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Brisbane have ended their five-week
winless A-League run with a hard-fought
1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at
The fourth-placed Roar, who have not
won in Wellington for more than three
years, had to work for Saturday ’s win, with
Jamie Maclaren sliding home the winner in
a well-worked 87th-minute move.
The Phoenix had their chances,
particularly in a busy second half, but were
again punished for their inability to find
the crucial finish.
Brisbane had started strongly, ramping up
the midfield pressure from the first whistle,
and without the luxury of time on the ball,
Wellington struggled to find their rhythm.
Roar winger Tommy Oar proved a
constant menace but it was a Jack Hingert
snap- shot in the ninth minute which first
tested Phoenix keeper Glen Moss.
Four minutes later, Oar’s powerful strike
from just outside the box also had Moss at
Roy Krishna’s pace up front provided
Wellington’s best chances on the counter-
attack, but Roar custodian Michael Theo
remained largely untested until late in the
Slick interplay between Krishna and Roly
Bonevacia opened up space in the middle
in the 35th minute but the Dutchman
couldn’t get the finish. Both teams had their
chances as the first half drew to a close.
Roar playmaker Dimitri Petratos’s free
kick was parried away by Moss in the 41st
minute, then Krishna launched a probing
ball in behind the Brisbane defence, only
for Kosta Barbarouses’ volley to find the
Wellington sorely tested Brisbane’s
defence after the restart, Barbarouses
sparking the 6449-strong crowd into life
when he nutmegged Luke de Vere.
The cross into Shane Smeltz was overhit,
but the signs were ominous for the Roar,
who were forced into sur vival mode for
The visitors lost key defender Corey
Brown at the 70-minute mark, the 23-
year- old left back forced from the field
after being clattered by Jacob Tratt.
Brisbane, coming off three straight losses,
worked their way back and laid siege to the
Wellington goal in the last 15 minutes.
First Borello then Petratos unleashed
stinging strikes, Moss responding with two
The game looked destined for a scoreless
draw until Maclaren glided past Phoenix
centreback Andrew D urante and crossed
for Borello, who drew Moss then found
Maclaren for the simple finish and his
eighth goal of the season. — NZ N
Ross Taylor raced past one
milestone but could not reach
another as New Zealand
reclaimed a small edge in the
second test against Bangladesh
Taylor was dismissed for 77
soon before tea on day two as the
Black Caps accelerated to 192-4
at Hagley Oval in response to the
In the process, he become the
third New Zealander to pass
6000 test runs.
failed to equal the record for
the number of centuries for
his country. He remains on 16,
one behind the tally of his late
mentor Martin Crowe.
It was nevertheless
important 103-ball knock from
the 32-year-old, who arrived
with his team listing at 47-2 and
set about forging a century stand
with Tom Latham (68).
Taylor produced an array of
trademark shots but was loose at
times, offering a difficult chance
when on 75 which was spilled by
Kamrul at deep square leg.
Offspinner Mehedi Hasan
surprisingly given the new ball
but returned to remove Taylor.
The former captain was caught
at short midwicket by sub
fielder Taijul Islam, with the
dismissal confirmed by third
umpire Marais Erasmus after
uncertainty over whether the
shot was a bump ball.
Henry Nicholls fell agonisingly short of a
maiden test century but he has helped New
Zealand claim an edge in the second test
Nicholls’ head rocked back in despair after
he was bowled by spinner Mehedi Hasan for
a career-best 98 before lunch on day four.
However, the left-hander’s knock has helped
build a 65-run first innings lead after they
were dismissed for 354.
Bangladesh, who scored 289 first up, were to
face a handful of overs before lunch.
Their chances of notching a first test win
over the Black Caps was not helped by
a loose performance in the field, spilling
catches behind the wicket offered by Tim
Southee (17) and Neil Wagner (26), to lift
their tally of drops to six for the innings.
Wagner’s important knock did not lack for
He took an early blow to the helmet and
made successful review when given out lbw
by English umpire Nigel Llong off unlucky
seamer Taskin Ahmed.
Wagner’s dismissal, the last of the innings,
was highly unusual.
He grounded his bat when completing a
second run but it was back in the air when
when wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan took off the
bails. Because Wagner was yet to ground a
foot, he was deemed out.
New Zealand scored quickly after resuming
at 260-7 in sunny but blustery conditions
after the entire third day was washed out.
Southee was caught at short cover off
Shakib Al Hasan, giving the allrounder 4-50
with his left-arm spin.
Nicholls was not afraid to play his shots,
hitting 12 fours in an innings which was
streaky at times but may have rescued his test
He endured a nervous time in the 90s and
fell when he advanced down the track only to
get an inside edge to a full delivery, dragging
it onto his stumps.
The 25-year-old was under pressure after
managing just three half-centuries in his
first 16 innings. He came into the test on his
home ground with an average of 26.57.
The start of play was delayed by an hour
when water was found to seeped through the
pitch covers. Ground staff used leaf blowers
to expedite the resumption. — N ZN
World No 1 and defending
Australian Open champion
Angelique Kerber has been
bundled out of the tournament
by unseeded American Coco
Vandeweghe was irrepressible
in last night’s late-finishing
match on Rod Laver Arena,
winning 6-2, 6-3 in an hour
and eight minutes.
Hitting 30 winners to seven,
the 25-year-old completely
exasperated Kerber, who was
powerless and showed it.
The German threw her arms
in the air in frustration several
times as she watched balls pass
her at the baseline without a
hope of reaching them.
Kerber is the latest big name
to exit the tournament before
their seeding would suggest.
The top two men — Andy
Murray and Novak Djokovic
— and three of the top four
women — Kerber, Aga
Radwanska and Simona Halep
— have departed in the Open’s
Serena Williams will now be
a prohibitive favourite to claim
a seventh crown at Melbourne
Park, but on the basis of
Vandeweghe’s showing, she
could also go all the way.
“ It’s really special to play a No
1 player in the world on any
stage. I believe its my first No 1
win so I’ll take that,” she said.
“ Last year I came here and
I didn’t even win a match and
here I am now.”
Vandeweghe’s win advances
her to just a second career
slam quarter-final, where she
will play Spanish seventh seed
Against Kerber, she set
the tone from the opening
game, won with two booming
The German gave up the
break in the sixth game as
Vander weghe’s baseline bullets
kept falling inside the court’s
Momentum swung in the
second set, with Kerber
bursting out of the blocks to
break Vandeweghe at the first
time of asking. It did not hold.
Vandeweghe broke back to
love, screaming a half-volley
forehand down the line to stun
the German again.
She finished the match by
winning four straight games,
ending Kerber’s run of 17
straight wins at the hardcourt
After the win, the brash
American revealed her overly
confident persona had been an
“I faked it a lot because I was
feeling like crap out there ...
what do they say, ‘fake it until
you make it’?,” she said.
“ When you play tough
players, like you will in later
rounds of tournaments,
you can’t be showing you’re
struggling or not confident.”
Kerber’s loss continues a
poor run for newly-installed
female No 1.
Five of the last seven have
been dumped from their first
major as top seed earlier than
Should Serena Williams
take the crown, she will regain
the world No 1 ranking from
Kerber after spending 19
weeks as second banana to the
Serena Williams’ campaign
for a 23rd major crown
continues today at the
Australian Open, when she
opens play against Barbora
favourite to defeat the Czech
16th seed, and following the
exit of Angelique Kerber last
night, the bookmakers’ choice
to win the title.
Given the shock results at
Melbourne Park, anything
now seems possible. Williams
certainly has the pedigree to
defy that trend.
She is bidding for a 10th
result at grand slams.
Strycova has lost both of her
previous two meetings with
Williams, both played in 2012,
including in the second round
of the Australian Open.
Johanna Konta is a possible
opponent for Williams in the
last eight, with the Brit taking
on Ekaterina Makarova later
Australia’s sole remaining
singles hope, Daria Gavrilova,
will play dangerous fifth-seed
Karolina Pliskova on Rod
Laver Arena tonight.
The meeting of unseeded duo
Jennifer Brady and Mirjana
Lucic-Baroni completes the
fourth-round women’s action
The marquee men’s match
of the day is 2009 champion
Rafael Nadal against sixth-
seed Gael Monfils.
Nadal is ranked below
the Frenchman but has a
dominant 12-2 record against
Monfils, and is unbeaten
against him in five years.
World No 3 Milos Raonic,
the highest men’s seed left
in the draw, takes on 13th-
ranked Roberto Bautista
Agut on Hisense Arena. The
winners of those two matches
will meet in a quarter-final.
Dominic Thiem and David
Goffin meet in an all-
European fourth-round match
on Rod Laver Arena and
Grigor Dimitrov also plays
Novak Djokovic’s conqueror
Denis Istomin on Margaret
Court Arena. — AAP
Ish Sodhi is trying to stay positive after
missing out on the Black Caps one day squad
for the first two matches of the Chappell-
Hadlee series with Australia.
Sodhi shrugged off the setback by taking
2-28 for the Northern Knights in their two
wicket loss to the Central Stags in Hamilton
yesterday to back up his excellent Twenty20
form across the Tasman.
The legspinner was on fire last week
finishing with figures of 6-11 in the Big Bash
League for the Adelaide Strikers against the
“It’s nice to perform on the big stage —
it was quite pleasing for me to be able to
spin the ball both ways, something that I
have been working on a lot over the last 2-3
months and I guess it ’s paying off.
“Every game that I play is a big game for
me and I’m just trying to perform the best I
can every time for the team that I’m playing
for” Sodhi said.
But he was omitted from the Black Caps’
50-over side for the first two games at
Auckland’s Eden Park on January 30 and
Napier’s McLean Park three days later.
The 24-year-old has been told by the
national selectors he has a chance of playing
for the Black Caps in the third one-dayer in
Hamilton on February 5.
“Selection wise I’m not too worried about
that at the moment, I’m just hoping to do
my job for Northern Districts and if higher
honours come down the track that ’s great ”
His performances in T20 cricket may
have opened the door to an Indian Premier
League contract when the auction takes place
on February 4 but he remains focused on the
here and now.
“ If the opportunity comes I will grab it with
“ I’ll try and get over there and do the same
thing I’ve been doing” he said. — NZ N
A five-star performance from David
Warner has fired Australia to a heady 86-
run ODI win over Pakistan in Sydney and
set up an unassailable 3-1 series lead.
The tourists were set a monster target
of 354 at the SCG after a swashbuckling
ton from Warner (130), and half-centuries
from Glenn Maxwell (78) and Travis Head
In front of a crowd of 31,979, a wasteful
Pakistan then went down swinging to be
all out for 267 off 43.5 overs in a reply that
involved two classic Warner catches in the
The final match of a miserable Australian
tour for Pakistan is now an Australia Day
dead rubber in Adelaide.
Opener Sharjeel Khan did his best Warner
impression with a quickfire 74 off 47 balls
to launch Pakistan in their pursuit of what
would ’ve been a record chase at the ground.
Even when Australia grassed consecutive
Shoaib Malik chances in the 35th over, the
visitors were five runs ahead of Australia’s
1-196 at the same point in the innings.
Poor batting and clutch fielding left
Pakistan ruing starts for four batsmen
that weren’t converted into the big innings
needed to turn the Adelaide ODI into a
Khan, Malik (41), Babar Azam (31) and
Mohammad Hafeez (40) failed to kick on
after getting their eye in, and all were guilty
of throwing away their wickets in the deep.
Sydney local Warner caught both Khan
and Malik with running efforts near the
boundary, the second of which included a
spectacular lunging dive to give Head his
second wicket (2-66).
Zampa, playing in his first match of the
series, ended the night with 3-55 off his 10
Earlier, some heavy hitting from Australia’s
batsmen helped them post 6-353 from their
50 overs — the fifth highest ODI total at
the Moore Park venue.
Warner provided the early fireworks to
register his first century of the series before
being brought undone on 130 off 119 balls,
including 11 boundaries and two maximums.
Momentum changed temporarily when
Steve Smith fell two balls later (49), however
Glenn Maxwell and Head wasted no time
re-igniting the flurry of runs to push the
total towards 350.
Head pummelled 51 off 36, while Maxwell
entertained the Sydney faithful with his
imaginative free-swinging on his way to a
44-ball knock of 78.
Together with Warner, the threesome
combined for all seven of the team’s sixes.
Hassan Ali was the pick of the Pakistan
attack, having claimed five of the six wickets
to finish with 5-52 off his 10 overs.
Australia have now won eight series in
succession against Pakistan, a winning
streak dating back to 2002.
Warner was delighted with the team’s
work with the bat, but reser ved special
praise for an attack that limited Pakistan on
a batsman-friendly pitch.
“It was a better wicket to bat on then
obviously to bowl on, but they changed their
pace. They bowled well, they executed well,
and we knew (Pakistan) always had to come
hard,” he said.
“Shajeel was always going to give us a
chance with the way he plays and thankfully
enough we took that. From there the
momentum slowed a little bit.”
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was once
again left frustrated by his team’s fielding.
“ You can’t compete with a side like
Australia if you give their top five all
chances. Incredibly frustrated, and it’s not
through lack of hard work,” he said.
“The gap between the best side in the
world and where we sit at the moment is not
great in terms of batting and bowling. But in
terms of field, athleticism, fitness, running
between the wickets, the gap’s massive.”
Canoe slalom triple
Olympian Luuka Jones
has been narrowly denied
twin victories at the
New Zealand Open near
Rio Games silver
medallist Jones was a
convincing winner in
her specialist K1 class at
the two-day event which
was buffeted by strong
winds and rain on the
However, she was
upstaged by Tauranga’s
Kelly Travers in the
C1 discipline. Despite
picking up four penalty
touches, Travers clocked
134.82 seconds for her
Jones was second with
142.09 in an event she
has added to her training
and racing programme
with an eye to chase twin
medals at the 2020 Tokyo
Earlier, Jones had
picked up one touch in
a dominant K1 final
109.75sec, heading off
Prigent and Briton
Delfour, won the men’s
K1 final, pipping Swiss
rival Martin Dougoud by
0.08sec. Olympian Mike
Dawson was the best
Kiwi, compromised by
hitting two gates.
New Zealander Ben
Gibb was third in the
C1, which was won by
Thibault Blaise of France.
Many of the paddlers
will line up again for
this weekend ’s Oceania
Auckland. — NZ N
Taylor falls short of milestone NZ century
PICTURE: Getty Images
Coco Vandeweghe salutes the crowd after beating world No 1 Angelique Kerber last night at
Vandeweghe stuns Kerber
Jones upstaged in
New Zealand surfing
pioneer Maz Q uinn
has ridden his last
competitive wave. Q uinn,
40, has announced his
retirement from domestic
previously quit the sport
Quinn retires from surf comps
Late Brisbane goal sinks Phoenix in Wellington
Sodhi bides time after missing call-up
Aussies wrap up series against Pakistan
Manchester United manager Jose
Mourinho will not stand in Wayne
Rooney ’s way if the Red Devils’ captain
decides to move to China.
Rooney became United ’s record scorer,
passing Bobby Charlton, when his 250th
club goal earned a 1-1 draw at Stoke in
the Premier League yesterday.
The 31-year-old came off the bench to
help his side rescue a point, meaning half
of his 16 league appearances this season
have come as a substitute.
Several high-profile players have moved
from Europe to play in the Chinese Super
League, with Rooney being linked with a
switch when his United career comes to
United boss Mourinho feels Rooney
remains an important player for the club
but believes his skipper has earned the
right to decide where he wants to play in
“I think he still has more to give us,
but you reach a certain level in his career
when it is up to him,” the former Chelsea
manager told several national newspapers.
“Could anyone be critical with Zlatan
last summer if he decided to go to China
or the US? Could anyone be critical with
one guy with such an amazing career? No,
and I think with Wayne it is the same. He
owns his life, he owns his career. It ’s him,
his family and his decision.”
Mourinho insisted he has not had talks
with Rooney about the for ward’s future
but defended players who opted for a
move to China. — Reuters
Rooney passes Charlton’s record
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