17 Aug 2019

Today's sports news: what you need to know

6:15 am on 17 August 2019

Latest - Eels book NRL finals spot with win over lowly Titans.

Parramatta Eels playmaker Mitchell Moses.

Parramatta Eels playmaker Mitchell Moses. Photo: Photosport

Parramatta booked their NRL finals berth but coach Brad Arthur wasn't happy, blasting his side's ill-discipline in a 36-12 win which plunged Gold Coast to new lows.

Mitchell Moses provided the composure on Friday night, setting up three tries with kicks to create the decisive buffer and assure their finals spot with three rounds to play.

The visitors also keep alive their top-four hopes but it means a record eighth- consecutive loss for the Titans, who are all but assured of their second wooden spoon.


Broncos keep top eight hopes alive

A rampaging try by prop Payne Haas has sealed Brisbane's 24-12 NRL win over Penrith at Suncorp Stadium to keep their finals hopes alive.

It seemed only something special was going to prove the difference in Friday night's see-sawing match, as finals rivals the Broncos and Panthers threw everything at each other in front of 23,643 fans.

The 19-year-old cut through four defenders in a stunning 45m run to score in the 72nd minute and ice a much-needed victory for the Broncos.

Brisbane provisionally jumped to seventh on the ladder, leapfrogging the Panthers with their second-straight win.


Ravi Shastri will continue as head coach of the Indian men's cricket team up to 2021

Shastri pipped New Zealand's Mike Hesson and Australia's Tom Moody.

Shastri's next assignment will be the home series against South Africa, who will play three T20 internationals and three tests starting next month.

The contracts of Shastri and his team were set to expire after the 50-overs World Cup but they were handed an extension until the ongoing tour of the West Indies, where Virat Kohli's men still have to play two tests.

Win for Steelers and a draw for Mapgies and Lions

Counties Manukau beat North Harbour 39-25 in Albany in the Mitre 10 Cup to claim their first win over the north Aucklanders since 2013, with the five tries to four victory giving the visitors a bonus point.

Wing Chris Kuridrani bagged a brace of tries for Counties.

Also last night Hawkes Bay and Wellington played out a 27-all draw in Napier, with both sides scoring four tries, two conversions and a penalty.

Liverpool Super Cup hero floored by fan

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian is a doubt for the Premier League trip to Southampton this weekend after a collision with a supporter during the Super Cup final celebrations in Turkey.

Immediately after making the decisive save from Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham in the penalty shootout on Wednesday, Adrian was celebrating with his Reds teammates when a fan ran onto the pitch and accidentally slid into the Spaniard, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp, already without first-choice keeper Alisson Becker for a number of weeks because of a calf complaint, is optimistic over his back-up but is ready to deploy 35-year-old Andy Lonergan if required.