1 Mar 2019

Today's sport news: What you need to know

1:17 pm on 1 March 2019

Latest - Two bronze medals for New Zealand on day two of the World Track Cycling Championships in Poland.

The women's pursuit team overcame illness to finish third, while Tom Sexton was third in the men's scratch race.

New Zealand women's team pursuit competing in the gold medal race

New Zealand women's team pursuit competing in the gold medal race Photo: Cycling New Zealand

Three of the pursuit team had succumbed to illness that affected a number of the squad, but they edged their way into the medal ride-off and then dominated perennial rivals Canada in the bronze medal race.

South Canterbury rider Holly Edmondston rode in both races despite illness while Rushlee Buchanan needed help to get off her bike after the first round, and was replaced by Michaela Drummond for the medal ride.

It followed a splendid effort from Tom Sexton who claimed the bronze medal in the men's 15km scratch race, after a bold move three laps from the finish almost brought him victory.

He moved to a solo lead, and was only caught on the final turn by winner Scott Welsford from Australia and Roy Eefting from Netherlands but was clear in third.

Finally a ton for Raval

The Black Caps opener Jeet Raval has scored his maiden test century on day two of the opening cricket Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton.

Playing his 17th Test, Raval finally reached three wickets, as he helped New Zealand to 197 without loss in reply to Bangladesh's first innings of 234.

At lunch Ravel is on 109 and Tom Latham 83.

The Blues coach Leon McDonald has made four changes to his side for Sunday's Super Rugby game against the Jaguars in Buenos Aires.

Blues player Ma'a Nonu.


Ma'a Nonu returns to the starting lineup at second five with Sonny Bill Williams dropping to the bench.

Augustine Pule replaces Jonathan Ruru at halfback, Alex Hodgman replaces Karl Tu'inukafe at prop and rookie Tanielu Tele'a gets his first in place of Caleb Clarke.

The Blues have lost both of their games so far.

The team is:

15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tanielu Tele'a, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Augustine Pulu; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu ©, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman. Reserves: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.

Bruce Edgar to stand down.

Bruce Edgar will step down from his role as head coach of the Wellington Cricket team at the end of the current season.

The former New Zealand player and selector says the time was right to hand over the reins after a successful four years at the helm.

Wellington won the Super Smash T20 title and the Ford Trophy one day titles during his reign.

Kieran Read has concerns about proposed World League

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has voiced his reservations about World Rugby's proposed new World League.

The competition would involve 12 teams, the Six Nations teams, the four Rugby Championship teams, along with Japan and the United States in a round-robin competition.

It's believed that World Rugby bosses are seeking to ratify the deal in the coming weeks, which has raised concerns among the International Rugby Players Council.

The 40 member council, which included nine of the top ten international team captains, were involved in a teleconference earlier this week to discuss the potential 12-year deal.

Read, a member of the council, said in a statement he was s concerned about player welfare.

"After listening to the issues raised by many of the players, we need to be very careful that we balance the commercial needs of the game, with the player welfare needs and ensure the quality and integrity of matches meets expectations.

"Fans want to see meaningful games; they don't want to see fatigued players playing a reduced quality of rugby as part of a money-driven, weakened competition that doesn't work for the players or clubs.

Read the full story: Kieran Read warns integrity of game needs to be protected.

Harry Bateman shares the lead at the NZ Golf Open in Queenstown

Wairarapa's Harry Bateman is part of a three-way tie for the lead heading into the second round of the New Zealand Gold Open in Queenstown.

Harry Bateman.

Harry Bateman. Photo: Photosport

Bateman started the first day with two bogeys, but had four birdies and an eagle over his last six holes at The Hills to join Australian rookie Zach Murray and Japan's Ryuko Tokimatsu at eight-under par.

There are 86 players in red figures with 16 players in a share of ninth on four-under, including US-based New Zealanders Tim Wilkinson and Josh Geary.

One of the pre-tournament favourites Ryan Fox, who arrived home yesterday from playing in the World Golf Championship in Mexico, fought off jet-lag to shoot a three-under par total at Millbrook, defending champion Daniel Nisbet was one-under and the 2000 New Zealand Open winner, Michael Campbell, returning from a six-year hiatus from the game, settled for even par at The Hills.

Australia continue domination over Football Ferns.

The Football Ferns have been beaten 2-0 by hosts Australia in their opening game at the inaugural Cup of Nations in Sydney.

The Tom Sermanni-coached team, who were looking to beat their trans-Tasman rivals for the first time since 1994, competed well and frustrated their highly-fancied rivals for long periods in front of nearly 7000 parochial fans.

However the sixth-ranked team in the world had the better scoring chances, grabbing their first just before half-time through Emily Gielnik, with Hayley Raso getting the second in the 74th minute.

The Football Ferns will now look to regroup and bounce back in their second match of the Cup of Nations against Argentina in Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

Fulham sack Ranieri

Fulham have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri after just 106 days in charge, with Scott Parker taking caretaker charge of the London club, who are 19th in the Premier League.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Italian's last game was yesterday's 2-0 defeat by Southampton, which left the Cottagers 10 points from safety with 10 league games remaining.

Ranieri took over in November after the sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic.

Ranieri won only three of his 17 games as manager.

Melbourne and Perth score bigs wins in NBL play-offs.

The defending champion Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats have both made statements in their opening semi-final games in the Australian NBL Basketball competition.

Melbourne beat the Sydney Kings 95-73, while Perth beat the Brisbane Bullets 89-59.

Game two of the three-game series are this weekend.