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New Zealand athlete Holly Robinson (para javelin ) with the Queen’s Baton in Queenstown last month.
The Halberg Awards finalists have been
announced, highlighting the country’s
best sporting talent, including former
Hokitika athlete Holly Robinson in the
disabled sportsperson category.
The awards, to be held at a ceremony
in Auckland on February 8, will honour
teams, players and coaches in sports
for their 2017 feats, including rugby,
cycling, softball, freeski, canoeing and
The finalists in the sportswoman
category are Lisa Carrington (canoe
racing), Lydia Ko (golf ), Portia
Woodman (rugby union), Sarah Goss
(rugby union), while Beauden Barrett
(rugby union), Brendon Hartley
(motorsport), Ross Taylor (cricket) and
Tom Walsh (athletics) will vie for the
In the disabled sportsperson category,
swimming’s golden girl Sophie Pascoe
will be up against Corey Peters (alpine
skiing), Holly Robinson (athletics) and
William Stedman (athletics).
The hotly-contested team of the year
will be between world champions Black
Ferns and softball’s Black Sox, along with
Team NZ, who won back the America’s
Cup, and K2 canoe champions Lisa
Carrington and Caitlin Ryan.
The coach of the year will be one
of Gary Hay (rowing), Glenn Moore
(rugby union), Gordon Walker (canoe
racing) and Mark Sorenson (softball).
One of Ellesse Andrews (cycling), Josh
Armit (yachting), Matthew MacDonald
(rowing) and Nico Porteous (freeski)
will walk away with the emerging talent
Argentinian tennis star Juan
Martin del Potro admits he exceeded
even his own expectations with a 6-2,
6-4 thumping of Canadian prodigy
Denis Shapovalov in last night ’s
Auckland Classic second-round
The same, however, cannot be said
for Jack Sock.
Where the second-seeded del Potro
proved too powerful for his green
opponent, the top-seeded Sock fell
meekly to unfancied German Peter
Ranked 65th in the world,
Gojowczyk sent the American Sock
packing in his first match yesterday,
winning 6-3, 6-3 and dominating
from first to last.
Third seed Sam Q uerrey and fourth
seed John Isner were also eliminated
at the first hurdle, losing to Jiri Vesely
and Hyeon Chung respectively.
As a result, the Auckland field is
cleared for the 29-year-old del Potro,
who becomes a red-hot favourite to
lift his first Classic title since 2009.
He will face another young gun in
the quarter-finals in Russian Karen
Khachanov, who defeated sixth
seed Pablo Cuevas earlier in the
“I didn’t expect to play at this level
and to be here in my first match of
the year but I think I’ve been working
hard to show this tennis, to play at
this level often throughout the year,”
the world No 12 del Potro said.
“I tried to focus during my ser vice
game and just do what I have to do.
If you have chances to break, it ’s
tough to do it, but I did it three times
during the match and I played calm
because I had a good advantage.”
Cutting a slightly lumbering figure,
del Potro was nevertheless effective
against the young gun Shapovalov,
who made too many unforced
The oft-injured ex-US Open winner
thrashed eight aces and flummoxed
Shapovalov with a number of vicious
forehands, cruising to a 65-minute
Sock, conversely, put in a lethargic
performance against Gojowczyk,
who served the house down with
nine aces and won 88% of first-serve
He brushed off suggestions of
“Up a break in the first and the guy
hit some unbelievable turns, painting
lines all over the place, slapping balls,
coming in,” Sock told reporters.
“I didn’t have my best serving day
which didn’t help, got some free
points but not as many as I’d like —
it ’s a rusty first match, you’ve got to
get the cobwebs off.”
Elsewhere, Spaniards Roberto
Bautista Agut and David Ferrer
progressed without trouble against
Steve Johnson and Joao Sousa
Dutch veteran Robin Haase also
defeated “lucky loser” Lukas Lacko.
New Zealander Marcus Daniell and
English doubles partner Dominic Inglot
have fallen out of the ASB Classic
title hunt, losing 3-6, 6-3 (8-10) to
Belarusian Max Mirnyi and Austrian
Mirnyi and Oswald
triumphant after a closely fought
Across the match, they won an
impressive 84% of first-ser ve points.
They will now go on to play Pablo
Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos in the
With New Zealand compatriot Artem
Sitak and partner Wesley Koolhof
already eliminated, only Michael
Venus remains among Auckland’s local
He and South African partner Raven
Klaasen — who knocked out Sitak
and Koolhof on Tuesday — will play
their quarter-final on Thursday evening
against Pole Marcin Matkowski and
Pakistani Aisam-Ul -Haq Qureshi.
Venus and Klaasen are seeded second
in the men’s Classic doubles. — N Z N
Arsene Wenger watched from the press box as
Arsenal held Chelsea to a goalless draw in their
Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg tie at Stamford
A thrilling 2-2 Premier League draw at the
Emirates Stadium a week ago was followed by a
cagey encounter here.
The Blues had the better opportunities to take
a first-leg lead, but Cesc Fabregas and Andreas
Christensen spurned headed opportunities
either side of half-time.
Fabregas wanted a penalty after a Danny
Welbeck challenge in the 88th minute, but
play continued when referee Martin Atkinson
consulted Video Assistant Referee Neil
Swarbrick who determined Welbeck got the ball.
Welbeck told Sky Sports: “I didn’t know the
VAR was actually looking at that incident. I
knew I cleanly got the ball so I wasn’t worried
at all. I could see him (Atkinson) talking to
somebody in his ear but I got the ball clearly so
I wasn’t worried.”
Calum Chambers added: “You’re aware. You
can see them talking in their ear but it ’s one of
those things, we’ ll get used to it.”
Wenger, who served the second game of a
three-match touchline ban by sitting in the press
box, said of the VAR incident: “ What I was
worried about was that it took too much time.
I thought maybe they were not sure that it was
not a penalty so they looked at it again and again
The second leg takes place on January 24 at the
Emirates Stadium when a place in the Wembley
final against Manchester City or Socceroo
Bailey Wright’s Bristol City will be at stake.
The competition represents the Gunners’ best
chance of silverware, given their FA Cup loss to
Nottingham Forest. — PA
Penrith recruit James Maloney is
reluctant to start the State of Origin
hype early, but sees no reason why he
and young halves partner Nathan Cleary
cannot do the job for NSW.
Maloney left Cronulla for the Panthers
in a high-profile swap with former
Penrith skipper Matt Moylan late last
A veteran of nine Origins and a member
of Australia’s recent Rugby League World
Cup campaign, Maloney says he will
embrace his senior role at the Panthers
and help Cleary take his game to another
level. “I think everyone’s pretty young,
that ’s the first thing you notice, not many
old boys out here,” Maloney said when
asked of his first thoughts on the Penrith
set-up. I think there’s untapped potential
here and I’m here to try and make that
potential turn into something special.”
The 31-year-old’s combination with
20-year-old halfback Cleary will be front
and centre of that project.
“It ’s pretty impressive what he’s done at
a young age but no doubt it ’ll be tougher
the longer he goes on, the more heat that
will come on him,” Maloney said.
“I might have the opportunity to guide
him in some sort of way and he could
probably show me a thing or two in
certain parts. It always starts early, the
Origin talk ... that ’ll be my goal to be
back there again and I think Nathan’s
obviously there and he’d definitely be in
Maloney was part of the Warriors’ side
who lost to Manly in the 2011 NRL
grand final before playing in premiership-
winning teams at Sydney Roosters in
2013 and the Sharks in 2016.
Coach Anthony Griffin said that
experience would help the talent-laden
side avoid another slow start.
“ We’re not going to burn him straight
way with wanting him to be anything else
other than one of the players in our team
. .. obviously as a playmaker and as a half
he’s going to have some responsibility
there,” Griffin said. “He’s got a lot of
experience ... him coming in with our
group, it ’ll obviously help the playmakers
and the whole group.” — AAP
ASB TENNIS CLASSIC
Daniell knocked out of
TIE BREAK TENS TENNIS
Nadal shows fitness
ahead of Open
Lleyton Hewitt rolled back the clock.
Stan Wawrinka emphasised his
fitness doubts, as Rafael Nadal went
closer to erasing his. Tomas Berdych
walked away with the prize.
A capacity Margaret Court Arena
saw seven Australian Open hopefuls —
headlined by world No 1 Nadal — and
Hewitt in the first Australian staging of
‘ Tie Break Tens’ last night.
The format sees a condensed eight-
player knockout tournament played
over a single evening.
Berdych, the world No 20, won the
final tiebreak 10-5 over Nadal.
The Spaniard’s fitness has been in
question leading up to the year’s first
grand slam after pulling out of the
Brisbane International last week due to
With $US250,000 ($347,000) on
the line, Nadal stepped it up from
his pedestrian outing at the Kooyong
Classic on Monday.
At Kooyong, Nadal was beaten 6-4,
7-5 by Richard Gasquet — a man he
has beaten in every competitive meeting
dating back to 2003.
On Wednesday night, he steamrolled
Lucas Pouille 10-1 with stunning
strokeplay and overcame a dogged
Hewitt 12-10 to reach the final.
Hewitt, who has retired from tennis
but will make a swan song at this
year’s Open in the doubles, delighted
the crowd by dismissing returning
champion Novak Djokovic.
“ When you retire you miss playing at
the big arenas in front of big crowds,”
“This format allows me to come out
here and win a few points against the
best players in the world.”
Berdych beat Nick Kyrgios and Milos
Raonic to earn his lucrative pay-day.
Raonic was a last-minute fill-in for
Wawrinka, who withdrew due off the
back of a knee injury that crippled his
The Swiss has said he will not compete
in the Open if there is any risk to the
long-term rehabilitation of his knee.
The cheque is worth more than
a fourth-round appearance at the
Australian Open — meaning the
Czech must make the second week of
the grand slam to better his night out.
Put another way, Berdych earned
in 51 points what last year’s winner
Roger Federer took 148 games to win
last year on his way to claiming the
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Juan Martin Del Porto plays a forehand during his ASB Men’s Classic match against Denis Shapovalov in Auckland last night.
Cleary excites Maloney
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