Sports wrap

30 April 2019

Written by: Liam Melrose

Liam Melrose takes a look at the key highlights in sports news over the past twenty-four hours.

AFL:

Sydney’s nightmare start to 2019 set to continue:

The Sydney Swans have ruled out Lance Franklin for Saturday’s clash with the Brisbane Lions.

The superstar forward missed the Swans’ round six clash with the GWS with a minor hamstring strain with Sydney coach John Longmire confirming this morning that the club is hopeful he will be right to face Essendon in round eight.

St Kilda forward Paddy McCartin may miss 2019 season:

St Kilda fears ongoing concussion symptoms may force Paddy McCartin to miss the remainder of the 2019 AFL season.

Since being drafted as the first pick in the 2014 AFL draft, McCartin has been concussed eight times with the most recent occurring in the 2019 JLT series against the Western Bulldogs.

The Saints have admitted they may seriously consider playing McCartin as a defender when he eventually returns, to help protect him from dangerous crushing packs.

Cricket:

Australian cricketer in hot water over “gay joke”.

Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has been caught up in what he labels a “misunderstanding”, after posting a photo on social media platform Instagram with “boyfriend”, Rob Judd, with the caption stating the pair had been together for five years.

The post seemed to be true when Australian teammates Glen Maxwell and Shaun Tait commented on the post congratulating the pair on their five years together.

The post went viral with news outlets around the world reporting on the post, before Faulkner shut down the post saying it was a “joke”.

After admitting the post was a joke Faulkner posted a statement on Instagram and was full of praise for the LBGT community and the support he had received.

“I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LGBT community.”

The cricketer eventually admitted it was actually five years as house mates they were celebrating.

Basketball:

Famous NBA scoresheet sets record sale price:

Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for the most points scored in an NBA game, with the superstar centre managing 100 points for Philadelphia in a 169-147 overtime win against the New York Knicks on March 2 1962.

Last night the scoresheet of that famous game sold for $300,000 AUD ($US214,579).

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Tony DeLuca was Philadelphia’s team historian and statistician who was believed to be in charge of the scoresheet for the match in 1962, and he held onto the historic memento up until his death.

The closest anyone has come to Wilt’s 100-point game is Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers who managed to score 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006.

 

Photo: found on Flickr