Men's rowing pair suffer broken bones within days of each other – 'the chances are so incredibly slim'

For years, the all-conquering men's pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray dominated the rowing world but since their retirement, the boat has had its fair share of setbacks.

However, none are more bizarre than what the new men's duo of Tom Murray and Michael Brake have gone through after both had serious injuries within a week of each other.

"The chances of broken bones in the team are quite slim," Brake said.

"But the fact it was within five days and the same people in the boat - the chances are just so incredibly slim that we should be laughing."

Those Easter injuries have put medal chances in the men's pair under incredible pressure.

Brake needs plates to put his wrist back together, while a spill on a sea biscuit did the same to Murray's toes.

Murray is remaining positive though.

"They're not quite the same as they were a few months ago – there’s a couple of angles that have snuck in there but I’m functionally they're as good as anyone else's toes."

One thing on their side is that Brake and Murray have raced and trained together for 10 years so they’re confident they can quickly get back to speed when they race at the third world cup next month.

"We don't want to just be there racing we want to be there actually competing and in contention for medals," Brake said.

Tom Murray and Michael Brake managed to suffer similar injuries just five days apart, hampering their bid to replace legendary Murray and Bond. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Teen baseball pitcher shows amazing sportsmanship, comforts friend after winning strike-out

A Minnesota high school pitcher has captured the hearts of sporting fans around the world after he chose to console his friend after striking him out instead of celebrating with his team.

Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn struck out Jack Kocon of Totino-Grace to end the game in the Class 4A, Section 5 baseball final last week.

The win kicked off a celebration near home plate as Mounds View advanced to the state tournament as a result, while Totino-Grace's run was over.

But before joining his teammates in the celebration, Koehn consoled Kocon at home plate. Video shows Koehn giving his friend a long hug and walking him back toward his dugout before joining the celebration.

Koehn said he never thought the gesture would go viral.

"I never thought a story like this would blow up the way it did," he said.

"I told him I loved him and that he was my brother and our friendship would always last longer than this silly game and its outcome."

Kocon said the gesture just proves what's more important.

"In 20 years, I’m not going to remember of that game but I’ll remember him coming up to me and being there for me."


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'The start of something new' - British heavyweight boxer David Haye retires

British heavyweight boxer David Haye has retired.

The 37-year-old former WBA champion said he was ready to walk away from the sport.

Haye was quoted on BBC as saying he's "ready to close this chapter in my life" but "this is not the end of my story - it's simply the start of something new".

His last fight was a loss to fellow Briton Tony Bellow in May.

Haye leaves boxing with a record of four defeats in 32 fights.

5th May 2018, O2 Arena, London, England; Matchroom Boxing, The Rematch, Tony Bellew versus David Haye; David Haye acknowledges the crowd during the pre fight introductions
David Haye. Source: Photosport


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