The Newsroom recaps the weekend action in sport.
American Zach Johnson claimed the 144th British Open on Monday, beating South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Australian Marc Leishman in a playoff after all three man tied at 15 under par through 72 holes. Johnson shot a one under par to win the Open. The tie prompted a four-hole playoff, the first since Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera at the 2013 Masters. Johnson on to win his first major since the 2007 Masters, making him the 14th player in history to win the British Open as well as the Masters
Wallabies defeat Springboks in Championship Opener
Australia won the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate after a come-from-behind 24-20 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. South Africa took a commanding 20-7 lead when Handre Pollard converted a Jesse Kriel try in the 46th minute. However two tries in the final 10 minutes courtesy of Michael Hooper and Tevita Kuridrani earned the Wallabies the victory. Michael Cheika’s men will now travel to Argentina to verse Los Pumas on Saturday.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall left out of Roosters side again
Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall has not been named in this week’s squad after being charged with 10 domestic violence related offences. Kenny-Dowall was arrested on Saturday for charges that included assaulting and stalking his ex-partner Jessica Peris. He will appear at Waverley Local Court on Thursday and is expected to plead not guilty. Meanwhile, team-mate and Origin player Boyd Cordner will return to the Roosters after having a weeks rest.
Australia dominate woeful England
Australia’s bowlers ripped through a dull England batting display to draw the Ashes series level. The visitors declared with a 509 run lead before lunch on day four. England were unscathed but Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood dismantled the hosts after lunch, bowling them out for 103 to record a 409 run win. – Sam Pasfield and Marc Summers
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