Here’s what happened in sport this week
Honey Badger trades meat for Sushi
Wallabies sensation Nick Cummins has announced that he will leave Australian rugby to join Japanese top league team Coca Cola West Red Sparks. Over the last year, Cummins has become an Australian sensation with his hilarious post-game interviews and classic one-liners. Cummins’s move to Japan has been in the making for over a month. It unfortunately means he cannot be selected to play in this year’s Rugby Championship: Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie has said he will select only players who are available for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Kyrgios wakes up from fairytale
The biggest sports story in Australia this week was teenager Nick Kyrgios and his fairytale run at Wimbledon. After sweeping aside world number one Rafael Nadal on Wednesday morning (AEST), Kyrgios became an Australian superstar. Even though Kyrgios was out of the tournament the next morning, losing to Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarter finals, his epic win over Nadal will be remembered for many years by Australian tennis fans.
Light at the end of the tunnel for the Sharks
NRL superstar and Cronulla Sharks five-eighth Todd Carney was sacked after that photo made its way onto social media at the weekend. Within days, the Sharks interim head coach, Peter Sharp, resigned from his position with the club which is still under investigation by the Australian Sports anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). However, as of early this morning, national safety management company Labour Health has signed on as the Sharks’ new major sponsor for the remainder of the season. The contract may be extended to next year. and, possibly next year as well.
Essendon players to remain in the shadows
ASADA has ruled that 34 current and former Essedon players will no longer need to appear in court in connection with an investigation into player doping. A confidential list of the 34 players will be kept on file but not released to the media or the general public. ASADA had conducted a year-long investigation into the alleged doping of players at Essendon in 2012. – Lachlan Brunton
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