The Newsroom recaps the week in sport.
Hackett returns with a bang
Australian swimming legend Grant Hackett has made a successful return to the pool after finishing fourth in the 200m freestyle final on Sunday night. The 34-year-old has gone through a tumultuous 12 months which included checking himself into rehab for his addition to sleeping pills. Hackett finds himself back in the Australian team after a stellar performance over the weekend, forcing his way into the relay outfit just six months after returning to training. The former champion, who retired six years ago, said making the team after such a short preparation was one of the biggest achievements in his career.
Magnussen claims gold at swimming championships
James Magnussen received a massive boost in confidence after winning gold in the 50-metre freestyle at the Australian swimming championships last night. The 23-year-old has yet to live up to his potential in the pool at the Olympic level but the win will give him confidence to press on in the hope of qualifying for Rio 2016 and winning that elusive Olympic gold.
Roosters lose star fullback
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck shocked the Sydney Roosters this week by announcing that he had signed a three-year-deal with the New Zealand Warriors, beginning next year. The New Zealand-born fullback made his NRL debut in 2013 and was tipped to become the replacement to Anthony Minichiello when he retired, which he has done this year. But a homesick Sam Tomkins asked for an immediate release from the Warriors which led them to seek a new fullback. Rabbitohs flyer Alex Johnston is tipped to replace Tuivasa-Sheck while two rival clubs are interested in Daniel Tupou.
In other news, the Canberra Raiders have reportedly signed Gold Coast Titan halfback Aidan Sezer.
Perth to accept charges over salary cap breach
The Perth Glory are excepted to accept charges from the FFA over alleged salary cap breaches. They failed to meet the deadline of 3pm on Wednesday but were given an extension to respond. Perth have turned their season around in recent weeks, winning their last two to go equal top of the A-League ladder after a nine game winless streak. However, they could have points deducted which could mean they’ll miss the finals series. The West Australian outfit will have to focus its full attention on their fellow title chasers Sydney FC tonight.
Mitch Nichols’ loan deal with the club has been terminated, but the club remain adamant it was due to attitude issues and not to reduce space in the salary cap.
England sack cricket boss Downton
The England Cricket Board have sacked managing director Paul Downton after a poor showing at the recent Cricket World Cup. The one-day team were eliminated in the Group Stage after losing to sides such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Head coach Peter Moores will continue as coach while former test player Michael Vaughan is tipped to replace Downton. – Chris Matthews-Darby
Top photo from Phillipe Lewicki’s Flickr photostream.