2 Mar 2019

Today's sport news: What you need to know

8:08 pm on 2 March 2019

Latest - The Wanaka snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has won the slopestyle event at the Burton U.S Open Snowboarding Championships in Colorado.

It completes a triple crown for the 17 year old as she's already the current World Champion and won X Games gold in Aspen in January.

NZ snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Synnott.


"I can't even explain how I'm feeling right now," says Sadowski-Synnott. "It means so much, it was one of the first contests I watched when I started snowboarding and I'm just so happy to be here.

"It's been an amazing season and I wanted to finish it on a high and I'm just so happy to do it here at the Open."

Phillips storms to Ironman win

Christchurch triathlete Mike Phillips has stormed home to win Ironman New Zealand in Taupo, hauling in American Andrew Starykowicz in the last five kilometres of the 42.195km run leg.

Phillips trailed Starykowicz by nearly 16 minutes at the end of the 180km cycle, but finished strongly to take the title by 2min 24sec. Fellow New Zealand Braden Currie took third, 1min 28sec being Starykowicz.

In the women's race, American Jocelyn McCauley finished nearly 12 and a half minutes clear of second-placed New Zealander Teresa Adam, with US athlete Meredith Kessler third three minutes further back.

Black Caps post highest Test score

The New Zealand cricketers have reached their highest Test total in declaring at drinks on Saturday afternoon at 715 for six.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.


Anchored by an unbeaten 200 from captain Kane Williamson, and centuries from Jeet Raval and Tom Latham, the Black Caps eased past their previous highest total of 690, scored against Pakistan in Sharjah five years ago.

Bangladesh need to reach 481 to make New Zealand bat again, but were 174 for four at stumps, still 307 runs adrift of making New Zealand bat again and staring at a massive innings defeat.

Soumya Sarkar was 39 not out with stand-in captain Mahmudullah on 15 at the close of play. Trent Boult grabbed the wickets of Mominul Haque for eight, and Mohammad Mithun without scoring while Tim Southee removed dangerous opener Tamim Iqbal for 74 and Neil Wagner accounted for Shadman Islam (37).

Rugby player dies.

The North Harbour rugby prop Michael Tamoaieta has died suddenly.

The 23-year-old, who was a member of the Blues wider training squad, passed away yesterday.

The Blues, North Harbour and New Zealand Rugby communities have offered their condolences to his family.

Geary challenges at NZ Open

Mount Maunganui golfer Josh Geary has eased into second place after firing a 9-under third-round 63 at the New Zealand Golf Open in Queenstown.

The 34-year-old Geary shot eight birdies, two bogeys and an eagle to sit 16 under par for the tournament after three rounds.

He is one shot astray of leader Zach Murray of Australia, who held a five-shot lead at the halfway mark of the tournament. Murray birdied his last two holes on Saturday to finish the third round at 2-under 70.

New Zealand's Harry Bateman shot 5-under 67 and sits third, two strokes behind Geary, while Ryan Fox's third-round 71 leaves him in a share of 12th place with four others at 10-under for the tournament.

Coulthard claims pole in Supercars opener

New Zealand driver Fabian Coulthard has answered his critics by claiming pole position for the Supercars season-opening race in Adelaide.

Scott McLaughlin drives the DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang.


Under pressure to keep his seat at DJR Team Penske, Coulthard clocked one minute, 19.89 seconds on Saturday to be fastest in the top-10 shootout.

He was the only driver to crack the 1min 20sec barrier in the final leg of qualifying, finishing an impressive 0.36 of a second ahead of Holden's seven-time series champion Jamie Whincup.

Fellow Kiwi and teammate, defending series champion Scott McLaughlin, was third quickest.

First loss for Highlanders

The Highlanders have suffered their first loss of the Super Rugby season, going down 24-19 to the Rebels in Melbourne.

Teihorangi Walden of the Highlanders.


The Highlanders had a chance to snatch a last minute win, but Shannon Frizell dropped the ball as he crosed the try line.

The Highlanders now have two wins and a loss.

Earlier the Hurricanes got back on track with a 43-13 win over the ACT Brumbies in Palmerston North with Ngani Laumape scoring a hat-trick of tries.

Sebastian Vettel wrapped up Formula One's pre-season testing in Barcelona with the fastest lap for Ferrari.

Five-times world champion Lewis Hamilton was just 0.003 seconds slower in his Mercedes.

The first round is in Australia in a fortnight.

Team Wellington through.

Reigning champions Team Wellington have secured a home quarterfinal in the OFC Champions League with a 3-0 win over Erakor Golden Star of Vanuatu in Port Villa.

Auckland City are set to join after scoring two wins so far in their group.