Wednesday’s top four sports headlines

18 August 2022

Written by: Tarquin Oakley

Clarko’s coaching conundrum and Robinson’s response to online trolls headline today’s sports stories.

Clarko to choose between Bombers and Kangaroos, NRLW star Julia Robinson responds to social media trolls, Kyrgios and De Minaur through to second round of the Cincinnati Open, and more in this Wednesday’s sports round-up.

Clarkson in Adelaide as coaching decision down to two

Four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson has touched down in Adelaide with a decision looming as to whether he will coach North Melbourne or Essendon in 2023 and beyond.

7 news reports that Clarkson is in Adelaide to see a sick friend as the race heats up for the 54-year-old’s services, with the GWS Giants now out of the running.

The former Hawthorn coach is opting to remain in Melbourne to continue his coaching career, with Essendon a new candidate as current senior coach Ben Rutten comes under fire for a poor season at the helm.

Julia Robinson subject to body shaming

Brisbane Broncos’ NRLW star Julia Robinson has spoken out against comments posted on her social media comparing her body to a man. The body-shaming comments were posted on the Bronco’s Facebook page after an image was shared of Robinson at training.

Robinson posted to her almost 20,000 Instagram followers that “no one should be ashamed or self-conscious to have muscles”.

“It shows dedication and hard work. I love my muscles,” she said.

The Broncos are set to face the Knights in round one of the new NRLW season on Sunday evening.

Aussies shine at Cincinnati Open

Nick Kyrgios and Alex De Minaur have progressed through to the second round of the Cincinnati Masters after straight sets wins this morning.

Kyrgios edged out opponent Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5 6-4 while De Minaur breezed past Henri Laaksonen 6-2 6-2 in their respective tournament openers. Kyrgios’ victory continues a stellar year for the Aussie, where he has won 16 of his last 18 matches, made a Wimbledon final, and took home the Citi Open.

The news isn’t as good for Thanasi Kokkinakis, who despite fighting valiantly in defeat, went down to world number 12 Jannik Sinner in a final-set tiebreak.

Tiger Woods meets with PGA golfers amid LIV defections

Fifteen-time major champion Tiger Woods is planning to gather with some of the world’s best golfers in a bid to galvanise support for the PGA Tour. ESPN reports that Woods and a number of the top 20 ranked golfers in the world will meet at the BMW Championship in Delaware amid a whole host of defections to LIV Golf.

The meeting comes as Aussie world number two Cameron Smith has reportedly joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour.


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