The Wallabies have suffered a heavy injury blow in the leadup to the final Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks, with lock Izack Rodda to undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season. The 21-year-old Queensland Red, who made his Wallabies debut against the All Blacks in August, had carried the injury through the back end of the Rugby Championship but decided to end his season to be ready for 2018, the Australian Rugby Union said on its website (rugby.com.au). After a long period of instability in the second row, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika appeared to have settled on Rodda and Adam Coleman as his favoured locking duo.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City has formed an exploratory committee to decide if the city will bid to host the Winter Olympics in either 2026 or 2030 — taking a key step toward trying to become a rare two-time host city.
Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has said he feared losing his left hand to an infection after being bitten while petting a lion in South Africa last month. The 29-year-old was described as "stupid" by Ospreys coach Steve Tandy after suffering the wound, which needed stitches, during a pre-match visit to a game park ahead of a Pro14 match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Baldwin underwent two operations in South Africa before flying to Swansea to consult a plastic surgeon and said he was extremely fortunate not to have sustained a worse injury.
Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 18:13 remaining in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning, who now have the NHL's top record after winning their fourth game in a row. Justin Abdelkader and Mike Green scored in the second period to help Detroit erase a 2-0 deficit, but Kucherov broke the tie early in the third with his seventh goal of the season.