20 THINGS YOU MISSED

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1

Sport­ing suc­cess: all in the length of your fin­gers, re­port­edly. To be more pre­cise, it’s the length of the in­dex fin­ger com­pared to the ring fin­ger, what is known as digit ra­tio. A study by the Univer­sity of South Aus­tralia found that a longer ring fin­ger, and thus a smaller digit ra­tio, was as­so­ci­ated with testos­terone in fe­tal de­vel­op­ment, as well as bet­ter mus­cu­lar de­vel­op­ment in boys. “Our study shows that boys with lower digit ra­tios have bet­ter hand­grip strength and this is ir­re­spec­tive of their age or body size,” au­thor Dr Grant Tomkin­son said.

2

Best sport­ing cross­over of the month? Think we were going to say Conor McGregor, who swapped the UFC’s oc­tagon for a box­ing ring? Nope – we nom­i­nate bas­ket­ball star Stephen Curry, who teed it up in the El­lie Mae Clas­sic on the sec­ondary golf tour in the US, and shot a pair of 74s to fin­ish eight-over. It was hugely im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing Curry doesn’t play that much golf – plainly, this is a dude with a tal­ent for putting a ball in a hole.

3

The fans of the NBA’s Ok­la­homa Ci­tyThun­der have started a pe­ti­tion to get their Kiwi big man Steven Adams to ap­pear on Game OfThrones – and those who know what Adams looks like can guess his role should be as a Dothraki.

4

The boss of SevenWest Me­dia, Tim Worner, went out of his way to try and bum out all of Aus­tralian sport this month: “I think it’s fair to say that sports rights have reached a tip­ping point in this coun­try.” The net­work had just an­nounced a $745m loss.

5

Sally Pear­son won the 100m hur­dles ti­tle at the IAAF Worlds in Lon­don, as grat­i­fy­ing a vic­tory as any in her ca­reer af­ter yet an­other return from in­jury. She also re­ceived two medals – this was the first event where coaches also re­ceive a prize, and Pear­son has been coach­ing her­self.

6

Cy­clist Shane Perkins, a 2012 Olympic bronze-medal­list for Aus­tralia in the sprint, de­clared his al­le­giance to Rus­sia. The 30-year-old from Mel­bourne, who missed out on Rio, is el­i­gi­ble to com­pete for his new coun­try in Tokyo. Perkins knew to get the hi­er­ar­chy on side, thank­ing Vladimir Putin.

7

Proof that sport isn’t scripted: Usain Bolt doesn’t win his last 100m at the world cham­pi­onships. Fur­ther proof that sport isn’t scripted: Justin Gatlin is the one who beat him. Why didn’t Bolt quit af­ter Rio again?

8

The 2026 FIFAWorld Cup, widely thought to be a cinch for a joint North Amer­i­can host­ing gig com­bin­ing the United States, Mex­ico and Canada, has a ri­val bid­der: Morocco. Cue the “rock the cas­bah” jokes.

9

The first day-night cricket Test in Eng­land is played, at Edg­bas­ton. Alas­tair Cook plainly liked the pink ball, bat­ting for 583 min­utes. The en­tire West Indies team like it less, last­ing for a to­tal of 392 min­utes at the crease in the in­nings de­feat.

10

A re­view of the Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee’s in­ter­nal cul­ture de­scribed the or­gan­i­sa­tion as “dys­func­tional” and “not aligned” with the Olympic ideals. AOC pres­i­dent John Coates, who staved off a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to his po­si­tion last May, blamed ex­ec­u­tives who were no longer with the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

11

The right-wing me­dia out­let Bre­it­bart pub­lished an alarm­ing, or alarmist, story about Span­ish gangs sneak­ing in il­le­gal im­mi­grants on jet­skis. The pic­ture they used to il­lus­trate the story fea­tured a man on the back of a jet­ski, which hap­pened to be for­mer Ger­man World Cup win­ner Lukas Podol­ski, now play­ing in Ja­pan. Bre­it­bart was forced to is­sue a gem of an apol­ogy: “There is no ev­i­dence Mr Podol­ski is ei­ther a mi­grant gang mem­ber, nor be­ing hu­man-traf­ficked.”

12

The Par­ra­matta Eels scored the fastest try in NRL his­tory, af­ter Kiri­some Auva’a crossed less than 13 sec­onds af­ter kick­off against Bris­bane. Said Auva’a: ““Wow, no way ... 12.88? That’s about how quick I run the 100m. I’d be one of the slow­est wingers ...”

13

Ken Owens, a rugby in­ter­na­tional for Wales and the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions, said watch­ing the All Blacks de­mol­ish the Wal­la­bies in the first Test of the Bledis­loe Cup made him feel bet­ter. The Lions went to New Zealand and were able to split the se­ries with a win each and a draw – which did look im­pres­sive in the con­text of the 40-6 first half in Syd­ney.

14

A deal struck be­tween Op­tus and Tab­corp re­turned broad­casts of the English Premier League to the pubs of Aus­tralia, which is great news for those blokes (and face it, girls) hav­ing a big Satur­day night (or Sun­day morn­ing).

15

The Footy Show’s SamNew­man crit­i­cises Bob Mur­phy for hog­ging the West­ern Bull­dogs’ lime­light in the Grand Fi­nal post-match last sea­son, to uni­ver­sal con­dem­na­tion. It’s al­most like New­man can com­pre­hend the idea of grace­fully ex­it­ing the stage ...

16

Lau­rie Da­ley is axed as coach of the NSW Ori­gin side af­ter five years, al­though he does walk away with a se­ries win to his credit. Later that week, St Ge­orgeIllawarra and Blues star Josh Dugan meets stricter dis­ci­pline from his club than he faced from his state, held out of a crit­i­cal match for the Dragons af­ter miss­ing the team bus.

17

Just to prove that, yes, base­ball can be fun in­stead of stuffy and bor­ing, the Ma­jor Leagues cut loose for a week­end and al­lowed play­ers to put their nick­names on the back of their uni­forms. Best of the bunch: “Beef” Wel­ing­ton Castillo, of the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

18

So­cial play­ers in the Di­a­mond Val­ley Mon­day night bas­ket­ball comp in Mel­bourne got more than they were ex­pect­ing when a fill-in player turned up ... and it hap­pened to be ris­ing NBA star Ben Sim­mons.The 208cm Sim­mons didn’t hold back, ei­ther. One of his luck­less op­po­nents told a Mel­bourne news­pa­per: “We didn’t have any idea un­til we were warm­ing up, but we’re all pretty big NBA fans, so we knew it was him when he rocked up.”

19

Have to ap­pre­ci­ate Rafa Nadal’s hon­esty. When asked be­fore the US Open whether he wanted to face Roger Fed­erer be­fore the fi­nal, the Spa­niard replied: “I pre­fer to play against an­other one. Is ob­vi­ous, no? Sounds very good, but the real thing, I pre­fer to play against an­other player, an eas­ier one if it’s pos­si­ble.” Cu­ri­ously, the great rivals have never met in a fi­nal in the year’s last Slam.

20

Floyd May­weather was de­nied plac­ing a $400,000 bet on him­self to beat Conor McGregor within ten rounds. Be­cause, you know, the roughly $300m he was al­ready mak­ing on the fight wasn’t enough ...

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