9 Aug 2019

Today's sports news: what you need to know

2:02 pm on 9 August 2019

Latest - New Zealand left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel took five for 41 as a Sri lankan Board Eleven made 323 for six on the first day of their warmup cricket game in Katunayake.

The home side won the toss and decided to bat first with the openers putting on 154 for the first wicket.

Black Caps spinner Ajaz Patel


Danushka Gunathilaka top-scored with 98 off 97 balls, while Sadeera Samarawickrama made 80 off 90.

On wickets that favoured the spinners Patel was the star with his 10 overs, while pace bowlers Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner all went wicketless, having bowled nine overs apiece.

Offspinner Will Somerville took the only other wicket.

The start of play was delayed two hours because of rain and they finished early because of bad light.

Singh scores again

All White midfielder Sapreet Singh was one of 11 Bayern Munich players that got on the score sheet as the German football giants beat a local club team at their preseason camp in the Bavarian Alps.

Sapreet Singh in action for Bayern Munich.


Singh scored the 14th goal of his side's 23-0 win over FC Rottach-Egern .

Singh scored in the 60th minute after coming on at half time as coach Niko Kovac completely changed his side after the break.

Singh was signed by the Bayern reserve team but has played with the first side since arriving.

Bayern play Energie Cottbus in the German Cup next Tuesday before the Bundesliga starts the following weekend

Southland lose again

Northland came from behind to beat Southland 27-17 in Invercargil in the opening game of the Mitre 10 Cup rugby competition.

Northland's Blake Hohaia playing against Southland 2019.


Northland were behind 10-6 at half time but scored three second half tries to extend Southland's losing streak to 22 games.

Their last win was against Northland in October 2016.

Defending premiership champions Auckland play North Harbour tonight.

Phoenix sign German midfielder

The Wellington Phoenix have signed former Bundesliga player and Matti Steinmaan from German club Hamburg on a one year deal.

Phoenix midfielder Matti Steinmann.


The 24 year old defensive midfielder has represented Germany at age grade level make his Bundesliga debut in 2014.

Most recently he has played at Danish club Vendyssel on loan from Hamburg.

Steinmann has experience of playing in New Zealand having been part of German side which played in the 2015 U-20 World Cup, in New Zealand.

''I have watched the Hyundai A-League a lot so when the offer came in, I knew I would be playing a high level of football,'' Steinmann said.

Hartley joins Formula E

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will join a cast of other ex-Formula One drivers in the all-electric Formula E championship after signing with the Geox Dragon team for season six starting in November.

Brendon Hartley

Brendon Hartley Photo: LaPressePhoto4

US-owned Geox Dragon finished last in 2018-19 and without a podium appearance by Argentine Jose Maria Lopez and German Maximilian Gunther. The team have yet to announce their second driver.

"Formula E is totally different from any other race series I've been in, but I am hoping my experience in many categories with energy management will pay dividends and give me a head start as a rookie," Hartley said.

Hartley will also be racing for Toyota in the world endurance series, replacing two-times world champion Fernando Alonso.

Other ex-F1 drivers in Formula E include reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne, Lucas Di Grassi, Stoffel Vandoorne, Jerome d'Ambrosio, Pascal Wehrlein, Sebastien Buemi, Felipe Massa and Andre Lotterer.


Broncos pip Cowboys

A last-minute try to Brisbane Broncos halfback Jake Turpin has snatched an 18-14 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville to keep their NRL finals hopes alive.

Brisbane were down by two points heading into the final minute before Turpin defied multiple Cowboys defenders close to the line to seal an unlikely result.

The Cowboys were denied a controversial try when the officials decided Brisbane's Andrew McCullough was impeded when trying to make a tackle on Jake Clifford, despite being able to make a front on tackle as the North Queensland half crossed the line.

Brisbane are seventh on the table and North Queensland 13th.


470 women qualified for Olympics

New Zealand sailors Susannah Pyatt and Brianna Reynolds-Smith have qualified the women's 470 boat for next year's Olympics.

The pair finished 15th at the World Championships in Japan.

They only started sailing together last October.

It means New Zealand has now qualified for eight of the 10 classes - men's and women's 470, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 - and it will be up to the New Zealand selectors to decide which classes and sailors to send to the Olympics.

New Zealand's eight is the highest number of any nation behind Great Britain, who have qualified all 10 classes, and Japan who gain automatic entry to each class.

Meanwhile Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox are 10th in the men's 470 but won't be contenders for a medal.

Last day of English football transfers

Romelu Lukaku has completed his big-money switch to Italian giants Inter Milan after weeks of pushing for a Manchester United exit.

The Belgium striker left Old Trafford in a deal worth an initial $140 million.

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester Utd

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester Utd Photo: All Rights Reserved

Former England striker Andy Carroll has rejoined his boyhood club Newcastle United, eight and a half years after leaving them to join Liverpool in a then British record transfer.

The injury-plagued 30-year-old was a free agent after being released by West Ham United at the end of last season.

Arsenal have signed Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney and are set to bring in defender David Luiz from Chelsea on a two-year contract.

The $47m transfer fee from Celtic makes Tierney, the most expensive player to be signed from the Scottish Premiership.

Tottenham Hotspur signed Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Spanish side Real Betis on a season-long loan late.

Amla retires

South Africa's Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing the curtain down on one of the country's leading batting careers.

The 36-year-old played international cricket for 15 years, scoring almost 10,000 test runs and close to another 10,000 in limited overs internationals.

He is the only South African to have scored a triple century in test cricket - a record 311 not out against England at The Oval in mid-2012 - and is second behind Jacques Kallis in test runs for the country (9,282).

His retirement follows swiftly on from that of his fast bowling colleague Dale Steyn and is no surprise after a disappointing World Cup in England in May and June.

Amla will continue to play domestic cricket.