What’s happened in sport this week.
High five for Nadal and Sharapova
Rafael Nadal further cemented himself as the best clay court player of the modern era with a dominant four set victory over Novak Djokovic in the French Open final. The win made it five straight wins at Rolland Garros for the Spaniard. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova rose to fifth on the women’s ATP rankings with a three set win over Simona Halep in the women’s final.
Brazil win World Cup opener
Barcelona star Neymar has shone in his 50th appearance for the Selecau as Brazil overcame a shaky start to record a 3-1 victory over Croatia in the World Cup opening match on Friday morning. An own goal in the 11th minute from Marcelo’s boot was cancelled out by a brace from Neymar and a injury time sealer from Chelsea midfielder Oscar. The match was marred by a contentious penalty decision for Brazil when the score was locked at 1-1 midway through the second half.
ASADA issues notices to Essendon
The Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority have issued show cause notices to 32 Essendon Bomber players after finishing their investigation into the club’s sports medicine program in 2012. The players alerted will now have to prove their innocence to ASADA.
Moore pain for Wallabies
Australian Rugby Union captain elect Stephen Moore has been ruled out for a year after damaging his knee in the Wallabies commanding 27-point win over France in Brisbane. The 92 test veteran sustained the injury just two minutes into his first test as captain.
Robson to leave Australian cricket?
Australian born Sam Robson made his test debut on the international scene for England when he opened the batting against Sri Lanka on Thursday afternoon. After failing to break into NSW state cricket, Robson plied his trade in England and is eligible for selection on his mother’s side. – Compiled by Patrick Boddan
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