Andrew Bogut quit NBL franchise the Sydney Kings, but the veteran NBA champion is not retiring from basketball just yet.

Bogut announced his exit from the Kings via social media on Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 35-year-old, who won an NBA title with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, had been planning to retire after playing for Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

But those plans were put on hold following the decision to push back the Olympics 12 months due to the COVID-19 crisis.

"I have decided not to sign with the Sydney Kings, or any professional sporting team for that matter for the time being," Bogut wrote in a statement via Twitter.

"With everything going on in the world, the future does not look too clear, most notably in regards to sporting leagues worldwide.

"This is by no means a retirement note, but simply saying any concrete decisions are too hard to be made at this point in time.

"The reason I have decided to do this now is to give the Sydney Kings enough notice to act accordingly with free agency being around the corner."

The number one pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, former Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers centre Bogut returned to Australia with the Kings in 2018.

Bogut was named the NBL's MVP in his first season, while he helped the Kings reach the Grand Final this year, though the Perth Wildcats were crowned champions after the series was cut short due to coronavirus.

"I have enjoyed being home with the family and learning more about my kids than I ever could have previously," Bogut, who returned to the Warriors to play the remainder of the 2018-19 season, said.

"My body is enjoying the break after playing basketball for 19 straight months and I hope to be back out on the basketball court in the near future!

"The plan moving forward? Spending time with my wife and kids, slowly getting back into physical shape, and finally making the most out of time we don't traditionally get at home."

Sydney FC were never going to be stopped in the race for the A-League Premiers' Plate, but one club joined them in red-hot form late in the regular season.

The campaign was suspended last month due to the coronavirus pandemic with the Sky Blues on track to win a record fourth premiership.

Steve Corica's men were eight points clear and had three games in hand when the season was stopped.

Using Opta data, we predict the rest of the A-League regular season and while Sydney FC were unstoppable, one other club hit fine form.

 

SYDNEY MATCH POINTS RECORD

The Sky Blues' dominance continued late in the regular season.

Sydney went on to win each of their final six games and 21 of 26 to end up 17 points clear atop the table.

Only one team matched such a run late in the season – and they went on to finish second, a position that was held by Melbourne City when the campaign was suspended.

Sydney also matched their record points haul from 2016-17 with 66 points, despite playing one fewer game.

GLORIOUS PERTH PURR

Perth Glory, third when the season was stopped, also grabbed six wins from six to charge into second place.

With four of their last six at home and their two trips being to Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United, Perth found form to secure a home Semi-Final.

Sydney and Perth also finished as the top two last season before going on to meet in the Grand Final.

 

FOWLER'S ROAR, WESTERN UNITED IN FINALS AS VICTORY LEAVE RUN LATE

Under Robbie Fowler, Brisbane Roar managed just three points from their final four games, but even that was enough to finish fifth.

Meanwhile, in their maiden A-League season, Western United clinched the last finals spot, finishing four points clear in sixth.

Struggling in 10th when the campaign was stopped, Melbourne Victory charged but fell short.

They grabbed 12 points from their last five games but it was only enough to finish seventh, missing the finals for the first time since 2011-12.

 

A-League table at end of regular season
1. Sydney FC – 66
2. Perth Glory – 49
3. Melbourne City – 43
4. Wellington Phoenix – 42
5. Brisbane Roar – 38
6. Western United – 36

7. Melbourne Victory – 32
8. Western Sydney Wanderers – 32
9. Newcastle Jets – 30
10. Adelaide United – 27
11. Central Coast Mariners – 13

Western Sydney Wanderers continued their excellent recent derby record as Kwame Yeboah's late goal gave them a deserved 1-1 draw against Sydney FC at Bankwest Stadium.

Sydney have dominated the A-League this season and are eight points clear of second-place Melbourne City with two games in hand.

However, their only two defeats of the campaign came courtesy of 1-0 reverses against the Wanderers, who played behind-closed-doors hosts on Saturday.

Adam Le Fondre applauded and bowed to the deserted stands when he put the Sky Blues in front after 35 minutes – reacting quickest when Daniel Lopar parried Kosta Barbarouses' effort to net a 17th goal this term.

But Western Sydney responded impressively, dominating the second half and earning the fortune that came their way eight minutes from time.

Yeboah did not appear to know much about Simon Cox's shot when the ball struck him and spun beyond a helpless Andrew Redmayne in the Sydney goal.

The Wanderers lie eighth and retain post-season ambitions as they sit a point behind sixth-place Western United, having played a game more.

Despite events having to take place behind closed doors and restrictions on travel outside the country, Australia's major sporting leagues continue to plough on manfully amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Football, rugby league and Australian rules football are all vying for centre stage this weekend.

A look further afield means we've also got all you cricket and boxing fans covered.

Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC – A-League

Normally one of the feistiest fixtures on the A-League calendar, the empty stands of Bankwest Stadium will feel particularly incongruous for the latest instalment of this local argument.

Sydney are sitting pretty at the top of the standings – seven points clear of Melbourne City and with three games in hand – but their only two A-League defeats this season have come courtesy of a pair of 1-0 defeats to the Wanderers, with Mitchell Duke the matchwinner on both occasions.

Roosters v Sea Eagles, Sharks v Storm – NRL

It's week two in the NRL and correcting false starts will largely be the order of the day on Saturday.

Sydney Roosters were beaten 20-14 by Penrith Panthers and will hope to make amends at home to Manly Sea Eagles, themselves dispatched 18-4 by Melbourne Storm.

It means the Storm travel with a spring in their steps to face Cronulla Sharks, who fell short in a 22-18 thriller against South Sydney Rabbitohs last time out.

New Zealand Warriors, who have remained in Australia due to travel restrictions back home, are also in action against Canberra Raiders.

Melbourne City v Sydney FC – W-League

Melbourne City were the dominant force in the W-League this term, topping the table undefeated, and head into Saturday's Grand Final as strong favourites to win their fourth title in the past five seasons.

City earned the right to host the match by demolishing Western Sydney Wanderers 5-1 in their semi-final, while there was a certain symmetry to Sydney FC progressing via a 1-0 win against Melbourne Victory.

Greater Western Sydney v Geelong - AFL

The first round of action in the AFL sees last season's beaten Grand Finalists Greater Western Sydney host Geelong – the 2019 minor premiers.

Elsewhere Essendon entertain Freemantle, Sydney Swans travel to Adelaide Crows and Gold Coast Suns take on Port Adelaide.

Tibo Monabesa v Toto Landero – WBC International light-flyweight title

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the vast majority of elite boxing action in the United Kingdom and the United States being cancelled, but there is an international contest of some intrigue in Indonesia.

Monabesa (20 wins, one defeat, two draws) is seeking to get back in world title contention having won successive bouts on the back of his sole career loss to Japan's undefeated WBC light-flyweight king Hiroto Kyoguchi.

Jakarta's home favourite will have game Filipino Landero (11-4-2) for company in the squared circle.

Rangers v Mountaineers, Matabeleland Tuskers v Mid West Rhinos – Logan Cup

Mountaineers can draw level with Mashonaland Eagles at the top of Zimbabwe's first-class cricket competition if they can see off a Rangers side languishing in last place and winless in six matches this season.

It's also day one of four when Mid West Rhinos travel to face Matabeleland Tuskers. Rhinos all-rounder Neville Madziva is the top run-scorer in the Logan Cup this season – his total of 361 including a maiden red-ball century.  

The Perth Wildcats were crowned NBL champions after their Grand Final series against the Sydney Kings was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With the Wildcats leading the series 2-1, the Kings indicated they did not wish to proceed with the scheduled final two games of the Grand Final.

The NBL decided on Thursday to award Perth a record 10th title and name Bryce Cotton the Larry Sengstock Medallist as Grand Final MVP.

"We have taken extensive advice on this matter from the NBL board of directors, members of our advisory board, FIBA and our external legal advisers K&L Gates and I thank all of them for the benefit of their insight and perspective," NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said.

"Having considered all of that advice, we have concluded that there is only one outcome that is most appropriate in the circumstances of the league having made the decision to cancel games four and five of the finals series.

"We feel that the rules set out in the NBL operations manual are clear in this regard.

"In this instance, games four and five were cancelled by the league due to unforeseen circumstances pursuant to rule 34 of the NBL operations manual.

"Consequently, the champions of the Hungry Jack's 2019/20 NBL season are the Perth Wildcats.

"We can now also announce the winner of the Larry Sengstock Medal for our Grand Final MVP which is determined in accordance with the votes of our expert judging panel based on their votes for games one to three of the finals series.

"The Larry Sengstock Medal for the Grand Final MVP is awarded to Bryce Cotton. I'd like to offer my congratulations to both our champions, the Perth Wildcats, and our runners-up the Sydney Kings and our Finals MVP Bryce Cotton."

Kings star Andrew Bogut, an NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, hit out at the NBL.

"In wrapping up the season, a quick note to say I could not be any prouder of the Sydney Kings and our playing group," he wrote on Twitter.

"After almost three hours of back and forth [and plenty of tears] we came to what ultimately was the hardest decision any athlete or team could make.

"I want to go on record to say I am beyond embarrassed and disappointed in regards to how this was handled by our league from the week leading up to the Grand Final series. More to come at a later date re: that.

"This has nothing to do with the result announced today and I wish to congratulate the Perth Wildcats on being crowned champions."

A-League leaders Sydney were held to a 0-0 draw by Perth Glory on Saturday amid uncertainty over whether the season will continue.

This weekend's matches are going ahead as planned despite concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, with confirmed cases in Australia having increased to 226.

It is intended the league will continue into next week despite the need to hold matches behind closed doors in line with authorities banning all gatherings of more than 500 people, which comes into effect on Monday.

However, there are doubts about the viability of maintaining the schedule given the stringent new rules imposed in New Zealand, where visitors have been told to self-isolate for 14 days, and the effect these could have on Wellington Phoenix matches.

There was nothing to separate Sydney and Perth in the opening game of the day as the visitors ended a six-game losing streak at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Luke Brattan saw a goal disallowed for offside but there were only five shots on target throughout the contest as the league's best two defences proved unbreachable.

Second-placed Melbourne City were unable to close the 10-point gap to leaders Sydney, though, as they drew 1-1 with Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park.

Tate Russell broke the deadlock 21 minutes in with a composed finish at the end of a slick move involving Mitchell Duke and Nicolai Muller, but he felled Craig Noone to allow Jamie Maclaren to end a three-match barren run by equalising from the penalty spot.

A remarkable goalline clearance from Curtis Good denied Simon Cox what looked a certain winning goal, but the Wanderers remain in the hunt for the finals as they moved to within two points of the top six.

Sydney FC went 13 points clear at the top of the A-League after coming from behind to hammer Melbourne Victory 4-1.

The league leaders fell behind in the fifth minute, Marco Rojas breezing past Alex Wilkinson all too easily before rifling home an early opener.

Yet Milos Ninkovic levelled prior to half-time and Sydney led when Anthony Caceres curled a 64th-minute effort in off the post from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later Le Fondre, the A-League's top scorer this season, chipped over Lawrence Thomas for his 16th goal of the season, with Giancarlo Gallifuoco only diverting the ball into the corner with his desperate intervention on the line.

The hosts ended the game with 10 men when last-man Tim Hoogland was somewhat harshly dismissed for a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge on substitute Trent Buhagiar in the area three minutes from time.

With Le Fondre off the pitch, Kosta Barbarouses stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 4-1 and leave Graham Arnold's side 13 points clear of Melbourne City, who they also have a game in hand on.

Besart Berisha, the A-League's all-time top scorer, added another two to his tally in Western United's 5-1 demolition of Adelaide United.

Riley McGree had cancelled out Berisha's first, but Alessandro Diamanti, Max Burgess and Connor Pain all found the net before the visitors' prolific striker scored his second of the game and 15th of the season.

The win moved Western United above Adelaide into sixth.

Sydney FC's 13-match unbeaten A-League run ended in dramatic circumstances on Friday, as Mitchell Duke netted a late winner to claim a 1-0 derby win for Western Sydney Wanderers.

Steve Corica's pacesetters had won each of their past six A-League games and were unbeaten since succumbing to the Wanderers in October at Bankwest Stadium, but they were made to rue their profligacy this time around as Duke proved decisive, just as he did four months ago.

Sydney dominated possession and had more shots in the first half, but the Wanderers went closest through Nicolai Muller in the 30th minute – his long-range strike beating Andrew Redmayne but coming back off the crossbar.

A-League top-scorer Adam Le Fondre should have levelled on the stroke of half-time, turning wide from 10 yards out with a controlled volley after a pinpoint delivery from the right.

Milos Ninkovic nodded another presentable opportunity off target for the hosts just after the break, and Sydney were made to pay for their wastefulness.

With nine minutes left, captain Duke met Tate Russell's cross and sent a looping header beyond Redmayne.

Daniel Georgievski's stoppage-time red card – upgraded from a yellow after a VAR review – for kicking Marco Tilio in the face during a scuffle on the floor, but it came too late to hand Sydney much of an advantage.

The Sydney derby between A-League leaders Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers has been postponed due to torrential rain.

A near sold-out crowd was expected to attend Saturday's blockbuster showdown at Jubilee Stadium, however, heavy rain forced Football Federation Australia (FFA) to postpone the fixture.

The match will be rescheduled for another date.

"With over 100mm of rain falling in the Sydney area over the past two days, and in the interest of player welfare, all parties agreed that it was not possible to play the match as scheduled today," said FFA Head of Leagues Greg O'Rourke

"Whilst it is disappointing that a nearly sold-out crowd is unable to see another iconic Sydney Derby today, this was the right decision to give fans as much notice as possible under the circumstances."

Sydney are 10 points clear atop the table after 15 matches, while Western Sydney are eighth in the 11-team league.

Adam Le Fondre's penalty proved decisive as A-League leaders Sydney FC overcame 10-man Brisbane Roar at the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

The Roar were battered 5-1 in the reverse fixture six weeks ago but headed into Friday's encounter with the table-toppers on the back of a five-match unbeaten run.

It was a valiant performance on this occasion, but the game turned on its head when Scott Neville was shown a second yellow and subsequent red card for handling in the penalty area after 55 minutes.

Le Fondre emphatically hammered his spot-kick into the bottom-right corner and that proved enough to stretch Sydney's lead at the top to 13 points.

Sydney had another penalty overturned by VAR after it was deemed Kosta Barbarouses, tripped by Corey Brown, was marginally offside.

The outcome may have been different had Scott McDonald's header from Brown's floated cross not hit the woodwork in the first half as the Roar, who are one point adrift of the top six, fell short.

Adam le Fondre pulled clear at the top of the A-League scoring charts with his 14th goal of the season in a dominant 3-0 Sydney FC win at Melbourne Victory.

Le Fondre, previously tied with Jamie Maclaren on 13, applied a close-range finish shortly before the half-hour mark to open the scoring and tee up a simple Sydney victory.

The league leaders are now 11 points clear having added to their advantage in the second half.

Kosta Barbarouses, Le Fondre's strike partner, doubled Sydney's lead, before Alexander Baumjohann made it 3-0 with his first goal for the club.

However, both sides ended with 10 men, as Leigh Broxham, already on a booking, brought down Baumjohann, who lashed out and was shown a straight red card.

Earlier in the day, Wellington Phoenix edged past basement side Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Sky Stadium.

Newcastle peppered the home goal with 28 attempts but could find no way through before substitute Jaushua Sotirio netted for Phoenix with his first touch after 53 minutes.

A Jets goal finally arrived 13 minutes later through Abdiel Arroyo, yet Wellington's response was swift, Ulises Davila - the creator of the opener - striking to clinch the points.

Sydney FC held on to claim a 2-1 win at Newcastle Jets to increase their unbeaten run to 10 A-League matches and open up a 12-point lead at the summit.

Steve Corica's men have only dropped points in two matches this season and continued their wonderful run of form at rock-bottom Newcastle, though the defending champions made hard work of the victory.

Adam Le Fondre opened the scoring with his 13th goal in as many games this season, rounding off a lovely move, only for Jets to peg Sydney back through Steven Ugarkovic's gorgeous 25-yard strike into the top-right corner.

Kosta Barbarouses restored the visitors' lead in the 36th minute when tucking away Milos Ninkovic's cut-back and that proved decisive, though Newcastle did pile the pressure on in the second half, with Abdiel Arroyo striking the crossbar.

Victory leaves Sydney in fine shape at the A-League summit with 34 points, a dozen more than Melbourne City – who face Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

Paulo Retre scored a first-half brace as Sydney FC held on to beat Adelaide United 2-1 and move nine points clear at the top of the A-League table.

In the week that he signed a contract extension with the league leaders, Retre's double put Sydney in command at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium before Riley McGree pulled one back.

Adelaide are without a win in 11 league meetings with Sydney but came close to opening the scoring five minutes in when Ryan Strain hit the post with an impressive strike.

The hosts, who had their advantage cut to six points following Melbourne City's narrow win over Western United on Friday, grew into the match and scored a quickfire double. 

Paul Izzo saved Harry Van der Saag's header but the ball fell invitingly for Retre to steer in, and the midfielder scored a second six minutes later with a low shot from 18 yards.

McGree, returning from a month out, got the final touch to James Troisi's cross to reduce the arrears before half-time, but the visitors could not find a leveller after the interval. 

Wellington Phoenix beat Central Coast Mariners 2-1 at Sky Stadium in Saturday's other A-League clash to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches.

English strikers Gary Hooper and David Ball gave the hosts a two-goal lead, but Luke DeVere scored an own goal and Wellington required Stefan Marinovic to produce a fine save to preserve the three points.

A-League leaders Sydney FC played for 65 minutes with 10 men but rallied to beat second-placed Melbourne City 2-1 on Sunday.

Kosta Barbarouses struck late on to extend Sydney's advantage at the summit to nine points, settling a more sedate second half after a gripping first period that featured two goals, a red card and a missed penalty.

That frantic spell was kickstarted by the City opener in the 22nd minute as a short corner from the right saw Craig Noone send a cross towards the back post to Connor Metcalfe, who thundered a header past Andrew Redmayne.

Sydney quickly suffered a second blow when Rhyan Grant was sent off for an awful studs-up challenge into the shins of Nathaniel Atkinson, which was initially punished only with a yellow card before the referee reassessed the incident on the pitchside monitor.

However, the hosts were level following a scramble in the area when Tom Glover failed to deal with a deep free-kick, allowing Adam Le Fondre to finally slam past Harrison Delbridge on the line.

Noone missed a huge chance when through one-on-one at the other end, before Le Fondre was granted the opportunity to double his and Sydney's tally from the penalty spot.

But Glover's right leg blocked a powerful 12-yard drive after Delbridge was punished for halting Milos Ninkovic's tricky run into the City area.

Sydney were subsequently on the back foot for much of the second half, yet Scott Galloway allowed Barbarouses to cut inside and shape a fine left-footed finish into the bottom-left corner with six minutes remaining to secure a ninth straight home league win.

It is yet another Merry Christmas for Sydney FC in the A-League.

The Sky Blues are top of the table on Christmas Day for the third time in four seasons, continuing their dominance.

Being top on December 25 means a record-breaking trophy is likely for Sydney FC.

Alongside Melbourne Victory, they have won seven trophies in the A-League era – four championships and three premierships.

Another premiership is likely but a championship less so as we assess where previous league leaders on Christmas Day have ended up, thanks to Opta data.

- Only once have a team leading the league at Christmas finished outside the top two (Perth in 2014-15).

- Of the previous 14 seasons, the team top on December 25 have ended up first on nine occasions.

- However, only five times have the league leaders gone on to win the Grand Final.

- Four current teams – Newcastle Jets, Melbourne City, Wellington Phoenix and Western United – have not led the league at Christmas.

2019-20: Sydney FC
2018-19: Perth Glory (Premiers and grand final loss)
2017-18: Sydney FC (Premiers and semi-final loss)
2016-17: Sydney FC (Premiers and champions)
2015-16: Western Sydney Wanderers (2nd and grand final loss)
2014-15: Perth Glory (7th*)
2013-14: Brisbane Roar (Premiers and champions)
2012-13: Central Coast Mariners (2nd and champions)
2011-12: Central Coast Mariners (Premiers and preliminary final loss)
2010-11: Brisbane Roar (Premiers and champions)
2009-10: Melbourne Victory (2nd and grand final loss)
2008-09: Adelaide United (2nd and grand final loss)
2007-08: Central Coast Mariners (Premiers and grand final loss)
2006-07: Melbourne Victory (Premiers and champions)
2005-06: Adelaide United (Premiers and preliminary final loss)

* Perth finished third in 2014-15 before salary cap breaches saw them banned from the finals and placed in seventh.

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