Mike Hytner

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Jan 25

Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki into Australian Open final – as it happened

Simona Halep beats Angelique Kerber 6-3, 4-6, 9-7Caroline Wozniacki beats Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-6 (2) 7.56am GMT Well, that was a pleasure to watch. An absolute ding-dong match that swung this way and that over the course of three thrilling sets. In the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jan/25/australian-open-womens-semi-finals-live

Jan 24

Hyeon Chung beats Tennys Sandgren in Australian Open quarter-final – as it happened

South Korean wins 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to reach semi-finalsRoger Federer or Tomáš Berdych await in next round 4.57am GMT So, Hyeon Chung’s star continues to rise. He’s into a grand slam semi-final, where he’ll play Roger Federer or Tomáš Berdych. Not ba…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jan/24/tennys-sandgren-v-hyeon-chung-australian-open-quarter-final-live

Jan 23

Kyle Edmund beats Grigor Dimitrov in Australian Open quarter-final – as it happened

Briton downs No3 seed 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6 Edmund just sixth Briton to contest grand slam semi-final 6.50am GMT Well, who would have thought there would be a British player in the Australian Open semi-finals when Andy Murray pulled out injured before the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jan/23/grigor-dimitrov-v-kyle-edmund-australian-open-quarter-final-live

Jan 17

Rafael Nadal beats Leonardo Mayer in the Australian Open second round – as it happened

No1 seed beats Argentinian 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)Australian Open 2018: Kyrgios, Dimitrov and more – day three live! 9.27am GMT Related: Rafael Nadal eases past Leonardo Mayer into third round of Australian Open 8.33am GMT So, Nadal is through, despite b…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jan/17/rafael-nadal-v-leonardo-mayer-australian-open-second-round-live

Jan 16

Maria Sharapova beats Tatjana Maria in Australian Open first round – as it happened

Sharapova wins 6-1, 6-4 on her return to Melbourne ParkRussian to meet Lepchenko or Sevastova in second round 3.30am GMT So, Sharapova is through to the second round after a decent enough outing. Maria posed a few problems here and there, but as openin…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jan/16/tatjana-maria-v-maria-sharapova-australian-open-first-round-live

Jan 15

Belinda Bencic beats Venus Williams in the Australian Open first round – as it happened

Swiss beats American No5 seed 6-3, 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena Williams joins compatriot Sloane Stephens on scrapheap 3.52am GMT So, there you have it. Something of a shock on the opening day of the Australian Open, although Bencic’s ranking really isn’t in…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jan/15/venus-williams-v-belinda-bencic-australian-open-first-round-live

Dec 05

Tim Cahill leaves Melbourne City casting doubt over World Cup hopes

Cahill’s next move unknown with World Cup six months awayStriker says his focus is now on making squad for RussiaTim Cahill’s participation in next year’s World Cup finals has been thrown into doubt after the Socceroos striker and his A-League club, Me…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/06/tim-cahill-leaves-melbourne-city-casting-doubt-over-world-cup-hopes

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

Continue reading…

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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:

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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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Sep 12

Australian sport quiz of the week: Socceroos streak and an AFL award

Test your knowledge of Australian sport with this week’s quiz, including streaks, awards and a topless waitress Continue reading…

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