Wednesday’s top four sports headlines

5 October 2022

Written by: Tarquin Oakley

All the latest in the AFL silly season and Essendon's CEO backflip headline today's sports stories.

The AFL world has had a huge few days and there’s some big news coming out of both men’s and women’s soccer, in this Wednesday’s sports round-up.

AFL Trade and Free Agency Update Day 3

Zaine Cordy is officially a Saint after the paperwork to send him from the Western Bulldogs to St Kilda went through this morning. The premiership-winning key defender played 118 games in his time at the Kennel, and is reportedly signing on a three-year deal.

Darcy Tucker and Griffin Logue have also found their way to the Roos after terms were agreed to send the pair of Dockers to Arden Street. Fremantle received a 2023 future second-round selection, future third-round selection and future fourth-round selection in return.

The deals this morning mean that 1o players have already switched clubs in a frantic off season, following Liam Jones’ move back to the Bulldogs, Dan McStay to Collingwood, Tim Taranto to Richmond, Blake Acres to Carlton, Jayden Hunt to West Coast, Bobby Hill to Collingwood and Karl Amon to Hawthorn.

The huge story of number-one draft pick Jason Horne-Francis’ potential move from North Melbourne to Port Adelaide also has a development. The Power’s Riley Bonner could be a part of the trade, with Channel Nine’s Ayrton Wooley reporting that the Kangaroos have met with the halfback. Port star Zak Butters was previously linked to the deal but will remain at Alberton.

Jack Bowes and Paddy Dow still need to decide on where they’ll be requesting trades, while negotiations continue for other high-profile moves such as Brodie Grundy to Melbourne, Izak Rankine to Adelaide, Luke Jackson to Fremantle, Jack Gunston to Brisbane, Jacob Hopper to Richmond, Josh Dunkley to Brisbane and Junior Rioli to Port Adelaide.

Essendon CEO resigns after one day on the job

Andrew Thorburn has resigned from the position of Essendon CEO just 24 hours after he was appointed.

The decision comes after backlash from the community and various journalists over Thorburn’s role of chairman at the controversial City on a Hill church.

The church has anti-gay and anti-abortion stances, with one particular sermon from 2013 thrust into the limelight comparing abortions to concentration camps.

Essendon President David Barham said in a statement yesterday evening that once they found out about the sermon, they presented Thorburn with a proposition.

“The board made clear that, despite these not being views that Andrew Thorburn has expressed personally and that were also made prior to him taking up his role as chairman, he couldn’t continue to serve in his dual roles at the Essendon Football Club and as chairman of City on the Hill,” he said.

“I want to stress that neither the board nor Andrew was aware of the comments from the 2013 sermon until we read about them this morning.”

Thorburn released a statement of his own to LinkedIn last night and said that he could not give up his ties to the church.

“Today it became clear to me that my personal Christian faith is not tolerated or permitted in the public square, at least by some and perhaps by many. I was being required to compromise beyond a level that my conscience allowed,” he said.

Matildas star ruptures ACL

Scans have confirmed that Matilda Kyah Simon ruptured her ACL while playing for Tottenham on Sunday.

The striker was stretchered from the field following a collision and the signs pointed immediately towards a serious injury.

The 31-year-old is in a race against time to be fit for the Women’s World Cup on home soil in July of 2023.

Simon took to twitter to express her disappointment about the injury.

“Feared the worst, devastated to have torn my ACL in Sunday’s game,” she said.

“Sport can sometimes be so cruel, I’ll do everything to be back as soon as I can.”

Men’s Champions League Wrap

Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League saw Liverpool return to winnings ways with a 2-0 victory over Rangers, thanks to an early Trent Alexander-Arnold wondergoal from a free kick and a Mohamed Salah second-half penalty.

Tottenham were held to a scoreless draw with Frankfurt but remain second in Group D, while Napoli smashed Ajax 6-1 to hold their position as top of Group A.

Intern Milan defeated Barcelona to win 1-0 and push the Spanish giants down to third in Group C, but it wasn’t enough to take Inter to top of the group as Bayern Munich smashed Viktoria Plzeň 5-0 to make it a perfect three wins from three games.

The remaining results included Club Brugge’s 2-0 win over Atlético Madrid, Marseille getting the better of Sporting CP 4-1 and Porto downing 10-man Leverkusen 2-0.


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