomorrow with victory over the Bulldogs. Clear?

9.32am BST

TRY! Tom Trbojevic scores!

Sea Eagles 22-0 Panthers – 41 mins: Tommy Turbo’s in! What a start to the half! He starts off the move and having turned on the afterburners very nearly gets away. He’s just caught, but no matter, second later he gets the ball again, stretches those legs and hoons into the in-goal! The kick by Wright is good, and the Panthers need to be concerned here. Remember, the amount they lose by could be season-defining for them.

The @SeaEagles left edge is ON tonight!

Turbo gets a Try.#NRLManlyPanthers#NRL pic.twitter.com/nkf9fiGn5l

9.28am BST

Second half underway at Lottoland!

Sea Eagles 16-0 Panthers – 41 mins: Here we go then. It’s going to need quite some turnaround from the Panthers if they are to get back into this match.

9.14am BST

HT: Manly lead by 16 points at the break

Sea Eagles 16-0 Panthers – 40 mins: So far so good for Manly – they’ve done everything asked of them tonight. It’s been a terrific half of football for the hosts, and short of a second-half meltdown, they’re looking good for the finals. Penrith, on the other hand, might do well to begin considering the ramifications of a defeat by more than 37 points. Back in a bit.

9.11am BST

Sea Eagles 16-0 Panthers – 38 mins: No dice for Cleary and the Panthers here as time winds down this half. They run out of ideas on the final tackle and the ball is turned over.

9.06am BST

Try! Jake Trbojevic scores

Sea Eagles 16-0 Panthers – 34 mins: We have a try! Trbojevic crashes over, under a pile of white jumpers, and as a consequence, we’ll have to go upstairs. There’s “insufficient evidence” the ball was held up, so the try will stand, and once the kick is converted, right in front of the posts, we’ve got a 16-point ball game.

9.03am BST

Sea Eagles 10-0 Panthers – 32 mins: Green kicks his fifth 40/20 for the season! What a great effort from the Manly player, and the Sea Eagles can attack again here.

8.59am BST

Sea Eagles 10-0 Panthers – 27 mins: Oops, a spill from Uate, under no pressure at all. That was reminiscent of my effort earlier today in the park with my son, which says it all really.

8.55am BST

TRY! Daly Cherry-Evans scores!

Sea Eagles 10-0 Panthers – 23 mins: Oh, a lovely move from the Sea Eagles, involving a number of players but most notably Kelly, ends with the supporting DCE tearing through for the try! Wright’s kick is good and the hosts are out to a 10-point lead.

DCE is in!

Kelly heavily involved again.#NRLManlyPanthers#NRL pic.twitter.com/4EfVQpgVbe

8.52am BST

Sea Eagles 4-0 Panthers – 18 mins: Uh-oh, here’s an early talking point. And by “talking point” I mean questionable refereeing decision. DCE’s pass is adjudged to have gone forward and Walker won’t go any further.

8.49am BST

Sea Eagles 4-0 Panthers – 17 mins: Manly’s pressure is creating Panther errors; here Dean Whare knocks on as he slides to gather a bouncing ball.

8.45am BST

Sea Eagles 4-0 Panthers – 14 mins: That’s a good take from Watene-Zelezniak though, as he claims a high ball cleanly despite pressure from their onrushing hosts.

8.44am BST

Sea Eagles 4-0 Panthers – 11 mins: Manly are well up for this one. Their intensity has so far been, um, intense. And the Panthers haven’t really been able to match it.

The @SeaEagles defence is muscling up!#NRLManlyPanthers#NRL pic.twitter.com/pySZEQzesk

8.41am BST

Sea Eagles 4-0 Panthers – 8 mins: Matthew Wright missed the conversion by the way, and it’s just the four points for the hosts.

8.40am BST

TRY! Brian Kelly scores!

Sea Eagles 4-0 Panthers – 8 mins: Manly are on the board! It’s a flowing passing move from the hosts, culminating in Trbojevic dishing out a quick pass to the marauding Kelly who has jets in his heels and speeds through to touch down!

8.38am BST

Sea Eagles 0-0 Panthers – 6 mins: Matt Moylan is down there on the sidelines, on the same day that Panthers chief executive Brian Fletcher told News Corp there was a 50-50 chance he won’t be at the club next season.

8.36am BST

Sea Eagles 0-0 Panthers – 3 mins: The retiring Brett Stewart farewelled Sea Eagles fans before kick-off. Here he is paying homage to the Brookie faithful.

8.33am BST

Sea Eagles 0-0 Panthers – 2 mins: Penrith are trying to channel the spirit of Real Madrid by sporting some natty white shorts tonight. Not sure how I feel about them.

Here come the @PenrithPanthers!#NRLManlyPanthers#NRL pic.twitter.com/BWqNdk4Gfr

8.31am BST

Underway at Lottoland!

Sea Eagles 0-0 Panthers – 1 min: Actually, we’re not. A false start sees to that. But after a brief delay, Manly’s Wright boots the ball into the evening sky and we are indeed off!

8.29am BST

NRL: We’re approaching kick-off time at Lottoland. It’s all set to be a cracker. Here are some numbers to crunch before we get underway:

8.21am BST

Formula One: “Ricciardo’s upbeat attitude is more than just that of a typically good-humoured Aussie. He has learned to deal with disappointment and emerge the better man for it.” Great read from Giles Richards here, on Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo, ahead of this weekend’s Italian GP:

Related: Daniel Ricciardo: I look at Seb or Lewis and think: ‘If only I had your car’

8.15am BST

Tennis: “I’d play on a parking lot.” That’s Maria Sharapova’s response to Caroline Wozniacki’s criticism of US Open organisers for giving the Russian centre court billing on her return to grand slam tennis after a doping ban. “With regards to scheduling, as you know, I don’t make the schedule,” said Sharapova after beating American teenager Sofia Kenin 7-5, 6-2 to reach the fourth round. “I’m a pretty big competitor. If you put me out in the parking lot of Queens in New York City, I’m happy to play there. That’s not what matters to me. All that matters to me is I’m in the fourth round. Yeah, I’m not sure where she is.” (From Reuters)

8.05am BST

NRL: OK then, up next is Manly v Penrith. They head into the game level on 30 points, with the Panthers in sixth and the Sea Eagles in eighth. To end the season in the top eight, here’s what each has to do:

7.55am BST

NRL: Jarryd Hayne is copping heat for those two kicks. Surprisingly.

I cant imagine that Hayne will get any social media backlash due to those two mistakes.. #NRLRoostersTitans

Well done to the Titans board..no doubt you made the right choice between Hayne and Henry #NRLRoostersTitans

Hayne should wear his game kit to Mad Monday & fancy dress as a first grader. #NRLRoostersTitans

7.47am BST

Roosters 20-16 Titans – 80 mins: Another shonky kick from Hayne, and this is game over now. Gordon lines up right in front of the posts, and as the siren sounds, he ices victory with a penalty goal!

Well, that was hardly classic Roosters, but a win is a win and they secure that all important second place, which means they don’t have to travel to Brisbane next week – or face a partisan Suncorp Stadium crowd. They were far from convincing though, and that will be of concern heading into the finals. For the Titans, you have to take your hat off to them, that was a stirring display and they may count themselves unlucky to leave Sydney with nothing for their efforts. So it’s back to the Goldie for the Titans, where they can enjoy Mad Monday and their holidays in a presumably mature and non-controversial manner.

7.43am BST

Roosters 18-16 Titans – 78 mins: What a breathless finish to this game! There’s still time for one more twist though. Hayne kicks off, kicking nearly parallel to the halfway line, but it doesn’t make 40m.

7.42am BST

TRY! Boyd Cordner scores!

Roosters 18-16 Titans – 76 mins: There it is! Cordner barges over after Pearce finds him at close quarters! The pressure tells, and the crowd go nuts. They’ve been willing the ball over that line. Now this kick is key – and it’s a relatively easy one. Gordon nails it! And it’s the Roosters to lose now!

7.39am BST

Roosters 12-16 Titans – 74 mins: The Titans concede a penalty 35m out and Pearce finds touch. What can they do here now?

7.38am BST

Roosters 12-16 Titans – 72 mins: Eight minutes remaining for the Roosters to find something from somewhere and dig themselves out of this hole, and secure home ground advantage in the finals. It’s getting to squeaky-bum time.

7.36am BST

TRY! Michael Gordon scores!

Roosters 12-16 Titans – 70 mins: This isn’t over yet! This try’s all about Joseph Manu, who leaps like a salmon to pluck Keary’s kick out of the air before somehow offloading to the overlapping Gordon! The kick is good – juuuuust – and we have a ball game, as the Americans like to say.

7.32am BST

Roosters 6-16 Titans – 67 mins: Mitchell is held up near the Titans’ line, and they come away with a penalty! They’re full of confidence at the moment, the visitors.

7.28am BST

Roosters 6-16 Titans – 65 mins: The Roosters look dangerous here as Keary throws it to Gordon, who in turn looks for Ferguson, but his pass is far too heavy and it goes straight out of play. Disappointing from the Chooks, but pretty much reflective of their performance today.

7.26am BST

Roosters 6-16 Titans – 63 mins: “An absolute abomination” is the commentator’s verdict as the Titans conspire to knock-on from the kick-off. That could be just what the Roosters needed.

7.24am BST

TRY! Kevin Proctor scores!

Roosters 6-16 Titans – 60 mins: Taylor shows his smarts on the ball as he dinks a kick through for Proctor to pounce on! Amazing stuff from the Titans, who are not in a strong position to cause a real upset now! Taylor boots the extras and they’re 10 up with 20 minutes remaining.

7.22am BST

Roosters 6-10 Titans – 59 mins: Let’s hope the youngster Nakubuwai is OK. That really was a sickening hit.

7.20am BST

Roosters 6-10 Titans – 59 mins: Oh dear, it all kicks off after Ben Nakubuwai is hit hard by the shoulder of Zane Tetevano. Nakubuwai’s out, sparko, on the floor, and that’s worrying. But clearly not for those on the pitch who throw their handbags around with scant regard for the prone player. Not nice scenes. Nakubuwai is taken off on the medicab as boos ring out and Tetevano is put on report.

7.15am BST

Roosters 6-10 Titans – 56 mins: We have an atmosphere at Allianz now. Nothing quite like an aggrieved supporter to create buzz is a sporting arena. And that dissatisfaction with the officials ramps up as their team is called for another forward pass. Sloppy by the Roosters.

7.09am BST

Roosters 6-10 Titans – 50 mins: A roar goes up from the home crowd as Connor Watson strips Hayne of the ball, but they’re soon baying for blood as it’s deemed illegal. Penalty against him and those wearing tricolours in the stands are not happy.

7.05am BST

Roosters 6-10 Titans – 46 mins: Is there an upset on the cards here? Mitchell Pearce said he wanted better from his team on his way into the sheds, but that’s the worst possible start after the restart. I guess we’ll see what the Roosters are made of now.

7.03am BST

TRY! Anthony Don scores!

Roosters 6-10 Titans – 44 mins: Don, The Don, intercepts nearly on his own goal line and runs the entire length of the pitch to touch down under the posts! Cracking stuff from the Titans player and once Ashley Taylor has hoiked through the posts, the visitors lead for the first time this afternoon!

Don > Winx? #NRLRoostersTitans #NRL pic.twitter.com/N0iMTzA1Xd

6.59am BST

Second half underway at Allianz

Roosters 6-4 Titans – 41 mins: Here we go again. Can the Roosters sort their act out this half and go on to secure victory and second place? We’ll know in about 40 minutes.

6.54am BST

Horse racing: And she’s done it! Winx makes it 19 in a row! Was there ever any doubt? Well, perhaps – she still six lengths behind with 200m remaining and had to dig deep to overhaul Red Excitement over the last 100m. “I could see what was happening. At the top of the straight I was really worried. What she did today is just incredible.”

Winx has won her 19th race in a row. #Winx #7News pic.twitter.com/8SySuOedMd

6.52am BST

Horse racing: Just down the road from Allianz, at Royal Randwick, super-horse Winx is about to go for her 19th straight win, in the Chelmsford Stakes. We’ll bring you the result of that race as soon as we have it.

6.45am BST

Half-time: Roosters up by two at the break

Roosters 6-4 Titans – 40 mins: It’s all getting a bit scrappy as we head towards the end of the first half, but there won’t be any more score as the siren sounds and the players head into the sheds.

6.40am BST

Roosters 6-4 Titans – 35 mins: The graphic on the telly tells us that Jake Friend is again leading tackles today. And I’ll supplement that with another stat: the Roosters have won 10 games by six points or less this year – the most in the club’s history.

6.37am BST

Roosters 6-4 Titans – 33 mins: Cordner bursts onto a Pearce pass and races through under the posts, to the delight of the crowd, but wait, it’s called a forward pass from the touchline and the try is disallowed!

6.34am BST

Roosters 6-4 Titans – 30 mins: Half an hour gone and it’s closer on the scoreboard than form and ladder position would have suggested pre-game. The Roosters are yet to get into gear.

6.32am BST

Roosters 6-4 Titans – 27 mins: A flurry of action now as Greenwood strains every sinew in his body to get across the line but a posse of five red, white and blue shirts swoop on him and manage to repel him. Then Friend bursts clear for the Chooks, before being hauled down. He plays it quickly and the Roosters look dangerous momentarily. Nothing doing this time though.

6.29am BST

Roosters 6-4 Titans – 25 mins: The Roosters are winning the tackle count so far – 114 to the Titans’ 76. A high bomb is fumbled by Don, under pressure from Mitchell, and Keary darts through to pick up the ball and touch down. But it won’t count – Mitchell is pulled up contact in the air, correctly so.

6.25am BST

TRY! Leivaha Pulu scores!

Roosters 6-4 Titans – 22 mins: And the pressure does indeed tell as Hayne delivers the telling pass to Pulu, who barrels his way over the line! Taylor’s kick from the touchline… hits the post!

Hayne to Pulu!

The @GCTitans hit back. #NRLRoostersTitans #NRL pic.twitter.com/x50Jn2e4dg

6.23am BST

Roosters 6-0 Titans – 20 mins: The Titans inch towards the try-line but each time the Roosters’ defence holds firm. For now.

6.19am BST

Roosters 6-0 Titans – 16 mins: There are those who will say that’s what the Bunker is for, but there are also those who will say “how on earth did Ben Cummins see that as a try in the first place?”. I have no answer to the second poser.

6.17am BST

Roosters 6-0 Titans – 15 mins: Ooh! Close to a second for the Chooks. Oh hang on, the ref’s given it! He’s got a try! Ferguson leaps over Hayne and appears to knock the ball on before it’s touched down. At least that’s how it initially appeared. And yes, the replays show that to be the case and the “try” is chalked off.

6.14am BST

Roosters 6-0 Titans – 13 mins: Keary heads off on a weaving run but his eventual pass is not caught cleanly by Mitchell and the move breaks down. Dangerman Keary’s looking good so far.

6.12am BST

Roosters 6-0 Titans – 11 mins: Plenty of empty seats at Allianz today. Matt Cleary wrote well on the challenges facing the NRL with regards to dwindling attendances earlier this week:

Related: ‘A lonely sea of blue seats’: why ANZ stadium is nobody’s home ground

6.10am BST

TRY! Latrell Mitchell scores!

Roosters 6-0 Titans – 8 mins: that little period of increased pressure from the Chooks pays off as Mitchell gets on the end of a Luke Keary grubber to get the hosts on the scoreboard! The kick by Michael Gordon is good and we’re up and running at Allianz.

6.07am BST

Roosters 0-0 Titans – 6 mins: The Chooks now go on the front foot for the first time this match, but that man Hayne is there to scoop up a grubber kick through. He slips though and there’ll be a drop out. The Titans take it short, and it works out well for them!

6.05am BST

Roosters 0-0 Titans – 4 mins: A little poke of the toe by Hayne into the Roosters’ in-goal is nearly pounced upon by Zillman, but no dice this time for the Titans, who have started pretty well.

6.03am BST

Roosters 0-0 Titans – 2 mins: Having said what a beautiful sunny day it was earlier, the stadium is now under cloud cover. Weather updates aren’t my forte, what can I say?

6.01am BST

Underway at Allianz Stadium!

Roosters 0-0 Titans – 1 min: The Roosters are missing Dylan Napa and Aiden Guerra, both rested with an extended run into the finals envisaged, but still there’s an air of inevitability to this one, such has been the Titans’ woeful season.

5.59am BST

NRL: OK, over to Allianz, which I can tell you (because I’ve just been past there on a bus) is bathed in sunshine on the most glorious of spring Sydney days. It’s so gorgeous out there, it almost makes one wish to be down at the beach and not stuck in an office liveblogging NRL games. Almost, I said. Anyway, it’s that commentators’ cliche, “the perfect day for rugby league” and we’re just about ready to go.

5.54am BST

Cricket: Of course, the second Test against Bangladesh is supposed to be starting on Monday in Chittagong, but there could be a snag – the rain. It’s forecast to tip it down (who decided to tour Bangladesh in monsoon season, anyway?) next week, meaning Steve Smith’s side might not get a chance to tie the series 1-1. Then again, what’s worse: a washout or a whitewash?

5.51am BST

Tennis: Before we turn to the NRL, a quick update on the tennis over in NYC, where Ash Barty’s US Open campaign is over after she went down to Sloane Stephens in the third round in a rare error-strewn performance. Her exit leaves just John Millman to fly the Australian flag at Flushing Meadows. Millman remains on course to meet Roger Federer – he plays German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday morning and if Federer can see off Feliciano Lopez, the pair will meet in the last 16.

5.49am BST

Hello and welcome one and all to a particularly NRL-heavy edition of sportwatch. With the AFL taking its customary pre-finals break, focus can fall on the great game of rugby league and the last round of the regular season. There’s still plenty of intrigue left – they don’t bill it as “Super Saturday” for nothing – with the final composition of the top eight to be determined.

First up in a beautifully sunny Sydney are the Roosters against the Titans at Allianz Stadium with the Chooks looking for the win that will take them back into second – and ensure they can play at home all the way to the grand final.

2.29am BST

Mike will be here shortly. Since we’re in NRL mode, take the time to find out how Benny Barba fared on his Super League debut overnight in the UK:

Related: St Helens’ Ben Barba overshadowed by Wigan’s superb Sean O’Loughlin

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/sep/02/final-round-of-nrl-regular-season-and-aflw-state-of-origin-sportwatch-live

Aug 24

AOC promises overhaul after review says it is ‘out of step’ with Olympic ideals

  • Independent review into AOC’s workplace culture sparks pledge to ‘reset’
  • ‘Minimum expectations for a modern organisation’ not met, say staff

The Australian Olympic Committee has committed to implement wide-reaching organisational change after an independent review into workplace culture found it to be out of step with the ideals of the Olympic movement.

The Ethics Centre was commissioned to conduct the review, based on the experiences and perceptions of staff and stakeholders, after allegations of bullying within the AOC involving long-time media director Mike Tancred emerged earlier this year. The AOC is responsible for Australia’s performance at the winter and summer Olympics.

Related: Mike Tancred admits threatening former Australian Olympic chief Fiona De Jong

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/24/aoc-promises-overhaul-after-review-says-it-is-out-of-step-with-olympic-ideals

Aug 18

Australian cyclist Shane Perkins thanks Vladimir Putin after defecting to Russia

  • Russian president grants Olympic bronze medallist citizenship
  • Perkins ‘very grateful’ to Putin after executive order signed

Shane Perkins’ switch to Russia has been rubber-stamped after president Vladimir Putin signed an executive order to grant the Australia-born Olympic bronze medallist and dual world champion Russian citizenship.

Perkins, who represented Australia and won individual sprint bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games, applied for citizenship in February after informing Cycling Australia of his intention to switch allegiances last year.

Related: Shane Perkins on defecting to Russia: ‘I have a clean slate to prove myself’ | Kieran Pender

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/18/australian-cyclist-shane-perkins-thanks-vladimir-putin-after-defecting-to-russia

Aug 06

Crows hammer Power in Showdown, Manly get back on track: sportwatch – as it happened

10.27am BST

So, the Crows’ utter annihilation of the Power in the 43rd Showdown headlines the day’s AFL action, although Richmond’s 29-point win over in-form Hawthorn was equally impressive and keeps alive their top four hopes. Earlier, St Kilda roared back from 14 points down early in the final quarter to edge West Coast by eight at the final reckoning, keeping alive their finals hopes in the process.

In the NRL, Manly bounced back from two consecutive defeats with victory over the second-placed Roosters to give their season the shot in the arm it needed. For the Roosters, it’s now going to difficult to win the minor premiership; they meet ladder leaders Melbourne Storm next Saturday night in a must-win game. Tom Trbojevic was the standout performer for the Sea Eagles, with two tries, 171 running metres, four tackle breaks, a linebreak, a linebreak assist and a try assist to Brad Parker. In the day’s other NRL game, the Panthers moved into the eight with a nervy 28-14 win over Wests Tigers at Pepper Stadium.

10.22am BST

There goes the siren and it’s all over at Adelaide Oval! It’s a record winning margin for the Crows in a Showdown and that’s now five straight wins over the Power for the Crows – the first time they’ve managed to do that in this game’s history.

10.20am BST

AFL: Q4 2 mins remaning – Adelaide 18.22 (130) v Port Adelaide 6.4 (40)

Cameron finds Betts and Eddie will have a chance for a fourth. He nails it, to the delight of the crowd, and this is on course to be a record Showdown shellacking.

10.17am BST

AFL: Q4 4 mins remaning – Adelaide 17.22 (124) v Port Adelaide 6.4 (40)

They’re not letting up – there’s no mercy in local derbies. Walker rises to pluck the ball out of the night sky and he’ll have a chance to kick a third. He does so, apparently with utter ease.

10.13am BST

AFL: Q4 7 mins remaning – Adelaide 15.22 (112) v Port Adelaide 6.4 (40)

Sloane slots another goal for the Crows – his first of the night – and the camera pans over to a sign, held aloft in the stands of Adelaide Oval. “It’s a murder,” it reads. One wonders how confident Crows fans must have been before this match, to bring such a sign into the stadium? Anyway, it turns out that confidence was entirely justified.

10.06am BST

AFL: Q4 12 mins remaning – Adelaide 14.21 (105) v Port Adelaide 5.4 (34)

The Crows are playing with Port now, as Tex Walker pretends he’s not going to kick to Betts, despite the latter’s insistence he does so, but then he does find him in the end, only for Betts to disappoint pretty much everyone in the crowd with a poor kick. Despite his brilliance, he’s only booted three goals from nine shots at goal.

9.58am BST

AFL: Q4 15 mins remaning – Adelaide 14.18 (102) v Port Adelaide 4.4 (28)

How to stop this Crows side at the moment? Collingwood came might close last weekend, but this has been some way to come back from that draw. Indeed, it feels like the Crows have made a big statement against their local rivals tonight. Goals by Jenkins and Cameron extend their lead further as the clock ticks down.

9.52am BST

AFL: Q4 19 mins remaning – Adelaide 12.18 (90) v Port Adelaide 4.4 (28)

Here we go then, the final quarter is under way at the Adelaide Oval. How bad is this shellacking going to get for the Power? And just how good for the Crows? We’re about to find out.

9.45am BST

AFL: end of Q3 – Adelaide 12.18 (90) v Port Adelaide 4.4 (28)

Jenkins has time to kick another goal just before the siren sounds at the end of the third quarter and this is now getting ugly for the Power. The Crows lead by 62 (sixty-two) points and the margin is likely to only get even bigger in the final quarter. While we’re waiting for that to happen, please enjoy that Eddie Betts wonder goal from earlier:

Eddie Betts you are a genius!!! Simply miraculous! #AFLCrowsPower pic.twitter.com/CqIGO8TEGy

9.40am BST

AFL: Q3 1 min remaining – Adelaide 11.18 (84) v Port Adelaide 4.4 (28)

Charlie Dixon grabs another for the Power before Betts links up well with Cameron before striking a post! The Crows do get another one soon after though when Betts finds Jenkins in acres of space and he slots home without fuss.

9.31am BST

AFL: Q3 8 mins remaining – Adelaide 10.17 (77) v Port Adelaide 3.3 (21)

Rory Laird and Jared Polec trade goals but the intensity of this game has disappeared since the Crows started to pull away. As a contest, there’s not much left in it.

9.27am BST

Super Rugby: Rebels deal put pressure on ARU

Here’s more on that big story in Australian rugby union:

Related: Rebels confirm transfer of Super Rugby licence to complicate ARU cull

9.22am BST

AFL: Q3 14 mins remaining – Adelaide 9.16 (70) v Port Adelaide 2.3 (15)

The Fox commentators are going nuts for Eddie Betts, with good reason here – he somehow manages to squirm a kick on goal through, from a seemingly impossible angle, to take his tally to three for the night. Soon after, there’s a “runner” on the field, and play is interrupted. No indication of the person’s state of dress, but heres a gratuitous piece on streaking anyway:

Related: A few laps and maybe a cartwheel: inside the mind of the serial streaker

9.18am BST

AFL: Q3 16 mins remaining – Adelaide 6.15 (51) v Port Adelaide 2.3 (15)

This is in real danger of turning into an absolute blood bath for the Power but, against the run of play, they end the Crows’ run of seven consecutive goals thanks to Robbie Gray. Charlie Cameron, meanwhile, is off the pitch with a serious-looking problem with his arm.

9.09am BST

AFL: Q3 19 mins remaining – Adelaide 6.15 (51) v Port Adelaide 1.3 (9)

Much less than the expected 50,000 at the Adelaide Oval today, by the way. The weather might have had something to do with that. Anyway, we’re back underway, and Betts is up and running straight away, kicking his second almost immediately after the restart.

9.02am BST

All over at Pepper Stadium, where the Panthers put the accelerator down after the half-time break to win by 14 points. There was another try for Watene Zelezniak in the second half, plus tries to Edwards and May, as the Panthers move into the top eight at the end of round 22.

8.55am BST

So, no worries for the Tigers at the MCG, who have despatched with the Hawks quite comfortably and will finish the round in third place on the ladder. Josh Caddy with four goals was impressive. He says: We got the win which at this stage of the year is important. I missed the hard ones, but I got on the end of some easy ones. Hopefully we can finish off the year strongly.”

8.49am BST

AFL: half-time – Adelaide 5.15 (45) v Port Adelaide 1.3 (9)

McGovern slices an easy kick on goal wide of the mark after the siren but the Crows still head into the sheds in complete control after a dominant midfield showing so far. The conditions are awful, and the scoreline has been affected by that, but equally, it’s making for plenty of unpredictability and that makes for entertainment.

8.45am BST

AFL: Q2 2 mins remaining – Adelaide 5.14 (44) v Port Adelaide 1.3 (9)

The Power finally manage to end their drought, with a behind from Amon, but the scoreline still makes for pretty sorry reading for Port fans as half-time approaches.

8.40am BST

AFL: Q2 6 mins remaining – Adelaide 5.13 (43) v Port Adelaide 1.2 (8)

Boos ring out among the crowd after Eddie Betts – with a real contender for goal of the season – is thwarted by the umpires, who saw a touch on its way through from an impossible angle.

8.37am BST

AFL: Q2 7 mins remaining – Adelaide 5.13 (43) v Port Adelaide 1.2 (8)

OK, back to Adelaide, and the Crows have kicked the last five goals in a row to extend their lead and finally begin to assert their dominance.

8.36am BST

Super Rugby: Rebels secure future in competition

And some huge news in rugby union: the Melbourne Rebels have confirmed they have transferred their licence from the club’s private owners to the Victorian Rugby Union. That means the ARU cannot buy the club and shut them down, ensuring their future in the competition. Now everything is hanging on the Western Force’s arbitration case with the ARU, which is expected to reach a conclusion this coming week. More to come on this story.

8.30am BST

AFL: Q2 11 mins remaining – Adelaide 4.11 (35) v Port Adelaide 1.2 (8)

Tex Walker steps up when needed, booting two goals in quick succession as the Crows begin to pull away. In between, it all kicks off with Jackson, Jenkins and Trengove all invloved. The Showdown is firing up!

No love lost between these two sides. #AFLCrowsPower pic.twitter.com/O6O2riAyf2

8.30am BST

AFL: Selwood to have surgery

We interrupt this broadcast with some important news: Geelong star Joel Selwood will undergo surgery on his ankle and not play until the AFL finals. “Selwood will not be available for the remaining three home and away games but is expected to be able to return for the finals series,” the Cats said.

8.24am BST

AFL: Q2 17 mins remaining – Adelaide 2.9 (21) v Port Adelaide 1.2 (8)

Back to the Adelaide Oval, where the rain has begun to fall again and the conditions continue to make the game look like an episode of Keystone Cops. Enter Eddie Betts who marks inside 50, his third so far, and kicks the Crows’ second goal of the day.

8.20am BST

AFL: end of Q3 – Richmond 9.10 (64) v Hawthorn 4.8 (32)

There’s a glimmer of hope for the Hawks at the MCG, but it’s faint heading into the final quarter. It would have to take something mighty spectacular for them to turn this one around.

8.17am BST

NRL: half-time – Panthers 10-8 Tigers

It’s close at the break at Pepper Stadium in the final NRL match of the week – two tries apiece, with Peachey and Watene Zelezniak going over for the Panthers and Nofoaluma twice for the Tigers so far.

8.11am BST

AFL: end of Q1 – Adelaide 1.9 (15) v Port Adelaide 1.1 (7)

There goes the siren and the Crows lead by eight, although it should really be more. They’re dominated in every statistic, apart from goals scored. On that count it’s one each, and for that, the Power are still in this one.

8.09am BST

AFL: Q1 2 mins remaining – Adelaide 1.9 (15) v Port Adelaide 1.1 (7)

With another chance to translate their dominance into goals, Adelaide blow it again. They’re now winning the inside 50 count 20-5, yet they lead by just eight points.

8.07am BST

AFL: Q1 4 mins remaining – Adelaide 1.8 (14) v Port Adelaide 1.1 (7)

What a mark by Tex Walker! It’s nearly a no-look effort to pluck Cameron’s kick forward out of the air – he glances back just at the critical moment and, after a shove to the defender’s chest, catches the ball. But he’s off target and again the Crows fail to hammer home their ascendency with a goal.

8.04am BST

AFL: Q1 5 mins remaining – Adelaide 1.7 (13) v Port Adelaide 1.1 (7)

Eddie Betts! But even he can’t muster a goal and has to settle for a behind. The weather’s certainly not helping and the wind could well be the reason for the lack of accurate kicking so far.

8.01am BST

AFL: Q1 8 mins remaining – Adelaide 1.6 (12) v Port Adelaide 1.1 (7)

Fifteen inside 50s to one, in favour of the Crows, but they haven’t been able to capitalise on those numbers so far.

7.56am BST

AFL: Q1 10 mins remaining – Adelaide 1.4 (10) v Port Adelaide 1.0 (6)

Jacobs takes the mark all too easily for Port’s liking and gets the Crows up and running, much to the delight of the majority of the crowd.

7.50am BST

AFL: Q1 18 mins remaining – Adelaide 0.3 (3) v Port Adelaide 1.0 (6)

Westhoff boots the first goal of the day, kicking forwards to one one at all, but racing after it himself, getting there first and slotting through the posts! Unconventional, but effective.

7.44am BST

AFL: Q1 17 mins remaining – Adelaide 0.3 (3) v Port Adelaide 0.0 (0)

So, it’s first versus fifth today; there have been 42 previous meetings between these two clubs – and it’s 21-21 to date. And with the great leveller of inclement weather, this one couldn’t really be more evenly matched, on paper at least. Of course, the Crows are favourites though, such has been their form this year, but really, anything can happen today.

7.41am BST

AFL: Q1 – Adelaide v Port Adelaide

Some pretty ordinary weather has greeted the players aon the pitch at Adelaide Oval – it’s raining and apparently the wind will kick up even more as the Showdown 43 progresses in the evening. Anyway, it’s the big one, and we’re up and running in Adelaide!

It’s a Gray old day in Adelaide ☔️ #AFLCrowsPower pic.twitter.com/ZVCn7imXn3

7.36am BST

Football: Kewell off to losing start

Harry Kewell’s managerial career didn’t get off to the start he wanted as Crawley Town lost 3-1 to Port Vale in England’s League Two overnight. The former Socceroo, who took the reins of the unfashionable outfit before last night’s opening match, spoke to John Davidson before his debut:

Related: Harry Kewell: ‘I want to bring something different to the game’ | John Davidson

7.31am BST

AFL: Half-time – Richmond 6.8 (44) v Hawthorn 2.5 (17)

The Tigers are in complete control of this one and are in the sheds 27 points to the good. The Hawks have a lot to do in the second half if they’re to get back into this one. It’s a very long shot.

7.28am BST

Triathlon: Gentle wins in Canada

Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle has pulled off a remarkable victory in the World Triathlon Series round in Montreal, dragging herself out of her sick bed to claim her first ever win. This from our friends at AAP:

The 26-year-old Rio Olympian ran away from defending world champion and Commonwealth Games favourite, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy in the 10km run to finish the olympic distance race that started with the 1.5km swim followed by a 40km bike. Gentle finally turned five silvers into a spectacular gold in the greatest moment of her career.

The Gold Coaster, who has already earned early nomination for next year’s Commonwealth Games, arrived into Montreal from her Spanish training base yesterday feeling under the weather and far from convinced she would be able to race.

7.22am BST

Football: Ibrahimović to Melbourne City

Don’t be silly. This is never going to happen. Despite a certain amount of internet buzz earlier today, clearly there’s more chance of Ibra coming to the A-League than Matt Simon securing a move to Paris Saint-Germain to take up a role as Neymar’s foil. All it takes for people to get excited these days, it seems, is for someone to make up a rumour and post in on Twitter. Matt Simon to PSG, anyone?

7.16am BST

Football: Saha treads unusual post-career path

What’s that, you say? A footballer with a brain? A player who is doing something ‘a bit different’ post-retirement? Step forward the former Everton and Manchester United striker, Louis Saha, a man with an interesting story to tell.

Related: Louis Saha: ‘I really liked playing football but this is a real challenge’

7.13am BST

Tennis: Kokkinakis beaten in maiden ATP Tour final

So close for Thanasi Kokkinakis but a maiden ATP Tour title remains elusive for the moment – the 21-year-old pushed Sam Querrey all the way in Los Cabos, but eventually fell in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to the American second seed. Nevertheless, his run in Mexico is set to boost his world ranking from 454 to 225 when they’re next published.

7.04am BST

AFL: end of Q1 – Richmond 5.4 (34) v Hawthorn 1.5 (10)

The Tigers have raced out of the blocks at the MCG and are up by 24 points against the Hawks as the second quarter starts up, Corey Ellis having booted two of their goals.

6.59am BST

Down in Melbourne, Saint Kilda have edged a real thriller in the AFL. It could easily have gone the other way, with West Coast chasing victory late on and down by just two points with time running out, but Saints’ Jack Billings kept his cool under intense pressure to ice the victory with just 24 seconds left. A thrilling end to a game that was up for grabs from start to finish, and quite some way for Nick Reiwoldt to celebrate his impending retirement.

6.55am BST

Well, what a way to bounce back from two disappointing defeats. It’s official, Manly are back and very much in the top four mix once again. What a fantastic performance this second half, albeit against a Roosters side barely recognisable to the one which did so well to build a lead in the first half.

6.54am BST

NRL: 80 mins – Sea Eagles 36-18 Roosters

It is a party now! Cherry-Evans puts an, um, cherry on the result after Walker flips the ball out of the back of his hand to Uate, who in turn flings it back inside to DCE, who gleefully accepts the invitation to run in! The conversion is good and that’s that at Lottoland.

6.49am BST

NRL: 76 mins – Sea Eagles 30-18 Roosters

This is turning into a party now! No wait, it’s not, Watson impeded Lawrence in the buildup to Winterstein’s “try” and it will be ruled out by the Bunker.

6.47am BST

NRL: 74 mins – Sea Eagles 30-18 Roosters

Manly extend their lead to 12 points after Cherry-Evans is held back and the home side opt to take the two points. This one seems to be heading Manly’s way now. They’ve done terrifically well to bounce back.

6.42am BST

NRL: 69 mins – Sea Eagles 28-18 Roosters

Bradley Parker’s over, thanks to a lovely soft pass by Trbojevic, and Manly are eight up! Wright grimaces while holding his shoulder before taking the resulting kick, but he doesn’t let the pain put him off and he nails it. Manly by 10 points with 10 minutes to go.

6.40am BST

NRL: 67 mins – Sea Eagles 22-18 Roosters

What an effort from Lane and Uate, who hold up Manu and carry him all the way back into the Roosters’ in-goal! The locals love that! And Manly have another set of six here.

6.36am BST

NRL: 65 mins – Sea Eagles 22-18 Roosters

Oh dear, this isn’t good for the Roosters – Tupou clearly “does his groin” on a Roosters break, pulling up before meeting Wright head on. And it’s not exactly great news for Manly either as, in making the tackle on a slowing Tupou, Wright seems to do some damage to his shoulder.

6.33am BST

NRL: 62 mins – Sea Eagles 22-18 Roosters

Impossible to predict which way this one is going to go now. Since the last score went in it’s been pretty much end to end stuff.

6.27am BST

NRL: 58 mins – Sea Eagles 22-18 Roosters

Talk about laying it on the line for your team! Trbojevic dives to collect a Pearce kick through, but in doing so he takes a hefty knee in the ribs from Mitchell! A try-saving moment, for sure, but one he’ll feel in the morning. Nevertheless, he sucks in some air and gets back up again, ready to continue. These men of league are tough, that’s for sure.

6.21am BST

NRL: 54 mins – Sea Eagles 22-18 Roosters (Brown)

There it is! Manly take the lead as Brown crashes over with a posse of Roosters players hanging off him. It initially appears he has managed to get the ball down, but it goes upstairs and there’s suddenly some consternation over whether he did. But there’s “insufficient evidence” to prove overturn Matt Cechin’s on-field decision and the try stands! Wright boots firm and true and this game is Manly’s to lose now!

6.18am BST

NRL: 52 mins – Sea Eagles 16-18 Roosters

Parker has a great chance to put Manly into the lead but he can’t quite get control of the ball as it bounces up off his head a couple of times – not too dissimilar to that old Brazilian footballer, Kerlon, and his seal dribble – before hitting the deck.

6.15am BST

NRL: 49 mins – Sea Eagles 16-18 Roosters

Blake Ferguson does very well to take a high ball which falls out of the sky with the sun in his eyes, but not too long after, Manly get another set of six thanks to Cherry-Evans, and the home side can press for the lead now.

6.12am BST

NRL: 47 mins – Sea Eagles 16-18 Roosters (Trbojevic)

Trbojevic gets another! And it’s a classic Manly set play that the Roosters simply don’t know how to deal it. Wright adds the kick and it’s a two-point game and nicely poised for an entertaining second half.

A double for Tom Trbojevic!#NRLManlyRoosters 16-18 after 48 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/T4RpKzmiKv

6.11am BST

NRL: 45 mins – Sea Eagles 10-18 Roosters

Mitchell, clearly with confidence running high, attempts a flick pass inside his own in-goal that takes everyone by surprise. It’s suicidal but he’s bailed out by the referee’s whistle. Whatever happened to playing it simple?

6.08am BST

AFL: end of Q3 – St Kilda 10.7 (67) v West Coast 10.10 (70)

And as we get back under way in the NRL, the early AFL match has reached the end of the third quarter. And, that three-point Eagles’ lead is STILL a three-point lead, kind of typifying this evenly-matched, thrilling AFL season.

6.06am BST

NRL: 40 mins – Sea Eagles 10-18 Roosters

Here we go then, back under way at Lottoland, where the sun is still shining, making writers of blogs who are stuck inside an office pine for the outdoors.

6.05am BST

Super Rugby: Crusaders crowned champions

In case you missed it earlier, New Zealand has further stamped its authority on the Super Rugby competition after the Crusaders beat the Lions in Johannesburg, 25-17.

Related: Crusaders’ first title since 2008 creates Super Rugby history

5.57am BST

Football: Cahill really, really likes this product

You can just imagine Tim Cahill tapping out this post on his phone without any prompting or influence from the tape-makers. No siree, none at all.

@dynamictape DYNAMIC TAPE ® A multi-tiered approach to Biomechanical Taping Dynamic Tape is not a kinesiology or athletic tape. It is the “Original” Biomechanical Tape ®, an entirely new category of sports and therapeutic taping. These innovative, 4-way stretching tapes with strong elastic resistance and recoil of varying grades, absorb and inject force to reduce the workload on the body. Our taping methodology aims to directly manage load, modify movement patterns and assist function. Dynamic Tape does all this with a soft, breathable tape that is of such high quality and strength that professional athletes around the world trust our product everyday. From rehabilitation to the World Cup, Dynamic Tape is changing the way we look at sports and therapeutic taping.

5.51am BST

NRL: half-time – Sea Eagles 10-18 Roosters

And that’s that for the first half, which Manly ended as they started – on top. It was just the middle bit that let them down, when an inspired Latrell Mitchell did much to undo the hosts. Still, all to play for in the second half, which is coming up shortly.

5.50am BST

NRL: 40 mins – Sea Eagles 10-18 Roosters

And very nearly another for Manly as Cherry-Evans breaks away right at the death, but his final pass is poor and to no one in particular, and the move breaks down. That could have turned this match on its head just before the break.

5.48am BST

NRL: 38 mins – Sea Eagles 10-18 Roosters (Trbojevic)

Here we go, just what the Sea Eagles needed before half-time! There’s life in this one yet. It’s all about Winterstein though, who busts through a big hit before offloaded to Trbojevic, and there’s no stopping Turbo Tom as he hares off to celebrate his 50th appearance with a try. The conversion is good and it’s an eight-point game.

5.40am BST

NRL: 30 mins – Sea Eagles 4-18 Roosters (Keary)

Another one! Mitchell is again the architect, somehow flipping the ball to Tupou as he tumbled to the floor. Tupou hares off before finding Keary, who does the rest to give the Chooks a healthy-looking lead. The main man of the moment adds the extra two and it’s now a 14-point lead.

5.33am BST

NRL: 24 mins – Sea Eagles 4-12 Roosters

Ooh, the Roosters so nearly get in again thanks to some devastatingly quick Mitchell hands, but Tupou eventually runs into a wall out on the left-hand side before Cherry-Evans saves Manly with an out-stretched hand which collects a dangerous kick through. Manly find themselves under the cosh now, with about a quarter of an hour remaining of this first half.

5.30am BST

NRL: 21 mins – Sea Eagles 4-12 Roosters (Mitchell)

Pearce kicks high, but there’s no real chase by the Roosters, and Cherry-Evans takes it, just outside the in-goal. He escapes one tackle but when he comes up against Mitchell, the Roosters player simply strips him of the ball, takes a stride or two forward and touches down! He then adds the extras and the Chooks lead by eight after falling behind early on.

5.26am BST

NRL: 18 mins – Sea Eagles 4-6 Roosters (Tupou)

The Roosters hit back through Tupou who touches down after latching onto a superb pass. He bursts over the line, before running all the way through to touch down under the posts, making Latrell Mitchell’s job with the conversion an easy one.

A blindside bullet from Radley #NRLManlyRoosters #NRL pic.twitter.com/VLPTZpJ0Sv

5.19am BST

NRL: 13 mins – Sea Eagles 4-0 Roosters

Pearce looks to find something special in a bid to inspire the Roosters, but his attempted grubber really doesn’t come off. That said, the Chooks hold onto the ball and come again with another set of six.

5.18am BST

AFL: Half-time – Saint Kilda 7.5 (47) v West Coast 7.8 (50)

There’s still nothing to separate these two at Etihad. Well, that’s not true, there are three points separating these two at the main break, the Eagles still with their beaks just about in front. It’s shaping up nicely.

5.16am BST

NRL: 8 mins – Sea Eagles 4-0 Roosters (Wright)

And there it is! A slick, smooth Manly attack sees quick hands deliver the ball to Matthew Wright who goes over in the corner. The conversion is well to the right of the posts and it’s just the four for now.

5.13am BST

NRL: 7 mins – Sea Eagles 0-0 Roosters

It’s been all Manly so far and you get the feeling a breakthrough isn’t far away. Their third repeat set of six doesn’t come to anything though, with another grubber coming to nothing.

5.11am BST

NRL: 5 mins – Sea Eagles 0-0 Roosters

Manly are on the front foot early on. Taupau manages to rumble closest to the Roosters’ tryline, but not cigar for the big man this time. The Roosters hold firm but Manly get another set straight away, and then another one soon after.

5.08am BST

NRL: 2 mins – Sea Eagles 0-0 Roosters

The Sea Eagles were, of course, sitting pretty in third just behind the Roosters two weeks ago. But two weeks in rugby league can be a long time, as someone might have said once, and two defeats – heavy ones at that, conceding a total of 92 points – have seen them tumble to seventh and in danger of dropping out of the eight. Big game, this one today.

5.05am BST

NRL: Sea Eagles 0-0 Roosters

The bell tolls for 2pm at Lottoland and in bright northern beaches of Sydney sunshine, the teams run out onto the pitch. We’re nearly good to go – stay with us as we’ll be focusing on this match for the time being.

5.02am BST

Dog surfing: It’s a thing

Apologies, but I’m not massively up on the ins and outs of the world dog surfing championship, but it’s real is currently in play in Pacifica, California. Here’s proof, if you don’t believe me.

5.00am BST

Cricket: Warner hopeful management still like him

Shop steward and sometime explosive batsman David Warner reckons the recent pay dispute, during which he spoke his brains on a regular basis, will not have an adverse affect on any hopes he harbours of captaining Australia in the future. Now the stoush is finally over, Warner will wait and see how his role over the past few months has gone down with in the corridors of power at Cricket Australia, although he’s not too concerned about being forced into a spell on the naughty step. Asked whether that was the case, Warner told Nine Network’s Sports Sunday: “I highly doubt that … from where I sit I was doing just what I had to do to be in the frontline for all the players.”

4.51am BST

Athletics: Gatlin rains on Bolt’s parade

In case you missed it earlier, Usain Bolt bowed out of sprinting at the world championships in London with defeat to Justin Gatlin, not that a third-placed finish did much to dampen his opinion of himself.

“I’ve proved to the world I’m one of the greatest athletes. I don’t think this changes anything. I’ve done my part as an athlete, to uplift the sport and show it’s getting better. I can’t be too disappointed. I did my best. It’s hard to be sad with the energy that the crowd was giving me. They stayed and they shouted and they cheered.”

Related: Bolt’s time finally runs out, but he departs as the greatest champion of all

4.45am BST

AFL: end of Q1 St Kilda 3.2 (20) v West Coast 3.5 (23)

So, first up, an update from Etihad where the Saints lead the Eagles by three at the end of the opening quarter. West Coast are, of course, just outside the top eight as of this afternoon, while St Kilda’s finals aspirations are very much still alive – for them today victory would be invaluable to their post-season hopes.

4.35am BST

Hello and welcome one and all to this, another instalment of Guardian Australia’s sportwatch on what promises to be a fascinating day. Already up and running in the AFL are St Kilda and West Coast (more on that in a tick), with Richmond v Hawthorn later on this afternoon and the big one in the evening – Adelaide v Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval in a fixture that has more Adelaides in it than you can shake a stick at. In the NRL, we’ll be focusing on the Manly v Roosters game first up, with the Sea Eagles hoping to steady their ship after two consecutive defeats have left them in seventh spot. The Panthers play the Titans at 4pm AEST. There’s also some UFC going on in Mexico, the small matter of a ridiculous rumour involving Zlatan Ibrahimović and Melbourne City to get to address and the world dog surfing championship, apparently. Strap yourselves in.

6.07am BST

Mike will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s how things went down yesterday:

Related: GWS smash Melbourne, Raiders win big over Sharks and more: Australia sportwatch – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/aug/06/sea-eagles-v-roosters-richmond-v-hawthorn-and-more-australia-sportwatch-live

Aug 03

Ashes saved as peace deal is brokered in Australian cricket pay dispute

  • In principle agreement brings an end to months of uncertainty
  • ‘Modernised’ revenue sharing model to be included in new MoU

The bitter pay dispute that has played out so acrimoniously in public this year and threatened to derail the Australian summer of cricket, including the Ashes series, has ended with a peace deal between Cricket Australia and the players’ union finally brokered.

CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association reached agreement on Thursday, having been bunkered down in intensive negotiations since Sunday, to ensure the showpiece event against England will take place as planned, as well as preceding men’s tours to Bangladesh and India.

Related: David Warner criticises Cricket Australia’s handling of pay dispute

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/03/ashes-saved-as-peace-deal-is-brokered-in-australian-cricket-pay-dispute

Jun 23

Johnathan Thurston’s State of Origin career is over with player to undergo surgery

  • Thurston set for operation on shoulder and will not play again this year
  • Maroons star will miss Game III, rest of Cowboys’ NRL season and World Cup

Johnathan Thurston has taken his final bow in the State of Origin arena with the Queensland great to undergo surgery on his shoulder, ruling him out of next month’s series decider in Brisbane as well as the remainder of the NRL season and the Rugby League World Cup.

His club, the North Queensland Cowboys, confirmed on Friday the 34-year-old, who is to retire from representative football at the end of the year, will not play again in 2017.

Related: Never write off a champion: cool, smart Maroons prove old adage true | Matt Cleary

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/23/johnathan-thurston-state-of-origin-career-injury

Jun 22

Footy Show host Sam Newman criticised for ‘reckless’ transphobia

The presenter faces calls for him to quit after making a joke about Caitlyn Jenner The Footy Show presenter, Sam Newman, has been asked to apologise after his transphobic comments caused outrage in the LGBTIQ community.Newman, no stranger to airing his…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/22/footy-show-host-sam-newman-criticised-for-reckless-transphobia

Jun 17

Lightning crowned Super Netball champions, Wallabies fall to Scotland – as it happened

1.22pm BST

So, that wasn’t half bad was it? The Super Netball season came to a climax, satisfyingly so, despite something of a boilover in the grand final that robbed the more optimistic neutrals of possible extra-time (maybe even two) and the kind of excitement to rival last year’s epic.

There was the small matter of some tarten-clad foreign raiders ransacking the joint in Sydney with a gutsy performance tinged with revenge.

1.03pm BST

The siren sounds on the Goldie and it’s the Carlton song that plays over the Tannoy. The Suns weren’t far away to be fair, but the Blues ultimately manage to keep them, and Gary Ablett, at bay. And that just about wraps things up for this blog today. I’ll be back in a moment with a wrap of the day.

12.59pm BST

Football: And let’s not forget the Confederations Cup starts in Russia today (overnight AEST). Hosts Russia welcome the New Zealand to Saint Petersburg to kick the whole thing off, with the Socceroos set to take their bow on Monday night/Tuesday morning against world champions Germany. So nothing to worry about there then. At least Ange Postecoglou has faith in his team’s ability.

Related: ‘We want to win it, mate’: Postecoglou aims high at Confederations Cup

12.46pm BST

Cricket: Looking ahead to Sunday’s ICC Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India, Dileep Premachandran takes a look at Sarfraz Ahmed’s Pakistan side, who have the look of destiny’s children before the clash against a Virat Kohli-inspired India.

Related: Pakistan cling to spirit of Javed Miandad rather than ghost of Chetan Sharma | Dileep Premachandran

12.37pm BST

Rugby union: “It required a lot of effort.” That’s the view of Scotland coach Gregor Townsend after his side beat Australia for the first time in more than four years earlier today. More here:

Related: Gregor Townsend hails Scotland’s unity in hard-fought win over Australia

12.27pm BST

AFL: Gold Coast Suns 7.6 (48) Carlton 7.9 (51) – three-quarter-time

And in the day’s final match in the domestic footy leagues, the Suns are pushing the Blues, after a terrific third quarter from Gary Ablett who had team-high numbers in disposals (nine), metres gained (140), contested possessions (six) and kicking efficiency (75%).

12.23pm BST

It’s all over at Shark Park and Cronulla, missing a host of big names, have avoided an upset. But it was tight, and ugly. Nevertheless a win is a win, and this particular win was thanks to Jayson Bukuya’s 78th-minute try. It doesn’t get much later that that.

The Tigers looked to have put the nail in the Sharks’ coffin when Malakai Watene-Zelezniak crossed in the 71st minute to give his side a 22-14 buffer. However, the Sharks scored twice in the final six minutes through Jayson Bukuya and Edrick Lee to snatch a valuable two points without their State of Origin stars including Andrew Fifita, James Maloney and Jack Bird. (With AAP)

12.11pm BST

Super Netball: Here’s Erin Delahunty’s match report on a breathless night in Brisbane:

Related: Sunshine Coast Lightning blow out Giants to win inaugural Super Netball title

11.54am BST

15 mins: There it is! The fourth quarter comes to an end and there can be no disputing who the inaugural champions of the new competition are! What a dominant performance from the Lightning, and in particular Geva Mentor in defence and Caitlin Bassett in attack. Tremendous.

11.52am BST

13 mins: Oof, Jamie Lee-Price with a late hit on Scherian, bringing groans from the crowd and a warning from the referee. The Lightning lead 65-46 as time runs out.

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12 mins: If a moment is to sum up today’s game it is this one: Bassett leaps athletically into the leap to grab a pass from the sky, she lands awkwardly but somehow manages to twist her body and restore her balance before, naturally, scoring. The crowd love that one.

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10 mins: Five minutes remaining, and with a lead of 15 now (59-44), Bassett is 43 from 45 – an incredible performance given the high stakes.

11.45am BST

7 mins: The lead stretches out to 13 at 54-41, make that 14 as Wood bags her 15th goal of the night, and the Lightning are heading towards the championship.

11.43am BST

6 mins: Harten is forced to come off with an injury, and the Giants won’t be able to turn to their stand-in captain for the rest of the game.

11.42am BST

5 mins: The Lightning are just all over the Giants at the moment! Wood finds Bassett in acres of space – obviously, she doesn’t miss – and it doesn’t look like the NSW women have got what it takes to turn this 52-39 deficit around.

11.40am BST

3 mins: Mostert, in a moment of pique, refuses to give the ball up, but it’s that kind of single-minded determination that may well win the day. Mentor, meanwhile, has been immense for the Lightning, who lead 50-39.

11.38am BST

Super Netball, 1 min: Back in Brisbane for the final quarter and we’re 15 minutes away from a new netball champion being crowned. Langman pulls a defensive play right out of the top drawer to kick things off, and the Lightning open up an 11-point lead.

11.36am BST

Rugby union: The British & Irish Lions needed a good dress rehearsal going into next Saturday’s first Test and a convincing 32-10 win over the Maori All Blacks was perfectly timed, Rob Kitson reports from Rotorua.

Related: Lions and Maro Itoje too strong for Maori All Blacks on niggly night

11.34am BST

Lightning 48-38 Giants – end of third quarter

15 mins: And that’s how it ends, with the Lightning buoyant and on top. It’s going to take something absolutely spectacular from the Giants now if they are to prevent Sunshine Coast begin crowned champions.

11.32am BST

13 mins: Steph Wood again, then Caitlin Bassett, then Wood. It’s a procession in attack for the Lightning and at the moment, despite the occasional flicker of hope for the Giants, the writing could well be on the wall. Lightning by 10 now – 48-38.

11.29am BST

11 mins: Oh dear, Pettitt misses from a position where she should really have scored, and as time winds down this third quarter, that may well be a crucial error. The Giants trail 45-37.

11.27am BST

9 mins: Oh, Giants are in danger of letting the Lightning run away with it now. Their lead is 43-34 after Bassett’s latest basket and the NSW team have to dig a little deeper if they are to turn this one around.

11.24am BST

7 mins: The Giants are really struggling to work out how to deal with the twin threat of Bassett and Wood – they eliminate one, the other pops up, and vice versa.

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5 mins: I’ll tell you something for nothing: the roof on the Brisbane Entertainment will blow off if the Lightning can hang onto this lead. And at the moment, it looks entirely likely they will – their lead is now 39-30.

11.21am BST

4 mins: Sunshine Coast are up by seven now, 37-30, and they’re looking to crush the spirit of the Giants here. Mentor comes up with another big defensive play and the Giants are forced to take a time-out. Ominous signs from the Lightning.

11.19am BST

Super Netball, 1 min: Back to the netball and we’re back for the second half in Brisbane. The onus is on the Giants to take the game to the Lightning now and that’s just what Serena Guthrie does early on, albeit in a slightly over-the-top way when she takes out Wood in a hefty collision, prompting boos from the crowd.

11.16am BST

AFL: Gold Coast 19 Carlton 31

And in the day’s final AFL game, with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter the Blues are ahead and dominant, even if the scoreline doesn’t exactly show that. Two Suns goals have managed to haul them back from 31-7 down and make the board look respectable.

Charlie to Ed, GOAL! Some nice work from the Curnow brothers. #AFLSunsBlues pic.twitter.com/JSQmhpLiTa

11.12am BST

NRL: Cronulla 4-12 Wests

OK, while it’s half-time in Brisbane, let’s quickly go around the grounds, starting with the NRL clash between the Sharks and the Tigers. And just after the half-hour mark, somewhat surprisingly it’s Wests who are in the lead having scored two tries, the first coming from Elijah Taylor and the second from Esan Marsters. For the Sharks, Kurt Capewell went over.

Kurt Capewell gets his first #NRL Try!#NRLSharksTigers pic.twitter.com/joIyYz4bLW

11.06am BST

Lightning 32-27 Giants – half-time

15 mins: And Wood ensures that five-goal is intact at the break with a last-gasp goal on the hooter. What a half. The Lightning lead, but don’t discount the Giants just yet.

11.04am BST

14 mins: An offensive rebound from Bassett makes it a five-goal game once again as time runs out in the second period.

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13 mins: Brice is on target again to pull the Giants to within two, at 26-24, before each side trade goals. An Giants error, from Pettitt, allows the Lightning to open up a four-goal lead soon after though. Lightning 30-26 Giants.

Kim Green, interviewed courtside: “It’s pretty intense at the moment. The girls are fighting back now. They’re starting to settle and starting to find their structure.”

10.59am BST

10 mins: Bulley with some strong defence to thwart Bassett this time and the Giants stay within four. And the lead is cut to three soon enough before the Lightning call a time-out, no doubt to regroup in a bid to stave off this resurgent spell from the Giants.

Jamie Lee Price might be the first player to be sent off in this new competition. Needs to pull her head in.

10.55am BST

7 mins: The Lightning are beginning to assert themselves now as they ease into control of the game. Mentor is working tirelessly at GK to foil Brice while Bassett and Wood are keeping things ticking over at the other end. They lead 24-19 now.

10.52am BST

5 mins: Stephanie Wood puts the Lightning 18-17 ahead with a long-range effort before Geva Mentor comes up with a big play at the other end to deny Brice. The Lightning capitalise and go 19-17 ahead before a time-out is taken. Breathless stuff still.

10.49am BST

2 mins: Sunshine Coast coach Noeline Taurura had real problems in making herself heard by her players at the break, such is the noise in the arena. Anyway, she must have got her message across as her side draw level before C-Bass puts the Lightning into the lead for the first time tonight. A searing start to the second quarter from the Queenslanders.

10.44am BST

Super Netball: Lightning 13-15 Giants – end of first quarter

15 mins: Brice is fed well again and she again makes no mistake – she’s on nine from nine so far tonight and looking good. That stat is spoiled slightly moments later when she is forced to rush a shot as the hooter sounds but, still, she won’t mind as her side holds the lead after an entertaining opening period.

10.41am BST

14 mins: C-Bass notches another to close the gap to three at 13-10. Make that 13-11 and the Lightning have managed to get themselves back into things as chants of “Lightning” ring out from an incredibly raucous crowd.

10.39am BST

12 mins: The noise in the arena is equally relentless. Those present seem to want to do their utmost to influence play on the court. Giants by four with three minutes remaining in this opening quarter.

10.36am BST

5 mins: It’s relentless action on the netball court. How these women keep this pace up is a mystery. Bassett is beginning to fire for the Lightning as she uses that extraordinary frame to good effect in the goal circle and the Sunshine Coast are back within two goals.

10.32am BST

3 mins: Already this is an incredibly intense encounter. Brice is using her strength against Mentor where she can and so far she’s not missing when she’s found under the hoop. The Giants have scored the last five goals and they have a 7-2 lead early on.

10.29am BST

Super Netball grand final, 1 min: And we’re off in Brisbane! Huge anticipation for this game. And within seconds, there is no surprise as first Kristina Brice for the Giants, then Caitlin Bassett for the Lightning, land goals.

10.27am BST

Brodie Croft is the hero of the piece! He kicks the winning goal for the Storm in golden point amid absolute scenes at AAMI Park! What a story that has unfolded in Melbourne! Inexperience wins the day in the end and the Storm will stay top of the shop for another week.

“He worked hard and he got rewarded for that tonight and we got rewarded for it,” Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said of Croft. “I’m sure there’s going to be whole heap more time when he’s going to come up with some really important plays in games.”

10.23am BST

The Power are done and dusted with the Lions. A comfortable win for Port, who move into fourth place with the victory. Chad Wingard starred with three goals while midfielder Ollie Wines (29 disposals, two goals) was instrumental.

Brisbane trailed by only three points late in the second term, but Port booted seven of the next nine goals to seize momentum. Wines formed a commanding midfield with Brad Ebert (24 disposals) and Sam Powell-Pepper, whose impressive debut season continued with two goals, five tackles and 16 disposals. Wingard’s triple treat was supported by two goals each from Paddy Ryder, Robbie Gray and Aaron Young.

10.19am BST

NRL: Mebourne 22-North Queensland – full time

So, down in Melbourne, we’re heading to golden point, which is excellent news for fans of excitement, but less so for someone who was kind of hoping it would have ended before the Super Netball grand final started so he could concentrate on that. What it means as well is that those Storm players will miss the start of the grand final which, of course, features their sister club, the Lightning.

10.17am BST

Super Netball: As the heart wrenching story of Kim Green, who will play no part tonight due to a cruel injury, plays out on the screen, here’s Erin, who seems to agree with Laura Geitz. I could do a period of extra-time, to be honest.

The head says Lightning by x2, heart says Giants by x1 in extra-time.
The way they play for each other is simply irresistible. But .. CBass

10.10am BST

Super Netball: Diamonds legend Laura Geitz, being interviewed on the TV, reckons it’s going to be the Lightning by two points come the end of the night. These two have met twice before this year, each side winning once, but tellingly there has been just one point between them both times. Another close one tonight?

10.06am BST

Super Netball: The Brisbane Entertainment Centre looks resplendent as the teams warm up out on the court. The game has been billed as netball’s version of State of Origin, it being between a Queensland side and one from NSW, and the pundits on the telly reckon they’ll be plenty of niggle in it. Bring it on!

Back to C-Bass, for a brief moment, before the start of the match. Geva Mentor, the Lightning’s English GK and captain, says: “I’ve never seen her so happy away from the court, and it shows on the court”

10.01am BST

Super Netball: Obviously, one of the women to watch tonight is Caitlin Bassett, who has enjoyed what can only be described as a sensational year for the Lightning. She’s shooting 94.1% accuracy heading into the tonight’s game, and if she’s off her game (unlikely), the Lightning’s hopes of lifting the inaugural trophy will be seriously impacted. Likewise, if she can continue her form, they’ve got a great chance of winning.

9.57am BST

Super Netball: A few facts and figures ahead of the big game:

9.45am BST

Still aggrieved about Australia’s failed 2022 World Cup bid? The millions spent on it only to lose out to Qatar? Eric Cantona’s got your back:

Qatar 2022 is a ‘diplomatic clusterf**k’

Eric Cantona isn’t holding back pic.twitter.com/qVUEGlAU9v

9.43am BST

Rugby union: the inquest into that earlier Wallabies performance has started in earnest. For starters, here’s what one Guardian rugby writer thinks:

Don’t think I’ve seen Bernard Foley have a worse game for the Wallabies. Abysmal

9.40am BST

AFL: Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) Brisbane 10.6 (66) – three-quarter-time

Port are flexing their muscles and pulling away at Adelaide Oval. Their lead is now 28 points with the Grays, Robbie and Sam, joined on two goals each by Ollie Wines. The Lions did have this to celebrate though:

Cracking goal by Eric Hipwood! #AFLPowerLions pic.twitter.com/ONdSWVU3q9

9.30am BST

Super Netball: things are ramping up in Brisbane ahead of this evening’s grand final, which we’ll be focusing on once it gets started in about half an hour. While we’re waiting for the start, here’s the team news:

Here it is, your two Grand Finalist teams! Watch live on @Channel9 and Netball Live mobile app from 7.00pm AEST. #SuncorpSuperNetball pic.twitter.com/n56uFOV0Ne

9.19am BST

NRL: Melbourne Storm 6-10 North Queensland Cowboys – half-time

There’s a Storm brewing in Melbourne and the Cowboys are grateful to the video replay for their lead at the break after a call upstairs saved their bacon late in the half. It’s nicely set up for the second half, although the Cowboys know they’ve got a job on their hands to keep their lead.

9.14am BST

Supercars: DJR Team Penske have fired back at Red Bull Racing’s challenge, with Supercars leader Fabian Coulthard and team-mate Scott McLaughlin scoring a one-two finish in Darwin. Saturday’s win extended Coulthard’s lead in the overall standings to 34 points, while McLaughlin closed the gap between on second-placed RBR driver Jamie Whincup to six. Whincup improved from ninth on the grid to finish fourth, but couldn’t find his way onto the podium, denied by fellow Holden driver Nick Percat. Sunday’s 70-lap race kicks off at 3:00pm AEST. (AAP)

9.11am BST

Rugby union: In case you were wondering, yes, the Lions are behind over in New Zealand. They’re just a point off the Maori All Blacks, trailing 10-9, but is another disappointing outing in the making? Join Gerard Meagher for the latest here.

9.08am BST

NRL: Melbourne 6-10 North Queensland – 33 mins gone in first half

The Storm are back in it as youngster Curtis Scott, in only his third NRL match and his first of the year, benefits from some nifty Melbourne passing and throwing a dummy himself to open up a space to race into and touch down. Cameron Munster adds the extras and it’s game one!

9.04am BST

NRL: Melbourne 0-10 North Queensland – 30 mins gone in first half

The first half hour has been played at AAMI Park, and as things stand, it’s the Cowboys who are on their way to upsetting the ladder-leading Storm. And so far it’s been the Kyle Feldt show – he’s scored all of the Cowboy’s points. North Queensland have, however, just lost Scott Bolton with blood pouring from a facial injury after he took a stray arm right in the smacker. A cut and broken nose is the official verdict.

8.53am BST

And don’t forget, later on tonight, we’ve got the big one in Super Netball – the Lightning against the Giants. It’s a match that has captured the imagination, not least of this pair:

Some dedicated @sc_lightning fans at Boondall ahead of #SuncorpSuperNetball GF @7NewsSC pic.twitter.com/DfoEEJ0WVe

8.51am BST

AFL: Port Adelaide 8.9 (57) Brisbane 6.6 (42)

The half-time siren has sounded in Adelaide and the Power still have their noses in front. Here’s a snippet of the action at Adelaide Oval:

Aaron Young sneaks the ball home. #AFLPowerLions pic.twitter.com/PGVzy0xB7s

8.38am BST

Rugby union: OK, the haka is done (brilliantly so) and they’re about ready to get under way in Rotorua. Join Gerard Meagher for updates on the Lions’ tour game against the Maori All Blacks:

Related: Maori All Blacks v Lions: tour match – live!

8.31am BST

Rugby union: The report from Allianz is in, courtesy of our friends at AAP:

Related: Wallabies fall to defeat as spirited Scotland gain degree of revenge

8.30am BST

AFL: In case you missed it yesterday, here’s stats guru Tony Corke on the relative importance of attacking and defensive ratings in AFL football:

Related: What’s more important in the modern AFL era – offence or defence? | Tony Corke

8.15am BST

Some more disappointing news coming from New Zealand, where the Wallaroos have gone down to a heavy defeat to Canada in their final match of the International Women’s Rugby Series in Rotorua. The Canadians outscored Australia seven tries to one; Hilisha Samoa scored the Wallaroos’ only try.

Wallaroos head coach Paul Verrell said: “While we were disappointed with the result today, the tour has provided us a chance for the squad to get a realistic view of the work ahead of them before we head to the World Cup in Ireland. We’ve uncovered some talented new players across the three matches with 11 new players earning their first caps. The focus now is to ensure we continue to build in the six week block we have to prepare for the World Cup. The girls will be working hard in their respective states before we come together at our final pre-World Cup training camp at Narrabeen in Sydney in August.”

8.13am BST

AFL: Port Adelaide 5.6 (36) Brisbane 3.3 (21) – quarter-time

Back to AFL matters, and after the thrills and spills of the that Swans game, we’ve had a high-scoring encounter on our hands at the Adelaide Oval. A quarter in, Port are ahead, with Robbie Gray having impressed for the Power with three marks inside forward and a goal late on to boot.

8.08am BST

They’re fifth in the world and they’ve just beaten the Wallabies on their own turf – never mind a team of the future, I reckon Scotland are a team of the present.

@mike_hytner What a fantastic Scots win a team of the future

8.02am BST

Full-time: A minute past the 80 and a penalty is called against Australia! It’s all over! Scotland win it, their first victory ever in Sydney, and their second on the trot on Australian soil. A superb defensive performance from the visitors, who fully capitalised on another iffy performance from the Wallabies.

8.00am BST

80 mins: Scotland go for the near option on the lineout and with the ball in their hands, they’ll look to hold the ball and run the clock down now. But wait! They’re penalised for holding the ball. Foley finds touch and there will be one final chance from the lineout for the Wallabies.

7.57am BST

79 mins: Scotland get the penalty! And that could be that!

7.56am BST

78 mins: Hooper gets the crowd excited once more with a few neat steps but Kuridrani can’t get away on the left wing and the move loses its momentum.

7.55am BST

77 mins: Still the Wallabies attack, still the Scots hold firm. Russell, who looks suitably heroic with a gash under his eye reddening his face, kicks away into touch as the clock ticks down towards what would be another famous victory on Australian shores.

7.52am BST

75 mins: Five minutes left and volume inside the stadium rises to a game-high as the locals attempt to lift their side over the line one more time. For now though, it’s the dogged defence of the Scots that is winning out.

Over the ditch, the Lions are playing the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua. Gerard Meagher is watching that one, and liveblogging it for you so why not tune in before it gets under way, in about 40 minutes.

Related: Maori All Blacks v Lions: tour match – live!

7.48am BST

70 mins: With the Scots finding it difficult to make much progress with the ball, the action is all happening in their half the moment. Time’s ticking down, and the Wallabies are actually well-positioned to steal it. That’s a waste from Kuridrani though, as he tosses the ball straight out of play.

7.44am BST

69 mins: Now it’s the Wallabies’ turn to set pulses racing in the stands as Quade Cooper lands a lovely reverse pass and increase volume levels inside Allianz Stadium. But the foray towards the Scottish tryline comes to nothing as the visitors’ defence holds firm, and again moments after when Folau is halted not far from the line.

#AUSvSCO quade cooper might blow a bit hot and cold but what a player to bring off the bench he is. He might win this for the Aussies.

7.41am BST

67 mins: Finn Russell, what a player. He’s adjudged to have passed it forward here, but had he dialled it back a degree or two, that would have been the pass of the game – a wonderfully deceiving offload that sadly comes to naught.

7.39am BST

65 mins: Well, this is shaping up to be another thriller, as per Twickenham 2015 and Murrayfield 2016. Can the Scots end with the same result as Newcastle 2012 though? It would take a brave punter to bet against it at the moment.

7.37am BST

Wallabies 19-24 Scotland

62 mins: What a superb try by the Scots! They finish a phase of possession that saw the ball twice travel the width of the pitch with Watson applying the finishing touch! He touches down after some great support play from the visitors, to which the Wallabies have no answer. No mistake from Russell with the kick and their lead is restored.

7.31am BST

58 mins: With just over 20 minutes remaining, we’re all set for another close finish between these two sides. There’s really not been a great deal to separate them in recent times (other than officiating calls, some Scots may argue) and that’s again been the case so far today.

7.29am BST

Wallabies 19-17 Scotland

57 mins: But they can’t hold on for long and Australia take the lead for the first time today! Genia sneaks through amid a pile of bodies to touch down and when Foley adds the kick, things are looking a bit rosier for the home side all of a sudden.

7.27am BST

56 mins: Back to Sydney and Scotland still lead by five points but the Wallabies are threatening to reduce that deficit. Only some staunch defending by the Scots are keeping them out at the tryline at the moment.

7.26am BST

Meanwhile, the Swans have completed a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Tigers at a raucous MCG. They struggled early on but a spirited fightback proved too much for the Tigers, Kieran Jack’s goal in the final quarter putting the Swans ahead for the first time since early in the game and Gary Rohan’s effort sealed the deal late on. They were 36 points behind. Incredible result.

7.22am BST

51 mins: the official attendance is in: just over 30,000, which is disappointing, if not entirely unexpected.

7.20am BST

50 mins: Stephen Moore comes on as Polota-Nau comes off. This is Moore’s 119th Test appearance. Incredible servant to the game.

7.18am BST

48 mins: the TV is just replaying a late-ish Hooper hit on Russell – at least the Wallabies have finally got that particular tactic right if they are to stop the Scots. As long as it’s legal, of course, which the ref rules that one was.

7.16am BST

46 mins: Tempers flare again, briefly, as frustrations on either side begin to show. It’s that kind of game.

7.14am BST

42 mins: Oof. Polota-Nau and Watson both dive on a loose ball, neither flinching, both utterly determined to get the ball. Inevitably, there’s a clash of heads, but needless to say both get up and continue. There’s a suggestion that Polota-Nau’s head saved him from damage. Not really, there’s just really hard men.

7.09am BST

Wallabies 12-17 Scotland

40 mins: And we’re back underway in Sydney, where the atmosphere next door to the SCG is distinctly flatter than that at the MCG. Anyway, as with that game, this one could go either way.

7.08am BST

AFL: Richmond 10.10 (70) Sydney 11.7 (73)

We’re got a real thriller at the MCG. Jack Reiwoldt thinks proves his worth to the Tigers with a crunch goal under massive pressure, but the Swans hit back straight away. This one’s in the balance and could go either way. And as I’m writing that, Sydney take the lead thanks to Kieran Jack!

7.02am BST

Switching sports for a moment, the Women’s Cricket World Cup starts up in England this week. Vithushan Ehantharajah, like many other equally respected cricket writers, reckons Australia are the favourites, although he also thinks England are the Southern Stars’ biggest rivals for the title. Have a read:

Related: Women’s Cricket World Cup: Australia favourites but England could go close | Vithushan Ehantharajah

6.58am BST

AFL: Richmond 9.10 (64) Sydney 8.7 (55) – 12 mins remaining in Q4

Down to Melbourne, where the Swans are in the midst of something of a comeback. Remember, they were held goalless in the first quarter and for much of the second, but they’ve clawed themselves back into the game and with just 12 minutes left in the game, they can smell victory.

6.56am BST

Half-time: Wallabies 12-17 Scotland

A strong half from the Scots, for who Finn Russell has been excellent. Less so for the Wallabies, but they’re still within touching distance with an intriguing second half on the cards. Stay tuned.

6.53am BST

Wallabies 12-17 Scotland

40 mins: Folau must have mini trampolines in his boots today – he leaps like Michael Jordan to pluck a cross-field kick out of the air and touches down to ensure the Wallabies go in at the break on a high! What a display of athleticism. Foley can’t add the extras – he’s just wide right – but still, there’s all to play for after the break.Back in a bit.

6.50am BST

39 mins: Here’s a former colleague’s view of the game today, a view that’s apparently quite popular in the Twitter world of the instant hot take. Wait though….

Shit the bed. Just turned on #AUSvSCO. If we lose this we probably should just resign from the Southern Hemisphere.

6.47am BST

35 mins: Another Wallabies handling error gifts the ball to Brown, who can’t believe his luck with a truckload of open space ahead of him, but sadly the hooker doesn’t have the pace to keep ahead of the chasing pack and he’s soon brought down. But yet another indication that the Wallabies are far from firing on all cylinders.

6.43am BST

30 mins: Genia’s taking a hammering from irate Wallabies fans as their Scottish counterparts thank Warren Gatland for not picking Russell for the Lions’ tour of New Zealand. This, below, is one of the more repeatable takes on Genia:

Take Genia off now Cheika. #AUSvSCO #rugby @rugbycomau

6.37am BST

Wallabies 7-17 Scotland

27 mins: Scotland add another try and again there’s a degree of calamity to it as Russell picks up the loose ball and gleefully touches down after charging down Genia’s kick. Russell adds the extras and Scotland have a 10-point lead once more.

I’m #Wallabies to my bootlaces but that was a bloody MacBrilliant #Scotland chargedown try #AUSvSCO

6.35am BST

23 mins: Always good to see a big man burst through the defence. This time it’s Polota-Nau whose thighs pump like crazy as he tries to get away from a bunch of blue shirts. He can’t, Scotland soon get the ball back, and moments later Foley picks up a yellow card for blocking Russell’s run after he chipped through.

6.30am BST

Wallabies 7-10 Scotland

19 mins: And right on cue, given that last post, Genia redeems himself, switching play intelligently before Folau gets the ball in acres of space and he storms over the line. Foley’s good with the kick and the Australians are back in this.

6.29am BST

18 mins: And the Wallabies’ sloppiness continues as Coleman lets slip of the ball at a line-out. This time he’s saved by the referee’s whistle, but the signs aren’t good for the hosts.

6.27am BST

Wallabies 0-10 Scotland

15 mins: a poor Genia pass is picked off by Taylor who races under the posts unopposed. Russell adds the extras and Scotland find themselves further in control of this one.

6.23am BST

13 mins: Scotland have enjoyed 70% of possession so far and have largely been in control. For the Wallabies’ part, they’ve been pretty disappointing.

6.21am BST

11 mins: That’s a great take by Tonks, who leaps salmon-like to catch a Foley kick. And the Scots can come again as they search for a way through the Wallabies’ back line.

6.18am BST

9 mins: not everyone was a fan of the Scots’ national anthem this afternoon, it seems:

Who was the tone deaf out of tune fella singing Flower Of Scotland? #AUSvSCO #AsOne @Scotlandteam @SkySportsRugby #Rugby @qantaswallabies pic.twitter.com/fJR1Yqxncp

6.17am BST

7 mins: It’s been a bit niggly so far – no love lost between these two sides, given their recent history. And we’ve heard quite a bit of the referee’s whistle.

6.15am BST

4 mins: the Wallabies have a chance to pull level soon after, but Bernard Foley can’t replicate Tonks’ accuracy at the other end and his kick at goal goes wide of the mark.

6.14am BST

Wallabies 0-3 Scotland

3 mins: The visitors get a penalty after some Wallaby holding on at the ruck. Tonks steps up and lands his kick to put the Scots ahead early on.

6.11am BST

1 min: It doesn’t take long for things to spark – 30 seconds to be exact! Following a crunching hit from Adam Coleman a melee on the touchline erupts. Ryan Wilson’s in there, but the referee steps in and warns players they’re not going to be around for long if they continue like that, and we move on.

6.10am BST

Wallabies 0-0 Scotland

Peeeep! And we’re under way in an overcast Sydney!

6.06am BST

The minute’s silence is impeccably observed, as you’d expect it to be, and following a fantastic welcome to country from Dr Peter McKenzie – “You’re at the game they play in heaven,” he says, brilliantly – and rousing renditions of Flower of Scotland and Advance Australia Fair, we’re just about, finally, ready to get under way.

Dr Peter McKenzie a class act giving the indigenous welcome to the #AUSvSCO rugby test. Go Wallabies!

Flower of Scotland. One of the best anthems going around. #AUSvSCO

5.59am BST

This is a big game, plenty at stake and all that, but really, it doesn’t mean anything at all in the wider scheme of things.

The teams are observing a moment’s silence for Waringah Rugby’s Lachlan Ward.

Related: Club rugby player dies in Sydney match

5.57am BST

This is an interesting piece on the current state of the Wallabies, who Bret Harris argues are becoming a kind of All Blacks-lite, having finally realised that the way to play modern-day rugby is the way New Zealand do it.

Related: All Blacks-lite: Wallabies take inspiration from across the Tasman | Bret Harris

5.56am BST

AFL: Richmond 7.6 (48) Sydney 3.5 (23) at half-time

The Tigers take a healthy lead into the sheds with them at the major break, with the Swans still struggling to fire, even if they showed they are capable of actually, you know, kicking goals, in that second quarter.

That. Was. Huge.

Crucial goal to Sammy Reid right on the HT siren gives us something to take into the main break.#AFLTigersSwans pic.twitter.com/ksO3boK9bv

5.52am BST

Here’s Michael Cheika: “The challenge for us is the same. This week we’ve been thinking about our work ethic. We’ve good skills, we’ve got the passion to play the game but we’ve just got to get our mindset right.”

5.51am BST

Here are your line-ups today:

Wallabies: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Karmichael Hunt, Eto Nabuli, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, Michael Hooper, Ned Hanigan, Adam Coleman, Sam Carter, Allan Alaalatoa, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Roberston.

Related: Rugby league convert Eto Nabuli to make Wallabies debut against Scotland

5.49am BST

So, to Sydney now, where Allianz Stadium is slowly filling up. That’s not to say a full house is expected – this is Sydney after all, and there’s the chance of rain this afternoon (ouch) – but surely the crowd will be better than the paltry 13,583 who turned up in Melbourne for last weekend’s first Test of the year against Fiji.

5.46am BST

Ok, kick-off is fast approaching in Sydney, so just quickly, here’s what you might have missed yesterday:

In Friday night’s NRL match at ANZ Stadium, the Rabbitohs launched a comeback from 14-0 down to beat the Titans 36-20, sparked by a moment of madness from Konrad Hurrell. This from AAP:

The Titans were leading 14-6 midway through the first half on Friday when the game turned after Hurrell remonstrated with the referee following a contentious knock-on call. The Rabbitohs scored in the ensuing set before running away with the game after half-time.

Related: Lions are running out of time to be ready for All Blacks, says Steve Hansen

5.34am BST

AFL: Richmond 6.3 (39) Sydney 1.4 (10) – 14 mins remaining in Q2

So, let’s head straight to the MCG and check in with the one game that is already underway today. And it doesn’t make good reading for Swans fans – they’ve only just got themselves on the board (with a quarter and eight minutes played), thanks to Buddy Franklin (after a totally fluffed effort came back to him for a second attempt), but it’s been all Tigers so far. Dustin Martin has kicked two goals so far; Shai Bolton and Trent Cotchin have also been on target.

Related: AFL may abolish runners after Nick Maxwell controversy

6.26am BST

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Guardian Australia’s sportwatch. Mike here manning the controls in Sydney for what promises to be a rather hectic day of sport, so without further ado, let’s jump straight in and take a quick look at what lies ahead.

Rugby union: the Wallabies take on Scotland at Allianz Stadium in Sydney in the latest June Test match. Kick-off is at 3pm AEST (that’s 6am for any stalwart Scots back in the UK) and it promises to be a tasty affair. The last time Scotland were over here, in 2012, they beat the Wallabies on a foul day in Newcastle – the first time they had beaten Australia since 1982. The two nations met again at the World Cup in 2015 – when Bernard Foley’s controversial 79th minute penalty goal at Twickenham caused uproar in Scotland – and then at Murrayfield last year – when Foley’s boot again did the damage – but since then Scots have risen to fifth in the world and, given the recent, um, troubles in Australian rugby, another smash and grab really doesn’t take too much imagination to conceive. It’s going to be interesting to see how things pan out in Sydney this arvo.

Professional rugby is stuffed with people who purport to respect their jersey but the Lions should beware: the Maori take it to a different level. Their respective tribes – the aforementioned iwi – are even listed on the team sheet. Think ancient Scottish clans whose ancestral links count for rather more than what coloured kilt pattern they can wear.

Related: Fiercely proud Maori All Blacks are a team apart, bound by blood | Robert Kitson

Collingwood wobbled. Wallets opened, stadiums heaved and TV ratings swelled. Industrial action got ugly and complaints about the fixture reverberated. But fierceness and finesse on-court ultimately produced the world’s best netball competition in the inaugural Super Netball season – which, before Saturday’s grand final, the game’s boss says has irrevocably “changed the conversation” about the sport.

Related: ‘Overwhelmingly successful’ Super Netball season set for final denouement | Erin Delahunty

Related: Rory McIlroy sees grounds for optimism despite early US Open exit

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/jun/17/wallabies-v-scotland-june-test-match-and-more-australian-sport-live

Jun 13

Mike Tancred admits threatening former Australian Olympic chief Fiona De Jong

Former media director publicly apologises for ‘hurtful’ and ‘inappropriate’ conduct during conversation in December

Mike Tancred, the Australian Olympic Committee’s long-time media director, has admitted using threatening behaviour towards the organisation’s former chief executive Fiona De Jong and issued a public apology to her.

Tancred, who stepped down from his role with the AOC, was investigated by an independent committee after complaints of bullying were made by de Jong last year.

Related: Australian Olympic Commitee: John Coates defeats Danni Roche to stay on as president

Related: Australia’s Olympics-sized brawl: a tale of prestige, power and big money

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/13/mike-tancred-admits-threatening-former-australian-olympic-chief-fiona-de-jong

May 10

Waca to get one final Ashes Test with new Perth Stadium ruled out

  • New state-of-the-art ground only ‘82%’ complete
  • Australian stronghold will host third Test starting 14 December

The Fremantle Doctor will blow across the Waca one final time during an Ashes Test after the Western Australia government confirmed the new Perth Stadium will not be fully operational in time for England’s visit later this year.

Cricket Australia had been hopeful the new 60,000-capacity venue in Burswood, just across the Swan river from the Waca, would be ready for the start of the third Test on 14 December. But construction delays mean the ground is only “82%” complete, according to the latest works update, with 7,000 seats still to be installed.

Related: Ben Stokes fires IPL v England debate with searing all-round T20 form | Andy Bull

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Feb 19

Dan Vickerman, former Wallabies player, dies aged 37

‘Uncompromising competitor’, who died at his family home on Saturday night, is survived by his wife and two children

Tributes from the world of rugby union have flowed for the former Wallabies player Dan Vickerman, who died in Sydney on Saturday night at the age of 37.

The Cape Town-born lock, who is survived by his wife and two children, played 63 Tests for the Wallabies between 2002 and 2011, before his retirement from the game in 2012 with a persistent injury problem.

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Feb 07

Australian Rugby Union relief after man charged over All Blacks listening device

  • ‘Welcome news that an individual has been called to account,’ says Bill Pulver
  • All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says charge is ‘very hard to understand’

The Australian Rugby Union’s chief executive, Bill Pulver, has reacted with relief to news that New South Wales police have charged a man in relation to the discovery of a listening device in the All Blacks team’s hotel before a Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney last year.

An investigation was established after the discovery of the audio device in a Double Bay hotel room in August 2016 and, on Tuesday, a 51-year-old was charged with public mischief.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/07/australian-rugby-union-relief-after-man-charged-over-all-blacks-listening-device