Miami Marlins apologise for blaming rival Rays for death of Steve Irwin

The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin. Floridas two Major League Baseball teams have just finished a two-game series, which was swept by the Rays. The teams Twitter accounts had been engaged in a back-and-forth during the series, until the Marlins decided to change the subject from baseball to Australian conservationists. yOURE LITERALLY THE ANIMAL THAT KILLED STEVE IRWIN LOG OFF, read a statement on the Marlins Twitter account on Sunday. Irwin was …

Ben Simmons becomes Australia’s richest athlete with huge 76ers deal

Ben Simmons has agreed to a $A242m contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers in the richest deal by an Australian athlete Ben Simmons has agreed to a $A242m contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers in the richest deal by an Australian athlete. But doubt still hangs over whether the Melbourne-born NBA All-Star will play for Australia later this year at the World Cup in China and in Melbourne and Perth exhibition games. Simmons acceptance of the 76ers five-year, $US170m maximum contract extension had been expected. The Athletic, citing Simmons agent Rich Paul, was the first to report on Monday he had accepted the offer. It was Paul who shocked Australian sports fans on the weekend when he told ESPN that …

Womens World Cup captured publics imagination despite Fifas worst efforts | Marina Hyde

Patronising scheduling set the tournament up to fail but players such as Megan Rapinoe used their platform to highlight how the governing body has let them down Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally that the Fifa president announced: Its very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics. Is it? If so, the conclusion of the Womens World Cup on Sunday suggests it is time to ask Infantino how that ones working out for him. So much of …

Norway break Australia’s hearts in Women’s World Cup last-16 shootout

The Matildas World Cup campaign was ended after 120 minutes finished 1-1 and Norway kept their composure in a penalty shootout Some games of football need only a single error, a single moment of brilliance to decide them. Others can feast on a cornucopia of chances yet never be sated. In Nice, Australia and Norway were two teams whose refusal to lose was only matched by an equally fervent reluctance to win. It was fitting perhaps that a winner was found via the lottery of penalties Norways were taken with aplomb while Australias were erratic and anxious. In the decisive moment, up strode Ingrid Engen and the team that has featured in the final four of one in every two …

Nick Kyrgios defaulted from Italian Open after hurling chair across court

Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from the Italian Open. The volatile Australian was playing his second-round match against Norways Casper Ruud Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from the Italian Open. The volatile Australian was playing his second-round match against Norways Casper Ruud at the Foro Italico and had levelled the match at one set all after losing the opener. After Ruud broke back to make it 1-1 in the deciding set, Kyrgios was given a game penalty, apparently for swearing at a line judge, and promptly erupted. He slammed down his racket, kicked a water bottle and hurled a chair on to the court. The umpire called the referee to court but, before he could be officially defaulted, Kyrgios told …

Nick Kyrgioss underarm serving a rebellious act with echoes of Lenglen | Kevin Mitchell

Maverick Australians underarm serving has caused a stir in Miami but 100 years ago Suzanne Lenglen was attracting similar gasps for serving overarm When Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the Miami Open in the fourth round overnight, strapping holding his right knee together but his emotions less secure, he left his familiar impression, the magician/villain du jour of tennis. There surely will not be a better as a delightful piece from the Tennis Hall of Fame chronicles. There were plenty of stuffed shirts at the All England Club but they recognised her extraordinary popularity in a concrete way literally. As Billie Jean King said of one of the first international sporting superstars of the 20th century, The reason we play …