6 Mar 2019

Today's sport news: What you need to know

12:08 pm on 6 March 2019

Latest - All Blacks captain Kieran Read will make an announcement on his future this afternoon.

Kieran Read at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 16 November 2018.

Photo: NPHO / Ryan Byrne / Photosport

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will make an announcement o his future this afternoon.

There is a chance that the 33 year old will confirm his international retirement following this year's World Cup.

The 118 Test veteran has previously expressed a desire to play club rugby overseas.

Read hasn't played any Super Rugby yet this season and is expected to make his first start for the Crusaders for another couple of weeks.

Real out of Champions League

Champions Real Madrid have been knocked out the Champions League, beaten by Ajax Amsterdam in the round of sixteen.

Real were thrashed 4-1 at home by Ajax who overturned a first-leg deficit to reach the quarter-finals 5-3 on aggregate.

Ajax Amsterdam players celebrate.


Tottenham Hotspur beat hosts Borussia Dortmund 1-0 thanks to a Harry Kane winner, to stroll into the quarter-finals for only the second time in their history with a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Kane, who missed the first leg through injury, fired in the winner shortly after the restart to silence a fiery home crowd and leave Dortmund needing five goals after having lost 3-0 in London last month.

Hurricanes and Highlanders name teams

Chase Tiatia's retained the Hurricanes number 15 jersey after his impressive debut last weekend, forcing Jordie Barrett onto the wing for Friday night's Super Rugby game against the Highlanders in Wellington.

Meanwhile Aaron and Ben Smith return to the Highlanders lineup after being rested for the loss against the Melbourne Rebels.

Hurricanes Chase Tiatia in action in the Super Rugby match against Brumbies.


Both the Hurricanes and highlanders have two wins and a loss.

Tuatara retain manager.

The Auckland Tuatara have re-signed inaugural head manager Steve Mintz for the 2019-20 Australian Baseball League season.

The former Major League pitcher was a popular addition to the expansion franchise in their first season competing in the league.

Auckland Tuatara manager Steve Mintz.

Auckland Tuatara manager Steve Mintz. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Mintz made it clear he was keen to return to Auckland at the end of the year for a second season.

Mintz is currently employed by the Texas Rangers and is the pitching coach of their single A team the Down East Wood Ducks, who play in North Carolina.

The Tuatara had a 14 and 26 record last season.

India go up 2-0.

India have won the second ODI against Australia in Nagpur to go 2-0 up in the five match series.

Virat Kohli smashed 116 runs and Vijay Shankar took two wickets in the final over to secure a nail-biting eight-run win.

India's captain Virat Kohli 50 not out.


Chasing India's 251 to level the five-match series, Australia got off to a strong start before the hosts roared back into the contest with some disciplined bowling.

It all came down to the final over, with the tourists needing 11 runs to win with two wickets in hand.

But Shankar struck twice in the first three balls of the over and Australia were all out for 242.

Marcus Stoinis was the top scorer for Australia with 52 but his dismissal in the first ball of the final over snuffed out Australia's hopes of a win in the see-saw contest.

Chelsea appeal transfer ban.

The English football club Chelsea have appealed against Fifa's decision to ban them from signing players in the next two transfer windows.

It follows the world governing body's investigation into Chelsea's signing of foreign under-18 players.

Fifa says it found breaches in 29 cases out of 92 investigated, including striker Bertrand Traore, now at Lyon.

The governing body says it has received an appeal but could not confirm when this would be heard.

The ban, which runs until the end of January 2020, does not prevent the release of players and will not apply to their women's and futsal teams.

Penrith player charged.

Penrith's Tyrone May has been charged under revenge porn laws and stood down by the NRL.

The Panthers playmaker turned himself into police in relation to the game's latest sex footage scandal as the NRL's off-season from hell hit a new low.

He declined to be interviewed but was charged with two counts of recording an intimate image without consent and two counts of disseminating an image without consent.

Under NSW's revenge porn laws, offenders face up to three years in jail and an $12,000 fine.

The NRL later issued a statement saying May was subject to its new no-fault stand down policy that was given the green light by the ARL commission last week.

Springbok lock in doubt for World Cup.

Springboks lock Lood de Jager faces a race to be fit for the Rugby World Cup in Japan after it was confirmed a shoulder injury would rule him out of the rest of the Super Rugby season.

Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi and Lood de Jager of South Africa sing the national anthem before the Rugby Championship game between South Africa and New Zealand at Newlands, 2017.

Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi and Lood de Jager of South Africa sing the national anthem before the Rugby Championship game between South Africa and New Zealand at Newlands, 2017. Photo: © Photosport Ltd 2017 www.photosport.nz

The Bulls captain was injured in his side's defeat to the Jaguares late last month, but had initially expected to be missing for only a few weeks.

However, a visit to a specialist in Cape Town for a second opinion has confirmed surgery is needed and he will go under the knife.

The Bulls captain is now expected to be sidelined for the next four to five months.

Ferrari lose sponsors for Australian GP

Ferrari will race in Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix next week without branding for Philip Morris's Mission Winnow initiative amid concern about tobacco advertising.

Scuderia Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel


The team's official name has also changed from Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow to Scuderia Ferrari, according to an updated entry list published by the International Automobile Federation

Ferrari's partnership with Philip Morris International has been going for more than 40 years and has survived a ban on tobacco advertising introduced in 2006.

Australian media have reported that health departments on a national and state level were looking into whether Ferrari's livery broke the ban on tobacco advertising.

Manchester City continues to expand.

The owners of English Premier League champions Manchester City are considering investing in a club in India as part of an effort to increase their presence in Asia.

City Football Group, which owns seven clubs including Major League Soccer's New York City FC, Spanish side Girona, Japan's Yokohama F Marinos and A-League's Melbourne City, hope to complete a deal for a club in India by the end of the year.

City Football Group was created in 2013 as City's first sister club was established in New York.