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Socceroos stay alive at World Cup

Australia has kept their 2018 Fifa World Cup dream alive, fighting for to a 1-1 draw with Denmark.

It was a rough start for the Aussies, with the Danes netting a goal in the seventh minute.

But the Socceroos showed plenty of promise pushing forward, breaking down the Danish defence with clever runs behind from Matthew Leckie and Robbie Kruse in the first half.

The Aussies were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty as a result of a review through the controversial VAR system.

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak stepped up to the spot and blasted the ball past Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel to level the score.

The result left most Australian fans wanting more and prompted an outcry on social media from armchair pundits that Australia’s highest ever goal-scorer Tim Cahill should have been taken off the bench.

For Australia to advance to the next stage of the World Cup they must beat Peru and hope for a French win over Denmark, both games are next Tuesday.

Comm Games wheelchair marathon winner to return to Gold Coast

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Madison de Rozario will return to the Gold Coast next weekend.

The 24-year-old with the golden smile will attempt to back-up her win in the T54 marathon with victory in the Gold Coast Wheelchair Marathon, next Sunday 1 July.

“I’m looking forward to racing on the Gold Coast course again which holds such good memories for me,” de Rozario said.

“The crowd that supported us along the course at the Commonwealth Games was fantastic, they knew all the athletes by name, so hopefully it will be another big crowd next Sunday,” she added.

Coached by Australian para sport pioneer and former GC Wheelchair Marathon winner Louise Sauvage, de Rozario followed up her Comm Games gold in April with a win at the prestigious London Marathon.

“My London Marathon win was a huge surprise with five of us in a sprint finish to the line.”

i look like i’m just really pleased to be here.

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Trying to stop de Rozario from claiming back-to-back wins will be Comm Games silver medal winner Eliza Ault-Connell and defending Gold Coast champion Sara Tait.

“I’m really excited to return this year,” Labrador local Tait said. “This course and the atmosphere is amazing so I’m really looking forward to it.”

The 19-year-old has focused on the para triathlon since 2014 and placed sixth in that event at the Commonwealth Games.

“Even though we are both pursuing different sports, Madi and I have known each other for a very long time, she is an amazing athlete and I’m very excited to race her.”

Yesterday was one of the best days of my life, flying the Aussie flag high as I got to compete on home turf at the Commonwealth Games! I would like to thank everyone who came down to support me yesterday for my race, you guys were incredible! I could hear you cheering me on the whole way around the track, which made such a difference to me! A little bit bittersweet as I didn’t achieve a medal, but I did manage to get a PB which is what I came to do. The race was tough and the competition was tougher so I would also like to congratulate @jade_jones11 on her Gold medal @etapp1 for Silver and @laurenparker2127 on Bronze! You guys are legends! Time for a little bit of R & R then getting back into it better and stronger for next time with my amazing support and coach @teamtrextriathlon watch out world, I’m coming! 💚💛🇦🇺 📸 @kristentaitofficial #aussieaussieaussie #1cheersquad #unleashed #teamaus #para #triathlete #gc2018 #commonwealthgames2018

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The men’s race will also be packed with outstanding athletes, including returning champion Richard Colman who will be striving to become the sixth man to win a second wheelchair marathon on the Gold Coast.

The 33-year-old Victorian is an accomplished wheelchair athlete on the track having represented Australia at four Paralympic Games with golds in the 800m in 2004 and 2012.

Colman’s main rivals appear to be rising Australian talent Jake Lappin and US wheelchair star Josh George.

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Socceroos prepare for WC do-or-die clash against Denmark

The Australian Football teams won’t progress any further in the 2018 Fifa World Cup if they can’t manage a win or draw against Denmark tonight.

Socceroos coach Bert Van Marwijk is wary of the Danish side and is anticipating they’ll be a difficult side to break down.

“The Danish they are a strong team, they are number 12 in the world rankings and that says enough,” Van Marwijk said.

“They are a physically strong team, very tall players, that’s their weapon and we played against France and they have more quality and creativity in their players, but I think the Danish are maybe more a team.”

If Australia loses, they will leave Russia after the group stage regardless of their outcome against Peru next Tuesday.

There have been calls for Van Marwijk to include Australia’s highest ever goalscorer, Tim Cahill, for tonight’s must-win match.

However, the coach said they’re considering all options.

“I will not talk about changes or not changes, we analysed the game very well,” he said.

“Denmark will be a very difficult team to play against, but we get more confident every day in the way we want to play and I think that is very important.”

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SBS to air all World Cup matches for next 48 hours

It has been revealed SBS will air all World Cup matches live for the next two days as the troubled Optus Sport attempts to fix the streaming blunder which has left thousands of football fans livid.

The Broadcasting Television Network confirmed the news in a statement on Monday night.

“Following discussions with Optus Sport, we have agreed that SBS will air all 2018 FIFA World Cup games for the next 48 hours,” SBS managing director Michael Ebeid said.

“That’s an additional four games on free-to-air, giving even more Australians the chance to enjoy the tournament.

“The FIFA World Cup is a true multicultural celebration that unites Australia’s diverse communities and SBS is pleased to be bringing more of the tournament to Australian audiences.”

The announcement comes after Malcolm Turnbull revealed he had spoken with Optus CEO Allen Lew about the streaming issues.

“I have spoken with the Optus CEO, Allen Lew. He assures me he is giving the World Cup streaming problems his personal attention and he believes it will be fixed this evening,” the Prime Minister said.

Optus Sport subscribers have taken to social media to express their frustration following days of connection issues and faults with the service.

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Maroons confirm squad for State of Origin Game II

The Queensland Maroons have today confirmed their 18-man squad for Game two of the State of Origin series.

Coach Kevin Walters announced Billy Slater would make a comeback at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, after previously ruling himself out of Game 1 due to a hamstring injury.

Walters said Billy had been training well with the Storm all week and believes he will be good to go by June 24.

“He’s been training with the Storm and the information coming out of Melbourne from their medical staff and Billy.. is that he’ll be right to go,” Walters said.

Newcastle Knights young gun Kalyn Ponga and Melbourne Storm’s Tim Glasby, who were both part of the Maroons extended squad for Game 1 in Melbourne, have also been named in the team.

Walters said Ponga’s recent form has been too good to ignore.

“He’s been playing some good football for Newcastle Knights this year and knocking on the door; very close in game one and we expect to have him in game two,” he said.

“We’ve got some plans about how we want to use him, going to be a long term player for us and grateful we’ve got him into the side this time around.”

Anthony Milford missed out on selection and Michael Morgan is unavailable due to injury.

Queensland Maroons line-up:

Jai ARROW –  Gold Coast Titans
Will CHAMBERS – Melbourne Storm
Gavin COOPER – North Queensland Cowboys
Dane GAGAI – South Sydney Rabbitohs
Tim GLASBY –  Melbourne Storm
Coen HESS – North Queensland Cowboys
Valentine HOLMES –  Cronulla Sharks
Ben HUNT – St George Illawarra Dragons
Greg INGLIS (c) –  South Sydney Rabbitohs
Felise KAUFUSI –  Melbourne Storm
Andrew McCULLOUGH –  Brisbane Broncos
Josh McGUIRE –  Brisbane Broncos
Cameron MUNSTER Melbourne Storm
Dylan NAPA Sydney Roosters
Josh PAPALII Canberra Raiders
Kalyn PONGA Newcastle Knights
Billy SLATER Melbourne Storm
Jarrod WALLACE Gold Coast Titans