Basketball – half-time: Australia 52-40 Canada

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Hi all! What a frenetic end at Shark Park! A spot in the top four, a place in the top eight – plenty on the line and a heartbreaking end for the Sharks. Not quite a game that stops the nation, but no doubt the PM will be devastated, so effectively?

As JP said, we’ve got live NRL action in the Tigers-Dragons clash so I’ll jump right into this. That late result of course does have a bearing on this one – it means the Tigers’ season remains alive if they can win here. Which I guess is better than liveblogging a dead rubber?










Ok, without further ado it’s time to handover to Richard Parkin. He’ll take you through the Boomers’ opening World Cup fixture against Canada later on, but first it’s over to the SCG where there’s already a try in the Dragons v Tigers clash.










NRL: Cronulla 14-15 Canberra

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Super Netball: Vixens 62-49 Magpies

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Preamble

Hello everybody and welcome to a lean Sunday Sportwatch as fixtures across some of Australia’s biggest competitions decrease in number but increase in significance.

We begin today with the second Super Netball semi-final between the Vixens and Magpies. That gets underway just after 1pm with the winner travelling to NSW next weekend to battle the Swifts for the right to take on the Lightning in the grand final.

Then we’re all about the NRL with a pair of fixtures with finals implications. From 2pm the Sharks dare not slip up against the Raiders while from 4pm it’s all about the Tigers who face a must-win 80-minutes away to the Dragons.

Finally, from 5.30pm we turn our attention to basketball and the opening match of Australia’s men’s world cup campaign against Canada.

In amongst all that we’ll have updates from Flushing Meadows with Australians prominent in the US Open, there’s Ashes to discuss, and plenty more besides on a busy weekend of sport around the world.

Comments are open below the line, or you can reach me on Twitter – @JPHowcroft– or by email – jonathan.howcroft.casual@theguardian.com.





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