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Turnovers have proven costly
for New Zealand at the under-19
basketball World Cup, the Junior Tall
Blacks falling 80-69 to European
champions France in Cairo.
The young New Zealanders led
France 37-36 at half-time, and stayed
within reach until late in the final
Sam Waardenburg led the way
for New Zealand with 14 points
and nine rebounds, Quinn Clinton
(13 points) and Tai Wynyard
(12 and five) also offering solid
New Zealand won the rebounding
battle 38-33 and shot with better
accuracy than the French in all areas
except free throws.
But coach Daryl Cartwright says
turnovers again hurt the Junior Tall
Blacks, with 26 limiting their ability
to put strong runs together.
“ We played some great basketball
and had a very good first half and
maybe shocked them a little with our
physical play,” he said.
“Coming down the stretch we did
not quite execute as we might have
liked and France made some big
shots. The score ballooned out with a
soft turnover at the end and a couple
Cartwright is confident his team
will improve in looking after the ball,
but suggested some of the turnovers
were the result of trying to do the
“Some were classed as positive
turnovers, we were maybe called for
offensive fouls — but there were
some in there that were mental errors
or sloppy execution which we need to
tidy up and be better.”
New Zealand ’s final pool game is
against world No 9 Argentina on
Wednesday. They won their opening
pool match against South Korea
88-81. — NZN
Junior Tall Blacks
PICTURE: Getty Images
Katie Perkins of New Zealand in action against Australia.
White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates says
her team have plenty to work on after
their five-wicket loss to Australia in the
Women’s Cricket World Cup.
The New Zealanders meet the West
Indies at Taunton late on Thursday,
where Bates says they will be looking
for an improved effort in the field
“I think we need to work on our fielding
— both games in this tournament we’ve
been slightly disappointing in areas, so
that ’s going to be a key work on,” she
“O ur bowling options too we perhaps
need to be clearer with our plans on
these types of wickets and the balance of
our side going on.”
Bates, who top-scored with 51 in her
100th ODI for New Zealand, was left
kicking herself for an ill-timed dismissal.
“For this team to be successful, one
of the top five needs to be getting big
scores, at least 80s and hundreds - if we
want to get through this tournament,
that ’s going to be key.”
Australia underlined their status as
the team to beat, restricting the New
Zealanders to 219-9 in Bristol then
chasing down their target with eight
balls to spare.
The White Ferns were well set at
85-1 but Jess Jonassen ripped through
the top order with the wickets of Amy
Satterthwaite (21), Katey Martin (0)
Some lower-order resistance from Erin
Bermingham (35) and Katie Perkins
(52) helped the White Ferns clamber
past 200 but three wickets from Megan
Schutt pegged back the charge to put
Australia in full control.
Australia appeared to be cruising
to victory with in-form skipper Meg
Lanning looking in ominous touch at a
ground where she averages 128.
Young legspinner Amelia Kerr grabbed
two wickets in as many balls to give
New Zealand a sniff of an upset victory,
dismissing skipper Meg Lanning for 48
and Elyse Vilani for a first-ball duck.
However, Alex Blackwell (36 not
out) and Elysse Perry (71) guided the
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by
nine wickets in their opening match,
although there second game against
South Africa was abandoned due to rain
without a ball being bowled. — NZ N
White Ferns learn from
Chris Froome got a brutal reminder
of the unpredictable nature of the
Tour de France when he crashed
to the ground in the second stage,
recovering to finish with torn shorts
as German Marcel Kittel powered to
victory at the end of a huge sprint.
After being faster than his rivals
the opening time trial, defending
champion Froome was sitting
comfortably near the front of the
peloton when he was brought down
as a Katusha rider lost his balance in
front of him some 30km from the
“ I have no injuries thankfully —
I’ve just lost a little bit of skin on
my backside. That ’s the nature of the
race,” said Froome.
Last year’s runner-up Romain
Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) was
also involved in the pile-up but
the Frenchman and three-time
champion Froome made it back to
the main pack after a brief chase.
Froome’s Sky team-mate Geraint
Thomas retained the overall leader’s
yellow jersey at the end of the
203.5km ride from Duesseldorf in
Germany, ahead of Swiss Stefan
Kueng (BMC Racing) and Kittel.
“ When that (a crash in the front)
happens there’s nowhere to go, said
Thomas. “ There is no real damage at
all, he (Froome) lost a bit of skin, but
it ’s all good. You’ve got to be super
lucky to miss it and avoid it.”
There was also a big scare for Bardet.
“ Everyone slammed on the brakes,
so I was taken down by the riders in
front of me. It ’s never good to crash,
but this was okay,” the AG2R-La
Mondiale rider said.
“I hope I will have a good night’s
sleep. I was able to get back up on my
bike very quickly, and the whole team
surrounded me, so I lost no time. It
could have been much worse.”
Breakaway riders American Taylor
nearing his best after a serious leg
injury in 2014, and Frenchman Yoann
Offredo (Wanty-Group Gobert),
were given some breathing space as
the pile-up slowed down the peloton.
However the sprinters’ teams
organised themselves in the finale
and the duo were reined in 1.1 km
from the line.
Kittel, of the Q uick-Step Floors
team, had too much horsepower for
his rivals and he was half a wheel
ahead of the rest in a messy finish.
“I ’m super happy and super proud
as it was a special day since we started
from Germany,” said Kittel, who now
has 10 tour stage wins to his name.
“ We had a plan that we could really
execute but no team could. I was in
a good position 500 metres from the
line so I had my chance.
“I’m in very good shape, in very
good condition. We have definitely
good chances for more stage wins.”
French champion Arnaud Demare
(FDJ) settled for second with
another German, Andre Greipel
(Lotto Soudal), in third place.
(Dimension Data), who is on the
Tour despite suffering from the
Epstein Barr virus this season, took
an encouraging fourth place.
Tonight’s third stage will take
the peloton over 212.5 km from
Ver viers, Belgium, to Longwy as the
race enters France.
Ending at the top of a short, brutal
climb, it should favour the one-
day classic specialists such as world
champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia
and Belgium’s Olympic champion
Greg van Avermaet.
Froome gets brutal Tour de France reminder
TOUR DE FRANCE
STATE OF ORIGIN
New South Wales coach Laurie
Daley has named an unchanged
17 for the Blues’ State of Origin
decider against Queensland next
Injured for wards Tyson Frizell
(back and ribs) and Boyd Cordner
(calf ) will both be given a chance
to prove their fitness, while Jack de
Belin has been named as 18th man
Frizell will undergo scans on
today to determine the full extent
of his injury, while Cordner will
be given until later in the week to
prove his fitness after copping the
blow in game two.
It ’s also understood de Belin
would need to recover from a calf
injury of his own if he is to take
either of their spots, potentially
opening the door for Penrith’s
Trent Merrin to be brought in.
Meanwhile James Tedesco (ankle)
and Josh Dugan’s (corked thigh)
injuries are considered to be minor.
The announcement marks the first
time since 1996 that NSW have
kept an unchanged side for the
entire series, and just the second
time either state has been able to
do so in the 36-year history of the
The blues are attempting to claim
just their second series in 12 years,
but have not won a decider at
Suncorp Stadium since 2005.
New South Wales: James Tedesco,
Brett Morris, Josh D ugan, Jarryd
Hayne, Blake Ferguson, James
Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Aaron
Woods, Nathan Peats, Andrew
Fifita, Boyd Cordner (capt),
Josh Jackson, Tyson Frizell.
Bench: David Klemmer, Wade
Graham, Jake Trbojevic, Jack Bird.
NSW Blues unchanged for Origin III
Novak Djokovic said rediscovering
the winning feeling when he scored
his first tournament success since
January had provided the perfect
preparation for the Wimbledon
The Serbian broke his normal
pre-Wimbledon practice regime
to accept a wild card at the Aegon
International event in Eastbourne,
where he claimed his 68th tour title
by beating Gael Monfils 6-3 6-4 .
It was his first tournament win
since January and has left the world
number four confident of mounting
a challenge at Wimbledon, where
he has been drawn against Slovakia’s
Martin Klizan in the first round.
“A lot of time spent on the practice
courts, four quality matches. Just
overall very happy with the way it
went, and where my form is,” said
Djokovic who did not drop a set in
winning at Eastbourne.
“O bviously I was not playing too
many of the events in the week
prior to the beginning of the Grand
Slam in my career, but I decided to
do so this time because I felt like
I needed more matches in general,
but especially on the grass,” he told
a news conference on Sunday.
“That is very unique surface
that requires time for adaptation
and adjustment, especially for the
The three-times Wimbledon
champion has faced
unexpectedly rocky few months,
losing his number one ranking to
Andy Murray and failing to make
a mark at either the Australian or
That poor form led him to bring in
eight-times grand slam champion
Andre Agassi as coach ahead of
the French Open, where he lost
to Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the
quarter-finals, a defeat that meant
he dropped out of the world’s top
two for the first time since 2011.
Wimbledon in 2015, has made
another personnel change for the
grasscourt event which starts on
Monday, adding his friend and
former player Mario Ancic to his
coaching team alongside Agassi.
“He (Ancic) said he was anyway
coming to London. He would
be happy to spend some time
with Andre and myself during
Wimbledon,” said Djokovic, who
added that he did not know how
permanent the arrangement would
The 12-times Grand Slam winner
has not won one of tennis’s glittering
prizes since the 2016 French Open,
leading to speculation that he has
lost the desire to compete at the
Djokovic said it was more a case
of gaining a new perspective. “I
used to base all my happiness on
winning a tennis match. I think
many athletes today are doing that.
So I try not to do that any more,”
“Of course, I would love to win
every single tennis match I play
very essential, you know, moment
in my life which determines my
heading to Wimbledon
Warren Gatland has avoided
poking the All Blacks bear after
his British and Irish Lions’s 24-21
second-test victory, fully aware of
the New Zealanders’ tendency to
bounce back with force.
The Lions have sent the three-test
series to a decider next weekend
at Eden Park with a gritty win
against the world champions in
Wellington, helped in part by
Sonny Bill Williams’ first-half red
Yet the statistics told the picture
in the Cake Tin, with the Lions
notching two tries and making
more line breaks and offloads.
They kept the 14-man All Blacks
tryless for the first time in three
years and handed them their first
loss on home soil since 2009.
Gatland felt his side had stepped
up physically and outplayed the
All Blacks but admitted Williams’
red card significantly aided that
He declined to gloat after the
victory, given the All Blacks’
tendency to come out after a test
loss and blow away their opponents.
They followed up a 2015
Rugby Championship loss to the
Wallabies with a 41-13 thumping
at Eden Park the following week
and responded to a shock 2016
loss to Ireland with a 21-9 win in
Dublin two weeks later.
“ We know in the past, historically,
what New Zealand teams are like
when they lose — they respond,”
Gatland told reporters.
“ We know we’re going to be in
for an almighty battle at Eden
Park next week but we’ve come
out of tonight with some belief
and confidence.” In pouring rain,
the Lions gave up 13 penalties for
repeated offside and breakdown
infringements, handing the All
Blacks seven penalty goals.
Gatland said that, on another
day and with an extra man, the All
Blacks would have likely made his
side pay for such carelessness.
And, down 18-9 with 20 minutes
to play, they almost did — until
Taulupe Faletau and Conor
Murray ’s tries turned around the
In further positive news for
Gatland, his troops have emerged
from the test without any injuries
to report — and will have
further opportunities to rest and
recuperate with a three-day break
in Q ueenstown.
They will then travel up to
Auckland looking to become
the first victorious Lions side on
New Zealand soil since 1971.
Gatland braced for
All Blacks backlash
New Zealand rowers have collected
five wins from six finals at the Henley
Royal Regatta on the Thames River in
prestigious Diamond Challenge Sculls
in an outstanding performance against
American John Graves over the one
mile 550-yard course.
After trailing the American in the
first half of the race the 22-year-old
lightweight took his chances and surged
to victory, crossing the line close to two
Dunham continues a strong New
Zealand tradition in the event, with
Mahe Drysdale a five-time winner.
Dunham surprised himself by making
the final, and had to work hard in tricky
conditions for the win.
“I knew Graves would come out
blazing and that I would have to rely
on my fitness to try to wear him down,”
“I had to really chip in a big wind up
at the end though, and luckily I came
Olivia Loe and Brooke Donoghue
claimed a historic win for the women’s
double sculls title, leaving Holland’s
Marloes Oldenburg and Roos de Jong
in their wake.
The women’s event was added to the
Henley programme this year, and Loe
and Donoghue’s race time of seven
minutes 27 seconds will stand as the
The men’s double scull duo of Chris
Harris and John Storey also recorded
a win, downing French lightweight
Olympic champions Pierre Houin and
Jeremie Azou in the Double Sculls
Harris and Storey muscled their way
into the lead out of the start, going on
to win in a time of 6min 49sec, just one
second slower than the record time set
by Michael Arms and Robbie Manson
Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast
were equally dominant in the women’s
Olympians Megan Kalmoe and Tracy
Eisser, while the women’s eight hoisted
the Remenham Cup after edging
Leander/University of London by less
than a boat length.
The New Zealand rowers now travel
to Switzerland for the third World Cup
in Lucerne on July 7-9 .
NZ rowers feature at
Henley Royal Regatta
A ticker-tape parade in Brisbane
beckons for Jeff Horn after he
etched his name into Australian
But the former schoolteacher
will have to confront a hysterical
overseas reaction to his win over
Manny Pacquiao as he adjusts to
life as a world champion.
Horn is the new owner of
the WBO welter weight belt
after a controversial points victory
against Pacquiao yesterday in
a brutal slugfest at Suncorp
The unanimous decision in favour
of the 29-year-old has prompted a
storm of debate over the scorecards,
with a host of prominent US
celebrities, broadcasters and sports
stars weighing in, and some even
suggesting the outcome was
Judges Waleksa Roldan (117-
111), Chris Flores (115-113)
and Ramon Cerdan (115-113)
adjudicated the fight. Roldan and
Flores are from the United States
and Cerdan is from Argentina, yet
there have been accusations it was
a hometown decision.
Horn celebrates as US fight fans vent fury
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