1 Aug 2019

Today's sports news: What you need to know

3:51 pm on 1 August 2019
Sapreet Singh lines up for Bayern Munich

Sapreet Singh (front centre-right) with Bayern Munich. Photo: BAYERN MUNICH

Latest - Former Phoenix player Sapreet Singh has scored his first goal for his new club Bayern Munich, but they were beaten in a penalty shootout by Tottenham Hotspur in a pre-season tournament.

Singh scored in the shootout that decided the Audi Cup in Munich.

The 20-year-old made his first start for the Bayern first team and played the whole game.

The game finished 2-2 with Spurs winning the shootout 6-5.

Singh signed with the Bayern under-23 team in June and has been a part of the first team during their pre-season programme.

Folau starts legal action

The former Wallabies star has started legal action against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Warratahs.

Israel Folau. Waratahs. Wallabies. Rugby

Israel Folau. Photo: Photosport

Folau has released a statement saying he was left with no choice but to go to court after the parties failed to resolve their differences in talks in the Fair Work Commission in June.

He was sacked after posting social media messages warning homosexuals, adulterers and drunks, among others, would go to hell.

Folau says he's been blessed to have received the support of tens of thousands of people which he says will give him and his wife Maria strength for the road ahead.

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Rore heading to Australia

Silver Ferns defender Katrina Rore has been drafted into Australian Super Netball leaders the NSW Swifts for the remainder of their campaign.

Katrina Rore in the 2019 Netball World Cup final in Liverpool.

Katrina Rore Photo: Photosport

A veteran international who was recalled for New Zealand's triumpant World Cup campaign in England, Rore replaces young defender Kate Eddy after she was ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Rore will be in the squad which plays in Saturday's top of the table clash with defending champion Sunshine Coast Lightning, the temporary home of Silver Ferns midcourter Laura Langman.

Fellow Kiwi international Kayla Cullen, who wasn't required for World Cup duty, made her Swifts debut last week and will travel north as a temporary replacement player.

The Swifts lead the competition by seven points from the Lightning while the Melbourne Vixens are two points further back with four rounds remaining.


Thompson apologies for delay

World number three Lexi Thompson has apologised to her fellow competitors after a caddie carrying 38 LPGA players' bags from France to the Woburn Golf Club for the Women's British Open was delayed because she had left her passport in her golf bag.

Lexi Thompson at the 2017 ANA Inspirtaion.

Lexi Thompson at the 2017 ANA Inspirtaion. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The caddie, Ian Wright, was forced to stop en route and wait until Thompson's own caddie met up with him to retrieve the misplaced passport.

Wright, who was carrying the clubs of nearly a quarter of the field, missed the ferry as a result of the three-hour delay and the players were unable to practise on Monday because he arrived only after the course was closed.

"I can't apologise enough," Thompson said. "I didn't realise I was going to cause so much delay with the bags for other players.

The opening round of the British Open begins tonight with New Zealand's Lydia Ko playing alongside Maria Fassi of Mexico and Momoko Ueda of Japan.


Women's World Cup increased to 32 teams

Football's world governing body FIFA has approved the expansion of the Women's World Cup from the existing 24 teams to 32 for the 2023 edition and reopened the bidding process for potential hosts.

Hope Solo of USA holds the world cup trophy in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015.


The tournament has steadily increased the number of participating teams from 12 in the first edition in 1991 to 24 teams in the last two editions.

The expansion will mean it will now be on par with the men's tournament which has had 32 teams since 1998.

Nine countries have so far submitted bids including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea.

The deadline for submitting bid documents to host the next World Cup was in April, with a host due to be appointed in March 2020 by the FIFA council, but the timeline has now been updated after the expansion.

New Zealand Football have confirmed they will still be bidding, but said their bid would change due to the expanison.


Holbrook takes charge of Titans

Gold Coast have confirmed the appointment of Justin Holbrook as the NRL club's new head coach on a two-year deal.

Holbrook will replace the sacked Garth Brennan at the struggling Titans after the coach was shown the door mid-way through a horror season that has seen them slump to the bottom of the ladder.

Currently in charge of high-flying Super League outfit St Helens, Holbrook will arrive in November to begin preparing for the 2020 season.

The 43-year-old has spent the past two years at the English club, where he has won 79 per cent of his matches and claimed last year's minor premiership.


Archer misses Ashes opener

Jofra Archer celebrates a wicket against Australia in the semi-final at Birmingham.

Jofra Archer celebrates taking a wicket during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Photo: Photosport

England pace bowler Jofra Archer has been omitted from the side for the first Ashes test against Australia starting at Edgbaston tonight after failing to recover from injury.

Fellow paceman Olly Stone also misses out as does Sam Curran from the original 14-man squad.

Jos Buttler and all-rounder Ben Stokes return for England, who struggled against Ireland, as does 37-year-old record test wicket taker James Anderson after recovering from a calf strain.

Chris Woakes, who took six wickets in Ireland's second innings as they were bowled out for 38, keeps his place.

England team: Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.


Three Liverpool players up for award

Liverpool's Champions League winning trio of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's football player award.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates with his team-mates.

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Salah and Mane shared the Premier League Golden Boot - with Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - for the league's top scorer with 22 goals each, while Messi was the leading scorer in both La Liga (36 goals) and the Champions League (12 goals) last season.

Centre back Van Dijk was voted both the Premier League Player of the Season and the Players' Player of the Year, and was instrumental in the Merseyside club's sixth European Cup triumph.

Ronaldo won Italy's Serie A title in his debut season with Juventus and was also voted the league's most valuable player. He also led Portugal to the inaugural UEFA Nations League title last month.

US World Cup winners Megan Rapinoe, who won the top scorer's Golden Boot and Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament, Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz were nominated for the best women's player award along with last year's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg.