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New Zealand captain Brendon
McCullum has praised his side’s
resilience after they bounced back from
a heavy defeat to square their test series
The Black Caps completed an emphatic
199-run win in the second test at
Headingley today to end the two-match
series level at 1-1 just over a week after
their 124-run defeat in the first test at
England, set what would have been a
new fourth innings test victory total of
455, resumed today on 0-44 but collapsed
to 4-62 before lunch and were eventually
bowled out for 255.
Part-time off-spinner Kane Williamson,
primarily a batsman and once barred
from bowling in international cricket
because of a suspect action, was one of
New Zealand’s bowling heroes with 3-15
in seven overs.
“ We bounced back after Lord’s,”
McCullum said after leading New
Zealand to just their ninth win in 101
tests against England.
“O bviously with a two-test series we
had to force the pace and I thought the
guys bought into that and we played a
really entertaining brand of cricket.”
Williamson made a fine century at
Lord’s but managed just six runs in total
“There’s instinct and then there’s pure
gamblingIthink ...Kane’s got abitof a
knack,” McCullum said.
“He’s one of those guys who if he’s had
a quiet test match you can be pretty sure
that he’s going to get involved somehow.”
McCullum also singled out man of
the match B J Watling who, playing as a
batsman only after a knee injury suffered
at Lord’s prevented him keeping wicket,
justified his inclusion with a second-
innings 120 that enabled the tourists to
build a decisive lead after both sides made
350 in their first innings.
“I thought B J Watling was outstanding,
we love him,” McCullum said.
“He’s a tremendous player, he’s got a big
heart and he’s a guy that you can build
your team around.”
Meanwhile, England captain Alastair
Cook was left to rue another missed
opportunity as, for the second series in
a row following their drawn campaign
in the West Indies, his side were pegged
back after going ahead.
“It was a disappointing day. After
halfway we were right in the game but
credit to New Zealand,” Cook said, who
surpassed Graham Gooch as England’s
all-time record test run-scorer on Sunday.
England had been 1-215 in their first
innings before losing a flurry of wickets
while their fallible close catching —
several chances went down — was shown
up by New Zealand’s excellence in the
“As always against a good side, if you’re
not 100% on your A game you get found
out so credit to Brendon and his team,”
added Cook, England ’s man of the
series after the left-handed opener’s 162
at Lord’s was followed by two fifties at
“They deserved the win.” — AFP
Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer
today by unexpectedly saying he would step
down as FIFA president in the wake of a
corruption investigation that reportedly may
include the embattled chief himself.
Citing sources familiar with the case, The
New York Times and ABC News reported
today that Blatter was being investigated by
the Federal Bureau of Investigation and US
Reuters was not immediately able to
confirm the report. Blatter has not been
charged with any wrongdoing.
Blatter, 79, announced his decision to step
down at a hastily arranged news conference
in Zurich, six days after police raided a hotel
in the city and arrested several FIFA officials,
and four days after he was re-elected to a fifth
term as FIFA president.
Blatter said an election to choose a new
president would be held as soon as possible,
though a FIFA official said it would probably
not take place until at least December.
“FIFA needs profound restructuring,”
Blatter said, a Swiss national who has been a
dominant presence at FIFA for decades.
“I decided to stand again to be elected
because I was convinced it was the best
option for football. Although the members of
FIFA gave me a new mandate, this mandate
does not seem to be supported by everyone in
Blatter’s decision to step down as the
growing scandal plunges FIFA further into
the worst crisis in its history was welcomed
by his most prominent critics.
European football federation chief Michel
Platini, a French former international player
and favourite to succeed Blatter as FIFA
president, said,: “It was a difficult decision, a
brave decision, and the right decision.”
The second favourite on the list, Jordan’s
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, who stood
against Blatter but withdrew after gaining
73 votes to Blatter’s 133 in the first round of
last Friday ’s vote, stopped short of confirming
that he would run again.
Asked if there should be a fresh start at
FIFA, he told Britain’s Channel 4 News, “I’m
willing to help.”
Greg Dyke, chairman of the English
Football Association and one of Blatter’s
most outspoken critics, said it was “good
news for world football” but then questioned
“ Who got him? Who shot him?” he asked.
“I don’t believe he went for any sort of
moral basis so something has happened
between then and now which means he has
FIFA, which Blatter had led since 1998, was
shocked last week by the announcement of
a US investigation into alleged widespread
financial wrongdoing stretching back more
than two decades.
Swiss authorities also mounted their own
criminal probe into the awarding of the 2018
and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar,
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko
said Blatter’s decision to step down was
“courageous” and would help prevent a split
While Blatter was not mentioned in the
US or Swiss investigations, there had been
widespread calls for him to quit, mostly from
Western nations. Some major sponsors also
expressed misgivings about the impact of the
Two sponsors, Coca-Cola Co and Adidas,
welcomed Blatter’s resignation.
“ Today ’s news marks a step in the right
direction on FIFA’s path to establish and
follow transparent compliance standards in
everything they do,” Adidas said.
The US Justice Department, the FBI and
the US Attorney ’s office had no comment.
The office of the Swiss Attorney General,
which is investigating alleged criminal
mismanagement and money laundering at
FIFA, said Blatter’s resignation would have
no effect on its proceedings.
It said Blatter himself was not subject to
European sports officials said it was an
important move but that FIFA needed deeper
French Sports State Secretary Thierry
Braillard called it a first step to restore
“Beyond the people, structural reforms must
Blatter had initially attempted to bat away
the furore, relying on his extensive network of
friends to hold on to power at FIFA.
Football associations in Africa and Asia
had stood by him despite the scandal, saying
they welcomed the FIFA funds he channelled
to them for the development of the game in
impoverished parts of the world.
Kalusha Bwalya, Football Association
of Zambia president and former African
Footballer of the Year, said he was shocked.
“The man has done a lot for FIFA,” he
“For Africa he was always there, he was
The investigation closed in on Blatter
today, when FIFA denied that his right-hand
man, Secretary-General Jerome Valcke, was
implicated in a $10 million payment relating
to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that
is at the heart of the US case.
At the same time, a letter addressed to
Valcke from the South African Football
Association was published outlining the
transaction. Hours later FIFA called the
emergency news conference and Blatter,
who became FIFA secretary general in 1981
and president 17 years later, announced his
During his FIFA career he survived a series
of scandals including widespread accusations
that Qatar bought the right to stage the 2022
World Cup in a country with little football
history and where summer temperatures
regularly top 40degC.
Qatar has always denied any wrongdoing.
After what was described as the worst day in
FIFA’s history last Wednesday, Blatter
told the conference: “Football needs a strong
and experienced leader. One that knows all
the ins and outs and can work with our
Overcoming opposition from European
soccer’s governing body UEFA, which
threatened at one point to boycott the
Congress, he was elected for another four
His fifth term lasted just four days.
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Lydia Ko will be out to defend her
No 1 world ranking on her return to the
fairways this week.
The 18-year-old New Zealander will
tee it up at the Manulife LPGA Classic
in Canada with Inbee Park closing in on
the top billing after the Korean finished
in a share of fifth at the Shoprite LPGA
Classic in New Jersey last weekend.
Park’s top-five effort saw her move to
10.73 ranking points, while Ko, who did
not play in New Jersey, has 10.89 points.
Park is a former world No 1 but Ko
has held the top spot for 18 weeks and
the pair have a comfortable lead over the
third-placed Stacy Lewis (9.54), while
there is an even bigger drop to Hyo-Joo
Kim (6.32) who is in fourth.
Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist was the big
mover in the rankings this week as she
jumped to seventh with 5.45 points
following her victory at the Shoprite
Park is the defending champion at the
Manulife LPGA Classic that will take
place in Ontario but Ko will be well-
rested after having a break last week.
After the Canadian event, the focus
will turn to Ko’s search for an elusive
first major title when the tour heads
to New York for the Women’s PGA
Championship, which is the second
major of the year.
Despite all of Ko’s accolades, she is yet
to win a major crown. She finished in a
share of 51st at the ANA Inspiration,
the first major of the year, in California
in April. — NZME
of the New Zealand Herald
New Zealand have opened
their World Rugby Under 20
Championship campaign in
style with a 68-10 thrashing of
Scotland in Parma.
Once they had worked out the
often mysterious breakdown
rulings of Argentine referee Juan
Sylvestre and found their rhythm,
New Zealand made Scotland pay
with their wide continuity game.
In the early exchanges, Scotland
played to their driving lineout
strength, scoring through that
venue via lock Lewis Carmichael,
though he actually dropped the
ball in the tackle.
New Zealand centre and
vice-captain Jack Goodhue was
sinbinned, possibly unfairly, for
what was deemed a trip.
Just before the quarter mark, No
6 Akira Ioane kick-started New
Zealand with a burst down the
flanks — he was given free rein
to terrorise the Scottish defence
in this manner all game — to set
up fullback George Bridge for the
Wing Tevita Li, who
scored seven tries in the 2014
tournament in New Zealand,
bolted 45m for a breakout second
try and New Zealand were away.
Another try to Ioane followed
and New Zealand went to half-
time at 27-10 to the good, their
2-3 passes off each phase having
Scotland on the rack.
Six tries followed in the second
spell, and even when coach Scott
Robertson emptied his bench,
they lost little structure.
Scotland’s cause was not helped
when centre Archie Russell was
yellow carded for a dangerous
tackle on Jack Goodhue.
All three loose for wards were
outstanding, especially Blake
Gibson before he was subbed at
the 50 minute mark. Openside
Mitch Karpik celebrated his
20th birthday in style, scoring a
try from a lineout drive as New
Zealand gave Scotland a taste of
their own medicine.
New Zealand’s dominance was
underlined by their final try, to
second five T J Faiane, who ran
40m and had to pull his shorts
up in the process, but he was
First five Mitch Hunt, who may
be keeping the jersey warm for
Otere Black, showed some classy
touches, scoring a solo try from a
simple scrum move and slotting
10 goals from 13 attempts for a
personal haul of 28 points.
New Zealand’s scrum monstered
Scotland from the get-go, and
they had too much of an allround
game for the Scots to handle,
though Sean Lineen’s men did
not aid themselves with unforced
errors such as having players in
front of the kickoff and failing to
find touch from penalties.
New Zealand captain Atu Moli
was, ultimately, happy with the
“Scotland came strong at us in
the first 10 minutes and there
were a lot of penalties. I wouldn’t
say I was frustrated. I was just
trying to get a good relationship
with the referee,” said the
tighthead prop, diplomatically.
New Zealand now gear up to
face Argentina on Saturday. They
were edged 18-16 by Six Nations
champions Ireland in the other
Pool C encounter.
In Pool A, France beat Wales
19-10 and England over whelmed
Japan 59-7, while in Pool B,
Australia subdued Samoa 34-22
and South Africa defeated home
side Italy 33-5.
New Zealand 68 (George
Bridge, Tevita Li, Akira Ioane,
Blake Gibson, Mitch Karpik, Jack
Goodhue, Geoff Cridge, Mitch
Hunt, TJ Faiane tries; Hunt 7
con, 3 pen) Scotland 10 (Lewis
Carmichael try; Rory Hutchinson
con, pen) Halftime: 27-10 New
New Zealand’s future at the
Under-20 World Cup hangs in
the balance, after a resounding
4-0 defeat at the hands of the
United States last night.
An occasion that promised
so much was ultimately flat,
as the home side offered little
against a superb American
team. They lacked the energy
and conviction they had
displayed against Ukraine, and
at times passed the ball with
the accuracy of a group who
had just been introduced before
kick-off, not a squad who has
enjoyed the best build up of
any New Zealand team in
The Junior All Whites still
have a chance of progressing to
the second round — a victory
against Myanmar would
probably be enough — but that
is by no means assured on this
evidence. New Zealand lack a
cutting edge in front of goal,
are too predictable in midfield
and look hesitant at the back.
It will not be an easy repair job
over the next few days.
The United States were a cut
above. Their movement, touch
and vision was far superior
for most of the match and
Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem lived
up to the hype; he was brilliant
and looks an early contender
for the Golden Ball award.
But it did not help that the
Junior All Whites could not
retain the ball in midfield.
There was some pretty stuff in
their own half but possession
was almost immediately
squandered whenever they
came close to the final third.
They also could not hold the
ball up front — American
striker Rubio Rubin gave a
master-c lass in this — and
too often resorted to a hopeful
long ball for ward. Even the
New Zealand kick off routine,
where the ball is played long
to the corners, looked like
something out of Graham
Taylor’s Watford play book in
the early 1980s. The American
defenders, marshalled by the
impressive Matthew Miazga
(New York Red Bulls), were far
too good for that. And when
New Zealand did get into good
positions, they tended to attack
down narrow channels, instead
of looking for open spaces.
Overall it feels like a massive
missed opportunity; a 15,000
strong crowd but not much of a
product from the home side.
New Zealand made the worst
possible start. After Noah
Billingsley had a good early
chance — stopped by a timely
tackle — Rubin snapped home
a rebound in the sixth minute
to give the United States the
The Americans then put the
foot on the accelerator. Their
second goal (33rd minute) was
lucky — a mistake by Oliver
Sail — but just reward for
their dominance, as Fulham’s
Emerson Hyndman slid the
ball into an empty net. Paul
Arriola added the visitor’s
third just before the hour
to kill the game — and the
occasion — off and their fourth
(83rd minute) sent the crowd
heading for the exits.
United States 4 (R Rubin 6,
83 E Hyndham 33, P Arriola
58), New Zealand 0. Half-time:
U20 RUGBY WORLD CUP
U20 RUGBY WORLD CUP
NZ U20s thrash Scotland
PICTURE: Getty Images
New Zealand under 20’s Blake Gibson is tackled in this morning’s match against Scotland at Stadio
Sergio Lanfranchi, in Parma, Italy.
Greymouth squash player Nathan
Coll won the open men’s title at
a tournament in Wanaka at the
weekend, giving him his first open
Coll did not lose a match, winning
all of his games in three sets.
Fellow Greymouth players also
did well at the tournament.
Jimmy Campbell secured fourth
place after winning two and losing
two. He played cousin Ben Coll
winning in three sets to get him
a semi-final spot where he came
up against another cousin Nathan
Coll, and lost in three sets.
Ben Coll, also competing in the
men’s open, was fifth. He secured
the special plate title, beating his
Sam Coll, competing in her first
tournament away, fired up straight
away, taking out third place in a
great show of power and ser ves in
the women’s division II. She proved
too strong against her partner,
winning in three easy sets.
Teri Campbell lost in her plate
final in the same division to a
worthy opponent, in five sets, going
down to 15-16, match point in the
Dean Greaney played his first
tournament and showed some
good skills and gained plenty of
Ko clings to No 1 spot
Coll wins Wanaka Open
FBI probe sees Blatter resign
PICTURE: Getty Images
The Black Caps celebrate after dismissing England’s Jos Buttler, top, to win the
fifth and final day of the second test at Headingley in Leeds.Off-spinners Kane
Williamson and Mark Craig shared six wickets as the Black Caps thrashed
England by 199 runs.
Black Caps triumphant
U20 FOOTBALL WORLD CUP
PICTURE: Getty Images
Junior All White’s Deklan Wynne, left, and United States
Paul Arriola compete for the ball in last night ’s clash at Albany
Stadium in Auckland.
Junior All Whites
fall to United States
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