Sport News Update, what you need to know.
AFL – Richmond have withstood another Carlton comeback to win a pulsating clash between two of the AFL’s fiercest rivals by 12 points, a Dustin Martin goal with seconds left ensuring the 14.14 (98) to 12.14 (86) victory at the MCG.
RUGBY LEAGUE – An emotional Willie Mason admits Newcastle players have been struggling to cope following Alex McKinnon’s potentially career-ending neck injury, while Melbourne captain Cameron Smith says teammates are doing their best to support shaken youngster Jordan McLean.
RUGBY UNION – Sentiment hasn’t swayed calculated Queensland coach Richard Graham, who has dumped hooker Saia Fainga’a to the Reds bench for his 100th Super Rugby match on Saturday night.
CRICKET – Opener Alex Hales smashed a maiden hundred to help England upset world No.1 Sri Lanka in a thrilling World Twenty20 clash, while leg-spinner Imran Tahir came to South Africa’s rescue as they survived a scare from the Netherlands with a hard-fought six-run win.
RUGBY LEAGUE – The State of Origin tug-of-war over Queensland-raised South Sydney playmaker Luke Keary has been won by NSW after NRL CEO Dave Smith refused to wade into the debate.
CRICKET – Meg Lanning has etched her name into the history books after smashing the highest individual score in women’s Twenty20 history, a superb 126 off 65 balls, as Australia flexed their muscles with a record-breaking 78-run win over Ireland.
BASKETBALL – Adelaide are within touching distance of their first NBL grand final series in 12 years after convincingly downing the Melbourne Tigers 101-85 in game one of the best-of-three semi-final series.