Australia Sports News
By Tyson Otto | “Joe Rogan has given boxing officials both barrels as the fury surrounding Aussie fighter Andrew Moloney’s world title robbery carried into a second day.
The referee stopped Moloney’s dominant performance against champion Joshua Franco in the second round so Franco could have his swollen eye inspected by a doctor. The 25-year-old was unable to see out of his right eye due to the excessive swelling.
Rogan led the criticism of the Las Vegas sham as new video emerged of the blind call that resulted in Moloney being cruelly denied the WBA super flyweight title in scenes that have enraged the boxing world.”
By Russell Gould | (NCA Newswire) “Baseball has the pinch-hitter rule and now the Big Bash has introduced the “X-factor” substitute as one of three innovations officials hope can boost run-scoring power in this year’s tournament.
This season is the 10th for the BBL, and T20 guru Trent Woodhill, who has long advocated pushing the boundaries with new rules, helped usher in the changes. The move comes with Cricket Australia stuck in a legal battle with broadcaster Channel 7 over the quality of this year’s competition.
Several Australian stars, including Steve Smith and David Warner, have already said they won’t play because of the long international season, while the availability of the best overseas players has been impacted by both COVID-19 restrictions and other international cricket.
The changes include the capacity for a batting to team have more control of its innings via the “power surge”, a two-over stretch where they can open up the field any time after the 11th over to help produce high scores.”
AFC Champions League: Sydney FC star Ryan McGowan in doubt for trip to Qatar after catching coronavirus
By James McKern | “Sydney FC defender Ryan McGowan has tested positive to COVID-19, leaving him in extreme doubt for the Sky Blues’ AFC Champions League campaign.
In Scotland with his family, McGowan had been due to link up in Doha with the rest of the Sydney squad, who leave Australia on Saturday.
However, the Socceroos defender’s arrival in Qatar will now be delayed at best, and there is every chance he won’t take any part in the remainder of the competition.”
World Sports News
By Reuters Staff | (Reuters) - “New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate said Friday that he apologized to the team and takes full responsibility for what he termed “unacceptable” behavior that led to his one-game benching.
Tate displayed frustration over his feelings that not enough passes were coming his way during a nationally televised 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 2.
Tate caught his first pass in the fourth quarter and reportedly yelled “throw me the damn ball” at the Giants’ sideline. Later, he made a stellar touchdown grab to pull New York within two and screamed “throw me the ball!” into an ESPN camera.
Giants coach Joe Judge didn’t appreciate the antics and benched Tate for last Sunday’s road game against the Washington Football Team.”
By Andrew Both | AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) - “Three of golf’s biggest guns had their ammunition spiked by rampant Dustin Johnson as Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods found themselves out of range after the third round at the Masters on Saturday.
McIlroy and Koepka were eight shots behind Johnson, the leader on 16-under-par 200, while Woods was 11 off the pace at Augusta National. McIlroy needs the Masters to complete a career grand slam of all four modern majors, but he declared his 2020 quest as good as dead.
“I have zero thoughts about winning this golf tournament right now,” said the Northern Irishman, who shot himself in the foot with an opening round 75, which he followed with 66 and 67. “The good golf was in there, I just didn’t allow myself to play that way on the first 18 holes,” he added.
By Reuters Staff| LONDON (Reuters) - “London’s last edition of the ATP Finals opened on Sunday with a repeat of last year’s final but this time Dominic Thiem prevailed against Greek defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Just as in their showdown 12 months ago, the quality was high but the atmosphere was distinctly flat inside an empty O2 Arena as U.S. Open champion Thiem won 7-6(5) 4-6 6-3.
Rafa Nadal, bidding to claim the only major title to elude him, starts his challenge later against Russian debutant Andrey Rublev in the day’s other London Group match. “It was a tough match, both of us served well and conditions were fast,” Austrian Thiem, playing at the elite year-ender for the fifth time in succession, said on court.”
Singapore Sports News
By Dilenjit Singh | “Lions captain Hariss Harun's stop-start season has been curtailed, after his club Johor Darul Ta'zim's (JDT) involvement in the Malaysia Cup and Asian Champions League came to a premature end.
Following the club's announcement on Wednesday that they would not be taking part in the continental competition, the Malaysia Football League announced yesterday that the Malaysia Cup would be cancelled due to the spike in Covid-19 cases in the country.
To combat the spread of the virus, the Malaysian government has reinstated the conditional movement control order across much of the nation.”
By Narendaren Karnageran | “Sailors' offer of a new contract despite his long-term injury gives forward a boost on his comeback trail.
Despite just returning from a 15-month layoff, Lion City Sailors forward Adam Swandi has performed impressively, racking up two goals and one assist in under 150 minutes of Singapore Premier League (SPL) action. The long trek back wasn't smooth sailing, though.
He tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament in his right knee in July last year, but equally debilitating were the doubts that were playing on his mind. "It really was a mental torture, but I had to remind myself that this is part and parcel of my life as a professional athlete," Adam, 24, told The New Paper.”
By TNP Singapore | “The sporting dreams of 36 para athletes in Singapore have received a boost, thanks to the Haw Par Para Sports Bursary Award.
The bursary, which was launched in 2018, supports para athletes who face financial constraints in their sporting pursuits. It was set up by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) and Haw Par Corporation. Their selection committee considers factors such as occupation, household income, support needs, current performance and reasons for application in determining recipients.”