Verbs and their collocations in the context of sport
Our team won/lost by three goals/points.
She broke the Olympic record last year.
He holds the record for the 100 metres breast-stroke.
Liverpool beat Hamburg 4-2 yesterday.
The team have never been defeated. [more formal than beat]
How many goals/points have you scored this season?
I think I'll take up bowls next spring and give up golf.
People who do particular sports
-er can be used for many sports, e.g. footballer, swimmer, windsurfer, high-jumper, cricketer, golfer, etc. Player is often necessary, e.g. tennis-player, snooker-player, darts-player; we can also say football-player, cricket-player. Some names must be learnt separatel e.g. canoeist, cyclist, mountaineer, jockey, archer (not archerer), gymnast.