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Caroline Wozniacki plays a shot through her legs in her fourth round match against Magdalena
Rybarikova yesterday at the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
Knights have strolled to the New
Zealand Twenty20 Super Smash
title, obliterating an unusually poor
Central Stags by nine wickets in
Saturday ’s Hamilton final.
Winning the toss and deciding to
bat, the Stags made the worst possible
start when opener and talisman Jesse
Ryder went for a duck.
From there, matters just worsened.
Only Ryder’s opening partner
George Worker could muster more
than 25 runs, as the Stags secured a
paltry 99-8 in their 20 overs at the
Fringe Black Cap Worker scored a
In response, the Knights — red-hot
favourites for the title, having lost
just twice during the round-robin
campaign — were brutal.
They reached their target of 100
within nine overs, losing only one
wicket — star Tim Seifert, removed
opening partner Anton Devcich
belted 51 off 24 balls, while captain
and veteran Dean Brownlie racked
The duo thumped boundary after
boundary on the way to an easy
“ It was one of those days where
everything goes your way, and I’m
glad that it happened in the final,”
“ We need guys in form and, at the
top of the innings, we had Anton
and Seifert, who were outstanding all
campaign, and we got off to a great
start. With the ball, everyone did a
great job; they had a plan and owned
The Stags — who qualified for
Saturday’s final by downing Auckland
on Wednesday — also lost last year’s
final to Wellington. — N Z N
Australia has fallen to its first home
one-day series defeat in seven years after
a 16-run defeat to England in Sydney
After a Jos Buttler century powered
England to 6-302 at the SCG, Australia
struggled to lift the ante when required
and ended the chase with four wickets
still in the sheds to give the visitors an
unassailable 3-0 series lead.
Needing 22 from the final Chris
Woakes (2-57) over, Australia scored
just three runs off the first two balls
before their hopes were dashed when
Marcus Stoinis (56 off 43) was caught
on the backward square leg boundary.
Tim Paine struggled to find the
boundary at the other end, ending the
game not out on 31 from 35 balls with
just one four as Australia finished at
The result gives England their second
one-day series win in Australia in 30
years after the pain of this summer’s
Ashes, and makes for the Aussies’ worst
start to an ODI summer since 2001-02
against New Zealand and South Africa.
Australia have now also lost 10 of their
past 11 completed matches, making
for the worst such streak in the team’s
Last night ’s result was shrouded in
controversy, after Steve Smith was given
out caught behind trying to drive a Mark
Wood (2-46) delivery that went low to
Third umpire Kumar Dharmasena
deliberated for just under four minutes,
before deciding there was not enough
evidence to overturn the soft on-field
call of out. Smith had earlier combined
for a 69-run stand with opener Aaron
Finch, who hit a 53-ball 62 to go with
his two centuries to start the series.
Australia could manage just 11
boundaries after Finch’s dismissal, as the
game drifted away from Smith’s men.
In comparison, England had no such
trouble lifting the run rate late in their
innings courtesy of Buttler and Woakes’
113-run 71-ball stand to end the innings.
Buttler hit the last ball of the English
innings for two off Mitchell Starc to
bring up his century, while Woakes hit
five fours and two sixes in his 36-ball 53.
Australia’s trio of Ashes quicks all
went for runs in their first one-day game
together since last June, with Starc (0-63)
and Pat Cummins (1-67) going at more
than six an over and Josh Hazlewood
(2-58) also expensive. — AAP
Breakers boss Paul Henare has lamented
his decision to withdraw all three centres
in the latter stages of his side’s 81-71
Australian NBL loss to Cairns, saying he
should have stuck to his guns.
Ahead by three points at three-quarter-
time, the Breakers struggled in the final
quarter as the Taipans surged into the
In response to counterpart Aaron
Fearne’s decision to remove his big men,
Henare followed suit, plonking Alex
Pledger, Rob L oe and Rakeem Christmas
on the bench.
It was a tactical move that did not help
his side and Henare admitted as much,
saying they should’ve continued to dictate
They ultimately lost the final quarter
27-14, and the match — wasting the
chance to move into the ANBL top three
with seven games remaining.
“For me, as a coach, I’ve got to do a
better job of making sure I’m putting
guys in the right places — we reacted (to
them), went smaller and that ’s when our
offence dried up,” Henare told reporters
“Maybe it ’s a matter of us setting the
tone and (them) reacting to us and
what we’re doing, rather than the other
way. What we had out on the floor was
different to what we’re used to.”
The Breakers were without point guard
Edgar Sosa, who withdrew with a rolled
ankle, but played with plenty of energy
until the final quarter.
Henare said Sosa would likely return
to action next weekend, with his side set
to face the Perth Wildcats in Western
Fellow import D J Newbill performed
admirably against the Taipans, scoring 25
points, while Sosa’s replacement Shea Ili
picked up 14. — NZN
Brimming with confidence and
“playing with house money ”, Caroline
Wozniacki landed a rare tweener en
route to a 6-3, 6-0 Australian Open
demolition of Magdalena Rybarikova.
Wozniacki played the spectacular
between-the-legs shot — hardly ever
seen in women’s tennis 0- in the fifth
game of the opening set of her fourth-
round rout yesterday.
Even though Rybarikova was able to
put it away for a winner, the world No 2
was well-pleased with her effort.
“That ’s the first time in a match,”
Wozniacki said after storming into the
Open quarter-finals in 63 minutes.
“If I may say so myself, I’m pretty
proud of that. I’ve made a few tweeners
in practice but never in a match, and
even in practice I sometimes make a fool
of myself. ”
Still searching for a maiden grand
slam title after more than a decade
at the top level, the second seed from
Denmark needed barely an hour to end
the challenge of No 19 seed Rybarikova.
It was a far cry from her second-
round struggles against Croatian
journeywoman Jana Fett, when the
Dane had to save two match points
before emerging with a gritty victory.
“Being almost out of the tournament,
you have nothing to lose after that,”
Wozniacki, who ended 2017 on a high
with victory at the WTA Tour finals,
“ You just go out there and you enjoy
Wozniacki followed up the escape act
against Fett with a straight-for ward
third-round victory over Dutchwoman
Kiki Bertens and the even more
comprehensive win over Rybarikova.
“I’m playing with house money,” she
said. “ I was already out of the tournament
and on my way home.”
Wozniacki will face a familiar
opponent in the last eight in Carla
Suarez Navarro, who came from a set
and two breaks down against No 32 seed
Anett Kontaveit from Estonia to win
4-6, 6-4, 8-6.
The Spanish veteran won six straight
games from 4-1 down in the second
set before Kontaveit recovered her
composure to turn the deciding set into
Three of Suarez Navarro’s six
appearances in grand slam quarter-finals
have come at Melbourne Park, although
she is yet to progress further on any of
the sport’s biggest four stages.
“I feel really good right now. I’m really
happy,” Suarez Navarro said.
“Always when you reach the quarter-
finals or the finals round, you must be
Wozniacki holds a 4-2 career win-loss
advantage over the Spaniard, whose
elegant one-handed backhand makes
her a rare exception on the women’s tour.
“ We’ve played a lot of times together
and I know how she plays,” Suarez
“I know how tough she is. It will be a
really tough match. She’s fighting every
ball, but at the same time she can play
Before this tournament, Kontaveit
had won only six of 17 singles matches
at grand slam level, including first-
round departures at the 2016 and 2017
Australian Open. — AAP
Victoria’s racing industry has honoured
14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett, who
took her own life to escape on-line
Race 4 at Flemington on Saturday was
renamed Dolly’s Dream Handicap.
“All the boys came out here today to
represent such an amazing girl (gone)
too soon,” winning apprentice Chris
Caserta said after wards.
“ It’s such a shame that no one really
put something in place for this cyber
bullying because it’s happening all over
the world and it’s such a terrible thing
that ’s happened,” he said.
The jockeys wore blue, Dolly’s favourite
colour, to raise awareness for Dolly’s
Dream, a foundation established by
her family to help prevent bullying and
The troubled teen, who as a happy
youngster had been the face of an
advertising campaign for Akubra hats,
had a passion for all animals and a
strong connection with horses. The
Everett family is closely linked to the
racing industry, with Dolly’s aunt, Lacey
Morrison, a former champion apprentice
and trainer in Q ueensland. — A AP
Veterans Sam Groth and Lleyton
Hewitt have breezed into the quarter-
finals at the Australian Open, continuing
their men’s doubles farewell tour with a
The local duo only spent 22 minutes
on court against all-Spanish pair Pablo
Andujar and Albert Ramos-Vinolas,
who retired at 3-all with Ramos-Vinolas
unable to continue with a wrist injury.
The 30-year-old Spaniard had earlier
been run ragged on Saturday night,
falling to 12-time grand slam champion
Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in two
hours and 21 minutes.
Despite barely raising a sweat, the
36-year-old Hewitt said he and Groth
would not need to hit the practice courts
to make up the shortfall in match time.
“Probably not,” he said. “ We’re getting
old. We hit enough balls last night.”
A Middlesbrough fan has been arrested
for allegedly urinating in the opposition
team goalkeeper’s water bottle, police
The supporter was facing a ban from
watching his team following the incident
at Queens Park Rangers’s Loftus Road
ground during Boro’s 3-0 away win.
Video shared on social media showed a
man throw a water bottle onto the pitch
behind the QPR goal.
Fans talking about the incident on a
forum indicated the bottle may have
been taken earlier by a pitch invader.
The Metropolitan Police said a man was
charged with throwing an item onto the
pitch and will face court. “ The male has
been bailed and will appear at court next
month.” Last month, a Sunderland fan
was ejected from the Stadium of Light
after he was thought to have defecated
on his seat — although police later said
he was merely drunk. — PA
Knights crush Stags to lift NZ Twenty20 crown England takes
AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN
wows fans in
The Silver Ferns have squandered a
six-goal three-quarter-time advantage
to lose 64-57 in extra time to England
in yesterday ’s netball Quad Series
opener in London.
Ahead 43-37 with a quarter
remaining, the Ferns froze under
Where they had played solid netball
in the first and third quarters, they
seized up with everything on the line,
turning over the ball six times.
They were eventually pegged back
to finish regular time at 49-49 —
and could ’ve lost sooner, had Kadeen
Corbin nailed a last-second long
Instead, their malaise continued into
the two seven-minute halves of extra
time, turning over the ball another
four times and falling meekly.
It is the third time the Ferns have
lost to England in the past 12 months
and a major wake-up call ahead of
April’s Commonwealth Games tilt.
The Ferns midcourt — with
Samantha Sinclair at centre, rather
than Shannon Francois, and Kayla
Cullen and Grace Kara on the wings
simply could not shift the ball
forward to Bailey Mes and Maria
Their English counterparts punished
them ruthlessly, with centre Serena
Guthrie terrorising the Silver Ferns
across all three thirds. She assisted
seven goals, fed the ball to for wards
Corbin and Helen Housby 19 times
and racked up three interceptions and
Corbin provided a muscular presence
up front, bagging 28 goals and
providing space for the more gangly
Housby to score 36 from 42 attempts.
Folau netted a precise 35 from 38,
aided by 22 goals from Mes — yet
coach Janine Southby never called
upon the guile of reser ve Te Paea
Kara, nee Rasmussen, brought up
her 50th Silver Ferns test cap in the
defeat and admitted it was a poor way
to celebrate the milestone. “It was
basically about consistency, we had
great patches of the game and then
ones that weren’t so great,” wing attack
“Under pressure, I think that ’s
another thing — when we got put
under the pump a bit, we got a little
hesitant with the ball.”
The match was part of a double-
header in London, with the Australian
Diamonds defeating South Africa 54-
50 earlier yesterday.
Australia were helped by great
shooting performances from Caitlin
Thwaites and Gretel Tippett, neither
of whom missed a goal in the first
The Silver Ferns will now head to
South Africa for Friday ’s clash with
the Proteas in Johannesburg, followed
by a match-up with Australia.
“It ’s not an easy game, we can’t take
them lightly — it ’s just about making
sure we go back to our game plan and
the structures we know work,” Kara
said. — NZN
Silver Ferns choke, fall to England
Hewitt, Groth’s run continues
Leading New Zealand cycling George
Bennett has opened his World Tour
season with a meritorious 11th placing
at the Tour Down Under in South
Bennett exceeded expectations with a
solid performance in which he featured
consistently near the front for his
LottoNL-Jumbo team across six stages.
He slipped three places overall during
the last two stages but was nevertheless
pleased, having undergone surgery two
months ago to alleviate a side stitch
problem. The 27-year-old crossed the
line 20th in Sunday ’s processional final
street circuit stage in Adelaide. It was
won by German sprinter Andre Greipel.
Tall Ferns guard Micaela Cocks has
grabbed a third WNBL championship
title with the Townsville Fire after they
beat the Melbourne Boomers in the
Townsville prevailed 70-57 on their
home court to clinch the best-of-three
grand final series after Melbourne won
the second game.
It was a fifth grand final appearance
in six seasons for former University
of Oregon guard Cocks, along with
team-mate and three-time Australian
Olympian Suzy Batkovic.
New Zealand basketballer Steven
Adams has notched a double-double
in his Oklahoma City Thunder side’s
148-124 NBA win over the Cleveland
Adams racked up an impressive 25
points from centre as the Thunder
cruised to victory, adding 10 rebounds
and an assist to boot.
Star team-mates Paul George,
Carmelo Anthony and reigning MVP
Russell Westbrook also terrorised the
Cavs, scoring more than 20 points
George scored a whopping 36 points.
The win is Oklahoma’s fourth on the
trot, while superstar LeBron James’
Cavaliers have now lost 10 of their past
14 NBA games. — NZN
New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox has
settled for a share of 32nd place at the
Abu Dhabi Championship after losing
ground over the weekend.
Playing his first tournament of the new
European Tour season, Fox surged into
11th courtesy of a six-under 66 in his
second round on Friday but slid out of
contention with 72 and 73.
His seven-under tally left him
15 strokes behind winner Tommy
Fleetwood, who stormed home with a 65
to finish two clear of English compatriot
Elsewhere, New Zealand’s two other
leading professionals struggled.
No 1 Danny Lee missed the the final-
round cut at the US PGA’s CareerBuilder
Challenge in California.
His third-round 74 in La Quinta left
him six shots outside the cut on one-
New Zealand No 3 Michael Hendry
was five strokes off the cut line on five-
over at the Singapore Open, the Japan
Tour’s opening event.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia was a dominant
winner on 14-under.
The Black Sticks have secured
third place in the first leg of their
Four Nations hockey tournament
with a late 5-4 win over Japan.
Down 4-3 with just five minutes
remaining, the New Zealanders
managed to salvage a result through
goals to Kane Russell and Hugo
Inglis. They had also previously led
2-0 in the first half.
Coach Darren Smith said he was
chuffed to see his side triumph,
having failed to qualify for the
Four Nations first-leg final by a
Victorious in their opening
matches against Belgium and Japan,
the New Zealanders required only a
draw against India to qualify for the
Yet they were soundly beaten 3-1
and missed out on goal difference.
Belgium and India played out
their final later on Sunday, with
the Belgians emerging 2-1 winners
thanks to Tom Boon and Sebastien
“It was a tough match in hot
conditions but I thought both sides
played at a high tempo and we are
pleased to come away with the
result,” Smith said.
The teams will now head to
Hamilton for next week’s second
round-robin series. Smith said the
matches were ideal preparation for
a Commonwealth Games tilt.
Fan arrested for urinating in
goalkeeper’s water bottle
Fox slips back in Abu-Dhabi
Bennett 11th in Tour Down Under
Dolly’s Dream race honours teen
Henare takes blame for
Breakers’ loss to Cairns
Adams stars in Thunder romp
Tall Ferns’ Cocks wins third WNBL crown
Newcastle Jets coach Ernie
Merrick blamed fatigue from a
hectic schedule and not defensive
blunders or the video referee for
his side’s 3-2 loss to cellar-dwellers
Wellington at McDonald Jones
Stadium on Saturday.
Second-placed Newcastle, aiming
for a club record fifth consecutive
home win, missed early chances
and were down 2-0 at half-time
in the round 17 game after late
replacement Jack D uncan was
caught out twice in goals.
Andrew Nabbout scored in the
48th minute to give the hosts hope
but Phoenix made the most of
another opportunity to go 3-1 up in
the 58th. Roy Krishna scored while
the Jets were down a man when
centre-back Nigel Boogaard was off
the field getting a head cut stitched
Newcastle rallied late when Dimi
Petratos scored from the spot in the
86th minute after substitute Angus
Thurgate was fouled.
Referee Jarred Gillett reviewed
the penalty call and Marco Rossi
was shown to commit the slightest
of shirt tugs. Thurgate then went
down in the box after contact with
Andrew Durante in injury time
but Gillett waved away penalty
calls before the VAR stuck with the
Duncan, back from a foot injury,
replaced Glen Moss in the starting
side after he aggravated a hip flexor
problem in the warm-up.
He misread Serbian midfielder
Matija Ljujic’s ball for Wellington’s
opener in the 28th minute and ran
into his own defender when Daniel
Mullen scored with a header from a
corner in the 36th.
Merrick, though, refused to lay the
blame with Duncan or the decision
to play on without Boogaard.
“Making mistakes is a part of
learning, so Jack D uncan will
understand that, but I thought Jack
did pretty well,” Merrick said.
“It didn’t come down to Jack
having a good game or a bad game
or Nigel Boogaard being off briefly.
“It came down to an overall
performance that really lacked
consistency from beginning to end.”
Black Sticks win bronze, Belgium takes gold
Phoenix stuns Jets
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