Weekend sports wrap

It was predicted to be the highest-grossing fight financially in boxing history, and the action in Las Vegas lived up to the hype.


Ireland’s Conor McGregor lasted 10 rounds with one of the best boxers the world has seen in Floyd Mayweather.

In the end, Mayweather dealt with an early flurry of punches from the dual-weight Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, champion before asserting his dominance.

It gave Mayweather his 50th career victory without a loss, and he promptly retired after the fight.

He admitted it was a tougher fight than he expected.

“He’s a lot better than I thought he was. He used different angles, he was a tough competitor. But I was the better man tonight. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion, and, to the country of Ireland, we love you guys.”

Mayweather retires with more wins in an undefeated career than any man before him.

Not many had given McGregor much hope of making the transition from UFC into the world of boxing.

But his showing proved some of the skills that have led him to two world titles at UFC are transferable.

“Early on, I felt it was handy enough, to be honest. But he’s composed in there. You’ve got to give it to him. That’s what 50 fights will give you. So, fair play to him.”

In cricket, Australia had appeared to be off to a good start in the first test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Australia bowled out the home side for 260, with the spin pair Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar taking three wickets each and fast bowler Pat Cummins taking another three.

But Australia lost David Warner, Usman Khawaja and nightwatchman Lyon to be three wickets down for 18 at the close.

In tennis, it has been a great weekend for Australian Daria Gavrilova, who won her first Women’s Tennis Association title at the Connecticut Open in the United States.

She had to recover from a set down and fought back hard against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.

After two hours and 45 minutes, Gavrilova secured the win, which moves her into the world’s top 20 for the first time.

The 22 year-old Russian-born Australian was delighted.

“Thank you, everyone who came and supported us throughout the whole week. It means the world to me to hold this trophy. Thank you so much.”

Gavrilova plays US qualifier Allie Kiick in the first round of the US Open in New York next week.

In Rugby Union, Australia pushed the All Blacks all the way in Dunedin on Saturday, but a late try by New Zealand was enough to secure a 35-29 victory.

On arrival back in Sydney on Sunday, Australian coach Michael Cheika said he was disappointed to see New Zealand retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 15th straight year.

But he said he was pleased with many parts of his team’s performance in the last two tests.

“As you can see by the performances in the back half of game one and for the majority of game two, we can play at that level. It’s about being consistent and having the mental aptitude to play, and play for every minute. And we let a few minutes in different parts of the game go last night, and they hurt us.”

The next test for Australia is against South Africa in Perth on September the 9th.

The teams playing in the first week of the AFL finals have been confirmed after the weekend action.

The Adelaide Crows take on Greater Western Sydney, Geelong meets Richmond, and Port Adelaide will face the West Coast Eagles.

Last season’s grand finalists, the Sydney Swans, will play Essendon.

In the National Rugby League, the final make-up of the top eight will not be known until next weekend’s matches are completed.

That is because Saint George Illawarra managed to beat Penrith on Sunday.

That result means Saint George needs to beat the Canterbury Bulldogs next week to make the finals.

It also means Penrith has to beat the Manly Sea Eagles to guarantee its spot.

In English Premier League football, Liverpool has humiliated Arsenal 4-0 this morning.

And Lewis Hamilton won his 58th career race in the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.