10 Jun 2019

Today's sports news: What you need to know

10:32 am on 10 June 2019

Latest - New Zealand Finn sailors have claimed a one-two finish at the World Cup series final in Marseille.

New Zealand sailor Andy Maloney.

New Zealand sailor Andy Maloney. Photo: Sailing Energy

Andy Maloney won gold and Josh Junior silver.

There was not enough wind today to run the medal race, meaning the overnight standings became the final results.

Maloney finished with an eight point lead over Junior - who finished with the same advantage over Sweden's Max Salminen.

Cricket World Cup headlines

Football Ferns lose defender for World Cup.

New Zealand defender Meikayla Moore has been ruled out of the FIFA Women's World Cup after rupturing her Achilles tendon in training in Le Havre, France.

The 23-year-old centre back, who has played 38 A internationals for New Zealand and was getting ready for her second FIFA Women's World Cup, sustained the injury in the warm-up in the team's second training session in France.

Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni said he was deeply upset for Moore who is a young player that has grown to be an important member of the national team.

The replacement for Moore in the Football Ferns squad is Nicole Stratford.

NZ squash player beaten in the her first game at the World Tour Finals in Cairo.

New Zealand's Joelle King, seeded fifth for the top-eight player tournament, was defeated in 55 minutes by French fourth seed, Camille Serme.

King's next Pool match is tomorrow morning against Welshwoman, Tesni Evans the eighth seed.

Russia doping ban extended.

Global athletics governing body IAAF on Sunday extended a ban against Russia's athletics federation and said Reuters findings on banned Russian coaches still working with athletes would be investigated.

Russia's athletics federation was suspended in November 2015 after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of widespread doping in the sport.

Rune Andersen, chairman of the IAAF task force overseeing Russia's reinstatement efforts, said the Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees integrity issues in international athletics, would be looking into Reuters findings that two Russian athletics coaches and one doctor banned for doping remain involved with athletes.


Durant a chance for NBA finals series?

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was cleared to return to practice Sunday, but his status for Game 5 of the NBA Finals has not been determined.

"He's doing more today," head coach Steve Kerr told reporters. "We'll know more after that."

The Raptors have a 3-1 lead and can close out the championship series at home on Monday night.

Durant has not played since injuring his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. He has missed the past nine games.

Durant averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in the regular season. During the postseason, he is producing 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.


England finish third at UEFA Nations League

England keeper Jordan Pickford scored and saved in a shootout as they beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties to finish third in the Nations League on Sunday after the game ended goalless following extra time.

Pickford produced an outstanding save to keep out Josip Drmic's spot kick low to his right to win the game, after both teams had converted all their previous penalties.

The Everton keeper had rifled home a spot kick himself with a thundering left-foot strike, making him the first-ever goalkeeper to take and score a penalty for England in a competitive shootout, as Gareth Southgate's side got a deserved win after dominating the game.

England, who were beaten by the Netherlands after extra time in their semi-final on Thursday, picked up their first victory in a third-place playoff game since the 1968 European Championship.


NZ triathletes defend Asia-Pacific titles

Overcoming tough conditions, New Zealand triathletes Braden Currie and Teresa Adam have stamped their authority on the Ironman Asia-Pacific championships.

They successfully defended their titles on Sunday in Cairns, with Currie winning the men's race by a whopping 19 minutes.

Adam also went back-to-back as Australian star Sarah Crowley held off Finn Kaisa Sali by just 14 seconds to take second place.

American Sarah True was challenging Adam and Crowley off the bike before fading during the marathon run.

The two-time Olympian later reported on Twitter that she passed out, but thanked the race medical staff for looking after her.